Magic, Music, and Wicked Witches: The EMP Museum and GeekGirlCon
Written by AJ Dent, GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer
There are many famous pairs in pop culture: Betty and Veronica, Wayne and Garth, and Leela and Fry, just to name a few. Notice a pattern here? One half of each of these duos is known for being nerdy, while the other is portrayed as more “hip”. This dynamic keeps duos both playing off of and balancing out the other as they learn from their differences.
Over the past three years, another twosome has formed that brings together geek and chic: The EMP Museum and GeekGirlCon! They are the “cool” to our “nerd-quirk”—and working together, we’re bringing panels, performances, and one of film history’s most iconic props to GeekGirlCon ‘13 for everyone to enjoy.
Grab your broom, horse, or carriage and make your way to the “Witches, Princesses, and Warrior Maidens” panel on Saturday for a discussion of the EMP exhibit, “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic.” Learn about the world building, mapmaking, and displaying of iconic costumes from Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride. The panel members will also discuss the various roles and archetypes that women have played in fantasy literature, film, and pop culture over the last century.
To top it all off, the original Wicked Witch of the West’s hat from The Wizard of Oz will be on display at GeekGirlCon ’13! Worn by actress Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 sensation, it’s become a worldwide symbol of campy evil and villainous delight. The American Film Institute listed the Wicked Witch of the West at number four on their list of the 50 Best Movie Villains of All Time, making her the highest-ranking female villain. She’s permanently embedded in the public psyche, thanks to memorable lines like “I’ll get you, my pretty—and your little dog too,” and “I’m melting! I’m melting!” Grab a photo op on the second floor starting when doors open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Fly over on Saturday, October 19 and feast your eyes on this delightfully devilish memorabilia.
Saturday night will conjure up more magic with the GeekGirlCONcert Spectacular! Opening with first-class comedian Bri Pruett, the show also features phenomenal cellist Unwoman. Singer-songwriter and GeekGirlCon veteran Marian Call returns as the headliner. Buy your tickets today, or hurry to nab one of 50 free general admission tickets at GeekGirlCon Info Booth on Saturday.
Hop on Seattle’s iconic Monorail for an efficient and fun trip—walk just a couple of blocks from GeekGirlCon to Westlake Center, where the monorail drops you off at the Seattle Center. There, you’ll quickly spot the Frank O. Gehry-designed museum complimenting its neighbor, the wondrous Space Needle. With its sight-filled zip and low price, the Monorail is easily the smoothest way to reach all the myth, mirth, and music that awaits you at the museum.
The splendor continues on Sunday with the panel “Geek Girl Jobs: The Women of EMP.” Discover behind-the-scenes details on exhibits of music, sci-fi, film, and literature that has shaped the world. Panelists include members from EMP’s curatorial, marketing, museum collections, design, and interactive teams who will discuss sensational showings such as Icons of Science Fiction, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, AVATAR: The Exhibition, and Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition.
Did you know that GeekGirlCon attendees can snag a discount on passes to the EMP Museum? Sneak a peek at the back inside cover of our Program Guide this weekend for more information! Current exhibits include tributes to Seattle staples with Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses and Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London. Starting November 15, remarkable faces—famous and unknown alike—will fill walls in the Martin Schoeller: Close Up photography showcase.
GeekGirlCon and the EMP are surely a match made in rock and roll heaven, and this weekend will no doubt go down in history. Whether you’re a rocker, geek, or combination of them both, be part of the glory by picking up your passes before they sell out!