March Geek About Town!

Here comes the sun! As the weather warms up, head out to these amazing events around the city! Check out our first GeekGirlCon fundraiser event of the year on March 23!

 

Sunday, March 6: The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq

18:30–21:00, Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104

Tickets: VIP advance $25, day of $30, general admission advance $15, day of $20

This show is 21+

The only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle, The Sunday Night Shuga Shaq, is back! Please join us for an evening of dazzling dancing, tantric teasing, and all around prismatic sexy magic with some of the hottest Burlesque performers this side of the Mississippi! There will be so many shades and flavors of chocolate, caramel, mocha, lemon meringue, and red velvet dripping from the Theatre Off Jackson stage that you are guaranteed to leave with a tooth ache.
Tuesday, March 8: Neumos Presents: Harry Potter Trivia (Early Edition)

5:30pm for 6:00pm start, 8:30pm for 9:00pm start

Tickets $5.59 including fees

Harry Potter Trivia

Due to high demand, we’re pleased to announce two back-to-back trivia events in one night!

Tickets must be purchased for each event.

Harry Potter Happy Hour!
Join us in Moe Bar at 3pm before the official trivia for magical concoctions and discounted drinks.

Earn a raffle ticket for every drink purchased to win super cool Harry Potter themed prizes.

 

Tuesday, March 8: International Women’s Day Seattle

5:30pm-8:00pm, WeWork – Holyoke Building – 17 Spring Street, Seattle, WA 98104

#PLEDGEFORPARITY SEATTLE

Each of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence and commit to taking action to accelerate gender parity.

Join us on International Women’s Day for an evening of discussion, inspiration and celebration with a special panel of guest speakers.

A suggested donation of $10 includes light appetizers, a glass of wine and donation to participating non-profits.

 

Friday, March 11: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

7:00pm – 10:45pm, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

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.

 

Tuesday, March 15: All Geeks, All Games at Mox Boarding House!

6:00pm – 10:00pm, Mox Boarding House, 13310 BelRed Rd, Bellevue, WA

Our All Geeks, All Games events are growing in popularity!

Join GeekGirlCon and Mox Boarding House in Bellevue and help us continue to expand our community of diverse and inclusive gamers to the East Side!

Help us fill that beautiful Tournament Room with folks enjoying our favorite games in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Why mess with the headache of traffic when you can come and play games with us instead.

Staff from both organizations will be on hand to help facilitate gameplay for the shy to the extroverted, from the expert strategist to the board game neophyte. With a huge lending library of games on hand, there will be something for everyone!

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Saturday, March 19: 2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Film Festival

12:00pm – 5:00pm, Cinerama Theatre, 2100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Tickets $20 ($15 EMP and SIFF members)

EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the eleventh annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on March 19, 2016.

The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinematic arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.

Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. Ten short films will screen in the first session followed by nine short films in the second session, with an intermission in between. An awards ceremony will follow the second session.

 

Sunday, March 20: The Felt-A-Thon

9am – 9pm, Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230, 815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle, WA 98134

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Crash Boom invite puppet fans worldwide to take part in the second FELT-A-THON. The FELT-A-THON, a 12 hour puppet marathon charity event, will be held Sunday, March 20.

Beginning at 9am, Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 9 puppets in only 12 hours. A live stream of The FELT-A-THON will be available online, so that people everywhere will be able to tune in and watch their progress. Part of the 2016 World Day of Puppetry, all proceeds collected will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

In addition to collecting donations during the live stream event, all completed puppets will be put up for auction the next day. Those proceeds will also go to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Donations will be collected via IndieGoGo. Audience participation will be encouraged via social media: suggestions will be solicited, dares taken, and questions answered via The FELT-A-THON’s Twitter feed and FaceBook pages.

 

Monday, March 21 – Sunday, April 17: First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

The Seattle Public Library – Central Branch, Level 8 Gallery, Seattle, WA

Free

The Seattle Public Library invites the public to come face-to-face with the First Folio at the downtown Seattle Central Library March 21 through April 17, 2016. Considered one of the most important books ever published, the First Folio is the first and most comprehensive collection of the plays of William Shakespeare.

The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Without it, 18 of those plays would likely have been lost to time, including Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national traveling exhibit organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

 

Tuesday, March 22: Race, Justice and Democracy: Where do we stand?

7:30pm, Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle

Free; registration required

Seattle has a reputation as a progressive city, but when it comes to matters of race and justice how progressive is it? How do we view the activist voices of Black Lives Matter? As the Seattle Police Department operates under a Justice Department Consent Decree, is there progress being made in building trust with communities of color? What kind of leadership do we need to break down the barriers of institutional racism? This discussion will tackle these and other questions with a prominent panel of local speakers and the audience. Confirmed panel members include: Nikkita Oliver, lawyer, poet, and Seattle Black Lives Matter activist; Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez; Marcus Green, executive director of the South Seattle Emerald; and Mayor Ed Murray. KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the conversation. It will be live streamed and taped for broadcast.

