Toronto Holds 8th Annual CSTS Event and Charlotte sees Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday, June 29th, the doors open for the Toronto Can't Stop the Serenity Event. It's back at the Royal Cinema where the first screening was held in 2006.
After the screening of Serenity, there will be the always awesome auction, including such items as a bandana that was one of the original Universal prizes on the movie site, an authentic "Blue Sun" juice tin from the movie and some original craft items available nowhere else. Details are on the website.

All proceeds go to Equality Now.

A Toronto screening isn't complete without a shindig!

Immediately following the movie, everyone is welcome to head over to The Standard at 667 College Street. Not only can you hobnob with fellow Browncoats you can enter a draw for one more exciting item.

On Sunday June 30th, the Charlotte Browncoats will all catch the 2:15 Sunday matinee showing of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. Then have an exotic Asian dinner at Cuisine Malaya. Give away prizes. And pass the hat for Equality Now! All are welcome.

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We celebrate Joss’s birthday in a big way

When CSTS got started all the events were on or near Joss Whedon's birthday, June 23. Some cities still hold their events that weekend.

First up on Friday is Lawrence, Kansas who are back with a screening. The ticket price has been lowered to only $8.00 but there is additional content with Felicia Day's The Guild, Season 1 being shown.

Saturday June 22 has 4 screenings! Pittsburgh is back with their 8th screening. It's in a new location, Off The Wall Theater in Carnegie, PA. This year they are asking for donations at the door rather than selling tickets in advance and are requesting $5.00 - $10.00. They have 2 silent auctions, games, raffles and of course, Serenity. After 7 previous screenings, you can be sure they know how to have a good time!

Boston is also back for their 8th year. Although it isn't part of the event, Much Ado About Nothing is screening in the same theatre earlier in the evening.
Why not make a full evening of it? The New England Browncoats will be collecting for Equality Now at both Much Ado screenings that evening.

In addition to raising money for Equality Now, they will also be collecting non-perishable food items for Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women that offers emergency and long-term assistance to women. Anyone that brings a donation will be eligible for raffle prizes.
Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.

The Alberta Browncoats hold their screening in Edmonton on June 22 as well. As always they have some very shiny auction items. It helps to live in the Captain's hometown! New this year is singer songwriter Vanessa Cardui who wrote fan favourite "That Hat Makes You Look Like An Idiot". She will be performing that afternoon before Serenity is shown. A professional photographer will be on hand to help you mark this special day.

Rounding off this busy Saturday is Denver who are also celebrating 8 years running CSTS screenings. This year it is at a new location, the SIE FilmCenter. Among it's other good points, it has a full bar, so a shindig in honor of Joss's birthday is planned!

The Costume Contest will have 2 winners, one chosen by the other attendees and the other by the CSTS crew. And of course, like all the other events this weekend, Serenity will be shown.

On Sunday, Portland are running their 8th year with a showing of Serenity and Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog.
Anyone who buys their tickets in advance can get in at 12:30 for a special show of NerdFight. Doors open for day of sale tickets at 1:30. A Costume Contest and raffles round out the event.

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The Beeston Browncoats (U.K.) have a Joss Jamboree

Saturday, June 15, the Beeston Browncoats are having a BBQ, Dr. Horrible Showing, live music, an Open Mic, themed drinks and so much more. It is open to all ages.

This year the Costume contest is for the whole Whedonverse (from Toy Story to Much Ado), so it's an opportunity to cosplay your favourite Joss character with a chance of winning some very cool prizes!
It sounds like fun, doesn't it?
Wish you could be there?
You can! Virtually, anyway. Dress up in your favourite Whedonverse costume, take a picture, and post it to twitter with the hashtag #jossjamboree after donating any amount to Equality Now. Do this before 8:30 p.m. GMT on the 15th and you will be entered!

But of course, if you are anywhere near Nottingham, you owe it to yourself to be there in person.

Proceeds go to Equality Now and the Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre so dig deep when you are asked.

