Tagged Star Wars

Throwback Thursday: The Force Is Strong With Star Wars Fandom

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. I officially started this column in January 2015 and went weekly in March of that year. We are now at the one-hundredth Throwback Thursday column. With such an arbitrarily historic number (seriously, thank you for giving me a platform to share my enthusiasm for film), I thought it would be...

Rogue One Promises a New Hope

Writing about a Star Wars movie presents a certain set of, shall we say, opportunities . . . particularly for someone who was born on the right side of the “Ewok Line.” We, as fans, can choose to revel in the nostalgia of the original series as presented long ago in local theaters such as the Cooper or Southtown. We can struggle with the very complicated feelings that the prequels bring to the fore. We can try to pretend...

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...

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...

This Week in Geek (09/05/16–09/11/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 5th through Sunday, September 11th. Tabletop Tuesdays What: Meetup, Gaming When: Tuesday, September 6th at 5:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ Glitch (a nonprofit that “promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice”) invites you to GlitchHQ on the first and third Tuesday of every month for a night of board games. You...

Win a Copy of Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season 2!

It’s been more than eight months since The Force Awakens, and we still have a while longer to wait until December and Rogue One, but in between you might be one of the many people who have been watching Star Wars Rebels for their fix. Season 3 will be here soon, but in the meantime, season 2 is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray August 30—and we’re giving you the chance to win it for free! All you have...

How Does Your Geek Garden Grow?

Spring has officially sprung with its moody temperature changes and hordes of people desperate to get out of their houses after a long winter. Now that the harsh cold has passed, people are turning their attention to their gardens and other outdoor areas of their homes. Hopefully, one of these items will catch your fancy and give you something on which to spend your hard-earned pennies. So get out there and geek up your garden! Doesn’t it deserve it?...

May the 4th Be with Your Crafting!

Star Wars Day is upon us again! (And once again I have nothing to wear . . .) For a long time, my love of Star Wars had waned. The more popular it became, the more “meh” I felt about it. But The Force Awakens really helped light a fire under that fandom again, and now I find myself with no Star Wars related clothing or jewelry to wear. So why not make something? Since I work in an...

The MN Hip-Hop Scene is Full of Geeks Making Really Cool Music

After I wrote about a certain Star Wars boom-bap joint on some other blog, I got to talking with an editor here at Twin Cities Geek about writing it up here as well. Then I got the notion that we could go further, and look not just at this lone song but at the greater sphere of geek culture within the Twin Cities’ hip-hop community. My editor asked something along the lines of, “How many hip-hop artists are geeks?”...

Drinking and Gaming: The Force Is Strong with Star Wars: Battlefront

Welcome to another edition of Drinking and Gaming, where I play video games while drunk on local Minnesota craft beers and proceed to review them . . . also whilst drunk. For this installment, I wanted to do something special for the release of Star Wars Episode VII, so I decided to play Star Wars: Battlefront while trying out Bent Brewstillery’s barrel-aged Dark Fatha, an American “Emperial” stout aged in whiskey barrels with an ABV of 9.3 percent and an IBU...
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