Geek About Town: February

It’s almost February, and you know what that means! Slightly longer days, the promise of spring in the (alright, still pretty distant) future, and the rosy scent of love on the air!

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, holding a day of mourning on February 14, or just don’t care either way, February is the perfect time to celebrate unabashed geekiness, warm and welcoming community, and our incredible city.

Read on to see what’s coming up next month!

Friday, February 1: 27th Annual Drag Show

  • 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Pac Concert Hall
    Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • It’s time for the QRC’s annual Drag Show!  On Friday, February 1st, join us in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall for a night of great music and even better performers! The show starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm, and will feature both drag queens and drag kings. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students.

    All money collected goes to benefit Lifelong and the Sean Humphrey House, local organizations that support LGBT+ people in our community.

    Please bring cash to tip the performers! Since this is a benefit, the performers are not being compensated, so please show them your love and tip heavily!

    Tickets will be available in the PAC box office very soon, we will comment in the discussion when tickets become available for purchase!

    For disability accommodations, please contact as.disability@wwu.edu

Saturday, February 2: Lunar New Year Celebration & Fair

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wing Luke Museum
    719 S King St, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Celebrate Lunar New Year with a day full of activities for the whole family! A Lion dance will bless The Wing with their vibrant and energetic spirit from 10 – 10:30 AM. Then take a passport journey through the Museum, create crafts with local artists, learn about the Asian zodiac with our stuffed animal petting zoo, and win prizes and more! Please note new start time.

    Traffic may be heavier due to other events in the area so plan accordingly.

Sunday, February 3: Indigenous Teen Art Show Opening Reception

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • The Vera Project
    Warren and Republican, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Join us February 3rd, 4-6pm at the Vera Project to celebrate the opening of this exhibition with refreshments and performances starting at 5pm! This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run February 3 – 28, check the Vera Project schedule for visiting hours.

    Curated by Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw) alongside Moe’nayah Holland and Michael Anderson of Teens in Tacoma, the yəhaw̓ Indigenous Teen Art Show aims to recognize the artistic abilities and talents of young people in our communities. While young Indigenous creatives are under-represented in the mainstream art world, this show hopes to highlight their capabilities.

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Tuesday, February 5: HP Trivia: Chapter 8 (Weasley Sweater Edition)

  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • 7:00pm (Feb. 2nd), 5:30pm (Feb. 3rd)
  • Optimism Brewing Company
    1158 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Get ready for round 8 of HP trivia at Optimism Brewing aaaaand bring those Weasley sweaters!

    Early edition: 6:00 doors, 6:30 start
    Late edition: 8:00 doors, 8:30 start
    Ticket required: $6.75 including fees
    All ages: children too young to participate do not need a ticket (but we don’t promise that all content will be G-rated)

    GET THOSE WEASLEY SWEATERS ON!

    We got some sweaters from Mrs. Weasley over the holiday season and assume you were on her list too (even if you don’t personally celebrate a gift-giving holiday) so let’s all get them out and show them off on February 5!
    The first letter of your name is a classic standby but maybe you got a Hungarian Horntail, a Snitch, or the symbol of your house on yours.
    Note: This isn’t a costume contest but as George said, they are lovely and warm so let’s have some fun.

Friday, February 8 – Saturday, February 9: Ballard Hullabaloo – Clearance Sale 2019

  • Starts 6:00pm Friday and 10:00am Saturday
  • Leif Erikson Hall
    2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • It only happens once a year – all your favorite Ballard shops and boutiques share their discounted items under one roof! Join us on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th, 2019 for some great shopping, entertainment and a few refreshments along the way!

    Participating Merchants:
    Prism, re-souL, Clover Toys, Annie’s Art and Frame, Scout & Molly’s, Atlas Travel Wear, Fair Trade Winds, Studio RA Boutique, Andrea Silverman Designs, Market Street Shoes, Uphill Designs

    Food and beverages by:
    Porkchop & Co. and Peddler Brewing Company (all beer proceeds will go to the Ballard Commons Park Play Area fundraiser)

Friday, February 8: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7:00 – 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 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.

