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.

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2017

The independent bookstore scene in the Twin Cities is a vibrant one, and you can always count on lots of sales and special events for the annual Independent Bookstore Day, which happens this Saturday, April 29. For the second year in a row, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) has produced a Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport, which allows local bookworms to get discounts and the chance to win special prizes by visiting bookstores around town. This year, 18...

Art in Bloom Brings the Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

If you thought princesses could only teach you how to tend royal gardens in fairy tales, you’d be wrong. Along with its many botanical highlights, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host guest speaker Princess Giorgiana Corsini of Italy and other guest lecturers for this year’s installment of the annual Art in Bloom celebration April 27 through 30, 2017. “As we are in our 34th year, many people regard this as an annual rite of spring—fresh flowers and timeless art,”...

This Week in Geek (4/24/17–4/30/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 24th through Sunday April 30th. Story Forge What: Gaming, Writing When: Tuesday, April 25th 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...

Welcome to Night Vale Actor Cecil Baldwin on Touring and Creating a Hit Podcast

Cecil Gershwin Palmer is perhaps the most recognized voice in all of Night Vale, the fictional desert town where all conspiracy theories are real. And Cecil Baldwin, the real-life actor behind him, has become perhaps been one of the most recognized voices in podcasting since 2013, when Welcome to Night Vale went from a small project produced by a few friends to the most downloaded podcast in the world. Baldwin notes that he is sometimes recognized for his voice....

Nerd Out with Twin Cities Geek at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!

On the third Thursday of every month, the Minneapolis Institute of Art keeps its doors open late for a totally free party with music, activities, and access to special exhibitions. On April 20, the theme is Nerd Thursday, and we’ll be there to help keep things nerdy! Test your luck and your knowledge with Nerd Thursday bingo and trivia by Twin Cities Geek (that’s us!) Do some Crimson Peak yoga with YogaQuest in honor of the Guillermo del Toro...

This Week in Geek (4/17/17–4/23/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday April 17th through Sunday, April 23rd. Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts When: Monday, April 17th 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...

Books Meet Baking at the Edible Book Festival

The Edible Book Festival is an international event combining literary love and baking skill. Hubs all over the world are welcome to participate as long as they follow three rules: The event must be on April 1 or close to it. The reason for this is that it is the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French gastronome who wrote a book centered on food. The baked item must be book-related, even if it doesn’t replicate the book itself. It could...

Was the Transformers: The Last Knight Sneak Peek Event a Transforming Experience or Just Hype?

Being fan of the Transformers franchise since long before the cinematic renditions, I am always wary of the modern interpretations of my childhood heroes and villains. Which is why, while I was excited about having the chance on April 4 to get a first look at the upcoming fifth installment of the movie franchise, The Last Knight, I still remained skeptical. But that changed after viewing the roughly 25-minute sneak peek, about 20 minutes of which was film footage, some...

This Week in Geek (4/10/17–4/16/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 10th through Sunday, April 16th. YogaQuest Continues: Steven Universe What: Sports & Fitness When: Tuesday, April 11th 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. This week’s theme is a fan...

Sweet Spirit Wants You to Escape into Their Party

Sabrina Ellis has been involved in the Austin punk-rock music scene for almost a decade now. The band that brought her into the spotlight, A Giant Dog, plays loud, energetic garage punk, and their live shows, as Ellis put it, can get pretty “violent.” Now, she’s taking a different direction. With the help of A Giant Dog cofounder Andrew Cashen, Ellis started Sweet Spirit, a poppier but still energetic-as-hell band that puts a bunch of musical genres into a...
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