This Week in Geek (8/1/22 – 8/7/22)

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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 1 through Sunday, August 7.

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virtual events

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: trivia
When: Monday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Twitch

Get your trivia in the comfort of your own home with Geeks Who Drink online trivia night. Prove your courage and maybe learn something new! Keep an eye out for more virtual pub trivia events on Monday night.

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Live Stream: What’s up?

What: Education, Science & Technology
When: Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Facebook Live

Learn about current astronomical events and get your space questions answered by staff at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. This virtual session is free.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: art
When: Thursday 4th August and Sunday 7th August; at 19:00 o ‘clock
Where: Virtually via Discord

The Twin Cities Geek Art Club meets every Thursday night from 7pm to 9pm on the Twin Cities Geeks Discord. Jump on voice or video and chat as you create art, then share your finished pieces on the #art-club channel! This event is open to everyone. You can join by visiting

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series – The Mystical Core of Traditional Religions

What: music, education
When: Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Virtually via Zoom

Home to famous museums and world-class research centers, the Smithsonian Institution is bringing educational programs and art classes online for all to enjoy. At this event, religious scholar Graham Schweig will lead a virtual discussion on the importance and role of mysticism in Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Islamic belief practices. General admission tickets are $30 and there is a discount for members. Check out the streaming series website to see the many other upcoming events this week.

Personal events

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

Watch Guthrie’s performance of Emma, ​​based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. This playful re-adaptation borrows from humor and twists tropes from both the Regency era and modern romantic comedy. Tickets cost $26-$80.

Comedy Bang! bang! live

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m
Where: State Theater

This is a chance for fans of the long-running comedy podcast (and television adaptation) to see Scott Aukerman (Live Podcasterman) and Paul F. Tompkins (from every podcast everywhere, and most importantly, countless comedy roles). Bojack rider) live with a rotating cast of characters. Tickets start at $39.75.

teenagers on tuesdays

What: games, community
When: Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Dayton’s Bluff Library

Teen Tuesdays is a great place for teens to hang out in a relaxed environment, work on art, play games, and meet other teens. This event is aimed at young people between the ages of 12 and 18.

Minneapolis Movies in the Parks: Spider-Man: No Way Home

What: movies, community, family
When: Tuesday, August 2 at 8:55 p.m
Where: Beltrami Park

Enjoy a night of fellowship and movie magic under the stars! The films start at dusk and are free and open to the public. Screening is this week Spider-Man: No Way Home, an MCU film of multiversal mayhem leading to multiple Spidermen from a variety of films. Check the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Movies in the Parks screenings.


What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 28 August
Where: Orpheum Theater

Travel to the Land of Oz for a tale of magic, friendship and rivalry that defies gravity. This Broadway musical follows the story of the witches Elphaba and Glinda long before Dorothy and Toto even arrived. Tickets cost $54-$194.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday 4th August to Sunday 14th August
Where: Various venues

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is 11 days packed with plays, each lasting 60 minutes or less, taking place at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. The variety of great shows from local artists and writers means you should be able to find something to ease your geeky itch. See the events listing for full details of this year’s shows.

Lowertown Sounds: Flamin’ Oh’s

What: music, community
When: Thursday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m
Where: Mears Park, St Paul

Lowertown Sounds is bringing local music, food trucks, and Minnesota beer to Mears Park for free all summer long! This week there are performances from Flamin’ Oh’s and The Scarlet Goodbye. Check out the event listing for the food truck lineup as well as other upcoming concerts.

St. Paul Movies in the Parks: First League

What: movies, community, family
When: Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Rice and Arlington Fields

Enjoy a free night of community and movie magic under the stars! Screening is this week First League, the 1989 baseball classic starring Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen — along with Baseball Activities . Check the St. Paul Park and Recreation Board calendar for a full schedule of Movies in the Parks screenings.

cat video festival

What: Art, Meetup
When: Thursday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m
Where: CHS field

Celebrate the funny little weirdos who act as the main reason the internet exists! Watch the best videos, listen to music, watch fireworks and celebrate cats with other cat and cat video lovers. Doors open at 6pm but film roll starts around 8pm. Tickets are $15 with $1 going to the Animal Humane Society. There are also VIP tickets for $75.

The Hub Bike Co-Op 20th Anniversary Celebration

What: nightlife
When: Friday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m
Where: The hook and the ladder

Gather under the canopy at Hook and Ladder to celebrate 20 years of The Hub Bike Co-Op. This is a great opportunity for bike geeks and music fans to meet and enjoy music from Pyrrhic Victories, The Port Authority Dog and Tony Show, Ollo11 ​​and more. This event is free.

shout it out the screen

Which movies
When: Friday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m
Where: The Parkway Theatre

Scream It Off Screen is a short film competition focused on horror with an audience interaction element! Get together and get scary with fellow horror nerds in one of the Twin Cities’ biggest revival theaters. The audience will shout “Gong!” or “Let it play!” to determine which films are shown in full. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the box office.

Free First Saturday: Plant Power

What: art, community, family
When: Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m
Where: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Walker Art Center)

Celebrate art and community on the first Saturday of every month with free gallery entry and special events at the Walker Art Center. This month’s theme is Plant Power, which celebrates plants with interactive activities, artwork, plant-inspired performances and more.

Disney’s fantasy Live in concert

Which music
When: Saturday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m
Where: Orchestra Hall

Enjoy the Disney classic fantasy highlights the Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite played by a live orchestra. This event will last about two hours with a break. Check out the event listing for extra entertainment before and after the concert. Tickets start at $37 plus fees.

Music in the Parks: Bob! (The music of Dylan)

What: music, community, family
When: Sunday 7 August at 2:00 p.m
Where: Lake Harriet Band Shell

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the park! This week there is a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan. Check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Music in the Parks performances.

sunny sunday

What: education, family
When: Sunday, August 7 at 12:00 p.m
Where: Bell Museum

This heliofocused event at the Bell Museum will help you understand sunspots, prominences, solar flares and more. Along with information about the Sun, expect access to solar telescopes for safe observation (weather permitting). This event is included in the normal admission price. While you’re there, you can also check out the museum’s current exhibition Around the World, Gaia.

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So which of these events will you attend? What events would you like to see 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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