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This Week in Geek (10/16/23–10/22/23) | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


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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, October 16, to Sunday, October 22.

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Virtual Events

Creative Night @ GPS Online

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Google Meet

Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by the Geek Partnership Society. This is a free event and a great opportunity to work on projects in great company.

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: Trivia
When: Monday, October 16, at 8:00 p.m.
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.

Club Book Presents: Nicole Chung

What: Books
When: Tuesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual event

Join author Nicole Chung for a discussion of her latest memoir, A Living Remedy, which explores her relationship with her adoptive parents, navigating long-distance parental care through end-of-life health issues, and the healthcare inequities in our society. This free event is hosted by Club Book and the Carver County Library.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 7:45 a.m.
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. Classes are $8 each 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.

Talk of the Stacks: Patty Wetterling

What: Books
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

In 1989, the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling had a huge impact on Minnesota and the entire country, forever changing parent’s views on child safety and how society protects children. At this free event, Patty Wetterling will discuss her recently released book, Dear Jacob: A Mother’s Journey of Hope, which chronicles the 27-year search for her son including the investigation, family struggles, her enduring optimism, and the changes implemented since to help address the problem of missing and exploited children. She’ll be joined by co-author Joy Baker, who is the blogger and investigative journalist who helped find key evidence that led to Jacob’s case being solved.

Twin Cities Playtest

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual via YouTube

This playtest event run by the Twin Cities chapter of the International Game Developer’s Association highlights games that are currently in development. Participants (either online or in-person) can play the games, demo their projects, or simply watch along to see what the community has cooking. Check out the full details of how to join on the event page.

Orbit Presents: How to Write Your First SFF Novel–Who’s Story Is It?: Points of View

What: Books, Educational
When: Thursday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Crowdcast

This fall, the book publisher Orbit will be hosting a free event series exploring the different aspects of writing science-fiction and fantasy novels. Each week will feature a different topic and panel of authors, giving attendees a great opportunity to improve their writing skills and learn how published authors approach their craft. This week looks at points of view with authors Brent Weeks, Eliza Chan, Louisa Morgan, and H.G. Parry. For those unable to tune in live, all events in the series will be recorded and available to watch for free.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series–Movie Monsters: Exploring the Art Behind Classic Creature Features

What: Educational, Movies
When: Thursday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m.
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, join film historian Max Alvarez for a multimedia presentation exploring the rich history of monsters in movies including the early silent era, Universal Monsters, the kaiju boom, and the 1980s genre renewal. General-admission tickets are $35, and a discount is available for members. Check out the streaming series webpage to see the many other upcoming events this week.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: Arts
When: Thursday, October 19, and Sunday, October 22; at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Discord

The Twin Cities Geek art club meets every Thursday and Sunday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 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.

Friday Night Comics Workshops

What: Comics
When: Friday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Join the Sequential Arts Workshop community and a guest artist every Friday night for a virtual comics-making workshop. This event is free and open to all skill levels. While geared towards adults, kids and teens are welcome to join with a parent. Participants are encouraged to share their workshop creations with the group or on social media.

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.

Cracked Walnut Literary Festival

What: Books
When: Now through Tuesday, October 24
Where: Various; see below

Enjoy a slate of poetry readings, workshops, and performances throughout the month of October during the Cracked Walnut Literary Festival! Events will take place at different locations around the metro, including libraries, bookstores, museums, and breweries. Most individual events are free, with some having donation-based tickets.

Pinehaven Farms Fall Festival

What: Family, Food & Drink
When: Now through Sunday, October 29
Where: Pinehaven Farm (Wyoming, MN)

Fall is here, and Pinehaven Farms is celebrating all season long! Experience classic autumnal farm activities like pumpkin picking, tractor-pull rides, a petting zoo, a corn pit, and tasty treats, as well as fun modern twists like pumpkin and corn cannons, zip lines, apple blasters, and gem mining. The festival is open weekends through October 29, with different themes and themed-activities each weekend. Day passes start at $11; children under two are free.

The Dead End Hayride

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater
When: Now through Tuesday, October 31
Where: Pinehaven Farm (Wyoming, MN)

Enjoy outdoor scares in a dark, deep, and isolated woodland trail with 200 zombies, monsters, and more. Expect clowns, butchers, pyrotechnics, and spooky ruins on this slow, creepy fright ride. Tickets run from $24–77.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

What: Family, Community
When: Now through Saturday, November 4
Where: Minnesota Zoo

This is a chance to explore a trail of artistically carved glowing pumpkins at the Minnesota Zoo. This year’s theme is “Naturally Magical,” and features new artists’ creations. Tickets range from $14–24, and members receive $2 off.

Claudio Simonetti’s GOBLIN

What: Music, Movies
When: Monday, October 16, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fitzgerald Theater

Horror geeks will know Goblin from their iconic scores and soundtracks to horror films like Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead. At this show, Goblin will perform their score to the Dario Argento classic, Demons, accompanied by a screening of the film. Afterwards, they’ll play a set of quintessential Goblin songs. This is a great chance to experience the music of one of the most influential horror composers live at the Fitzgerald Theater. Tickets start at $35.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Virtual Public Tours: Inspired by Books

What: Arts
When: Tuesday, October 17, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Take a specially curated tour through the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection as inspired by books. Each month’s tour will focus on a different book for inspiration, with October exploring 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir by Ai Weiwei. Tours meet in the General Mills Lobby on the first floor.