Drinks with Geeks

Wednesday, March 23: Drinks With Geeks (A Fundraiser to Support GeekGirlCon)

5:30pm – 10:00pm, Peddler Brewery 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA

We have a question for you! Want to support GeekGirlCon by drinking a pint and eating a grilled cheese sandwich? If your answer is yes (and why wouldn’t it be?), we would love to see you at Peddler Brewing Company for our first fundraiser of 2016!

On March 23rd, we host our first fundraiser of 2016! We will raffle off great prizes while you enjoy tasty beers on tap.  And $1 of each pint sold will go to GeekGirlCon.

The fantastic Cheese Wizards food truck will be there and will donate 10% of their profit to GeekGirlCon. Check out their delicious menu here.

So if you like beer or grilled cheese, or just like GeekGirlCon, spend time with us in Ballard on March 23rd! Staff members and board members will be on hand to happily answer questions about our fantastic organization. We welcome the opportunity to meet our community and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 29: Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack: How to Succeed as a Woman In Tech

7:30PM, Downstairs at Town Hall, Doors open 6:30pm

Tickets $5

The Puget Sound is being driven by the tech industry—a field typically dominated by men. If you’re a woman in the tech world, or are looking to join it, what’s the best way to succeed? Women in Tech is one expert’s answer. Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (CEO of Fizzmint) will share stories of success from her book, tips on overcoming the boys’ club mentality, field-specific career skills, and easily achievable steps to coming out on top. She’ll be joined in conversation by successful female tech professionals who contributed to the book for a discussion of how they got to where they are and what it’s really like to be a “woman in tech.” Panelists include: Kamilah Taylor (software engineer at LinkedIn), Angie Chang (VP of Hackbright Academy, founder of Women 2.0), Brianna Wu (Co-Founder, CEO, and Head of Development at Giant Spacekat), and Kristin Toth Smith (former CEO of Code Fellows). The conversation will be moderated by Stephen (Stepto) Toulouse, Microsoft/Xbox veteran and currently Director of Hacker Success at HackerOne.

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ’15 Recap: In Conversation: Anita and Zoe

One of the biggest turnouts at GeekGirlCon ’15 was for a panel that was announced at the last minute. “In Conversation, Anita and Zoe” featured special guests Anita Sarkeesian (creator of Feminist Frequency) and Zoe Quinn (game designer and co-founder of Crash Override Network) as they discussed what it was like to be high-profile women in tech, online harassment, and what action we can all take to prevent online abuse.

Elizabeth Sampat, who moderated the panel, started by posing some questions to Sarkeesian and Quinn. “You are both successful women in the public eye,” she said. “What kinds of things do you have to do or put up with that men in similar positions don’t have to do?”

Quinn answered first: “I’m worried that people will see me in public and I look like crap.” With the amount of focus that goes into evaluating women’s appearances, she voices her concerns about how if she doesn’t look “acceptable,” she will find threads on Reddit the next day criticizing how she looks. “There are all the things that go into appearance. I got into game dev and writing so I didn’t have to see people but now with this public thing I have to use makeup. It’s easier now when I think of it as painting a Warhammer mini.”

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

Purple and Nine Teaches Tween Girls about Technology

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter JC Lau

In the past few years, there have happily been more instances of games and toys for girls that relate to science and technology. Goldieblox is a well-known one, but Girls who Code and Techbridge, for example, are programs to teach girls about coding and software development. In that vein is Purple and Nine, an animated webseries and comic book series aimed at girls aged 8-12.

Purple and Nine was developed by Gangly Sister, a group of parents who were concerned with the representation of girls in the media, specifically the “stereotypes of girls who are interested only in boys, fashion, and celebrity. We wanted to show girls that they could be anything, and create the heroines we believe today’s media is missing.”

The show and comic series follow the adventures of Purple and Nine, two ten year old best friends. According to the website, “Purple and Nine is about creating inspiring role models for children and teaching them why technology would be a good career path. We aren’t telling girls (or boys) “you can do it”. Of course they can. But why should they? Why would they want to? Purple and Nine shows examples of how technology can save the world.”

Purple and Nine discover Ferret. Image source: Gangly Sister

Purple and Nine discover Ferret. Image source: Gangly Sister

However, Purple and Nine are not simply two geeky girls who know how to use a computer; the show also addresses social issues and interpersonal relationships. For example, in the first episode, Purple tries to use a 3D printer to recreate her father’s chess set. As the girls research how to make the chess pieces, they discover that the chess set was made using child labor overseas. This raises a series of moral questions about where their products come from, and what the difference is between Purple and Nine making a chess set using a 3D printer, and when children overseas are also making chess sets.

Although I’m outside the demographic for the show, I found it to raise a lot of interesting questions. The show also introduces Ferret, who is (unsurprisingly) a ferret that quotes information from the internet. As Purple and Nine have questions, Ferret answers them. I imagine that this would encourage kids to do their own research and find out the answers to their questions for themselves. Gangly Sister also are launching a Purple and Nine digital comic series this month, so it would be interesting to see how the series expands to cater to the ever-growing demand for girls in technology.

Want to see for yourself? Watch the first episode here!

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

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