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This Week in Geek (6/17/19–6/23/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 17, to Sunday, June 23. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, June 17, 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 Worst and Best Fathers in Anime

Our fathers are meant to be people that we look up to and can rely on in times of crisis. What they do around us can carry a lasting influence on our lives; they can mold us into normal, functioning members of society or they can doom us to lead dark and unsavory lives on the fringes. Fathers in anime are no different. Just like in real life, they can help or hurt their children to a variety of...

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers Will Unveil Their New Album to Minnesotans at the Dakota

Mindi Abair has been at it a long time. A two-time Grammy-nominated vocalist and world-class saxophonist, she’s seen and done it all, including appearing on American Idol and performing with the Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, and many other prominent acts. Yet she continues to reinvent, thicken, add and subtract, and refine her sound, molding a new version of herself that’s found a niche conquering a hybrid of blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll with her band, Mindi Abair and the...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of June 12, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of June 12, 2019. Jughead’s Time Police Publisher: Archie Comics Words/Story: Sina Grace Art/Colors: Derek Charm “When Jughead messes up his Riverdale Annual Bake-Off pie recipe so terribly, he is disqualified and banned from all future Bake-Offs! Jug goes to unthinkable lengths to fix his error: time travel! Even Riverdale’s most erudite teenager can’t manage the delicate dance of going back in time,...

Frozen II Promises Secrets and Magic in New Trailer

Since it came out in 2013, I’ve run the gamut of emotions when it comes to Disney’s Frozen. I’ve held the titles of superfan, skeptic, hater, advocate, and everything in between. I’ll proudly sing “For the First Time in Forever” at the top of my lungs while begging others not to sing “Let It Go.” If you ask who my favorite Disney princess is, I’ll give you an hour-long explanation as to why Anna is underrated and needs more...

This Week in Geek (6/10/19–6/16/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, June 10, 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....

12 Predictions for E3 2019

It’s that time of year again. Christmas for video-game nerds. You can almost smell it in the air—the crappy convention food, cheaply made swag, and all the beautiful sweaty hype that surrounds it. That’s right folks: it’s E3 time, and even though big publishers such as EA and Sony have pulled out of this year’s expo, gaming fans have plenty to be excited about before the show floor even opens. And while most of the excitement is found in...

A Tour of the War of the Spark Prerelease at 3 Twin Cities Game Stores

It’s been over a month since War of the Spark (WAR) debuted to the general public. On the last weekend of April 2019, both online players through MTG Online and MTG Arena and flesh-and-blood players at their local game stores were finally able to purchase and play with the latest Magic: The Gathering expansion set for the very first time. With the fun of an event where no one knows for sure what the cards do and each pack...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of June 5, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of June 5, 2019. Black Cat Publisher: Marvel Comics Words/Story: Jed Mackay Art/Colors: Travel Foreman, Michael Dowling, Nao Fuji “Felicia Hardy has a taste for the finer things in life and a certain set of skills that can get her into any mansion, vault, or museum to . . . procure said finer things. But due to her actions in Amazing Spider-Man, Felicia’s...

This Week in Geek (6/3/19–6/9/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 3, to Sunday, June 9. Museum of the Moon What: Educational, Science & Technology When: May 21–June 9 Where: Bell Museum (University of Minnesota) It’s been 50 years since the first moon landing, and the Bell Museum is commemorating that momentous event with an installation featuring a 7-meter-diameter sculpture of the moon. Using detailed satellite images...
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