Fun Times on the West Coast

I’ve got some events and deadlines coming up in the next couple of months, so it’s crunch time. First, at the start of October I’ll be headed to Seattle for Geek Girl Con with my friend Clare. I’m pretty excited about this, especially since I had a rather disappointing time at Comic-Con this year. It’s also my last big ticketed event until I get a new job.

We’ll arrive on Friday the 7th, just in time for the GeekGirlCONcert with Marian Call and Molly Lewis, among others. Official festivities start the next day; it sounds like it’s going to be a great, intimate experience. Some of my favorite geek writers will be there, including Jane Espenson, Amy Berg, and Javi Grillo-Marxuach. I may even do a little cosplay if I can get my Halloween costume together by then.

A week and a half later I’ll be taking a short trip to Portland with my parents. I’ve never been before, but heard lots of great things, so if anyone has any suggestions for must-visit sites – other than Powell’s, which is already on my list – let me know.

And as soon as I return, Asexual Awareness Week kicks off!

Asexual Awareness Week is an international campaign to promote awareness about asexuality. Some of the things you can expect are a series of guest blogs, an asexual community wide demographic survey, and screenings of documentary (A)sexual.

Right now we’re raising money for screenings of the documentary as well as a web advertising campaign. You’ll be hearing more about this from me in the coming weeks as we come down to the wire. I’ll be doing some blog posts, as well as the Ace Answers Podcast Project, an aural record of personal experiences in the asexual community, and answers to questions no one is asking. I hope you’ll check them out.

Unfortunately, I can’t afford to attend them all, but there are a lot of fun, geeky events happening around Los Angeles in October and November:

An Evening with Neil and Amanda – Newlyweds Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer are taking their show on the road with a combination of stage readings and musical performances. Guaranteed to sell out, their Los Angeles show at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre falls on All Hallow’s Eve, so go in costume.

Whedonopolis Presents Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog – For the 4th year in a row, Whedonopolis, a division of Fandom Charities, is screening Dr. Horrible and the 4th season of The Guild with proceeds going towards Kids Need to Read.

An Evening with David Sedaris – Humorist David Sedaris is on tour again, and he’ll be at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge on my birthday. I’ve been to two of his performances, and though the second one involved an awkward exchange about crop-dusting, the show was still a blast.

And, of course, let’s not forget the monthly Thrilling Adventure Hour comedy show in the style of old-time radio. Check out my sidebar for a list of the geeky events I’ll be attending in the future, if that sort of thing interests you.

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