Well, it’s time to bid goodbye to 2009 and the Naughty Oughties. Tomorrow I get to hang up my “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” wall calendar and welcome a new year of science fiction and fantasy fun.
As for January 2010, the only thing I have on the event calendar so far is Arisia, the popular science fiction convention coming up the weekend of the 15th-18th in Cambridge, MA. I suspect that other events will turn up over time, so stay tuned. Please do send an alert to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions!
I promised that I’d check the various other New Year’s Eve festivities besides Boston’s First Night for sci-fi/fantasy elements, and I haven’t really found any, although most celebrations do include fantasy storytelling for the kids. Johnny’s List of Weird Boston Events has links to a bunch of the celebrations in the New England area, including MA, CT, NH, RI and VT, so I’m just going to send you over to his list: http://weirdbostonevents.org/boston_events/2009/12/holiday-lights-nonxmas-activit.html
Total Confusion is a gaming convention being held in Mansfield, MA the weekend of February 18-21, 2010. The convention will feature board games, roleplaying games, card games, and more, plus a number of guests from the gaming industry. For more details see http://www.totalcon.com/.
If you spend your days on the Internet putting funny captions on cats and rickrolling your friends, then you may want to get yourself to ROFLCon, the convention devoted entirely to Internet memes and the people who love them. Attendees for ROFLCon II so far include the very real people behind:
- This is Why You’re Fat
- David After Dentist
- Three Wolf Moon
- Three Keyboard Cat Moon
- Despair, Inc.
- Charlie The Unicorn
- Chad Vader
- I Can Has Cheezburger
- Know Your Meme
- The Onion
The event takes place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA on April 30th and May 1st, 2010. See http://roflcon.org/ for more information and the full guest list, which is expanding constantly.
Queen City Kamikaze is a one-day fan-run anime and video gaming convention being held in Manchester, NH on February 13th, 2010. Learn more at http://queencitykamikaze.com/.
The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA is hosting a special retrospective of the films of director (and former Monty Python animator) Terry Gilliam, called “Tilting at Windmills.” The list of films includes Brazil, The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, Time Bandits, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, The Fisher King, and Twelve Monkeys. Screenings are scheduled at various times from December 18th to the 23rd. For details see http://www.brattlefilm.org/brattlefilm/calendar.html#091218.
The Boston Public Library is opening an exhibit on author Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in Boston two centuries ago. “The Raven in the Frog Pond” looks at Poe’s history and his complex relationship to Boston. On December 17th, the opening ceremonies include the “Great Poe Debate,” in which advocates for the three cities Poe lived in — Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia — make the case for their city’s claim to the Poe legacy. The exhibit runs through March 31st, 2010. For more information visit http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/english/poebostonexhibit/.
RiffTrax is the latest movie mockery project from the brains behind “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and a special RiffTrax “live” event will be broadcast to participating theaters across the country on December 16th, with an encore on the 17th.
The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back on the big screen this holiday season with special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic!
Grab your friends for this one-of-a-kind hilarious holiday event! RiffTrax: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza will broadcast LIVE to movie theatres nationwide on Wednesday, December 16th with an ENCORE on Thursday, December 17th. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), now of RiffTrax.com, will zing their wisecracking commentary at a wonderfully warped collection of Christmas shorts for some much needed comic relief.
The evening will feature a collection of brand new and old favorite shorts including the bizarre animated “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” classic commercials and a musical short extolling the virtues of pork.
There are participating theaters in CT, MA, ME, RI, and VT (sorry, NH!) as well as other states. For details see https://www.rifftrax.com/ad/redirect/48179/t2329/.
I-Con returns to the SUNY Stony Brook campus this year on March 26th-28th, 2010. Registration is now open. Guests are in the process of being announced, so visit http://www.iconsf.org/ to learn more.
Genericon will be held in Troy, NY the weekend of February 12-14, 2010. According to their website:
Genericon is a weekend-long, general convention run by the students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. We feature a wide variety of attractions that run the gamut of geeky hobbies, including science fiction, gaming of all forms, and anime.
For details visit http://genericon.union.rpi.edu/.