November 2014

November is near, bringing the holiday season in full swing. We’ve got a weekend of chills, thrills, and free movies at the annual haunted house to kick the month off. As usual the clubs have something going on every week, so pick your poison and participate. The end of the year is coming, and we’ll be taking a look back, as well as casting our eyes to the new year.

Congratulations to the 2014 GPS Scavenger Hunt Winners: Der Anime Detour!

This month for GPS

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October 31-November 2GPS Haunted House – There are 3 nights of performances in room 107, and GPS Movie Night will be showing free movies in 106A as well. The appropriate movie clue(s) are under each day.


All performances for the haunted house are just $5 at the door, and the movies are free, so bring the whole gang!

Friday 10/31  Haunted House  hours (HHh) 7pm to 11pm

Movie clue: 7:00 PM – A young Jodie Foster is living in a big house all by herself…where did her parents go?

Saturday 11/1   (HHh) 1. 6pm to 9pm | 2. 10pm to midnight

(2nd show slightly scarier for adults)

Movie clues: Tim Burton Live Action Double Feature!

6:00 PM – Say it once… Say it twice… Say it three times… BECAUSE WE CAN’T!

8:00 PM – Johnny Depp is THE BARBER, Helena Bonham Carter is THE BAKER. How about a meat pie to go with that shave?

Sunday 11/2   (HHh) “Sensory Friendly Sunday” 4pm to 8pm

Movie clues: Tim Burton Animated Double Feature!

5:00 PM – Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good monstrous dog? Oh yes, yes you are!

6:30 PM – It’s “bad dreams ahead of Boxing Day” for the residents of Halloween Town.

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November 1 – Space Camp submission window opens

The application for 2015 is on the website and submissions will be accepted from November 1st to December 31st, 2014 – only 2 months. Please help us spread the word about this program.To find more information go to:, or come to the GPS Open Forum for a scholarship winner’s presentation (see below).

November 18 – GPS Open Forum

As always, we invite all members, partner members, geeks, and the general public to come and find out what’s been going on and what’s in the hopper. This Open Forum we will be having a special presentation from 2014 Space Camp Scholarship winner, Gunnar Laughlin, who went in August.

Upcoming for GPS 

December 16 – Photography Club annual review and planning meeting for 2015.

Reminder to GPS departments, events, and clubs that Photography Club needs to work with you to set up and coordinate photographing your events. Their planning meeting for the upcoming year is December 16th at 7:00 pm at Event Horizon, expected to be in room 106A, and they would appreciate input before or at that meeting. Email [email protected].

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective

November 22 | 1pm – 5pm | Room 106A

Graphic artists helping each other stay on target. Drop in if you’re interested in joining us for an art jam, or email [email protected].

Also, Comic Artists Night at the Opera is back. They have a new head of marketing and we need to show them we want these to keep going, so check out the link for more details on how to get involved and to register.! Oct. 30 is Hansel and Gretel by Englebert Humperdink, the next show is in January. The new head of the GPS Arts Initiative will be there, and is interested in picking our collective BHC brains.

Crafty Geek

Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A or 107 Come and make something awesome!

November 20 – This month’s project TBA. You can keep an eye on the meetup group for details.

– Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek in partnership with MN Society of Costumers)

Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm | Rooms 106/106A, sometimes 107

People who sew. All skill levels are welcome. Recurring meetings coincide with the Crafty Geek meetup.

Geek Physique

Geek Slink Bellydance – Dates TBD No more slink for 2014. Keep an eye on the Meetup group for information and to sign up for 2015 when dates are announced.

Bat’leth Training – Our Klingon-in-residence has assured us that training space will be needed before year end, date(s) TBD.

Geeks Read

November 10 | 7:00 pm

Geeks Read usually meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm. This month we’ve moved back a week so as not to conflict with Election Day. We’ll be discussing In Fury Born by David Weber.

All meetings will take place at Event Horizon room 106 unless otherwise noted. Remember to bring in any books you feel like donating to the lending library.

