Geek About Town: December

It’s almost December, beloved GeekGirlCon blog readers, and you know what that means! Another round of Geek About Town, where we highlight some of the amazing events coming up to help keep your spirits high and your enthusiasm stoked as we enter  a time during which I, for one, can usually be found mumbling “always winter, never Christmas” to myself like a C.S. Lewis character. Happy Holidays!

Image Description: a gif featuring the character Lucy Pevensie in Narnia in the film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” Source: Giphy

 

Saturday, December 2nd: MOX Seattle Warhammer 40k for the Holiday event!

  • 12pm – 7pm
  • Mox Boarding House Seattle
  • $10 entry fee, arrive at 11am for registration
  • Come on down to Mox Boarding House Seattle for another Warhammer 40k event!
    We will be playing 3 rounds of match play
    1500 pts, Single Codex, Battle Forged armies required
    No Lord of War!

 

Saturday, December 2nd: Magic The Gathering for Beginners

  • 1pm – 3pm
  • Mox Boarding House Seattle
  • $10 entry fee, arrive at 11am for registration
  • Interested in Magic: the Gathering, but no idea how to play? Then this event is for you!
    We’ll run you through the basic rules, and then you’ll play a series of games. You’ll start out with a 30-card Welcome deck, then add another Welcome deck to bring you up to a full 60-card experience. After that, you’ll get a pack with which to modify your deck, as well as an additional pack at the end of the event. Come learn to play in a low-stakes, casual environment! Entry is $5, and every participant will end up with 2 Welcome decks and 2 packs of the latest set.

Image Description: an image of speaker Dr. Beverly Tatum. Source: Town Hall Seattle Facebook page

 

Sunday, December 3rd: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

  • 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Rainier Arts Center
    3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, Washington 98118
  • Tickets are $5
  • Walk into any high school cafeteria and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered into their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix or a coping strategy we should support? Dr. Beverly Tatum, renowned authority on the psychology of race, helps us begin this dialogue with her classic book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race. In its new 20th edition, Tatum argues that forthright discussion about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. Join us and Tatum to become a part of this critical discussion to help confront these and other questions about race.

 

Sunday, December 3rd: Native Art Mart – Holiday Arts, Crafts, Foods

  • December 3rd, December 9th, December 17th
  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
    5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, Washington 98199
  • Free event to attend! $25 if reserving a space as a vendor
  • Come out to Daybreak Star this holiday season to do your holiday shopping and support native artists and small businesses! We have native artist selling all kinds of native art including;framed art, jewlery, pottery, baskets, clothing, blankets, drums and much more! We also will have traditional salmon baked lunches for sale as well as a traditional native performance each day. Don’t miss out! These events are FREE and opened to the public. If you are interested in vending, contact Judy Anderson at janderson@unitedindians.org or Caitlin Cooper at ccooper@unitedindians.org. A $25 deposit is required to reserve space for each date.

 

Thursday, December 7th: Together We Rise: Seattle Human Rights Day Celebration

  • Light reception 6pm – 7pm, event starts 7pm
  • First Baptist Church
    1111 Harvard Ave
    Seattle, WA 98102
  • Free event!
  • For 18 years Seattle Human Rights Commission has promoted Human Rights Day, a celebration of our city’s commitment to courageous leadership in the fight for racial and social justice. Every year, the event shines a spotlight on local organizations and individuals who are working to bring positive change to our community. We’re proud to partner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission for this year’s program, themed Together We Rise—a nod to the triumphs and challenges of building community in these divisive times. We’ll hear from prominent speakers such as Jorge Baron, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; Ethel Branch, Attorney General of the Navajo Nation; and activist and former mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver. Join us as the Human Rights Commission presents the 2017 Human Rights Awards to outstanding local organizers and leaders. Past award recipients have included Nikkita Oliver, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Casa Latina, and many more. Registration for the event is free, so visit our website to become a part of this inspiring Seattle tradition!

Image Description: the logo for the South Lake Union Winter Market, featuring text on a dark background with holiday images scattered around.
Source: South Lake Union Winter Market Facebook page

Friday, December 8th: South Lake Union Winter Market

  • 10am – 6pm
  • 426 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Free event!
  • Didn’t get enough UCU at our regular winter show? We’ll be returning to Van Vorst Plaza in South Lake Union again this year to showcase a couple dozen more vendors, just 1 week after our big Urban Craft Uprising 2017 Winter Show.

