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.

 

Friday, September 7th – Saturday, September 8th: Representing Immigrant Survivors of Violence – Part One

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm

  • Seattle Central Library
    1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is hosting a two-part FREE training for advocates working with immigrant survivors of violence. Both sessions are free to attend, and will be held at Seattle’s Central Library in the Washington Mutual Room.

    In Part I, experienced NWIRP legal staff will provide training on:
    – A brief overview of the U.S. Immigration System
    – Specific forms of relief available to immigrant survivors of violence
    – Enhanced safety planning
    – The latest updates that community members need

    To attend, you MUST RSVP for the free event at this link: https://www.nwirp.org/what-advocates-need-to-know-about-representing-immigrant-survivors-of-violence/

 

Thursday, October 4th: Poetry Series: Alice Walker

  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm

  • Benaroya Hall

  • This is a reading by Alice Walker.

    Walker is an internationally celebrated, prolific writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry.

    Alice Walker’s third and most well-known novel, The Color Purple, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award in 1983, making Walker the first Black woman to win both honors. The Color Purple has since been adapted for the silver screen and the Broadway stage.

 

Thursday, October 4th: Nicole Chung with Ijeoma Oluo

  • 7:00pm – 8:15pm

  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

  • What does it mean to lose your roots―within your culture, within your family―and what happens when you look for them? Nicole Chung, in conversation with Ijeoma Oluo, talks about her search for her birth family and her personal identity.

    Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up―facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from―she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.

    With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. “All You Can Ever Know” is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets―vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

 

Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 14th: The Social Justice Film Festival 2018

  • 6:30pm

  • Social Justice Film Festival
    9425 35th Ave NE, Suite E, Seattle, Washington 98115

  • 7 Days. 37 Films. 5 Venues around Seattle.

    With the theme of Hope and Democracy, this year’s films explore government by the people in the world today. Who belongs? Is it healthy? How are people shaping it and owning it?

    Amidst turbulent times, our festival reveals the bright and most human moments. Sometimes they are flashes where creativity sparks activism. Sometimes persistence and perseverance are True North.

    Come see what’s happening in the world. Prepare to be inspired.

 

Saturday, October 6th: Dogtoberfest

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • Urban Feed & Garden
    4878 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108

  • Great local brews, dog costume contest, raffle prizes and amazing community spirit all come together at Urban Feed and Garden’s Dogtoberfest.

    Urban Feed and Garden in partnership with Counterbalance Brewing Company, Perihelion Brewery, Jellyfish Brewing Company, Flying Lion Brewing, Georgetown Brewing and Lotus Pet Food bring you an afternoon of beer tasting and fun in support of Vet Techs Without Borders.

    Gates open at 1pm
    Costume contest at 2:30
    Live Music by Peter Radermacher

    $10 entrance (donation) includes 2 drink tickets. Addition tasting available for $5/2 tastings. 21 and over.

 

Sunday, October 7th: 4th Annual Frock Swap – A Women’s Clothing Exchange

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • Ballard Elks Lodge #827
    6411 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107

  • It’s time to start cleaning out your closets and refreshing your wardrobe again, ladies! We are holding our 4th Annual Frock Swap – A women’s clothing exchange, at the Ballard Elks on October 7th! This year the event will be benefiting Jubilee Women’s Center, a local non-profit which supports women in need to build stable and fulfilling futures.

    Last year we donated over $9000 to programs supporting women in need and a truckload of the leftover clothing for their clients. And all the women who came to shop, went home with lots of great new clothing for their wardrobes.

    Drop-off period will be September 3rd – October 3rd, upstairs at the Ballard Elks Lodge, in the closet outside of the bar. Weekdays after 3pm, Saturdays after 1pm and Sundays after 10am. We’ll have signs to let you know where to put your things. (Be sure to sign the drop-off roster, so we can give you your discounted General Admission the day of the event!).

 

Monday, October 8th: Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018: March and City Celebration

  • 9:30am – 3:30pm

  • Westlake Park
    401 Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98101

  • Mark your calendar for this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration!!!!

    This year we will be honoring our youth!

    9:30 Gathering

    Blessing

    Rally

    Celebratory March to City Hall

    Welcome

    Lunch

    Celebratory Program- including speakers, singers and dancers

    Closing of City Celebration

 

Monday, October 8th: 5th Annual Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm

  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
    5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, Washington 98199

  • Save the date for United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s annual Indigenous People’s Day Celebration!
    Join us in the festivities at Daybreak Star Cultural Center honoring Native communities in the Puget Sound region.
    Our theme this year revolves around honoring Native womxn, and we will be joined by activists Luana Ross and Jeri Moomaw as well as performances from Indigenous dance groups from around the country.

    Schedule of Events:
    4:00pm – Doors open
    5:00pm – 7:00pm – dinner is served
    6:00pm – official program begins.

 

Thursday, October 11th: Seattle Harvest Brewfest 2018 – (Beer, Cider, Wine & More)

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm

  • Seattle, Washington

  • Tickets and Event Info can be found here – https://tracking.goldstar.com/aff_c?offer_id=6&aff_id=5159&aff_sub=134822&aff_sub4=seattle-harvest-brewfest-tickets&aff_sub5=seattle

    Nothing goes with the onset of autumn better than hearty, earthy beer, cider and wine. The second annual Seattle Harvest Brewfest celebrates these fall favorites in grand fashion. Head to the innovative event space WithinSodo to sample seasonal releases that include fresh hops, barrel-aged and more favorites. Your ticket includes unlimited sample pours and food samples at the festival highlighting great local libations.

 

Thursday, October 11th: This is the Place: Women Writing About Home

  • 6:00pm – 6:45pm

  • 910 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

  • Your Host:
    Margot Kahn is the author of the biography Horses That Buck, winner of the High Plains Book Award, and co-editor of This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her work has appeared in Tablet, River Teeth, Crab Creek Review, The Rumpus, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Margot celebrates 20 years in Seattle this fall.

    Your Authors

    Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of the story collections What We Do With the Wreckage, This Life She’s Chosen and Swimming With Strangers. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares Solos, North American Review, One Story, and The American Scholar, among others. Her awards include the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the PEN/O. Henry Prize. She lives with her family near Seattle.
    Elisabeth Eaves is the author of the memoirs Wanderlust and Bare. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Vancouver, Elisabeth lived in Cairo, London, and Paris, spent 10 years in New York City, and now resides in Seattle. Together with her husband, Joe Ray, she founded Type Set, a co-working space for writers.

    Tara Conklin’s first novel, The House Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Her second novel, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in March 2019 from William Morrow/Harper Collins. Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, grew up in western Massachusetts, and lived in London and New York before settling in Seattle.

    Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press, 2018) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. She’s received awards and fellowships from the NEA, Pushcart Prize, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She lives in San Francisco.

 

Thursday, October 11th: 12th Annual Alaska Native Day in Seattle

  • 11:00am – 2:00pm

  • Seattle Indian Health Board
    611 12th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144

  • This event celebrates Alaska Native people living in the Seattle area. Wear your traditional clothes, bring arts and crafts, and share your stories and pictures.

    A free family event, open to the community! Enjoy food and entertainment, and enter to win door prizes.

 

Friday, October 12th: 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 (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Saturday, October 13th: Wizards Assemble Pub Crawl – Seattle

  • 4:00pm – 10:00pm

  • Seattle, Washington

  • The World’s Biggest Wizard Crawl returns for 2018, and this year’s event is better than EVER!

    Hundreds of Wizards descending on the streets of the city!

    Our famous menu of themed drinks at all venues!

    Discounted regular drinks & food specials exclusively for us

    All cover charges waived

    Costume Competition – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize

    FREE WAND FOR EARLY SIGN UPS!

 

Saturday, October 13th: Seattle – Water Lantern Festival

  • 2:00pm – 7:30pm

  • Green Lake, Seattle
    Seattle, Washington 98103, 98115

    Tickets are on sale for the Seattle Water Lantern Festival presented by One World.

    Get your tickets at www.WaterLanternFestival.com

    One World Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water.

    This event will be coming to Seattle on Oct 13, 2018 at The Bathhouse Theatre. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

 

Saturday, October 13th: Shaun King is Speaking in Seattle on How to Make Change

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Seattle, Washington

  • Seattle! I’m coming back there soon! This date is very likely to change and we’re still working on the venue, but we want to go ahead and start planning together now ok?

    Go ahead and RSVP on here now ok?

    Just know this – it’s going to be great and we’re going to have some very special guests!

