Rock and Shock 2014

Rock and Shock, a horror convention and music festival, will once again raise hell in Worcester, MA the weekend of October 17-19. The convention has a long list of actors, writers and artists scheduled to attend, including Brad Dourif of “Chucky” and many other genre roles, Tara Reid of “Sharknado,” and bands like GWAR. Visit http://rockandshock.com/ to view the complete guest list.

Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project Events

Edgar Allan Poe spent part of his life in Boston, and a bust of the author has been created to commemorate his time here. The unveiling is slated for the evening of October 30th at 6:00pm at the Boston Public Library. See http://www.bpl.org/news/calendar.htm?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d110800379 for more details.

On October 31st at 8:00pm, the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA will host a performance of “NEVERMORE: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe.”

This very special Halloween treat is one night only! Written by Dennis Paoli, Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe stars horror and sci-fi heavyweight Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, From Beyond, The Frighteners) in an astonishing turn as Boston-born king of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Combs doesn’t play Poe—he inhabits his spirit in this 90-minute, one-act play that ranges from the comedic to the tragic. Don’t miss out—this is the first time Nevermore has come to Boston—and could very well be the last.

Get tickets at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=d5e933b2365aa6976a95ade5f9ff1c7f.

You can learn more about the project at https://www.facebook.com/EdgarAllanPoeBronzeBustProject.

Portland Comic Expo 2014

The Portland Comic Expo, featuring comics artists, vendors, cosplay, and more, will be held in Portland, ME on October 26th. Visit http://www.portlandcomicexpo.com/ to learn more.

Geek Central 2014

The Geek Central festival will take over Central Square in Cambridge, MA on October 25th and 26th.

Geek Central

To celebrate Pandemonium’s 25 Anniversary, we will be holding a two-day festival of geeky goodness in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge taking place on October 25 & 26, 2014.

What is Geek Central?

Geek Central is a number of geeky organizations and businesses getting together to run events all through Central Square, in Cambridge! Any one of these events would be cool on its own. Put them all together… and we have an awesome new convention!

Most events at Geek Central will be free! Only a few of our very special events will have a cover charge, and there is plenty of fun programming for those who choose not to attend them. (We think they’re totally worth it, but we like letting our attendees decide!) We also have an exciting incentive for those who want to see and do all the day’s events in the Geek Central Passport.

Find the latest developments at http://www.geekcentral.org.

The Singularity

The Science Fiction Theatre Company will present the sci-fi comedy “The Singularity” at The Factory Theatre in Boston, MA.

Science Fiction Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our fall show: the world premiere of The Singularity by Crystal Jackson! The show will be directed by Cait Robinson and will open this September 19th at the Factory Theatre in Boston!

Astrid is on her last egg- if she does not get pregnant now, she’ll never have a child. The Singularity is a black comedy set in a dystopian future about a woman who will try anything to have a baby. When sperm banks and hookups fail her, Astrid’s desperation hits an all time low. She tries one last thing: dark matter. All Astrid wanted was to be a mother, but now she must ask “a mother to what?”

Friday Sept 19th 8pm
Saturday Sept 20th 8pm
Sunday Sept 21st 3pm

Thursday Sept 25th 8pm
Friday Sept 26th 8pm
Saturday Sept 27th 8pm
Sunday Sept 28th 3pm

Thursday Oct 2nd 8pm
Friday Oct 3rd 8pm
Saturday Oct 4th 8pm
Sunday Oct 5th 3pm

For information on tickets see http://sciencefictiontheatrecompany.com/2014/09/tickets-now-available-for-the-singularity/.

Author Appearance: Matt Herring

Matt Herring of the Secret Identity Podcast will appear at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA to present The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion, a guidebook to the popular TV show. Be there on September 20th from 3:00-5:00pm (unless your TARDIS delivers you somewhen else). See http://anniesbookstopworcester.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/monday-events-buzz-more-and-more/ for details.

New York Comic Con 2014

New York Comic Con will be held October 9-12 at the Javits Center in New York City. They have a huge guest list, including people from comics, television, movies, art, and more; see the website at http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/! (Tip: details are hidden under the triple-bar icon in the top right corner of their website.)

Author Appearance: William Gibson

Noted science fiction author William Gibson, known for cyberpunk novels such as Neuromancer, will be appearing at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, to present his new novel The Peripheral on November 13th at 7:00pm. This event is sponsored by Porter Square Books and tickets are required. For ticket details visit http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/william-gibson-peripheral.

Wee Faerie Village in a Steampunk’d Wonderland

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT annually stages a themed outdoor display of tiny “fairy houses” on its grounds, and this year’s theme is “Wee Faerie Village in a Steampunk’d Wonderland.”

Artists and designers creating the over two dozen faerie-scaled installations must recount Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in a steampunk setting. Imagine a miniature Victorian world viewed through a steam-powered futuristic lens.

Visitors will travel the Museum’s 11 acres to discover a faerie version of Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy dreamlike world. With guide in hand they will follow Alice’s adventures – keeping up with the tardy White Rabbit…surviving the Mad Tea Party…drinking and eating to change size…talking with flowers…and playing croquet with the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts.

As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of fun faerie and Wonderland-themed activities. Events include a visit from Alice, baking and faerie house-making contests, croquet lessons, a magic show, parties, book discussions, and craft activities.

The exhibit runs from October 3rd to November 2nd. For ticket information and a full schedule of events, visit http://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/programs-events/wee-faerie-village/.

Banned Books Week: When Comics Almost Died

The Public Library of Brookline, MA is hosting a lecture called “Banned Books Week: When Comics Almost Died” by expert Carol Tilley on September 22nd at 7:00pm:

Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content. CAROL TILLEY, whose research into Wertham’s revealed the doctor fabricated some of his findings, takes listeners behind the scenes, to reveal this fateful year in comics history. Learn untold stories of Wertham, Senator Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum.

See http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/programs/special-events/140922-banned-books-week-when-comics-almost-died for more information.

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