Cook, Eat, Watch, Read: The Media of Food

Is there anything more ripe for geekiness than food? It’s both the simplest, starkest element of our lives – necessary to our very survival – and the most lush, decadent pleasure. Somehow – for me at least, and, I suspect, for all of the other eager consumers of food and food media – the omnipresence of food somehow makes it less prosaic rather than more so, an empty plate (so sorry…) on which we can heap our artistry and desire, our insecurity and joy, often in equal measure.

I’ve been obsessed with food for as long as I can remember. I love the TV shows – Salt Fat Acid Heat; The Great British Baking Show; Barefoot Contessa; Ugly Delicious; Chef’s Table. I watch the movies time and time again – Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; Tortilla Soup, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chocolat, Mostly Martha, Like Water for Chocolate, Babette’s Feast. I devour the books – Blood, Bones & Butter; Tender at the Bone; Heartburn; Alice, Let’s Eat; How to Cook a Wolf. I listen to the podcasts as a soundtrack to my day – Radio Cherry Bombe, the Bon Appetit Foodcast, The Splendid Table. I zone out to the YouTube videos – Rosianna Halse Rojas’ Backburner series, My Drunk Kitchen, endless mukbangs.

A gif of a fork picking up a bite from a stack of steaming pancakes with syrup on them. Source: Giphy

And this is by no means an exhaustive list. Food is everywhere, and so is media to analyze it, explore it, explain it, celebrate it. Whether you like competition shows, or movies featuring long, lingering scenes of food preparation, or videos of people eating every flavor of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake in one sitting, there’s a niche for you. If geekiness is, at its core, wholehearted participation in a particular area of fascination, then food provides endless opportunities for passionate, geeky obsession.

For me, there is something inherently calming and satisfying about food media. At its best, it replicates the complete sensuous joy of a delicious meal, the just-right feeling of eating the food you’ve been craving for so long.

Nigella Lawson eats a grilled cheese sandwich, pulling the sandwich away from her face to create a long cheese pull. Source: Giphy

But the inherent satisfactions of food media are also balanced by the complicated relationships we each have to food itself. In Rosianna Halse Rojas’ gorgeous and thoughtful “Backburner” series of YouTube videos – in which she films herself cooking and eating from different cookbooks over a period of several months – food is a conduit for complex feelings of gluttony and overindulgence, fraught body image, control and restriction. It is a map of her emotional state, her time in the kitchen reflecting the extent to which she is or is not able to nurture her body and mind. At the same time, food is joyful, playful – an escape and a comfort.

My favorite food media jumps wholeheartedly into this uncomfortable dichotomy. Food as sustenance, food as destruction. Food as, ultimately, a reflection of us and all of our deepest, strangest, basest needs. And in this passionate, geeky way, consuming media about food mirrors the consumption of food itself, and all the wonderful, difficult, and wholly human emotions that conjures within us.

Samin Nosrat nibbles on a piece of food and laughs at something someone off-camera has said. Source: Giphy

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Changing the Game: How Can the Gaming Industry Be More Gender Inclusive?

By guest contributor Kate Harveston

When Super Mario Brothers first came out, my brother and I spent hour after hour trying to save a princess trapped behind Goombas and those weird-looking duck-turtle hybrid things. I never thought about the premise behind the game—that women characters were delicate flowers in need of rescue. To my young mind, I accepted that mindset in the same fashion I accepted fairy tales featuring damsels in distress.

Early video game manufacturers definitely catered to a certain audience, namely young men, many of which probably enjoyed escaping into gaming to create strong alter egos. Over the years, more women have joined the ranks of heavy-duty gamers, but has this influx of women players changed the way women characters get treated in the gaming world?

The “Madonna/Whore” Paradigm

Early game designers included women characters not as equal players, but rather as either innocent little princesses or sultry seductresses. This Madonna-versus-whore treatment of women in video games reinforced the false belief that women only exist in terms of their relationships with men. Any personality traits a unique woman character might possess were often overlooked.

As time progressed and more women began gaming, video game manufacturers began including more women characters to choose from in role-playing games and the like. Allowing gamers to select women avatars appeared to be a step in the direction of gender equality, and in some ways, it was.

However, serious gamers soon discovered that selecting a woman character often meant losing the game. For example, in the fighting game Dead or Alive, the woman protagonist must engage in battle with her much larger, stronger, and more powerful father in the second half of the game, putting the players who chose the woman character at a distinct disadvantage.


Even something as basic as the way game designers attire their women characters leaves these characters at an additional disadvantage. It’s a bit difficult to run very fast in high heels! No man video game protagonist has to go into battle clad only in his Fruit of the Loom boxer briefs, but women characters often wage war in skimpy bikinis or are otherwise scantily-clad.

How Video Games Impact Behavior

The issue of the gender divide between the treatment of characters in video games has implications beyond just the gameplay itself. Multiple studies suggest that while frequent exposure to violent video games doesn’t necessarily lead to criminal activity, images still do influence behavior. The consequences of how a fictional avatar treats women characters could potentially translate into the way the player interacts with women in the real world. At best, exposure to violent video games that also objectify women normalizes the objectification of women in real life. At worst, it may lead to more actual violence against women.

About four out of five victims of intimate-partner violence are women. One in six women have been the victim of a rape attempt, and one in five women will be raped at some point in their lives. With harrowing numbers like that, we should be looking at any and every way we can to prevent furthering the violence against women that is unfortunately so prevalent in society.

Perhaps the solution is as simple as parents taking more of an active role in preventing their children from playing violent games that send the wrong messages about how to treat women. For example, should a child tell of playing a violent game at a friend’s house, a parent should take time to talk with them to help them process what they saw and explain its full context.

Changing the Game for the Better

Video game manufacturers likewise should take responsibility for the way their creations portray women. While many video game manufacturers have shied away from using women protagonists in the past, they should realize women gamers prefer entertainment that portrays them complexly. Even if sales of a game with a woman protagonist dip among men, women could more than make up their slack!

In addition, video game manufacturers should embrace diversity and eschew rigid gendering that    treat women as secondary in importance to men. Likewise, manufacturers should eliminate the practice of making men avatars automatically stronger or more talented than their women counterparts. Featuring more trans and nonbinary characters would also be an excellent addition to gaming.

Furthermore, primary and secondary schools alike can encourage women to explore the amazing opportunities of STEM fields, including video game design. The interest definitely exists. In Australia, for example, women make up 46 percent of all gamers, but only 15 percent of all of those working in the video game industry. Many researchers consider educator bias as a contributing factor, as many schools encourage boys to enter science and math career fields whereas young girls are  steered into nurturing positions such as nursing or teaching.