GPS Photography Club

November 16 | 12pm

The plan for November for the Photography Club is to meet at the Jackson Street Roundhouse. Admission to the museum is $10 (for adults, other prices on the website) and may be purchased ahead of time through the Minnesota Transportation Museum website at This is a tourist-level photography event, which generally means no tripods, and try to stay with the group as much as possible.


November 11 | 12pm to 3pm | Local Author Showcase

The Local Author Showcase allows MinnSpec authors an opportunity to take the stage and read a short section of their work. The readings are followed by a mingle/nosh/salon where fans can connect with authors, purchase works, have them signed, etc.

THIS IS A PUBLIC EVENT. Please help spread the word! Any family, friends and fiction lovers can attend.

Acadia Cafe 329 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN


November 3, 10, 17, 24 (Mondays)| 6pm – 10pm

November 8 (Saturday)| 1:30pm – 6pm

National Novel Writing Month is upon us again. MinnSpec has set up space and time (Monday evenings and a Saturday afternoon) for writers to come on in and get ‘er done. Heads up: the TGIO potluck will be Friday, December 5.

Read the Book/ See the Movie

CORRECTION: Saturday, November 15| Movie based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

For November’s Read the Book/See the Movie meeting we will be having a special double feature event on Saturday November 15 (not Friday Nov. 14, 2014 which is the normal meeting day).

The RTB/STM selection is movie is based on the book “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. Because the third movie in the series will be in theatres starting Nov. 21, we decided to also show the film based on the second book of the trilogy. Since each of these movies is ~ 2 ½ hours long we decided to move them to a Saturday with an earlier start time.

In order to be able to watch both movies the meeting will start at 3:30 PM with the first movie starting at 4:00 and the second movie starting about 7:00PM. We will have a break between the two movies.

email [email protected] for location


Friday November 14 | 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: [email protected].

United Geeks of Gaming

New this month: Please join us for our first ever UGG Lan Party November 15. Let us all frag thy neighbor.

Due to the Haunted House, the first weekend this month is an away mission, as is the first RPG Game Day of the month
RPG Day @ the Source | November 2 | 12 pm – 6 pm
Open Gaming | Saturday, November 15 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107
UGG Lan Party | Saturday, November 15 | 11 am – 11 pm in room 106A
RPG Gaming | November 16 | 12 pm – 8 pm in room 106A
Designers Sessions | Fri Nov 14 in 106 & Tue Nov 25 in 106A
These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.
Crafty Gamers | November 20 | 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.

Partner News


November 2 | 1pm to 4pm | CONvergence 2015 Programming Brainstorming Session  

Got some great ideas for panels? Are you interested in contributing to CONvergence 2015’s programming slate? You don’t have to have been on a panel or run a panel before to contribute panel ideas. We want panel suggestions from all walks of our diverse and vibrant community! If you can’t make it to the brainstorming session, you can also suggest panels online. Panel suggestions will be accepted until March 1st, 2015, although they really should be in by February 1st, 2015 to have a good chance of making it onto the CONvergence 2015: DoublePlusGood schedule.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington, Atrium 6, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55439

November 15 |  11:59pm – Nomination deadline for Convergence Events board elections to be held in January. Intent to run for a position up for election is due to [email protected] by that date and time.

November 23 | 2pm | CONvergence Operations Super Special Bowling Party!

Due to a Vikings/Bears home game.we have a one time super awesome field trip! TO GO BOWLING!  It’s right down Hiawatha Ave/Hwy 55. We will have the usual info at the beginning and then… we bowl. Bonus points if you wear your best Lebowski costume.

RSVP at the link above, or if you don’t Facebook email [email protected] by November 16 so our friendly Operations Cruise Director can give the nice folks at the alley an approximate number of attendees.

Memory Lanes 2520 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

Anime Twin Cities

November 1 | 7pm | Valleyfair: Halloween Haunt Meetup

Hit the roller coasters and haunted houses at the Halloween Haunt at Valleyfair! Don’t brave the haunted park alone – there is safety in numbers! 😉 Meet up with the group at the Valleyfair sign in front of the carousel at 7:00 PM. Tickets are currently $34 online for the entire day.

