Tagged Minnesota

St. Paul Restaurant just/us Has Upended Its Business in Solidarity with Displaced Residents

St. Paul’s just/us, an American restaurant located in the Viking Apartments, has closed its doors. The closure on April 20, 2019, came less than a year and a half after owner Nathan Docken—who, full disclosure, is a D&D buddy of mine—had opened the doors in December 2017. Besides great food, just/us was also a home to the local arts community. The restaurant hosted an open-mic night every Tuesday. Nathan says, “Because we allow everybody to do whatever, we’ve become...

Cream & Amber Is Slinging Books, Beer, and Beans in Downtown Hopkins

The Twin Cities bookstore scene has gone through a lot of changes in the first part of 2019. St. Paul’s Sixth Chamber started selling off inventory in January ahead of closing its doors, followed by Micawber’s in March after owner Tom Bielenberg was injured in a fall. In nearby Stillwater, Loome Books has also closed. But there’s new life, too. The former Common Good Books has a new owner and a new name, Next Chapter Booksellers, and the metro...

The MN Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2019

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops open their doors to give out specially designated comics for free as well as take the opportunity to host creator appearances, sales, giveaways, and more. This year, Free Comic Book Day also coincides with my all-time favorite holiday: May the 4th! Whether you celebrate Star Wars Day or not, there are some solid comics deals going on in the Twin Cities. Click here for the full list of free...

The Rockits Take the Golden Skate in the Minnesota RollerGirls’ Season 15 Championships

All good things must come to an end, and Season 15 was a very, very good thing for Minnesota RollerGirls. It saw some of the best roller derby in years. But on March 30, 2019, it came to an end with a bang, some glitter, and a preview of things that may be not too many years in the future. This is the season 15 championship bout. This is Skate Like UCare. And this is your Minnesota RollerGirls recap....

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2019

On April 27, 2019, indie bookstores in Minnesota and around the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, which as always is great news for book lovers. Officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include tote bags, advance reader copies (ARCs), posters, clothing, and more—and many will also be offering sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Other stores won’t have these “official” items but are celebrating on their own. You can find all...

Twin Cities Geek Adds Subreddit, Discord Server, and More

It has always been a goal of the Twin Cities Geek organization to provide online spaces where topics important to members of Minnesota geek communities can be discussed in fun, constructive, responsible, and impactful ways. Twin Cities Geek got its start on Facebook, but it is important for us to expand beyond that platform. If we want to be inclusive, we cannot limit our online community space to one third-party website whose policies are constantly evolving in directions we...

Up-Down Minneapolis Bottles Gaming Nostalgia for Twin Cities Millennials

When I first walked into Up-Down a few years ago, around the time it opened, I felt an instant nostalgic attachment. I noticed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and nearby, an unused X-Men arcade cabinet. Both sat beckoning me to reclaim my youth. I was flooded with memories of a local pizza shop and arcade in Appleton, Wisconsin, where I spent birthdays, Friday nights, and the celebrations after stellar report cards. I would rapidly scarf down the...

Minneapolis’s Heroic Goods and Games Combines Facebook and a Personal Touch for Marketing Success

Minneapolis was hunkering down for its first below-zero weekend of the winter when I made the call to visit Heroic Goods and Games. The owner, Paul Zenisek, connected over Facebook, and we agreed that it would be the perfect time for an interview given Minnesotans’ hermitlike behavior on frigid weekends in the month of January. I first investigated the store after noticing it pop up in one of my Facebook feeds. I was intrigued by the social media strategy...

New Science Standards for Minnesota Schools Would Teach Humans’ Role in Climate Change

The topic of climate change often finds itself at the center of hot-button political controversies. However, according to data collected by NASA, “multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.” On top of this, a majority of scientific organizations globally have issued statements supporting this position. Despite this consensus of scientists and scientific organizations, legislators...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2019

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2019? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2019. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately at the bottom...
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