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.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 11: Children’s Film Festival

  • Times vary by day, click here for scheduleNorthwest Film Forum
  • Ticket prices: Film Forum Members $6 // General Admission $11 // Student, Senior, Child (12 and under) $8
  • Over the past 12 years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 188 international children’s films from 50+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Presidential power in 2017

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. — Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall in the First Hill neighborhood
  • Ticket prices: $5 (Note: Tickets are sold out, but standby tickets will be available night of the event.)
  • Presidential transitions raise a host of important questions. Among them, how much power does a president have? In what ways will an incoming president exercise that power? And how, if at all, can individuals participate in the political process once the election is over? The University of Washington School of Law invites members of the public to join a panel of scholars to discuss the scope, and limits, of presidential power in modern politics.

Thursday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 4: Emanuel Ax with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. — Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle
  • Tickets start at $22 and go up to $122
  • Grammy-winning Emanuel Ax unfurls Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in all its glory, with Seattle Symphony’s conductor Ludovic Morlot.

Friday, Feb. 3: Through the Eyes of Art

  • 8 p.m. top 11 p.m. — MoPOP Museum in Seattle Center
  • Ticket prices: $15 ($12 for MoPOP members)
  • Presented by MoPOP and Brandkings, the city’s premier Black History Month celebration will look at the topic of building a strong black economy. Featuring a speech by CNN correspondent and Seattle native Angela Rye, live performance by Josephine Howell, and a special reunion show by Seattle hip-hop group Ghetto Chilldren.

Photo of Angela Rye via MoPOP

Friday, Feb. 3: Twisted Flicks presents The Lost World

  • 8 p.m. — Kirkland Performance Center
  • Tickets prices: $12 for youths, $20 for adults
  • Jet City Improv’s Twisted Flicks is Seattle’s only live movie re-dubbing show that merges improv comedy with classic B movies for a hilarious cinematic experience like none other. The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Image via Kirkland Performance Center

Saturday, Feb. 4: Meet Geek Girl Con’s new Executive Director 

Sunday, Feb. 5: Ladies Book Club discusses MockingBird TP Vol. 1

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. — at Comics Dungeon in Wallingford
  • Event is free
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Bobbi Morse, the former Avenger known as Mockingbird, goes solo! With a scientific mind and a lethal mastery of martial arts, she’s always been one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s best agents, but what happens when someone close to her is murdered? Discuss this book with fans at this book club meeting.

Image via Comics Dungeon

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Tabletop and video gaym night

  • 7 p.m. – Raygun Lounge in Capitol Hill
  • Every first Tuesday and fourth Thursday, we are thrilled to partner with the Seattle Gaymers to continue to bring you Seattle’s most popular biweekly gay console and tabletop gaming event with open gaming, friendly crowds and drink specials for everyone.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 and Tuesday, Feb. 17: All Geeks, All Games

  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Mox Boarding House in Bellevue
  • All Geeks, All Games is an event developed by Mox Boarding House to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the local gaming community. Everyone is welcome to come by and play board games, play Magic the Gathering, miniature gaming, and more!

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Mario Kart N4 Tournament

  • 7 p.m. — Central Cinema in Capitol Hill
  • Ticket information: Spectator tickets: $5, Tournament tickets: $15
  • On your marks, get set, let’s-a-go! It’s time for another round of Mario Kart Nintendo 64 on the big screen! 5 rounds of random tracks will decide your fates. The first and second place players from each round will move forward in the bracket until there is only 1 left.

Sunday, Feb. 9: Morning Star Shop Local X Pop-up Brunch

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Columbia City
  • Local chef Tarik Abdullah’s brunch pop-up will feature such delights as jumbo prawns ‘n’ grits with squash, fennel, and tabil roasted tomato sauce, and house-made biscuits with zaatar lamb and roasted pepper gravy, as reported by The Stranger. Donations will be collected to help rebuild the Bellevue mosque that was the victim of arson in January.

Friday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 24: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. — Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood
  • Free event
  • 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! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about theGeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward?

Dice and coffee, a beautiful pairing.

Friday, Feb. 10: Radioactive Love Story Dinner

  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — at Ada’s Technical Books in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood  
  • Tickets start at $50
  • Share a three-course with your science/sci-fi-loving sweetie. Of course, Ada’s Technical Books has to spell it out in Klingon, Dothraki, Elvish, and some kind of magical number thing: “If ‘QamuSHa’,; ‘Anha zhilak yera norethaan,’ ‘Gi melin., or ‘01001001 00100000 01101100 01101111 01110110 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00001010’ makes you swoon, then The Lab at Ada’s is the place for your pre-heart day dinner.”

Friday, Feb. 10: Original Music inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — at Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
  • The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents Original Music Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. This novel is a powerful story of race, identity and love. Our two characters find themselves on different sides of the world, separated not only by an ocean, but by a political unrest that makes reconnection nearly impossible. The author will not be on-hand for the event, but Bushwick Book Club Seattle musicians and artists will dive into this book to express what inspires them from this award-winning novel.

The Bushwick Book Club

Friday, Feb. 10: Nancy Jo Sales on “American Girls” gone wild

  • Ticket prices: $5
  • 7:30 p.m.. — Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall in the First Hill neighborhood
  • The dominant force in the lives of American youth today is social media. In American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales illustrates the effects of the digital world on today’s American girls.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Artifact ID Day

  • 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Burke Museum in Seattle’s University District
  • Event included with museum admission, read admission info here
  • Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk. Do you have any intriguing objects tucked away?  Curators, collections managers and volunteers from our science and cultural divisions will be ready with their knowledge and expertise.

Saturday, Feb. 11: #NerdNightOut presents The Doubleclicks

  • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — at The Jewelbox Theater in Belltown
  • Tickets: $10 to $12, 21+ ages and up
  • Join The Doubleclicks, Joseph Scrimshaw, and Seattle comedienne-ukulele player Molly Lewis for an evening of feel-good comedy for the nerd in everyone. Expect Star Wars, social justice, cats, and dinosaurs.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Love is so radical

  • 8 p.m. — at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center
  • Ticket prices: $10 – $15
  • Guayaba and Night Crush resident power DJ Riff Raff will spin your dance favorites for a Valentine’s evening of community support. There will be a self-love station and compliment booth. All proceeds will benefit Safe Night Access Project Seattle. SNAPS is a Sex Worker (current and former) lead peer outreach dedicated to providing harm reduction occupational support.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: A conversation with the Parents of Trayvon Martin

  • 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall in the First Hill neighborhood
  • (Note: Tickets are sold out, but standby tickets will be available night of the event. Information here.)
  • This event will be a conversation with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin. The book will be the first time that Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin offer the true inside story of their son’s life and struggles, his tragic death, and the transformative movement for justice and healing that grew from that tragedy, a movement that is still building around the country.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Gamer Grrrls night out

  • 7 p.m. — Raygun Lounge in Capitol Hill
  • Every third Thursday Raygun thrilled to partner with the esteemed Lauren Karp to bring you an inclusive gaming event for all of our amazing trans, LGBTQ, non-binary and genderqueer folks of all persuasions and identifications and their friends. There will be a couple of tables reserved for members of this event to play games, be they card, board, or dice games, with one table being a rotating beginners D&D/RPG table.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Murch and Weschler: An Oscar-Winning Science Outsider

  • 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall in the First Hill neighborhood
  • Tickets: $5
  • The three-time Academy Award winner is world-renowned for his work on films like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather trilogy, and The English Patient. But this is only one aspect of his multifaceted interests. As an outsider in the science world, Murch has had a hard time attracting any sort of comprehensive agreement from professional astrophysicists, though many find his his advances intriguing. In conversation with software engineer and architect Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Murch and Weschler will discuss movies, science, and the mysteries of the universe.

Friday, Feb. 17: Book Club discussion of DC’s Omega Men

  • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. — at Comics Dungeon in Wallingford
  • The Omega Men have murdered White Lantern Kyle Rayner, and now the universe wants them to pay! Who are these intergalactic criminals-and is there more to their actions than meets the eye? Discuss this book with fans at this book club meeting.

Via Comics Dungeon

Friday, Feb. 17: Brewology at Pacific Science Center

  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — at Pacific Science Center near the Space Needle
  • Ticket prices: $45
  • Sip unlimited four-ounce beer pours from Boundary Bay, Elysian, Georgetown, Redhook, Pike, Optimism, and many other local craft breweries while professionals explain the brewing process.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Derek Thompson: The Science of Popularity

  • 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Town Hall Seattle, The Great Hall in the First Hill neighborhood
  • Ticket prices: $5
  • What makes something popular? Why do some ideas catch fire, while others wither in obscurity? In “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction,” “Atlantic” senior editor Derek Thompson argues that becoming a word-of-mouth success in today’s crowded media environment is not simply a matter of luck. Applying cutting-edge science to stories of hits across the decades, including recent sensations, Thompson reveals how each blockbuster actually has a secret history behind it.

Friday, Feb. 24: Selma: Film and discussion

    • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Federal Way branch library
    • Sponsored by the Friends of the Federal Way Libraries, the King County Library System will show the film Selma at its Federal Way location. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. The film shows that spite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship

  • 10 a.m. to 6 pm. — Seattle Center’s main stage and Armory Lofts
  • Registration information here
  • The Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship (PNWR) is the premier yo-yo event in the Pacific Northwest. Held at the Seattle Center since 2005, PNWR attracts top talent from the region and around the country.

Saturday, February 25: Drawtasticon, Seattle’s pencil-powered festival of art and animation

  • Starts at 12 p.m. — SIFF Film Theater, 305 Harrison Street in Seattle
  • Free vendor hall, tickets for screenings start at $5. Get tickets here.
  • GeekGirlCon will have a table at this event that celebrates art and animation. Stop by and say hello! Drawtasticon’s screening sessions will show some of the most original animated films from around the world. Sessions 2 and 3 include workshops conducted by accomplished artists, Dean Yeagle & Lawrence Ruelos. At the 4th and final session, Drawtastic will announce then screen its “Golden Pencil Award” winners – followed by the exclusive showing of Annie-nominated movie, ‘LONG WAY NORTH’. Prior to the movie we’ll screen a brief video introduction by the movie’s producer Claus Toksvig Kjaer.

Sunday, Feb. 26: Academy Awards Party 2017

  • Doors open at 4 p.m. — at Egyptian Theater in Capitol Hill
  • Ticket prices start at $25
  • Join Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Gay City on February 26 to celebrate our community, raise money, and watch the Academy Awards live.

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