School Babysitters Is as Cuddly as It Is Comical

Cuteness, like beauty, is subjective. Some people prefer cuteness in the form of kittens and puppies. Others are more partial to fantasy-based creatures, such as the Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series, and still others fall in love with watching the innocent high jinks of young children. I myself do not fall into the last category, but to those who do, I present School Babysitters. Produced by Brain’s Base, the studio that brought us Durarara!!; Kiss Him, Not Me;...

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest 2019 Is Highlighting Latin America

Summer is in full swing, and so is the Minnesota Orchestra’s annual Sommerfest festival, running now through August 3, 2019. The theme this year is Música Juntos (Music Together): Celebrating the Music of Latin America, which will treat audiences to a look at Latin American music, cuisine, and art. I got the chance to attend the first event of the season, the world’s first live-scored performance of Disney/Pixar’s Coco, and had a blast. I know the other events planned...

This Week in Geek (7/8/19–7/14/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 8, to Sunday, July 14. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, July 8, at 5:00 p.m. Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul) While it may be tough diving back into the workweek (at least for those of us with Monday-to-Friday jobs), this event seeks to add fun and levity to Mondays with games....

Mordhau Offers Excellent First-Person Medieval Combat

I’m charging into combat wielding a mace and shield, my armored comrades alongside me. The cavalry rushes ahead to chase off archers.  I hear someone strumming an awful tune on a lute and I see a shirtless teammate sprint past, wielding the instrument like a weapon. A foe from the enemy team wades through the crowd and swings a great maul, splatting the bard’s head effortlessly. It may not be exactly like medieval times, but it sure is fun....

Midsommar Burns with the Midnight Sun

Hereditary (2018) turned a lot of heads for a few reasons, the first of which was probably a total sucker punch of a plot point that was tough for even the most jaded horror fans. Another was the way in which director Ari Aster slid back and forth between the visual language of independent drama and the surrealistic peaks of the character’s supernatural visions. Midsommar is his follow-up to that breakthrough movie, and it is in many ways a...

In Coral, Both Mermaids and Humans Struggle with Mental Health

Content warning: This book and review discuss mental illness, depression, and self-harm. The Little Mermaid is one of the most popular Disney films of all time. Its source material, however, isn’t as cheerful. Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale ends with the titular character sacrificing herself in the name of love, and depending on the version, she either dissolves into sea-foam or becomes an angel after her death. No matter the ending, the story always includes this key fact: merpeople aren’t...

David Harbour Visits the Twin Cities to Talk Stranger Things, the Acting Process, and the Draw of Nostalgia

David Harbour has been a character actor for years, but he’s perhaps best known as the gruff Chief Hopper from Netflix’s hit horror show Stranger Things. Ahead of the third season debuting on July 4, 2019, Harbour stopped by the Mall of America for a fan event to talk about not just the show but his approach to acting and the series’ nostalgic appeal. I had the chance to sit down with him before the public Q&A to ask...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of July 3, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 3,2019. Lois Lane Publisher: DC Words/Story: Greg Rucka Art/Colors: Mike Perkins “On the road and out of Metropolis—and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman’s life—Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka...

Spider-Man: Far from Home Takes a Bold Swing into a New Phase

The Spider-Man films have a lot on their shoulders as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise to get an installment post-Endgame. So, after bringing to a close one of the most successful and engaging superhero arcs that has been a constant boil for over a decade, where does Marvel go from here? It’s a stressful step forward that’s just as tense as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) feeling the fear of following in the footsteps of his mentor, Tony Stark....

Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for July 2019

Welcome back to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for July 2019. There is plenty happening this month, with fun things to do whether or not you’ll be at CONvergence this year. Special Events ESA Live Featuring Kounter Mezhure What: Concert When: Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis) Coming to Minneapolis directly from Seattle’s Mechanismus festival, ESA: Electronic Substance Abuse brings electronic inferno and heavy rhythmic style...
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