This Week in Geek (7/4/22–7/10/22)


Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to Minnesota’s geek community for the week of Monday, July 4 through Sunday, July 10.

(Go to in-person events)

Virtual events

Virtual Pub Quiz Quiz Night

What: Anecdotes
When: Monday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Twitch

Get your questions answered from the comfort of your own home with Geeks Who Drink’s online Q&A night. Prove your mettle and maybe learn a little something! Watch for other virtual Monday night pub-trivia events in the future.

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

What: Educational, scientific and technical
When: Wednesday June 29 and Wednesday July 6 at 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual 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 discussions, with the first session delving into the history and evolution of dreaming. Tickets cost between $45 and $60 for the series. Limited free tickets are available by random selection; see the event page for more details.

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Live Stream: What’s New? July 2022 edition

What: Education, science and technology
When: Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Facebook Live

Join the UMD Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium for a livestream focused on what you can see in the night sky in July (literally what’s new). This virtual session is free.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series – Paris: A Virtual Right Bank Adventure

What: Educational
When: Thursday, July 7 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

The Smithsonian Institution, home to famous museums and world-class research centers, offers educational programs and online art classes for all to enjoy. In this event, freelance travel writer Barbara Noe Kennedy takes you on a tour of the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris with a focus on history and art. General admission tickets are $25 and a discount is available for members. Check out the streaming series webpage to see the many other events coming this week.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: Arts
When: Thursday July 7 and Sunday July 10; at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Discord

The Twin Cities Geek art club meets every Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Twin Cities Geeks Discord. Voice or video edit 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

Company X: night owls

What: Arts
When: Friday, July 8 at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual event

Get together with other creative night owls to hang out and make art. It’s a great opportunity to get some work done, bounce people’s ideas off, and be a little social. Bring your own art supplies.

In-person events

Note: Due to the risks associated with the ongoing pandemic, we urge all readers to take appropriate safety measures when choosing to attend in-person events, such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing. We also urge all eligible Minnesotans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask indoors even if vaccinated. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are showing symptoms, please get tested and follow Minnesota State guidelines on isolating others. Check out our COVID-19 resource page for more information on vaccinations, health and safety, financial and other help, and more.

Although government and trade policies change frequently and we cannot guarantee the safety of anyone attending an event with which we are not affiliated, we avoid featuring organizers or venues that we believe follow unsafe practices. If you think something in this column does not meet these criteria, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] with your concerns.

MakerTeen—Tinkercad and 3D printing

What: Education, science and technology
When: Tuesday, July 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ramsey—Shoreview County Library

This is a great opportunity for teens to get a little messy and learn how to take an idea, build it three-dimensionally in software, and then print it out. Tinkercad is an intuitive 3D modeling program that can export to formats compatible with 3D printers, so this is a great opportunity to start thinking about 3D.

Geeks read book discussion

What: books
When: Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society

Geeks Read, from Geek Partnership Society, is a monthly book club for people who want to explore horror, science fiction and fantasy. Social time usually lasts from 7:00 to 7:30, followed by a book discussion at 7:30. April’s selection is NPC by Drew Hayes.


What: Theater and comedy
When: Saturday June 18 to Thursday August 21
Where: Guthrie

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

The labor of love is lost

What: Theater and comedy
When: Friday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Newell Park, St. Paul

The Classical Actors Ensemble is back for its eighth summer of Shakespeare in our parks. This year, their group performs The labor of love is lost, a comedy that follows the King of Navarre and his friends as they embark on a journey of self-improvement where they swear 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. Be sure to check the website for additional show dates at parks around the metro.

Taken away as if by magic

What movies
When: Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Head to the boardwalk for a screening of Studio Ghibli’s enchanting film Taken away as if by magic. This film follows the story of a ten-year-old girl who wanders through a world of gods, witches, spirits and strangeness. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

Movies in the parks: Young Frankenstein

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Saturday, July 9 at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Lake Nokomis Community Center

Enjoy a night of community and cinematic magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk, are free and open to the public. The screening this week is Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ homage to old-school monster movies. Check the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board schedule for a complete schedule of movies in the parks.

Family Day: Rock the Cradle

What: Family, Music
When: Sunday, July 10 at 10 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Art Institute

Family Day is a free monthly event held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that allows young and old to attend performances, hands-on activities, and more. This weekend, Current’s Rock the Cradle music event returns after a two-year hiatus with live performers indoors and outdoors and a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Solar Sunday

What: Educational, Family
When: Sunday, July 10 at 12 p.m.
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 (weather permitting). This event is included in the normal admission price to the Bell Museum.

Music in the Parks: Minneapolis Pops Orchestra

Which music
When: Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the park! This week features a performance by the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. Check the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board calendar for a complete schedule of Music in the Parks performances.

GPS Pirate Cruise 2022

What: Nightlife
When: Sunday, July 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: St. Croix Boat & Packet Company

Join the Geek Partnership Society for the fifth annual Pirate Cruise fundraiser in Stillwater. Chill your antlers and be warm on the mighty Mississippi while collecting treasure (fundraising) for GPS’s educational and community programs. Pirate attire is recommended, but not required. Tickets range from $75.89 (crew) to $5,000 (divinity).

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So, which of these events are you going to attend? 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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