The Lion King Takes Its Place in the Circle of Remakes

Once upon a time, I was one of those people who thought, “Eh, I don’t need to see the remake.” You know the ones. The ones who say Disney should just make something original. Something something cash grab. I’d like to think I was a casual version of this—the “I don’t care that Disney’s doing this, I’m just not going to see it” kind of person. Then Beauty and the Beast was announced, and, well . . . let’s just...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of July 17, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 17, 2019. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Publisher: DC Words/Story: Matt Fraction Art/Colors: Steve Lieber “Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles, and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird...

The Japan America Society of Minnesota Is Bringing Award-Winning Shamisen Music to St. Paul

People in the Twin Cities have more opportunities to experience Japanese culture than anime conventions and sushi restaurants. That’s in part because of the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) and its various collaborations with other organizations, through which we’ve been able to taste sake, attend the annual Obon festival in Como Park, and experience traditional Japanese dance and martial-arts demonstrations. Thanks to JASM’s dedication to authenticity, we can get a taste of Japanese culture without paying the exorbitant...

Dragon Ball Fans Will Attempt a Guinness Record for World’s Largest Kamehameha during San Diego Comic-Con

Attention, all Dragon Ball fans: the opening day of 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure is just around the corner, and it’s going to start with a bang during San Diego Comic-Con! On July 17, 2019, fans will be gathering at the Marriott Marquis San Diego to attempt to set the official Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Kamehameha. Hosted by Sean Schemmel, the English voice actor of Goku, the event will present the first 1,000 participants with a free...

This Week in Geek (7/15/19–7/21/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, July 15, 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....

The Fruits Basket Rerelease Is Here for the Nostalgic Anime Lover in You

In terms of my anime fandom, the Fruits Basket anime and manga series by Natsuki Takaya are synonymous with nostalgia. The manga is one of the very first series I got to know, way back in seventh grade when my friends and I would pass volumes back and forth, reading them surreptitiously under our desks when we had a spare minute in class. It was my entry point into the wonderful, endlessly varied world of anime and manga, and...

Get to Know Minneapolis Queer Cartoonist Archie Bongiovanni

Archie Bongiovanni, whose work includes the webcomic Grease Bats and the critically acclaimed A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, is originally from Alaska but has lived in Minneapolis for over a decade. Their lifelong love of comics and visual storytelling brought them to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to study comic art. Bongiovanni currently works as a sexual health educator in addition to writing and drawing comics for independent publication as well as websites such...

Stuber Follows the Right Directions for a Decent Buddy Comedy

To call Stuber formulaic would be pointless. One glance at the trailers, which show Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista bickering in a car between shootouts and chases, probably tells you everything you need to know, not so much about the story but about the beats: two mismatched guys will find themselves at odds and coming together amid an action-heavy tale. No surprises there, but what counts most about making a film like this work is the chemistry between the...

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 with a Space-Travel Flick at the Trylon

How will you be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11? If your plans don’t include checking out a classic, influential, or schlocky sci-fi flick or science doc at the Trylon, you might have to rethink those plans.  The Minneapolis theater’s summer-long Magnificent Desolation series is showcasing films that capture the spirit of space travel and exploration. Some films have already come and gone, but there’s plenty of time to catch a variety of movies, from classics like 2001:...

NASA’s Dragonfly Will Search for Life on Titan, Saturn’s Icy Moon

Among the more than 150 known moons scattered throughout our solar system, Titan, the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons, is the only one with a considerable atmosphere. It is also the only celestial body (aside from Earth) to have liquids—lakes, rivers, and seas—on its surface, although many of these bodies are made up of liquid hydrocarbons such as methane and ethane as opposed to water. With an atmosphere made up mostly of nitrogen, similar to Earth’s atmosphere, Titan displays...
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