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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.

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/seen/2018/08/13/13th-annual-Can-t-Stop-the-Serenity-Pittsburgh-Seen-Parkway-Theater-Chris-Tobias-Aaron-Stubna/stories/201808130003

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',

Chris

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',

Chris


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',

Chris

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',

Chris

Jump Cut Theater Official Sponsor of CSTS Pittsburgh 2018

Posted by Chris on May 2, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

CSTS Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that we have a new sponsor for 2018! Jump Cut Theater (www.jumpcuttheater.org), the organization that used to be the Friends of the Hollywood Theater, is continuing its working relationship with CSTS Pittsburgh through its sponsorship of our charity screening of Serenity at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks on August 5.  The organization is also graciously handling the ticket sales for the event.

After four years of working with FOHT to bring CSTS screenings to the Dormont area at their old location, we are honored to be able to continue our collaboration with Jump Cut Theater, an organization whose goals and philosophies are very much in line with our own.

We thank Jump Cut Theater for their sponsorship, and we're proud to have them as an official sponsor of the 13th annual CSTS Pittsburgh. 

SAVE THE DATE!- 13th Annual CSTS Pittsburgh: August 5, 2018 at the Parkway Theater

Posted by Chris on March 22, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Pittsburgh's 13th annual Can't Stop the Serenity charity screening of Serenity will take place August 5, 2018 at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks, PA.

The doors will open at noon for games and raffles, and the Big Damn Movie will begin at 2pm.

The Parkway Theater features a cash bar and micro-brewery.  Popcorn, hot dogs and other food will also be available for purchase.

All proceeds (except food and beverages) will benefit Equality Now.

More information (including ticket information) coming soon! 

New Petition to Save the Hollywood Theater

Posted by Chris on January 22, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

A Dormont resident has started a petition to cancel the pending sale of the Hollywood Theater, home of CSTS Pittsburgh since 2014.  If you're not aware of what is going on with this sale, please read the statement we recently posted.


Please sign the petition.  Then tell as many people as you can about it and encourage them to sign too.  Here's the link:


https://www.change.org/p/theatre-historical-society-of-america-hands-off-the-hollywood-theater-keep-our-local-theater-out-of-national-hands" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://www.change.org/p/theatre-historical-society-of-america-hands-off-the-hollywood-theater-keep-our-local-theater-out-of-national-hands


Thanks for your support.  Keep flyin'.


--- Chris


Statement Regarding the Current Plight of our Host, the Hollywood Theater

Posted by Chris on January 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Fellow Browncoats:


As you are no doubt aware by now, the Hollywood Theater, the home of Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh for the past four years, was recently purchased by an organization known as the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS), which claims to be Pittsburgh-based, but has only been operating in the area for about a year now and has its actual headquarters in Illinois.


Most of the recent reports of the sale in the news media have attempted to characterize the sale as some sort of rescue operation, citing statements by THS that the Hollywood was struggling to maintain its operations and that the building was in danger of being sold to a buyer who wanted to shut the theater down. At the open forum that was held at the Hollywood on Wednesday evening, January 17, the Friends of the Hollywood Theater (FOHT) made it very clear that nothing could be farther from the truth.  The FOHT has, in fact, been operating comfortably, and were even attempting to raise the capital to purchase the building themselves.  They were unaware that the owners had been secretly negotiating with THS right up until the point where they were informed of the sale.


As FOHT indicated in a public statement on January 19, "Of immediate consideration is Richard Fosbrink’s (Executive Director of THS) known and stated goal to show second-run films at the theater, as well as Joe Masher’s (Board President of THS) role in programming from afar." In other words, THS plans to turn the Hollywood into a single-screen version of a "Maxi-Saver Cinema" that shows movies that are about to become available on demand through cable providers or subscription services like Netflix and Hulu!


While it is easy to think that this might be a case in which, as Shakespeare would say, "Present fears are less than horrible imaginings," there are more than enough reasons to believe that THS has no intention of maintaining the unique programming and community connections that FOHT has worked to build through the years. Comments by former THS president and current member Karen Colizzi Noonan, which can be read in the Hollywood's statement of January 19, warn of "... a seismic shift in the operations and values of the organization..." and admit that it "...has steered away from the values and camaraderie under which THS was founded."


If that isn't enough of a red flag, consider this statement from THS' own website (emphasis is mine):


(THS Board President Joe) "Masher hopes to steer the direction of the Theatre Historical Society to be more of a business, so that it can sustain itself on revenue. He adds, “Our Theatre Affiliates Program is one way we are providing outreach to the exhibition community. It is our hope that they will, in turn, become affiliates of THS and provide us with historical information on their buildings. Once built, we will potentially guide that program to be a resource for vendors and suppliers.”


Hmm ... Sounds a lot like Alliance talk to me.


