On December 21st, author Neil Gaiman and musician Amanda Palmer will be the guests at a fundraising party for Torrent Engine 18, a project that will transform a 19th-century Boston firehouse into a flexible theater/art gallery space. People who contribute at least $125 to the project will be able to attend the party; the number of spaces available is limited. Please read the donation instructions at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/182095077/old-boston-firehouse-to-become-art-space-torrent-e.
[Tip via The Names Blog]
Tales From the House Band, Volume 2 is a collection of fantastical short stories, all with a musical theme. The authors of two of these stories, Clea Simon and Brett Milano, will be hosting a launch party at the Flora restaurant in Arlington, MA on December 11th starting at 6:00pm.
Welcome to the Plus One House Band’s second set. A village girl on the Isle of Man disregards the rules of her people’s bargain with their otherworldly neighbours, and pays the price. A young musician goes on a wild tour of America’s parking lots as he follows his favourite band. A paralyzed soul singer reflects back on how he met his great love. A singer in a strange little underground club carries the world in her song. A damned soul makes a classic crossroads guitar swap deal between the devil and a musician, not knowing that the musician has an agenda of his own. A father and son, both flamenco guitarists, spiral down into madness and addiction. Here are fifteen stories that run from quiet vignettes to apocalyptic science fiction to chilling irony to raucous good fun, all linked together by the music each author offers. So grab a seat, order up something cold to drink, and settle in for a great gig.
For details, see http://www.florarestaurant.com/index.php?page=about&family=events or https://www.facebook.com/events/352695368159541/.
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA will be celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit on September 29th with “Middle-Earth Day”:
Higgins Armory Museum welcomes the world of J.R.R. Tolkien into its halls.
- Come dressed as your favorite charactore from Tolkien’s stories of fantasies and adventures
- Hear stories of Bilbo from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
- Make a Gondorian shield or design your own
- Watch Arwen teach Aragorn the proper way to slay an orc
- Play games from the Shire
- See if you can outgrin a dwarf
So dust off your traveling cloaks and study up on your runes, or just comb your feet and join us for a day of fun and fellowship!
See http://www.higgins.org/calendar/2012-09-29 for details.
[Tip via TheOneRing.net]
Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA, and Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, author of A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, are hosting a themed dinner party at the nearby Tavern in the Square restaurant on September 28th at 7:00pm. The cost of the meal is $50 and you MUST pre-register by September 14th.
The menu will include:
-Crusty White Bread (for the table throughout the meal)
-Onions in Gravy
Our goal is to provide a culinary tour of the Seven Kingdoms. Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, co-author of the cookbook, A Feast of Ice & Fire, will be on hand to answer any questions and sign copies of the book.
More information is available at http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/event/feast-ice-and-fire.
The Steampunks are invading Salem, MA! Be on the lookout for them this weekend, on September 8th. Vendors and performers will gather at The Vault at 217 Essex Street. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/268797233185762/.
LeetUp describes itself as “the world’s first live nerd culture carnival.” The event is on tour with dates around the country, and the carnival will arrive in Boston on October 4th. The host is Kevin Pereira, former co-host of G4’s “Attack of the Show!”
leetUP is hosted by the very handsome Kevin Pereira, who lords over the evening. An evening that includes:
ON-STAGE antics like:
– LIVE PODCASTING – with geeky celebs and interweb stars
– LIVE MUSIC – with resident performer Mike Relm, local DJs and a few special jam sessions with Kevin Pereira
– Audience Participation Competitions
And OFF-STAGE, it’s like Comic-Con, with:
– Tech Demos
– Old-School Videogame Arcade
– Photo Playsets
– Geeky Art Stations
– Free Stuff!
Each leetUP is rather unique to each city. Guest lineups will vary, as we like to keep the conversations fresh. Keep checking back for future announcements, as we’re continuously booking new talent and sponsors.
See http://leetup.com/ to learn more.
[Tip via Convention Scene]
Head to Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA on October 28th at 7:00pm for the launch party for “Hellbound II,” a locally published anthology of horror comics.
The Boston Comics Roundtable will be horrifying readers again this Halloween with the second installment of its “Hellbound” anthology of independent horror comics written and drawn by local creators. All comics creators, fans, and friends are invited to celebrate the premiere of the new book at a comics-themed Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square.
“Hellbound 2’s” initial release will be in a limited Art Edition, printed on hand-crafted paper and packaged in a screen-printed presentation box. This limited edition will go on sale at the party.
The Hellbound Party will include a costume contest, “sketch fights” (competitive speed-cartooning done for an audience), zombie caricatures, and stand-up comedy by Tim Varguilish and Maria Ciampa.
Find out more at http://hellboundinboston.blogspot.com/2011/09/hellbound-mice-preview.html
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Star Wars author Ryder Windham will be part of the Providence Community Library’s Star Wars Party and Blood Drive on October 15th, 2011 from 10:00am-2:30pm at the Rochambeau Library in Providence, RI.
Star Wars fans of all ages are invited to a Star Wars Party and Blood Drive at the Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence RI, on Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 10:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. If you were already planning on wearing a Star Wars costume on Halloween, this event will be a terrific occasion to wear that costume early! And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get your picture taken with members of the 501st Legion New England Garrison, who will be attending in their own movie-quality Star Wars costumes.
Star Wars author (and avid blood donor) Ryder Windham will be making presentations about his upcoming book projects. If you own any books by Mr. Windham, bring them in so he can sign them! Mr. Windham will also have some exciting Star Wars giveaways for all who attend, especially those who donate blood. The giveaways were donated by some very generous folks at Dark Horse Comics, DK Publishing, Del Rey, Hasbro, and Scholastic Inc. What are the giveaways? The only way you’ll find out is to come to the party!
Visit http://www.provcomlib.org/calendarofevents.php?id=132928 for more information.
The PortConMaine convention is hosting this year’s “A Steampunk Affair” on October 22nd from 4:30pm-10:00pm in Westbrook, ME. This event is “an evening of fine dining, Neo-Victorian fashion, dancing, artisans, and oddities.” See http://portconmaine.com/asteampunkaffair/ for more information.
Images Cinema of Williamstown, MA will be hosting a film series called “Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy”; a variety of events will take place from September 19th-25th, some of which will be visited by puppeteer Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo. Jim Henson would have turned 75 on September 24th, and one of the events will be a birthday party for him. Learn more at http://www.imagescinema.org/film_events/muppets-music-magic-jim-hensons-legacy.
[Tip via Alan of the Boston SciFi Meetup Group]