Whenever geeky folk get together for comic-book and sci-fi/fantasy conventions, a lot of attention is given to the more colorful aspects of fandom; like how some fans will go out in public dressed in costume even though it isn’t Halloween; or how some can quote entire scenes of dialogue from a show that may haven’t aired in decades. While the dedication that some fans have for their favorite shows, books or movies can manifest itself in many peculiar ways, it can also be a powerful force for good. A prime example of this evident when you look at fans of the show “Firefly” AKA “Browncoats.” When they get together, not only do they cosplay (costume play) and enjoy Joss Whedon’s long-defunct science fiction show, but they also raise money and collect supplies for those in need.
That charitable spirit will be in action at the upcoming “Can’t Stop The Serenity” event which will be hosted by the Chicagoland Browncoats. I was contacted by Kristi Delaski, a zoo veterinarian and self-proclaimed “Browncoat“. She wanted to talk about the event and invite other “Firefly” fans to attend and celebrate the show that was rescued from pop-culture obscurity by a legion of fans:
Geek To Me: Tell us a little bit about the event and how it started...
Kristi Delaski: “Can't Stop the Serenity” is a global charity event centered around the screening of the 2005 movie “Serenity“, based on the TV series “Firefly“. In addition to “Serenity“, this year we will also be showing “Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog“.
This year the Chicagoland Browncoats (http://www.chicagolandbrowncoats.com/) are hosting the screening on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at the historic Genesee Theatre, 203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL, (http://www.geneseetheatre.com/events/detail/cant-stop-the-serenity-2013). Doors open at 5 pm, Dr. Horrible will start around 6pm, Serenity will start at 8pm. Tickets are $15. Tickets will also be available the night of the event, but only a portion of those proceeds will go to the charity event, so we highly encourage you to please purchase your tickets ahead of time.
The evening's entertainment will also include silent and live auctions of memorabilia and a Costume Contest. The two charities we will be supporting are Equality Now - Joss Whedon's preferred charity - and House of the Good Shepherd.
(Tickets are available here: http://csts2013.brownpapertickets.com/)
Equality Now (http://www.equalitynow.org/) is a global organization that works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. 75% of the proceeds from this event will go to Equality Now.
House of the Good Shepherd (http://hgschicago.org/) is a Chicago-area residential domestic violence recovery program for women and their children that provides programs and support to end the cycle of domestic violence. 25% of the proceeds will go to House of the Good Shepherd. Much-needed basic supplies for the women and children will also be collected at the screening.
This event is presented as part of the global 2013 Can't Stop the Serenity (CSTS) events (http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/). The event was first proposed in Portland, Oregon in 2006 as a way to celebrate Joss Whedon's birthday. That year word of mouth resulted in charity events in 45 cities. CSTS has grown every year, and this year 100 cities in 9 countries organize events throughout the summer.
Geek To Me: Where are you from?
Kristi Delaski: I'm originally from Green Bay, WI, I live in Lincoln Park now.
Geek To Me: How long have you been a Firefly fan?
Kristi Delaski: I first saw the show on re-runs right before the movie Serenity came out in 2005. I was instantly hooked, and saw Serenity several times in the theater. I've been attending CSTS since 2008, and became a Chicagoland Browncoat when I moved here in 2010.
Geek To Me: What do you feel it is about Browncoats that make them unique among sci-fi fandom?
Kristi Delaski: Every great sci-fi franchise has its avid fans, but no other fandom has become this dedicated to a show that only aired 11 episodes. The Browncoats played a major role in getting the movie made, and the culture has only grown over the years. They are some of the nicest and most selfless people that I have ever encountered, and I'm proud to call myself a Browncoat.
Geek To Me: How many times have you seen each episode?
Kristi Delaski: Too many to count. I generally watch the series once or twice a year, plus again if I'm introducing it someone new.
Geek To Me: Who is your favorite character?
Kristi Delaski: Kaylee, without question. I heard an interview where Joss Whedon described her as the heart of the ship. If you come to CSTS on September 14th, you'll see me dressed as Kaylee.
Geek To Me: Sounds like fun! Good luck with the event!
THE CHICAGOLAND BROWNCOATS PRESENT: CAN’T STOP THE SERENITY
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
203 N Genesee St, Waukegan, IL,
Doors open at 5 pm - Tickets: $15
Click HERE to purchase tickets
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