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This Week in Geek (6/20/22–6/26/22)

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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, June 20, to Sunday, June 26.

Virtual Events

Juneteenth 2022—Honoring Ancestors: Dreaming Forward

What: Community, Music, Theater & Comedy, Educational
When: Monday, June 20
Where: Virtual via Zoom; in-person at various outdoor locations

Honor Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery, with a week of music, stories, and performances hosted by the Hennepin County Library and concluding on Monday, June 20. Featured speakers and performers include Nothando Zulu, Mica Anders, Journey Productions, Auntie Beverly, Passed Presents, and more. This event series is free and includes a mix of virtual events and in-person programming held outdoors at Sumner Library and Minneapolis parks; see the website for the full schedule and event locations.

SocietyX: Making a Home for Houseplants

What: Educational
When: Monday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual event

Learn best practices for being a good host to your plant comrades in this weekly class taught by Jocelyn Perez-Blanco. Perez-Blanco is the founder of Herban Garden and an educator, herbalist, naturalist, conservationist, flower-essence therapist, essential-oil coach, and avid gardener with a background in biology, animal husbandry, ethnobotany, and agriculture.

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: Trivia
When: Monday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Twitch

Get your trivia on from the comfort of home with Geeks Who Drink’s online trivia night. Prove your mettle, and maybe learn a little something! Watch for other Monday night virtual pub-trivia events going forward.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, June 22, at 7:45 a.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Start your morning with yoga at the zoo! Each week, the instructor teaches a yoga routine live from exhibits around the zoo. These classes are appropriate for both beginners and experienced yogis. Each class is $8 for nonmembers, with reduced rates available for zoo members or when registering for multiple classes at the same time. Sessions are recorded and available to view during the week for those who are unable to tune in live.

Art Journaling—Drawing from Life

What: Arts
When: Wednesday, June 22, at 4:00 P.M.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Practice your art and busy a quiet mind with the regular practice of a visual or art journal. This weekly group provides prompts and a space to work. All you need is a paper and pen or pencil. The June 22 event is “Conversations with My Self/Raising Vibrations.”

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series—What Is the Universe Made Of?

What: Educational, Science & Tech
When: Thursday, June 23, at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

The Smithsonian Institution, home to famed museums and world-class research centers, is bringing educational programs and art courses online for all to enjoy. At this event, delve into the secrets of the cosmos with Michael Dine, distinguished professor of physics at the University of California Santa Cruz. General admission tickets are $25, and a discount is available for members.

Check out the streaming series webpage to see the many other upcoming events this week, including topics on the American presidents, women in astronomy, and more!

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: Arts
When: Thursday, June 23, and Sunday, June 26; at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Discord

The Twin Cities Geek art club meets every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Twin Cities Geeks Discord. Hop on voice or video and chat while you create art, then share your finished pieces on the #art-club channel! This event is open to all. You can join by visiting twincitiesgeek.com/discord.

Society X: Night Owls

What: Arts
When: Friday, June 24, 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 chance to work, bounce ideas off of folks, and be a little social. Bring your own art supplies.

GalaxyCon Live

What: Community, Conventions
When: Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25
Where: Virtual event

GalaxyCon, a convention for fans of various genre properties, is hosting virtual events and autograph signings. These events are a great way to bring the convention experience home with panels, one-on-one chats, autographs, virtual shout-outs, and more. The Q&A panels are free, but additional interactive experiences or autographs do have variable prices; see website for full details. This week includes events and signings for fans of Black Clover, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more.

In-Person Events

Please note: Due to the risks from the ongoing pandemic, we urge all readers to take appropriate safety measures when choosing to attend in-person events, such as masking, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing. We also urge all eligible Minnesotans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask in indoor settings even if vaccinated. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please get tested and follow Minnesota state guidelines on isolating from others. See our COVID-19 resources page for more information on vaccination, health and safety, financial and other assistance, and more.

While government and business policies change frequently and we cannot guarantee the safety of anyone attending an event we are not affiliated with, we do avoid featuring organizers or venues we believe to be following unsafe practices. If you feel something in this column does not meet those criteria, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] with your concerns.

Juneteenth 2022—Honoring Ancestors: Dreaming Forward

What: Community, Music, Theater & Comedy, Educational
When: Monday, June 20
Where: Virtual via Zoom; in-person at various outdoor locations

Honor Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery, with a week of music, stories, and performances hosted by the Hennepin County Library. Featured speakers and performers include Nothando Zulu, Mica Anders, Journey Productions, Auntie Beverly, Passed Presents, and more. This event series is free and includes a mix of virtual events and in-person programming held outdoors at Sumner Library and Minneapolis Parks; see the website for the full schedule and event locations.

Juneteenth Movie Night

What: Movies
When: Monday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Wilderness Fitness & Coworking

Enjoy a free screening of the award-winning documentary Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. In this film written by Jeffery Robinson, learn the stark truth of legal and illegal discrimination, violence, and terror leveled at Black Americans after the end of the Civil War and the legal end of slavery in the United States.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Virtual Public Tours: Inspired by Books

What: Arts
When: Tuesday, June 21, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Take a specially curated tour through the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection as inspired by books. Each month’s tour will focus on a different book for inspiration, with June exploring The King at the Edge of the World by Arthur Phillips. Tours meet in the General Mills Lobby on the first floor.

Annual GPS Photography Club Photo Walk

What: Arts, Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Meander around picturesque Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with other photography geeks for the group’s annual walk. Snap some pictures, network, and just enjoy some time outdoors.

GRRRL SCOUT & The Aliveness Project Present Summer Camp

What: Nightlife
When: Friday, June 24, at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Cabooze

Come on down for the eighth-annual Summer Camp Pride Party put on by GRRRL SCOUT and the Aliveness Project. This event on the Cabooze’s extended patio features portable bars, free HIV testing, games, bonfires, music, dancing, food trucks, and more. Tickets are $25 plus fees in advance, or $30 cash at the door.

Twin Cities Pride Festival

What: Community
When: Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26
Where: Loring Park

Gather with the LGBTQ+ community and allies in Loring Park for Twin Cities Pride. There will be hundreds of booths and dozens of food vendors, along with free musical performances and fun for the whole family. There are a variety of other Pride-related activities going on throughout the weekend, including a parade on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., a myriad parties, a Carly Rae Jepsen performance, and more. The Twin Cities Pride website is a great central location to find Pride events that may be relevant to your interests. There will be a number of organizations present, including the Geek Partnership Society.

Movies in the Parks: Raya and the Last Dragon

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Saturday, June 25, at 9:20 p.m.
Where: Windom Park

Enjoy a night of community and movie magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk, and are free and open to the public. Screening this week is Raya and the Last Dragon, a 2021 fantasy film from Disney. Check out the website for a complete schedule of screenings this week.

Solar Sunday

What: Educational, Family
When: Sunday, June 26, at 12:00 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 (so long as weather permits). This event is included in the normal admission price to the Bell Museum.

Music in the Parks: Funktion Junktion

What: Music
When: Sunday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

Enjoy an evening of live music in the park! This week features a performance by Funktion Junktion, playing the best of ’60s and ’70s dance music. Check out the website for a complete schedule of performances this week.


So, which of these events will you be attending? 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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