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CSTS Pittsburgh 2020 "Serenity under the Stars" September 5

Posted by Chris on August 9, 2020 at 3:55 PM



I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well. I wanted to give you another update on what we're doing to bring a Can't Stop the Serenity charity screening to Pittsburgh this year.


With the help of our sponsors Geek Frontiers (who generously paid for the licensing of the movie) and Jump Cut Theater (who is assisting with online ticket sales) we are all manner of pleased to announce we'll be presenting "Serenity under the Stars" on Saturday, September 5 in Allegheny County's South Park, with all proceeds benefiting Equality Now and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


We'll be screening the movie outdoors in a field adjacent to a grove in South Park. Attendees will have to bring their own blankets or chairs to sit on, as well as their own food and beverages. No alcohol or glass containers will be permitted, by order of the Allegheny County Parks Department.


We will still have a limited number of raffles, including a "door prize" and our traditional raffle for those seeing the movie for the first time. All donations will be made electronically prior to the event, so the need for "cashy money" at the screening will be completely eliminated. We are currently working with Jump Cut Theater to set up online donations through their website. The plan is that there will be a donation option to "purchase" admission to the film, which will include automatic entries in the raffles, as well as a raffle-only donation option for those who can't make it to the screening or just want to purchase additional raffle entries. Those who have made the appropriate movie donation will be sent the time and location of the screening electronically in advance of the event (similar to London's famed "Secret Cinema" events). I will send everyone a wave when movie and raffle tickets are available online, but in the meantime, keep checking the home page and the "Tickets/Merchandise" page of this site for updates. (Sorry, but for the health and safety of all in attendance, there will be no games this year, only a screening and announcements of the raffle winners.)


We are required to follow all PA health and safety guidelines with regards to COVID-19 as a condition of our licensing agreement. That means that we will have to limit our attendance to a maximum of 50 individuals (which includes me and my crew). Also, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required at all times. Let's talk about that for a minute. I'm the Cap'n, and this isn't the ruttin' town hall. When I say masks are required, I ain't sayin' that with a wink and a nod. I mean it! No exceptions! We had to go to a lot of trouble to arrange for this event, including paying a licensing fee that was 50% higher because we're screening the Big Damn Movie outdoors. Wearing a mask isn't bending the knee to the powers that be; it's protecting yourself and your fellow Browncoats. The way I see it, masks are body armor for your lungs, and Zoe Washburne would tell anybody that a real soldier isn't too proud to put on body armor. So, I'm asking everybody to mask up so we can have a good time together watching a movie we all love, without any casualties besides those on the screen. I have it on good authority that Pittsburgh is currently the only city in the world that has a live CSTS screening planned, but in order for that to happen, it's going to take everyone's cooperation in making sure we all follow the mandated health and safety guidelines. If there's a reason why that won't work for you, then I reckon you're someone who might want to select the "raffles only" option when we get the ticket sales up and running.


And while you're waiting for those ticket sales to go live, don't forget that Can't Stop the Serenity has finally kicked off its global merchandise sale for 2020, which is a great way to show support for the organization and your Browncoat pride while generating revenue for Equality Now. There is a link to the global merchandise sale on the Tickets/Merchandise page of this site. They are promising a much faster turnaround time for orders this year (I ordered one last week and have already been notified that it's on its way), and as in past years you can choose the style and color of the shirt you want to order. This year's logo is shiny, and the shirts have a two-sided design again this year. I urge you do give 'em a look and consider supporting Equality Now by picking one up.


So, that's how it is. I'll be in touch again as soon as online ticket sales go live. Until then, stay safe and keep flyin'.


-- Chris



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