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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“Rock On!”

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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“Rock On!”

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!

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

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

October 2013 Geek About Town

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Hi Everyone!

We are less than one month away from GeekGirlCon 2013! We hope you’re just as excited as we are to celebrate with all of you this year.

October is a busy month for all things geek and nerdy! Here’s what you can do before and after GeekGirlCon ‘13 – something for every single day of the month!

Tuesday, October 1: Spooky Scavenger Hunt at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Journey through EMP’s exhibits and explore the realms of darkness and intrigue to win prizes.

Tuesday, October 1: Capturing & Counting Tiny Plastic Debris in Puget Sound at .T.S. McHugh’s
From the Pacific Science Center: Microplastics are a major problem for ocean environments, and researchers at Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters have created methods for capturing and measuring their amounts. At the October Queen Anne Science Café, join UW Tacoma’s Julie Masura to explore what she and her colleagues have learned from a three year study of small plastics bits floating around bays in the Puget Sound.

Wednesday, October 2: Halloween Themed Angry Birds at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Super spooky gaming on EMP’s gigantic Sky Church screen.

Wednesday, October 2: Eastside Gaming with Story Games Seattle

Thursday, October 3: Creature Feature Screening of Dracula (1931) at EMP Museum

Thursday, October 3: Inside the Learning Brain at Odegaard Library, UW campus
From ScienceOnline Seattle: Is neuroscience the beginning of a new age, or the latest in a series of scientific fads? Startups tout “brain-based” education. Conversations about lifelong education highlight neuroplasticity. What do we know for sure?
Join us to engage your brain in brains – tackle big and small questions from “what is this fMRI thing anyway” to “how do our brains respond when we hear a sentence that make sense does not?” to “What can neuroscience say about education, and what can’t it say.” Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Friday, October 4: Freaky Friday Challenge via EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Compete in social media contests for awesome horror-related prizes.

Friday, October 4: Geek Bingo at Wayward Coffeehouse

Friday, October 4: Jacqueline Carey Booksigning at University Bookstore – U District

Friday, October 4: Margaret Atwood Reading and Signing at Town Hall Seattle

Saturday, October 5: Costume Garage Sale from MyBallard.com: “Halloween [ed: or GeekGirlCon!] is mere weeks away, and a Ballard resident is hosting a huge costume sale with over 200 costumes to choose from. The sale is on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6519 22nd Ave NW. Organizer Jenifer Rees says the costumes are mostly adult size, and come from past performances from the NW Associated Arts (NWAA), which is a non-profit consortium of five performance choirs providing singing opportunities for kids and adults. There will even be props and accessories (wigs, shoe covers, vests, etc) available for sale. All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the NWAA.
Saturday, October 5: GeekGirlCONversation at Card Kingdom
From the Facebook event page: “All are welcome to attend our last GeekGirlCONversation before GeekGirlCon ’13! This meeting will take place at Card Kingdom in Ballard on Saturday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Look for us in the Tournament Room located in the back of the store. Swing by and learn more about GeekGirlCon ’13 and other events like theGeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party! (You might even win some prizes!)”

Saturday, October 5: Science on Stage – Staged Readings of “The Sequence” at Bathhouse Theater Greenlake
From Washington Life Sciences Website: Experience a creative pairing of science and theater. Join the dialogue around science and ethics. From the competition to sequence the human genome to personal DNA sequencing, the knowledge and use of genomic information inspires debate and discussion.

Saturday, October 5: Haunted Bonus Round: Plants vs. Zombies at EMP Museum

Saturday, October 5: Star Wars Reads Day at University Bookstore – U District

Saturday, October 5: Boardgames at Raygun Lounge with Seattle and Eastside Nerds Collide

Sunday, October 6: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Unearthed at EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Dance along with a mob of zombies to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Sky Church, check out the costume worn by filmmaker Mick Garris in the video, and prepare yourself for undead surprises.

Monday, October 7: Monster Mash Monday “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes” at EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Chilling music of the undead and the untamed takes over Sky Church.”

Monday, October 7: Bainbridge Open Mic Science at The Treehouse Cafe
From TreeHouse Cafe: October speakers are David Shuchardt, Program Manager, City of Seattle and Reid Carscadden, Principal Engineer, Integral Consulting, speaking about environmental cleanup activities in lower Duwamish River.

Tuesday, October 8: Spooky Scavenger Hunt at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Journey through EMP’s exhibits and explore the realms of darkness and intrigue to win prizes.

Wednesday, October 9: Haunted Bonus Round: Ghostbusters: The Video Game at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Super spooky gaming on EMP’s gigantic Sky Church screen.

