Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald advanced screenings

 

The next installment of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts franchise hits theaters this week. The series is a prequel to her Harry Potter series, and this new film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, will continue the story of Newt Scamander and the rise of the dark wizard, Grindelwald. 

As usual, a bunch of theaters around Vermont will be screening the film early. Here’s where to watch on Thursday, November 15th: 

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 6:45PM, 9:30PM.
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 7:00PM. 
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 6:00PM, 8:50PM.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 6:40PM, 9:35PM.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 6:45PM, 9:10PM. 
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 6:00PM, 7:00PM.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 6:00PM. 
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 7:00PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00PM, 8:00PM, 9:00PM. 
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:20PM. 
  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe. 7:00PM. 

 

Opening normally on Friday, November 16th:

  • Big Picture Theatre, Waitsfield. 
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 
  • Playhouse Theatre, Randolph. 
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester. 

Higher Ground to host Wizardfest — a Harry Potter dance party

Higher Ground is hosting a Harry Potter dance party called Wizardfest, which will take place on December 5th. The night will include a costume contest (groups encouraged), along with Harry Potter themed-drinks, Quidditch pong, and more. Cats, owls, and toads not admitted.

Tickets are in $15 advance, $20 day of show, $25 wand advance and $30 wand day of show.

Details / Facebook. 

 

Erin Morgenstern’s next book takes place in Vermont

Erin Morgenstern is best known for her debut novel, The Night Circus, a story about a pair of magicians and a fantastical circus. It was a huge hit, and according to EW, her next book will be set in Vermont.

The Starless Sea is due out next November. Here’s the plot:

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Sounds intriguing — scholars at any of the graduate schools here should proceed with caution.

 

Springfield’s Steampunk Festival is looking for a coordinator

Springfield’s Vermont Steampunk Festival took a year off in 2018 while it worked to reorganize but as 2019 approaches, it looks as though the town is trying to get the ball rolling on another festival. Case in point, it’s hiring a coordinator.

According to a Facebook job listing, the position will be a stipend position rather than a volunteer one.

We are looking for someone who is very organized, can stay calm under pressure, loves coordinating events, who is considered a leader, who is social media savvy, comfortable speaking in front of people, comfortable with basic word and excel, and who has a positive attitude. You do NOT have to be into steampunk (although that would be fantastic!) to be able to coordinate the festival.

The full job ad can be found on the festival’s website,

Harry Potter Day at the Aldrich Library

Barre’s Aldrich Library is hosting a Harry Potter Day on Saturday, November 10th between 12:30 and 4PM.

Young witches and wizards, are you ready for the next Fantastic Beasts movie? Come celebrate the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series with games, crafts and activities, including wand-making, magical beasts trivia, house badge-making, a monster book craft, and more! Then watch the first Fantastic Beasts film while munching wizardly treats. A magical time is guaranteed for all!

Come in a Harry Potter themed costume for a chance to win a copy of the audiobook “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and other marvelous prizes!

This weekend: Carnage 21!

This snuck up fast: Vermont’s premier gaming convention, Carnage 21 is taking place this weekend in Killington at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.

From the looks of things, it’s busy this weekend:

Marvel profiles Rutland’s Halloween parade

Rutland’s Halloween parade has an out-sized reputation in the comics industry, thanks to a couple of long-standing fans over the years, and has even been featured in comics — it got a nice shout-out in Avengers #83 back in the 1970s.

Marvel.com has posted up a nice profile of the parade, and its roots in comic history:

The heroes—Vision, Black Panther, Quicksilver, and Goliath—hit the out-of-the-way city on Halloween evening to chase down reports of a kidnapping plot, and were welcomed enthusiastically by the parade’s organizer, Tom Fagan, who’d invited them to ride on one of the many colorful floats being readied for the event. The Avengers smiled and played along, keeping vigilant watch on the throngs of the costumed attendees who lined the Rutland streets.

Read the entire profile here. The parade is actually taking place at 6:30 PM tonight, after being postponed due to the weather last night.

For Sale: Tardis, slightly used

Are you a Doctor Who fan? Want to travel the galaxy and the depths of time? You might have your chance: Jesse Whitaker is putting up his replica TARDIS for sale.

It won’t be cheap: it’ll cost you $5000 (marked down from the original $7000) — but he’ll take the best offer he gets. Whitaker says that he made it himself, but can’t store it any longer. This particular prop can be broken down for storage, and can also light up and make sounds from the show.

I’ve seen this prop in person over the years: Whitaker brought it to Vermont Comic Con a couple of times, and it’s an impressive, accurate-looking build.

Seven Days reviews Katherine Arden, F. Brett Cox

Seven Days’ Margot Harrison reviewed two topical books in the latest issue of the newspaper: Katherine Arden’s YA novel Small Spaces and F. Brett Cox’s The End of All Our Exploring.

On Arden’s part, she notes that the book is “sure to creep out younger ones as she deftly balances the scares with the heartfelt feels,” and that it’s the “perfect read for any kid who comes home from the corn maze thoroughly unnerved by the dry rustle of wind through the stalks — and then asks for a scary story.”

When it comes to Cox’s book of short stories, she says that “while his characters explore many strange and forbidden realms, he never ceases to remind us that the human mind is the strangest one of all.”

Read the entire review here.

Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium

This Friday and Saturday: there’ll be a Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival & Symposium taking place at UVM, put on by the Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, and the Vermont Folklife Center.

Guests will include Stephen R. Bissette, Jon Chad, Glynnis Fawkes, Julia Gfrörer, James Kochalka, Rachel Lindsay, Eric Shanower, Rob Walton, Craig Yoe, and others. There’ll also be a pair of keynote presentations by Jaime Hernandez and Julian Chambliss on October 26th and 27th, respectively.

Details.