Archive for September 29, 2015
October 3 | TCSC Yard Sale
The Twin Cities Scottish Club is having a yard sale on Oct. 3rd from 9AM – noon at 7415 Shannon Drive, Edina, MN. There will also be a preview sale Friday evening from 6-8 PM, for members only. We have teapots, books, CDs, tea towels, beautiful Scottish photography, tartan ties, scarves, Scottish song books and many other Scottish goods. We also have many Party Light candle decorations, small toys, and more. For more information on how you can help out, please contact Mary: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 10 | St. Andrew’s Pub Night
We will be having our final Pub Night of 2015 on Saturday, October 10 at Cooper Pub: 1607 Park Pl Blvd, St Louis Park. Festivities start at 4 PM. Please join us for a fun afternoon/evening of food, drink and good conversation. Hope you can make it.
October 31 | Graeme Mackenzie Presentation
Hello Scottish Interest Group, and fellow Scottish enthusiasts!
To our great fortune, Graeme Mackenzie, MA, will be returning on Saturday, October 31 at 2:00 PM.
This is an event you won’t want to miss. Graeme is a professional genealogist who lives in Inverness, Scotland, and will be here in the Twin Cities for just a few days. He will be speaking on a subject titled “Culture and Traditions of the Highland Clans”.
This talk will examine the nature and origins of the Highland Clans; what set them apart from Lowland families; the sometimes competing, but often complimentary, strands of Celtic kinship and Anglo-Norman feudalism; the positions of the chief, the fine (his closest kin), tacksmen, tenants, and tail (household officers and hangers-on); the role of fosterage in binding septs to clans; and how myth and legend were used to define political positions and boost a clan’s self-image.
Please join us at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, October 31, at the Danish American Center, in Minneapolis.
Address: 3030 West River Parkway So., (near the Lake Street bridge), in the lower level; parking available.
A nominal fee of $7.00 will be collected at the event to help cover some of Graeme’s travel expense.
For more information, use this link to take you to the event website.
If you have specific questions, you can e-mail me and I will get back to you. John McKeen at email address: email@example.com
November 7 | Announcing the Launch of “Heigh Ho, the Green Holly”
Concert and CD Launch on Saturday November 7th, 7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Ave North | St. Paul, MN
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
(advance tickets will go on sale in October – check the Celtic Junction website, orlauramackenzie.com)
This event is a two-in-one production!
The Launch of “Heigh Ho, The Green Holly”, a holiday compilation on New Folk Records.
~ A Celtic Christmas collection of timeless classics, arranged with Irish and Scottish music for an array of instruments, including pipes, flutes, whistles, fiddle and harp plus horns and percussion.
The Anniversary Launch of “From Uig to Duluth”, released October 2014
~ Scots Gaelic music and song, arrangements of traditional music sourced from Duluth, 1937. The evening will feature Laura MacKenzie (vocals, flutes, whistles, pipes, concertina), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals), Andrea Stern (harp), Michael Bissonnette (percussion), Mary Vanorny (fiddle), Danielle Enblom (fiddle and steps) and a surprise guest.
Refreshments will be available.
This month for GPS
Oct. various dates and times | Haunted House Build! Rehearsals!
Do you want to build a junkyard? How about a T-1? Do you want to wear a costume and scare people? There was an informational volunteer meeting to see this year’s rough script and learn about build and rehearsal dates, and notes were sent out to everyone on the volunteer distribution list. To volunteer and get all the info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat Oct 3 | 9:30a – 6p | Scavenger Hunt
Put a team together, be it family, friends, club, convention, or con department. Entry fee is $20 per team. Teams can be up to 4 adults, or up to 6 (4 adults, 2 kids). Teams start with 9:30 am registration, judging starts at 5pm. Remember, creativity, and bribing of judges, is encouraged!
Show up at the center room 107, get your list, go forth and scavenge!
Fri Oct 9 | 7pm | GPS Edutainment – Water
The “Edutainment Video Discussion” is a series of events gathering people together to watch and discuss curated collections of videos on various topics. During each event we will watch videos on a topics, with discussion breaks during and after video blocks.
October’s topic is Water. We will start the first block of videos at 7pm.
