Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sci-fi reading at Wayward Coffeehouse

Seattle Browncoat hangout Wayward Coffeehouse, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N, hosts a sci-fi/fantasy reading 8-10 p.m., Sat., May 16 featuring authors Kij Johnson, Lancer Kind and Tim McDaniel.

Johnson is the author of
"26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss," (Asimov's, July 2008), a short story nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards this year, and the novels Fudoki (Tor, 2003) and The Fox Woman (Tor, 2000).

Kind's work appears in anthologies including
Ruins Terra (Hadley Rille, 2007) and Speculative Realms. He's also reading with writer Camille Alexa, 6:30 p.m., Fri., May 1 at Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park and noon, Sat., May 2 at Flying Saucer Pizza in Redmond.

McDaniel's stories have appeared in
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Chimeraworld, Asimov's Science Fiction, A Thousand Faces, Afterburn SF, and Dark Recesses.

Wayward Coffeehouse, a self-proclaimed "Haven for sci-fi geeks of any fandom," also has First Friday Sci-fi Film Nights and filks. Check out the calendar here.

Upcoming events include:
Time Bandits, 9 p.m., Fri., May 1
Jazz in the Corner, 8-10 p.m., Sat., May 2
The Canote Brothers, vintage folk and jazz, 8-10 p.m., Fri., May 8 (presented by the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society)
Pint & Dale,
Celtic folk and sea shanteys, 8-10 p.m., Sat., May 9
David Guilbault, folk music, 8-10 p.m., Fri., May 15

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bloody scary: zombies and Cthulhu

Go brainlessly insane (with joy!) watching clips from ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction and Cthulhu and then find out what dark madness inspired Seattle filmmakers John Sinno and Kevin Hamedani (ZMD) and Dan Gildark (Cthulhu).

Explore why the future of horror lurks in local films at Reel Fear: An Evening with Local Horror Filmmakers, 7 p.m., Tues., May 19 at the Science Fiction Museum's JBL Theater, the next Exposed: Inside Film feature.

Northwest Film Forum program director Adam Sekuler hosts. Reel Fear is free for EMP|SFM and
Northwest Film Forum members and just $5 otherwise.

Inviting us to the show EMP|SMF asks, "Do you have a taste for the bloody and scary?" Why yes. Yes, we do.

Once the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit opens Sat., May 23, look for the Exposed: Inside Film series to feature Labyrinth with guest Karen Prell, a puppeteer (Labyrinth) and animator (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Labyrinth shows 7 p.m., Tues., July 21 at the JBL Theater. The Jim Henson exhibit will be on display through Aug. 16.

To ponder:
Who would win in a fight between a zombie horde and Cthulhu? Cthulhu, right? No argument? How about a zombie horde vs. Cthulhu cultists? David Bowie vs. cultists?

Hmm, back in '07 when Zombies of Mass Destruction was being filmed in Port Gamble this call went out for extras. Should we look for you in the ooze and the letterman's jacket?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Go Hawai'ian shirts, Locus Awards June 27

Make a weekend out of the Locus Awards starting with the Clarion West party, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 26 at the Lake Union Courtyard Marriott, 925 Westlake Ave., Seattle. Join author John Kessel and other special guests (to be announced).

Sat., June 27 panels featuring science fiction authors begin at 11 a.m. with the Locus Awards Banquet and Ceremony at 1 p.m. followed by an autograph session (with books available for purchase from University Book Store) all at the Marriott.

A word of warning, M.C.
Connie Willis hosts and she's serious about the dress code: Hawai'ian shirts. Wear it loud and proud. Even devotees of all black attire may be assimilated for the ceremony. Last year, this included William Gibson. As on the islands, the shirts are de rigeur with the thrift store variety strongly encouraged.

Later, if you want to get swanky, at 8 p.m. head over to the
Science Fiction Museum for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The 2009 inductees are author Connie Willis, artists Michael Whelan and Frank R. Paul, and editor and publisher Edward L. Ferman.

Tickets for the Locus Awards are $35. They include the Clarion West party, all the Locus Awards events, and a day-pass for the Science Fiction Museum.

Tickets for the
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available for purchase separately from the Science Fiction Museum. They're not on sale yet.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

For your steamy, nerdy listening pleasure

Check out Sepiachord for steamy music calendars and reviews. Sepiachord enticingly describes itself as the musical version of steampunk and related melodies "made from the genetic material sown by Tom Waits" and "assembled like a clockwork orchestra." The Seattle Steam calendar lists upcoming music events including Seattle Steampunk Party II with Abney Park, 8 p.m., Fri., May 22 at Heaven, 172 S. Washington St. and the Clang Bang Cabaret, 10 p.m., Sat., May 23 at the Rendevouz Jewel Box Theatre, 2322 2nd Ave., featuring Fog People, Bakelite 78, and Toy-Box Trio.

Thanks go to aural seers Seattle Geekly for the tip, as well as for providing an intro to the Seattle nerdcore scene in Episode 7. The Geekly podcast includes an interview with comic book rockers Kirby Krackle seen recently at Emerald City ComiCon. Footage at Seattle Geekly.