December 2014 Geek About Town

Hi everyone!

It got chilly so fast! Hopefully, you’re doing your best to stay warm during the holidays! Here’s a list of events to consider whether you’re out and about or prefer the comforts of indoors.

Tuesday, December 2: Queen Anne Science Cafe: “Third Party Trackers on the Web”
From the Pacific Science Center: “Privacy on the Web is an important issue these days. When you visit a Web site, your browser doesn’t just load content from that Web site. Mostly invisible to you, your browser also loads “third-party” content from other sources, including advertisements and social media widgets like the Facebook “Like” button. These third parties are able to “track” your visits to those sites and learn about your browsing behaviors. Join UW’s Franzi Roesner, Ph.D. for an overview of current research on Web tracking.”

Tuesday, December 2: 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball
From the event page: “STG Presents KISS 106.1 FM MAZDA Jingle Ball featuring Mary Lambert, Lindsey Stirling, Fences, Jake Miller, Rixton, Magic! at The Moore Theatre in Seattle on December 2, 2014.”

Thursday, December 4: Maria Klawe Public Lecture
From Wikipedia: “Maria Margaret Klawe (born 1951) is a computer scientist and the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College (since July 1, 2006).Although born in Toronto in 1951, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009. She was previously Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University.”

Thursday, December 4: Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub
From the Burke Museum Event Page: “The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.”

Friday, December 5: Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walks
From Seattle Aquarium: “Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.”

Friday, December 5: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Friday Gaming on Capitol HIll
From the Meetup page: “Fun and games on a Friday night. Come out and try a new game or bring a favorite to share with the group. We are always willing to teach the rules of a game you aren’t familiar with or learn a new game you bring in. (Note: This event occurs every two weeks.)”

Monday, December 8: Eastside Science Cafe: “Circadian Rhythms: Sleep And The Internal Clock In Children And Adolescents”
From the Pacific Science Center: “We notice our internal clocks a lot more when something throws them off track, whether that’s jet lag, a late night, or bright Seattle summer evenings. But how does it all really work, and how is it different in children and adolescents than in adults? Come to the December Eastside Science Café to discover more about circadian rhythms, what throws them off — and more importantly, what we can do to help keep kids and their internal clocks on a good track. With UW’s Michelle M. Garrison, Ph.D.”

Tuesday, December 9: Nerds Collide!: Movie and Trivia Night in Tacoma
From the Meetup page: “We’re hosting a movie night at Ah Badabing pizzeria. Every Tuesday we’ll be showing a DVD and engaging in some movie related trivia. We will start trivia at about 6:30 with 15 questions. The movie will start at 7:00 and there will be an intermission with 15 more trivia questions. We will reveal the winning team after the movie ends and the winning team will receive a free pizza on a following visit!

Movie Schedule/Trivia Schedule (Subject to change):  
December 2: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation/Saturday Night Live Trivia  
December 9: Nightmare Before Christmas/Holidays Trivia  
December 16: Die Hard/Books to movies trivia  
December 23: Muppet Christmas Carol/Muppet Trivia  
December 30: Mixed Nuts/Nutty Trivia

Tuesday, December 9: Tacoma Science Cafe: “The Gold Rush In Space: How Asteroids Will Create The Biggest Economic Expansion The World Has Ever Seen”
From the Pacific Science Center: “In the future, history books will talk about this time as the moment when humans expanded economy and habitation into space and created the greatest economic expansion in human history…and asteroids were the catalyst that made it happen. This is why local asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources, is hard at work developing robotic spacecraft that will venture into the Solar System to find neighborhood asteroids in order to utilize them to help humans expand their economic sphere of influence into the Solar System. With Caitlin O’Keefe from Planetary Resources.”

Wednesday, December 10: Nerds Collide!: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia Night
From the Meetup page: “Sharpen your Mr Pointys (or your teeth) and meet us at the Hell Mouth!

MAP THEATRE: Hosted by the inimitable Brandon Ryan, inscrutable Peggy Gannon and the incorrigable Shane Regan. For the 35th episode in our MAP Theatre trivia series, we bring you…BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Trivia Night!

General Admission:
$8 online advanced tickets
$10 at the door

And stick around afterwards to hang out and watch an episode of the show on the big screen after trivia! **PRIZES**

The MAP duo has put together some killer prize packages. Teams of 1-5 are welcome. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & last place, door prize, costume prize, and random other prizes for being awesome. You don’t have to be good at trivia … just come on down to ole Sunnydale and relive the Glorificus with us. **FOOD & DRINKS**

Central Cinema has table service; one of the things that makes it our favorite place.”

Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11: Mary Wells: What Would Mary Ann Do?
From U Bookstore: “When Gilligan’s Island first aired in 1964, no one could have predicted the lasting impact it would have. But thanks to continuous reruns, the classic comedy and its memorable characters are known and loved by everyone from baby boomers to millennials—especially everyone’s favorite farmer’s daughter Mary Ann. In What Would Mary Ann Do?, actress Dawn Wells reflects back on her iconic role. She shares fascinating facts and fun memories from the show and reveals how much Mary Ann and her values were shaped by her own. She even offers a look at how Mary Ann would respond to the changes of the past 50 years and issues of today. Whether Mary Ann was your first crush or you’ve always thought the two of you would be great friends, join us for the chance to meet the woman who brought her to life at this special presentation and book signing with Wells.”

Friday, December 12: 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.”

Saturday, December 13: Double Jump!: Northgate Drawing Meetup
From the Meetup page: “Check out our brand-new Northgate drawing meet-up at the fabulous Dolce Impressions craft store (yes, that magical, mythical place where they carry EVERY COLOR OF COPIC SKETCH MARKER and sell them for $5.25 each!! XD).

Drop in for a fun, low-key afternoon of drawing time, group sketching games, and some anime/manga/geekery shop talk with your fellow artistic fanfolk. Bring along your sketchbooks, and also any favorite manga/artbooks and anything else you want to share with fellow fans, and let’s have a great time inspiring each other to be creative. 🙂

Attendance is capped at 10 for now (we’ll see how table space goes at this new location). So please do RSVP–the first 10 folks are in!”

Sunday, December 14: Wendy Liu Book Release Party
From U Bookstore: “In 1979, the U.S. and China officially established full diplomatic relations, paving the way for increased communication and interaction between the two countries and their citizens. In this collection of essays, Wendy Liu shares the stories of Washingtonians visiting China for the first time. Depicting visits as early as 1973 and as recent as 2008, the personal stories provide insights into both changing American attitudes towards China and changes in China’s political, cultural, and technological landscape. As we celebrate the book’s release at a launch party with Liu, we look forward to exploring her intimate look at Chinese-American relations even further.”

Wednesday, December 17: AWIS “Women in Game Design”
Recreational gaming makes up a huge part of the game design industry, but our love of electronic gaming is also driving rapid
innovation in the way that humans interact with and through computers, and research into the ways we learn and educate. However,
most games and the science around them are skewed towards the male experience because women only make up 11% of game designers.

Please join Seattle AWIS to discuss the broad scope of games design and research, and the emerging role of women in this
industry with our distinguished panelists:

Kim Swift, Senior Designer at Amazon Game Studios;
Holly Hirzel, Senior Producer and Program Manager at Microsoft Studios (XBOX),
Eleanor O’Rourke, PhD candidate at the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Department, and
Jen Sward, Associate Dean and Principle Lecturer at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Our panelists will discuss their specific programs, their research into human-computer interaction and game software design and
production, and their experiences working as women in the computer science industry.

Friday, December 26: 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, December 26: Green Lake Star Party
Saturday, December 27: Paramount Park Star Party
From the Seattle Astronomical Society: “The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy. A typical star party gathering features observing through at least two or more different types of telescopes provided by SAS members along with the opportunity to ask questions, to discuss the observation process, and to learn about many astronomical topics: solar system objects, deep space objects, constellations, types of telescopes, and any other topic of interest.”

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

November Geek About Town!

Hi everyone!

First and foremost, many thanks to all of you who came out to GeekGirlCon ‘14! We had ourselves a great time! While our con year for 2015 begins, enjoy what November has in store for the Seattle geek!

Saturday, November 1-Sunday, November 2: Día de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
From the website: “Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, Nov. 1 and 2. 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.”

Sunday, November 2: Game Design Workshop
From the Meetup page: “Want to make games but not sure you have enough time? Lack the programming chops to turn your ideas into reality? Or perhaps you’d just like to practice designing games?
Join us for an afternoon of good, old fashioned game making! We’ll be using pen, paper, and various other odds and ends to design games from scratch.”

Friday, November 7-Saturday, November 8 (Recurring every Friday and Saturday of November): Citizen Zero
From the press release: “Citizen Zero is an urban street game for adults where you’ll run for your life from zombies. Think of it as a massive game of tag + hide and seek in Downtown Seattle. Essentially it’s a chance to act as your favorite character from such favorites as Left 4 Dead, The Walking Dead, or 28 Days Later.

This event is for 18+. Run from zombies, and help Chase the Cure for Cancer. 10% of every ticket sold goes to our non-profit charity partner, the Seattle Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”

The event costs $40-65, and happens Nov. 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd from 6:30-9pm.”

Saturday, November 8: Hmong New Year Celebration
From the website: “Seattle Center Festál presents Hmong New Year Celebration, Saturday, November 8. 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. Hmong New Year Celebration helps 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.”

Monday, November 10: Board Game Night at AFK Elixirs & Eatery
From the Meetup page: It’s time for another board game night at AFK Elixirs & Eatery 🙂 So come play games with us Monday night, Board games, card games, Video game, Mini’s, RPG’s … games! Meet some new people and play a new game, all while enjoying a nice meal and some drinks.”

Friday, November 14: 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,Tsuro, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, 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.”

Sunday, November 16:  Handmade Puppet Dreams: Vol. 2 and Toby Froud’s “Lessons Learned”
From the announcement: “Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is proud to team up with Krab Jab Studio and the Grand Illusion Cinema to present an evening of short puppet films produced by Heather Henson, plus a Q&A with puppeteer Toby Froud. Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume 2 and Froud’s short film “Lessons Learned” will screen November 16th at the Grand Illusion Cinema starting at 6pm.

Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume 2 is an award-winning collection of puppet film shorts, handpicked to showcase a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. With the Handmade Puppet Dream series, Heather Henson has set out to introduce a new generation of puppeteers who embrace film as a medium for breathing life into their dreams.

“Lessons Learned” is an award-winning short film created by Toby Froud and produced by Heather Henson. Well known as “Baby Toby” in Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”, Toby Froud is a Portland, OR based sculptor, costumed performer, and puppeteer who is also a fabricator for the recently released stop-motion animation film “Boxtrolls”.

Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume 2 includes: “Harker” by Tony Giordano, Jason Murphy, & Scott Shoemaker; “Finger Puppets Everywhere” by Laura Heit; “Unicycle Baby Guy” by Matty Sidle; “A Small World” by Lyon Hill; “Project Huxley” by Simon A. Brown; “The Tea Party” by Kate Artibee; “Isemond” by Xander Marrow & Mat Brinkman; “Hold Me Now” by Damien Eckhardt-Jacobi and Vincent Bova; “Dante’s Inferno” by Sean Meredith; “Hot in Herre” by Thomas Sontag & Alex Moulton.

*despite the presence of puppets, this program is not intended for children

For those who can never get enough puppet action, Froud will also give an intro to the screening of Labyrinth the same night. Tickets for this screening will be sold separately and are available in advance on the Grand Illusion website.

