Tagged Star Wars

This Week in Geek (5/15/17–5/21/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 15th through Sunday, May 21st. LaserMania What: Educational, Music, Nightlife When: Monday, May 15th to Friday, May 19th Where: Como Planetarium Lasers! Music! A variety of laser shows set to music, including Laser Hypnotica, Laser Zeppelin and more. Shows are $5 and open to audiences of all ages. Geek out to your favorite music and chill...

Throwback Thursday: Dark Star Is an Excavated Classic

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’m going to start off this throwback with a big ol’ declarative sentence. Dark Star is not a good film. There. I’ve said it. You might be wondering why I’m devoting a column to its existence, then. It might not be a good film, but it is an important...

An Introduction to the Galaxy of Star Wars Tabletop Games

If you love games and you love Star Wars, you’re probably already aware of this—but just in case you’ve been off training on Dagobah or something, local publisher Fantasy Flight Games holds the license to publish Star Wars tabletop products. Since obtaining the license in the summer of 2011, they have released a variety of games set in the galaxy far, far away, and at this point there are so many Star Wars games to choose from that it can be almost daunting...

Target’s Science-Related Shirts for Girls Make My Geekling’s World

Dear Target: Thank you for including a wonderful range of science-related shirts in the girls’ department. This phrase runs through my mind whenever I peek into the girls’ clothing section during my weekly shopping trip. Seriously. Since Cat & Jack, Target’s new clothing line for kids, launched a little under a year ago, I’ve had way too much fun peeking through the various offerings to see what they could offer my little geekling. I’ve been happy with what I’ve...

Fire Up the TARDIS for a Trip to Nerdville

Nerdville is not so much a place as it is an experience—and a familiar one, at that. The latest original show from Arts Garden in Hugo, just a 20-minute drive north of St. Paul, is the ultimate crossover between some of sci fi and fantasy’s most classic films and television shows, including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Harry Potter. The show follows The Big Bang Theory characters Penny and Sheldon,...

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...
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