This Week in Geek (2/28/22–3/6/22)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 28, to Sunday, March 6.

Virtual Events

Steam Next Fest

What: Gaming
When: Monday, February 21, through Monday, February 28
Where: Virtual via Steam

Discover new games through a week of developer livestreams and playable demos. Featured games span several genres and also include virtual-reality titles. This event is free, but will require a free Steam account in order to play the game demos.

SocietyX: Making a Home for Houseplants

What: Educational
When: Monday, February 28, 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.

Como Live!

What: Educational, Family
When: Monday, February 28, and Thursday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Facebook

Tune in twice-weekly for short, educational talks from the zookeepers and gardeners at Como Zoo! Each broadcast features a different topic, including animal profiles, virtual walkthroughs, exhibit previews, and, of course, birthday celebrations for their animal residents. These talks are free and video recordings are available afterwards to watch anytime.

Virtual Pub Quiz Trivia Night

What: Trivia
When: Monday, February 28, 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.

Guided Watercolour—Weekly Art Class

What: Arts
When: Tuesday, March 1, at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Express yourself on a winter’s Tuesday under the guidance of Cathy Wild in this guided watercolors class. Check the event posting for detailed basic-materials recommendations.

Seas The Day: Life Lessons from Cephalopods with Sarah McAnulty

What: Educational, Science & Tech
When: Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m.; continues weekly through March 29
Where: Virtual via Zoom

This five-part lecture series from Atlas Obscura covers the lives of cephalopods, plunging deep into the world of these complex creatures, their distinct behavior, and the world they inhabit. This first session will cover the basics of cephalopods, plus a little deeper of a look into ink. Tickets run from $65–95 for the series, with a waitlist available for free tickets.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, March 2, 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.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series–Claude Monet and His Water Lilies: Seeking Solace in Art

What: Educational, Arts
When: Wednesday, March 2, at 12:00 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, learn about Claude Monet and his water lilies, and the way that large-scale art works can provide an “asylum of peaceful meditation.” This seminar will led by author Ross King. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers.

Check out the streaming-series webpage to see the many other upcoming events this week, including topics on the Jewish diaspora, photography, and food-based activism.

Virtual Transmission

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Wednesday, March 2, and Saturday, March 5, at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Twitch

The popular Transmission dance night is moving to virtual space every Wednesday and Saturday. DJ Jake Rudh will be bringing New Wave, Alternative, and more ’80s-centric greats to the safety of your homes. So, dance, dance, dance to the radio (or, in this case, Twitch stream).

A Wild Night in with Hugh Warwick—Hedgehogs

What: Educational
When: Thursday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual event

This event will focus in on hedgehogs—all about them— like why they’re currently in trouble, and ways to help. Hugh Warwick (author of three books about the creatures) and Jo Wilkinson (pioneer of the Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign) will host. The event is free, however there is a £5 (about $6.70 USD) suggested donation.

Twin Cities Geek Art Club

What: Arts
When: Thursday, March 3, and Sunday, March 6, 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

GalaxyCon Live

What: Community, Conventions
When: Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6
Where: Virtual event

GalaxyCon, a convention for fans of various genre properties, is returning to live virtual events throughout the fall. These events are a great way to bring the convention experience home with panels, chats, autographs, virtual shout-outs, and more. Check the website for full details and pricing information, but this week includes events for fans of Cartoon Network, Tim Curry, and more.

Petra and Amman: the Kingdom of Jordan Virtual Tour

What: Educational
When: Saturday, March 5, at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Do a little virtual tourism on Zoom with this free event focused on Jordan, with chances to see sites in Amman, on the Jordan River, and many sites in the Rose city of Petra. There’s a strong focus on ancient and religiously significant sites in the tour. This event is free.

Drink & Draw—Costumed Model Drawing

What: Arts
When: Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom

Gallery Girls is a Los Angeles-based event organizer popular for its themed-drawing nights, often featuring models in fantasy, comic-book, and science-fiction costumes. Now, due to the pandemic, it’s shifted to online sessions that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. Each session is $10 and offers a mix of posing times. Artists of all levels are encouraged to dress up (if they like), grab a drink, and share their work on social media. This week’s theme is “Cyber Bunny” with Devogue. Discount tickets are available for students and when buying for multiple sessions.

Supernatural America Virtual Tours

What: Arts
When: Sunday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Virtual event

Join Mia guides for a virtual tour of the “Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art,” exhibit. The exhibit focuses on the haunted and the otherworldly in American art, and the way that the ghosts we focus on in art reflect mourning, trauma, and other American experiences. Tickets to the exhibit are not required.

Run Rose Run Virtual Book Launch with Dolly Parton & James Patterson

What: Books
When: Sunday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Virtual via YouTube

This is your chance to join James Patterson and Dolly Parton in discussion, promoting their novel Run Rose Run. The novel follows the tale of a young musician on the run, determined to do what it takes to survive. Admission to the event includes a ticket and a copy of the book.

Alamo Drafthouse OnDemand

What: Community, Movies
When: Daily, various times
Where: Virtual via Scener

The Alamo Drafthouse has taken its curated approach to film online to keep bringing the weird, great, bad, and amazing-to-the-public in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check this space for live events like watch parties, exclusive releases, and more (only this time you’ll be required to provide your own snacks and drinks). Check the website for all of the current and upcoming films, events, and prices.

Sofi Tukker Presents Daily DJ Sets

What: Music
When: Daily, at 12:00 p.m., and Tuesdays, at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Twitch, Instagram, and Facebook

House-music duo Sofi Tukker present live DJ sets every day that include popular dance tracks, original music, and community interaction. Noon sets are performed by the duo or guest DJs from around the world. On Tuesdays, Sofi Tukker plays an extended evening set. These shows are a great opportunity for a dance break, to interact with other music fans, and see new music evolve before it hits streaming services. Be advised that the music and hosts are not censored, and this may not be the best livestream for younger music fans.

MSP Film Society Virtual Cinema

What: Movies
When: Daily, various times
Where: Virtual via video stream

The MSP Film Society is continuing to make independent films available to the community through their virtual cinema. Check out their website for full details, including current and upcoming films, as well as ticket pricing.

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

Ice Castles

What: Arts, Family
When: Friday, January 7, through Sunday, March 6; various times
Where: Long Lake Regional Park (New Brighton)

Embrace winter and explore the frozen wonderland of the Ice Castles. This annual attraction created by “professional ice artisans” features ice tunnels, slides, sculptures, and more. Attendees are welcome to dress in costumes and do photo shoots, but be sure to check the FAQs for their specific cosplay policies. Ice Castles is open various hours Thursdays through Mondays. General admission tickets are $15–22, with additional options for children and VIP.

Winter’s End

What: Community, Sports & Fitness
When: Friday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Snelling State Park

Enjoy a hike in the wilderness and take in the last of the glory of winter before it’s gone. No registration is required for this natural excursion. The group will meet at Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center Patio.

Wondering why we didn’t include your geeky event? We are only including in-person events from organizers and venues with responsible, clearly advertised COVID-19 safety precautions that meet our standards. If you’d like to be considered for future listings, send your safety info to [email protected]!

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