Welcome to February, my fellow geeks! Cliché or not, this month is all about celebrating love in all its forms, whether it be for friends, family, partners, pets, books, movies, games, songs, foods, or, you know, even particularly great gifs.
Here’s looking at you, every image of Gina Rodriguez ever (Image Description: The actress Gina Rodriguez as the character Jane Villanueva from the television show “Jane the Virgin,” looking happy. Source: Giphy)
So, whoever or whatever you find yourself loving this month, consider checking out some of the amazing events coming up, and celebrate your interests, enthusiasms, and passions to their fullest!
The New Year is (almost) upon us, which means that we can finally bid goodbye to the unfortunate, terrifying mess that characterized most of 2017. The good news is that there is SO MANY incredible and exciting events coming up in January to help beckon in a better and brighter new year!
Source: Giphy. Image Description: The character Rachel Berry from “Glee” wearing a Happy New Year Crown. The image text reads “The countdown begins.”
Living Computers: Museum + Labs 2245 First Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Kill two ravens with one stone and learn how to solder while you create your newest costume headpiece – a wicked pair of Adafruit LED Goggles – in this 2-hour entry level workshop. Space is limited for this take-home activity.
Third Place Books Seward Park 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
The Seattle Review of Books and Seattle Weekly aim to help you cope with the next three years thanks to Reading Through It, a “monthly book club exploring who we are as Americans, where we’re going, and how to fix it.” Weapons of Math Destruction is a former Wall Street analyst’s warning against “the mathematical models that pervade modern life—and threaten to rip apart our social fabric.”
Source: Giphy. Image Description: The characters Bones and Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series nod at each other.
Center for Architecture & Design 1010 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
We’re bored with Earth. What about Mars? Participants will learn about the very different problems architects would face if building for the surface of other planets….and moons…and asteroids? The sky is not even the limit…
Source: Giphy. Image Description: The characters Steve and Nancy from “Stranger Things” dance at a party.
Follow our Laser artists into The Upside Down with this laser show tribute to the music of Stranger Things. A synth-heavy score and dark 80s soundtrack contribute to the spooky nostalgia of this popular Netflix Original hit. Performed, as always, by our talented laser artists, don’t miss this limited run in January of Laser Stranger Things.
What would Marsha P Johnson, Leslie Feinberg and our sick and disabled queer grandparents have to say about fighting to survive and win? Sick and disabled queer/ trans people have always resisted, from the first colonial invasions to nursing homes to freak shows to street based queer and trans activism. We are heroes, fighters and survivors and we have the medicine we need to survive Trump. In this star-studded sick and disabled QT/POC show, curated by billie rain and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, come witness Seattle based disabled queer/ of color artists performing new work reflecting on the resistance wisdom of our disabled queer ancestors.This performance is also part of a star studded ALL SICK AND DISABLED QTBIPOC ALL THE TIME DOUBLE WEEKEND! Come see us, and then check out Neve Andromeda Bianco Mazique’s one femme show, Betcha Ungodly Things! Support all of us! Come for this living altar of disabled QTBIPOC testimony, genius and love.
Society Of Illustrators 128 E 63rd St, New York, New York 10065
Non-Member and Member tickets $15, Students and Seniors $7
Join us for an evening with comics art giant Art Spiegelman and acclaimed illustrator Anita Kunz as they discuss the lasting influence of 20th century political cartoonist Art Young, with master caricaturist Steve Brodner moderating the discussion. The three will examine the historical significance of Young’s work, and its relevance in today’s artistic and political landscape. Images for discussion will be drawn from the 2017 retrospective To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life & Times of Art Young (Fantagraphics) by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young. Copies will be available for purchase after the event.
Source: Giphy. Image Description: Characters from the movie “Jumanji” sit down to play the game “Jumanji” together.
Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!
