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.)

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

Adventures at BrickCon 2012

Hey everyone, Shubz here and back from a fun-filled weekend of sleeping in, sun, and LEGOS! That’s right, this past Saturday, I got an opportunity to check out BrickCon with my husband and a few of our friends. Feast your eyes on some of these impressive structures!

This pyramid is no joke! Check out all the detail in the layers to give it that unfinished look.

You can’t go wrong with Ron Swanson.

There was a booth with blacklight and light up lego structures, and my favorite was this beautiful chessboard.

Now this was definitely another favorite! BEHOLD THE BATCAVE! This was complete with a rotating panel that held Batman’s other suits and all the vehicles the Caped Crusader cannot go without.

I never knew the Justice League decorated so minimally.

Folks, this is only a fraction of the Hogwarts structure.

Another view of Hogwart’s. How awesome is that?

Please check out BrickCon’s site to catch more of the fun and building that happened this past weekend.

If you are a builder of any of the structures I have added, please email me at prcontent@geekgirlcon.com so I can properly give you props on your hard work and creativity.

What’s on your Lego builder bucket list?


Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer
prcontent@geekgirlcon.com

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

October Geek About Town

Wally the Dog is too busy this October with so many nerd events!

Hi folks! Is it fall yet? Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s hard to tell right now! Let’s celebrate this sun a little longer with some nerdy fun!

Tuesday, October 2nd: Tuesday Night Games at Raygun Lounge with Queer Geek!
From the website: “This weekly meetup replaces the Monday meetup group that used to meet at Six Arms (and Chao Bistro before that). It will be held at the Raygun Lounge, Gamma Ray Games’ new game bar. Come and play board games and take part in other geeky pursuits and mingle with your fellow geeks” (Note: This is a weekly event so if you can’t catch Queer Geek! this time around, come through every Tuesday night for some gaming!)

Wednesday, October 3rd: Nerdy Board Game Night
Location TBA, please see event invite for details.

Thursday, October 4th: Dominion Tournament
Please see invite for details. If you would like to participate in the tournament, you must register!

Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 7th: BrickCon
From the website: BrickCon is a convention for adult fans, collectors, and builders of LEGO®.

Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 7th: Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival
From the website: The Pacific Northwest’s premier weekend long event devoted towards independent and international genre filmmaking. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The festival will feature an amazing selection of fantastic films from around the earth – with the possibility of artists presenting the works themselves. U.S. and world premieres will play alongside global festival favorites and select retrospective titles.

Tuesday, October 9th Information Architechture Panel from Amazon
From the event invite: What is the role of an Information Architect at Amazon.com? You’re probably burning with curiosity, wondering what an IA does at the world’s largest online retailer. You probably wouldn’t guess that there are only 4 known Information Architects in the entire company! While Amazon has employed browse taxonomists for years, IAs are relatively new to the mix – mostly as a result of the tremendous growth of the company, and the information challenges that come with it. At this IA Meetup, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a panel consisting of three of them: Nick Sweers, Carolyn Tweedy, and Nick Berry. These IAs will inspire you with their pioneer spirit, as they show you how they are defining the practice within a culture dominated by developers.

Friday, October 12th: Seattle Art Museum Community Night Out
From the SAM Website: Celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of women artists with an evening full of free live music, art making, My Favorite Things tours, performances and workshops inspired by Elles: Pompidou and Elles: SAM. Bring your family, friends, students, kids, parents, and fellow artists—there will be something for everyone! (From the SAM website) Join GeekGirlCon for “Ten Things I Know About You,” a game about famous female geeks and geekery. Spin the wheel for a topic and then name everything you can think of about it in the next 30 seconds. Surprise yourself with how much you know and maybe even win a prize!

Saturday, October 13th – Sunday, October 14th: InfoCamp 2012
From the event page: Join us at InfoCamp Seattle 2012 for an exciting weekend of talking & learning about everything information! As always, it will be you, the participants presenting sessions, talking amongst yourselves, and driving the content of InfoCamp!
…Rates are $60 for professionals, $20 for students for the 2 day event including lunch and snacks…This year will return to Mary Gates Hall at the UW. As well as the unconference format, we are featuring two speakers in 2012: Seattle City Librarian, Marcellus Turner, will start things off on Saturday before we move to the participant-led sessions and discussion. On Sunday, we will feature Information Architect and educator, Dan Klyn, to get us jazzed for another day of enthralling discussion between the participants. For more information, see the Seattle InfoCamp Blog.

