On Sunday, December 14th, the comic book store Comicazi will be throwing a one-day comics show and craft fair at the Dilboy VFW hall in Somerville, MA. The show runs from 9am to 3pm. Admission is $3 which includes a free toy and comic.
You can view a poster for the event at http://community.livejournal.com/davis_square/1550326.html. Comicazi’s main website is at http://www.comicazi.com/, but information about the event is actually posted to http://blog.myspace.com/comicazi_store and http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=38183115795 (unfortunately not available to people without Facebook accounts).
Boston’s New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night, is a daylong festival featuring a wide variety of events for all ages, leading up to the arrival of the new year at midnight. The schedule of events is now available at http://firstnight.org/, and there are some events that science fiction and fantasy fans may want to watch out for. (You must purchase a First Night button in order to attend these events.)
The Post-Meridian Radio Players will be performing their live radio dramas at The Orpheum Theatre starting at 7:30pm on December 31st. The performances include:
- ACT 1: Red Shift: Interplanetary Do-Gooder in “Countdown to Chaos!” — The PMRP bring to the stage their acclaimed original sci-fi comedy adventure program. This sendup of the pulp sci-fi serials of the 1930s and 40s features Red Shift, a licensed Do-Gooder for hire, and his faithful friend and mechanic Lumpy.
- INTERMISSION: Interactive Foley Demonstration — Members of PMRP’s live sound effects (or Foley) crew will welcome members of the audience up to see how various sound effects are made and even give them a chance to try their hand at making some noise!
- ACT 2: Arch Oboler’s “Chicken Heart” — The infamous “lost” episode of the seminal horror series Lights Out!, originally broadcast in 1937, and immortalized decades later by Bill Cosby in one of his most famous routines.
For more information about PMRP, a longer description of the radio plays, and cast information, visit http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/events_firstnight09.html.
Anime fans may want to drop by the New England Anime Society’s daylong video marathon, being held in Hynes Convention Center Room 312. A list of what’s being shown is available at http://firstnight.org/FirstNight2009/Events/Evening.aspx (scroll down the page to the New England Anime Society listing).
If all you want to do is visit the outdoor ice sculptures in Copley Square, keep an eye out for “Tarzan and the Temple of the Monkeys.”
Other cities in New England have their own New Year celebrations planned; not all of them have announced their schedules yet, but I’m trying to keep an eye on them. If you know of any big celebrations to check out, please send a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Authors Kelly Link (Pretty Monsters) and Benjamin Parzybok (Couch) will appear at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 25th. For information visit http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/.
The cult movie musical “Repo! The Genetic Opera” will be shown at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA on Saturday, December 6th at 11:55pm. What’s this movie about?
In the not-so-distant future, an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GENECO, a biotech company that offers organ transplants…for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous ORGAN REPO MEN.
In a future where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for information about her family’s mysterious past and the cure to her own rare disease. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo’s GENETIC OPERA, she won’t turn back until she finds what she’s looking for.
This movie’s getting a very limited release — it doesn’t exactly fit into any tidy categories — so this may be your best chance to ever see it on the big screen.
For ticket information visit http://www.coolidge.org/showtimes. To learn more about the movie, go to http://www.repo-opera.com/.
[Tip via Misty of the New England Browncoats.]
JiffyCon is a one-day gaming convention focusing on “small-press, independently published and story-oriented games.” It will be held December 6th, 2008 from 9:00am to 6:00pm at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA. For details visit http://www.jiffycon.com/ and http://brilliantgameologists.com/.
Danny Birt, author of the fantasy novel Ending an Ending, will be signing books and also giving a short filk concert at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday, December 3rd from 7:00-8:30pm. See http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/ for details.
Flat Earth Theatre is holding open auditions for a production of “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” the stage play that premiered in 1921 and introduced the word “robot” to our language. Auditions will be held Thursday, November 20th from 7-9pm and Saturday, November 22nd from 2-4pm at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. For details visit http://community.livejournal.com/b0st0n/6344163.html or http://www.flatearththeatre.com/.
The play will run January 23rd – 31st, 2009 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.
Arisia 2009 is still coming up in January, but the convention’s guest list for January 2010 has just been announced:
Artist Guest of Honor – Sarah Clemens
Fan Guests of Honor – Kevin Roche and Andy Trembley
Musical Guest of Honor: SJ Tucker – Skinny White Chick
Writer / Editor Guest of Honor – Gardner Dozois
For more details on this announcement see http://community.livejournal.com/arisia/248704.html. For information on Arisia 2009, visit http://2009.arisia.org/.
If you’re a “Twilight” fan, you’ve got another chance to see some of the actors live, thanks to this weekend’s New England Fan Experience event:
The Twilight premiere will taking place at the Fenway Regal 13 on Friday evening November 21st. The stars will be arriving between 6-6:30pm. The screening which will be introduced by Twilight Stars Kellen Lutz (Emmett Cullen) and Edi Gathegi (Laurent) around 7pm in theatre number 13.
This event is taking place in conjunction with this weekend’s New England Fan Experience, but you do not have to have a ticket to NEFE to attend the movie, nor does a ticket to NEFE get you into the movie screening; they’re separate tickets. For more information about both events, and to enter a contest to possibly win tickets to the showing, visit http://www.nefe.us/experience/popcult.
[Tipped once again by espionage agent Loaded Gun.]
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