Boston Bit Fest

Fans of classic video arcade games are invited to the Boston Bit Fest on December 11th:

Are you a bad enough dude or dudette to rescue the President? Find out at Bit Fest – a festival celebrating the halcyon days of the corner arcade and home video game consoles!

The festival features original arcade cabinets (you bring the cash, we supply the quarters!) as well as classic bit filled video game consoles to play your old favorites and overlooked oddities.

You want more? We have more! Bit Fest has featured vendor booths with Boston’s best local retailers that cater to collectors and neophytes alike; you can test your knowledge against an opponent on the Video Game Trivia Show, challenge a friend to spin the Wheel of Worst Fighting Games Ever, and much more.

Crazy-good prizes a’plenty, open to all, and no ticket required. There’s literally no reason why you can’t be there on December 11th, 7 PM at Aeronaut Brewing Co!

For details see https://bostonbitfest.wordpress.com/.

AnonyCon 2014

The gaming convention AnonyCon returns to Stamford, CT the weekend of December 5th-7th. Gamers of all types will gather to enjoy a wide variety of tabletop, live-action, board and card games. Note that some games require advance registration. Get more information at http://anonycon.com/.

Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons

Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA invites you to join them on November 25th at 7:00pm for “Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk about Rock, Dungeons & Dragons, the Occult, and Philosophy”:

How does Led Zeppelin connect to Gary Gygax? Can rock and roll be a religion? Is the Dungeon Master’s guide a holy text? Other than that weird kid who taught you how to play D&D in middle school, is anyone actually chaotic evil? Join three writers and gamers — Christopher Robichaud (http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/christopher-robichaud), editor of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy; Peter Bebergal (mysterytheater.blogspot.com), author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; and Ethan Gilsdorf (ethangilsdorf.com) author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks — for a free-ranging discussion about rock, D&D, the occult, philosophy, dungeonmastery, morality, soul craft, and spiritually. We’ll probably talk about the Satan Panic of the 1980s, too, and try to decode that mysterious art on Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Followed by a Q&A and book signing with the authors.

See http://pandemoniumbooks.com/event/head-banging-dice-rolling-and-summoning-demons-talk-about-rock-dungeons-dragons-occult-and-phi for more details.

Doctor Who Celebration

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, MA is having a celebration of all things Doctor Who on December 13th, including trivia and costume contests. See https://anniesbookstopworcester.wordpress.com/ for details.

Author Appearance: John Cleese

Monty Python’s John Cleese will present his book “So, Anyway…” at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA on November 7th at 6:30pm. This event is sponsored by Brookline Booksmith. Tickets are available at http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/event/john-cleese-so-anyway.

How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard

Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, will give a lecture on “How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard” on October 30th at 4:15pm at the Knafel Center in Cambridge, MA.

Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history. In this illustrated lecture, Lepore lifts that veil of secrecy to reveal that Wonder Woman’s past lies at Harvard and Radcliffe.

Learn more at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-jill-lepore-lecture.

“To Be Takei” With George Takei

George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, will appear at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA for a Q&A session after a screening of his biographical movie, “To Be Takei” on November 3rd at 7:00pm.

Jennifer Kroot’s TO BE TAKEI follows Takei and his husband Brad, capturing their day-to-day as they prepare for Takei’s dream project, ALLEGIANCE, a musical based on his harrowing childhood experiences inside a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Intertwined with this narrative is a look into Takei’s life history, from his rise to fame as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the iconic television series, STAR TREK, to his advocacy for marriage equality and civil rights across the United States. What emerges is a portrait of an outspoken activist who utilizes wit, whimsy, grace and humor to bring attention to the sorrows of his past and the joys of love and creativity in his present.

Buy tickets at http://www.baaff.org/to-be-takei.html.

Super Megafest Comic Con 2014

Super Megafest will bring its annual mix of actors, artists, musicians, and celebrity figures to Framingham, MA the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd. Currently scheduled guests include Hulk Hogan, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Denise Crosby, and Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner, plus many more. Visit http://www.newenglandsupermegafest.com/ to keep up with the latest details.

Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibility

The Rhode Island Stage Ensemble is presenting “Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibility” on November 7th and 8th at 7:00pm.

For superheroes, saving the world is tough, but the time spent away from work is tougher. The Hulk has to do taxes, a crime-fighting sidekick joins a support group, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down. SUPERHEROES is a funny, fast-paced series of vignettes that explores how the caped crusaders deal with life in street clothes. This production serves as a fundraiser for RISE as we approach our eighth season. We’ll be raffling off Superhero Swag, having loads of refreshments and other family fun in store!

The play will be hosted at Theatre Works in Woonsocket, RI. Buy tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/852160, and learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1505373226346413/.

NorthEast Comic Con 2014

NorthEast Comic Con is a comics, collectibles and pop culture expo being held December 6th and 7th at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. Guests are scheduled to Christopher Judge of “Stargate SG-1″, Nicholas Brendon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Gary K. Wolf of “Roger Rabbit”, and many other actors, artists, and authors. Visit http://pcx-necc.com/ to learn more.

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