Early Screenings: Hercules

There’s a new take on the Greek hero Hercules, and appropriately, The Rock is portraying him. This film looks like it’s a sword and sorcery style movie, which is appropriate, I think.

The film’s set to open nationwide on July 25th, but a handful of theaters are opening it early around the state. Here’s where you can catch it on July 24th:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm (3D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00 pm (3D), 9:30 pm.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 9:15 pm.
  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00 pm.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 9:00 pm
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 8:45 pm. (3D)
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00 pm.

Here’s where it’ll be opening normally, on Friday:

  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier.
  • Star Theater, St. Johnsbury.
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro.
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville.

And, here’s where it’s opening early nearby:

  • Cumberland Cinemas 12, Plattsburgh NY.
  • North Adams Movieplex, North Adams MA.

Eric Ladd – Vermont Genre Artist

Today marks the birthday of Eric Ladd, a Vermont born artist who was known for a number of his covers throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He worked frequently with artists such as Elizabeth Lynn, Larry Niven, Jack Vance, Cordwainer Smith, and others. There’s not a lot known about his life, although he seems to have ended up in Rhode Island in the mid-1990s, after retiring from the genre art world.

Here’s a selection of his works:







See his full listing over on ISFDB.

Cartooning Gets Practical In White River Junction

Earlier this year, the Center for Cartoon Studies announced that they were opening up a new MFA in practical cartooning: Applied Cartooning. VPR has an article on it:

Students who take these courses are learning how to make or find cartoons for very practical purposes, like instruction manuals, or course outlines for middle school students.

The co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, James Sturm, works in what used to be an Italian grocery just down the street from the center’s headquarters, which is a former post office. Sturm is an artist, but he’s also a practical guy who wants the school to branch out in a lot of places, and in a lot of a ways. Not every student, he says, sees cartooning as a fine art. For some, he says, it’s a communication tool.

Listen to the entire article here.

Geek Things for July 23rd, 2014

  • Mesmerizing Moths, 9-11 pm, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $3-5. (Moths)
  • Fizz, Boom, READ!: All About the Earth, Mud and Plants, 10-10:45 am, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Kids)
  • Cryptozoology: Monster Hunters, 11 am-12 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Kids)
  • E-Textiles: Make It Glow, 1-4 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • Jolts and Volts, 4 pm, Craftsbury Public Library, Craftsbury Common. (Tech)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3. (Outdoors)
  • ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly), 7:30 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $18. (Dead Parrots)
  • Stowe Free Library Giant Book Sale, 9 am – 8 pm, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. (Books)
  • Short Fiction Writing Workshop, 6:30 pm, Studio 266, Burlington. (Writing)
  • Middlebury College Observatory Open House, 9-10:30 pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Astronomy)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Batteries & Motors, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Sound Science, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Wacky Wednesday: Build a Balloon Rocket, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, ECHO, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Get Pop-Cultured: Batman Day, 1:00 / 7:00 pm, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Batman)
  • Get Pop-Cultured: DC Comics Spectacular, 9:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Batman)
  • Fairbanks Discovery Camp: Planets and Beyond, 9am – 12pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. ohnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
    “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Graphic Novel Club, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt / Feynman, 7:00 pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Comics)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Live Raptor and Reptile Program. 6:30 pm, Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield. (Birds)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)

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“Dead Cthulhu” Looks Pretty Lively

Cthulhu miniature, all painted up.Local gamer, spinner, knitter, painter of miniatures and generally crafty person Toby recently completed a huge undertaking: painting up the enormous Cthulhu model from Reaper Miniatures’ absurdly successful Bones crowdfunding campaign. The model’s scale and detailing are amazing to begin with, but Toby’s work elevates the piece to a whole new place. Check out more pictures on Toby’s Flickr account.

Fiction: Where We Would End A War

The weekend before last, ReaderCon took place in Burlington MA, where a ton of science fiction authors (and Vermonters!) gathered to talk, read, buy books and discuss the genres that we really love. Among the programming items was F. Brett Cox, who took to the stage on Thursday night to read his story, Where We Would End A War, which is appearing in the forthcoming War Stories anthology. Watch here:

 

Geek Things for July 22nd, 2014

And we’re back!

  • Preschool Story Hour: Watery World, 9:30-10:30 am, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. (Kids)
  • Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series – “Resilience and Sustainable Development in Conflict-Prone Countries.” 12-1 pm, Room 007, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. (Environmentalism)
  • Exordium: Mysterious Things Happen With Science! 2:30 pm, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. (Kids)
  • Tech Tutor Program, 3-6 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • Stowe Free Library Giant Book Sale, 9 am-8 pm, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. (Books)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Lunch at the Library, 12-12:30 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Libraries)
  • Summer Bug Walks, 3:30-5 pm, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $3-5. (Bugs)
  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. (Movies)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • NOOK “Apptivity”, 6:00 PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (Tech)
  • Fairbanks Discovery Camp: Planets and Beyond, 9am – 12pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: SUPER STANDARD SEALED!!! 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Fights! Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Held Action Theatre

heldAT_graphicYesterday, I launched a new thing: Held Action Theatre. Specifically, it’s an actual play podcast, where me and my role-playing friends record ourselves playing RPGs. It’s a growing genre in game-related media, from let’s play captures of video game play throughs, to cameras hovering over Magic and Netrunner matches to audio recorders at role-playing tables — my personal favorite is the ongoing lunacy of the crew over at Role Playing Public Radio.

The plan is to post recordings of one-shots periodically, usually broken into parts for ease of listening. We started with the World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl, a parody scenario written by “adventure coach” Bill Cavalier. Six hapless schmoes are pressed into rescuing Princess Bumblebottom of the halfling kingdom Turnipton. That sets the tone for the evening, I promise.

Subscribe to the podcast-only feed, follow Held Action, or find the show in iTunes!