 

Sunday, October 14th: Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm

  • Neptune Theatre
    1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105

  • STG Presents & AEG Welcomes Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence (+ special guest Andy Iwancio) to The Neptune on Sunday, October 14th.

    General Admission Seating
    All Ages / Bar with I.D.

    Tickets are $28.00 (not including fees. On sale Friday, June 8th at 10:00am.

 

Monday, October 15th: Booktoberfest: Readers Speakeasy At Smith Tower

  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Smith Tower
    500 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

  • Find out what happens when a bunch of readers get together for drinks in Seattle’s most spectacular watering hole.

    This event is 21 and over, and drinks are on you. Admission is free, but registration is now closed, as the program is full!

    We know it’s tempting to curl up and read at home, but we think that you should venture out and join us this October 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a bookish cocktail hour at the Smith Tower Observatory bar overlooking Seattle and Puget Sound. Grab a beer or a cocktail and mingle with other book lovers, or just gaze at one of Seattle’s most inspiring views. Share what you’re currently reading and your favorite (or least favorite) books and authors. Bring a book, bring a friend, and don’t forget your photo ID.

    For this night only, Smith Tower is waiving the usual ticket price for access to the Observatory and speakeasy-style bar. Bring your library card or know your library card number for the chance to win prizes. This event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., so feel free to drop by anytime!

 

Sunday, October 21st: Mourning Market

  • 12:00pm – 5:00pm

  • 109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109-5404, United States

  • We’re baaaaaaack! And IT’S SPOOOOOOKY TIME!!! What not a better way to celebrate HALLOWEEN than coming to Mourning Market! Come and join us at Seattle’s Premier Dark Theme Market. Get DRESSED UP in your finest, darkest garb. Spend the day strolling through El Corazon all the while shopping with over 35 of the Pacific Northwest’s spookiest artists. Visit with friends, and enjoy some drinks!
    Mourning Market is all Ages. $1 entrance fee. Kids are FREE. We are also giving out 50 “body bags” full of great donations from our vendors and sponsors to the first 50 paying attendees through the door. Come early because these go FAST! See you Sunday October 21st 2018

 

Tuesday, October 23rd: Salsa Dance in the Glasshouse

  • 6:15pm – 8:00pm

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109

  • Step into something new and ignite your passion by learning the art of salsa dancing at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

    Designed for couples and singles of all skill levels, Century Ballroom’s instructor Hallie Kuperman will keep you inspired while learning the basic steps and techniques in Dale Chihuly’s beautifully lit Glasshouse.

    Admission to the galleries is included before class begins. Tickets must be purchased online prior to the event.

 

Friday, October 26th: Prohibition Sucks: A Vampire Speakeasy

  • 7:30pm – 12:00am

  • The Factory Luxe
    3100 Airport Way S, Seattle, Washington 98134

  • Join us for an immersive night of underworld libations October 26, 2018 as we raise money and awareness for the NW Honey Bee Habitat Restoration. Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvre designed by renown chef, Shawn Martin and classic era cocktails with a vampire twist will be crafted and served by Seattle Bartending. Singers and dancers will entertain you and transport you to another moment in time.

    Don’t miss this one of a kind Halloween party as we escape the real world while raising money for an amazing cause!

    Must be 21+
    Great Gatsby Black Tie Costumes required

    Gluten Free options will be available.

    There will a raffle, each ticket will receive 1 free raffle ticket with more available at $2.00/ticket at the event.

    Drinks will be $5/ticket online and $6/ticket at the event

 

Friday, October 26th: Steamposium 26-28 Oct 2018

  • 1:00pm

  • Seattle, Washington

  • All of us here at Steamposium hoped you had a hauntingly good time like we did for 2017! The fun isn’t over. Steamposium is gearing up for 2018 with an offer of discounted ticket prices for a limited time: Founder Early Bird Pass at $55 and Early-Bird VIP Experience at $350.00. By getting them now, you will lock in a great deal to enjoy many exciting events like Shake that Brass, activities, panels, awesome guests, celebrities and more for Steamposium 2018, October 26-28th. Join us by ordering tickets at www.seattle-steamposium.com/tickets
    Like and follow to stay current on all things Steamposium:
    https://www.facebook.com/SteamposiumSeattle/
    https://twitter.com/SteamposiumWA
    https://www.instagram.com/steamposiumwa/

    Host a Panel: https://seattle-steamposium.com/panelists/
    Volunteer: https://seattle-steamposium.com/volunteer/
    Hotel: https://seattle-steamposium.com/hotel/

    Be a Vendor for Showroom of Steam: https://seattle-steamposium.com/vendor/
    or
    Aether Artist Alley: https://seattle-steamposium.com/artist/

 

Friday, October 26th: 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 (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Saturday, October 27th: Planned Parenthood Clinic Defense

  • 8:45am – 11:00am

  • 2001 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122-2959, United States

  • “40 Days for Life” is upon us so we can expect an increased number of anti-choicers and harassers outside of clinics across the country. Therefore, it is more important than ever to show up as clinic defenders, with supportive smiles for patients and workers. Our goal is to take back the political space that they have staked out and let them know that their behavior is unacceptable.

    ***We will be having an orientation to clinic defense at 8:45 and starting our defense at 9:00***
    If you have never been to a clinic defense, please plan to come at 8:45. We will meet across the street from the clinic. (Sometimes people cluster on the side of the street that the clinic is on– generally look for pink items of clothing and pro-choice signs)

    Please note: this Planned Parenthood will be open during this defense, so our tactics in blocking the anti-choicers will be centered on ensuring that we are creating a supportive presence for patients. We ask that if you have not done a clinic defense before, please arrive 15 min early for training on deescalation tactics.

 

Saturday, October 27th – Sunday, October 28th: GeekGirlCon

  • Saturday 8:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Washington State Convention Center
    800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington 98101

  • YAY!!! This is our show!!!!! Get ready for the best event of the YEAR!!!!!!!

  • GeekGirlCon returns for 2018! Join us for our EIGHTH convention in downtown Seattle to celebrate that which makes your geeky heart sing!

    Our convention will take place in the same building as GeekGirlCon ’17, the Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center on October 27 & 28, 2018.

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

Allyship in Fandom

Saturday, 10/27 at 1:30pm // America

Learn from experts where racism, white privilege, and anti-Blackness show up in fandom communities; begin to create an accountable fandom community outside the lens of white supremacy; and apply this knowledge to impact your online and IRL fandom circles to make your fandom spaces safer for marginalized communities.

Image Description: A gif of speaker and activist Tiq Milan speaking to the camera. The caption on the image says “It’s how we give space to folks to show up exactly how they are.” Source: Giphy

 

I’m personally marking all three of these workshops (and many more) on my personal GeekGirlCon calendar, and I’ll hope you’ll join me. Here’s to consent, creation, and community!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: September

It’s officially September, and you know what that means! Fall is right around the corner, and as much as we’ll mourn the days of bright blue (or smoke-filled, ugh) skies, carefree days spent outside, and plentiful iced beverages, autumn holds its own special allure for those of us who prefer our temps a little less extreme and our pursuits a little more indoors. Without further ado, take a peek at what’s coming up this month!

 

Monday, September 3rd – Friday, September 14th: Music Fest at PacSci

  • 10:00am
  • Pacific Science Center
    200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Start the fall off on a high note, and check out the science behind sound – For the first part of September, we’re spotlighting music – how instruments work, what happens to your brain when you hear sound, and more. Our ensemble of hands-on activities and demonstrations are a great way to get your brain tuned up and ready for fall.

    This event is included admission (separate tickets are required for IMAX and Laser Dome shows).

 

Friday, September 7th – Saturday, September 8th: Cider Summit Seattle

  • Friday at 3:00pm – Saturday at 5:00pm
  • South Lake Union Discovery Center
    101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Join us for the 9th annual Cider Summit Seattle. This year’s event will feature nearly 200 ciders from over 50 producers, plus cider cocktails and apple spirits! Specially paired food from Capitol Cider & more. Your well-behaved dog is welcome and can get water & treats in our Dog Lounge! Also check out our event store with bottles-to-go and festival merchandise!

 

Friday, September 7th – Sunday, September 9th: Swordsquatch 2018

  • Friday at 8:00am – Sunday at 4:00pm
  • SANCA Seattle
    674 S Orcas St, Seattle, Washington 98108
  • Swordsquatch is three days of Historical European Martial Arts workshops, competition, and camaraderie in the Georgetown district of Seattle. Fight. Learn. Make friends, then fight them!

    Swordsquatch is hosted by Lonin League on behalf of the HEMA Alliance. We are hosting on our home turf, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. We are doing our part to Keep Seattle Weird. Join us for a uniquely Pacific Northwest HEMA experience!

