Geek About Town: June

Summer is here with plenty of geeky and interesting things to do in Seattle this June!

Thursday to Sunday, June 1 to June 11: First day of the 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival

  • Schedule, locations, and tickets vary; take a look at the schedule here.
  • Seattle International Film Festival is one of the most highly attended film festivals in the United States. It shows more than 400 films from 80 countries in 25 days.


Thursday, June 1: Ali Noorani: There Goes the Neighborhood

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
  • Free event
  • Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum (an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration) will discuss his new book, There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Ashli Blow
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Geek About Town: May

May The Fourth be with you as you start to schedule events this month—because it’s action-packed with geeky and interesting things to do in Seattle. Check out our list of events below.

Monday, May 1: Geekaraoke

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Club Contour in Pioneer Square
  • No cover charge, ages 21+
  • Geekaraoke is back at Club Contour! Cosplay, while not required, is HIGHLY encouraged. Baby Ketten is one of Seattle’s favorite KJs, bringing an amazing book full of rock, metal and alternative music.

Tuesday, May 2: Women in Tech Regatta

  • Starts at 5 p.m. — Various locations in downtown Seattle, see list here
  • Tickets: $35
  • Seattle’s own Women In Tech (WIT) —  an organization dedicated to educating, empowering and connecting women working in or aspiring to work in technology — will host its inaugural Women in Tech Regatta.  Connect with over 30 different organizations, elite mentors, and co-storming opportunities that will help you re-energize your career, provide you with valuable networking, and powerful insight to push your career to the next level. Read the itinerary here.

Thursday, May 4: Opening night of Seattle Transgender Film Festival

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Egyptian Theatre in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
    Tickets start at $8
  • Opening Night of the largest transgender film festival in the world starts with Free CeCe. This powerful documentary told by CeCe McDonald and Laverne Cox chronicles CeCe’s unjust incarceration in a men’s prison and her role as the movement’s icon confronting violence against and incarceration of transwomen of color.

Ashli Blow
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Geek About Town: April

Happy spring from GeekGirlCon! If you’re looking to break out of winter hibernation, check out these events!

Saturday, April 1Barbie Daytime Playtime

  • Starts at 10 a.m. — Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free for members, $12 admission
  • Dress up your doll and bring her to the museum for coding, gaming, prototyping, and more. Take a stroll through the exhibits or spend all your time tinkering in the Labs – it’s up to you! This event is open to all gender identities, but all programming workshops will be taught by women.

Saturday, April 1: Ms. PacMan Workshop

  • Starts at 2 p.m. — Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free for members, $12 admission
  • Recreate the sequential thinking behind Ms. Pac-Man! Using MIT’s popular free programming platform, Scratch, boys and girls team up to write and debug scripts,learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create a fun downloadable game they can play over and over again. Students 9+ years are welcome, no experience or technology needed.

Ashli Blow
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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
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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
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Oh, what a wonderful GeekGirlCon!

More than 11,000 attendees came through our con to experience our expansive new floor of exhibitors, a collection of diverse panels, and, of course, the fabulous cosplay contest.

Sights from GeekGirlCon 2016! Credit from left to right: Twitter user @SunbreakGames; Twitter user @SammusMusic, Twitter user @TheYooner.

Sights from GeekGirlCon 2016! (Credit from left to right: Twitter user @SunbreakGames; Twitter user @SammusMusic, Twitter user @TheYooner.)

GeekGirlCon 2016 is in the books, but for many it is still in our hearts as an incredible weekend as we share our favorite con moments with friends and family.

Ashli Blow
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Horror and Feminism and Geek Girls! Oh My!

Though GeekGirlCon ‘16 has come to an end, those who support its mission will inevitably continue their work throughout the off season. The world is full critically-thinking geeks and we’re here to point you their way while we gear up for GeekGirlCon ‘17.

Just in time for the arguably greatest time of year, Seattle’s Central Cinema will be staging the latest installment of their series Serious Fun, which pairs panel discussions with film screenings in an attempt to illuminate the complicated relationship between the horror film industry and strong women. On this Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m., three panelists will come together to discuss the need for more and stronger women leads in horror before participating in a screening of The Descent.

Teal Christensen
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Featured contributors: Cosplay extraordinaires Li Kovacs, Pisara, Cheyenne Jaz Wise

From left to right: Li Kovacs, Pisara, Cheyenne Jaz Wise

From left to right: Li Kovacs, Pisara, Cheyenne Jaz Wise

Where do you draw your inspiration from when cosplaying?

When at GeekGirlCon, make sure to share your cosplay with us on social with #GGC2016! AND elevate your craft by learning from some of these lovely featured contributors who are sharing their fandom, expertise, and passion at GeekGirlCon 2016!

Ashli Blow
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Adventures in GeekGirlScouts: An Interview with Andy

GeekGirlCon and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington have joined forces to bring together our love of gaming and young female empowerment. Andy Munich, our own Gaming Events Coordinator, helped bring the program to life. An avid gamer himself, Andy wanted to organize activities and tours for the Girl Scouts that would teach them more about the gaming industry. So far, they’ve visited our friends at Wizards of the Coast and DigiPen, and have future tours scheduled with studios such as Bungie.

To learn more about the program, I did a Q&A with Andy to see what the GeekGirlScouts are all about:

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The GeekGirlScouts posing with a dragon during their visit to Wizards of the Coast.

Q: What is GeekGirlScouts?

A: The GeekGirlScouts is an initiative that was started via a conversation between me and Tammie Treibley Thompson while we were participating in the 2014 Wizards of the Coast Dungeons and Dragons Extra Life Marathon. We both agreed that it was high time that GeekGirlCon and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington teamed up for something related to the nerdy activities we so much enjoy.

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