This Week in Geek (8/8/22–8/14/22)


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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, August 8, to Sunday, August 14.

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Virtual Events

Cameron Hewitt Presents The Temporary European

What: Books
When: Monday, August 8, at 7:00 pm
Where: Virtual event

Travel writer and photographer Cameron Hewitt is joining Magers & Quinn to discuss his book The Temporary European. He’ll be touching on some of his favorite traveling stories and wisdom he’s learned from the locals while contributing to a plethora of travel guidebooks. This event is free, but registration is required.

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Live Stream: Dark Sky Caravan Kick-Off

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Monday, August 8, at 8:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Facebook Live

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth is kicking off their annual Dark Sky Caravan with a free livestream celebration. Planetarium staff will be joined by Astro Bob and Emma Adams, the Campus Operations Assistant at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. They’ll be discussing light pollution, dark-sky preservation, and what folks can see when they look up at night.

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: Trivia
When: Monday, August 8, at 8:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Twitch

Get your trivia on from the comfort of home with Geeks Who Drink’s online trivia night. Prove your mettle, and maybe learn a little something! Watch for other Monday-night virtual pub-trivia events going forward.

Pride Gaming: Teens Virtual RPG

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, August 9, at 4:00 pm
Where: Virtual event

Queer teens are invited to go on epic RPG adventures with the Hennepin County Library. This free event is an LGBTQIA+ safe space hosted by queer staff. Gameplay will feature the “Monster of the Week” system.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, August 10, at 7:45 am
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Start your morning with yoga at the zoo! Each week, the instructor teaches a yoga routine live from exhibits around the zoo. These classes are appropriate for both beginners and experienced yogis. Each class is $8 for nonmembers, with reduced rates available for zoo members or when registering for multiple classes at the same time. Sessions are recorded and available to view during the week for those who are unable to tune in live.

Land Acknowledgments, Land Back, and the 10,000 Lakes: Indigenous History in Minnesota

What: Educational
When: Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Learn about the indigenous history of land within Minnesota, the transformation of peoples relationships with the land over time, and how it all lead to the shape of modern Minnesota. This free discussion will also explore the land-acknowledgment and land-back movements and what they reveal about the state’s history and development.

One Book | One Minnesota—Eighth Chapter

What: Books
When: Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom

One Book | One Minnesota is a statewide book club, with an eighth chapter running from July 11 to September 4. This event will focus on Iron Lake, featuring author William Kent Krueger, in discussion with Ellen Hart. This is a great chance to learn about the novel and get a variety of perspectives.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: Arts
When: Thursday, August 11, and Sunday, August 14; at 7:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Discord

The Twin Cities Geek art club meets every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on the Twin Cities Geeks Discord. Hop on voice or video and chat while you create art, then share your finished pieces on the #art-club channel! This event is open to all. You can join by visiting twincitiesgeek.com/discord.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series–African-Jewish Cooking: A Cultural Crossroads with Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty

What: Food & Drink, Educational, Books
When: Friday, August 12, at 5:45 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom

The Smithsonian Institution, home to famed museums and world-class research centers, is bringing educational programs and art courses online for all to enjoy. At this event, culinary historian and author Michael W. Twitty is discussing the fusion of the foods and traditions between the Jewish diaspora and the African Atlantic, as well as his book on the subject, Koshersoul. He’ll be touching on inventive recipes, the people who make them, and how food inspires. General-admission tickets are $25, and a discount is available for members. Check out the streaming series webpage to see the many other upcoming events this week.

In-Person Events

Please note: Due to the risks from the ongoing pandemic, we urge all readers to take appropriate safety measures when choosing to attend in-person events, such as masking, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing. We also urge all eligible Minnesotans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask in indoor settings even if vaccinated. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please get tested and follow Minnesota state guidelines on isolating from others. See our COVID-19 resources page for more information on vaccination, health and safety, financial and other assistance, and more.

While government and business policies change frequently and we cannot guarantee the safety of anyone attending an event we are not affiliated with, we do avoid featuring organizers or venues we believe to be following unsafe practices. If you feel something in this column does not meet those criteria, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] with your concerns.

Emma

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 18, through Thursday, August 21
Where: The Guthrie

See the Guthrie’s performance of Emma, based on the classic Jane Austen novel. This playful new adaptation leans into humor and twists tropes from both the Regency era and modern romantic comedies. Tickets are $26–80.

