The Magnificent Secret Science Club: Happiness at Grumpy's

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Remember the good old days when intellectuals contemplated weighty topics through a haze of cigar smoke, holding a brandy snifter close to the heart? No? Yeah, I guess not. How about that time you got wasted in college and ended up talking to your roommate about the nature of reality until 4:30 am? OK then. This club is a little bit like that, only more sophisticated and for grown-ups.

The Magnificent Secret Science Club (MS2C) holds its first meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Grumpy's Bar & Grill. The club, founded by designer and south Minneapolis resident Jeff Berg, seeks to engage local intellectuals, philosophers, and talkative binge-drinkers in thought-provoking conversation; something that, according to Berg, is becoming a rarity in the real world.

MS2C hopes to lure those who are interested away from the internet, out of the chat room, and into the bar for a fun time. The first meeting is titled "Happiness at Grumpy's." The conversation will indeed cover "happiness" in all its forms. Barbara the Clown, a lady whose occupation does indeed lend itself to moments of reflection on happiness, will make opening remarks. Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin, who recently penned The Happiness Project, will also be on hand to answer and ask questions.

Interested in joining the club? You simply have to show up at a meeting. All walks of life, knowledge, and opinions are welcome, from wallflowers to attention whores. Each event will have a new topic, as well as subject experts, and the location will change to be in theme with the proposed subject matter.  

April 30th's meeting is free, of course, and at Grumpy's Bar & Grill (1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis) at 6:30 pm. For more info visit