This Week in Geek (5/20/19–5/26/19)

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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 20th to Sunday, May 26th.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, May 20th 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 20th 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

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, May 20th 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.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, May 20th 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.”

Monster Mondays: Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth

What: Movies
When: Monday, May 20th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Monster Mondays, a new film series at the Alamo Drafthouse, seeks to liven up your Monday evenings with Monster Movies. For this event, the king of all monsters, Godzilla, returns to the screen for a Heisei-era film in which two guardians of the Earth—Mothra and Battra—must team up against Godzilla, with the fate of civilization in the balance. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth is your chance to see Mothra again, and just get in the Godzilla spirit ahead of the upcoming American film. Tickets are $7.

Museum of the Moon

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, May 21st; continuing through June 9th
Where: Bell Museum (University of Minnesota)

It’s been 50 years since the first moon landing, and the Bell Museum is commemorating that momentous event with an installation featuring a 7-meter-diameter sculpture of the moon. Using detailed satellite images and lit with simulated moonlight, this massive work of art may give you some idea of how astronauts felt when they saw the moon up close. The exhibit will also feature various lunar-inspired programs throughout its run, so check out the museum site for more details.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique—presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History—is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture, featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics. This month’s topic is “Citizen Scientist to PhD: A Story of Dragonflies, Helicopters, and Climate Change,” and will be led by Ami Thompson, a conservation biology-PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. Expect a lively discussion regarding dragonflies and our changing climate. Tickets are $5–$12, online or at the door

Surly Pizza Upstairs Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, May 22nd 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.

Meme Culture and Comics

What: Arts, Educational
When: Wednesday, May 22nd at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

Meme culture feels like a uniquely modern product of the internet age, but it shares characteristics with means of communication that go deep into human history, including comics. In this conversation with Shannon Wright, Blue Delliquanti, Greg Hunter, and moderated by Caitlin Skaalrud, that topic will be mined. What does it mean to tell stories in a minimalist way, relying on art, reference, and sparse text? This educational event is free, and there will be a panel discussion at 4 p.m., along with a talk by Jessica Abel at 7 p.m.

Mystic Dawn/Amtgard: Park Day

What: Gaming, Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, May 22nd 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.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Join your fellow Whovians and trivia fanatics at the Driftwood Char Bar on Wednesday night for Minnesota’s only regular Doctor Who-themed trivia night, brought to you by the creators of TC Trek Trivia. This is an all-ages event with no cover, so expect seats to go quickly. This month’s theme is “Future So Bright,” so get ready for a bright future and brush up on the other topics listed on the event page.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, May 22nd 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.

CoreCon 11: High Tech Low Life

What: Conventions, Gaming, Movies, Arts
When: Thursday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 26th
Where: Ramada (Fargo, ND)

We’re careening into a future of record-setting corporate profits, high technology, and stagnating income. This convention looks to explore the inevitable cyberpunk horror that we’re sliding into with special guests and events to cover a variety of geeky interests. Whether you’re a What We Do In Shadows fan, a gamer, or a general-interest geek, there’s bound to be something for you in Far-Go (or Fargo in pre-apocalyptic script). Check out the page for more info, but rest assured that there will be cosplay, suite parties, and panels. Preregistration is over, but passes will be sold at the registration table, starting at $50 for the weekend.

Dobby Gibson for Little Glass Planet

What: Books
When: Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Black Dog Café

Join poet Dobby Gibson for a night celebrating Little Glass Planet, a book that “exults in strangeness.” This event will feature a reception starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by a reading and discussion of the book at 7:00 p.m., where the author will be joined in conversation with Jeff Shotts, executive editor at Gray Wolf Press.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 23rd 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!”


What: Arts, Community, Conventions, Gaming
When: Friday, May 24th through Sunday, May 26th
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel (Minneapolis)

AniMinneapolis is your chance to mix and mingle with your fellow anime fans in a great convention setting. Over the three days of this event, there will be cosplay, gaming, panels, screenings, merch, and all kinds of special guests. Badge registration is still open, with $50 weekend passes available. There are a wide variety of special guests, running the gamut from cosplayers to musicians to familiar voice actors. Cosplay will be huge here, with a cosplay masquerade as one of the crowning events of the weekend, so be ready to see and be seen. Anyone under the age of 13 attending will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, so be aware of age.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, May 24th 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).

Gaming for Good 3

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Lodestone Coffee and Games (Minnetonka)

Ready for 24 hours of board gaming for a good cause? Lodestone Coffee and Games is holding the third-annual Gaming for Good marathon, in which 15% of game and 25% of coffee purchases will go to support the Trevor Project. So pick up some new games and get ready to get caffeinated to help this important work.

Larp House Presents: POP!

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: SpringBox – 262 University Avenue

Larp House, a local group focused on live-action-role-playing games, presents POP!, a LARP focused on the early ages of online communities. This LARP is laser focused on a fictional online community of balloon fetishists, as an example of the way that finding like-minded people on the web can increase sense of belonging. This is a pay-what-you-want event. See the Larp House website for other events this week.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, May 25th 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.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

What: Movies, Books
When: Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Join in fellowship with other Tolkien geeks at this screening of Peter Jackson’s 2001 adaptation of The Fellowship of The Ring, first in the LOTR trilogy. Watch as the Fellowship is formed and sets off on their grim mission against the forces of Sauron. This beautiful adaption brings Middle Earth to life, and its success at the box office brought a ton of attention to geeky properties. So, come and return to New Zealand/Middle Earth. Tickets are $5 for presale.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, May 25th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:55 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the “longest-running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 26th 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.

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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