Hi everyone! Summer is (finally) here in the Pacific Northwest! Check out what’s coming up for July geekery here!
Friday, July 6th – Sunday, July 8th, 2012:Celebrate IA, UX, Library, & Tech Geekiness From the website: “We’ve added some check-in & registration time to the evening. We’ll open doors at 6:30 pm and start the talks around 7:30, as possible. Although the event is now full, spots may open up. We will maintain a waiting list and keep everyone updated. Attendance fee is $10 and comes with pizza, beer and soda pop.”
Thursday, July 12th, 8:00 PM:GeekGirlCon TV Dinner: JOYsticks In honor of JOYstick, our video game-themed burlesque show, we are hosting a night of video game-centric TV episodes, including Futurama, South Park and Star Trek: The Next Generation, with tons of surprises, sore thumbs. Join us at Central Cinema!
Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, 8:00 PM:Stark Naked: A Nerdlesque Tribute to A Game of Thones From the event page: “If you’re hungry like the (dire)wolf for gritty glamour, Danaerys Stormborn, eat your heart out! Drawing inspiration from the fantasy novel A Game of Thrones and the 2011 HBO mini-series of the same name, Stark Naked: A Nerdlesque Tribute to A Game of Thrones fuses contemporary pop culture and social commentary with the already over-the-top elements of high fantasy, through multimedia displays of burlesque, music and variety.”
Friday, July 13th, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM:Between Heaven and Hellboy: Alternative Artists Take on Comics, Superheroes, and Supervillians From the Press Release: Come join us at Urban Light Studios on Second Friday, July 13th from 6-close for “Between Heaven and Hell: Underground, Alternative and Urban Artists Take on Comics, Superheroes and Super-villains.” Join the best and brightest in Seattle’s Underground Art Scene as we celebrate four-color fantasy and history. Judges from various Art Galleries and Comic Book Websites will help us pick the best artworks and we will have raffles and prizes to give away to the public as well. Please join us—especially if you can’t make it to San Diego Comic Con—you won’t want to miss this!”
Friday, July 13th – Sunday, July 15th: Startup Weekend Women’s Edition From the website: “Startup Weekend hosts a series of events in cities around the world and offers a way to test ideas for new startups, contribute to those ideas, and even meet potential co-founders. Ideas are shared on Friday evening and the event culminates in final presentations to an all-star panel of judges on Sunday evening. This particular Startup Weekend will have a unique spin: a focus on connecting and showcasing the talents of women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Men who wish to attend Women’s Startup Weekend can do so…if they find a female participant to bring them along!”
Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Neuroscience vs. Philosophy: Is free will an illusion? From the event page: “Neuroscientists have argued, largely on the basis of the results of a few experiments, that free will is an illusion. Sam Harris also argues that free will is an illusion in a very recent book. However, some philosophers think that there is a mistake being made here, and that many scientists are confused about the concept of free will. [Gene] will give an overview of the issue, and discuss the scientific work and the philosophical approach to free will. No preparatory reading is necessary, but the Stanford encyclopedia reading is worthwhile.”
Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st, 8:00 PM:JOYstick: A Nerdlesque Tribute to Video Games and GeekGirlCon fundraiser From the event page: Join GeekGirlCon for a fun and geektastic evening of nerdlesque — combining the best of gaming nerdery and the new burlesque — and fundraiser for GeekGirlCon ‘12. JOYstick is put together by gamers for gamers, this celebration brings together the world of video games with the allure and fun of burlesque. JOYstick! is a full-fledged dedication to the gaming world. The performers are gamers of all types, ready to take -1 (or more) to their armor in what will surely be an epic evening.
Saturday, July 21st:GeekGirlCon All-Hands Meeting From the website: “Come to the GeekGirCon All-Hands Meeting at Card Kingdom in Ballard on June 23 at 11:30 a.m. Look for us in the Tournament Room located in the back of the store. This meeting is open to everyone. Swing by and learn about the convention and all the events we have planned between now and then. Because we’re using the Tournament Room, food and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed during the meeting, only nonalcoholic beverages in containers with a lid. If you would like a bite to eat before or after the meeting, we suggest patronizing Cafe Mox, located next to Card Kingdom.”
Saturday, July 21st: Death*Star – Live and Barely Breathing Seattle nerdcore show featuring Project Euphoria, MC 117, Sketch, and Death*Star. From the event page: “Death*Star returns to the Blue Moon with Project Euphoria, MC 117, and Sketch. That’s right, all ranges and types of geek music and hip hop for our mighty return after 5 months of no performances. What other stage would we perform on than the Blue Moon?”
