Tons of details about the Offbeat Empire party and Geek Girl Con (only a month away!) #Site News#events#karaoke September 8 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel Holy shit! It's September and that means Geek Girl Con and our big Offbeat Empire party at Urban Light Studios are only a month away. Will wee see you in Seattle, October 7th, 8th, and 9th!? HMMM? Offbeat Empire party: Friday, 10/7 (which happens to be Ada Lovelace Day, which is perfect) Baby Van Beezly will be there to rock you off your butt First, let's talk about this party we're planning for Friday, October 7th. We have been getting into some serious schemes with Kelli, the evil genius from Shindig Events, to bring you a night of Offbeat Empire tomfoolery. A few of the things we've got in store for y'all: Nommy nibbles from Shooby Do catering Sugar fix from Chic Cupcake Nerd Burlesque by Hottie McNaughty plus Whedonesque Burlesque performers Sister Piston and Raven Mad Event photography by Jonas Seaman Late-night dance party karaoke shit show with Baby van Beezly, voted 2011 Best Karaoke DJ by the Seattle Weekly, and the 2011 Washington State winner of the Karaoke World Championships. Are you ready to be a part of this hot mess? That, my friends, is Baby Van Beezly. Now! Let's talk about some details, like when and where and who and how we can make sure you're there with us. Because oh man: WE WANT YOU THERE WITH US: Thanks to everyone who made it to the San Francisco reading! I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who made it to Booksmith to catch my reading in San Francisco! The reading was a... [more] WHEN: Friday October 7th, 8pm – midnight (or until we get kicked out) WHERE: Urban Light Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1, Seattle WA OFFBEAT EMPIRE IN ATTENDANCE: Ariel (Publisher, Offbeat Empire) In town from Los Angeles: Megan (Managing Editor, Offbeat Bride) In town from Alabama: Stephanie (Managing Editor, Offbeat Mama) In town from Iowa: Cat Rocketship (Managing Editor, Offbeat Home) In town from Virginia: J.M. Dodd (Web Developer, Offbeat Empire) In town from Chicago: Catherine (Assistant Editor, Offbeat Bride) In town from Brooklyn: Becca (Developer, Offbeat Empire). HOW CAN WE GET YOU THERE? The party is open to readers of all three Offbeat Empire sites, and it's FREE, but you must be on the RSVP list to get in. Offbeat Empire panel: Sunday, 10/9 Now let's talk about our panel at the Geek Girl Con, which is supposedly the whole excuse for Friday night's party. The con organizers have been oddly secretive about their programming, but at least we finally got the details for the timing of our panel: About our panel: "Rocking the geek niche: Nerdiness is your superpower" WHEN: Sunday October 9th, 1pm WHERE: Seattle Center Northwest Rooms, Room TBA PANELISTS: Ariel (Publisher, Offbeat Empire), Megan (Managing Editor, Offbeat Bride), Stephanie (Managing Editor, Offbeat Mama), Cat Rocketship (Managing Editor, Offbeat Home), J.M. Dodd (Web Developer, Offbeat Empire) We'll address not only how the Offbeat Empire is built on celebrating geek culture, but also how each panelist has applied her individual techy/nerdy qualities in her career development. Then we'll take it meta and focus on how readers of the Empire's popular sites can work the nerd niche in the following parts of their lives: How brides use it to plan weddings. We see it all the time when people have geeky weddings, how whole communities of friends come together to help out because they're excited to get behind something that's not only different, but celebrates their otherwise ridiculed niches. Parents can use it to raise their kids. Think good and evil in the Star Wars world, taking kids to cons, learning about bullying and confidence development. Creating a home, creating a safe space to be yourself… retiring to your Millenium Falcon bed and feeling like a rock star. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE! As you can see, I've got staff flying in from all over the country — any of y'all readers want to come up from Oregon or down from Canada? SQUEE!! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS 10 blunt-but-loving ways to tell people they're not invited to your wedding NEXT How to change your relationship status on Facebook without everyone knowing Toggle comments [ 17 ] Or over from Idaho! Anyone from the I-90 corridor (CDA, Spokane, Ellensburg, etc.) want to carpool? 0 agree Reply I'd love to be there, but it's Yom Kippur. Not exactly a day for partying and eating. Maybe next time. 0 agree Reply Yeah, Meg from APW noted the same thing — clearly, celebrating Ada Lovelace day and the Jewish calendar are NOT in sync this year. 0 agree Reply I'm so there! Hurray for little sisters who live in Seattle and are willing to let their big sister crash with them. I can't wait! I'm especially excited to see Whedonesque Burlesque. 0 agree Reply There from Portland? Holy cow! Of course I want to! And Amy, I'm planning on hitting up my little brother so I can crash with *him*! 0 agree Reply If we can make it from Australia ya'll have NO excuse! 3 agree Reply Sounds super fun! If I didn't already have concert tickets at home in California… 0 agree Reply ooo, does this happen more than once a year? I'm totally going to come to the next one….this looks WAY too fun to miss. And i wanna travel to seatttttle! have fun ladies! 1 agrees Reply I would love to go but my lovely other's brother is getting married that Saturday in San Diego, Ca. Have a great time!!! 0 agree Reply I hope it's awesome! (Especially because I sacrificed my photographer so she could be there!) 0 agree Reply i am currently talking to my friend about crashing at her place to GET THERE!!!!! i'm going to talk to my husband tonite, cause i really wanna see/meet/hear the OFFBEAT ladies!!!!!!!!! 1 agrees Reply OHHHHHHHHHHH BOY pink-haired-first-time-in-seattle-girl is going to be there! i need to get my ticket and my plane ticket. Dallas rep-re-sent in the house! 0 agree Reply YAY! Awesome. Can't wait to meet you!! 0 agree Reply me too! i wanna meet the infamous and awesome Offbeat girls!!! *WHOO HOO* I'll be there Sunday only…for the panel and all the fun! 0 agree Reply any more updates!!!!!!????????!!!!!!!!! 0 agree Reply I never got another one and then forgot to RSVP D: 0 agree Reply Sorry, guys: I assumed that anyone who was interested in going would have RSVPed, and then be getting the updates we sent out via the invitation. I didn't want to over-promote the event since, even without promoting it very much, we're over-capacity… 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.