July Geek About Town!

Happy July, readers!

Here’s a few events in the Seattle area for you to get your geek on in the summertime! Enjoy!

Monday, July 7: Stitch and Bitch at AFK Elixrs and Eatery
Knit and crochet meetup at Renton’s AFK Elixrs and Eatery.

Friday, July 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “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! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge! Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!”

Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13: Dragon Fest
The Seattle Chinatown/International District neighborhood hosts the largest Pan-Asian American street-fair in the Pacific Northwest. Dragon Fest has been a community event since 1975. This annual two-day event includes kids & family activities, authentic cultural performances, $2 Food Walk, Anime Costume Contest, and over 100 booths featuring arts & crafts, local business, community organizations and much more!

Sunday, July 13: GeekGirlCONcert 2014
From the Facebook page: “GeekGirlCon has amazing news. We are throwing a 21+ nerdtastic dance party on July 13 and you won’t want to miss this night of music. Coming together for the first time for one night only, some truly epic music from some amazing nerdcore artists. Performers include:

GeekGirlCon’s own Shubzilla, a rap artist representing Renton, WA. She debuted as an artist for Nerdcore Now’s Vocalist/Producer Challenge 2011, where she was ranked tenth overall. The following year, her talent and bravado earned her second place. Since then, she has not looked back and her sets are as high-energy as the artist herself. Already a denizen of the nerdcore scene, Shubzilla aims to be a part of the growing Seattle music community and beyond.

Seattle’s 9K1 is an electropop group who made their debut last year at GeekGirlCon’s first annual benefit concert. Since then, they have performed all over the PNW and were a featured act at Nerdapalooza!!. 9k1 is DJ/producer Bill Beats, rapper/singer/producer Lex Lingo, and rapper Shubzilla.

Performing in Seattle for the first time, Sammus is an upstate New York-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student with Congolese and Ivorian family roots. Her production is characterized by her use of uniquely chopped samples and video game-like synths. Labeled the “rap Aisha Tyler” by MTV Iggy for her intelligent lyrics, she has become one of the faces of black female geeks within the growing nerdcore hip hop movement.

Veteran nerdcore storytellers Death Star have been rapping, awkwardly dancing, and gasping for air on stages around Seattle for last 5 years. Enjoy their tales of sad villains, sexual misadventures, video game addiction, and aggressive sandwich making. Death*Star is MC-3PO, C0splay, and Bill Beats.

Jonny Nero Action Hero is a Chip Rock artist, mixing up sounds of his childhood with the music of his adulthood. Get ready to dance when Jonny Nero Action Hero takes the stage because his frenetic energy will compel you to dance!

Here’s the 411 on our 21+ show at BARBOZA. Doors open at 6:30 with the show kicking off at 7PM. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door. Either way, that’s a bargain for ALL THIS MUSIC!

Don’t forget your I.D.s when you come because this show is 21+ only. If you’re under 21, don’t fret. Check out their band pages and ask someone to buy you some sweet merch from these folks!

Thursday, July 17: Outdoor Movies @ Magnuson Park
From the website: “Seattle outdoor movies at Magnuson Park feature big screen flicks, cirque performances by The Cabiri, movie trivia and Seattle’s best food trucks. 2014 is the fourth season of the Seattle outdoor cinema at Magnuson Park. Events run weekly on Thursdays evenings from July 10 – Aug. 28, 2014. Presented by Seattle Children’s.
Magnuson Park – 7400 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA”

Thursday, July 17-Saturday, July 19: The Danger Zone: Burlesque Inspired by Archer
From the Facebook event page: “Something, something The Danger Zone! Smooches & Science (JOYstick!, JOYstick! Level 2, An Evening at Merlotte’s) and Sailor St. Claire (Tuesday Tease, Accio Burlesque!) in association with Theatre Off Jackson team up to bring you burlesque inspired by the animated comedy series Archer.

Set inside the highly dysfunctional ISIS offices, The Danger Zone is a fully-scripted burlesque play that combines all the hilarity of the animated series with the sexy fun of neo-burlesque. When Malory invites a reporter to the ISIS office, her chance for good PR is quickly ruined by the nearly-naked antics of Archer, Dr. Kreiger, Pam, Cheryl, and the rest of the ISIS gang. But in a world of espionage, not everything is as simple as it seems, and the ISIS team gets more naked surprises than even they could have imagined. The Danger Zone promises to be so filthy and funny that internet porn won’t even know you’re cheating on it.

Tickets for The Danger Zone go on sale June 9 via BrownPaperTickets. The “Shitass Seats” are general admission and are available for $20. The “Sploosh Zone” is preferred reserved seating in the first two rows of the theatre and is available for $30.

This show is how you get ants.

Details:
Date: Thursday, July 17 / Friday, July 18 / Saturday, July 19
Times: 8 PM (Doors 7:30)
Cost: $20 “Shitass Seats” (General Admission); $30 “Sploosh Zone” (Reserved Seating in Preferred Areas)
Place: Theatre Off Jackson
Accessibility: TOJ is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the producers or TOJ if you require accommodations for wheelchairs or other assistive devices.

Tuesday, July 22nd: Live Girls! Ladies Night Performance Series at the Annex Theatre
From the website: Live Girls! Theater is dedicated to fostering new works by women, and our new Ladies Night performance series expands our horizons by highlighting female artists in multiple disciplines. For three months this spring, April to June, each 4th Sunday we will take over the stage at Annex to showcase a different genre of work that we love: music, burlesque, and comedy. These evenings provide a platform for female artists to experiment, perform, and inspire – the LG way! All hosted by Daisy O’Day: Seattle’s Sweetheart who’s up to no good.

Wednesday, July 23: Movies @ Marymoor: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
From the King County Gov website: “Pre-movie seating is $5, and entry includes live acts, movie trivia and tasty food trucks. Movies start at dusk. Seating opens at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit moviesatmarymoor.com or facebook.com/moviesatmarymoor. The series is produced by Epic Events, the Pacific Northwest leader in outdoor movie entertainment.

Seating opens at 7 p.m., movies are shown at dusk.
Seating is on the grass; low-back chairs or blankets are recommended.
A $1 parking permit is required to park at Marymoor, which can be purchased from the vending machines located throughout the park.
This is a dog-friendly event. Pets must remain on a leash at all times.
There are no ATMs on site.
All movies are shown at MacNair Field, unless otherwise specified.

Friday, July 25: GeekGirlCon Boardgame Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “Do you love boardgames and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge! Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers,Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses,Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!”

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

June 2014 Geek About Town

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Hi, readers!

Summer is here! Let’s welcome in the warm weather and longer days with these nerdy activities all around town!

Saturday, June 7 – Sunday, June 8: Seattle Center Festál Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
From FCHSW: The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington proudly presents Pagdiriwang, an annual festival now on its 28th year, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence. Held on the first or second week of June at the Seattle Center since 1987, the event has grown into the biggest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. This celebration is a part of Seattle Center Festál, a series of cultural programs sponsored by the City of Seattle. Pagdiriwang provides a venue for Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike to learn about the culture. It is an ideal setting for presenting art, craft, song, dance, music, history, literature, and culture to promote better understanding of the Filipino cultural heritage.

Dates between June 11 and June 29: Meet Beach Naturalists
From a staff member who attended a May event: “The Seattle Aquarium has Naturalists at various beaches in Seattle during low tides to help you learn about all the little creatures.”

Wednesday, June 11: Resident Final Rainier Scholars and Tomo Nakayama
From event webpage: In the culminating performance of Town Hall’s In Residency program, Artist in Residence Tomo Nakayama and Scholars in Residence Rainier Scholars each present the results of their terms. How do passionate, motivated students of color interpret the contributions of Town Hall to our community? Find out as the high school scholars share their diverse perspectives and insights from their spring residency.

Thursdays, June 12, 19, and 26: Coming Out All Over: Queer Film Style at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave)
Presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema & the Northwest Film Forum. Costume designers, the unsung alchemists of movie magic, finally get their due thanks to guest curator Mark Mitchell’s delectable selection of three couture classics. Combining his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of costume design with his queer sensibility, Mark will take us on a tour of the many-splendored world of queer film style. Come for the classy commentary, stay for the sassy footnotes, and don’t forget to get lubricated before show time during happy hour at our lobby bar!

Friday, June 13 and Friday, June 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “Do you love boardgames and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge! Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”

Friday, June 13: Gearheads
From event webpage: Adult Swim takes on the Maker Movement, Steampunk, Bike Culture, and all things DIY! Grab your goggles, duct tape, and imagination. We’ll bring the beer, tools, and soundtrack! Costumes encouraged!

Our AWESOME line-up of tinkering-related activities includes:

  • Acetylene torches and welding machine demos with Studio Metal Works
  • Live blacksmithing with Big Hammer Technology
  • Carbon fiber paddle boards with Kitson Boards
  • Bike chain spirographs with Olympia Circuits
  • Harmonographs and railbikes with OlyMEGA
  • Lockpicking with Always Safe and Lock
  • Jewelry making with Shipwreck Beads
  • Collaborative Light-Up Pizza with LittleBits(TM)
  • Squishy circuits and scribble bots
  • … And GIANT room-sized collaborative Rube Goldberg contraptions and more!

