Last But Hardly Least

This coming week sees the final events of the CSTS season but what a finish it is!

The Browncoats of Tampa, FL are having their first ever Can't Stop The Serenity screening on Sunday Oct. 12. Entry is by donation so give generously but be sure to save some money for the raffle which has an astonishing number of truly shiny items. Everything from the Firefly Car air fresheners to the new Firefly Clue Game with Tshirts and actions figures in between. There will be tough trivia, Board Games, an RPG game scenario demo and of course, a screening of Serenity.

Salt Lake City is back with their Serenity Screening. Accompanying the BDM will be several fan films, including 'Operation Night Watch',& 'The Verse' by Julian Higgins. Brian Wiser of Done the Impossible will reveal some Easter Eggs from the 'Done the Impossible' documentary. There will also be a costume contest, raffle auction and a Q & A about all things Firefly.

And finally, on October 15, for the first time ever, Can't Stop The Serenity is having a Virtual Shindig. Hosted by the Utah Browncoats it will run in three parts so people around the world can participate. Although only our 2014 event cities are mentioned, all are welcome.

First, we will start the Australian session beginning at 4 AM MDT to accommodate both coasts. For participants in Australia, it will be 9 PM in Melbourne & Nowra, and 6 PM in Perth.

Act two will be our European broadcast, beginning at Noon, Mountain Standard Time, providing a 7 PM Broadcast for Aberdeen, Blackwood, Leicester, Beeston and London.

The Third and final act will be at 7 PM MDT, which allows for a late broadcast to Halifax at 10 PM. We will reach the Eastern seaboard at 9 PM, including Atlanta, Montreal, Duluth, New York, Norfolk, Pembroke Pines, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Miami Springs, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Washington D.C.. If you're in Platteville, Dallas, Minneapolis, Saint Louis, Nashville, or Lawrence, tune in at 8 PM. Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and Sandy will be in line with us at 7 PM. All other event cities will tune at at 6 PM, including Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Orange County, Tucson and Arcata.

Each of the three acts will run for approximately three hours, and will feature material specific to each major region. There will also be a silent auction with all money going to Equality Now. We hope that wherever you are in the world, and whatever your work schedule day or night, that you will join us for any and all of these three sessions live via Ustream!

And after that? One word.

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CSTS 10th Year!

Did you know that 2015 will be the 10th year of Can't Stop the Serenity? We've got some ideas on how to celebrate, but we'd love to hear your thoughts! What would you like to see included in next year's celebrations?

We want to raise the profile of both CSTS and Equality Now. We want to raise even more money for all the wonderful charities we've been supporting.
So how do we do it? You tell us. Go big! Go wild! While we probably can't have a sequel to Serenity, there's no harm in hoping.

Not near a CSTS event? What can we do for you to help you celebrate? (Besides encouraging you to run an event yourself!)

Send your ideas and questions to, post on our Facebook page or send your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #CSTS10.

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Moving into October

The last month of the 2014 Can't Stop The Serenity season sees some exciting events happening. This weekend there are 3 very different types of Serenity Screenings.

First up is London, England. All the online tickets are sold out but at time of writing there are still a few left for sale at the door. The day starts at 4:00 and there will be showings of Dr. Horrible, Serenity & some Firefly inspired music videos. A silent auction has some great prizes as does a raffle. A costume competition will claim the middle of the event, so get those outfits finished! The Mad Hatter is a wonderful pub so you'll probably want to get something to eat & drink while you are at it.

The South Florida Browncoats are holding their screening in Pembrook Pines this year at the South Regional Library. There will be a raffle, trivia, door prizes, & Dr. Horrible . How will you do at Firefly Wheel of Fortune? The intermission will have snacks before you settle in again to watch Serenity. The price for all this goodness? Free but this is a Fundraiser of course, so be generous with your donation.

Over on the US West Coast, a Steampunk convention will also have a Serenity Screening. While the film is included with one level of tickets, a minimum $5.00 donation will be accepted at the door. Following the movie, there will be a shindig. Again, while the shindig is open to certain level of ticket holders, you can buy a ticket to it separately should you wish to attend. And who wouldn't? We are looking forward to seeing the Space Western inspired steampunk costumes!

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Seven Events in Three Countries

The shiny just keeps on happening! This weekend there are events in Australia, Canada and the United States.

First up is Nowra, Australia holding their third CSTS screening. If you have been following the posts on their Facebook page, you'll know they have an exciting evening planned with all sorts of amazing prizes. As well as Serenity there will be Dr. Horrible's Singalog blog, a Costume contest, an auction and door prizes.

After a great success showing Serenity, Toronto is back showing Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog. There will also be games and prizes. Wonder what exactly is Wonderflonium? Find out this and more. Follow them on Twitter for daily updates.

The day ends with the Arizona Browncoats having their 2nd event in as many weeks! This time it is Tucson's turn. Held in the historic Fox Theater. (That's right. The FOX theater),there will be a Whedonesque costume contest, a photobooth to capture the memories, and a raffle with a custom framed print by fan favorite Jason Palmer as the prize. Serenity and Dr. Horrible will be shown.

