Archive of Events

Raleigh is Already a Hit

Can't Stop The Serenity is still flying in Raleigh, North Carolina where it looks to be a sold out event for the 5th year running, on Sunday July 27.

This is their 9th year so you know they are doing something right! Those lucky enough to have a ticket are urged to come early and have food and drink with your fellow Browncoats before the raffle and costume contest get underway. Yes, costumes! Dust off your duds and come dressed as an inhabitant of the 'Verse. Following the raffle and contest will be a showing of the big damn movie, Serenity.

But before you head over, if you don't have a ticket, be sure to check the website to see if any are left.

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Make a Weekend of It

As temperatures rise in North America, cities in Canada and the United States are adding to the heat. (Luckily all events are air-conditioned!)

On Friday night Halifax, Nova Scotia is showing Seasons 1-3 of the Guild. Tickets are only $5.00 and attendees will have their names added to the door prize draw at the main event in September - bonus chances to win some great stuff! Concessions will be available.

Down the coast Can't Stop the Serenity is returning to Washington, D.C. on Saturday with doors opening at 11:00 AM.
This year's event includes Serenity & Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, a costume contest for best dressed Firefly/Serenity character & a second costume contest for best dressed as any character from any Joss Whedon production. There will also be raffles, door prizes, and a silent auction!
In what may be a first for any CSTS event, Washington is hosting a small ensemble from the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra who will perform several musical pieces arranged just for the show! It will be one of the Orchestra's first ever small ensemble performances. As of July 15th, all tickets were sold for this event.

Crossing over to the U.S. West Coast, Seattle is putting on not one but two screenings of Serenity on Saturday.
The afternoon show will have rounds of their very own homemade GeekBingo to entertain the audience, and the evening "Special Hell" show will feature Vixy & Tony as preshow enterainment. The "Special Hell" version includes Hecklevision texting-to-screen, so that witty comment you've always wanted to make when Mal shows up in a dress can now be politely shared with the whole theater (this is Seattle, after all).

There will be a costume contest for each screening and a ful menu and bar at the dinner theatre so why not go for both screenings?

Sunday, July 20 is the day that Philadelphia hosts a Serenity screening at the Rotunda. Tickets are only $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door but judging by last year when they sold out before the day - it's best to get your tickets now! Musician Sean Faust will be performing at this event and rumour has it there will also be ice planets for sale.

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Denver’s Ninth Season

Denver's Can't Stop The Serenity has the weekend all to themselves and with everything they have planned - they need that time & space! This is their 9th year and they have planned a shiny night full of "good works", to benefit Equality Now.

The SIE Film Center will play host on Saturday, July 12th. Event activities include a pre-screening shindig in the Henderson Lounge, Serenity and Dr. Horrible on the big screen, a costume contest, and huge raffle for shiny items donated by generous Sponsors.

Last year's Jayne's Hat Mob was big but they are hoping to beat that so remember to bring your "cunning hat!"

Denver's special ticket packages "Big Damn Hero" and "The 'Verse" have sold out already, so you might want to buy your ticket in advance as the event normally sells out before the day of the screening.


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Three Countries, Three Screenings

The weekend of July 4-6 sees three shiny screenings in Canada, the United States and England. First up chronologically is Toronto. The Royal Cinema once again plays host to an afternoon of Serenity, door prizes, and an auction full of unique items. Tickets are only $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. The screening will be followed by a shindig at a nearby pub but RSVPs are neccessary for the shindig.

Albuquerque has a very full day planned on Saturday. Besides shiny shopping, raffles, an auction, a shindig, Serenity, catered dinner available for purchase at the theatre, there is also comedy and music! Comedians Drew Wayne and Genevieve Mueller will open the event and Mikey Mason will play right before the dinner break. Costume are encouraged and anyone who buys their ticket in advance gets a Fruity Oaty bar and other shiny swag! A shindig rounds out the day.

Sunday sees Leicester back for the first time since 2008 and it has blossomed since then! There is Serenity of course, live local music, spoken word and poetry performers, and tons and tons of things to buy - cakes, jewellery, fridge magnets, bags, cunning hats, and badges, to name a few things, as well as some really awesome raffle and competition prizes such as signed original artwork and graphic novels. There is even a teapot with a pretty cunning warmer over it.
The costume competition winners will receive specially engraved trophies, and a photo booth area will help attendees immortalize a great event. Everyone can get a bag of free popcorn too. Like Albuquerque, Leicester is offering something special to those who buy tickets in advance, - an Early Bird Goodie Bag.

Leicester also made a video to promote their event. Take a look after you admire their Jayne and Wash who helped to promote the screening at a recent con!

