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The Brothers Paranormal Is a Thrilling and Multilayered Asian American Ghost Story

With their coproduction of Prince Gomolvilas’s The Brothers Paranormal, Theater Mu and Penumbra Theatre have brought a must-see performance that sets a high bar for intercultural speculative theater. Directed by Lou Bellamy and billed as a “darkly comic chiller,” the play goes far beyond that description as it unfolds into a stirring adventure involving two Thai American ghost-hunting brothers with dubious qualifications for their calling. At turns horrifying and moving, profound and endearing, it sees the titular Brothers Paranormal...

A Minnesota Game Creator Brings Card-Based Space Battle Dreams to Life

Creating a new game can be as easy as grabbing some index cards and a pen. It’s how some of the most popular card-based games got their start, including Magic: The Gathering. Through numerous playtest sessions, a game can go from being just an idea to a finished, enjoyable product. It’s a long and arduous process, and not every game creator has the fortitude and determination to see it through. At a playtest session in the beginning of March,...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of May 8, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of May 8, 2019. Excellence Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Brandon Thomas Art/Colors: Khary Randolph “Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others—those with greater potential—but never themselves. Now it’s time for Spencer to follow in his father’s footsteps, but...

This Week in Geek (5/6/19–5/12/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 6th to Sunday, May 12th. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, May 6th 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 Revealing Wonder of Wild Nights with Emily

There’s a shade of Drunk History present within Wild Nights with Emily, in which you could just imagine some inebriated historian gushing about the real dirt on famed poet Emily Dickinson. She is played in this biopic by Molly Shannon in a manner that strives for a very tongue-in-cheek feeling, and the actor doesn’t have to try hard for a laugh—the humor comes directly from the earnest nature of this literary figure, hidden for decades. The film is compelling...

A Twin Cities Geek Goes to Star Wars Celebration 2019

It’s April 10, 2019, and I’m cursing the Minnesota winter. As the Cities get around eight inches of snow, I know that my odds of making it to Chicago have gotten worse for an event I’ve been looking forward to for a year: Star Wars Celebration. The convention, dedicated to Star Wars fans, ran from April 11 through April 15 this year. It might be a little unknown to some, but for die hard Star Wars fans it’s mecca,...

The MN Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2019

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops open their doors to give out specially designated comics for free as well as take the opportunity to host creator appearances, sales, giveaways, and more. This year, Free Comic Book Day also coincides with my all-time favorite holiday: May the 4th! Whether you celebrate Star Wars Day or not, there are some solid comics deals going on in the Twin Cities. Click here for the full list of free...

Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for May 2019

Welcome to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of May 2019. This month we have awesome concerts, amazing regular events, and the weekly events that get you moving. Special Events Wax Poets 1-Year Anniversary What: Club Night When: Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant (Minneapolis) This month, Wax Poets celebrates its first anniversary of bringing you excellent nights of vinyl jockeying. This month the ACME collective has...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of May 1, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of May 1, 2019. Five Years Publisher: Abstract Studios Words/Story: Terry Moore Art/Colors: Terry Moore “Five Years weaves the many strands of the ‘Terryverse’ into one epic saga, years in the making! A dangerous paper written by Lilith has been leaked to the nations of the world containing a formula for the ultimate weapon, and now labs around the globe are attempting to...

This Week in Geek (4/29/19–5/5/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 29th to Sunday, May 5th. Game Changers What: Educational, Gaming, Family, Arts When: Daily through May 5th; see site for museum hours Where: Science Museum of Minnesota When cutting-edge science and technology interface with art, you can get beautiful things. Video games have been on the forefront of this for decades, and the Science Museum of...
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