10.3.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: DIY Science Zone
Science Communicator and GeekGirlCon Media Administrator Raychelle Burks has put together a star-studded workshop full of awesome science for you to get your hands on. Get a feel for what scientists do. This isn’t just for the kids—there’s science fun for all ages! Professional scientists and science teachers from a range of disciplines will be available to work with you in the lab. What might you get to do?
DNA extraction made easy!
Are you bitter? A genetic taste test.
Magic breath! Acid-base chemistry of the body.
CSI: GeekGirlCon! Finding latent prints using ninhydrin.
Coffee ground fossils! Perfect for Seattle.
Neuron know-how! Build your own & learn how they work.
Slime-to-go! Make your own bag of goo.
Making craters! Please bring your own sound effects.
Dancing raisins! No choreography skills required.
Nature notebooks! A mix of art & nature.
What scientists and science communicators might you get to interact with? Currently slated to help you out include:
Danielle Lee @DNLee5 – biologist, animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology
Lali DeRossier @Lalsox – science teacher, general biology, anatomy and physiology, and animal diversity
@Chemjobber – chemistry, chemical manufacturing
Emily Fink @Seelix
Bethany Brookshire @Scicurious – neuroscience, mental health, physiology, pharmacology
Matthew Francis @DrMRFrancis – physics, astronomy, cosmology, and gravitation
Caleph Wilson @HeyDrWilson – immunologist, cell engineer, STEM mentor/advocate
Rachael Ludwick @r343l – science, agriculture, food
Stephen Granade @Sargent – physics, lasers, quantum mechanics, robot airplanes, and sensors
Dr. Marie Villarba – chemistry, surface science, global warming, education
Melanie Mallon @melmall – science communicator
Nicole Gugliucci @NoisyAstronomer – astronomy, radio astronomy, specifically low frequency radio astronomy instrumentation, CosmoQuest, education
Dr. Charity Lovitt – chemistry, organometallics, quantum mechanical modeling of chemical reactions
Ray Burks @drrubidium – chemistry, analytical chemistry
Do you have other science questions? Each of these prominent scientists and science teachers has a field of specialty with tons of knowledge to share. Come visit them and get your questions answered!
Not only do you get to participate in hands-on science and talk to scientists and science communicators, but you also have an opportunity to bring some science kits home! Attendees will be given an “Exploration Tracker” to document the completion of experiments. This tracker doubles as a prize entry, thanks to the support of ThinkGeek! By completing 3 projects, attendees could win a Portal 2 PotatOS Science Kit, an Edible Chemistry Kit, or a Common Cold.
What more could you want? Come to GeekGirlCon ‘13 (passes on sale through Brown Paper Tickets or at a local shop) and get your science geek satisfied!
Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services
by GeekGirlCon Staff Copywriter Erin Doherty
Ah, shiny baubles! For those of us who like to adorn ourselves, poring over displays of jewelry, clothing, accessories, and other luscious accoutrements never gets old. In any store or at any event that features crafters and artisans, it’s the first place I gravitate to, hoping to find the next little treasure that I just can’t live without.
Unfortunately, my geeky jewelry is sadly lacking these days. In high school, I had one of those dragon’s claw necklaces (you know the ones), and a ring in the form of a snake wrapped twice around, which I pretended was my own personal Sning (this was my Piers Anthony phase).
Happily, I plan to rectify that situation at GeekGirlCon ‘13. Here’s a small sampling of some of the many jewelers and other makers of pretty things you’ll see on the 3rd floor Exhibitors Hall.
I love it when science-minded artists create works that are sort of sneaky. Like this pendant from SurlyRamics: it looks a bit like an abstract drawing of a flower, but wait! It’s actually a neuron! She carries plenty of other science, skeptic, and geekery designs, too, from Feynman diagrams to trilobites and robots.
For fantasy-lovers who have maenads, faeries, unicorns, and the like on the brain, check out the fantastical creations of idolatre clothing co. Who needs the Younicorn app on your iPhone when you can have an actual unicorn horn sprouting from your head, complete with ears and a flowery headdress?!
If screenprints are more your thing, RetroPopNamu has got you covered with hoodies, t-shirts, and bags, all inspired by retro Japanese motifs. Some of their designs include octopus, squid, kitten, and dragon themes. It’s officially fall in Seattle, so I’m already coveting their cozy owl hoodie—you can never have too many hoodies, right?
Vendors like Tea Time Inc. and Christal Blu Creations appeal to the steampunk aesthetic, with their intricate hats, fascinators, and other apparel. With Halloween and New Year’s Eve both around the corner, you’ll find good use for items like jaunty mini top hats and saucy underbust vests. You’ll need some jewelry to go with these, of course, and Verona the Mad is just the thing, with brass filigrees, delicate gears, and colorful beads.