Wednesday, October 9: Eastside Gaming with Story Games Seattle

Thursday, October 10: Creature Feature Showing of Little Shop of Horros (1960) at EMP Museum

Friday, October 11: Freaky Friday Challenge via EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Compete in social media contests for awesome horror-related prizes.

Friday, October 11: GeekGirlCon Board Games Shenanigans! at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the meetup page: “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.”

Saturday, October 12: Science on Stage – Staged Readings of “The Sequence” at Bathhouse Theater Greenlake
From Washington Life Sciences Website: Experience a creative pairing of science and theater. Join the dialogue around science and ethics. From the competition to sequence the human genome to personal DNA sequencing, the knowledge and use of genomic information inspires debate and discussion.

Saturday, October 12: David Bowie Invades: Fashionably Undead Bash at EMP Museum

Saturday, October 12: Night of the Living Dead at Wayward Coffeehouse

Saturday, October 12: Paramount Park Star Party

Saturday, October 12: Green Lake Park Star Party

Sunday, October 13: John Carpenter’s The Thing Presented by The Sci-Fi Cinema

Sunday, October 13: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Unearthed at EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Dance along with a mob of zombies to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Sky Church, check out the costume worn by filmmaker Mick Garris in the video, and prepare yourself for undead surprises.

Sunday, October 13: Science on Stage – Staged Readings of “The Sequence” at Bathhouse Theater Greenlake
From Washington Life Sciences Website: Experience a creative pairing of science and theater. Join the dialogue around science and ethics. From the competition to sequence the human genome to personal DNA sequencing, the knowledge and use of genomic information inspires debate and discussion.

Monday, October 14: Monster Mash Monday Season of the Witch at EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Chilling music of the undead and the untamed takes over Sky Church.

Tuesday, October 15: Spooky Scavenger Hunt at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Journey through EMP’s exhibits and explore the realms of darkness and intrigue to win prizes.

Tuesday, October 15: Star Wars Original Trilogy Trivia Night with
From the meetup page: “50 questions about a galaxy of rebels from far far away.”

Tuesday, October 15: Playtest Story Games with Story Games Seattle

Wednesday, October 16: Haunted Bonus Round: Luigi’s Mansion at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Super spooky gaming on EMP’s gigantic Sky Church screen.

Wednesday, October 16: Eastside Gaming with Story Games Seattle

Thursday, October 17: The Addams Family vs the Munsters at EMP Museum

Friday, October 18: Freaky Friday Challenge via EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Compete in social media contests for awesome horror-related prizes.

Friday, October 18: GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Event at Tap House Grill

Friday, October 18: The Bechdel Test Burlesque

Friday, October 18: GeekGirlCon ‘13: The DoubleClicks and Molly Lewis Concert at Wayward


Saturday, October 19-Sunday, October 20: GeekGirlCon 2013
Come celebrate our 3rd annual convention at the Washington State Convention Center! Our mission: “GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.”


Saturday, October 19: Carrie Dunk Tank at EMP Museum

Sunday, October 20: Beginning Puppetry
From the invite: “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 and connect with the audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. No puppet experience required. Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.

Monday, October 21: Monster Mash Monday Full Moon Fever at EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Chilling music of the undead and the untamed takes over Sky Church.

Tuesday, October 22: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants at The Burke Museum
From the event site: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is an inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished Native American botanist whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

Wednesday, October 23: Haunted Bonus Round: Psyhonauts at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Super spooky gaming on EMP’s gigantic Sky Church screen.

Wednesday, October 23: Star Wars Original Trilogy Trivia Night
From the meetup page: “50 questions about a galaxy of rebels from far far away.”

Thursday, October 24: Are You Afraid of the Dark? Marathon at EMP Museum

Friday, October 25: Seattle BioMed Open House
From Seattle BioMed: Come visit Seattle BioMed’s labs for an up close and personal experience of our research. Meet our scientists, learn about our latest breakthroughs and spend time with other visitors interested in infectious disease research. Leo Stamatatos, Ph.D., will present and give a tour of Seattle BioMed. Breakfast will be served.

Friday, October 25-Sunday, October 27:
Anime and Manga festival. Guests include Monical Rial and Johnny Yong Bosch.

Saturday, October 26: 12th Annual Pulse at EMP Museum

Sunday, October 27: The Dark Crystal Screening and Author Quest with Lisa Henson at EMP Museum

Sunday, October 27: Intermediate Puppetry
From the invite: “In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance. Beginning puppetry class or equivalent puppet experience recommended. Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.”

