Happy Halloween, everyone! Soon the season of fear and horror will end — yes, just two days left until the election ends the incessant torment of robocalls and mudslinging advertisements for better or for worse.
Here’s what else we can look forward to in November:
Everywhere (check your local library)
Nov. 13: National Gaming Day
Nov. 19-21: Gobble-Con
Nov. 13: A Steampunk Affair
November 1-28: Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt
Nov. 4: Author Appearance: Mark Peter Hughes
Nov. 6: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with Edgar Wright
Nov. 6-7: New England Webcomics Weekend
Nov. 7: Author Appearance: Brandon Sanderson
Nov. 8: Author/Actor Appearance: Louis Gossett, Jr.
Nov. 15: One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
Nov. 20-21: Super Megafest
Nov. 5-7: Carnage the 13th (CarnageCon)
Nov. 13-14: Quidditch World Cup
Nov. 21: New York City Wizard Rock Festival
Nov. 21: The Anachronism
The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA has a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt running through November 28th. Visitors can pick up a “Marauder’s Map” and explore the museum’s specimens of owls, snakes, wolfsbane, and other real-world elements that also appear in the books. Visit http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/family_programs/index.php#harry for details.
[Tip via The Greater Boston Area Harry Potter Social Group]
“The Anachronism” is a steampunk/Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland-themed event taking place in New York City on November 21st starting at 8:00pm. The festival will include music, circus entertainers, a fashion show, and more.
The lineup includes the mesmerizing gypsy cabaret of This Way To The Egress, Jordana’s Steampunk Circus, the extraordinary G.D. Falksen, cyber-steam sensation Psyche Corporation, the unparalleled Absinthe Drinkers, and a glorious interactive experience created by a cooperation between Nadi’s Glamourbombs and the acclaimed Wandering Legion–plus a special appearance by Lawrence Gullo and Fyodor Pavlov, the Royal Baritarian Players. And it culminates with a Fashion Show featuring some of the finest Steampunk fashion designers on the East Coast!
Learn more at http://theanachronismnyc.com/.
[Tip from organizer Jeff Mach]
Harry Potter fans will be flying to New York City for the Wizard Rock Festival on November 21st from 1:00-10:00pm. At least 15 Potter-themed bands will be playing. If you’ve never heard of such a thing before, here’s a description:
Wizard Rock, otherwise known as Wrock, is a burgeoning independent music movement encompassing a wide array of genres, fostered by the Harry Potter fan community. The artists write music inspired by events, characters, and magical objects from the Harry Potter series of books and films. Lyrics are often written from the point of view of the character or magical object from which the band gets its name. For example, Ministry of Magic, the headlining band at the NYC Wizard Rock Festival, sings from the point of view of the wizarding world’s governing body. The artists generally distribute their music and publicize themselves via Internet social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. Wizard rock is by no means children’s music. The artists are professional musicians, many of which tour nationally.
Point your wand at http://www.nycwizardrockfestival.com/ and http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/5193 to learn more.
[Tip from James of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club]
The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA will be screening the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and director Edgar Wright will be appearing in person at the 7:30pm screening on November 6th. Also, at 11:00pm the same day there will be a screening of a not-yet-announced film selected by Edgar Wright. Visit http://www.brattlefilm.org/brattlefilm/movie_detail/101106.html for ticket information.
[Tip via Convention Scene]
Author Mark Peter Hughes will present his young adult science fiction novel A Crack in the Sky at the Wellesley Booksmith in Wellesley, MA on November 4th at 4:00pm. See http://www.wellesleybooksmith-shop.com/event/mark-peter-hughes for more information.
On October 30th from noon to 4:00pm, several comics artists will be appearing at Comic Boom in Keene, NH:
From 12 noon until 4 PM, multiple-award winning cartoonist Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing, Taboo, Aliens: Tribes, Vermont Monster Guide, etc.) will join Denis St. John (Monsters & Girls, Werewolf!!, etc.), Bryan Stone (Funny Aminals, Oniohead, etc.), multiple award-winner Colleen Frakes (Tragic Relief, Woman King, etc.), and fellow Center for Cartoon Studies monster-lovers and ink-slingers for an afternoon event at Comic Boom in downtown Keene!
I haven’t been able to find a website for Comic Boom, which is weird in this day and age; the information is coming to me via Mark at Saturday Fright Special.
I’ve got another Halloween movie marathon for you, this time at the Coolidge Corner theatre in Brookline, MA on Saturday, October 30th starting at midnight and running until noon on Sunday. There will be six films, including House and Re-Animator, plus live music, psychic readings, and a costume contest. Get the details at http://www.coolidge.org/node/2804
Author Catherynne M. Valente will visit Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA on December 11th to sign her new novel, The Habitation of the Blessed. The event will begin at 3:00pm. Learn more at http://community.livejournal.com/pandemonium_bks/242390.html and http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/.
Louis Gossett, Jr., whose science fiction credits include Enemy Mine and “Stargate SG-1,” will be signing copies of his memoir, An Actor and a Gentleman at the Boston Public Library on November 8 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The event is free, but you are encouraged to register in advance at http://www.fordhallforum.org/programs/louis-gossett-jr.