    Featuring…
    Workshops!
    Tournaments!
    Bigfoot Brawl (open sparring)!
    Food trucks!
    Microbrews!
    The flying trapeze!
    Beard and mustache competition!
    Flaming Tetherball!!
    COOKIES!!!!

    Details will be released periodically as we line up instructors and tournaments. Follow our page and mark ‘see first’ so you don’t miss an announcement!

 

Saturday, September 8th: Laser Aretha Franklin

  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center
    200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Join us as we celebrate the legacy that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, left behind with a laser show tribute to honor her life’s work.

 

Saturday, September 8th: Sept Clinic Defense: All Out Against Patriot Prayer

  • 8:00am – 11:00am
  • 2001 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122-2959, United States
  • Last month Seattle Clinic Defense was met with a nasty surprise: Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys, two alt-right “western chauvinist” (i.e.: sexist, racist thugs) groups showed up to intimidate pro-choice activists out of our continued presence to ensure that anti-choice demonstrators can’t harass patients and staff.

    Joey Gibson, failed senate candidate and Patriot Prayer leader threatened to turn the scene outside of Planned Parenthood into a “circus” when he confronted clinic defenders last month. We need everyone out to say no to anti-choice intimidation, and we won’t go back to the days of clinic blockades and violence like those conducted by Operation Rescue.

    We aim to provide a peaceful, calm, pro-choice presence and the clinic will be open during the time of the defense. Please wear bright pink and bring bold, colorful signs that show that we stand with Planned Parenthood!

    **If you have never been to a clinic defense before, please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for clinic defense orientation**

 

Saturday, September 8th: Board Games & Booze

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • The Lab at Ada’s
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Are you a dungeon master? A Settler of Catan? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that Board Games and Booze is back! Join us at The Lab to play games, show your strategic prowess, make friends, and drink booze. Featuring a wide variety of board games, and a series of D&D Adventures!

    Be sure to arrive early to sign up for the D&D adventures. The adventures will begin at 6:15pm and 8:30pm, each will last ~2 hours. No experience or supplies are needed, each adventure is limited to 6 players. As a bonus, we’re also keeping the Cafe open until 10pm to allow Ada’s fans of all ages access to the fun!

    Wanting to play a particular game? Feel free to bring your own to the event or check out Scott’s game library and make a request from what he has available: https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/BlackholeMiracle

    Free
    All Ages in the Cafe
    21 + in the Lab
    6pm – 11pm

 

Saturday, September 8th: Chinatown-International District Night Market

  • 4:00pm – 11:59pm
  • Seattle’s Chinatown-International District
    Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Seattle’s original Night Market under the Chinatown Gate in historic Chinatown-International District.

    C-ID Night Marketing is coming back on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 4pm – midnight in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

    Join and enjoy a fun night with food, local crafts & goods, art, live entertainment, beer garden and interesting stuff!

    #NightMarket2018!

 

Wednesday, September 12th: Clementine Ford in conversation with Amelia Bonow

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Elliott Bay Book Company
    1521 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Melbourne, Australia-based writer and broadcaster Clementine Ford is well known as a flamethrower, part of the new wave of feminists igniting the conversation about gender equality in the Southern Hemisphere. She visits us tonight on book tour with her feminist manifesto, Fight Like A Girl (OneWorld).

    Clementine Ford is a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and has written about feminism and equality for The Guardian, the Telegraph and elsewhere. Her TED Talk on rape culture, “Your Vagina is Not a Car,” has been viewed over 800,000 times.

    She appears tonight in conversation with Amelia Bonow, co-founder of Shout Your Abortion.

 

Thursday, September 13th: Shaun King is Speaking in Seattle on How to Make Change

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Seattle! I’m coming back there soon! This date is very likely to change and we’re still working on the venue, but we want to go ahead and start planning together now ok?

    Go ahead and RSVP on here now ok?

    Just know this – it’s going to be great and we’re going to have some very special guests!

 

Thursday, September 13th: Seattle Beer & Justice

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Campaign for Equal Justice – WA
    1325 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Please join us for this year’s Seattle Beer & Justice event supporting legal aid for low-income families! The Campaign for Equal Justice supports 23 non-profit providers each year and funded legal aid for 31,000 families in poverty in 2017.

    This year’s featured speaker is Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jimmy Hung. Mr. Hung leads efforts in King County to reduce the use of secure detention and formal court processing of youthful offenders while increasing the use of restorative justice operations. He currently serves on the board of Choose 180, Mentoring Urban Students and Teens (MUST), and Sound Discipline, nonprofits seeking to end the school-to-prison-pipeline.

    RSVP to Leanne@LegalFoundation.org. There is no cost to attend and there will be a chance to donate at the event. All proceeds benefit legal aid and the Campaign for Equal Justice.

 

Friday, September 14th: 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 (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Saturday, September 15th: PCOS Strides Seattle

  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Hawley Road S 255th, Kent, WA 98032
  • The PCOS Strides 5k Walk is a walk to not only raise awareness of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome but to advocate and raise funds for the research of PCOS. This walk is being hosted in 12 cities across the United States and a bonus option to participate virtually if one of the physical locations is not near you.
    PCOS is an incurable epidemic affecting the quality of life of over 10,000,000 women in the world. Not only is it the number one cause of infertility in women but it also is the cause of fatigue, pelvic pain, weight gain, depression, hair loss, anxiety and more. If left untreated it can lead to Breast Cancer, Gynecological Cancers, Heart Disease and Diabetes.
    PCOS Awareness Association is partnering with Cornell University to help raise funds for PCOS research. At this time, Cornell University has multiple research studies of PCOS, its origin and how to treat it. By participating in this walk, donating and encouraging your family and friends to donate, you are helping us reach our goal of $50,000 raised for the research, advocacy and support of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
    The location (excluding virtual) that raises the most funds by September 1, 2018 will have a special prize! So, grab a friend, create a team, raise funds, wear your teal and bring your posters and signs!
    See you at the walk, may the best city win!
    * Donations can be made via Eventbrite or Here *

    For more information please visit
    www.pcosaa.org

 

Thursday, September 20th: Happy Hour Food Walk

  • 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Chinatown – International District

    Explore Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District neighborhood during the Happy Hour Food Walk! Join our September’s #HappyHourFoodWalk on September 20, from 4pm – 7pm!

    Take a self-guided tour of the neighborhood and enjoy $2, $4, and $6 bites from over 30 businesses in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District!

 

Thursday, September 20th: The Totally 2k Sing Along

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted. In one moment. Would you capture it, or just let it slip?
    Here is your moment…
    introducing the Totally 2k Sing Along!
    The best of music from 2000-2010!

    Over 25 subtitled music videos of your favorite’s from the 2k era for the first time ever at Central Cinema. All genres will be covered.

    You’ll hear music from Eminem, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Fall Out Boy, Usher, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Beyonce, Outkast and maybe even Nickelback!?

    Requests? Post in the comments

 

Friday, September 21st: DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom Book Tour

  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Benaroya Hall
    200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY

    Join DeRay Mckesson – the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of DeRay’s upcoming first book, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. DeRay will be joined by special guests in each market for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. Every ticket includes a copy of ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM by DeRay Mckesson (a $25 value).

 

Friday, September 28th: 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 (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 Our Team at GeekGirlCon!

Guess what? You’re in luck! Why? Because GeekGirlCon is looking for amazing, passionate individuals to join our team, and that means YOU!

(Image Description: A gif of the actor Jenny Slate in a TV interview shrugging her shoulders and moving her head from side to side with her arms up. The caption says “Welcome.” Source: Giphy.)

Part of what makes GeekGirlCon so incredible is that we are powered by a team of volunteers. Each of us is committed to making every aspect of our convention and organization as fun, exciting, inclusive, and informative as it possibly can be.

(Image Description: A gif of A group of people wearing coordinating clothes jumping up against a black background. The caption says “Teamwork!” Source: Giphy.)

Currently, we have a wide variety of opportunities to get involved and help out, whether with a larger commitment of a staff role throughout the year, individual event volunteers, or GeekGirlCon Agents and Special Agents.

From Copywriter to Accessibility Manager to Executive Director (wrangling all of the exciting elements that make GeekGirlCon possible!), we have a wide variety of roles to fit your interests, skills, and desired time commitment.

For more information on available positions and detailed role descriptions, check us out at https://geekgirlcon.com/get-involved/volunteer/. Help us make GeekGirlCon ‘18 better than ever by joining our hard-working, fun-loving, tight-knit team!

