July Geek About Town!

Check out these awesome events around Seattle this summer! GAT will now also feature events that are going on throughout the month, so you can plan ahead!

 

Friday, July 1: World of Wearable Art Opening Night

8:00-10:00pm, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle

Tickets $29

EMP is celebrating the North American debut of New Zealand’s largest art show, World of WearableArt™, with an awe-inspiring evening where fashion and art collide.

Inking, Gillian Saunders, New Zealand

Inking, Gillian Saunders, New Zealand

Be the first to experience the magic of EMP’s newest exhibit, World of WearableArt™, and explore how the borders between creative disciplines fade away as designers play with their imagination and innovative ways of constructing new objects.

  • Watch spectacular performances by aerialists, stilt walkers, and live musicians.
    • Enjoy blissfully curated beats from DJ Explorateur, and magical melodies on the electric cello by Gretchen Yanover.
    • View amazing wearable art garments up close on live models, or capture your own creative style on the Seattle Met red carpet and photo booth.
    World of WearableArt Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, as well as designers from the exhibit, will be in attendance to shed light on this spectacular art show through spotlight talks.
    • Weave your way through local artist Mandy Greer’s durational performance and interactive fiber-based installation, “The Metamorph”
    • Get adorned with an arty updo by VAIN professional stylists
    • Plus, glo-fashion giveaways, interactive demos with MakeFashion, and vibrant signature cocktails!

Although there is no dress code, attendees are encouraged to come adorned in festive attire—from your favorite shoes and accessories to an entire ensemble that makes a bold statement on your personal style.

 

Saturday, July 2-Tuesday, July 5: The Amazing Acro-Cats

3pm and 7pm, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

Tickets $25-35

The Amazing Acro-cats are a troupe of REAL house cats that jump and pounce into your heart! Reaching out to shelters in need and accepting cats found homeless in the streets, Samantha Martin has not only rescued her own cats but also have found homes for over 178 cats and kittens. With positive reinforcement-only clicker training and a lot of love, they take these amazing abilities on the road and tour the nation in the infamous Acro-cat Bus!

 

Tuesday, July 5: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

6:00pm-10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, 13310 BelRed Rd, Bellevue, WA

Our All Geeks, All Games events are growing in popularity! Join GeekGirlCon and Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and help us continue to expand our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side!

Help us fill that beautiful Tournament Room with folks enjoying our favorite games in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Why mess with the headache of traffic when you can come and play games with us instead.

Staff from both organizations will be on hand to help facilitate gameplay for the shy to the extroverted, from the expert strategist to the board game neophyte. With a huge lending library of games on hand, there will be something for everyone!

As an added bonus, if you play a board game from their library and love it, you can buy a fresh copy for 20% off! How cool is that?!

 

Thursday, July 7: When Women of Color Dance

7:30pm, The Neptune Theater, 1303 Northeast 45th Street, Seattle

Free admission!

When people dance, they share history— the stories of their ancestors. They share values— movement that their culture finds to be the most beautiful, intelligent, meaningful ways to present the body. They share their body with their brain— building greater health, connecting mind and muscle. They share joy!

Despite these truths, when women of color dance, they are usually misrepresented. Confident, open, and strong movements made by the bodies of women of color are often viewed as singularly sexual, vain, and subservient. In contrast, men engaged in similar movement may be viewed as bold, strong, and capable. As a result, young girls are discouraged from dancing freely and beautifully.

A refocus needs to happen. In this production, the abundant virtues of dance are reclaimed. Dancers take the stage to share all of these truths, and to show the power of when women of color dance.

*This performance is dedicated to young girls of color, in hopes that they will aspire to experience the athleticism, joy, and beauty of dance.*

 

GITS

Thursday, July 7: Serious Fun: Ghost in the Shell

Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., Seattle

Tickets available online and at the door, $10

Cyborg federal agent Motoko Kusanagi trails a hacker known as The Puppet Master, who can hack into the minds of cyborg-human hybrids. Kusanagi’s pursuit of a man who can modify the identity of strangers leaves her pondering her own makeup, and what life might be like if she had more human traits. When she gets close to the Puppet Master, her curiosity about her identity sends the case in an unforeseen direction.

We’re screening the 1995 anime favorite Ghost In the Shell, preceded by a panel discussion surrounding the recent whitewashing of Asian roles in Hollywood. Featuring panelists from GeekGirlCon and the Seattle chapter of the JACL. The film is presented in its original Japanese with English subtitles.

Serious Fun – A great conversation paired with an awesome movie.

 

Friday, July 8: Campout Cinema: Fellowship of the Ring (21+)

EMP Museum

Tickets $12, $10 for members

A small Hobbit and eight companions set out on an epic journey across Middle Earth in this Campout Cinema screening of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron—proving that even the smallest amongst us can make a big difference.

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novels, the first film of director Peter Jackson’s trilogy redefined fantasy filmmaking, winning four Academy Awards® and earning 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

Tickets include admission to Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, where you can view weaponry from the film including Aragorn’s sword, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ “Sting” blade, and more.

 

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

7:00pm-10:45pm, Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA

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. You might find CodenamesLove LetterSplendorKing of TokyoVöluspáslashAlien FrontiersLocke & KeyCoup,TokaidoSuperfightThe ResistanceColt ExpressSkull and RosesSettlers of Catan7 WondersToc Toc WoodmanFLUXX, and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee.

 

Saturday, July 9: Polish Festival Seattle

The Armory, Seattle Center

The popular Polish Festival returns to Seattle Center on July 9, 2016 as part of Festal cultural programs. Come explore and experience Polish cultural traditions and contemporary achievements through live music, dance performances, workshops, exhibits, kids’ activities and more. This year’s festival will showcase Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, situated in the dynamic region of Mazovia.

