Geek Things for June 13th, 2017

Books

  • Garrett Graff Reading: Raven Rock, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. 7:00pm.
  • Summer Book Sale. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. 10 am-8 pm.

Film

Knights of the Mystic Movie Club,Main Street Museum, White River Junction. 8:30 pm.

Gaming

  • Magic the Gathering for Teens/Tweens, Turner Toys & Hobbies Essex Outlets, Essex. 4pm – 6pm.
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm
    The Lobby Restaurant Game Night, The Lobby, Middlebury. 4pm – 10pm.
  • MTG – Challenge of Bolas (Standard), Quarterstaff Games, Burlington, 7pm – 11pm.
  • Board Gaming – Open Tables, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. 5pm – 11pm
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
  • Kids
    More Fun to DIY, YA Room, Aldrich Library, Barre. 6pm – 7pm.

Science

  • Butterflies, Live Exhibit, Echo Center, Burlington. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • “Your Evening Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury. 3:30pm – 4:00pm.
  • Vermont Astronomical Society Concert Series, Castleton University, Castleton. 7:00pm.
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. 11 am, 1 & 3:30 pm. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • Nestlings Find Nature. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington. 10:30-11:30 am.
  • ‘Sonic Sea’. Oakes Hall, Room 007, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 7 p.m.

 

 

Geek Things for June 12th, 2017

Books

  • Summer Book Sale, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. 10 am-8 pm

Gaming

  • MTG – Casual Gaming. Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. 5pm – 10pm.
  • Guild Ball. Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • Frostgrave, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • Magic: The Gathering — Monday Night Modern. Brap’s Magic, Burlington. 6:30-10 pm. $8.

Kids

  • ‘Meerkats 3D’. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. 11 am, 1 & 3:30 pm
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. 12 & 2:30 pm.

Science

  • “Your Evening Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury, 3:30pm – 4:00pm.

Tech

  • Tech Help With Clif. Brownell Library in Essex Junction. 12 & 1 pm.

Vermont is getting a horror convention

Vermont is getting *another* convention. Moulton Conventions, which is responsible for Vermont Comic Con and Green Mountain Comic Expo, is adding a new show to their roster: VT Horror.

The company launched a Facebook page and website for the event, which will take place at the Barre Civic Center at some point — the site only says that it’s coming soon. The organizers have been working to narrow in on several genre-specific shows this year. It’s a huge change for the state, which has seen an explosion in similar events in recent years.

At this point, we can’t help but wonder if the company is over-leveraging itself when it comes to putting together “geek” style events: it seems as though these shows will be coming quarterly, which gives plenty of options for fans, but will leave people fatigued after a while. The novelty of Vermont Comic Con certainly feels as though it’s worn off, but an impending move to Barre might change that up a bit.

Early screenings for The Mummy


Universal Studios is releasing its remake of The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise. The studio has high hopes for this film: it’s the first of a new cinematic universe featuring the studio’s classic monsters.

Here’s where you can see it early, tonight:

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:05PM (3D), 8:00PM (2D), 9:25PM (2D).
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 7:00PM.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00PM (3D).
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:05PM,  9:45PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00PM.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00PM.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:05PM (3D), 9:25PM (2D)

Opening on Friday, June 9th:

  • Paramount Theatre, Barre.
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro.
  • Playhouse Cooperative, Randolph.
  • Stowe Cinema 3Plex, Stowe.
  • Sunset Drive-in, Colchester.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.

Geek Things for June 8th, 2017

Arts

  • Into The Woods, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier. 7:30PM.

Books

  • John Grisham and Jodi Picoult, Northshire Books, Manchester Center. 1:00-6:00PM. [SOLD OUT]
  • Summer Book Sale, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.10AM-8PM.

Gaming

  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 6:00PM.
  • COMMANDER MTG, Tinker & Smithy Game Store, Middlebury. 6:00PM.
  • WMH – Privateer Press Open Tables, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. 5pm – 11pm.
  • Chittenden County Chess Club, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. 7PM
  • Pokémon League, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. 5-8PM.

Kids

  • Making Slime,  Brownell Library, Essex Junction. 3-4PM.
  • Lego Club, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester.4-5PM.

