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This Week in Geek (5/22/17–5/28/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 22nd through Sunday May 28th. Goth Prom XIV: ABYSS What: Nightlife, Community When: Monday, May 22nd at 9:00 p.m. Where: The Saloon Dance the night away for a great cause at the 14th annual Goth Prom, where donations and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Minnesota AIDS Project. Dance to a great lineup...

Talking Comics and Creation with Claudio Sanchez

If you are not very familiar with the band Coheed and Cambria, you might not know that their albums tell a story also chronicled in The Amory Wars—comic books published by Evil Ink Comics and set in Heaven’s Fence, a collection of 78 planets connected by light beams known as the Keywork. The story follows the characters Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, and later their son Claudio Kilgannon, as they war against the Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan, who is intent on destroying Heaven’s Fence....

Celebrate 30 Years of Zelda with Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum

Quick: name a few iconic tunes from video games. There is a good chance that one of the songs you conjured was the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, right? The music from the Zelda series has been part of pop culture and an imperative staple in gaming history since the game debuted on the Famicom system in 1986. (Even Trent Reznor did a tribute!) The Legend of Zelda was released in North America on the NES a...

This Week in Geek (5/15/17–5/21/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 15th through Sunday, May 21st. LaserMania What: Educational, Music, Nightlife When: Monday, May 15th to Friday, May 19th Where: Como Planetarium Lasers! Music! A variety of laser shows set to music, including Laser Hypnotica, Laser Zeppelin and more. Shows are $5 and open to audiences of all ages. Geek out to your favorite music and chill...

Win FREE Tickets to MSP Spring ComiCon 2017!

MSP Spring ComiCon hits the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 20 and 21! Hosted by the Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA), this annual event is truly a comic convention for the comics fan, featuring tons of talented artists, vendors, and more. As you might have guessed, we’re giving you the chance to attend this convention for free, and you have two ways to win! To enter, all you have to do is tell us your FAVORITE COMIC CHARACTER by 7:00...

Get Ready for Summer with the Best of 2017 Twin Cities Block Parties

Minnesota summers are the greatest thing ever—it’s just a fact. There’s just something about the way the summer sun melts the winter from our bones. I don’t think there’s anything that can compare; all of a sudden, it’s the first 70-degree day of the year and everyone is aggressively happy and doing everything they can to spend every minute outside. Whether you live in the Twin Cities, the suburbs, or a small town, you know the feeling: that first...

Mayte Garcia Brings Her Memories of Prince to St. Paul

The idea of reading a tell-all memoir chronicling Mayte Garcia’s 11 years with Prince has been met with a lot of fanfare but also with a bit of resistance among some of the Purple One’s fans, given how private he was before his passing a year ago. However, on Tuesday night, support, optimism, and general curiosity outweighed any criticism as a crowd packed into the University Club of St. Paul to hear Garcia read, ask her questions, and get...

Twin Cities Playwright Duck Washington Reflects on a Caucasian-Aggressive Controversy

Derek “Duck” Washington is a local theater artist and fellow geek. He moved to the Minneapolis area in 1995 and has been doing theater here ever since, working in a variety of roles with Blackout Improv, Fearless Comedy, Vilification Tennis, and more. Besides theater, Duck geeks out over Star Wars (so much so that he says he keeps it in an IV in his arm so he can take it anywhere he goes) and Dungeons & Dragons (he was...

Laverne Cox Brings Real Talk to the University of Minnesota

“Because she was a woman, he felt he had a right to catcall her and then demand she be the gender identity he wanted. When she wasn’t, he felt she deserved to die.” This is a quote that has stuck with me over the past week since Laverne Cox’s April 25 talk at the University of Minnesota’s Nothrop Auditorium. It was in reference to the murder of Islan Nettles, a trans woman who was killed by a man named...

Tender Wings of Insult, or: How Not to Do a Gentle Parody

Dear Gentle Readers: In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I loathe and abhor Tender Wings of Desire. For those who are not au courant in the literary scene, Tender Wings of Desire is a historical romance novella, put out by KFC—yes, that KFC—in honor of Mother’s Day, dedicated to mothers everywhere. It was “written” by Colonel Sanders and stars that selfsame...
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