Endgame

In the end, few people believe that women have reached total equality in all areas of life, the lives of gamers included! Works of art such as video games serve as powerful tools in creating an alternate reality that can be more, not less, inclusive.

About Kate: Kate Harveston is a young writer from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She enjoys topics related to culture, feminism, and women’s health, and how those elements intersect and act upon each other. If you like her writing, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, So Well, So Woman.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: March

It’s almost March, and you know what that means! Celebration! Besides Holi and St. Patrick’s Day, did you know that March is not only National Women’s History Month, National Peanut Month, and National Craft Month?! The more you know…

Image Description: A gif of the words “The More You Know” on top of a rainbow that is shooting through the sky. This graphic was originally used for a series of NBC public service announcements. Source: Giphy

So get out there (or stay inside—it’s still pretty cold out, after all) and enjoy this month of merriment and green clothing!

Read on to see what’s happening in March.

Image Description: A gif of a crowd of people dancing and throwing colored powder in the air to celebrate Holi. Source: Giphy

Saturday, March 2: Lunar New Year Celebration — Year of the Pig

  • 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Hing Hay Park
    423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • It’s time for the QRC’s annual Drag Show!  On Friday, February 1st, join us in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall for a night of great music and even better performers! The show starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm, and will feature both drag queens and drag kings. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students.

    All money collected goes to benefit Lifelong and the Sean Humphrey House, local organizations that support LGBT+ people in our community.

    Please bring cash to tip the performers! Since this is a benefit, the performers are not being compensated, so please show them your love and tip heavily!

    Tickets will be available in the PAC box office very soon, we will comment in the discussion when tickets become available for purchase!

    For disability accommodations, please contact as.disability@wwu.edu

Saturday, February 2: Lunar New Year Celebration & Fair

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wing Luke Museum
    719 S King St, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Celebrate the Year of the Pig with lion and dragon dances, cultural
    performances, and the $3 Food Walk!

Saturday, March 2: Spring Plant Sale

  • 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • UW Center For Urban Horticulture
    3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Come celebrate spring a little early while helping support our local plant growers! The annual NHS Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.

Saturday, March 2: NerdFaire Con!

  • 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm (Feb. 2nd), 5:30pm (Feb. 3rd)
  • Lynnwood Convention Center
    3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • NerdFaire is NOT a craft fair or handmade fair, it is a MINI CON for ALL THE THINGS Nerdy and Geeky. Our focus is on supporting local Shops, businesses, and handmade items, in addition to creating community for all of Nerdery and Geekdom. This is our first year, but we hope to make this a long standing event.

    Enjoy Cosplay contests and Fandom Meetups, Story Time and Meet n Greets with Our Princesses and Heroes.

    Check out our show floor for some Trading Card Game duels OR learn how to play TCG Games, Board Games, and Miniatures Table Top Games. You can even take some time to paint a Miniature to take home.

    Don’t forget to check out our Exhibitors! Some of the best Local Businesses, Artisans, Hand crafters, Authors, Artists, and more, the PNW has to offer!

    Kids 15 and under are free, but they need a badge and accompanied by an adult. Come out, buy some Nerd trinkets to add to your collection, participate in our activities, and most of all HAVE FUN!

Sunday, March 3: Dear Black Man: A Spoken Word Event

  • 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Delancey’s on 3rd
    810 S 3rd St, Renton, Washington 98057
  • Join us for a raw and unfiltered experience as we address our black men by way of spoken word and live painting. There will be a full bar available to purchase drinks. Music by DJ Bankhead. Full Bar. Spoken Word. Live Painting.

Tuesday, March 8: Trivia Tuesday: Parks and Recreation

  • 7:00 – 10:00pm
  • Neumos
    925 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Neumos Presents:
    Trivia Tuesday ft. drink specials and prizes. We serve the full Bok a Bok food menu! FREE! 21+

Wednesday, March 6: Be Bold Seattle: International Women’s Day Celebration

  • 5:30 – 8:30pm
  • Benaroya Hall
    200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world for 111 years, is coming back to Seattle. Join us to hear from inspirational speakers how together we can accelerate equality.

Wednesday, March 6 – Thursday, March 7: Teaching Tolerance | Facilitating Critical Conversations

  • Starting at 8:30am
  • Holocaust Center for Humanity
    2045 Second Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • TWO WORKSHOPS: “Teaching Tolerance” and “Facilitating Critical Conversations”
    Register for one or both!
    $25 for one | $40 for both | Includes lunch and clock hours

    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is proud to offer these workshops in partnership with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Thursday, March 7: Free Days at the Museum of History and Industry

  • 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-4330, United States
  • On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to the Museum of History and Industry’s permanent exhibits are free all day long! The museum is open from 10a-8p.

Saturday, March 8: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7:00 – 10:45pm
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle, WA 98115
  • 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!

    Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics.

Friday, March 8: Indigenous and Women of Color Rise

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • As our world burns, injustice festers around the globe. Patriarchy, racism, and capitalism are bringing us to ruin. In the face of this brutality, we need to elevate voices from the grassroots. And not just any voices. We need radical voices that take no prisoners, that speak the truth, that rip down the fantasies of the powerful and inspire us to fight like our lives depend on it.

    On March 8th, 2019 (International Women’s Day), an event will be held featuring two of these powerful voices: Dominique Christina, the author of four books and the only person to EVER become a two-time world champion in slam poetry, and Cherry Smiley, warrior hero, feminist activist, scholar, and artist from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Diné (Navajo) nations.

    The evening program will inform, educate, empower, inspire, and strengthen our spirit for the injustices we face: male violence, objectification, sexual exploitation, and racialization.

    The event will take place at the world-famous Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle, Washington, and is being organized by Asian Women for Equality and Fertile Ground Institute for Social and Environmental Justice.

Saturday, March 9: Service and Community at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

  • 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
    4192 Eagle Harbor Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
  • Originally scheduled to be on February 19th –  the Day of Remembrance anniversary when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942 – snow and uncertain weather conditions forced the cancellation and rescheduling to March 9th., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Inspired by the unique legacy of a community that welcomed their Japanese American friends and neighbors home after World War II, everyone is welcome to gather for “Service and Community” at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, offering landscaping maintenance and improvements to the National Historic Site, located at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island.

    Hosted by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and generous support from the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District, everyone is invited and welcome to pitch in and help. Please wear appropriate clothing for work and weather, bring gloves and your own gardening tools.

Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10: More Fats More Femmes Witch Market 8.0

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Indian Summer
  • 534 Summit Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Celebrate every inch of yourself at this Aquarius/Pisces season cusp pop-up shop just in time for the beginning of Seattle’s spring. Indian Summer owner Adria Garcia, ex-IS manager Kim Selling, and current IS shopgirl Abby Cooke will be selling racks on racks on racks of plus size vintage clothing. We’ll have pieces of many style varieties from size 12 to 32, especially pertaining to the encroaching (hopefully) sun-soaked seasons. Come get swathed in mesh, silk, velvet, faux fur, leather, pleather, lace, and all of your other favorite textures with us ♥

Thursday, March 14: Emerald City Comic Con 2019

  • 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Emerald City Comic Con
    800 Convention Pl, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Emerald City Comic Con is the destination comic and pop culture show for the Pacific Northwest. ECCC delivers the best that the comics and pop culture industry has to offer directly from the creators, bringing super fans exactly what they crave: interaction with quality content and guests and an inclusive space to celebrate their fandom.

Friday, March 15: The “Shrill” Premiere: Binge with Lindy West

  • 5:00 – 10:00pm
  • The Cloud Room
  • Lindy West will be here to join us as we binge watch her new adapted series, Shrill, debuting on Hulu March 15th. Based on her 2016 memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, the 6 episode comedy stars Aidy Bryant, “A woman who seeks out ways to change her life without changing her body.”

    We’ll have special cocktails and on-theme snacks for your viewing pleasure! 21+

Saturday, March 16: 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Downtown Bremerton
  • Time to get your Irish on and celebrate this fun community tradition. Sponsored by Olympic College Foundation. Parade steps off at 11am at 6th and Pacific. Heads south on Pacific to Fourth Street.  Turning Right to head down to Park Avenue. At Park Ave turning Right to 5th St. Right on 5th St back up to Pacific Ave.

Saturday, March 16: Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival

  • 6:30 – 10:00pm
  • Block 41
    115 Bell Street, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • Join us for our Harry Potter inspired Beer Festival as we transform the Iconic Block 41 into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter complete with Hogwarts Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Leaky Cauldron. The event will hosts a beer tasting of over twenty winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales including Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions and Adult Butter Beer. There will be a Hagrid Photo Op, plenty of characters, food from Mac Shackk, and live music from the Slytherin Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. 21+

Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17: Public Huge Book Sale 2019

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
    301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • It’s not just big, it’s huge!  Over 100,000 items will be for sale with over 50 categories of nonfiction including art, cookbooks, crafts, gardening, history, music, performing arts, pets, nature and travel.

    We have an extensive selection of fiction including science fiction, graphic novel, classics, and short stories. Our children’s selection covers every reading level you can imagine plus several special categories such as folk & fairy tales, history and nature.

    We’ll have over 15 languages represented in our foreign languages section plus a vast selection of DVDs, CDs, audio books and records. Don’t miss it!

Monday, March 18: EduTalks: A Place Called School

  • 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Sartori Elementary School, 332 Park Ave North, Renton WA
  • On March 18, education researchers and practitioners will discuss how teachers, students, administrators, parents, communities and researchers are coming together to renew and meaningfully improve how young people experience school during EduTalks: A Place Called School.

    During the fast-paced program, presenters will have five minutes and one image to share their unique take on practices and policies that can invigorate and improve the experience of school for young people, educators and communities—and in particular for historically marginalized students. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to ensure seating: http://events.uw.edu/EduTalks2019.

Thursday, March 21: The Moth Seattle GrandSLAM Championship

  • 8:00 – 9:30pm
  • Seattle First Baptist Church
    1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • The Moth Presents the GrandSLAM, the culmination of ten open mic StorySLAM competitions. The champions of ten previous StorySLAM nights return to the stage to compete with brand new stories for the title of GrandSLAM champion. Take a seat ringside at the ultimate battle of wits and words, and witness a storytelling showdown that ranges from fierce to hilarious to heartbreaking, and all points in between.

    Each ticket purchase includes a copy of The Moth’s new book, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying The Impossible!. Due to be published on March 19, 2019, this collection is drawn from the best stories ever told on The Moth stage.

    Presented by Town Hall Seattle and The Moth.

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

  • 7:00pm – 10:45pm
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle, WA 98115
  • 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!

    Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics.

Saturday, March 23: Teen Action Fair

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
    440 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

    It Starts with Youth!  

    Celebrate youth-driven change at #TeenActionFair 2019. Connect with youth and organizations working to make a difference in their local and global communities through volunteering, art, social justice campaigns, and more.

    Free and open to all. The celebration features powerful performances, a youth-led open mic, an art showcase, give back activities, and over 30 youth-driven and youth-focused organizations.

Saturday, March 23: Grand Opening: ARTS at King Street Station

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Office of Arts & Culture Seattle
    303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Join us for the grand opening of ARTS at King Street Station, our new arts and cultural space in the heart of Seattle. This space is dedicated to increasing opportunities for communities of color to:

    – GENERATE and CREATE work
    – DISPLAY and SHARE their work
    – RECOMMEND PROGRAMMING through the King Street Station Advisors

    In recognition of the Coast Salish peoples on whose land the City of Seattle is built, we are honored to open ARTS at King Street Station, with yəhaw̓, an indigenous-centered inaugural exhibition that will run March 23 – August 3, 2019.

    This opening celebration will have performances, song, and storytelling all day. Join us! More details coming soon.

Saturday, March 23: Holi Festival of Colors

  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
    6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Celebrate this traditional Hindu festival with entertainment, food, and a fun color fight!

    Holi – “the festival of color” or “the festival of love” – celebrates spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil.

    Come join in this raucous celebration, where people will chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powders.

    Folks from all religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ages are welcome!

    Indian food by The Roll Pod and chai from The Chai Lady will be available for purchase; bring cash!

Saturday, March 23: Maria Bamford Live

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Moore Theatre
    1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • STG Presents & Live Nation Welcomes Maria Bamford – Live to The Moore Theatre on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
    Reserved Seating on Main Floor & in First Balcony
    General Admission Seating in Second Balcony
    All Ages / Bar with I.D.
    Tickets are $25.00 – $30.00 (not including fees).

Sunday, March 24: Big Climb Seattle

  • 8:30 – 4:30pm
  • Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center
  • 700 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • 1,311 steps | 69 floors | 788′ of vertical elevation | March 24, 2019

    Each year the Big Climb hosts 6,000 participants to climb the stairs of the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington. We want to maintain our fundraising focus to fight blood cancers thus all participants, are required to fundraise a minimum of $150. This $150 is in addition to the registration fee.

    During the 2018 season, $3,007,080 was raised by 6,000 passionate participants – all for a cure. Join us on Sunday, March 24, 2019 as we CLIMB. CONQUER. CURE.

Wednesday, March 27: Drunk HERstory 3!

