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Something Horrible Is Coming to Albuquerque on Friday.

Albuquerque returns with its second event for 2015 this Friday!

The Albuquerque Browncoats are turning their slot at Bubonicon 47 into a Can’t Stop the Serenity event when they screen Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog*. Although a free for convention members, a $2 donation is encouraged as this is a fundraising event. You can find it at 9.30pm on Friday night in the Santa Fe room of the Albuquerque Marriott Uptown.

There will be a raffle, prizes for which include a limited edition QMx Penny Maquette graphic novels and tshirts. Tickets are just $1 each or 6 for $5. A signed copy of Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography is also being auctioned, so make sure to bring plenty of cashy money. All proceeds go to Equality Now.

CSTS merchandise, such as tshirts and challenge coins, will be available to purchase on the evening and throughout the con weekend. If you only want to attend the Friday night it’s $15 or just $45 for a whole weekend’s worth of convention. For more information please see the Facebook event page.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next week Newtown!

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Can’t Stop the Serenity Goes Around the World This Weekend!

It’s a truly international weekend with Can’t Stop the Serenity events across 3 continents.

It all starts this Friday night in Lawrence, KS at the historic Liberty Hall with a screening event. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, watch Serenity rise again on the big screen and sing along with everyone’s favourite villain Dr Horrible. If you’ve never experienced Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog* at a CSTS event, it is something truly special, a great story with most of the audience singing.

Tickets are just $10 and are available at the Liberty Hall box office in advance or at the door on the night. All proceeds go to Equality Now. For more event news visit the Facebook page.

We then jump to the other side of the world on Saturday where founding city Melbourne, Australia celebrates their 10th year as a Can’t Stop the Serenity city! The doors of the Village Roadshow Theatrette at the State Library of Victoria open at 10am for a full day of fun featuring Serenity on the big screen, a costume contest, raffles a collectibles auction and maybe a surprise or two.

Tickets are available online here for $25. As an incentive to buy tickets, for every goal they reach, a shiny prize will be added to the door prize pool, and if they get to 200 a Nathan Fillion autograph is added to the mix! You can also pre-order merch here. Keep up to date on the event via their website, Faccebook event page and Twitter. All proceeds go to Equality Now.

And finishing up Saturday we cross to the UK where Edinburgh returns for their screening event at Cineworld, ten years to the day that Serenity had its Worldwide Gala Première at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the very same cinema! Doors open at 3.45pm so there’s time to purchase merchandise and raffle tickets before the auction hosted by Jollyboat and Serenity rising again in all her glory.

You can purchase tickets for £12.00 in person at Ripper Records or online here where you can also make a donation. Merchandise is also available at the Edinburgh Browncoats online store. If you’re not close by, with The Edinburgh Festival Fringe on it’s the perfect time to make it a weekend getaway! For event updates please visit their Facebook page. All proceeds go to Equality Now and Marie Curie Hospices.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next Albuquerque's second event of the year!

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A Can’t Stop the Serenity Debut this Saturday!

Fairfax, VA joins the Can’t Stop the Serenity family with their first screening event on Saturday.

The event kicks off early at the Cinema Arts Theatre, with doors opening at 9.30am and a brief introduction before Serenity starts at 10am. You’ll want to get there early as this year’s Intro Video is not to be missed!

Make sure to dress in your ‘Verse finery for the costume contest after the movie, a $50 gift card will be awarded to the winner. And make sure you bring some cashy money for the silent auction which will feature some Serenity related items and gift cards donated by local businesses. There will also be some tshirts for sale.

Tickets are $15 and available from De Clieu Coffee, the theatre or online here. For event updates please visit their Facebook page. All proceeds go to Equality Now and Kids Need to Read.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next Lawrence, Edinburgh and Melbourne!

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Two Cities Celebrate Can’t Stop the Serenity Milestones!

This week we have two big Can’t Stop the Serenity multi-event celebrations on opposite sides of the world!

It all starts this Thursday in Minneapolis at the Riverview Theater with the first of 3 nights of Can’t Stop the Serenity. Minneapolis was part of the first CSTS in 2006 and has held events every year since, making this year extra special as they celebrate 10 years.

The Thursday night will feature a raffle and Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog* in addition to Serenity on the big screen. But not to fret if you can’t make the Thursday night event as they will be screening Serenity again both on Friday and Saturday night at 11.30pm. Tickets are cash only at the door and cost $10 for Thursday’s event and only $3 for either the Friday or Saturday screenings. There will also be special 10th Anniversary tshirts for sale. For more event information please visit their website. All proceeds go to Equality Now.

We then cross to the other side of the globe to Perth, Australia on Saturday where the Perth Browncoats celebrate their 5th year of Can’t Stop the Serenity events with two shindigs! They begin with an all ages screening at the State Library of Western Australia where the doors open at 3.30pm so you have time to get some raffle tickets and merchandise before Serenity rises again on the big screen. After the screening, there’s an over 18’s shindig at the Brass Monkey Hotel so you can socialise with fellow Browncoats.

Dressing to theme is strongly encouraged at both events and there will be prizes. Tickets to the screening are $20 each, and $15 for the shindig or you can buy tickets to both for just $30. They are available to purchase online here, and you’ll want to get yours quick as the first 200 will receive a gift bag full of goodies on arrival. For all event updates keep an eye on their event page. All profits from these events will be donated to Equality Now and Living Proud WA.

