This Week in Geek (6/20/22–6/26/22)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to Minnesota’s geek community for the week of Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26.

Virtual events

June 19, 2022—Honoring the Ancestors: Dreaming of the Future

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 ending Monday, June 20. Featured speakers and performers include Nothando Zulu, Mica Anders, Journey Productions, Auntie Beverly, Passed Presents, and more. This series of events is free and includes a mix of virtual events and in-person programs held outdoors at Sumner Library and Minneapolis parks; check the website for the full schedule and event locations.

SocietyX: Creating a Home for Indoor Plants

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

Learn the best practices for being a good host to your fellow plants 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 Quiz Night

What: Anecdotes
When: Monday, June 20 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.

Minnesota Zoo Virtual Yoga

What: Sports and 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 live yoga routine from exhibits around the zoo. These classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. Each class is $8 for non-members, with discounted rates available for Zoo members or when registering for multiple classes at the same time. Sessions are recorded and can be viewed during the week for those unable to tune in live.

Art Journal – Drawing from Life

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

Practice your art and occupy a peace of mind with the regular practice of a visual or artistic journal. This weekly group provides prompts and space to work. All you need is a paper and a pen or pencil. The June 22 event is “Conversations with Myself/Raise Vibrations”.

Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series—What is the universe made of?

What: Educational, scientific and technical
When: Thursday, June 23 at 5:45 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. At this event, delve into the secrets of the cosmos with Michael Dine, eminent 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 events coming this week, including topics on US 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 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 twincitiesgeek.com/discord.

Company X: night owls

What: Arts
When: Friday, June 24 at 9 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.

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 discussions, autographs, virtual signings, and more. Q&A panels are free, but additional interactive experiences or autographs have varying prices; See website for more details. This week includes events and signings for fans of black clover, The nightmare before Christmas, and more.

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.

June 19, 2022—Honoring the Ancestors: Dreaming of the Future

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 series of events is free and includes a mix of virtual events and in-person programming held outdoors at Sumner Library and Minneapolis Parks; check the website for the full schedule and event locations.

June 19 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, uncover the harsh truth of the legal and illegal discrimination, violence, and terror experienced by black Americans after the end of the Civil War and the legal end of slavery in the United States. United.

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 Art Institute

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

GPS Photography Club Annual Photo Hike

What: Arts, sports and fitness
When: Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Stroll through the scenic Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with fellow photography geeks for the annual band walk. Take photos, network and just enjoy the time outdoors.

GRRRL SCOUT & The Aliveness Project Present Summer Camp

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

Come and experience the eighth annual Summer Camp Pride Party hosted by GRRRL SCOUT and the Aliveness Project. This event on the Cabooze’s large terrace features portable bars, free HIV testing, games, bonfires, music, dancing, food trucks, and more. Tickets are $25 plus advance fees, 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 stalls and dozens of food vendors, plus free musical performances and fun for the whole family. There are a variety of other Pride-related activities happening throughout the weekend, including a parade on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., myriad parties, a performance by Carly Rae Jepsen, and more. The Twin Cities Pride website is a great central location to find Pride events that might match your interests. Several organizations will be 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 cinematic magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk, are free and open to the public. The screening this week is Raya and the last dragon, a 2021 fantasy film from Disney. Check the website for a full schedule of screenings this week.

Solar Sunday

What: Educational, Family
When: Sunday, June 26 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: Funktion Junktion

Which 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 the website for this week’s full performance schedule.


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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