2 boys at a con in costume

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Bookending a Birthday

Continuing the celebration of Joss's birthday, 3 U.S. cities are holding their events this weekend. Their names also all start with N but the similarities end there!

The Nashville/Murfreesboro event is a concert featuring The Secret Commonwealth and Kasey Lansdale. There will also be a raffle and auction and probably a few surprises. Tickets will be available at the door.

Norfolk, Virginia is putting on a big damn shindig, also on June 28th. It starts at the Naro Cinema with a showing of Serenity in Hi Def. Doesn't matter how many times you have seen Serenity. You owe it to yourself to see it digitally. You'll see & hear content you never knew existed.There's a costume contest and rumours of a silent auction; a showing of Dr. Horrible and music by the one and only Mikey Mason.

But it doesn't end there! After everything is over at the Naro, it picks up again down the street at the Public House with Mikey Mason playing there as well.

New York City once again plays host to the Browncoats of NYC and their CSTS event. It starts at the New York Beer Company with themed drinks, a ticket auction and shiny items for sale. Then it's over to the Producers Club to see Serenity, take part in a Silent auction and enter the Costume Contest. As always, the auction items are great especially as some of them have recently been autographed by some of our Big Damn Heroes.

If you are anywhere near one of these events, go! If you only wish you were, buy a ticket anyway. You know the money will be going to good causes.

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Make the World a Better Place (and Have Fun Doing It)

Morgan B, age 12 wrote this essay for school. We think you will be in awe at this young woman's grasp of what is important.

We all know that sometimes terrible things happen in the world, but did you know that in many countries women have almost no rights? In places like Yemen, Sudan, and Pakistan, young girls may be beaten, married, or even sentenced to death by their own families with few or no legal consequences. However, human rights organizations like Equality Now are working to change that. Can't Stop The Serenity is a series of movie screenings held annually to benefit Equality Now. Serenity is a Sci-fi movie created by Joss Whedon, so if you are a Whedon fan and care about women's rights, you should definitely come to a CSTS event near you.

Can't Stop The Serenity, also known as CSTS, started out as a birthday celebration for Joss Whedon. One of his mothers's students co-founded Equality Now in 1992, and Whedon himself is famous for writing strong female characters, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and River Tam, the main character in Serenity. In 2005, a fan of Whedon's thought that it would be appropriate to screen his movie for the benefit of his mother's charity, as a birthday present. The idea caught on, and other cities started to celebrate it as an annual tradition. Today, an average of fifty cities all around the world hold CSTS events. In eight years, CSTS events have raised over $900,000 for the charity. My mother organizes the events for North Texas.

Although the main idea behind CSTS is to screen Serenity, each city has a different way of celebrating. Some do carnival games, costume parties, show the movie in pubs, and more. We usually screen it in a theatre, along with a funny short film called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog. We also do raffles, live auctions, costume contests, trivia, and, my favorite, the evil laugh contest! The event lasts about eight hours, but the food and drink that the theatres provide keep the hungry people happy. Last year, we broke the world record for the amount of people singing an anthem from the movie. I help out by selling t-shirts, giving directions, and watching for anyone who looks like they need help. The number of people who show up every year makes me a little claustrophobic. However, that's a good thing, knowing that there are about 300 people walking around for such a good cause. Seeing so many people having a blast makes the many exhausting hours of preparation worth it.

The work leading up to CSTS is tiring and worrying, but fun as well. Mom's biggest concern would be the t-shirts. Figuring out how many to buy of each colour to sell at the event is more painstaking than it sounds. There is also making arrangements with the venue and performers, promoting the event, answering questions, posting on the website, selling tickets, collecting items for raffle, and making sure the house doesn't burn down. The amount of effort needed to home school me and my brother AND run the charity is amazing. My brother and I do our best to keep the house and yard clean while she works, and dad helps as well when he can. The “packing party” as my mother calls it is the day before the event. Our friends come and help us pack pre-orders, prizes, and generally pack any and all things we will need for the next day. The chaotic state the house is in during this time is simply amazing. Sometimes my mother (and friends) stay up to the wee hours of the morning, making sure that everything is perfect for the event.

My mom sometimes worries that CSTS takes too much time away from my brother and I. She once asked me how I felt about what she was doing, or if I had learned anything from it, and I replied, “Yes, I've learned something from it. I learned that if something is bad in the world, you can't just watch it. You have to do something about it.” I was only eight, and she was so proud. I stand by what I said to this day. I know that Equality Now and my mother have done something to make the world a better place. Women don't deserve to be treated as they are, and we are working to do something about that. I think that makes me, and a lot of other people very happy. Through showing a simple film, people all over the world are trying to create change, by giving women and girls around the world knowledge, hope, and freedom. Wherever you are in the world, try to find a CSTS event near you, you'll have a great time for a good cause!

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