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March Geek About Town!

March starts off with one of the biggest conventions in the Northwest, but the geeky events are strong all month long. Here’s a look.

Thursday, March 2 through 5: Emerald City Comicon

  • Start 5 p.m. on Thursday and goes until Sunday
  • Ticket availability information here
  • ECCC is one of the northwest’s largest comic book & pop culture conventions. Panels range between a variety of fandoms and entertainment guests include Millie Bobby Brown, Stan Lee, and Jeremy Renner.

If you weren’t able to get a full weekend pass for ECCC this year, GeekGirlCon still has passes available for our four-day event in the fall. Learn about that here.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

February Geek About Town!

Get your personal calendars out, because Seattle in February is a busy month with a lot to offer with events ranging from art to science. Here are some events on our radar.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: First Wednesday Queer Film Series presents Queer Date Night Shorts

  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Northwest Film Forum in Seattle’s Capitol HIll neighborhood
  • Ticket prices: Free for members of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, $5 for not-yet-members ($6.16 with fees)
  • Get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of short films from past screenings at TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and Translations Film Festival! The event page lists 12 short films. Read them here.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Thank Yous and Pre-Teen Aliens at the GeekGirlCon ’16 Closing Ceremony

The final moments of GeekGirlCon are always bittersweet. On the one hand, it is when it becomes very clear very fast just how near the end really is. On the other, it brings with it the Closing Ceremony, which is always such a magical way to conclude the other-worldly experience that is GeekGirlCon.

To start off, GeekGirlCon staff and board members thanked attendees for spending this weekend celebrating socially-conscious geekdom. They also took a moment to address the sheer amount of time and energy staff and Agents voluntarily and consistently dedicate to the mission of making GeekGirlCon a reality. They implored attendees to add their support to the pool as donors and volunteers. It was a moment of true gratitude all around and a real indication of just what sort of atmosphere GeekGirlCon cultivates. Here is a video compiled of scenes and feels from GeekGirlCon ’16.

After the last shoutout was given and the last round of genuinely heart-warming, congratulatory applause had trickled away, the main event was announced and actors from Jet City Improv took to the stage to debut their upcoming show: Periods in History.

Teal Christensen
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Featured contributors: Pixar creators and engineers at GeekGirlCon

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers.

Did Inside Out and Up melt your heart? Laugh endlessly during Monsters University and Finding Dory? Just have an overall appreciation and love for Pixar?

If you answered “yes” to one or all of those questions: prepare to be delighted by this fleet of featured contributors speaking and hanging out during GeekGirlCon.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

December Geek About Town

With the holiday season coming up on us, here are some awesome geeky events to invite your friends and family to!

 

Friday, November 20 – Saturday, December 19: The Twilight Zone: Live!

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Online reservations can be made at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.
Regular at the door $29
Students/Seniors at the door $25
Regular Online reserved $25
Student/Seniors online reserved $22

Box office opens at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm

From the website: You’ve turned the corner…the sign post up ahead…it’s The Twilight Zone: Live! Three episodes from the classic TV show presented live on our stage. The Midnight Sun (Nov, 1961) follows a young artist sweltering in her apartment as the earth slowly spirals into the sun. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (May 1961). Bus passengers are stranded by a storm at a roadside diner while rumors of UFOs fly on the radio and it seems there are more passengers than there should be. The Night of the Meek (Dec 1960). A drunken dime store Santa discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Do not miss this year’s classic.

 

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Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6: Chi-Raq

SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA

From the webpage: Iconoclast director Spike Lee returns with this hard-hitting, modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata” that tells the story of a group of women who organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence around the world.

 

Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

From the webpage: SIFF’s annual extravaganza celebrating the 1971 musical family classic returns! Sign our giant contract on the way in the door, then enjoy fragrant and tasty treats from our legendary Wonkariffic goodie bags. Bring your nose, your taste buds, and your sense of adventure as you tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all, made even more outrageous by Gene Wilder’s wonderfully eccentric performance, utterly singable songs, and those lovable hardworking Oompa Loompas.

Seeing this film on the big screen (with candy!) makes for an experience that is “ninety-three percent perspiration, six percent electricity, four percent evaporation, and two percent butterscotch ripple.”

 

Sunday, December 6: Doctor Wholidays

EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

Tickets $22 ($15 EMP members); $8 youth (ages 5-17)

From the website: Put your Sonic Screwdrivers in the air and wave them like you just don’t care at this holiday celebration of Doctor Who at EMP.

