Drinking with Geeks

Drinking with Geeks

Depending on the crowd you fly with, Drinking with Geeks is either a) a raucus and borderline illegal panel at CONvergence, b) a monthly gathering of the nerd herd at a local Minneapolis bar, or c) a title you know nothing about, and yet are intrigued by.

Regardless of whether you ascribe to a, b, or c, Drinking with Geeks is run by the same people in all of these venues, and it involves nerds with booze.

This month, it arrives at The Bryant Lake Bowl, and it comes accompanied by…

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That’s right! Jerry Belich and I will be appearing as the inaugural guests on the new Drinking with Geeks podcast, alongside cohosts Bill Stiteler and Joseph Scrimshaw. I hear that we are being paid in alcohol. Hurray!

“When does this glorious event happen?” I hear you cry. “I want to nerd out over booze, too!”

Have no fear, citizen! Here are the vital stats of this essential gathering of the boozy brains:

Bryant Lake Bowl
February 5th, 2013
6:30pm – 8:30pm (podcast happens at 7:30pm)
Tickets are FREE!

If you do the Facebook thing, there is more information here.

If you don’t do the Facebook thing, here’s the event on the Bryant Lake Bowl’s web site.

Fearless Comedy and Dirty Music

Courtney McClean and the Dirty CurlsThe Fearless Comedy Launch Party on Saturday night was wildly successful. The room was packed for five hours as a stream of entertainment and beer washed over the crowd. I also hear that a healthy stream of money washed from the crowd back to the entertainers, which is as it should be for such fundraiser events.

I was honored (and a little terrified) by being given the closing spot: PowerPoint Karaoke closed out the night, so the pressure was on to go out on a high note. It turns out that I had nothing to fear, as my two contestants wound up being Joseph Scrimshaw and Aric McKeown, and they absolutely killed. By the end, Joseph wound up wrapped around Aric like some sort of terrifying, be-sneakered spider monkey, and Aric carried him offstage.

We were preceeded by tremendously funny stuff, too. Geeks Without God did a live recording with Aric; Joseph did a live recording of Obsessed with random audience members (including the spectacularly awkward Fes Works); Bill Young did stand-up; Ian Rains (of Drinking with Ian fame) ran his $50 pyramid show; and there was so much more.

One of the best treats of the night for me, though, was finally seeing a live performance by Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls. I’ve known Courtney for a while, as she’s done a few PowerPoint Karaoke shows. I’ve been aware of her band for much longer, but had never actually seen them perform. Finally, I now know what bluegrass and pornographic lyrics truly belong together, and I have sworn to go see The Dirty Curls perform a full show sometime.

The capper to this is that, in the party’s silent auction, Fes Works won a live concert (!) by this fine, filthy band. So now we’re trying to figure out what to do with this. We might just move in together so we can have the mother of all house parties.

Anyway, Fearless Comedy is now off to a good start. Also, while I was hanging around and waiting for my set, I shot a couple photos of Courtney. Enjoy!

PowerPoint Karaoke Is Fearless Tonight!

PowerPoint KaraokeThat’s right! TONIGHT PowerPoint Karaoke joins forces with the shiny-new Fearless Comedy production company at their launch party! Join us!

Saturday, January 12th
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6:00pm until late
$20 suggested donation

PowerPoint Karaoke will go on sometime around 10:30pm, but before that will be a parade of locally-grown comedy!

If you do the Facebook thing, details are here.

If you don’t do the Facebook thing, details are also here.

Also, don’t forget that PowerPoint Karaoke will also be onstage on Thursday at the Bryant-Lake Bowl!

Should I do a weekly column?

Guy Maddin Commentary - 2009-06-18 21:23:07

Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music In the World playing at The Heights Theater in 2009, with Mr. Maddin doing live commentary.

It struck me this morning that the Minneapolis / St. Paul area currently has a great array of art house / single screen / non-first-run movie theaters, certainly more than I was aware of when I was growing up in this town. The Heights regularly shows vintage films between showings of first-run movies. The Riverview often hosts oddball cinematic events when it’s not showing second-run movies. The Trylon, a microtheater with a mere 35 seats, makes its bread and butter showing vintage film on a rapidly changing schedule. The Brookdale 8 shows as many Bollywood films as it shows second-run American movies. And those venues aren’t the only ones.

So I was wondering:

  • Would anyone be interested if I posted a weekly column, highlighting few of the more unusual movie events around town?
  • What would I call such a thing? I haven’t yet thought of a snappy name that says “movies” and “not-first-run” and “not-second-run” and “local” and “weekly” all at the same time.
  • What else would make such a thing cool?

All thoughts welcome!

TWO PowerPoint Karaokes in ONE WEEK!

PowerPoint KaraokeThat’s right! This week is your chance to see PowerPoint Karaoke TWICE!

Saturday, January 12th, at the Fearless Comedy Launch Party
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6:00pm until late
$20 suggested donation

The sparkling-new Fearless Comedy production company is opening its tenure on the Twin Cities comedy scene with a grand blowout at Amsterdam. PowerPoint Karaoke will go on sometime around 10:30pm, but before that will be a parade of locally-grown comedy!

If you do the Facebook thing, details are here.

If you don’t do the Facebook thing, details are also here.

Thursday, January 17th
Bryant Lake Bowl
10:00pm (doors at 9:30pm)
$7 at the door / $5 with a Fringe button

That’s right! We weren’t able to have our usual last-Thursday-of-the-month timeslot in January, so we’re taking over the 17th as our own. Join us as four presenters battle their way to PowerPoint glory! Also, you can eat food and drink beer in the theater! Good food! Good beer!

If you want to buy tickets ahead of time, or if you just need the address, details are here.