Sunday, October, 14th: Dominoes and Such
From the event 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 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Friday, October 19th: DMG 5: Billy the Fridge, Art Vandelay, Death*Star, MC 117
Every third Friday at Pink Gorilla U-District, the DMG series features a line-up of live performing chiptune or nerdcore artists, complete with a visual display, and free-play gaming.

Friday, October 19th: Geeklesque: Unites!
From the website:In times of crisis, those with great powers often come together. Leagues are formed; things get avenged; clothes… are taken off?! Critical Hit Burlesque (Portland, OR) and Jo Jo Stiletto Events (Seattle, WA) are teaming up this fall to bring you Geeklesque Unites! Geeklesque Unites will feature some of the best geek-themed burlesque from around the Pacific Northwest, for one night only on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th, 2012: AkiCon
Three-day anime, manga, and Japanese culture convention.

Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th SteamCon
Three-day steampunk convention during Halloween weekend

Sunday, October, 28th: Dominoes and Such
From the event 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 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.

Monday, October 29th – Tuesday, October 30th: Seattle Interactive Conference
From the website: SIC 2012 provides a unique stage for entrepreneurs, technologists, advertisers, designers, entertainers, online business professionals and thinkers to converge: Visionary speakers on technology, creativity, and emergent trends will leave you inspired, and networking events promise to better connect you.

Got some geektastic events you want to add on to Geek About Town? Email Shubz at prcontent@geekgirlcon.com!

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

September Geek About Town

September is a nutritious snack, as well as a month to look forward to!

Hi everyone! GeekGirlCon ‘12 came to a close early August, and we on staff are rested and ready to get back out for some nerdy events in the Seattle area! Take a look!

Friday, August 31st – Sunday, September 2nd: SOLD OUT: PAX Prime
Three-day gaming expo brought to you by the folks of Penny Arcade

Friday, August 31st – Saturday, September 1st: SOLD OUT: Whedonesque Burlesque
From the event page: “Seattle’s finest geeky burlesque performers are daring to take inspiration from the Whedonverse: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, Dollhouse, Angel, and yes, maybe even Cabin in the Woods. It’s the summer of Joss and we’re baring ourselves in his honor! This shindig is a celebration of the evil genius that is Joss Whedon AND the fans who love him.”

Saturday, September 1st Jonny Nero’s PAX Death Tour (Xbit)
Chiptunes concert by X-bit, sponsored by PAX featuring: rainbowdragoneyes, A_rival, Electric Children, Orbital Strike, Turtlesaur, Abducted by Sharks, Jonny Nero Action Hero, Live Animals, G.Diffuser (On the El Corazon Lounge Stage)

Saturday, September 1st: Another Damn PAX Party!
Nerdy music and burlesque featuring: MegaRan, Death*Star, Klopfenpop, Bill Beats, and The Glitter Vixens Burlesque (On the El Corazon Main Stage)

Saturday, September 1st Doctor Who Season Seven Premiere at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. Central! (BBCAmerica)
Episode description: “In the season opener, ‘Asylum of the Daleks,’ the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission after being kidnapped by his oldest foe – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…. the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.”

Saturday, September 1st – Monday, September 3rd: Kumoricon 2012
Three day anime, manga, and Japanese culture convention located in Vancouver, WA. Kumoricon 2012 is the con’s 10th year.

Sunday, September 2nd: Jonny Nero’s PAX Death Tour (Post PAX Party)
Chiptunes music with Jonny Nero Action Hero and Danimal Cannon.

Sunday, September 9th: Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such
From the event 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 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Tuesday, September 11th: Seattle Information Architecture and User Experience Meetup: Let’s Talk Taxonomy: Guest Speaker Gary Carlson
From the event page: “September’s meetup will center around the topic of Taxonomy. We’ll start with a talk from Gary Carlson (more info to come!) and continue discussion and networkng. We will be charging for this event, $10 covers attendance and comes with yummy pizza and beverages.”

Friday, September 21st – Sunday, September 23rd: Foolscap
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.”

Saturday, September 22nd: Jet City Comic Show
From the website: “Jet City started in order to fill in the void for a quality one-day show for fans and dealers. A show that will be fun and entertaining for the fans, where they will have time to browse all the dealer tables or visit with their favorite creators.”