So, what impact can we, a fan group that is admittedly as loosely woven as it is tightly knit, hope to have on such a situation? Well, as Mr. Universe says in Serenity, "You can't stop the signal." We need to make our voices heard if we want to help preserve the Hollywood not only as a host site for our city's CSTS charity screenings for Equality Now, but also as a movie theater that is, in the words of FOHT's January 19 statement, "... the type of theater that hosts ‘His Girl Friday’ with a fantastic breakfast, a documentary about kangaroos, a Norwegian horror film, and a child’s birthday party all in the same week."


To that end, as the organizer of Can't Stop the Serenity Pittsburgh and an active member of the Rivers & Bridges Brigade of the PA Browncoats, I am urging you to do any or all of the following:


1. Write letters or send postcards to Mr. Brian Kelly, Hollywood Partners, c/o Kelly-Rielly-Nell-Barna Associates, 3535 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 and Mr. Richard Fosbrink, Executive Director, Theatre Historical Society of America, 461 Cochran Road, Box 144, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Tell them that you are a friend of the Hollywood Theater and that you oppose the sale of the building to Theatre Historical Society of America. In your own words, be sure to tell them why.



2. Post about the sale on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #SaveTheHollywood. Be sure to let them know you oppose the THS plan to turn the Hollywood into a 2nd run cinema. If you feel as strongly about it as I do, make it clear that you will never attend a movie at the Hollywood Theater again if THS follows through with that plan!



3. Forward this message to anyone you know who is a member of a geek fan group of a lover of classic movies.



4. Sign the change.org petition calling on THS to be more transparent and authentic in its communication, both with the public and with its own members: https://tinyurl.com/y8n66lep" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://https://tinyurl.com/y8n66lep



5. Boost the signal! Tell your friends in Starfleet, the local chapters of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, the Pittsburgh Ghostbusters, local Whovians and Potterheads, and any other local fan meet-up group to get involved. We need to be united on this. If the Hollywood as we know it ceases to exist, we all lose.



Thanks for being on board.


Keep flyin',


Chris Tobias (Organizer, CSTS Pittsburgh)

You Can Now Order PA Browncoats Brigade Patches!

Posted by Chris on August 24, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Matt Black of the Delaware Valley Brigade is going to do a run of patches for the Brigades of the Pennsylvania Browncoats. There are five (5) Brigades: Delaware Valley Brigade, Susquehanna Valley Brigade, Rivers & Bridges Brigade, Woods & Mountains Brigade, and Mines & Mountains Brigade. At the end of this post is a list of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties that are in each brigade in case the attached map (on the "Photos" page of this site) isn't clear. Proofs of the Brigade Patches are on the "Photos" page of this site. The Chinese characters mean "Pennsylvania Browncoats". A proof of the Pennsylvania Browncoats patch is also on the "Photos" page. (It's the green PA Browncoats logo.) Its Chinese characters mean "Pennsylvania".


Initially, these patches will ONLY be sold in SETS so we can get a full run of all of the Brigade patches. There will be two (2) sets available. "Set 1" is just the five (5) Brigade patches and will cost $40. "Set 2" is the five (5) Brigade patches plus one (1) Pennsylvania Browncoats patch for a total of six (6) patches for $45.


To read the original the Facebook interest post, go to the "Links" page of this site and click on the link for the PA Browncoats Facebook page. You can order directly on the original Facebook post simply by indicating in the comments "Set 1" or "Set 2" plus quantity of each set, e.g. "x1", "x2", etc.


Or email Matt Black directly at [email protected] with what you're interested in if you aren't on Facebook.


Here's the list of counties in each Brigade:


DELAWARE VALLEY BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and some regions of Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware


SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata,, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuykill, Snyder, Union, York and some regions of Northern Maryland and Northern West Virginia


RIVERS & BRIDGES BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland and some regions of Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio


WOODS & LAKES BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, Warren and some regions on Northeastern Ohio and Southwestern New York


MINES & MOUNTAINS BRIGADE

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Counties:  Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming and some regions of Southeastern New York and Northwestern New Jersey


Keep flyin',


Chris

Give us your feedback on CSTS 2017... and don't forget to vote!

Posted by Chris on August 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

If you attended this year's CSTS Pittsburgh, we are seeking your feedback. Please take a minute or two to fill out our survey:


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28PR2KS


Your feedback will help us make future CSTS events better. We'll leave it open until August 19, but you want to do it ASAP, while the memory of the event is still fresh and so you don't forget the survey altogether. Your input is much appreciated.


And don't forget, you can vote for CSTS Pittsburgh for "Best Fundraising Gala" in the City Paper's Best of Pittsburgh 2017 Readers' Poll once per day until August 18:


http://citypaper.secondstreetapp.com/CP-Best-Of-Pgh-Voting-Ballot/gallery?category=1128071


That is all. As you were.


Keep flyin',


Cap'n Chris


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