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!

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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
“Rock On!”

June 2015 Geek About Town!

Looking for awesome stuff to do in June, fellow geeks? Here’s a great start for you!

Monday, June 1:  Tech Sandbox Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98105
From the website: “Teams of undergraduate and graduate students compete to see who can create the best neural engineering demo. The Tech Sandbox is a UW class created by Lise Johnson, research fellow in neurological surgery and education manager at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

Students in the class hail from computer science, neuroscience, bioengineering, electrical engineering and more. Reception follows the competition.”

 

Monday, June 1:  Graz, Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine!), Death*Star, and Lex Lingo
10:00 pm
Tim’s Tavern on 105th
602 N 105th St, Seattle, Washington 98133

21+ | $5 Donation | 10pm
10:15 – Lex Lingo
10:50 – Death*Star
11:25 – Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine)
12:00 – Graz

READY TO GET ROWDY?! Head down to Tim’s Tavern for an electro/hip hop show the likes of which you’ll never see again Get your jam on!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Get Ready for…The Gauntlet!

Coming up on May 16, our fearless team of GeekGirlCon staffers will be taking part in the annual Seattle-area challenge: The Gauntlet!

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Image source: The Gauntlet

What is the Gauntlet? It’s a 10-hour competition among teams of 4 people each, and they play tabletop games from start to finish for the honor of hoisting the Gauntlet in victory! Part of each team’s strategy involves their fundraising amounts, and bonuses for gameplay called “powerups”. Think of these as cheats or special abilities that they get to use throughout the various games to help boost their chance at winning. Powerups are based on each team’s fundraising and are earned: one at $500, one at $1000, one at $1500, one at $2500, and then one every $2500 after that. As of April 21, Team GeekGirlCon has just one powerup, but we know more are coming!

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2014 Team GeekGirlCon: Kristine Hassell, Jex Ballard, Cynthia Rogers, Rose Minier
Image source: Jex Ballard

The 20 participating teams are raising money for Hopelink, a community action agency that has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities since 1971. Hopelink has food banks, support services, family development, adult education, and employment training among their many amazing programs. They serve more than 60,000 people in King County every year.

ENGAGE, the charitable giving program within Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House, is running this contest for the second time, and this year they have doubled their space–allowing for 10 more teams to compete. GeekGirlCon is competing for the second time, with staffers Kristine Hassell, Jex Ballard, Sylvia Monreal, and Rose Minier stepping up to take the challenge.

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2015’s new teammate Sylvia Monreal

Newest team member Sylvia is excited to participate in her first Gauntlet this year. “In a big city like Seattle, it’s important for us to look after our neighbors whenever we can. I’m grateful that The Gauntlet will give me a way to use my hobbies in the service of others. It’s just a wonderful opportunity to showcase a positive, fun side of nerd culture – let’s use our powers for good!”

Exactly how will the money GeekGirlCon is raising for the Gauntlet be used by Hopelink? Here’s an example of what the dollars raised can do for needy people in King County:

  • $25 provides weekend food for FIVE school-aged children
  • $50 provides formula for a newborn child for a month
  • $100 provides hygiene products for FOUR people
  • $150 provides FIFTY meals for a family of FOUR
  • $250 provides financial education classes for a parent
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Jex Ballard – with the adorable green hair!

Second-year teammate Jex had this to say about playing for the Gauntlet: “I’ve been involved in GeekGirlCon for 5 years now, and one of my absolute favorite memories was playing on Team GeekGirlCon in the first ever Gauntlet last year. I was shocked when our team was able to rise as the underdogs to take home 4th place! This year, I’m revved and ready to compete again at Moxtropolis! More importantly, I’m ready to hit the streets and raise some money for Hopelink! We’ve already surpassed the amount we earned last year, and I’m interested to see what kind of funds Team GeekGirlCon can bring in for this awesome cause.”

How can you contribute to GeekGirlCon’s Gauntlet team to help them earn more valuable powerups to aid them on game day? You can go to their team page on the Gauntlet website and donate any amount you want to–anonymously or not is completely up to you. To date, Kristine, Jex, Sylvia, and Rose have raised $730, which is 43% of the $1700 they’ve set as their goal! There are 24 days remaining for them to reach that goal and gain more powerups, and with the help of our strong, generous GeekGirlCon community, we KNOW they can do it.