Plus … pizza from Stone Creek Wood Fired Pizza and beer and wine from Marine View Beverage to fuel our imaginations! $15 cover includes one drink ticket. Pre-registration recommended.

Saturday, June 14: Belltown Burlesque Revue: Where We Came From
From announcement: When June comes to call, some people like to look back at the first half of the year and see where they came from as they plot the way forward through the rest of the year. Here at the Belltown Burlesque Revue we not only approve of this approach, we’re going to do it one better! We’re going to spend an evening looking at the roots of the neo burlesque movement through the lens of classic burlesque! It’s an evening of tributes to those who laid the foundation we dance upon and a celebration of the classic bump and grind.

Saturday, June 14 – Sunday, June 15: Festival Sundiata, presents Black Arts Fest
From Seattle Center Page: Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest, June 14 and 15. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa’s Mali Empire.

Wednesday, June 18: Archer TV Dinner at Central Cinema
From the Facebook event page: “Smooches and Science Presents and Sailor St. Claire Presents bring to you a night of comedy, animation, and crudeness. Join us at Central Cinema for a night dedicated to the adventure in spycraft that is Archer! Witness a night of drinks, dinner, and laughter as you watch the staff of ISIS cavort their way through adventures from the last five years.

The episodes being broadcast for this TV Dinner are:
Placebo Effect – Archer goes on a rampage after finding out his cancer drugs are fake!
White Nights – Archer heads to Soviet Russia to confront one of his possible fathers
The Limited – ISIS transports a dangerous Canadian Terrorist back to his homeland.

This event also serves as the launch party for the upcoming event The Danger Zone: Burlesque Inspired by Archer!

Come for the animation, stay for the information! Please be aware that Archer is not suitable for young children.

Reserve your seat for this event here!”

Wednesday, June 18: 2014 Seattle Association for Women in Science Awards and Scholarship Fundraiser
From AWIS: “We will be honoring Anna Wald MD, MPH and Nancy Hutchison PhD with the Award for Scientific Advancement and Award for Excellence in Science Education/Outreach respectively. Dr. Wald is a Professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
and Dr. Nancy Hutchison is the director of Science Education Partnership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We will also be presenting the chapter’s 2014 undergraduate scholarship recipients.”

Friday, June 20: The Venture Bras!!
From the Facebook invite: “Science is a harsh mistress. This is a lesson Doctor Venture knows all too well, and it’s reiterated when his latest invention backfires, causing ridiculous and far-reaching consequences. (With sexy results!) Will he be able to find the source of the problem before everyone in the Ventureverse loses their pants? Have Brock Samson and Molotov Cocktease finally figured out a solution to their relationship problems? Will Dr. Mrs. The Monarch ever get to just relax with her glass of wine? Join us for The Venture Bras, a burlesque play inspired by The Venture Brothers, and we’ll all find out together like real boy detectives!

GO TEAM VENTURE!

Featuring burlesque performances by Billy Scream, Bolt Action, Hattie Hellkat, Sin de la Rosa, Solange Corbeau, Jesus la Pinga, Al Lykya, and Scarlett O’Hairdye!”

Friday, June 27: Marian Call performs at SoulFood Coffeehouse. Check out the coffeehouse’s website for more details.

Friday, June 27-Saturday, June 28: You Can’t Do This On Television! Season 2!
From the Facebook page: “From the producers that brought you Undresseded Development and Strange & Unusual, Pink Kryptonite is back with a second season of You Can’t Do This on Television, burlesque inspired by our favorite television shows.

Saturday, June 28: Molly Lewis joins Marian Call in Tacoma at Metronome Coffee! Don’t miss out on this double bill of some of our favorite folks!

Saturday, June 28Iranian Festival
Seattle Center Festál presents Iranian Festival, Saturday, June 28. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. Partake in an Iranian tea house and join in an evening dance party. Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent culture.

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

May 2014 Geek About Town

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Hi, readers!

The days are getting longer and the nights are getting (sorta) warmer, too! Here’s a list of geeky events and activities to enjoy as the weather warms up!

Thursday, May 1-Monday, May 12: Seattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival
From the website: “Cinerama is hosting its 2nd annual Sci-Fi Film Festival beginning May 1. The 12-day festival will showcase over 30 films from the sci-fi genre.”

Friday, May 2: The Real Folk Blues!: Burlesque Inspired by Cowboy Bebop
From the Brown Paper Tickets site: “Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever. No, it is. It has won multiple awards for its characters and storyline and is critically acclaimed by absolutely everybody But that’s not the most important thing right now. What’s important is that it also has one of the most recognizable, extensive and mind-blowing soundtracks EVER. The Real Folk Blues: Burlesque Inspired by the Music of Cowboy Bebop! starts with that soundtrack, and invites the most talented burlesquers this side of Titan to make amazing sexy art with it! This is NOT a Cowboy Bebop-themed burlesque show–this is a whole new galaxy of creativity inspired by the genre-blending musical masterpiece that is the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. See you… There!

Featuring burlesque performances by Scarlett O’Hairdye, Bolt Action, Sara Dipity, Sin De La Rosa, Lady Drew Blood, Sailor St. Claire, Maggie McMuffin, Stella D’Letto, Whisper De Corvo, and headlined by Your Own Private Radical, Randi Rascal!”

Saturday, May 3: Free Comic Book Day!
“Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.”

Saturday, May 3: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties
From the website: “The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy. A typical star party gathering features observing through at least two or more different types of telescopes provided by SAS members along with the opportunity to ask questions, to discuss the observation process, and to learn about many astronomical topics: solar system objects, deep space objects, constellations, types of telescopes, and any other topic of interest.”

Sunday, May 4: Staged Reading of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”
From the Facebook invite: “Come celebrate “Star Wars Day” with a launch party for The Rogues Gallery, Seattle’s newest theater company dedicated to producing plays with geek themes founded by enthusiastic geek and veteran theater artistDaniel Wood. Featuring a staged reading Ian Doescher’s “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”.

Sunday, May the 4th at 3:00pm at the Raygun Lounge on Capitol Hill. Come eat. drink, be merry and listen to Star Wars as Shakespeare would have written it.

May the Force be with you!

Tuesday, May 6: Worst Night to Grow a Pair Premiere
From the Facebook invite: “The wait is almost over – join us for the world premiere of Frankenhuffer Productions’ epic dark comedy short, Worst Night to Grow a Pair! STIFF presents an evening of five shorts.”

Tuesday, May 6: ARA Seattle: Women in Tech Forum
From GeekWire: “The conversation about attracting, retaining, and advancing women in technology and marketing is not one that can be had in isolation, especially when organizations large and small are feeling the effect of talent shortages. During this panel, female leaders from different facets of the Seattle technology and marketing community will share their perspective on what is necessary for women to play a more significant role—both in volume and influence—in the tech industry both in the near- and long-term.

Special Guest: We’re honored to have Dawn Lepore as our special guest speaker. Dawn is the CEO of Lepore Northwest Partners, served as a Director of eBay and was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of drugstore.com. We look forward to hearing Dawn’s story and her path to CEO.”

Thursday, May 8: Charlaine Harris
From University Bookstore: “Still mourning the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series? Move on by joining us for a reading and signing of Charlaine Harris’ new book,Midnight Crossroad, with the author herself. The first book in Harris’ new series about the strange and supernatural characters of a small town in Texas, its story and suspects—including a phone psychic, a practicing witch and maybe even a vampire—will not only remind you why you love Harris’ books, but hook you from page one. And what better way to step in to Midnight, Texas for the first time than with Harris in the lead!”

Friday, May 9: GeekGirlCon Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Wayward website: “This is a hosted night of tabletop games open to all. Come by with friends or on your own and meet fellow geeks and gamers for a night of socializing, gaming, and delicious coffee! 7 – 11 pm, free!”

Saturday, May 10: Rule 34: If You Can Think Of It, There’s Burlesque For It
From the press release: “Rule 34 is May 10th at the Re-Bar in Seattle. Mister Bawdy is our Master of Ceremonies, our Potentate of Porn, our Sultan of Smut, and our Dictator of Dirt. Following his lead is Tamara the Trapeze Lady, Boom Boom L’Roux, Whisper De Corvo, Miss Violet DeVille, Maggie McMuffin, Cinnamon Maxxine, Magnolia Monroe, Morgue Anne, Dee Lushious, and Ms. Audrey Rugburn! Doors at 6:30 pm, seating at 7:00 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $13 and are available through www.BrownPaperTickets.com and for $15 at the box office day of show.”

Sundays, May 11-June 1: Beginning Puppetry Classes
From the class description: “In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 4 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

~ No puppet experience required.
~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.
~ Class size limited to 8.”

Monday, May 12: Women and Beer Presents: Third Annual Thirsty Sisters Event
From the Brown Paper Tickets site: “We welcome you to The Third Annual Women in Beer Thirsty Sisters Event, created by women but open to all. Enjoy goods from women-owned Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries, Restaurants, Cheese Makers, Bakers and Chocolatiers! Proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

This year’s event will take place Monday May 12, 2014. This is a food and beer tasting event, open to the general public (women encouraged, men welcome!). We will be celebrating women in beer: drinking beer, spirit and wine brewed by women, and tasting food created and cooked by women-owned businesses.

Your ticket entitles you to all food samples and 10 tickets for alcoholic beverage pours.