 

Friday, December 8th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Free event!
  • 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! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Saturday, December 9th: Board Game Night at Arcane!

  • 4pm – 8pm
  • Arcane Comics
    15202 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98133
  • Free event!
  • On Saturday, December 9th we’re hosting our bimonthly board game night at our shop in Shoreline. We will have some games on hand to teach, but also plenty of space to bring in your own to play or share. We will provide table space and a friendly environment to play, share, and talk about board games with other people who share your passion. During our Board Game Night, ALL board games and gaming supplies purchased in-store will be 15% OFF! (excludes Magic & Pokémon cards). Snacks and beverages will be available to purchase as well!

Image Description: an image of a pathway in Green Lake lit up by holiday lights. Source: Green Lake Pathway of Lights Facebook page

Saturday, December 9th: Green Lake Pathway of Lights

  • 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Green Lake Pathway of Lights
    7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, Washington 98115
  • Free event!
  • Set your calendar and tell your friends and family! The 2017 Green Lake Pathway of Lights is happening on December 9th 4:30-7:30. Come stroll the glimmering Green Lake which will be lit with thousands of twinkling candles and enjoy complimentary refreshments and live holiday music. You might even catch a glimpse of some hot air balloons! This year it’s going to be good!

 

Sunday, December 10th: Winter Wonderprov

  • 7:00pm
  • Jet City Improv
  • Flexible donation level, starting at $20
  • Spend a hilarious evening with the talented Jet City Improv troupe and help your neighbors in need. All proceeds from this special performance go to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. Please choose your donation level (which is also your ticket). It’s a great way to enjoy a laugh as you support 12 community charities helping local children, families and seniors.

 

Sunday, December 10th: MoPOP Youth Writer’s Workshop

  • 1pm – 4pm
  • MoPOP
    325 5th Avenue N
    Seattle, WA 98109
  • Entrance is $6 each for youth participants and parents/guardians
  • MoPOP is excited to partner with The Fairwood Writers group and Norwescon to kick off the call for submissions for our 2018 Write Out of This World Contest by offering a special event to help students. Do you want to write a story for the Write Out of This World contest? Professional science fiction and fantasy writer coaches will help you develop ideas for a strange world, an adventurous hero or heroine to explore it, and the problems this character has to overcome. Drawing inspiration from a tour of Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, you will brainstorm, try out ideas, and get fueled and ready to launch a terrific story for the contest. Plan to dream big and learn about the elements of science fiction and fantasy storytelling in this workshop for serious young writers. Parents/guardians may purchase additional tickets to tour the museum at our reduced education rate of $6 per person or may relax in the museum’s café for the duration of the workshop free of charge.

 

Sunday, December 10th: Campout Cinema: Hook

  • Doors open at 6pm, film starts at 6:30pm
  • Sky Church
  • MoPOP
    325 5th Avenue N
    Seattle, WA 98109
  • Tickets are $11 for members, $14 for non-members
  • All-ages event!
  • A fully-grown Peter Pan must save his children from the dastardly Captain Hook in the Campout Cinema screening of Hook (1991). When his children are kidnapped by a mysterious visitor in the night, it’s up to Peter Banning to rescue them from his magical childhood home of Neverland. There, with the help of Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, he rediscovers his past life as the impish and adventurous Peter Pan. As his children slowly forget the world they knew, Peter must confront his childhood nemesis before it’s too late. Bring the outdoor movie experience indoors with MoPOP’s Campout Cinema series, featuring film screenings on MoPOP’s mammoth Sky Church screen alongside cinematically-inspired fun. At Campout Cinema, MoPOP invites you to get comfy and relax under LED stars on blankets, pillows, cushions, and sleeping bags from home (no chairs please). With photo ops and drink specials before the screening and during intermission—as well as trivia, giveaways, and other surprises—every Campout Cinema event offers a unique and super themed movie-going experience.

Image Description: Out of focus holiday lights in the background behind a model Death Star. Source: Galactic Lights at Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights Facebook event page

Tuesday, December 12th: Galactic Lights at Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights

  • 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Woodland Park Zoo
    5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Tickets are $9.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids
  • Star Wars Theme Night at WildLights, Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Holiday Lights celebration, November 24 – January 1, closed 12/24 and 12/25. This year the zoo is including an out of this world theme night with characters from a galaxy far, far away, including an unforgettable nighttime lightsaber performance from Saber Guild Jet City Temple!! Proceeds from WildLights support Woodland Park Zoo’s exemplary animal care program, wildlife conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, environmental learning, and action-centered programs that engage communities in protecting wildlife and living landscapes.