Westlake Park 401 Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98101
We strive for #BlackLiberation – we strive for freedom to not be treated like animals and for our justice system to treat us equally or be abolished – we strive for fair and equal taxation so that people of color can not only survive but thrive – we strive for a day were we are not discriminated against for our skin color or our culture but treated equally for content of our character – we strive to not be shot and killed by police and then our image be slandered on the news. We ask you join us and say Racism and police brutality and unfair and unequal treatment of Black people has to stop and freedom has to begin because until Black people are free no one is free.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse 8564 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98103
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Cine-City is Seattle’s only consistent film night with bi-monthly (every other month) screenings of local short films. We will fill up a block of films 45 minutes to an 1 hour, at the end of the night the films will be voted on and the most voted film will be announced the next day and will move on to the Best Of in November. All proceeds help the Film Non Profit Ardor Creative Media. http://ardorcreativemedia.com/cine_city/
Garfield High School 400 23rd Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122
Educate yourself at workshops from 9:30-10:50am, then at 11:00am, join the pre-march rally in the Garfield Gym to become inspired and informed with speakers, performers, and more. View the full schedule at www.mlkseattle.org/index.php Following the rally (12:00-12:20), the march line-up starts in the Garfield parking lot (across the street from Ezell’s chicken). The march will begin at 12:30, heading to the Federal Building at 2nd & Madison. The Downtown Program is estimated to start at 1:30 p.m. Marchers are welcome to return to Garfield for a late lunch or to join employers and more at the Opportunity & Information Fair at Garfield (1:30-4:00pm).
Benaroya Hall 200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
Tickets between $10 and $80
Jesmyn Ward has been called “fearless and toughly lyrical” by the Library Journal. Her novel Salvage the Bones, the story of four motherless children trying to protect their home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction. Her unflinching portrayals of young black men and women struggling to thrive in a South ravaged by poverty and natural disaster have been praised for their “graphic clarity” by the Boston Globe, and for their “hugeness of heart” by O, The Oprah Magazine. Ward’s follow-up to Salvage was Men We Reaped, a memoir that confronts the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Lauded by Kirkus as a “modern rejoinder to Black Like Me [and] Beloved,” Men We Reaped is a homage to Ward’s past, her ghosts, and the haunted yet hopeful place she still calls home. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, it was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, Kirkus, New York Magazine, and TIME magazine. Ward is also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, which NPR listed as one of the Best Books of 2016. Taking James Baldwin’s 1963 pivotal examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, is a jumping-off point. The groundbreaking collection features essays and poems about race from the most important voices of Ward’s generation and our time—from Edwidge Danticat, Natasha Trethewey, and Isabel Wilkerson, to Mitchell S. Jackson, Kiese Laymon, and Claudia Rankine. In the forthcoming Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward will return to Mississippi and the themes of her earlier work. Confronting the realities of life in the rural South, Ward gives us a road map through Mississippi’s past and present that explores the bonds of family as tested by racism and poverty. Her work is all set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi where Ward grew up, and each new publication makes her a fitting heir to the rich literary tradition of the American South.
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Four of music’s finest divas join you for what’s sure to be one of the best nights of your life. The Queen of R&B, The Queen of Pop, the Princess of Pop, the , and the Mother of Monsters team up to get you singing, dancing, and so much more. Telephone on the big screen is worth the price of admission alone.
Bring out those pantsuits ladies (& gents, kids, dogs ok too). Fun run/walk around Greenlake. The primary purpose of the event is for the unification of the Pantsuit community and to continue to strive for change. Last year we had over 700 attend, let’s make this event bigger & better. Event is not timed. It is a fun run/walk. No refunds or transfers. Rain or shine. This is a no frills run/walk. 30% of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood!
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
This event will be a forum for men who work in the tech industry in Seattle to discuss ways that we can show up for women, trans folks, and other non-cis-male-identified folks who often experience harassment and discrimination in our industry. More details will be posted at this URL as we get closer to the event.
$12 General Admission, $9 Students, Seniors, and Children
Over the past 13 years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 170 children’s films from 50+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities. What we stand for: Racial equity and diversity, inclusivity, social justice, global awareness, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people. Produced by Northwest Film Forum, Children’s Film Festival Seattle includes live performances, features, shorts and hands-on workshops, all crafted with care for the next generation of movie lovers.