There will also be spectator space available for the competition at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue; stop by for an hour, or stay from start to finish to support GeekGirlCon and the other teams competing for the Gauntlet! Go to the Gauntlet’s homepage for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

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.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

January Geek About Town!

Happy New Year, readers! Here’s a list of geeky events for those of you in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy!

Saturday, January 3: Captain Royale Redux
From the press release: “The commanding burlesque showdown is back! We have all heard the impassioned, and sometimes very heated, arguments in geek circles. Who is the better captain; is it James T. Kirk or Jean Luc Picard? What about other captains found in television, books, and movies? We have ten captains to put to the test and we aim to settle that little score. And then some with your help. Who will you promote to commodore?”

Saturday, January 3: Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walk
From Seattle Aquarium: “Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.”

Tuesday, January 6: Booklaunch Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
From U Bookstore: “An inspirational picture book biography, Laurie Ann Thompson’s new book for children tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a West African man born with a deformed leg who hopped to school, learned to play soccer, left home at thirteen to provide for his family, and inspired those near and far by bicycling across Ghana using only one leg. A vividly depicted tale of triumph over adversity with a powerful message for children that disability is not inability, the book is one we’re excited to share with others at this launch party with Thompson.

Laurie Thompson writes for children and young adults to help her readers—and herself—make better sense of the world we live in so we can contribute to making it a better place. She strives to write nonfiction that gives wings to active imaginations and fiction that taps into our universal human truths. Laurie has been a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2005, was co-regional advisor for the SCBWI Western Washington region from 2009-2011, and continues to volunteer on the Advisory Committee as both Nonfiction Coordinator and Tech Coordinator.”

Tuesday, January 6: Queen Anne Science Cafe: “Patient Centered Outcomes Research: How You Can Advance Science By Participating In Research”
From the webpage: “The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) is a U.S. non-government institute, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, to enhance high impact patient centered research (www.pcori.org). The purpose of PCORI is to help the public and caregivers make informed health decisions and allow their voices to be heard in determining the value of health care options. PCORI helps direct research dollars to areas that are important to patients, and helps us all answer important questions about our health. This talk with Cynthia M. Dougherty, ARNP, Ph.D. UW, School of Nursing will focus on how each person can become more involved in impacting their own health by participating in important research and patient advisory groups that support PCORI.

T.S. McHugh’s is located at 21 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109.”

Tuesday, January 6: Stories About Science
From TownHall Seattle: “Springer (one of the world’s largest scientific publishers) and The Story Collider (a New York-based storytelling cohort) brings actual scientists to the stage, as part of the Springer Storytellers series of events. These are stories about science, told by scientists, about their favorite scientific topics, from black holes to biology, with the message that science touches all aspects of life. This inaugural edition showcases five witty tales of stars, planets, and all things astronomy. The evening–featuring live stories from Kaspar von Braun, David Kipping, Chiara Mingarelli, Jay Pasachoff, and Gerrit Verschuur–will entertain and educate in equal measure.”

Saturday, January 10: Archaeology Day
From Burke Museum: “Have you ever wondered what’s under Seattle? At this year’s Archaeology Day, explore clues found underground—and under water—that tell us how humans lived on the shores of Puget Sound over the past 500 years.

Special programs:
See objects from the largest Coast Salish longhouse in Puget Sound
Become an archaeologist! Solve mysteries in our new game “Who Was That?” and identify the uses of buried objects
Dress up in underwater gear for your own “scuba selfie”
Hosted in partnership with the Society for Historical Archaeology, The Center for Wooden Boats, Edmonds Community College, the National Park Service, and the Suquamish Tribe.”

Monday, January 12: January Eastside Science Cafe
From the website: “High functioning healthcare teams produce better patient outcomes at a more efficient cost; however, health professional students (e.g. nurses, physicians, pharmacists) are currently educated and trained without the opportunity to practice as a member of a team. This talk with Brenda K Zierler, Ph.D., RN UW, School of Nursing will discuss national initiatives requiring a different approach to educate health professionals, competencies they must meet prior to graduation, and the rationale for team-based care. Local examples of how UW students are being trained differently will be presented.

