This Week in Geek (5/27/19–6/2/19)

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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 27, to Sunday, June 2.

Museum of the Moon

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: May 21–June 9
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. Click here for our look at the exhibit, and see below for Wednesday’s related event.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, May 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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.

Movie Trivia!

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Tuesday, May 28, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

This movie-trivia event, presented by If I Only Had a Brain Movie Trivia, continues at Moon Palace Books. Expect challenging movie trivia, great prize support, and a fun community. Admission is free, and showing up early to grab a coffee or cider at Geek Love Cafe is strongly encouraged.

Surly Pizza Upstairs Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, May 29, 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.

After Hours: Moonlit Memories

What: Science & Technology, Educational
When: Wednesday, May 29, at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum

Enjoy a night at the museum and a chance to spend time exploring the moon with planetarium shows, a moon tour, and a writing workshop. This is your chance to allow the moon to become your muse. The museum will be open until 10:00 p.m. for this special event. Admission is included with regular museum admission.

Mystic Dawn/Amtgard: Park Day

What: Gaming, Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, May 29, 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.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, May 29, 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.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 30, 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!”

NOOMA, an Opera for Babies

What: Music, Family, Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1; multiple showings
Where: The Ordway

One of many great events going on at the Ordway this week is an opera performance for some of the youngest minds to enjoy! NOOMA employs a parachute to create world of interaction and wonder for growing little minds. The run time for this event is roughly 55 minutes, and tickets are $8. NOOMA is a product of Moving Star Vocal Orchestra. Please note that there are a number of showings for this event. Additionally, the Ordway has a large number of other events this week. Please see their website for more details regarding concerts and more.

Flint Hills Family Festival

What: Arts, Family, Music
When: Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1
Where: The Ordway

This family event will transform the parks and other public spaces around the Ordway into a magical wonderland for children of all ages with a variety of performances, activities, and spaces to make art. There’re a wide variety of performances planned for this two-day festival of fun; please see the website for specific performance details, including a helpful visitor’s guide. Some planned highlights from the festival include the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Puppet State Theatre’s The Man Who Planted Trees, and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Most of these ticketed performances range from $8–13.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, May 31, 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).

Geek Garage Sale and Makers’ Market

What: Arts, Community
When: Saturday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Mendota VFW

Sally forth to Mendota for a day of reveling in geekdom through a garage sale and makers’ market. This is your chance to see the cool stuff that fellow geeks and makers have created. Expect knit goods, pins, stickers, clothes, and more. All table fees for this event will be donated to Costumers for a Cause.

Minneapolis Oddities & Curiosities Expo

What: Arts, Community
When: Saturday, June 1, at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Is your geekdom focused on the strange and novel? Do you need a sideshow in your life? Do you need more odd art for yourself or a loved one? Then this bazaar of the bizarre is the event for you. This event will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and will feature dozens of great local artists and their wares, including jewelry made of bones and other macabre selections, and taxidermy classes for the adventurous. General admission is $10, however there’s also a VIP option. See the website for more details regarding specific vendors.

EcoArts Festival

What: Arts, Education
When: Saturday, June 1, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

Celebrate the pale blue dot upon which your entire species basically lives with a day of art. This is the 12th consecutive year of this festival that brings together artists and environmentalists. There will be a wide variety of art here, and an opening pageant in which local schools showcase their art for the planet. There will also be cultural dance, music performances, and nature activities. This is a zero-waste event with free admission for the whole family.

First Saturday Science: The Power of Electricity  (Canceled)

What: Educational, Science & Technology, Family
When: Saturday, June 1, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center

Electrify your Saturday with this illuminating program about that vital energy behind life and many advanced pieces of technology! Electricity has been a geeky fascination for some time, and this program seeks to explain it in a way that a younger person might be able to fathom. First Saturday Science, a monthly program at Metro State, seeks to improve accessibility to science with open programs that can lead folks towards scientific careers, or just greater curiosity. No RSVP required, though young people under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, June 1, 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.

Three Swords and Their Stories

What: Educational
When: Saturday, June 1, at 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Oakeshott Institute

A sword is a pretty simple thing on its surface. A long piece of metal with sharp edges, almost like a comically large knife, designed for killing. But beneath the surface, swords carry symbols and history. This event from the Oakeshott Institute will look at three particular swords in detail from their collection. What can you learn about history and culture by examining a weapon? What stories are tied up in the iron? This lecture is free to members of the institute, or $20 for non-members.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, June 2, 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.

Forbidden Planet

What: Movies
When: Sunday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m.; additional shows through Tuesday, June 4
Where: The Trylon

Do you crave campy old science-fiction classics? What about goofy looking robots and odd worlds? Then Forbidden Planet is the film for you. The Trylon will be bringing this technicolor classic to the screen for a limited time, with a screening Sunday night and continuing until Tuesday, June 4. Tickets are $8.

Al Church’s Cinematic Orchestra Presents: Night of the Living Dead

What: Movies, Music
When: Sunday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Al Church, a prolific and versatile musician in the local scene who plays with a variety of bands and has backed up local greats like Gaelynn Lea, will be bringing his musical talents to a new monthly movie series. This Cinematic Orchestra will provide live backing tracks to classic films, and June’s film is George Romero’s undead classic The Night of The Living Dead. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.


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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