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
“Rock On!”

Review: Sleight

This is a great era to be a Black geek. Communities like Black Nerd Problems and Black Girl Nerds are catering to a population that has always been present but traditionally ignored within geek circles. Recent films like Dope and TV shows Atlanta are also celebrating the Black nerd (or “blerd”) and giving us a new type of hero for the 21st century: young African-Americans with high IQs, awkwardness, and a penchant for sticky situations. Sleight continues with this movement. The protagonist, Bo, is every geek’s superhero, endowed with little more than intelligence, a good dose of desperation, and, of course, STEM!

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Level up your roleplaying: Tips from RPG game masters

GeekGirlCon 2016 at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. October 2016. Photo by James McDaniel.

Every year GeekGirlCon’s gaming team puts together an entire floor of wonder during our convention in downtown Seattle’s core.

But our passion for games doesn’t stop at just a weekend, and for all you tabletop lovers out there, we know the same goes for you.

GeekGirlCon partners with Girl Scouts of Western Washington throughout the year to run monthly events and. Gaming Event Coordinator Andy talked to several GeekGirlScout game masters about how you can level up roleplaying at your regular tabletop game.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

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
“Rock On!”

Review: The Girl With All The Gifts (No Spoilers)

‘Tis the season of socially relevant cinema, from Moonlight to Hidden Figures to Thirteen to I Am Not Your Negro. But, as always, it is the speculative fiction genre that distinguishes itself in its ability to package the sociopolitical ills of our present day into fantastic scenarios that entertain, spook, titillate, inspire, and fuel. While Get Out is much more overt, The Girl With All The Gifts is an artistically subtle tale of power, fear and exploitation.

Zombie fiction tends to have a common theme – the destruction of civilization sparked or exacerbated by the frailty of humanity. Centuries before George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) attempted to portray the relationship between race and fear through a zombie apocalypse, zombie mythos among western hemisphere Africans was a metaphor for racial oppression. While race may be deemphasized in recent zombie franchises (e.g. The Walking Dead, Resident Evil), zombie fiction continues to be a backdrop for dialogue on social power hierarchies.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

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
“Rock On!”

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!”

“Our march forward does not end here”

A look at the Womxn’s March in Seattle.

This past weekend, we saw an inspiring day of solidarity when millions of people united internationally in a march toward social equity and justice.

In Seattle, the headquarters of GeekGirlCon, more than 200,000 people peacefully walked a 3.6-mile route from Judkins Park to the Seattle Center on Saturday.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

January Geek About Town!

Is trying new things on your New Year’s resolution list? With our Geek About Town list, you can ring in 2017 by exploring some of these events around the Seattle area!

Tuesday Jan. 3 and Tuesday Jan. 17: All Geeks, All Games

  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Mox Bellevue
  • All Geeks, All Games is an event developed by Mox Boarding House to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the local gaming community. Everyone is welcome to come by and play board games, play Magic the Gathering, miniature gaming, and more! The event is completely Free!
The Tournament Room!

Mox’s Tournament Room!

Thursday Jan. 5: David Jaewon Oh’s Combatants

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Jan. 5 is opening night at Pioneer Square’s Gallery4Culture, but the exhibition runs through Jan. 26.
  • David Jaewon Oh’s Combatants captures the strength and honesty of women in combat sports. The sights and sounds of the often male-dominated gyms where they train come to life in this series of intimate photographic portraits that explore personal identity and gender roles.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

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