November 4 | 6:30 pm-9:30 pm | November Kotatsu

Make some new friends at our 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 have a meal and relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^. Dinner is pay-your-own-way.

Perkins, 7520 University Ave. in Fridley

November 11 | 6pm-9pm  |  Tabletop Games/Potluck

Bring your friends and join us for an evening of open tabletop gaming, from family classics like Scrabble to the geeky favorites of Munchkin and Dominion. This is a two-fold potluck event – bring any games you might want to share, and a snack or dish to help fuel everyone’s fun. We’re scheduled from 6 to 9 PM, but feel free to come and go anytime. We’ll be in room 106A of the GPS offices at the Waterbury building, at the corner of Central and Broadway. This is a public event that is open to everyone. 🙂

November 15 | 12:00 pm | Hotel Reservations Open 

Go to their hotel post for more details.

November 22 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Anime Detour Planning Meeting

Planning meeting for Anime Detour 2015. Volunteers are welcome. This will be in room 107 at Event Horizon..

CONsole Room

October 31 | Last day for cheapest registration rate

Registration rates go up after October 31, pre-register here if you want to get the cheapest rate for this Doctor Who con. CONsole Room will be May 29-31 at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. If you are interested in helping plan and run the convention you can contact them through Facebook or Twitter.

November 15 | 1pm-4pm | CONsole Room Programming Brainstorming meeting.

Want to help the Twin Cities Doctor Who con get their programming on? This brainstorming session is open to the public. They’ll be in room 106 at Event Horizon.

Other Announcements:

October 31 – Last day to pre-register for Marscon at the cheap rate. Registration info here.

November 3 – Last day to pre register for Manticon at the lower rate. November 4 and on is at the door rates.  Register here.

November 7 – Twin Cities Adobe Users Group 6pm to 8pm in room 106A at Event Horizon.

This month’s meetup is Beginning Illustrator. Introduction to Illustrator. Look at the tools, palettes, creating vector art or vectoring art, saving options and new features. Monthly meetups are normally on the first Tuesday of the month, but moved this month due to elections.

November 8 – Marscon Masquerade Ball at Hilton Mpls/St. Paul by the airport/MOA. Cost is $10.

6pm meet and greet with cocktails in the bar, 7-Midnight – Dance and costume contest

November 15Girls and Science 10am-4pm. at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Visitors of all ages are invited to join FOX 9 and women scientists from throughout the area for the Girls & Science event at the Science Museum. This annual community event is designed to foster girls’ enthusiasm for science by showcasing female scientists in wide-ranging fields of science and technology. It’s a perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their daughters to the Twin Cities’ best and brightest science professionals and show them that science is vital to our changing world.

Admission to the event is included in museum admission; however, in honor of the Girls & Science event, up to four children can get free museum admission on the day of the event (with one paid adult admission) with a coupon available from the FOX 9 website.

 November 22 – ComicCard

This is an event combining comic books, sports cards, and pop culture collectibles all in one venue. Our show is November 22 at the Richfield American Legion (6501 Portland Ave. So, Richfield, MN).  The event is 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Admission is $2; kids under 16 FREE! Special guests are DC Comic artist Tom Nguyen and two-time World Series Champion Juan Berenguer. For more details visit

Have you planned your calendar and registered for all of your cons and events yet? Check out the links below: 

Nov 7-9       Omegacon Fall
Nov 7-9       Teslacon
Nov 21-23    Daisho Con
Jan 30-Feb1 Supercon
Feb 13-15    Con of the North
Mar 6-8        Marscon
Mar 27-29    Anime Detour
Apr 2-Apr 5  MiniCon 50
May 1-3       Minneapolis Comicon 2015
May 2          Free Comic Book Day
May 16-17   MCBA Springcon
May 21-25   WisCon
May 22-24   MantiCon
May 29-31   CONsole Room
June 12-14  MLP – MSP
Jul 2-5         CONvergence
Jul 24-26      Diversicon

Deadline to submit news and events information to be considered for publications and promotions is the 15th of every month. Please email to [email protected].

If you would like to see more exciting GPS and geek events, please visit the calendar.

If you have an event you’d like added to the calendar, email details to [email protected].