Arriving at the event

We’re just days away from this year’s CSTS event, and we have a lot of new people this year, so here are a few answers to common questions:

  • There are no physical tickets, and there’s no need to print your receipt. There will be a check-in table in the lobby when you arrive. We’ll have your name on a list of ticket holders, and your wristbands and pre-ordered merchandise will be waiting for you.
  • Unlike traditional Alamo Drafthouse screenings, there’s no assigned seating for CSTS events. However, we want you to be able to claim your seats and then roam around if you wish, so along with your wristbands you’ll receive a little slip of paper to use as a seat saver. Once you’ve claimed your seats, it would be helpful to the Alamo staff if you’d go ahead and make contact with your server, but then you’re free to wander, leaving your seat saver to mark your spot – we’ll have a lot of shiny things to look at!
  • We are completely sold out, every single seat is filled, and so we’re asking everyone to get cozy. By its nature, our event is highly interactive, and there will be a lot of folks milling around both in the theater and in the lobby, especially during the first hour before the show starts. To streamline the seating process for everyone, we ask that you please do not leave empty seats between parties. If you’re alone and having a hard time finding a seat, we’ll do our best to help you out.
  • Late arrivals are fine, we’ll be in the lobby to check you in.

We’re almost there, see you all Sunday!

 

Final Update Before Takeoff!

Last chance for CSTS tickets, we are nearly sold out! We have less than 20 seats left available, and they will certainly be gone before next weekend. There will be no tickets available at the door - get yours while you still can!

Doors open at noon, and we’ll be kicking off the show at 1:00 with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Following Dr. Horrible, we’ll have our traditional games with a brand new addition – separate evil laugh and costume contests for kids 12 and under! We’ve seen some very impressive kids stealing the show over the years, and we’ve decided it’s time to let them have their very own games – we can’t wait to see what they’ll do this year!

If you should miss your chance to get tickets to the main show, you can still join us in the bar area afterwards for Whedonverse Trivia Bingo, starting at approximately 6:30. We’ll be alternating games between Buffyverse Trivia and Firefly trivia, so stop on by for a drink and a chance to win a prize for your encyclopedic knowledge of all things Joss!

There are a very limited number of t-shirts still available through the website. They will remain available until they’re gone, or until next Friday, whichever comes first.

See you all at the show!

 

 

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!!