Sunday, October 27: Seattle Radio Theater Hallowe’en at Town Hall Seattle
From Town Hall: This Hallowe’en, catch the show Seattle Radio Theatre audiences have waited for. SRT will mark the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ infamous, panic-inducing 1938 radio broadcast with a spine-chilling tribute featuring a local setting and starring Pat Cashman and Tracey Conway, and including live sound effects, live music, and other radio drama frights and delights. SRT regulars including Tracey Conway and Pat Cashman will thrill, chill and . . . hmmm, can’t think of another word that rhymes . . . anyway, you get the picture. With live music, live sound effects and other radio drama frights and delights.

Monday, October 28: Monster Mash Monday Undead Dominion at EMP Museum
From the EMP Museum: Chilling music of the undead and the untamed takes over Sky Church.

Tuesday, October 29: Haunted Bonus Round: Costume Quest at EMP Museum
From the EMP: Super spooky gaming on EMP’s gigantic Sky Church screen.

Wednesday, October 30: Eastside Gaming with Story Games Seattle

Thursday, October 31: The Legend of Sleepy Hallow (1949) at EMP Museum

Thursday, October 31: Stephen Kingo (Stephen King Bingo) at EMP Museum

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.

Not from the Seattle area? That’s okay! Let us know what events you’d like to see us promote!

See you at GeekGirlCon ‘13!

Adrienne Roehrich
“Rock On!”

March Geek About Town

Hello, readers! Who else is recovering from Emerald City Comicon? What a weekend!

However, if you’re like us, you’re probably already hungry for some more geeky activities. Check out these great March events in the Seattle area. There are TONS of them!

Seattle Yelp Geeks Out! takes place during the entire month of March. Admission to all events is free with an RSVP—and all you need to RSVP is a Yelp account! We’ve tagged all the events below that are part of Seattle Yelp Geeks Out!

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Thursday, March 7: Explore the new MOHAI with Yelp for FREE! (10 A.M. – 8 P.M.)
From the website: “The brand-spankin’ new Museum Of History And Industry is open. And better yet, it’s FREE every first Thursday of the month. So what better way to kick off Yelp Geeks Out than by meeting up together to take a free tour of this incredible new space?!”

Friday, March 8: Super Gaymer Party for the Launch of Gaming in Color! at Raygun Lounge
This is the Seattle launch party for a new documentary called “Gaming in Color”, celebrating diversity and LGBT contributions in gaming.

Friday, March 8: Ladies Night at Raygun hosted by Queer Geek
Queer Geek – Seattle is a LGBT (and friends) gaming and “geek” group. Their Friday “Ladies Night at Raygun” will be sharing the space with the Super Gaymer Party (above). Ladies Night at Raygun happens every Tuesday!

Saturday, March 9: Game Design/Development Collaboration hosted by Seattle Games Cooperative
Gathering up designers, developers, programmers, artists, etc., to collaborate on creating a full length playable game on any engine (based on preference such as a Unity, UDK, classic engines, etc.) within 8 hours.

Saturday, March 9:Second Saturday SciFi Cinema
From the website: “Continuing our long tradition of geeky movies at Wayward, join us for “Teenagers from Outer Space”, hosted by SciFiCommons. There will be MOVIE TRIVIA and PRIZES during intermission! No cover; 9-11pm.”

Monday, March 11: Pub Quiz Fundraiser for Relay for Life! at The Blue Star
Geeks Who Drink will be teaming up with Relay For Life at the UW and the American Cancer Society for a special fundraiser event. There will be a cover charge of $5 per person to participate in this pub quiz. From this money, $5 per team (approx. $75 total) will be given to the winning team, with the remaining proceeds donated to cancer research.

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Monday, March 11: A Superhero Barcrawl
Stop 1: Decorate Your Cape @ The Upstairs in Belltown
Stop 2: Shuffleboard @ The Lava Lounge in Belltown
Stop 3: Trivia Night @ Rabbit Hole

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Wednesday, March 13: Adult Nerf Wars @ The Tag Zone in Des Moines
From the event page: “This incredible event space is offering the Yelp community FREE admission to come play some Nerf wars, hang out with friends and get some complimentary food and drinks while you’re at it. Limited to just 60 people only, make sure you RSVP.”

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Friday, March 15: Cheers, Beer Geeks! A FREE Local Beer Sampling Event at Downtown Spirits
The final details of event are still in the works. Stay tuned to their website for more info!

The NERDprov team!

