Geek About Town: June 2012

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 10th NorthWest 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.

Sunday, June 10th, 10:30 AM: Dominoes and Such with Seattle Browncoats at Wayward Coffee
Casual board gaming and sci-fi discussion.

Tuesday, June 12th, 7:00 PM: Flight of the Conchords TRIVIA NIGHT with Seattle Nerds Collide! at Central Cinema
Flight of the Conchords-related trivia. $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

Tuesday, June 12th, 7:00 PM: HTML Prototyping at Seattle Information Architecture & User Experience Meetup with Seattle UX at Piecora’s
From the meetup page: “Continuing our themes, in June, we’d like to bring focus to an important part of IA & UX work: prototyping. We’ll have a panel of speakers with Matt Turpin (Fell Swoop), Bram Wessel (FatDUX), and Kevin Wick (Frog Design). RSVP, space is limited!”

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

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Geek About Town: May 2012 To-Do List

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!

Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00 PM: Harlots and Heroines: Images of Women in Media and Pop Culture at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse. (21+)
Join GeekGirlCon’s own Jen Stuller and UW professor Amy Peloff (gender, women, and sexuality studies) as they and moderator Marcie Sillman (KUOW senior reporter) host this month’s conversation in the Seattle Area.

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!!”

Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00 PM: Redmond Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club – May Meetup
A discussion about Down to a Sunless Sea by David Graham

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!

Saturday, May 19th, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: X-Bit 3 at The Vera Project (All ages)
From the event page: Acts include Mechlo, Turtlesaur, Awesomecat, and Orbital Strike.

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, 3:00 PM: May Anime Potluck hosted by the Seattle Women’s Anime Meetup

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

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