21 Books with Ace and Aro Characters to Read for Asexual Awareness Week

Happy Asexual (Aromantic, Demi-, Gray-) Awareness Week! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a good 101. The tl;dr version: Some people don’t experience sexual or romantic attraction. The difference between attraction and libido is that attraction says “This one!” and libido says “Now!” Romantic and sexual attraction are a spectrum, from a- (none) to gray- (sometimes) to allo- (typical) to hyper- (extreme). “Demisexual” or “demiromantic” is a common subtype of gray-ace/aromantic identity that describes someone who...

This Week in Geek (10/23/17–10/29/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 29th. Board Game Night at Tamarack Tap Room What: Gaming When: Monday, October 23rd 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...

La Femme Brings Mystère, Visceral Set to Midway

When Clémence Quélennec took the stage with her psychedelic pop group La Femme on Friday night, it was impossible to miss the raw energy and emotion she carried in her eyes. Joined by her French bandmates, who are currently on a North American tour to promote their second LP, Mystère, which came out a year ago, the musicians hailing from France entertained Turf Club in Midway, which was packed with Francophiles. Opening with “Sphynx,” which is the first track...

Breathe Is Too Light and Airy for a Film with Such a Powerful Story to Tell

The story of Robin Cavendish, who became an icon for people with disabilities, is one worth telling, but Andy Serkis stumbles in trying to find all the right notes in his directorial debut. Serkis tries with seemingly good intentions to hit the beats of Cavendish’s life, but the results are jumbled—Breathe is a film that seems as though it should be somber and tragic but becomes lost in its own sense of wonder at times. Perhaps Cavendish’s son, Jonathan,...

Adol’s Adventure Continues in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

For many years my only connection to the Ys series was the music. The OST accompanying each release is always really, really, very, quite good. There were always so many barriers keeping me from actually playing any of the games, though. For starters, the series is 30 years old and packed with eight main releases as well as several reimaginings, spinoffs, and console ports of varying quality. Secondly, Ys would go on to find its home on portable systems, particularly...

Win Tickets See John Carpenter at Myth Live for FREE!

Director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor, and composer John Carpenter is coming to Myth Live in Maplewood November 7. In honor of his new album, Anthology (out October 20) and the anniversary of Halloween (out October 25, 1978), we’re giving you the chance to win 2 free tickets to the show! Here’s all you have to do to enter: (1) like the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page (2) like the John Carpenter giveaway post (3) comment on the post naming your...

The Latest Black Panther Trailer Is Us

By now, you likely have seen Marvel’s latest trailer for Black Panther—if you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you take a few minutes and rectify that immediately. The anticipation for this release is due as much to the gripping visuals and ensemble cast as it is to the fact that this is only Marvel’s second superhero film in which the primary protagonist is black (the first, of course, being the woefully overlooked and underrated Blade). It is shaping up...

Throwback Thursday: In The Stunt Man, It’s Not Paranoia If the Director Really Is Trying to Kill You

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. As consumers, we like our containers. We like defined things. From frozen dinners in which everything has its own compartments to high-school cliques, we put things in the boxes we feel most comfortable with. Depending on where you are on the clique spectrum this can be a good thing...

Publishing Style Guides Catch Up with the Singular “They”

Every five years or so, a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style hits editors’ desks. This style bible is used by editors at most American book publishers and some magazines and websites (including Twin Cities Geek) to make sure everything they publish is clear, correct, and consistent. The 1,146-page 17th edition dropped this September, and one of the most talked-about updates was the expanded guidelines on using they as a singular pronoun. Before diving in to those...

6 D&D Meetups for Twin Cities Role-Players

I’m the first to say that I’m a noob when it comes to Dungeons & Dragons. I have only participated in one one-shot campaign, which allowed me to create Mr. Waffles the ultimate cat/lion killing machine. But I’m always looking for new opportunities to participate in a another one-shot or play D&D weekly, so I’ve put together this guide of local meetups for anyone else who’s trying to find the perfect role-playing group. Before I get into the Twin Cities D&D...
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