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? Registration for 2015 events is now closed but it’s not too early to start planning for next year! You can find all the essential info here.

Up next Fairfax!

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Coast to Coast Across North America!

Three Can’t Stop the Serenity founding cities are holding events this weekend!

First up on Friday the Browncoats of NYC have joined with Equality Now for a CSTS 10th Anniversary celebration screening and dinner at Jing Fong’s! It will be a night not to be missed with a costume contest, dancing, live auction and of course the big damn movie.

Sean Faust, making his second CSTS appearance in a week, will be performing live and leading a Hero of Canton sing along. Entry includes dinner, a door prize ticket, a special thank you and 1 adult drink coupon and is just $35. Get your tickets online here now as they may not be available at the door!

CSTS then breaks atmo in Vancouver at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre this Saturday with a huge afternoon event that includes Serenity, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC. ©Time Science Blood Club, LLC. All rights reserved.), an Evil Laugh and costume contests. In keeping with CSTS Vancouver’s tradition of showcasing local artists they will be screening Quintipus by local filmmaker Victoria Angell, as well as featuring items from several local artists including Seth Rutledge and Francois Cannels.

But that’s not all! There’ll be games of Name that Tune, Whedon Trivia Bingo plus silent and live auctions. You can see some of the goodies here. Tickets are just $15 at the door or $16 via the Ticket button on the website.

Also on Saturday Denver celebrates their tenth year with a sold out CSTS screening event at the Alamo Drafthouse! The Alamo is a new and bigger venue for CSTS Denver so we’re thrilled to hear it’s sold out. There is a waitlist for tickets, no guarantees but you never know, contact events@denvercsts.com . And just look at the shiny they’ve got for raffles and prizes. If you missed out on tickets don't forget to grab them early next year!

If these events aren’t local to you, have you checked our Find an Event page? And it’s not too late to register an event, you can find all the essential info here.

Up next week Norfolk!

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My Journey to a Million Dollars with the Browncoats by Mandy Sullivan

Thirteen years ago, I had never heard of Firefly. I had been working at Equality Now for quite some time and, as usual, we were struggling for funding. I got a call one day, from Renee Balmert from something called "the California Browncoats." She wanted our address in order to mail out a check to us representing proceeds from "ComicCon." The check was for over $3000, a staggering amount of money from one donor, at least it was in our experience. Apparently Joss Whedon had told them we were his favorite charity and they decided to give all the money to us. We were thrilled and grateful and Renee and I started up a conversation as she explained to me what Firefly was and what the Browncoats were.

I immediately purchased a copy of the series and spent the evening in a marathon viewing. Well, let's face it, it's hard not to, right?
Those events marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I won't go into the particulars of Joss' relationship to Equality Now as that is common knowledge now for most of you I think. The internet was starting to really come into force and, as I further learned, Joss had a huge and growing network of fans (from his other series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as Firefly) that was quickly becoming a worldwide virtual community. When Firefly was summarily dumped by FOX shortly after its short run in September 2002, this community decided to pool their resources and see how much weight they could put behind their disappointment, actually their outrage, and their loyalty to Joss. I mean, there were episodes that HAD NOT BEEN AIRED YET!!

In any case, you all know the rest. A film was made, Serenity, that closed out the stories of the characters in the beloved series. Throughout this time, I was mostly a bystander and cheerleader, but quickly becoming a true fan, a fan of the fans actually! And, a brilliant idea was forming, in the mind of a Portland, OR fan named b!X who asked the question: "Hey why don't we hold a screening of Serenity on Joss' birthday and raise money for Equality Now." That was June of 2006. 42 cities around the world held screenings that year. As the years went by, Equality Now began receiving checks from all over the country as well as UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland, as groups of Browncoats organized their own screenings. And it all happened at the same time of year! We sent the different organizers our brochures, key chains, bracelets, more brochures, hats and tee shirts for raffles and give-aways, supporting them in any way we could.

For me, it was one of the biggest challenges and most wonderful experiences I had while working at Equality Now. The organizers were fantastic people to work with, all of them, throughout the years. From time to time, new organizers would come in to replace those taking a break and they too were enthusiastic in their support of Equality Now's work, and a genuine pleasure to work with and in some cases, get to know. Their patience with me was absolutely limitless.

And every year, the grand total increased. It was absolutely amazing. Seeing as I was the fortunate one who became liaison between Can't Stop the Serenity and Equality Now, visitors, other staff would ask me "who are the Browncoats and why are they doing this?" Well, it's a long story....

The Browncoats brought me to ComicCon in San Francisco to speak on a panel there, they brought me to the Universal Studios premiere of Serenity, they hosted me in Portland and New York City, and always assured me of my welcome in whatever city's screening I might attend. I was so happy when we were able to organize an appearance by Joss at the SoCal CSTS a few years ago It was to thank all of you in the most meaningful way we could think of. To have you hear it from him.

I left Equality Now in October, after 18 years. More than half of those years were spent interacting with you wonderful people. The fact that together you have raised a total of one million dollars for Equality Now and other charities fills me with so much pride and gratitude. You have worked so hard, on your own time, year after year. Awesome. That's what you are. Totally Awesome. Thank you for all you have done for Equality Now, for me, and for just being the people that you are. You've sent some mighty, mighty good vibes out there into the universe, and it will never be the same.

Stay Shiny but most importantly keep flyin'.

Amanda Sullivan

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