Tuesday, July 24th – Thursday, July 26th, 2012: Casual Connect From the website: “Casual Connect is the place to learn more about an industry which entertains 300 million people each month. Learn all about iPhone, Social, Android, Flash, Browser MMO and Download Games.”
Thursday, July 26th, 6:00 PM: Beers with Engineers: Westside Gathering From the group page: “A monthly gathering for Seattle area tech junkies. More specifically, those focused on storage, HPC, and general IT. Industry guys, IT guys, nerds, geeks, tech philosoraptors, whatever…. Whether 3 or 30 this should be good times to get together talk shop, learn from peers, or just have some beers and a good time.”
Friday, July 27th, (approx. 8:30 PM): Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Free Outdoor Movie Series: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure From the website: “Fasten your seatbelts for the ultimate summer escapes! We’ll be rockin’ down the road with these movies guaranteed to get you movin’ and groovin’ without having to leave “the hill.” Come early to enjoy music with 12HR NOTICE DJs and the Shopping Cart Soundsystem! All screenings are FREE and start at dusk (around 8:30 pm) at the southeast corner of Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park. Hot popcorn, cold drinks, candy and other concessions will be for sale on site. Limited lawn chair rentals available. Donations to Three Dollar Bill Cinema happily accepted. Proceeds benefit Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s efforts throughout the year to provide voices and visibility for the LGBT community through film and video.” This week’s feature Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure!
Tuesday, July 31st, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Brat Pack Trilogy Trivia Night From the group page: “50 questions from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and general Brat Pack shenanigans. We’re cracking skulls!” Enjoy food and drink and participate for a chance to win a prize!
What are you excited for this coming July? If you have an event you’d like to see on Geek About Town, please send us an email or comment below!
Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer
Hi everyone! It’s time for the June edition of Geek About Town! Ring in the summer season by checking out this list of events!
Friday, June 1st – Sunday, June 10th:Seattle International Film Festival Be sure to check out some of the amazing films playing during the Seattle International Film Festival, which runs until June 10.
Saturday, June 2nd:Olympia Comics Festival From the website: “The Olympia Comics Festival was started in 2001 to celebrate comics as an art form.” Guests of Honor include: Jason Shiga, Mike Allred, and Shannon Wheeler.
Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd:Seattle Mini Maker Faire at the Seattle Center From the website: “The mission of Maker Faire events is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs,
students, authors and commercial exhibitors.”
Saturday, June 8th, 8:00 PM:Icons of Science Fiction Opening Party From the event invite: “Don’t miss this opportunity to preview the exhibit and squee over props and costumes with your geek peers. The exhibit includes an Imperial Dalek, Captain Kirk’s command chair, and Neo’s coat–plus a whole lot more. Opening party activities include a Star Trek/Doctor Who trivia competition, photo-ops, and interview with curator Brooks Peck and artifact collector Aaron Carlson. Advance tickets are required. Visit the EMP Museum event site for more details.”
Friday, June 8th – Sunday, June 10thNorthWest Pinball Show From the website: “The show is a family friendly event that will feature over 300 pinball and arcade games all set on free play! Over the weekend there will be guest speakers and personalities from the world of pinball and video games, from designers and manufacturers to world record high score holders. The show includes vendors, tournaments, contests and give a ways. Enter for your chance to win a full-sized pinball and arcade game, along with hundreds of other game related items, t-shirts, posters and more!”
Friday, June 8th – Sunday, June 10th:Alls Faire From the website: “We are growing the Larping community by exposing the different aspects of our various clubs though music, merchants, tournaments, questing, games, workshops, and the arts for both adults and children.”
Saturday, June 9th – Sunday, June 10th:VanConShow Pop culture and collectibles show.
Friday, June 15th – Sunday, 17th:ConComCon: A convention for con runners From the website: “ConComCon, or “C-Cubed”, is a conference for science fiction convention organizers held each June in the Northwest. Special guests include: C.J. Cherryh and Jane Fancher.”
Saturday, June 16th:Free RPG Day From the website: The goal of Free RPG Day is to inspire gamers to play a new RPG, which will in turn, create sales through local game stores.
Thursday, June 21st, 7:00 PM: Beer Tasting with Issaquah Highlands Craft Beer at Blakely Hall (Issaquah Highlands) From the meetup page: “Stop by and meet your fellow craft beer lovers. Bring a bottle or two of good beer for us to try and try our beers. Home brew, local craft beer, imports, whatever you like. For this first meeting we will keep things very casual. No particular theme. Just beer tasting and discussion.”
