This Week in Geek (7/8/19–7/14/19)

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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, July 8, to Sunday, July 14.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, July 8, 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, July 8, 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 of strategy.

Books & Bars: A Gentleman in Moscow

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Monday, July 8, at 6:30 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 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, a story of a “former person,” no longer needed following the revolution. A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel that is celebrated for its sense of style and atmosphere.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, July 8, 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.

Amber Royer Presents: Pure Chocolate

What: Books
When: Monday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers

This is your chance to be drawn into the Chocoverse, a high-energy space opera series in which the Earth itself is a prize to be won due to chocolate. Pure Chocolate is the second book in the series, and will be presented by the author at this event. In addition to the book, there will be a pop-up chocolate shop put on by Sweetsengineer.

Surly Cinema: The Big Lebowski

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Monday, July 8, 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 The Big Lebowski, so get into the mood for bowling, banish all thoughts of the Eagles from your mind, and think happy thoughts about rugs and White Russians.

Mystic Dawn/Amtgard: Park Day

What: Gaming, Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, July 10, 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 10, 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 theme is “Double Dumbass on You,” calling back that time you maybe traveled to the past to save some whales and were harassed by punks on a bus.

Linda Holmes Presents: Evvie Drake Starts Over

What: Books
When: Wednesday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Linda Holmes, best known for her work on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast, will be at Magers & Quinn to promote her new book with a book discussion and signing event. Evvie Drake Starts Over is the story of the unlikely relationship between a former baseball star and a recent widower, and the way that they are able to reckon with their pasts as a result of that.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, July 10, 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, July 11, 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!”

Narrativity: A Convention for Story

What: Educational, Books, Conventions,
When: Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Narrativity is a highly focused convention for storytellers, writers, readers, and other interested parties. There is a single track of programming focused on the art and science of storytelling, which per the convention organizers is intended to allow ideas to flow from one panel to the next and stimulate conversation. The 2019 theme for Narrativity is “Storming the Barricades of Story,” and this close to the convention, registration is $75 for the entire weekend.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, July 12, 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).

Silent Running

What: Movies
When: Friday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 13, at 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 14, at 3:00 p.m.
Where: The Trylon

The Trylon continues its summer screening series “Space Opera and Revolt” with screenings of Silent Running. Silent Running is a piece of ecologically minded ’70s science fiction about a man who works to protect the museum relic of Earth’s forests from a government that wants them destroyed. Tickets are $8 for this visual feast from Douglas Trumbull (also known for his work on Blade Runner). Check the Trylon for other films this week, including Solaris and Barbarella.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, July 12, 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, July 12, 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.

Live Garb Sale

What: Arts, Community
When: Saturday, July 13, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: The Park Tavern (St. Louis Park)

Load up on garb in time for ren-fest season with this sale on pre-loved garb. This event promises a number of sellers with their wares. So come on down and enjoy some food or drink at the Park Tavern, meet up with your fellow geeks, and load up.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, July 13, 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.

Saturday Night Space Opera: Super Science Fantasy

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, July 13, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Local sci-fi RPG night Saturday Night Space Opera returns with a night of classic science-fantasy adventure with two different rule sets. Are you a fan of the classic pulp works of Edgar Rice Burroughs? If so, you have to check out John Carter of Mars, a game designed to emulate 19th-century martian adventures. The other game on offer, Masters of Umdaar, uses the Fate rules and is a tribute to retro-planetary adventures like Flash Gordon, He-Man, and John Carter. This is a free event, all rules will be taught, and no materials are required—just RSVP on the website to snag your spot.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, July 14, 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.

Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope

What: Movies
When: Sunday, July 14, at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway

Come see the revolutionary film in which a frustrated young man living in a remote backwater witnesses the death of his family at the hands of a tyrannical government and is radicalized by an ancient faith into the destruction of a massive space station. Or, an excellent telling of the Hero’s Journey that introduced millions to a galaxy far, far away. This film deserves to be seen on the big screen if only to show how well it has held up, and just how powerful it still is decades after its release. Tickets are $9 in advance or $11 at the door. Check the Parkway for other events this week, including a screening of Space Jam, and a sold-out live podcast event from The Flophouse.

DIODES Crafting at GPS

What: Arts, Science & Technology
When: Sunday, July 14, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society at the Waterbury Building, Room 106A

Get some diodes into your rad steampunk craft project with this fun and informative event at GPS. This is a great way to combine art and science into a satisfying whole to create geeky crafts. You’ll have great company at this event from other members of the Geek Partnership Society. The actual craft to be taught is yet to be determined, but there will be a small fee to cover the cost of materials. You can build up your creativity and learn!

Larp House Presents: Sarabande

What: Gaming
When: Sunday, July 14, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: EMERGE Community Development (Minneapolis)

Larp House, a local group focused on live-action-role-playing games, presents Sarabande, a LARP game that uses music to tell the story of a number of cafe patrons and their inner and outer conflicts. Wear loose-fitting clothing, and sign up ahead. This is a pay-what-you-want event. See the Larp House website for other events in the near future.

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss

What: Comedy & Theater, Science and Technology
When: Sunday, July 14, at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Sisyphus Brewing

Science and comedy go together as well as peanut butter and chocolate, because the universe itself can be so huge, confusing, and absurd at times. This event, led by Shane Mauss, brings you a little bit of science with your comedy, and features three guests: local comedian Khadijah Cooper and U of M professors Joseph P. Redden and Sarah Heilbronner. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (Click here to read our interview with Shane Mauss from his last Minneapolis stop in early 2019.)


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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