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This Week in Geek (3/13/17–3/19/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 13th through Sunday March 19th. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came What: Arts and Theater When: Monday, March 13th, Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 19th at 2:30 p.m. Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre Fans of theater and The Dark Tower will be in for a treat with this...

Taking Your Little Geek to a Convention

So you’ve decided to bring your geekling to one of the area fandom conventions. Awesome! Even if you’re no stranger to the convention scene, the first time with a kid, no matter what their age, can be a bit daunting. First, don’t panic. You are a hoopy frood who knows where their towel is. Second, add some favorable modifiers to your “have a good time” roll by thinking about these tidbits of advice from the greatest of adventurers: other...

This Week in Geek (3/6/17–3/12/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 6th through Sunday March 12th. Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters What: Arts When: March 5th–May 28th Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art The Minneapolis Institute of Art is hosting At Home with Monsters, a collection of paintings, drawings, artifacts, and concept film art from Guillermo del Toro’s home base in Los Angeles. The exhibit is...

This Week in Geek (1/30/17-2/5/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 30th through Sunday, February 5th. Knitting Social What: Crafting, Meetup When: Tuesday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m. Where: Minnesota History Center Get social and hang out with fellow knitters at the Minnesota History Center. This event is an opportunity to hang out, knit, and chat with other folks, so bring a project and be ready to...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2017

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many MN gaming events all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...

Should I Bring My Child to a Convention?

Kids can have a great time at conventions, or they can be so miserable that the result makes a Ringwraith tea party look great by comparison. And even if your kid does have a great time, managing them may completely suck the joy out of your convention experience to the point you’re questioning why you even brought them. Or, perhaps you’ve been wondering why you didn’t take your kid to a convention earlier, since you’re finding them to be...

A Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate Cosplayer’s Emergency Repair Kit

Meta Con 2014 was truly a historic convention for me. It was the first con where I started doing cosplay repair, with my inspiration coming from two places: meeting another cosplay repairman—General Maintenance, a punny name inspired by the one who started the viral the movement, Captain Patch-It—and Greg Ayres’s passion for antibullying. Two years and three major outfit revisions later, I’ve built a reputation and a small following as Takeo, the Cosplay Repair Guy. Heck, it’s because of...

Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016 Struggles with a New Venue and New Problems

Gamer’s Rhapsody 3 was, as one could infer, the third go of a convention focused on the art and music of video gaming. As the red-rings-on-my-face target audience for this convention, I’ve been following this con closely, including enthusiastically reviewing last year’s event. The Midwest has a lot to offer nerds of all flavors, but those of us who are die-hard fans of the elements of gaming often overlooked—scores, sound effects, script writing, character design, background art—the idea of...

Win a FREE Ticket to Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016!

Gamer’s Rhapsody is a weekend-long video game convention and concert series held in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is all about celebrating the artistic and engineering beauty of video games and their creation, and includes: Live performances of video game music! Panels and workshops on video game art, music, and development! An entire room dedicated to local indie developers! Exhibitors and artists showing off their creations! The mission of Gamer’s Rhapsody is to create a unique experience where games, music,...

50 Years on the Final Frontier: Seeing Star Trek through the Eyes of Minnesota Geeks

It’s been 50 years to the day since Star Trek‘s September 8, 1966, premiere on NBC. A different but equally important milestone happened 20 years later, on December 20, 1986—the night William Shatner appeared on Saturday Night Live, in an episode featuring then-timely sketches about T. J. Hooker and Oliver North and presenting the musical stylings of one Buster Poindexter. More to the point, Shatner appeared as himself in a now-infamous sketch set at a clichéd Star Trek fan convention...
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