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The ULTIMATE Minnesota Geek Guide to Black Friday & Small Business Saturday 2016

Planning to start your holiday shopping, support local geek businesses, or just take advantage of some amazing deals this weekend? Well, we’ve done all the legwork for you and are happy to provide your ultimate Minnesota geek guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! We’ve arranged all of the businesses into categories and featured what sorts of bargains and events they’re offering this year right under their address, complete with a Google Maps link to make life easy....

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2016

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. You can find some great deals on Black Friday, and that goes for books as well—but it’s the day after that when book lovers and the people buying gifts for them will find the best bargains. Independent bookstores have run with Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative to Black Friday, with one of the big draws being author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign...

Star Wars: Destiny Lets You Fight the Battle of Light Side versus Dark Side

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the promise of many more films and adventures to come, including the imminent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, have brought enthusiasm for the beloved space-fantasy saga to an all-time high. Into this climate, local gaming publisher Fantasy Flight Games is introducing Star Wars: Destiny, a collectible card-and-dice game featuring the iconic heroes, villains, and ships from across the Star Wars universe. After attending a special preview event where...

2016 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive

It’s that time of year again, Twin Cities geeks! After the huge success of last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive, when we astoundingly collected over 500 donations of games, toys, books and other items, we are officially issuing a challenge to all geeks who live in and around the Twin Cities metro. This year, let’s not just double how much we can give for the holiday season—let’s triple it. That’s right! With your help, we...

Paisley Park Opens Its Doors to Minnesota’s Prince Fans

This is what it’s like in the Dream Factory, oh! After a false start early last month, Paisley Park has officially opened its doors to the public, celebrating the life of Minnesotan legend Prince. It’s a one-of-a-kind tour that lets you see some of the spaces where the artist worked, created, and relaxed, and if you’re a longtime reader of this site, you know how big a fan I am of the music he created throughout his life, so...

The Surprising Difficulty of Being a Cambodian American Geek

I am a Cambodian American. Okay, technically, I’m an Asian mix of Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai, but I identify with being Cambodian because both my parents are originally from Cambodia. I’m also a nerd, having gone full bore into otaku geekdom and mostly inhabiting the immense rabbit hole that is video-gaming subculture. Sadly for my wallet, it’s barely surviving my being both a nerd and professional musical artist, but I digress. I love almost all things Japanese, from...

WTF Is SNOWTA?! A Mystery Website Teases Minnesotans

Is something special in the works for Minnesota this winter? At 1:00 p.m. on October 28, we just might find out. One week before its scheduled launch date, a website entitled WTF IS SNOWTA?! popped up in many Facebook newsfeeds, and it’s garnered a lot of local attention. Posts from local rapper Prof, yearly event Zombie Pub Crawl, and Minneapolis clothing store Piff have been shared over 40 times and liked over 500. Despite the hype, not much information has been...

To Live or Die? Census Contemplates the Answer

Last month, I joined the Minnesota Comic Creators Facebook group because I’m always looking for new comics to flip through. I’m not a comic book artist by any means, but I’m a loyal fan. Fans are crucial to the success of any artist or writer, and Twin Cities Geek is all for promoting the local geek scene by shining the spotlight on stories provided by creators located around the area and hopefully gaining them some new fans in the process. Chance Wyatt...

Get Your Star Wars Parody Fix with May the Musical Be with You

May the Musical Be with You by AYNE Productions, directed by Mike Tober, is a musical parody of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope written and produced by AYNE founder Rebekah Kjetland. It’s playing at the Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul through October 9, 2016. Being a huge fan of Star Wars, and especially Episode IV, I was particularly excited to see this production. I went into it hoping it would be spectacular, and Kjetland and Tober did not let...

The Cirque Magic Falls a Little Short in Toruk: The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil is less a traditional “circus” and more high-level performance art. There are wonders and tricks to amaze you, sure—but they are elegant instead of gaudy, graceful instead of brash. A festival of imagination and physical feats. And if the traditional circus is thought of as “kid stuff,” Cirque du Soleil is aimed squarely at adults. Aerial silks, contortionists, fire jugglers. That is precisely why initially, the theme for Toruk: The First Flight, based on James Cameron’s Avatar, was puzzling to me....
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