Geek About Town: July

Welcome to July! Summer is in full swing, and Seattle (and beyond) is buzzing with all things fun, geeky, and eventful! Here’s a quick peek at special occasions you’ll want to add to your calendars as quickly as you can say “Harry Potter Drag Show!”

 

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Saturday, June 30th – Friday July 6th: Daily Vigils at Seattle ICE office

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • 1000 2nd Ave
    1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Join us for daily weekday (M-F) VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in front of the Seattle ICE office, 1000 2nd Ave (between Spring and Madison in downtown Seattle).

    We are a group of concerned human beings who gather every day in front of the Seattle offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Many of us are here from 8 to 10 am every workday, but we encourage people to come any time between 8am and 6 pm, or later. Bring your friends. Bring a sign if you can. Our goal is to be a constant visual reminder that we repudiate ICE’s/CBP’s activities. Our presence is peaceful and we are not engaging in civil disobedience.

    Every day at this address, ICE and CBP agents report to work, and immigrants arrive for hearings at the Seattle Immigration Court on the 25th floor. ICE’s lawyers are on the 29th floor; its investigators, who work in joint task forces with Seattle Police and the King County Sheriff under the name of “Homeland Security Investigations,” or HSI, are on the 23rd floor. CBP, also known as the Border Patrol, has its Seattle field office on the 22nd floor. There are also other offices in the building unrelated to immigration enforcement.

    The U.S. government continues to subject migrants and refugees to an organized campaign of cruelty and abuse. For years, it has broken up families, detained migrants in inhuman conditions, and frustrated the right to asylum. Under President Trump, it has seized children from parents, threatened migrant families with indefinite detention, declared victims of gang violence and domestic violence ineligible for asylum, and slashed the number of refugee admissions. These policies are accompanied by a rhetoric of hate targeting migrants and refugees.

    Our government’s policies, implemented by ICE and CBP, violate fundamental rights to asylum, due process, and family life. They cause anguish, terror, and lasting psychological harm. They threaten the safety and well-being of children. We will not rest until our government respects the human rights of migrants and refugees.

    We call on our leaders to end the systematic mistreatment of migrants and refugees. We call on public employees to refuse to implement or assist such mistreatment. We call on our fellow human beings to oppose it with all their might.

 

Monday, June 30th – Sunday, July 1st: Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Summer Show

  • 8:00pm – 11:30pm
  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
  • 301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
  • Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie craft show! At UCU, now in its fourteenth year, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more.

    Each show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts, along with quality and originality. This bi-annual show features over 150 vendors excelling in the world of craft, art and design.

    Hundreds of fans are lined up before our doors open to receive our famous swag bags full of goodies from our vendors and lovely sponsors. Not only can you peruse the aisles full of vendors, but there are also hourly crafty book signings to check out.

    This show is free and fun for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you!

    The show hours are 11am-5pm both days!

 

Saturday, June 30th: Immigrant Rights Summer Code Bash

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Washington State Labor Council
    321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144
  • The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is hosting our second annual Summer Code Bash on June 30th!

    Last year we had an amazing turnout, and we’d love to replicate the experience. We’re looking for progressively-minded, code-savvy individuals to help us build and enhance vital tools, like our successful state-wide SMS Alert System.

    All skillsets and levels of experience are welcome. In particular, we are interested in people familiar with:

    • Frameworks & Platforms: React Native, iOS, Android
    • Languages: Java, Python, Scala
    • Services: Twilio, RapidSMS, Heroku

    Food and snacks will be provided!

    Please RSVP by 06/25 to grab your spot.

    Food and snacks will be provided! (Ooooh!)

    RSVP! Our workspace is limited. Please follow the link below to reserve your spot!!

    https://actionnetwork.org/events/immigrant-rights-summer-code-bash

    If you are not able to come or contribute time but would like to support this work, donations are another important need. You can donate to the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network at www.waisn.org.

    We look forward to seeing you June 30!

 

 

Thursday, July 5th: Zoo For All: A Celebration of Inclusion

  • 9:30am – 8:30pm
  • Woodland Park Zoo
    5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Woodland Park Zoo believes the zoo should be inclusive for all. To celebrate its commitment to inclusion, the zoo will host its first Zoo for All event on Thursday, July 5 to acknowledge and honor families and individuals from the special needs and inclusion communities.

    What to expect on July 5:
    -Additional accessible parking spaces
    -A new zoo map to help identify quieter and less heavily trafficked locations.
    -Reconfiguration of Zoomazium’s nature play space to make it suitable for children with autism and other sensory disorders.
    -Picnic on the North Meadow: families will be encouraged to join in a community bring-your-own lunch celebration on the zoo’s North Meadow.
    -Open Late! Because Zoo for All falls during the zoo’s new Evening Zoo event, the zoo will be open past normal closing hours until 8:30 p.m.
    -Sensory Garden opens! The opening of the long-awaited Seattle Sensory Garden, an addition to the zoo’s Rose Garden designed for those with and without disabilities to enjoy will debut on July 5. The new garden includes a variety of elements for guests to touch and explore at their leisure, including deep-toned wind chimes, temple bells, and guiros—rectangular wooden posts with slots that create noise when touched. There is also an accessible paved pathway, special sensory-friendly carpeting, and raised beds to make for easier interaction with the variety of trees, shrubs and bulbs planted throughout the garden.

    Zoo for All has been made possible through guidance from nonprofit partners in the community, including The Arc of King County, Special Olympics USA Games, Northwest Center, Northwest ADA Center, Kindering and others. These organizations will have booths at the zoo throughout the day to provide information about their services.

    “Zoo for All is a day to celebrate families coming together here at the zoo,” says Alejandro Grajal, Woodland Park Zoo’s president and CEO. “But our pledge to inclusivity is year round. We are constantly looking at ways to strengthen our commitment, improve our processes and make them more equitable. Creating this event has been a wonderful chance to truly learn from the community, and we hope to approach more Zoo for All events with the same spirit in the future.”

    Zoo for All is part of Woodland Park Zoo’s greater commitment to making the zoo a place of inclusion in which people of all backgrounds and abilities feel welcome and inspired to make conservation a priority in their lives.

    We hope to see you there!

 

Saturday, July 7th: Emerald City Night Market

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Seattle Street Food Festival
    217 9th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Seattle’s largest Night Market returns to South Lake Union stretching over 4 blocks as the centerpiece of the 6th Annual Seattle Street Food Festival on July 7th!

 

Saturday, July 7th: Seattle Frida Fest 2018

  • 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Centilia Cultural Center
    1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • Join us as Colectiva Noroeste presents the first annual Seattle Frida Fest, a celebration of the life and art of Frida Kahlo!

    At the Centilia Cultural Center we will be hosting a Pop-Up Mercado with 30+ artists/crafters/vendors and a Frida inspired Art Show!

    Plus live performances & entertainment out in the Plaza! Including a Frida fashion show and look alike contest, family activities, and food vendors.

 

Saturday, July 7th: First Caturday Seattle at Cal Anderson Park

  • 1:30pm
  • Cal Anderson Park
    Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Friends of Caturday 🐱🐱🐱

    First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends! 🐾 🐱🌲

    It is a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing. 👯😺
    It is where we can freely exchange information, friendship, and joy to help make our cats happy and healthy. 📚❤😽
    Some cats actually like leash walks, others stroller walks, and still others just to come to the park in their pet carriers to listen to the birds singing 🙀🚁🐤.

 

Saturday, July 7th: Science Night July 7th: An Evening of Drunken Experiments!

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Hale’s Ales Palladium
    4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, Washington
  • TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR STARTING AT 7 PM!

    Science Night: An Evening of Drunken Experiments returns this July 7th to the beautiful Palladium Theater at Hales Ales in Fremont.

    This is most fun you can have without breaking the laws of physics.

    Doors open at 7 and the Stage Show starts at 8 sharp.

    Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets here:
    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3509763

    Science Night is a hands on Science Experiment free-for-all, with dozens of ever changing exhibits to try. Blow things up with air! Levitate metal! Make homemade lightbulbs, cube-shaped bubbles, 3-d art, float stuff on air, and more! Ever wanted to shatter flowers with liquid nitrogen? See sound waves? Tesla Coils? Jacobs Ladder? Oh my! We have got you covered. This is not a lecture… instead its a fully interactive science fair. Come ready to have your mind blown.

    As if that weren’t enough, we have special mainstage performances by Johnny Jetpack of America’s Got Talent, The Mysterious Dr. Owl and his Tesla Coil, Dan Heidel, The Unstumpable Science Oracle, and Isaac Vicknair, part time wizard.

    * Children must be supervised at all times.*

    Bill Nye and Neil Degrass Tyson will not be attending. Carl Sagan is always with us, everywhere we go.

 

Tuesday, July 10th: Harry Potter Trivia: Chapter 4 + Costume Contest

  • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Optimism Brewing Company
    1158 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • And we’re back for round four at Optimism Brewing!

    Early edition: 6:00 doors, 6:30 start
    Late edition: 8:00 doors, 8:30 start
    Ticket required: $6.22 including fees
    All ages: children too young to participate do not need a ticket (but we don’t promise that all guarantee will be G-rated)

    SPECIAL THIS TIME: HARRY POTTER-THEMED COSTUME CONTEST
    No, not for you adults — for your kids and dogs!
    Here’s how it works:
    Kids compete during the early edition, dogs compete during the late edition (when the kids are probably in bed).
    If you are old enough to attend unaccompanied by a parent, you are not a kid. Dog means dog.
    You do not have to dress like Harry Potter himself, just like something from the series.
    The first place winner will be determined by the audience and wins a special prize!

    THE FINE PRINT
    6 people max per team.
    Questions are based on all 7 books, but not on the movies or ancillary writings (Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts, Pottermore, etc.).
    We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
    The late edition will be slightly more difficult than the early edition.

    Optimism Brewing offers beer and water, and you can find food at a food truck on site.
    Otherwise, you are welcome to bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages.
    (Outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed as per Washington law.)

    A portion of our proceeds will be donated to charity.

 

Thursday, July 12th – Sunday, July 15th: Seattle Cuban Dance Fest 2018

  • 8:00pm
  • University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington 98105
  • The Seattle Cuban Dance Fest is the first and only festival dedicated to showcasing Cuban traditional dances. This year’s line-up includes some of the finest Cuban dance instructors in the West Coast.

    Join us for three days of high-intensity workshops with the instructors and live percussionists, performances, live Cuban bands, and social parties.

 

Friday, July 13th: Witches’ Night Out Market

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Arcadia Seattle
    943 NW 50th Street, Seattle, Washington 98107
  • The first Witches’ Night Out Market will take place on Friday, July 13th at Arcadia in Ballard. Geared towards Witches and the metaphysically-minded, the evening will feature an array of curated artisans and mystical merchants, psychic readings and body workers, mini-lectures, community chat space, and more!

    Come out and meet our beautiful local community.

    This is a fundraising event for The Cabiri, a performance arts organization supporting the preservation of living myth and cultures, using dance, cirque and arial arts.

    Vending:
    We’ll be posting the form soon for interested vendors: there 13 tables of artisans/merchants/vendors, 8 spaces for readers/body workers

    Lectures:
    ~5 mini-lectures/sessions at quarter past each hour for 10-15 minutes long (TED-talk style), space also doubles as community chat space when sessions not happening, meet and greet area. We’ll be posting a form shortly if you’re interested in presenting a topic.

    Admission: Free to the public/all ages (but a small donation of $1-$5 will get you exclusive raffle tickets)

 

Friday, July 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!

 

Friday, July 13th – Sunday, July 15th: Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

  • 8:00pm
  • Seattle Symphony
  • 200 University Street, Seattle, Washington
  • Relive the mythic storytelling of the Star Wars saga like never before with this very special presentation. This concert features the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope on a giant screen while the Seattle Symphony performs John Williams’ iconic score live in the pitch-perfect acoustics of Benaroya Hall.

 

Saturday, July 14th: Salsa & Bachata on Alki Beach

  • 5:00pm
  • Salsa At Alki Beach
    Alki, Seattle, Washington 98116
  • Welcome to our 9th Annual Salsa & Bachata on Alki Beach with intro lesson. Hosted by http://belltowndancestudio.com/salsa_on_alki_beach. Please share this amazing outdoor summer dance event with your friends.

    -Sat. July 14th, featuring live music by Cambalache
    Dj – Felix Chu between sets.

    COST:
    $18 cover. Dance ONLY w/Live band 6pm-10pm (Student ID $15)
    $20 w/intro lesson & dance at 5pm – 5:55pm.
    Dance partners are NOT needed. Please be on time.
    Cash or Master/Visa welcome on site, no checks please.

 

Saturday, July 14th: Latinx Pride Festival Seattle

  • 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • El Centro de la Raza
    2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • —- 2nd Seattle Latinx/Latino Pride Festival —-

    Saturday, July 14th 5-10pm @ El Centro de la Raza
    2524 16th Avenue S Seattle, WA 98144

    Everyone is invited! Let’s celebrate our LGBTQ and Latino/a/x identities.

    ENTERTAINMENT, DANCING, FOOD, COMMUNITY RESOURCES/VENDORS & MUCH MORE!

    Invite ALL your friends!

    —————————
    Evento GRATIS!
    Acompañanos en el segundo festival del Orgullo LGBTQ Latino!

    Sábado 14 de Julio 5-10 pm en el Centro de la Raza
    2524 16th Avenue S Seattle, WA 98144

    Ven celebrar el orgullo de la comunidad Gay, Lesbiana, Bi, Trans Latina.

    ENTRETENIMIENTO, BAILE, COMIDA, BEBIDAS, RECURSOS COMUNITARIOS Y MUCHO MAS!

    Pasa la voz e invita a más personas.