Wilde Rover is located in downtown Kirkland at 111 Central Way.”

Tuesday, January 13: “Ancient Cities And Archaeological Science: A Lost City In Mexico”
From the website: “”Ancient Cities And Archaeological Science: A Lost City In Mexico”
6:30 p.m. – Swiss Restaurant & Pub

The discovery of a previously unknown city can be exciting, especially in a place like Mesoamerica where ancient peoples built pyramids and ball courts. But what really happens when archaeologists find “lost” cities? Discover some of the new techniques that scientists are using to study Angamuco, an ancient city in Michoacan, Mexico. With Anna Cohen, University of Washington.

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub is located at 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402.”

Thursday, January 15: 2015 NSWA Annual Event
From the NSWA: “Curious about the brain-related technologies you keep hearing about on the news? You’ll learn a little bit more about this realm at our holiday party, while having fun at our always-great event. At this 2015 bash, you’ll hear from our hosts at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and, if all goes as planned, other science-y neighbors in the building. There may even be some 3D printing involved, rumor has it. Join us for the usual camaraderie, passing-of-the-torch for the NSWA board, good food and beverages. Get your tickets early! We’ll cut sales off closer to the date.”

Friday, January 16: 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!

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, January 16: There Is No Dana, Only Boobs
From the event page: “Sexy + Stupid + Ghostbusters = THERE IS NO DANA, ONLY BOOBS

There is No Dana, Only Boobs is a burlesque show starring the boobs, butts, and brains of:
Scarlett O’Hairdye
Sara Dipity
Maggie McMuffin
La Petit Mort, Kevin Incroyable, & Rocco
Flirty Sanchez
Hattie Hellkat & Tootsie Spangles
The Ball Master
& many more humans that have made excellent life choices!

Hosted by: The Shanghai Pearl and Peter Whimsy!

Dress up and win prizes in the Costume Contest!

Early Show starts at 6PM (Doors at 5:30PM)

Late Show starts at 7:30PM (Doors at 7:15PM)

21+

$18 presale, $20 at the door”

Friday, January 16 – Saturday, January 17: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 9
From the press release: “Ring in the New Year with an all new Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam! Coming off the success of a sold-out showing at Bumbershoot, the slam returns to our old home in the Theatre Off Jackson for our first ever 2 night run, January 16 & 17 at 8pm.

Seattle’s Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is a cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. Each short piece — creative, quirky and often experimental — is created and performed by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond!) From the brand spanking new to the tried-and-true, every act is guaranteed to have one important thing in common: puppets.”

Saturday, January 24: Pretty Haute Machine
From the Facebook Event page: “Closer To Broads Productions in association with Theatre Off Jackson present
Pretty Haute Machine: A Burlesque Tribute to NINE INCH NAILS

8PM showtime, doors open at 7PM
Purchase tickets in advance.

At the Heart of it All, Lady Drew Blood, Seraphina Fiero and Iva Handfull are Closer to Broads Productions and plan to show you their Deep love for NIN.

We’re in This Together with the following performers to share All the Love in the World for NIN and the stage:
Bella Bijoux
Déjà Louve (Vancouver, BC)
Elsa Von Schmaltz
Maureen Dancer
Miss Elaine Yes
the Luminous Pariah
Our awesome host Flirty Sanchez
And of course the producers:
Lady Drew Blood
Seraphina Fiero
Iva Handfull

PRESALE TICKET PRICES
$20 General Admission
$30 Groupie Seats, includes one seat in the first two middle section rows, a VIP lanyard, and photo op with the cast after the show

DAY OF/DOOR TICKET PRICES
$30 General Admission
$40 Groupie Seats, includes one seat in the first two middle section rows, a VIP lanyard, and photo op with the cast after the show

This show will use a strobe light, smoke machine, and loud music.
21+ event (ID Required)
Venue is wheelchair accessible. Please message us to set up arrangements for the specific door to be unlocked for your arrival.”

Sunday, January 25:Intro to Puppetry and Beginning Stage Puppeteering
From the website: “Resolved to try something new in 2015? Vox Fabuli’s Winter Puppet classes may be just what you need. For the new year, we’re offering two easy ways to dip your toes into the wild, weird world of puppets:

What: Intro to Puppetry
Sunday, January 25
1 – 3PM
Cost: $50
In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation.You’ll get hands-on time with professional puppets, plus a simple practice puppet to take home.

