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CSTS Pittsburgh 2019-- Thank you!

Posted by Chris on August 6, 2019 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (10)


Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who attended this year's Can't Stop the Serenity event at the Parkway Theater on August 4. Although there weren't as many people in attendance as there were a year ago, we still managed to raise $679.00 for Equality Now, which confirms what we already knew--- Pittsburgh's Browncoats are a small but devoted group with all kinds of heart! Thanks to my crew and to all who attended for making it a mighty fine shindig and helping us do good works, and thanks again to our sponsors, Geek Frontiers and Jump Cut Theater.

Congratulations to the winners of our raffles:

Mal's loot- Brandon Ketchum

Jayne's loot- Susan Mazur

Zoe's loot- Karen Tobias

Wash's loot- Karen J. Hay

Kaylee's loot- Paul Bialozor

River's loot- Rikki Cherry

Simon's loot- Sara McClelland

Shepherd Book's loot- Stephen Wojtowytsch

Inara's loot- Karen Tobias

Serenity's cargo- Kate Zingarelli

Firefly Fluxx- Chris Anderson

Online Only Early-Bird Door Prize (leather bound Firefly journal)- Paul Bialozor

If you were at the event this year, we'd be all manner of grateful if you'd take a few minutes to give us your feedback by filling out the following survey:


Please be truthsome. Your honest comments help us make the event better for you moving forward. We'll be collecting responses until August 14.

That's it for now, but we are conjuring a couple of additional events to get the brigade together in a more social capacity in the coming months. Once we have a plan (or even like 12% of a plan), I'll be sure to send y'all a wave.

Until then, keep flyin',


CSTS Patches (and Tickets) on Sale Now!

Posted by Chris on July 30, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to believe that our 14th annual Can't Stop the Serenity charity screening is less than a week away. Before we commence misbehavin', there are a couple of things I want to let you know about.

First of all, Can't Stop the Serenity is selling patches with the 2019 logo design on their global website. The patches are $15.00 each, but the price does drop somewhat depending upon how many you order. They are a high-quality, multi-color, iron-on patch, and shipping is included in the price. We will not have any available as prizes for this year's Pittsburgh event like we have in the past, because they just went on sale and will not ship in time, so if you want one, you have to go about gettin' it your own self. Here's the link:


While you're there, you can also by CSTS apparel and posters. I'd talk up the shirts, but you'll see I've apparently already done that on the global page. One note about that: I am not a 14-year veteran CSTS captain. I'm only a 6-year veteran captain. Pittsburgh is a 14-year veteran CSTS city. That was global's error, and no disrespect was meant to Cate or Miche, who were doing mighty fine captainy things before I was even a member of this brigade. CSTS global was contacted about the error. Hopefully they'll correct it soon.

And that brings us to this Sunday. Don't forget: doors at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks open at noon for games and raffles, movie screens at 2pm. We'll have lots of shiny prizes, and there's a bar (with the kinds of food and drinks bars have) and a microbrewery on site. An advance "ticket" requires a $25 donation to Equality Now (because them's the folk for whom we do what we do) and will get you a movie ticket, an 8-play Blue Sun game card and 10 raffle tickets, and it'll also enter you in an early bird online-only raffle for a shiny door prize. You can always get tickets at the door, but remember, the theater only seats 45, so if you want to be sure to have a seat for the Big Damn Movie, buy early. You can do that on the calendar paget at the website of our sponsor, Jump Cut Theater:  http://www.jumpcuttheater.org

That's all. Hope to see you Sunday.

Keep flyin',


CSTS 2019 merchandise is now on sale!

Posted by Chris on June 5, 2019 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Anyone who wishes to purchase a CSTS 2019 t-shirt, tank top, sweatshirt, hoodie or poster can do so now through represent.com.  Profits from the sale of CSTS apparel will go to Equality Now, and now you can choose not only the style of your shirt, but the color as well. This year's design is two-sided and even mentions CSTS Pittsburgh! The sale of official CSTS 2019 merchandise has already begun. This year, items will begin shipping on June 12 and will ship on a rolling basis, so you won't have to wait for the end of a production run as was the case for the past two years.