(Image Description: A gif of David Tennant as Doctor Who looking urgent and yelling. The caption says “Allons-y!” Source: Giphy.)

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: August

August is right at our heels, my fellow geeks! It’s sunny, it’s hot, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore some of the incredible events our lovely city has to offer! (Though, it’s just as good a time to stay inside a temperature-controlled house all day and fully submit to a combination of gaming/reading/TV-marathoning. Just saying.) Without further ado, here’s what’s coming up in August:

Image Description: A gif from the TV series “Golden Girls” of a person spraying themselves with a spray bottle in a kitchen. Source: Giphy.

Wednesday, August 1st – Friday, August 3rd: Daily Vigils at Seattle ICE Office

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 1000 2nd Ave
    1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Join us for daily weekday (M-F) VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in front of the Seattle ICE office, 1000 2nd Ave (between Spring and Madison in downtown Seattle).

    We are a group of concerned human beings who gather every day in front of the Seattle offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Many of us are here from 8 to 10 am every workday, but we encourage people to come any time between 8am and 6 pm, or later. Bring your friends. Bring a sign if you can. Our goal is to be a constant visual reminder that we repudiate ICE’s/CBP’s activities. Our presence is peaceful and we are not engaging in civil disobedience.

    Every day at this address, ICE and CBP agents report to work, and immigrants arrive for hearings at the Seattle Immigration Court on the 25th floor. ICE’s lawyers are on the 29th floor; its investigators, who work in joint task forces with Seattle Police and the King County Sheriff under the name of “Homeland Security Investigations,” or HSI, are on the 23rd floor. CBP, also known as the Border Patrol, has its Seattle field office on the 22nd floor. There are also other offices in the building unrelated to immigration enforcement.

    The U.S. government continues to subject migrants and refugees to an organized campaign of cruelty and abuse. For years, it has broken up families, detained migrants in inhuman conditions, and frustrated the right to asylum. Under President Trump, it has seized children from parents, threatened migrant families with indefinite detention, declared victims of gang violence and domestic violence ineligible for asylum, and slashed the number of refugee admissions. These policies are accompanied by a rhetoric of hate targeting migrants and refugees.

    Our government’s policies, implemented by ICE and CBP, violate fundamental rights to asylum, due process, and family life. They cause anguish, terror, and lasting psychological harm. They threaten the safety and well-being of children. We will not rest until our government respects the human rights of migrants and refugees.

    We call on our leaders to end the systematic mistreatment of migrants and refugees. We call on public employees to refuse to implement or assist such mistreatment. We call on our fellow human beings to oppose it with all their might.

 

Wednesday, August 1st: Science and a Movie: Honey I Shrunk The Kids

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Presented in collaboration with Pacific Science Center.

    Join Pacific Science Center and Central Cinema as we show the Disney family favorite “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” paired with a talk by Rae Eaton, research scientist with The Bush Lab and president of Women in Chemical Sciences at the University of Washington.

    Making Prototypes: Out of the Garage, Into the Lab: Building a shrink ray is harder than it looks. It takes a lot more than a few home tools and wires to turn an idea into a prototype. Rae discusses the challenges home inventors can run into, and explores the benefits a lab offers versus working by oneself in their garage.

    Rae Eaton is a 4th year graduate student in the University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry and president of Women in Chemical Sciences at the University of Washington. Working under Prof. Matt Bush, Rae designs, constructs, and tests new scientific instruments to understand the shape of proteins and their interactions with other chemicals and proteins, all to help research the causes of and treatments for chronic diseases. Her work focuses on studying current instruments and techniques to maximize the precision and accuracy of these tests. Since a home laboratory is currently out of her price range, Rae spends her free time baking, knitting, and otherwise learning about any craft that involves making things.

 

Thursday, August 2nd: August Artwalk!

  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • The Michael Birawer Gallery – Seattle
    1003 1st Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • For the month of August we have a killer ‘Double Feature’! Two amazing, fresh, exciting urban artists.
    Joshua Monuteaux brings us his recycled, re-purposed, mixed media material pop art pieces. Phillipé Ducasse comes at us with emotional, colorful, incredible paintings entitled, “beautifuL sLum”!

    This is a pretty sweet show and we are over-the-top crazy about it! Yes, you will be too.

    Come hang out, grab a beverage and meet these two amazing artists.

    And don’t forget, we got original works by Uyen Tran-Gjerde, Brooke Borcherding, Arlon Rosenoff, Alexandra Wass, Cheryl Zahniser, Patri O’Connor, Keegan Hall, C.A. Pierce.

    See you all Thursday, August 2!

 

Friday, August 3rd: Potterless LIVE IN SEATTLE!

  • 7:00pm
  • Jet City Improv
    5510 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Joined by Seattle improvisers Nathan Cox and Alison Luhrs, Mike is bringing the show on the road! For the first hour, they will discuss part of Deathly Hallows, and after intermission, there will be a Q&A!

 

Saturday, August 4th: Let’s Talk Abortion: Seattle

  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Peddler Brewing Company
    1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • Join Exhale Pro-Voice, NARAL Pro-Choice WA and Repro Health Happy Hour Seattle for an afternoon of empowering conversation on reproductive choice and the pro-voice story sharing philosophy.

    Exhale, an after abortion counseling talkline, has been engaged in listening to callers with abortion experiences for over 15 years. Our pro-voice approach provides the space to listen without judgment and to create a brave and respectful space for our callers.

    Under the leadership of our new Executive Director, Susan Chorley, we are sharing our pro-voice model through storytelling events and community conversations across the country.

    The time for open and honest sharing across difference is now. It is through open-hearted conversations and personal stories that we can create community and bridge the abortion divide, using radical empathy and authentic listening.

    We’re thrilled to be hosted by Peddler brewing company, a family-friendly space with delicious beer on tap and a food truck on site. Join us in the outdoor beer garden for this afternoon of abortion story sharing and conversation.

 

Saturday, August 4th: Botnik Live!

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • The Lab at Ada’s
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Join the writers and engineers of Botnik Studios (creators of this predictive text Harry Potter chapter and this computer-generated Coachella poster) along with their friends for a night of readings, sketches, songs and interactive experiments at The Lab.

    Featuring performances from:

    Jamie Brew – CEO of Botnik and former head writer at Clickhole

    Elle O’Brien – Consulting Chief Scientist at Botnik

    Kai Curtis – Master of Text Scraping at Botnik

    And special guests!

    Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm. Full bar available, 21+ with ID.

 

Saturday, August 4th – Sunday, August 26th: Star Wars Outdoors: A New Hope in the Park

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Blanche Lavizzo Park
    2100 South Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • A short time from now, in a park very close to here, Hello Earth will bring you the first segment in a galactic saga of rebellion, family, and friendship. Like Outdoor Trek the past seven years, A New Hope uses creative casting and innovative stage techniques to bring this classic film to life!

    Families welcome. Hot dogs for sale most days. Come join the Rebellion!

 

Sunday, August 5th: August Macabre Market

  • 2:00pm – 7:00pm
  • 1009 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122-3824, United States
  • Come out and join us for the very first Macabre Market! Celebrate the dark side of life with vendors selling jewelry, art and clothing. The bar will be open! 21+ only, non-smoking. Come be our guests!

    Our event takes place at The Mercury @ Machinewerks. Mercury is a private club for members and their guests.

    August vendors include:

    Half-Caff Crochet
    City Street Vomit
    Blessed Beads Jewelry
    Capybara Cafe
    Ground by the Sound
    Bawdy Love
    Kinky Bricks
    ScarletRabbit
    Psychopomp Designs
    The poshness monster
    Son of Dawn
    Icon Alchemy
    Hidden From The Light Studios
    Merlyn’s Realm Spirit Boards
    Tormented Artifacts
    Miniature Wytche Tarot
    Swamp Swag Creations

    Come out and see us!

 

Friday, August 10th – Sunday, August 26th: As You Like It (Shakespeare in Volunteer Park)

  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • REBATEnsemble Theatre Group
    1900 NW 89th St, Seattle, Washington 98117
  • Banished from her uncles shiny tech megacorp, Rosalind decides to seek herself (and her father) in the great outdoors, armed with nothing but trail mix, her loyal cousin Celia, and her wit. Disguised as a young man and his sister, the pair ventures out of the city theyve always known into a mystical place known as the Forest of Arden, where they encounter a strange cast of characters, including the lovestruck Orlando, who has escaped to the forest in order to avoid his brothers wrath. Music, poetry, and love unite in this compelling journey of community and self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

    We return to Volunteer Park (where we last played “THE TEMPEST”) for Shakespeare’s famous gender-bender love comedy. Audiences will literally follow Rosalind and Orlando into the “forest of Arden” because, well, why not? “All the world’s a stage” after all. Bring your walking shoes, picnic blankets, and arm chairs and end the summer with us and Shakespeare in the Park! Featuring a score of original songs, dancing, singing and even some Judo.

