Geek About Town: March

We’ve made it (almost) through the winter, my fellow geeks! We’re moving from the cold and gray and rainy and to the…slightly less cold and gray and rainy. And as the temperature outside starts to creep slowly upwards, we’ve got a wide variety of incredibly, cheering, 100% certified nerdy events to help you celebrate the coming of spring!

Image Description: A gif of a person basking in the rain as a flower blossoms. Source: Giphy

 

 

Thursday, March 1st: Emerald City Comic Con

  • March 1st through March 4th
  • 10:00am
  • Washington State Convention Center
    800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 1-4 2018!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

March 2015 Geek About Town

March is upon us, fellow geeks. We’ve got our usual list of awesome geeky happenings for you, so dive right in!

Saturday, March 7: Dino Day
Burke Museum
10 am – 4 pm
From the website: “Dig deep into dinosaur mysteries at the Burke Museum! Crack the prehistoric case to discover what we can find out about dinosaurs through their poop, teeth, bones, and more! Also talk to Burke paleontologists about their latest find—the 10-foot-long legs of the duck-billed dino Edmontosaurus—and see them on display for the first time.

Additional activities:

Uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit
Watch scientists prepare dinosaur fossils
Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you
Dress up in dino-gear & give your best roar
Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world

Presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty w/UW ID

Please note: Dino Day is a popular event. If the nearby parking lot is full, there is street parking available on adjacent streets and other lots on campus that are a short walk away.”

 

Saturday, March 7: Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Bellevue College Gymnasium
1 pm – 4 pm
From the website: “The Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) is an annual science and engineering competition for 9th-12th grade students in King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State. The CSRSEF encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides professional scientists and engineers the chance to interact with some of the best and brightest young students in the greater Seattle/Everett region.

The overarching goal of the CSRSEF is to encourage students in their studies of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to explore career opportunities in technical fields. Specifically, the CSRSEF is working to:

Support effective STEM education to ensure future economic vitality and quality of life in the state, region, and nation.

Provide a continuous supply of highly trained technologists to meet the workforce demands of Washington State’s STEM driven economy.

Provide and maintain resources to help K-12 schools in King and Snohomish Counties build the capacity needed to increase competency in STEM education

Encourage business leaders, scientific institutions, and K-12 educational institutions to support and encourage the study of STEM fields

Participation in science fair stimulates students’ interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions, and critical thinking.

The CSRSEF is an affiliate of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).”

 

Saturday, March 7: CRY Holi
From the website: “Brush off the blues and greys. CRY Holi is back with a riot of colors to spread joy and laughter. As the festival of colors heralds the arrival of spring and also the arrival of equality, to encourage the spirit of oneness we raise funds for the under-served children of our society by organizing this high spirited Holi Bash annual event. Join us as thousands of people get color bombed, dance to the upbeat Bollywood numbers and see the world in a myriad hue of colors. This is one time no one minds being hit with water balloons by total strangers!

What’s in store for everyone? The same love. The same vibe. The same camaraderie and celebration, but this time around CRY HOLI 2015 just gets bigger and crazier. Join us as we paint the city RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and everything in between.”

Buy tickets on their website!

 

Saturday, March 7: Seattle Interactive Fiction Meetup
From their Google Group:
“WHAT: Meet each other, share personal Interactive Fiction interests, discuss current competitions that are open for voting (French & ParserComp), plus any other IF topics of interest

WHO: You, hopefully!

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 4-6 pm (optional no-host dinner afterward)

WHERE: The Audrey at Belltown, 2922 Western Avenue. To get buzzed into the building, type #111 on the keypad at the front door. The Audrey is located across the street from the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, corner of Broad & Western. Parking is generally plentiful on the street (metered) or in the parking garage at the Sculpture Park. Several buses have stops nearby (1, 2, 24, 33, D). The meetup is in a common room, near the lobby, not a specific apartment. No need to bring a snack or anything, though you can if you’d like.”

For more information, visit their Twitter: @SeattleIF

 

Friday, March 6-29: Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables
From the website: “World premiere. This is the play that will have all of Seattle talking! Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails. CEO Bette, the original glass ceiling crasher, is on the verge of debuting a reality television show designed to introduce a whole new audience of women to her no–holds-barred view of business. When her reputation takes a hit, all three are faced with a choice—band together to save the agency or fend for themselves. Schellhardt’s dark comedy begs the question: is there more than one way for women to do business?”

