09.3.13 // Geek About Town
Fall is starting early this year in Seattle. Step out of the rain and into some great geeky activities. We’ve got literature, science, tech, feminism, comedy, music, gay, gaming, art, and animal-related events for you throughout the month of September. Be sure to warm up your geeky engine while GeekGirlCon works on bringing you our third annual convention on October 19 and 20, 2013.
Tuesday, September 3, 7:30 P.M.: Pacific Northwest Earthquakes at Queen Anne Science Cafe at T.S. McHugh’s
From the Pacific Science Center Calendar: “The next major Pacific Northwest earthquake might be a century from now, or much sooner. At the September Queen Anne Science Café, join the Seattle Times’ Sandi Doughton (and author of Full Rip 9.0) and the Washington State Seismologist, John Vidale, Ph.D., to explore what type of earthquake we can expect in the future and how our region is preparing for the next ‘big one.’”
From the GeekWire Calendar: “Children of the Atom present LEVEL UP!, a FREE weekly comedy show EVERY THURSDAY night, 7:30 PM at The Capitol Club! Expect funny stuff, nerdery, possible life lessons, dork debates, embarrassing diary entries, live action show n’ tell, almost decent sketches and consistent awkward moments provided by Seattle comedy’s finest! Plus, sometime secret guests and tons of PRIZES! Most importantly, not only can you enjoy Happy Hour specials until 8 PM, but Thursday is $1 taco and $2 Rainier/Tecate night! COMBO!! This will be the best dinner and not movie you’ve ever had!”
Thursday, September 5, 7:00 P.M.: Love is Love: Four Authors Who Celebrate Gay Romance at University Bookstore U District
From the U Bookstore calendar: “Gearing up for the Sept. 14 conference “Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up” at the Seattle Central Library, Old Growth Northwest presents a special reading event with four Washington state writers—Kade Boehme, Daisy Harris, Rick R. Reed, and Lou Sylvre. Whether they write taut thrillers or powerful romances, each author shines a spotlight on LGBT relationships and the universality of love.”
Sunday, September 8, 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.: Technology Alliance Group (TAG) for Northwest Washington for a fun-filled family picnic out at Boxx Berry Farm
From the GeekWire Calendar: “Join the Technology Alliance Group (TAG) for Northwest Washington for a fun-filled family picnic out at Boxx Berry Farm on Sunday, September 8th. From noon until 3 pm, we will have food, fun and technology for all ages!
Enjoy hands-on displays like Bricks and Beyond’s Lego robotics, or explore farm technology displayed by Boxx Berry Farm.”
From the GeekWire Calendar: “So you have an idea for a startup? What next? Time to discuss it with someone, and get some feedback. Let us introduce you to Mentor Mondays – A collaboration between NWEN and Founder Institute Seattle. Rebecca is currently serving an interim post as the CEO of Vittana, and loves doing good work with great people who are making a difference in the world. She brings 20 years of operating, development and executive experience to the role, and was delighted to return to her native Seattle a decade ago. Here, she has served as the Director of the Alliance of Angels program, Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), and most recently Chief Business Officer of GeekWire. She teaches a class on Venture Capital in the UW MBA program, and serves as a mentor at TechStars, the Founder Institute and 9 Mile Labs. In all of these capacities she has screened, coached and mentored thousands of entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on pitch coaching and match-making. She is on the employer advisory board of the UW Foster School of Business, the board of directors of NWEN, and the advisory board of LikeBright. Rebecca is a phi beta kappa graduate of Carleton College and a Dean’s Scholar, UW Foster MBA program. She is endlessly devoted to education, entrepreneurship, and karaoke.”
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.: Women In Wireless Seattle: Career Networking Event at T-Mobile Newport 2 Cafe
From the GeekWire Calendar: “For the third year in a row, Women In Wireless is proud to host a Global Speed Networking Event where thousands of professionals around the world unite on the same day to meet, mingle and discuss current issues relevant to women in the wireless industry.”
