Lore Podcast Live is a Polished Show for Enthusiasts of the Supernatural

The Woman’s Club Assembly was the perfect venue for the Lore podcast’s live show. The building itself has as much character as the stories that were told that night. The stage had a simple setup: a piano, a small table, and a nice, cozy chair. The audience was diverse. There were families, couples, and people of all ages. They all seemed very excited to experience this show. One person came out on stage quietly. With book in hand, he was...

This Week in Geek (8/21/17–8/27/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 21st through Sunday, August 27th. Solar Eclipse What: Science & Technology, Educational, Family When: Monday, August 21st at 11:00 a.m. Where: Science Museum of Minnesota Monday brings a solar eclipse, and the Science Museum can help to appreciate and understand what we’ll witness here (the total solar eclipse will be visible in other parts of the...

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Is Hit and Miss, But Mostly Miss

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson each have catchphrases in The Hitman’s Bodyguard: “Goddamn it” and “Motherfucker,” respectively. Nobody can say that last expletive quite like Jackson, and a good film can find just the right way to use him to punctuate a scene. This is not that movie. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is so desperate to be a funny, violent, and bombastic action film that it throws everything and the kitchen sink at the screen. I could do without...

How Minnesota Fashion Designer Samantha Rei Made Me Feel at Home in My Own Skin

Since the day I met her, I have been in awe of Samantha Rei. When I started my search for a wedding gown back in 2009, it didn’t take long for me to feel defeated. All the options I found felt like they were for other people; not only were the zillions of big white gowns not my personal style, they weren’t for me. It was a space in which I felt unwelcome, outside. I, like so many people,...

This Week in Geek (8/14/17–8/20/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 14th through Sunday, August 20th. 9 Nights of Music: Rockin’ Pinecones What: Music, Community When: Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Minnesota History Center Hear some catchy tunes and learn how to dance while experiencing the tapestry of Twin Cities culture at 9 Nights of Music. This weekly event begins with dance instruction before leading...

Wind River Is a Refreshingly Cold Break from Muggy Summer Cinema

A Native American woman is bloody, barefoot, and frozen to death in the snowy Wyoming hills outside a reservation. Why was she out there? That is the mystery for a collaboration of local law enforcement, the FBI, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Wind River. The first to discover the body is wildlife agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner). He comes out to the reservation for his regular duties of tracking mountain lions that savage cattle, unprepared to...

The Your Parents Basement Podcast Is Filled with Comedic ’90s Nostalgia

Your Parents Basement reviews older video games, mainly from the 1990s. Introducing the podcast by reading from game manuals with comedic flair, the three hosts (Steve, Todd, and Huell) play off one another through the entire podcast, giving the audience satire through out. They focus mainly on games that they have nostalgia for. Whether the game is good or bad, they reminisce about their experiences. One of the best segments from the podcast is the reading of the game...

When, Where, and How to See the 2017 Total Eclipse in Minnesota

Monday, August 21, will bring us the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in 99 years. While not incredibly uncommon generally—total solar eclipses can be seen from Earth every couple of years—this one is special to us, as it will cut diagonally across the entirety of the United States. Knowing the significance of this upcoming eclipse is one thing, but knowing the science behind it is another. For that, Twin Cities Geek turned to Evan Tyler, a...

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Is Less Nutty, But Still Salty

The sequel to 2014’s small-yet-profitable animated picture The Nut Job has some small hurdles to conquer to not be insufferable. There’s no convoluted plot of animals swiping nuts from a nut shop that overlaps with a mafia-front operation to rob a bank. There’s no stopping of the movie to showcase the popular music talent of the moment, as the previous film did with Sy. There’s no simplistic and juvenile fart joke, complete with green vapors. The Nut Job 2:...

Throwback Thursday: Paris Is a Playground of the Senses in Playtime

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Jacques Tati’s Playtime is a French film of artistic merit but doesn’t require much understanding of French cinema or the language to appreciate. Much like his previous pictures of Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and Mon Oncle, the picture takes the viewer to a lavish location where we follow multiple characters,...
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