Sunday, September 23rd: Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such
From the event 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 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Thursday, September 27th:Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club
From the event page: “As this is a philosophy club, we will specifically focus on the moral issues related to equality of condition. The political debate over this issue has moral dimensions in addition to the usual practical ones, particularly as one side often casts the issue as one of fairness. But people of different political persuasions have different definitions of fairness. Is it more fair that those who do more get more, or that there is more equal distribution? Please see the forum post, What’s wrong with the 1%? – Equality and inequality, for a list of questions to consider before the meeting.”

Sunday, September 30th: Nectar Lounge Presents: Extremeties, Kirby Krackle, Death*Star, Soup or Villianz, Klopfenpop, MC 117, Shubzilla
From the event page: “A huge lineup with touring act Extremities (Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester feat. Relic), out-of-towners Soup or Villainz, geek rock gods Kirby Krackle, producer and performer extraordinaire Klopfenpop, the Shakespeares of Nerdcore Death*Star, and newcomers MC 117 and Shubzilla! That’s right! 7 acts of hip hop and music on 1 night at one of Seattle’s best venues, Nectar Lounge!”

What are you excited to check out in September? Leave us a comment below!

If you have a geeky event you’d like to see on Geek About Town, please email Shubz Blalack at prcontent@geekgirlcon.com. Please keep in mind, that GeekGirlCon does reserve the right to post or not post events at our discretion and all events must be in alignment with our mission statement.

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

August Geek About Town

Hey everyone! GeekGirlCon ‘12 is just around the corner! Be sure to check out our programming (Saturday and Sunday) and other details about our convention, including our gaming schedule, special events, and exhibitor hall.

If you can’t sit still with excitement, check out some of these events going on in August! This is also a great resource for out-of-towners who might be staying a few extra days in Seattle before or after out convention. If that’s you, be sure to check out our Seattle area guide for suggestions on restaurants, tourist attractions, and geeky hangouts to hit up.

Wednesday, August 1st, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM: Start-Up City’s Women in Tech Meet-Up*
From the website: “Whether you’re an entrepreneur messing around with code or an Amazon developer, get involved to learn, meet or help other aspiring women who tech. Learn about strategies for success and the experiences of others. Come feel inspired! This first event will be a great opportunity for socializing and establishing a network for Seattle’s tech talent. Attendees at this event will have the opportunity to help define the direction and future of WIT events. Come contribute as thought leaders, network, drink, foster mentorships and make it memorable. Register today!”
*Special note: We will be giving away one free pass to GeekGirlCon ‘12 at the meetup!

Thursday, August 2nd, 5:00 PM-10:00 PM: Seattle Nerds Collide!: Summer Time Bon Fire & Pot Luck

Friday, August 3rd, approx. 8:30 PM: Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Free Outdoor Movie Series: Viva Las Vegas
From the website: “Elvis Presley sings & dances his way through Sin City as racecar driver Lucky Jackson, with his eye on two prizes: red-hot swimming instructor Rusty Martin (Ann Margaret) and victory in the Las Vegas Grand Prix.”

Friday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 5th: Mysterium
From the website: A Myst convention by fans, for fans.

Monday, August 6th – Monday, August 27th: Illustrational Painting with Brian Snoddy
From the website: “In this ongoing course, students are introduced to basic techniques of painting with the waterbased medium ‘gouache’. After four weeks of working in black and white, students are ready to continue to intermediate techniques, with a focus on texture, lighting and detail in full color. Note: Continuing students, or with instructor’s permission, can work in the intermediate stage.”

Wednesday, August 8th – Sunday, August 12th: ToorCamp
From the webpage: “ToorCamp, the American hacker camp, first “launched” at the Titan-1 Missile Silo in Washington State in 2009. We’re continuing the tradition on the beautiful Washington Coast and are looking for groups to participate. Show off your crazy projects you’ve been working on, bring some ideas you want to hack on with the other technology experts that will be showing up, organize a campsite with all of your friends and show how awesome your group is, or just see what all the other groups are up to. It’s up to you!”

Friday, August 10th, approx. 8:30 PM: Three Dollar Cinema’s Free Outdoor Movie Series: The Wizard of Oz
From the webpage: “Follow the Yellow Brick Road over the rainbow with Dorothy, Toto, and the whole gang in this queer-beloved classic of timeless fantasy, catchy songs, and must-have shoes.”

Saturday, August 11th – Sunday, August 12th: GeekGirlCon 2012
GeekGirlCon is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture. Connect with us through social media and meet other geeks at events and our annual convention!”