Do you love the Doctor? So do we! For over 50 years, BBC’s iconic series about a time-traveling hero, Doctor Who, has been a phenomenon with extraordinary cultural impact.

Join us in celebrating Doctor Who and the holiday season with a holiday-themed TARDIS photo op, costume contests*, Geeks Who Drink trivia, drink specials, activities by Anglicon, Christmas crowns and crackers, clips from Doctor Who Christmas specials, and more wibbly wobbly timey wimey surprises.

Time Lords big and small welcome!

Tickets include admission into EMP’s Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, which features the original Dalek and Cyberman used in the filming of classic Doctor Who episodes from the 1980s.

 

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Tuesday, December 8: The Doubleclicks, Sammus and Shubzilla at Funhouse

Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle

Tickets are $8 advance (available at Ticketfly), or $10 at the door.

Doors open at 8:30pm, Show starts at 9:00pm.

 

Friday, December 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee.

There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay. Their pastries are delivered daily from local vendors including donuts from Mighty-O Donuts, croissants from Le Fournil Patisserie, bagels from Blazing Bagels, and the rest of their tasty treats provided by Little Rae’s All Natural Bakery. There are even GF cookies from WOW Bakery!

 

Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12: Hogswatch Night Burlesque

Black Box Theater (At the Seattle Center), 305 Harrison St, Seattle
VIP Tickets: $50 each, general admission: $25 each

Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

From the event: For two nights this December GossamarWing Productions is offering tickets to a burlesque experience on a different world, Discworld to be exact*.
Come and join us for an immersive experience with some of your favorite** characters of the series as they experience Hogswatch Night.
We will have a snack bar, merch and photo booth, so bring cash and be prepared to jump into the DiscWorld with us, as we honor Sir Terry Prachett with our love!

*And let us tell you that was not easy, tracking down the Great A’Tuin was no easy feat as she seemly follows no pattern in her travels
**Well our favorite, but through headology, and stripping, we will convince you to love our choices!

 

Saturday, December 12: Joy to the Worlds Tour

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Seattle Mystery Books, 10326 45th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125

From the event: Help us celebrate the release of Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays!
Join all four authors at Seattle Mystery Books in Seattle, WA. Chat with the authors and pick up an autographed copy of the book.

 

Thursday, December 17: Campout Cinema: Gremlins

Sky Church, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

Tickets $12 ($9 EMP members, youth ages 5-17)

Doors open 6:30pm, event starts at 7:30pm

From the webpage: Deck the halls with boughs of… gremlins? A horde of mischievous monsters are unleashed on a small town in this Campout Cinema screening of Gremlins (1984).gremlins_poster

Hilarious destruction ensues in the small town of Kingston Falls after a new pet owner violates two of three simple gremlin rules: no water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light.

Come face to face with Gizmo the Mogwai (yes, the real Gizmo used in the film) who is making his EMP debut inside the Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film exhibit (included with tickets) before and during intermission. Start some trouble in the Holly Jolly Mayhem photo op, and enjoy trivia, giveaways, and other surprises!

This event is all ages; alcohol will not be served at the screening.

 

Saturday, December 19: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Marathon

JBL Theater, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

11:00am – 3:30pm

From the webpage: Take a breather from holiday shopping and join us for an EMP holiday tradition with screenings of one of the worst films ever made, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

This madcap sci-fi movie adventure sends Martian kidnappers to Earth to capture Santa Claus for their joyless planet, and had a resurgence of popularity in the ’90s when it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Experience the Christmas magic non-stop with back-to-back screenings at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm.

Tickets are free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

Saturday, December 26: Seattle Audubon Society Annual Christmas Bird Count

Register here. $5.00 suggested donation

From the webpage: Started in 1900, the CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in North America. Seattle Audubon has coordinated the Seattle CBC for nearly nine decades! Approximately 200 volunteers survey the count circle (15 miles in diameter) centered in downtown Seattle, to identify and count anything with feathers and a pulse. There are 14 areas within the Seattle count circle, each being covered by one or multiple teams of volunteer surveyors. All results are tallied by a count compiler and submitted to the National Audubon Society. These data are incorporated into very important research, like the State Of The Birds report and the National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report.

 

Thursday, December 31: Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Singalong

SIFF Cinema Uptown

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

From the webpage: The ultimate celebration of the Bohemian lifestyle, Moulin Rouge! is filled with breathtaking costumes and lush production numbers that invade the mind and fill the eyes with sensuous treats. Until it all comes crashing down in a tragic, doomed love affair guaranteed to make you grab your hankies. But don’t worry, it’s just another day the Moulin Rouge, so drink your bubbly, and relish a good cry to end the year.