FEATURING:
The Pike Brewing Company, The Ram in Puyallup, Peddlers Brewing, Populuxe, Island Hoppin’ Brewery, DerBlokken Brewery, Airways Brewing Company, Elysian, Spinnaker Bay Brewing, New Belgium, Stoup Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Finnriver Farm Cidery, Sky River Brewing, Full Throttle Bottles, Copperworks, Brovo Spirits, Farmbox Greens, Taylor Shellfish, Bravehorse, Andaluca, Café Lago, Glendale Shepherd Cheese, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Cherry Valley Dairy, Tease Chocolates, Social Ice Cream, Luv Macaroons, Barley Angels Seattle…MORE VENDORS TO COME

Please note – this event is for ages 21+.”

Tuesday, May 13: A Reading with Anne Carson
From Townhall Seattle: ““In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry,” wrote Daphne Merkin in The New York Times Book Review, Anne Carson, a Canadian professor of classics, has been cutting a large swath, inciting both envy and admiration.” Carson, a MacArthur Genius Award-winner, has collaborated with Robert Currie on a new piece of work inspired by the Cycladic Sculptures. This evening will be the world premiere performance of the piece, with original music by Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney. The sculptures were created on the Grecian Cycladic Islands of the Aegean Sea around 3000 BC. In addition to her many highly regarded translations of classical writing, Carson has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism, and verse novels that often cross genres. Known for her supreme erudition, her poetry also can be heartbreaking; she writes regularly on love, desire, sexual longing, and despair.”

Wednesday, May 14: Teen Science Cafe: Climate Impact: Changes in the Northwest & How We Can Help
From Pacific Science Center: “Come uncover how climate change and adaptation has been impacting our local Northwest species and ecosystems at the May Teen Science Café. Join us, along with the University of Washington’s Meade Krosby, Ph.D., in discussing the work that scientists and wildlife managers are doing to protect our environment, how these changes will affect us in the future, and what we can do to help. **Sorry adults, this event is only for teens.**”

Fridays, May 16-Saturdays, May 24: KAZOKU! the improvised game show
From the press release: “KAZOKU! takes a family teaming with hang-ups and dysfunction and pits them against the brave and beloved Audience Team in a series of outrageous challenges, with everyone competing to win Fabulous Prizes.

Guided by the sure hand of our delirious Game Show Host, watch as the Family Team teeters on the edge of despair and redemption. Can they put aside their differences and pull together to battle their way to victory? Or will their baggage pull them under? The only way to find out is to play KAZOKU!

Inspired by “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” and “Minute to Win It,” each performance of KAZOKU! is a completely fresh non-stop evening of improvisational scene- and game- based comedy, driven by the suggestions of our all-powerful audience. The family-themed challenges run the gamut from highly competitive and tricky, to just plain ridiculous.

KRAM Improv is made up of: Angela Bennett, Alex Dittmar, Rachel Jackson, and Kristin Olsen.

About KRAM Improv: KRAM Improv is a Seattle-based democratic-anarchic improv collective formed in 2007. KRAM’s formats are developed by a consensus-driven, organic process under the guidance of The Taco Quorum.”

Saturday, May 17: Girls Can Do
From GeekWire: “Free event at Benaroya Hall May 17. MISSION: TO INSPIRE A GENERATION OF POSSIBILITY THINKERS.TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG WOMEN TO HAVE BIG DREAMS AND PURSUE THEM. After all, what you want to do in life is always your best option, and anything is possible if you expect it.”

Sunday, May 18: The Gauntlet
Head to Ballard’s Card Kingdom and cheer on GeekGirlCon as they battle other local teams in an gamers invitational competition to raise money for Child’s Play. The event will be hosted by NPC Cast and will be streamed live over the internet! Supporters provide donations which give our team power-ups during the competition. Don’t miss your chance to support the GeekGirlCon gamer team as they play their way through five separate games!

Monday, May 19: UW Science Now: Chelsea Kahn: Communicating Climate Change
From Townhall Seattle: Conveying environmental issues to the general public has challenges, but according to Chelsea Kahn, this is especially difficult when the facts are disseminated through the media. Her research examines the communication of uncertain information before and after scientific reports have been published. She’ll share her analysis of English newspapers from four South Asian countries and their coverage of climate change. Kahn is a Master’s candidate at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

Monday, May 19: Reclaiming Prosperity: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Saru Jayaraman, and Anne Greenberg: Gender and Work
From Townhall Seattle: “Women’s wages are lower than men’s in every U.S. state, but what does income inequality mean for women in the workforce? This discussion will focus on the changing nature of work — and how it affects gender roles, families, and economic security. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Anna Greenberg, and Saru Jayaraman will explore the current landscape of the gender pay gap and its relationship to labor. Rowe-Finkbeiner is the co-founder and Executive Director/CEO of MomsRising, a grassroots organization working toward economic security for families. Greenberg is a leader in the field of political polling, data analytics, and micro-targeting at GQR Digital. Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.”

Tuesday, May 20: Katherine Freese: The Search for Dark Matter
From Townhall Seattle: “NASA telescopes recently discovered potential dark matter at the center of the Milky Way, but scientists have been on a search for this substance for years. With known particles making up a mere five percent of the universe, the hunt for the remaining percentage (dark matter) could have a huge impact on our understanding of the cosmos. Theoretical physicist Katherine Freese offers a historical account of this quest, from its initial discovery to current understanding, and gives a glimpse of its immense (and largely unknown) possibilities. The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter is the true tale of “the most mysterious particle in the universe.” Freese is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.”

Wednesday, May 21: UW Science Now: Sharon Greenblum: Stories from Your Stomach: Jacquelyn Braggin: Viruses Sneak to Survive
From Townhall Seattle: “Trillions of microscopic bugs crawl around in our bodies every day. Sharon Greenblum, a graduate student in the Genome Sciences Department, says these bugs — which line skin, noses, and stomach walls — collectively weigh 3-4 pounds in each person. She’s studying the bugs in the stomachs of healthy and diseased individuals, to find out which ones make people healthy and which ones do us harm.

The immune system works hard to keep the body healthy, but viruses use a variety of “sneaky tricks” to escape the body’s natural defenses against disease. Jacquelyn Braggin studies the tools most important to viruses in their battle with the immune system. According to Braggin, understanding how and why viruses use these tools can help determine how viruses make us sick and how to prevent them from doing so. Braggin is a graduate student in the Microbiology Department.”

Thursday, May 22-Saturday, May 24: Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter
From the event page: “Return to Hogwarts on May 22, 23 & 24 at The Annex Theatre with Accio Burlesque! Now in its second year, this burlesque tribute to Harry Potter features brand new cheeky revelations about the Harry Potter universe. From witches and wizards to magical beasts, Accio Burlesque summons our favorite things from J.K. Rowling’s novels (and the films they inspired) and re-imagines them through the art of the tease.”

Friday, May 23: GeekGirlCon Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Wayward website: “This is a hosted night of tabletop games open to all. Come by with friends or on your own and meet fellow geeks and gamers for a night of socializing, gaming, and delicious coffee! 7 – 11 pm, free!”

Friday, May 23-Sunday, May 25: Crypticon Seattle
From the about us page: “Three days of your favorite actors, authors, and artists, along with tons of new people and things you never knew existed. But we are so much more than a tidal wave of blood, guts, and scares.

Crypticon welcomes and supports all types of dark art and encourages people from all walks of life to come and enjoy the show. Love zombies? We got ya! Vampires? Yes! Goth, fetish, dark fantasy or sci-fi? Yeah, we’ve got that, too! And it’s not just once a year that we flaunt our freakish best—we sponsor, support, and run many dark-themed events throughout the year, all over western Washington.”

Friday, May 23-Sunday, May 25 Enfilade! 2014 Historical Miniature Gaming Convention
From the website: “Enfilade! is [the Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society’s] flagship event, held annually over Memorial Day weekend. With more than 300 attendees, it’s the largest convention devoted to historical miniature gaming west of the Mississippi.”

Wednesday, May 28: Michelle Jacob, PhD: Yakima Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing
From University Bookstore: “One of few ethnographies about Native communities by a member of their community, Michelle M. Jacob’s new book about the Yakima Nation has been described as “an intense and robust examination of decolonization, tradition and survival” with no other work like it. This spring we are proud to have Jacob join us for a reading, signing and discussion of her new perspective on the tension between reclaiming traditional cultural practices and adapting to change that shifts the conversation surrounding Native communities from one of perpetual victimhood to one of indigenous self-determination, ongoing resilience and cultural revitalization.”

Saturday, May 31: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8
Spring has finally sprung and puppets are in full bloom! Come out and bask in the sunlight of a brand spankin’ new volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. While puppet slams aren’t known to cause allergy attacks* we can’t guarantee your eyes won’t be watery from laughter and profundity.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

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April 2014 Geek About Town

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April is just around the corner and we’ve got some geeky activities for you! Keep on reading for a month full of geekery!

Wednesday, April 2: Books on Tap

At 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month, join us for “Books on Tap”, literary pub trivia, team and word games (21 and over only).

Thursday, April 3: Burke Trivia Night at College Inn Pub

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes.

 Saturday, April 5: International Tabletop Day

International TableTop Day is a celebration for ALL the fans of tabletop gaming, board games, card games, RPGs… if it’s a game of any sort, it counts! Come together in a global celebration where you can participate in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.

GeekGirlCon will be hanging out all day long with our friends at Card Kingdom. Bring a game to play or check out a title from the hundreds that Card Kingdom has on tap. Staffers will be there with some of our amazing Special Agents to run games for as long as they will allow us (translation: from noon until close). As a bonus, Andy from the The 8 Hour Gamer has promised to run RPGs all day long. Andy successfully ran RPGs for our last two conventions and his table was always packed with gamers of all skill sets.

TTD 2013 was a huge success. There were over 3,100 gaming events in 64 countries worldwide, including every state and province in North America and every continent on the planet! Researchers in Antarctica were playing games too. For one day, let us all come together, put down our worries and play more games to make International TableTop Day 2014 even bigger!

 Saturday, April 5: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties

The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced.

 Saturday, April 5: Judith Skillman

Kick off National Poetry Month by joining us for a reading, discussion and signing with award-winning American poet Judith Skillman.

 Monday, April 7: Seattle BioMed Seminar: Pamela Bjorkman, Ph.D.

As part of our Global Infectious Disease Seminar Series, we are pleased to announce a presentation by Pamela Bjorkman, Ph.D., “Structure-based design of improved passive immunotherapy reagents for HIV treatment and/or prevention”.

 Wednesday, April 9: SEAWear: Seattle’s Wearable Tech and Biohacking Meetup

This is a group for anyone interested in wearable technology, biohacking/biosensors, and meeting others who are passionate about learning and building within this space. This is for big thinkers and driven creators, so technical and non-technical types are equally welcome. I started this group for other innovators, hackers, and entrepreneurs who are interested in pushing current technologies to better track and optimize ourselves and the changing world around us.

 Wednesday, April 9: Kate Ascher, The Evolution of Transportation

Recent months have seen the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle sharing information in an unprecedented manner which could potentially change the face of sea transportation in the Puget Sound. In her newest book, Columbia University’s Kate Ascher explains the policies, practices and basic mechanics of transportation via ocean, roadways and the sky.

 Friday, April 11: Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam

Spoken word, immense creativity, and aspiring young artists. These are the characteristics of a poetry slam. In the culmination of the 2014 season, Arts Corps presents the annual Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam. A group of 12 finalists will compete one last time in a showcase of the next generation of Seattle poets. The finalists will perform all-original works of love, loss, resistance, and survival. Five talented poets will emerge from this judged competition, moving on to represent Seattle at the 2014 International Brave New Voices Festival in Philadelphia. The event is hosted by Grammy Award-winner and YSS alum Hollis Wong-Wear. Youth Speaks is a collective for young aspiring poets which offers mentoring programs, year-long slams, open mic nights, and workshops in local schools.

 Tuesday, April 15:  LUNAFEST.

Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for and about women. Join LUNA Bar + Reel Grrls for the Seattle premiere of LUNAFEST, a festival of nine inspiring short films by women filmmakers, for women, and help support Reel Grrls and Breast Cancer Fund (100% of proceeds go back to them!!!). This fun-filled night will kick off with a reception, complete with bites from Grim’s + Po Dog, drinks from CLIF Family Winery + Hilliard Beer, blow outs from Gene Juarez Salon + Spa and lots of other fun surprises! Nine inspiring films will follow –They will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. We’ll top it off the evening with a (jam-packed) goodie bag for you to take home. Ticket prices include two drink tickets, bites and a goodie bag full of treats from our sponsors! This is an all-ages show and boys are welcome too!

 Wednesday, April 16: Why Selfies? Why Introverts? Why now?

For the first time ever, Bumbershoot’s popular Words & Ideas series “Why This? Why That? Why Now?” premieres outside of the festival. Do selfies communicate the purest depiction of the present? Are introverts the next evolution of pop idol? Hosted by Bumbershoot moderator John Roderick, the evening will highlight current cultural trends, as well as announce the 2014 Theatre, Spectacles, Visual Arts, and Words & Ideas programming. Occurring every Labor Day Weekend, Bumbershoot celebrates the diversity of music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, and other creative programming happening locally, nationally, and internationally.

 Thursday, April 17: An Evening with Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Timesbestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in her most recent novel, Gone Girl, about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As the Washington Post proclaimed, Flynn’s work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” In addition to Gone Girl, Flynn has written Sharp Objects (2007) and Dark Places (2010).

 Thursday, April 17 – Sunday, April 20: Norwescon

Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s Premiere Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more.

 Saturday, April 19: Seattle Poetry Slam Presents Seattle Grand Slam

The power of language shines in this yearly poetry showcase featuring some of the best slam poets around. Artists come together on a weekly basis for these judged poetry slams, and the top eight from this year will come together for the Grand Slam at Town Hall. Poets must perform all-original work, stay within a time limit, and refrain from using props or costumes. Highly entertaining, this diverse array of slammers and topics make this a can’t-miss competition.

Monday, April 21: Act Submissions for Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8

It’s Spring! Time for another volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. We are seeking adult puppet pieces up to 8 minutes long. (“adult” as in “not for children”; “blue” material is acceptable but not required.) Whether you are new to puppetry or have performed at our slam before, we invite you to submit. Whether you have a finished piece to debut, an idea to workshop, or a puppet classic, we want to hear from you! Fussy Cloud is a place to be creative, quirky and experimental.  Show info: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8, When: Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 pm, Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4, 305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109 If you would be interested in participating please provide us with the following information: Description of your piece (story line, type of puppets used, how many puppeteers, general mood, etc); Approx. Length; Video link (if possible); Performance photos (attach to email). Please send all information and inquiries to: fussycloudpuppetslam@gmail.com

Thursday, April 24: Starships and Sorcery Book Club

Bellevue Bookstore: Reading Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker

Thursday, April 24: STEM: Science Uncorked

Come learn about the other “stem” education at Science Uncorked. Enjoy an evening sampling some of Washington’s finest wines while exploring the science straight from the vine. Find out why wine glasses come in different shapes and sizes. Learn about the chemistry of wine. Discover the proper technique for smelling your wine before tasting. And enjoy delicious appetizers paired perfectly with various wine selections.

Monday, April 28: Annette Lu: A Feminist’s Fight for Taiwan

Annette Lu’s powerful memoir tells Taiwan’s political history through her personal story, from impoverished beginnings as a shopkeeper’s daughter to her eventual election as Vice President of Taiwan. Surviving cancer and imprisonment, Lu became the first female Vice President of Taiwan in 2000, the signal achievement in her quest for gender equality, human, rights, and political reform.

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!

 Please note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

 

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March 2014 Geek About Town

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Hi, Readers! March is upon us and that means another full month of geekery! Here’s what’s going on in the Seattle area:

Wednesday, March 5: Steal Beans, I Fell Down, and Ultraklystron
Nerdcore’s Ultraklystron opens for Steal Beans and I Fell Down.

Sunday, March 9: Beginning Stage Puppeteering
From the Press Release: “In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. We’ll focus on how to make your puppet seem alive so they can connect with your audience. Over the 4 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

Notes: No puppet experience required, please dress comfortably and be ready to move, class size limited to 12. Repeats every Sunday.

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Wednesday, March 12: The Powerpuff Girls at Central Cinema
On March 12, join Central Cinema and GeekGirlCon in Townsville for a TV Dinner featuring sugar, spice, and everything nice . . . with just a dash of Chemical X. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup fight our villains in two of our favorite episodes ofThe Powerpuff Girls, while you enjoy a tasty dinner. Our villains could be Mojo Jojo or Him or the Ganggreen Gang or one of the many giant monsters that visit Townsville. Come to Central Cinema to see!

Thursday, March 13 – April 5: Bixby Elliot’s Girl You Know It’s True
When Bixby, a 40-ish playwright fails to get his work produced he conjures up a radical new identity for himself: an impostor. His stand in – an African American Lesbian woman in a wheelchair – instantly shoots to fame. Needless to say, shit hits the fan. Told in tandem with the infamous Milli Vanilli scandal, GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE is a hilarious and bold indictment of the institution of theatre and true intent behind the act of creation.  Seattle fringe veteran Ed Hawkins brings his signature spot-on savvy to the West Coast Premiere of Bixby Elliot’s funny, smart, insightful, and lively play.

Featuring a cast of local favorites, including Ian Bell as the hapless playwright, Andrew Tasakos as his patient boyfriend, Andrew Lee Creech & Corey Spruill as “Rob & Fab”, Barbi Beckett, Daniel Christensen, and Josh List as the powers-that-be, and Rebecca M. Davis as the girl who knows the truth. Scott Shoemaker and Mike Blaylock round out the ensemble. Costumes by Scarlett O’Hairdye; Choreography by Diana Cardiff; Stage Manager Tim Crist.

Friday, March 14: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
We are an inclusive newbie-friendly group who play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Alien Frontiers, Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more. Bring games with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, and play some games!

Saturday, March 22 – Sunday, March 23: Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Seattle Mini Maker Faire at the EMP Museum represents the fast growing maker movement sweeping the nation and shines a spotlight on the region’s diverse DIY (do-it-yourself) community. From toys and robotics, to submarines and supercars, nearly 70 makers of all ages from the Pacific Northwest will come together to create, build, plan and share their incredible inventions, hobbies, products, and DIY mentality.

