Screening Tonight: The Princess Bride

Main Street Landing’s theater will be screening The Princess Bride tonight at 7:00pm! Tickets are free, but are first come, first serve.

Plot: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh. This is a an beloved and enchanting classic that has only gotten better with time. Patinkin’s performance is especially touching. He can say, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” — and make you laugh, cry and cheer at the same time. The movie, two hours of pure enchantment, has the same effect.

Geek Things for April 28th, 2015

  • Mathematics Seminar: Michael Olinick, Middlebury College – The Theorem That Won The War: The Mathematical Complexity of the Enigma Machine and the First Polish Successes in Cracking the Cipher, 3 – 4:30pm, Warner Hemicycle, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Dr. Alison Kafer, Lecture: “Breath, Skin, Fog: Disability and Environmental Justice”, 4:30 – 6pm, Axin Center 232, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Tabletop Tuesday Burlington, 5:00pm – 7:45pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CSI Symposium, 5-7 pm, Norwich University, Northfield. (Crime)
  • The Princess Bride, 7pm, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. (Movies)
  • Carbon Risk Forum. 6:30-8pm, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier. (Environment)
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2pm – 4pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Repack Draft, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Tech Tuesdays, 3:30PM – 04:30PM, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop, 10:30 am, 22 Church St., Burlington. Free; preregister at meet; limited space. (Writing)
  • Book Discussion – Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. 1-2 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Books)
  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Audition, 3-7 pm, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. (Kids)

Cover Reveal: Alibi Jones and the Hornet’s Nest


Mike Luoma has made a name for himself for his entertaining podcasts and pulp Science Fiction novels about Alibi Jones. Now, he’s got a new novel coming out titled Alibi Jones and the Hornet’s Nest. Here’s what it’s about:

“Don’t let me die – again!”

Specter? Projection? On the edge of human space floats an ancient alien derelict. A Ghost Ship? Those who get too close are visited by a glowing green translucent figure who begs, “Don’t let me die – again!”

Alibi Jones was a Mediator for the Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force in the 2130’s – but that’s all about to change! Foster son of the former leader of the Solar Alliance, the new S.A. administration makes an example of him after news gets out Alibi is partly responsible for the destruction of pleasure planet Kismet. Bounced out of his career in the Mediation Corps, Alibi’s reassigned to Covert Ops. His cover: running cargo out past the colony world Depot, on the Fringe, from a new remote base – The Hornet’s Nest!

Alibi Jones gets to know his new crew as they get a handle on running small cargoes and cover operations. Gluttonous planetary crime lords, alien parasites and symbiotes, psychics and scientists, galactic Godfathers, friendly free traders, astral travel – and a Business Manager Alibi married and grew old with in another life (long story) who also has something to do with that ghost (longer still) – lots going on out beyond the borders of the Solar Alliance.

Whey get assigned to check out the so-called “ghost ship”, people start dying. Again.


The artwork is by Federico Guillen, an artist from Argentinia, who’s worked on this book’s predecessors.

The book is due out May 23rd, and it will be released in podcast form on a weekly basis.

The First 50 Pages: The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar

Seven Days has a quasi-review of The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar by Alice Eckles as part of a series that they’re running on local authors and books that they recieve:

Our inaugural volume: a novel called The Literature Preferred by Wild Boar.

The author
Alice Eckles, a beekeeper and homesteader who lives in a yurt in Middlebury. Her first self-published book, A Phrase Book for Spiritual Emergencies, bears a glowing blurb from Jonathan Lethem, according to this page for the Indiegogo campaign she used to fund the production of Boar.

The deal
“It was the year 2045, and the world was peopled by only three thousand six hundred souls.”

Two of those souls are middle-aged Deb and her husband, Charles, who live in Vermont in the ruins of an airplane hangar, keeping bees and taking their time about building a house. While Charles likes to keep busy toward the end of the world, former travel writer and current New Age mystic Deb is more interested in “wrangling a story … that would aid all humanity in old age, and bring peace and prosperity on earth.” This task involves delving into her own past and reflecting on a pre-collapse incidence of “Crisis Averted,” in which her grandfather came close to committing suicide.

Read the full piece here.

Crowdfund This: Checkpoint: Console Arcade

Matt Fregoe is looking to start up a new age arcade in South Burlington with new consoles and games.

Checkpoint: Console Arcade (CCA) is Vermont’s first console gaming arcade. Bringing multiplayer gaming, an affordable alternative to other indoor activities, and the greatest collection of current and legacy games possible.

Wait, Can’t I Do That From Home?
Console systems were designed with the home in mind. That being said, there are serious advantages to using them in an arcade setting:
Save money! Consoles and games are very expensive (hundreds of dollars!) CCA will have a large variety of systems and games to choose from.
Play together! Console gaming can be even more expensive if you want to play with friends. CCA will have all you need for full-on multiplayer gaming.
Better than rentals! Skip sending games through the mail or driving back and forth to a kiosk. CCA will have all the latest games as well as legacy gaming you won’t find anywhere else.

How Awesome Will This Arcade Be?
Very. Here’s some reasons why:
Committed to games and the gaming environment. By focusing on gaming alone, CCA can offer a better gaming service than anyone else.
All ages and abilities welcome. By offering only gaming, CCA can offer its services to anyone and everyone during all open hours.
Unlimited game access. Pay a low, daily entry fee and play any available game or console. Switch out games at will, and come back later in the day at no extra charge.
Tournaments and events. Nothing beats playing games with other real people. Have fun, and put your skills to the test in your favorite games!

How Much Will It Cost To Play?
The daily entry fee will be $5. This gives you full access to any available games and systems. You can play as many games as you want for the entire day!

Interested? Pledges start at $5, and go up from there. Pledge here.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Early Screenings

Likely the biggest movie of the year, The Avengers: Age of Ultron lands with a heavy thud later this week, and unsurprisingly, most theaters around Vermont are holding early screenings. Some are doing some gimmicks: the Essex Cinemas will be doing a round-the-clock screening of the film opening night and morning (that’s right, if you want to watch Age of Ultron at 3:45am, you can!) and the Springfield Cinema will be pairing up the movie with the first Avengers film.

Here’s where you can see the movie on Thursday, April 30th:

  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm (2D).
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00pm, 10:00pm. / 1:00 am, 3:45 am, 6:30 am, and 9:30 am
  • Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. 7:00pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D)
  • Merrill Roxy, Burlington. 7:00pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D)
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier. 7:00pm (3D) & 8:00pm (2D)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. The Avengers, 5:00pm, Age of Ultron, 7:00pm and 8:00pm
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro, 7:00pm, 9:45pm.
  • Bijou 4 Cinema, Morrisville, 7:15pm.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm, 9:00pm.

The following theaters will be opening the film regularly on Friday, May 1st:

  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe.
  • Marquis Theater, Middlebury.
  • Playhouse Cooperative, Randolph
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury.

Geek Things for April 27th, 2015

  •  Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Screenwriting Workshop, 6-8 pm, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes. (Writing)
  • Responding to AIDS in Africa, 4:30 – 6pm, Robert A. Jones ’59, Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Public Health)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Mystery Book Club, The Blackhouse by Peter May and Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin, 7:00pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Books)