Archive for 2015

This Halloween GEEKend: Walkerween and 3 Sheeps Brewing

Just like zombies themselves, the zombie craze refuses to die. The Walking Dead and now Fear the Walking Dead are keeping the zombie party theme, well… alive. So, it’s no surprise that my Halloween 2015 events list includes multiple zombie jamborees. This is obviously only a small fraction of what Chicago has to offer geeks on my... Read more »

Sober October: Why I'm doing it and how it's going

October is almost over. My favorite holiday, Halloween, will mark the end of a successful experiment: a month without alcohol. I dubbed it “Sober October.” Sigh, I thought I invented the name, but I guess I didn’t. There were several reasons behind me trying a dry month. Topping the list was MONEY. I love whiskey tastings,... Read more »

This GEEKend: Chrono Trigger music and Han Solo show

The hardest part about my current day job is being the biggest geek in the room. My previous gig was FILLED with science buffs, Trekkers, X-Philes… as of today, nobody in my office but me even bothered to get opening night Star Wars tickets. Harumph. At least I still have Geek Girl Chicago and all of... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Gaming at ValorCon

I love going to conventions (obviously,) but I get tired of repeatedly commuting to Rosemont and Yorktown. LeakyCon came through Chicago proper once, and it was AMAZING. Conventions on Chicago college campuses do really well, too. Every other con I’ve tried to attend in a downtown Chicago hotel, however, has torpedoed itself. Perhaps it’s time... Read more »

Photos from Level 257's PAC-MAN Art and Fashion Show

Level 257 isn’t new, but it’s new to me. It’s a Schaumburg restaurant, bar, arcade, and bowling alley inspired by PAC-MAN. Given that I frequently rock my PAC-MAN t-shirt and belt, it seems like I should’ve stopped by sooner. Finally, last Thursday, it was my turn. Geek Girl Jess and I were invited to Level... Read more »

REVIEW: Ghostbusty, Gorilla Tango's Ghostbusters Burlesque

It had been a while since I’d seen a burlesque show at Gorilla Tango. My last one was A Nude Hope. Since that initial Star Wars-inspired production, geeky burlesque troupes and shows have sprung up like crazy in Chicago. At Gorilla Tango alone, you can sit for an evening and watch at least three in a... Read more »
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There is no such thing as a "Good guy with a gun."

I feel like I have to apologize for skipping the usual “GEEKend” post, particularly when there are so many great events happening in Chicago tonight. …but I won’t. I’ve had too much on my mind since the Oregon shooting at Umpqua Community College. Sorry, not sorry- this post is going to be about guns. If... Read more »

14 ways cosplay has changed in 14 years

So, I just got a KILLER Morrigan photoset back from Matthew Sperzel Photography. It mostly looks like this: …and it got me thinking: Gosh, cosplayers in 2015 are lucky. My yellow eyes, light-up staff commission, picture-perfect photo editing, even my wig- none of these were available when I started. I’ve been cosplaying for 14 years,... Read more »

Geek Girl Chicago meets Geek Girl Brunch

Most of the adorable swag inside the goodie bags. I was so hungry I ate my Pocky before food even arrived. Not pictured: Neptune sticker.
I spent this morning at a lovely gathering of geek girls. Geek Girl Brunch launched a Chicago branch earlier this year. Today, they held their second meeting in the area. It was Sailor Moon-themed, so duh- I HAD TO GO. A few people I already knew were there: my friend and fellow cosplayer, Jennie, Monica from... Read more »
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My Dragon Con 2015: The good, the bad, and the cosplay

I feel like I’ve come out of a haze. For about 2 months, I worked nonstop on costumes for Dragon Con. When I wasn’t building cosplay pieces, I was giving myself grief over cosplay pieces. “I shouldn’t be at this bar. I shouldn’t be at this show. I shouldn’t visit this person.” There was ONLY... Read more »