Random

  • Guided Tours, Justin Morrill Homestead, Strafford. $6; free for kids 14 and under. 11AM-5PM.
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, North End Studio A, Burlington (map). $10. 6-7PM.

Science

  • “Your Evening Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury. 3:30–4:00PM.
  • 4th Annual Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Campus, Middlebury College, Middlebury. 9-9:30AM.
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. 11AM, 1 & 3:30PM
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain inBurlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. 12 & 2:30PM

Talks

  • Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series “Human Rights and the Environment in the E.U.: The Evolution of a Right to Environmental Protection.” Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. 12-1PM

Tech

  • Tech Support, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury.5:30-7PM.

Katherine Arden sells middle-grade novel

The Bear and the Nightingale author Katherine Arden has her second novel, The Girl in the Tower hitting stores later this year, but word has just come down that she’s sold a new, Middle Grade novel to Putnam.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, it’ll be called Small Spaces, described as Stranger Things meets The Walking Dead. Color us interested:

In a world-rights deal, adult author Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale) sold her middle grade debut to G.P. Putnam & Sons for Young Readers’ Stacey Barney. Putnam described the book, called Small Spaces, as Stranger Things meets The Walking Dead. About a girl who, along with her classmates, is forced to venture into an alternate world after their school bus breaks down, Small Spaces, the publisher said, brings to life a place “where scarecrows are alive and deadly, and ghost stories are true.” Arden was represented by Paul Lucas at Janklow & Nesbit.

Geek Things for June 7th, 2017

We’re bringing back Geek Things, a daily feature where we round up the various geek-related events happening around the state of Vermont. Here’s what’s coming up:

Books

  • Book Sale, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. 3-7PM.
  • Book Sale, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. 10AM-8PM.

Gaming

  • D&D Encounters, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 6-9PM.
  • Pokemon League, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. 3-6PM.
  • Afterschool at The Frozen Ogre, The Frozen Ogre, St. Albans. 4PM.
  • Board Game Night, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. 5-10PM.
  • Miniature Painting Night, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. 6-8PM.
  • MTG – AKH Booster Draft, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. 7-11PM.

Kids

  • Lego Club, Aldrich Library, Barre. 4PM.
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’ Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. 1 & 3:30PM.
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 12 & 2:30PM.

Science

  • “Your Evening Sky”, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury. 3:30PM – 4:00PM
  • 4th Annual Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College, Breadloaf Campus. 9-9:30PM.

Talks

  • Art Out of the Archives, Vermont State Archive, Middlesex. 5-6PM.
  • ‘Underwater Archaeology: The Basin Harbor Project’, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes. 6-7:30PM

Tech

  • Tech Help With Clif, Brownell Library, Essex. 12 & 1PM

Phoenix Books in Essex is relocating

Phoenix Books in Essex is about to upgrade to a new location. According to the store, the company is relocating in July to Carmichael Street in Essex, just outside of the Outlets.

The new location will give employees more space for additional books and shipping spaces, and the company is looking into the possibility of selling used books.

Michael “DeSanto adds that, since the business has expanded (and he does not rule out the possibility of adding additional stores in the future), the Essex location needs more office, shipping and receiving and storage spaces, which the larger location will provide. The additional space will also allow Phoenix Books Essex to increase inventory, expand bargain book offerings, explore the possibility of selling used books and better serve the community through partnerships with schools, offsite events and other local organizations.”

The café in the present location won’t follow the store, but the owners note that there is several offerings next door to make up for it.

“Every so often,” says DeSanto, “a bookstore, or any business, must reinvent itself by rising up from the ashes of its older self to emerge as a newer, more modern and improved version of the original. So Phoenix will do over the summer of 2017.”

Catherynne M. Valente signing at Phoenix Books


Science fiction and fantasy author Catherynne M. Valente will be stopping by Phoenix Books in Burlington later this month, to promote her new book, The Refrigerator Monologues.

Valente has earned Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy award nominations, and has written a number of well-acclaimed novels, such as her Fairyland series, Radiance, Deathless, and others. Her latest novel, The Refrigerator Monologues, is a take on the women in superhero comics:

The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

The event will take place on June 28th at 7:00PM. Tickets are $3, and proceeds will go to the Vermont Food Bank.