This Week in Geek (5/13/2019–5/19/2019)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 13th to Sunday, May 19th.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, May 13th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul)

While it may be tough diving back into the workweek (at least for those of us with Monday-to-Friday jobs), this event seeks to add fun and levity to Mondays with games. This is your chance to game with your fellows in a fun environment, either bringing your own or borrowing from the store’s library. Decompress and make some new meeple-friendly pals.

Twin Cities Monday Night Backgammon

What: Gaming
When: Monday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Richfield American Legion

Enjoy a night of backgammon with two tournaments. Entry to this event is $5, and this is a great chance for both pros and newcomers to learn this classic game.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science-fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is to “cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a free event, so bring some of your own stuff to work on, bring some snacks, and hang out in a collaborative space.

Wizarding World Trivia Night

What: Trivia, Books
When: Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 612Brew

Put your Harry Potter knowledge to the test in this trivia event. Your $20 registration covers a team of three or four people, along with light snacks. Trivia will cover books, along with recent movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There’s a variety of prizes to claim, as well as pride for putting your wizarding knowledge to use.

Howie Day and Emma Charles

What: Music
When: Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cedar Cultural Center

Enjoy a night of great music at the Cedar Cultural Center, when Emma Charles opens for Howie Day. Emma Charles is a folk-pop singer-songwriter with strong electronic influences. Howie Day is a Maine native known for emotionally resonant lyrics who has been playing music since he was a child. Tickets are $20.

Books & Bars: Born a Crime

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace

Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, his personal story of a childhood in South Africa during the ’80s and ’90s, and what it meant to be biracial in an apartheid state.

Surly Pizza Upstairs Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, May 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Surly Brewing Co.

This weekly event at Surly Brewing is an invitation to enjoy some games, company, and food specials. Guests are invited to grab a drink, grab a game from their library, and be merry. This gaming is all supported by a special where $40 gets you a pitcher of beer, a pizza, appetizer or salad, and dessert.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Steamship Coffee and Tea

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Mystic Dawn/Amtgard: Park Day

What: Gaming, Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Oak Grove Park

Amtgard, a global organization focused on the sport of medieval-fantasy combat, will be hosting a gathering in Oak Grove Park. Participants can take part in glorious quests, battle, and more, all with the use of foam weapons for the sake of safety. Garb is encouraged, but not required, and loaner weapons are available. This is a free-to-play event, but long-term players are expected to support the organization with $6 or $10 dues.

The Brothers Paranormal

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Multiple Showings; continuing through May 26th
Where: Penumbra Theatre (Saint Paul)

Penumbra Theatre presents The Brothers Paranormal, a story of entrepreneurial Thai-American brothers searching for ghosts. The story brings them to the home of an African-American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and hews the line between fantasy and shocking truth; see our take on the play here. Ticket prices vary, but regular prices start at $40.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing Co.

This regular event at Modist, hosted by Sam Spadino and Bacon, represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: a brewery that geeks out for innovative beer, and absurd trivia. Trivia Against Humanity has other weekly events as well; see the Trivia Against Humanity Facebook page for additional events.

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut

What: Movies, Arts
When: Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

Star Wars fans are a dedicated and creative fanbase. This 2014 film is a shot-by-shot remake of The Empire Strikes Back, as reimagined by 694 artists working in whatever medium they were inspired to work in. Tickets are $5 for this work of fandom and geek-love. See the Trylon website for a trailer to get a sense of what you’ll be getting into.

Star Party

What: Science & Technology, Education, Family
When: Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Como Planetarium

We stand at the edge of an endless cosmic ocean, and Star Party is an opportunity to gaze into infinity with fun activities like a planetarium program, fun activities, and a chance to look into a telescope. This Star Party is a free event, and provides a great opportunity for folks of all ages to explore space.

Third Thursday: Fashion Night

What: Arts, Meetup, Educational
When: Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art continues the free Third Thursday series with an evening of discovery via literature and art focused on fashion! Geek out to the history of Minnesota couture and high fashion with a night of fun, and enjoy a fashion-themed tour of MIA’s collections, DJ sets, a cash bar, a live fashion show, and more. This is all in support of MIA’s new exhibit, “The Art of High Style: Minnesota Couture 1880–1914.”


What: Movies
When: Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m.; screening at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

David Lynch’s adaptation of Dune is controversial in some circles, but is ultimately a visually stunning—and quintessentially Lynchian—version of the science-ficition epic. Where else can you go to see Patrick Stewart holding a pug in one hand, and a laser gun in the other? Come see Arrakis at the Parkway Theater, and enjoy a science-fiction trip. Tickets are $9 in advance or $11 at the door.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its sub-club Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at the Waterbury Building and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!”