Friday, March 15: Geeky Improv Double Header at The Jewel Box Theater
Two of Seattle’s geekiest improv groups join forces for a one-night-only theatrical experience at Seattle’s Jewel Box Theatre! Seattle Experimental Theater’s own hit improvised Star Trek parody Where No Man Has Gone Before joins forces with improv tour de force NERDprov for an evening of geeky hilarity.

Saturday, March 16: Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology
From the event site: “In this lively multimedia presentation, pop-culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will help us explore how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys’ club barrier of tradition. Using comics, television and film, we will discuss female action and super heroines from the 1930s to the present day. Do social and political forces affect pop culture – and vice versa? This conversation will examine women’s representations in media and women’s roles as media makers, inspiring us to think deeper about popular culture, media, gender images and storytelling.”

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Tuesday, March 19: A Pinball Tournament at Full Tilt Ice Cream
From the event page: “We’re hosting a fun FREE pinball tournament at the Ballard Full Tilt location. We’ll be selecting a machine and whoever gets the highest score at the end of the evening wins a super chilly, super COOL surprise!”

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Wednesday, March 20: Geek Chic With Brooks Brothers at Rocco’s in Belltown
From the event page: “Bow ties!!! Cardigans?! Gingham!? Seersucker?! YEP!!! Dress up and dress smart (BOW TIES PREFERRED/REQUIRED)… !”

cheezburger*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Thursday, March 21: A Cheezburger Tour
From the event page: “Join up for a meet-and-greet with the Cheezburger team. After checking out the office, spend your night playing Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity and Foosball (and so much MOAR) with the Cheezburger crew and fellow Yelpers. Show yourself as the ultimate champion of all things games!”

Saturday, March 23: Vixy & Tony with Sunny Larsen and Betsy Tinney
From the website: “Our favorite filk performers are back at Wayward this Spring for a shiny evening of fun, friends, and geek-inspired live music. No cover; please note earlier start time, 7-10pm.”

Saturday, March 23: Intermediate Puppetry Class with Vox Fabuli’s Rachel Jackson
From the invite: “You know how to make your puppet talk, but what does she sound like? You can make him move, but where is he going? And how does he get there? In this fun, intermediate puppeteering class, you’ll learn the basics of characterization – voice, physicality and emotion – and how to apply them to your puppet. You’ll get tons of tips for making character choices and see what a big impact they can have on your puppet’s performance.” NOTE: This is a class about puppet operation, not puppet construction. Register at Brown Paper Tickets.

Monday, March 25 – Saturday, March 30: APRIL Festival and Small Press Book Expo
From the website: “APRIL’s mission is to connect readers with independent literature and the authors and publishers of this relevant and vitalizing work. The Small Press Book Expo is one of APRIL’s cornerstone events. On March 30, tons of small presses and journals from around the country will pack the ground floor of Richard Hugo House for a day of eye-opening indie lit shopping.”

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Thursday, March 28: A FREE Moving Screening at Northwest Film Forum
From the event page: “Limited to 110 guests, be among the first of your friends to RSVP for a FREE screening of The T.A.M.I Show. Called one of the “top three rock movies” ever made by Quentin Tarantino, this movie will have you singing in your seat!”

nwcThursday, March 28 – Sunday, March 31: Norwescon 36
From the website: “Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s Premiere Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. Whether you’re looking for writer’s workshops, costuming tips, artistic creativity, musical concerts, or filmmaking experience, you’ll find it here!”

sakuraconFriday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31: Sakura-Con 2013
From the website: “Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest.” Check out the list of great events, programming, guests, and exhibitors at their website!

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Friday, March 29: A Board Game Bonanza at Raygun Lounge
From the event page: “Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Agricola, Puerto Rico, Munchkin, Ticket to Ride, Arkham Horror and more … Come check them out from Raygun’s library of more than 60 games, pick some peeps to play with, sample some locally brewed Blue Dog Mead and have a blast!”

*Yelp Geeks Out Event*
Saturday, March 30: Nerdy Dancing: A Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party!
From the event page: “Taking place at Q on Capitol Hill. You and up to TWO guests are invited, BUT you must be 21 or older (with ID) AND have received an email confirmation to attend this event. There will be a guest list at the door. So if you want in, RSVP with a Yelp account!”

Saturday, March 30: Hello, The Future
From the website: “We’re very excited to welcome Hello, The Future all the way from California for her first performance at Wayward. Hello, The Future is participating in NorWesCon and will be performing at Wayward during the con weekend. Fabulous geek-inspired satirical and fun filk music. No cover; 8-10pm.”