Friday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 24th: Fairy and Human Relations Congress From the website: “The Fairy & Human Relations Congress is an annual event that attracts about 300 people in the North Central Cascades in Washington State. The Congress is Dedicated to Promoting Communication and Co-Creation with Nature Spirits, Devas and the Faery Realms.”
Saturday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 24th: Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire A Richland, WA, renaissance faire featuring mystery dinners and performances. From the website: “The Greenwood Players consists of actors, dancers, and musicians of all ages. We bring Elizabethan England alive through song, dance, costuming, and environmental theatre.”
Be sure you catch GeekGirlCon at the following:
Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM:GeekGirlCon at iFEST & Science Expo Day! at Seattle Center From the event page: “Play a game, win a prize, and learn more about GeekGirlCon ’12 at our booth located in the white tent between EMP and the Center House, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Also check out our panel, Women in Video Games. A panel of women currently shaping the
ever-evolving video game industry will talk about their perspectives and experiences! Women don’t just play video games; they make them. 3:00 PM at the Seattle Center.”
Sunday, June 10th, 10:30 AM:IGNITE: Brighter Future Walk GeekGirlCon will participate in a fundraiser walk for IGNITE!, an organization that works to empower young women to succeed in STEM careers and inspire girls to dream big to achieve their full potential.
Saturday, June 23rd, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: GeekGirlCon All-Hands Meeting at Card Kingdom (Tournament Room) Get informed about all the latest and greatest as we gear up for our 2nd annual convention in August! Because we’re using the Tournament Room, food and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed during the meeting, only nonalcoholic beverages in containers with a lid. If you would like a bite to eat before or after the meeting, we suggest patronizing Cafe Mox, located next to Card Kingdom.
Sunday, June 24th, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM:Watch for GeekGirlCon at the Seattle Pride Parade! From the event page: “GeekGirlCon is excited be walking in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday June 24th to show our support for the LGBTQ community. From staffers and volunteers to supporters and fans, the LGBTQ community has been part of GeekGirlCon from the start, and it is time for us to show how much we care.”
Be sure you let us know in the comment section if you went to an event listed here or have a GeekGirlCon sighting!
Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer
What’s shakin, everybody! Shubz here, with another installment of Geek About Town, the go-to guide for the geek on the go!
Wednesday, May 2nd, All Day:The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Campaign From the website: The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. Each donation made through The Seattle Foundation’s website to the any of the 1,300 profiled nonprofit organizations between midnight and midnight (PT) on May 2, 2012 will receive a pro-rated portion of the matching funds.
Friday, May 4th, 7:00 PM:May Book Discussion hosted by the Paranormal and Supernatural Book Club Visit the website for a list and description of he books to read for this month. You don’t have to read them all to attend the meeting, so read as many as you can or feel like.
Saturday, May 5th, 11:00 AM: Join the Seattle Buffy Meetup Group for Brunch with Buffy at the Highline Bar From the meetup page: The Highline Bar shows two “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episodes while serving Saturday morning vegan brunch. This meetup will automatically happen every week until they stop showing the episodes.
Saturday, May 5th, All Day:Free Comic Book Day From the website: “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. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.”
Saturday, May 5th, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM:Morning Cereal with Morning Serial at Henry Art Gallery. (Free with museum admission) From the website: “Start your day the Henry way: with a late breakfast of cereal and comics. Join fellow comics fans on the morning of Free Comic Book Day for a relaxed breakfast before you venture out to the U-District’s comic shops. Cereal provided, coffee available for purchase at the museum café. Meet fellow comics fans and Morning Cereal curator, Sarra Scherb, outside in the sculpture court next to the café, weather permitting. If it’s rainy, meet in the Education Studio.”
Saturday, May 5th, 7:00 PM:Hey Geek Girl! A Tribute to Women and Pop Culture Opening Reception at Ltd. Art Gallery From the website: Ltd. Art Gallery is teaming up with writer and personality Bonnie Burton to put together this incredible new group Art Show! HEY GEEK GIRL! brings together 25 female artists to pay tribute to the female icons that have influenced and defined women in modern Pop Culture. The show opens on Saturday, May 5th at 7pm; there will be music and complimentary refreshments. Exhibition on display until June 10th.
