Geek About Town: April

Spring has officially sprung, dear blog readers! And that means flowers popping up, bursts of sun to up those depleted vitamin D levels, and, most importantly, plenty of amazing events coming up! Here’s a look at what’s happening this month. Get ready to mark your calendars for movies, meetups, and talks galore!

Image Description: A gif of Alice from the animated movie “Alice in Wonderland” lying in a field of grass as daisies blow in the breeze above her. Source: Giphy.

 

Saturday, March 31st*: Luncheon with Students from Shanti Bhavan

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Bellevue Botanical Garden
    12001 Main Street
  • Join us on March 31st for an inspiring afternoon with students from Shanti Bhavan and Director of Operations, Ajit George. Shanti Bhavan, a school in Southern India, caters exclusively to children from India’s lowest socioeconomic class and is the subject of the recent documentary Daughters of Destiny.

    The event kicks off at 12:00 p.m. with a light lunch. Shree and Visali, Glamour Woman of the Year in 2014, will share their stories and the impact that Shanti Bhavan has had on their lives. Guests are invited to stay for a special screening of Daughters of Destiny, which tells how the unique educational model of Shanti Bhavan equips its students to break out of the cycle of poverty.

    The only educational program of its kind, Shanti Bhavan offers 17 years of rigorous academics, leadership development and professional guidance completely free of charge. The school’s graduates have a 100% university acceptance rate, work at Fortune 500 companies and contribute 20-50% of their salaries to their families and communities – helping end the poverty that has trapped India’s poorest communities for generations.

    This is a free event but donations are welcome. Visit shantibhavanchildren.org to learn more about the school and ways you can get involved.
  • (*Note: okay, so this is obviously not quite April, but WHAT a great event!)

 

Monday, April 2nd: Board Games & Beer Geeks

  • 7:00pm
  • Red Door
    3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Multiple dates until July 25th
  • Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to learn more about craft beer? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? Come play games and drink beer with us! It is a very casual newbie-friendly group!

    We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You could find Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, King of Tokyo, The Resistance, Dominion, Tokaido, 7 Wonders, and many more.

    Go in the front door (up the steps, on the corner), take a left and we’ll be all the way in the back. More information on the MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Inclusive-Geekery

 

Monday, April 2nd: A Queer Anti-Militarism Town Hall

  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • If the US military is a central institution of global oppression, why is trans inclusion portrayed as a social justice issue?

    In this panel discussion, we will connect the fight for queer and trans liberation with struggles against militarism in all its forms. Instead of calling for the “right to serve” in the US military, this discussion focuses on challenging the violence of the military at home and abroad. Panelists will speak from a broad range of organizing experiences, from challenging structural racism to fighting for migrant justice, indigenous sovereignty to prison abolition, anti-war activism to the movement against sexual violence.

    With micha cárdenas, Angélica Cházaro, Nikkita Oliver, Matt Remle, Dean Spade, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

 

Monday, April 2nd: Howl’s Moving Castle (Japanese with English Subtitles)

  • 7:00pm
  • Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day-of-show
  • When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

    Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

 

Image Description: A gif of the character Howl and Sophie from the animated movie “Howl’s Moving Castle” hugging each other. Source: Giphy.

 

Thursday, April 5th: Burien UFO Festival 2018

  • 6:00pm – 11:15pm
  • Olde Burien
  • SW 152nd St, Burien
  • BUFO invites UFO enthusiasts, skeptics, and aliens, to join in the celebration of all things otherworldly, inspired by the UFO event which predates Roswell by ten days. We will, once again, close 152nd Ave SW for a true tin hat party. The evening will be hosted by Burien’s favorite DJ… DJ Lucky Strike taking us on an extraterrestrial musical voyage.
    Our 2018 event features guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, beer garden at Classic Eats, a costume contest, a dog costume contest, a pop-up museum, chances to tell your UFO story to the Highline Historical Society, get a custom alien drawing, face painting, UFO bouncy house, food trucks, UFO’s and more…

 

Friday, April 6th: She is Fierce: Criminal

  • Two dates: April 6th and April 7th
  • 8:00pm
  • 12th Avenue Arts
    1620 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Tickets: $11 advance, $15 at the door
  • “she is FIERCE” is a storytelling event where female identified and gender queer individuals share their personal stories.