    CREATIVE / CAST

    Director – Megan Brewer
    Stage Manager – Rebecca Hsia
    Assistant Director – Hannah Hadjes
    Costume Design – Amelia Wade
    Production Manager – Rojo Davis
    Fight Choreographer – Tom Dang

    Featuring the talents of:
    Mara Palma
    Alanah Pascual
    Chris Wong
    Frank Sun
    Season Qiu
    Duncan Pound
    Hannah Prendergast
    John Han
    Andrew Forrest
    Morgan Patton
    Nick Eveland
    Buddy Todd

    Tickets Available at the Door
    SUGGESTED DONATION: $15
    ***For a guaranteed seat, please consider visiting www.rebatensemble.org and registering at the suggested donation price

 

Saturday, August 11th: Rainbow Remix!

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • The Vera Project
    Warren and Republican, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Rainbow Remix is a Family Event for all ages
    Celebrating LGBTQ+ children & families 🌈❤

    Cat Valley
    https://catvalley.bandcamp.com/

    WIGS

    Dj Christian Science

    Art by: Kaya Nieves, James Meyers, Fennec Nightingale and Lucia Santos
    Photos by Jordan Nicholson of Gender Family Alliance for Li’l Woody’s

    Benefitting:
    Gender Family Alliance
    and the Rainbow Book Fund for Seattle Public Schools

    The Vera Project
    6-9 pm
    $5
    *Collecting Period Supplies for One Million Tampons

 

Friday, August 10th: 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 (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Monday, August 13th: Letter Writing Night

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • The Hillman City Collaboratory
    5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
  • We’re back! We’ve found an accessible safe place we can regular host letter writing nights in! Join us to write letters to prisoners of war and political prisoners. We’ll also be talking about the upcoming #August21 prisoner strike so bring your questions and enthusiasm about abolishing prisons! This is also a good time to bring any general prisoner support questions you might have. We will also be providing all the supplies.

    Rain City ABC and Hillman City are committed in providing safe and accessible place. There are two ADA compliant all gender bathrooms. We ask that folx come as scent free as possible and sober. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Saturday, August 18th – Sunday, August 19th: Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2018

  • 10:00am
  • Museum of Pop Culture
    325 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

    Seattle Mini Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on earth! Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. You won’t want to miss it!

 

Friday, August 17th – Sunday, August 19th: Seattle Hempfest Festival

  • 12:00pm
  • Seattle Hempfest
    3130 Alaska Way, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • Join us Friday August 17, High noon – 8 PM & Saturday/Sunday August 18 – 19, 10:00 am – 8:00 PM for three days of more freedom than you’ll find anyplace else on earth!

    Our 4 stages will feature hundreds of bands & speakers to entertain and feed your brain knowledge about cannabis law reform and where we are with our burgeoning legalization. Our Stage Schedules are https://www.hempfest.org/festival/schedule/

    Seattle’s Hempfest features ~400 vending booths along 3 gorgeous Seattle waterfront parks. You can check out our Vendor Directory https://www.hempfest.org/festival/directory/

    Have you booked your stay yet? Or having trouble to find the best deal? Well, we have you covered! HERE is an accommodation map where you can find the best deals for your stay and being close to the action. Book ASAP! Rooms are filling fast! https://www.hempfest.org/festival/accommodations/

    Our new NO WAIT entrance, The West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass, is accessible at 3rd Ave W & W Harris Streets just north of Seattle Center. This new entrance has great parking potential being just 4 blocks north of Key Arena. It’ll take you across the busy Elliot & Western Avenues, and drop you right in Main Stage! Take The West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass!

    Do you want a safe and secure place to store your things while you attend Seattle Hempfest? Personal lockers will be available so you can free up your hands and avoid losing any personal items during the fest. They’re only $15 and need to be booked in advance before they sell out! Full info https://www.hempfest.org/festival/locker-rental/

    General attendee information https://www.hempfest.org/festival/attendees/

    Want to vend? Full info https://www.hempfest.org/get-involved/vending/

    Seattle Hempfest is free, but free speech is not. Suggested donation is $10 per day – remember to give as the Hempfest you save is your own!

 

Thursday, August 23rd: An Evening with Ellen Degeneres

  • 8:00pm
  • Benaroya Hall
    200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Sale Dates and Times:

    Public Onsale : Fri, 22 Jun 2018 at 10:00 AM

 

Friday, August 24th: 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 (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!”

Geek About Town: July

Welcome to July! Summer is in full swing, and Seattle (and beyond) is buzzing with all things fun, geeky, and eventful! Here’s a quick peek at special occasions you’ll want to add to your calendars as quickly as you can say “Harry Potter Drag Show!”

 

Image Description: A gif of the cast of High School Musical saying the word “summer” as they sit at their desks. Source: Giphy

 

Saturday, June 30th – Friday July 6th: Daily Vigils at Seattle ICE office

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 1000 2nd Ave
    1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Join us for daily weekday (M-F) VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in front of the Seattle ICE office, 1000 2nd Ave (between Spring and Madison in downtown Seattle).

    We are a group of concerned human beings who gather every day in front of the Seattle offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Many of us are here from 8 to 10 am every workday, but we encourage people to come any time between 8am and 6 pm, or later. Bring your friends. Bring a sign if you can. Our goal is to be a constant visual reminder that we repudiate ICE’s/CBP’s activities. Our presence is peaceful and we are not engaging in civil disobedience.

    Every day at this address, ICE and CBP agents report to work, and immigrants arrive for hearings at the Seattle Immigration Court on the 25th floor. ICE’s lawyers are on the 29th floor; its investigators, who work in joint task forces with Seattle Police and the King County Sheriff under the name of “Homeland Security Investigations,” or HSI, are on the 23rd floor. CBP, also known as the Border Patrol, has its Seattle field office on the 22nd floor. There are also other offices in the building unrelated to immigration enforcement.

    The U.S. government continues to subject migrants and refugees to an organized campaign of cruelty and abuse. For years, it has broken up families, detained migrants in inhuman conditions, and frustrated the right to asylum. Under President Trump, it has seized children from parents, threatened migrant families with indefinite detention, declared victims of gang violence and domestic violence ineligible for asylum, and slashed the number of refugee admissions. These policies are accompanied by a rhetoric of hate targeting migrants and refugees.

    Our government’s policies, implemented by ICE and CBP, violate fundamental rights to asylum, due process, and family life. They cause anguish, terror, and lasting psychological harm. They threaten the safety and well-being of children. We will not rest until our government respects the human rights of migrants and refugees.

    We call on our leaders to end the systematic mistreatment of migrants and refugees. We call on public employees to refuse to implement or assist such mistreatment. We call on our fellow human beings to oppose it with all their might.

 

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Killing Eve is Everything You Need and More

Hello friends, blog readers, geeks far and wide! Today we are gathered here to celebrate a very important show. A show that is so insistently tense that it might as well be mainlining adrenaline directly into my veins. A show that represents relationships between women in all their strange and amazing multiplicity and complexity. A show that is smart and funny and idiosyncratic and bold. A show that, above all, provides a showcase for the brilliance of Sandra Oh, an actor so gifted that every tilt of her head conveys ten different emotions.

(Image Description: A gif of Eve and Villanelle lying in bed together, fully clothed. Villanelle cradles a gun and has a bloody lip. The caption says “Are you gonna kill me,” and represents lines spoken by Eve. Source: Giphy)

The show is Killing Eve, and as you can see, I’m only slightly excited about it. Based on the Codename Villanelle novella series by Luke Jennings, and adapted by the inimitable Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the mastermind behind the brilliant Fleabag and Crashing), Killing Eve follows the intersecting lives of two women who are each enmeshed in a plot to pursue each other. Sandra Oh’s Eve is an American transplant living in London, a bored MI-5 officer who has outgrown her role and whose innate curiosity and intellect ensure that she will always crave something more than the cozy, tidy life she has constructed for herself. Portrayed by Jodie Comer (equally amazing in a diametrically opposite way in the groundbreaking series My Mad Fat Diary), Villanelle, on the other hand, is an immensely talented assassin and diagnosed psychopath with a mysterious backstory. When Eve catches onto Villanelle’s trail of seemingly disconnected kills, she finds herself propelled down a quest to apprehend one mercurial, enigmatic, highly dangerous, and absolutely irresistible target –  Villanelle – who, in turn, becomes equally obsessed with her dogged pursuer.