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.: Inside Art: Why Do We Make Things? Downstairs at Town Hall Seattle
From Town Hall Seattle Calendar: “This fall, Town Hall debuts a new four-event series dedicated to exploring and celebrating visual arts in Seattle. Each of the programs features some of the area’s finest creative minds in discussion with a moderator around a topic designed to illuminate how art reflects—and defines—us. This inaugural program features artist Marita Dingus (who donated her mixed-media sculpture Woman as the Creator to Town Hall in May), videographer/photographer Rodrigo Valenzuela, and painter Margie Livingston, in conversation with Jess Van Nostrand of The Project Room.”
From the GeekWire Calendar: “The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conversation about the future of business and technology. Now in its second year, this year’s full-day Summit will draw hundreds of attendees and speakers from a variety of industries.”
From the U Bookstore Calendar: “Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring vacantly out of the window and arranging words on a page. He lives and writes in Wales. The Eyre Affair was his first novel in the bestselling Thursday Next series. He is also the author of the Nursery Crime books. The fantastic Jasper Fforde’s new book is a YA novel and a hilarious magical adventure. In it, King Snodd IV has set his sights on destroying magic in the Ununited Kingdom forever, but Jennifer Strange and the Kazam Mystical Arts Management crew are determined to stop him. This is the second book in Fforde’s Chronicles of Kazam.”
From the GeekWire Calendar: “The speaker for this 35th Anniversary event is Leslie Mackie, founder and owner of Macrina Bakery. Leslie was head baker at Seattle’s Grand Central Bakery, then in 1993 she opened her own place, Macrina. All of Seattle knows of Macrina’s irresistible artisan breads.”
From the GeekWire Calendar: “Witness over 25 years of video game history unfold with a cinematic video presentation, synced to Zelda’s sensational, action-packed music performed live by the Seattle Symphony and conducted by Irish-born Zelda Symphony conductor, Eímear Noone. One of the most famous gaming franchises of all time, The Legend of Zelda™ has sold over 62 million copies and has entertained generations, spanning more than a quarter century of magic and adventure.”
Friday, September 13, 7:00 P.M.: A Happily Ever After for All: Presenting Four Gay Romance Authors at University Bookstore U District
From the U Bookstore Calendar: “Gearing up for the Sept. 14 conference “Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up” at the Seattle Central Library, Old Growth Northwest presents a special reading event with four authors attending the Meet-Up—Megan Derr, Andrea Speed, Ethan Stone, and Anne Tenino. From paranormal mysteries to comedic romances, each writer shines a spotlight on LGBT love and relationships, and promotes the theme that there’s a Happily Ever After for everyone.”
From the U Bookstore Calendar: “As a 501(c)3 organization (status pending), founded in 2012 and headquartered in Seattle, Old Growth Northwest serves the greater Pacific Northwest region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska. Old Growth Northwest fosters creative collaboration and exchange within a robust community of writers and readers in the Pacific Northwest.”
Saturday, September 14, 7:00 P.M.: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Party at Greenlake and Paramount Park
From the NW Science Calendar: “One of the best ways to get started as an observer is to attend one of the SAS star parties. Nonmembers are welcome to attend our monthly public star parties at Green Lake and Paramount Park, and members enjoy views under a darker sky at the monthly star parties held at Snoqualmie Point Park. There is no substitute for first hand experience at these events.”
Monday, September 16, 5:30 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.: Space: Are We There Yet? at The Museum of Flight
From the NW Science Calendar:
- “How will the commercial space economy evolve in the next 20 years?
- Will regulation create disadvantages?
- How will national governments support exploration and development of space by the private sector?
- What will be the triggers for mainstream investor interest in private space companies?
- What will be the biggest opportunities for investors in the second Space Age?
- What new opportunities are surfacing for entrepreneurs, scientists, and teachers as the commercial space industry grows?
Join us for an exciting evening of conversation at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, one of the largest air and space museums in the world, as we explore these questions with some of the industry’s leading thinkers and executives- all against the backdrop of the museum’s inspiring, full-scale exhibit of NASA’s Space Shuttle Trainer.”