Showtimes and days vary; see their calendar and buy tickets here.

 

Wednesday, March 11: Reining in the Surveillance Society
Town Hall, Seattle
Doors open at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 pm.
From the website: “Aerial drones … license plate scanners … Stingrays. Government has more means than ever to conduct surveillance and intrude on our privacy. Noted technologist Chris Soghoian of the national ACLU explains how new technologies threaten freedom and what we can do to control their use.

Dubbed the “Ralph Nader for the Internet Age” by Wired and “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” by the Economist, Christopher Soghoian works at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. Soghoian’s research has shed significant light on the use of sophisticated surveillance technologies by US law enforcement agencies, exposing such techniques to public debate and criticism.

Soghoian has been named a top innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, and was an Open Society Foundations Fellow. Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers. He is a TED Senior Fellow.

Watch his Ted Talk here.

This event is FREE to attend. Click here to register.

 

Friday, March 13: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “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! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido,The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”

 

Friday, March 13: Guinea Arts Cooperative presents Beyond Ebola: A Fundraiser for Families in Guinea, West Africa
From the website: “Join us for a booty shakin’ extravaganza featuring the dance and music of Seattle-based Guinean Artists including “Message from Guinea”, Manimou Camara and Denbaya, Kouyate Arts and more! Come one and come all!

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Venue: Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre (ECC)
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Time: Door Open: 6:45 pm;  Show Starts: 7:30 pm

The Guinea Arts Cooperative is a collaborative of the Guinea Exchange, a 501(c)(3), and Seattle area Guinean artists and friends. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had profound financial stress on Guinea due to travel restrictions, resource scarcity, and escalating prices on basic necessities. The goal is to raise funds for essential resources, and to provide additional assistance to the broader community by partnering with the UN World Food Programme.

We dare you to donate a full-sack of rice for your concert ticket!

$20 demi-sack of rice
$40 full-sack of rice

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Also: Join us for a month of activities benefitting families in Guinea who are directly and indirectly impacted by the Ebola epidemic. Your participation matters.

Dance and Music Workshops at Ethnic Cultural Center and University Heights Sat-Sun March 14-15, 2015 in Seattle. “Message from Guinea” perform for Beyond Ebola at Jazz Alley Monday March 30th, 2015.

Visit our Silent Auction online. (Going LIVE February 2015).”

Tickets for these events can be purchased here.

 

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-22: 20th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival
From the website: “HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: No longer a teenager, at 20 years old, SJFF is all grown up. This year, the festival celebrates our maturity as not only the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest but also as one of the largest and most prominent Jewish film festivals in the country, symbolizing how far Jewish and Israeli film has come in the past 20 years. This year, SJFF showcases numerous award-winners: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIAN AMSALEM, a Golden Globe nominee from Israel, two Oscar contenders for Best Foreign Film (GETT and Closing Night’s MR. KAPLAN, Spain/Uruguay/Germany), and two shorts, one a 2014 Academy Award® nominee and the other shortlisted this year (FACING FEAR, Canada, and SUMMER VACATION, Israel) – part of our “GAY GEZUNT!” LGBTQ Film Series.

Across countries, languages and cultures, Jewish film opens a window into new worlds, while confirming our shared stories, cultural connections and common humanity. Join us from start to finish – 32 films from 10 countries in 10 days – encounter the world together and be forever changed.”

Tickets Now On Sale!

 

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22: Victorian Heritage Festival, Port Townsend
From the website: “The Victorian Heritage Festival is a organized by Olympic Peninsula Steam with sponsorship in part by the Northwest Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, a non-profit organization dedicated to education about 19th Century European and American culture. For more information about the festival, please contact information@victorianfestival.org.

Olympic Peninsula Steam believes an appreciation of history contributes to a more vibrant and artistic community.”

Purchase your tickets here.

 

Saturday, March 21: Nerdcore Hip Hop!
9:00 pm; $5 admission; 21+ show
Blue Moon
712 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

An evening of nerdcore hip hop with Death Star, Shubzilla, Billy the Fridge, and MC Type.

As Gandalf once said, “Live long and prosper”

 

Saturday, March 21: The Felt-a-thon
From the website: “The FELT-A-THON is a 24 hour puppet marathon charity event broadcast online via live stream. Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 12 short puppet videos in only 24 hours. Part of the 2015 World Day of Puppetry, proceeds collected during the 2015 FELT-A-THON will go to Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County.

