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January 16-19, 2015

Music, Dance, & Theater

There are many Dances and Dance Lessons, live Concerts, and Theater Performances at ARISIA, as well as smaller Music/Filk sing-alongs.

Dances & Dance Lessons:

Contra Dance - Beginner-friendly, traditional New England style contra dances, called by Kristin Seibert with live music by JAM. All welcome!  Friday 7:30pm, Commonwealth ABC, 2:00 hrs.

Techno Contra - Beginner-friendly, traditional New England style contra dances, but with a modern twist! Calling by Kristin Seibert with live music by JAM. All welcome.  Friday 10:00 pm, Commonwealth ABC, 2:00 hrs.

Drum and Dance at ARISIA -
This is an open Drum Circle. All are welcome—if you have a drum, please bring it. You don't need a drum to dance or enjoy the ambiance, but if you have one, don't forget to pack it. You can also bring zills, tambourines, and any non-amplified instruments. Yes, kids are welcome, but this is not babysitting, so please do not leave children unattended.  Friday 10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom A, 3:00 hrs.

Club Dance - The party is on! Come and get on the dance floor! Move your body to a high-energy mix of electro, goth, industrial, pop, provided by local DJ crew Rabbit RevolutionSaturday (late Friday night) 12:00 midnight, Commonwealth ABC, 4:00 hrs.

Belly Dance Class - Crash course in the art of bellydance! We will cover stretching for dance, basic posture, hip and chest movements, snake arms and shimmies. No experience required! Please wear comfortable clothing; water bottle also recommended.  Organized by Samara(Saturday and Sunday, both at 11:30 a.m., Commonwealth Ballroom ABC, 1:00 hr.)

SCA/Renaissance Dance - Come dance with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) at a Renaissance Ball! We will be doing many types of dances, from the formal and elegant to the bouncy and energetic. No experience or partner necessary. All dances will be taught, so everyone will be able to join in the fun! Live music will be provided by the world famous Waytes of Carolingia. Medieval or Renaissance garb is welcome if you have some (and will certainly add to the atmosphere) but not required.  Saturday 2:30 pm, Commonwealth ABC, 2:00 hrs.

Swing Dancing Lessons - Join instructor Julie Kaufmann for an hour of swing dancing. Even if you don't know how, this is still the place to be! Julie will teach you the basics to get you going; if you already know how, she'll show you a cool new move (or two). Dance to music from the 40's to the 14's. No partner needed. Saturday 4:30 pm, Commonwealth ABC, 1:00 hr.

Fairy Tales Ball - Fairy tales have come completely up to date. Nowadays Disney princesses are more likely to morph into superheroes than to wait for their prince. From *Grimm* to *Once Upon a Time*, fairy tale characters live modern day lives. One thing we can be sure of, everyone will turn out in their fairy tale best to dance at the ball. Join us in romantic waltzes and fun contra dances. Dances will be taught.  Saturday 7:30 pm, Commonwealth ABC, 3:00 hrs.

Club Dance - Knowhere - Join DJs Dirge and Xero as they provide the soundtrack for all of your intergalactic adventures. Are you prepared to dance-off against the most powerful villains in the verse? The party don't stop until the last person drops so be prepared to dance until the break of dawn. "If anyone asks where the party is, tell them KNOWHERE!" Saturday 11:30 pm, Commonwealth ABC, 5:00 hrs.

Victorian Era Afternoon Dance - From New England inventors to Queen Victoria herself, everyone loved a good dance. Join us as we enjoy lively music, good company, and a bit of time travelling to a world of romance and fun. Quadrilles, contra dances, waltz, and polka will be taught.  Sunday 3:00 pm, Commonwealth ABC, 1:30 min.


The Wandering Cellist Plays ARISIA - The Wandering Cellist fuses her classical training with her love of heavy metal, fantasy, film & folk music. Building layers of cello on top of each other, she creates a world simultaneously dark, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic & breathtaking. She will wander through the public areas over the weekend and entertain you at various times and locations. *FREE* album download  (Hotel Lobby/Registration at 6:00pm Friday, and other Public Spaces throughout the weekend)

Matthew Ebel, Piano Rocker - Piano-rocker Matthew Ebel returns to Arisia's Main Stage for a sci-fi adventure concert on Friday night. This year you're invited to join him for 90 minutes (or potentially a life sentence) as an inmate of the notorious Fortran Prison: the galaxy's most inescapable (and glitch-ridden) fully-automated incarceration facility. With the help of his robots and audience members, he might be able to stage a jailbreak by the end of the concert. Or he might get vaporized. Come to the show and find out! *FREE* album download  (Friday 9:30 pm, Grand Ballroom B, 1:30 min.)

Psyche Corporation - Paranoid Concert - Bring-your-own-conspiracy-theory and gather round to listen to cyberpunk songs with actual secret messages embedded in them, from Morse Code, to poliovirus DNA, to barcoded telephone numbers of high-end courtesans. Rest assured that all songs can be enjoyed even in the absence of paranoid ideation; just let the alternative electrorock world music sound in, and ignore the subliminal messages. Unlock a *FREE* music download.  music video.  (Friday 10:30 pm, Grand Ballroom DE, 1:00 hr.)

Angry Ginger *Love In Hell* Concert - Come join Angry Ginger for an intimate acoustic rendition of their hard-hitting album *Love in Hell* as showcased on PIXY 103, including 'Sandra's Song,' written to raise awareness of domestic violence. A songwriting rock duo from Southeastern Mass with a popular local following, Angry Ginger released their debut album in December 2014.  *FREE* music download  (Saturday 2:30 pm, Grand Ballroom DE, 1:00 hr.)

Sailor Moon-Inspired Concert - Join Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet for a musical set celebrating everyone's favorite magical girl, Sailor Moon! The ensemble will perform the contents of Mary's new Sailor Moon-inspired EP "Now The Spell Is Broken", as well as theme songs and instrumental music from the series specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. In the name of the moon, they will rock you!  Listen HERE.  (Saturday 4:30pm, Grand Ballroom DE, 1:00 hr.)

Brighter Than A Thousand Suns Concert - The intelligent alternative rock sound of Brighter Than a Thousand Suns is as refreshing as it is satisfying. Formerly known as Self Made Soul, the band has had a prolific recording career including 2011’s *Survival Machines*. The Milford, CT trio includes husband and wife team Angelika and Randy Roswell, and drummer Andre Tangredi. The group has shared the stages with acts such as Saosin and Versa, and has graced the pages of *Alternative Press* magazine. Listen HERE..  (Saturday 6:30 pm, Grand Ballroom DE, 1:00 hr.)

Psyche Corporation - Cyberpunk Concert - Cyberpunk Fairytale Storytime Music with Psyche Corporation. Bring your own tea (or tea substitute) and gather round to listen to cyberpunk tales of downloadable dreams laid out in musical form by Psyche Corporation, a cello-guitar-vocal trio fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model and programmer who produces both original and filk works, such as Perl-Operated Boy. Unlock a *FREE* music download.  Watch a music video.  (Sunday 1:00 pm, Grand Ballroom DE, 1:00 hr.)

Theater & On-Stage Performances:

Mrs. Hawking: A Steampunk Play by Phoebe Roberts - London, 1880—When Mary Stone accepts a job as housemaid to a fierce, brooding society widow, she is drawn into Mrs. Hawking’s heroic crusade as secret champion to society’s downtrodden ladies. Join us for this Victorian action caper, and explore what would happen if Sherlock Holmes were more like a lady Batman. (Friday, 6:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom DE, 2:00 hr.)

Lost Pig Performance - *You* are the player! No, *all of you* are the player! The audience collaborates ("yells commands at the screen") to play Admiral Jota's award-winning interactive fiction game ("you know, like Zork and stuff?") Lost Pig with live voice acting for every part. Only you can help Gronk, a simple farm orc, bring home the bacon!  (Friday, 7:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom B, 1:30 min.)

Hallucinating Shakespeare - A euphoric spoken word show on the politics of the Plays - stage malfunction, cheap special effects, baseball chatter as iambic pentameter, and what if Romeo had checked his voicemail?  (Friday 8:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom DE, 1:00 hr.)

Rocky Horror - Up Close and In Your Face - It's a love story about a boy, a girl, a scientist, his creation, a maid and butler who are brother and sister, and an unrelated tap dancing groupie. In Facebook terms “it's complicated”, and it's a musical. Come watch the Teseracte Players of Boston free-style shadowcast this 70's cult classic.  (Saturday 12:00 Midnight, Grand Ballroom A, 3:30 hr.)

Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes - Highlights from Ig Nobel prize-winning studies and patents, presented in dramatic mini-readings by luminaries and experts (in some field). The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about the research presented. Answers will be based on the expertise of the presenters, who may have a different expertise than the researchers. NOTE: Some of the presenters will be selected from nominations made in advance by you the fen! Nominate someone here:  (Saturday 12:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom DE, 1:30 hr.)