 

Saturday, July 14th: Wizard Rock at the WTBBL Seattle

  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL)
    2021 9th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • Tonks & the Aurors is bringing Wizard Rock to the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. Come have a fun night of wizardry with our friends at the WTBBL, and cap off the evening with Tonks playing acoustic tunes!

 

Sunday, July 15th: Seattle Summer Ale Fest

  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • You can Find Tickets & Info Here – https://tracking.goldstar.com/aff_c?offer_id=6&aff_id=5159&aff_sub=150274&aff_sub4=seattle-summer-alefest-tickets&aff_sub5=seattle

    The latest in a series of micro festivals designed to introduce you to locally-sourced libations from Puget Sound and beyond, the Seattle Summer Alefest brings craft brewers directly to you, so you can interact with the makers and indulge in some of their latest, greatest samples. From seasonal ales to everyday faves, this three-hour tasting event covers it all, and also offers snack samples from vendors, plus food-truck specialties for purchase. Check out this awesome alternative to your standard-issue happy hour at WithinSodo.

 

Thursday, July 19th: Outdoor Movie Night Ft. “Coco”

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Green Lake Community Center
    7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, Washington 98115
  • Bring the family, chairs or blankets, and some snacks and enjoy a showing of the movie Coco. The movie and popcorn are FREE but seating is on a first come first served basis.

 

Friday, July 20th – Sunday, July 22nd: Capitol Hill Block Party

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
    925 E Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Join us for the best weekend of the summer!

    Tickets are on sale now!
    www.capitolhillblockparty.com

 

Saturday, July 21st: More Fats More Femmes Witch Market 6.0

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Indian Summer
    534 Summit Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Celebrate every inch of yourself at this Cancer/Leo season cusp pop-up shop just in time for the heart of Seattle’s summer. Indian Summer owner Adria Garcia, ex-IS manager Kim Selling, and current IS shopgirl Abby Cooke will be selling racks on racks on racks of plus size vintage clothing. We’ll have pieces of many style varieties from size 12 to 30, especially pertaining to our current beach bod situation and the encroaching autumnal season. Come get sweaty and summery with us ♥

 

Saturday, July 21st: ENBY PARTY

  • 1:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Cafe Racer
    5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Emma Lee Toyoda and Kid (@cuddle_punk) are very excited to introduce ENBY PARTY at Cafe Racer !! This is an all-day mini fest centered around non-binary musicians, artists, and organizers !!

    Music:
    Porch Cat ~ https://porchcat.bandcamp.com/
    Lilac ~ https://lilacsounds.bandcamp.com/
    Donte da Qween ~ https://daqween.bandcamp.com/
    Emma Lee Toyoda ~ https://emmaleetoyoda.bandcamp.com/
    Nacion de Humo
    Nessa ~ https://nessaband.bandcamp.com
    Julz Ilang-Bulan ~ https://julz-ilang-bulan.bandcamp.com/
    Des ♥

 

Saturday, July 21st: Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary (Free Screening)

  • 6:00pm – 10:30pm
  • South Lake Union Discovery Center
    101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • We’re bringing a classic back with a 25th anniversary screening of Jurassic Park just before the new release!

    We’re back for our monthly big screen celebration on the grassy lawn for in South Lake Union Discovery Center. We’re teaming up with the South Lake Union Saturday Market which is hosting their monthly Night Market, so grab some food and shop then grab a beer for charity with a movie!

 

Saturday, July 21st – Sunday, July 22nd: 2018 Seattle Bon Odori

  • 4:00pm
  • Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple
    1427 South Main Street, Seattle, Washington 98144
  • We’re kicking off PRIDE with a screening of the documentary Gaming in Color. This Kickstarter-funded film focuses on LGBTQ issues in video games, gaymer culture, and the rise of queer themes in gaming.

    NR | Included with Admission

 

Friday, July 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!

 

Friday, July 27th: A Drag Tribute to Harry Potter

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • WEIRD proudly presents a very special drag tribute to the world of Harry Potter, hosted by Old Witch & Londyn Bradshaw!

    ⚡ TIX: http://bit.ly/HarryPotterDrag ⚡

    A new drag tribute every 4th Friday!

    Door: 7PM ⎮ Show: 8PM | 21+
    1809 Minor Ave.
    Timbre Room is an ADA accessible space.

 

Monday, July 30th: Filipino Heritage Night Ticket Special

  • 7:10pm – 10:10pm
  • Safeco Field
    1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
  • Join the Seattle Mariners for Filipino Heritage Night at Safeco Field. Receive a Filipino Heritage Night hat when you purchase through this special offer.

    Enter Promo Code FILIPINO at Mariners.com/Filipino.

    Deadline to purchase: Monday, July 30 – 12:00 p.m

 

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