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Nonny de la Peña 

The journo and “godmother of virtual reality” will speak at SIFFX, SIFF’s celebration of multiplatform storytelling. At least we think it will be her and not a hologram. (Seattle Center, June 2–5)

Kirk Schulz

WSU’s new president says he hopes Wazzu and UW can squash their beef about the Cougars’ plan to build a medical school. Yeah, let’s maybe not fight about educating the next generation of doctors.

Mary Roach

The science writer who gave us succinctly titled books Gulp, Stiff, and Bonk is coming to Seattle to discuss her latest, Grunt, on the health effects of war on soldiers. Dope. (Town Hall, June 15)

Dejounte Murray

After just one year with the Huskies, Rainier Beach’s “Baby Boy” has declared for June’s NBA draft. Where he’s expected to be a lottery pick—and, we hope, he finds a better nickname.

Erika Wagner

Seattle hosts the space business conference NewSpace, where the Blue Origin exec will presumably discuss the innovations Jeff Bezos has discovered on his trips to the future. (June 21–23)

Richard Branson

Branson says he wasn’t happy that Alaska Airlines purchased his Virgin America, but he may change his mind when chief football officer Russell Wilson invites him to his wedding. 

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