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No, YOU Move! Standing Up for What’s Right with Superheroes

A particular exchange between Captain America and Spider-Man has long been one of my favorite quotes. Spidey is asking Cap how he deals with the world when it’s pitted against him. Cap gives a longer response, but the iconic end is: “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else:...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

Disney’s Coco Is a Victory for Mexicans Everywhere

When I first saw the news about Disney/Pixar’s plans to make a movie set in Mexico and based around the Day of the Dead, I was cautiously optimistic. On the one hand, after two too many movies about cars, it was about time they made a movie about at least part of who I am. On the other, I hoped they wouldn’t make a joke or a mockery out of the culture with the movie. I’m happy to say...

This Week in Geek (11/20/17–11/26/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 20th through Sunday, November 26th. Crepe & Spoon Grand Opening What: Food & Drink When: Monday, November 20th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Crepe & Spoon Come celebrate the opening of Crepe & Spoon, a new purveyor of everything that you need—ice cream and crepes—from the minds of two locals. Expect fun and strange ice cream and...

Hip Hop Nutcracker Ignites Tchaikovsky’s Ballet with Modern Vigor

A year before Hamilton hit Broadway, the touring dance show Hip Hop Nutcracker was already using hip-hop to shake up the stage—in this case, the world of ballet. Now in its fourth season, Hip Hop Nutcracker has begun its 2017 tour around the country and will stop at the State Theatre in Minneapolis November 21 and 22. The show is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of Brooklyn-based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre. If you’re like me, you yawned...

The 2017 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive Is Here!

It’s that time of year again, geeks! Last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was a huge success—we more than doubled the goal we’d set for ourselves by collecting over 3,000 donations of games, toys, books, and other items for deserving recipients! This year, with even more great donation locations on board, we’re hoping to do even better. As has been the case the past two years, items donated will go to two very worthy local...

Locally Developed Arcade Game Galactic Battleground Comes to Can Can Wonderland

In 1981 the world was introduced to Galaga. The game is synonymous with the classic arcade setup: the flashing lights, the adrenaline, the 8-bit music, the euphoric trance of just one more game. Understanding and craving that nostalgia were the local developers of Slackerz Inc., who created an homage to Galaga called Galactic Battleground—fittingly housed in full arcade-cabinet glory. The key difference, though, is the way the game is played through its core PvP mechanic. “Galactic Battleground is best...

The Importance of Empathy in the Geek Community

If you’ve been following my writing on this site lately, you’ll have read about how I’ve turned some of the negativity I’ve faced for being a geek to my advantage—last time, I talked about the silver linings of spending a lot of time by myself. But as cool as all that may be, probably the most important thing I’ve learned about being a geek is this: being a marginalized group, empathy and compassion in our community is hugely important....

This Week in Geek (11/13/17–11/19/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 13th through Sunday, November 19th. Board Game Night at Tamarack Tap Room What: Gaming When: Monday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Tamarack Tap Room The Tamarack Tap Room, in partnership with the Gaming Goat, presents a weekly Monday-evening meetup for board games and beer—meet new gamer friends and enjoy a brew. As with most public...

An Amazing Community of Refugee Geekery Lives in Minnesota

As you can imagine, Minnesota is about as far removed from life in tropical nations as you get—virtually an alien landscape. You try explaining ice fishing and lutefisk to people living along the Mekong. “What are grape nuts?” “Tell me about these foods-on-a-stick at the fair. Are they like chicken satay?” “You sculpt beauty queens with butter?” For some, connections between geeks and refugees aren’t intuitive. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to refugee resettlement, but approaching the 45 year anniversary of Lao...
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