Saturday, March 30: Tabletop Day!
From the website: “On March 30th, 2013 , we ask you to go to your friendly local game store, neighborhood coffee shop, school auditorium, community center, or host a game day at your home and play more games.”

WOW! That’s a lot of geekery for one month.

Which events do you plan to attend?

And please let us know if we missed any!

Guest Contributor
“Rock On!”

February Geek About Town

Hi, readers! That misty fog get you down in January? Well, cheer up! February is just around the corner with awesome events to whet your geeky appetites!

Friday, February 1: Velvet Legends of Wrestling
A visual art tribute to the heroes and villains of wrestling.

Friday, February 1-Sunday, March 10: Photograph 51
From the website: “The Seattle Rep presents “Photograph 51 “ by Anna Ziegler
From the website: An intriguing portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her—often overlooked—role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. This complex tale explores how Franklin, a smart, stubborn, and courageous woman, operated in a field dominated by men. A balance of the historical, romantic, and scientific, Photograph 51 is a touching human play of ideas.”

foolscapFriday, February 1-Sunday, February 3: FoolsCap Con
From the website: “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.” It is occurring at the same time as Potlatch 22.

Friday, February 1-Sunday, February 3: Potlatch 22
From the website: “Potlatch is about books: the books we love, and why we love them. Potlatch is about good conversation, conversation about books, and how they fit in our lives, and also about almost anything else you can think of. Potlatch is about speculative fiction, both SF and Fantasy. Potlatch is about sharing: sharing with old friends as well as the ones we just met: sharing great meals, sharing small adventures, sharing our favorite tipple, and sharing our ideas in the ongoing conversation that is Potlatch. At the center of that conversation is a single great book, one we hope everyone will have read by the time we get together, so that we can take a common starting point to range out from.” It is occurring at the same time as FoolsCap.

Friday, February 8-Sunday, February 10: North West Model Hobby Expo (Monroe, Washington)
A three-day convention celebrating model and hobby interests.

geekwireWednesday, February 13: GeekWire Meetup
From the event page: “Mix and mingle with key members of the Seattle tech community at the beautiful new Hub Seattle startup and co-working space in Pioneer Square.”

Friday, February 15: MegaRan with Dr. Awkward, The MC Type, Aeon and Klopfenpop with MC 117
Nerdcore concert

Friday, February 15: EMP Art of Video Games Opening
From the website: “Celebrate the opening of The Art of Video Games with a family-friendly Game Nite! Enjoy tournament style gaming on popular consoles on EMP’s monumental Sky Church screen; classic tabletop gaming with Blue Highway Games in the EMP Lounge; spotlight talks that offer insight into the lives of industry professionals in EMP’s JBL Theater; and a test arcade where audiences can sample the latest and greatest projects from local up-and-coming game designers.” Also, GeekGirlCon has a booth! Stop by!

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 17: RadCon Science Fiction Convention (Pasco, Washington)
From the website: “RadCon, the big con with a small con feel, is a Science-Fiction Convention held annually in Pasco, Washington. We cater to all genre of the SciFi community.”

Saturday, February 16: Grab Bag 2: Electric Boobaloo
From the event page: “Unnatural Redhead Productions is proud to bring “Grab Bag 2: Electric Boobaloo! A burlesque revue with something for everyone!” to Seattle this February. Do you like horses? Sexy clowns? Robots? Flamingos? Classic fan dances? Nerdy burlesque? Singing? No matter what interest or preference, this show will have something to please every audience member!”

Saturday, February 18-Sunday, February 19: Northwest Scale Modelers Show
From the website: “See hundreds upon hundreds of model aircraft, cars, tanks, ships, spacecraft, and more as NWSM members display their collections. Meet expert modelers and learn about the fascinating hobby of scale modeling. The show also will feature special displays of models representing famous aircraft produced by the Mikoyan-and-Gurevich Design Bureau and creatures and hardware from the Star Wars series.

faerieconFriday, February 22-Sunday, February 24: FaerieCon West
From the website: “The FaerieCon universe [expands] to embrace fantasy, steampunk, goth, metaphysics, and many other genres who enjoy sharing their diverse interests and passions throughout the weekend.”

Saturday, February 23: ChibiChibiCon
A one-day convention celebrating Japanese animation

Saturday, February 23-Sunday, February 24 BeyondCon
From the website: “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.

What are you excited for in February? Leave us a comment about what your geeky plans are or email Shubz at shubz@geekgirlcon.com to have it added to our events list! Please keep in mind that we, at GeekGirlCon, reserve the right to add or omit event entries.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

January Geek About Town

Happy 2013, everyone! While the New Year is here and the holiday season winds down, take a look at these geektastic events in January!

