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This week in Geek (1/3/22/1/9/22)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday January 3 through Sunday January 9.

Virtual events

SocietyX: Create a home for indoor plants

What: Educational
When: Monday January 3 at 10:30 am
Where: Virtual event

Learn the best practices for being a good host for your factory mates in this weekly class taught by Jocelyn Perez-Blanco. Perez-Blanco is the founder of Herban Garden and an educator, herbalist, naturalist, curator, flower essences therapist, essential oils coach and passionate gardener with a background in biology, animal husbandry, ethnobotany and agriculture.

Guided Watercolor – Weekly Art Class

What: Arts
When: Tuesday January 4 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual event via Zoom

Express yourself on a Winter Tuesday under the direction of Cathy Wild in this guided watercolor class. See the event post for detailed recommendations on base materials.

Virtual transmission

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Wednesday January 5 and Saturday January 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Twitch

The popular Transmission Dance Party takes place in the virtual space every Wednesday and Saturday. DJ Jake Rudh will bring the New Wave, the Alternative and other 80s-centric greats to the safety of your homes. So dance, dance, dance to the radio (or, in this case, stream Twitch).

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: Arts
When: Thursday January 6 and Sunday January 9 at 7 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. 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 register by visiting

Once upon a time: writing a fairy tale with Anca Szilágyi

What: Books, Educational
When: Saturday January 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

This four-part weekly seminar presented by Atlas Obscura will delve into fairy tales. This week’s event is a big picture, seeking to introduce participants to the genre. Expect class time to focus on a mix of lecture, small group, and writing.

Paint your own Alebrije with Carlos Orozco from Puech Ikots

What: Arts
When: Saturday January 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Virtual event

Join this virtual event for instructions on painting your own hand-carved alebrije, with instructions from master artist and Indigenous activist Carlos Orozco. Copalwood alebrijes are a traditional art form, recently popularized in the movie Coco. Participants are encouraged to order ahead and paint at home, or just watch and learn.

Gentle yoga for terrible times

What: Sports and fitness
When: Saturday January 8 at 8 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Between the continuing global pandemic, the distressing news about climate change and other things in the news, it’s easy to get stressed. This gentle yoga experience is aimed at helping you focus and calm yourself out of the fight or flight mode that a scary world can create. This is a free event and intended to be accessible to everyone. However, people are encouraged to donate if they like and can afford it.

International Code Craft Sundays ONLINE

What: Education, science and technology
When: Sunday January 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Come in for a day of ensemble, or “crowd programming,” during this code testing session. This event is a space for a large group to work together on code, therefore a great opportunity to learn new programming and collaboration skills from a distance.

Alamo Drafthouse on demand

What: Community, Movies
When: Every day, several hours
Where: Virtual via Scener

The Alamo Drafthouse has taken its organized approach to filming online to continue bringing the Weird, the Big, the Bad and the Amazing to audiences despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Check this space for live events such as evening saves, exclusive outings, etc. (only this time you will have to provide your own snacks and drinks). Check the website for all current and upcoming movies, events and awards.

Sofi Tukker presents daily DJ sets

Which music
When: every day at 12:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m.
Where: virtual via Twitch, Instagram and Facebook

House music duo Sofi Tukker perform live DJ sets every day that include popular dance floors, original music and community interactions. The midday sets are performed by the duo or guest DJs from all over the world. On Tuesdays, Sofi Tukker plays an extended evening set. These shows are a great opportunity to take a break from dancing, interact with other music fans, and see new music evolve before it hits the streaming services. Be aware that the music and the hosts aren’t censored, and this might not be the best livestream for young music fans.

In-person events

Please Note: Due to the risks associated with the ongoing pandemic, we urge all readers to take appropriate safety precautions when choosing to attend in-person events, such as masking, physical distancing, and washing. frequent hands. We also urge all eligible Minnesotans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask indoors even if they are vaccinated. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, please get tested and monitored Minnesota State Guidelines by isolating himself from others. Visit our COVID-19 resource page for more information on immunizations, health and safety, financial assistance and more, and more.

While we cannot guarantee the safety of anyone attending an event that we are not affiliated with, our goal is to only include those hosted by groups and locations that list clear and reasonable COVID safety precautions. If you believe that anything in this column does not meet these criteria, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] with your worries.

Illuminated nature

What: Community, Arts, Educational
When: from Thursday December 2 to Sunday January 16; several times
Where: Minnesota Zoo

Enjoy the beauty of the larger-than-life animal art installations and light shows at the Minnesota Zoo! This popular drive-thru event returns for a second year, with a new outdoor walking trail experience that opens on January 6. with discounts available for zoo members.

And that’s why we’re drinking here for the Boos tour!

What: Theater and comedy
When: Thursday January 6 at 8 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theater

Come see the Webby Award winning real crime and paranormal comedy podcast live! This event brings hosts Em Schulz and Christine Schiefer to the Twin Cities as part of a rescheduling of a previously delayed show from the ‘Here for the Boos’ tour.

Screaming off the screen

Which films
When: Friday January 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Scream It Off Screen is a horror-focused short film contest with an element of audience interaction! Get together and get spooky with other horror nerds in one of the Twin Cities’ biggest rebirth theaters. The audience will shout “Gong! Or “Let him play!” To determine which films will be screened in their entirety. Tickets are $ 10 in advance or $ 12 at the door.

Luminous skating evening

What: Family, Sports & Fitness
When: Saturday January 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant Square Park

Enjoy a winter evening with the warm friendliness of the neighbors under the light of hundreds of lamps and lights. This family event will include hot chocolate, skating and a bonfire.

Not another D&D podcast

What: Theater and comedy
When: Saturday January 8 at 7 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theater

Fans of Dungeons & Dragons and podcasts will be in for a treat with this live event from Not Another D&D Podcast, a D & D-play podcast focused on three unlikely adventurers starring Brian Murphy, Emily Axford, Jake Hurwitz and Caldwell Tanner. See the event website for ticket options and prices.

Ice yoga for women

What: Sports and fitness
When: Sunday January 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Wood Lake Nature Center

Enjoy the Minnesota winter with an afternoon of frozen yoga with expert instruction. Put on your winter clothes and let the guided movement warm you up. Cocoa and a fire to follow. The course costs $ 15, or $ 10 for FOWL members.

Wondering why we didn’t include your geek event? We only include organizers’ in-person events and venues with responsible and clearly advertised COVID-19 safety precautions that meet our standards. If you wish to be considered for future announcements, send your security information to [email protected]!