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Join us in supporting Equality Now’s actions against increasing rape and sexual assault in the US Military

We often get asked "What is the point of Can't Stop the Serenity? I can watch my DVD/Blu-ray of Serenity anytime at home. Why should I support a local event?" We'd like to share our answer with you. By supporting a local Can't Stop the Serenity event, you are helping to change the world. Now, that might seem like a pretty big claim, but here's where it's true. The money which you hand over at a local event for a few hours of entertainment, some merchandise, a few raffle tickets or perhaps to win something cool in an auction goes to support the vital work of Equality Now. And what does Equality Now do with it? They make positive change happen. Often, that change is in places far from your home such preventing child marriage in the Middle East, and protecting the rights of women in Africa and Asia. But sometimes, change is needed a lot closer to home.

This month, we'd like to highlight some of the work that Equality Now is doing in the United States.

Did you know that in 2012 there were over 26,000 reports of sexual assault against service members in the US Military? And that this was a 35% increase since 2010? On 7 May 2013, the US Department of Defence released their 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. The report plainly showed that efforts to combat sexual assault in the military are not having the desired effect, and in fact, sexual violence and the culture of impunity are getting worse. According to Equality Now, approximately 1 out of every 100 sexual assaults in the military results in the conviction of the perpetrator. This is due to the multitude of obstacles rape survivors face in pursuing justice, including in reporting the crime, getting a thorough and impartial investigation, and seeing their assailant face appropriate charges and punishment.

Therefore, Equality Now has welcomed the 16 May introduction of the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a bi-partisan bill which would remove the power to prosecute sexual assault from military commanders and transfer it to professional prosecutors. Equality Now and their partner SWAN (Service Women's Action Network) have been consistently advocating for this reform for many years and will be following the bill closely as it moves through the legislative process to ensure that sexual assault victims have access to justice in the military.

You can add your voice to those calling for change. Watch the trailer for The Invisible War (and seek out the full documentary) and read the Equality Now Action Report to find out who you can write to in the US to advocate for positive change. And contact your government representatives to encourage them to support the bill.

We'd also like you to please support a local Can't Stop the Serenity event and give generously so that Equality Now can continue their work to put an end to rape and sexual assault against the men and women of the US Military, and support those who have already suffered.

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New York City celebrates Serenity with a Screening and Shindig

Saturday, June 8, New York City is changing things around a little with a pre-screening party at the New York Brewing Company before heading to the theatre for a costume contest and live music by Sean Faust. There will be a cash bar and drinks are welcome in the theatre.

There is also a live auction with some great items. Who wouldn't want a set of tools signed by Jewel Staite? Just take a look at how she signed it!
There's a First Aid Kit signed by Sean and an Equality Now hat that Joss himself signed, to name just a few items. Also, there is a very special not yet released game that anyone would be interested in.....

And of course, there is Serenity, the movie that can be seen over and over again.

If you are anywhere near Manhattan, you owe it to yourself to go to this great charity event.

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Message from Dave

Here we are approaching the heart of the CSTS event season!

I had the opportunity to visit the Philadelphia Comic Con on June 1st and was fortunate to meet with the crews from Philadelphia, New York and Pittsburgh who staffed fan tables there as well as the organizers from Raleigh and Arlington. There were Browncoats everywhere!

I lost count of the Jayne Hats, Firefly themed tee shirts and various costumes. I saw lots of Captain Mals and Kaylees; in fact a most unforgettable Kaylee with a thick beard and a magnificent handlebar mustache eating a strawberry. Gina, Adam, Jewel and Summer were guests at the con and there were long lines for autographs and photo opportunities. They were gracious enough to autograph some stuff for our CSTS auction.

The point is that our fandom is still vibrant after all these years and the actors that we admire are kind, generous and have not forgotten us.

So, go enjoy your event and bring your friends, or register to run one in Aug or Sept, for all is well!

Dave, the Global Dude, abides.

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