Geek About Town: September

Can you believe summer is almost over?! But don’t fret, September has plenty of fun geeky things to do  plus GeekGirlCon is the last weekend of the month! Here’s some events to check out in the meantime.

Friday, Sept. 1: Scratch Retro Gaming: Pac-Man

  • Starts at 1 p.m. Living Computer Museum in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood
  • Free event
  • In Living Computer Museum Scratch Retro-Gaming Workshop series, you recreate the 8-bit classics. Boys and girls use MIT’s popular free programming platform, Scratch, to write and debug scripts, learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Pac-Man.

Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4: PAX West (Visit GeekGirlCon in the diversity lounge!)

  • PAX West is sold out, but if you already have your tickets, make sure to come visit us at our table!
  • GeekGirlCon has been a proud participant at the PAX Diversity Lounge since it started in 2014. (This is year #4!) We’ll also be selling passes to our convention and GeekGirlCon merch! Learn more here. 

Saturday, Sept. 2: Grilled Cheese Grand Prix

  • From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Lake Union Saturday Market
  • No entry fee
  • Seattle’s first ever mini-Grilled Cheese showdown in the quest for the best grilled cheese sandwich is coming to the South Lake Union Saturday Market. Our cheesy food pop-up series brings together Seattle’s favorite food trucks on curbside!

Saturday, Sept. 2: NW NERD Podcast after party / cosplay contest at Raygun Lounge

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. Raygun Lounge in Capitol Hill
  • Free entry, but those competing in the contest can pre-register
  • Northwest Nerd Podcast is throwing a PAX after party and cosplay contest Sept. 2 at the Raygun Lounge. Come and show off your crafty cosplay skills.

Sunday, Sept. 3: (SIX) Seattle Indies Expo

  • From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Motif Hotel
  • Free entry
  • SIX (Seattle Indies Expo) is a one-day exhibition for independent game developers to get together, socialize, and show off their stuff. At SIX, you’ll get to spend quality time with some of the friendliest and most down-to-earth devs around. What better way to escape the crowds of PAX than with the coolest of indie games?

An image from SIX (Seattle Indies Expo)’s event.

Friday, Sept. 8: 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, it’s free!  

Thursday, Sept. 7: 500 Women Scientists: Dealing with Controversy

  • Starts at 6 p.m Ada’s Technical Books in Capitol Hill.
  • Tickets start at $5
  • Communicating science is hard. Communicating controversial science is even harder. Join the Seattle pod of 500 Women Scientists to learn how to be more effective when discussing charged scientific topics. Joy DeLyria, the Interpretative Programs Supervisor at the Pacific Science Center, will present on how to have constructive conversations about controversial science. Read specific topics here.  

Saturday, Sept. 9: Womxn’s Creative Industries Meet Up

  • From 12 to 2:30 p.m. 18th and Union
  • $5
  • For current and aspiring media makers, especially young womxn of color, to realize a pathway in media arts and to deepen their sense of creative resistance within their art practice. Read more here.

Photo from previous Womxn’s Creative Industries Meet Up.

Thursday, Sept. 14: 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 13: Star Trek Beyond Live in Concert

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium – Seattle Symphony
  • Ticket prices vary, read more here
  • The Seattle Symphony will perform the score from the movie Star Trek Beyond.

Thursday Sept. 14: Heather Booth: Changing the World

  • Starts at 5 p.m. SIFF Cinema Uptown
  • $14
  • In telling the story of Heather Booth, her evolution from an activist in Mississippi to a legendary political organizer, the film presents—through her life and work—an overview of 50 years of the Progressive movement, as well as a manual on how to become an organizer. Heather Booth scheduled to attend for a Q&A following the screening of Heather Booth: Changing the World.



Friday, Sept. 15: Comics Dungeon General Book Club

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Comics Dungeon in Wallingford
  • Free event
  • Join Comics Dungeon in their comic shop to discuss The Woods, the 2017 GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Comic.

Friday, Sept. 15 – Saturday Sept. 16: Antiquated Technologies Series

  • Starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday — Lacey Timberland Library
  • Free event
  • The Lacey Timberland Library will host a series of events to celebrate antiquated technologies. kicks off with a night of retro video games with Super Smash Video Games starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15. Nest, the Bremerton Office Machine Company will lead a discussion on typewriters at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16. Attendees are encouraged to bring their machines for show and tell

Wednesday, September 20: Seattle Ladies Comic Club #28

  • Starts at 7 p.m. Arcane Comics in Shoreline
  • Free event
  • Seattle Ladies Comic Club will discuss Brian K. Vaughn’s popular Paper Girls, Volume 1.

Friday, September 22: 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, it’s free! 

Saturday, Sept. 23: Banned Books in Drag

  • Starts at 7:30 p.m. — Neighbours in Capitol Hill
  • Free event, 21+
  • Some of Seattle’s favorite drag artists and comedians will give performances inspired by their favorite works of banned literature.

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Flights & Rights

  • Starts at 6 p.m. — KEXP Gathering Space
  • Free event, 21+
  • In KEXP’s seventh event of this series, Police Practices & Immigration Counsel, Enoka Herat, will speak about how Trump’s immigration policies play out at the local level and what the ACLU and allies are doing to oppose them. Aslan Brewing will provide a beer tasting.

Friday, Sept. 29: Write On!: bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

  • Starys at 7:30 p.m. — Northwest African American Museum
  • Free event
  • Northwest African American Museum partners with Elliott Bay Book Company to welcome poet Yrsa Daley-Ward to NAAM on Friday, September 29, for a reading of her poetry collection bone, a poignant, raw and unrelenting collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and the inner self.

Saturday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1: GeekGirlCon

  • Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning Washington State Convention Center
  • Buy your passes here!
  • At our two-day convention on September 30 and October 1, 2017, GeekGirlCon sets up an inclusive environment in the heart of downtown Seattle to celebrate every geek and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; game play and game design; and beyond. If you’ve never been to GeekGirlCon—or perhaps you’re still reveling from last year’s fun and curious about what’s to come—click here to read what you can expect.

Attendees at GeekGirlCon from past convention.

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