December Geek About Town

With the holiday season coming up on us, here are some awesome geeky events to invite your friends and family to!

 

Friday, November 20 – Saturday, December 19: The Twilight Zone: Live!

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Online reservations can be made at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.
Regular at the door $29
Students/Seniors at the door $25
Regular Online reserved $25
Student/Seniors online reserved $22

Box office opens at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm

From the website: You’ve turned the corner…the sign post up ahead…it’s The Twilight Zone: Live! Three episodes from the classic TV show presented live on our stage. The Midnight Sun (Nov, 1961) follows a young artist sweltering in her apartment as the earth slowly spirals into the sun. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (May 1961). Bus passengers are stranded by a storm at a roadside diner while rumors of UFOs fly on the radio and it seems there are more passengers than there should be. The Night of the Meek (Dec 1960). A drunken dime store Santa discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Do not miss this year’s classic.

 

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Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6: Chi-Raq

SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA

From the webpage: Iconoclast director Spike Lee returns with this hard-hitting, modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata” that tells the story of a group of women who organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence around the world.

 

Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

From the webpage: SIFF’s annual extravaganza celebrating the 1971 musical family classic returns! Sign our giant contract on the way in the door, then enjoy fragrant and tasty treats from our legendary Wonkariffic goodie bags. Bring your nose, your taste buds, and your sense of adventure as you tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all, made even more outrageous by Gene Wilder’s wonderfully eccentric performance, utterly singable songs, and those lovable hardworking Oompa Loompas.

Seeing this film on the big screen (with candy!) makes for an experience that is “ninety-three percent perspiration, six percent electricity, four percent evaporation, and two percent butterscotch ripple.”

 

Sunday, December 6: Doctor Wholidays

EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

Tickets $22 ($15 EMP members); $8 youth (ages 5-17)

From the website: Put your Sonic Screwdrivers in the air and wave them like you just don’t care at this holiday celebration of Doctor Who at EMP.

Do you love the Doctor? So do we! For over 50 years, BBC’s iconic series about a time-traveling hero, Doctor Who, has been a phenomenon with extraordinary cultural impact.

Join us in celebrating Doctor Who and the holiday season with a holiday-themed TARDIS photo op, costume contests*, Geeks Who Drink trivia, drink specials, activities by Anglicon, Christmas crowns and crackers, clips from Doctor Who Christmas specials, and more wibbly wobbly timey wimey surprises.

Time Lords big and small welcome!

Tickets include admission into EMP’s Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, which features the original Dalek and Cyberman used in the filming of classic Doctor Who episodes from the 1980s.

 

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Tuesday, December 8: The Doubleclicks, Sammus and Shubzilla at Funhouse

Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle

Tickets are $8 advance (available at Ticketfly), or $10 at the door.

Doors open at 8:30pm, Show starts at 9:00pm.

 

Friday, December 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.

There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay. Their pastries are delivered daily from local vendors including donuts from Mighty-O Donuts, croissants from Le Fournil Patisserie, bagels from Blazing Bagels, and the rest of their tasty treats provided by Little Rae’s All Natural Bakery. There are even GF cookies from WOW Bakery!

 

Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12: Hogswatch Night Burlesque

Black Box Theater (At the Seattle Center), 305 Harrison St, Seattle
VIP Tickets: $50 each, general admission: $25 each

Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

From the event: For two nights this December GossamarWing Productions is offering tickets to a burlesque experience on a different world, Discworld to be exact*.
Come and join us for an immersive experience with some of your favorite** characters of the series as they experience Hogswatch Night.
We will have a snack bar, merch and photo booth, so bring cash and be prepared to jump into the DiscWorld with us, as we honor Sir Terry Prachett with our love!

*And let us tell you that was not easy, tracking down the Great A’Tuin was no easy feat as she seemly follows no pattern in her travels
**Well our favorite, but through headology, and stripping, we will convince you to love our choices!

 

Saturday, December 12: Joy to the Worlds Tour

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Seattle Mystery Books, 10326 45th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125

From the event: Help us celebrate the release of Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays!
Join all four authors at Seattle Mystery Books in Seattle, WA. Chat with the authors and pick up an autographed copy of the book.

 

Thursday, December 17: Campout Cinema: Gremlins

Sky Church, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

Tickets $12 ($9 EMP members, youth ages 5-17)

Doors open 6:30pm, event starts at 7:30pm

From the webpage: Deck the halls with boughs of… gremlins? A horde of mischievous monsters are unleashed on a small town in this Campout Cinema screening of Gremlins (1984).gremlins_poster

Hilarious destruction ensues in the small town of Kingston Falls after a new pet owner violates two of three simple gremlin rules: no water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light.

Come face to face with Gizmo the Mogwai (yes, the real Gizmo used in the film) who is making his EMP debut inside the Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film exhibit (included with tickets) before and during intermission. Start some trouble in the Holly Jolly Mayhem photo op, and enjoy trivia, giveaways, and other surprises!

This event is all ages; alcohol will not be served at the screening.

 

Saturday, December 19: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Marathon

JBL Theater, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

11:00am – 3:30pm

From the webpage: Take a breather from holiday shopping and join us for an EMP holiday tradition with screenings of one of the worst films ever made, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

This madcap sci-fi movie adventure sends Martian kidnappers to Earth to capture Santa Claus for their joyless planet, and had a resurgence of popularity in the ’90s when it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Experience the Christmas magic non-stop with back-to-back screenings at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm.

Tickets are free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

Saturday, December 26: Seattle Audubon Society Annual Christmas Bird Count

Register here. $5.00 suggested donation

From the webpage: Started in 1900, the CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in North America. Seattle Audubon has coordinated the Seattle CBC for nearly nine decades! Approximately 200 volunteers survey the count circle (15 miles in diameter) centered in downtown Seattle, to identify and count anything with feathers and a pulse. There are 14 areas within the Seattle count circle, each being covered by one or multiple teams of volunteer surveyors. All results are tallied by a count compiler and submitted to the National Audubon Society. These data are incorporated into very important research, like the State Of The Birds report and the National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report.

 

Thursday, December 31: Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Singalong

SIFF Cinema Uptown

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

From the webpage: The ultimate celebration of the Bohemian lifestyle, Moulin Rouge! is filled with breathtaking costumes and lush production numbers that invade the mind and fill the eyes with sensuous treats. Until it all comes crashing down in a tragic, doomed love affair guaranteed to make you grab your hankies. But don’t worry, it’s just another day the Moulin Rouge, so drink your bubbly, and relish a good cry to end the year.

Before the film we’ll celebrate the music of the film with a Moulin-inspired music video countdown. And the evening ends just in time to head over to the Space Needle to catch some fireworks while shouting “Rooooooxannnne” at the sky!

 

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

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
“Rock On!”

Tomorrow: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

Do you love board games? GeekGirlCon has teamed up with Mox Boarding House for a monthly gaming night on the Eastside!

Come to our All Geeks, All Games event tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Mox Boarding House (13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, Washington 98005) from 6:00pm onward! Admission is free! All ages are welcome.

Check out Magic the Gathering, try some RPGs or check out the newest board games with your fellow geeks! We (and Mox) will provide all the games from our library, but don’t hesitate to bring your own to share!

Attendees at October's All Geeks, All Games event. Photo credit: Kristine Hassell

Attendees at October’s All Geeks, All Games event. Photo credit: Kristine Hassell

New to board games, or looking for a new game to try? Not to worry! All Geeks, All Games is here to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the gaming community. We will teach you how to play in a safe and friendly environment!

At our inaugural event last month, we had over 40 gamers come out to play! So if you’re looking for a new group of fun, friendly people to play games with, Mox Boarding House will be the place to be. As an added bonus, if you play a board game from their library and like it, you can buy a fresh copy for 20% off!

If you've never played an RPG with Andy, you're in for a treat! Image source: Kristine Hassell.

If you’ve never played an RPG with Andy, you’re in for a treat! Image source: Kristine Hassell.

We also still have our successful bimonthly Wayward Coffeehouse Nights every second and fourth Friday of the month from 7-11pm on the west side, hosted by our lovely Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich. So, with events on both sides of the lake, that’s double the opportunities to come out and play with us!

You can RSVP to our event here, or, to find out about our upcoming events, sign up on the Meetup group here. We hope to see you soon!

Our event at Wayward Coffeehouse. Image source: Kristine Hassell

Our event at Wayward Coffeehouse. Image source: Kristine Hassell

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ‘15 – Sunday’s Closing Celebration!

GeekGirlCon closes our con every year with something special for our attendees. Last year, we listened to, and got to ask questions of, former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and then closed out the evening with a slam poetry performance that brought tears to many eyes–including mine!

This year, join us once again for the last event of GeekGirlCon ‘15:

Vicious and Vulgar

Arthur Conan Doyle has risen from the grave, and he’s upset! In Vicious and Vulgar, local playwrights Sammy Scott and Alison Luhrs re-imagine the literary hero and wonder aloud: what would he think of all of the fanfiction, cosplaying, and conventions happening in modern times? A grumpy and abrasive reanimation, Doyle manifests Holmes and Watson in contemporary, female forms in attempts to prove to his audience that they have wasted their time with the canon. Throwing in Granada Holmes and a certain mouse detective, this play explores the themes, characters, and relationships in Doyle’s classics with a modern-day female-centric twist while asking the question: what is the relationship between a canon and the fan?

Having been called “strikingly original,” “entertaining,” and “deeply moving” by Seattle’s Sherlock elite, “Vicious and Vulgar” will be performed as a live reading with Scott and Luhrs in the roles of the eponymous heroes.

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Image courtesy of Sammy Scott and Alison Luhrs

Come wrap up GeekGirlCon ’15 with us as we explore the world of Sherlock Holmes from the female gaze!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Reminder: GeekGirlCon ’15 Kick-Off Party and GeekGirlCONcert on Friday Night!

If you’re in town on Friday night before GeekGirlCon starts THIS SATURDAY, join us at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Seattle to celebrate our 5th anniversary with our kick-off party and annual GeekGirlCONcert!

Join us from 6pm for the kick-off party and get ready for our convention! There will be free food with a cash bar, and you can skip the line on con day and pick up your badge right there. Then, at 8:30pm we’ll have our GeekGirlCONcert! Groove along as the PDX Broadsides and Thundering Asteroids! take the stage. Our event is all-ages, so feel free to bring the whole family.

This event is only for GeekGirlCon ’15 badge holders or by special invitation, so if you want to come and celebrate with us, you’ll need to have a pass. They’re expected to sell out before the weekend, so make sure you buy yours today!

 

Written by GeekGirlCon copywriter JC Lau

JC Lau
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Raise Some “Extra Life” for Seattle Children’s Hospital!

“Extra Life?” you ask. “What’s all this about?”

I’m glad you asked!

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Image source: Dungeons & Dragons article on Extra Life

Extra Life is a tabletop game tournament that raises money for hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. Here in Seattle, this means all the money raised will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital–an amazing place where kids and their families experience so much every day, and they can always use our help. All the players and Dungeon Masters are taking pledges for their 48 hours of gameplay, starting this Friday, October 2, at 12pm!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Treasure Trapped – An Inspiring Documentary!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

Role playing games are huge parts of the lives of many people I know in the Seattle area; two of my writer friends regularly run their own games out of their living room, as well as at AmberCon in Detroit every year. I know quite a few groups of people who have reservations at games stores and coffee houses for weekly games as well, and I even participate occasionally.

Live action role playing, or LARPing, is something that’s existed sort of on the periphery of my life for a while now; I have friends who LARP who will talk about it, and friends who LARP who won’t talk about it. It depends on their circles of friends if they share it or not; I’ve heard them say that people get a strange look on their faces when told what LARPing is. I don’t LARP myself, but I have been familiar with this look for most of my life when trying to explain why I love science fiction and fantasy books, films, and television shows.

On June 27, I was privileged to go to a screening of a documentary called Treasure Trapped. It was made in the United Kingdom and several Nordic countries by a film company called Cosmic Joke. I was very interested to see it; I’d been chatting via email to one of the film’s producers, Shona Brown, and she is very passionate about the project—and the fact that they were coming from the UK to the USA for a screening tour!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

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
“Rock On!”

February Geek About Town!

Hi, everyone! Here’s what’s going on in the Seattle area for the month of February! Get in on some of the nerdy fun solo or with a group of friends!

Wednesday, February 4: MegaRan, Kirby Krackle, and Danimal Canon
From the Facebook page: “Join MegaRan, Kirby Krackle (full-band), and Danimal Cannon for a night of ALL-AGES nerd-music Live Subspace Comics in Lynnwood, WA.

Show from 7:00-10:00 PM. $5 cover.

All artists will have merch and albums available for sale.”

Saturday, February 7: Black History Month Kickoff Event
From the EMP page: “The Brandkings and EMP Museum present Through the Eyes of Art, the kickoff event for EMP’s Black History Month celebration.

This year, Seattle’s premier Black History Month celebration brings together work from regional artists and photographers in The Value of Black Life art showcase.

The second annual Through the Eyes of Art will feature a keynote address from the former National Director of Youth Engagement at World Vision Derrick Wheeler-Smith, remarks from City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council Member Bruce Harrell, and a live performance by hip-hop heavyweights Talib Kweli and Draze.

Event from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

EMP Museum
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info: $20 ($17 EMP members), all ages.

Saturday, February 7: Kidstock! 2015
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
FREE | ALL AGES
From the ECA page: “Kidstock! is the FREE, annual family event at ECA that features musical performances, theatre, arts education workshops, and activities for kids. As the cornerstone of ECA’s Family Series, Kidstock! strives through theatre, music and interdisciplinary arts performances to engage children from a young age in diverse and exciting arts experiences.

Enjoy bouncy houses, food concessions, Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Costume Photo Booth, Kidstock! 2016 Button Design Station, and Summer Arts Enrichment Camp & ECA Family Series Raffles!

Register for Kidstock! online or at the ECA Box Office: 425-275-9595/410 4th Ave N. Walk-ups welcome.”

Friday, February 13: 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 FrontiersLocke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and RosesSettlers 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. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”

Friday, February 13: Slash: Burlesque Romance Without Boundaries
From the Facebook page: “TICKETS ON SALE JAN 14th 12pm.

A BURLESQUE CELEBRATION OF EROTIC FANFICTION.

It’s a Nerd Valentine’s Party for everyone!
Costume Contests, Prizes, Fanfiction, Nerdlesque!
Celebrate the Re-Bar’s 25th Anniversary Weekend.

Doors 7PM; show 7:30PM.
Location: RE-BAR Seattle

Presenting Sponsor: Games by Playdate
Supporting Sponsors: Sin In Linen, Northwest Press, and Gamma Ray Games

Noromo? Then GTFO because Slash is a burlesque show that’s all about love in all of its forms! Whether you prefer homosexual hook-ups between genetically engineered supersoldiers and British sleuths, heterosexual pairings of spaceship captains and ex-KGB agents, friendslash between cartoon characters and historical figures, or some good ol’ self-love slash between a young woman and her favorite book*, Slash: Burlesque Romance Without Boundaries has something for everyone to enjoy!

Inspired by Games by Play Date’s indie card game Slash: Romance Without Boundaries, producers Jo Jo Stiletto, Sophie Maltease, Sailor St. Claire and Scarlett O’Hairdye have assembled a nerdlesque experience that ships nerdy burlesque acts with one another in the hope of creating the evening’s One True Pair. An alternative to candy and flowers, this geeky Valentine’s treat features the Pacific Northwest’s top nerdlesque performers all staying in one hotel room with one bed, sprinkled with a little bit of sex pollen, and set in an alternate universe where they’re all playing characters from pop culture!

Featuring Iva Handfull and Bolt Action.

Starring:
Al Lykya
Ariel Echo
Baby Le’Strange
Dizzy Von Damn
Eddie Van Glam
Flirty Sanchez
Maxie Milieu
Ms. Briq House
Randi Rascal
Redd Kryptonite
Scarlett O’Hairdye
Sophie Maltease
Tootsie Spangles

hosted by The Showgirl Scholar, Sailor St. Claire!

Sponsor Info: Games By Playdate will be providing oodles of prizes for our costume contests and other contests to be announced. They also will be selling a BRAND NEW expansion pack made for our event with cards suggested by the producers. PLUS, you can advance purchase a discounted copy of the game to pick up at our event (save $5 plus shipping costs!). RSVP to learn more and contests and giveaways. The producers are big fans of this game and you should be too.

Ticket Prices:
$20 General Admission
$40 VIP (VIP WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL EXPANSION and other goodies)

ADD ON: You can pre-purchase the copy of Slash: A Fanfiction Party Game as “add on” to ticket purchase for $20 (instead of $25 retail value and no shipping).

* If you got excited about those pairings above, congratulations, pervert. This show is for you. No actual pairings alluded to in this are contained in this production. It’s a surprise! (Except for the sex pollen. That’s for real.)”

Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14:  Kekuhi and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole
From the Town Hall page: “This Valentine’s Day join Town Hall for a performance of Hawaiian music and dance from two undisputed contemporary masters. Kekuhi and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, a mother/transgendered (mahu) daughter duo, will fill the Great Hall with melodies the Honolulu Star Bulletin called “primeval,” in an evening highlighting the unique—and very traditional—mahu individuals of the islands. The winner of five 5 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Kaumakaiwa descends from Edith Kanaka’ole, one of Hawaii’s greatest historical chanters, and has herself been called “the voice of Hawaii’s new generation” by The Honolulu Weekly.

Doors open both nights: 7:00 p.m. / show at 8:00 p.m.

Buy tickets online. $20 advance or $25 at the door, $20 seniors, $17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix (18 and under) will also be available.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101″

February 12 through 15: The Seattle Asian American Film Festival
From their site: “The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. Our next festival takes place Feb. 12-15, 2015 at Northwest Film Forum.

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.”

Festival schedule and ticket prices found here.

Saturday, February 14, 2015: Black History Month: NW Tap Connection
From their site: Revel in the art of dance with this urban dance studio performing for Black History Month, as part of EMP’s STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach) program. Enjoy an afternoon of captivating choreographed routines with STAR group Northwest Tap Connection, led by guest teaching artist Maxie Jamal, and partake in a discussion on the transformative power of dance in urban communities.

Event from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

EMP Museum
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info: FREE and open to the public.”

Saturday, February 21: Black History Month: Black Collaboration – A Night of Music, Video, and Conversation

From their site: One Vibe Africa and EMP Museum presents Black Collaboration, an evening of uplifting conversation about the power of creative partnerships between Africans and African Americans in Seattle.

Featuring a lively panel discussion moderated by Vivian Phillips with Yonnas Getahun, Rahwa Habte, Yirim Seck, Hamda Yusuf, and Seattle-based African American videographers Atuanya Priester and Anthony Tackett, debuting two music videos produced while abroad in Kenya with local artists. A discussion to follow focused on the topic of what keeps African and African American artists in Seattle from collaborating more regularly.

Debuts include videos for Omena Band’s “Kipande” and Naomi Wamboe’s “Niaje.”

Event from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

EMP Museum
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info: FREE and open to the public.”

Saturday, February 21:  Seattle’s 2015 Lunar New Year Celebration
From the Facebook page: “Seattle’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration is back on Saturday, February 21st from 11am – 4pm in the heart of the Chinatown-International District. Come out and help us usher in the Year of the Sheep!

On the main stage, we will have Dragon and Lion Dances, traditional Japanese taiko drumming, Bollywood dancing and the 5th annual Children’s Parade and Costume Contest.

For foodies, over 30 neighborhood restaurants will be participating in this years $2 Food Walk presented by Delta Air Lines, Inc. Make sure to collect stamps when you buy $2 items for a chance to win by collecting 5 stamps and turning them in at the Information Booth.The last entry will be accepted no later than 4 PM. Winner does not need to be present to win.

– 1st place winner will receive two international round trip plane tickets.
– 2nd place winner will receive two domestic round trip tickets.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the Arts and Cultural Pavilion, with arts and crafts projects for all!”

Saturday and Sunday February 21 and 22: Seattle Center Festál presents Tết in Seattle – a Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration
From their homepage: “Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace. Tết in Seattle is a FREE event and is a part of Seattle Center Festál, world cultural events. For the past 17 years, Tết Festival has celebrated the traditions of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans by presenting and promoting arts, music, performances and foods that are unique to Vietnam.

This festival epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity. The Tet Celebration broadly means “the beginning of a period of the year.” There are many Tet’s throughout the year. Mid-autumn Vietnamese New Year and Cold Food Vietnamese New Year. The most significant, however, is the Lunar New Year. Tet Vietnamese New Year occurs somewhere in the last ten days of January or the first 20 days of February. For the Vietnamese people, Vietnamese New Year is like American’s New Year’s day, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Happy New Year of the Goat!”

Saturday: 11:00 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: 11:45 AM to 6 PM          FREE!

Friday, February 27: 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 FrontiersLocke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and RosesSettlers 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. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”

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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