Saturday, August 11th, 5:00 – 6:20 PM: “Once More, With Feeling” Sing-Along*
Hosts Clinton McClung, SIFF Programmer and founder of the popular “Once More with Feeling” event, and Jennifer K. Stuller, GeekGirlCon Programming Director & Author, lead you in a sing-along of the ground-breaking musical episode. Goody bags with interactive props will be available for a small fee, Buffy-Oke and trivia will comprise the pre-show and costumes are encouraged. Watch out for bunnies and singing demons!
*Note: You need a pass to GeekGirlCon ‘12 to attend this event.

Saturday, August 11th, 5:00 – 6:50 PM: GeekGirlCon ‘12 Masquerade*
It’s your time to shine in all your geek finery at the GeekGirlCon ‘12 Masquerade. Competition is open to everyone–all ages , experience levels, and fandoms. Entrants will vie for Best Individual Costume, Best Group, and Best Child’s Costume.
*Note: You need a pass to GeekGirlCon ‘12 to attend this event.

Saturday, August 11th, 7:30 – 8:30 PM: Nerdy Improv Comedy at GeekGirlCon ‘12*
From the event page: “Act Nerdy With Me! GeekGirlCon ’12 and NERDProv present a raucous night of improvisational theater from audience suggestions. Rest assured that our audience will be a room full of geeks! Buffy Summers in a regency romance aboard the Galactica? You never know what fanatical combinations come to life at a NERDProv show. NERDProv, a special team from Unexpected Productions, has performed at Emerald City Comicon, PAX, and TheaterSports. Don’t miss this chance to see a bunch of quick-thinking geeks and nerds ham it up over sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, tech, cartoons, and more at GeekGirlCon ’12.”
*Note: You need a pass to GeekGirlCon ‘12 to attend this event.

Saturday, August 11th, 8:30 – 10:30 PM: GeekGirlCONcert ‘12*
From the event page: “Music and nerdery are an awesome combination. Join us at GeekGirlCon ‘12 for a geekery-packed concert!” Guests include The Doubleclicks and Vixy and Tony.
*Note: You need a pass to GeekGirlCon ‘12 to attend this event.

Friday, August 17th, approx. 8:30 PM: Three Dollar Cinema’s Outdoor Movie Series: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
From the website: “Three outrageous drag queens from ‘down under’ embark on an unforgettable outback journey of a lifetime, with the music of ABBA to guide their way through thick and thin.”

Friday, August 17th – Sunday, August 19th: Everfree NW
From the website: “Welcome to Everfree Northwest, an annual three-day gathering for fans of the hit TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Located in Seattle, Washington, Everfree is a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event created by fans for fans of all ages. Over the past year, this new children’s TV show has become a pop-culture phenomenon that has delighted and inspired people all over the world. It now gives us tremendous pleasure to welcome you to a three day celebration of the creativity, joy, and camaraderie that this show has engendered.”

Tuesday, August 21st – Thursday, August 23rd: Serious Play Conference
From the website: “The Serious Play Conference is being produced as a partnership between Clark Aldrich, author of five top selling books on serious games and managing partner, Clark Aldrich Designs; DigiPen Institute of Technology and Sue Bohle, President of The Bohle Company.”

Friday, August 24th – Saturday, August 25th and Thursday, August 30 – Sunday, September 2: Whedonesque Burlesque*
From the event page: Seattle’s finest geeky burlesque performers are daring to take inspiration from the Whedonverse: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, Dollhouse, Angel, and yes, maybe even Cabin in the Woods. It’s the summer of Joss and we’re baring ourselves in his honor! This shindig is a celebration of the evil genius that is Joss Whedon AND the fans who love him.
*Note: Tickets are sold out, but follow the Facebook page for any updates.

Saturday, August 25th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Inking for Illustration and Comics with Brian Snoddy
From the website: “Brian Snoddy, known for his inking in publications such as Shaman’s Tears, Maggie the Cat, Bar Sinister and Monsternomicon I & II, will be teaching inking techniques with the brush and pen, as well as several styles focusing on the rendering of different textures and objects. Students will have the opportunity to test out their inking skills under Brian’s careful instruction. All skill levels welcome! Class is appropriate to students 15+ years”

Thursday, August 30th, 8:00 PM: Classic Doctor Who TV Dinner at Central Cinema
Central Cinema GeekGirlCon, and Behind the Blue Door present an encore event to their sellout Doctor Who even in May — but with a twist. Instead of modern episodes, they will present all four parts of the classic episode “City of Death.” Get your tickets before they sell out!

Friday, August 31st – Sunday, September 2nd: PAX Prime

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