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This Week in Motor City Geek – Feb 18th 2017

This Week in Motor City Geek – Week of February 18th

This week you can celebrate Fat Tuesday, take in some late night artwork, and create a top-notch D&D character!

After Dark: Mardi Gras

Michigan Science Center

Feb 16th, 2017, 6-9pm

$15 Entry (21+ Only)

More info HERE

What is it? Celebrate the fantasy of Fat Tuesday without leaving Detroit! Hang out in the always awesome Michigan Science center with the Detroit Pleasure Society Jazz Band, fire dancers, stilt walkers, mask making and, of course, drinking!

D&D Character Creation Workshop

3&UP Board Game Lounge

Feb 16th, 2017, 6-11pm

$7 Entry

More info HERE

What is it? This is the second workshop in the D&D/Pathfinder series is Character Creation. Ron, the resident D&D buff,  will be going through what a typical character build consists of, what makes a good character, how to use the characters in D&D, and matching the characters to the players. Beginning and seasoned players welcome!

College Night at the DIA

Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb 17th, 2017, 6-11pm

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? All tri-county college students are invited to the DIA for a free evening of live music in the Rivera Court, a scavenger hunt with prizes, dance party, snacks, a cash bar and free admission to “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate”.

Animanga 2017 Call for Art

Online

Feb 19th, 2017

More info HERE

What is it? This is the deadline to submit art for a local Animanga art exhibition. The show will be held in March 2017 and art is being accepted from all genres of Manga literature and Anime.

Vault of Midnight Feb Game Night

Queens Bar Detroit

Feb 20th, 2017

$10 Entry (includes $5 drink ticket)

More info HERE

What is it? Experienced game masters will be on hand with a stack of our favorite games to introduce you to and help you learn how to play. Tickets are limited to 25 people, so act fast because they will absolutely sell out!

Midwinter Pleasure Faire 2017 – Recap

Midwinter Pleasure Faire 2017 – Recap

I was beyond excited when I heard about the Midwinter Pleasure Faire. A ren fest? Indoors? During the dead of winter? This is the first year ever for the Midwinter Pleasure Faire, so I didn’t go in expecting it to be as established as other fests. I just wanted to go have fun and it’s safe to say it was a lot of fun. The Midwinter Pleasure Faire was held in the special events section of the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens. This location worried me a bit. Half the fun of the outdoor fests is the ambiance of being out in the middle of the woods indulging in a fantasy life. What were they going to do to transform an empty warehouse into a fantasy land? An excellent fire breather helps!

While the illusion wasn’t perfect, I didn’t get an empty warehouse vibe. There was an actual jousting field made out of sand that was brought in by the truckload. The Knights of the Black Rose put on a great show.

There was also near constant (sometimes overlapping) music that added to the atmosphere.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Bocca.Musica">Bocca Musica</a> performing.
Bocca Musica performing.

And, of course, the awesome costumes worn by the attendees.

There was also a good mix of vendors there. An exceptionally large booth was set up selling kilts, there were some period piece clothes, swords, rocks to keep your whiskey cold, soaps, candles, graphic t-shirts, leather bound journals and a lot of other staples of the renaissance festival circuits.

Notable moments included the always entertaining pickle vendor,

the drumming/bagpipes group Pictus,

the outlandish Washing Well Wenches,

real life Shrek,

and stirring performances by the Flint Scottish Pipe Band.

Next year (and I do hope they do this event next year) I’d like to see a few more vendors. Also, even though the music was essential to the atmosphere, sometimes there were so many going at once they seemed to drown each other out. Since all the acts were pretty impressive, that was a shame. These are small things considering this was the first year for the event. Congratulations to the folks running the event on having a successful first year.

We went to have fun and we smiled almost the entire time we were there. The Midwinter Pleasure Faire left us wanting more which, in the end, is a compliment and the main complaint. Can’t wait to see it bigger and better next year!

Pictures and article by Melissa, Mallory, and Austin.

Thanks to Joe from <a href="http://migeekscene.com/">MiGeekScene</a> for this photo! Check his site out for more geeky goodness.
Thanks to Joe from MiGeekScene for this photo! Check his site out for more geeky goodness.

This Week In Motor City Geek – Feb 11th

This Week in Motor City Geek – Week of February 11th

This week anime takes over two different universities, people strip down to go running through the streets of Detroit for a good cause, and love is in the air at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Also, cats.