Wednesday, November 19: Recreational Marjiuana: Science & Society
From the event page: “Please join AWIS and ACS for this forward-thinking scientific panel discussion, where we will be exploring topics such as regulating impaired driving, ensuring quality control of marijuana and cannabis-based products, understanding and treating marijuana dependency, and neurochemical and neurobiological issues surrounding marijuana use. Our distinguished panelists are:

Michelle Sexton, ND, Founder and Chief Science Officer of PhytaLab, Washington’s original cannabis quality assurance testing facility;

Caleb J. Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, Senior research scientist for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington, studying the impacts of legalized cannabis on impaired driving in Washington State

Denise Walker, PhD, Research Associate Professor at the UW School of Social Work, studying marijuana dependency and addictive behaviors in adults;
Pratistha Ranjitkar, PhD, Clinical Chemistry Fellow for the UW Department of Laboratory Medicine, studying the development of clinical laboratory methods and testing.

Our panelists will discuss their specific programs and research, the way that their science intersects with law and policy, explain the current challenges in working in the field, and answer YOUR specific questions! This panel will be a guided discussion, but we are soliciting questions from YOU prior to the panel. If you have a question you would like to ask, email programs@seattleawis.org to submit.”

Saturday, November 22: Kirkland Geek Gala
From the Gala page: “The Kirkland Geek Gala is a chance for geeks to give back to their community and to help the children who will one day be its leaders. On November 22, 2014, we’ll be hosting a dinner and silent auction, at the beautiful Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA, to raise funds for the Seattle Children’s Hospital through Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network program.

Children’s Miracle Network hospitals treat thousands of sick and injured children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary illnesses; illnesses like cancer, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. All proceeds from our event will be going to Seattle Children’s Hospital via the Extra Life charity.

We have lofty goals in regards to the amount of money we’d like to raise, but we can’t reach them without your help. There are several ways that you can help out. You can purchase a ticket to the charity dinner, you can become a sponsor of the event, you can donate an item to our silent auction, or you can choose to donate online at our Extra Life team page.

Thank you for helping these kids get the treatment and care they so desperately need!”

Saturday, November 22: Sonny Sixkiller Buys The Washington Redskins
From the website: STG Presents Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins at The Moore Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

The Theatre Production, “Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins,” is a comedic story with a serious punch line about the controversy around the Washington Redskins mascot. Sonny Sixkiller, an ex-star athlete at the University of Washington, convinces Native American leadership to buy the Washington Redskins from Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins.

The story sheds light on Native American mascots and the history of ridiculing Native American symbolism after the near complete genocide of Native Americans by the Europeans. The youth involved with the production will receive an education on Native American people and their historical trauma.

The youth from the Northwest Indian College and Lummi Youth Academy will be involved with all phases of the production from script writing, rehearsals, graphic art development, stage management, and promotions.

Saturday, November 22: Vox Fabuli Holiday Puppet Building Workshop
From the announcement: Vox Fabuli Puppets hosts a holiday-themed version of their basic puppet building class. Students walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend.

Attendees dip their toes into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction, learning new skills as they cut, sew (hand and machine) and hot glue their way to a finished puppet. Seattle-based puppeteer Rachel Jackson guides students step-by-step as they create a holiday-themed puppet, the perfect gift for the child or puppet freak in their lives.

What: Basic Puppet Building – Holiday
Saturday, November 22nd
10am – 5pm

Cost: $160

Where: Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230
815 Seattle Blvd South
Seattle, WA 98134

*Class recommended for ages 15 and up
*Class size limited to 8

Wednesday, November 26: The STEAM Vent: The Art and Science of Math!
From the Meetup page: “What do eggs, ferns, lightning, and computer art have in common? They’re all described by simple equations. In this discussion, we’ll talk about how amazingly beautiful art, both natural and created, arises from the simplest math. We’ll see seashells, crystals, Mandelbrot sets, and even do some hands-on artwork ourselves. Our presenter, Stephen Riley, is an unabashed computer geek. He started coding at age 6 and never stopped, and is constantly amazed that people want to pay him to do something he loves. Stephen is a co-founder and CTO of Stabilitas Ventures, and serves as a Captain in the Washington National Guard. Want to know more about the connections between Art, Science, and Math? Join us for this intriguing evening of fun, beer, and prizes!”

Friday, November 28: 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,Tsuro, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, 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, November 28: West Seattle Board Games: Go Local Friday Open Gaming
From the Meetup page: “ Let’s recover from Thanksgiving by gaming. Open gaming, no theme, all games. Planning to run this as an all-day event.

There is a small parking lot in back of Meeples (90 minute limit) and street parking is available all around. Meeples is served directly by Metro #128 and #50 and indirectly by the Rapid Ride C line. Meeples is one-half mile from the Alaska Junction.

NEW PLAYERS: YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW THE GAMES. WE WILL TEACH.

Have you got an awesome event to share with our community? Email shubz@geekgirlcon.com! Please be advised that submissions must be in alignment with the GeekGirlCon Mission Statement.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

October 2014 Geek About Town

Hi everyone!

Fall is in full swing! Check out some of these events to welcome in the changing of the season!

Thursday, October 2: Gender Diversity: Beyond the Binary (UW Seattle Campus, Chemistry Building 439)
Gender Diversity: Beyond the Binary is a workshop about gender expressions and identities beyond those of male and female, including different gender expressions, common experiences of trans* and gender-nonconforming persons, and how to make public spaces more accessible to non-binary persons. Join us with QCenter staff Jen Self (PhD, MSW) and Jaimée Marsh (MSW), activists and educators dedicated to fighting oppression in all its forms. A free pizza lunch will be provided!”

Thursday, October 2: Burke Trivia Night at College Inn Pub
From NW Science: “The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.”

Friday, October 3: Green Lake Public Star Party

Saturday, October 4: Paramount Park Star Party

Saturday, October 4: Ladies Night at Fantasium Comics
From the website: “Fantasium Comics & Games will be hosting Ladies Night on Saturday, October 4th starting at 4pm. Join us for an evening filled with awesome vendors, awesome foods, awesome people, and an awesome silent auction! We will be raising money for the Pink Ink Fund to help those who have already fought breast cancer and for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to cure it in the future.”

Sunday, October 5: CroatiaFest
From the website: “Seattle Center Festál presents CroatiaFest, Sunday, Oct. 5. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Croatia through live performances, foods, hands-on activities, and a lively marketplace. Acclaimed dance ensembles and musicians, intricate costumes, art exhibits, tourist information and displays showcase Croatia’s rich past and dynamic present.”

Monday, October 6 Open Mic Science: Dr. Phyllis Stabeno
From the Treehouse Cafe: “Physical Oceanographer at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Co-leader of NOAA’s Ecosystems and Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI). For the past 25 years, she has worked on physical oceanographic, climate and ecosystem projects in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and more recently, Chukchi Sea. Recently she has focused on climate change impacts on the subarctic seas around Alaska. She is the lead investigator in maintaining the biophysical mooring array in the Bering Sea. She is a Principle Investigator for the North Pacific Research Board sponsored Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Plan (BSIERP) project and NSF Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) and has served on the Science Advisory Board for the BEST/BSIERP program since its inception. On October 6, she will give us a presentation on what the data from the long-term mooring tells us about the Bering Sea. These moorings have monitored important biological, chemical and physical properties of Bering Sea water for about 20 years.”

Thursday, October 9: Cornel West: “Rekindling ‘Black Prophetic Fire”
From the website: “Trayvon Martin, the New Jim Crow, immigration reform, and an Obama presidency have brought up modern issues of race, equality, and the African American legacy. In his latest book, Union Theological Seminary’s Cornel West explores the phenomenon known as Black Prophetic Fire, offering an analysis of six well-respected African American leaders — Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. By both praising and critically analyzing the actions of these influential figures, West takes them off the pedestal they were placed on so long ago. According to West, modern African American leaders are either incarcerated or, like President Obama, have been co-opted and “have no deep conviction.” His book asks where the radical, outspoken spirit — the “black prophetic fire” — of the 19th and 20th centuries disappeared to, and opens a door to potentially “rekindle” it. West is the bestselling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters.”

Saturday, October 11 – Sunday, October 12: GeekGirlCon
It’s our 4th year! Will you be joining us?

Monday, October 13: October Eastside Science Cafe
”’What Are We Buying When We Buy Organic?’ Cynnie Curl, School of Public Health, University of Washington”

Tuesday, October 14: October Tacoma Science Cafe
”’Microbes & Shellfish: Using Science to Reduce Seafood-borne Illness in our Local Water’ Dr. Rohinee Paranjpye, NOAA Fisheries

Saturday, October 18 – Sunday, October 19: TurkFest
From the website: “Seattle Center Festal presents TurkFest, Oct. 18 and 19. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Turkey through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, an authentic Turkish tea house, and a lively marketplace. This enriching, engaging, and entertaining festival of friendship celebrates the multiple cultures that link modern Turkey to the East and West.”

Friday, October 24: 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, October 24: Science Friday Tour
From Washington Life Science: “Learn more about medical research through Science Friday events at Benaroya Research Institute that include a light breakfast, conversation with a leading researcher and a lab tour led by scientists.”

Friday, October 24 – Saturday, November 1: Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes Present Stories for Bad Children Chapter 2
Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up once again to bring you Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2, a cabaret-style show celebrating the darker paths of the fairy tale world. Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2 plays at Hugo House, October 24 through November 1st, with a special show on Halloween. *Not intended for actual children. Recommended for patrons 15 years old and up.

Saturday, October 25: Watch the D&D Team marathon 25 hours of “Hoard of the Dragon Queen”
From the Meetup page: “GeekGirlCon’s own Gaming Event Coordinator, Andy Munich has been graciously invited to participate in Wizards of the Coast’s 24-hour Dungeons & Dragons session during October 25-26, 2014! Why is this important? These folks are gathering together to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. As a part of the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals, SCH treats hundreds of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Their staff help kids and their families face challenges more harrowing than those found in the deepest dungeon. Andy set a modest goal as part of a greater team effort to raise $25,000 (roughly equivalent to a sack of 20 gold pieces). Andy’s part of the adventure begins at the stroke of midnight on the 26th. Dice will be rolled until they put an arrow in his knee! Tune in to watch the mayhem unfold live on the D&D Twitch TV channel and cheer him on (or pine for his ultimate destruction). If you would like to support Andy during this marathon, you can make a safe donation online today. You’ll be showing your support for heroes, both imagined and very, very real. Donations go directly to the hospital and they are tax-deductible. ALL proceeds go to help the kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital.”

Sunday, October 26: Neal Stephenson and Cory Doctorow with Ed Finn: Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction
From the website: “Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. Author Neal Stephenson (Reamde, Snow Crash) laments our society’s loss of a key superpower — the ability to “Get Big Stuff Done.” He shoulders some of the blame, along with colleagues in the realms of science and speculative fiction, with what he calls a failure to supply “hieroglyphs”: “Asimovian robots, Heinleinian rocket ships, Gibsonian cyberspace… plausible, thought-out pictures of alternate realities in which… compelling innovation has taken place.” Project Hieroglyph brings together writers, artists, scientists, and new technologies in an effort to “reignite the iconic and optimistic visions” of the past, and the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future features works from Stephenson, Cory Doctorow (Little Brother,Rapture of the Nerds) and others, to challenge people to think in terms of technology, creativity, and bold futures. They’ll appear in conversation with Ed Finn, one of Hieroglyph’s editors.”

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

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September 2014 Geek About Town

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Hello, readers! Fall is slowly setting in and we have just a few more weeks until GeekGirlCon 2014! While we count down the days, check out an event or two from this month’s list!

Friday, August 29–Monday, September 1: PAX Prime
Visit GeekGirlCon at the PAX Diversity Lounge!

Monday, September 1: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Comes to Bumbershoot
From the press release: “Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is proud to present our special Bumbershoot edition! We’ve pulled together a selection of favorite acts and artists from our first 2 years of slams to represent us at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, both festival performances feature a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!”

