Geek About Town: August

Whether you love the indoors, outdoors, or both in this summer weather, we have a list with plenty of geeky and interesting things to do this August!

Tuesday, August 1: IdeaX Drop-In Creativity Lab

  • Starts at 3 p.m. — Bellevue Library
  • Free event
  • This is an open learn and discover laboratory where you can work with some of the creative, technological, and building-centered tools offered through ideaX programming. Some of the tools available for exploring are: Play-Doh, stop motion animation kits, Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, Ableton Live 9 + Push, crafting supplies, Squishy Circuits, and more.

Wednesday, August 2: Young Lives: Short Films

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Three Dollar Bill Cinema
  • Tickets start at $6, free for members
  • A collection of coming-of-age short films including: 50%, Big Queer Party, and In This Skin. Read all titles here.

Still image from the film In This Skin. This narrative montage explores the real-life stories of transgender youth.

Thursday, August 3: Office Hours

  • From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Living Computer Museum and Labs
  • Free event
  • Pack up the tools and come on in! Meet up with other hobbyists and the LCM+L team in the Labs at our weekly Office Hours to work on your personal projects. Hardware or software, incomplete or pristine, we welcome projects of all kinds.

Thursday, August 3: Hearthstone & Cupcakes

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Cupcake Royale in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Free event
  • 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, August 4: Moana at Westlake Park

  • Starts at dusk — Westlake Park in Seattle
  • Free event
  • The Downtown Seattle Association is showing the family-friendly, heartwarming film Moana in Westlake Park.

Sunday, August 6: Mox Seattle Pokemon League

  • Starts at 3 p.m. — Ballard’s Mox Boarding House
  • Free event
  • Mox Boarding House hosts Pokemon League practice every Sunday for players who are new to the game or looking to battle. RSVP here.

Sunday, August 6: Games & Geeks: A Fundraiser for GeekGirlCon

  • Starts at 4 p.m. — Bellevue’s Mox Boarding House
  • Free event
  • Get your geek on with GeekGirlCon! Join us for our first- ever Games & Geeks fundraiser. Food and drink will be available for purchase. There will be game demos galore, fun activities for the kids, a silent auction, and a raffle with fabulous prizes!

An image of Mox Boarding House. GeekGirlCon’s fundraiser will be at the Bellevue location.

Sunday, August 6: August Ladies Book Club Meetup

  1. Starts at 6 p.m. — Comics Dungeon in Wallingford
  2. Free event
  3. 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. August’s book is Shutter. Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorers of an Earth far more fantastic than the one we know, is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting.

Tuesday, August 8: Lego Batman Movie in bellevue Downtown Park

  • Starts at dusk, but pre-movie entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. — Bellevue Downtown park
  • Free event
  • Join Batman and Lego fans in this fun screening of The LEGO Batman Movie.

Thursday, August 10: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Pacific Northwest

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Downtown Central Library
  • Free event
  • Join the second installment of a two-part series celebrating  Seattle Center Festál, an event that lauds immigrants, indigenous, and ethnic cultures.  The panel, moderated by local journalist Angela Russell, will discuss the question, “ What role do ethnic gatherings have in strengthening identity?”

Friday, August 11: 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?

Friday, August 11: Gork, the Teenage Dragon

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill
  • Free event
  • Named by Granta as one of the twenty Best Young American Novelists and recipient of the Sue Kaufman Prize for his debut novel, Dear Mr. President, Gabe Hudson is here with his exuberant new novel, Gork, the Teenage Dragon. Join the author at Elliott Bay Book Company as they talk about this book, which is described as a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story with a hilarious ride through a mind-bending and capacious universe for the big-hearted.

Friday, August 11: Outdoor Cinema: Beetlejuice

Saturday, August 12: Basic Puppet Building 

  • Starts at 10 a.m. — INSCAPE Arts Building in Seattle
  • Class fee: $175
  • Spend your day immersed in the hands-on experience of basic puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet.

Wednesday, August 16: The Fifty-Year Rebellion

  • Starts at 7 p.m. —  Downtown Central Library
  • Free event
  • How can communities move from resistance to social transformation? Join Scott Kurashige (The Fifty-Year Rebellion) and Michael Hardt (Assembly) as they analyze the 1960s rebellions and political challenges of the present to draw lessons from the past half-century of movement building.

Friday, August 18: Star Wars Rogue One at Westlake Park

  • Starts at dusk — Westlake Park in Seattle
  • Free event
  • For those who just can’t get enough of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Downtown Seattle Association is showing it in Westlake Park.

Friday, August 25: 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?

Saturday, August 26: Underground Comix Market

  • Starts at 12 p.m. — Push/Pull in Ballard
  • Free event
  • An underground comix market featuring the talents of 13 artists, publishers, zinesters, cartoonists, and creators from Seattle and the surrounding area. FREE and open to the public to meet and support local artists and discover new work!

Sunday, August 27: Outsider Comics presents The Marriage of True Minds Murder Mystery

  • Starts at 7 p.m. — Outsider Comics in Fremont
  • Tickets start at $22
  • Outsider Comics presents this locally- created mystery role-playing game for 13 players. Created by Back Page Murder Mysteries, Outsider provides the setting and the refreshments, while you play a character, accomplish your goals, form alliances, and defeat your rivals over the course of this fast-paced game of intrigue.

Wednesday, August 30: What every American should know

  • Starts at 6:30 p.m. — Downtown Central Library
  • Free event
  • How can we find common ground together during divisive political times? Add your voice to an interactive community conversation about civics, culture, and American identities that cross race, gender, migration and displacement, religion, and more. Read about the speakers here.

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