This Week in Geek (1/6/2020–1/12/2020)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 6, to Sunday, January 12.

Twin Cities Monday Night Backgammon

What: Gaming
When: Monday, January 6, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Richfield American Legion

Enjoy a night of backgammon with two tournaments. Entry to this event is $5, and this is a great chance for both pros and newcomers to learn this classic game of strategy.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, January 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

This event invites participants to let their creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever their hearts desire at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. Meet new people, show off your creative side with them, and maybe learn a thing or two.

Books & Bars: Climate Justice

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Urban Growler

Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is Climate Justice by Mary Robinson, a book about fighting for a livable future for new generations, especially young people who will see their middle age in a world with nine-billion inhabitants and a destabilizing environment. Next month’s book will be The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North.

TC Trek Trivia: Number One

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all Star Trek-television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!” This month’s theme is “Number One,” paying tribute to the first officer of the Enterprise during this first month of the year. Prepare yourself by stepping into chairs in odd ways, navigating platonic relationships with ex-lovers with emotional intelligence, and being a generally good person who could handle the big chair, but chooses their own path.

Transmission: Annual Bowie Tribute

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Wednesday, January 8, at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown VFW

Jake Rudh’s weekly Transmission dance night (an ’80s/’90s-dance night named after the Joy Division song) will be paying special tribute to David Bowie. Bowie looms large for many geeks due to his spacey and esoteric lyrical choices, and his larger-than-life strangeness. The weekly Transmission dance night is free. Expect a variety of songs from Bowie’s vast catalog, from canonical hits to deep cuts, often presented with music-video accompaniment.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its sub-club Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at the Waterbury Building and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!”

The Man Who Fell to Earth, with Little Man

What: Movies, Music
When: Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Enjoy a cult science-fiction classic and a musical performance from Little Man at the Parkway this evening. The Man Who Fell to Earth stars David Bowie as an extra-terrestrial being who has come to Earth for water to save his home world (in science fiction, aliens are frequently capable of interstellar travel, but not capable of synthesizing water, or capturing ice from comets). This is a tale of coming to a new place and changing it with advanced alien technology. Tickets are $9 advance or $11 at the door.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m. the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.

My Friend Chuck—Live Podcast

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When Friday, January 10, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mixed Blood Theater

My Friend Chuck, a podcast featuring erotica writer Chuck Tingle and Mckenzie Goodwin (a writer and standup whose works have been in McSweeneys, Points in Case, and more, and is co-host of the comedy show and podcast Two Dykes and a Mic, which is currently touring all over the United States.), with topics ranging from dinosaurs, to current events, to LGBTQ issues, and more. This live podcast recording will be full of the signature fun of the podcast, with the addition of audience participation and other fun. Tickets are $20.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 10, at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Anime Twin Cities has joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Fridays of each month with this cosponsored anime club.” The group will show various anime movies and series.

Glamourous Night

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, January 11, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Gandi Mahal (Minneapolis)

LARP House presents Glamorous Night, a live-action-role-playing experience intended for a group of 10–25 people to play a game about wizards, faeries, and ultimately control. Players will take on the role of these magical beings in order to deal with themes of temptation, power, and revenge. Come meet new friends and develop some stories you can share later. This LARP is set in the Ars Magica world, so fans take heed. The suggested donation is $5–10. Use the website to reserve your spot.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, January 11, at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market

The Girls Only Comic Club hosts a Weekly Comics Chat on Saturday afternoons where there will be shared opinions, drinks, and fries for comics fans. Additional information about this event is posted on the Girls Only Comic Club’s Facebook group. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join.

Saturday Night Space Opera: Adventures with Aliens

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics & Games

Local sci-fi RPG night Saturday Night Space Opera returns with galactic escapades. This is your chance to encounter extraterrestrial life with either the granddaddy of sci-fi exploration gaming, Traveler, or a new licensed RPG based on the science-fiction-horror classic Alien. Both games are critically lauded in the RPG community, and definitely worth a try—you’ll just have to decide if you want to be chased by a terrifyingly malicious alien life-form, or struggle as your starship loses life support in a cold cosmos. This is a free event; all rules will be taught, and no materials are required—just RSVP on the website to snag your spot.

Hamiltunes: An American Singalong

What: Music
When: Saturday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Raise a glass to freedom, and to celebrate the birthday of Federalist writer, revolutionary war hero, thinker, orphan, and founder Alexander Hamilton. This is an opportunity to sing along to songs from Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamiliton with other fans in a fun environment. The suggested donation is $15. Please note—lyrics have not been censored, so there will be some strong language.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, January 12, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics & Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at Source Comics & Games. This is a recurring weekly event providing a space for women to play games, chat about comics, cosplay, or just enjoy the company of other geeks. See the calendar for more events!


So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!

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