 

Love After Dark

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Feb 9th, 2017

$10 for members, $15 for non-members, $20 for walk-ups

More info HERE

What is it? This event located at the beautiful Cranbrook Institute of Science explores the science of sex, love and attraction just in time for Valentines Day. There’s a whole list of entertaining events including a paleontologist going over the workings of prehistoric sex, a valentine making station, and a clinical psychologist discussing her recipe for ecstasy. There will be a selection of appetizers available for sale and all heart merchandise in the Science Shop will be 20% off.

LTU Anime Con 2017

Lawrence Technological University – Atrium Building

Feb 11th, 2017

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? LTU Anime Con started with a group of friends who wanted to hang out and have a good time and has expanded to a fun unpredictable con full of people with a mutual love of anime, manga, video games and Japanese culture. There will be panels, vendors, tournaments and more!

Animania Presents: Con Ja Nai XXIII

University of Michigan – Modern Languages Building

Feb 11th, 2017

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? Con Ja Nai is an established “not a con(vention)” held at the University of Michigan. Entry is free and attendees get to enjoy a maid cafe, various panels, raffles, game shows (like Anime Jeopardy and Name That Tune), awesome cosplay and, of course, all the anime you can watch.

Cupid’s Undie Run – Detroit

The Fillmore Detroit

Feb 11th, 2017

Donation Based

More info HERE

What is it? Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile(ish) run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend. All proceeds go to benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis research. These runs take place in cities all over the country. Why run in your underwear? They have a really good answer for that. Because people with NF can’t cover up their tumors. They can’t put clothes on to feel more comfortable, so why should we? The pictures look like it’s a blast and it’s for a great cause.

A Cat Cabaret

The Magic Bag

Feb 12th, 2017

$100 for a ticket

More info HERE

What is it? This is a charity dinner event to benefit various programs at Catfe Lounge and the Ferndale Cat Shelter. The ticket gets you amazing live entertainment, a Cajun dinner from Howe’s Bayou and access to an auction table filled with items from some of Ferndale’s finest businesses, including concert tickets, massage gift certificates, gift baskets with everything from wine to art work, and more.

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III Review

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III

Motor City Geek went retro last night. The Michigan Science Center held their third After Dark: Vintage Video Games. Tickets were $15 to get in the door which included one drink ticket and unlimited play time at the 20+ vintage games. The arcade games were provided by Offworld Arcade.

The geeks were out in full force. The same event in July sold out and this one seemed just as popular. Before the doors even opened there was a line outside the MSC. The games were spread out over two levels and each level had a cash bar serving beer and liquor (The drinks were Mario themed. I tried the Princess Peach for… research purposes.)

Even if you weren’t into gaming, there was plenty to keep you entertained. From pixel art perler bead tables so you could bring your favorite characters to life or exploring the awesome Michigan Science Center exhibits with a drink in hand. (And who hasn’t ever wanted to do that?)

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters Detroit answered the call for fun. They brought with them their own Ectomobile, a collection of console Ghostbusters games and The Real Ghostbusters arcade game! To top it all off they had their own Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and were more than happy to take photos with anyone and everyone!

Motor City Gaming also did a live podcast at the event (including a few giveaways).

Detroit Respect was one of the few vendors selling. (And, yes, I did get something )

Worst part of the night? There were waits to play games. The unfortunate side effect of the event being popular. But with so many options, most people could just hop to another cabinet and enjoy another game while they waited.

Best part of the night? I loved everything Ghostbuster related.

Overall verdict? I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in but was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and variety of activities provided. This was an affordable way to spend a really fun Thursday night and learn some science facts along the way!

Event review by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author

http://mallorycrowe.com

 

 

List of games provided by Offworld Arcade
Q*Bert
Tempest
Track and Field
Forgotten Worlds
Punch Out
Elevator Action
The Simpsons
Gauntlet
Joust
Spiders
Smash TV
Mappy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bad Dudes
Robocop
Atari Video Pinball
Moon Patrol
Asteroids
Toki
Mario Kart
Golden Eye
Super Smash Bros
Just Dance
Sega Games
Guitar Hero
Duck Hunt
Atari 2600 Games

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III

The third Vintage Video Games event at the Michigan Science Center was a blast! This was our first time attending and I’m glad we made it out. Offworld Arcade brought in a truckload of arcade games, Detroit Respect were selling some awesome shirts, the guys from Motor City Gaming were broadcasting live, and Ghostbusters Detroit were out in force.

I’ll have an event breakdown up this weekend. Thanks everyone for a great time! Thanks to Mallory Crowe for contributing some of these photos!