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This Week in Geek (3/27/17–4/2/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 27th through Sunday, April 2nd. Story Forge What: Gaming, Writing When: Monday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ This monthly event by local tech nonprofit Glitch focuses on teaching the art of storytelling in games. This event focuses on the special challenges of writing for interactive fiction and provides a space where game storytellers can...

How Visions of Hope Unite the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Of all the common threads in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, I propose that the uniting theme is hope. It can be found in his popular works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as his more obscure writings like The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s Ring. If one were to assign a theology to his writings, it would be a Theology of Hope. It is a multifaceted hope, with trust as the foundation—the belief that...

Fire Up the TARDIS for a Trip to Nerdville

Nerdville is not so much a place as it is an experience—and a familiar one, at that. The latest original show from Arts Garden in Hugo, just a 20-minute drive north of St. Paul, is the ultimate crossover between some of sci fi and fantasy’s most classic films and television shows, including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Harry Potter. The show follows The Big Bang Theory characters Penny and Sheldon,...

Mass Effect: Andromeda Releases Today, but It’s Already Well into Controversy

Mass Effect: Andromeda, the highly anticipated latest installment in Bioware’s Mass Effect series, is officially out today, with some gamers and media outlets having recently previewed the game before launch. Critical response so far has been mixed, but before it was even out, players had picked up on some bizarre features in the game—specifically the awkward facial animations of the characters. Rather than chalking it up to an overeager release or a case of game preview gone awry (and...

Minnesota Tonight Brings You the Local News . . . Hilariously

Minnesota Tonight is a local news show delivering politics, headlines, and legislation content in an entertaining package, not unlike Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Episodes tape at the Brave New Workshop every month, usually to sold-out audiences, and you can catch them after the fact on their website or their YouTube channel. I recently met up with founder and executive producer Jonathan Gershberg to learn more about this increasingly popular show. Gershberg, who is also the host of Minnesota...

This Week in Geek (3/20/17–3/26/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 20th through Sunday, March 27th. Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts When: Monday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session...

A Personal Look at Marscon 2017

Marscon is a deeply personal convention for me. I have a close connection with a number of the people who either perform for or work on the music track. I have a friend who comes in from out of state every year, and a girlfriend who comes down to volunteer with Table 27 (the table selling stuff for the musicians) and spend time with me. I’ve had a lot of interesting and intense experiences at the convention, and it...

The Northside Celebration from Capri Theater and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Is a Joy to Behold

Last night, in the auditorium at North Community High School, a gospel choir sang. A spoken-word poet recited a piece. A woman told a story. In between, a string quartet strummed their instruments, a woodwind quintet performed a couple of pieces, and a high schooler read a poem by one of his classmates. These disparate parts all came together as a wondrous whole to form the Northside Celebration, a collaboration between the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis and the...

Morph into Awesome with These Power Rangers Prize Packs!

It’s almost morphin’ time! Power Rangers is headed back to the big screen, and to celebrate, we’re giving away 5 color-coded prize packs: 1 themed for each of the rangers in the movie! Each pack includes the following prizes, tailored to the Black, Blue, Pink, Red, or Yellow Ranger: (2) passes for an advance screening of Power Rangers on March 22, 2017 (1) character movie poster (pictured above) (1) hat (1) pull-string bag (1) T-shirt (1) tattoo set All you...

What’s Wrong with a Black Brit Playing a Black American?

In a somewhat lengthy interview with hip-hop radio station HOT 97, highest all-time box-office star Samuel L. Jackson offered his comments on Jordan Peele’s (fantastic) recent film, Get Out. While Get Out has been near-universally praised as a masterful allegory for contemporary race relations in America (and has been covered here on Twin Cities Geek), Mr. Jackson seemed to take some issue with the casting choices, particularly around star of the film, Daniel Kaluuya of Black Mirror fame. “I think it’s...
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