(Image Description: A gif of standing in her apartment with a bloody lip. The caption says “I think about you too.” Source: Giphy)

There is nothing easy in the relationship that develops between Eve and Villanelle. Fraught from its inception, stretched to the brink my their actions, it still manages to spark with a kind of palpable energy. Scenes with the two of them are kinetic and electrified, as impossible to pin down as they are to resist. Just as Eve and Villanelle cannot resist their mutual obsession, so too is the viewer implicated in their mesmerizing dynamic, unwilling to look away even when we know we should.

(Image Description: A gif of Eve and Villanelle. Eve looks terrified and holds a toilet brush out towards Villanelle in self defense. Source: Giphy)

It is important to note that, from its very first episodes, the show has been wholeheartedly embraced by the queer community. Deftly sidestepping the pitfalls of queerbaiting, homonormativity, and (perhaps counterintuitively) queer demonization that so often befall mainstream television, Killing Eve presents a central relationship that is unmistakably queer even as it defies easy categorization. Stripped of the trappings of a traditional onscreen relationship, the show still manages to depict a red-hot core of infatuation that not only gives what could have been a stale cat-and-mouse game a palpably fresh urgency, but also expands the possibilities of what queer representation in television (and beyond) can look like: intimate, thrilling, complex, and provocative.

(Image Description: A gif of Villanelle chewing and holding up a sandwich. The caption say “That is massively poignant.” Source: Giphy)

If you, like me, geek out about queer representation, about espionage, about people with British accents typing very quickly on keyboards and referencing CC-TV, or about Sandra Oh being the lead in one of the best TV series of our time, please allow Killing Eve to change your life. You won’t regret it.

(Image Description: A gif of Eve pleading with another character whose face isn’t shown. The caption says “I have to find her.” Source: Giphy)

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: June

Can you believe that it’s already June, lovely blog readers?! The sun is shining, summer is officially in the air, and we’re on the hunt for geekiest, most awesome events the Seattle area has to offer. For my fellow queer geeks, June is an especially important time for celebrating pride all month long throughout our wonderful city and beyond! Movies, trivia, parades, meetups, and more abound in the coming month, so take a look at what’s coming up and mark your calendars!

 

Image Description: A gif of a group of people walking in the street during a pride parade. Source: Giphy

 

Friday, June 1st: Upstream Music Festival

  • 7:00pm – 1:00am
  • Zócalo
    224 Occidental Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Tickets
  • Upstream Music Fest + Summit is a three day music fest where attendees can discover a diverse lineup of acclaimed national and international artists performing alongside 200+ rising stars from the Northwest and beyond. Our open campus in the heart of Seattle’s historic arts and entertainment neighborhood allows for serendipitous moments for fans and musicians alike, and our variety of ticket options means you can curate your perfect weekend of music.

 

Friday, June 1st: June’s Funko Swap & Meetup

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Comics Dungeon
    319 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Hey Seattle area friends! Our first Friday pop swap continues!

    Come meet up with other fanatics and bring your Funko pops you’d like to swap*! Attend the event to get 20% off on all Funko items in the store.

    *Please note: It is prohibited to sell your own pops in the store, trading only please.
     

Friday, June 1st: Stem: Science Uncorked

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Pacific Science Center
    200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Tickets
  • Enjoy an evening of unlimited tastes from some of Washington’s finest wineries while learning the science behind the vines.

 

Image Description: A gif of the character Olivia Pope from the TV series “Scandal” pouring herself a glass of wine while her friend looks on in disapproval. Source: Giphy

 

Saturday, June 2nd: Sailor Moon Cosplay Tea Party

  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday Afternoon
    4228 Stone Way N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • We are planning a super fun, everyone-friendly Sailor Moon Cosplay Tea! The theme for this event is set, but we will be hosting a number of Cosplay Teas with varying themes in future. You’ll have lots of chances to bust out those cosplays you work so hard to perfect and sip tea with friends!

    This is a free event to attend and we will be sampling out exclusive teas for you to try and purchase as you like. We also plan to have a photo booth setup for you to strike a pose with your fellow scouts!

 

Thursday, June 7th: Pride Family Fun at MOHAI

  • 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY (MOHAI)
    860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109
  • Celebrate Pride Month at MOHAI!

    On this Free First Thursday, MOHAI offers a special welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families. Make crafts and cozy up in our reading corner for storytime with LGBTQ-themed books. Enjoy screenings of local queer films with Three Dollar Bill Cinema and live performances by Youth Speaks poets, plus connect with community groups and resources.

    On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI’s permanent exhibits is free all day long! Free admission includes: True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

    Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith exhibit price: $8 adults; $6 student/senior/military.

 

Friday, June 8th: Ultimate Travel Trivia Event

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Hostelling International at the American Hotel
    520 S King St, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Tickets
  • So, you’re a traveller, eh? Join us for The Ultimate Travel Trivia! Share your knowledge and win fun prizes while engaging and learning about how to travel more sustainably in Seattle and beyond! A great opportunity to connect and meet like-minded people!

 

Friday, June 8th – Sunday, June 10th: 2018 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show

  • 8:00pm – 12:00am
  • Greater Tacoma Convention Center
    1500 Commerce, Tacoma, Washington 98402
  • Tickets
  • The 2018 Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show takes place June 8th-10th at the Tacoma Convention Center in Washington State! The show features:

    -Over 400 pinball and arcade machines on free play!
    -Guest speakers from the pinball and arcade industry!
    -Seminars on collecting, playing and fixing games!
    -Kid’s Zone with games specifically geared towards younger aged children!
    -5 pinball tournaments, compete for national rankings, money, prizes and pride!
    -Play the latest pinball and arcade games on the market, we also usually debut a few new games before you’ve seen them anywhere else!
    -Play homebrewed pinball and arcade games, neat one of a kind games people have built and bring out for you to check out and play!
    -Win your own game! Along with merch and lots of daily prizes, each day of the show you can win your own full-sized pinball or arcade game!
    -Cosplay and costumes, arcade tournaments, beer and food onsite, and much more!

    This is our 11th annual show, find out why so many people consider this one of the best shows in the world. Over 100 volunteers help put on this yearly non-profit show. The profits go towards education and charity, this year we will be giving away 3 college scholarships, stay tuned for details.

 

Friday, June 8th: 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 (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Saturday, June 9th: Volunteer Park Pride Festival

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Volunteer Park
    1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Join us for the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival (formerly known as the Pride Family Picnic) on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 12noon-7pm! The Volunteer Park Pride Festival is a chance for family and friends to come together in one of Seattle’s iconic parks and celebrate our amazing LGBTQ community. As in years past, the event will be FREE and ALL-AGES, and there will be LIVE MUSIC, BEER GARDEN, FOOD TRUCKS, CRAFT BOOTHS, AND MORE!

    2018 VOLUNTEER PARK PRIDE FEST MUSICAL LINE-UP:
    Desi Valentine
    *Special Surprise Guest* – To be announced SOON!
    DoNormaal
    Little Bandit
    Fruit Juice
    Betsy Olson
    DJ Toya B

    Now, more than ever, it’s important to have conversations about the impact of the new administration to the LGBTQ community, so we’re inviting community leaders, partners, and organizers to speak throughout the event. We’ll also have non-profit organizations from our community and Seattle Pride Sponsors who make this and the Seattle Pride Parade possible.

 

Sunday, June 10th: Furry 5K for Seattle Animal Shelter

  • 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Seward Park Audubon Center
    5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, Washington 98118
  • Join us at the 19th Annual Furry 5K for the Seattle Animal Shelter. When you register please join team Giving Paws Project. We will all meet prior to the start time for Walking at 11:40a.

    If your not able to join us for the walk but still want to donate please visit www.furry5k.com to Day Nate online. This year there is also a donation drive of items needed for the Vet side of the Shelter. I will post an update with the Wish List and will collect any items prior to event if cannot attend.

    This event is always fun and it raises money for our Seattle Animal Shelter

 

Image Description: A gif of corgis running on grass towards the camera. Source: Giphy

 

Tuesday, June 12th: Offbeat Ada’s: Ellen Forney

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • The Lab at Ada’s
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Tickets
  • Offbeat Bride author Ariel Meadow Stallings hosts a discussion with local cartoonist, author, and legend Ellen Forney – Cartoonist about her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, a manual of self-care tools and techniques learned from the front lines of bipolar life (Fantagraphics, May 2018). The two authors and friends will dig deep into how Ellen’s advice for maintaining emotional stability in the face of mood disorders is relevant to all of us trying to maintain stability in unstable times. Don’t be fooled: this event will be lighthearted and hilarious.