There’s more, including Lego-inspired jewelry, duct tape bags, and astronomy-inspired necklaces—but you’ll have to come to GeekGirlCon ‘13 to check it out!
09.27.13 // All the Programming for GeekGirlCon’13!
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for—ALL THE PROGRAMMING for GeekGirlCon ‘13!
You’ve got your plans for Friday evening—starting off at the Tap House Grill with beverages and camaraderie with fellow geeks from GeekGirlCon and Seattle Browncoat Charities, then heading out to The Bechdel Test Burlesque. And you’ve made your plans to attend the Saturday evening concert.
Now you can strategize every minute of your GeekGirlCon ‘13 experience! Check out our programming guide to make a detailed quest guide of what workshops, panels, and spotlights to attend on Saturday and Sunday. Remember to fit in time to visit our Exhibitors and Artist Alley.
Our annual GeekGirlCONcert is bringing the best of music and comedy to you. Returning favorite Marian Call headlines, the seriously funny Bri Pruett opens the show, and the phenomenal musician Unwoman rounds out this exciting lineup.
Details and Cheat Codes:
- What: GeekGirlCONcert Spectacular
- Where: EMP Level 3, Seattle Center (look for signage & GeekGirlCon volunteers to show you the way)
- When: Concert at 8:00 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m.
- Who: GeekGirlCon attendees with free tickets from the Info Booth and anyone else that loves geeky music and wants a fabulous evening!
- How Much: $15 tickets or get one of 50 free tickets for GeekGirlCon ‘13 attendees on Saturday at our Info Booth.
More Spectacular Information:
The geeky goodness kicks off with Bri Pruett! She is a stand-up comic of all disciplines, performing wherever anyone will listen—usually in and around the Pacific Northwest in theaters, bars, casinos, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival. Pruett is the sidekick/director of original talk/variety show Late Night Action with Alex Falcone, and has opened for comedians like NBC’s Ron Funches, MTV’s Sarah Schaeffer, SNL’s Fred Armisen, and Kids in the Hall‘s Kevin McDonald. You can see her performing with her improvised musical ensemble Pipes and hosting a stand-up showcase every other Saturday at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon.
Next up is the inimitable Unwoman, a San Francisco-based solo cellist-singer-songwriter. With classic covers and timeless songs about love gone wrong, Unwoman has been a featured favorite at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. She received the 2013 Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award for best solo musician. In addition to solo work, Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, and Stripmall Architecture. With talent of epic proportions, she has released seven albums and is still going strong.
Our final act of the night is the merrymaking Marian Call! A performer at the very first GeekGirlCONcert, Marian is a nerdy singer-songwriter based in Juneau, Alaska. She has made a name for herself by touring endlessly and connecting directly with fans on Twitter. With songs about spaceships, dragons, and Jane Austen, she’s gained an international online following and the enthusiastic endorsement of a number of web celebrities such as Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Peter Sagal, and Adam Savage of the Mythbusters. She has played on the Jonathan Coulton Cruise and toured with w00tstock and the Ladies of Ragnarok (The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis), warming the hearts of comic shop denizens across the country. Learn more and listen to her tunes today to prepare for the party!
This GeekGirlCONcert Spectacular is likely to sell out, so don’t delay! Pick up your GeekGirlCon pass today (and stop by our Info Booth on Saturday) or buy a ticket and join us for nerdy laughter, geeky songs, and beautiful music!
09.24.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: HollabackPHILLY
Street harassment: at best, it’s irritating, like a buzzing fly that won’t leave you alone. At worst, it’s scary and makes you feel unsafe. Most of us have experienced it at least once, if not several dozen times. And we’re tired of it.
The good news is that women (and other folks) all over the world are putting that fed-up energy to good use. Hollaback is an international movement to end street harassment, with chapters from Argentina to Turkey, including several cities in the US.
Hollaback encourages folks to take action, and HollabackPHILLY took an innovative approach to that mission. Working with Philadelphia-based artist Erin Filson, they created an anti-street harassment comic book for use in education workshops. Fundraising to publish the comic was so successful, they’ve also been able to translate the comic into ten (!) languages and are at work on a choose-your-own-adventure computer-based comic.
According to their website, HollabackPHILLY is “on a mission to make conventions safer.” At GeekGirlCon ‘13, they will lead a panel on comics for social good, culture jamming, and a more inclusive geek culture. They’ll talk about some simple ways for you to get involved in anti-harassment efforts at cons.