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, May 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis)

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is a “short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” Performers and improv games are chosen at random during the show. This show takes place on the third Thursday of every month.


What: Arts
When: Friday, May 17th at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18th at 12:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Northeast Minneapolis; Various Locations

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association presents Art-A-Whirl, an annual gathering of artists and art-geeks in Northeast Minneapolis. This is an opportunity for studio tours, art demonstrations, workshops, installations, and exhibitions. Per the event’s website, there will be 800 artists participating, so no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find someone’s work that interests you. The website includes detailed map, accessibility, and schedule information for more details.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store in Saint Paul invites you to experience some Magic with them this Friday night for this Magic: The Gathering draft event. Entry is $15, and all players will receive prizes, including a “fancy promo card.” This weekly event is limited to 24 players and typically lasts until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Mischief Toy Store hosts other events throughout the week, which are listed on Meetup and Facebook (check out the full calendar on the event page linked above).

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade

Come on down for an evening of tactical-mech combat! The United Geeks of Gaming meet monthly on Friday nights for a beginner-friendly session of the tabletop-mech game BattleTech at Fallout Shelter Arcade in Northeast. FSA’s Virtual World gaming pods also run the immersive video-game version of BattleTech.

Winter is Coming Back!

What: Nightlife, Books, Arts
When: Friday, May 17th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Forbidden Bazaar (Minneapolis)

Game of Thrones and flow-dancing geeks will have more than their fill with this night of dance, costumes, and celebration. Wear white, black, or a costume celebrating a Game of Thrones character. This will be a flow-friendly dance floor, so make sure to bring your flow props if you have them. In addition to the dancing, there will be body painting, fire magic, suspension, and more.

Urban Birding Festival at the Refuge

What: Educational, Family
When: Saturday, May 18th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Refuge Headquarters and Bloomington Education and Visitor Center (Bloomington)

If you’ve ever been curious about the way that avian dinosaurs (okay, birds) live in the shadows of human civilization, this is the day for you. How do birds handle skyscrapers, roads, and other things that we create? This event will include a bird-friendly coffee presentation, art, education, and more, with a variety of presenters.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers its open-gaming session, to which gamers of all ages and abilities are invited to “spend the day hanging out with fellow geeks playing, learning, and teaching games.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite board games, card games, and role-playing games, but the group has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Lakes Area Royal Faire

What: Educational, Arts, Music, Family
When: Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Lion’s Park (Lindstrom)

This day of family fun will be hosted at Lion’s Park in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Expect a wide variety of medieval-themed entertainment including music, dancing, a royal court, sideshow acts, faeries, and other fun. Costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly event. Tickets are $10, or $5 for young ladies and lords.

MSP Spring Con 2019

What: Comics, Conventions, Family
When: Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fair Education Building

Enjoy your chance to mingle with fellow comics geeks, find rare and collectible comics, and meet artists and writers at MSP Spring Con 2019. This event covers a whole bunch of bases for the comics geek, including free author autographs, kids activities, and cosplay. There will be a $15 cover which grants you admission on both days.

Neon Flowers

What: Arts, Nightlife, Music
When: Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Monkey Bunny Treehouse (Minneapolis)

Neon Flowers is a day of pop-up fun, arts, and self care. Enjoy music, clothing vendors, massage, plants, and a runway show, for a day of self-care and beauty. There will be a variety of vendors with UV clothing, art, potted plants, upcycled art, crystals, and herbal medicine. This is a free event, with a suggested donation of $5.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library

New or neck deep into comics? It doesn’t matter! Share what comics you’ve read this week, get plenty of recommendations, have a drink, share fries, sit back, and have a great time. Additional information about this event is posted on the Girls Only Comic Club’s Facebook group. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics & Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at Source Comics & Games. This is a recurring weekly event providing a space for women to play games, chat about comics, cosplay, or just enjoy the company of other geeks.

Viking Family Day Festival

What: Education, Family, Community
When: Sunday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute

History geeks will have a lot in store for them at the Viking Family Day Festival, hosted by the American Swedish Institute. This event will immerse participants in the world of Vikings with reenactments, crafts, and a special story time with Viking Saga-scholar Gísli Sigurðsson. The cost of this event is included with museum admission.

Ghost Stories in the Park!

What: Community, Comedy & Theater
When: Sunday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Penumbra Theatre (Saint Paul)

Enjoy an evening of ghost stories hailing from Thai- and African-American cultural traditions put on by the Penumbra Theatre Company. This event is free and open to the public. Stories will be performed by local actors, and there will be ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s.

So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!

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