Tuesday, September 2: Queen Anne Science Cafe
From the Pacific Science Center: “Dr. Ann McMahon, Pacific Science Center’s VP of Science & Education and Engineer, explores ‘Engineering Empathy: The Potential Role of Engineering in Developing Life and Work Skills in Children.’”

Wednesday, September 3: John Scalzi at University Bookstore
From the University Bookstore: “A Hugo award-winner and master of originality, author John Scalzi is back with a thought-provoking and suspenseful new novel set in a future forever altered by a virus that killed 400 million people. Of the survivors, one percent is left in a state of “lock in”—fully aware mentally, but stuck inside unresponsive bodies and able to interact with the physical world only through androids or by borrowing the bodies of those known as Integrators. When a murder is committed by an Integrator, the question is: Who or what is really behind it? And with John Scalzi here for a reading and signing of his suspenseful new thriller, we can’t wait for him to begin peeling back the layers of that mystery just for us.”

Thursday, September 4: Creative Geeks Society
From the Meetup page: “We have a open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too!
Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby, and join us for geekery and crafting.
Assistant organizers Kikki and Larisa will be hosting the events. We’ll be meeting around 6:00 pm to whenever. Feel free to wander in at whatever time you can make it. (Event repeats Thursday, September 11.)”

Thursday, September 4: Lois Brandt at University Bookstore
From the University Bookstore: “For Lois Brandt, a childhood realization that her friend and her family had no food to eat stuck with her for years. Now, in her children’s picture book, she brings the issue of childhood hunger to life through a story of friendship, enabling children to both understand a situation that many around them face and giving them ideas for how they can help.

Interested in learning more about how Brandt uses her story to explore themes of perseverance, friendship, interconnectedness, and helping others with kids around the country? Join us for a launch party for the empathetic, honest, and original new book for children with the author herself.

Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Northwest Harvest as a part of this event.”

Friday, September 5–Saturday, September 6: Star Trek: The Sexed Generation
From the press release: “More fun than telling Wesley Crusher to shut up, Star Trek: The Sexed Generation is a salacious and reverent celebration of Trekkie canon that combines artful striptease with the colorful characters and quirks of the final frontier. Presented at Annex Theater on September 5th and 6th by burgeoning theater company Songbird & Raven, the show is a fully scripted burlesque adventure that unfolds aboard the Starship Enterprise.

When a mysterious force alters time and space, the crews of Captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard find themselves united on the Enterprise. Something is clearly amiss, as the crews seem unable to repress their own deepest desires, resulting in some terrifically bawdy, though highly illogical, hijinks. Could it be a nefarious space gangster? The all-consuming Borg? A gaping inter-dimensional rift? Only Starfleet can get to the bottom of this.

In true “nerdlesque” fashion, The Sexed Generation goes beyond mere parody to explore the series’ treatment of gender, identity, and sexuality. The cast boasts some of the most established nerdlesque performers on the West Coast, including GeekGirlCon favorites Scarlett O’Hairdye and Sailor St. Claire. Through gender-bending and storytelling, the stars tease their way through questions of queerness, power, and sex in Roddenberry’s future utopia. It’s a space-age cultural study in tassels and sequins.

The Sexed Generation is the inaugural production of neo-vaudeville company Songbird & Raven, whose mission is to highlight the best in local theater and burlesque, as art is the core of a strong community. This new face in Seattle’s thriving fringe scene is the brainchild of local chanteuse and strip-starlet Jillian Boshart (who performs burlesque under the stage name Sara Dipity) and playwright Jacob Farley, a former recipient of the Audience Choice Award at the Playwright’s Forum Festival at Spokane Civic Theatre.

Set your phasers to strip and beam aboard!”

Saturday, September 6: Basic Puppet Building—Animals
From the press release: “Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this basic class. Dip your toe into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Instructor Rachel Jackson will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn. (3-week class also available Saturdays, September 27–October 11)

Saturday, September 6: Claire Gebben at King County Library
From the University Bookstore: “Inspired by historic family letters and fleshed out with extensive research, a fascinating narrative, and compelling characters, Claire Gebben’s historical fiction novel about a 19th century blacksmith and his journey to America on the cusp of both the Civil War and the decline of his profession is a captivating and intimate glimpse of the German immigrant experience. For a moving story about dreams and the realities that met them in early America, join us for a reading and signing with Gebben. If we’re lucky, she might even share some extra anecdotes that didn’t make it into the book.”

Sunday, September 7: 7th Annual Live Aloha Festival
From the Seattle Center Festál Page: “Seattle Center Festál presents Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, Sunday, Sept. 7. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Hawaii through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, a commemorative lei workshop, and a lively marketplace. The festival provides a feast for the senses as visitors journey through the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii. The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival celebrates what it means to “live aloha.” With Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, hula, music and flower-making workshops honor this special culture.

Join many of the over 50,000 Hawaiian Islanders who call Washington State their home as they share their homeland’s colorful history through performances of music and dance.

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festál is presented in partnership with the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Committee.”

Sunday, September 7: 2nd Annual Women of Wonder Run!
From the Meetup page: “Our fantastic GeekGirlCon Programming Manager Meg Humphrey is participating in the 2nd annual Women of Wonder Run and she wants as many folks to join up and walk with her! If there is enough interest generated in this event, maybe a GeekGirlCon team can be formed!”

Wednesday, September 10 Success Stories in Science Blogging
From Northwest Science Writers Association: “What makes a good blog post, and what sorts of content make readers click? Come hear some blogging success stories from NSWA members.”

Thursday, September 11–Sunday, September 14: The Doctor
From the website: “Seattle Experimental Theater is proud to present the return of its hit show, The Doctor, an improvised parody of Doctor Who. The Doctor is a completely unscripted time traveling comedy. At the start of every performance, the cast will get suggestions from the audience that they will then use to create the time, location and plot of the show. Every performance promises to be unique, fun, and family friendly.

In addition to being improvised every night, The Doctor will have its cliff-hanger ending from January resolved with the thrilling (and still improvised) performance September 11th. Will the Doctor be able to fix the damage done to the timeline and get back Emma and the TARDIS? Whatever happens, the Doctor will wrestle with the consequences for the rest of our September performances.

The Doctor is created by Jeannine Clarke, Sam Hecker and Tony Beeman. It is directed by Jeannine Clarke (director of the hit Star Trek parody, Where No Man Has Gone Before and Wedding Horror Stories).

The Doctor is played by Tony Beeman. The cast of The Doctor is Elizabeth Brammer, Lauren Bond, Ashley Flannegan Russell, Jana Hutchison, Wayne Pishue, Sarah Scheller and Greg Stackhouse.

The Doctor is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson.”

Friday, September 12: Science Friday Tour
From the Washington Life Sciences: “Learn more about medical research through Science Friday events at Benaroya Research Institute that include a light breakfast, conversation with a leading researcher and a lab tour led by scientists.”

Friday, September 12: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
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.”

Saturday, September 13: NERDZ4EVER: A Nerdlesque Gala of Geek
From the Press Release: “NERDZ4EVER take the stage at the Re-Bar on September 13th for a geeky gala filled with more nerdiness than you can imagine. Lowa De Boom Boom leads this nerdy ecdysiastic trove of performers headed by Whisper De Corvo, Jesus la Pinga, Miss Violet DeVille, Lexi Luthor, Miz Melancholy, Nickey Bourbon, Sin de la Rosa, Tawdry Quirks, Red Kryptonite, and Xiola Sans Peur. The show is at 7:30 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door for $20 and online from http://nerdz.bpt.me starting at $15 for General Admission, $25 for Premium Seats at a table in the front row, and $35 for VIP Seats at center stage with a table and a goody bag. Every pre-ordered ticket comes with a free gift.”

Saturday, September 13: DC Web Women Code(Her) Conference
From Geekwire: “DCWW Code(Her) Conference is the premier conference where women (and men) come together to learn the latest in Internet Technology!”

Saturday, September 13–Sunday, September 14: Seattle Fiestas Patrias
From the Seattle Center Festál Page: ”Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle Fiestas Patrias, Sept. 13 and 14. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the nations of Latin America through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Dance to live mariachi music, join in a children’s soccer clinic, and learn how Latin American countries celebrate independence from Spanish rule. Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebrates diversity and the Latino community in Western Washington. Presented in partnership with Seattle Fiestas Patrias Committee and Sea-Mar Community Health Center.”

Monday, September 15: Ruth DeFries at Town Hall Seattle
From the University Bookstore: “From a species on the verge of starvation to a civilization with more than enough food for everyone, the story of how humanity harnessed creativity and innovation to meet our most basic need is nothing short of astounding. But are the advancements that got us where we are today really our salvation? Or will they become our downfall? In her new book, Ruth DeFries presents a history of human growth and resilience, arguing that both our innovations and their limitations have been key to our continued advancement. Curious what the next steps in our search for sustenance might look like? Join us at a reading and signing with DeFries for a thought-provoking look at how creativity and crises have not only gotten us where we are, but will continue to carry us forward.”

Monday, September 15: STG Presents Neil DeGrasse Tyson
From Geekwire: “The Seattle Theater Group Presents Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Paramount Theatre.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.
Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In 2001, Tyson was appointed by President Bush to serve on a 12-member commission that studied the Future of the US Aerospace Industry. The final report was published in 2002 and contained recommendations (for Congress and for the major agencies of the government) that would promote a thriving future of transportation, space exploration, and national security.”

Monday, September 15: Katherine Bouton at Town Hall Seattle
From the University Bookstore: “Hearing loss is more than just an affliction of old age. As former New York Times senior editor Katherine Bouton reveals in her new book—a personal, psychological, and physiological exploration that weaves together her own experience, the personal stories of others, and the accounts of doctors, audiologists, and neurologists—it’s an epidemic that affects 48 million Americans, over half of whom are under the age of 55. For an engaging look at what it’s like to live with this increasingly widespread, invisible disability, join us for a reading and signing with Bouton as she presents her must-read book for anyone dealing with hearing loss and anyone who wants to understand the growing problem better.”

Wednesday, September 17: Emma Campion at University Bookstore
From the University Bookstore: “In her critically acclaimed The King’s Mistress, Emma Campion proved herself to be a writer who knows how to handle both story and history with skill. In her follow up book, Campion delivers an equally engrossing tale about another fascinating woman from history: Joan, “Fair Maid of Kent.” Set in the court of Edward III and punctuated by three marriages surrounded by scandal, the emotionally resonate story reveals a woman who was more than just a beauty and a life of betrayal, love, and intrigue that will leave you captivated. To hear more about the complex story that drew Campion to Joan’s life to begin with, join us at a reading and signing with the equally intriguing Campion herself.”

Thursday, September 18: Caitlin Doughty at the University Bookstore
From the University Bookstore: “Death has fascinated mortician Caitlin Doughty for as long as she can remember. But it wasn’t until she took a job at a crematorium during her first year out of college that Doughty came to truly understand what death and dying in America were really about. In an unusual memoir set during Doughty’s first year in the funeral industry, she shares her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story, bringing to life the world of the dead and encouraging readers to look at death as not an enemy to be feared or ignored but an intrinsic part of life we too often misunderstand. Join us for a reading and signing with Doughty for a unique look at life, death, and coming-of-age in the midst of both.”

Friday, September 19–Sunday, September 21: Start-Up Weekend Women Seattle
From Geekwire: “Ready to be part of something big? Join us: We’re assembling 100 of the most talented entrepreneurial-minded women (and men) for a very special edition of Startup Weekend on September 19-21, 2014.
We provide the working space, brain fuel, food, mentors, new friends, and inspiring speakers and judges. You supply the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend.”

Saturday, September 20: Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up
From the Facebook page: “The 2014 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the only conference is the Pacific Northwest to celebrate the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction, will be held on September 20, 2014 at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch and will include a full day of activities, from writing workshops to pitch sessions with publishers, from a reader meet-up with games and giveaways to panel discussions on the genre.