  • 6:00pm
  • Brouwer’s Cafe
    400 N 35th St, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • It’s that time of year again where we try to give back to the community and give the Badass Women of Craft our stage to try and raise funds for on organization that’s near and dear to us – Planned Parenthood.

    That’s right! Drunk HERstory, now in its third rad year, will once again be held at Brouwer’s Café on March 27th. After the success of the past two years, we couldn’t keep the train from rolling on. This year, we’ll have 9 women representing 9 breweries and they will regale you with tales of awesome women throughout the ages. The night will begin at 6 pm with an introduction by a representative from Planned Parenthood and then move into 4 unique skits to educate and entertain our guests.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Workshop Recap: You Can’t Suck at Everything

Prepare yourselves, dear readers, for today I will be telling you about an experience that changed my life.

No, not a death-defying feat, a thrilling adventure, or an inspiring turn of events.

A workshop.

Specifically, “You Can’t Suck at Everything,” a writing workshop that I was lucky enough to attend last October at GeekGirlCon ‘18.

As someone who has abandoned so many half-finished novels I could set up a small graveyard in my backyard, I couldn’t get to this workshop quickly enough. Not only did it promise to help provide the basics of a 3-act story structure, delve into character creation and worldbuilding, and explore how our perceived “flaws” are actually key to finding and articulating our own unique perspective as writers, but it was also run by the one and only Margaret Stohl.

Image Description: A headshot of author Margaret Stohl. Stohl is turned slightly to the side, and is looking straight at the camera. Source: Twitter

If you are one of the ten billion people (a rough estimate) who devoured the Beautiful Creatures series (co-authored with Kami Garcia), you might be familiar with the powerhouse talent that is Margaret Stohl. As if being an internationally bestselling author isn’t enough, Stohl has also written multiple comics, including the Mighty Captain Marvel series, and has a long career as a writer and narrative director for video games.

Almost immediately, Stohl cultivated a sense of community in the workshop, uniting us all as writers, artists, and creators of all kinds. It can be so easy to feel isolated as a writer or creator. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably plagued by constant doubts, spend an unhealthy amount of time with fictional characters, spin off into daydreams when you should be doing things like “concentrating” or “working at your day job,” and guard your work like a fearsome dragon mother.

Image Description: A screenshot of a tweet by Margaret Stohl, which says “WRITING TIP: NOBODY NEEDS WRITING TIPS! You need LISTENING TO THING YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR tips & JUST GET IT DONE tips. Then you’re golden.” Source: Twitter

This workshop felt like the perfect antidote to the self-imposed isolation of doubt, fear, and embarrassment. When everyone’s in the same boat, what is there to be self-conscious about?

There were so many points, tips, and ideas that I walked away from the workshop with, but, in the interest of not making you read a full thesis, here are some of the highlights:

  • Everyone has a story, and everyone wants to tell a story. As Stohl said, “I’m interested in yours and you should be more interested in yours than anyone.”
  • Don’t put off what you want because you’re worried about failing. You will fail! Spoiler alert: that’s okay.
  • It’s hard to take yourself seriously as a writer and creator, even–and especially–if it’s the thing you want most in the world. Do it anyway. Affirm yourself as a writer and creator.
  • “If you want something, you take it. There is exactly nothing standing between you and that thing.”
  • “You cannot write a protagonist without being a protagonist in your own life.”
  • Understand who you are writing for, and write for them, not for the whole world.
  • A novel is, at its core, just 30 words. Write a list of 30 words that map the arc of your story, and make those your chapters. Go from there.
  • You are probably a specialist in fear. Write about that, use that. There is nothing you know more about than what you fear.
  • Start developing and curating your “brain office.” Collect and organize your material, even in your own mind.
  • Keep everything. Old lists, descriptions, terrible poems, scraps of dialogue. Keep it all.
  • Find a critique partner for accountability and support.
  • “Do not confuse sucking at one thing with sucking at everything.”

There you have it, some solid gold advice for when you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or insecure. If I came away with one conviction from the workshop, it’s that I’m a writer. I’m a creator.

You probably are too.

Now let’s go write.

Image Description: A screenshot of a tweet from fellow GeekGirlCon Copywriter Teal Christensen quoting me, which says “Who knew that @mstohl would become our mother today?? – @hupptwothree re: a mind-blowing writing workshop this morning at #GGC18. GeekGirlCon Campaign Manager JC Lau comments “I like everything about this tweet.” Source: Twitter

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Memory, Media, and the Ted Bundy Tapes

A promotional image from Netflix’s series Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The title of the series is overlaid on the image of a red, white, and black cassette tape. Netflix’s logo is in the upper left hand corner. Source: Heaven of Horror

Like many—maybe even most—of us, I’m just a little too obsessed with true crime. I’ve listened to the podcasts (Up and Vanished, And That’s Why We Drink, Criminal…), read the books (Helter Skelter, The Devil in the White City, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark…), and gone on my fair share of deep dives into the murky depths of Wikipedia (do not, I beg of you, google Issei Sagawa alone at 2:00am.) I come by my obsession honestly; I was practically raised on British crime television (Poirot, Miss Marple, and Midsomer Murders, anyone?) and have been devouring my mom’s paperback murder mysteries since elementary school.

Given all of this, I had no hope of holding out against Netflix’s Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, all four parts of which were released this past Thursday. I tried to resist. I took in the repeated warnings not to watch it alone. I thought about my own complicity in a culture that romanticizes killers while erasing their victims. I asked myself why I wanted to watch the series in the first place when I’d already conducted enough personal research into Bundy’s life and crimes that I could have applied for grant funding. I reminded myself that I had work in the morning.

A tweet from Twitter user @zblay, which says “ted bundy looked dehydrated and dusty and had no lips. oh, and he was a fucking serial killer. people are weird.” Source: Twitter

All to no avail—I watched it. Of course.

And, at the end of those four episodes, I emerged from my cave of blankets, tortilla chips, and sweaty palms with the dawning realization that, even after hours of facts and memories and police reports and archival footage and death row interviews, Ted Bundy remained exactly as he had always been—a transparent cipher, at once empty symbol and impenetrable mystery, both utterly anomalous and entirely commonplace.

Because, at its core, the story of Ted Bundy is just the story of privilege and manipulation—power and charisma, bias and delusion—writ large, retold and recited into a burnished collective memory, reduced to familiar signifiers (the beige Volkswagen, the blue eyes) and bone-deep fears (if a supposedly handsome, Reagan-Republican law student could be a remorseless killer, couldn’t anyone?!).

And ultimately, our fears are justified. Yes, anyone around us could be a murderer, an abuser. Yes, they could remain undetected. Yes, they could escape. Yes, their judge could sentence them to death in one sentence and practically offer them an internship in the next. Yes, we’re afraid of it all, and not because it feels unknown, but because we’ve seen it before.

A tweet from Twitter user @no_sucker_MC, which says “to anyone who doesn’t believe in white privilege or thinks it’s overstated, watch the Ted Bundy tapes where a judge sentencing a man convicted of raping and murdering almost 40 women say ‘there is no animosity here, you would have made a greater lawyer you just took the wrong path.” Source: Twitter

The triumph of The Ted Bundy Tapes is that they reveal, time and time again, the ways in which even our deepest instincts, our most ingrained self-preservation mechanisms, can be overridden by our socialized bias, by our racism, by our willingness to trust—again and again—those who have continually revealed themselves to be untrustworthy.

In a time when convicted abusers are so often celebrated, when harassers maintain their careers even after they’ve been exposed, when forgiveness is coerced from victims and perpetrators demand unearned redemption, the story of Ted Bundy—regardless of how horrific and disturbing it is—starts to feel like a prosaic terror, a known entity.

Partway through The Ted Bundy Tapes, an old coworker of Bundy’s, Marlin Lee Vortman, says that Bundy seemed like the kind of person “you’d want your sister to marry.” A police officer recalls that, after her department released preliminary information seeking leads, multiple women came forward in the fear that their boyfriends could be the elusive killer. Bundy is repeatedly described as “good-looking,” “clean-cut,” “charming.” He’s portrayed as both normal and special, a combination that—even now, thirty years after his death—serves to inoculate him against the kind of vilification we reserve for those who are not troubled white men, the kind that doesn’t leave room for a sort of winking, sideways lust.

And yet here I am. Watching Netflix series about men who murder their wives, listening to podcasts about charismatic cult leaders, poring over Wikipedia articles of violent criminals. All those good-looking, clean cut white men we hate to love and love to hate. Rapt, waiting, almost gleeful. Watching a monster create his own myth. Watching a villain hide in plain sight.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: February

It’s almost February, and you know what that means! Slightly longer days, the promise of spring in the (alright, still pretty distant) future, and the rosy scent of love on the air!

Image Description: A gif of Janet Mock smiling and laughing. She is wearing a blue shirt and is standing against a white backdrop. She is saying “I’m just kidding,” which is written as a caption on the image. Source: Giphy

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, holding a day of mourning on February 14, or just don’t care either way, February is the perfect time to celebrate unabashed geekiness, warm and welcoming community, and our incredible city.

Read on to see what’s coming up next month!

Friday, February 1: 27th Annual Drag Show

  • 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Pac Concert Hall
    Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • It’s time for the QRC’s annual Drag Show!  On Friday, February 1st, join us in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall for a night of great music and even better performers! The show starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm, and will feature both drag queens and drag kings. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students.

    All money collected goes to benefit Lifelong and the Sean Humphrey House, local organizations that support LGBT+ people in our community.

    Please bring cash to tip the performers! Since this is a benefit, the performers are not being compensated, so please show them your love and tip heavily!

    Tickets will be available in the PAC box office very soon, we will comment in the discussion when tickets become available for purchase!

    For disability accommodations, please contact as.disability@wwu.edu

Saturday, February 2: Lunar New Year Celebration & Fair

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wing Luke Museum
    719 S King St, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Celebrate Lunar New Year with a day full of activities for the whole family! A Lion dance will bless The Wing with their vibrant and energetic spirit from 10 – 10:30 AM. Then take a passport journey through the Museum, create crafts with local artists, learn about the Asian zodiac with our stuffed animal petting zoo, and win prizes and more! Please note new start time.

    Traffic may be heavier due to other events in the area so plan accordingly.

Sunday, February 3: Indigenous Teen Art Show Opening Reception

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • The Vera Project
    Warren and Republican, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Join us February 3rd, 4-6pm at the Vera Project to celebrate the opening of this exhibition with refreshments and performances starting at 5pm! This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run February 3 – 28, check the Vera Project schedule for visiting hours.

    Curated by Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw) alongside Moe’nayah Holland and Michael Anderson of Teens in Tacoma, the yəhaw̓ Indigenous Teen Art Show aims to recognize the artistic abilities and talents of young people in our communities. While young Indigenous creatives are under-represented in the mainstream art world, this show hopes to highlight their capabilities.

Image Description: A gif of Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. He is looking down at the sweater he’s wearing that his mum made for him, which has a large “R” on it, and then looks up to speak at a character out of frame. The caption says “Oh, my mum made it. Looks like you’ve got one too!” Source: Giphy

Tuesday, February 5: HP Trivia: Chapter 8 (Weasley Sweater Edition)

  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • 7:00pm (Feb. 2nd), 5:30pm (Feb. 3rd)
  • Optimism Brewing Company
    1158 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Get ready for round 8 of HP trivia at Optimism Brewing aaaaand bring those Weasley sweaters!

    Early edition: 6:00 doors, 6:30 start
    Late edition: 8:00 doors, 8:30 start
    Ticket required: $6.75 including fees
    All ages: children too young to participate do not need a ticket (but we don’t promise that all content will be G-rated)

    GET THOSE WEASLEY SWEATERS ON!

    We got some sweaters from Mrs. Weasley over the holiday season and assume you were on her list too (even if you don’t personally celebrate a gift-giving holiday) so let’s all get them out and show them off on February 5!
    The first letter of your name is a classic standby but maybe you got a Hungarian Horntail, a Snitch, or the symbol of your house on yours.
    Note: This isn’t a costume contest but as George said, they are lovely and warm so let’s have some fun.

Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9: Ballard Hullabaloo – Clearance Sale 2019

  • Starts 6:00pm Friday and 10:00am Saturday
  • Leif Erikson Hall
    2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • It only happens once a year – all your favorite Ballard shops and boutiques share their discounted items under one roof! Join us on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th, 2019 for some great shopping, entertainment and a few refreshments along the way!

    Participating Merchants:
    Prism, re-souL, Clover Toys, Annie’s Art and Frame, Scout & Molly’s, Atlas Travel Wear, Fair Trade Winds, Studio RA Boutique, Andrea Silverman Designs, Market Street Shoes, Uphill Designs

    Food and beverages by:
    Porkchop & Co. and Peddler Brewing Company (all beer proceeds will go to the Ballard Commons Park Play Area fundraiser)

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

  • 7:00 – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • 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 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.

Thursday, February 8th – Saturday, February 10th: NWAW/SCP: Lunar New Year Costume and Pig Mask Contest

  • 11:00am – 1:30pm
  • Northwest Asian Weekly
  • 412 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Northwest Asian Weekly/Seattle Chinese Post presents the 10th Annual Lunar New Year Costume Contest. Make a Pig Mask, be a part of the Costume Contest, or enter both contests!