Sat Oct 10 | 6:30 pm | GPS Movie Night Cosplay and Fundraiser Event
GPS Movie Night would like to invite you to join us for an evening of Fun Feminist Science Fiction from Down Under. Along with screening a couple of great films, we will be raising funds for BCRF as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month and encouraging anyone interested to join in on the fun with movie inspired Cosplay. Due to licensing requirements we cannot publicize the titles, but here are the hints from the Eventbrite page.
What A Lovely Day – We will begin our evening with an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
If you missed this one in the theater this summer, here is your chance to watch it “on the big screen” at Event Horizon.
In 2033, Justice Rides a Tank and Wears Lip Gloss – Based on the British cult comic-strip, our tank-riding anti-heroine fights a mega-corporation, which controls the world’s water supply. Rebecca (Lori Petty) makes friends with Jet Girl (Naomi Watts) and a group of Kangaroo-Hybrid Super-soldiers (Ice T, Jeff Kober) who join her on a quest to avenge the death of her friends, rescue young Sam from the evil Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell) and take down Water and Power.
Join your tribe for an evening of film and fun in the annex at GPS Event Horizon. Located at 1121 Jackson St NE in Minneapolis, it’s the only volunteer run, non-profit, geek community center in the state of MN.
As always, feel free to bring your own snacks (or dinner!) and a comfy chair. We will have some snacks and soda available for sale. Room 107.
Still not sure what we’re watching? RSVP for the event and we will send you the titles in your confirmation email.
Mon Oct 19 | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Figure Drawing Salon
The GPS Arts Initiative holds a monthly 3-hour Figure Drawing Salon the 3rd Monday of every month in the Event Horizon classroom (106A). The session includes short, medium and long poses. There is a nominal fee ($5-$10) to help defray the cost of models and other outlays. Questions email email@example.com.
Upcoming for GPS
Nov 10 | 6pm – 8:30pm | Project Lighthouse Info Night – We have money that we want to spend on kids to get them excited about science and learning. Come to this informational meeting to find out more about our educational grants program and how to take advantage of it.
Nov 17 | 7pm to 9pm | GPS Open Meeting As always, we invite all members, partner members, geeks, and general public to come and find out what’s been going on and what’s in the hopper.
Club News (alphabetical by club)
Black Hat Collective
Oct 24 | 1pm – 5pm | BHC Monthly Meetup
Graphic artists helping each other stay on target. Drop in to room 106A if you’re interested in joining us for an art jam, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A or 107
Come and make something awesome! This club meets weekly, with a project on the third Thursday of the month.
Oct 29 – This month’s project Pumpkins and Power Tools. You can keep an eye on the meetup group for details and to RSVP so they know how much to get for materials.
Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek)
Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm | Rooms 106A
People who sew. All skill levels are welcome. Recurring meetups coincide with the Crafty Geek meetup.
Oct 5 | 7pm – 9:30pm | Room 106
October book is Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm. If you have any other questions about the Geeks Read Book Club, please contact Liz or Dierdra at email@example.com; join our Google Group Geeks Read at http://groups.google.com/group/geeks-read or like us on Facebook at GPS-Geeks Read.
No events planned as of newsletter release. Keep an eye on the Meetup group for updates.
GPS Photography Club
Oct 20 | 7pm – 9:30pm | Monthly Meetup
Waiting until you’re packed up to head home for Thanksgiving or Christmas is the wrong time to be working out what you will want to do photography-wise over the holidays. Are you planning on going around and getting pictures of everyone’s Christmas lights? Do you want to be set up to get that picture of your brother or sister getting that gift, or perhaps even that proposal they were not expecting? Stop in, and we’re going to discuss what you need to remember to have along with you.
Go to the meetup to RSVP and for more information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Come to network, hear readings from works in progress, swap story critiques, and talk shop. Our members range from those just starting out to established authors with multiple book contracts. Follow the event links to RSVP (some meetups have a limited number of spaces open) and get details on locations and updates from organizers.
Oct 11 | 12pm-4pm | October-Not-A-Meeting
Meeting of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. First two hours are dedicated to topic discussions (topic TBA, check out the meetup link) and the last two hours to writer’s crit group. This all open to the public.
