The Fifth Season Explores Nature, Race, and Sexuality in a Postapocalyptic World

At the risk of having my geekdom revoked, I should admit something right up front: I don’t read very much sci fi. I thought, for a long time, that I didn’t like sci fi, which is an even more egregious offense. It turns out, though, that what I don’t like is the overarching white maleness of the genre as it’s presented in mainstream culture. But sci fi written by women, queer folks, and people of color exists, and it’s...

Going Back through the Wormhole with 25 Years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

When we meet the charming and beautiful Lieutenant Jadzia Dax in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, we learn two things—she’s impossibly old, and she has a slug inside her body. Dax’s species, the Trill, was a compelling creation, first introduced to fans in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Inside each joined Trill is a wormlike symbiont that can live for hundreds of years, transferring to a new host at the end of each lifetime. It’s...

Indie Darling Rachael Yamagata Returns to Minneapolis with a New, Intimate Tour Experience

A master of love songs and examining the human condition, Rachael Yamagata is no stranger to the Twin Cities—the singer-songwriter has played a handful of shows across Minneapolis over the last couple years, including a pair at the recently closed Triple Rock Social Club to promote her latest album, Tightrope Walker (2016). She’s an indie force who packs her live shows with the strength, precision, and elegance to make you want to sing along, dance, and even cry, sometimes all...

This Week in Geek (2/5/18–2/11/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 5th to Sunday, February 11th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at Waterbury Center Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and The Geek Partnership Society. This is a free...

The Insult is a Stirring, Human, and Important Courtroom Drama

There’s a microcosm of humanity’s faults and compassion within the conflict of The Insult. In Beirut, a Palestinian-refugee-construction worker notices a leaky gutter from a nearby apartment that is spraying his men. He offers to fix it for free, but the stubborn tenant—a Lebanese Christian—refuses the help. The construction worker decides to fix it anyway, only for the tenant to smash it to bits. Intensely harsh words are exchanged. Then the Palestinian punches the Lebanese Christian. Now the two...

7 Underappreciated Sci-Fi Shows to Stream Right Now

Every year, we all patiently await for the newest season of our favorite streaming shows. Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror, any of the Marvel properties (except Iron Fist)—each posted online and each binged within a week. How can we possibly handle the seemingly infinite amount of time until we get our next taste? Luckily, there are a number of fine shows you may have never heard of that can fill the void! Here are seven hidden gems you can watch...

This Week in Geek (1/29/18–2/4/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 29th to Sunday, February 4th. (And if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, check out “35 Things to Do Instead of the Super Bowl” and “The Super Bowl Survival Guide for Minnesota Theater Geeks”!) Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Family When: Monday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC...

American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year Shoots for the Stars

American Girl, the brand known for bringing history-based 18-inch dolls to bunches of kids over the past 30 years, has been releasing a special Girl of the Year each year for the past decade or so. Each of these characters generally has a specific interest, such as baking or dance. Over the course of two to three books (it varies from year to year), her story related to that interest evolves, and she overcomes various challenges along the way....

6 Books to Warm Up Your Winter Reading

It’s still winter in Minnesota and will be for some time yet, as much as we all may wish otherwise. While many of us in the Twin Cities got a good dose of snow this past week, some of the city plows are a little too efficient, and I, personally, didn’t get to spend any time being snowed into my house. If I had, though, here are six books I might have read while curled up by the fireplace,...

The Super Bowl Survival Guide for Minnesota Theater Fans

After months of preparation and weeks of street closings, Super Bowl LII is almost here. Events throughout the region start January 26 for residents and fans alike leading up to the big game on February 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to experience a different kind of drama on a big stage, we’ve got you covered. Here are some plays and musicals on stage during the Super Bowl hoopla. (Note: some of the companies are...
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