Nine Screenings This Weekend!

Happy Birthday Joss Whedon!

To Celebrate Joss' birthday we have 9 Screening events going on this weekend in three countries.

Saturday, June 23 starts off in Gateshead, U.K. at 10 a.m. with Serenity, an auction and an awesome sale of film posters including Cabin in the Woods and Avengers Assemble before everyone heads to a shindig for more fun including a tough Whedonverse quiz!

Gloucester, UK's screening is special as they have a couple of speakers from Equality Now. This is Equality Now's 20th Anniversary so their talk is sure to be interesting! Dr. Horrible is also showing, there is a silent auction and they expect to set up a live link with another CSTS city.

Both UK events will have themed cupcakes!

Across the pond in Canada, Toronto opens their doors at noon. Their Serenity screening is followed by what is always a loud and lively auction with some unique items including a set of nesting dolls that have to be seen to be believed. A shindig rounds out the day.

Down in Norfolk, VA, the Tidewater Browncoats have lots planned in a very short time including Fan Favorite Mikey Mason. Can they squeeze Serenity, Dr. Horrible, Mikey, & some sales all into 4 hours? Go see!

Zipping north of the border, Edmonton starts their event at noon. Their event includes an evil laugh contest, costume contest, Serenity, Dr. Horrible, live auction, and silent auction. This year, the theatre they are renting is offering discounted tickets for CSTS attendees to see Comic Con IV: A Fan's Hope which is showing following the CSTS event.

New York City is offering a screening of Serenity along with a dinner/dance, auction, door prizes and costume contest at the Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown. Ticket Sales end on June 21st @ 5PM & will not be available at the door.

The day ends and the new day begins in Boston with the 7th annual midnight showing of Serenity at the Coolidge Theater. Brush up on your trivia. There will be questions!

June 24th has two screenings. Glastonbury, U.K. is showing both Serenity and Dr. Horrible. The CSTS event is part of a larger film festival.

The weekend is bookended at the birthplace of Can't Stop The Serenity. The Portland Oregon Browncoats have a Guild Marathon on Friday June 22nd and the Serenity event on Sunday which includes a special showing of Out of Gas.

If you go to any of these events, let us know how everything went on our forums, & if you didn't, check back to see what else is going on with CSTS.

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This Weekend’s Event: Charleston, SC

Charleston is having its first Can't Stop The Serenity Event and it promises to be a good one.
Besides the Big Damn Movie, Charleston will have raffles, trivia and a costume contest.

Local artists, restaurants and shops have donated items for the silent auction.

So bring your cashy money and head over on Sunday July 17th. Details at the website.

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Why JL Hilton Supports CSTS

I organized the first Raleigh screening in 2006, because I loved Firefly. I loved it with all my heart and soul, in a way I'd never loved any TV show before. At the time, I didn't expect to raise money for Equality Now. I expected to pay hundreds of dollars for the venue rental and movie rights out of my own pocket, to sit in a theater with maybe twelve other people and watch Serenity on the big damn screen again.

Instead, the 200-seat theater sold out. We had a costume contest, and several people actually showed up in costume. People bought raffle tickets. A donation was made to Equality Now. And I made new friends who have become like family.

Over the years, I learned more about Equality Now, and I found out about Kids Need to Read. While I love the work of these two organizations, and while I am proud to say that Raleigh has raised more than $21,500.00 for EN and $2,800.00 for KNTR (so far), the reason I keep coming back to this, year after year, is that family I mentioned.

I've been involved in a lot of clubs, groups, fandoms and events in my life. But I've never known as many generous, enthusiastic, resourceful, hard-working, intelligent and wonderful people as the Browncoats I've met doing Can't Stop the Serenity.

Love keeps this thing flying, and love is why I'm here.

Jen

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Can’t Stop The Serenity Starts this Weekend!

Pull on your Jayne hat, and grab your brown coat because Can't Stop the Serenity is officially ON! This weekend sees events kick off in three countries.

  • Friday, June 8 will see an Affiliate event in Lawrence, KS. It will be live streamed so that we can all watch the fun.
  • Saturday, June 9th is the first full Serenity screening in Vancouver, BC with both a silent and live auction and a costume contest with a twist. Vancouver has at least one item in their auction that you will not be able to get anywhere else.
  • Finally, on Sunday, Nottingham, UK will also be showing Serenity. They'll have a raffle and then do what we do best - have a shindig! (and show Dr. Horrible.) (and a bbq!)
Tickets may still be available for these events. So if you're in the area, make sure you join us. It'll be a great start to a summer of awesomeness!

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A Word from our Sponsors: Why We Support CSTS

This is the first in a series from our sponsors. We asked them why, year after year, they support Can't Stop the Serenity & Equality Now. First up, one of our Lifetime Sponsors, Andy Gore, CEO of Quantum Mechanix: "We all got on this boat for the same reason: To make awesome stuff for the greatest TV show ever and to serve the community of Browncoats (to which we belong). Some folks said we were crazy to put all that love into a show that only lived half a season. But we didn't listen, because miracles happen only when you push ahead against the odds. And maybe only when you're crazy. But gorammit, if it didn't work. So here we are, seven years later, still honoring Firefly the best way we can and loving every minute of it. Supporting CSTS is another way we serve the Browncoat community. It's important. It's a cause we believe in. And it's one we're proud to help." Thanks QMx for continuing to support Can't Stop the Serenity.    

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Equality Now’s “When I Speak”

When I Speak was performed at Equality Now's 20th Anniversary Celebration. It was written by Joss Whedon and performed by three young women who embody just one of the many struggles women and girls face everyday in countries around the world. It is a stark and moving reminder of why Can't Stop The Serenity supports Equality Now.

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