The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA will host musician Melissa Auf der Maur on October 21st at 8:00pm for a night of music and independent film:
Musician Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) will appear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday, October 21st at 8 pm, where she will screen her short HD fantasy film OUT OF OUR MINDS (OOOM), followed by Q&A and a live performance. The film is a Norse-inspired, music-filled mini-epic without dialogue, in which a crashing car opens a gateway into three parallel worlds and time periods, all linked by a mythological quest, or what Auf der Maur calls “the hunt for the heart.” It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and has been shown at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle and at the 67th World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, among other venues. OOOM is part of a conceptual multimedia project that includes Auf der Maur’s 2010 solo album OUT OF OUR MINDS and a comic book.
Visit http://www.coolidge.org/onstage for details.
[Tip from Cheryl at the Coolidge]
The Players’ Ring of Portsmouth, NH is presenting “An Evening of Steampunk Robot Comedy and Tragedy,” a theatrical and musical performance with a steampunk theme:
Agents of Queen Victoria search for a secret weapon on the outer reaches of space. A disgruntled robot gets family counseling. A mad scientist aims to destroy the world with the help of a cyber head and time traveling brothers. “An Evening of Steampunk and Robot Theatre” debuts nine original short plays at The Players’ Ring Theater September 24th through October 10th. The show starts at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm Sunday Sept 26th and Oct 3rd, and 2pm on Sunday, Oct 10th. To reserve tickets, call (603) 436-8123 or purchase tickets online at www.PlayersRing.org.
Local artist and writer John Herman produced the evening, collecting a diverse roster of writers, actors, directors, musicians, and more to bring the shows to life for charity. Proceeds earned by the show will be distributed to three charities including New Hampshire Association of the Blind’s 2020 VisionQuest.
The evening includes live music performances by experimental electronic duo The Attic Bits and elaborate steampunk and robot props by Sean O’Connell. In addition to the theater experience, audience members will be given a web address where they can download original music, comic book art, and eight more original plays published as a Creative Commons licensed steampunk and robot anthology.
Performances are running from September 24 to October 10 (yes, you’ve already missed the first few — sorry, I only heard about this today). Learn more at http://www.playersring.org/.
[Tip via Tom of the New England Browncoats]
The geek-centric event w00tstock, “three hours of geeks and music,” is coming to Boston! The tour will visit the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA on October 31st at 7:00pm.
For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun’s harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.
We now celebrate that rise to power–and let’s face it, nerds pretty much run everything now–with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (“MythBusters”), actor/author/blogger Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Stand By Me”) and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci’s Notebook) present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.
Unfortunately, the real Wil Wheaton will not be at the Boston event due to a schedule conflict; the role of Wil Wheaton will instead be played by Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy of Rifftrax and MST3K fame. Learn more at
[Tip via Rich of Vortex of Mirth]
The scary season approaches! Salem, MA revs up with its Halloween Happenings schedule, and haunted houses abound (http://bostoneventsinsider.com/boston_events/ keeps a list of them). Here’s what’s on my calendar so far:
Oct 2-3, 9-11 16-17, 23-24: King Arthur’s Harvest Faire
Oct 16: Fal-Con
Oct 29-31: FurFright
Oct 9-10: FoxCon
Oct 10: Zombie Kickball 2010
Oct 1-2: Final days of Terrorthon ’10
Oct 2: Ig Informal Lectures
Oct 2-3, 9-11, 16-17, 23-24: King Richard’s Faire
Oct 3-8: Viable Paradise
Oct 4: Author Appearance: Ethan Gilsdorf and Tony Pacitti
Oct 8, 9: Author Appearance: RA Salvatore
Oct 8-10: Catherynne M. Valente, SJ Tucker, and Marian Call at StrowlerCon
Oct 14: Author Appearance: Amber Benson, Christopher Golden, Paul Tremblay, and Dave Zeltserman
Oct 15-17: Rock and Shock 2010
Oct 15-17: Wizard World New England Comic Con
Oct 16: Boston Book Festival 2010
Oct 16: Mass Monster Mash
Oct 28, 29, 30, 31: The Big Broadcast of 1946
Oct 29: Cinematic Titanic Live Tour
Oct 31: Terry Pratchett’s AntiMorris Dance
Oct 15-17: Another Anime Convention
Oct 16: Cinematic Titanic
Oct 21-24: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Oct 21-24: Bakuretsu Con
Oct 1-3: Big Apple Comic Con
Oct 8-10: Albacon
Oct 8-10: New York Anime Festival
Oct 8-10: New York Comic Con
That may well be the first time I’ve had something in every New England state in one report! (New York is just a bonus.)
It appears that KatahdiCon, a gaming, science fiction, fantasy, and anime convention in Millinocket, ME that was originally scheduled to happen this month, has moved to the weekend of August 18-21, 2011. See http://katahdicon.com/ for the latest details.
Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA will host authors Ethan Gilsdorf (Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks) and Tony Pacitti (My Best Friend Is A Wookiee: A Memoir, One Boy’s Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy) on October 4th at 7:00pm. They will discuss their books and have a book signing. Mountain Dew and Doritos have been promised. You can see the details at http://community.livejournal.com/pandemonium_bks/240840.html or http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/?cont=authors (link updated).
Portland, ME’s annual Halloween zombie kickball game will rise from the grave on October 10th at 1:00pm. Players will shamble across the field and attempt to play the game without losing too many rotten limbs. See pictures and video at http://strangemaine.blogspot.com/2010/09/zombie-kickball-back-from-dead.html which has all the gory details for you.
In the Discworld novel Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett describes the “other Morris” dance, the one done at dusk without any music, which needs to be danced “because of the balance of things.” Discworld fans will gather at 4:30pm on October 31st in Somerville, MA to sing pumpkin carols and then witness the AntiMorris Dance at sunset as performed by the Recently Traditional Fictional Morris dancers.
Learn more about the dancers at http://rtfm.arberth.com/. The event will be held at the Somerville Community Growing Center, http://www.thegrowingcenter.org/.
Four authors of scary stories — Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), Christopher Golden, Paul Tremblay, and Dave Zeltserman — will appear at Cornerstone Books in Salem, MA on October 14th at 7:00pm to discuss and sign their latest books. Get the details at http://www.cornerstonebooks-salem.com/events/.
Registration is now open for the next Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East, scheduled for March 11-13, 2011 in Boston, MA (PAX West is held in Seattle). This popular event sold out quickly last year, so if you want to attend, act soon. Here’s why you might want to go:
PAX East is a three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. We call it a festival because in addition to dedicated tournaments and freeplay areas we’ve got nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers. Even with all this amazing content the best part of PAX East is hanging out with other people who know their shit when it comes to games.
You’ll find all the details at http://www.paxsite.com/paxeast/.