Moore Theatre 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
Ticket prices vary, starting at $47
STG Presents & AEG welcomes Lovett or Leave It to The Moore Theatre on Friday, January 26, 2018. The Lovett or Leave It podcast, as part of Pod Tours America, has announced additional tour dates and will be live on stage January 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm at The Moore Theatre. Former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House and co-host of the wildly popular podcast Pod Save America, Jon Lovett brings his Lovett or Leave It podcast live to Seattle. Get ready for a night of lively and humorous discussion of politics and top news stories with special guests along with other popular Lovett or Leave It segments.
Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!
Source: Giphy. Image Description: Ryan Gosling works on on an exercise bike while wearing a onesie on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Summertime is in full swing, readers! Here’s some nerdy fun to keep the your calendar full!
Friday, August 1:The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Friday Gaming on Capitol Hill From the Meetup page: “Fun and games on a Friday night. Come out and try a new game or bring a favorite to share with the group. We are always willing to teach the rules of a game you aren’t familiar with or learn a new game you bring in. Elliott Bay Cafe is the new regular place (until the next new regular place).”
Friday, August 1:Deborah Harkness at University Bookstore Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.
Fridays, August 1, 8, 15, and 22:Concerts at the Mural From the site: “The four FREE all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene.”
Saturdays, August 2, 23, and 30:Seattle Astronomical Society Star Parties From SAS: The SAS organizes monthly star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park which are free and open to the public. People of all ages and background, including children, are welcome. These events offer to all the opportunity for telescopic viewing of sky objects as well as educational interaction of experienced, knowledgeable astronomers with each other and with participants who may have limited or minimal understanding of astronomy. A typical star party gathering features observing through at least two or more different types of telescopes provided by SAS members along with the opportunity to ask questions, to discuss the observation process, and to learn about many astronomical topics: solar system objects, deep space objects, constellations, types of telescopes, and any other topic of interest.”
Monday, August 4:Robin Hobb at University Bookstore Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Soldier Son Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She is a native of Washington State.
Thursday, August 7:Seattle Browncoats: Creative Geekery From the Meetup page: “Bring your Jayne Hats, Doctor Who scarves, Star Wars totes… whatever you have nearby and join us for geekery and crafting. Assistant organizers, Kikki and Larisa, will be hosting the events. We’ll be meeting around 6:00 pm to whenever. Feel free to wander in at whatever time you can make it.”
Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10: Dragonflight 35 The Dragonflight Convention started in 1980 and is one of the longest running gaming conventions in the Pacific Northwest. This event gathers together more than 500 players and GMs to play in or run some 300 events spread over three days in August. Here is a list of what we offer:
LARP (Live Action Role-playing)
A gamer garage sale, featuring used and collectable games
Vendors from around the Seattle area, including Game Stores, Game Companies, Artists, Online Magazines, and other resources that are related to gaming.
Saturday, August 9:Bellevue Eastside Board Game Meetup: Crossroads Mall Game Day From the Meetup page: “Our reoccurring [sic] weekly board game night!! Join fellow Eastsiders in the Crossroads mall outside Uncle’s Games. When you show up, just look for people playing board games, odds are they are with the group. Bring your favorite games to play, or demo one from inside Uncle’s Games. Be sure to give your patronage to the store as well when you can to show them our support.”
Monday, August 11:Kat Richardson at University Bookstore Kat Richardson lives aboard a boat in Seattle with her husband and a small pit bull—who is not the worlds largest ferret, no matter how she pretends. Kat rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and has been known to swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym.
Tuesday, August 12:Seattle Happy Hour Board Games From the Meetup page: “Join us for an afternoon of games and happy hour drink and food specials in Capitol Hill!
We usually have several members bringing games to play, so you only have to bring yourself. No experience with the games we play is needed – we’re happy to teach newcomers!
On the other hand, if you have a game or games you like to play, bring them along with you. Our group loves learning new games!
Happy Hour at Six Arms runs from 3 PM to 6 PM. Members start arriving at around 3 PM to order food and drinks, chat, and play a quick game or two. Most of the group will arrive by 4 PM and we’ll play something a little bit lengthier. We’ll try to wrap things up by 7 PM at the latest.”