What: Beginning Stage Puppeteering
Sundays, January 25 – February 15
1 – 4PM
Cost: $200
Expand your Intro to Puppetry experience into a full blown workshop.
Over 4 weeks, students develop their grasp of puppeteering basics into solid skills as we explore the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering in-depth through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges, and practical scene work.

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up
*Class sizes limited to 8

About Vox Fabuli Puppets:
Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to “Team of Heroes: No More Heroes”, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.”

Monday, January 26: Science on Tap
From the website: “Science on Tap is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology in a relaxed atmosphere. [It is a] forum for discussing science issues with local scientists, Science on Tap is based on Cafe Scientifique. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accessible. Meetings usually last about one to two hours. The speaker gives a short talk about their area of interest, followed by a break to fill up on coffee and a time for small group discussions. Afterwards there will be a question and answer session and general discussion of the topic with the speaker and the audience at large. Monthly meetings take place the last Monday the month at the Ravenna Third Place Bookstore in Seattle at the corner of 20th Ave NE and NE 65th Street. Free parking is available.”

Wednesday, January 28: The YAMS Collective
From TownHall Seattle: “HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? is an international art collective whose cinematic “Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera” focuses on the central question of “What happens to the black body when it is haunted by a ‘blackness’ outside of it?” Filmed in 34 parts, the film (which was withdrawn from the 2014 Whitney Biennial in protest) draws attention to global racial strife and the politics of being black. Following a screening of this avant-garde piece, a panel discussion with YAMS mentor Greg Tate, and members Christa Bell (of Seattle), Nana Adusei-Poku, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Sienna Shields will explore the ways being black is influenced by culture, people, and place.”

Friday, January 30: 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!

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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All ages welcome at GeekGirlCon ‘14!

Are you a geeky parent? Do you have a child with geeky interests and tendencies? Then GeekGirlCon ‘14 is the place for your family! GeekGirlCon strives to be family-friendly, starting with the passes. The 12 & under crowd can attend at $10 for the entire weekend; 5 & under are free (but must be registered.)

Image courtesy of GeekGirlCon flickr

Image courtesy of GeekGirlCon flickr

 

And what is there to do for these geeks-in-training?

The DIY Science Zone has tons of fun in store for kids of all ages! Last year’s science zone was a hit. This year they have a ton of great projects planned.

The gaming floor is ever-popular with kids. With a wide variety of games and game types present, they’ll find something to enjoy. In addition to all the exciting games to try out, there’s a Paint ‘n’ Take miniatures painting session on Saturday morning from 10 am – noon.

“Imaginary Worlds for Kids” happens twice during the weekend! Saturday at 11 and Sunday at 3pm, you can bring your 10 and under to an interactive storytime for families, including a lively author reading, participatory creative and singing games, and a lot of faerie mischief. A seasoned and award‐winning spoken word artist and educator, Danika Dinsmore has performed at hundreds of events, from the Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington, to the FaerieWorlds International Festival outside Eugene, Oregon. Imaginary Worlds will keep your kids buzzing with inspiration!

Bring your teen to learn all about representation in the books they (and you!) may be reading at “Diversity in Young Adult Fiction.” Representation is vital for people of all races, sexualities, gender identities, and abilities. According to Malinda Lo’s 2013 Diversity in YA website, only 15% of NYT Bestselling YA Books had people of color as main characters, and only 12% of books had LGBTQ main characters. This panel will examine the market today, what readers want versus the disconnect with publishers’ diversity, and what we can do to improve the number of diverse books for teens.

Image courtesy of Ryan Roehrich

Image courtesy of Ryan Roehrich

 

We have parent-specific programming, too!

Are you a new mom or a mom-to-be? “Geek Girl Transformation to Geek Mom” is all for you! It goes without saying that everything changes when a baby arrives in your world. But for geek girls turned geek moms, there are some unique changes and challenges in store. Don’t worry—that’s what we’re here for! Join a panel full of geeky moms who know what it’s like to have your life, career, and identity turned joyfully upside down when you add kids to the crazy mix of your life.