Following the day-long conference, there will be a book festival at the Hotel Monaco with book signings with over 50 LGBTQ romance authors, and a fun after-party at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater featuring more short readings and time to mingle with attendees.

It will be a full day of festivities celebrating the universality of love stories, and that there’s a Happily Ever After for everyone!”

Tuesday, September 23: Nancy Kress at University Bookstore
From the University Bookstore: “In the latest novel by prolific sci-fi author Nancy Kress, aliens have descended upon earth. Following close behind is a deadly cloud of spores that have already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. And with the advance of both the aliens and spores come many questions. Are the visiting creatures really aliens? Is their purpose in joining with humans to stop the advancing cloud truly altruistic? Or is an even larger conspiracy at play? For a deeper look into a story that is far more than it first seems, join us at a reading and signing with Kress that is sure to intrigue.”

Saturday, September 27: Bernadette Pajer at Jacobsen Observatory UW Campus
From the University Bookstore: “We all know Thomas Edison as one of the greatest inventors of all time. But when Edison’s arrival in Seattle in search of a dangerous and ill-conceived invention is followed by a mysterious death, UW Professor of Electrical Engineering and private investigator Benjamin Bradshaw must consider that there may be a more sinister side to his esteemed colleague. Can’t wait to find out what mysteries of science and human nature Bradshaw’s latest adventures will reveal? Join us as we welcome Pajer for a reading, signing, and inside look into her delightful and intriguing new mystery in the Professor Bradshaw series.”

Saturday, September 27–Sunday, September 28: Italian Festival
From the Seattle Center Festál Page: “Seattle Center Festál presents The Italian Festival, Sept. 27 and 28. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Italy through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The Italian Festival is a “Celebration of All Things Italian.” Food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest, and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the “old country.” Presented in partnership with Festa Italiana.”

Sunday, September 28: Naomi Klein at Town Hall Seattle
From the University Bookstore: “What do climate, politics, and economics have to do with one another? According to award-winning journalist Naomi Klein—pretty much everything. As Klein asserts in her new book, if economic and political policies are not reformed, not only will they continue to drag down their own systems, they will also turn the current climate crisis into a catastrophe we may never recover from. Want to know what issues are really at hand and what changes need to be made to not only save our economy, but our world? Join us at a reading and signing with Klein for a look at a side of the climate crisis you’ve never seen before.”

Sundays, September 28–October12: Beginning Stage Puppeteering
From the press release: “In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry—focus, physical commitment, and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 3 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.”

Tuesday, September 30: Lauren Oliver at the University Bookstore
From the University Bookstore: “Bestselling YA-author Lauren Oliver has made the leap into adult fiction. And with her imaginative new tale of secrets, ghosts, and family, she proves her ability to mesmerize all ages. A story that steps beyond the haunted house clichés of horror movies, Oliver’s captivating new novel asks what would really happen if the living and dead inhabitants of one house were set on a collision course and forced to confront the pasts that haunt them all. Can’t wait to find out? Join us for a reading and signing with Oliver to begin peeling back the layers of her intriguing new family drama and ghostly mystery.”

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August 2014 Geek About Town

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Summertime is in full swing, readers! Here’s some nerdy fun to keep the your calendar full!

Friday, August 1: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Friday Gaming on Capitol Hill
From the Meetup page: “Fun and games on a Friday night. Come out and try a new game or bring a favorite to share with the group. We are always willing to teach the rules of a game you aren’t familiar with or learn a new game you bring in. Elliott Bay Cafe is the new regular place (until the next new regular place).”

Friday, August 1: Deborah Harkness at University Bookstore
Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.

Fridays, August 1, 8, 15, and 22: Concerts at the Mural
From the site: “The four FREE all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene.”

Saturdays, August 2, 23, and 30: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties
From SAS: The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy. A typical star party gathering features observing through at least two or more different types of telescopes provided by SAS members along with the opportunity to ask questions, to discuss the observation process, and to learn about many astronomical topics: solar system objects, deep space objects, constellations, types of telescopes, and any other topic of interest.”

Monday, August 4: Robin Hobb at University Bookstore
Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.

Thursday, August 7: Seattle Browncoats: Creative Geekery
From the Meetup page: “Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby and join us for geekery and crafting. Assistant organizers, Kikki and Larisa, will be hosting the events. We’ll be meeting around 6:00 pm to whenever. Feel free to wander in at whatever time you can make it.”

Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10: Dragonflight 35
The Dragonflight Convention started in 1980 and is one of the longest running gaming conventions in the Pacific Northwest. This event gathers together more than 500 players and GMs to play in or run some 300 events spread over three days in August. Here is a list of what we offer:

  • Board games
  • Role-playing
  • RPGA
  • Miniatures
  • LARP (Live Action Role-playing)
  • Card games
  • Seminars
  • A gamer garage sale, featuring used and collectable games
  • Vendors from around the Seattle area, including Game Stores, Game Companies, Artists, Online Magazines, and other resources that are related to gaming.

 

Fridays, August 8 and 22:  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 theGeekGirlCon 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 TokyoVöluspáAlien FrontiersLocke & KeyCoup,TokaidoThe ResistanceSkull and RosesSettlers of Catan7 WondersToc Toc WoodmanFLUXXand many more!”

Saturday, August 9: Bellevue Eastside Board Game Meetup: Crossroads Mall Game Day
From the Meetup page: “Our reoccurring [sic] weekly board game night!! Join fellow Eastsiders in the Crossroads mall outside Uncle’s Games. When you show up, just look for people playing board games, odds are they are with the group. Bring your favorite games to play, or demo one from inside Uncle’s Games. Be sure to give your patronage to the store as well when you can to show them our support.”

Monday, August 11: Kat Richardson at University Bookstore
Kat Richardson lives aboard a boat in Seattle with her husband and a small pit bull—who is not the worlds largest ferret, no matter how she pretends. Kat rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and has been known to swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym.

Tuesday, August 12: Seattle Happy Hour Board Games
From the Meetup page: “Join us for an afternoon of games and happy hour drink and food specials in Capitol Hill!
We usually have several members bringing games to play, so you only have to bring yourself. No experience with the games we play is needed – we’re happy to teach newcomers!
On the other hand, if you have a game or games you like to play, bring them along with you. Our group loves learning new games!
Happy Hour at Six Arms runs from 3 PM to 6 PM. Members start arriving at around 3 PM to order food and drinks, chat, and play a quick game or two. Most of the group will arrive by 4 PM and we’ll play something a little bit lengthier. We’ll try to wrap things up by 7 PM at the latest.”

Wednesday, August 13: Mary Daheim at University Bookstore
Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a communications degree from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series, the mother of three daughters, and the grandmother of two granddaughters, all of whom live within shrieking distance.

Wednesdays, August 13 and 20: Nerds Collide!: Harry Potter Trivia
Harry Potter Trivia night

Thursday, August 14: Story Games Seattle: Thursday Gaming @ Phoenix
From the Meetup page: “Come join us for Thursday night story gaming!
Everybody’s welcome. Never come to our meetups before? Never tried story games or for that matter any roleplaying games? No worries! RSVP so we know you’re coming and you’ll get to play.”

Saturday, August 16: Indigenous Cultures Day
From the Seattle Center: “Seattle Center Festal presents Indigenous Cultures Day. Explore and experience the rich culture of the original people of North America with music, food dance and activities.”

Sunday, August 17: BrasilFest
From the Seattle Center: “Seattle Center Festál presents BrasilFest, Sunday, August 17. Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about this varied culture.”

Sunday, August 17: I Heart Nerds 5k
From GeekWire: “The I Heart Nerds 5K is a celebration of the vibrant tech and nerd culture in the greater Seattle area.”

Sunday, August 17: TC Women’s Comic Book Club
From the Facebook Page: Announcing the FIRST EVER meeting of the Women’s Comic Book Club (cool name pending) at Hennepin County Central Library, in conference room N-402. We’ll be kicking things off by discussing the first volume of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel, “In Pursuit of Flight”. If you need information about where to buy or borrow the book, let me know.

Saturday, August 23: Museum of Flight STEM Back-to-School Day
From Museum of Flight: “Learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Educational opportunities and how you can help your student succeed.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Honeywell, we will be giving away school supplies & other educational toys. All programs, activities & giveaways this day are free with admission to the Museum.”

Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24: Tibet Fest
From the Seattle Center: “Seattle Center Festal presents Tibet Fest, August 23 – 24. Experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Tibet through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Join in a group dance, create a Sand Mandala, and learn about the ancient art of herbal medicines. Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old cultural tradition with artwork, dance and discussions of the Tibetan people. Explore the rituals and traditions of Tibet with handmade arts and crafts, prayer flags, children’s activities and traditional food.”

Thursday, August 28: Jack Kirby Benefit
From the Facebook page: “Join The Piranha Shop and more than 40 Seattle area artists as they pay homage with artwork inspired by the characters and worlds created by Jack Kirby.”

Friday, August 29-Monday, September 1: PAX Prime
Penny Arcade’s annual gaming expo (Note: SOLD OUT).

Sunday, August 31: Pink Party Prime
From the Facebook page: “It’s back and it’s bigger than ever! It’s the 6th Annual Pink Party, and it’s now Pink Party Prime! Bring your PAX party to our party, where you can explore drinks, game tables, dancing, and prizes. All of the hottest queer gaymers geeks and nerds will be there. If you only come out of your parent’s basement once a year, then this will be the place you’ll need to be.

Queer Geek’s Pink Party Prime will feature actress and voice-over artist Jennifer Hale, smokin’ hot DJs Krot and Futurewife, along with gogo studs Bolt and Tyler Rush, and a $1,000 cosplay contest. There will also be a dedicated gaming space and a VIP lounge where you’ll be able to mix and mingle with the amazing Jennifer Hale, along with a VIP drink specials and a VIP gaming space featuring playable demos of the hottest new games.

*PAX attendance not required for admission. (Note: This event is 21+)

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

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June 2014 Geek About Town

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Hi, readers!

Summer is here! Let’s welcome in the warm weather and longer days with these nerdy activities all around town!

Saturday, June 7 – Sunday, June 8: Seattle Center Festál Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
From FCHSW: The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington proudly presents Pagdiriwang, an annual festival now on its 28th year, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence. Held on the first or second week of June at the Seattle Center since 1987, the event has grown into the biggest festival of Filipino arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. This celebration is a part of Seattle Center Festál, a series of cultural programs sponsored by the City of Seattle. Pagdiriwang provides a venue for Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike to learn about the culture. It is an ideal setting for presenting art, craft, song, dance, music, history, literature, and culture to promote better understanding of the Filipino cultural heritage.

Dates between June 11 and June 29: Meet Beach Naturalists
From a staff member who attended a May event: “The Seattle Aquarium has Naturalists at various beaches in Seattle during low tides to help you learn about all the little creatures.”

Wednesday, June 11: Resident Final Rainier Scholars and Tomo Nakayama
From event webpage: In the culminating performance of Town Hall’s In Residency program, Artist in Residence Tomo Nakayama and Scholars in Residence Rainier Scholars each present the results of their terms. How do passionate, motivated students of color interpret the contributions of Town Hall to our community? Find out as the high school scholars share their diverse perspectives and insights from their spring residency.

Thursdays, June 12, 19, and 26: Coming Out All Over: Queer Film Style at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave)
Presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema & the Northwest Film Forum. Costume designers, the unsung alchemists of movie magic, finally get their due thanks to guest curator Mark Mitchell’s delectable selection of three couture classics. Combining his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of costume design with his queer sensibility, Mark will take us on a tour of the many-splendored world of queer film style. Come for the classy commentary, stay for the sassy footnotes, and don’t forget to get lubricated before show time during happy hour at our lobby bar!

Friday, June 13 and Friday, June 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “Do you love boardgames 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. 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, June 13: Gearheads
From event webpage: Adult Swim takes on the Maker Movement, Steampunk, Bike Culture, and all things DIY! Grab your goggles, duct tape, and imagination. We’ll bring the beer, tools, and soundtrack! Costumes encouraged!

Our AWESOME line-up of tinkering-related activities includes:

  • Acetylene torches and welding machine demos with Studio Metal Works
  • Live blacksmithing with Big Hammer Technology
  • Carbon fiber paddle boards with Kitson Boards
  • Bike chain spirographs with Olympia Circuits
  • Harmonographs and railbikes with OlyMEGA
  • Lockpicking with Always Safe and Lock
  • Jewelry making with Shipwreck Beads
  • Collaborative Light-Up Pizza with LittleBits(TM)
  • Squishy circuits and scribble bots
  • … And GIANT room-sized collaborative Rube Goldberg contraptions and more!

Plus … pizza from Stone Creek Wood Fired Pizza and beer and wine from Marine View Beverage to fuel our imaginations! $15 cover includes one drink ticket. Pre-registration recommended.

Saturday, June 14: Belltown Burlesque Revue: Where We Came From
From announcement: When June comes to call, some people like to look back at the first half of the year and see where they came from as they plot the way forward through the rest of the year. Here at the Belltown Burlesque Revue we not only approve of this approach, we’re going to do it one better! We’re going to spend an evening looking at the roots of the neo burlesque movement through the lens of classic burlesque! It’s an evening of tributes to those who laid the foundation we dance upon and a celebration of the classic bump and grind.

Saturday, June 14 – Sunday, June 15: Festival Sundiata, presents Black Arts Fest
From Seattle Center Page: Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest, June 14 and 15. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming rhythms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment. The festival is named for legendary 13th century King Sundiata of West Africa’s Mali Empire.

Wednesday, June 18: Archer TV Dinner at Central Cinema
From the Facebook event page: “Smooches and Science Presents and Sailor St. Claire Presents bring to you a night of comedy, animation, and crudeness. Join us at Central Cinema for a night dedicated to the adventure in spycraft that is Archer! Witness a night of drinks, dinner, and laughter as you watch the staff of ISIS cavort their way through adventures from the last five years.

The episodes being broadcast for this TV Dinner are:
Placebo Effect – Archer goes on a rampage after finding out his cancer drugs are fake!
White Nights – Archer heads to Soviet Russia to confront one of his possible fathers
The Limited – ISIS transports a dangerous Canadian Terrorist back to his homeland.

This event also serves as the launch party for the upcoming event The Danger Zone: Burlesque Inspired by Archer!

Come for the animation, stay for the information! Please be aware that Archer is not suitable for young children.

Reserve your seat for this event here!”

Wednesday, June 18: 2014 Seattle Association for Women in Science Awards and Scholarship Fundraiser
From AWIS: “We will be honoring Anna Wald MD, MPH and Nancy Hutchison PhD with the Award for Scientific Advancement and Award for Excellence in Science Education/Outreach respectively. Dr. Wald is a Professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
and Dr. Nancy Hutchison is the director of Science Education Partnership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We will also be presenting the chapter’s 2014 undergraduate scholarship recipients.”

Friday, June 20: The Venture Bras!!
From the Facebook invite: “Science is a harsh mistress. This is a lesson Doctor Venture knows all too well, and it’s reiterated when his latest invention backfires, causing ridiculous and far-reaching consequences. (With sexy results!) Will he be able to find the source of the problem before everyone in the Ventureverse loses their pants? Have Brock Samson and Molotov Cocktease finally figured out a solution to their relationship problems? Will Dr. Mrs. The Monarch ever get to just relax with her glass of wine? Join us for The Venture Bras, a burlesque play inspired by The Venture Brothers, and we’ll all find out together like real boy detectives!

GO TEAM VENTURE!

Featuring burlesque performances by Billy Scream, Bolt Action, Hattie Hellkat, Sin de la Rosa, Solange Corbeau, Jesus la Pinga, Al Lykya, and Scarlett O’Hairdye!”

Friday, June 27: Marian Call performs at SoulFood Coffeehouse. Check out the coffeehouse’s website for more details.

Friday, June 27-Saturday, June 28: You Can’t Do This On Television! Season 2!
From the Facebook page: “From the producers that brought you Undresseded Development and Strange & Unusual, Pink Kryptonite is back with a second season of You Can’t Do This on Television, burlesque inspired by our favorite television shows.

Saturday, June 28: Molly Lewis joins Marian Call in Tacoma at Metronome Coffee! Don’t miss out on this double bill of some of our favorite folks!

Saturday, June 28Iranian Festival
Seattle Center Festál presents Iranian Festival, Saturday, June 28. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. Partake in an Iranian tea house and join in an evening dance party. Rumi poetry, puppet shows and face painting provide a glimpse into this culturally opulent culture.

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

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“Rock On!”

May 2014 Geek About Town

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Hi, readers!

The days are getting longer and the nights are getting (sorta) warmer, too! Here’s a list of geeky events and activities to enjoy as the weather warms up!

Thursday, May 1-Monday, May 12: Seattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival
From the website: “Cinerama is hosting its 2nd annual Sci-Fi Film Festival beginning May 1. The 12-day festival will showcase over 30 films from the sci-fi genre.”

Friday, May 2: The Real Folk Blues!: Burlesque Inspired by Cowboy Bebop
From the Brown Paper Tickets site: “Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever. No, it is. It has won multiple awards for its characters and storyline and is critically acclaimed by absolutely everybody But that’s not the most important thing right now. What’s important is that it also has one of the most recognizable, extensive and mind-blowing soundtracks EVER. The Real Folk Blues: Burlesque Inspired by the Music of Cowboy Bebop! starts with that soundtrack, and invites the most talented burlesquers this side of Titan to make amazing sexy art with it! This is NOT a Cowboy Bebop-themed burlesque show–this is a whole new galaxy of creativity inspired by the genre-blending musical masterpiece that is the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. See you… There!

Featuring burlesque performances by Scarlett O’Hairdye, Bolt Action, Sara Dipity, Sin De La Rosa, Lady Drew Blood, Sailor St. Claire, Maggie McMuffin, Stella D’Letto, Whisper De Corvo, and headlined by Your Own Private Radical, Randi Rascal!”

Saturday, May 3: Free Comic Book Day!
“Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.”

Saturday, May 3: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties
From the website: “The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy. A typical star party gathering features observing through at least two or more different types of telescopes provided by SAS members along with the opportunity to ask questions, to discuss the observation process, and to learn about many astronomical topics: solar system objects, deep space objects, constellations, types of telescopes, and any other topic of interest.”

Sunday, May 4: Staged Reading of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”
From the Facebook invite: “Come celebrate “Star Wars Day” with a launch party for The Rogues Gallery, Seattle’s newest theater company dedicated to producing plays with geek themes founded by enthusiastic geek and veteran theater artistDaniel Wood. Featuring a staged reading Ian Doescher’s “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”.

Sunday, May the 4th at 3:00pm at the Raygun Lounge on Capitol Hill. Come eat. drink, be merry and listen to Star Wars as Shakespeare would have written it.

May the Force be with you!

Tuesday, May 6: Worst Night to Grow a Pair Premiere
From the Facebook invite: “The wait is almost over – join us for the world premiere of Frankenhuffer Productions’ epic dark comedy short, Worst Night to Grow a Pair! STIFF presents an evening of five shorts.”

Tuesday, May 6: ARA Seattle: Women in Tech Forum
From GeekWire: “The conversation about attracting, retaining, and advancing women in technology and marketing is not one that can be had in isolation, especially when organizations large and small are feeling the effect of talent shortages. During this panel, female leaders from different facets of the Seattle technology and marketing community will share their perspective on what is necessary for women to play a more significant role—both in volume and influence—in the tech industry both in the near- and long-term.

Special Guest: We’re honored to have Dawn Lepore as our special guest speaker. Dawn is the CEO of Lepore Northwest Partners, served as a Director of eBay and was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of drugstore.com. We look forward to hearing Dawn’s story and her path to CEO.”

Thursday, May 8: Charlaine Harris
From University Bookstore: “Still mourning the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series? Move on by joining us for a reading and signing of Charlaine Harris’ new book,Midnight Crossroad, with the author herself. The first book in Harris’ new series about the strange and supernatural characters of a small town in Texas, its story and suspects—including a phone psychic, a practicing witch and maybe even a vampire—will not only remind you why you love Harris’ books, but hook you from page one. And what better way to step in to Midnight, Texas for the first time than with Harris in the lead!”

Friday, May 9: GeekGirlCon Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Wayward website: “This is a hosted night of tabletop games open to all. Come by with friends or on your own and meet fellow geeks and gamers for a night of socializing, gaming, and delicious coffee! 7 – 11 pm, free!”

Saturday, May 10: Rule 34: If You Can Think Of It, There’s Burlesque For It
From the press release: “Rule 34 is May 10th at the Re-Bar in Seattle. Mister Bawdy is our Master of Ceremonies, our Potentate of Porn, our Sultan of Smut, and our Dictator of Dirt. Following his lead is Tamara the Trapeze Lady, Boom Boom L’Roux, Whisper De Corvo, Miss Violet DeVille, Maggie McMuffin, Cinnamon Maxxine, Magnolia Monroe, Morgue Anne, Dee Lushious, and Ms. Audrey Rugburn! Doors at 6:30 pm, seating at 7:00 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $13 and are available through www.BrownPaperTickets.com and for $15 at the box office day of show.”

Sundays, May 11-June 1: Beginning Puppetry Classes
From the class description: “In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 4 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

~ No puppet experience required.
~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.
~ Class size limited to 8.”

Monday, May 12: Women and Beer Presents: Third Annual Thirsty Sisters Event
From the Brown Paper Tickets site: “We welcome you to The Third Annual Women in Beer Thirsty Sisters Event, created by women but open to all. Enjoy goods from women-owned Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries, Restaurants, Cheese Makers, Bakers and Chocolatiers! Proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

This year’s event will take place Monday May 12, 2014. This is a food and beer tasting event, open to the general public (women encouraged, men welcome!). We will be celebrating women in beer: drinking beer, spirit and wine brewed by women, and tasting food created and cooked by women-owned businesses.

Your ticket entitles you to all food samples and 10 tickets for alcoholic beverage pours.

FEATURING:
The Pike Brewing Company, The Ram in Puyallup, Peddlers Brewing, Populuxe, Island Hoppin’ Brewery, DerBlokken Brewery, Airways Brewing Company, Elysian, Spinnaker Bay Brewing, New Belgium, Stoup Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Finnriver Farm Cidery, Sky River Brewing, Full Throttle Bottles, Copperworks, Brovo Spirits, Farmbox Greens, Taylor Shellfish, Bravehorse, Andaluca, Café Lago, Glendale Shepherd Cheese, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Cherry Valley Dairy, Tease Chocolates, Social Ice Cream, Luv Macaroons, Barley Angels Seattle…MORE VENDORS TO COME

Please note – this event is for ages 21+.”

Tuesday, May 13: A Reading with Anne Carson
From Townhall Seattle: ““In the small world of people who keep up with contemporary poetry,” wrote Daphne Merkin in The New York Times Book Review, Anne Carson, a Canadian professor of classics, has been cutting a large swath, inciting both envy and admiration.” Carson, a MacArthur Genius Award-winner, has collaborated with Robert Currie on a new piece of work inspired by the Cycladic Sculptures. This evening will be the world premiere performance of the piece, with original music by Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney. The sculptures were created on the Grecian Cycladic Islands of the Aegean Sea around 3000 BC. In addition to her many highly regarded translations of classical writing, Carson has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism, and verse novels that often cross genres. Known for her supreme erudition, her poetry also can be heartbreaking; she writes regularly on love, desire, sexual longing, and despair.”