    About the author:

    Cartoonist Ellen Forney is the author of bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, and collaborated on the National Book Award-winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

    Ellen curated a traveling exhibition about comics and health for the National Library of Medicine, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn,” on display at Seattle’s Central Public Library from May 21–June 30. As a visual artist, she was selected to create two permanent large-scale murals for Seattle’s Capitol Hill light rail station. She was awarded residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Civitella Ranieri, and teaches comics at Cornish College of the Arts.


    Guaranteed seat: $10
    Guaranteed seat AND a copy of the book: $25

    21+ with ID
    6:00pm Doors
    6:30pm to 8:00pm Program and Q&A

 

Thursday, June 14th: Hecklevision: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992 Edition!)

  • 8:00pm
  • Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave. Seattle WA 98122 US
  • Five years before the amazing TV series hit the air, Joss Whedon watched his film script get staked through this heart with the big screen horror-comedy starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry. LUKE PERRY! Also starring Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee!), Hilary Swank, and David Arquette.

 

Image Description: A gif of the character Buffy and her fellow cheerleaders performing a cheer. The caption says “Our goose is totally loose.” Source: Giphy

 

Friday, June 15th: Crosscut Trivia Obscura and Bingo Night

  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Peddler Brewing Company
    1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • Do you know the name of the mummy that resides in Ye Olde Curiosity Shop? How about who built the Fremont Troll? Or what nickname JP Patches was commonly known by?

    Learn about these facts and much more at Crosscut’s Trivia Obscura and Bingo night, a partnership between Crosscut, Atlas Obscura Society Seattle, and Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)!

    Join hosts Knute Berger from Crosscut, Jared Steed from Atlas Obscura Society Seattle, and Sondra Snyder of MOHAI as they guide you through the weird and wonderful world of Washington state while you vie for fabulous prizes and the title of Trivia Obscura Champion! Come for the trivia, but stay for the bingo, featuring even more local oddities, landmarks, and prizes!

 

Saturday, June 16th: BookMarked Seattle Showcase at MOHAI

  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY (MOHAI)
    860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109
  • Celebrate the launch of BookMarked Seattle and emerging young writers from the Seattle metro area!

    Join teens from around the city as we reflect on Seattle’s diverse stories. Participate in book discussions, make art, hear selected works from the BookMarked Seattle writing competition, and more. Hosted by the MOHAI Youth Advisors.

    Don’t forget! TeenTix members receive $5 admission.

 

Saturday, June 16th: Latinx Nerds Meetup

  • 6:00pm
  • Friday Afternoon
    4228 Stone Way N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Monthly meetup for Latinx nerds to foster community, play games and make friends over tea and pan dulce!

 

Saturday, June 16th: Zinzi Clemmons: What We Lose

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Elliott Bay Book Company
    1521 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • We are delighted to finally have novelist Zinzi Clemmons here—her debut novel, What We Lose (newly in paper, Penguin Random House), was one of 2017’s most lauded novels (forget the debut part), cited as a Best Book of the Year by Vogue, NPR, Elle, Esquire, Buzzfeed, The San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, The Root, Harper’s Bazaar, Paste, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, LitHub, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Bust. And praised by many others, as well.

    “The narrator of What We Lose navigates the many registers of grief, love and injustice, moving between the death of her mother and the birth of her son, as well as an America of blacks and whites and a South Africa of Coloreds. What an intricate mapping of inner and outer geographies! Clemmons’s prose is rhythmically exact and acutely moving. No experience is left unexamined or unimagined.” —Margo Jefferson.

    “Zinzi Clemmons’ first book heralds the work of a new writer with a true and lasting voice—one that is just right for our complicated millennium. Bright and filled with shadows, humor, and trenchant insights into what it means to have a heart divided by different cultures, What We Lose is a win, just right for the ages.” —Hilton Als.

    Zinzi Clemmons was also a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree.

 

Saturday, June 16th: Screening of “Gaming in Color” (2014)

  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Living Computers: Museum + Labs
    2245 1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • We’re kicking off PRIDE with a screening of the documentary Gaming in Color. This Kickstarter-funded film focuses on LGBTQ issues in video games, gaymer culture, and the rise of queer themes in gaming.

    NR | Included with Admission

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    From the Gaming in Color website:

    “Diverse queer themes in game storylines and characters are an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry, and LGBTQ gamers have a higher chance of being mistreated in social games. Gaming In Color explores how the community culture is shifting and the industry is diversifying, helping with queer visibility and acceptance of an LGBTQ presence.

    Almost every gamer will relate to the concept of seeking solace in a video game. Hope for sanctuary guides their escape into a virtual universe where they can be anything they want to be. For many, however, choosing to be true to themselves becomes an open invitation for hatred. This multiplies for those who are marginalized people, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. Toxic cultures that breed violence and vitriol hide behind a industry that undervalues the innovation of its audience. GAMING IN COLOR crusades for anyone who believes that the pixelated world can be a better place for everyone, no matter who they are or what they love.

    A lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer gamer has a higher chance of being mistreated in a social game. The power dynamics of a male-dominated geek society tips against them. Further, diverse queer themes in game storylines and characters are an anomaly in the mainstream video game industry. However, the gaming community is far more colorful than one may expect. Gaming In Color shows that there is a full spectrum of gamers picking up their controller to play.

    This feature documentary explores the queer side of gaming culture and the game industry’s LGBTQ presence. The queer geek community is taking huge steps forward in being recognized on a worldwide industry scale. At the same time, more popular mainstream and indie games are featuring a greater amount of queer characters than ever before, helping with visibility and acceptance. There’s a long road ahead and tons of aspects that desperately need improvement, but the video games universe will continue to mature and diversify both in its community culture and industry only if we elevate the conversation about inclusion and respecting one another – not in spite of our gay geekiness, but because of it!”

 

Wednesday, June 20th: The Totally Gay Sing Along

  • 8:00pm
    Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave. Seattle WA 98122 US
  • It’s the 2018 edition of the best damn weekday party you’ll go to all June. We celebrate Pride month with the return of a favorite Sing Along that features divas, camp classics, new tunes, hunks, foot stompers, rump shakers and every video is certified TOTALLY GAY! Plus, the Sing Along’s original host Jason is in the building to lead the fun.

 

Thursday, June 21st: Roxane Gay: Not That Bad

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle
    1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Tickets
  • Your ticket includes a copy of Not That Bad

    About the Book:

    In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob
    Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnits Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying something in totality that we cannot say alone.

    Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that not that bad must no longer be good enough.

    About the Author:

    Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeneys, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

 

 

Image Description: A gif of Roxane Gay giving a talk. The caption states “These days, I look at how women are treated the world over, and anger, in particular, seems like a perfectly reasonable response.” Source: Giphy

 

Friday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 24th: 59th Annual Northwest Great Books Weekend Event

  • Seattle Pacific University
    3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, Washington 98119
  • Tickets
  • Please join us for the 59th Annual Northwest Great Books Weekend Event! All books are pre-read by the Board and chosen for the ability to sustain a rousing two hour discussion. Special effort is given to find pieces with: cultural diversity, different genres ie, plays, fiction, non-fiction, and pieces that have or will stand the test of time. Whether you’re a seasoned Great Books member or you are just thinking of joining-everyone is welcome. Many of our titles have included classics and prize winning authors, but (in true Great Books fashion) we do not limit our selections based solely on book sales or as defined by others as classics. We are excited to present the four readings of our next June 22-24 event:

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 9780679732259
    Passing by Nella Larsen 9780142437278
    Being Mortal bu Atul Gawande 9781250076229
    Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks 9780143121077
    ISBN are provided for those that choose to purchase books separately. Please purchase the specified books above, makes it much easier to refer to page numbers!

 

Thursday, June 21st: Renee Simms: Meet Behind Mars

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Elliott Bay Book Company
    1521 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Up from Tacoma (which she has written glowingly about), where she teaches African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound is fiction writer Renee Simms, with a true gem of a debut book of stories, Meet Behind Mars (Wayne State University Press).

    “Renee Simms’s Meet Behind Mars is an eclectic, emotionally rich, funny, quirky, and grounded debut from a fresh voice. It is truly a pleasure to spend time among such a diverse roster of African American characters in settings ranging from Katrina-devastated New Orleans to the South China Sea. In these fictions that are, by turns, realist, fabulist, and satirical, women and men search out life’s meaning through work, sex, travel, and family in finely observed moments full of quiet urgency.” —Asali Solomon.