Saturday, February 9: 2019 #teachseattle Teacher Hiring Fair

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Roosevelt High School (Seattle)
    1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, Washington 98115
  • Learn about SPS, what it’s like to teach for Seattle Public schools, meet with district and building leaders, and interview! For Elementary, SpEd, DLI, Spanish, Math and PE/Health teachers.

Saturday, February 9: NerdFaire Con!

  • 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Lynnwood Convention Center
    3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • NerdFaire is NOT a craft fair or handmade fair, it is a MINI CON for ALL THE THINGS Nerdy and Geeky. Our focus is on supporting local Shops, businesses, and handmade items, in addition to creating community for all of Nerdery and Geekdom. This is our first year, but we hope to make this a long standing event.

Saturday, February 9: SODO Flea Market

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • SODO Flea Market
    2322 Utah Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Seattle’s most exciting flea market is back Saturday, Feb 9th!

    60+ local vendors, 3 food trucks, 1 coffee truck – pet and family friendly 🙂

    Antiques, vintage clothing, handmade goods, bath and body, home goods, food, and coffee, find it all at the SODO Flea Market!

    Bring the whole family down and enjoy the day walking through our market, supporting local small businesses, artists, and makers. Our goal is to bring the community together to share the fun of the searching for those special items. We look forward to seeing you at the next SODO Flea Market, Saturday, February 9th, 10am-4pm at 2322 Utah Ave S and S Stacy St.

    Parking is convenient and free in this area. We recommend along 1st Ave S. or north of the Market on Utah Ave S.

Image Description: A gif of Jesse McCartney sitting in a recording studio looking into the camera and biting his lower lip. Source: Giphy

Wednesday, February 13: Jesse McCartney

  • 8:00pm
  • Showbox SoDo
    1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • With the release of Jesse McCartney’s new single “Better With You” — his first new music since his well-received 2014 album ‘In Technicolor’ — it’s worth noting that the New York-born singer, songwriter, producer, and actor has had the kind of career that most young artists aspire to. With multiple platinum-selling tracks and a songwriting credit on Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love” under his belt, McCartney is ready to introduce his fans to who he is today.

Thursday, February 14: Dancing On My Own – Robyn Inspired Valentine’s Day Dance Party

  • 10:00pm
  • Barboza
    925 East Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Dancing On My Own – Robyn Inspired Valentine’s Day Dance Party at Barboza

    Pop Music All About Heartbreak!

    Age Restrictions: 21 and over only

    Important Notice: All tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable with the exception of event cancellation. Support acts are subject to change.

Saturday, February 16: Womxn Galantine Dance Party!

  • 9:00pm – 1:00am
  • Fred Wildlife Refuge
    128 Belmont Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Dearest Social Queer members and newcomers,

    It is with GREAT pride and excitement that I announce The SQ’s upcoming one-year anniversary celebration / womxn galantine dance party.

    Please join us at Fred Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 16th from 9pm – 1am. DJ Kowboy Kelley will be making it rain as we celebrate love or lack thereof and friendship. To optimize the evening, I kindly ask that you consider the following outfit colors:

    Red = Open — you’re in a committed open relationship and are looking to mingleeeeahhh

    White = Monogamous — you’re in a committed relationship and are just looking to minglleeeahh with your partner

    Black = Single — need I say more?

    Pink or blue = Womx(e)n ally — in the words of Destiny’s Child: “ladiez, leave your (cis) straight men at home”, but if you have a badass ally you want to party with, they’re welcome to join. If there’s confusion here, just message me.

    Since we’re renting out Fred Wildlife, we need to sell tickets. Starting today through January 10th, tickets are only $5. After that they will be $10. Once we cover the cost of the venue, additional proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. There will also be the opportunity to give the night of the party.

    Thanks, all! Excited to party with you and celebrate one whole year of the SQ.

Sunday, February 17: Boozy Terrarium-Making Class

  • 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Have you always wanted your very own terrarium? Here’s your chance to get crafty while enjoying tasty adult beverages. We’ll walk you through the process, and you’ll walk home with something you can show off to your friends. You’ll get your hands dirty with soil, charcoal, rocks, moss and more! Feel free to bring your own decorations to add onto your terrarium during the event.

Wednesday, February 20: And That’s Why We Drink

  • 8:00 – 11:00pm
  • Neptune Theatre
    1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • STG Presents And That’s Why We Drink at The Neptune Theatre on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

    Rserved Seating + General Admission Standing Room in Bar

    All Ages / Bar with I.D.
    Tickets are $23.50, $73.50 VIP* (not including fees). On sale Friday, October 19th at 10 am –> bit.ly/2Ov79L2

    *VIP includes meet & greet + best seats.

    Murder and the paranormal finally meet! Join Em and Christine for a wine-filled evening of bone-chilling ghost stories and terrifying true crime stories. The world’s a scary place – and that’s why we drink!
Image Description: A gif of Nicole Byer sitting against a late night talk show background. She is closing her eyes in happiness and reaching her arms out, as if to hug someone. Source: Giphy

Friday, February 22: Nicole Byer at Columbia City Theater

  • 9:00pm
  • Columbia City Theater
    4916 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98118
  • Nicole Byer is an actress, comedian and writer, Nicole hosts the baking show Nailed It currently streaming on Netflix and has a sitcom loosely based on her life streaming on Facebook Watch called Loosely Exactly Nicole. She also hosts a podcast called Why Won’t You Date Me. She recently starred on the short lived Fox sketch show Party Over here. You’ve also seen her on MTV’s Girl Code, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, @Midnight, Adult Swim, Chelsea Lately, Transparent, Lady Dynamite, and a Nestle commercial that only runs in Israel. She co-wrote and starred in the Pursuit of Sexiness which Variety named a web series to watch. Nicole was featured as a Time Out LA comic to watch in 2015, and Refinery 29 says she’s a female comic to look out for. She’s also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Elle and Ebony. Nicole has done lots of fun shit.

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

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • 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 game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Saturday, February 23: Viva Vera Gala 2019

  • 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • Washington Hall
    153 14th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • The Vera Project and Sub Pop Records present the 2019 Viva Vera Gala at the historic Washington Hall! Join us as we celebrate VERA’s role in creating a vibrant Seattle all-ages music & arts scene. Your support of Viva Vera will help The Vera Project uplift thousands of young people through meaningful participation in music & the arts, expand our transformative programming into underrepresented communities off-site, and continue acting as a creative home to so many.

Sunday, February 24: HashtagLunchBag Seattle

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Redhook Brewlab
    714 e Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Support Seattle’s Hashatglunchbag with Redhook Brewery as we join forces!! Come chip in your $10.00 donation and help us give back and distribute lunches through out our community.