Wednesday, May 14: Teen Science Cafe: Climate Impact: Changes in the Northwest & How We Can Help
From Pacific Science Center: “Come uncover how climate change and adaptation has been impacting our local Northwest species and ecosystems at the May Teen Science Café. Join us, along with the University of Washington’s Meade Krosby, Ph.D., in discussing the work that scientists and wildlife managers are doing to protect our environment, how these changes will affect us in the future, and what we can do to help. **Sorry adults, this event is only for teens.**”

Fridays, May 16-Saturdays, May 24: KAZOKU! the improvised game show
From the press release: “KAZOKU! takes a family teaming with hang-ups and dysfunction and pits them against the brave and beloved Audience Team in a series of outrageous challenges, with everyone competing to win Fabulous Prizes.

Guided by the sure hand of our delirious Game Show Host, watch as the Family Team teeters on the edge of despair and redemption. Can they put aside their differences and pull together to battle their way to victory? Or will their baggage pull them under? The only way to find out is to play KAZOKU!

Inspired by “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” and “Minute to Win It,” each performance of KAZOKU! is a completely fresh non-stop evening of improvisational scene- and game- based comedy, driven by the suggestions of our all-powerful audience. The family-themed challenges run the gamut from highly competitive and tricky, to just plain ridiculous.

KRAM Improv is made up of: Angela Bennett, Alex Dittmar, Rachel Jackson, and Kristin Olsen.

About KRAM Improv: KRAM Improv is a Seattle-based democratic-anarchic improv collective formed in 2007. KRAM’s formats are developed by a consensus-driven, organic process under the guidance of The Taco Quorum.”

Saturday, May 17: Girls Can Do
From GeekWire: “Free event at Benaroya Hall May 17. MISSION: TO INSPIRE A GENERATION OF POSSIBILITY THINKERS.TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG WOMEN TO HAVE BIG DREAMS AND PURSUE THEM. After all, what you want to do in life is always your best option, and anything is possible if you expect it.”

Sunday, May 18: The Gauntlet
Head to Ballard’s Card Kingdom and cheer on GeekGirlCon as they battle other local teams in an gamers invitational competition to raise money for Child’s Play. The event will be hosted by NPC Cast and will be streamed live over the internet! Supporters provide donations which give our team power-ups during the competition. Don’t miss your chance to support the GeekGirlCon gamer team as they play their way through five separate games!

Monday, May 19: UW Science Now: Chelsea Kahn: Communicating Climate Change
From Townhall Seattle: Conveying environmental issues to the general public has challenges, but according to Chelsea Kahn, this is especially difficult when the facts are disseminated through the media. Her research examines the communication of uncertain information before and after scientific reports have been published. She’ll share her analysis of English newspapers from four South Asian countries and their coverage of climate change. Kahn is a Master’s candidate at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

Monday, May 19: Reclaiming Prosperity: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Saru Jayaraman, and Anne Greenberg: Gender and Work
From Townhall Seattle: “Women’s wages are lower than men’s in every U.S. state, but what does income inequality mean for women in the workforce? This discussion will focus on the changing nature of work — and how it affects gender roles, families, and economic security. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Anna Greenberg, and Saru Jayaraman will explore the current landscape of the gender pay gap and its relationship to labor. Rowe-Finkbeiner is the co-founder and Executive Director/CEO of MomsRising, a grassroots organization working toward economic security for families. Greenberg is a leader in the field of political polling, data analytics, and micro-targeting at GQR Digital. Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.”

Tuesday, May 20: Katherine Freese: The Search for Dark Matter
From Townhall Seattle: “NASA telescopes recently discovered potential dark matter at the center of the Milky Way, but scientists have been on a search for this substance for years. With known particles making up a mere five percent of the universe, the hunt for the remaining percentage (dark matter) could have a huge impact on our understanding of the cosmos. Theoretical physicist Katherine Freese offers a historical account of this quest, from its initial discovery to current understanding, and gives a glimpse of its immense (and largely unknown) possibilities. The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter is the true tale of “the most mysterious particle in the universe.” Freese is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan.”

Wednesday, May 21: UW Science Now: Sharon Greenblum: Stories from Your Stomach: Jacquelyn Braggin: Viruses Sneak to Survive
From Townhall Seattle: “Trillions of microscopic bugs crawl around in our bodies every day. Sharon Greenblum, a graduate student in the Genome Sciences Department, says these bugs — which line skin, noses, and stomach walls — collectively weigh 3-4 pounds in each person. She’s studying the bugs in the stomachs of healthy and diseased individuals, to find out which ones make people healthy and which ones do us harm.

The immune system works hard to keep the body healthy, but viruses use a variety of “sneaky tricks” to escape the body’s natural defenses against disease. Jacquelyn Braggin studies the tools most important to viruses in their battle with the immune system. According to Braggin, understanding how and why viruses use these tools can help determine how viruses make us sick and how to prevent them from doing so. Braggin is a graduate student in the Microbiology Department.”

Thursday, May 22-Saturday, May 24: Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter
From the event page: “Return to Hogwarts on May 22, 23 & 24 at The Annex Theatre with Accio Burlesque! Now in its second year, this burlesque tribute to Harry Potter features brand new cheeky revelations about the Harry Potter universe. From witches and wizards to magical beasts, Accio Burlesque summons our favorite things from J.K. Rowling’s novels (and the films they inspired) and re-imagines them through the art of the tease.”

Friday, May 23: GeekGirlCon Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Wayward website: “This is a hosted night of tabletop games open to all. Come by with friends or on your own and meet fellow geeks and gamers for a night of socializing, gaming, and delicious coffee! 7 – 11 pm, free!”

Friday, May 23-Sunday, May 25: Crypticon Seattle
From the about us page: “Three days of your favorite actors, authors, and artists, along with tons of new people and things you never knew existed. But we are so much more than a tidal wave of blood, guts, and scares.

Crypticon welcomes and supports all types of dark art and encourages people from all walks of life to come and enjoy the show. Love zombies? We got ya! Vampires? Yes! Goth, fetish, dark fantasy or sci-fi? Yeah, we’ve got that, too! And it’s not just once a year that we flaunt our freakish best—we sponsor, support, and run many dark-themed events throughout the year, all over western Washington.”

Friday, May 23-Sunday, May 25 Enfilade! 2014 Historical Miniature Gaming Convention
From the website: “Enfilade! is [the Northwest Historical Miniature Gaming Society’s] flagship event, held annually over Memorial Day weekend. With more than 300 attendees, it’s the largest convention devoted to historical miniature gaming west of the Mississippi.”

Wednesday, May 28: Michelle Jacob, PhD: Yakima Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing
From University Bookstore: “One of few ethnographies about Native communities by a member of their community, Michelle M. Jacob’s new book about the Yakima Nation has been described as “an intense and robust examination of decolonization, tradition and survival” with no other work like it. This spring we are proud to have Jacob join us for a reading, signing and discussion of her new perspective on the tension between reclaiming traditional cultural practices and adapting to change that shifts the conversation surrounding Native communities from one of perpetual victimhood to one of indigenous self-determination, ongoing resilience and cultural revitalization.”

Saturday, May 31: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8
Spring has finally sprung and puppets are in full bloom! Come out and bask in the sunlight of a brand spankin’ new volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. While puppet slams aren’t known to cause allergy attacks* we can’t guarantee your eyes won’t be watery from laughter and profundity.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email shubz@geekgirlcon.com. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.

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“Rock On!”

March 2014 Geek About Town

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Hi, Readers! March is upon us and that means another full month of geekery! Here’s what’s going on in the Seattle area:

Wednesday, March 5: Steal Beans, I Fell Down, and Ultraklystron
Nerdcore’s Ultraklystron opens for Steal Beans and I Fell Down.

Sunday, March 9: Beginning Stage Puppeteering
From the Press Release: “In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. We’ll focus on how to make your puppet seem alive so they can connect with your audience. Over the 4 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

Notes: No puppet experience required, please dress comfortably and be ready to move, class size limited to 12. Repeats every Sunday.

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Wednesday, March 12: The Powerpuff Girls at Central Cinema
On March 12, join Central Cinema and GeekGirlCon in Townsville for a TV Dinner featuring sugar, spice, and everything nice . . . with just a dash of Chemical X. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup fight our villains in two of our favorite episodes ofThe Powerpuff Girls, while you enjoy a tasty dinner. Our villains could be Mojo Jojo or Him or the Ganggreen Gang or one of the many giant monsters that visit Townsville. Come to Central Cinema to see!

Thursday, March 13 – April 5: Bixby Elliot’s Girl You Know It’s True
When Bixby, a 40-ish playwright fails to get his work produced he conjures up a radical new identity for himself: an impostor. His stand in – an African American Lesbian woman in a wheelchair – instantly shoots to fame. Needless to say, shit hits the fan. Told in tandem with the infamous Milli Vanilli scandal, GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE is a hilarious and bold indictment of the institution of theatre and true intent behind the act of creation.  Seattle fringe veteran Ed Hawkins brings his signature spot-on savvy to the West Coast Premiere of Bixby Elliot’s funny, smart, insightful, and lively play.

Featuring a cast of local favorites, including Ian Bell as the hapless playwright, Andrew Tasakos as his patient boyfriend, Andrew Lee Creech & Corey Spruill as “Rob & Fab”, Barbi Beckett, Daniel Christensen, and Josh List as the powers-that-be, and Rebecca M. Davis as the girl who knows the truth. Scott Shoemaker and Mike Blaylock round out the ensemble. Costumes by Scarlett O’Hairdye; Choreography by Diana Cardiff; Stage Manager Tim Crist.

Friday, March 14: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
We are an inclusive newbie-friendly group who play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Alien Frontiers, Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more. Bring games with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, and play some games!

Saturday, March 22 – Sunday, March 23: Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Seattle Mini Maker Faire at the EMP Museum represents the fast growing maker movement sweeping the nation and shines a spotlight on the region’s diverse DIY (do-it-yourself) community. From toys and robotics, to submarines and supercars, nearly 70 makers of all ages from the Pacific Northwest will come together to create, build, plan and share their incredible inventions, hobbies, products, and DIY mentality.

Tuesday, March 25: The Damn Bass Tour with RoboRob, Dekai, Drix, featuring A_Rival, EasyHard, 9k1
From the Facebook event page: “Combined and individually, [touring acts RoboRob, Dekai, and Drix] have a hefty resume, playing over 400 shows across the United States. Opening for such acts as Tiesto, Excision, Dj Fury, Nappy Roots, Hieroglyphics, and more. These artists know how to hold their own on stage as professional DJs, as well as in the studio. Their original productions and highly praised remixes chart Beatport, iTunes, and music blogs alike, bringing you an innovative, fresh, and genre bending sound.” Join them along with local acts A_Rival, EasyHard, and 9k1.

Thursday, March 27: I Heart Comic Art: the local indie comic art benefit
From the Facebook event page: “Join us in supporting Seattle indie comic artists and graphic novelists. We are raising money to contribute to an artist grant to be awarded to a lucky local artist. All comic artist and graphic novelist artwork will be displayed at the party and event attendees (you!) vote for the winner.”

Friday, March 28GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
We are an inclusive newbie-friendly group who play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Alien Frontiers, Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Coup, Tokaido, The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more. Bring games with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, and play some games!

Friday, March 28: Expanding Your Horizons Conference
STEM conference for young women grades 6-8. This is a fantastic opportunity for young woman who may be interested in STEM related fields of study.  The program is for young women and the presenters are all women in the various fields.  It is a chance to meet and interact with positive role models who are active in STEM-related careers. Registration forms must be postmarked by March 14, 2014.

Friday, March 28-Sunday, March 31: Emerald City Comic-Con
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!

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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February Geek About Town

Hi, readers! Here’s what February has got in store for geeks!