Wednesday, August 13:Mary Daheim at University Bookstore Mary Richardson Daheim is a Seattle native with a communications degree from the University of Washington. Realizing at an early age that getting published in books with real covers might elude her for years, she worked on daily newspapers and in public relations to help avoid her creditors. She lives in her hometown in a century-old house not unlike Hillside Manor, except for the body count. Daheim is also the author of the Alpine mystery series, the mother of three daughters, and the grandmother of two granddaughters, all of whom live within shrieking distance.
Thursday, August 14:Story Games Seattle: Thursday Gaming @ Phoenix From the Meetup page: “Come join us for Thursday night story gaming!
Everybody’s welcome. Never come to our meetups before? Never tried story games or for that matter any roleplaying games? No worries! RSVP so we know you’re coming and you’ll get to play.”
Saturday, August 16:Indigenous Cultures Day From the Seattle Center: “Seattle Center Festal presents Indigenous Cultures Day. Explore and experience the rich culture of the original people of North America with music, food dance and activities.”
Sunday, August 17:BrasilFest From the Seattle Center: “Seattle Center Festál presents BrasilFest, Sunday, August 17. Follow the drumbeats to BrasilFest, which celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the elegant and powerful capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes and eat authentic food while learning about this varied culture.”
Sunday, August 17:I Heart Nerds 5k From GeekWire: “The I Heart Nerds 5K is a celebration of the vibrant tech and nerd culture in the greater Seattle area.”
Sunday, August 17:TC Women’s Comic Book Club From the Facebook Page: Announcing the FIRST EVER meeting of the Women’s Comic Book Club (cool name pending) at Hennepin County Central Library, in conference room N-402. We’ll be kicking things off by discussing the first volume of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel, “In Pursuit of Flight”. If you need information about where to buy or borrow the book, let me know.
Saturday, August 23:Museum of Flight STEM Back-to-School Day From Museum of Flight: “Learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Educational opportunities and how you can help your student succeed.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Honeywell, we will be giving away school supplies & other educational toys. All programs, activities & giveaways this day are free with admission to the Museum.”
Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24:Tibet Fest From the Seattle Center: “Seattle Center Festal presents Tibet Fest, August 23 – 24. Experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Tibet through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Join in a group dance, create a Sand Mandala, and learn about the ancient art of herbal medicines. Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest, which seeks to preserve this centuries-old cultural tradition with artwork, dance and discussions of the Tibetan people. Explore the rituals and traditions of Tibet with handmade arts and crafts, prayer flags, children’s activities and traditional food.”
Thursday, August 28:Jack Kirby Benefit From the Facebook page: “Join The Piranha Shop and more than 40 Seattle area artists as they pay homage with artwork inspired by the characters and worlds created by Jack Kirby.”
Friday, August 29-Monday, September 1:PAX Prime Penny Arcade’s annual gaming expo (Note: SOLD OUT).
Sunday, August 31:Pink Party Prime From the Facebook page: “It’s back and it’s bigger than ever! It’s the 6th Annual Pink Party, and it’s now Pink Party Prime! Bring your PAX party to our party, where you can explore drinks, game tables, dancing, and prizes. All of the hottest queer gaymers geeks and nerds will be there. If you only come out of your parent’s basement once a year, then this will be the place you’ll need to be.
Queer Geek’s Pink Party Prime will feature actress and voice-over artist Jennifer Hale, smokin’ hot DJs Krot and Futurewife, along with gogo studs Bolt and Tyler Rush, and a $1,000 cosplay contest. There will also be a dedicated gaming space and a VIP lounge where you’ll be able to mix and mingle with the amazing Jennifer Hale, along with a VIP drink specials and a VIP gaming space featuring playable demos of the hottest new games.
*PAX attendance not required for admission. (Note: This event is 21+)
If you have any geeky events you would like to see on Geek About Town, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we reserve the right to include or exclude events from our list.
With the start of the new year, it is time to look at the fresh calendar and fill it up with the events of our lives and of our interests. I asked GeekGirlCon staffers what things and events of geeky origin they are looking forward to in 2014. Here’s what they had to say.
