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

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!