Tuesday, March 25: The Damn Bass Tour with RoboRob, Dekai, Drix, featuring A_Rival, EasyHard, 9k1
From the Facebook event page: “Combined and individually, [touring acts RoboRob, Dekai, and Drix] have a hefty resume, playing over 400 shows across the United States. Opening for such acts as Tiesto, Excision, Dj Fury, Nappy Roots, Hieroglyphics, and more. These artists know how to hold their own on stage as professional DJs, as well as in the studio. Their original productions and highly praised remixes chart Beatport, iTunes, and music blogs alike, bringing you an innovative, fresh, and genre bending sound.” Join them along with local acts A_Rival, EasyHard, and 9k1.

Thursday, March 27: I Heart Comic Art: the local indie comic art benefit
From the Facebook event page: “Join us in supporting Seattle indie comic artists and graphic novelists. We are raising money to contribute to an artist grant to be awarded to a lucky local artist. All comic artist and graphic novelist artwork will be displayed at the party and event attendees (you!) vote for the winner.”

Friday, March 28GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
We are an inclusive newbie-friendly group who play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Alien Frontiers, Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more. Bring games with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, and play some games!

Friday, March 28: Expanding Your Horizons Conference
STEM conference for young women grades 6-8. This is a fantastic opportunity for young woman who may be interested in STEM related fields of study.  The program is for young women and the presenters are all women in the various fields.  It is a chance to meet and interact with positive role models who are active in STEM-related careers. Registration forms must be postmarked by March 14, 2014.

Friday, March 28-Sunday, March 31: Emerald City Comic-Con
From the website: “We are the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest! Check out the site to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our original webcomic, Tales From The Con, all the photo galleries from years past and much, much more!

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!
Please note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

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February Geek About Town

Hi, readers! Here’s what February has got in store for geeks!

All Month: EMP Museum: Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture
From emp.com: “View epic edifices that represent more than a hundred years of architectural innovation and nearly 200,000 LEGO® bricks. Stand next to American giants like the Chrysler Building and Hearst Tower, ‘60s visions of the future like the Space Needle, and international wonders like Dubai’s Burj Khalifa—the tallest manmade structure in the world. Create a masterpiece of your own at a collaborative building area featuring LEGO® bricks within the gallery then build your own community by placing it in EMP’s Mini Megalopolis. Suitable for all ages.”

Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 2: Foolscap
From GeekWire: “Foolscap is a small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together. At Foolscap you can hobnob with people who share your viewpoint, participate in cool projects and events, and charge up your mental batteries with lots of stimulating ideas.”

Saturday, February 1: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
From the events page: “Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: in a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Although the main event is happening in New York City, we can still participate! There will be reference materials available for how to appropriately edit the wiki, as well as books on female artists available.

Please bring your own machine if at all possible, as there will only be two lending computers. If you have a tablet, please bring that as well so we can save some trees while referencing Wikipedia tutorials.

Refreshments will be potluck.”

Saturday, February 1: Beginning TV Puppetry Workshop
”Instructor Chad Allers will help you expand your acting and improvisation skills in this six-week on-camera workshop. You’ll learn and practice all the basics of good TV puppetry: lip-sync, eye focus, walking, talking and more.”

Note: This event occurs every Saturday until March 15.

Saturday, February 1: Grab Bag 3: The Grabbening
From the Facebook event page: “Put on your pith helmet and ready your machete as we travel deep into the burlesque jungle to see enticing and rarely-seen performances! It’s a true burlesque archaeological adventure as five artists have reached deep into their closets to bring you the acts that are too weird, wonderful and off-the-wall for most stages. Have a drink and some field rations brought directly to your table and settle in for a journey both strange and sparkling!”

Saturday, February 1: Make:Seattle
From the event page: “Monthly gathering of Make magazine enthusiasts. Includes event announcements, show-n-tell, & technical presentations.”

Saturday, February 1: Plus Size Clothing Swap and Meetup
From the PNW Fattitude Tumblr: “Unload your old threads and pick up someone else’s to freshen up your wardrobe! Please join PNW Fattitude for our inaugural event”

Saturday, February 1: One Day Puppet Making Workshop
”In this 7-hour class, you will create a monster puppet from Puppet School’s pattern and walk out at the end of the day with a finished, professional puppet. Instructor Chad Allers will guide you step-by-step, tracing, cutting, hot gluing and sewing (both by hand and using a sewing machine) until your character is fully realized. At the end of the class, you will perform on-camera with your new furry friend.”

Sunday, February 2: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group
From the Meetup page: “Seattle Alternative Boardgamers now has a U-District outpost! Come join us for board games and fizzy beverages. If you have games you’d like to play, bring them, and we’ll be sure to set up a table. Otherwise, the organizers will have an ample supply for you to choose from.
Big Time is an all-ages venue until 8pm.”
Note: This event occurs every Sunday.

Monday, February 3: Ballard Board Games Meetup Group: Pub Trivia at The Blue Star
From the Meetup page: “OPEN CALL FOR TRIVIA BUFFS!!
Come one, come all and test your strength against the cognoscenti of Seattle Geekdom! We meet every Monday at the Blue Star Cafe and Pub. For more on the rules check out the Geeks Who Drink Trivia League. There are free beer questions between rounds and gift certificates for the top 3 teams. Make use of a lifetime’s worth of absorbing useless pop culture and random facts. Whether you are a trivia buff or have never played, please join us! WE WANT YOU!!!

The organizers will show early and stake out a table for our team by 7:30. We will have a hand-made meetup sign. If we have more than the team limit of six people we can split into 2 teams. The quiz begins at 8 sharp, so try to get there by 7:45PM so we won’t have to break up and reform teams. Newcomers are always welcome.”

Note: This event occurs every Monday.

Thursday, February 6: Women in Tech: Show Me the Money!
From GeekWire: “Interested in starting a company, but not sure how to go about funding? Women in Tech invites you to attend this engaging evening with industry experts and entrepreneurs with experience in venture funding, angel funding, crowd funding and bootstrapping.”

Thursday, February 6 – Sunday, February 9: The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF)
SAFF is a four-day event (February 6-9, 2014) showcasing feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. SAAFF 2014 will be presented at Columbia City’s Ark Lodge CinemasSAAFF showcases works by Northwest Asian American filmmakers, as well as films from across the country dealing with Asian American people, issues and themes, which are absent from other local festivals. SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American community.

Their schedule can be found here.

Saturday, February 8: SIFF 2014 Post Alley Film Festival: Female Centric and Eccentric Short Films
From SIFF: “It’s another bonanza year at the Post Alley Film Festival for uniquely stimulating shorts—one day of female centric and eccentric short films about, for, by women (and some good men).”

Saturday, February 8: Nerds Collide!: RTC (Renton Technical College) GamersFest
From the Meetup page: “Magic the Gathering Tournament plus more! Workshops! Comic and Game Vendors! Food Trucks! Guided Tours of RTC Programs! Student Leadership & Involvement Opportunities! Zombie Photo Booth! Demonstrations and Exhibits! Costume Contest! Sci-Fi Podcast! Proceeds benefit Basic Studies Scholarship Fund – Your ticket is tax deductible!”

Saturday, February 8: Te Fare O Tomatoa Family Concert
From Town Hall Seattle: “Te Fare O Tamatoa is on a mission to educate the public about Tahiti through drumming and dancing—it’s a bonus that the “lessons” are so incredibly entertaining and fun. Working in the traditional style, Te Fare O Tamatoa (The House of Tamatoa) demonstrates Tahitian drumming, dance, music, history, and culture through high-energy rhythmic performances that are beautiful, colorful, and mesmerizing.”

Saturday, February 8: The Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties at Greenlake and Paramount Park

Sunday, February 9: Seattle Games Cooperative: Game Design Workshop
From the Meetup page: “Want to make games but not sure you have enough time? Lack the programming chops to turn your ideas into reality? Or perhaps you’d just like to practice designing games?
Join us for an afternoon of good, old fashioned game making! We’ll be using pen, paper, and various other odds and ends to design games from scratch.”

Wednesday, February 12: Communicating Science with Younger Audiences
From NW Science Writers: “Are poop jokes over-used? Does the word “DNA” need to be defined? Is particle physics just too hard to explain? These are the kinds of questions that come up when writing about science for kids. Panelists Emily Krieger, Beth Geiger, and Eric Chudler have produced books, articles, and educational materials for children on topics ranging from memory to comet impacts. They’ll discuss the rewards and challenges of translating complex technical concepts into stories that the under-age set can understand — and enjoy.”

Thursday, February 13: Seattle Antifreeze Games
“Our mission is simple: bust the myth of the “Seattle Freeze!” For newcomers to the city—or those who have been here for years—Seattle AntiFreeze is a place to meet new people, learn a bit about where you live, and discover practical tips for making this place your home. Join MOHAI and staff from Card Kingdom for a short history of gaming in Seattle, and then play video and board games that were designed by or have connections to game makers in this region.”

Friday, February 14: GeekGirlCon Board Games Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? This is your group!
It is a very casual newbie-friendly group!
We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You could find Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Pandemic, The Resistance, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more.
Join the GeekGirlCon staff and friends and play some games! Want to each a game? Bring along some games and show others how to play!”
Note: This event occurs every other Friday.

Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Day with the Barefoot Divas: ‘Walk A Mile in My Shoes’
From Town Hall Seattle: “Six women. Six distinct life stories tied to the complex history of Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea’s indigenous people. Six strikingly fresh voices that move that history down a compelling new path. Fill your heart on Valentine’s Day with the oh-so-soulful Barefoot Divas, a group of innovative, acclaimed singer/songwriters of indigenous heritage, whose wildly popular showWalk a Mile in My Shoes visits Town Hall as part of its first North American tour. A sellout over two seasons at the Sydney and New Zealand International arts festivals, the “heart-warming, spine-tingling” show offers a cultural experience and an intimate look at the lives of the talented, funny, uplifting Divas. Backed by a powerhouse six-piece band, the bold and brash Divas perform original, authentic, deeply felt compositions that swing between acoustic roots, jazz, R&B, and Latin-infused soul—in Aboriginal languages and a fusion of English and Maori (Te Reo), and with magical six-part harmonies.”

Friday, February 21: Elizabeth Kolbert presents The Next Mass Extinction
From Town Hall Seattle: “There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history — the sixth is upon us now. Until now, they’ve been caused by environmental factors like the asteroids wiping out the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert says “This time, the cataclysm is us.” Our species is slowly killing off all the others and if successful, the planet won’t recover for millions of years. Kolbert combines years of research and fieldwork with a chronological trajectory of extinction in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She shows how human migration, staggering population increase, habitat destruction, greenhouse gases, poaching and a number of other factors have already affected a number of species, including the golden frogs of Panama, Staghorn coral and the Sumatran rhino. Will the human legacy be one of destruction? Two-time National Magazine award winner Kolbert shows us it already is.”

Friday, February 21Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Join us on Friday, February 21 for Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world evening of readings by local writers Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, and Samuel Jarius Pettit. From Lambda Literary-nominated fantasies to taut sci-fi thrillers to racy space romps, each author takes the reader on an exciting, imaginative journey.”
Brought to you by Gay City Health ProjectQueer Geek! Seattle and Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up 

Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23: BeyondCon
From GeekWire: “BeyondCon is a costuming relaxacon event where you can learn new costuming techniques, share techniques you have developed, and hang out for the weekend with other costumers.”

Saturday, February 22: BoneBattle II: Gaming Tournament
From the Facebook page: “The BONEBATTLE returns! A free-to-play, multi-game tabletop tournament, hosted by Steve of The BoneBat Show podcast! Grand Prize: (2) Tickets to the BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest 2014!”

Saturday, February 22: The Moth Presents GrandSLAM: Fish Out of Water
From Town Hall Seattle: “The Fish Out of Water edition of The Moth’s GrandSLAM brings together five-minute, unscripted stories of free spirits in working offices, awkward locker room fiascos and other examples of wrong place, wrong time. This GrandSLAM performance is the culmination of 10 monthly StorySLAMs around Seattle, with StorySLAM winners joining together in what’s sure to be an impressive finale. In typical Moth fashion, the winner of the GrandSLAM will be chosen by guest judges from the audience.”

Tuesday, February 25: Public Health Cafe The Human Microbiome
From UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health: “Public Health Café is a series of informal, interactive conversations intended to raise awareness about the fascinating and often overlooked science of public health. Join us at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in West Seattle, have a latte or a glass of wine or beer, and hear an expert discuss an emerging issue in public health. Then enjoy a lively, guided discussion or activity with the people at your table. Come alone or bring a group. No expertise or preparation required, just a desire to listen, learn, and discuss the topic served up for your intellectual enjoyment. Our goal is that you leave more curious about the topic and fired up about the work that public health has done, is doing, and will do in the future.”

Tuesday, February 25: Jennifer Oullette Presents Mapping the Journey of Self-Identity
From Town Hall Seattle: “The nature vs. nurture debate has been ongoing for a number of years, but one of the underlying questions–what defines self–has been largely unanswered until now.Me, Myself & Why: Searching for the Science of Self brings us Jennifer Ouellette’s personal journey of self-discovery, and in the process, analyzes the construct of identity. Ouellette explores her beginnings as an adopted child, her dislike of math and the root causes of human behavior. She explores everything from eye color andcilantro hatred to representation of our online selves via avatars. She gets her brain mapped, undergoes multiple personality tests, has her genome sequenced and even experiments with psychedelics–all in the name of science. Author of The Calculus Diaries and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, Ouellette’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.”

Friday, February 28: Attic Let’s Read and Book Club
From the event page: ”Open evenings for quiet communal reading, fourth Fridays. Bring your latest book, or start digging in to our fabulous library–read feminist history or theory, get inspiration for your next project, or relax with something funny or fantastical.

This month we will be discussing Arlie Hochschild’s The Second Shift. The Attic has a copy.”

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!
Please note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

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January Geek About Town

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Happy New Year, readers! We’ve waved farewell to 2013 so let’s ring in the new year with what’s in store for this month!

Wednesday, January 1: Third Place Gamers: Wednesday Evening Gameplay
Weekly tabletop gaming meetup.

Thursday, January 2: West Seattle Boardgames: Thursday Night Boardgames
Bi-monthly gaming meetup (every other Thursday).

Friday, January 3: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Friday Gaming on Capitol Hill
Weekly tabletop gaming meetup.

Monday, January 6: Treehouse Cafe Open Mic Science
From Treehouse Cafe: “Owls – Studies and observations on Bainbridge Island”, will be presented by Jamie Acker, physics and engineering teacher at Olympic High School and retired submarine officer. An Island resident, he has been studying the Island’s owl populations since 1995 and is the author of two published works as a citizen scientist concerning Barred Owls. Most of his observations center around Barred Owls and their apparent effects on other owl species, particularly the Western Screech-owl which has been extirpated from the Island. Since the fall of 2005, he has also run a banding station for Northern Saw-whet Owls, a small migratory owl whose population dynamics, particularly on the west coast, are not very well understood.”

Tuesday, January 7: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Tuesday Night Boardgaming at the Raygun
Weekly tabletop gaming meetup.

Tuesday, January 7: West Seattle Boardgames: Co-op Game Night
Bi-monthly co-op gaming meetup (every other Tuesday). From the Meetup.com page: “Co-op games are where everybody is playing together as a team to survive a challenge or defeat a common enemy. Bring your own co-op games if you have them.”

Wednesday, January 8: January Teen Science Cafe, Exploring Mars: Past, Present, Future
From Pacific Science Center: “Recent discoveries may have us rethinking Mars as we know it. From orbiters, landers and rovers, we have uncovered eye-opening conditions of this dusty planet. Could agriculture be sustainable on Martian soil? Come discuss this and other incredible Mars discoveries at the January Teen Science Café, featuring University of Washington’s Erika Harnett, Ph.D.”

Saturday, January 11: Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Fantasy
From EMP Museum: “The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.”

Saturday, January 11: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Party
Monthly Star Party at Greenlake

Sunday, January 12: The Seattle Chess Meetup: Sunday Meetup at Seattle Center (The Armory)
Weekly chess meetup.

Monday, January 13: January Eastside Science Cafe, Searching for Life Around Red Dwarf Stars
From Pacific Science Center Website: “Planets orbiting red dwarf stars are likely to be the first that we study in the search for life beyond our Solar System. At the January Eastside Science Café, join UW’s Aomawa Shields to explore why these stars offer the best chance of finding habitable planets, and how a planet’s ability to support life is complicated by the unique properties of these stars.”

Tuesday, January 14: January Tacoma Science Cafe, Mosquitos: The Buzz Behind the Bite
From Pacific Science Center Website: “We all know mosquitoes can transmit diseases, but did you know there are over 3,000 different species of mosquito, and many differences in their habits and the diseases they transmit? Join the Washington Department of Health’s Liz Dykstra, Ph.D., B.C.E., to learn about mosquito biology, diversity and how something so small can can have such a large impact on our lives.”

Friday, January 17: Karen Russell at Town Hall Seattle
From Town Hall Website: “Named one of the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under age 35 and a MacArthur Genius Grantee, Russell is also the author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Called a“wildly talented young author” by The New York Times, her latest collection of stories will leave readers hungry for more.”

Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 29: RustyCon
From GeekWire Website: “Rustycon is the first Science Fiction and Fantasy convention of the New Year in the greater Seattle area. This convention has a focus on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming. After dark, many fen can be found enjoying the various night time events. Join us as we explore the alternate worlds of the human imagination.”

Thursday, January 30: Fremont Geek Meetup: Hang out with other Geeks in Fremont
General Fremont geek meetup.

Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 2: Foolscap
From GeekWire website: “Foolscap is a small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together. At Foolscap you can hobnob with people who share your viewpoint, participate in cool projects and events, and charge up your mental batteries with lots of stimulating ideas.”

What are you going to do to ring in the New Year?

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!
Please note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

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“Rock On!”

December Geek About Town

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Hi everyone!

Winter has arrived! Keep yourself warm with these fantastic geeky events around Seattle!

Sunday, December 1
Seattle Games Cooperative: Game Design Workshop

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Want to make games but not sure you have enough time? Lack the programming chops to turn your ideas into reality? Or perhaps you’d just like to practice designing games? Join us for an afternoon of good, old fashioned game making! We’ll be using pen, paper, and various other odds and ends to design games from scratch.”



