Enjoy Dragon-Sized Performances by a Halfling-Sized Cast in The Hobbit at Children’s Theatre Company

When it comes to epic tales, J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Middle-earth universe certainly takes the cake. With numerous books, supplements, maps, and a trio of film trilogies (two live action and one animated), geeks have been inundated with material from this magical world for over 80 years. But getting new folks, especially kids, into The Hobbit can be a little difficult due to its length and density. Enter the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company and playwright/director Greg Banks. Banks was...

Five Feet Apart Is a Simply Sweet and Somber Tearjerker

Though it plays within the very familiar territory of teens romancing amid serious health conditions, Five Feet Apart stands apart as a drama that works a little harder for your tears. While the assembly is of a very familiar formula, in which you can nearly set your watch to every tragic beat, there’s an almost standoffish approach to the film’s tale of two unfortunate souls that find love in the hospital. And through its straight and sentimental approach, there’s...

This Week in Geek (3/18/19–3/24/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 18th to Sunday, March 24th. Game Changers What: Educational, Gaming, Family, Arts When: Daily through May 5th; see site for museum hours Where: Science Museum of Minnesota When cutting-edge science and technology interface with art, you can get beautiful things. Video games have been on the forefront of this for decades, and the Science Museum of...

Crackdown 3 Is Fine, but That’s Just Not Enough

Just I did during the long wait for Kingdom Hearts III, I had all but given up on Crackdown 3 ever entering my disc tray. After years of rocky development, multiple delays, and outright radio silence from Microsoft, I thought I’d never get the sequel to one of my favorite Xbox 360 games of all time. But Crackdown 3 is finally here and feels almost identical to the original game that inspired the troubled series—for better or worse. This...

Video Games Come to the Science Museum of Minnesota in the Game Changers Exhibit

The Science Museum of Minnesota has transformed its US Bank Great Hall into a 10,000-square-foot educational video game experience. Game Changers, the museum’s newest exhibit, takes a hands-on look at some of video games’ most important and groundbreaking creations and the minds that spawned them. Visitors can learn about the creators of some of the industry’s most influential characters, concepts, and ideas, all while having a chance to play a wide variety of games that span the vast history...

We Need to Talk About Your Kid’s Book Diet

Have you thought about your kid’s diet recently? Not their eating diet, though a balanced one is equally as important, but their reading diet. What are they reading, or, more specifically, who are they reading about? Who are the protagonists on their bookshelves? Take a look at their shelves, and look at their books that feature a human (or a humanoid). How many of those main characters resemble your child? Chances are that a fair amount do, especially if...

Minnesota’s Taiko Community Gives Back with the Issho Benefit Concert

Fans of Harisen Daiko in the Twin Cities are familiar with the group’s combination of geekery and traditional Japanese drumming. Harisen performs frequently at local conventions such as CONvergence and MantiCon, in addition to many other performances, and their repertoire is a mix of traditional-sounding pieces interspersed with, for example, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine theme or “The Dawn Will Come” from Dragon Age: Inquisition. On March 19, 2019, Harisen Daiko will be performing with four other local...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of March 13, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 13, 2019. Little Bird Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Darcy Van Poelgeest Art/Colors: Ian Bertram “Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.” Category: Tried and True Creators Why I’m Excited: Ever since finding his art in House of Penance I’ve been wondering what Ian...

Enter to Win a Captive State Prize Pack!

To coincide with Captive State, the new sci-fi thriller from writer and director Rupert Wyatt, hitting theaters March 15, 2019, we’re giving away movie prize packs to 2 lucky winners! Enter for your chance to win a Captive State hoodie, pop socket, sticker, and movie poster. Just enter through Gleam using the widget below or by clicking here anytime before 5:00 p.m. Central time on March 13, 2019—we’ll choose 2 random winners! Twin Cities gEek Captive State Giveaway The...

This Week in Geek (3/11/19–3/17/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 11th to Sunday, March 17th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, March 11th 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...
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