Sunday, September 11, 2011

NWSFS Events - Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars with these upcoming NWSFS events. 
Visit for information about the exciting Mad Scientist and First Contact challenges. 

Sept 17th  – Sci–Fi cocktail party social at Barry & Paula Currey’s home. 
Oct  MFR – Join us at one of Shawn & Kat’s favorite restaurants, Mandarin Buffet & Grill (Redmond).  Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 PM
Oct 22nd  – Mad Scientist Social at Mike Ormes’ home.  
Nov MFR – Join us at one of Bill Boyde’s favorite restaurants (location & date TBD).
Nov 19th “First Contact” social at Katharine & Alan Bond’s home.
Dec MFR – Join us at one of one of Dick O’Shea’s favorite restaurants (location & date TBD).
Dec Social – We have a tentative host for the December social.  Date, location and time will be announced when confirmed.

NWSFS: October MFR - Mandarin Buffet & Grill

Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 7:30 PM - My Favorite Restaurant

Please join NWSFS on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at 7:30 PM at one of Kat & Shawn’s favorite restaurants: Mandarin Buffet & Grill in Redmond.

Mandarin Buffet & Grill
14850 NE 24th St

A variety of Chinese dishes, fresh sushi, American favorites, plenty of seafood and a Mongolian Bar where you can choose your favorite ingredients and have them cooked up fresh while you watch.
Across the street from Sears, same parking lot as Safeway

Please RSVP to or the hotline at 425-68-NWSFS. Reservations will be confirmed with the restaurant so we will not be able to accept responses later than the evening of Tuesday, October 4th.

REMINDER - NWSFS: September Sci - Fi Cocktails Social.

Please join NWSFS for our September Social in the Club Room at home of Paula & Barry Currey on Saturday, September 17th. The social will begin around 7:30 PM and continue until around Midnight, or whenever we get tired.

146 South 330th Street
Federal Way, WA

This is a Sci-Fi themed Cocktail social – We will provide cocktails inspired by our favorite Science Fiction media.

Food will be potluck style, so bring your favorite Sci-Fi inspired dish, snack, munchie, or dessert.

We will have NWSFS signs posted once you enter the complex to point you in the right direction.
Parking will be available in uncovered spots around the complex.
Wheelchair Accessible.
No pets

The local route is available from the Federal Way Transit Center. #903
If you bus I would recommend setting up a ride from the Transit Center because the 903 route is limited.

From North:
I-5 South to
exit 143 for S 320th St toward Federal Way
Turn right onto S 320th St
Turn left onto WA-99 S
Turn right onto S 336th St
Turn right onto 1st Way S Take the 1st right onto S 333rd St
Follow NWSFS

From South:
I-5 North to
exit 142B to merge onto WA-18 W toward S 348th St
Turn right onto WA-99 N
Turn left onto S 336th St
Turn right onto 1st Way S
Take the 1st right onto S 333rd St
Follow NWSFS signs

Google Map:,+Federal+Way,+WA&hl=en&ll=47.306175,-122.333617&spn=0.002521,0.004823&sll=47.30615,-122.332018&sspn=0.002521,0.004823&gl=us&z=18&iwloc=A&start=0

EMP Welcomes Jon Landau to 2012 SFFSFF Jury

EMP Museum Announces Jury Members for the 2012 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
Jon Landau, Simon Cartwright, Paul Constant, Jessica Cope, Dave Goldberg, Ilona Rossman Ho, and Adam Sekuler Among this Year’s Jurors

SEATTLE— EMP Museum announced members of the jury awarding prizes for the seventh-annual 2012 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF).  A hand-selected jury comprised of science fiction professionals in film, television, and literature will award a Grand Prize, Second Place, and Third Place, as well as the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects.  SFFSFF viewers will cast their vote to determine the winner of the Audience Favorite Award. In February 2012, SFFSFF will screen 20 short films at Seattle’s historic Cinerama Theater. The late submission deadline is September 15, 2011.

Simon Cartwright
Simon studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he specialized in traditional animation. Since making the stop-motion short film The Astronomer's Sun in 2010, Simon has been focused on developing his writing for screen. Simon also continues to produce visual work which includes storyboarding, concept art, and character design.

Paul Constant
Paul Constant is the books editor for The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly publication. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the UTNE Reader, The Chicago Reader, and The Progressive.

Jessica Cope
Jessica Cope is a stop-motion animator/puppet maker who started her career in the animation industry by co-writing and co-directing a film called The Astronomer's Sun for Channel 4. Since then, she has worked for Mackinnon and Saunders on Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and now works in the Puppet Department at 3 Mills Studios in London where Frankenweenie is being filmed. Jessica also continues to develop her own work through writing and illustration.

Dave Goldberg
Dave Goldberg is an associate professor of Physics at Drexel University, and co-author of A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty (Wiley). He also writes a bi-weekly "Ask a Physicist" column for, and is very interested in the intersection between science and science-fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia.

Jon Landau
Academy Award ® and two-time Golden Globe ® winning producer Jon Landau holds the unique distinction of having produced the two highest-grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. Throughout the early 90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of feature film production at Twentieth Century Fox where he supervised production of all major motion pictures, including the action-packed Die Hard 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies, Power Rangers, Aliens 3, and Last of the Mohicans. Landau is the 2010 recipient of the University of Southern California’s Mary Pickford Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts.

Ilona Rossman Ho
Ilona Rossman Ho is an independent filmmaker and owner of the indie film company Canine Productions, LLC. In 2010 she won an Emmy for her short film Kites Over Washington and was a finalist for the 2010 IFP Spotlight Award. Active in the film community, Ilona is on the Board of Directors for Women in Film Seattle and Reel Grrls. Currently she is in post-production on an art documentary about the 2011 Fremont Solstice parade and pre-production on the short comedy, Outside Experts.

Adam Sekuler
Adam Sekuler is the Program Director at Northwest Film Forum, where he's organized touring programs of retrospectives and premiere feature films throughout North America. His own films have screened at festivals, museums, and galleries throughout the world. His short film Pathe Ballet won a prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

EMP, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), encourages the submission of original science fiction and fantasy short films. The festival will accept animated or live-action submissions in science fiction (futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia), and fantasy (sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure). The festival will not accept horror submissions. In order to qualify, submitted films must have been completed after January 2007, and must not exceed fifteen-minutes. 

Deadlines & Fees:  September 15, 2011 (late) $50

Submissions:  All submissions are processed through Without a Box  

For additional rules and regulations, visit


About the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival encourages an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema, and publicly recognizes the most outstanding short films produced within these genres.

ABOUT EMP | Museum of Music + Sci-Fi + Pop Culture
A non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction, and popular culture, EMP combines interpretative exhibitions with state of the art technology and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages an unparalleled interactive experience.  EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot building designed by Frank O. Gehry. This spectacular structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set against the backdrop of the famed Seattle Center.

Winter Hours: September 6, 2011 – May 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free


Wayward - update on our reopening progres

Posted on behalf of Wayward Coffeehouse:

To our beloved and much missed Wayward community,

We are happy to report that we are making progress on all the tasks to be accomplished to make our new location ready. If only things would go more quickly! We are as anxious as all of you for Wayward to reopen and are working hard to make that happen as soon as possible. Plans are approved and preparation is underway. We are hoping to reopen in late October at our new home: 6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104.

Keep an eye out for more news on our rebuilding progress. Thank you to all those who have been helping us with the work so far, we are as always very grateful for your friendship and support!

We aim to keep flyin’ ...

Wayward Coffeehouse, it's better than a plan

Reopening in October at 6417 Roosevelt Way NE
Twitter: WaywardCoffee
Facebook: Wayward Coffee House

If you would like to help with our rebuilding costs, please go to: Wayward Phoenix Fund Donations ( and look for the Wayward logo to donate online or for information on donating by check. We again wish to thank Seattle Browncoats Charities for their support and assistance.

EMP's Fashionably Undead Bash - Oct 1

EMP Museum Hosts the Fashionably Undead Bash: A Totally Killer Dance Party on October 1, 2011

SEATTLE - Dance till you drop at EMP's Fashionably Undead Bash: A Totally Killer Dance Party as we celebrate EMP’s gripping Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Filman original exhibition that explores our fascination with horror through the use of cinema artifacts, interactive exhibits, and screening rooms. 


What:  Fashionably Undead Bash: A Totally Killer Dance Party
          A to-die-for dance party with cocktail specials, performances by Head Like a Kite and Talking Heads cover band the Talking Deads, DJ Severed Hans, on-
           site horror makeup and stylists from VAIN, dressed-to-kill costume contest, midnight Thriller dance, and more!

Date:  Saturday, October 1, 2011

Time:  9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Where:  EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info:  21+, $10 to EMP members; $18 general public, On sale now.

ABOUT Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
Organized by EMP, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film examines the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience.   Three iconic horror directors—Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth—have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can explore the spectrum of cinematic horror, from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.
Visitors will get a chance to view iconic artifacts, including the script from Night of the Living Dead, the alien creature suit from Alien, the scavenger demon from Constantine, Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining, the original “Gill Man” mask used in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bram Stoker’s Dracula manuscript, and other horror film memorabilia.
Interactive highlights:
Scream Booth:  Visitors are prompted to scream on cue as they watch horror film footage in a soundproof booth. A camera memorializes the moment with multiple shots displayed just outside the stall.
Horror Soundscapes:  Visitors explore the fundamental music elements and scoring techniques used in horror to enhance a cinematic sense of suspense, dread, and terror.
Shadow Monsters:  Philip Worthington’s interactive installation allows visitors to watch as their projected shadows morph into monsters.

EMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction, and popular culture. EMP combines interpretative, interactive exhibitions with state-of-the-art technologies, and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages a first-hand, multi-dimensional experience of the creative and artistic process.
EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.
325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free