 

Sunday, July 10: Myth and Magic: Day Faire

10:00am-3:00pm, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N

Free with Museum Admission!

Enjoy all forms of merriment in this spectacular festival of magic and amusement. Visit the realms of Middle Earth, Hogwarts, Narnia, Westeros, Oz, and many more plus enjoy activities and games for the whole family including facepainting, balloon twisting, photo ops, a fairy garden, and Medieval-inspired crafts.

 

Monday, July 11-Friday, July 15: Rock-Prov

8:45am-4:00pm, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N, and Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St
Tickets $335, EMP members receive a $25 discount.

EMP Museum is proud to offer this Creativity Camps for Kids summer camp in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Get a backstage pass to the worlds of theatre and music.

Sneak behind the scenes at Seattle Children’s Theatre, explore the roles of theatre artists, and use improvisation to develop original scenes to perform in class. Onsite at EMP kids will take the next step in their musical journey: learning the craft of songwriting. Students will be assembled into bands and learn to write songs by studying their favorite artists before recording a CD of originals. Basic knowledge of an instrument is a plus, but not required.

Open to students in grades 6-8.

 

Friday, July 15: Outdoor Music and Films: Goyokin

8:15pm-11:00pm, Asian Art Museum Amphitheater

Live blues with Son Jack Jr. 9pm Film: Goyokin (1969) is an atmospheric film, set in Northern Japan, of samurai and villagers in heavy snow and rough waters. In the ‘anti-samurai’ genre, it questions their ideas of loyalty and honor at the end of the era. Directed by Hideo Gosha, 124 mins.

 

Saturday, July 16: Battle of Britain Day: Free Fly Day!

10:00am-5:00pm, Paine Field, 3407 109th Street Southwest, Everett WA

The planes that fought in the skies over Great Britain take to the air once again at the Flying Heritage Collection! The hearty Hurricane, swift Spitfire, and the deadly Messerschmitt Bf 109 are all ready to fly. Watching the flying demonstration is always free. Museum admission gets you entry for special events and lectures, a free pilots’ autograph signing session, and an up-close look at some of the rarest and most valuable vintage aircraft and vehicles in the world!

 

Tuesday, July 19: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

6:00pm-10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, 13310 BelRed Rd, Bellevue, WA

Our All Geeks, All Games events are growing in popularity! Join GeekGirlCon and Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and help us continue to expand our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side!

Help us fill that beautiful Tournament Room with folks enjoying our favorite games in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Why mess with the headache of traffic when you can come and play games with us instead.

Staff from both organizations will be on hand to help facilitate gameplay for the shy to the extroverted, from the expert strategist to the board game neophyte. With a huge lending library of games on hand, there will be something for everyone!

As an added bonus, if you play a board game from their library and love it, you can buy a fresh copy for 20% off! How cool is that?!

 

Friday, July 22: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm-10:45pm, Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA

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. You might find CodenamesLove LetterSplendorKing of TokyoVöluspáslashAlien FrontiersLocke & KeyCoup,TokaidoSuperfightThe ResistanceColt ExpressSkull and RosesSettlers of Catan7 WondersToc Toc WoodmanFLUXX, and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee.

 

Saturday, July 22-Sunday, July 23: Arab Festival

Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle

Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Arab countries through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. From mouth-watering food to traditional and contemporary music, the Arab Festival provides a place of celebration for Arabs in our neighborhood. A traditional bazaar, deliciously strong coffee, dancing and workshops, along with children’s activities including an Arabic spelling bee, crafts and more, illuminate Arab culture in our midst. Cultural information booths representing several of the 22 Arab countries will be present to provide information and insight into the Arab World.

 

Throughout July:

The Art of the Brick

Pacific Science Center

Tickets $28.75 adults, $23.75 youth (6-15), $20.75 child (3-5)

Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See Exhibitions,” The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. From child’s toy to sophisticated art form and beyond, the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world’s most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.

https://soundcloud.com/pacsci/meet-the-man-behind-the-art-of-the-brick

 

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds

EMP Museum

Tickets $27 adults, $27 students (with ID), $21 youth (5-17)

Fifty years after a show with modest ratings called Star Trek first aired, its stories continue to echo worldwide. Its famous opening line, “To boldly go where no one has gone before…” encapsulates the heart of this iconic series: the dare to hope for a better world.

As part of the franchise’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds presents the phenomenon, its enduring impact on our culture, and how Star Trek has inspired people to imagine, explore, and create.

More so than spaceships and phasers, the one quality that defines Star Trek is optimism. Creator Gene Roddenberry imagined a 23rd century in which humanity had eliminated the divisions that characterized his own time. By using alien worlds, interspecies conflicts, and sci-fi premises to make statements about war, racism, and politics, Star Trek revolutionized the impact popular culture could have on our society.

Today, Star Trek inspires art, science, architecture, fashion, and literature. Musicians form bands in tribute to Star Trek. Businesses name products after its planets and aliens. Popular TV shows and movies from Breaking Bad to Toy Story reference it. Star Trek is a language everyone speaks.

Discover the beloved series all over again in this fully immersive exhibit, featuring more than 100 artifacts and props from the five Star Trek television series, spin-offs, and films, including set pieces from the original series like Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console (on display for the first time to the public); Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and McCoy original series costumes; and the 6-foot U.S.S. Enterprise filming model from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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One response to “July Geek About Town!”

  1. Danielle says:

    The Art of the Brick is amazing! We’ve been twice because the content is so compelling.

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