Talk of the Stacks: Patty Wetterling

What: Books
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library

In 1989, the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling had a huge impact on Minnesota and the entire country, forever changing parent’s views on child safety and how society protects children. At this free event, Patty Wetterling will discuss her recently released book, Dear Jacob: A Mother’s Journey of Hope, which chronicles the 27-year search for her son including the investigation, family struggles, her enduring optimism, and the changes implemented since to help address the problem of missing and exploited children. She’ll be joined by co-author Joy Baker, who is the blogger and investigative journalist who helped find key evidence that led to Jacob’s case being solved.

Twin Cities Playtest

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Noble Robot

This playtest event run by the Twin Cities chapter of the International Game Developer’s Association highlights games that are currently in development. Participants (either online or in-person) can play the games, demo their projects, or simply watch along to see what the community has cooking. Check out the full details of how to join on the event page.

GothiCoffee

What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hard Times Cafe

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Pundamonium: The Minneapolis Pun Slam

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, October 18, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground at the Spring Street Tavern

Pundamonium is a pun slam—a competition of wordplay with ten contestants, each given two minutes to make puns based on prompts they are given ahead of time. A few lucky audience members act as judges for the night, with their top four pun slingers going head to head in a final pun off.

Twin Cities Horror Festival Season XII

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, October 19, through Sunday, October 29
Where: Crane Theater

The Twin Cities Horror Festival returns for its 12th year with “11 terrifying days of onstage horror” at Minneapolis’s Southern Theater. See the festival website for the full lineup of horror-themed performances, which include theater, dance, and more. This is a chance to explore deep-seated fears through theater. Individual tickets start at $15, with additional festival-pass options available.

Anime Fusion 2023: This Con Goes to 11!

What: Convention
When: Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 22
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West (Plymouth, MN)

Anime Fusion is a Twin Cities anime convention featuring panels, anime showings, cosplay, gaming, and more. Guests this year include Greg Ayres, Kazha, Samurai Dan, Midnight Minxes, and BBDesign. See the website for complete schedule information. Preregistration is closed, but walk-up registration is $55 for the whole weekend, with a variety of other options available.

Arnecon

What: Convention, Gaming
When: Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 22
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis

Celebrate the legacy of Dave Arneson, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, and his game group the Blackmoor Bunch with a weekend full of gaming alongside the folks who were there during the invention of role-playing games. Special guests include Malia Arneson, David Wesely, Paul Stormberg, Ken Fletcher, and more. Featured games include Braunstein, Castle Blackmoor, Dungeon! Fantasy Board Game, and Strategos N, as well as a room dedicated to the PLATO early computing system with digital games from the 1970s. Tickets are $50 for the whole weekend, and individual day passes are available at varying rates.

ConFABulous

What: Community, Convention, Gaming
When: Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 22
Where: Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America

ConFABulous is a weekend-long LGBTQA gaming convention presented by North Country Gaylaxians. Registration is $55 for the full weekend, which consists of a large gaming room, panels, social events, and more. This is your chance to play new games in an inclusive atmosphere while meeting great Twin Cities gamers!

St. Paul Movies in the Park: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

What: Movies, Community
When: Friday, October 20, at 6:49 p.m.
Where: Mears Park

Enjoy a free night of community and movie magic under the stars! Screening this week is the iconic Romero zombie film Night of the Living Dead. Check out the St. Paul Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Movies in the Parks screenings.

Malice & Mischief: A Villainous Cabaret

What: Theater & Comedy, Music
When: Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Columbia Heights, MN)

Musical theater’s best bad guys and gals get the spotlight during this Villainous Cabaret performed by the St. Matthew Community Theater. Tickets are $12 and spooky concessions will be available for purchase. This show is also the theater’s fall fundraiser with proceeds being used towards the purchase a shed for long-term storage of their set pieces and props.

Granite City Bizarre Bazaar: Hallows Eve Market

What: Art, Community
When: Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Sartell Community Center (Sartell, MN)

St. Cloud area geeks can celebrate the Halloween season and find spooky wares at the Hallows Eve Market. This free event is hosted by Granite City Bizarre Bazaar, who create events that highlight art, makers, and pop culture.

Light Up the Night Parade and Bonfire

What: Family, Community
When: Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Main Street (Anoka, MN)

Enjoy a family-friendly parade on Anoka’s Main Street! The parade will feature brightly illuminated floats with Halloween themes. This popular event officially starts at 7:00 p.m., but attendees can arrive any time after 4:00 p.m. to claim a spot on the route. Stick around after the parade to warm up by the bonfires while enjoying food and live music.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, October 22, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a dedicated space for female-identifying (including trans women/femme) and nonbinary nerds and geeks at Source Comics and 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. Be sure to check out the Source calendar for additional events!

Fire & Nice Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Fire & Nice

Come on down to Fire & Nice every Sunday for board games, pizza, and beer. The Twin Cities Board Game Group sets up every Sunday for a community game night, with many games available. Guests are also welcome to bring their own favorites—just walk in, grab a seat, and game!

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

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