Overlord Reanimates a Dead Genre

If you told me a year ago that I would be walking through the rain to see a late-night screening of a World War II zombie movie, I would scoffed and gone back to researching New Zealand immigration laws. Things change, of course, and the great thing about movies is that all it takes is one or two totally solid ones to shift the landscape and kick off another trend. As easy as it is to disparage the entertainment...

The 2018 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive Is Here!

It’s that time of year again, geeks! Last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was a huge success—we set a new record by collecting over 4,900 donations of games, toys, books, and other items for deserving recipients! This year, with even more great donation locations on board, we’re hoping to do even better. As has been the case the past three years, items donated will go to two very worthy local organizations: Hallie Q. Brown Community...

Noises Off at the Guthrie Is So Nice I Saw It Twice

It is said that theater is the result of a series of happy accidents magically culminating in a successful show. While that criminally understates the efforts of a staggering number of people—most of whom never even get the satisfaction of taking a bow for all their work—there is some truth to it. Any show can be tanked if the simply astonishing number of moving parts does not all line up just right. Throw in Murphy’s Law, “Anything can go...

My Own Devices Explores Dessa’s Relationship with Love, Heartache, Science, and Music

Dessa’s book My Own Devices has been towards the top of my list of books I have been most excited for this year. Dessa is best known as a rapper and a singer. Not only did she grow up in Minneapolis, she started her music career with Doomtree, a hip-hop collective based out of Minneapolis. My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love is Dessa’s memoir. Stylistically, her memoir is compiled as a group...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of November 7, 2018

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of November 7, 2018. Marvel Knights 20th Publisher: Marvel Words/Story: Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, and Vita Ayala (issues 1–6) Art/Colors: Travel Foreman, Niko Henrichon, Damian Couceiro, Joshua Cassara, and Kim Jacinto (Issues 1–6) Covers: Geoff Shaw “In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment. He doesn’t...

Egypt’s Sunken Cities Brings a Showcase of Ancient Egypt to the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Over 1,200 years ago, two of Egypt’s northern coastal cities succumbed to the same fate as Tool’s Los Angeles: they were swallowed by the sea. While there remained some accounts of their existence, and their grandeur, these mysterious cities stayed lost to the depths of the Mediterranean. Even their true names were forgotten or confused. Canopus, one of the most important religious locations of the Ptolemaic period, the destination of so many pilgrimages; people from around the ancient world...

Marissa Meyer’s Archenemies Favors Romance and Secrets Over Action

I was unbelievably excited for Archenemies. I read the first book in the series, Renegades, back in January and fell in love. I was looking forward to another book that would continue the stories of Adrian Everhart and Nova Artino, and I hoped that all of my burning questions would finally be answered after over half a year of waiting. Archenemies, unfortunately, was a bit of a letdown. Maybe I had psyched myself up too much. Maybe, because I was reading...

Escape from Tarkov Is Stress Inducing in the Best Way Possible

I really didn’t like Escape from Tarkov when I first started. I’d load into a map and be dead in less than five minutes. Rinse and repeat. To put it bluntly, I was miserable. Then, I had my first big score. I had some middling loot—just some ammo and other junk, but I was alive. Nearing the extraction point in a sprawling building complex, I spotted another player skulking around outside. He turned the corner and—bang bang—it was over...

This Week in Geek (11/5/18–11/11/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 5th to Sunday, November 11th. Frankenstein at 200!: The Monsters of Beowulf What: Books, Educational When: Monday, November 5th at 2:30 p.m. Where: University of Minnesota, Lind Hall, room 207A Honor the woman who created one of our greatest modern monsters and the first science-fiction novel with an afternoon of monsters from the literary past. What...

Jodie Whittaker Is Off to a Fantastic Start in Doctor Who

It felt like an eternity floating through all that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff for the 13th Doctor to make her proper premiere. But nearly seven months after regenerating and being blown out of the TARDIS, Jodie Whittaker became “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” starting a brand-new direction for the beloved Doctor Who. Each and every regeneration, folks complain and complain about how the new Doctor just isn’t their Doctor. Well, this Whovian is here to tell you to grab your fish...
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