The air is turning chilly and our thoughts are turning towards the thrills of Halloween. Here’s what I have so far on the calendar:
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18: Connecticut Reniassance Faire
October 16–18: FurFright
October 1: Ig Nobel Prizes
October 3: Ig Informal Lectures
October 3: J. Cannibal’s Feast of Flesh IX
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25: King Richard’s Faire
October 9: “Army of Darkness” Quote-Along
October 16–18: Rock and Shock
October 19: Author Appearance: Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman
October 24: Horror Movie Marathon
October 24-25: Boston Comic Con
October 25: Harry Potter Exhibit opens at the Museum of Science
October 31: Coolidge Corner Horror Movie Marathon
October 22-25: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
October 29–November 1: Bakuretsu Con
October 9-11: Albacon
October 16–18: Wizard World Big Apple Con
October 24: Thrill the World
Come to the Wellesley Booksmith in Wellesley, MA for a two-for-one author event: Scott Westerfeld will read from his steampunk novel Leviathan, and Robin Wasserman will present her science fiction novel Crashed. It all starts on Monday, October 19th at 6:00p.m. See http://wellesley.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp;jsessionid=bacwAHZA1lbqM87b9ziqs?s=storeevents&eventId=430620 for more details.
Ethan Gilsdorf will read from his nonfiction book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00pm. For details visit http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/ethan-gilsdorf-fantasy-freaks-and-gaming-geeks.
The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA is back with another “quote-along” event, this time featuring Bruce Campbell’s cult classic “Army of Darkness.” So get out your boomstick and get yourself to the theatre on Friday, October 9th at midnight for all the fun! See http://www.coolidge.org/midnites for details.
Star Wars: In Concert is a live performance of music from the Star Wars saga that brings together “stunning visuals, a live orchestra, choir and narration, plus an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props and production artwork.” The following dates for New England states have been announced:
November 10th – Bridgeport, CT
November 11th – Providence, RI
November 12th – Manchester, NH
November 14th – Boston, MA
To buy tickets visit http://www.starwarsinconcert.com/.
[Tip from Dave of the New England Browncoats]
The Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival will terrify the citizens of Providence from October 22nd to the 25th, 2009. Both feature films and short films will be shown at several Providence-area venues; there will also be events such as an H.P. Lovecraft walking tour. To see a complete list of films and buy tickets visit http://www.film-festival.org/Horror_ri.php.
It’s time once again to award the Ig Nobel Prizes, which go to real scientists who’ve been conducting real research into oddball subjects; in previous years the topics have included the legal rights of plants, the jumping power of fleas that live on cats vs. dogs, and the effects of armadillos on archaeology. The prize ceremony will be held Thursday, October 1st, at 7:30pm (pre-show entertainment starts at 6:45) in Sanders Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. If you can’t make it, the ceremony will also be available as a webcast. Additionally, on Saturday the 3rd at 1:00pm at MIT, you can attend the Ig Informal Lectures, during which the newly-anointed Ig Nobel winners will attempt to explain themselves. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit http://improbable.com/ig/2009/.
Some folks just can’t resist getting up in front of their favorite musical movies and singing/acting/reenacting along. With the introduction of “BTVS: Once More With Feeling,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” (frequently done for charity), it’s not just Rocky Horror any more. Rather than list every show one of these groups has in store, particularly during the Halloween season, I’m going to list all the shadowcast groups I can find in New England, and let you take it from there.
http://www.therepossessed.net/ The REPO!ssessed (CT)
http://www.comeagainplayers.org/ Come Again Players/Genetic Imperfection (MA)
http://www.myspace.com/thelegalassassins The Legal Assassins (MA)
http://www.teseracte.com The Teseracte Players (MA)
http://www.fullbodycast.org/ Full Body Cast (MA)
http://www.rkoarmy.com/ The RKO Army (RI)
Here are a couple of general listings, from which I got my links:
All that being said, I do want to call attention to one particular performance: On October 30th, at the Northampton Academy of Music, Repo! The Genetic Opera will be shadowcast by the group Genetic Imperfection with special guest star Terrance Zdunich, cowriter and star of “Repo”.
According to http://community.livejournal.com/millionyear/57261.html, the appearance by Chris Claremont at Million Year Picnic has been postponed until November.
Actually, it’s been slightly more than a year — the first post for this blog went up on September 16th, 2008. Thanks for reading!