Thursday, February 8th – Saturday, February 10th: NWAW/SCP: Lunar New Year Costume and Pig Mask Contest

  • 11:00am – 1:30pm
  • Northwest Asian Weekly
  • 412 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Northwest Asian Weekly/Seattle Chinese Post presents the 10th Annual Lunar New Year Costume Contest. Make a Pig Mask, be a part of the Costume Contest, or enter both contests!

Saturday, February 9: 2019 #teachseattle Teacher Hiring Fair

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Roosevelt High School (Seattle)
    1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, Washington 98115
  • Learn about SPS, what it’s like to teach for Seattle Public schools, meet with district and building leaders, and interview! For Elementary, SpEd, DLI, Spanish, Math and PE/Health teachers.

Saturday, February 9: NerdFaire Con!

  • 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Lynnwood Convention Center
    3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • NerdFaire is NOT a craft fair or handmade fair, it is a MINI CON for ALL THE THINGS Nerdy and Geeky. Our focus is on supporting local Shops, businesses, and handmade items, in addition to creating community for all of Nerdery and Geekdom. This is our first year, but we hope to make this a long standing event.

Saturday, February 9: SODO Flea Market

  • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • SODO Flea Market
    2322 Utah Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Seattle’s most exciting flea market is back Saturday, Feb 9th!

    60+ local vendors, 3 food trucks, 1 coffee truck – pet and family friendly 🙂

    Antiques, vintage clothing, handmade goods, bath and body, home goods, food, and coffee, find it all at the SODO Flea Market!

    Bring the whole family down and enjoy the day walking through our market, supporting local small businesses, artists, and makers. Our goal is to bring the community together to share the fun of the searching for those special items. We look forward to seeing you at the next SODO Flea Market, Saturday, February 9th, 10am-4pm at 2322 Utah Ave S and S Stacy St.

    Parking is convenient and free in this area. We recommend along 1st Ave S. or north of the Market on Utah Ave S.

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Wednesday, February 13: Jesse McCartney

  • 8:00pm
  • Showbox SoDo
    1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • With the release of Jesse McCartney’s new single “Better With You” — his first new music since his well-received 2014 album ‘In Technicolor’ — it’s worth noting that the New York-born singer, songwriter, producer, and actor has had the kind of career that most young artists aspire to. With multiple platinum-selling tracks and a songwriting credit on Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love” under his belt, McCartney is ready to introduce his fans to who he is today.

Thursday, February 14: Dancing On My Own – Robyn Inspired Valentine’s Day Dance Party

  • 10:00pm
  • Barboza
    925 East Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Dancing On My Own – Robyn Inspired Valentine’s Day Dance Party at Barboza

    Pop Music All About Heartbreak!

    Age Restrictions: 21 and over only

    Important Notice: All tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable with the exception of event cancellation. Support acts are subject to change.

Saturday, February 16: Womxn Galantine Dance Party!

  • 9:00pm – 1:00am
  • Fred Wildlife Refuge
    128 Belmont Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Dearest Social Queer members and newcomers,

    It is with GREAT pride and excitement that I announce The SQ’s upcoming one-year anniversary celebration / womxn galantine dance party.

    Please join us at Fred Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 16th from 9pm – 1am. DJ Kowboy Kelley will be making it rain as we celebrate love or lack thereof and friendship. To optimize the evening, I kindly ask that you consider the following outfit colors:

    Red = Open — you’re in a committed open relationship and are looking to mingleeeeahhh

    White = Monogamous — you’re in a committed relationship and are just looking to minglleeeahh with your partner

    Black = Single — need I say more?

    Pink or blue = Womx(e)n ally — in the words of Destiny’s Child: “ladiez, leave your (cis) straight men at home”, but if you have a badass ally you want to party with, they’re welcome to join. If there’s confusion here, just message me.

    Since we’re renting out Fred Wildlife, we need to sell tickets. Starting today through January 10th, tickets are only $5. After that they will be $10. Once we cover the cost of the venue, additional proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. There will also be the opportunity to give the night of the party.

    Thanks, all! Excited to party with you and celebrate one whole year of the SQ.

Sunday, February 17: Boozy Terrarium-Making Class

  • 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Have you always wanted your very own terrarium? Here’s your chance to get crafty while enjoying tasty adult beverages. We’ll walk you through the process, and you’ll walk home with something you can show off to your friends. You’ll get your hands dirty with soil, charcoal, rocks, moss and more! Feel free to bring your own decorations to add onto your terrarium during the event.