Comics, games, and films tend to go the “less is more” route when it comes to representation. Often we only see one character of a racial, gender, or sexual minority. Even worse, some people aren’t represented in media at all. Kids grow up asking, “Where are the characters like me?” At “Why Isn’t Bilbo a Girl? Talking to Kids About Media Representation” you can have a thoughtful discussion regarding how we address this issue with kids—with an emphasis on constructive, positive, and educational answers for the kids who ask.

Lastly, for the parents of cosplayers, or cosplayers themselves who want tips on talking to their family, come to “Cosplay, Parenting, and the Word ‘Appropriate’.” Come discuss cosplay from the perspective of children, teens, and adults who cosplay as individuals and as families. This panel of parents and kids who cosplay will cover a range of topics: How to present cosplay to your parents? How to present cosplay to your kids (and not embarrass them)? How does a parent encourage their teen to express themselves, be body positive, and consider modesty? How do you discuss appropriation vs. appreciation? Deep topics, some advice, lots of discussion!

Most of the panel programming is all ages, so please bring your family to enjoy your favorite topic. And be sure to get your passes now!

 

 

Adrienne Roehrich
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Video Games for the Family and Beyond!

A recent Ask GeekGirlCon about what the games we played as children had me thinking about games I play with my children. As gamers prior to having kids, of course my husband and I were going to play lots of games with our children. Playing games with babies tend to be things like singing nursery rhymes and peek-a-boo – not exactly the pinnacle of gaming. When my children were that young, games on the computer and consoles were not under three friendly, but a quick Google search shows many options for that age now.

When the kids hit about age three, you can start getting both video games and board games robust enough for the younglings. My daughter was four when the oft-maligned Barbie Horse Adventures came out. She loved this game. The plot was basically to go collect horses and ponies that had left the stables and return them to the stables while making them happy by keeping them away from skunks and feeding them fruits and veggies. There was a whole beautifying aspect to the game, but it did not interest my daughter. She loved this game, which we had for Xbox or Playstation 2 (I don’t recall which) at the time. There have been several games in the series released since on several different consoles.

Nintendo GameCube and Wii have catered to younger users and the whole family more than other Next Gen gaming systems. The Kirby game series, especially on Nintendo systems, was popular with my kids and my nephlings. The Super Mario Parties are always a hit. They started in 1998 and the latest edition, 9, released in 2012. My husband and I have played hours of the various Mario Parties with our children as they have grown older. The kids always have their favorite characters that they want to play. These games have a mish-mash of cooperative and competitive play.

We also enjoyed Animal Crossing and Viva Pinata. On these games, the kids could have their own characters and towns/gardens, and we parents could also have them to interact with the kids. This led to a little less “parent plays and child watches” – as was the case in Super Mario Sunshine – and a little more child plays without a lot of competition. Rock Band, with its multiple difficulty levels, edited lyrics, and collaborative play, was also popular in our house for many, many years.

 

My kids are pre-teen and early teen now. They play a wide variety of games. However, we recently had a revisit of Kirby Air Ride and the latest Mario Party. Puyo Puyo has become quite popular in my house, too, which harkens back to my own childhood days of playing Tetris. Truth be known, a Wii U has just made an appearance in my house. The family is currently playing Nintendoland, which we find loads of fun with its recycling of familiar Nintendo characters and versions of mini-games. Nintendoland has both cooperative and competitive play, with 1 to 5 players.

I would not want to leave out games on the good ol’ desktop. Desktop games do not lend themselves well to family play, unfortunately. Nearly all the console games I mentioned have multiplayer modes or a method of collaborative play. As my pre-teen has grown older, he has enjoyed perusing some of the video RP games his dad has played. He’s spent much time watching Dad play his own characters and building some characters. (Unfortunately, my RP characters are gathering dust in the server.)

Of course, I haven’t even touched on tablet or smart phone games.

Games have rating systems. All the games mentioned are rated E for Everyone, ages 6 and over, except Rock Band, rated T for Teen. Ratings and manufacturers recommended ages are based on content and not play capability. I will admit to not strictly adhering to the suggested ages at all times. Our kids have done well at ages 6 and over playing Rock Band, we simply avoided more suggestive songs. In addition, game play is rather individual. My kids have been able to play Mario Party games since about age 3, but were not able to play Super Mario Sunshine with the same rating – they mostly enjoyed watching the adult play it. There is also lots of advice on how much screen time any person, especially children, should get in a week or a day. But for a little family fun time, a video game can be just the thing to share your own gaming enthusiasm with your kids.

Do you have video games you play with your kids? Tell us about them.

Adrienne Roehrich
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Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Today’s blog post comes from Jaden Blazier, a GeekGirlCon copywriter intern. Jaden shares her love for all-things-Pokémon!


For as long as I can remember, I have wanted nothing more than to live in a world where Pokémon exist. Pokémon, arguably the most amazing media franchise in existence, has truly sculpted me into the person that I am today. It all started with Pokémon Yellow for the Nintendo Gameboy Color, a role-playing game based in a fantastical world occupied by “Pocket Monsters,” or “Pokémon.” There is one simple goal: to become a Pokémon Master by catching them all!

At the time, I couldn’t appreciate the game for much more than the cute little critters and colorful Pokémon battles, but that simple fascination evolved into so much more. I began playing new versions of the game, collecting the trading cards, the plastic figures, the stuffed animals, and watching the anime — and to this date Pokémon is still my favorite show. Other kids my age seemed to be following a similar path, though maybe one a little less obsessive than mine… One of my greatest accomplishments was the memorization of all 151 first-generation Pokémon in numerical order!

By the time we reached grade 5, Pokémon was no longer considered “cool.” The trading cards and daily episodes became a thing of the past as other fads pushed it aside. New generations of Pokémon continued to be created, but as the new additions of monsters and characters became less and less personable, the popular love for Pokémon began to vanish. “That stuff is for little kids!” they would say, but I didn’t care. My love was unending; I never stopped my quest to collect them all.

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We want YOU to win the Mystery Box Game Design Challenge!

GeekGirlCon’s Mystery Box Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for you to learn from the top industry pros and have a little fun while doing it. This workshop is aimed at ages 12-19 and college students interested in game design, but the workshop is open to everyone (male or female!). To register, email Gaming Coordinator, Lani Blazier at gaming@geekgirlcon.com with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.

Space is limited (only 16 seats available). Register now to secure your spot! Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th. Purchase of a pass to GeekGirlCon is required for participation.

Here’s how it works:

– You and your design team get a box of mystery game parts.
– An industry mentor shows your team the ropes to create game concepts, prototypes, and design.
– Creativity abounds.
– Your team’s game goes on display in the game room for a popular vote to choose a winner.
– Return to the Game Room on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. to find out if you won and collect your prize.

Mark Baxter
Baxter has been in the Games and Digital Media industry for more than 12 years in a variety of roles including: executive, producer, and creative director. He is currently VP of Product & Creative and co-founder at Vivity Labs, a Vancouver-based developer of mobile, web, and social games. Baxter is also the President and Founder of Gnosis Games, an independent games studio that developed multiple #1 games. At Threewave Software, he led the Casual Games division and was also producer of multiple titles for the Xbox360 and PS3, working closely with top clients including: Disney, EA, MTV/Viacom, RealArcade, Shockwave, and Big Fish Games.

M.E. Chung
Chung received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics (Applied Analysis), and Dance from Penn State University in 2006 before achieving a Masters of Entertainment Technology from the ETC at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She has designed games for 2K Marin, 343 Industries (Microsoft Studios) and is currently a game designer at Bungie Studios.

Samanthan Kalman
Kalman has been a gamer since she first played Dark Castle on her family Macintosh Plus. A regular player of music and fighting games, she grew up playing anything she could get her hands on. As a young adult, she was able to learn lots about software development through the lens of a tester. Later on, she lef the testing effort for the Unity game engine. For the past year, she has been an independent game designer/programmer based out of Seattle working on the original music puzzle game “Sen” as a director at Studio Organik.

Kynan Pearson
Pearson is a Video Game Designer who has worked on the Metroid Prime Series as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns. He is currently hard at work on Halo 4 at 343 industries.

Don’t miss this opportunity! To register, email Gaming Coordinator, Lani Blazier at gaming@geekgirlcon.com with your name and a few sentences about why you want to participate. Please include “Workshop Registration” in the subject line.

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