Geek About Town: June

Summer is here with plenty of geeky and interesting things to do in Seattle this June!

Thursday to Sunday, June 1 to June 11: First day of the 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival

  • Schedule, locations, and tickets vary; take a look at the schedule here.
  • Seattle International Film Festival is one of the most highly attended film festivals in the United States. It shows more than 400 films from 80 countries in 25 days.


Thursday, June 1: Ali Noorani: There Goes the Neighborhood

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
  • Free event
  • Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum (an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration) will discuss his new book, There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Ashli Blow
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February Geek About Town!

Get your personal calendars out, because Seattle in February is a busy month with a lot to offer with events ranging from art to science. Here are some events on our radar.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: First Wednesday Queer Film Series presents Queer Date Night Shorts

  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Northwest Film Forum in Seattle’s Capitol HIll neighborhood
  • Ticket prices: Free for members of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, $5 for not-yet-members ($6.16 with fees)
  • Get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of short films from past screenings at TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and Translations Film Festival! The event page lists 12 short films. Read them here.

Ashli Blow
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Thank Yous and Pre-Teen Aliens at the GeekGirlCon ’16 Closing Ceremony

The final moments of GeekGirlCon are always bittersweet. On the one hand, it is when it becomes very clear very fast just how near the end really is. On the other, it brings with it the Closing Ceremony, which is always such a magical way to conclude the other-worldly experience that is GeekGirlCon.

To start off, GeekGirlCon staff and board members thanked attendees for spending this weekend celebrating socially-conscious geekdom. They also took a moment to address the sheer amount of time and energy staff and Agents voluntarily and consistently dedicate to the mission of making GeekGirlCon a reality. They implored attendees to add their support to the pool as donors and volunteers. It was a moment of true gratitude all around and a real indication of just what sort of atmosphere GeekGirlCon cultivates. Here is a video compiled of scenes and feels from GeekGirlCon ’16.

After the last shoutout was given and the last round of genuinely heart-warming, congratulatory applause had trickled away, the main event was announced and actors from Jet City Improv took to the stage to debut their upcoming show: Periods in History.

Teal Christensen
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Hallo Spaceboy: GeekGirlCon’s Super Secret Event Revealed–and Livetweeted!

This year for GeekGirlCon, we had a secret evening event! Although it took place in the open Garnet space, it was shrouded in mystery, except for a few hints dropped by host and emcee extraordinaire Rebecca M. Davis.

I had the opportunity to livetweet the event, so here’s my take on what happens when you get a room of strangers to sing together in honor of everyone’s favorite man who fell to Earth.

JC Lau
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March Geek About Town!

Here comes the sun! As the weather warms up, head out to these amazing events around the city! Check out our first GeekGirlCon fundraiser event of the year on March 23!

 

Sunday, March 6: The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq

18:30–21:00, Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104

Tickets: VIP advance $25, day of $30, general admission advance $15, day of $20

This show is 21+

The only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle, The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq, is back! Please join us for an evening of dazzling dancing, tantric teasing, and all around prismatic sexy magic with some of the hottest Burlesque performers this side of the Mississippi! There will be so many shades and flavors of chocolate, caramel, mocha, lemon meringue, and red velvet dripping from the Theatre Off Jackson stage that you are guaranteed to leave with a tooth ache.
Tuesday, March 8: Neumos Presents: Harry Potter Trivia (Early Edition)

5:30pm for 6:00pm start, 8:30pm for 9:00pm start

Tickets $5.59 including fees

Harry Potter Trivia

Due to high demand, we’re pleased to announce two back-to-back trivia events in one night!

Tickets must be purchased for each event.

Harry Potter Happy Hour!
Join us in Moe Bar at 3pm before the official trivia for magical concoctions and discounted drinks.

Earn a raffle ticket for every drink purchased to win super cool Harry Potter themed prizes.

 

Tuesday, March 8: International Women’s Day Seattle

5:30pm-8:00pm, WeWork – Holyoke Building – 17 Spring Street, Seattle, WA 98104

#PLEDGEFORPARITY SEATTLE

Each of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence and commit to taking action to accelerate gender parity.

Join us on International Women’s Day for an evening of discussion, inspiration and celebration with a special panel of guest speakers.

A suggested donation of $10 includes light appetizers, a glass of wine and donation to participating non-profits.

 

Friday, March 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

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!

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.

 

Tuesday, March 15: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

6:00pm – 10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, 13310 BelRed Rd, Bellevue, WA

Our All Geeks, All Games events are growing in popularity!

Join GeekGirlCon and Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and help us continue to expand our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side!

Help us fill that beautiful Tournament Room with folks enjoying our favorite games in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Why mess with the headache of traffic when you can come and play games with us instead.

Staff from both organizations will be on hand to help facilitate gameplay for the shy to the extroverted, from the expert strategist to the board game neophyte. With a huge lending library of games on hand, there will be something for everyone!