You can order your official CSTS merchandise at https://represent.com/store/cantstoptheserenity

That is all.  As you were.

Keep flyin',


Vote Now for CSTS 2019 Artwork

Posted by Chris on March 31, 2019 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't Stop the Serenity is holding a vote for artwork for the 2019 CSTS logo.  This is the design that will be used for all CSTS advertising and merchandise this year, including t-shirts and patches.  Those who would like to vote for their favorite design can do so now through April 8 by clicking on the following link:


What to get that Browncoat or Slayer on your holiday shopping list/Steel City Con reminder

Posted by Chris on November 17, 2018 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ni-hao, everybody!

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to let you all know that Geeky Jerseys has reissued their Browncoats hockey jersey and Slayers baseball jersey, in case you might want to pick one up as a gift for yourself or your Whedony friends.

The Browncoats jersey is customizable, and you can even add a captain's C. I own one of these, and the quality is equal to or better than what the NHL is currently selling, but for about half the price.  (This site does its links really weird, so click on the second highlighted link to get a look.)

https://www.geekyjerseys.com/product.php?id=265" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.geekyjerseys.com/product.php?id=265

The Slayers jersey isn't customizable. You get the number 97 (for the year "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" debuted) and the name Summers (for the Slayer herself) on the back. The price is about equal to what you'll pay for a comparable MLB jersey.  (Again, click on the second link for a preview.)

https://www.geekyjerseys.com/product.php?id=269" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.geekyjerseys.com/product.php?id=269

Also, don't forget that Steel City Con is taking place December 7-9 in Monroeville (your vacation destination). Guests include the Hero of Canton himself, Adam Baldwin, as well as "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD's" Henry Simmons and Natalia Cardova. For more information and tickets, go to www.steelcitycon.com.

On behalf of the CSTS Pittsburgh crew and the Rivers & Bridges Brigade of the PA Browncoats, I wish you all a very safe and shiny Thanksgiving.

Keep flyin',


CSTS Pittsburgh Encore Event: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog/Con Man October 6 at the Flying Squirrel in Carnegie

Posted by Chris on September 16, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Our "Serenity" screening was a mighty fine shindig, but the Rivers and Bridges Brigade of the PA Browncoats ain't done yet! We're back for our second CSTS Pittsburgh event of 2018 on Saturday, October 6 at The Flying Squirrel in Carnegie, PA, and this time we're conjuring up a horrible con!

Doors will open at 5:30pm for ice cream, popcorn, and screenings of both "Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (6:15pm) and season one of Alan Tudyk's series "Con Man" (7:30pm). We'll also have two "Horrible Nerd Baskets" to raffle off that'll include a passel of shiny prizes. Admission requires a $10 donation, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Equality Now and Jump Cut Theater.

Cosplay isn't required, but always encouraged. :)

The Flying Squirrel is the new home of Jump Cut Theater, our newest sponsor and the former managers of what used to be everyone's favorite independent movie theater in Dormont. It's located at 241 East Main Street in Carnegie, PA (15106). We hope to see you there on October 6.

Keep flyin',


("Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC. ©Time Science Blood Club, LLC. All rights reserved.)

CSTS Pittsburgh 2018- Thank you!

Posted by Chris on August 13, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the cap'n speaking...

I just wanted to send a quick wave to say xie-xie (thank you) to everyone who came to our 13th annual Can't Stop the Serenity shindig at the Parkway Theater last Sunday, August 5. I can now announce (unofficially, anyway, until it's confirmed by CSTS Global) that our event pulled in $1,095 for Equality Now!

That is a truly amazing total, especially for a town our size. I am so grateful to everybody who contributed in any way. Thanks to Geek Pittsburgh, Jump Cut Theater, the Parkway Theater, my crew and everyone who came to the event.

Also, be sure to check out the article about CSTS Pittsburgh in today's SEEN section of the Post-Gazette.


We appreciate the Post-Gazette's boosting our signal, so we'll even forgive them for confusing Jayne Cobb with Shepherd Book!

