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This Week in Geek (1/22/18–1/28/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 22nd to Sunday, January 28th. Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Arts, Family When: Monday, January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC Trek Trivia presents a night of new Star Trek. Follow the adventures of a brand-new crew with your fellow geeks in a great old Minneapolis theater. This is a free,...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2018

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 gaming events here all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...

Machines Will Inherit the Earth in Planetarium

Occasionally, I browse through Kickstarter looking for new projects to contribute to, because I am more than willing to back any project I think I would thoroughly enjoy. Kicking off 2018, writer and illustrator Chance Wyatt Oberlander, who publishes as Chance Wyatt, reached out to me with details on the new Kickstarter campaign for his illustrated book Planetarium. I have been a fan of this author’s work for a while now due to his book Census, which I reviewed in 2016....

Here’s the Buzz on Bizzy Coffee Shots

Being an occasional barista at Steamship Coffee & Tea has taught me how important it is to support local businesses. In addition to purchasing pounds of coffee at Steamship, I was able to try out coffee espresso shots from Bizzy Coffee—a company devoted to sustainability and improving the environment. The production of the cold-brew coffee shots are done in Minneapolis, so buying espresso shots from Bizzy does help to support the Minneapolis coffee scene. Bizzy Coffee sent a couple free samples of...

Minnesota-Born Writer Marisa Tam on Creating Stories for The Blacklist

Marisa Tam was born and raised in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota before heading out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing. She completed UCLA’s inaugural Professional Program in TV Writing and was later selected for the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2015–2016 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge. She is now in her second season as a writer for The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Megan Boone....

Dance and Theater Combine for A Rap on Race, Revamped

It was a simple conversation that changed the nation. Two people, black author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat down and talked about race back in 1970. Nearly five decades later, that moment in time is being brought back to life in the form of an arts hybrid of sorts by Spectrum Dance Theater out of Seattle. The troupe is now on tour with its take on A Rap on Race, and that tour stopped at the...

This Week in Geek (1/15/18–1/21/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 15th to Sunday, January 21st. Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Arts, Family When: Monday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC Trek Trivia presents a night of new Star Trek. Follow the adventures of a brand-new crew with your fellow geeks in a great old Minneapolis theater. This is a free,...

This Week in Geek (1/8/17–1/14/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 8th to Sunday, January 14th. Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Arts, Family When: Monday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC Trek Trivia presents a night of new Star Trek with the return of its Discovery viewing party. Follow the adventures of a brand-new crew with your fellow geeks in a...

The Twin Cities Geek 2017 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!

The donations have been tallied, the gifts have been given, and thanks to all of you the third annual Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was our most successful yet! The Twin Cities geek community came together once again to make the holidays brighter for so many Twin Cities families, and you really outdid yourselves this year, with an unprecedented number of contributions—the 2017 drive collected 2,784 toys and gifts and 2,207 books, graphic novels, manga, and comics...

The X-Files Returns, But Can We Really Go Home Again?

I’m having trouble writing this preview, because I’m not excited. When it was announced about three years ago that The X-Files was coming back for another season, it was exciting—finally, a chance for the iconic show of the ’90s to deliver the answers it had promised. The moment was nigh for redemption from the disasters that were seasons 8 and 9 and the second motion picture. I was giddy that finally I could discuss my favorite show without the...
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