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Saturday, March 19: 2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Film Festival

12:00pm – 5:00pm, Cinerama Theatre, 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Tickets $20 ($15 EMP and SIFF members)

EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the eleventh annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on March 19, 2016.

The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinematic arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.

Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. Ten short films will screen in the first session followed by nine short films in the second session, with an intermission in between. An awards ceremony will follow the second session.

 

Sunday, March 20: The Felt-A-Thon

9am – 9pm, Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230, 815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98134

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.

 

Monday, March 21 – Sunday, April 17: First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

The Seattle Public Library – Central Branch, Level 8 Gallery, Seattle, WA

Free

The Seattle Public Library invites the public to come face-to-face with the First Folio at the downtown Seattle Central Library March 21 through April 17, 2016. Considered one of the most important books ever published, the First Folio is the first and most comprehensive collection of the plays of William Shakespeare.

The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Without it, 18 of those plays would likely have been lost to time, including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national traveling exhibit organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

 

Tuesday, March 22: Race, Justice and Democracy: Where do we stand?

7:30pm, Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle

Free; registration required

Seattle has a reputation as a progressive city, but when it comes to matters of race and justice how progressive is it? How do we view the activist voices of Black Lives Matter? As the Seattle Police Department operates under a Justice Department Consent Decree, is there progress being made in building trust with communities of color? What kind of leadership do we need to break down the barriers of institutional racism? This discussion will tackle these and other questions with a prominent panel of local speakers and the audience. Confirmed panel members include: Nikkita Oliver, lawyer, poet, and Seattle Black Lives Matter activist; Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez; Marcus Green, executive director of the South Seattle Emerald; and Mayor Ed Murray. KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the conversation. It will be live streamed and taped for broadcast.

Drinks with Geeks

Wednesday, March 23: Drinks With Geeks (A Fundraiser to Support GeekGirlCon)

5:30pm – 10:00pm, Peddler Brewery 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA

We have a question for you! Want to support GeekGirlCon by drinking a pint and eating a grilled cheese sandwich? If your answer is yes (and why wouldn’t it be?), we would love to see you at Peddler Brewing Company for our first fundraiser of 2016!

On March 23rd, we host our first fundraiser of 2016! We will raffle off great prizes while you enjoy tasty beers on tap.  And $1 of each pint sold will go to GeekGirlCon.

The fantastic Cheese Wizards food truck will be there and will donate 10% of their profit to GeekGirlCon. Check out their delicious menu here.

So if you like beer or grilled cheese, or just like GeekGirlCon, spend time with us in Ballard on March 23rd! Staff members and board members will be on hand to happily answer questions about our fantastic organization. We welcome the opportunity to meet our community and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 29: Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack: How to Succeed as a Woman In Tech

7:30PM, Downstairs at Town Hall, Doors open 6:30pm

Tickets $5

The Puget Sound is being driven by the tech industry—a field typically dominated by men. If you’re a woman in the tech world, or are looking to join it, what’s the best way to succeed? Women in Tech is one expert’s answer. Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (CEO of Fizzmint) will share stories of success from her book, tips on overcoming the boys’ club mentality, field-specific career skills, and easily achievable steps to coming out on top. She’ll be joined in conversation by successful female tech professionals who contributed to the book for a discussion of how they got to where they are and what it’s really like to be a “woman in tech.” Panelists include: Kamilah Taylor (software engineer at LinkedIn), Angie Chang (VP of Hackbright Academy, founder of Women 2.0), Brianna Wu (Co-Founder, CEO, and Head of Development at Giant Spacekat), and Kristin Toth Smith (former CEO of Code Fellows). The conversation will be moderated by Stephen (Stepto) Toulouse, Microsoft/Xbox veteran and currently Director of Hacker Success at HackerOne.

JC Lau
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A Look Inside the Life of a Famous Geek Model

And when I say famous, I mean my pictures have been tweeted and re-tweeted about 50 times. So obviously, I expect to be getting calls to model geek couture around the world.

Any minute now…

GeekGirlCon ‘15 had a brand new feature this year: the GeekGirlCon ‘15 Fashion Show, in association with PNW Fattitude. The idea was sort of radical in the “typical” fashion world: use models of all body types, shapes, and sizes, and let them strut their stuff on a runway. And what better place to showcase the kinds of clothing geek girls love to wear than at GeekGirlCon? Most of the geek wear in the world seems to be made for guys; I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a serious geeky t-shirt collection, and almost all of them are the standard t-shirt cut made for guys. Even the companies that make and market shirts for girls don’t usually have shapes and sizes for anyone but the smallest geek girls, so those of us who don’t fit into baby doll t-shirts opt for the guy t-shirts over nothing at all.

Sarah Grant
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Bechdel Test Burlesque Returns!