Before the film we’ll celebrate the music of the film with a Moulin-inspired music video countdown. And the evening ends just in time to head over to the Space Needle to catch some fireworks while shouting “Rooooooxannnne” at the sky!

 

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

A Look Inside the Life of a Famous Geek Model

And when I say famous, I mean my pictures have been tweeted and re-tweeted about 50 times. So obviously, I expect to be getting calls to model geek couture around the world.

Any minute now…

GeekGirlCon ‘15 had a brand new feature this year: the GeekGirlCon ‘15 Fashion Show, in association with PNW Fattitude. The idea was sort of radical in the “typical” fashion world: use models of all body types, shapes, and sizes, and let them strut their stuff on a runway. And what better place to showcase the kinds of clothing geek girls love to wear than at GeekGirlCon? Most of the geek wear in the world seems to be made for guys; I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a serious geeky t-shirt collection, and almost all of them are the standard t-shirt cut made for guys. Even the companies that make and market shirts for girls don’t usually have shapes and sizes for anyone but the smallest geek girls, so those of us who don’t fit into baby doll t-shirts opt for the guy t-shirts over nothing at all.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Tomorrow: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

Do you love board games? GeekGirlCon has teamed up with Mox Boarding House for a monthly gaming night on the Eastside!

Come to our All Geeks, All Games event tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Mox Boarding House (13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, Washington 98005) from 6:00pm onward! Admission is free! All ages are welcome.

Check out Magic the Gathering, try some RPGs or check out the newest board games with your fellow geeks! We (and Mox) will provide all the games from our library, but don’t hesitate to bring your own to share!

Attendees at October's All Geeks, All Games event. Photo credit: Kristine Hassell

Attendees at October’s All Geeks, All Games event. Photo credit: Kristine Hassell

New to board games, or looking for a new game to try? Not to worry! All Geeks, All Games is here to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the gaming community. We will teach you how to play in a safe and friendly environment!

At our inaugural event last month, we had over 40 gamers come out to play! So if you’re looking for a new group of fun, friendly people to play games with, Mox Boarding House will be the place to be. As an added bonus, if you play a board game from their library and like it, you can buy a fresh copy for 20% off!

If you've never played an RPG with Andy, you're in for a treat! Image source: Kristine Hassell.

If you’ve never played an RPG with Andy, you’re in for a treat! Image source: Kristine Hassell.

We also still have our successful bimonthly Wayward Coffeehouse Nights every second and fourth Friday of the month from 7-11pm on the west side, hosted by our lovely Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich. So, with events on both sides of the lake, that’s double the opportunities to come out and play with us!

You can RSVP to our event here, or, to find out about our upcoming events, sign up on the Meetup group here. We hope to see you soon!

Our event at Wayward Coffeehouse. Image source: Kristine Hassell

Our event at Wayward Coffeehouse. Image source: Kristine Hassell

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ‘15 – Sunday’s Closing Celebration!

GeekGirlCon closes our con every year with something special for our attendees. Last year, we listened to, and got to ask questions of, former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and then closed out the evening with a slam poetry performance that brought tears to many eyes–including mine!

This year, join us once again for the last event of GeekGirlCon ‘15:

Vicious and Vulgar

Arthur Conan Doyle has risen from the grave, and he’s upset! In Vicious and Vulgar, local playwrights Sammy Scott and Alison Luhrs re-imagine the literary hero and wonder aloud: what would he think of all of the fanfiction, cosplaying, and conventions happening in modern times? A grumpy and abrasive reanimation, Doyle manifests Holmes and Watson in contemporary, female forms in attempts to prove to his audience that they have wasted their time with the canon. Throwing in Granada Holmes and a certain mouse detective, this play explores the themes, characters, and relationships in Doyle’s classics with a modern-day female-centric twist while asking the question: what is the relationship between a canon and the fan?

Having been called “strikingly original,” “entertaining,” and “deeply moving” by Seattle’s Sherlock elite, “Vicious and Vulgar” will be performed as a live reading with Scott and Luhrs in the roles of the eponymous heroes.

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Image courtesy of Sammy Scott and Alison Luhrs

Come wrap up GeekGirlCon ’15 with us as we explore the world of Sherlock Holmes from the female gaze!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

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