Saturday, January 5: The Doubleclicks & Molly Lewis in Seattle!
Geek girl music at its finest! From the Facebook event page: “There’s no cover charge, but we do the indie “suggested donation” thing – so if you can afford it, please support the tour with a donation of $5 or $10 – or maybe buy a CD or a poster!”

Saturday, January 12: Seattle Elvis Invitationals at the EMP Museum
From the Facebook event page: “The 16th annual search for Seattle’s best amateur Elvis Impersonator. **Buy tickets in advance, this event sells out every year!** 21 and over with ID required.”

Friday, January 18-Sunday, January 20: RustyCon
From the website: “Rustycon has a focus on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming. After dark, many fen can be found enjoying the various parties and night time events. Join us as we explore the alternate worlds of the human imagination.”

Saturday, January 19: Vox Fabuli Beginning Puppetry Class
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 and connect with the audience. You’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional arm-and-rod puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. No puppet experience required, class recommended for ages 15 and up, and class size limited to 16.”

Saturday, January 13: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival
From the webpage: “EMP in partnership with SIFF will present the eighth annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival on January 19, 2013 at the Seattle Cinerama Theater. The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action in science fiction and fantasy films.”

Saturday, January 19: Rat City Roller Girls Season Opener
The Rat City Rollergirls return to the track in KeyArena in their season opener!

Monday, January 21: Nerd Nite – Gotta catch a ball!
From the Facebook event page: “Eat your heart out, nerds! This month we’ve got Pokémon… we’ve got board games… and as always, we have fabulous new, nerdy friends and ample amounts of beer!”

Wednesday, January 23: Central Cinema’s TV Dinner featuring GeekGirlCon presents “Red Sonja”
From the invite: “Whether your introduction to Red Sonja was from her debut in a short story in 1934, her first appearance in Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian comic series in 1973, or her own feature film in 1985 (this one, in fact), you can relive the action of Red Sonja’s revenge on Queen Gedren. Enjoy snacks or a meal while attending a showing (or two) of Red Sonja.”

Friday, January 25-Monday, Jan 28: Central Cinema’s I Heart Sequels Series “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” presented by GeekGirlCon (on January 25)
From the invite: “GeekGirlCon is introducing another event with Central Cinema during the month of sequels: Terminator 2: Judgment Day! Many consider this film to be even better than the original Terminator; come on down and judge for yourself. Marvel yet again at the size and definition of Linda Hamilton’s biceps, and enjoy the terror of the liquid, shape-shifting T-1000 played by Robert Patrick.”

Friday, January 25: An Evening at Merlotte’s Burlesque Show
From the Facebook event page: “You are cordially invited to a special night of music, burlesque, and vampires with the citizens of Bon Temps! Join us for one of two shows, either at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. on January 25 at the Highway 99 Blues Club for a celebration of all things True Blood.”

How are you going to celebrate the first month of 2013, readers?

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

December Geek About Town

Check out this sweet Galileo ornament! Festive! (Photo by Sarah Grant)

Happy Holidays from your friends at GeekGirlCon! If the winter chill has got a hold of you, gander at our awesome list of geeky events to keep you warm with nerd comfort and joy!

Friday, November 30 — Tuesday, December 4: Princess Bride Quote-a-Long
From the event page: “The swashbuckling fairy tale to end all swashbuckling fairy tales returns to the big screen complete with quote along subtitles for all the best lines, free inflatable sword props, and Rodents of Unusual Size LIVE in the auditorium!”

Saturday, December 1:: Molly Lewis and The Doubleclicks: The Dammit Liz Holiday Special
From the Facebook event page: “Known for organizing and producing geeky and off-the-wall events and entertainment, “Dammit” Liz Smith brings together some talented nerd folk for a holiday extravaganza! Get ready for an evening of music, comedy, and holiday merriment in this all-ages show! Featuring special guests Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Kyle Stevens (Kirby Krackle), NerdProv, and Stepto! Holiday cosplay encouraged.”

Saturday, December 1 — Sunday, December 2: Urban Craft Uprising
From the webpage: “At Urban Craft Uprising’s shows, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, paper goods, candles, journals, art, food & much, much more. Each Urban Craft Uprising show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts along with originality and uniqueness.”

Tuesday, December 4: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia Night at Central Cinema (SOLD OUT)
From the Facebook event page: “Hosted by the inimitable Brandon Ryan, inscrutable Shane Regan, special guest host Brittany Cox, and MAP Theatre! 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.”

