Events

Coverage of events that are of interest to the MN geek community. This includes but is not limited to conventions, festivals, re-enactments, dances, and tournaments.

Glitch’s Gamecraft Is a Digital Whirlwind of Minnesotan Game Creation

Over the weekend of January 20–22, 2017, over 200 artists, programmers, writers, and video-game fans gathered at Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. Their shared goal would propel them through sleepless nights and countless bottles of energy drinks and cups of coffee. They had signed up for Gamecraft, the local site for the 2017 Global Game Jam—an international festival of creativity that encourages creators to produce and prototype games in all media. According to the Global Game...

This Week in Geek (2/20/17–2/26/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 20th through Sunday, February 26th. Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts When: Monday, February 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...

Loud at the Library Brings Music and Makerspaces Together

There’s something thrilling about being in a library after hours. From Harry Potter’s Restricted Section to Beauty and the Beast’s sunlit personal collection, there’s a special joy that comes with being all alone and surrounded by books, and even a seasoned librarian like me isn’t immune to that little frisson of excitement. But when most people imagine the library after dark, they don’t typically picture a crowd whooping as a drum solo crescendos or a singer hits the perfect...

This Week in Geek (2/13/17–2/19/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 13th through Sunday, February 19th. YogaQuest Continues: Crimson Peak What: Sports & Fitness When: Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. Where: YQdio Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fanfiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. See if you can convince yourself...

Grown-Up Club Is an Offbeat Way for Minnesotans to Escape Boredom and Routine

If there’s one thing that’s true about being an adult, it’s that, well, sometimes it’s the worst. Paying bills, working 40-plus hours a week, going to doctor for regular checkups, taking medications, becoming mortal enemies with alarm clocks, going to bed at 9:30 p.m. instead of 2:00 a.m. . . . it’s really kind of a bummer to be an adult sometimes. Okay, maybe it’s not all that bad. Some of those things are actually kind of nice. Also,...

This Week in Geek (2/6/17–2/12/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 6th through Sunday, February 12th. YogaQuest Continues: The Lego Movie What: Sport & Fitness When: Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. Where: YQdio Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fanfiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. See if you can convince...

This Week in Geek (1/30/17-2/5/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 30th through Sunday, February 5th. Knitting Social What: Crafting, Meetup When: Tuesday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m. Where: Minnesota History Center Get social and hang out with fellow knitters at the Minnesota History Center. This event is an opportunity to hang out, knit, and chat with other folks, so bring a project and be ready to...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2017

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many MN gaming events all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...

Minnesota Conventions for Writers and Book Lovers in 2017

With all of the great bookstores, publishers, authors, and writing programs in the Twin Cities, most of us aren’t surprised that Minneapolis and St. Paul are repeatedly ranked as some of the most literate cities in the country. As part of the literary culture, there are plenty of conventions and conferences in Minnesota where you can learn about writing and publishing, see authors speak, and more—and here’s your list for 2017! Some of these events are specifically aimed at...

This Week in Geek (1/23/16–1/29/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 29th. The Monday Will Always Raise a Glass to Kate Urquhart What: Comedy, Nightlife When: Monday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Monday Night Comedy Show The Monday Night Comedy Show presents a night of long sets from a selection of eight local comics from the longest running comedy showcase in...
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