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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....

The Night the Twin Cities Bled Purple

It was a cool and windy Thursday evening at Paisley Park. Normally, the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen is a quiet town on a spring weeknight—but nothing was normal about April 21, 2016. That night, I joined hundreds of mourners who flocked to Paisley Park off Highway 5. We trekked across a trail and through patches of mud, walking through dark tunnels under the highway, avoiding blocked-off areas as police tried to find a balance between allowing a memorial and...

The Quest for the Storied Unicorn Frappuccino

When it comes to coffee chains, my allegiance runs more towards the antler than the mermaid. But my prey, the elusive Unicorn Frappuccino, came only from certain Starbuckian breeding grounds. My quest required me to brave the wilds of the east suburbs. I was willing. Thus I traversed traffic lights, streets with a speed limit of 45, and oddly designed parking lots to bring me to the required location. At that point, I discovered that many other pilgrims had...

MST3K Revival Head Writer Elliott Kalan Talks Making the Leap from Superfan to Creator

In the not too distant future (April 14, 2017, by all accounts) and somewhere in time and space (Netflix), cheesy-movie juggernaut Mystery Science Theater 3000 will return to the small screen. MST3K, created right here in Minnesota by Joel Hodgson, has amassed legions of fans—myself included—since it first premiered in 1988, and anticipation is high for the revival. I reached out to Elliott Kalan, head writer for the new series, to talk about the show. Kalan was previously known...

Morph into Awesome with These Power Rangers Prize Packs!

It’s almost morphin’ time! Power Rangers is headed back to the big screen, and to celebrate, we’re giving away 5 color-coded prize packs: 1 themed for each of the rangers in the movie! Each pack includes the following prizes, tailored to the Black, Blue, Pink, Red, or Yellow Ranger: (2) passes for an advance screening of Power Rangers on March 22, 2017 (1) character movie poster (pictured above) (1) hat (1) pull-string bag (1) T-shirt (1) tattoo set All you...

What’s Wrong with a Black Brit Playing a Black American?

In a somewhat lengthy interview with hip-hop radio station HOT 97, highest all-time box-office star Samuel L. Jackson offered his comments on Jordan Peele’s (fantastic) recent film, Get Out. While Get Out has been near-universally praised as a masterful allegory for contemporary race relations in America (and has been covered here on Twin Cities Geek), Mr. Jackson seemed to take some issue with the casting choices, particularly around star of the film, Daniel Kaluuya of Black Mirror fame. “I think it’s...

After 20 Years, Buffy Is Still Changing the World

On Friday, the iconic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrated the 20th anniversary of its debut. Other writers on this site have already detailed how this show and its characters changed their lives (see here and here), but while it changed mine too, I want to focus on something a bit more big picture. It’s a little odd to think of a television show having the ability to change the world when it didn’t involve race relations, war,...

How Buffy the Vampire Slayer Helped Me Be a Better Me

I was 15 when Buffy the Vampire Slayer made its debut on the WB. I remember it vividly: I was channel surfing and happened across the pilot episode as the opening credits were playing. I decided to give it a shot for a few minutes, and I was completely hooked. Except for a brief hiatus when I left for college, I made my way through adolescence and young adulthood in the company of Buffy and her Scooby Gang. I was...

7 Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Share With Your Potential Slayer

I first saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it was nearing the end of its run. I was working at a camp, and one of my fellow counselors had brought a bunch of episodes she had recorded off her TV. I tore through what she had, then finally finished up the show by borrowing the DVD seasons from a friend (and ultimately buying them myself). The show struck a chord with me, and I wished I’d watched it when it...

Arby’s Targets the Geek Market with Awesome Papercraft Creations

Man, does it feel abnormal to be in the target market for a company’s marketing campaign! With most of my interests being in obscure or independent video games and intense board games, it isn’t very often that I come across advertising that appeals to some of my primary interests: geek stuff and eating. In case you haven’t seen it, some time ago, Arby’s launched a social media campaign of food art and papercrafted sculptures featuring a very long list...
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