Thursday, December 6 GeekWire Gala
From the website: “Make our gala your holiday party, close out 2012, and ring in the New Year in style. Join the “geeks who give back” and consider supporting Vittana. Bring old friends, your colleagues—and yes, your significant or insignificant others—and enjoy an evening of conversation, tasty treats and festive cocktails with our region’s vibrant tech community.”

Friday, December 7: Ladies Gaming Night at The Raygun Lounge
From the Facebook event page: “The Raygun Lounge will be hosting the first Queer Geek! Ladies Gaming Night! All LGBT-friendly female-identified individuals are invited. Hetero ladies are welcome, but no dudes- it’s our turn to hog the games! Beer and food will be available at Raygun, and some board games will be provided. Feel free to bring your own games as well. If you’re new to tabletop, role-playing, or board games, come on out- we’re a friendly bunch and happy to show you the ropes.”

Friday, December 7: Teens Celebrate Art with GeekGirlCon and SAM
From the press release: “Join GeekGirlCon and the Seattle Art Museum for an evening in celebrating the accomplishments of women and the arts. Hear live music, watch dance performances, play instruments, talk about global women’s issues, and create your own works of art at workshops inspired by Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou Paris and Elles: SAM. Free admission for teens 13-18 (and accompanying adults). Stop by the GeekGirlCon booth in the South Hall to play a game of “10 Things I Know About You,” a game about female geeks and geekery. Spin the wheel for a topic and then name everything you can think of about it for the next 30 seconds. Surprise yourself with how much you know and maybe even win a prize!”

Friday, December 7: Slog Happy Hour
From the event page: “We’ve been telling you about the Raygun Lounge, the bar-and-gaming venue that was Kickstartered into existence by the good folks at Gamma Ray Games, for months now. The Lounge’s temporary liquor license finally came through this morning, which means that it’s time to celebrate with Slog’s nerdiest nerds.”

Friday, December 7 — Sunday, December 9: Gremlins at Central Cinema
The rules are simple: 1. Never expose them to sunlight. 2. Never get them wet. 3. Never EVER feed them after midnight! This holiday season, Central Cinema is going to be full of GREMLINS!

Saturday, December 8: JENGA Tournament at Central Cinema
32 players enter…….
Only one remains victorious!
Prepare yourselves for JENGA Thunderdome

Saturday, December 8: Second Saturday SciFi Cinema at Wayward Coffeehouse,
6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle
It’s a brand new monthly event at Wayward Coffeehouse, hosted by SciFi Commons and Wayward Coffeehouse. This month’s cinematic feature is Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

Sunday, December 9: December Mourning Market
From the website: “Mourning Market is Seattle’s premiere dark themed market. An artists collective, featuring the Pacific Northwest’s spookiest artists, crafters and vendors. Hosted at El Corazon, Mourning Market is not your average show. It is an experience. Encouraging artists and supporting its unique culture and dark romanticism.”

Thusday, December 13: Seattle Girl Geek Dinners
Enjoy dinner, and a guest speaker for the holidays with Seattle Girl Geek Dinners! Featured speaker is Lisa Koutek, Senior Director of Customer Experience at Cobalt.

Friday, December 14: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Release Date
Join Bilbo Baggins for the first of three movies adapted from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien!

Saturday, December 15 — Sunday, December 16: GeekFest
From the website: “The holidays are coming, and you don’t want to be caught without some shiny gifts to give to your friends and family. Now’s your chance to get all your holiday shopping done and get your groove on with some geeky entertainment. We’re bringing together vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest with wares sure to charm your inner geek. Special guests include Kirby Krackle, Hello, the Future, NERDprov, and many others.”

Got a geeky event you’d like to see on our Geek About Town? Email Shubz at shubz@geekgirlcon.com! We at GeekGirlCon do reserve the right to include or not include any submissions.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

November Geek About Town

Hey everyone! As the cold weather settles in, here are some November geeky events to keep your heart pumpin’ and your toes warm!