All Month: EMP Museum: Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture
From emp.com: “View epic edifices that represent more than a hundred years of architectural innovation and nearly 200,000 LEGO® bricks. Stand next to American giants like the Chrysler Building and Hearst Tower, ‘60s visions of the future like the Space Needle, and international wonders like Dubai’s Burj Khalifa—the tallest manmade structure in the world. Create a masterpiece of your own at a collaborative building area featuring LEGO® bricks within the gallery then build your own community by placing it in EMP’s Mini Megalopolis. Suitable for all ages.”

Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 2: Foolscap
From GeekWire: “Foolscap is a small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together. At Foolscap you can hobnob with people who share your viewpoint, participate in cool projects and events, and charge up your mental batteries with lots of stimulating ideas.”

Saturday, February 1: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
From the events page: “Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: in a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Although the main event is happening in New York City, we can still participate! There will be reference materials available for how to appropriately edit the wiki, as well as books on female artists available.

Please bring your own machine if at all possible, as there will only be two lending computers. If you have a tablet, please bring that as well so we can save some trees while referencing Wikipedia tutorials.

Refreshments will be potluck.”

Saturday, February 1: Beginning TV Puppetry Workshop
”Instructor Chad Allers will help you expand your acting and improvisation skills in this six-week on-camera workshop. You’ll learn and practice all the basics of good TV puppetry: lip-sync, eye focus, walking, talking and more.”

Note: This event occurs every Saturday until March 15.

Saturday, February 1: Grab Bag 3: The Grabbening
From the Facebook event page: “Put on your pith helmet and ready your machete as we travel deep into the burlesque jungle to see enticing and rarely-seen performances! It’s a true burlesque archaeological adventure as five artists have reached deep into their closets to bring you the acts that are too weird, wonderful and off-the-wall for most stages. Have a drink and some field rations brought directly to your table and settle in for a journey both strange and sparkling!”

Saturday, February 1: Make:Seattle
From the event page: “Monthly gathering of Make magazine enthusiasts. Includes event announcements, show-n-tell, & technical presentations.”

Saturday, February 1: Plus Size Clothing Swap and Meetup
From the PNW Fattitude Tumblr: “Unload your old threads and pick up someone else’s to freshen up your wardrobe! Please join PNW Fattitude for our inaugural event”

Saturday, February 1: One Day Puppet Making Workshop
”In this 7-hour class, you will create a monster puppet from Puppet School’s pattern and walk out at the end of the day with a finished, professional puppet. Instructor Chad Allers will guide you step-by-step, tracing, cutting, hot gluing and sewing (both by hand and using a sewing machine) until your character is fully realized. At the end of the class, you will perform on-camera with your new furry friend.”

Sunday, February 2: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group
From the Meetup page: “Seattle Alternative Boardgamers now has a U-District outpost! Come join us for board games and fizzy beverages. If you have games you’d like to play, bring them, and we’ll be sure to set up a table. Otherwise, the organizers will have an ample supply for you to choose from.
Big Time is an all-ages venue until 8pm.”
Note: This event occurs every Sunday.

Monday, February 3: Ballard Board Games Meetup Group: Pub Trivia at The Blue Star
From the Meetup page: “OPEN CALL FOR TRIVIA BUFFS!!
Come one, come all and test your strength against the cognoscenti of Seattle Geekdom! We meet every Monday at the Blue Star Cafe and Pub. For more on the rules check out the Geeks Who Drink Trivia League. There are free beer questions between rounds and gift certificates for the top 3 teams. Make use of a lifetime’s worth of absorbing useless pop culture and random facts. Whether you are a trivia buff or have never played, please join us! WE WANT YOU!!!

The organizers will show early and stake out a table for our team by 7:30. We will have a hand-made meetup sign. If we have more than the team limit of six people we can split into 2 teams. The quiz begins at 8 sharp, so try to get there by 7:45PM so we won’t have to break up and reform teams. Newcomers are always welcome.”

Note: This event occurs every Monday.

Thursday, February 6: Women in Tech: Show Me the Money!
From GeekWire: “Interested in starting a company, but not sure how to go about funding? Women in Tech invites you to attend this engaging evening with industry experts and entrepreneurs with experience in venture funding, angel funding, crowd funding and bootstrapping.”

Thursday, February 6 – Sunday, February 9: The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF)
SAFF is a four-day event (February 6-9, 2014) showcasing feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. SAAFF 2014 will be presented at Columbia City’s Ark Lodge CinemasSAAFF showcases works by Northwest Asian American filmmakers, as well as films from across the country dealing with Asian American people, issues and themes, which are absent from other local festivals. SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American community.

Their schedule can be found here.

Saturday, February 8: SIFF 2014 Post Alley Film Festival: Female Centric and Eccentric Short Films
From SIFF: “It’s another bonanza year at the Post Alley Film Festival for uniquely stimulating shorts—one day of female centric and eccentric short films about, for, by women (and some good men).”

Saturday, February 8: Nerds Collide!: RTC (Renton Technical College) GamersFest
From the Meetup page: “Magic the Gathering Tournament plus more! Workshops! Comic and Game Vendors! Food Trucks! Guided Tours of RTC Programs! Student Leadership & Involvement Opportunities! Zombie Photo Booth! Demonstrations and Exhibits! Costume Contest! Sci-Fi Podcast! Proceeds benefit Basic Studies Scholarship Fund – Your ticket is tax deductible!”

Saturday, February 8: Te Fare O Tomatoa Family Concert
From Town Hall Seattle: “Te Fare O Tamatoa is on a mission to educate the public about Tahiti through drumming and dancing—it’s a bonus that the “lessons” are so incredibly entertaining and fun. Working in the traditional style, Te Fare O Tamatoa (The House of Tamatoa) demonstrates Tahitian drumming, dance, music, history, and culture through high-energy rhythmic performances that are beautiful, colorful, and mesmerizing.”

Saturday, February 8: The Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties at Greenlake and Paramount Park

Sunday, February 9: Seattle Games Cooperative: Game Design Workshop
From the Meetup page: “Want to make games but not sure you have enough time? Lack the programming chops to turn your ideas into reality? Or perhaps you’d just like to practice designing games?
Join us for an afternoon of good, old fashioned game making! We’ll be using pen, paper, and various other odds and ends to design games from scratch.”

Wednesday, February 12: Communicating Science with Younger Audiences
From NW Science Writers: “Are poop jokes over-used? Does the word “DNA” need to be defined? Is particle physics just too hard to explain? These are the kinds of questions that come up when writing about science for kids. Panelists Emily Krieger, Beth Geiger, and Eric Chudler have produced books, articles, and educational materials for children on topics ranging from memory to comet impacts. They’ll discuss the rewards and challenges of translating complex technical concepts into stories that the under-age set can understand — and enjoy.”

Thursday, February 13: Seattle Antifreeze Games
“Our mission is simple: bust the myth of the “Seattle Freeze!” For newcomers to the city—or those who have been here for years—Seattle AntiFreeze is a place to meet new people, learn a bit about where you live, and discover practical tips for making this place your home. Join MOHAI and staff from Card Kingdom for a short history of gaming in Seattle, and then play video and board games that were designed by or have connections to game makers in this region.”

Friday, February 14: GeekGirlCon Board Games Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? This is your group!
It is a very casual newbie-friendly group!
We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You could find Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Pandemic, The Resistance, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more.
Join the GeekGirlCon staff and friends and play some games! Want to each a game? Bring along some games and show others how to play!”
Note: This event occurs every other Friday.

Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Day with the Barefoot Divas: ‘Walk A Mile in My Shoes’
From Town Hall Seattle: “Six women. Six distinct life stories tied to the complex history of Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea’s indigenous people. Six strikingly fresh voices that move that history down a compelling new path. Fill your heart on Valentine’s Day with the oh-so-soulful Barefoot Divas, a group of innovative, acclaimed singer/songwriters of indigenous heritage, whose wildly popular showWalk a Mile in My Shoes visits Town Hall as part of its first North American tour. A sellout over two seasons at the Sydney and New Zealand International arts festivals, the “heart-warming, spine-tingling” show offers a cultural experience and an intimate look at the lives of the talented, funny, uplifting Divas. Backed by a powerhouse six-piece band, the bold and brash Divas perform original, authentic, deeply felt compositions that swing between acoustic roots, jazz, R&B, and Latin-infused soul—in Aboriginal languages and a fusion of English and Maori (Te Reo), and with magical six-part harmonies.”

Friday, February 21: Elizabeth Kolbert presents The Next Mass Extinction
From Town Hall Seattle: “There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history — the sixth is upon us now. Until now, they’ve been caused by environmental factors like the asteroids wiping out the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert says “This time, the cataclysm is us.” Our species is slowly killing off all the others and if successful, the planet won’t recover for millions of years. Kolbert combines years of research and fieldwork with a chronological trajectory of extinction in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She shows how human migration, staggering population increase, habitat destruction, greenhouse gases, poaching and a number of other factors have already affected a number of species, including the golden frogs of Panama, Staghorn coral and the Sumatran rhino. Will the human legacy be one of destruction? Two-time National Magazine award winner Kolbert shows us it already is.”

Friday, February 21Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Join us on Friday, February 21 for Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world evening of readings by local writers Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, and Samuel Jarius Pettit. From Lambda Literary-nominated fantasies to taut sci-fi thrillers to racy space romps, each author takes the reader on an exciting, imaginative journey.”
Brought to you by Gay City Health ProjectQueer Geek! Seattle and Gay Romance Northwest Meet-up 

Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23: BeyondCon
From GeekWire: “BeyondCon is a costuming relaxacon event where you can learn new costuming techniques, share techniques you have developed, and hang out for the weekend with other costumers.”

Saturday, February 22: BoneBattle II: Gaming Tournament
From the Facebook page: “The BONEBATTLE returns! A free-to-play, multi-game tabletop tournament, hosted by Steve of The BoneBat Show podcast! Grand Prize: (2) Tickets to the BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest 2014!”

Saturday, February 22: The Moth Presents GrandSLAM: Fish Out of Water
From Town Hall Seattle: “The Fish Out of Water edition of The Moth’s GrandSLAM brings together five-minute, unscripted stories of free spirits in working offices, awkward locker room fiascos and other examples of wrong place, wrong time. This GrandSLAM performance is the culmination of 10 monthly StorySLAMs around Seattle, with StorySLAM winners joining together in what’s sure to be an impressive finale. In typical Moth fashion, the winner of the GrandSLAM will be chosen by guest judges from the audience.”

Tuesday, February 25: Public Health Cafe The Human Microbiome
From UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health: “Public Health Café is a series of informal, interactive conversations intended to raise awareness about the fascinating and often overlooked science of public health. Join us at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in West Seattle, have a latte or a glass of wine or beer, and hear an expert discuss an emerging issue in public health. Then enjoy a lively, guided discussion or activity with the people at your table. Come alone or bring a group. No expertise or preparation required, just a desire to listen, learn, and discuss the topic served up for your intellectual enjoyment. Our goal is that you leave more curious about the topic and fired up about the work that public health has done, is doing, and will do in the future.”

Tuesday, February 25: Jennifer Oullette Presents Mapping the Journey of Self-Identity
From Town Hall Seattle: “The nature vs. nurture debate has been ongoing for a number of years, but one of the underlying questions–what defines self–has been largely unanswered until now.Me, Myself & Why: Searching for the Science of Self brings us Jennifer Ouellette’s personal journey of self-discovery, and in the process, analyzes the construct of identity. Ouellette explores her beginnings as an adopted child, her dislike of math and the root causes of human behavior. She explores everything from eye color andcilantro hatred to representation of our online selves via avatars. She gets her brain mapped, undergoes multiple personality tests, has her genome sequenced and even experiments with psychedelics–all in the name of science. Author of The Calculus Diaries and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats, Ouellette’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.”

