October Geek About Town

October is our favorite month of the year! Why? Because that’s when GeekGirlCon is on, of course! But there are also plenty of other awesome geeky events on throughout the month, check them out here:

 

Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4: Extra Life Tabletop Weekend

Online at WotC Twitch from 8:00pm

From the event: The Dungeons & Dragons team is leveling up its game this year for Extra Life. 

Last year these intrepid gamers did 24 hours and this year, they are doubling down for a rollicking 48 hours of RPG goodness during the inaugural Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend

Join Wizards of the Coast as they host a 48-hour Dungeons & Dragons session during October 2-4, 2015! 

GeekGirlCon‘s own Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich has been invited back to a play AND also DM a session! He will be gaming for a consecutive 8-hour shift. He will also be joined by fellow staffer Shiboo Blalack a.k.a. Shubzilla. Trust me, hilarity will ensue. 

 

Friday, October 9: GeekGirlCONcert and Kick-Off Party ‘15

6:00pm-10:30pm, Hard Rock Café, 116 Pike Street, Seattle

The GeekGirlCONcert has always been a highlight of convention weekend, and this year we decided to go all-out and celebrate our fifth annual convention with a combo Kick-Off Party and concert to start the weekend off with a bang!

Both events are FREE to badge-holders, so please plan on arriving early as space is limited! Remember that you DO need a pass to the convention.

At the Kick-Off Party, from 6pm-8pm, there will be FREE food with a cash bar, and a badge pick-up location for those who couldn’t make it to the Conference Center earlier that day. Come mingle with GeekGirlCon staff, attendees, volunteers, and other guests and get excited for our 5th annual Convention!

Then head upstairs for an all-ages GeekGirlCONcert! Doors are at 8pm for an 8:30pm show. Last year’s GeekGirlCONcert hits Thundering Asteroids! return, along with fellow Portlanders The PDX Broadsides.

 

Friday, October 9: Bechdel Test Burlesque

7:00pm, Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle

Naked. Nerdy. Feminist. This is Bechdel Test Burlesque. The superpowered byproduct of the intersection of feminism and pop culture returns for a sequel! This year, fourteen performers join forces to build a more feminist world through smart, sexy, nerdy burlesque.

Produced in association with GeekGirlCon, the country’s foremost convention celebrating the female geek, Bechdel Test Burlesque will be the geekiest, most feminist burlesque show in the history of burlesque shows. Bechdel Test Burlesque will offer convention attendees, Seattle burlesque fans, and geeks of all stripes two chances to experience this epic event.

Black Widow may not have her own movie yet, but she will get to host her own burlesque show. Your move, Marvel.

21+ Only with ID. $20 General Admission, $35 VIP

 

Friday, October 9: Bootie Seattle: Heroes & Villains Cosplay Night

9:00pm, Neumos, 925 E. Pike St. Seattle

From the website: Are you ready for some cosplay action? Do you want to be the hero or the villain? Spider-Man or the Joker, Captain Kirk or Darth Vader, Catwoman or Wonder Woman? Choose one genre, or mash up a bunch, it’s time to go all out for Bootie’s very first cosplay party! If you really want to pull out all the stops you can enter our Midnight Cosplay Contest for a chance to win the $100 cash prize, with the winners voted on by the audience! Bootie co-creator and DJ Mysterious D will be coming up to from the Bootie mothership in San Francisco to join Bootie Seattle resident DJs Freddy, King of Pants and DJ Destrukt, as they mix and mash all the artists and genres you love into a dance floor shaking super spectacular!

21+ with ID. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 before 10pm and $10 after.

 

Saturday, October 10-Sunday, October 11: GEEKGIRLCON ’15!!!

The Conference Center (across the street from the Washington State Convention Center), 800 Pike Street, Seattle

It’s finally here! Join us for our fifth year extravaganza! GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

Passes are $45 for two-days, $10 for kids, children 0-5 are free!

 

Saturday, October 10: Felt-a-Con 2015

10:00am-5:30pm, Theatre off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S., Seattle

From the press release: Organized by Rachel Jackson (MANOS – The Hands of Felt), Chad Allers (Crash Boom Puppets) and Annett Mateo (Seattle Children’s Theatre; Drunk Puppet Night), FELT-A-CON will be a day for networking, education, fun, and outreach. The event will welcome both professionals and enthusiasts, and puppeteers of all skill levels, from beginners to legends.

