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Nasty Nerds at the Women’s March

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, over 2.9 million people participated in the Women’s March worldwide.  6 writers for Daily Geekette were present in four different cities on the east coast.  From pussycat hats and speeches to feminist icons and nerdy protest signs, read about our different Women’s March experiences.

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Fatherhood and Fandom

Fandom tends to be seen as an inherently male interest.  We have so many cultural stereotypes enhancing this belief.  From The Big Bang Theory to “the fake gamer girl,” nerdiness always seems to start as something male, and then move towards women.  For a while, this was pretty accurate.  In 2010, only 35% of New York Comic Con attendees were women.  However, as time goes on, these men get married.  They have kids, and they pass on their nerdy genes.

With that in mind, I asked my fellow writers if they had inherited any of their geekiness from their fathers, or for any good stories about how their fathers inspired them towards the nerd community.  Here are the responses I got:

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Theater Thursday: The Best Theater Things That Happened in 2015

Ah yes, the last Theater Thursday of 2015! By gosh, this year went by fast! We went to some Fun Homes, got a history lesson with Hamilton, danced with the King of Siam, and even went about Finding Neverland. So as a way to say goodbye to this year, and say hello to the new, here’s a look at some of the best theater moments from 2015. Let’s “Ease On Down,” shall we? (Hurhur, see what I did there?)

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Your Broadway Sex-Ed Playlist

Everything I ever needed to know about sex, I learned from a Broadway show. No seriously. 8-year-old Kayla would watch the 10th anniversary of Les Miserables on VHS and see Madame Thenardier sing “thinks he’s quite a lover but there’s not much hair.” Alun Armstrong was a balding Thenardier, so those were the words that I thought made sense, and my parents never corrected me. Then as I got older, I realized I had misheard those lyrics, and Les Mis would never be the same again.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d share the highly educational songs that Broadway has provided, so everyone can be well informed for their romantic endeavors.

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Theater Thursday – The Power of Musicals, Personally Speaking

Side Show Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theatre  New revival of the hit musical!  Synopsis: Inspired by the lives of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Sideshow is about a press agent who brings the twins out of a sideshow and puts them into vaudeville.

A couple of weeks back, I wrote a review for the revival of Side Show. Sadly, the musical has now closed, and within that short span of my first viewing, I saw the production 4 times. Granted, that is a small number (one of my friends saw upwards of 15 times), but if I had the chance, that count would have definitely increased. But what was it about this show, that kept drawing me over and over again to return? The answer is a bit complicated.

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Still Looking for a Halloween Costume? Theater Thursday is Here to Help!

My Lovett
My Lovett

Between Halloween, Purim (Jewish Halloween), conventions, and cosplay outings, I dress up a lot. I love turning to theater costumes because there are characters that everyone knows and loves, but no one ever thinks of. I have been Mark Cohen, Maureen Johnson, and Mimi Marquez from Rent, Mrs. Lovette from Sweeney Todd, Leaf Coneybear from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Belle from the staged version of Beauty and the Beast, Kira from Xanadu, and Eponine from Les Miserables. Most of then are very recognizable in the right crowd (although when I was Leaf Coneybear my senior year of high school, everyone just assumed I was a spelling bee contestant, which totally counts).

Here are my suggestions for easy and cheap theater Halloween costumes:

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The Stages of Loving Les Miserables

I have noticed something recently.  No one loves the Broadway show Les Miserables the same way.  And people often don’t even love it consistently.

Me dreaming the dream!
Me dreaming the dream!

As I grew up with Les Mis, my stages were literally Cosette, Gavroche, Eponine, Marius, Enjolras, and right now, I’d say Fantine.  As I grew, my love of each character in the musical changed.  When I was small I desperately loved Cosette.  I wanted to live in a castle on a cloud, just like she did.  As a teenager, I often found myself singing On My Own, but directing my emotions towards whatever boy I was crushing on that week.  Now I find myself job hunting and feeling nostalgic for college, when food was free and life was good, like Fantine did (not planning on selling my teeth, although I have donated my hair!)

Most people don’t have such a literal attachment to the characters, but there is definitely a trend in who someone’s favorite character is and how long they’ve been in love with the show.

Note:  This is meant to be in good fun.  Please don’t get offended.  In the end, we all love the same thing.

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Best Theater Cosplays

Theater and geekery go hand in hand. Cosplay, when done thoroughly, is acting. Cosplayers not only embody the actor aspect, but costume designer and props master as well. It’s not uncommon to see theater cosplays, and specifically musical theater cosplays at conventions. Here are some of my favorite cosplayers and costumes:
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Broadway’s Best Book Steals

imageLadies and gentlemen, the day has arrived. That’s right, it’s Tony’s Day. It just so happens that this year, the Tony’s have fallen on my birthday. As the Editor of Books, I’ve decided to combine my two greatest loves and give you:

The Five Best Broadway Musicals Based on Books:

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