Friday, February 28: Attic Let’s Read and Book Club
From the event page: ”Open evenings for quiet communal reading, fourth Fridays. Bring your latest book, or start digging in to our fabulous library–read feminist history or theory, get inspiration for your next project, or relax with something funny or fantastical.

This month we will be discussing Arlie Hochschild’s The Second Shift. The Attic has a copy.”

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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November 2013 Geek About Town

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Hi everyone!

GeekGirlCon ‘13 has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any geeky events around! Celebrate GeekGirlCon’s third year by attending these fabulous events!

Friday, November 1
Seattle and Eastside Nerds Collide!: Unnatural Redhead Productions Presents Boobs and the Bard: A Shakespeare Burlesque!

  • From the Meetup Page: “Unnatural Redhead Productions is proud to bring ‘Boobs and the Bard: A Shakespeare Burlesque!’ to Seattle this November. Whether you are a life-long Shakespeare devotee or have only resentfully read what was assigned to you in school, this show will delight and entertain. Genderbending and crossdressing! Clever wordplay! Comedy and tragedy! Oddly frequent occurrences of twins! The best stage direction of all time! Boobs and the Bard explores all the things so beloved about Shakespeare, but with more near-nudity and in a venue where you can have the finest ales and foodstuffs brought directly to your table.”

 

Friday, November 1 and Sunday, November 3
Seattle and Eastside Nerds Collide!: RPG at its best – Sports Support Team! Huskies Concessions – LLS Fundraiser

  • From the Meetup Page: “Be part of the TEAM! Are you better with numbers than with equipment? Do you long to be part of the action but just aren’t coordinated? Play the role of LifeSaver extraordinaire! Provide concessions for the hungry hoards and raise funds for local cancer patients and their families. Join your friends and have fun making a difference for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while volunteering in a concession stand at the University of Washington Volleyball match on Friday, November 1st. We will run the concession stand and a portion of the proceeds from the stand goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free food and beverage while working and if time permits you will be able to catch parts of the match.”

 

Friday, November 1
Seattle Browncoats: Geek Bingo at Wayward Coffee

  • Coffee and geek bingo.

 

Saturday, November 2
Jet City Comic Book Show

  • From the event page: “A back to basics comic show! A celebration of art, comics, gaming, pop culture, & so much more!”

 

Saturday, November 2
Seattle Cosplayers: Jet City Comic Book Show

  • Meetup for cosplayers in the Seattle area.

 

Sunday, November 3
Seattle Games Cooperative: Game Design Workshop

  • From the Meetup Page: “Want to make games but not sure you have enough time? Lack the programming chops to turn your ideas into reality? Or perhaps you’d just like to practice designing games? Join us for an afternoon of good old-fashioned game making! We’ll be using pen, paper, and various other odds and ends to design games from scratch.

 

Sunday, November 3
Short Stories Live: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at Town Hall Seattle

  • From the event page: “This tribute to the wide-ranging career of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle features readings of two of his pure horror stories (“The Case of Lady Sannox” and “The Brazilian Cat”), along with one of his mysteries that really is a mystery: we’re not even going to name it. But after it’s read—by one of Seattle’s favorite professional actors—director Kurt Beattie will hold a contest to see whether anyone can identify it, and then he’ll award an appropriate prize! Here’s a clue: it’s about a man named Holmes.”

 

Monday, November 4
Open Mic Science: The ecology, bioacoustics and natural history of whales and dolphins.

 

Tuesday, November 5
Rebecca Eaton of ‘Masterpiece’: Insider Secrets from ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Sherlock,’ & More at Town Hall Seattle

  • From Event Page: “For more than 25 years, Rebecca Eaton has served as executive producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest-running weekly prime-time drama series in American history—so she has seen a lot. With unprecedented insider access to the people and stories behind all the huge hits at PBS—including Downton Abbey, Prime Suspect, and Mystery!— Eaton, author of Making Masterpiece, shares interviews with writers, directors, and producers, along with her own candid photos and personal anecdotes about her career. In addition to revealing behind-the-scenes insight, Eaton shares tidbits on Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daniel Radcliffe (whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield).”

 

Tuesday, November 5
Queen Anne Science Cafe: Complexities & Controversy in Genome Sequencing

  • From Pacific Science Center: “Taken without consent in 1951 from a patient named Henrietta Lacks, the cells now known as HeLa are the oldest and most widely used human cell line in scientific research. At the November Queen Anne Science Café, join UW’s Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D., to explore his team’s efforts to decipher the HeLa genome amidst controversy regarding issues of patient consent and the privacy of genetic information.”

 

Thursday, November 7
Anna Holmes & Lindy West ‘The Book of Jezebel’ at Town Hall Seattle
Lindy West appeared on the GeekGirlCon ‘13 panel, “Laugh Riot.”

  • From the Event Page: “Within months of Jezebel.com’s 2007 debut, fans of the cutting-edge website for women dubbed themselves ‘Jezzies’ and organized meet-ups all over the world. By 2008, Jezzies’ devotion warranted a New York Times feature story, and parody blogs and copycat websites popped up everywhere. Now, with contributions from the writers and creative types who give the site its distinctive tone and influence, The Book of Jezebel offers an encyclopedia of everything important to the modern woman. Editor Anna Holmes and Seattle writer Lindy West (formerly of The Stranger and lately famous for a debate over rape jokes—and the unbelievable response to it) pore over pop culture, feminism, fashion, and sex from A (Abzug, Bella) to Z (zits!).”

 

Thursday, November 7
Simon Singh ‘The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets’ at Town Hall Seattle

  • From the Event Page: “Homer’s exasperated “D’oh!” might most popularly define The Simpsons, but Simon Singh says the show is anything but simple: It contains so many mathematical references, they could form the basis of an entire university course. Offering deep insights into the celebrated TV series, Singh, author of the bestseller Big Bang and the new The Simpsons & Their Mathematical Secrets, reveals how the show’s writers (all of whom have advanced science degrees) slip in morsels of number theory and mathematical concepts, from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origin of numbers and the most profound problems that haunt today’s mathematicians.”

 

Thursday, November 7 – Sunday, November 10
BurlyCon

  • From GeekWire Event Page: “For the sixth stellar year, BurlyCon is back for 2013! Attendees glowed about last year’s amazing schedule of offerings and round-the-clock fun. With over 100 classes taught by over 30 instructors, BurlyCon is the place to amp up your game! BurlyCon is an annual Burlesque Educational convention that provides educational offerings, professional growth and in-person social networking for the Burlesque Community. Our aim is to further the development and historical knowledge of this rare American art form that is experiencing a popular resurgence worldwide.”

 

Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14
Ballard Board Games

  • From the Meetup Page: “Thursdays in Ballard equals a night of party games and merriment. Join us at Ballard Coffee Works. Bring your favorite games or choose from the host’s selections. First timer? Don’t be shy, we are as friendly as they come.”

 

Thursday, November 7, Thursday, November 14, and Thursday, November 21
Seattle Browncoats: Creative Geeks Society

  • From the Meetup Page: “We have an open-to-all crafters night on Thursday evenings ‘cuz you know geeks knit/crochet/spin/quilt on Thursdays, too!”

 

Thursday, November 7 and Thursday, November 14
Story Games Seattle: Thursday Gaming @ Phoenix

  • From the Meetup Page: “New venue! We’ve moved Thursdays to Phoenix Comics & Games. Which also means we’re back to all-ages. Come join us for Thursday night story gaming! Everybody’s welcome. Never come to our meetups before? Never tried story games or for that matter any roleplaying games? No worries! RSVP so we know you’re coming and you’ll get to play.”

 

Friday, November 8
GeekGirlCon: Board Game Night At Wayward Coffee

  • From the Meetup Page: “Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? This is your group! It is a very casual newbie-friendly group! We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You could find Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, Pandemic, The Resistance, Dominion, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, and many more. Join the GeekGirlCon staff and friends and play some games! Want to each a game? Bring along some games and show others how to play!

 

Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
KRAMimprov: Krav’s BINGOmatic Improv Machine

  • From the event invite: “KRAM’s BINGOmatic Improv Machine returns for two shows November 8 & 9 at Ballard Senior Center. The show takes 16 short improv scenes and puts them against the backdrop of a twisted bingo game. The audience controls the order of the show and prizes are won by a lucky few. Each show is a completely fresh non-stop evening of improvisational scene- and game-based comedy, driven by the suggestions of our all-powerful audience.”

 

Friday, November 8
Seattle Sci-Fi Cinema: The Last Man on Earth

  • Wayward Coffee’s screening of The Last Man on Earth

 

Saturday, November 9
Seattle Astronomical Society: Star Parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park

 

Saturday, November 9 and Saturday, November 22
Seattle Shakespeare (Etc!) Readthrough Group: Read A Shakespeare Play (Location TBD)

  • Shakespeare readings. Location TBD.

 

Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, November 24
Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such

  • From the Meetup Page: “What are we doing? Dominoes (or other games depending on the mood), chatting about anything sci-fi related, drinking (caffeinated or unleaded) and general silliness. We start around 10:30 AM or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 PM), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

 

Wednesday, November 13
Eastside Gamers: Eastside Gaming

  • From the Meetup Page: “Story gaming has expanded to the Eastside! Everybody’s welcome. Never come to a meetup before? Never tried story games, or for that matter any roleplaying games? RSVP and you’ll get to play.”

 

Wednesday, November 13
Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half Reading and Book-Signing

  • From the Event Page: “Using a blog, MS Paint, and a penchant for telling poignant, funny, and self-deprecating stories, Allie Brosh has won over a huge, faithful audience. This book collects some of her most popular posts with new material to create a unique graphic memoir filled with humor, pathos, and doggies.”

 

Thursday, November 14
ScienceOnlineSeattle: #16:: Engaging the Invisible Americans: Science communication for Spanish-speaking audiences

  • See Meetup page for more information.

 

Tuesday, November 19
Redmond Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club: November Meetup

  • Discussion of Anansi Boys.

 

GGC & Central Cinema Present Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldWednesday, November 20
GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema Presents: Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

  • “Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film combines the worlds of video games and comic books with plenty of ka-pow. Watch wannabe-rockstar Scott Pilgrim on his quest to defeat not just one, but seven evil ex-boyfriends of his crush, Ramona Flowers. As if that task wasn’t tough enough, roadblocks along the way include bitter bandmates, a bloodthirsty old flame, and maybe even his own past mistakes. He’s going to need all the 1-ups he can get. Geeky greats Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jason Schwartzman deliver knock-out performances worthy of the original book series.”

 

Wednesday, November 20
Ignite Seattle! at Town Hall Seattle

  • From Event Page: “After a wildly successful debut season at Town Hall, the popular public-speaking series returns with its simple goal: ‘Enlighten us, but make it quick.’ Since 2006, Ignite communities have thrived in Portland, Sydney, Boulder, Baltimore, NYC, and elsewhere. Presenters are asked: If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you got only 20 slides, and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Touching briefly on a variety of topics, from the DIY community to parent-educator relationships, and presented by anyone and everyone, Ignite events are all-ages, fast-paced, sometimes-unpredictable, and always thought-provoking. A Science Challenge networking event open to all precedes the talks”

 

Thursday, November 21
Seattle Browncoats: GeekBingo @ Raygun Lounge

  • From the Meetup Page: “What is GeekBingo, you ask? Well, it’s just like regular bingo, except we kicked it up a notch with geeky words instead of plain old numbers! Bingo cards are $1 and proceeds raised are donated to local charities – so feel free to triple or quadruple your chances, it’s for a good cause! Plus, we have awesome prizes donated by Dreamstrand Comics, Otherworlds, Wayward Coffeehouse, as well as some of our own shiny bits and bobs.”

 

What are you excited for in November? Let us know in our comments!

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

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