The registration fee will grant attendees access to 3 out of 6 available workshops, lunch, a commemorative button, and an evening performance of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Registration is $55 pre-reg, or $70 day of.

 

Saturday, October 17: Ladies’ Night Breast Cancer Research Benefit at Fantasium Comics & Games

5:00pm-9:00pm, Fantasium Comics & Games, 1500 South 336th St. Suite 12, Federal Way, WA

Details: Join Fantasium and Guest of Honor Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust) for an evening of fun and adventure to benefit the Pink Ink Fund and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Kurtis will be signing copies of his work, and mid-evening will host a Q&A session to answer all your Queen questions. We’ll be holding a silent auction for a selection of stunning donations, a trivia scavenger hunt, and giveaway drawings throughout the night! Wear your best adventuring outfit to earn more chances to win! Refreshments and a tasty selection of local craft beers and soda will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the benefit. Grab your party and adventure on over to help us fight the good fight!

 

Monday, October 19: Zen Pencils book signing

7:00pm, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park

From the event: Hey Seattle, come say Hi and grab a signed copy of my new book collection DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM. I’ll be talking about the new book, answering your questions and of course, signing whatever you like. I’ve never been to Seattle before, can’t wait 🙂 – Gav

 

Tuesday, October 20: All Geeks All Games at Mox Boarding House

6:00-10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, Bellevue

From the event: We are proud to announce a new and exciting partnership between GeekGirlCon and the Mox Boarding House in Bellevue. All Geeks All Games expands our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side! 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! 

 

Thursday, October 22: Lit Crawl Seattle

From the website: Think of Lit Crawl Seattle as a free cool reading at your favorite bar, times about 30. The extra-large burrito of readings. For one beautiful and awesomely weird night, over 80 Pacific Northwest readers and artists will fill Capitol and First Hill bars with stories about oyster foraging and the Jesus movement, photography of Seattle outcasts and innocents, and odes to football and salt. Schedule is available here.

 

Friday, October 23: GeekGirlCon Board Games Night at Wayward Coffeehouse

From the Meetup page: “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! No pressure though, you can just 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 King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX 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.

There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay. Their pastries are delivered daily from local vendors including donuts from Mighty-O Donuts, croissants from Le Fournil Patisserie, bagels from Blazing Bagels, and the rest of their tasty treats provided by Little Rae’s All Natural Bakery. There are even GF cookies from WOW Bakery!”

 

Tuesday, October 27: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor with Hank Green, ‘Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel’

7:30, Great Hall, 1119 Eigth Avenue, Seattle

From the website: A mysterious stranger, an estranged father, and, most likely–imminent danger. The fictitious town of Night Vale sets small town drama and paranormal activities against the backdrop of the American southwest. “Welcome to Night Vale”–part podcast, part community radio show–shares the happenings of this town with listeners. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the show, have turned the town’s stories into a novel (called “hypnotic and darkly funny” by The Guardian). From the mundane to the supernatural, they’ll share stories from their new work and give insight into what makes Night Vale so mysterious. They’ll appear in conversation with the multi-talented Hank Green, “The Internet Guy.”

Tickets are $5.

 

Friday, October 30: Día De Los Muertos Celebration

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Seattle Art Museum

From the website: Celebrate Día de los Muertos at SAM by checking out this year’s unique tapete (sand painting) installation inspired by Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions. Enjoy music, dancing, and get creative with hands-on art activities and workshops connecting art, culture, and tradition. Join and share our Facebook event.

Visite un tapete (pintura de arena) inspirado por las hermosas tradiciones de Oaxaca para celebrar el Día de los Muertos. Disfrute de música, baile, y use su imaginación en actividades y talleres artísticos inspirados por arte, cultura, y tradición.

Free and open to the public, RSVP requested. All ages.

 

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1: Seattle Center Festal: Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed

Armory Main Floor, Seattle Center

From the website: Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1. Explore and experience the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead. The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos. This “Day of the Dead” festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.

 

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