Sunday, December 1
Word Nerds Game Club: Play Games-North End

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Come and play with words! Are you a Wordster? Are you losing your Boggled mind? Are you experiencing Anomia? Word on the Street is that Super Scrabbled Letterati are going Bananagrams! We need some serious play therapy. Can you help? Bring a favorite word game, or just come and play with us. We enjoy playing with language among friendly competitors.”



Monday, December 2
Open Mic Science at Treehouse Cafe on Bainbridge Island

  • From the website: “Environmental factors associated with toxic algae. Dr. Jean Jacoby, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University, has a long research career specializing in the ecology and management of toxic and nuisance algae. She will give a presentation on some aspects of her recent research on environmental factors associated with toxic algae.”



Tuesday, December 3
Seattle Alternative Boardgamers: Tuesday Night Boardgaming at The Raygun

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Tuesday is open boardgaming at the Raygun Lounge. Bring your favorite game or pick something from the game library. This event is cross-posted with Queer Geek Seattle, so expect a crowd and get friendly.”



Tuesday, December 3
Queen Anne Science Cafe: Behind the Scenes of Modernist Cuisine

  • From the site: “Locally-based organization, Modernist Cuisine, has been making recent waves in the culinary world with its cookbooks (and their photos) and its scientific outlook on cooking. At the December Queen Anne Science Café, join Modernist Cuisine’s Scott Heimendinger to discover a behind-the-scenes perspective of what has made their work unique, including some of the science of cooking revealed by their unorthodox style of food photography.”



Thursday, December 5
Seattle Browncoats: Creative Geeks Society

  • For geeks and nerds who knit, crochet, weave, and spin.



Friday, December 4
Seattle Browncoats: Geek Bingo at Wayward Coffeehouse

Saturday, December 7
Bellevue Boardgamers

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Our recurring weekly board game night!! Join fellow Eastsiders in the Crossroads mall outside Uncle’s Games. When you show up, just look for people playing board games, odds are they are with the group. Bring your favorite games to play, or demo one from inside Uncle’s Games. Be sure to give your patronage to the store as well when you can to show them our support.”



Saturday, December 7
Seattle Astronomical Star Party at Green Lake and Paramount Park

Sunday, December 8
Word Nerds Game Club: Play Games-North End

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Come and play with words! Are you a Wordster? Are you losing your Boggled mind? Are you experiencing Anomia? Word on the Street is that Super Scrabbled Letterati are going Bananagrams! We need some serious play therapy. Can you help? Bring a favorite word game, or just come and play with us. We enjoy playing with language among friendly competitors.”



Monday, December 9
Eastside Science Cafe: Multiple Sclerosis in the Pacific Northwest

  • From the website: “Multiple sclerosis is a mysterious disease that is particularly common here in the Pacific Northwest. At the December Eastside Science Café, join the Swedish Neuroscience Institute’s James Bowen, M.D., to discover more about MS as a disease, trends and changes in its distribution around the world, and how it uniquely impacts our region.”



Tuesday, December 10
Seattle Alternative Boardgamers: Tuesday Night Boardgaming at The Raygun

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Tuesday is open boardgaming at the Raygun Lounge. Bring your favorite game or pick something from the game library. This event is cross-posted with Queer Geek Seattle, so expect a crowd and get friendly.”



Friday, December 13
GeekGirlCon: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? This is your group! It is a very casual newbie-friendly group! Join the GeekGirlCon staff and friends and play some games! Want to each a game? Bring along some games and show others how to play!”



Saturday, December 14
Bellevue Boardgamers

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Our recurring weekly board game night!! Join fellow Eastsiders in the Crossroads mall outside Uncle’s Games. When you show up, just look for people playing board games, odds are they are with the group. Bring your favorite games to play, or demo one from inside Uncle’s Games. Be sure to give your patronage to the store as well when you can to show them our support.”



Saturday, December 14
Down the Rabbit Hole with Supercommuter, Dual Core, Death*Star, and Beefy

  • Nerdcore concert at The White Rabbit



Sunday, December 15
Word Nerds Game Club: Play Games-North End

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Come and play with words! Are you a Wordster? Are you losing your Boggled mind? Are you experiencing Anomia? Word on the Street is that Super Scrabbled Letterati are going Bananagrams! We need some serious play therapy. Can you help? Bring a favorite word game, or just come and play with us. We enjoy playing with language among friendly competitors.”



Saturday, December 21
Bellevue Boardgamers

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Our reoccurring weekly board game night!! Join fellow Eastsiders in the Crossroads mall outside Uncle’s Games. When you show up, just look for people playing board games, odds are they are with the group. Bring your favorite games to play, or demo one from inside Uncle’s Games. Be sure to give your patronage to the store as well when you can to show them our support.”



Sunday, December 22
Jonny Nero at the Nectar

  • Nerd music featuring Jonny Nero Action Hero, Amanda Taylor, Gavin Qendall, Le King, and guests.



Sunday, December 22
Word Nerds Game Club: Play Games-North End

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Come and play with words! Are you a Wordster? Are you losing your Boggled mind? Are you experiencing Anomia? Word on the Street is that Super Scrabbled Letterati are going Bananagrams! We need some serious play therapy. Can you help? Bring a favorite word game, or just come and play with us. We enjoy playing with language among friendly competitors.”



Saturday, December 28
Bellevue Boardgamers

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Our reoccurring weekly board game night!! Join fellow Eastsiders in the Crossroads mall outside Uncle’s Games. When you show up, just look for people playing board games, odds are they are with the group. Bring your favorite games to play, or demo one from inside Uncle’s Games. Be sure to give your patronage to the store as well when you can to show them our support.”



Sunday, December 29
Word Nerds Game Club: Play Games-North End

  • From the Meetup.com Page: “Come and play with words! Are you a Wordster? Are you losing your Boggled mind? Are you experiencing Anomia? Word on the Street is that Super Scrabbled Letterati are going Bananagrams! We need some serious play therapy. Can you help? Bring a favorite word game, or just come and play with us. We enjoy playing with language among friendly competitors.”



What geeky event are you excited for this winter? Let us know in the comments below!

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!

Please Note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

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“Rock On!”

November 2013 Geek About Town

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Hi everyone!

GeekGirlCon ‘13 has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any geeky events around! Celebrate GeekGirlCon’s third year by attending these fabulous events!

Friday, November 1
Seattle and Eastside Nerds Collide!: Unnatural Redhead Productions Presents Boobs and the Bard: A Shakespeare Burlesque!

  • From the Meetup Page: “Unnatural Redhead Productions is proud to bring ‘Boobs and the Bard: A Shakespeare Burlesque!’ to Seattle this November. Whether you are a life-long Shakespeare devotee or have only resentfully read what was assigned to you in school, this show will delight and entertain. Genderbending and crossdressing! Clever wordplay! Comedy and tragedy! Oddly frequent occurrences of twins! The best stage direction of all time! Boobs and the Bard explores all the things so beloved about Shakespeare, but with more near-nudity and in a venue where you can have the finest ales and foodstuffs brought directly to your table.”

 

Friday, November 1 and Sunday, November 3
Seattle and Eastside Nerds Collide!: RPG at its best – Sports Support Team! Huskies Concessions – LLS Fundraiser

  • From the Meetup Page: “Be part of the TEAM! Are you better with numbers than with equipment? Do you long to be part of the action but just aren’t coordinated? Play the role of LifeSaver extraordinaire! Provide concessions for the hungry hoards and raise funds for local cancer patients and their families. Join your friends and have fun making a difference for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while volunteering in a concession stand at the University of Washington Volleyball match on Friday, November 1st. We will run the concession stand and a portion of the proceeds from the stand goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free food and beverage while working and if time permits you will be able to catch parts of the match.”

 

Friday, November 1
Seattle Browncoats: Geek Bingo at Wayward Coffee

  • Coffee and geek bingo.

 

Saturday, November 2
Jet City Comic Book Show

  • From the event page: “A back to basics comic show! A celebration of art, comics, gaming, pop culture, & so much more!”

 

Saturday, November 2
Seattle Cosplayers: Jet City Comic Book Show

  • Meetup for cosplayers in the Seattle area.

 

Sunday, November 3
Seattle Games Cooperative: Game Design Workshop

  • From the Meetup Page: “Want to make games but not sure you have enough time? Lack the programming chops to turn your ideas into reality? Or perhaps you’d just like to practice designing games? Join us for an afternoon of good old-fashioned game making! We’ll be using pen, paper, and various other odds and ends to design games from scratch.

 

Sunday, November 3
Short Stories Live: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at Town Hall Seattle

  • From the event page: “This tribute to the wide-ranging career of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle features readings of two of his pure horror stories (“The Case of Lady Sannox” and “The Brazilian Cat”), along with one of his mysteries that really is a mystery: we’re not even going to name it. But after it’s read—by one of Seattle’s favorite professional actors—director Kurt Beattie will hold a contest to see whether anyone can identify it, and then he’ll award an appropriate prize! Here’s a clue: it’s about a man named Holmes.”

 

Monday, November 4
Open Mic Science: The ecology, bioacoustics and natural history of whales and dolphins.