    Featuring stories from:

    Maggie McMuffin
    Nora Menkin / Alyza DelPan-Monley
    Jasmine Joshua
    Kellie Martin
    Olena Hodges
    Theresa Romance Hardy
    Meghan Dolbey / Anonymous
    Grace Penzell
    Bakima Ssebanakitta
    Shelby Easley
    Ruth Yeo-Peterman

    Special guests: Tootsie Spangles, Jill Silva

    Both performances will be ASL interpreted!

    **includes sexual content, descriptions of violence, and adult language**

 

Saturday, April 7th: Wonder Woman: Herstory of a Heroine on Screen

  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • SIFF Film Center
    $20 | $15 SIFF Members
  • If you sobbed and cheered when Princess Diana charged across No Man’s Land in 2017’s Wonder Woman, then you’ll want to join Jen for an in-depth look at Wonder Woman’s cinematic evolution. Starting from Cathie Lee Crosby’s 1974 pilot, we’ll continue through Lynda Carter’s iconic turn, a variety of animated characterizations from the past forty-five years, the disastrous 2011 pilot featuring the otherwise glorious Adrianne Palicki, and arrive at Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster starring Gal Gadot. We will view and discuss clips, some hard to find, and Jen will provide cultural, social, political, and historical context – deepening our understanding of the character and her significance in the pop culture pantheon. A familiarity with the comics is not critical to class enjoyment. Cosplay is encouraged!

Image Description: A gif of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman blocking bullets with her arm cuffs. Source: Giphy.

 

Saturday, April 7th: Cosplay Coffee Crawl

  • 11:00am
  • Downtown Seattle
    917 Howell St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Come dress up and help us raise money for Pennies for Patients! This pub-crawl-style coffee walk is all ages, free, and includes a potluck brunch afterparty!
    Pennies for Patients is charity hosted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can help us out during the crawl by talking to people about the cause and asking for donations! Meet us at 10:30 to get your official change box!
    Locations and schedule: Coming soon!
    The Rules:
    1. Dress up! Can’t have a coffee crawl without cosplay (And comfortable shoes)!
    2. Bring something! Food, music, signs, games, something to keep the crowd hyped!
    3. Be considerate! These coffee shops are working hard to accommodate you!
    4. Donate and volunteer! (But only if you want this event to be even more awesome) the link to my Pennies for Patients store can be found here: http://events.lls.org/pages/wa/EmersonK-12Center-2018/MDawson
    If you would like to volunteer, send us a message!
    5. Tell your friends! Word of mouth is the best way to spread info!
    6. Have fun and come to the brunch afterward! There will be music, delicious food, and we’re workshopping a few other things as well! (coming soon)

 

Tuesday, April 10th: The Big Queer Talent Show

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • The Vera Project
    Warren and Republican, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Free!
  • Drag queens, comedians, singers, and BenDeLaCreme—oh my! Lifelong’s Health Education Youth Outreach (HEYO) program is proud to present “The Big Queer Talent Show.” This showcase of local Seattle talent—including RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme—will produce an evening of stunning performances and heartfelt conversations, as we center performers reflecting on their adolescence and growing up as queer men. Kicking off Lifelong’s Health Education Youth Outreach programming and honoring Youth HIV Awareness Day, the event sheds light on the joys and struggles of queer adolescence, and what we, as a community, can do to address the needs of young queer people. Admission is free to the public. The first 50 young people (24 and younger) to attend receive a meet and greet experience with BenDeLaCreme. Light snacks will be provided. This is an all ages and alcohol free event.

    Performing artists:
    BenDeLaCreme (from RuPaul’s Drag Race)
    Arson Nicki
    Betty Wetter
    Woody Shticks
    Kylie Mooncakes
    Bobby Higley

 

Tuesday, April 10th: Nutrition: Women and Children in Developing Countries

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • PACCAR Theater
    200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Free!
  • Shawn Baker, Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Nutrition Team will talk about improving nutrition for women and children in developing countries. This free event is part of our Global Health and Development lecture series. Thanks to our partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington Global Health Alliance. Main Gate Entrance | Doors at 6:40 p.m. | Tickets are free for everyone but we advise reserving yours to ensure getting a seat.

 

Tuesday, April 10th: Trivia Tuesday: Gilmore Girls

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • The Runaway
    1425 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • The Runaway Presents: Trivia Tuesday ft. drink specials and prizes
    We serve the full Bok a Bok food menu!
    FREE! 21+

 

Wednesday, April 11th: The Social Queer: L Word Trivia

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Purr Cocktail Lounge
    2307 24th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • For those of you who watched the L Word (everyone?) we’re going to give you the opportunity to show off your trivia skills on April 11th for L Word Trivia Night at Purr in Montlake. What was the name of Dana’s brother? Where was the L Word filmed? What was the name of Tina and Bette’s daughter? You’ll have your chance to answer questions like these and more.

    We’re asking that participants bring canned food for YouthCare, a Seattle organization helping homeless LGBTQ youth. The donation will be made to YouthCare from SQ and the individual names of the winning team.

 

Image Description: A gif of Shane from the TV show “The L Word” waking up with matted hair and a look of shock on her face. Source: Giphy.

 

Thursday, April 12th: Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman?

  • 7:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Moore Theatre
    1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Tickets: $10
  • STG Presents and The University of Washington proudly welcomes Laverne Cox: Ain’t I A Woman? to The Moore Theatre on Thursday, April 12, 2018. GA Seating. All Ages / Bar with I.D.

 

Thursday, April 12th: Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism

  • 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Centilia Cultural Center
    1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • Facilitators: Nikkita Oliver, Natasha Marin, Elvin Nathan Jones, Fleur Larsen, and Bert Hopkins.

    Storytelling is an ancient human technology meant to encapsulate information and build connections. We are all capable of sharing our stories and more importantly, to witnessing and hearing each other with openness and compassion.

    Many of us set out with the very best of intentions but are not always able to discern how best to implement our ideals. This course will allow participants hands-on practice using the fundamentals of storytelling: intentions vs. impact, inciting action, deep listening, facing challenges, and resolution; to bring about measurable and meaningful change in their lives and at their organizations.

    How can we strategically explore and dismantle problematic racial structures in our organizations using our own personal stories?

    During this training, facilitators will guide participants in the following:

    + Exploring institutional narratives and the structures.
    + Practicing deep listening, especially with regards to the language of power & privilege.
    + Role-play for navigating difficult conversations.

    Join us in this training to explore how storytelling can be used to develop concrete strategies to help individuals and organizations actively engaged in anti-racist work.

    Register at the link below:
    https://ssdr-apr.paperform.co/

 

Thursday, April 12th: Girl Groups vs. Boy Bands Sing Along

  • 8:00pm
  • Central Cinema
  • 1411 21st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day-of-show
  • No Scrubs or Bye Bye Bye? I Want It That Way or Wannabe? It’s the ultimate throw-down night of Girl Groups and Boy Bands facing off for pop supremacy. TLC, Spice Girls, N*Sync, Backstreet, and more fill your night with fun as you sing and dance along to your favorite tracks.

 

Image Description: A gif of the band TLC dancing in the music video for their song “No Scrubs.” Source: Giphy.

 

Friday, April 13th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • 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 the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

 

Saturday, April 14th: Yuri’s Night at the Museum of Flight

  • 7:00pm – 11:00pm
  • The Museum of Flight
    9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, Washington 98108
  • Tickets: $35 general, $30 museum member
  • Dance, drink and geek out in celebration of humankind’s first spaceflight!
  • On April 12, 1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in space, and our electronic dance party honors his historic journey.
  • Held in the towering Space Gallery, our Yuri’s Night celebration features music by Noise Complaint’s Chris Tower and Subset, food trucks, aerospace guest stars and more!

 

Saturday, April 14th: 2018 March for Science

  • 10:00am
  • Cal Anderson Park
    Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Join us for the 2018 March for Science – Seattle!
    Science is the best method we have for understanding the world. It should be an open process, used to serve all people.

    Don’t forget, we need YOU to make this happen!
    Volunteer!! bit.ly/marchforsciencevolunteers
    Donate!! bit.ly/marchforscienceseadonation

 

Tuesday, April 17th: Trivia Tuesday: Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • The Runaway
  • 1425 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • The Runaway Presents:
    Trivia Tuesday ft. drink specials and prizes
    We serve the full Bok a Bok food menu!
    FREE! 21+

 

Image Description: A gif of the characters Shuri and Nakia from the movie “Black Panther” preparing for battle and raising their weapons. Source: Giphy.

 

Friday, April 20th: Marvel Exhibit Grand Opening Party at MOPOP

  • MOPOP
  • 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Get Tickets (prices vary)
  • Want to see the exhibition before it opens to the public? Be our special guest at the MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes Grand Opening Party on April 20!

    Join us for an evening of action-packed entertainment, walk the red carpet and take selfies with some of your favorite Marvel characters, and get exclusive access to the world premiere exhibition.

    Come party with us, Tony Stark style!
    Hurry, space is limited!
  • The largest exhibition ever staged at MoPOP, MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props from such comics and films as Captain America, The Avengers, Jessica Jones, and many more.

    The exhibition invites guests to journey through Marvel’s 80-year history from inception to modern day with comics, films, artifacts, and interactives. Immersive set pieces place guests into classic comic book scenescapes like Tony Stark’s lab, giving them a first-person view of the super hero’s world, while a thrilling soundscape by composers Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer completes the scene.

 

Saturday, April 21st: Troll 2: In Hecklevision!

  • 9:30pm
  • Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Tickets: $9 advance, $11 day-of-show
  • One of the most epic bad movies of all time gets the heckling it so richly deserves. A young boy and his family are harassed by goblins. That’s as close to any sense we can make of the plot, because so much more happens. See it to believe it really exists. In Hecklevision: Your wise ass texts hit the screen all night.

 

Image Description: A gif of the main character from the movie “Troll 2” looking in horror at something offscreen and saying the words “Oh my God.” Source: Giphy.

 

Friday, April 27th: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • 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 the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Image Description: A gif of Robin Williams in the movie “Jumanji” rolling a pair of dice as part of the game. Source: Giphy.

 

Saturday, April 28th: Maker Day at MOHAI: Start Soldering

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Museum of History & Industry
    860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109
  • Free for MOHAI members/Iincluded with museum admission)
  • Try your hand at soldering!

    Metrix Create: Space will have soldering irons, solder, kits, and helpful teachers to help you get started on your project.

 

Monday, April 30th: Living Cultures: Celebrating the Resilient Indigenous Cultures of the Pacific Northwest

  • Exhibit running through Monday, April 30th
  • Central Branch – Seattle Public Library
    1000 Fourth Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • Free!
  • Living Cultures is a photography exhibit that explores contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakwaka’wakw nations by Sharon Grainger with narratives by tribal elders.
  • These exhibits and programs are part of the regional “Beyond The Frame: To Be Native.” In 2018, more than 20 Northwest organizations and tribes will use the photography of Edward S. Curtis to spark discussions about art, culture and place. This is an opportunity for all people to listen to Native voices, to engage anew with Curtis’ work, and with each other. Finally, it’s an opportunity to broaden our understandings about strength and resilience; power and perception; and identity. What is it to be Native, beyond the frame?

    This exhibit is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Gary Kunis. We would also like to thank the people of the Tlingit, Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw, and Lummi Nations for their support and participation.

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A recent English Lit grad, Hanna is an enthusiastic Hufflepuff who spends as much time as possible reading, writing, and engaging in in-depth critical analyses of the graphic novels, old SyFy shows, and the Bachelor franchise with anyone who will listen. When not developing intense crushes on (inconveniently) fictional characters or outlining a variety of stories she might hopefully get around to writing one day, Hanna can usually be found listening to comedy podcasts while googling 1960’s NASA launches.

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