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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Happy Birthday Joss!

This is a special day, even a special week for those of us who love Firefly/Serenity and all of Joss Whedon's other creations. The Man himself turns 50 today, June 23. Ten years ago a select number of cities got to see Serenity for the first time on Joss's birthday. It was a gift to us from him.

Then it became our turn.

Over the last 9 years Can't Stop The Serenity has raised over $900,000 for charities especially for one near to Joss's heart - Equality Now. But we aren't the only ones marking this special occasion. With the hashtag #ThankJoss, Kiba Rika who runs the website, is asking people to tell the world how Joss Whedon changed their life for the better. Check it out on twitter. But thanking Joss wouldn't be enough without practical proof of how we appreciate what he has done.

And so Kiba has started a Thank Joss team on Kiva. You can read all about both campaigns on her website.

Happy Birthday Joss!

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Birthday Weekend

Every year many CSTS cities hold their events around Joss' birthday, June 23rd. This year we have 4 cities celebrating.

First up is Lawrence, Kansas. They always put on a good time and this year promises to be more of the same. They will show Serenity of course along with some of the other content we have been lucky enough to get permission to show. And then there is the Prize raffle. You'll want to bring extra credits for that!

Boston is back for their 9th year holding a midnight showing at the historic Coolidge theatre. Their 2nd charity is Rosie's Place and anyone who brings a non-perishable food item will entered into the raffle for some fun prizes. Their website has a list of what items are most in need so check it out!

St. Louis, Missouri, returns again with a CSTS screening of Serenity on June 21. The doors open at 9pm with the shindig starting about 9:30. Tickets will be available at the door in the lobby, but we hope you are reading this early as there is a raffle for those who pre-order! The evening will include trivia questions, a guest speaker, an auction, and a costume contest. Please, no plastic guns as they will not be allowed in the theatre.

We end with the US West Coast where the biennial Slayage Conference is in Sacramento this year. Conference attendees can see Serenity as part of the conference but it is also open to the public, weith donations being accepted for Equality Now. Details on the CSTS screening can be found here.

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