This week in Geek (6/27/22 – 7/3/22) | Wender Mind Kids

This week in Geek (6/27/22 - 7/3/22)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday June 27th through Sunday July 3rd.

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Minnesota night sky in July

What: Education, Science & Technology
When: Monday, June 27 at 12:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Facebook

The Bell Museum will be hosting this Facebook Live event focused on the wonders of summer nights in the great state of Minnesota. Planetarium educators will be on hand to answer your questions about the starry night (including seasonal constellations, the moon, and visible planets). Be sure to visit the site to download a free guide that includes an up-to-date star map and dates of upcoming phenomena such as astronomical conjunctions, meteor showers, and more.

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: trivia
When: Monday, June 27 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.

An Evening with the Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman

What: books
When: Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Virtually via Zoom

Minnesota Poet Laureate Gwen Westerman arrives at the Ramsey County Library for a free reading and entertainment. Autographed copies of her poetry collection, Follow the blackbirdsand history book Mni Sota Makoce, co-authored by Bruce White, will be given out as prizes to lucky entrants. Westerman’s works have also been published in Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, quilt folk, New Aboriginal Poetsand more.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports & fitness
When: Wednesday, June 29 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.

Exploring early astronomy

What: Science & Technology
When: Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Facebook

Learn about early astronomy with the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium! This free event will explore the long history of humans gazing at the skies and using observed patterns to do everything from telling time and telling stories to predicting celestial events.

How We Dream: The Science, History, and Future of Dreams with Sidarta Ribeira

What: Education, Science & Technology
When: Wednesday 29 June and Wednesday 6 July at 7:00 p.m
Where: Virtually via Zoom

This two-part lecture series from Atlas Obscura explores dreams and their role in human history. Neuroscientist and author Sidarta Ribeira will lead the lectures, with the first session delving into the history and evolution of dreaming. Tickets are $45-60 for the series. Limited free tickets are available by random selection; You can find more information in the event description.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series–The Way of the Falcon: Encounters with Wild Beauty

What: Educational
When: Thursday, June 30 at 6:45 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, author and naturalist Sy Montgomery speaks about hawks, what they can teach us about life, and observations from years spent with these birds of prey. General admission tickets are $25 and there is a discount for members.

Check out the streaming series website to see the many other upcoming events this week.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: art
When: Thursday 30 June and Sunday 2 July; 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 1 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.

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What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday 18 June to Thursday 21 August
Where: 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 Regency era and modern romantic comedy. Tickets cost $26-$80.

Seven Deadly Sins Soiree

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Mounds Theatre

Enjoy a spooky night of theater while supporting the Twin Cities Horror Festival. The Seven Deadly Sins Soiree features themed performances and tarot readings. Tickets cost $15.

Comic workshop & reading by Stephen Shaskan

What: comics, family
When: Tuesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m
Where: Wild Rumpus

Stephen Shaskan, author and illustrator of the graphic novel series Pizza and Tacos, will be leading a comics workshop for kids! This will be followed by a free reading and book signing at 3:30pm outside on the Wild Rumpus terrace. Tickets for the workshop portion are $13 and include a copy of a Pizza and Tacos book of your choice.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Virtual Public Tours: Inspired by Books

What: art
When: Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Take a specially curated tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s book-inspired collection. Each month, the tour focuses on a different book for inspiration, with June exploring it The king at the edge of the world by Arthur Phillips. Tours meet in the General Mills Lobby on the first floor.

This is spinal tap with Premovie Music Set by Zeppo

What: movies, music
When: Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Parkway Theater

Join Thursday evenings until 11 a.m. with a screening of This is spinal tap, a cult-classic mockumentary following the disastrous tour of England’s loudest band. Before the film, enjoy a live music set by John Eller and Terrance Fisher from Led Zeppelin cover band Zeppo. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the box office.

The labor of love is lost

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Como Lakeside Pavilion

The Classical Actors Ensemble is back for its eighth summer with Shakespeare in Our Parks. They’re performing this year The labor of love is lost, a comedy that follows King Navarre and his friends as they embark on a journey of self-improvement, renouncing love and worldly pleasures, but a visit from the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting puts their plans to the test. These events are free and check the website for other show dates in parks around the subway.

Firefly Viewing Nights

What: Education, Sports & Fitness
When: Friday 1 July and Saturday 2 July at 8:00 p.m
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chaska)

Enjoy a night hike surrounded by the soft glow of lightning beetles! Start the night by learning about these creatures from a master Minnesota naturalist, then choose from four different trails ranging in length from half a kilometer to two miles. General admission tickets are $20 with discounts for children and members.

Movies in the Parks: mahogany

What: movies, community, family
When: Friday, July 1 at 9:15 p.m
Where: Windom 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. Diana Ross’ film, Rags To Riches, will be screened this week mahogany, presented by the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. Check the website for this week’s full schedule of screenings.

Free First Saturday: Spin Song

What: art, community, family
When: Saturday, July 2 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 “Spin Song,” which includes musical performances by DJ Kool Akiem and Kashimana, a songbird celebration station with the Bell Museum, a tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a wind chime activity and more.

Music in the Parks: Issho II

Which music
When: Sunday 3 July at 2:00 p.m
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the park! This week features a performance by Issho II, a collection of taiko drum groups including Enso Daiko, Harisen Daiko, and Taikolaborative. Visit the website for a full schedule of this week’s performances.

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!