GeekGirlCon ‘15 is fast approaching, and you have a hard choice to make between two awesome events on October 10: our first GeekGirlCon Fashion Show at the Conference Center, or something a little more risque…

 

BECHDEL TEST BURLESQUE

October 9 & 10, 2015

Doors 7:00 PM; show 7:30 PM

21+ Only with ID

$20 General Admission, $35 VIP

 

Presented by

Jo Jo Stiletto, Sophie Maltease, Sailer St. Claire & Scarlett O’Hairdye

In Association with Sin de la Rosa

Sarah Grant
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GeekGirlCon ’15 Programming is LIVE!

Through the magic and hard work that is GeekGirlCon’s devoted volunteer Web Team, programming for GeekGirlCon ‘15 is LIVE on our website!

schedule page

With our convention passes getting close to selling out for the fifth straight year (go buy your passes NOW if you haven’t!), we’ve been busy planning our schedule, prepping all of the panels, gathering science-y materials for the DIY Science Zone, brushing up on our game play, and setting up ideal spaces for all of our awesome attendees.

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Not to be missed: October 9, the night before GeekGirlCon ‘15 opens its doors, is our GeekGirlCONcert and Kick-Off Party! If you can’t pick up your badge at the Conference Center at the WSCC on Friday during the day, you can pick it up on your way into the Hard Rock Cafe, where we will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary in style with Thundering Asteroids! and PDX Broadsides for dancing and entertainment. (This event is badge holders only; not open to the general public.)

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October 10, we have two evening events lined up at the convention: the Annual GeekGirlCon Costume Contest, and our first ever GeekGirlCon Fashion Show, partnering with some amazing designers for geeks everywhere!

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Doors open at 9am on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, with programming starting both days at 10am. Check out the schedule and start planning your weekend more thoroughly so you don’t miss a thing!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Sarah Grant
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Last Call for Performers at GeekGirlCon ’15!

GeekGirlCon’15 is coming up FAST. October 10 and 11, 2015 is only about four and a half months away, and we are kicking things into high gear. Our special events, such as our annual GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration, costume contest, and our Friday night Kick-Off event have been some of the most popular attractions of the con. This year we want YOU to be a part of it–and TONIGHT is the deadline for applications, so your time for procrastination is over!

GeekGirlCon is looking for the following for our GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration Sunday night, and potentially other events throughout the con:

  • Musicians
  • Stand up comedians
  • Hosts and MCs
  • Professional speakers
  • Performers
  • Improvisational actors
  • Slam poets
  • Cosplay and fashion show judges
  • Entertainers of all kinds

GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. Performers and special guests must reflect this commitment as well.

Please fill out the form on this page to indicate your interest. All questions can be directed to maddy@geekgirlcon.com.

Submissions are open until 11:59PM PST on Friday, May 15–and that’s TONIGHT.

SAMMUS says: “Do it now!!”

Sammus performing at GeenGirlCONcert '14

SAMMUS performing at GeekGirlCONcert ’14

Sarah Grant
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Call for Performers and Special Guests for GeekGirlCon ’15!

Written by GeekGirlCon’s Special Events Manager Maddy Vonhoff

Our special events, such as our annual GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration, costume contest, and our Friday night Kick-Off event have been some of the most popular attractions of the con! Past GeekGirlCon performers and special guests have included former astronaut Wendy Lawrence,  The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, SAMMUS (check out our 2013 interview!), and Unwoman. This year, GeekGirlCon’15 will take place on the weekend of October 10 and 11, 2015 at The Conference Center at the WSCC in downtown Seattle and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks at GeekGirlCONcert ’14

GeekGirlCon is looking for:

  • Musicians
  • Professional speakers
  • Stand-up comedians
  • Improvisation actors
  • Hosts and MCs
  • Slam poets
  • Cosplay and/or fashion show judges

and entertainers of all kinds to take part in our GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration Sunday night, and potentially other events throughout the con.

NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, GeekGirlCon '14 Closing Celebration

NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, GeekGirlCon ’14 Closing Celebration

We are looking to diversify our performances, speakers, and musical genres from previous years, so don’t be afraid to apply, even if it is not something we have seen or heard at GeekGirlCon before. We’re especially looking for talent that reflects and appreciates the mission of our convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage, and empower the female geek. Don’t want to apply but know someone who is a great fit? Please pass along this form to them!

Do you have to be a woman to apply?

No, although woman performers and special guests are highly encouraged! GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. All performers must reflect this commitment as well.

Sammus performing at GeenGirlCONcert '14

SAMMUS performing at GeenGirlCONcert ’14

Do performers and special guests get discounted badges?

All performers and special guests are eligible for comped badges if they are performing or participating in special events at the convention.

Submissions are open until 11:59PM PST on Friday, May 15.

Please fill out the form here to indicate your interest. All questions and suggestions can be directed to the Manager of Special Events, Maddy Vonhoff, at maddy@geekgirlcon.com. Thank you for your interest and we will be in touch shortly!

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