Tuesday, May 8th, 7:00 PM:GeekGirlCon TV Dinner: Doctor Who, with special guests Behind the Blue Door GeekGirlCon and the Central Cinema bring you a TV Dinner night made for both old and new Whovians on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. If you are new to Who, this is is a great opportunity to check out this iconic sci-fi program. Stay in your seat at the intermission to see Behind the Blue Door
performing a new burlesque act from their upcoming Doctor Who-inspired cabaret show!
Friday, May 11th, 7:00 PM:Reading & Book Signing of Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel ($22 for an autographed copy) From the website: The wonderful graphic novel Fun Home introduced readers to Alison Bechdel’s father. Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama concerns the other half of Bechdel’s biological equation: her mother. She was a passionate and creative woman, but her unhappy marriage led to a difficult relationship with her daughter, and Bechdel explores the gulf in her own inimitable way. This event is free but a prioritized signing ticket guarantees a place in the signing line. Signing tickets are available by pre-ordering/purchasing Are You My Mother from University Book Store. Please Note: Autographed copies of books are only available after the event.
Monday, May 14th, 7:00 PM:Behind The Blue Door: A Dr. Who Inspired Cabaret Presents Dr. Who Trivia Night at Sunset Tavern (21+) From the Facebook event page: Do you know the difference between K-9 and a Dalek? What Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Chronicles & Dr. Who all have in common? Can you match companions to Doctors? On Monday, May 14th, Behind The Blue Door will be holding a special trivia night at the Sunset Tavern to help crown the Dr. Who Trivia Master! Let the lovely and talented Rebecca M Davis (host for the evening) challenge your skills and test your knowledge of the known Whoniverse and the chance to win some cool prizes! So grab a beer and a pizza (at special happy hour prices for the event) and test your Who skills!
Make sure to get there early to grab a seat! $5 per person suggested donation Teams up to 6 people.
Tuesday, May 15th, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM:Northwest Women in Beer at The Pike Brewing Company (21+) From the event site: “Women brewed beer or favorite beers to sample. Women owned food business, small bite samples. Come learn about the historic significance of women brewers. Raffle, food, beer and the proceeds benefit, Planned Parenthood! Not just for women, guys should come too!!”
Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM:Spokane ComiCon at Spokane Community College ($6 General Admission. $1 off with canned food donation. Children under 12 are free.) Are you east of the Cascades? Meet up with fellow comic aficionados and those in the industry at the “big little comic con.” Special guests include: artist Tyler Kirkham, artist Michael Avon Oeming, Boilerplate creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, and many others!
Saturday, May 19th, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Art Auction with GeekGirlCon at Ltd. Art Gallery Join GeekGirlCon as we partner with Ltd. Art Gallery to auction off some fabulous geeky art!
Monday, May 21st, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM:Seattle Nerd Nite: Jokes & Hoax at LUCID Jazz Lounge (21+) Join the folks at Seattle Nerd Nite monthly for “rad talks, beer, and nerd-approved music.”
Friday, May 25th – Sunday, May 27th:Crypticon at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. From the website: Be a part of the largest horror convention in the Pacific Northwest! “This year’s guests include Doug Bradley (Hellraiser); Don Coscarelli (Phantasm); Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre); Voltaire (sponsored by El Corazon); and many more. Be wowed by the make-up contest; movie workshop; writing contest; panels with actors, writers, artists and others in the genre; and our film festival. Get your heart pumping with Zombie Tag and our live action role playing game—think you can survive the weekend?”
Saturday, May 26th, 7:00 PM:Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines From the event page: Sheroes exist. They can be found in the stories of comics, novels, film, television, and video games. They can also be found in real life – in mothers and sisters, community leaders, and media makers. How are women, both real and fictional, represented in American culture? Who influences and controls the media messages we receive about strong women – and how are they internalized by consumers? How do advocates of media literacy, as well as media makers themselves, subvert these messages or offer alternatives for empowerment through their own sheroic work?
Join the panelists below (and others to be announced) at this free Seattle International Film Festival special Festival Forum Discussion panel to explore these questions and more. Panelists include: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Jennifer K. Stuller, Daniel Tayara.
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Fremont Geek Meetup at History House (790 N 34th St, Seattle 98103). RSVP required. Local meet up for Seattle techies to meetup, network, and share in one another’s enthusiasm of technology.
Any other geeky May events you know of? Leave a comment below!
Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer
Hey folks! Shubz here with your April installment of Geek About Town, the go-to guide for the geek on the go!