Wednesday, February 20: And That’s Why We Drink

  • 8:00 – 11:00pm
  • Neptune Theatre
    1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • STG Presents And That’s Why We Drink at The Neptune Theatre on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

    Rserved Seating + General Admission Standing Room in Bar

    All Ages / Bar with I.D.
    Tickets are $23.50, $73.50 VIP* (not including fees). On sale Friday, October 19th at 10 am –> bit.ly/2Ov79L2

    *VIP includes meet & greet + best seats.

    Murder and the paranormal finally meet! Join Em and Christine for a wine-filled evening of bone-chilling ghost stories and terrifying true crime stories. The world’s a scary place – and that’s why we drink!
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Friday, February 22: Nicole Byer at Columbia City Theater

  • 9:00pm
  • Columbia City Theater
    4916 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98118
  • Nicole Byer is an actress, comedian and writer, Nicole hosts the baking show Nailed It currently streaming on Netflix and has a sitcom loosely based on her life streaming on Facebook Watch called Loosely Exactly Nicole. She also hosts a podcast called Why Won’t You Date Me. She recently starred on the short lived Fox sketch show Party Over here. You’ve also seen her on MTV’s Girl Code, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, @Midnight, Adult Swim, Chelsea Lately, Transparent, Lady Dynamite, and a Nestle commercial that only runs in Israel. She co-wrote and starred in the Pursuit of Sexiness which Variety named a web series to watch. Nicole was featured as a Time Out LA comic to watch in 2015, and Refinery 29 says she’s a female comic to look out for. She’s also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Elle and Ebony. Nicole has done lots of fun shit.

Friday, February 22: 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 game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Saturday, February 23: Viva Vera Gala 2019

  • 5:00 – 9:00pm
  • Washington Hall
    153 14th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • The Vera Project and Sub Pop Records present the 2019 Viva Vera Gala at the historic Washington Hall! Join us as we celebrate VERA’s role in creating a vibrant Seattle all-ages music & arts scene. Your support of Viva Vera will help The Vera Project uplift thousands of young people through meaningful participation in music & the arts, expand our transformative programming into underrepresented communities off-site, and continue acting as a creative home to so many.

Sunday, February 24: HashtagLunchBag Seattle

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Redhook Brewlab
    714 e Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Support Seattle’s Hashatglunchbag with Redhook Brewery as we join forces!! Come chip in your $10.00 donation and help us give back and distribute lunches through out our community.

    We are 100% donation based. All money and donations go towards feeding Seattle’s hungry! This IS kid friendly!!

    Sooooooo what more to say other than come have a beer and help us make a difference!

    If you are not able to volunteer and would like to donate, please do so at our website www.HashtaglunchbagSeattle.com

Tuesday, February 26: Space Opera Discussion

  • 7:00 – 8:00pm
  • Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Come out for a book discussion at Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe! Physical book: https://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/book/9781481497503
    Ebook: https://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com/ebook/9781481497510
    Audiobook: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781681689173-space-opera

Wednesday, February 27: Andrea Gibson in Seattle

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Neptune Theatre
    1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Andrea Gibson returns to SEATTLE to support their new book, LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES.

    In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson’s newest literary triumph, Lord of the Butterflies, is a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced look at gender, romance, loss, and family, this is also a book of protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia, and white supremacy, Gibson celebrates gender expansion, queer love, and the will to stay alive. Each emotion in Lord of the Butterflies is deft and delicate, resting within imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

Wednesday, February 27: Literary Arts Series: Zadie Smith

  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Benaroya Hall
    200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • This is a conversation with Zadie Smith.

    Smith is one of the world’s preeminent fiction and non-fiction writers. Her novels include White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and Swing Time, among others; and her many non-fiction works on a range of subjects from pop culture to politics are collected in Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays and 2018’s Feel Free.

    Her most recent novel is Swing Time (2016), which follows two brown girls in their dream of becoming dancers. Swing Time was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2017, Smith was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was the recipient of the 2017 City College of New York’s Langston Hughes Medal.

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