    “Renee Simms is an incredible storyteller gifted with both wit and wisdom. She’s not afraid of the hard questions, yet this work brims with hope and heart. Meet Behind Mars marks an exciting debut of a vibrant new voice in American literature.” —Tayari Jones.

 

Friday, June 22nd: 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 (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Friday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 24th: ACE Comic Con Seattle

  • 8:00pm – 11:30pm
  • CenturyLink Field
    800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Tickets
  • ACE Comic Con is coming to Seattle, WA June 22-23-24! We are bringing 3 of your favorite #Avengers, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland and many more for an unforgettable weekend at the WaMu Theater & CenturyLink Field Event Center. As if that wasn’t enough, we will also have 60+ of the top comic writers & artists in the industry, 100+ curated vendors & exhibitors, and 30+ hours of panel programming across multiple stages!

    More guests will be announced shortly, so make sure to keep following us right here for up-to-the-minute updates.

    General Admission tickets start at $46 (photo ops, autographs, and VIP packages are available for an additional cost).

    INFO AND TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE VIA www.aceuniverse.com!

    ***Up to 2 Kids (10 & under) get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult***

    1-Day Friday General Admission is $46

    1-Day Saturday General Admission is $56

    1-Day Sunday General Admission is $56

    3-Day Weekend General Admission is $96

 

Image Description: A gif of the character Scarlet Witch from the Avengers film series, using her magic during an action scene. Source: Giphy

 

Saturday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 24th: Queer Geeks and Gamers

  • Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center
    305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Our 2nd Annual Queer Geeks and Gamers event features board games, console games, panels, comics, cosplay contests, exhibitors, and more! FREE FOR ALL. Beer garden for 21+.

    Open 12-6pm Saturday 6/23
    Open 12-7pm Sunday 6/24

    Come one, come all to QGG 2.0!

    Sponsored in part by Living Computers Museum.

 

Sunday, June 24th: Seattle Pride Parade 2018

  • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Westlake Park
    401 Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Join us for the 44th annual Seattle Pride Parade!

    This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

 

Image Description: A gif of a group of children wearing tutus and walking during a pride parade. Source: Giphy

 

Saturday, June 30th – Sunday, July 1st: Washington State Toy and Geek Fest

  • 9:00am
  • Washington State Fair
    110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, Washington 98371
  • Tickets
  • An event to bring new and vintage toys, comic books, video games, movies, celebrities, and anything pop culture together under one roof for a fun weekend in Pierce County. June 30 – July 1, 2018

    An event that the whole family can enjoy:

    Vintage and Modern Toys | Collectibles | Comic Books | Photo Ops | Panels | Star Wars Characters and Vehicles | Kids Zone | Costume and Trivia Contests | LEGO | Military Vehicles | Transformers | Artists | Video Games | Table Games | Movie Props | Authors | Anime | Exhibits | Celebrities from Television and Movies

Image Description: A gif of actor Ellen Page waving a rainbow pride flag. Source: Giphy

 

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: May

Happy (almost) May, blog readers! As the sun continues to grace us with its mercurial presence, it’s time to get out and take full advantage of some of the incredible events coming up this month! Catch some movies, play some games, go to some talks…this month, the world is your oyster!

 

Tuesday, May 1st: Eating Recovery Day Event in Seattle

  • Tuesday, May 1 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
  • The Grinning Yogi
    345 15th Ave E, # 102, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Each year Eating Recovery Center celebrates
    Eating Recovery Day–a day dedicated to removing stigma, raising awareness and inspiring hope for recovery.

    The Eating Recovery Day theme for 2018 is #MyRecoveryLetter.

    Join us in Seattle at The Grinning Yogi. This complimentary evening of activities will include yoga, mindfulness, letter-writing, conversation and celebration.

    First, Jamie Silverstein E-RYT 500, Owner and Director of The Grinning Yogi, will be leading a heartfelt yoga practice.

    Following yoga, the group will participate in a creative letter-writing exercise to practice accessing love and gratitude in recovery. Letter-writing will be led by Nica Stepien, LMHC, NCC, Alumni Family Liaison at ERC, Washington.

 

Wednesday, May 2nd: Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque

  • 8:00pm – 11:30pm
    The Showbox
    1426 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    Tickets: $27 – $77
  • SuicideGirls is bringing back a revamped version of the sexiest show on the planet for 2018! Blackheart Burlesque is unlike any other burlesque act you’ve seen filled with pop-culture references, a high energy indie soundtrack and the sexiest choreographed strip tease to make your inner nerd explode with glee. Choreographed by one of their very own – you can see Star Wars, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Star Trek and West World numbers in a insanely sexy reimagined way!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Panel Recap: Lassos, Lightsabers, and Stakes

Given the wildly fluctuating highs and lows of 2017 (let’s face it, mainly lows), this past year’s GeekGirlCon represented the perfect space to reflect on the progress that has been made in the media we love, as well as the work that still needs to be done. One panel which perfectly encapsulated this blend of nostalgia and foresight was Lassos, Lightsabers, and Stakes: Assessing the Heroine’s Journey 20 Years After Buffy.

Image Description: Buffy twirls a stake in her hand. Source: Giphy.

Since 2017 was the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the complex and groundbreaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, this panel highlighted the ways in which the entertainment industry still struggles to accept the lessons demonstrated by the enduring impact of the show, its characters, and its fans. Simultaneously, panelists celebrated the gains made through media ranging from Wonder Woman and Star Wars at the movies to Supergirl, The 100, and The Crown on television.

Drawing on the theory of the Heroine’s Journey – a counterpoint, most notably presented by Maureen Murdock in her 1990 book of the same name, to Joseph Campbell’s famed Hero’s Journey – in which characters experience a cyclical journey of personal and communal growth, the panelists analyzed the state of affairs in media representation for women and other underrepresented communities.

Image Description: A gif of Buffy squinting her eyes and looking intense. Source: Giphy.

The panelists included B.J. Priester, a law professor, novelist, editor, and self-professed “lifelong geek;” Tricia Barr, an engineer, novelist, and writer at the FANgirl blog; and Jennifer K. Stuller, a writer, editor, and pop culture critic and historian specializing in the history of American female superheroines and action heroines in comics, film, and television.

Image Description: A gif of Buffy and Willow, with Buffy sucking on a lollipop. Source: Giphy.

Fittingly beginning with the enduring significance of Buffy, the panelists discussed the modern-day resonance of its values, especially the themes of community, friendship, mutual support, and female empowerment and leadership. The panelists argued that, while many shows shaped the values of young people at the time, Buffy truly defined those values. However, the show is not without its flaws. The panelists noted the egregious lack of diversity in the show’s cast as a particularly frustrating limitation. Similarly, the actions of the show’s creator Joss Whedon – which have been incredibly problematic and disappointing to say the least – are important to grapple with for fans who continue to glean insight, comfort, and empowerment from the series.

Image Description: A gif of the character Rey from Star Wars, with the caption saying “Follow me.” Source: Giphy.

The panel subsequently analyzed Star Wars and Wonder Woman, pieces of media which represent both how far we have come in terms of representation for women in film, as well as highlight the limitations that we still encounter time and time again. With the emergence of the character Rey, the Star Wars universe has introduced an exceptional new example of a heroic arc, as well as an inspirational figure for audiences and storytellers to connect with. At the same time, the film series needs to ensure that all female characters are depicted as full human beings, with agency and complexity of their own.

Image Description: A gif of the character Diana from Wonder Woman, deflecting a bullet with her forearm cuff. Source: Giphy.

As Jennifer noted, Wonder Woman not only became the highest grossing DC comic film ever, but had a “visceral, resonant impact,” due to the care with which director Patty Jenkins crafted a narrative of empowerment and the struggle for power and self-determination in a world marred by war and misogynistic violence. However, as Trisha noted, Wonder Woman is far from perfect, and it too falls far short in terms of full representation for women and marginalized groups as a whole.

This panel is a perennial staple at GeekGirlCon, a chance to check in on the state of affairs in feminist media. As the panelists noted, every year there are more stories to talk about, more examples of exciting and necessary representation, and more opportunities in the future to look forward to. But as with the Heroine’s Journey itself, the progress of intersectional feminist representation is never-ending, and we must constantly challenge ourselves to support diverse media, to fight for greater representation, and to create our own narratives which challenge all of us to extend our knowledge, understanding, and empathy.

Image Description: A gif of Dawn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the caption saying “Cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts. Source: Giphy.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

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