January Geek About Town!
Is trying new things on your New Year’s resolution list? With our Geek About Town list, you can ring in 2017 by exploring some of these events around the Seattle area!
Tuesday Jan. 3 and Tuesday Jan. 17: All Geeks, All Games
- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Mox Bellevue
- All Geeks, All Games is an event developed by Mox Boarding House to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the local gaming community. Everyone is welcome to come by and play board games, play Magic the Gathering, miniature gaming, and more! The event is completely Free!
Thursday Jan. 5: David Jaewon Oh’s Combatants
- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 5 is opening night at Pioneer Square’s Gallery4Culture, but the exhibition runs through Jan. 26.
- David Jaewon Oh’s Combatants captures the strength and honesty of women in combat sports. The sights and sounds of the often male-dominated gyms where they train come to life in this series of intimate photographic portraits that explore personal identity and gender roles.
Friday Jan. 6: Hearthstone Fireside Gathering
- 7 p.m. — Raygun Lounge in Capitol Hill
- Official sponsors Maeloc Cider, Moonlight Mead & Blizzard Entertainment bring you the finest Hearthstone Fireside Gathering in all of Seattle, featuring prizes, raffles and drink specials all night long
Saturday Jan. 7: Star Wars X-Wing Regional Championship
- Starts at 8 a.m. — Seattle Center
- $25 to play
- In X-Wing Miniatures Game, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless Imperial or daring Rebel pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat. At this top level of tournaments, players are expected to have a moderate amount of experience. Players should be familiar with not only the game rules, but also the FAQ and tournament regulations. Read more on the events page here.
Sunday Jan. 8: Labyrinth Quote Along and David Bowie Birthday Party
- 4 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown — tickets start at $14
- Seattle International Film Festival celebrates the late David Bowie’s birthday with an interactive screening of The Labyrinth.
Saturday Jan. 14: Tyler Nordgren: ‘Sun Moon Earth’
- 7:30 p.m. — Town Hall Seattle in First Hill
- $5 ticket, click here for event page
- On August 21, 2017, over ten million Americans will witness the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. Tens of thousands are expected to travel to see it. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer, artist, and “night sky ambassador” Tyler Nordgren will take you around the world to examine how different cultures interpreted eclipses.
Sunday Jan. 14: Nerd Grinder at local comic shop Push/Pull
- From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Push/Pull in Ballard
- Swap your movies, comics, and collectables at Push/Pull in Ballard. To swap as a “vendor,” you must set up a table. Click here to learn how. But if you’re just shopping, swing by!
Tuesday Jan. 17: Trivia Tuesday: 90s Disney Movies
- From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Barboza in Capitol Hill
- Trivia Tuesday, presented by Moe Bar, will feature 90s Disney movies with drink specials and prizes. Trivia will include movies: The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Read the full list on the event Facebook page here.
Wednesday Jan 18: Moviecat: Movie Trivia Night
- Starts at 7 p.m. — Central Cinema in Capitol Hill
- $6 ticket, click here for event page
- An interactive movie trivia night, featuring audio clips, cleverly edited movie clips and of course cats drawn into movie scenes!
Wednesday Jan. 18:Molecular Manufacturing: Harnessing the Promise of Nanotechnology
- 5:30 p.m. — Seattle Town Hall in First Hill
- $15 to $25, click here for event page
- Molecular manufacturing harnesses the vast potential of nanotechnology to operate and build on an atomic or molecular scale. The possibilities truly are endless. Think Star Trek-type replicators or the Borg ship-repair nanites in Star Trek Voyager. Ant-sized microbots building homes on Mars. Or nanorobots and nanoprobes providing targeted drug delivery, specialized surgery or even in-body sensors—Fantastic Voyage without the tiny people. Join this event as they explore the power and potential of nanotechnology.
Saturday Jan. 14 through Friday Jan. 20: A Week-Long Series of Workshops with David Sedaris
- Starts at 7 p.m. each night, $50 tickets, read event page here.
- America’s most popular humorist and author David Sedaris returns to Seattle for a special week-long series of “workshop” readings as he puts the finishing touches on the manuscript for his June 2017 book “Theft by Finding.”
- Before the publication of each of his new books, David selects one or two cities in which to feature these “workshops.”
Friday Jan. 20: Comic book club
- From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Comics Dungeon in Wallingford
- Comics Dungeon’s book club is discussing Descender: One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Click here for event page.
Friday Jan. 20 – Sunday Jan. 22: Three-Day Free Day at Seattle Art Museum
- From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday in downtown Seattle
- Over these three days, all permanent collection galleries will be free. Starting Saturday, January 21, visitors will also be able to see the new special exhibition “Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series.” The museum writes, “Acclaimed as Lawrence’s masterwork, this epic series comprises 60 tempera paintings and chronicles in words and pictures the mass exodus of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in the decades after the First World War. The SAM exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see the entire series which has not been shown on the West Coast in two decades.”
Saturday Jan. 21: Women’s March on Seattle
- March starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. — Routes in downtown Seattle are being finalized, stay updated with the event on its Facebook page.
- In solidarity with the march taking place in Washington, DC, a group will march in Seattle. The event on Facebook writes, “ALL women, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and feminist people (including men and boys) are invited to march. We are showing our support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election.”
Saturday Jan. 21: Lunar New Year Celebration
- 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.
- Seattle’s Chinatown-International District will host the annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday January 21. The event is packed with cultural entertainment, including lion and dragon dancers, drummers, and the famous $3 Food Walk. Follow the event Facebook page for more information.
Thursday Jan. 26, Friday Jan. 27, and Saturday Jan. 28: Escape Fort
- Games begin at 6:30pm, 8:00pm & 9:30pm — Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
- 21+ Only, $25 ticket, click here for event page
- Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually is a high energy suspense game torn from the pages of history that challenges you and your friends to explore a trapper’s hidden secrets as you uncover clues, solve puzzles, unlock your way to freedom, and escape without being caught.
Friday Jan. 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!
- 7 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. — Wayward Coffeehouse in Roosevelt
- FREE with no cover charge!
- 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.
Saturday, Jan. 28: 2017 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
- Noon to 5 p.m. — Cinerama Theatre near Seattle downtown
- $22 tickets, click here for event page
- Co-presented by MoPOP and SIFF, SFFSFF highlights the work of industry professionals to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts.