January 2016 Geek About Town!

Ring in the New Year with these awesomely geeky events!

Friday, January 1: The Princess Bride Quote-Along

SIFF Film Center, Seattle

5:00pm and 7:15pm

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

Adapted for the screen by William Goldman from his equally hysterical and brilliant novel, director by Rob Reiner brought to the screen a modern day classic filled with memorable performances, sharp wit, derring-do, and heaping helpings of romance. Thoroughly tongue-in-cheek and forever quotable, The Princess Bride is filled with iconic characters and moments: the Dread Pirate Roberts, insanity-inducing cliffs, a wily Sicilian, a six-fingered count, a friendly giant, the Fire Swamp, and the ultimate story of “Wuv, True Wuv” as read to us by that most lovable of grandpas, Peter Falk.

Saturday, January 2: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

SIFF Film Center, Seattle

12:00pm and 2:30pm

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

SIFF’s annual extravaganza celebrating the 1971 musical family classic returns! Sign our giant contract on the way in the door, then enjoy fragrant and tasty treats from our legendary Wonkariffic goodie bags. Bring your nose, your taste buds, and your sense of adventure as you tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all, made even more outrageous by Gene Wilder’s wonderfully eccentric performance, utterly singable songs, and those lovable hardworking Oompa Loompas.

Seeing this film on the big screen (with candy!) makes for an experience that is “ninety-three percent perspiration, six percent electricity, four percent evaporation, and two percent butterscotch ripple.”

Saturday, January 9: Rat City Rollergirls presents: Star Wars Benefit Bout for Food Life Line

The Rat’s Nest, 19022 Aurora Ave N, Seattle

Doors open 4:30pm, first whistle 5:30pm

If you sense a disturbance in the Force, it’s probably because there’s a battle of Death Star-proportions brewing. Join us Saturday, January 9th for a Star Wars themed evening featuring lots of fast-paced derby action. First up, Rat City skaters split into two teams will take the track in Rebels vs. Empire. Will you choose to cheer for the light or dark side? Following that bout it’s an intergalactic clash as our Washington State Conference team takes on Overbeaters Anonymous.

Jedi robes and light sabers are encouraged (though you’ll have to leave your droids outside), and you’ll have the chance to meet Garrison Titan’s stormtroopers. And don’t forget your canned goods – as always, we’ll be accepting non-perishable food donations on behalf of Food Lifeline. So save the date and join us in Shoreline – as a wise master once said, ‘Do or do not, there is no try.’

Tickets are $20 or at the door.

Friday, January 15: Black Lives Matter in Hip-Hop (featuring local artists and community members)

Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs

Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7:30pm

From Sir Mix-a-Lot to Macklemore, the face of Pacific Northwest hip-hop has changed. How does that affect the historical link between hip-hop and social activism? This panel discussion (featuring performances by local artists) will explore the gentrification of Seattle hip-hop and its effects. They’ll also discuss the local Black Lives Matter movement and ways to preserve the integrity of the music and its social effects. Featured panelists include moderator Wyking Garrett and Black Stax member Jace Ecaj, among others. This event is in conjunction with MOHAI’s exhibit, “The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop.”

Tickets are $5

Thursday, January 21: I’ll make a man out of you: Redefining Strong Female Characters

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

7:30pm

From the webpage: There has been a significant increase in the number of television shows and movies that showcase female action heroes, challenging and transforming the historical representations of women. But are these truly examples of “Strong Female Characters,” or do they simply replicate traditional masculine archetypes in a sexualized, female body?

In this lecture, Anita Sarkeesian deconstructs the “Strong Female Character,” and argues for a better approach to how women are portrayed in media, one that breaks out of oppressive interpretations of gender and supports feminist values to promote a more just society.

Tickets are $5.

Friday, January 22: It’s Our Right: 43 Years of Legal Abortion (presented by Planned Parenthood)

Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall

7:00pm

Recent attacks on Planned Parenthood locations, national talk of defunding the organization, and allegations of the sale of fetal tissue here in Washington, have thrust the group into the spotlight. This celebratory event will recognize a woman’s reproductive choice and the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court case upholding a woman’s right to access abortion). The evening will bring together storytellers from across the state to commemorate this landmark decision, highlight the impact of Shout Your Abortion, and help destigmatize abortion and those who choose it. Learn about this constitutionally-protected (and controversial) right and show support for reproductive freedom.

$10 early bird tickets; $15 general admission; and $50 VIP entry. Tickets at the door are cash only.

Thursday, January 28: Campout Cinema: Blade Runner blade_runner_poster

Sky Church, EMP Museum

Doors open 6:30pm, screening starts 7:30pm

Experience Ridley Scott’s dystopic vision of the future, Blade Runner (The Director’s Cut) (1982), as part of EMP’s Campout Cinema.

In this timeless sci-fi classic, humans have developed the technology to create replicants, robotic human clones used to serve the colonies outside Earth. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specializes in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he’s forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an off-world colony back to Earth.

This Director’s Cut version of the film, made with direction from Scott, was officially re-released in theaters in 1992.

Tickets include admission to Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, where you can see several artifacts from the film, including costumes from Pris and Zhora, Deckard’s pistol, and more.

Tickets are $12 ($10 EMP members), 21+ only.

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

December Geek About Town

With the holiday season coming up on us, here are some awesome geeky events to invite your friends and family to!

 

Friday, November 20 – Saturday, December 19: The Twilight Zone: Live!

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Online reservations can be made at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.
Regular at the door $29
Students/Seniors at the door $25
Regular Online reserved $25
Student/Seniors online reserved $22

Box office opens at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm

From the website: You’ve turned the corner…the sign post up ahead…it’s The Twilight Zone: Live! Three episodes from the classic TV show presented live on our stage. The Midnight Sun (Nov, 1961) follows a young artist sweltering in her apartment as the earth slowly spirals into the sun. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (May 1961). Bus passengers are stranded by a storm at a roadside diner while rumors of UFOs fly on the radio and it seems there are more passengers than there should be. The Night of the Meek (Dec 1960). A drunken dime store Santa discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Do not miss this year’s classic.

 

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Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6: Chi-Raq

SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA

From the webpage: Iconoclast director Spike Lee returns with this hard-hitting, modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata” that tells the story of a group of women who organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s Southside, creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex, and violence around the world.

 

Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

From the webpage: SIFF’s annual extravaganza celebrating the 1971 musical family classic returns! Sign our giant contract on the way in the door, then enjoy fragrant and tasty treats from our legendary Wonkariffic goodie bags. Bring your nose, your taste buds, and your sense of adventure as you tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all, made even more outrageous by Gene Wilder’s wonderfully eccentric performance, utterly singable songs, and those lovable hardworking Oompa Loompas.

Seeing this film on the big screen (with candy!) makes for an experience that is “ninety-three percent perspiration, six percent electricity, four percent evaporation, and two percent butterscotch ripple.”

 

Sunday, December 6: Doctor Wholidays

EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

Tickets $22 ($15 EMP members); $8 youth (ages 5-17)

From the website: Put your Sonic Screwdrivers in the air and wave them like you just don’t care at this holiday celebration of Doctor Who at EMP.

Do you love the Doctor? So do we! For over 50 years, BBC’s iconic series about a time-traveling hero, Doctor Who, has been a phenomenon with extraordinary cultural impact.

Join us in celebrating Doctor Who and the holiday season with a holiday-themed TARDIS photo op, costume contests*, Geeks Who Drink trivia, drink specials, activities by Anglicon, Christmas crowns and crackers, clips from Doctor Who Christmas specials, and more wibbly wobbly timey wimey surprises.

Time Lords big and small welcome!

Tickets include admission into EMP’s Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, which features the original Dalek and Cyberman used in the filming of classic Doctor Who episodes from the 1980s.

 

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Tuesday, December 8: The Doubleclicks, Sammus and Shubzilla at Funhouse

Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle

Tickets are $8 advance (available at Ticketfly), or $10 at the door.

Doors open at 8:30pm, Show starts at 9:00pm.

 

Friday, December 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

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!

 

Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12: Hogswatch Night Burlesque

Black Box Theater (At the Seattle Center), 305 Harrison St, Seattle
VIP Tickets: $50 each, general admission: $25 each

Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

From the event: For two nights this December GossamarWing Productions is offering tickets to a burlesque experience on a different world, Discworld to be exact*.
Come and join us for an immersive experience with some of your favorite** characters of the series as they experience Hogswatch Night.
We will have a snack bar, merch and photo booth, so bring cash and be prepared to jump into the DiscWorld with us, as we honor Sir Terry Prachett with our love!

*And let us tell you that was not easy, tracking down the Great A’Tuin was no easy feat as she seemly follows no pattern in her travels
**Well our favorite, but through headology, and stripping, we will convince you to love our choices!

 

Saturday, December 12: Joy to the Worlds Tour

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Seattle Mystery Books, 10326 45th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125

From the event: Help us celebrate the release of Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays!
Join all four authors at Seattle Mystery Books in Seattle, WA. Chat with the authors and pick up an autographed copy of the book.

 

Thursday, December 17: Campout Cinema: Gremlins

Sky Church, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

Tickets $12 ($9 EMP members, youth ages 5-17)

Doors open 6:30pm, event starts at 7:30pm

From the webpage: Deck the halls with boughs of… gremlins? A horde of mischievous monsters are unleashed on a small town in this Campout Cinema screening of Gremlins (1984).gremlins_poster

Hilarious destruction ensues in the small town of Kingston Falls after a new pet owner violates two of three simple gremlin rules: no water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light.

Come face to face with Gizmo the Mogwai (yes, the real Gizmo used in the film) who is making his EMP debut inside the Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film exhibit (included with tickets) before and during intermission. Start some trouble in the Holly Jolly Mayhem photo op, and enjoy trivia, giveaways, and other surprises!

This event is all ages; alcohol will not be served at the screening.

 

Saturday, December 19: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Marathon

JBL Theater, EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N., Seattle, WA

11:00am – 3:30pm

From the webpage: Take a breather from holiday shopping and join us for an EMP holiday tradition with screenings of one of the worst films ever made, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

This madcap sci-fi movie adventure sends Martian kidnappers to Earth to capture Santa Claus for their joyless planet, and had a resurgence of popularity in the ’90s when it was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Experience the Christmas magic non-stop with back-to-back screenings at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm.

Tickets are free. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

Saturday, December 26: Seattle Audubon Society Annual Christmas Bird Count

Register here. $5.00 suggested donation

From the webpage: Started in 1900, the CBC is the longest running citizen science survey in North America. Seattle Audubon has coordinated the Seattle CBC for nearly nine decades! Approximately 200 volunteers survey the count circle (15 miles in diameter) centered in downtown Seattle, to identify and count anything with feathers and a pulse. There are 14 areas within the Seattle count circle, each being covered by one or multiple teams of volunteer surveyors. All results are tallied by a count compiler and submitted to the National Audubon Society. These data are incorporated into very important research, like the State Of The Birds report and the National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report.

 

Thursday, December 31: Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Singalong

SIFF Cinema Uptown

$15 | $10 SIFF Members | $14 Senior & Youth

From the webpage: The ultimate celebration of the Bohemian lifestyle, Moulin Rouge! is filled with breathtaking costumes and lush production numbers that invade the mind and fill the eyes with sensuous treats. Until it all comes crashing down in a tragic, doomed love affair guaranteed to make you grab your hankies. But don’t worry, it’s just another day the Moulin Rouge, so drink your bubbly, and relish a good cry to end the year.

Before the film we’ll celebrate the music of the film with a Moulin-inspired music video countdown. And the evening ends just in time to head over to the Space Needle to catch some fireworks while shouting “Rooooooxannnne” at the sky!

 

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

November Geek About Town

Check out our amazing November events!

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.

Friday, November 6: Ari Berman with Justice Steven Gonzalez: Fighting for American Voting Rights

7:30pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue

From the website: In light of controversial practices in Yakima and other parts of the state, the Washington Voting Rights Act aims to abolish unfair election systems–50 years after America’s landmark Voting Rights Act was passed for the same purpose. According to The Nation’s Ari Berman this is a prime example for why the fight for full voting equality isn’t over. Voting is an important part of the democratic process and for many Americans, one that’s hard to obtain–even President Obama says the system needs work. In conversation with Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, Berman will explore the history of voting rights and the landmark court decisions that have altered their course. He’ll explain the back and forth that voting rights have undergone throughout the past 50 years, and offer a glimpse at the future–one where, with support from Congress and the Supreme Court, representational voting rights can be achieved.

Tickets are $5.

Friday, November 6 – Saturday, November 7: Mass Effect N7 Fan Weekend

5pm – 1am, AFK Elixirs and Eatery

From the Facebook page:

In honor of BioWare’s annual N7 Day, AFK Elixirs and Eatery and Fanpup are partnering to bring you N7 Weekend! Grab your Emergency Induction Port and save the Galaxy from the threat of the Reapers… or just the threat of sobriety.

On Friday (Nov 6) come try out AFK’s custom Mass Effect-themed menu (with entries like Renegade Meatballs, Paragon Pasta, and Tequila Se’lai) host some Mass Effect multiplayer, and break out the board games. Then on Saturday, show up for the full-out N7 Day Celebration with raffle prizes, a cosplay contest, and a friendly Renegade vs Paragon competition! And don’t forget to wear your Renegade Red or Paragon Blue, there may be something special for the winning team!

Saturday, Nov 7th Events and Activities!

Paragon vs Renegade Competition
Choose your alignment by wearing red or blue, there will be more ways to earn points during the night, winning team announced at 10:00pm

Mass Effect Spirit Contest / Cosplay contest: 8pm
Dress up as your favorite character or rock your swag for a chance to win the Spirit Contest!

Activities During the Night:
Themed Food and Drink Menu
Multiplayer Mass Effect
Paper Trivia
Prize Drawings

*This is a free Fan gathering, Fanpup and AFK are not directly associated with Bioware, EA, or Mass Effect.

Saturday, November 7: Hmong New Year Celebration

Seattle Center Armory

From the website: Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the people from the hilltops of China, Laos and Thailand through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Gain insights into the customary courtship ritual of ball tossing and participate in flower cloth sessions.

The Lunar New Year is a time for the Hmong people to reflect on the past year and seek out new beginnings. The Hmong New Year Celebration helps preserve the unique culture of this Southeast Asian highland culture that originates in the mountains of China.

Presented in partnership with Hmong Association of Washington.

 

 

Sunday, November 8: 7th Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival

2:00pm, doors open 12:00, Town Hall

From the website: Always a favorite on Town Hall’s calendar, this festival celebrates Hawaii’s famed Slack-key guitar tradition, referring to the style as well as the ways an instrument is tuned. This vibrant, finger-picked music showcases Hawaiian stories of feelings, aloha, nature, and more. This year’s performers include Grammy Award-winning Cyril Pahinui, George Kuo, Hiikua, Ikaika Marzo, Jeff Peterson, Nathan Aweau, Steven Espaniola, Patrick Landeza, Jeff Au Hoy, Peter Moon, Sean Olanui Robbins, and other masters of the style. The evening will also feature emcees Skylark Rosetti, Braddah Gomes, and Hula Halau Pulamahi I Ke Liko Lehua; Hawaiian tropical flowers; and some surprises. Explore the traditional, lilting sounds of this unique musical art form.

$125 VIP (includes center front seating, Artist meet-and-greet); $50 front/center back seating; and $35 side seating. Doors open: 12:00pm for Hawaiian-style food and crafts.

Monday, November 9: #NerdNightOut, an Evening of Music and Comedy featuring the Doubleclicks, Jackie Kashian and Molly Lewis

The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle

7:30pm, doors open at 6:00pm

Tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of

From the website: The Doubleclicks are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting nerd band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast over 2 million views and have been featured on Gawker, BoingBoing, io9 and more. Find out more at http://thedoubleclicks.com

Jackie Kashian’s comedy has been described as “like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered.” She is a national touring comic with a new hour standup special “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux” which was one of the top five comedy specials on 2014. This year, she’s been on the Conan O’Brien show, @midnight and plays a podcaster on IFC’s Maron. Her weekly podcast is The Dork Forest, where she interviews people about their obsessions. It is available on iTunes and at her website: www.jackiekashian.com.

Molly Lewis (patreon.com/molly) is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter writes ukulele tunes about beards, heartbroken astronauts, presidential assassinations, and Stephen Fry. Her original songs and covers, accompanied by her masterful ukulele playing, have earned her over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Her new holiday musical ‘Thanksgiving vs. Christmas’, featuring The Doubleclicks and Joseph Scrimshaw, will be available this fall.

Friday, November 13: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

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!

Friday, November 13: Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party

7:00pm – Midnight, EMP Museum

$25 ($20 EMP members), $10 youth 5-17, free for children 4 and under

From the website: Join us for the opening party of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, a celebration of fun, friendship, and happiness.

Welcome Hello Kitty to her new home at EMP Museum by saying “Hello!” and joining the festivities!

  • Snap a photo with Hello Kitty herself
  • Show off your favorite Hello Kitty attire in the Supercute Fashion Parade in partnership with UNIQLO
  • Find the beat with a taiko drum performance brought to you by UNIQLO
  • Share something special in the Hello Kitty-shaped Time After Time Capsule
  • Play a round of Friendship Bingo and other Hello Kitty games in the game center
  • Test how well you know Hello Kitty with Superfun Trivia, or watch Hello Kitty animation
  • Sip an Appletini with a piece of homemade apple pie turnovers (Hello Kitty’s favorite food is her Mama’s apple pie!)
  • Enjoy kawaii (“cute”) crafts like origami and jewelry making, or make a special someone a Thoughtfulness Friendship Bracelet
  • Cuteness Manicure by Julep
  • Collect little stars and stickers for your Super Sweet Sticker Book, or write a letter to Hello Kitty or her sister, Mimmy
  • Taste Japanese-style fare at the Tokyo Dog (hot dogs) and BeanFish (Taiyaki, classic Japanese comfort food) food trucks
  • Enjoy a J-pop dance party featuring DJ Hojo of JK Pop, Seattle’s J+K-pop dance night, with visuals by Sweat Jordan
  • featuring MC Rachel Belle, talk show personality and reporter for KIRO Radio Seattle

Plus, be the first to visit Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty as it debuts in Seattle. Hello! explores Hello Kitty’s colorful history and influence on art and culture through a showcase of rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archive, as well as mixed media works from international contemporary artists inspired by Hello Kitty and her world.

Saturday, November 14: Kabuki Academy

11:00am, Town Hall

$5 for adults, free for children

From the website: Kabuki–Japan’s traditional art of singing and dancing–is a skilled, colorful representation of the nation’s heritage. For Tacoma-based Kabuki Academy, bringing this traditional culture to modern audiences is essential for creating the next generation of culturally-aware individuals. They’ll showcase these traditional arts in their engaging–and interactive–performance. The academy’s Mary Ohno (who studied classical Japanese dance for more than 60 years) will instruct children in this classical dancing, the complimentary shamisen music, and other Kabuki arts.

Tuesday, November 17: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House

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

From the event: 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! We want to 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!

Wednesday, November 18: Homeschool Day: The Science of Sound

Noon – 4:00pm, EMP Museum

$20 ($17 EMP members) includes one student and one parent registration.

From the website: Join us in November for a super-sonic Homeschool Day focused around the Science of Sound. Led this year by ethnomusicologist, Ph.D., and rock guru Rob Carroll, this workshop, designed especially for homeschool families, will delve into the science behind how sound is created, transmitted, and perceived by our ears.

The day will feature a two-hour hands-on workshop, a gallery activity in our exciting Sound Lab space, and free time to explore the EMP galleries.

Parent participation in workshop classes is strongly encouraged. Classes are suitable for students 6–14 years of age.

Registration includes museum admission for the day and is required.

Friday, November 20: Whiri Tū Aka

8:00PM, Great Hall, Town Hall
$20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
From the website: Four women, four representations of Maori culture–and one stunning a Capella collaboration. Based on the desire to share their country’s traditions and values, Whiri Tū Aka was formed in 2012 by producer Mina Ripia. With the group’s other four members–Gaynor Rikihana, Kirsten Te Rito, Betty-Anne Monga, and Lisa Tomlins–Ripia has expertly drawn together their individual stories for a musical reflection of their true Wairua (spirits). Inspired by love, motherhood, and the power of the female voice, Whiri Tū Aka’s Maori performance will cross language barriers and speak to the soul with its heartfelt harmonies.

Friday, November 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

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!

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

September Geek About Town

Sad that summer is over? Get your geek on for the fall with these super September events!

Wednesday, September 9: Seattle Public Library “Directed by Women” film series: Little Women

1:00-3:15pm, Broadview Branch

From the website: Join us to enjoy “Little Women” as The Seattle Public library joins the Directed by Women global party this September! With their father fighting in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother. In spite of tragedies, the bonds of the close family hold even when men friends appear. Directed by Gillian Armstrong.

Thursday, September 10-Saturday, September 12: Star Trek: The Sexed Generation Burlesque

8:00pm, The Annex Theatre

From the press release: More debaucherous than a weekend on Riza, Star Trek: The Sexed Generation blasts off once again September 10-12th at Seattle’s Annex Theatre.  After a sold-out run in 2014, this fully scripted burlesque extravaganza is back with an all-new storyline, more beloved Starfleet characters, and sexy, space age striptease!

In this tale of lust, intrigue, and spandex bodysuits, what should be a routine mission for the USS Enterprise takes an unexpected turn after passing too closely to a strange wormhole in space. Trapped in time and unable to return home, Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and the rest of the crew must turn to some unexpected allies in order to unravel the mystery.

Written, produced, and performed by lifelong Star Trek fans, Sexed Generation is both a celebration of the show’s unique place in the sci-fi pantheon and a loving critique of its quirks. Featuring Seattle burlesque stars and seasoned thespians, Star Trek: The Sexed Generation is so over the top, it’s out of this world.

Friday, September 11: 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!”

Saturday, September 12: Beginning Stage Puppeteering

1-3pm, $45 pre-reg/$55 day-of

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson will teach you how to make your puppet seem alive and connect with your audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills.

Sunday, September 13: Seattle Public Library “Directed by Women” film series: Desert Flower

2:00-4:30pm, Douglass-Truth Branch

From the website: Join us to enjoy “Desert Flower” as The Seattle Public library joins the Directed by Women global party this September! “Desert Flower” tells the real-life story of Waris Dirie, a poor girl who flees an arranged marriage in Somalia, winds up in London and becomes one of the world’s most recognizable supermodels, who also speaks out against female genital mutilation. Directed by Sherry Hormann.

Monday, September 14: Seattle Public Library “Directed by Women” film series: Monsoon Wedding

6:00-8:00pm, University Branch

From the website: Join us to enjoy “Monsoon Wedding” as The Seattle Public library joins the Directed by Women global party this September! Part comedy, part drama and part romance, this charming film about a very chaotic Indian wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the 2001 Venice Film Festival. In English and Hindi with English subtitles. Directed by Mira Nair

 

Saturday, September 19-Sunday, September 20: Seattle Retro Gaming Expo

From the website: Seattle Retro Gaming Expo is back and ready for it’s annual expo!! This year SRGE is partnering with the Living Computer Museum to bring you both console and vintage computing fun! This September 19th and 20th, video game collectors, retailers, and enthusiasts will descend upon the Emerald City for SRGE 2015.

SRGE 2015 will also feature an exciting panel lineup with topic including collecting, industry insights and more! SRGE will release more information as the show approaches via http://www.facebook.com/SeattleRetro and http://www.twitter.com/SeattleRetro.
 
The Freeplay room is open to all attendees, and features over 1200 games, including NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast and more, All free to play ! In addition, there will be consoles from every generation (not currently in production) with games, challenges, contests, and more included with your badge!
 
Seattle Retro Gaming is dedicated to strengthening the local retro gaming community. We have partnered with Ninkasi Brewing and the EMP to bring retro gaming events to Seattle. In addition, the last Tuesday of every month SRGE is sponsoring the QUESTION BLOCK Video Game Trivia Night at the Wilde Rover in Kirkland. Details for these events and more can be found at www.SeattleRetro.org.

Saturday, September 19-Sunday, September 20: Seattle Mini Maker Faire

10:00am-5:00pm, $15 for a 1 day pass online, $20 at the door

From the website: Try out the latest, greatest inventions by over 80 makers from across the region at a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!

Over the course of the weekend, guests are invited to get their hands dirty and try out amazing projects through exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology. It’s a vibrant gathering of innovative minds, and the perfect opportunity to learn as well as share.

Monday, September 21: Jane McGonigal: Gaming Your Way to Better Health

7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, tickets $5

From the website: In 2009, game designer Jane McGonigal’s life suddenly changed when she suffered a debilitating concussion. SuperBetter is her story of recovery–how she used her skills to create a game to help her recover–and how this personal project turned into a national plan to assist the recovery of others. Based on scientific research into the beneficial properties of playing games, her program became a research study with the National Institutes of Health and, more than 400,000 people later, it continues to help others. She’ll describe her experiences–how she overcame ill health through gaming–and explain why, in order to live a “happier, braver, more resilient life,” we all need to adopt a “gameful” mindset. Whether it’s Pacman, soccer, or a crossword puzzle, she’ll explain how to use any games we encounter to control attention, strengthen relationships, and self-motivate.

Friday, September 25: 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!”

Saturday, September 26: Star Wars: The Party Strikes Back

EMP Museum, 7:00pm-11:00pm

Tickets $30 general public, $25 EMP members, $20 youth, free for children 4 and under

From the website: EMP invites you to join us for the closing party of Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Explore the exhibition before it leaves EMP, and enjoy galactic games and light saber duels, drink specials, Padawans costume march, and a dance party of Yub Nub proportions. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume and pay tribute to their favorite characters across the Galactic Empire. Do. Or do not. There is no try. You’re our only hope.

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

July 2015 Geek About Town

Friday, July 10: GeekGirlCon Board Gaming Night at Wayward Coffee House

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!”

Note: This is a recurring event. The next GeekGirlCon Board Game Night is Friday, July 24.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

June 2015 Geek About Town!

Looking for awesome stuff to do in June, fellow geeks? Here’s a great start for you!

Monday, June 1:  Tech Sandbox Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98105
From the website: “Teams of undergraduate and graduate students compete to see who can create the best neural engineering demo. The Tech Sandbox is a UW class created by Lise Johnson, research fellow in neurological surgery and education manager at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

Students in the class hail from computer science, neuroscience, bioengineering, electrical engineering and more. Reception follows the competition.”

 

Monday, June 1:  Graz, Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine!), Death*Star, and Lex Lingo
10:00 pm
Tim’s Tavern on 105th
602 N 105th St, Seattle, Washington 98133

21+ | $5 Donation | 10pm
10:15 – Lex Lingo
10:50 – Death*Star
11:25 – Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine)
12:00 – Graz

READY TO GET ROWDY?! Head down to Tim’s Tavern for an electro/hip hop show the likes of which you’ll never see again Get your jam on!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town – May 2015

Tuesday, May 5 – SFWA Presents: Cat Rambo, Fonda Lee, and Janine Southard

From the website: “In celebration of the many science fiction and fantasy readers and authors who live in the area, we’re delighted to partner with the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) to present this spring’s Pacific Northwest Reading Series gathering. The event will feature readings and discussions with authors Cat Rambo, Fonda Lee, and Janine Southard, as well as time for networking and conversation with fellow attendees.

For additional event and registration details, visit the SFWA website.”

 

Friday, May 8 – GeekGirlCon Game 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.”

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

March 2015 Geek About Town

March is upon us, fellow geeks. We’ve got our usual list of awesome geeky happenings for you, so dive right in!

Saturday, March 7: Dino Day
Burke Museum
10 am – 4 pm
From the website: “Dig deep into dinosaur mysteries at the Burke Museum! Crack the prehistoric case to discover what we can find out about dinosaurs through their poop, teeth, bones, and more! Also talk to Burke paleontologists about their latest find—the 10-foot-long legs of the duck-billed dino Edmontosaurus—and see them on display for the first time.

Additional activities:

Uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit
Watch scientists prepare dinosaur fossils
Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you
Dress up in dino-gear & give your best roar
Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world

Presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty w/UW ID

Please note: Dino Day is a popular event. If the nearby parking lot is full, there is street parking available on adjacent streets and other lots on campus that are a short walk away.”

 

Saturday, March 7: Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Bellevue College Gymnasium
1 pm – 4 pm
From the website: “The Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) is an annual science and engineering competition for 9th-12th grade students in King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State. The CSRSEF encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides professional scientists and engineers the chance to interact with some of the best and brightest young students in the greater Seattle/Everett region.

The overarching goal of the CSRSEF is to encourage students in their studies of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to explore career opportunities in technical fields. Specifically, the CSRSEF is working to:

Support effective STEM education to ensure future economic vitality and quality of life in the state, region, and nation.

Provide a continuous supply of highly trained technologists to meet the workforce demands of Washington State’s STEM driven economy.

Provide and maintain resources to help K-12 schools in King and Snohomish Counties build the capacity needed to increase competency in STEM education

Encourage business leaders, scientific institutions, and K-12 educational institutions to support and encourage the study of STEM fields

Participation in science fair stimulates students’ interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions, and critical thinking.

The CSRSEF is an affiliate of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).”

 

Saturday, March 7: CRY Holi
From the website: “Brush off the blues and greys. CRY Holi is back with a riot of colors to spread joy and laughter. As the festival of colors heralds the arrival of spring and also the arrival of equality, to encourage the spirit of oneness we raise funds for the under-served children of our society by organizing this high spirited Holi Bash annual event. Join us as thousands of people get color bombed, dance to the upbeat Bollywood numbers and see the world in a myriad hue of colors. This is one time no one minds being hit with water balloons by total strangers!

What’s in store for everyone? The same love. The same vibe. The same camaraderie and celebration, but this time around CRY HOLI 2015 just gets bigger and crazier. Join us as we paint the city RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and everything in between.”

Buy tickets on their website!

 

Saturday, March 7: Seattle Interactive Fiction Meetup
From their Google Group:
“WHAT: Meet each other, share personal Interactive Fiction interests, discuss current competitions that are open for voting (French & ParserComp), plus any other IF topics of interest

WHO: You, hopefully!

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 4-6 pm (optional no-host dinner afterward)

WHERE: The Audrey at Belltown, 2922 Western Avenue. To get buzzed into the building, type #111 on the keypad at the front door. The Audrey is located across the street from the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, corner of Broad & Western. Parking is generally plentiful on the street (metered) or in the parking garage at the Sculpture Park. Several buses have stops nearby (1, 2, 24, 33, D). The meetup is in a common room, near the lobby, not a specific apartment. No need to bring a snack or anything, though you can if you’d like.”

For more information, visit their Twitter: @SeattleIF

 

Friday, March 6-29: Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables
From the website: “World premiere. This is the play that will have all of Seattle talking! Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails. CEO Bette, the original glass ceiling crasher, is on the verge of debuting a reality television show designed to introduce a whole new audience of women to her no–holds-barred view of business. When her reputation takes a hit, all three are faced with a choice—band together to save the agency or fend for themselves. Schellhardt’s dark comedy begs the question: is there more than one way for women to do business?”

Showtimes and days vary; see their calendar and buy tickets here.

 

Wednesday, March 11: Reining in the Surveillance Society
Town Hall, Seattle
Doors open at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 pm.
From the website: “Aerial drones … license plate scanners … Stingrays. Government has more means than ever to conduct surveillance and intrude on our privacy. Noted technologist Chris Soghoian of the national ACLU explains how new technologies threaten freedom and what we can do to control their use.

Dubbed the “Ralph Nader for the Internet Age” by Wired and “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” by the Economist, Christopher Soghoian works at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. Soghoian’s research has shed significant light on the use of sophisticated surveillance technologies by US law enforcement agencies, exposing such techniques to public debate and criticism.

Soghoian has been named a top innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, and was an Open Society Foundations Fellow. Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers. He is a TED Senior Fellow.

Watch his Ted Talk here.

This event is FREE to attend. Click here to register.

 

Friday, March 13: GeekGirlCon Board Game 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.”

 

Friday, March 13: Guinea Arts Cooperative presents Beyond Ebola: A Fundraiser for Families in Guinea, West Africa
From the website: “Join us for a booty shakin’ extravaganza featuring the dance and music of Seattle-based Guinean Artists including “Message from Guinea”, Manimou Camara and Denbaya, Kouyate Arts and more! Come one and come all!

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Venue: Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre (ECC)
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Time: Door Open: 6:45 pm;  Show Starts: 7:30 pm

The Guinea Arts Cooperative is a collaborative of the Guinea Exchange, a 501(c)(3), and Seattle area Guinean artists and friends. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had profound financial stress on Guinea due to travel restrictions, resource scarcity, and escalating prices on basic necessities. The goal is to raise funds for essential resources, and to provide additional assistance to the broader community by partnering with the UN World Food Programme.

We dare you to donate a full-sack of rice for your concert ticket!

$20 demi-sack of rice
$40 full-sack of rice

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Also: Join us for a month of activities benefitting families in Guinea who are directly and indirectly impacted by the Ebola epidemic. Your participation matters.

Dance and Music Workshops at Ethnic Cultural Center and University Heights Sat-Sun March 14-15, 2015 in Seattle. “Message from Guinea” perform for Beyond Ebola at Jazz Alley Monday March 30th, 2015.

Visit our Silent Auction online. (Going LIVE February 2015).”

Tickets for these events can be purchased here.

 

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-22: 20th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival
From the website: “HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: No longer a teenager, at 20 years old, SJFF is all grown up. This year, the festival celebrates our maturity as not only the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest but also as one of the largest and most prominent Jewish film festivals in the country, symbolizing how far Jewish and Israeli film has come in the past 20 years. This year, SJFF showcases numerous award-winners: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIAN AMSALEM, a Golden Globe nominee from Israel, two Oscar contenders for Best Foreign Film (GETT and Closing Night’s MR. KAPLAN, Spain/Uruguay/Germany), and two shorts, one a 2014 Academy Award® nominee and the other shortlisted this year (FACING FEAR, Canada, and SUMMER VACATION, Israel) – part of our “GAY GEZUNT!” LGBTQ Film Series.

Across countries, languages and cultures, Jewish film opens a window into new worlds, while confirming our shared stories, cultural connections and common humanity. Join us from start to finish – 32 films from 10 countries in 10 days – encounter the world together and be forever changed.”

Tickets Now On Sale!

 

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22: Victorian Heritage Festival, Port Townsend
From the website: “The Victorian Heritage Festival is a organized by Olympic Peninsula Steam with sponsorship in part by the Northwest Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, a non-profit organization dedicated to education about 19th Century European and American culture. For more information about the festival, please contact information@victorianfestival.org.

Olympic Peninsula Steam believes an appreciation of history contributes to a more vibrant and artistic community.”

Purchase your tickets here.

 

Saturday, March 21: Nerdcore Hip Hop!
9:00 pm; $5 admission; 21+ show
Blue Moon
712 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

An evening of nerdcore hip hop with Death Star, Shubzilla, Billy the Fridge, and MC Type.

As Gandalf once said, “Live long and prosper”

 

Saturday, March 21: The Felt-a-thon
From the website: “The FELT-A-THON is a 24 hour puppet marathon charity event broadcast online via live stream. Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 12 short puppet videos in only 24 hours. Part of the 2015 World Day of Puppetry, proceeds collected during the 2015 FELT-A-THON will go to Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County.

What: The FELT-A-THON Live at The Pocket

When: March 21, 8:30pm

Where: The Pocket Theater
8312 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103

Tickets: $10 online/$14 at the door

As part of their 24 hour puppet video making marathon, The FELT-A-THON will have one live public performance event at The Pocket Theater, Saturday, March 21 at 8:30pm.

The audience will get to experience the behind-the-scenes insanity first-hand as The FELT-A-THON cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Amanda Rae’s “Project Pillow Palace” set, part of Design Month at The Pocket Theater. Attendees will be invited to become part of the action as extras, actors, or even puppeteers, but also have the option to just relax as a member of the studio audience.”

 

Tuesday-Sunday, March 24-29: APRIL Book Expo
From the website: “The festival called Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) actually happens in March. Hear funny/serious/provocative readings by independent writers on Capitol Hill. Every year we hold a book fair of small presses, literary journals, and literary organizations. We call it—simply enough—the APRIL Book Expo. In 2014 we hosted almost 40 small presses from around the country. The 2015 APRIL Book Expo will be held at Richard Hugo House. It’s free to the public. Always has been, always will be. For more information, please visit the APRIL Book Expo calendar page.

 

Friday, March 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game 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.”

 

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29: Emerald City Comicon
From the website: “We are the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest! Check out the site to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our original webcomic, Tales From The Con, all the photo galleries from years past and much, much more!”

 

Now through May 25: Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Pacific Science Center
From the website: “Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including one of the largest collection of body casts ever presented.

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. POMPEII: The Exhibition tells the tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. From garden frescoes and marble statues to helmets and shin guards of the day’s Gladiators, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — you will experience daily life in this bustling Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of 6 full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.”

Buy your tickets here.

 

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!

Please note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.

 

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