RKO Army Presents Firefly - Out of Gas - Join the RKO Army in their shadowcast presentation of the "Firefly" episode "Out of Gas"! Episode will be projected on screen as Mal and the crew perform on stage. Can Mal get the compression coil in time to save himself and his dying ship? Will the crew freeze to death, or run out of air first? Find out during this special performance!  (Saturday 4:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom AB, 1:15 hr.)

Belly Dance Show - The belly dancers return again to Arisia! From *Star Trek* to *Firefly,* science fiction has long been entranced by the shimmying undulations of belly dance. Join us as belly dancers explore brave new worlds of geeky belly dance fusion, featuring inventive performances from some of the Milky Way's finest dancers! Organized by Samara  (Saturday 6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom AB, 2:00 hr.)

Best of the Kirk Poland Bad Prose Competition - Featuring All New Material! Readercon’s famously popular audience-participation game show comes to ARISIA after a two-and-half year absence from the conventional space-time continuum. “Kirk Poland” is based on the game of “Fictionary,” but uses genuine, published bad genre prose from authors both well-known and deservedly obscure. Warning: the Sturgeon General has determined that -this- trash is hazardous to your health; i.e., if it hurts to laugh, you’re in big trouble.  (Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom DE, 1:30 hr.)

PMRP Presents Gender-Swapped Space Seed - Join Captain Jane T. Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew in the Post-Meridian Radio Players' latest production: a gender-swapped interpretation of Star Trek: The Original Series episode: Space Seed! In this episode, the crew discovers an ancient spaceship carrying genetically enhanced superhumans from late 20th century Earth, and meets their enigmatic warrior leader: Ms. Khan Noonien Singh. This will be a live "old-time radio" style performance, complete with Foley sound effects!  (Saturday 9:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom AB, 1:00 hr.)

RKO Army Presents: Serenity - Join the RKO Army in their shadowcast presentation of the film Serenity with extended and deleted scenes! With River Tam’s psychic powers emerging, the crew goes on the run from a mysterious, lethal operative of the Alliance. Film will be projected on screen as Mal and the crew perform on stage. This isn't the movie you saw in theaters; it features 15 more minutes of deleted/extended footage! Don’t miss this epic and action packed conclusion to the beloved (and short lived) Firefly series.  (Sunday 12:00 a.m. Midnight., Grand Ballroom AB, 3:30 hr.)

REAL: A One-Act Play - In the near future, retired veteran Leslie uses virtual reality to make a fresh start after a brutal war. How long can he keep going before he is exposed in his new community? “Real” is about how deep relationships can become, even when you are fundamentally lying to people. Produced by Unreliable Narrator. (Sunday 3:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom DE, :30 min.)

The Devil In The Details: A One Act Play - Set in the year 2020, this play is set in a world where reality TV has a sharper edge. Condemned prisoners get to plead their case, and if viewers are entertained by their remarks, the featured criminals get to live longer, 5 minutes at a time. The main characters are an over-the-top announcer, the featured criminal, and a surprise guest at the end. The scene shifts back and forth between the outrageous announcer with his tacky commercials and sarcastic quips, and the deadly serious prisoner.  (Sunday, 3:30 p.m., :15 min.)

The Corporate Bored: A One Act Play - Chairman of the Bored, Ms Lord, and her staff--Gabby (a techy engineer) and Luci (dark-side E&M expert)--are tasked from Above to create a 3-minute universe. Cranking Time back and forth, Gabby's grad students prep the primordial mix and Luci brings the light. There are troubles in Paradise: how many dimensions are required ("Just string it together"), will light work as a particle or a wave? This light-hearted, pun-filled comedy takes a pre-Big Bang look at worlds designed by committee.  (Sunday, 3:45 p.m., Grand Ballroom DE, :15 minutes)

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog - Ever wonder what it would be like if the entire cast was female? So did we. See how our experiment turns out, as the Teseracte Players of Boston free-style shadowcast Joss Whedon's hit Internet musical. Wear your favorite villain costume and join us on stage to close the show with the largest gathering of the Evil League of Evil. Group photo opportunities will follow the show.  (Monday 12:00 a.m. Midnight, Grand Ballroom CDE, 1:00 hr.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling - The next generation of Teseracte Players take on the classic that started the sing-a-long movement. An all-new cast brings their own twist and jokes to Buffy and The Scoobies. Watch as they sing—and dance!—their way in and out of trouble. Always wanted to be in the show? Bring your own “dry cleaning” and join in our interactive Mustard Dance scene!  (Monday 1:00 a.m. wee hours, Grand Ballroom CDE, 1:00 hr.)