    We are 100% donation based. All money and donations go towards feeding Seattle’s hungry! This IS kid friendly!!

    Sooooooo what more to say other than come have a beer and help us make a difference!

    If you are not able to volunteer and would like to donate, please do so at our website www.HashtaglunchbagSeattle.com

Tuesday, February 26: Space Opera Discussion

  • 7:00 – 8:00pm
  • Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Come out for a book discussion at Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe! Physical book: https://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/book/9781481497503
    Ebook: https://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/ebook/9781481497510
    Audiobook: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781681689173-space-opera

Wednesday, February 27: Andrea Gibson in Seattle

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Neptune Theatre
    1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Andrea Gibson returns to SEATTLE to support their new book, LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES.

    In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson’s newest literary triumph, Lord of the Butterflies, is a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced look at gender, romance, loss, and family, this is also a book of protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia, and white supremacy, Gibson celebrates gender expansion, queer love, and the will to stay alive. Each emotion in Lord of the Butterflies is deft and delicate, resting within imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

Wednesday, February 27: Literary Arts Series: Zadie Smith

  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Benaroya Hall
    200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • This is a conversation with Zadie Smith.

    Smith is one of the world’s preeminent fiction and non-fiction writers. Her novels include White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and Swing Time, among others; and her many non-fiction works on a range of subjects from pop culture to politics are collected in Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays and 2018’s Feel Free.

    Her most recent novel is Swing Time (2016), which follows two brown girls in their dream of becoming dancers. Swing Time was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2017, Smith was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was the recipient of the 2017 City College of New York’s Langston Hughes Medal.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: November + December

Lo and behold, it has arrived! An extra special holiday extravaganza version of Geek About Town, just in time for the holidays! Whether this is the most magical time of the year for you, or you’re finding yourself down and in need of some cheery distraction, we’ve got you covered. From board games to holiday lights, comic books to Christmas carols, we’re excited to spend the holidays with you, our favorite geeky community!

 

Sunday, November 18th: Outsider Comic Book & Game Swap Meet and Social

  • 4pm – 6pm
  • Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique
    223 N. 36th St., Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Bring in your comics, graphic novels, and games to swap with other folks in the Outsider community. Meet new people and find elusive treasures!

 

Friday, November 23rd: 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!

 

Friday, November 23rd – Friday, December 28th: A Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre

  • Multiple performances
  • ACT Theatre
  • 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • It’s ACT’s 43rd production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Directed by Kurt Beattie, this celebrated adaptation follows the original Dickens tale taking audiences along on Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformational journey through time. Three ghostly visitors help Scrooge get into the holiday spirit, leading him on a trip through Christmases past, present, and future.

 

Friday, November 23rd – Saturday, January 5th: Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

  • 5:30 – 8:30pm
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
  • Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow
    Seattle’s wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Experience brand new wild and wonderful light displays that will be featured throughout the zoo including a holiday light spectacular at the zoo’s south entrance which will now be open throughout the run of WildLights.

 

Friday, November 23rd – Friday, December 28th: The Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet

  • Multiple performances
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
  • PNB’S best-selling holiday classic is a fantastical combination of Ian Falconer’s unique design, Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, and the entire Company in show-stopping roles. A memory making tradition for generations of families and friends, Nutcracker fun includes McCaw Hall gloriously decked-out for the season’s best photo ops.

 

Saturday, November 24th: Holiday Pop-Up Market

  • 10am – 3pm
  • Broadway Market
    401 East Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • The Broadway Market Holiday Pop-Up Market features a variety of vendor members from Seattle Made, an initiative to grow and support the area’s urban manufacturing and producer economy. Vendors will be selling a variety of holiday gifts, wearables and hand-made merchandise, all with a focus on recycled and upcycled materials. This event is presented by Broadway Market, Blanton Turner and Seattle Made to celebrate Shop Small Saturday.

 

Monday, November 26th: Mars Insight Landing Viewing

  • 10am – 5pm
  • Pacific Science Center
    200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Join us on Monday, November 26 as NASA makes history when its next lander arrives on Mars, the first mission dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars. We’ll have presentations by Mars experts and space related activities throughout the day. We’ll broadcast the landing live in our PACCAR IMAX Theater from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Our educators will be on hand to answer your questions and walk you through what’s happening during the landing.

    This event is included with general admission and is FREE for Pacific Science Center Members.

 

Friday, November 30th: Witches’ Night Out Market

  • 6pm – 10pm
  • Arcadia Seattle
    943 NW 50th Street, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • Join us for another magical evening! The Witches’ Night Out Market returns on Friday, November 30th – bringing you an array of metaphysical merchants and artisans, community networking, readers and bodyworkers, and much more!

    Every event we do is a little different – this time we’ll be focusing a bit more on the market – we’re making space for a few more artists and witchy creators to expand your holiday possibilities. Also, as this season also marks a time of remembering our ancestors and those who have come before us, we will have an interactive community altar. We have more things up our sleeves that we will be announcing as we get closer to the event. You are not going to want to miss it!

    As always, our events are free and all ages – but we have a fabulous door raffle to benefit the Cabiri and Arcadia. Cash donations will transform into tickets for you to win delightful things!

 

Friday, November 30th: Giving Marketplace

  • 10am – 5pm
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
    440 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Give gifts that give back! Find unique holiday gifts for family and friends from over 30 vendors and organizations that support great causes locally and globally.

    Looking to do more than just shop for holiday gifts? You can make your own gifts alongside local artists and join Sanctuary Art Center in creating one-of-a-kind gift cards.

    Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, December 1st: Seattle Science Night: An Evening of Drunken Experiments

  • 6pm – 9pm
  • Hale’s Ales Palladium
    4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, Washington
  • Drunken Science Nigh returns this December 1st to the beautiful Palladium Theater at Hale’s Ales in Fremont.

    Doors open at 6 and the Stage Show starts at 7 sharp.

    This is most fun you can have without breaking the laws of physics.

    Science Night is a hands on Science Experiment free-for-all, with dozens of ever changing exhibits to try. Blow things up with air! Levitate metal! Make homemade lightbulbs, cube-shaped bubbles, 3-d art, float stuff on air, and more! Ever wanted to shatter flowers with liquid nitrogen? See sound waves? Tesla Coils? Jacobs Ladder? Oh my! We have got you covered. This is not a lecture… instead its a fully interactive science fair. Come ready to have your mind blown.

 

Saturday, December 6th: Luminaria Walk

  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Meadowbrook Community Center
    10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125
  • Friends of Meadowbrook Pond and the Meadowbrook Advisory Council are joining together to host our Annual Luminaria Walk. Please come enjoy good company and hot cocoa, while walking around the beautifully lit pathway. We are also looking for community members to help make this event happen; work parties are listed below!

