CSTS In the Southern U.S.

On Saturday Aug 23, the SRF Browncoats are hosting a screening at the Hurricane Bar & Grill in Miami Springs, Florida. There will be raffles, Dr. Horrible, Serenity and a local fan group will be hosting a Firefly themed Wheel of Fortune Game. The Hurricane has a full menu and bar. There is no admission for entry but hey - this is a fundraiser, so donations will be gladly accepted in cash, checks, paypal and credit cards. There will be special gifts for all who donate $25.00 or more.Even more details here.

On Sunday, the North Texas Browncoats are back with Can't Stop The Music, an evening of awesome live music, burlesque and a showing of Dr. Horrible. The fun starts with Dr. Horrible at 6:00 with the last musicians starting at 12:30. Cover is only $5.00 at the door. That's less than $1.00 per band!

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Nine Events in only Four Days

Minneapolis is never content to do a screening like most other cities. Instead, for many years now, they have three screenings in a row. Everything starts on Thursday Aug 14 with Dr. Horrible at 7:45 and Serenity at 9:35. On both Friday and Saturday the events starts later - with Serenity being shown at 11:30 both nights. Please note that this is a cash only event so bring lots! Which screening will you attend?

Portland also feels that one screening is never enough, so they are holding 2 screenings in one day, Aug. 16th. Both the afternoon and the evening events feature Dr. Horrible and Serenity as well as raffles with awesome prizes. Tickets can be bought online.

Browncoats all recognize the importance of Shindigs so Pittsburgh is starting their screening not at the theater but up the street at Fredo's Market Deli from 3-5. Popular musician Sean Faust will entertain the masses while fans eat great food and play trivia for prizes. Then it's over to the Hollywood Theatre for games, raffles and Serenity. The theater is cash only and tickets for the screening will be available at the box office starting at 5:00. After the screening, the Hollywood will be showing Cabin in The Woods but please note that this is not part of the CSTS event.

On Sunday the North Texas Browncoats hold the last screening of the weekend. This is always a great time but if you don't have your ticket already, it's too late - it is sold out! There will be not one but two evil laugh competitions, a costume contest, raffles and a live auction. Dr. Horrible will start the proceedings and of course, Serenity will be the centerpiece.

Up in Nova Scotia, Halifax will hold an Affiliate event showing Seasons 4-6 of the Guild. Missed the earlier event with Seasons 1-3? Catch them on Netflix before you head over on Friday.

Melbourne's Affiliate event is a night of trivia. Well, more than that. This is "Battle of the Geeks"! Think you and your friends know your trivia? Be prepared to prove it! Doors open at 7 with trivia running from 8 - 10:30. Tickets available for purchase at the door.

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Why Can’t Stop The Serenity, Part IV

Peepiecheep answers the question.

On July 6th this year, a team of dedicated volunteers ran a Can't Stop the Serenity event in Leicester, UK. It was the first time since 2008 that an event had been held in the city. Last time we raised over $300 for Equality Now, this year we raised 4 times as much, both for EN and for our local women's aid charity. It's hard work, and it takes up a lot of our spare time, but it's worth it.

Why? Because equality matters.

Equality, and the fight to achieve it for all, is important. For every woman who cannot fight, who finds her life and her choices dictated for her; for every girl who has been denied an education due to her gender; for every pre-teen who has been married off to a man three times her age; for every victim of rape and violence and oppression; we will help fight for them.

In the words of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, "Somebody has to speak for these people", and this year, Leicester helped be their voice.

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Australia Takes Over

Both Perth and Melbourne are having their CSTS screenings this weekend with an added Affiliate shindig in Perth.

Melbourne is running it's 9th screening on Saturday, Aug 2. Serenity will be in HD so you can discover all those little things you never noticed before! Also showing will be Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog. To add to the excitement, there will be a cosplay competition, raffles, auctions, door prizes and all sorts of shiny merchandise. Please note that it will be cash only that day so be sure to bring along lots of cashy money as well as your best costume if you've a mind to. This event sold out the last 2 years so get your ticket in advance, just in case!

So plan to go, bring a friend, bring someone who has never seen Firefly, and they’ll have fun, raise much needed money and become part of the Browncoat family!

Perth is making sure everyone is in the right mood by having a shindig on Saturday night with the screening on Sunday. This will include a light meal and a private bar. (No word on if Mudder's Milk will be offered). Costumes are encouraged and there will be all manner of games and the like if your fellow Browncoats aren't enough to make for a perfect evening.

The screening will be on Sunday afternoon at the Cinema Paradiso (is that not a perfect name??), which boasts of a licensed bar as well as the more usual popcorn. There will be some great merch for sale and a raffle for shiny prizes before Serenity gets started around 4:00. You can purchase tickets for one or both events and pick them up at the door. Remember to bring proof of purchase with you.

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Raleigh is Already a Hit

Can't Stop The Serenity is still flying in Raleigh, North Carolina where it looks to be a sold out event for the 5th year running, on Sunday July 27.

This is their 9th year so you know they are doing something right! Those lucky enough to have a ticket are urged to come early and have food and drink with your fellow Browncoats before the raffle and costume contest get underway. Yes, costumes! Dust off your duds and come dressed as an inhabitant of the 'Verse. Following the raffle and contest will be a showing of the big damn movie, Serenity.

But before you head over, if you don't have a ticket, be sure to check the website to see if any are left.

UPDATE: Raleigh is sold out!

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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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