 

Tuesday, November 5
Rebecca Eaton of ‘Masterpiece’: Insider Secrets from ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Sherlock,’ & More at Town Hall Seattle

  • From Event Page: “For more than 25 years, Rebecca Eaton has served as executive producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest-running weekly prime-time drama series in American history—so she has seen a lot. With unprecedented insider access to the people and stories behind all the huge hits at PBS—including Downton Abbey, Prime Suspect, and Mystery!— Eaton, author of Making Masterpiece, shares interviews with writers, directors, and producers, along with her own candid photos and personal anecdotes about her career. In addition to revealing behind-the-scenes insight, Eaton shares tidbits on Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daniel Radcliffe (whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield).”

 

Tuesday, November 5
Queen Anne Science Cafe: Complexities & Controversy in Genome Sequencing

  • From Pacific Science Center: “Taken without consent in 1951 from a patient named Henrietta Lacks, the cells now known as HeLa are the oldest and most widely used human cell line in scientific research. At the November Queen Anne Science Café, join UW’s Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D., to explore his team’s efforts to decipher the HeLa genome amidst controversy regarding issues of patient consent and the privacy of genetic information.”

 

Thursday, November 7
Anna Holmes & Lindy West ‘The Book of Jezebel’ at Town Hall Seattle
Lindy West appeared on the GeekGirlCon ‘13 panel, “Laugh Riot.”

  • From the Event Page: “Within months of Jezebel.com’s 2007 debut, fans of the cutting-edge website for women dubbed themselves ‘Jezzies’ and organized meet-ups all over the world. By 2008, Jezzies’ devotion warranted a New York Times feature story, and parody blogs and copycat websites popped up everywhere. Now, with contributions from the writers and creative types who give the site its distinctive tone and influence, The Book of Jezebel offers an encyclopedia of everything important to the modern woman. Editor Anna Holmes and Seattle writer Lindy West (formerly of The Stranger and lately famous for a debate over rape jokes—and the unbelievable response to it) pore over pop culture, feminism, fashion, and sex from A (Abzug, Bella) to Z (zits!).”

 

Thursday, November 7
Simon Singh ‘The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets’ at Town Hall Seattle

  • From the Event Page: “Homer’s exasperated “D’oh!” might most popularly define The Simpsons, but Simon Singh says the show is anything but simple: It contains so many mathematical references, they could form the basis of an entire university course. Offering deep insights into the celebrated TV series, Singh, author of the bestseller Big Bang and the new The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets, reveals how the show’s writers (all of whom have advanced science degrees) slip in morsels of number theory and mathematical concepts, from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origin of numbers and the most profound problems that haunt today’s mathematicians.”

 

Thursday, November 7 – Sunday, November 10
BurlyCon

  • From GeekWire Event Page: “For the sixth stellar year, BurlyCon is back for 2013! Attendees glowed about last year’s amazing schedule of offerings and round-the-clock fun. With over 100 classes taught by over 30 instructors, BurlyCon is the place to amp up your game! BurlyCon is an annual Burlesque Educational convention that provides educational offerings, professional growth and in-person social networking for the Burlesque Community. Our aim is to further the development and historical knowledge of this rare American art form that is experiencing a popular resurgence worldwide.”

 

Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14
Ballard Board Games

  • From the Meetup Page: “Thursdays in Ballard equals a night of party games and merriment. Join us at Ballard Coffee Works. Bring your favorite games or choose from the host’s selections. First timer? Don’t be shy, we are as friendly as they come.”

 

Thursday, November 7, Thursday, November 14, and Thursday, November 21
Seattle Browncoats: Creative Geeks Society

  • From the Meetup Page: “We have an open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too!”

 

Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14
Story Games Seattle: Thursday Gaming @ Phoenix

  • From the Meetup Page: “New venue! We’ve moved Thursdays to Phoenix Comics & Games. Which also means we’re back to all-ages. Come join us for Thursday night story gaming! Everybody’s welcome. Never come to our meetups before? Never tried story games or for that matter any roleplaying games? No worries! RSVP so we know you’re coming and you’ll get to play.”

 

Friday, November 8
GeekGirlCon: Board Game Night At Wayward Coffee

  • From the Meetup Page: “Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? This is your group! It is a very casual newbie-friendly group! We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You could find Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Pandemic, The Resistance, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more. Join the GeekGirlCon staff and friends and play some games! Want to each a game? Bring along some games and show others how to play!

 

Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
KRAMimprov: Krav’s BINGOmatic Improv Machine

  • From the event invite: “KRAM’s BINGOmatic Improv Machine returns for two shows November 8 & 9 at Ballard Senior Center. The show takes 16 short improv scenes and puts them against the backdrop of a twisted bingo game. The audience controls the order of the show and prizes are won by a lucky few. Each show is a completely fresh non-stop evening of improvisational scene- and game-based comedy, driven by the suggestions of our all-powerful audience.”

 

Friday, November 8
Seattle Sci-Fi Cinema: The Last Man on Earth

  • Wayward Coffee’s screening of The Last Man on Earth

 

Saturday, November 9
Seattle Astronomical Society: Star Parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park

 

Saturday, November 9 and Saturday, November 22
Seattle Shakespeare (Etc!) Readthrough Group: Read A Shakespeare Play (Location TBD)

  • Shakespeare readings. Location TBD.

 

Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, November 24
Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such

  • From the Meetup Page: “What are we doing? Dominoes (or other games depending on the mood), chatting about anything sci-fi related, drinking (caffeinated or unleaded) and general silliness. We start around 10:30 AM or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 PM), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

 

Wednesday, November 13
Eastside Gamers: Eastside Gaming

  • From the Meetup Page: “Story gaming has expanded to the Eastside! Everybody’s welcome. Never come to a meetup before? Never tried story games, or for that matter any roleplaying games? RSVP and you’ll get to play.”

 

Wednesday, November 13
Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half Reading and Book-Signing

  • From the Event Page: “Using a blog, MS Paint, and a penchant for telling poignant, funny, and self-deprecating stories, Allie Brosh has won over a huge, faithful audience. This book collects some of her most popular posts with new material to create a unique graphic memoir filled with humor, pathos, and doggies.”

 

Thursday, November 14
ScienceOnlineSeattle: #16:: Engaging the Invisible Americans: Science communication for Spanish-speaking audiences

  • See Meetup page for more information.

 

Tuesday, November 19
Redmond Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club: November Meetup

  • Discussion of Anansi Boys.

 

GGC & Central Cinema Present Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldWednesday, November 20
GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema Presents: Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

  • “Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film combines the worlds of video games and comic books with plenty of ka-pow. Watch wannabe-rockstar Scott Pilgrim on his quest to defeat not just one, but seven evil ex-boyfriends of his crush, Ramona Flowers. As if that task wasn’t tough enough, roadblocks along the way include bitter bandmates, a bloodthirsty old flame, and maybe even his own past mistakes. He’s going to need all the 1-ups he can get. Geeky greats Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jason Schwartzman deliver knock-out performances worthy of the original book series.”

 

Wednesday, November 20
Ignite Seattle! at Town Hall Seattle

  • From Event Page: “After a wildly successful debut season at Town Hall, the popular public-speaking series returns with its simple goal: ‘Enlighten us, but make it quick.’ Since 2006, Ignite communities have thrived in Portland, Sydney, Boulder, Baltimore, NYC, and elsewhere. Presenters are asked: If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you got only 20 slides, and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Touching briefly on a variety of topics, from the DIY community to parent-educator relationships, and presented by anyone and everyone, Ignite events are all-ages, fast-paced, sometimes-unpredictable, and always thought-provoking. A Science Challenge networking event open to all precedes the talks”

 

Thursday, November 21
Seattle Browncoats: GeekBingo @ Raygun Lounge

  • From the Meetup Page: “What is GeekBingo, you ask? Well, it’s just like regular bingo, except we kicked it up a notch with geeky words instead of plain old numbers! Bingo cards are $1 and proceeds raised are donated to local charities – so feel free to triple or quadruple your chances, it’s for a good cause! Plus, we have awesome prizes donated by Dreamstrand Comics, Otherworlds, Wayward Coffeehouse, as well as some of our own shiny bits and bobs.”

 

What are you excited for in November? Let us know in our comments!

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!

Please Note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

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“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ’13: Sneak Peek at Merch!

Hey everyone!

Shubz Blalack, Merchandise Manager, here to give you a sneak peek at GeekGirlCon ‘13’s merchandise! Enjoy!

Black

GeekGirlCon ‘13 Official T-Shirt ($15)

Our shirt is a must for the veteran or rookie con-goer! Choose from straight-cut, fitted, or children’s sizes.

GeekGirlCon ‘13 Tote Bag ($12)

The bag in black is back! Made from durable canvas, this bag is sturdy and roomy enough to hold your geeky necessities. [10.25”w x 13.5”h x 5”d]

GeekGirlCon ‘13 Collapsible Water Bottle ($8)

A new item this year! Save space and get hydrated with this convenient and easy to carry water bottle. In vibrant red, it’ll be easy to find! [10”h x 5.5”w]

GeekGirlCon ‘13 Notebook with Pen ($10)

Write a word, sketch, and everything in between! [5”w x 7”h]

You can find all of these and more at our merchandise booth! Don’t delay—all of our merchandise is limited edition, so items may sell out!

Get your passes to GeekGirlCon 2013 and check out the rest of our wares! We’ll be in the Exhibitor Hall on the 3rd floor, Booth 300.

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