Join the conversation—buy your passes today!
by GeekGirlCon staff copywriter Erin Doherty
09.23.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Connections Room Booths
Get your connection on this year in GeekGirlCon’s Connections Room! That’s right, we have an entire space devoted to your career and school needs. Make sure to have your resume and portfolios in hand; we’ll be featuring some of Seattle’s top companies and schools.
Ever wonder what Amazon engineers do everyday? Now is your chance to talk one-on-one with a diverse team of lady engineers and learn about all the amazing projects they’re working on!
Moz is provides inbound marketing and social monitoring software. Meet Sierra Murphy, the Technical Recruiter, and learn more about this awesome company!
F5 is a Seattle-based global leader in Application Delivery Networking. Stop by and learn more!
Microsoft, featuring Project Spark
Everyone has been talking about Project Spark, the game maker video game for XBox One, XBox 360, and Windows 8. Here you have the chance to talk directly with the team behind it!
Seattle-based EMC Isilon is the global leader in scale-out storage. Now is your opportunity to talk directly with recruiters and learn more!
Stop by to meet the ladies running Reel Grrls, an award-winning nonprofit media arts and leadership training program for girls and young ladies.
Have you ever thought about studying game design? Then you need to stop by the DigiPen booth! DigiPen Institute of Technology has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top colleges for studying Game Design.
AND MANY MORE!
Don’t miss out—buy your passes now!
09.17.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Race and Geekdom
We are proud to present programming exploring race and geekdom. Estafany Gonzales will be presenting a panel titled “Black, Latina, Girl, and Geek” with Aquala Lloyd and Emily Berrios. She chose to bring it to GeekGirlCon ‘13 because “[GeekGirlCon] feels intimate and above all things, open and eager to truly stand behind its name and keep a space open for geek girls of all fandoms, walks of life, etc. With that said, I think it’s a great place to talk about a really underestimated demographic of geeks.”
The dynamic Chaka Cumberbatch will be joining us. Catch her superhero cosplay and get her insight on topics such as social, race, gender, and sexuality issues within geek and cosplay communities. On a related superhero topic, Grace Gipson presents on black heroines. Gipson chose to present at GeekGirlCon so that she furthers awareness with regards to race and gender in comic books and novels, particularly on the black female. She notes that “little research has been conducted [on the subject] and I would like to build upon the small founding so that individuals in and outside the academic community can learn and hopefully share with others.”
The same session will be loaded with concurrent presentations by Erin Lovejoy-Guron and Jose Alaniz on the topics of Wonder Woman and Octobriana, respectively. Not only will programming examine the characters of color in comic books, but it will also take on movies. At the panel “The Changing Role of the Character of Color,” panelists Raychelle Burks, Danielle Lee, Kristine Hassell, Lali DeRosier, and Stephen Granade will examine if the disposable Character of Color trope has truly disappeared from film, or if it has morphed into other forms of disposability and invisibility.
Lali DeRosier explains some of her experience when exploring the concept, as a part of the Curly Haired Mafia (CHM): “In the last year, I became involved with the Curly Hair Mafia (@drubidium & @DNLee5 on Twitter), where we did movie reviews for sci-fi and horror. We got together as friends with common interests, but themes of race that spoke to us became a common thread. For me, CHM was the first time I’d had an opportunity to have conversations about race-related issues in a public way about fandoms that I deeply care about. The opportunity to be on the panel at [GeekGirlCon ‘13] is an extension of that desire to continue the conversation. I am very excited to hear input from so many voices. In sci-fi especially, the intersections of so many influences (science, gender & race perceptions and stereotypes, pressure from producers, biases of the writers, class, education…) make it a constantly shifting sand on which to build worlds.”
GeekGirlCon is a great place to explore intersectionality in geekdom. We’d love to see you participate in the topic of race in geekdom—come to GeekGirlCon ‘13!
Written by Adrienne M. Roehrich, GeekGirlCon Manager of Editorial Services
In a world where women let their geek flags fly, thirteen burlesque performers will gather to celebrate female fandom through the art of striptease. And they’ll do it all without having conversations about their boyfriends!
Hosted by Rebecca M. Davis and featuring performances by burlesque luminaries Miss Indigo Blue (Miss Exotic World 2011), Lola LeSoleil (Southern Fried Burlesque Queen 2013), The Shanghai Pearl, and Iva Handfull (Kansas City Burlesque Festival Queen 2013), Bechdel Test Burlesque offers top-notch talent with a geeky flair. These superheroes of striptease will be joined by nerdlesque’s rising stars, including Bolt Action, Flirty Sanchez, Maxie Milieu, Sara Dipity, Sailor St. Claire, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Sophie Maltease, Trooper, and Trojan Original, making for an explosion of nakedness and nerdiness!