Saturday, November 3rd: X-Bit Halloween Bash
Chiptunes concert featuring Electric Children (Misfits Cover Set), Bright White Lightning, MCFiredrill, and Live Animals

Saturday, November 3rd: The Atomic Bombshells LIVE at Columbia City Theatre!
From the Brown Paper Tickets Site: “Hot off the heels of a headlining spot at Bumbershoot, The Atomic Bombshells, named “Seattle’s most venerable burlesque dancers” (The Stranger) and “the city’s most dazzling Burlesque troupe” (Seattle Weekly), bring their internationally celebrated brand of fabulous and polished high-camp burlesque to the oldest vaudeville theater in Washington. After a busy season of performances in New Orleans, the San Juan Islands, and the Triple Door and Bumbershoot stages in Seattle, the Bombshells return this fall to the gorgeously renovated Columbia City Theater, offering up a chance to see the country’s burlesque ALL-STARS (members include 2011’s Reigning Queen of Burlesque, and Miss Viva Las Vegas 2011) in a rare and intimate setting that has been named a “Best of Seattle” by Seattle Weekly. With a different exciting show each week, you’ll want to catch these icons more than once, as it’s their last run of shows before 2013….perfect for group events and parties, VIP tables are available for reservation! Your evening will be complete with Columbia City Theater’s full bar and delicious food. (Note: This is every Saturday in the month of November.)

Saturday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 4th: Sherlock Convention
From the website: “​The Sherlock Seattle Convention is a celebration of all things Sherlock and as such will feature many interesting and informative panels, fun and entertaining events, as well as a large screen presentation of BBC’s television production, SHERLOCK: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville, and The Reichenbach Fall!” Please note: Advanced ticket sales are closed and there are no at-the-door membership sales. Please check their website for any changes.

Wednesday, November 7th: Everything vs. Everything!
From the Facebook event page: “Unnatural Redhead Productions is proud to bring “Everything vs. Everything! A pop-culture explosion of pirates, ninjas, zombies, robots and more!” to Seattle this November. Iconic heroes and monsters will vy to win the audiences’ hearts in this burlesque extravaganza. Will Godzilla reign supreme? Which will triumph in the end, pirates or ninjas? These questions and more will answered with a heaping helping of glitter to boot!”

Wednesday, November 7th: Kurtis Wiebe Signing
From the Facebook event page: “Kurtis Wiebe author of Image books: Intrepids, Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust, Debris and Grim Leaper will be signing in the store Wednesday November 7th from 3-8pm! Come in and meet one of our favorite authors and check out his excellent books!”

Thursday, November 8th – Friday, November 16th: Where No Man Has Gone Before
From the Brown Paper Tickets page: “Adventure! Beautiful women! Exotic alien worlds! Seattle Experimental Theater is proud to present its original unscripted comedy Where No Man Has Gone Before, a fully improvised parody of the original Star Trek TV series. Each night the cast will use suggestions from the audience to create the world and plot of the show. Where No Man Has Gone Before is appropriate for all ages.”

Friday, November 9th: The Ninth of Nerdvember
Nerd music concert featuring Death*Star, Kids Get Hit By Buses, Klopfenpop, Jonny Nero Action Hero, and MC 117

Thursday, November 15th – Saturday, November 17th: Stories for Bad Children
From the press release: “ Once upon a time there were two sisters. One day they went into the woods and encountered something weird like a talking wombat or an ancient cheese-scented crone. The good sister was perfectly polite and did whatever they asked. The bad sister was all “Piss off, freaks!” So the bad sister was cursed and the good sister got to marry a prince and ride a sapphire unicorn and lived happily ever after, blah blah blah. Bored with the good children? So are we. Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up to bring you STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN, a cabaret-style show celebrating the naughty boys and girls of the fairy tale world. (Note: This is a show intended for audiences 15+)

Sunday, November 18th: Electro-dissection with the Geek Scouts
From the event page: “Solve the mystery of electronic components by dissecting (and destroying) old devices. We will use hand-tools to disassemble a variety of electronics, identify the parts and learn what they do. We will use this process of discovery to explain key concepts of electrical devices and develop a deeper understanding of how they work. There will also be a metal-working studio tour which will including demos of a cnc plasma cutter and cnc router and a demonstration of mig and tig welding.”

Friday, November 23rd – Saturday, November 24th: EtsyRAIN’s Handmade Holiday Show
From the Facebook event page: “Thanksgiving weekend come to the annual Handmade Holiday show at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. A bigger venue, more vendors and the biggest shopping day of the year add up to the BIGGEST craft show in etsyRAIN history. The first 100 shoppers through the door EACH DAY will receive a free swag bag. More than 100 hand-selected vendors will be selling their wares on Friday, November 23 from 11-6 and Saturday November 24 from 11-5 on two floors of the lobby. This event is free to the public and promises the best selection of unique, high-quality, locally handmade gifts, art and treats.”

Got a fantastic event in November you’d like to see on Geek About Town? Email Shubz at prcontent@geekgirlcon.com! (Keep in mind, we at GeekGirlCon do reserve the right to decide what we post.)

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