 

Friday, December 14th: 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 1st: Indigenous Family Day: Art-Making & More

  • 1pm – 4pm
  • 1000 Fourth Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • A special day of art, culture, and creativity celebrating Indigenous families. Meet local Indigenous artists and makers. Create treasures to bring home. Stick around for more festivities after 1:30 p.m. including artist talks from yəhaw̓ artists in residence and a 4 p.m. film screening of Rumble.

 

Saturday, December 8th: Makers Market

  • 12pm – 6pm
  • Inscape
    815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98134
  • Shop a market and open studios for art, “hand-knit hats, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and more” and stop by Vichayapai’s solo exhibition, which she’s been preparing all through her artist’s residency.

 

Saturday, December 8th: Annual Green Lake Pathway of Lights

  • 4:30 – 7:30
  • Green Lake, Seattle
    Seattle, Washington 98103, 98115
  • Come join us for this FREE holiday event for the whole family! Stroll the glimmering Green Lake circuit, paths, and docks which will be lit with thousands of twinkling candles. And while you wander through the magic of the sparkling lights, enjoy complimentary refreshments and live holiday music. If the weather is good we’ll have hot air balloons again from 4:30-5:30pm only.
    You can also visit and like the Green Lake Pathway of Lights Facebook Page for updates on the event!

 

Sunday, December 9th: May The Course Be With You 5k

  • 9:00am
  • 5849 15th Ave NE
    Cowen Park
    Seattle, WA US 98115
  • The inaugural race was so much fun, we wanted to bring it back, see all the costumes, and get into the holiday spirit.

    In the spirit of Star Wars, this will be a FUN opportunity to get out your light saber and practice your best Darth Vader impersonation, as well as dress up in your favorite holiday race outfit!

    The run/walk is for FUN, no official timing, but there will be a running clock.

 

Saturday, December 22nd: Seattle Secular Solstice 2018

  • 4pm – 9:30pm
  • The Factory Luxe
    3100 Airport Way S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Once upon a time there was darkness,
    So we made light.
    Once upon a time there was cold,
    So we kindled fire.
    Once upon a time there was fear,
    So we faced it together
    with song and speech and light
    A proof by example: We are not alone.

    Join us to celebrate humanity’s accomplishments, reflect on our past, and consider the future with food, light, song, and camaraderie.

    Your donations help us cover venue, audio/video equipment, permits, and supplies, ensuring that we can continue this tradition year after year.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-secular-solstice-2018-tickets-47498714935

 

Friday, December 28th: 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!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Join Us for the GeekGirlCon ’18 Kickoff Party!

Come one! Come all! Even before the convention officially begins, we’re starting #GGC18 off right by hosting our annual kickoff party. It’s the perfect chance to eat, drink, mix, mingle, and be merry with other awesome geeks just like you!

Image Description: Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland dancing next to each other in unison. Source: Giphy.

When: Friday, October 26th (aka the day before Con! Woo!)

Where: Optimism Brewing Company

1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

What:

  • Convention attendees will be able to pick up their passes a whole day early! Yay for planning ahead!
  • Exciting activities you won’t want to miss, including a prize drawing, Meet Some Geeks Bingo, and Find a Fandom Masqerade.
  • Having fun and getting to meet – or be reunited with – an incredible community of people!

Mark your calendars and come out for a great night celebrating everything that makes GeekGirlCon so great! We’ll see you there!

Image Description: A gif of three dinosaurs dancing in a row outside a building with concrete steps in the background. Source: Giphy.

 

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: October

At long last, October has (almost!) arrived!!! That’s right, the best month of the year is upon us? Not only is it the time for ooky, spooky, cozy, warm, chilly, knitwear-centric, hot-beverage-filled, swirling-leaves, stay-inside-under-the-covers wonderfulness, but it’s also the month of our convention!!!! Though GeekGirlCon ‘18 certainly takes the cake in terms of exciting events this month, check out all of the other greatness coming your way this month and revel in the majesty of October!

Wednesday, October 3rd: Haunted Healing: Confronting Intergenerational Trauma

  • 7:00pm – 8:45pm
  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104 
  • Haunted Healing: Confronting Intergenerational Trauma through Film and Poetry

    ​Traces of America’s dark history still haunt us today. Join us as we confront this haunting through art and conversation. The program will feature a screening of Daryn Wakasa’s short horror film, SEPPUKU (2017), which treats the lingering effects of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans as a form of intergenerational haunting. Poet Melissa Bennett will share writing that explores the painful resonances of the boarding school and mental health systems that separate Native people from their culture, home land, language, faith, family, and community. Wakasa and Bennett will then discuss their work in conversation, exploring overlaps in Japanese American and Indigenous history, and creative possibilities for healing in community. The coming together of these two communities is an important alliance for the historical moment we find ourselves in now. The event will be followed by a short convivial gathering in order to create additional space for conversation and connection.

 

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Get Ready for Amazing Workshops at #GGC18!

Image Description: A gif of YouTuber and activist Francesca Ramsey. The caption says "#5 Ally is a verb." Source: Giphy

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about GeekGirlCon is how interactive it is. Whether you’re speaking to artists, makers, and entrepreneurs in the Exhibitor Hall, asking questions at an incredible panel, or just meeting fellow geeks, the Con is a space to learn, play, listen, and have fun. Probably nowhere is this more apparent, though, than in the workshops we offer every year.

Spanning a huge swath of topics, from fandom to gaming to cosplay to consent (and beyond!) our workshops are the perfect place to learn how to bring all the joy, passion, excitement, and general goodness from GeekGirlCon out into your day-to-day life.

This year’s workshops promise to be some of the most exciting and intriguing yet! Here’s a look at just a few we have coming up during #GGC18 weekend.

 

Creating a Culture of Consent: From Cosplay to Classrooms

Sunday, 10/28 at 4:00 // Furiosa

Learn about what consent means, sounds, and feels like. We will discuss how and when questions of consent appear in our relationships, in our communities, and in geek culture in this workshop by Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council members. Ages 13+

Image Description: An illustrated gif of Amber Rose wearing dark sunglasses and speaking. Words written on either side of her head read: “When I say no, it means no.” Source: Giphy

Mystery Box Game Design Challenge

Saturday, 10/27 at 5:30pm // America

Teams will work together with table top industry experts to create a game using only a box of mystery items. At the end, games will be judged on a set of predetermined criteria and a winner selected!

Image Description: A gif of a commercial for the Sweet Valley board game. The commercial depicts a group of friends walking into a house and playing the board game together. Source: Giphy

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

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