May 9, 2007 | Pulse
of the Twin Cities
There's been a growing trend in alternative proms in the past
few years, and there is an almost science-fiction quality
to it, as though these prom participants were so disgusted
with the past that they had to go back and fix it.
And so, if you were a gay or lesbian teenager,
and felt that your high school prom was an unwelcoming place
for you and your same-sex date, there are now plentiful GLBT
proms that you can go to. Similarly, if you spent most of
your high school years stuffed in your locker, and either
avoided prom altogether or went with a relative (cousin, mother,
brother, etc.), well, it's time to break out your dressiest
The Geek Prom is a five-year old institution,
started in Duluth, that not only welcomes outcasts and misfits,
but actually celebrates them. Here's a prom that encourages
attendees to play video games, do math equations and dance
as badly as possible (prizes are awarded for, in their words,
And, while there will be nerds a-plenty, in
their oversized glasses and clip-on bow ties, participants
are encouraged to dress in any way that would garner them
heaps of abuse in the uncaring world outside: superhero costumes
are welcome, as are spacesuits.
So put down your comic books and pack away your
AD&D maps for one night, friends; the prom awaits us,
and, if we can't be cool, at least we can be uncool together.
$15/$10 with student ID. 18+. 120 Kellogg Blvd
W., St Paul, 651-221-2550.