Location update: Event Horizon room 106A
Oct 11 | 7pm – 9:30pm | East St Paul (ESP) Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup
There will be a general discussion based on the ubiquitous online versions of “Writer’s Rules”. Everyone is invited to bring a “rule” from one of the lists for consideration and maybe debate!
We will be accepting three submissions for critique–first come, first served. Check out the meetup for details how to submit and for location in St. Paul.
Oct 28 | 6:15pm-7:45pm | Speculations Reading Series with Michael Merriam
Michael will be reading at DreamHaven Books as part of the Speculative Reading Series. The reading will run from 6:30-7:45 p.m. with a Q & A session and a brief reception and autographing. By 8:00 p.m. Michael will adjourn somewhere with food and drinks for general hanging out. October 28th, 2015.
Location: DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN
Read the Book/See the Movie
Oct 9 | This month’s movie is based on the short story Who Goes There? in Who Goes There? and The Science Fiction Hall of Fame by John W. Campbell, Jr. under the pen name Don A. Stuart. Social time at 7:00 pm – movie begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Our gathering location rotates venues so email email@example.com for location. Feel free to bring a snack to share!
2nd & 4th Friday Oct 9 & 23 | 8:30pm – 11pm | Classroom (106A)
The Anime Twin Cities/GPS co-sponsored club will be showing free classic anime movies and series. Join us and socialize with other people who enjoy anime as much as you do. Due to holidays there will be only one meetup this month. Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSA BattleTech Tabletop | Fri Oct 2 | 6pm | Fallout Shelter Arcade
Open Gaming | 1st & 3rd Saturday, Oct 3 & 17 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107
Burl’s D&D | Sep 19 | 10am – 10pm in 106A
RPG Day | Sundays after Open Gaming, Oct 4 & 18 | 12 pm – 8 pm in 106A
Designers Sessions | Tue Sep 29 in 106A, Fri Oct 9 in 106 / Tue Oct 27 in TBA – These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.
Crafty Gamers | Thu Oct 15 | 7:00 PM – UGG joins Crafty Geek to hang out for a few hours and work on whatever scenery making, miniature painting, map making or other gaming projects, we want to do in the company of others.
Programming Brainstorming is right around the corner, in 2 sessions.
1. Oct 10 | 1pm – 5pm | Crowne Plaza Bloomington
We’ll be in Room: A-E-I-O
Address: 5401 Green Valley Drive Bloomington, MN 55437
Many of our programming ideas for the next convention are generated at this brainstorming session. Once we have a list of ideas, we proceed to enter them all into our database. By February 1st, our list of ideas goes live and we invite CONvergence members to volunteer as panelists and moderators. For more information, check out our panel scheduling page.
2. Oct 10 | JOFCon Session | DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place
This year there will also be a CONvergence Programming Brainstorming Session at JOFCon! Journeypeople of Fandom Convention (JOFCon) is all about what goes into putting on events like CONvergence; it is a gathering to discuss how we make volunteer-run conventions happen, and how to organize, nurture, and improve our con running communities! CONvergence has partnered with JOFCon and we are excited to let you know about this very cool event. The day and time of JOFCon’s CONvergence Programming Brainstorming Session will be announced on their website.
If you can’t make it to a brainstorming session, we encourage you suggest panels online via our Panel Suggestion Form!
Sep 28 & Oct 26 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | ATC S.O.S. Meeting
Want to help organize events for ATC? Join the Social Outreach Services team at our staff meeting!
Oct 4 | 9am | ATC @ MN Renaissance Festival: Oktoberfest
It’s the annual SOS outing to the MN Renaissance Festival! We’re switching up our weekends this year, giving you a chance to see different themes and events! As per usual, we’ll meet a little ways ahead and to the right of the main gates (by Bakery Stage) right at open, which is 9am! The grounds close at 7pm, and we’ll be there the whole time!
Oct 6 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | October Kotatsu
Anime Twin Cities presents its monthly open hangout night! Bring games, cards, writing, knitting, any other hobby that suits you. Or just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation. This is a public gathering; come relax with your friends at ATC. Look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo.
