This week in Geek (18/07/22 – 24/07/22)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday 18th July through Sunday 24th July.

(jump to in-person events)

virtual events

The Truth About Sharks starring Melissa Cristina Marquez

What: Education, Science & Technology
When: Monday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Zoom

This five-part lecture series from Atlas Obscura explores the diversity and history of sharks and their relationship to humans beyond the screen. Marine biologist Melissa Cristina Márquez will lead the lectures, with the first session delving into shark biology and behavior. Sessions are held weekly through August 8th. Tickets are $65-$95 for the series. Limited free tickets are available by random selection; More information can be found on the event page.

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: trivia
When: Monday, July 18 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.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series–Mediterranean Exchanges: Cordoba, Venice, Cairo

What: Educational
When: Wednesday, July 20 at 5:45 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, Alice C. Hunsberger, Professor of Islamic Culture, explores key Mediterranean cities where Islam, Christianity and Judaism flourished from AD 500 to 1500. General admission tickets are $35 and there is a discount for members. Check out the streaming series website to see the many other upcoming events this week.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports & fitness
When: Wednesday, July 20 at 7:45 a.m
Where: Virtually via Zoom

Start your morning with yoga at the zoo! Each week the instructor teaches a yoga routine live from exhibits at the zoo. These courses are suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. Each class is $8 for non-members, with reduced pricing for zoo members or when registering for multiple classes at once. Sessions are recorded and available throughout the week for those unable to tune in live.

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Live Stream: July Constellation Time

What: Education, Science & Technology
When: Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Facebook Live

Visit the UMD Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium for a live stream discussing the constellations to see in the month of July. This virtual session is free.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: art
When: Thursday, July 21 and Sunday, July 24; 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

Society X: night owls

What: art
When: Friday, July 22 at 9:00 p.m
Where: Virtual event

Get together with other creative night owls to hang out and make some art. This is a great opportunity to work, exchange people’s ideas and socialize a little. Bring your own painting supplies.

The Mads are back: The Lost Rocket rebroadcast

Which movies
When: Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via YouTube

Connect Mystery Science Theater 3000 Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu for a re-aired night of classic movie riffs MST3K Style. The film of choice for the evening is The Lost Rocket. After the riff, there will be a Q&A with the Mads, along with a special guest to be announced. Tickets are $12.24 (including fees), which also grants access to rewatch and download the stream.

Personal events

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

Watch Guthrie’s performance 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 range from $26 to $80.

Minnesota border preview

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m
Where: Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota

This is your chance to preview the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Selection shows from this year’s festival will be performed. Admission to this event is free with a fringe button.

Activities for the whole family

What: family
When: Tuesday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m
Where: Webber Park Library

This drop-in event features tons of fun activities for kids including lawn games, board games, scavenger hunts, jigsaw puzzles and more. This event takes place outside the library and is therefore weather dependent.

Trailer-O-Rama 3

Which movies
When: Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m
Where: the avenue

Enjoy a film geek evening with 90 minutes of bizarre 35mm trailers and cult movie quotes. Fans of “so bad it’s good” cinema will be in their own shady heaven tonight. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the box office.


What: community
When: Wednesday 20 July to Saturday 23 July
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of the city of Minneapolis, returning in its 83rd year. Highlights include a torchlight parade on Wednesday and fireworks on Saturday. The event should be accessible on foot and by bike. Visit the website for more event details.

Grand Opening of Strive Bookstore

What: books, community
When: Wednesday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m
Where: IDS Center, Suite 254

Come along to celebrate Black literary joy with the grand opening of Strive Community Publishing’s new bookstore. This event kicks off Strive’s Summer Author Book Talk Series with Anthony Walsh, author of Ice hockey is for everyone. Light refreshments will be served. Check out the site for the full schedule of the series.

Movies in the Parks: Black Panther

What: movies, community, family
When: Wednesday, July 20 at 9:15 p.m
Where: The Commons

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 Black Panther, the critically acclaimed Marvel film about a king, an advanced and hidden kingdom and the path to a more open future after confronting a challenger from the past. With the late Chadwick Boseman. Check the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Movies in the Parks showings.

Lowertown Sounds: Jillian Rae

What: music, community
When: Thursday, July 21 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 features performances from Farewell Milwaukee and Jillian Rae, as well as a special sample from several local food trucks. Check out the event listing for the food truck lineup as well as other upcoming concerts.

Music in the Parks: Tre Aaron

What: music, community, family
When: Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m
Where: Lake Harriet Band Shell

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the park! This week features a performance from Tre Aaron for a dose of funky country, rhythm and blues. Check out the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Music in the Parks performances.

Learn laser engraving with Dennis

What: art, education
When: Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m
Where: George Latimer Library

This event is a great opportunity to delve into the world of laser engraving and teaches the basics of operating the Universal VLS 3.50 Laser Engraver/Cutter.

sunny sunday

What: education, family
When: Sunday, July 24 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 regular entrance fee to the Bell Museum.

“Weird Al” Yankovic: The ill-fated return of the ridiculously smug, ill-advised Vanity Tour

What: Music, Comedy & Theater
When: Sunday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m
Where: State Theater

Most of the information you need regarding this event is already in the absurdly long title, but this is a chance to catch geeky comedy/music legend “Weird Al” Yankovic live. Additionally, fans of alternative comedy will be delighted by opener Emo Phillips, known for his unique voice and style.

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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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