April 5-8 (Friday – Sunday): Norwescon (Thursday 1 p.m. – Sunday 6 p.m., times vary by day; Seatac; All Ages; $30-$70) Science-Fiction and Fantasy Convention. From the event 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. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more.”
April 6 (Friday):Super Ultra Mega Virgins Comedy Tour 2012 (8 p.m.; Seattle: Belltown; Ages 21+; $10) Comedy show with Travis Vogt, Mike Drucker, and Derek Sheen. From the event website: “Do you like the movie “Rudy”? What if the role of ‘Rudy’ was played by three affectionate, doughy shut-ins? What if it was a comedy and, instead of being called “Rudy”, it was called “The Super Ultra Mega Virgins”? Oh, and it had Nothing to do with football, but instead the ‘inner sport’ of chasing acceptance, validation and the approval of an emotionally distant Father?”
April 6 (Friday):Sakura-Con (Friday 8 a.m. – Sunday 5 p.m., times vary by day); Seattle: Downtown; All Ages; $60, discount for children/youth with parents) Anime and Manga Convention. From the event website: “Sakura-Con is the northwest’s oldest and largest anime, manga (comics), gaming, and Asian culture convention. Hosted by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association…our main goal is for everyone to have fun and to foster learning more about the cultures that bring us our favorite media. We started Sakura-Con because we missed the fun, multi-level anime conventions where something was always happening and you were afraid to eat lunch for fear of missing something you really wanted to see.”
April 9 (Monday):Pub Craft: Glass Etching (6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Seattle: Lucid Jazz Lounge; 21+; $5)
Narwhal Events is hosting a pub class on glass etching. Due to limited space, they expect to sell out and recommend purchasing a ticket ahead of time to secure your spot.
April 11 (Wednesday):GeekWire Spring Meetup (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Seattle: Zillow Offices; All Ages; $5) Join John Cook, Rebecca Lovell, and Todd Bishop of GeekWire, and a couple hundred of your geeky friends, at the world HQ of Zillow.
April 16 (Monday):Nerd Nite April: Sponge Bob & Entreprenerds (7:30 p.m. Talks (Doors Open at 6:30); Seattle: Lucid Jazz Lounge; 21+; $5) Nerd Nite is a monthly pub lecture series where nerds of all types geek out over various awesome talks. Enjoy an evening of booze, new friends and nerdy music.
April 18 (Wednesday):Comic Books in the Digital Age(6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Seattle: Fremont; All Ages; $15) GeekGirlCon and the Association for Women in Computing join forces to host another fantastic event. Darren G. Davis, publisher of Bluewater Productions, will discuss the release of his Bill Gates comic book and give you greater insight into how the Nook and the Kindle are changing the comic book industry.
April 21 (Saturday):BoneBat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest (2 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Redmond; Ages 21+; $25+ advanced, $30+ after 4/13) From the event website: “…independent Horror/Comedy entertainment, boasting 3 feature films, including the Seattle premieres of Deadheads, Monster Brawl, and The Moleman of Belmont Avenue, 21 cinematic shorts from around the world, and live music from Kirkland nerdcore rap kingpins Death*Star and Duvall cutting-edge metal act Burning of I! All this plus prizes, refreshments and more, hosted by Gord and Steve of The BoneBat Show Podcast!”
April 22 (Sunday):Geeks Who Drink: Masters of the Whedonverse: A Quiz on All Things Joss Whedon (7 p.m.; Seattle: Fremont; $5 admission) The next Whedon masterpiece, “The Avengers,” doesn’t hit theaters until May, but in April true cult fans will be rewarded for their knowledge of “Buffy” and “Angel,” “Firefly” and “Serenity.” Our crack team of writers are drawing from all the works of Whedon to craft a quiz suitable for the masters of his universe.
April 28 (Saturday):BarCamp Seattle (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with after party starting at 5 p.m.; Seattle: Fremont; All Ages, after party is 21+; Free, with $5 refundable deposit) BarCamp is an unconference-style technology conference. From the event website: “We have had presentations and workshops on topics as diverse as the mathematics of crochet, building a do-it-yourself drone, making start-up equity fair, and how to be a superhero (really!)…It is a conference that centers on what most conferences push to the sidelines; the hallway conversations of the attendees. BarCamp Seattle is organized specifically to foster these conversations in an organic and positive way.”
Got any geeky events you’d like to post about here in Seattle or elsewhere? Post them below! Also, if you have gone to an event we have listed or another geeky event, let us know about them!
Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer