June 2014 Geek About Town
Summer is here! Let’s welcome in the warm weather and longer days with these nerdy activities all around town!
Saturday, June 7 – Sunday, June 8: Seattle Center Festál Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
From FCHSW: The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington proudly presents Pagdiriwang, an annual festival now on its 28th year, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence. Held on the first or second week of June at the Seattle Center since 1987, the event has grown into the biggest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. This celebration is a part of Seattle Center Festál, a series of cultural programs sponsored by the City of Seattle. Pagdiriwang provides a venue for Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike to learn about the culture. It is an ideal setting for presenting art, craft, song, dance, music, history, literature, and culture to promote better understanding of the Filipino cultural heritage.
Dates between June 11 and June 29: Meet Beach Naturalists
From a staff member who attended a May event: “The Seattle Aquarium has Naturalists at various beaches in Seattle during low tides to help you learn about all the little creatures.”
Wednesday, June 11: Resident Final Rainier Scholars and Tomo Nakayama
From event webpage: In the culminating performance of Town Hall’s In Residency program, Artist in Residence Tomo Nakayama and Scholars in Residence Rainier Scholars each present the results of their terms. How do passionate, motivated students of color interpret the contributions of Town Hall to our community? Find out as the high school scholars share their diverse perspectives and insights from their spring residency.
Thursdays, June 12, 19, and 26: Coming Out All Over: Queer Film Style at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave)
Presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema & the Northwest Film Forum. Costume designers, the unsung alchemists of movie magic, finally get their due thanks to guest curator Mark Mitchell’s delectable selection of three couture classics. Combining his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of costume design with his queer sensibility, Mark will take us on a tour of the many-splendored world of queer film style. Come for the classy commentary, stay for the sassy footnotes, and don’t forget to get lubricated before show time during happy hour at our lobby bar!
Friday, June 13 and Friday, June 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “Do you love boardgames 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. 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.”
Friday, June 13: Gearheads
From event webpage: Adult Swim takes on the Maker Movement, Steampunk, Bike Culture, and all things DIY! Grab your goggles, duct tape, and imagination. We’ll bring the beer, tools, and soundtrack! Costumes encouraged!
Our AWESOME line-up of tinkering-related activities includes:
- Acetylene torches and welding machine demos with Studio Metal Works
- Live blacksmithing with Big Hammer Technology
- Carbon fiber paddle boards with Kitson Boards
- Bike chain spirographs with Olympia Circuits
- Harmonographs and railbikes with OlyMEGA
- Lockpicking with Always Safe and Lock
- Jewelry making with Shipwreck Beads
- Collaborative Light-Up Pizza with LittleBits(TM)
- Squishy circuits and scribble bots
- … And GIANT room-sized collaborative Rube Goldberg contraptions and more!
Plus … pizza from Stone Creek Wood Fired Pizza and beer and wine from Marine View Beverage to fuel our imaginations! $15 cover includes one drink ticket. Pre-registration recommended.
Saturday, June 14: Belltown Burlesque Revue: Where We Came From
From announcement: When June comes to call, some people like to look back at the first half of the year and see where they came from as they plot the way forward through the rest of the year. Here at the Belltown Burlesque Revue we not only approve of this approach, we’re going to do it one better! We’re going to spend an evening looking at the roots of the neo burlesque movement through the lens of classic burlesque! It’s an evening of tributes to those who laid the foundation we dance upon and a celebration of the classic bump and grind.
Saturday, June 14 – Sunday, June 15: Festival Sundiata, presents Black Arts Fest
From Seattle Center Page: Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest, June 14 and 15. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa’s Mali Empire.
Wednesday, June 18: Archer TV Dinner at Central Cinema
From the Facebook event page: “Smooches and Science Presents and Sailor St. Claire Presents bring to you a night of comedy, animation, and crudeness. Join us at Central Cinema for a night dedicated to the adventure in spycraft that is Archer! Witness a night of drinks, dinner, and laughter as you watch the staff of ISIS cavort their way through adventures from the last five years.
The episodes being broadcast for this TV Dinner are:
Placebo Effect – Archer goes on a rampage after finding out his cancer drugs are fake!
White Nights – Archer heads to Soviet Russia to confront one of his possible fathers
The Limited – ISIS transports a dangerous Canadian Terrorist back to his homeland.
This event also serves as the launch party for the upcoming event The Danger Zone: Burlesque Inspired by Archer!
Come for the animation, stay for the information! Please be aware that Archer is not suitable for young children.
Reserve your seat for this event here!”
Wednesday, June 18: 2014 Seattle Association for Women in Science Awards and Scholarship Fundraiser
From AWIS: “We will be honoring Anna Wald MD, MPH and Nancy Hutchison PhD with the Award for Scientific Advancement and Award for Excellence in Science Education/Outreach respectively. Dr. Wald is a Professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
and Dr. Nancy Hutchison is the director of Science Education Partnership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We will also be presenting the chapter’s 2014 undergraduate scholarship recipients.”
Friday, June 20: The Venture Bras!!
From the Facebook invite: “Science is a harsh mistress. This is a lesson Doctor Venture knows all too well, and it’s reiterated when his latest invention backfires, causing ridiculous and far-reaching consequences. (With sexy results!) Will he be able to find the source of the problem before everyone in the Ventureverse loses their pants? Have Brock Samson and Molotov Cocktease finally figured out a solution to their relationship problems? Will Dr. Mrs. The Monarch ever get to just relax with her glass of wine? Join us for The Venture Bras, a burlesque play inspired by The Venture Brothers, and we’ll all find out together like real boy detectives!
GO TEAM VENTURE!
Featuring burlesque performances by Billy Scream, Bolt Action, Hattie Hellkat, Sin de la Rosa, Solange Corbeau, Jesus la Pinga, Al Lykya, and Scarlett O’Hairdye!”
Friday, June 27: Marian Call performs at SoulFood Coffeehouse. Check out the coffeehouse’s website for more details.
Friday, June 27-Saturday, June 28: You Can’t Do This On Television! Season 2!
From the Facebook page: “From the producers that brought you Undresseded Development and Strange & Unusual, Pink Kryptonite is back with a second season of You Can’t Do This on Television, burlesque inspired by our favorite television shows.”
Saturday, June 28: Molly Lewis joins Marian Call in Tacoma at Metronome Coffee! Don’t miss out on this double bill of some of our favorite folks!
Saturday, June 28: Iranian Festival
Seattle Center Festál presents Iranian Festival, Saturday, June 28. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. Partake in an Iranian tea house and join in an evening dance party. Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent culture.
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