Almost There!

We’re only two and a half weeks out from our CSTS 2014 shindig! The deadline to order a custom color t-shirt is July 31st at 11:59pm. After the deadline, shirts will still be available online and at the show, but only in select colors and very limited quantities. Don’t miss the opportunity for a one of a kind CSTS memento! All online sales, including tickets, will cease August 15th at 11:59pm. We do stand a chance of selling out the theater this year, so tickets may not be available at the door. We will update if we start to approach capacity, but if you want to be sure not to miss out, we advise reserving your tickets ASAP.

Once again, this year’s event is at:

Alamo Drafthouse
100 South Central Expressway, #14
Richardson, TX 75080

Schedule:

12:00 – Doors open
1:00 – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
2:00 – Games (Evil Laugh Competition, Costume contest), break
3:00 – Serenity
5:00 – Raffle winners/other prize winners announced
6:00 – Live auction

 

Can’t Stop the Music

This year’s live music benefit is Sunday, August 24th at

The Grotto (map)
517 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
$5 cover at the door, all proceeds go to Equality Now

Lineup as follows:

6:00 Dr. Horrible
7:00 The Velvet Kittens Burlesque
8:30 The Matthew Show
9:30 Siberian Traps
10:30 Solo Sol
11:30 Prime of Life
12:30 Stefan Prigmore

 

See you all SOON!

Our 9th annual Can’t Stop the Serenity shindig is just two months away!

Alamo shindig

And we’re excited to be celebrating at DFW’s very first Alamo Drafthouse location in Richardson! Alamo Drafthouse cinemas are legendary for their zero tolerance phone policy, excellent beer selection, and extremely geek-friendly atmosphere. We had the wonderful opportunity to get to know them at our special bonus screening last November, and we’ve never seen a staff so excited about the show – almost as excited as we were ourselves!

Due to individual time constraints there was no one available to coordinate this year’s global sponsorship recruitment. This means that there will be no sponsor packs full of goodies provided to participating cities, so we’ll be relying on your donations more than ever. If you have a lovely piece of swag you’d like to donate for raffle, please let us know at northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com. Cash donations ahead of the event are also very welcome, they help us put on a better show for everyone to enjoy, and all donors (cash or swag) will be proudly listed on our sponsor page.

Tickets and t-shirts are already on sale for this year’s shindig. T-shirts on site will be extremely limited, so be sure and order your custom shirt ahead of time for a one of a kind memento!

This year’s event will once again feature screenings of Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, as well as a costume contest, evil laugh competition, raffles and auctions. For those who’ve never been before, it’s like a Whedonverse mini-con, so dust off your parasol, Horrible goggles, or vampire fangs for the contest and brush up on your Whedonverse trivia! All proceeds benefit Equality Now - fighting for the human rights of women and girls around the world.

This year’s event will take place Sunday, August 17th, (doors open around noon) at

Alamo Drafthouse
100 South Central Expressway, #14
Richardson, TX 75080

Full screening schedule and Can’t Stop the Music (August 24th) lineup TBA shortly.

See you soon!!

CSTS 2014 Date and Time are Set!

Mark your calendars, this year’s North Texas CSTS screening shindig will be Sunday, August 17th at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson! We had a fabulous time at our special bonus Serenity screening at the Drafthouse in November, raising just over $2000 for Equality Now. Combined with the proceeds from our official events, that makes for a grand total of $9,056.69 raised for women’s rights by DFW Browncoats in 2013 -  because you guys are that awesome!

In other news, our dedicated global team is still hard at work supporting each registered event, but due to individual time constraints there is no one available to coordinate this year’s global sponsorship recruitment. This means that there will be no sponsor packs full of goodies provided to participating cities, so we’ll be relying on your donations more than ever. If you have a lovely piece of swag you’d like to donate for raffle, please let us know at northtexasbrowncoats@gmail.com. Cash donations ahead of the event are also very welcome, they help us put on a better show for everyone to enjoy, and all donors (cash or swag) will be proudly listed on our sponsor page.

CSTS 2014 tickets will be available SOON!

In the meantime, check out who’s coming to our very own Dallas Comic Con this May!

Special Bonus Screening of Serenity for Equality Now, November 21st at 7:00!

NTB logo

Since we’re outside the official CSTS season, this mini event is an independent fundraiser brought to you by the Alamo Drafthouse team and the North Texas Browncoats. All proceeds will still benefit Equality Now, and it’ll work like a scaled down CSTS event. There will be contests and prizes before the movie, and a small raffle afterwards. We’d love to have a costume contest but we really can’t if no one participates, so dust off your favorite brown coat or mechanic overalls and help make it happen! This is a great opportunity to get familiar with our new and incredibly welcoming venue for our 2014 event. The Alamo team reached out to us on this one and they’re really excited about becoming our new CSTS headquarters, so please come on out and show your support for them, as well as mustering once again for one of the most urgent causes of our time!!

