Geek About Town: March

We’ve made it (almost) through the winter, my fellow geeks! We’re moving from the cold and gray and rainy and to the…slightly less cold and gray and rainy. And as the temperature outside starts to creep slowly upwards, we’ve got a wide variety of incredibly, cheering, 100% certified nerdy events to help you celebrate the coming of spring!

Image Description: A gif of a person basking in the rain as a flower blossoms. Source: Giphy

 

 

Thursday, March 1st: Emerald City Comic Con

  • March 1st through March 4th
  • 10:00am
  • Washington State Convention Center
    800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 1-4 2018!

 

Thursday, March 1st: Art and Math Exhibit at Center on Contemporary Art

  • Thursday, March 1 at 10am – Saturday, April 14th at 11:00am
  • CoCA
  • 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
  • Mathematics is the study of structure, number, pattern, and shape; though abstract, it has influenced art for centuries. Today, math and art are exploring bold new realms. The power of their insights and effects on each other provides opportunities to be delighted by seeing new connections hiding in plain sight. Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents Art ∩ Math, (Art intersect Math), an exhibit that explores the intersection of artistic expression and mathematical ideas. Art ∩ Math runs from March 1 through April 14, 2018. Mathematics is a fresh lens to understand art: reckoning with chaos, algorithms, equivalence, topology, geometry and other mathematics tools to helps us see art and the world with more depth. A diverse selection of media will be featured in the exhibit from artists and mathematicians including sculpture and oil paint, to textile and metalwork. Mathematician artists include Jayadev Athreya, Katherine Cook, Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Edmund Harriss, and Hamid Naderi Yeganeh. Visual artists who use mathematical principles in their practices include Rachel Holloway, Claire B. Jones, George Legrady, Jean Mandeberg, Savina Mason, Suchitra Mattai, June Sekiguchi, Timea Tihanyi/Slip Rabbit, Lun-Yi Tsai, Amber Barney-Nivon, and Ilana Zweschi. The exhibit is the brainchild of CoCA Board Member and Artist, Kate Vrijmoet, and mathematician educators Katherine Cook and Dr. Dan Finkel. In addition to curating Art ∩ Math, Finkel and Cook also run Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization focused on transforming how mathematics is taught and learned. They also designed the mathematical board games Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot, and created the summer curriculum used by Seattle Public Schools.

 

Friday, March 2nd: NW NERD Presents: Cosplay Contest & After Party

  • 10:00pm – 12:00am
  • Raygun Lounge
    501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • NW NERD is at it again with an #ECCC2018 after party / cosplay contest at the Raygun Lounge. Winners go home with some great prize packages thanks to sponsors Pacific Fabrics, Pink Gorilla Games, Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique, and Seattle’s TAP Plastics. Judges include: Ve’loria Solo Cosplay, Miss Miniver, and tyty cosplay.

 

Friday, March 2nd: Frida at Central Cinema

  • 4 dates – March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th
  • 9:30pm
  • Central Cinema
    1411 21st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Known as much for her art as her personal life, Frida Kahlo channels the pain from an early accident and the ups and downs of her marriage to Diego Rivera into personal and intimate artwork. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actress for Salma Hayek. Also starring Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Julie Taymor.

 

Image Description: A gif of the artist Frida Kahlo looking at the camera and smiling slightly. Source: Giphy.

 

Friday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 4th: Curiosity Days: Polar Science Weekend

  • 3 dates – March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th starting at 10:00am
  • Pacific Science Center
    200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • Journey to the ends of the earth at Pacific Science Center’s next Curiosity Days: Polar Science Weekend, sponsored by PEMCO Insurance, on March 2-4. Partake in hands-on activities, watch live science shows and chat with local scientists about the poles. This year, Polar Science Weekend will have a new twist as scientists and experts tackle the complex effects that climate change has on the Polar Regions.

    In partnership with University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, the Science Center is bringing cutting-edge research, interactive exhibits and the nation’s top polar scientists to the event. Buy your tickets to experience one of our most popular Curiosity Days events!

 

Friday, March 2nd: Bill Nye

  • 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Northwest Film Forum
    1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show “Bill Nye The Science Guy” is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill’s mentor Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access – as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy – this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and many others.

 

Image Description: A gif of Bill Nye on stage flailing his arms, with the caption “Science!!!” flashing. Source: Giphy.

 

Saturday, March 3rd: Avengers Assemble at ThinkGeek

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • ThinkGeek
    401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, Washington 98125
  • Avengers assemble at ThinkGeek on Saturday March 3rd 2018 for the Infinity War Product Release Event! This is so big we are going to open early to celebrate! Don’t miss out on your chance to get all of the cool Infinity War goods on the day of release!

 

Saturday, March 3rd: Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association casts a spell on Diagon Alley

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Diagon Alley Project Seattle
    7514 13th Ave NW, Seattle, Washington
  • We solemnly swear that we are up to lots of good…

    Did you miss the seeing the incredible Diagon Alley Project in Ballard – hand-built by a PNA Member – this fall? Or did you make it there and want to go back? Here’s your chance!

    Calling Harry Potter fans of all ages: come to Diagon Alley – re-opening for this event only – and raise a glass of butterbeer to support the PNA’s awesome programs!
    Get your photo taken with characters, pick up a wand at Ollivanders, taste butterbeer, chocolate frogs, and more. Admission is free (donations to the PNA welcome!) and all proceeds from sales benefit the PNA.

 

Image Description: A gif of Hagrid and Harry walking down Diagon Alley in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Source: Giphy.

