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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Two Big Ten Year Celebrations!

It’s a huge weekend coming up as two of our founding cities hold events for the tenth consecutive year!

On Friday 12th June Portland kick off a two night extravaganza with their CSTS screening. In addition to screening Serenity, there will be a performance by a PDX favourite, comedian Barbara Holm, and a special appearance by musical guest Sean Faust who will be attempting to help Portland break the live onstage sing-along of “Hero Of Canton” record.

Night two at the Melody Ballroom is the 10th Anniversary Gala, walk the red carpet on arrival and get your photo taken at the free photo booth before dancing the night away to some great music! Kirby Krackle, a Seattle ‘nerd rock’ band will be performing.

Perhaps most exciting is on both nights the air ambulance from the episode Ariel will be on site for photo opportunities. Tickets for both events and pre order merchandise are available at the special CSTS Gala website.

Toronto are also celebrating their tenth year with a screening and shindig on 13th June. Serenity will be on the big screen at The Royal, tickets are $15 and can be bought here, they be will $20 at the door. There’ll be door prizes and lots of shiny up for auction so make sure to bring lots of cashy money!

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, New York, Denver and Vancouver!

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A Wee Scottish Shindig

We’re so pleased Edinburgh is returning to Can’t Stop the Serenity for the first time since 2007!

They’re warming up with a traditional pub quiz on Friday 5th June before their screening event in August. Entry to the pub quiz is a mere £2 and the grand prize is 2 tickets to the main shindig. There will also be some shiny merch for sale so don’t forget to bring some cash.

So brush up on your sci fi trivia, grab some mates and head down to the Southsider this Friday at 7.30pm for a night of fun and meet some fellow Browncoats.

Keep an eye on the Edinburgh Browncoats Facebook page and website for all event info and updates.

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, Portland and Toronto!

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Memories of Your First Can’t Stop the Serenity

In celebrating our tenth year, we’ll be looking back at some of our history. And what better to follow our facts post than talking about people’s first Can’t Stop the Serenity, whether it was in 2006 or just last year.

Our Global Event Coordinator Sheilah reminisces about her first one: "In 2006, I decided that Toronto would be part of the new Serenity Now/Equality Now events that were going to happen in June. The previous August we had run a Fan table at a local con promoting Serenity and I knew that there were lots of local Toronto Browncoats who would be glad to help out and to show up at the screening. My co-organizer, Heather, kept me grounded as I kept coming up with ever wilder ideas of what we could do!

We rented a big old theatre and got a great deal because it was about to close for renovations. And then we started promoting! Other organizers came up with great ideas which we used, and the local Browncoats were generous as they donated a lot of Official swag which they had won from the Serenity movie site. We had Serenity cards, window clings, posters, & the Serenity Baseball cap to put in the auction. Dragon Weave Jewellery donated pendants – something she has done every year since then.

It was all very exciting and very very stressful. Would it be a success? Would the money I paid out for the theatre, the Tshirts, the movie rental, be repaid?

In the end, 220 people showed up and we raised over $2,000.00 Canadian.

Toronto has had an event every year since that first time."

We also put the question out as part of #SerenitySunday on social media and here are some of your first CSTS experiences.

Martin Beaumont-Pike: I have been to three CSTSs- from 2010 to 2012 at the Guild Hall, Gloucester. What made it memorable was bidding for goodies and meeting fellow Browncoats.

Amelise Snider: my first csts event was last year, i can't believe I got outbid on every bit of merchandise i went for. Need a bigger wad of cash this yr.

Craig Nogosek: all three so far at the Naro Theater in Norfolk, VA. memorable because that first one introduced me to a whole new world of fellow browncoats

Matt Goodwin: My first was our first as Beeston Browncoats. And my Wedding, so it was memorable. The bouncy castle was fun too.

Janelle M Benoit: It was 5 years ago at The Loft in Tucson Arizona. What made it even more special was I binge watched Firefly for the first time and finished and got in my car and drove to the theater.

Erin Williams: My first was 2013 at Central Cinema in Seattle. It was also the day that my little brother had his wedding celebration so we had to do the afternoon showing, but it was a very happy day.

Jesse Victor Lee Collins: Personally, I've been to a couple prior. My fiance, now, on the other hand, just got to do her first one in September. After the contests and raffles, I had organized a special treat on stage, in front of everyone, where I proposed. It will definitely be my most memorable CSTS from now on, as well as hers.

C.G. Seaman: My first CSTS event was organising the Vancouver CSTS event in 2006 and every year since (except last year). We will be doing a 10th anniversary event this year. It's always so wonderful to know there are people in the crowd that will become fans/Browncoats.

@falconandfinch: Only one - did my first last year in OC. But my friends and I loved it - we're planning costumes for this year!

@NYPinTA: Palace Theatre, it was mine, it was so damn HOT that day, & just the one.

@theonetruebi:x First? June 2006, Portland. Memorable? I almost spoke on stage with my fly open. How many? 12.

@sendingawave: 1st event was my one - the 1st London one in '07. Being mid-morning in central London it was a case of screen film & then pub. Since then attended 8 in the UK.

@sara_mussen: first screening was Denver total seven screenings, 4 cities! best? Hollywood with @josswhedon and @NathanFillion!

And our Communications Director didn't actually make it to her first one: “I discovered we had a local Browncoat group in early 2010 and signed up to be part of their CSTS crew. After working hard for months on our CSTS 5 event, I came down sick the day before and missed not only the screening event but had to give up my front row tickets to see Joss speak live the night before!

I did however make it to CSTS 6 the next year. I was manning the raffle table, I remember the influx of people when the doors opened, the buzz of excitement, seeing Dr Horrible on the big screen (which may be my favourite thing about CSTS events), chilling out with the crew after Serenity started and walking back into the movie just before THAT bit.”

We’d love to hear about your first CSTS experience and memories! Share yours in the comment section below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

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A Trivia Night Far, Far Away

This week we break atmo on the other side of the world in Perth, Australia with a Sci Fi Quiz Night Affiliate event on 21st May.

Gather your favourite sci fi fans and form a team or be assigned to a team and meet new Browncoats. Don’t forget to dress up as prizes are being awarded best costume and quiz winners! Thanks to local sponsors White Dwarf Books, Comiczone, Game City and PokéPerth there’ll also be lots of shiny up for grabs in raffles and an auction.

Tickets are just $18 and are available here. All proceeds go to Equality Now and Living Proud LGBTI Community Services of WA.

This event sold out last year so get your tickets before they’re gone!

And not to fret if you can’t make it, Perth has some cunning plans for more events this 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, CSTS returns to Edinburgh!

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So It Begins

The start of the 10th Can’t Stop the Serenity season is here, and what a way to kick it off!

The honour of the first event of 2015 goes to Salt Lake City, this Saturday 16th May which is already sold out! The event at Brewvies Cinema Pub (brilliant concept, why are there not more cinema pubs??) features a screening of Serenity, trivia, a costume contest and auction.

With plenty of shiny including patches, stickers & more from Firefly Cargo Bay, James Hance prints, a whole pile of Malcolm Reynolds' dog tags, comics, signed Frank Beddor books and Salt Lake Comic Con passes up for grabs, not to mention CSTS merch for sale, make sure you bring plenty of cashy money.

If you missed out getting a ticket this time, don’t forget to buy one early next year! And keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter for event updates.

Not in Utah? 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, Perth’s first event of the year!

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