This Week in Geek (6/10/19–6/16/19)

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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, June 10, to Sunday, June 16.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, June 10, 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, June 10, 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, June 10, 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.

Surly Cinema: Gremlins

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Surly Brewing Co.

Surly Cinema will be lighting up Minneapolis nights with beer, food, and most importantly, free movies in the Beer Garden. Attendees are encouraged to bring a towel or lawn chair, and enjoy this summer’s theme of blockbusters. This week’s showing is Gremlins, so prepare for monster mischief!

History Revealed: Wild and Rare

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Gibbs Farm (St. Paul)

Raise a glass to local history at this event sponsored by Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery, a local purveyor of beer and wurst with a historic flair, at this monthly series focuses on specific areas of local history. This month’s program is Wild and Rare, led by Adam Regn Arvidson. This event will focus on tracking endangered species in the Midwest, and will begin with a prairie tour at 6:00 p.m. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

Discussion of Death’s Master by Tanith Lee

What: Books
When: Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Quatrefoil Library

The North Country Gaylaxians continue their monthly GLBTQ science-fiction and fantasy book club at Quatrefoil Library with a discussion of Death’s Master, a tale of a lesbian queen who chooses to bear a child for the good of her people, and must make a pact with a god of death for that to occur. Expect interesting looks at gender through a fantastical lens with excellent prose here.

Books & Bars: The Nix

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

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 The Nix by Nathan Hill. The Nix is a sprawling character study of parental abandonment, disappointment, and haunting.

Terror Tuesday: The Wicker Man (1973)

What: Movies
When: Tuesday, June 11, at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Terror Tuesday, a horror screening series at the Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities, seeks to liven up school nights with blood-pumping terror. Tickets are $5, and as always, the Alamo Drafthouse has a variety of food and drink available to enjoy with the film. This week’s screening is The Wicker Man (the 1973 classic, not the Nicolas Cage remake), so prepare for an evening of strange folk music, dread, and paganism.

Mystic Dawn/Amtgard: Park Day

What: Gaming, Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, June 12, 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.

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all Star Trek-television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!” This month’s event will transport you from a steamy Minneapolis summer to a Risian night of Jamharon!

Trivia against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, June 12, 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.

4th Street Fantasy

What: Conventions, Books, Educational
When: Thursday, June 13–Sunday, June 16
Where: Doubletree Hilton Park Place

This convention aims at writers of fantasy fiction with a variety of workshops and opportunities for socializing. This year’s workshop will focus on getting unstuck from your work, and whether critique groups can help you move on in your writing. In addition to the workshop, there will be a variety of informational panels, a con suite for socializing, and more. Check out the website for details, and see if this is the con for you.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, June 13, 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: Conventions, Family
When: Friday, June 14–Sunday, June 16
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will have their particular brand of geekdom celebrated at this convention in downtown Minneapolis. Expect a weekend of friendship, magic, ponies, and more with a variety of events. This kid-friendly con features panels, games, vendors, special guests, and more. There’s a large number of possible ticket packages available; see the website for details. Coming back after a hiatus in 2018, this is set to be the final MLP-MSP.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, June 14, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store in St. 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).

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m. the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 14, at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Anime Twin Cities has joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Fridays of each month with this cosponsored anime club.” The group will show various anime movies and series.

Goth Prom XVI: Stygian Forest

What: Nightlife
When: Friday, June 14, at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar & Restaurant

Celebrate the spooky darkness that can be found on warm summer nights in deep woods, and celebrate pride at the 16th incarnation of Goth Prom. Come decked out in your darkest finery and enjoy a night of dancing with your fellow goths. Admission is $10, or $35 for VIP access.

Free RPG Day

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, June 15
Where: Multiple locations

There will be RPG gaming going on all day at a variety of local game shops as they take part in Free RPG Day, a worldwide event celebrating tabletop gaming and promoting new games with free materials. This will be a great opportunity to try new games and meet other local gamers. In the Twin Cities, Source Comics and Games, the Gaming Goat (all three locations), and Tower Games are all participating. Check here to see if your local store is taking part.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, June 15, 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.


What: Movies
When: Saturday, June 15, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Labyrinth is a cult classic that scratches a large number of geeky itches. First off, this is a film in which David Bowie, beloved by many sorts of music geeks, portrays the campy Goblin King (who really seems more like an archmage than anything). Second, there’s a fantastical story told lovingly with puppets. Third, there’s a meaningful thread about deciding for yourself how much to put away childish things as you move towards adulthood. So, come on down and treat yourself. Presale tickets are $7 for adults. Bonus geek note: Gates McFadden of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame was a choreographer on this film.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, June 15, 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.

Well in the Thicket

What: Movies, Arts
When: Saturday, June 15, at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon

The Trylon presents a screening of Well in the Thicket with musical guest Walzing on Waves. Prepare yourself for a puppet musical tale of a two unlikely friends meeting in the deep dark of the woods. Trust and fear are explored here. Tickets are $10.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: The Scared Scriptless Tour

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

Improv geeks and fans of Whose Line Is It Anyway? have a night of unpredictable comedy ahead of them with two masters of the art. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring themselves to the stage to showcase their well-honed improv skills in an acclaimed two-man show. These two comedy veterans are best known for their work on Whose Line, and fans will be able to see something ephemeral and unique when they take to the stage, as their act shifts with every performance. Tickets range from $58 to 100; $100 VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet. As always, check the Ordway website for other events!

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, June 16, 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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