 

Wednesday, December 13th: An Evening With Auntie Mame!

  • 6:30pm – 10:30pm
  • AMC Theatre – Pacific Place 11
    600 Pine St Ste 400, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Tickets for Three Dollar Cinema members are $15, $20 for non-members, and $12 for those with limited income, including youth, seniors, and those with disabilities (a limited number of complimentary tickets are also available for those who are unable to afford a ticket and want to attend this holiday event)
  • Three Dollar Bill Cinema makes the yuletide gay with the return of this fabulous holiday tradition! Soiree starts at 6:30pm, and the film will start promptly at 7:30pm! (“Don’t tarry, or you shall be late!”) Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse sets the festive spirit with a performance before the film. Celebrate the season with “Auntie Mame”, the beloved 1958 film starring the incomparable Rosalind Russell. Always armed with a colorful dress and an acerbic quip, the flamboyant, vibrant Mame Dennis (Russell) is an unconventional socialite from the roaring 20’s. When her young orphan nephew comes to live in her madcap party pad, Mame takes him under wing for an adventure in living life to its fullest.
    Your ticket on your smartphone (or print out) will allow for swift check-in at the theatre. Upon arrival, a sparkling beverage will be placed in your hand, with food, music, entertainment, and photo opportunities to enjoy before the film! Gaiety, classic film, and sharp humor…in the words of Auntie Mame: “What could be more wholesome or natural?”

 

Tuesday, December 14th: Translations Film Festival 2018 Submissions Open!

  • The early-bird deadline for registering for the film festival is December 14th
  • The festival will take place May 3rd – 13th, 2018
  • Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world, and places emphasis on visibility and positive representations.

Image Description: a group of Santas from a previous year’s SantaCon in Pike Place Market.
Source: Seattle SantaCon 2017 Facebook page

December 16th – 17th: Seattle SantaCon 2017

  • December 16th at 12pm to December 17th at 2am
  • Registration is $20 on the day, $10 beforehand
  • Hey Santa! Saturday December 16th we paint the town red and white! Over 1,500 of us will be parading through the Downtown Seattle area! SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and inside locations in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill. This is much more than a pub crawl, and every time you call it that, a sugar plum fairy dies!

 

Sunday, December 17th: Winter Feast and Holiday Bazaar

  • 10am – 4pm
  • Fremont Sunday Market
    3401 Evanston Ave North, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Free event!
  • Shop & Eat local at Seattle’s favorite holiday food and holiday bazaar returning to the Fremont Sunday Market on December 17th for last minute holiday gift ideas. Catch over 100 local food trucks, street food and handmade booths lined with patio heaters for a fun holiday themed activities! Great gift ideas fr under $25 for sticking stuffers and more. Shop local this holiday! See you in the center of the Universe!

 

Tuesday, December 19th: Hecklevision: Love Actually

  • 9:30pm
  • Central Cinema
  • Tickets are $9 advance, $11 day of show
  • Lots of you love Hecklevision. Celebrate that love by heckling the ultimate romantic Christmas film, filled with plenty of plotlines for your heckling pleasure. Your wise-ass texts hit the screen all night. Part of our Holiday Heckle Season.

 

Friday, December 22nd: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Free event!
  • 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! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Sunday, December 31st: SPECTRA: New Year’s Eve Under the Arches

  • 9pm – 2am
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Tickets are $85 for non-members, $80 for members
  • Set your New Year’s Eve ablaze at SPECTRA: NYE Under the Arches, the most sensational party in Seattle at Pacific Science Center. SPECTRA  boasts the best, unobstructed view of the annual fireworks show, top DJs from KEXP and plenty of entertainment sure to delight.

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Hanna Hupp

A recent English Lit grad, Hanna is an enthusiastic Hufflepuff who spends as much time as possible reading, writing, and engaging in in-depth critical analyses of the graphic novels, old SyFy shows, and the Bachelor franchise with anyone who will listen. When not developing intense crushes on (inconveniently) fictional characters or outlining a variety of stories she might hopefully get around to writing one day, Hanna can usually be found listening to comedy podcasts while googling 1960’s NASA launches.

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