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; be sure to check them out here:

Saturday, October 1-Sunday, October 2: BrickCon 2016

Seattle Center

Tickets $10 online or $12 at the door

BrickCon is an annual Convention put on by Adult LEGO® Hobbyists – also known as AFOLs or Builders. The convention lasts four days (Thursday through Sunday) the first weekend in October. We invite the Public into the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy and share our love of LEGO®. We call this BrickCon Exhibition.

Hundreds of Builders attend our convention and bring models they have worked on throughout the year. We have thousands of LEGO® creations ranging from small creations with a few well placed parts that one can immediately recognize up to huge creations with tens of thousands of parts that create entire scenes or amazing visions.

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Tuesday, October 4: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House

6:30-9:30pm, 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, October 6: Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

7:30pm-9:00pm, Kane Hall, Room 130, 4069 Spokane Ln, Seattle, WA 98105

Tickets $5

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant, Jose Antonio Vargas has simultaneously lived a life in the shadows and in broad daylight. Join Vargas as he shares his personal journey, from arrival in America to his role as an activist.

 

Friday, October 7: GeekGirlCon Kick-Off Party ‘16

7:00pm-10:00pm, Hard Rock Café, 116 Pike Street, Seattle

Free admission, 21+ only

Start your convention weekend right with the GeekGirlCon ‘16 Kickoff Party featuring SAMMUS and Whitney Mongé.

Mingle with other attendees, vendors, panelists, staff, and more while enjoying a drink and competing to prove your Pokémon GO team is best.

The first 100 GeekGirlCon attendees will receive a free drink ticket!

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Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9: GEEKGIRLCON ’16!!!

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

Passes are $55 for two days, $10 for kids, children 0-5 are free!

It’s finally here! Join us for our sixth 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.

 

Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9: Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Tickets $5 at the door, good for both Saturday and Sunday entries.

Dealers from across the United States, Canada, England and beyond offering for sale thousands of collectible books, prints, maps, manuscripts, autographs, photographs, posters, postcards, broadsides, fine bindings and ephemera.

Come tour the aisles of this most literate city’s beloved event. Meet with specialists from all over the world. Browse this veritable museum of cultural and historical artifacts. There is always something interesting and unusual to take home for all price ranges.

 

Sunday, October 9: Booktoberfest: Karaoke with Librarians at Skylark Cafe

7:00-11:00pm, The Skylark Cafe, 3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle

Come out and sing with librarians, with no shushing allowed unless it’s in the lyrics. Join us at the Skylark Café in Delridge for a fun night of music and merriment. Admission Free: Drinks on you.

Monday, October 10: Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

7:30pm, downstairs at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Seneca Street)

Free admission (doors openhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIA64uvM_kA&list=UUHYc1LLj7HLc3OQx8l4XWSQ&index=15 at 6:30pm)

We celebrate our city’s third Indigenous Peoples Day by presenting “Listen to Seattle,” a performance of stories and music by the Steve Griggs Ensemble. The program remembers the history of Chief Seattle and his continued significance in our region, country, and world. Commissioned through a 4Culture Site-Specific Grant, the piece premiered at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center in 2015.

 

Wednesday, October 12: Highline Indigenous People’s Celebration

6:00pm-7:30pm, Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd St, Seattle

Join Highline Public Schools Native Education Program as we celebrate the limitless beauty, resilience, diversity, culture, and power of the American Indian/Alaska Native community in Highline.

 

Saturday, October 15: Stranger Things 80s Film Fest: Fire Starter and Poltergeist

1:00pm-5:30pm, Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle

Love “Stranger Things,” and all those great 1980s movies that inspired it? Join us for three double-feature matinees celebrating those mid-80’s classics that inspired this Summer’s smash-hit Netflix show. This Saturday we hudder to telekinetic terror and paranormal horror with Stephen King’s “Fire Starter” (1984), and “Poltergeist” (1982).

 

Tuesday, October 18: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House

6:30-9:30pm, 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?!

 

Wednesday, October 19: Augmented Humans: Stronger, Faster, Smarter

7:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Seneca Street)

$15/talk; $25/talk + networking reception. Networking reception begins at 5:30PM.

Imagine a world where you simply think it and it’s done. This notion may seem like sci-fi/fantasy fodder, but human augmentation (also known as human enhancement, transhumanism, or H+) is becoming reality. From “wearable” technology that can enhance your strength and resilience to tattoos that allows you to store information or control your phone or tablet, today’s innovations are creating the humans of tomorrow. Come learn more about the ways in which your human capabilities could be enhanced and improved in the not-so-distant future.

 

Friday, October 21-Sunday, October 23: Sherlock Seattle 2016 Convention

12:00pm (Friday), Broadway Performance Hall

This year we’re taking the focus off of Sherlock Holmes and instead we are celebrating his amazing companion, Dr. Watson! As such for 2016 we are Watson Washington, a convention where we celebrate all things John Watson, from the original ACD canon stories to the latest incarnations of the world’s most famous doctor, and you’re invited to join us!

 

Saturday, October 22: Fashionably Undead Prom: Under the Sea

9:00pm-1:00am, EMP Museum, Seattle

Tickets $25 ($19 EMP members), 21+ only

Dive into EMP Museum for a night of ghastly amusement and hair-raising fun at our annual Fashionably Undead Prom.

20,000 leagues under the sea a murderer lurks in the deep… is it a psycho killer? A teenage werewolf? An enormous, insatiable shark? Whoever it is, they have a thirst for greasers, mods, and freaks—and word on the street is they’re coming to prom!

Hold your date close to avoid a run-in with the mysterious killer as you jive, jitterbug, and twist the night away to a DJ dance party and enjoy live music by Prom Queen, playing sickly sweet pop tracks inspired by pinup girls and 1960s housewives.

Get a bouffant or pompadour from Bowie Salon and show it off at our prom photo booth. Munch on a slice of pizza from Wicked Pies or sneak drinks of spiked punch. Throughout the night, have fun roaming the museum with your pals as you try to solve the interactive yearbook game.

Plus, enter the costume contest for a chance to win killer prizes and to show off your deadly cool duds! You may just be voted Prom King or Queen.

Ticket includes admission to Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.

 

Tuesday, October 25: #JournalismSoWhite

7:30pm, Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle

Free for students, $5 entry. Doors open 6:30pm

Where Are All the Minority Journalists?” asks a 2015 article in The Atlantic. Statistics indicating that minorities are severely underrepresented in the field could explain coverage that is often perceived as insensitive to women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. With journalists historically tasked with the function of protecting our democracy and public sphere, what does the profession’s lack of diversity mean for its ability to translate the concerns of marginalized communities and raise awareness about resulting systemic issues?

Join a panel discussion of local journalists as they discuss the role that journalists and the media play (or should play) in developing a collective sense of awareness and civic duty about social and racial justice.

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Friday, October 28: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse

7:00pm-10:45pm, 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 Codenames, Love Letter, Splendor, King of Tokyo, Völuspá, slash, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, Superfight, The Resistance, Colt Express, 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.m

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Previously disguised as a college professor and family lawyer, JC Lau is an Australian video game journalist and writer living in Seattle.

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