On Sunday Atlanta is back for the 9th year with another entertaining evening. Not only is Serenity being shown but the Atlanta Browncoats are well known for having all sorts of unusual entertainment. What will it be this year? You'll just have to go see. Top it off with a costume contest and a silent auction and you have a Good day! As always they are collecting food for the Atlanta Food Bank. For every canned good you bring, you will receive an extra prize drawing ticket!

Grand Prairie, Alberta is back for their third event as well. To accompany Dr. Horrible, there will be an evil laugh contest. Serenity will be shown as well as Browncoats: Redemption and a costume contest will keep those cameras busy. A silent auction with the shiny prizes including rare items signed by Nathan Fillion will run throughout the afternoon.

Philadelphia also ran a successful Serenity screening and are back to show Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog! Games, raffles, refreshments, and of course, the chance to watch Dr. Horrible with a roomful of fellow geeks is not to be missed. They are also running a costume contest - either a character you make up to fit in the universe or one from the show.

CSTS Pittsburgh will have a table at Pittsburgh Comic Con Friday through Sunday,at which you can try to beat your previous score at the "Zoe's Shootin' Gallery" game from their Serenity event and win prizes while you're at it. There will also be a raffle, and merch for sale,including a download card of Sean Faust's shiny, Serenity-inspired song "Signal" for just $1.00.On Sunday, there will be the "Joss Whedon Jeopardy" hosted by Captain Hammer. Following the game, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will show.
(PLEASE NOTE: While the CSTS events are technically free of charge, donations to Equality Now are very much appreciated, and you must purchase a pass to the Pittsburgh Comicon in order to attend the event.

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Hopping Across the Countries Coast to Coast

Another busy CSTS weekend with 6 events in 2 days.

Halifax is back with 2 back to back screenings of Serenity, as well as Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a silent auction, merchandise for sale, trivia contest and door prizes. Come in costume and be immortalized by their very talented photographer! There will even be a Hero of Canton sing-along. Halifax is known for getting unusual auction items such as the Kaylee Special. (It runs on batteries);-). They will have a wide assortment of unique Tshirts and a comic signed by both Nathan and Adam. If you are in the area, it is not to be missed.

Sandy Utah is having its first CSTS event ever and it is already sold out! Serenity will be showing in an intimate 56 seat theater and will be accompanied by a raffle and an auction with shiny goods that have to be seen to be believed.

Still on Saturday, still heading west, we end at the Orange County CSTS event. Serenity is the centerpiece with Dr. Horrible and possibly another short film making up the rest of the cinematic experience.The excitement is always high for this fun screening and this year will be no exception. A lively auction, door prizes and shiny merchandise for sale pretty well guarantees that you won't go home empty handed.

On Sunday the Arizona Browncoats have their Phoenix/Scottsdale screening. There will be merchandise for sale, an auction, photobooth and of course Serenity.But if you don't have your ticket already, too late! It is Sold Out.

Platteville is holding their first CSTS event so if you are anywhere in the area, go support them! The day starts with an episode from the hilarious Written by a Kid, followed by Dr. Horrible and then Serenity. There will be plenty of time to buy such cool items as do it yourself Kaylee parasols, a stuffed Serenity, shirts with CSTS patches and more. There will be a silent auction for some shiny handcrafted items so be sure to bring lots of money. Remember, it's for charity!

And Sunday ends with another new CSTS event. The Zenith City Browncoats in Duluth are running an Affiliate event featuring live music, called dancing, a bonfire, a limited buffet & staged combat. Sounds like a party Mal Reynolds would attend! Details on their Facebook page. (You need to be signed in to Facebook to see the page.)

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Four very Different Events

The weekend of Sept. 13-14 sees a wide assortment of CSTS events. Montreal is back with its first event since 2006 and it promises to be worth the wait! It is happening within Montreal Comic-Con so if you weren't going to attend, you might want to think again! Tickets are only $10.00 to get in CSTS Montreal but you do need to be attending Montreal Comic Con already. There will be a showing of Serenity, a costume contest, prizes for trivia, an auction, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog and a few special things for sale.

The Beeston Browncoats can always be counted on to run a fun Affiliate event.This year they even have their event on the same day that SyFYUK is showing Serenity. Coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe SyFyUK recognizes the perfect time to show the film!

There will be live music from Nottingham Singer/Songwriter Adam Peter Smith and Sword Dancing from local all woman dance troupe Whip the Cat, a BBQ, Cake Stall, lots of sci-fi merchandise up for grabs through tombola, and a raffle with great prizes.

New event city Aberdeen is offering a meal and 2 movies. Done the Impossible and Dr. Horrible will be accompanied by a great meal which is included in your ticket. Then there will be a pub quiz and a raffle draw as well as some very shiny merchandise for sale. Aberdeen got so many wonderful items, they have even added an auction! Go support this new event city!

The last event of the weekend is in Arcata California where the Humboldt Browncoats are running their 2nd CSTS event. While Serenity will be the showpiece, the evening will also feature some excellent trivia (How's your Chinese?), a costume parade, and a raffle with many shiny prizes. How shiny? Take a look.

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