 

Saturday, March 3rd: Dino Days

  • Saturday, March 3rd – Sunday March 4th
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St., Seattle, WA
  • See hundreds of exciting dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric creatures from the Burke’s collection! This year, become a Junior Paleontologist and hone your prehistoric sleuthing skills. Meet paleontologists and talk to them about what it’s like to have a career working with fossils, as well as their groundbreaking research from around the world. Free for Burke members, UW students, staff, & faculty with UW ID.

 

Sunday, March 4th: The 90th Academy Awards Live at Central Cinema

  • 5:00pm
  • Central Cinema
  • 1411 21st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • It’s Hollywood’s big night on the big screen. Cheer on your favorites, comment on the fashion, and celebrate movies with us at Central Cinema. This is a free event. No need to purchase tickets; show up, order some food & drink, and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 6th: Building Power through Organized Labor to Address Inequality

  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • The Lab at Ada’s
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Nicole Grant is the executive treasurer of the M.L.King County Labor Council and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). She joins Seattle 500 Women Scientists and UW Postdocs United (UAW 4121) to lead a discussion on the barriers to equity in the workplace, and the role of the labor movement in Seattle, King County, and Washington State in building power against the anti-science, anti-women, anti-immigrant rhetoric of the present-day political climate. Event is free to attend, however due to the popularity of other recent events, we are selling $5 tickets for a guaranteed seat. It will be first-come, first-served to those who do not choose to purchase a $5 ticket. Please contact events@adasbooks.com with any questions.

Friday, March 9th: 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, March 9th: Latinx Nerd Meetup

  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday Afternoon Tea
    4228 Stone Way N · Seattle, wa
  • Latinx-owned businesses Friday Afternoon Tea and Cubes Baking Co. join forces with Twitter personality LatinxNerds (@comosedicenerd) for an evening of community building over pan dulce, tea and games! This event is intended as a fun networking and social event for Seattle’s geeky Latinx community. If this description fits you, please join us! Every 2nd Friday of the month.

 

Image Description: A gif of the character Jane from the TV show “Jane the Virgin” talking on the phone, with the caption “It’s on. Tomorrow” on the screen. Source: Giphy.

 

Sunday, March 11th: Word Nerd Game Play

  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • Lake Forest Park Town Center/ Third Place Books Commons
    17171 Bothell Way NE · Lake Forest Park, WA
  • Come and play with words! We enjoy playing with language among friendly competitors.
    We have created a separate MeetUp group called “Word Nerd Gameplay” so people can find us better. For that group, we are getting 3-6 players each week, so please join Word Nerd Gameplay, and show up on Sunday. Bring a favorite word game, or just come and play with us. We continue to keep this notice posted here for gamers who may also be interested in word games. Every week on Sunday.

 

Thursday, March 15th: Classics of Science Fiction Book Club at Ada’s Technical Books

  • 7:00pm
  • Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Join us for a survey of classic works of science fiction.

 

Tuesday, March 20th: Nerd Nite Seattle: March Edition!

  • Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm (even ends at 2:00am)
  • High Dive Seattle
    513 N 36th St.
    Seattle, WA, 98103
  • Nerd Nite is an informal gathering where Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new. Every third thursday of the month! 21+ event. $5.

 

Friday, March 23rd: 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, March 24th: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival

  • 12pm – 5pm
  • Seattle Cinerama Theater
    2100 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • The Museum of Pop Culture in partnership with SIFF presents the thirteenth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.  Enjoy the artistic and imaginative achievements showcased in two programs of both animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films as they are presented on Seattle Cinerama’s massive 70-foot screen. Join us in bringing together audiences and industry professionals to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts.
    The March 24th screening is now on standby so we are happy to announce that a special encore screening of all the short films will be taking place on March 25th!

 

Tuesday, March 27th: 21st Century Science Fiction Book Club at Ada’s Technical Books

  • 7:00pm
  • The Lab at Ada’s
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Join us monthly for great community, conversation, and science fiction books!

 

Wednesday, March 28th: Food Lab: Sourdough Starters at Ada’s Technical Books

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • The Lab at Ada’s
    425 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98112
  • Back by popular demand, The Lab at Ada’s presents The Science of Sourdough!
    Ada’s Head Baker, Helen Lim, will walk you through the history and science behind one of the world’s oldest and most venerated baking traditions. Attendees will learn and taste in a fun, friendly-to-all environment. At the end of the night, you’ll take your own sourdough starter home to begin a new exciting tradition of your own! We’ll also give you the recipes and tools needed to bake your own loaves and other goods with confidence. Tickets are $20 (includes tasting of four types of homemade sourdough, supplies, and sourdough starter to take home). 21+ with ID.

 

Image Description: A gif of sourdough starter expanding in a jar on a tabletop. Source: Giphy.

 

Thursday, March 29th: Norwescon: The Pacific Northwest’s Premier Science-Fiction and Fantasy Convention

  • March 29th at 10am through April 1st at 5:00pm
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
    18740 International Blvd, Seattle, Washington 98188
  • Please join us for Norwescon 41, featuring Guests of Honor Ken Liu (author), Galen Dara (artist), Mathew Wedel (science), and Green Ronin Publishing (spotlight publisher)!
    Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere science fiction and fantasy convention and one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of science fiction and fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more. Norwescon is held every Easter weekend. Norwescon 41 will be March 29–April 1, 2018. We hope you can join us!

 

Friday, March 30th: Sakuracon

  • March 30th at 10pm through April 1st at 4pm
  • Washington State Convention Center
    800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Presented by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2016 was over 23,000 individuals, with most members attending all three days!

 

Image Description: A gif of a person cosplaying as the character Kyoko Sakura. Source: Giphy.



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