And don't forget, we'll be contributing a Dr. Horrible poster signed by Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day to the CSTS Global auction later this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

That's all for now. As you were.

Keep flyin',


The 13th Annual Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh Is Just One Week Away!

Posted by Chris on July 29, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This is your cap'n speaking.  The 13th annual Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh is just one week away, so I thought I'd send you one last wave to remind you to get your tickets now at www.jumpcuttheater.org. When you do, this is what you'll get in exchange for a $25 donation to Equality Now:

  • Admission to the 2pm screening of Serenity
  • A "Blue Sun Credit Card" good for 8 game plays
  • 10 raffle tickets
  • An entry to win a very special raffle prize that is for advance ticket orders only

Now, some of you might be wondering if we will be selling tickets at the door. Why, yes. Yes, we will. But, if you purchase your tickets at the door, your $25 donation to Equality Now will get you admission to the Big Damn Movie and 10 raffle tickets. If you want the added bonus of the 8-play game card and the entry in the special raffle drawing, you should order your tickets online without delay!

This year's venue, the Parkway Theater, has a fully stocked bar and microbrewery on site, and they'll also have popcorn, hot dogs and other foods available for sale.

And we also learned that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will be covering the event for their "SEEN" column, so this is our chance to show the city that there is still a strong Browncoat presence in Western PA.

So buy your tickets, tell your friends, and come down to the Parkway Theater and misbehave with us this Sunday, August 5 at noon.

Keep flyin',


Get your tickets to CSTS Pittsburgh now!

Posted by Chris on July 20, 2018 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

With just over two weeks to go until our 2018 CSTS Pittsburgh event at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks, I just wanted to send y'all a friendly reminder that tickets are on sale now at www.jumpcuttheater.org. Thanks to those who have already ordered tickets. If you haven't, there's no better time than the present. Remember, your ticket purchase, which is really a $25 donation to Equality Now, gets you the following:

1.  Admission to the Big Damn Movie at 2pm

2.  10 raffle tickets for our shiny raffle baskets

3.  A Blue Sun credit card good for 8 game plays

This year's games will include Badger's Dodgy Dice, Jayne's Grenade Throw, Zoe's Shootin' Gallery and Kaylee's Sprocket Toss, and we're also debuting something new this year. For the first time, we'll have competitive games of Firefly Fluxx running right up until just before the movie, with the winner of each game claiming a shiny prize.

And speaking of prizes, for every ticket purchased online, you'll be entered into a special drawing for a super shiny prize that's only available to those who purchased tickets online. If you already purchased tickets online, you're already entered, but if you haven't (or if you want more chances in the drawing), there's still time to get your tickets at Jump Cut Theater's website.

See you on August 5 at the Parkway Theater.

Keep flyin',


Tickets to CSTS Pittsburgh 2018 are now on sale!

Posted by Chris on May 3, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Here it is-- the news you've all been waiting for. I am all manner of pleased to announce that tickets for CSTS Pittsburgh 2018 are officially on sale!

You read that right. Now, I know you've probably gotten used to just showing up and buying your ticket at the door, but things have to be a little different this year. You see, our new venue, the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks, has a theater that only seats 45, so we need to sell tickets in advance so as to avoid any uncomfortableness that might come about as a result of having to turn folk away at the door.

So here's how it is...

A ticket to CSTS Pittsburgh costs $25 this year, and that money goes to Equality Now. For your $25 you will receive admission to the Big Damn Movie, as well as a "Blue Sun credit card" that's good for 8 game plays, and 10 raffle tickets. (Additional Blue Sun game cards and raffle tickets will be available on site, but you'll automatically get these ones when you buy your ticket to the event.)

Ticket sales are being handled through our new sponsor, Jump Cut Theater. A link to the ticket sale is available on the Tickets page of the Jump Cut Theater website (www.jumpcuttheater.org) or in the Web Store on this site.

Remember, there are only 45 tickets available, so don't delay. Get your tickets to the 13th annual CSTS Pittsburgh today!

See you on August 5 at the Parkway Theater.

Keep flyin',