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This weekend was supposed to be a weekend of super crazy geeky good times for me but only turned into a weekend of super geeky good times.

Sadly, the not-so-glamorous side of singing with a band is the very late nights. We are our own roadies so, once we finish playing, our night is far from over. My Friday night gig killed my ability to roll out of bed in time to make it to the Geek Bar event at the Museum of Science & Industry.  I was really disappointed. However, I had tickets for Can’t Stop The Serenity 2013 that night and there was no way I was going to miss that!

CSTS 2013

Can’t Stop The Serenity is an annual event that supports Equality Now, a charity very close to Joss Whedon’s heart. This year, the Chicagoland Browncoats were also giving part of the proceeds to a local organization called House of the Good Shepherd, which provides help for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

This year’s Chicago Can’t Stop The Serenity event was held up in Waukegan. For those not from ’round these parts, Waukegan is a haul for most folks in the Chicago area (it’s only 12 miles from the Wisconsin border). When you live in city-proper, it’s either a very long drive or a very long Metra trip (our suburbs-to-downtown train system). We decided to go the Metra route & meet up with friends partway.

I don’t know why but the world just always seems more interesting when viewed out of a train car window.


–“Metra….the way to really fly… when you don’t have a Firefly class ship!”–

The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan is one of those gorgeous old theatres built in the early 20th century and lovingly restored. I had been there once before for a concert and was looking forward to seeing it again. They were very generous in letting the Chicagoland Browncoats use their space so if you get a chance to go see a show there, please do. A great upcoming event to check out is the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival in October. (Waukegan is Ray Bradbury’s hometown).

I wish I’d remembered to snap more pictures once I got inside the theatre but I did get this awesome marquee shot!


This year’s Can’t Stop The Serenity event included Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog as well as a viewing of Serenity. Few things will provide you more validation as a Whedonite than a theatre full of fellow fans singing along to Dr. Horrible and giggling at every bit of witty Whedon-y banter with you. And to top it all off, one of the organizers managed to get Summer Glau to film a very special message just for the Chicagoland Browncoats to play before the viewing. Hootin’ ‘n’ hollerin’ ensued in a good way. 🙂

The event also included a costume contest and really great silent auction. I pretty well epic failed on getting pictures of the costume contest but there was one fabulous River, an adorable little girl dressed up like Kaylee, a couple awesome kids dressed like Reavers, and a girl who really rocked her Jayne costume complete with facial hair. The silent auction included lots of fantastic autographed items as well as plenty of Whedonite-friendly stuff with a wide range of prices so, even if you only had a $1 in your pocket, you could walk away with something and give to charity.

We were wandering around looking at silent auction stuff when I had the following conversation with a friend:

Friend – “Did you see the romance novel looking poster of…”
Me – “Ohmigosh! Wil Wheaton & Felicia Day!?! WHERE?!”

It was autographed by Wil Wheaton and there was a measly $10 bid on it. By the time the silent auction had ended I had been out bid twice and it was on the live auction block. When I got a bit squeamish in the live auction bidding, all of a sudden my husband’s hand shot up into the air (the things he does for love).

So…. we now own this:

CSTS 5It’s utterly ridiculous and I have no idea where we’re going to hang this thing in our house. Besides, it’s missing Felicia Day’s signature and we can’t have that! So I guess I have a new mission – acquire Felicia’s signature on my ridiculously great poster.

Needless to say, people ponied up some good money for some great items in the name of charity and that’s always awesome.

In the end, everyone left the theatre smiling. A good chunk of money was raised for very worthy causes. A favorite movie was watched on a big screen. Our collective love for our Big Damn Heroes was reveled in for many hours.

And we didn’t even misbehave…. too much.

I hope I have the night free next year and look forward to seeing what other events the Chicagoland Browncoats host.

UPDATE: One of the organizers has a great photo album on Facebook of pictures: http://on.fb.me/16xCGh4


What awesome causes make you open up your wallet?