Tagged Christmas

Make Your Holidays Bigger on the Inside with a Gingerbread TARDIS

The holidays are well and truly upon us! You probably have a billion things to get done this week, but might I suggest slowing down a little, taking some time, and building a gingerbread TARDIS to deck your halls for the what remains of the Yuletide season? At its core, a gingerbread TARDIS is actually far simpler than its more popular cousin, the gingerbread house. There are no angled roof pieces that threaten to slide off unless you hold...

A Klingon Christmas Carol Brings Scrooge and Star Trek Together Again

When I first heard back in August that auditions were happening for A Klingon Christmas Carol, I immediately had to share with a group of fellow Star Trek nerd friends. After much fangirling and wishing they could move here for the experience, it was largely not-at-all discussed for months, until it popped up in my Facebook feed as a suggested event. I promised them I would go, so tickets were purchased for a double date on opening night. I’ve never...

Vilification Tennis Takes on the War on Christmas

Yule Regret This: The Vilification Tennis War on Christmas, the insult-battle group’s November 26 holiday special at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, was disturbingly comical. If you haven’t heard of Vilification Tennis—who have appeared at CONvergence, Transvestite Soup’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, and other events in addition to their own dedicated performances—you owe it yourself to catch one of their shows. Their usual fare is not the family-friendly version you may have seen at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. At Yule Regret This,...

Win the Holidays with These Awesome Vegan-Friendly Recipes

Anyone with food restrictions of any kind can tell you: holiday eating can be rough. It can be difficult navigating holiday fare that doesn’t necessarily cater to those with food restrictions, especially if there’s more than one or they’re newly in place. Likewise, if you are hosting a guest who these restrictions, it can bring panic to the menu planning. Thankfully, there are lots of resources out there to help figure out how to make everyone happy. One such...

5 Geeky (Classical) Concerts Coming to the Twin Cities in December

The Twin Cities are just brimming with Christmas and Christmas-adjacent classical music concerts coming up over the next month. Here are five of them of special interest to geeks! 1. TubaChristmas Dates: December 3, 4, 9, and 10, 2016 Times: Various (see website) Locations: Minneapolis–St. Paul, St. Cloud, Marshall, Austin, and Virginia Ahh, the tuba, the most noble of brass instruments—or the lowest, at least. Don’t know about TubaChristmas? It was started by Harvey Phillips, former professor of tuba...

Reliving the Magic: The Joy of Reading Harry Potter to My Daughter

I’ll confess: we’re a Santa household. There’s a special time in life when magic is more possible than at other ages, and since our daughter is right in that period, my husband and I are perfectly happy to help the magic exist. That is why, speaking of magic, “Santa” brought her the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last year. Confession number two: I was the one who slipped the book into Santa’s sack. One of...

The Last-Minute Guide to 2015 Twin Cities Holiday Craft Markets

It’s easy to forget because there’s hardly been any snow on the ground, but the holiday shopping season is quickly drawing to a close. Still have some names on your list that you haven’t found that perfect gift for? Looking for something unique, edible, and/or locally made? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Here is your guide to local holiday craft markets for last-minute shopping. Tattersall Holiday Market: Explore the North Gifts for the person in your live who loves...

10 Geeky Holiday Crafts to Deck Your Halls with Awesome

Normally, you see holiday posts closer to, well, the holidays. Most people find the sight of festive décor before Thanksgiving nauseating (and in spirit, I’m right there with you). But if you’re a crafty geek, you can’t wait until December to start thinking about the holiday crafts—most crafty genius takes time to create! And these crafts that I’ve rounded up from the far corners of the Internet are genius, in my own humble opinion, and worth planning to spend time...

The Holidays Come Early with Midnight Syndicate’s Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering

Midnight Syndicate is best described as music for the imagination. Soundtracks to your darkest dreams. Each of the group’s albums has a theme, follows an intentionally vague story, and lets your mind wander away with the rest. The haunted-house industry uses them heavily as atmospheric backdrops, as do artists and writers from around the world. Consisting of composer/filmmaker Edward Douglas and composer Gavin Goszka, Midnight Syndicate has been steadily creating new material since the late ’90s. Albums have taken fans everywhere: abandoned crypts,...
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