Thursday, Nov. 21st
Alamo Drafthouse

100 South Central Expressway, #14 Richardson, TX 75080
Tickets on sale now!

6:00 – Doors to the lobby setup “open”
6:30 – Pre-show in theater begins/ theater seating begins
7:00 – Contests begin
7:45 (ish) – Serenity starts
9:45 (ish) – Movie ends/raffle
10:20 – Event ends, but feel free to stay for a drink in the lobby!

Announcement: Big Damn Shindig for Equality Now, November 21st!

Alamo shindig

Alamo shindigWe are so thrilled to be able to make this announcement! Last week we were contacted by a wonderful geek girl at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, asking about hosting our CSTS event. I told her that while we’d already had our big event in August, there was nothing stopping us from holding a second screening outside the official CSTS season, and the Big Damn Shindig was born! It’s going to work like a mini CSTS event. We’ll have a costume contest and a trivia contest, followed by a screening of Serenity and a small raffle. Here’s a rundown of the schedule:

  6:00 – Doors open for guests – raffle items in the lobby!
  6:30 – Preshow in theater begins/ theater seating begins
  7:00 – Trivia contest/costume contest begin
  7:45 – Serenity
  9:45 (ish) – movie ends/ raffle drawings
10:20 – event ends

 

The movie start time is approximate, depending on how long the contests take. I know it’s a Thursday and traffic will be a factor, but do try to arrive early to mingle, check out the swag, and find your seat! And remember, the Alamo Drafthouse has a famous (and awesome!) no phoning policy during the movie, they’re big believers in the Special Hell. ;)

As always, donations are welcome to help make this event a success. We have a few items left over from August to put into the raffle, and the AD is generously throwing in some swag of their own, but we can always find a use for geeky stuff. Cash donations can be made here on the blog, or if you have an item to donate at the event, please try to bring it before 6:00. Tickets will be on sale soon at the Alamo’s website, I’ll post a link as soon as they’re up.

So mark your calendars and tell all your friends! We’re beyond excited to be hosting our first ever off-season charity event for Equality Now. I think this is the start of a beautiful and long-lasting relationship between the NTBs and the Alamo Drafthouse, and we’re extremely grateful for their enthusiasm and support!

 

Here it is folks – proof of the claim!

No claim holds water without substantiation, especially one to a world record – so here it is at last! Here are 143 proud Browncoats, counting off and claiming the world title for “most participants in a Hero of Canton Sing-along” at North Texas’ 2013 Can’t Stop the Serenity shindig! Thanks again to everyone who came and sang, and especially to our fearless leader, local musician and supporter Matthew Broyles, who adapted with speedy aplomb when it turned out his lyrics were missing a verse.  ;)

Thank you North Texas!!

This year’s CSTS events were an unqualified success, thanks to the endless dedication of everyone involved! Between the main event and the music showcase, North Texas raised  $7047.35 for Equality Now, and broke the world record for a Hero of Canton sing-along, with at least 144 enthusiastic (and may I say not melodically incompetent ;)) singers.

Way to go guys!!

Personally I’ve recovered from the show, but am still working to get the rest of my life back in its groove. A claim to having broken a world record needs supporting documentation, and I promise I’ll post that video as soon as I can get with our videographer. In the mean time, if you have photos or video from the events (or past events!) you’d like to share, you can email them to bandobuggered@gmail.com, or post them directly to the Facebook group. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a gallery up here on the website within the next few weeks.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and to our dauntless host of performers, volunteers, donors, and supporters! None of this would be possible without every one of you, showing up and keeping the signal strong year after year. ♥

Here’s our official donation confirmation (below the calendar). Wanna hear something as mind-blowing as it is inspirational as it is humbling?

2013 marked the eighth annual CSTS event season. In that time North Texas Browncoats have raised more than $41,000.00, and the global events have raised over $840,000.00 for Equality Now and other charities. If the global events don’t break $1,000,000 next year, they certainly will for the 10th anniversary in 2015.

The stunning thing is, those figures aren’t subsidized in any way. There are no grants, no paid employees, no PR machine. Just some generous sponsors, and folks across the world coming together once a year to watch a movie, have a good time, maybe don a cunning hat, and make a stand in the name of what’s right. We come from all walks of life and all belief systems. We’re regular people, trying to do good works because they need doing. And ladies and gentlemen, we are a force to be reckoned with.

This was on the front of your programs this year, but I’m putting it here again because it speaks to me so:

“Everyone here might well think of themselves as an agent of
change. I’ll say to you all, from the bottom of my heart:
you’re missing the point. You are not agents of change.

You are change.

There is no world but what we see, no history but
a compendium of perspectives. How you see
the world will be the world or will become the world.
If we see it with fear and hate… Fear and hate will manifest.
If we look beyond, if we dream the next text, it will be written.
We do not pass through this life, it passes through us.
You are not just existing: you are happening, you are an event.
You are changing everything.”
-Joss Whedon

 

See you next year!

Final pre-show update

 

 

All tickets and merchandise are now offline. However the Lakewood’s enormous capacity leaves us in no danger of selling out – tickets will be $18 at the door on Sunday, starting at noon. Pre-orders will be available for pick up at the event, all you need to do is provide the name on the order. See you all there!!

 

One more week!

