• Monthly Board Game Night at Mugs!

    Mugs

    **Great Event For New Members!** Come join us for a night of games, laughter and general chaos! All levels of gamers welcome. Bring your games or play some of ours. We tend to play shorter, more crowd friendly games and are always willing to teach you. Games usually available for play: Fluxx, Munchkin, Red Dragon Inn, Ticket to Ride, Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations, etc. Mugs now serves beer and wine, as well as coffee and soft drinks. They also have tasty baked goods and sandwiches. Or you can bring in outside food, we just ask you buy your drinks on site. Come when you can - stay as long as you like!

  • Beers, Bumps, and Books: Heart-Shaped Box

    Mugs Coffee

    For August, we will be reading Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

  • September Geek Book Club - The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Et Al.

    Stop by Park Road Books at 7 pm on September 10th to discuss The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott. You can always pick up the book at Park Road Books for 20% off this month but we welcome any version during the book club, (paper or electronic.) As usual, we will go down to Sir Edmund Halley's restaurant (in the same shopping center) for more informal conversation (& food & drinks) after the book club. The Authors: Melanie Rawn received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer. She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions: in 1989 for Dragon Prince (in the first novel category), in 1994 for Skybowl (in the fantasy novel category), and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai (in the fantasy novel category). Jennifer Roberson has a BS in journalism with extended majors in British history and anthropology. Hobbies include showing dogs, and creating mosaic artwork and jewelry. She lives in Arizona with a collection of cats and Cardigan Welsh Corgis. As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight. The Book: In a land where art is prized above all else, the master painters of the Grijalva family stand apart from other artists. Theirs is an art that can alter Reality, a secret Gift passed down for generations and always used for the good of the kingdom. But now the most talented of the Grijalvas has decided to use his power for his own dark intentions--with results more devastating than anyone could imagine!

  • Monthly Board Game Night at Mugs!

    Mugs

    **Great Event For New Members!** Come join us for a night of games, laughter and general chaos! All levels of gamers welcome. Bring your games or play some of ours. We tend to play shorter, more crowd friendly games and are always willing to teach you. Games usually available for play: Fluxx, Munchkin, Red Dragon Inn, Ticket to Ride, Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations, etc. Mugs now serves beer and wine, as well as coffee and soft drinks. They also have tasty baked goods and sandwiches. Or you can bring in outside food, we just ask you buy your drinks on site. Come when you can - stay as long as you like!

  • October Geek Book Club - The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

    Stop by Park Road Books at 7 pm on October 8th to discuss The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling. You can always pick up the book at Park Road Books for 20% off this month but we welcome any version during the book club, (paper or electronic.) As usual, we will go down to Sir Edmund Halley's restaurant (in the same shopping center) for more informal conversation (& food & drinks) after the book club. The Author: Caitlin Starling is a writer and spreadsheet-wrangler who lives near Portland, Oregon. Equipped with an anthropology degree and an unhealthy interest in the dark and macabre, she writes horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, comes out from Harper Voyager in April of 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice on her radio to help her back to the surface. Caitlin is also embarking into the world of narrative design for interactive theater and games, and is always on the lookout for new ways to inflict insomnia. The Book: A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane. Instead, she got Em. Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . . As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head. But how come she can't shake the feeling she’s being followed?

  • Beginner Sword Fighting Workshop (Women-Only)

    Inner Diva Fitness

    Do your favorite characters in books, video games, movies, or TV shows wield swords? Have you ever wanted to wield one yourself? Then this event is for you!! In this introductory 2-hour workshop you will learn the fundamentals of wielding a traditional long sword, taught by Historical European Martial Arts Instructor Jessica Hunter and senior female students from Swordwind Historical Swordsmanship. All gear will be provided! All you need to bring is a bottle of water, and wear comfortable clothes that allow for a free range of movement (i.e.: gym/workout clothes, or loose-fitting jeans. So long as you can move easily and feel comfortable it's A-OK with us!). There are no water fountains so please remember to bring your own bottled water! You may think you won't need it but you'd be wrong. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of class to allow time for finding the meeting location and to get everybody settled in for the start of class. What will this workshop cover? We will start the class with a short warm-up followed by an introduction game. Then we will go over sword safety and how to hold and grip a sword properly before moving into learning a fun, flashy, historically accurate, and deadly (if we weren't wearing safety gear) sequence of sword moves. At the end of class you'll show off what you've learned by striking one of our instructors (which will also be a great opportunity for videos or photos). We will have breaks for water and stretching out sore muscles throughout the course. There will be time after class to discuss Historical Martial Arts and other questions you may have! We will be meeting at Inner Diva Fitness studio off of Tyvola road in south Charlotte. This event is open to EVERYONE who identifies as a woman. This event is for people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. German longswords weigh 3 lbs. So long as you're fit enough to lift 3 lbs you're fit enough to begin sword training. Children 12 and up are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. **Also please note that we're meeting at a pole dance studio which may or nay not influence your decision to bring a child along** WORKSHOP IS FREE TO ATTEND!! For more information about Swordwind, their classes, their instructors and other events check out their website at: www.swordwind.org or follow them on Facebook!

  • Monthly Board Game Night at Mugs!

    Mugs

    **Great Event For New Members!** Come join us for a night of games, laughter and general chaos! All levels of gamers welcome. Bring your games or play some of ours. We tend to play shorter, more crowd friendly games and are always willing to teach you. Games usually available for play: Fluxx, Munchkin, Red Dragon Inn, Ticket to Ride, Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations, etc. Mugs now serves beer and wine, as well as coffee and soft drinks. They also have tasty baked goods and sandwiches. Or you can bring in outside food, we just ask you buy your drinks on site. Come when you can - stay as long as you like!

  • November Geek Book Club - The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

    Stop by Park Road Books at 7 pm on November 12th to discuss The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. You can always pick up the book at Park Road Books for 20% off this month but we welcome any version during the book club, (paper or electronic.) As usual, we will go down to Sir Edmund Halley's restaurant (in the same shopping center) for more informal conversation (& food & drinks) after the book club. The Author: John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute. The Book: High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

  • Monthly Board Game Night at Mugs!

    Mugs

    **Great Event For New Members!** Come join us for a night of games, laughter and general chaos! All levels of gamers welcome. Bring your games or play some of ours. We tend to play shorter, more crowd friendly games and are always willing to teach you. Games usually available for play: Fluxx, Munchkin, Red Dragon Inn, Ticket to Ride, Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations, etc. Mugs now serves beer and wine, as well as coffee and soft drinks. They also have tasty baked goods and sandwiches. Or you can bring in outside food, we just ask you buy your drinks on site. Come when you can - stay as long as you like!

  • December Geek Book Club - The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

    Stop by Park Road Books at 7 pm on December 10th to discuss The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. You can always pick up the book at Park Road Books for 20% off this month but we welcome any version during the book club, (paper or electronic.) As usual, we will go down to Sir Edmund Halley's restaurant (in the same shopping center) for more informal conversation (& food & drinks) after the book club. The Author: Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the 2011 Hugo. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year's Best anthologies. She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass (Tor 2012). Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. The Book: On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.