Copy Writer SG-1 responded off the bat with an event all of us at GeekGirlCon can agree upon. “I’m definitely looking forward to GeekGirlCon ’14. As a Copy Writer, the vast majority of my work is completed before the convention doors open, so going to the convention, meeting other convention-goers, seeing friends I’ve made from past conventions and other geeky events over the years, and attending the panels I’ve been writing about for the program book is really what it’s all about for me. Meeting people I’ve admired for years–like GeekGirlCon ’13 guest Denise Crosby–is the icing on the biggest cake I can imagine. I can’t wait to see what we put together for this year!!”
Richard Dean Anderson during his MacGyver years. Image Source.
Copy Writer AJ Dent gave us another event many staffers attend (including me!). “Other than GeekGirlCon ’14 (!!), in 2014 I’m most looking forward to the Emerald City Comicon at the end of March. I missed it last year, and can’t make that mistake again! Having grown up watching The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men In Tights almost religiously, I’m mega-excited that actor Cary Elwes will be attending. I also recently learned that Richard Dean Anderson, aka MacGyver, briefly went to the same college I did, St. Cloud State University! I’ll probably awkwardly blurt this out if I get the chance to meet him, then ask him if we can be friends. Because I’m smooth like that.
UX Designer Kathryn Storm is into games and gadgets and gave me a few she is looking forward to this year. “Elder Scrolls Onlineand Below, both for Xbox One. Particularly, what I’ve seen as far as gameplay from Below looks so beautiful and captivating. I’m also looking forward to some biometric and virtual reality releases for gaming this year. And considering an Airo (probably the most interesting health monitor I’ve seen) even though I just bought a FitBit Flex. So many lovely gadgets!”
Elder Scrolls Online
Customer Service Manager Brittany Edwards continues with expected games in 2014. “Most of my geek origin story is rooted in PC gaming, so it’s only natural that what I’m most looking forward to is in that vein. The first PC release I’m looking forward to is Shadowrun: Dragonfall, new content for Shadowrun Returns, an amazing turn-based RPG I backed on Kickstarter situated in the Shadowrun universe, an intricately crafted cyberpunk/urban fantasy world. New content for Diablo III, titled Reaper of Souls, is something I’ve been eagerly awaiting since the original game’s release for PC in 2012. Both are scheduled to be released the beginning of this year.
“In addition to those, an MMO addition to the Elder Scrolls series (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, etc.), aptly titled Elder Scrolls Online, is slated for an as-yet-undetermined release date sometime in 2014. I discovered Elder Scrolls late in the series, but I found the universe interesting and engaging in prior single-player iterations- and MMOs are one of my favourite PC game genres. I have been desperately seeking something to fill the hole World of Warcraft left in my heart, and I have high hopes for Elder Scrolls Online in this regard. Time will tell!”
Concept art from Elder Scrolls Online: Valenwood. Image Source.
President of the Board and Twitter Administrator Kristine Hassell will be spending a good portion of her time in the movie theater. (Believe me, I will be too!) “It would be daft not to say I was excited about our fourth convention but I’m also looking forward to the roster of geeky films hitting the local cinemas throughout 2014. There are almost too many films for me to name-check but here is my short list:
“On March 14th, Veronica Mars returns to Neptune for her ten year reunion. Let the snark begin! April 4th brings Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I can’t wait to see Black Widow again and meet Falcon for the first time. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23rd. Singer returns to the X-Men franchise and I have high hopes to see what they do with the Uncanny X-Men story lines.
“August is a busy month for comic book fans. On the 1st, we get Guardians of the Galaxy. Remember Benicio Del Toro’s cameo at the end of the last Thor? The Collector is back and we get Vin Diesel as Groot! On the 22nd, one of my favourite Texans, Robert Rodriguez returns us to Sin City for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
“Katniss and co return on November 21st in another Mockingjay and rounding out the year’s geektastic film offerings? The final installation in The Hobbit trilogy on December 17th!”
What are you looking forward to this year?
Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, Manager of Editorial Services
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: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* 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.”
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)… !”
*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!”
Thursday, 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!”
Friday, 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.”
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.”
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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 1stJonny 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 1stDoctor 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 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.”
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
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!”
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 – 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
Got an awesome geeky event for us? Send it to Shubz at email@example.com or leave it in the comments below! Let us know if you’ve visited an event from our site, and we’ll see you at GeekGirlCon ‘12!
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