Here’s where you can see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse early

There’s a new Spider-Man film coming this week: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Unlike the past six Spider-Man films, this one isn’t focused on Peter Parker, but Miles Morales, an alternate version of the character. This film is also animated, isn’t part of the MCU, and pulls in a bunch of other Spider-man-type characters. It looks fantastic, and a bunch of theaters are showing it early this week. 

Here’s where you can see the movie early, on Thursday, December 13th: 

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 5:30PM and 8:15PM (3D).
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 6:40PM and 9:20PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 5:00PM and 7:40PM. 
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 5:00PM and 7:30PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 5:00PM and 7:30PM.

Here’s where you can see it on Friday, December 14th: 

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington.
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 
  •  Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 
  • Bijou 4, Morrisville. 

Montshire Museum of Science launches new space exhibit in 2019

The Montshire  Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont is setting up a new exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings: Destination: Space!

The exhibit will be made up of three main components: Sun, Earth, Universe, which will contain interactive exhibits about our solar system and universe. Planetary Landscapes is a, exhibit of works by artist Ned Kahn “designed to explore, in constantly varying patterns, the dynamic forces that shape our solar system.” Finally, One Giant Leap: The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary will be all about the technology used to land people on the moon. 

The exhibit is part of a partnership with NASA, and will open on January 12th, 2019. 

Champlain Games Festival 2019 date announced

The organizers behind the Champlain Games Festival have announced their next show: April 13th, 2019 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. 

This year’s show focused on local game development and gamers, and next year’s will likely be the same, although they haven’t announced any details or programming yet. Stay tuned. 

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: