Geek About Town: April

Happy spring from GeekGirlCon! If you’re looking to break out of winter hibernation, check out these events!

Saturday, April 1Barbie Daytime Playtime

  • Starts at 10 a.m. — Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free for members, $12 admission
  • Dress up your doll and bring her to the museum for coding, gaming, prototyping, and more. Take a stroll through the exhibits or spend all your time tinkering in the Labs – it’s up to you! This event is open to all gender identities, but all programming workshops will be taught by women.

Saturday, April 1: Ms. PacMan Workshop

  • Starts at 2 p.m. — Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free for members, $12 admission
  • Recreate the sequential thinking behind Ms. Pac-Man! Using MIT’s popular free programming platform, Scratch, boys and girls team up to write and debug scripts,learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create a fun downloadable game they can play over and over again. Students 9+ years are welcome, no experience or technology needed.

Sunday, April 2: Ladies Book Club Meetup at Comic’s Dungeon

  • Starts at 6 p.m. — Comics Dungeon in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood
  • This is ladies and female-identified only book club hosted through Seattle’s Comics Dungeon and; dedicated to fostering a safe space for women to discuss comics. April’s book Kim & Kim is an action adventure story that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm that puts queer women and trans women front and center in an adventure that’s bright, happy, punk rock, sci fi & queer as all get-out.

Kim and Kim cover Via Comics Dungeon Ladies Book Club

Wednesday, April 5: National Women’s and Girls HIV Awareness Day

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. — Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle, central branch
  • BABES Network speakers will host an evening of conversation and celebration for women and girls impacted by HIV, especially among women of color. Since the beginning of the US HIV epidemic, women—both cisgender and transgender—have been living with the virus, working to improve the lives of people with HIV, and acting up to stop the US epidemic. Come hear their stories at this event.

Wednesday, April 5: First Wednesday Queer Film Series featuring Strike A Pose

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Northwest Film Forum in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Tickets start at $12
  • Join Three Dollar Bill Cinema for its First Wednesday Queer Film Series in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum’s screening of Strike A Pose. Dare to express yourself anew in this heartwarming update on Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition Tour backup dancers, showcased in the iconic documentary Truth or Dare.

Friday, April 7: An Evening with Neuroscience 2017

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. at University of Washington’s Kane Hall
  • A panel of neuroscience professionals will hang out and discuss up-and-coming research, their favorite stories and myths, and a brainy joke or two.

Saturday, April 8: Phoenix Comics and Games hosts Queer Geek Board Gaming

  • Starts at 1 p.m. — Phoenix Comics and Games in Seattle’s Capitol Hill
  • Phoenix Comics and Games offers a few games available to play (currently the DC Heroes expansion, Adventure Time card game, Relic Runners, Small World and several others), but definitely it’ll be mostly a bring-your-own-games type of event.

Saturday, April 8 and runs through Sept. 4: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

  • Exhibit at Pacific Science Center
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
  • Youth tickets, $27.75; Adult tickets $32.75
  • Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor is an immersive investigation of the science behind priceless artifacts including real figures from the terracotta army and over 100 artifacts illustrating the technological advancements of the Qin Dynasty. Unearth one of the most epic discoveries of our time and explore the mysteries buried within the untouched tomb of the First Emperor in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Tuesday, April 11: David C. Evans: Bottlenecks

  • Starts at 6 p.m. — Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Tickets start at $5
  • Event is 21+
  • Learn the psychological constrictions of attention, perception, memory, disposition, motivation, and social influence that will determine whether customers will be receptive to your digital innovations. Ada’s presents author David C. Evans for a presentation and book signing of his new book Bottlenecks: Aligning UX Design With User Psychology.

Thursday, April 13: Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Film Screening

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle, central branch
  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. This thought-provoking documentary features scholars, activists and politicians as they analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Thursday, April 13: Hearthstone & Cupcakes

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Cupcake Royale in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • eSports start-up RumbleMonkey is hosting a casual hangout for Hearthstone players. So if you’re a competitive player, this is a great Meetup to practice at. If you’re also just starting out, it’s a great place to learn from more experienced players.

Friday, April 14 and 28: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • Starts at 7 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 the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward?

Dice and coffee, a beautiful pairing.

Saturday, April 15: Feminist Fiber Art Exhibit

  • Starts at 6 p.m. — Virago Gallery
  • Feminist Fiber Art is a traveling art exhibit conceived by Iris Nectar in the summer of 2015 to illustrate how feminists have been using the medium to subvert its history as “women’s work” in colorful, fun, and sexually liberated ways.

Saturday, April 15: Art of the Story: The Matrix

  • Starts at 1 p.m.  — SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center campus in Queen Anne
  • Tickets: $25
  • The 1999 cult classic The Matrix tapped into a universal theme in the collective psyche: The Hero’s Journey– a timeless story construct still relevant to scriptwriters, filmmakers, and film lovers today. Join media educator Malory Graham for this exploration of Neo’s classic character arc in The Matrix and how it still informs screenwriting and filmmaking today.

Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23: Pop conference 2017

  • MoPOP at the Seattle Center
  • Tickets start at $20, learn about registration here
  • The annual Pop Conference mixes together ambitious music writing of every kind in an attempt to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation. This year’s Pop Conference, titled Sign O’ the Times: Music and Politics, will feature presentations on topics ranging from identity politics to protest music in the modern era. Check out a clip from the event’s keynote last year below. 

Thursday, April 20: Gamer Grrrls night out

  • 7 p.m. — Raygun Lounge in Capitol Hill
  • Every third Thursday Gamer Grrrls is 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 acting asbeing a rotating beginner’s D&D/RPG table.

Wednesday, April 22: Edible City Science Fair

  • Starts at 10 a.m. — MOHAI in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood
  • Tickets come with museum admission of $19.95 for an adult
  • Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming, and sustainability. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science!

Tuesday, April 23: An Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky

  • 7:30 p.m. — Town Hall Seattle in the First Hill neighborhood
  • Tickets: $30
  • Elliott Bay Book Company presents an evening with legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky—who currently appears on The Goldbergs, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time, author of The Dangerous Animals Club and The Tobolowsky Files podcast—My Adventures with God is a funny, introspective collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.”

Tuesday, April 25: Cinerama presents Anime Movie Festival

  • Starting April 25 and running through May 3, with a variety of start times, see them here.
  • Tickets start at $16
  • Cinerama is excited to announce its first Anime Movie Festival, featuring twenty-three genre favorites including Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Paprika and Cowboy Bebop. A large selection of titles from Studio Ghibli will be featured, including ten masterpieces from famed anime creator Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki titles in the Festival include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro. Also included in the festival is 2017 Oscar-nominated The Red Turtle.

Friday, April 28: KEXP presents Cataldo’s “Nerd Prom”

  • Starts at 8:30 p.m. at Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill
  • Event currently sold out, but stay updated on tickets here
  • A prom for the A/V kids, the yearbook editors, the comic-con denizens, and the basement garage bands, — KEXP presents the release party for Seattle band Cataldo’s Keepers. It will feature the musical stylings of Portland-based band Wild Ones and DJ sets from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie).

Saturday, April 29: International Table Top Day

  • Starts at 10 a.m. — Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics in Lacey
  • Celebrate board games with Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics in Lacey  at International Table Top Day! They will be playing board games all day, with promos and special events.

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