Tagged CONvergence

Prep for Your Convention Weekend with Help from Twin Cities Geek

CONvergence is only four weeks away, and there are plenty more conventions after that. Are you ready? Help get there with some of our tips on planning, navigating the con, and staying healthy and relaxed while you geek it up! Convention newcomers can start with The Geek Convention Survival Guide (and hey, some of us old-timers could use a refresher, too). If you’re cosplaying, make sure you’re ready for every situation with The Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate...

Minnesota Playwright and Poet Saymoukda Vongsay Is the Refugenius You’re Looking For

It is tricky to think of qualifiers in which to present Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. It isn’t that there aren’t many exceptional things about her to point out (there are), and it isn’t that her résumé couldn’t trigger a midlife crisis for some of the most accomplished on the arts scene (it could). The tricky part is figuring out an order in which to present them. How about we start with sparkly stuff first—the attention grabbers, the “oooh-ahhh” stuff? Like, say, oh, that Saymoukda Vongsay’s work has been presented by the Smithsonian,...

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...

Throwback Thursday: Fantastic Planet Is a Space Opera Unlike Any Other

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. The Twin Cities’ largest-run convention, CONvergence, is six months away. I know it seems ages from now, however the main theme for this year is space opera, and what better way to gear up for it than to take a look at some of the films that could be...

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...

Can You Spot the Twin Cities Geeks at CONvergence 2016?

CONvergence is here! Perhaps unsurprisingly, it will be difficult to avoid spotting the Twin Cities Geek team on the ground at the DoubleTree Hotel. Read on to discover where you might spot us! Two places where you will definitely find Twin Cities Geek staff are at the TCG fan table and the official TCG panel, “Twin Cities Geek, the Geek Culture Magazine.” Come on out and show your support for the online geek culture magazine that is made by...

Twin Cities Geek at CONvergence 2016

We at Twin Cities Geek are excited to have a presence at CONvergence 2016! We have a few things going on, including some cool swag, a fan table, and two panels. We hope that if you are attending CONvergence this weekend, you take some time to connect with Twin Cities Geek! Fan Table Stop by and say hello! Twin Cities Geek will have a fan table in CONvergence Central, right outside MainStage. Pay us a visit to get your picture...

Essential Convention Reading: Geek Culture by Kate Norlander

Convention season is in full swing, and CONvergence is quickly approaching. For many, this is their first or second time. Others of us are seasoned congoers. But no matter who you are, this book is for you. Kate Norlander has written a coffee-table book called Geek Culture that looks back on CONvergence 2013, “British Invasion.” It features beautiful photos taken by Emmerlee Sherman and covers every facet of CONvergence, from the long ticket lines to early-morning yoga with YogaQuest....

Cos-Buyer Beware!

As Con Season 2k16 kicks off and we look toward Anime Detour in just under a month, it’s doubtless that many cosplayers new and experienced are beginning to feel the pressure when it comes to finishing their costumes. It is usually around this time that cosplayers start looking to outside sources to help alleviate their workloads. While it’s fairly common for a cosplayer to purchase part—or even the entirety—of a costume for various reasons, it is an unfortunate reality...

Be Shiny and Crafty with This DIY Duct Tape Purse

In planning for CONvergence 2016, I was skeptical that I would be able to come up with a costume that could work with this year’s theme of transportation. But while brainstorming and researching for something else, I hit on an idea: cosplaying as “Baby,” the 1967 Chevy Impala in Supernatural, and as the Deathcoaster, which Ash makes out of his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in Army of Darkness. One of the first things I thought of was, how do I...
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