Wicked

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, July 27, through Sunday, August 28
Where: Orpheum Theatre

Journey to the Land of Oz for a story of magic, friendship, and rivalry that defies gravity. This Broadway musical follows the story of witches Elphaba and Glinda long before Dorothy and Toto ever arrived. Tickets are $54–194.

Northern Fire Dynamic—Free Public Fire Performance!

What: Arts
When: Monday, August 8, at 8:00 pm
Where: Powderhorn Park

Watch Minneapolis fire troupe Northern Fire Dynamic perform the choreography they’ve created for this year’s Burning Man. This performance is free, but donations are encouraged.

Music in the Parks: JazZen

What: Music, Community, Family
When: Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 pm
Where: Lake Harriet Band Shell

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the park! This week features some world flute jazz fusion with a performance by JazZen. Check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Music in the Parks performances.

TC Trek Trivia: Nine-Year Anniversary

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom and Facebook

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 Trektelevision series and all 12 movies. 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 celebrates nine years of TC Trek Trivia.

St. Paul Movies in the Parks: Luca

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Wednesday, August 10, at 7:30 pm
Where: Sibley Manor

Enjoy a free night of community and movie magic under the stars! Screening this week is Luca, the 2021 Pixar film that follows a young sea monster as he goes on a summer adventure up on land in his human form. Check out the St. Paul Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Movies in the Parks screenings.

CONvergence 2022: Your Reality May Vary

What: Convention
When: Thursday, August 11, through Sunday, August 14
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

CONvergence is an annual four-day convention for fans of sci fi and fantasy of all kinds. The event has a different theme every year, and this year’s theme is “Your Reality May Vary,” celebrating alternate timelines and the multiverse. Featured guests include Evva Karr, Matthew Kessen, Briana Lawrence, Charles Urbach, Jessica Walsh, and Jack Zipes. Come for panels, people watching, room parties, gaming, art, and more. See the website for more information, including registration details and COVID-19 policies.

Lowertown Sounds: We are the Willows

What: Music, Community
When: Thursday, August 11, at 6:00 pm
Where: Mears Park, St. Paul

Lowertown Sounds is bringing local music, food trucks, and Minnesota-made brews to Mears Park for free all summer long! This week features performances by Mayda and Becky Kapell. Check out the event listing for the food-truck lineup, as well as other upcoming concerts.

Irish Fair of Minnesota

What: Music, Food & Drink, Community
When: Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14, at 7:00 pm
Where: Harriet Island

Come to the largest free Irish Fair in the United States for a weekend of music, culture, food, drink, and activities. Hear music from a variety of acts, shop for crafts, attend dance workshops, check out the Irish dog parade, and more. See the fair’s website for details.

Star Tribune Music & Movies

What: Music, Movies, Community
When: Friday, August 12, at 7:30 pm
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

Catch live music followed by a movie at the Lake Harriet Bandshell! The night kicks off with tunes from DJ Shannon Blowtorch and a performance by Nur-D. Stick around for a screening of Ray, the Ray Charles biopic starring Jamie Fox, Kerry Washington, and Regina King. This free event is sponsored by Bremer Bank, Bell Museum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Saturday Night Space Opera: Spelljammer Academy

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, August 13, at 5:00 pm
Where: Source Comics & Games

Local sci-fi RPG night Saturday Night Space Opera returns with Spelljammer Academy. This space adventure takes place in the classic Spelljammer setting, which is making its Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition debut. This is a free event, all rules will be taught, and no materials are required—just RSVP through the website to snag your spot.

Minneapolis Movies in the Parks: Chaos Walking

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Saturday, August 13, at 8:35 pm
Where: Longfellow Park

Enjoy a night of community and movie magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk, and are free and open to the public. Screening this week is Chaos Walking, a dystopian adventure on an unexplored planet where thoughts are impossible to hide. The movie is based on the novel The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelson, and Nick Jonas. Check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Movies in the Parks screenings.

Solar Sunday

What: Educational, Family
When: Sunday, August 14, at 12:00 pm
Where: Bell Museum

This helio-focused event at the Bell Museum will help you understand sunspots, prominences, solar flares, and more. In addition to information about the sun, expect access to solar telescopes for safe viewing (so long as weather permits). This event is included in the normal admission price to the Bell Museum.

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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 by email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!

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