What: The FELT-A-THON Live at The Pocket

When: March 21, 8:30pm

Where: The Pocket Theater
8312 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103

Tickets: $10 online/$14 at the door

As part of their 24 hour puppet video making marathon, The FELT-A-THON will have one live public performance event at The Pocket Theater, Saturday, March 21 at 8:30pm.

The audience will get to experience the behind-the-scenes insanity first-hand as The FELT-A-THON cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Amanda Rae’s “Project Pillow Palace” set, part of Design Month at The Pocket Theater. Attendees will be invited to become part of the action as extras, actors, or even puppeteers, but also have the option to just relax as a member of the studio audience.”

 

Tuesday-Sunday, March 24-29: APRIL Book Expo
From the website: “The festival called Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) actually happens in March. Hear funny/serious/provocative readings by independent writers on Capitol Hill. Every year we hold a book fair of small presses, literary journals, and literary organizations. We call it—simply enough—the APRIL Book Expo. In 2014 we hosted almost 40 small presses from around the country. The 2015 APRIL Book Expo will be held at Richard Hugo House. It’s free to the public. Always has been, always will be. For more information, please visit the APRIL Book Expo calendar page.

 

Friday, March 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “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! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido,The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”

 

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29: Emerald City Comicon
From the website: “We are the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest! Check out the site to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our original webcomic, Tales From The Con, all the photo galleries from years past and much, much more!”

 

Now through May 25: Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Pacific Science Center
From the website: “Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including one of the largest collection of body casts ever presented.

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. POMPEII: The Exhibition tells the tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. From garden frescoes and marble statues to helmets and shin guards of the day’s Gladiators, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — you will experience daily life in this bustling Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of 6 full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.”

Buy your tickets here.

 

Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!

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

 

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: March 2012 To-Do List

It’s that Friday again, everyone! Whip out those wall calendars, smartphones, and time portals for March’s Geek About Town To-Do List!

March 1: Seattle San Guo Sha Meetup : Thursday Throwdown

March 1: The Seattle PHP Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

March 2-4: The 2012 Northwest Women’s Show!

March 3: Hard Rock Cafe Seattle – Battle of the Bands

March 3: Sound Off! 2012 – FINALS at the EMP Museum

March 4: Seattle Laser Tag Club Night Game in Queen Anne

March 5: Lean Startup Seattle presents FAILs and WINs of Lean Startup at the Cheezburger Factory by Scott Porad

March 5: The Seattle MySQL Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

March 6: Geeks Who Drink Present The Contest: The 3rd Annual Seinfeld Quiz

March 7: Celebrate the one-year anniversary of GeekWire at the GeekWire Summit

March 8-10: Stripped Screw presents: Disney After Dark! burlesque show

March 10: Between the Covers: the Gay City Library Book Club

March 10: The Time Travelers’ Rummage Sale returns! If you need costume accessories for Norwescon, Sakuracon or just for fun, this is a great place to shop.

March 10: STG Presents: Sarah Vowell, NY Times bestselling author of 5 books on history and culture

March 11: Dragonflight & GeekGirlCon host a Board Game Event at AFK Tavern

March 12: (All ages show, suggested donation of $10 for admission)

March 12: The Seattle Web Technology Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

March 13: Bookmaking with Blurb: InDesign & Photoshop (LR) Users Unite!

March 14: Ladyhawke Movie Night with GeekGirlCon at Central Cinema

March 22: Wappow! Seattle Social Media Day

March 23: Premiere of The Hunger Games

March 24: Head to the Museum of Flight for “Spy Pilot Chronicles”, An Evening with Blackbird Spyplane Crewmembers Brian Shul and Walt Watson !

March 26: Legend of Zelda concert at Benaroya Hall

March 30: Northwest Freethought Conference

March 30: X-Bit Presents @ University District Pink Gorilla (Doors open at 8:30pm, all ages chiptune show, Tickets on sale here.)

March 30-31, April 1: Emerald City Comicon (All-ages, comic convention – click link for ticket details)

Puzzle Palooza featuring Groovik’s Cube (All-ages, interactive exhibit, free for Pacific Science Center Members, general admission rates otherwise)

Thursday Karaoke at the AFK Tavern : This one happens every Thursday regardless of month, but it’s definitely been on MY to-do list!

Check out the Asian American Arcade exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. The show is on display until June 17.

Whew! Talk about an action-packed month! Got any geeky events at a town near you? Post up a comment and let us know where you’ll be!

Shiboo_Krismer
“Rock On!”

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