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March Geek About Town!

March starts off with one of the biggest conventions in the Northwest, but the geeky events are strong all month long. Here’s a look.

Thursday, March 2 through 5: Emerald City Comicon

  • Start 5 p.m. on Thursday and goes until Sunday
  • Ticket availability information here
  • ECCC is one of the northwest’s largest comic book & pop culture conventions. Panels range between a variety of fandoms and entertainment guests include Millie Bobby Brown, Stan Lee, and Jeremy Renner.

If you weren’t able to get a full weekend pass for ECCC this year, GeekGirlCon still has passes available for our four-day event in the fall. Learn about that here.

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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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Oh, what a wonderful GeekGirlCon!

More than 11,000 attendees came through our con to experience our expansive new floor of exhibitors, a collection of diverse panels, and, of course, the fabulous cosplay contest.

Sights from GeekGirlCon 2016! Credit from left to right: Twitter user @SunbreakGames; Twitter user @SammusMusic, Twitter user @TheYooner.

Sights from GeekGirlCon 2016! (Credit from left to right: Twitter user @SunbreakGames; Twitter user @SammusMusic, Twitter user @TheYooner.)

GeekGirlCon 2016 is in the books, but for many it is still in our hearts as an incredible weekend as we share our favorite con moments with friends and family.

Ashli Blow
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Horror and Feminism and Geek Girls! Oh My!

Though GeekGirlCon ‘16 has come to an end, those who support its mission will inevitably continue their work throughout the off season. The world is full critically-thinking geeks and we’re here to point you their way while we gear up for GeekGirlCon ‘17.

Just in time for the arguably greatest time of year, Seattle’s Central Cinema will be staging the latest installment of their series Serious Fun, which pairs panel discussions with film screenings in an attempt to illuminate the complicated relationship between the horror film industry and strong women. On this Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m., three panelists will come together to discuss the need for more and stronger women leads in horror before participating in a screening of The Descent.

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Featured contributors: Cosplay extraordinaires Li Kovacs, Pisara, Cheyenne Jaz Wise

From left to right: Li Kovacs, Pisara, Cheyenne Jaz Wise

From left to right: Li Kovacs, Pisara, Cheyenne Jaz Wise

Where do you draw your inspiration from when cosplaying?

When at GeekGirlCon, make sure to share your cosplay with us on social with #GGC2016! AND elevate your craft by learning from some of these lovely featured contributors who are sharing their fandom, expertise, and passion at GeekGirlCon 2016!

Ashli Blow
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Adventures in GeekGirlScouts: An Interview with Andy

GeekGirlCon and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington have joined forces to bring together our love of gaming and young female empowerment. Andy Munich, our own Gaming Events Coordinator, helped bring the program to life. An avid gamer himself, Andy wanted to organize activities and tours for the Girl Scouts that would teach them more about the gaming industry. So far, they’ve visited our friends at Wizards of the Coast and DigiPen, and have future tours scheduled with studios such as Bungie.

To learn more about the program, I did a Q&A with Andy to see what the GeekGirlScouts are all about:

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The GeekGirlScouts posing with a dragon during their visit to Wizards of the Coast.

Q: What is GeekGirlScouts?

A: The GeekGirlScouts is an initiative that was started via a conversation between me and Tammie Treibley Thompson while we were participating in the 2014 Wizards of the Coast Dungeons and Dragons Extra Life Marathon. We both agreed that it was high time that GeekGirlCon and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington teamed up for something related to the nerdy activities we so much enjoy.

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Poisoning + Science + Murder = #DIYSciFilm

Gather round, mes amis, and prepare to exercise your little grey cells with this recap of July’s #DIYSciFilm event–in which our DIY Science Zone experts apply their chemistry smarts to the 1990 TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Recovering from the horrors of World War I, British Army officer Arthur Hastings hopes to find peace and quiet at a country manor in the English countryside. But when the matriarch dies during the night from strychnine poisoning, Hastings enlists the help of an old friend staying nearby with other war refugees to help solve the murder: former Belgian police detective Hercule Poirot.

DIY Scientists Torrey Stenmark and Raychelle Burks are both chemists and murder mystery fans, and their interest was piqued by the poisoning storyline. They had cause for confidence in the scientific accuracy of what they were about to watch:

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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!

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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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