This Week in Geek (6/17/19–6/23/19)

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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 17, to Sunday, June 23.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, June 17, 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 17, 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, June 17, 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, June 17, 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: Jurassic Park

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Monday, June 17, 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 Jurassic Park, so get ready for a movie which holds up surprisingly well, and, dino nerds, get ready to have quibbles (re: lack of feathers and size of velociraptors).

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

What: Comedy & Theater, Music
When: Tuesday, June 18–Saturday, June 22
Where: The Ordway

Being the son of a sea god is not always what it’s cracked up to, especially in world of monsters and quests. This musical adaptation of the immensely popular The Lightning Thief book series focuses on a teenage boy entrusted with a quest to prevent a war of the gods. Tickets start at $40, and run up to $85.

Terror Tuesday: Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

What: Movies
When: Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 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 Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, a film full of strange teenage anxieties, plus a dream-murder-demon.

GothiCoffee

What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, June 19, 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, June 19, 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.

Trash Film Debauchery: Starcrash

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

Long-running local cult-cinema group Trash Film Debauchery returns to the Trylon for Starcrash, a marvelous slice of Roger Corman cheese with David Hasselhoff and Caroline Munro. Starcrash is a science-fantasy film that was frequently accused of ripping off a much more famous film about wars in space from 1977. Tickets are $5.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, June 19, 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, June 20, 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, June 20, 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.

TSL’s WAR

What: Movies, Sports & Fitness
When: Friday, June 21–Sunday, June 23
Where: Afton Park

The Saber Legion, an organization focused on the art of lightsaber combat as inspired by the Star Wars films, presents War. This weekend-long event will pit 40 v 40 in a park environment. Who will come out on top: the dark side or the light? Come on down for a whole weekend worth of excitement.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, June 21, 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).

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 21, 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 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.

Twin Cities Pride Festival

What: Community
When: Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23
Where: Loring Park

Gather with the LGBTQ+ community and allies in Loring Park for Twin Cities Pride. There will be hundreds of booths, dozens of food vendors, along with free musical performances and fun for the whole family. There are a variety of other Pride-related activities going on throughout the weekend, including a parade on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., the Rainbow Run 5K, and more. The Twin Cities Pride website is a great central location to find Pride events that may be relevant to your interests. There will be a number of organizations present, including NARAL.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, June 22, 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, June 23, 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.

Stranger Things Costume Contest and Q&A with David Harbour

What: Arts
When: Sunday, June 23, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Mall of America

Fans of the nostalgia-drenched Netflix series are in for a treat at this costume contest and Q&A session held at the mall. The event will feature David Harbour, one of the leads from the show, and participants in the costume contest are competing for possible entry to a private party held at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Q&A session with David Harbour will begin at 3:00 p.m., and participants will have a chance to submit questions to the star.


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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