Location: Davanni’s, 310 White Bear Ave in St. Paul
Cost: Food is at your own expense.
Oct 31 | 6pm | ValleySCARE with ATC!
Come join us for a night of Frights and Scares at ValleySCARE! We will be meeting between 6 PM and 7 PM, when the MONSTERS come out! Afterward, we can meet at the Shakopee Perkins for late night games and munchies. Please remember that at 7 PM, Valleyfair is not meant for small children. The entertainers will scare anyone in the scare zones. This will also be a late night. Please note that costumes are NOT permitted during the Halloween Haunt. https://www.facebook.com/events/750366731739794
Oct 20 | 6pm – 8:30pm | Convention Planning Meeting
This will be held in room 106 at Event Horizon.
Oct 16 – 18 | Anime Fusion | Ramada Bloomington
The Panels & Events page has been updated with a list of panels being planned by your fellow Anime Fusion attendees. A number of them are open to additional panelists, so don’t miss that section of the page! The panel schedule is currently being finalized and will be posted on the website October 1st. In the meantime, check out the panel descriptions and start planning your weekend!
Oct 9 – 11 | Convention
JOFCon is a convention for geeky convention and other community organizers. So get your memberships now. Rates go up Oct 1 http://jofconmsp2015.blogspot.con
Oct 4 | 1pm – 5pm | Furry Migration Post Mortem
Held at the center in room 107
Registration is now open for Furry Migration 2016, being held at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis September 2016.
Sep 27, Oct 11 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm | S.C.A. Dance Class
This is (usually) a bi-weekly practice for period (historical) dance open to anyone interested. Each meeting will include instruction in techniques and specific dances from different time periods and different countries, such as English, Italian, court, country, etc. All skill levels and ages are welcome and encouraged to join in. Open to the Public.
Sep 30. Oct 7, 14, 21, 28| 6pm – 9pm | S.C.A.
The weekly meeting for Barony of Nordskogen, a chapter of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Held in the Main Hall and Classroom (rooms 107 and 106A) every Wednesday, except 10/21, which will be in 106A only.
Sep 30 & Oct 1 | Attack on Titan The Movie: Part 1
Oct 22 & Oct 24 | Attack on Titan The Move: Part 2
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is presenting Attack on Titan The Movie: Parts One & Two—the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s macabre tale featuring Survey Corps’ struggle against the monstrous Titans, with humanity’s continued existence hanging in the balance—at St. Anthony Main Theatre.
Oct 17 | 10am – 5pm | Twin Cities Book Festival
The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.
Oct 20 | doors/sign up 8pm, show 8:30pm | The Not-So Silent Planet: A Speculative Open-Mic
ABOUT THE SHOW: Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Welcome to the Twin Cities’ first open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural horror, or anachronistic interpretations of myth! Sign up for 5-7 minutes, and tell us about a place of which we’ve never dreamt.
VENUE/TIME/TICKETS: Taking place at Kieran’s Irish Pub, 85 N 6th St, Minneapolis
Tickets are on a $5-$10 sliding scale, $3 with a Fringe button.
Feature performer TIM UREN on 10/20
Have you planned your calendar and registered for all of your cons and events yet? Check out the links below:
Oct 9-10 NerdCon
Oct 9-11 JOFCon 2015
Oct 10 MCBA Fallcon
Oct 16-18 Anime Fusion
Oct 23-25 Arcana 45
Oct 23-25 Crypticon
Oct 24-25 PokéCon
Oct 24 13 Gears
Oct 25 Halloween Comic Fest
Nov 13-15 Omegacon Fall
Nov 13-15 Aethercon
Nov 20-22 Teslacaon
Feb 6-8 Supercon
Feb 12-14 Con of the North
Mar 4-6 Marscon
Mar 25-27 Minicon 51
Apr 22-24 Anime Detour
May 6-9 Costume Con 34
May 27-29 Manticon
May 27-30 WisCon
Jun 3-5 CONsole Room
Jun 3-5 2D Con
Aug 17-21 MidAmeriCon II (WorldCon)
Sep 9-11 Furry Migration
Sep 23-25 Nerd & Tie Expo
Oct 7-9 Gaylaxicon