It’s time to batten down the hatches and begin final preparations for this year’s CSTS, so this will likely be the last update before the event. You guys have come through like big damn heroes and we’re already in the black, with one week to go and all expenses covered! We also have a nice little pile of swag for raffles and prizes – enormous thanks to everyone who pre-ordered and donated!

A few last minute reminders:

  • Tickets and t-shirts will remain available online until Friday, August 9th. They’ll also be available starting at noon on the day of the event, but t-shirt quantities are extremely limited and pre-ordering is still highly encouraged for anyone who doesn’t want to miss their chance.
  • This venue does not serve food and we’re going to be there all day, so we’re taking a lunch break in the middle of the show. There are several places to get some grub within easy walking distance of the theater, and there will be printed maps included in the programs. For anyone who wants to plan early, the food map is also here. Packed lunches and take out are also welcome, we only ask that you be respectful of the theater and clean up any trash you bring in.
  • Once again, we’re always very grateful for donations, but knowing what we have to work with ahead of time is immensely helpful in our planning. If you plan to bring something for the raffle, we encourage you to let us know at bandobuggered@gmail.com

That’s about it! We’re very excited about this year’s show, and can’t wait to see you all next week! Have a good one, we’ll see you soon!

 

CSTS is Almost Here! (Part II: CSTM Details!)

Can’t Stop the Music:

We have a final, and really exciting lineup for this year’s Can’t Stop the Music Showcase! We have some returning alumni, and three brand new (to us) bands coming together for a show unlike any we’ve ever had. We’ll be starting with the first two seasons of The Guild around 4:30, followed by an encore screening of Dr. Horrible at 7:00. At 8:00, we once again have the amazing Velvet Kittens Burlesque of Le Cabaret Burlesque, followed by live music all night long!

Can’t Stop the Music will be Sunday, August 18th at
The Grotto (map)
517 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
$5 cover at the door, all proceeds go to Equality Now

Lineup:

4:30  The Guild
7:00  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
8:00  The Velvet Kittens
9:30  The Matthew Show
10:30  Solo Sol
11:30  Siberian Traps
12:30  Fou

The Velvet Kittens: This incredible ensemble cast features classically trained and professional dancers, singers, actors and comedians in a full-length variety show influenced by the genres of vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque, and theatrical musicals. The Velvet Kittens of Le Cabaret Burlesque’s Variety Shows take you on a comical-dancical-musical journey that’s unlike anything else in Dallas-Fort Worth!  Fasten your seatbelts…it’s going to be a hysterical, titillating, & wild ride! These ladies are avid supporters of Equality Now, and this will be their fifth year in a row to perform for the benefit. We’re extremely grateful for their unswerving enthusiasm and support!

The Matthew Show: Born and raised in rural Texas, Matthew’s musical career spans nearly two decades, roving from Texas to New York City and back again. Matthew has released three solo albums to wide critical acclaim, and his songs have been featured on the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, and on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Matthew is another avid Browncoat and proud supporter of Equality Now; this year marks his third Can’t Stop the Music performance. Matthew has also graciously agreed to lead us in our record breaking Hero of Canton Sing-Along attempt, because he’s just that awesome!

Solo Sol: “Dreamy vocals, swirling guitar and a fusion of haunting and hopeful lyrics create the atmospheric sound of Solo Sol. Labeling the music with a specific genre makes for a fun challenge but if you’re up for it, you can imagine a house party with a 60′s psychedelic pop vibe and guests like Mazzy Star, Mojave 3, Yo La Tengo, Belle & Sebastian, and Cowboy Junkies creating the feel and tone one band member calls ‘space folk.’”
In 2011, Sarah contacted me in response to a call for musicians for the CSTM show. We’ve been trying ever since, but due to scheduling conflicts and life events, this is the first time Solo Sol has been able to play for us -  we’re thrilled beyond words to finally have them!

Siberian Traps: “An Ennio Morricone soundtrack played by R.E.M., produced by Neil Young, in praise of the universe: a whole new genre I’d call Spirit Rock. It is music both spirited and of the spirit. You stomp your feet and you hum along; but if your self-same soul isn’t swinging along, too, then you’re not paying close enough attention. (Mr. Reeves is capable of crafting lyrics that mean something the first time, something else the tenth time, and something entirely new the ten thousandth.) This is sincere music, removed of any scene, brave enough to say what it means in a culture that’s afraid to mean anything.” – Wade Lipham

Fou: ‘”Don’t You Know?’ hearkens back to the mood-heavy alt-rock of the ’90s, reminding heavily of Spiritualized’s drone-friendly and reverb-heavy vein of spaced-out rock. Fou are more subdued and not as intricately involved, but their knack for ethereal dream-pop hooks puts them in a similarly atmospheric realm. The shrill guitar tone during the main bridge is haunting and chilling, and certainly the most idiosyncratic element of the song. Fou always sound cerebral and organized, with melancholy being expressed beautifully over shimmering melodies. I’m very impressed by both ‘Don’t You Know?’ and ‘Colour Me In’. Fou’s eventual full-length should be a treat.” – Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound

A huge thanks to all of our wonderful performers!!