A hip night of science fiction might sound like an oxymoron, but it isn't. JagerCon proves that nerdom is often very cool with its weekly geeky trivia, cocktails, and film. For this week's installment, the Minnesota Historical Society's History of Hip lecture series will join the festivities for a very special party. Patrick Coleman, MHS's book curator, will discuss the work of Clifford D. Simak, a Minneapolis science-fiction writer whose work was mainly published in the 1940s through '60s. The event will also feature actor/playwright Joseph Scrimshaw, whose geek-tastic plays and podcasts have explored his love of superheros, squirrels, and sexy librarians. He'll be reading from new works. The nerd summit will end with a screening of "The Duplicate Man," a 1964 episode of The Outer Limits based on Simak's "Goodnight, Mr. James."
Tue., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., 2012