Produced in association with GeekGirlCon, Bechdel Test Burlesque will be a fun, feminist romp sure to go down in history. GeekGirlCon ‘13 attendees, Seattle burlesque fans, and geeks of all stripes will have two chances to experience this epic event with two showtimes at the inimitable Re-Bar. With all the costumes flashing around onstage, audience members are highly encouraged to cosplay! Come in your best geeky gear and get ready to hoot and holler!
Tickets to view these ecdysiasts start at $15 for general admission. VIP tickets, which include a reserved seat closest to the stage, are $30. All tickets are available via BrownPaperTickets starting Friday, September 20. Full disclosure: the show is likely to sell out, so save that date and act fast to secure a seat!
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013
Times: 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Price: $15 for General Admission Seating, $30 for VIP
Where: Re-bar, 1114 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Don’t forget that just before these tour de forces begin, GeekGirlCon is hosting another kick-off party over at the Tap House Grill! Imagine the excitement of picking up your Con passes at registration, grabbing some noms, and meeting new peeps at the Tap House Grill party, then joining even more fellow geeks over at Re-bar. Your weekend is sure to start off right with all this entertainment.
Kick off your weekend right with Bechdel Test Burlesque: because this time, the personal is political. Get your tickets now!
After snagging your tickets to the striptease, remember to pick up your passes for GeekGirlCon ‘13!
09.12.13 // You’re Invited to Kick Off GeekGirlCon 2013
It’s the night before GeekGirlCon ‘13. You’ve checked into your hotel, picked up your GeekGirlCon weekend pass early so you can beat the crowds tomorrow, and gone for a long wander around the block. You see the evening stretching out before you in unending boredom, as the time space continuum conspires against you, and the start of GeekGirlCon ’13 seems to spiral further and further away…
Don’t worry–we can help!
Come to the free GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party at Tap House Grill from 6p.m. to 9p.m. on Friday, October 18! Our sweet pals over at the Seattle Browncoats Charities are co-hosting this party with us, so we’ve got four pool tables to play on and talk around. Plus, the excellent Tap House Grill offerings of food and drink will stave off the evening munchies and help those hours fly by. It’s an excellent place to meet new friends, map out the panels you’re going to see and the games you’ll play, and just relax and have a great time with your GeekGirlCon peeps.
And when we’re done, you can meander back to your hotel with your first memories from GeekGirlCon ’13 dancing in your head. Though it is just possible there might be somewhere else to go before you mosey off to bed, so stay tuned.
Details for the evening:
What: GeekGirlCon ‘13 Kickoff Party
Where: Tap House Grill, 1506 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Who: GeekGirlCon, Seattle Browncoats Charities, Anyone who wants to start the convention weekend off right!
How Much: No charge to attend! Food and beverage available for purchase.
All ages are welcome!
Bring your pool cues, and maybe your dancing shoes, and come hang out with us the night before GeekGirlCon ‘13!
09.11.13 // GeekGirlCon ’13: Announcing Denise Crosby!
When visiting with Denise Crosby , you can get an autograph for $25 (on your item or one of her photos at her booth). Candid photos with Denise on your camera are free with the purchase of an autograph. $15 for a candid photo with Denise on your camera without the purchase of an autograph.
You can also see Denise at our Spotlight on Denise Crosby on Sunday at noon in room 301/302.
We’re pleased as Muskan seed punch to announce that Denise Crosby will be at GeekGirlCon ’13 this October 19 and 20!
Best known for her memorable role as Lt. Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Crosby has appeared in plenty of other geeky fare, with turns in Pet Sematary, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. The impact of her portrayal of Lt. Yar far outweighs the character’s tragic first-season death; Crosby as Yar has inspired countless girls and women with her strong, intelligent leadership as the head of security.
Currently co-starring in the new Showtime series Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber, John Voight, and Elliot Gould, Crosby has kept busy with indie films The Miracle Mile and The Red Shoe Diaries as well as guest-starring in more recent shows like Mad Men and Bones.
We’ll have more details about her attendance as GeekGirlCon ‘13 draws nearer, but in the meantime, you can check her out in our upcoming TV dinner at Central Cinema, where we’ll be showing two episodes of Brisco County, Jr. including “No Man’s Land,” in which she plays the sheriff of an all-woman town.
Denise Crosby appears courtesy of the Olympia Film Society.
Don’t miss out—buy your passes now!
by GeekGirlCon staff copywriter Erin Doherty