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Things to Do While Your Friends Are at CONvergence

This year’s CONvergence is almost here. For some of you, that means last-minute fixes to your totally stellar costume, stressing way more than you should about what panels you can and can’t make it to, and eating ramen noodles for a week so you have enough money in your bank account to buy everything your heart desires. But if you’re not going to CONvergence—whether you don’t have the funds, you’re watching the kids so your significant other can go,...

Pocket-Sized Poems at Twin Cities Bookstores Explore the Theme of Migration

“As a child, I marked the year by the honking of Canadian geese making their way south and then north,” said Abby Travis, editor at Minneapolis nonprofit publisher Milkweed Editions. “Migration was part of my calendar, the way I marked time and the change of seasons. I knew if the geese were early or late, I was fascinated by how they knew when to go or where to go, how to get there, and where they stopped along the...

Cosplay Event Alert! Superhero Science at the Science Museum of MN August 6th, 2015

As their website proudly states, “Why should kids have all the fun?” The Science Museum of Minnesota is having another event for the geeky adults out there. “Social Science” caters to those of us who are 21 and older, even letting us grab a drink as we enjoy the museum. So why should this interest the cosplayers out there? Two words: Superhero Science. Followed by three magical words: Costumes are encouraged! This Thursday evening the Science Museum of Minnesota is...

MN Fringe 2015: Dance with the Devil

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 9, and features nearly 175 theater, dance, and other experimental performances. All shows are 60 minutes or shorter and are being hosted at 25 venues throughout Minneapolis. With a beautifully Gothic back wall reminiscent of a forgotten basement or dirty bedsheets, the Ritz Proscenium in Northeast Minneapolis was the perfect place to house Erin Sheppard’s latest theatrical endeavor at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Dance with the Devil....

An Electrifying Event: Steam Century at the Bakken Museum

Last month, the Red Ribbon Society, the Twin Cities–based chapter of alternate-history group Steam Century, hosted a mystery event at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis as part of the museum’s “Family Science Night.” Many in the geek community will know Steam Century from CONvergence, where its members have been regular attendees—hosting a mystery game, scavenger hunt, craft hour, and other steampunk-focused programming. The brainchild of historian Kerry Dobbins, it began in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew from a small community...

Weirdo to Watch: Andrew Troth, Comic-Book-Slinging Theater Geek

Andrew Troth lives a life many geeks dream of: he helps run a successful theater company, the Chameleon Theatre Circle, and is the owner of a comic-book store, Mind’s Eye Comics. I recently talked with Andrew about his good fortunes, the metro-area suburbs, and all manner of geekiness. Duck Washington (TCG): What does the word “geek” mean to you? Andrew Troth: These days it has a very positive connotation for me. A geek is a person who is heavily...

Cosplay Event Alert! Outpost Anime on January 24, 2015

Here’s a quick event update from your friendly neighborhood cosplay columnist. We still have a few months before convention season really kicks into gear here in the Twin Cities. Thankfully, Anime Twin Cities has got you covered.  On January 24th, they will be hosting a winter event that’ll feed that cosplay (and general anime geekery) craving you’ve been having all winter.  Here are the details of what they’re calling, “Outpost Anime.” Outpost Anime January 24, 2015 1:00 PM –...

“That’s What Being a Nerd is About”: Jeremy Swede Nilson, Founder of Red 6 Events

If you’ve attended a geek event in Duluth or Minneapolis–St. Paul in the last few years, then you may already be familiar with Jeremy Swede Nilson. He’s one of the founders of Nerd Nite Duluth, as well as the driving force behind bringing the Nerd Nite phenomenon to the Twin Cities. Just recently, he helped bring the Star Wars Holiday Special, a massively popular event in Minneapolis, up to Duluth and presented it to a packed house. Local podcast lovers...
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