From the U Bookstore Calendar: “Ree Soesbee is a writer, game designer, and lore editor for massively multiplayer online games. She has authored more than sixteen novels in a wide variety of fantastic worlds ranging from the popular Legend of the Five Rings setting to Star Trek, Dragonlance, Deadlands, and Vampire: the Masquerade. This book, set in the high fantasy world created for the video game Guild Wars, follows a human sailor trying to help rebuild a great city destroyed by the Elder Dragon Zhaitan and his undead army.”
From AWIS email: “Event will begin with refreshments followed by Panel Information Session and a Tour of the Facility. Pre-registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/5854038587. IDRI is a global health nonprofit, taking a comprehensive approach to address infectious diseases. IDRI combines the science of a research organization with the product development capabilities of a biotech company to create new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines.”
Friday, September 20, and Saturday, September 21, 8:00 P.M.: JOYstick! Video Game Burlesque Level 2 at Columbia City Theater
From the Facebook page: “From the team that brought you “An Evening at Merlotte’s”, JOYstick! Level 2 is the next generation of video game burlesque. From Final Fantasy to World of Warcraft to Katamari Damacy, all aspects of video games and gamer culture will be explored. ” Doors open at 6:00 P.M. for mingling and cocktails. Get your tickets here!
From the GeekWire Calendar: “Robothon is a national event that showcases the capabilities and technological developments in robotics from the amateur robotics community. At this event, people from around the world come together to present new robotic technologies, share ideas, meet fellow robotic enthusiasts, show off their robotic creations, and compete in many robotic competitions and activities.”
From the University Bookstore Calendar: “Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff artist, Wendy Wahman is the author/illustrator of Don’t Lick the Dog: Making Friends with Dogs and A Cat Like That, and the illustrator of the forthcoming Snowboy 1, 2, 3, written by Joe Wahman. Don’t Lick the Dog was selected as a 2010 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, starred for Outstanding Merit, and accepted to the Society of Illustrators Original Art show. Wendy’s editorial illustrations have appeared in major publications including Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Washington with her husband, freelance writer and editor Joe Wahman.”
From the Burke Museum Event Page: “Bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, fly, buzz, or crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual family event. Get eye-to-eye with giant walking sticks, examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections, try some buggy snacks, and more!
He’s Back! David George Gordon, AKA The Bug Chef, returns to Bug Blast with brand new recipes from his recently published book of entomophalolical delights, The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin. The Bug Chef will cook up tasty treats on the outdoor stage at 10:30 am, noon, and 1:30 pm. Can you eat them? Of course you can!”
Tuesday, September 24, 5:45 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.: 3 Parents and a Baby at 415 Westlake Ave. N.
From the NWABR Calendar: “New technology uses genetic material from three people to create an embryo through modified IVF in order to prevent the inheritance of some genetic disease. The first country to adopt the technology, the UK recently announced it will draft regulations for the procedure to be approved by Parliament before it can be used clinically.
Before it is in play, let’s examine this technology. Is this a cause to celebrate disease prevention? Is it safe? Does it go too far to make a ‘perfect’ child?
Come and add your voice to an engaging and informal discussion with open-minded people about science and its role in society.”
Thursday, September 26, 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.: Peter Bagge with Cienna Madrid
From the Town Hall Calendar: “You might know the story of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger—but chances are you’ve never heard (or seen!) anyone tell it like Seattle alternative-comics master Peter Bagge. The Harvey Award-winning author of the comic series Hate launches Women Rebel, his graphic-novel biography of social and political maverick Sanger, in a slideshow focusing on her activism and how the book came together, with original sample pages. Then, in conversation with Cienna Madrid of The Stranger, Bagge expands on the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist, making Sanger whole and human and showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did.”
From GeekGirlCon Events: “Go west, young geek, go west! Or east. Or south, or whichever direction will get you to Central Cinema on September 30! GeekGirlCon and Central Cinema welcome you to watch two episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. starting at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to come hungry as a horse, as these tall tales will unfold at a tasty TV Dinner.”