Friday Quick Updates: Julia Elliott tonight, The Caroling Dead opens this weekend, A Browncoat Christmas on Sunday, three readings from Fred Chappell, crowdfunding roundup, and more

Friday, December 5, 2014: Readings, dark holiday comedy, and more await you, oh Triangle-area reader, starting tonight with multiple “Best Books of the Year” listee Julia Elliott at Durhams Regulator Bookshop at 7 pm for her collection The Wilds. If you missed her conversation with Bill Verner for bullspec.com’s “Coming to Town” series, here’s a pull-quote from one of Bill’s questions: “medically induced human molting or lovelorn robots”. I’m looking forward to it.

Starting tomorrow and running every Saturday through January, DSI Comedy Theater presents The Caroling Dead, “an original Sketch Comedy Revue inspired by the holidays and local news …and zombies (and more). What if Santa were quarantined? What if Cracker Barrel wasn’t safe? What if the police raided an Adam & Eve warehouse? What if UNC mismanaged another scandal? Well, come see the show and find out.”

Photo of The Caroling Dead

Sunday night at 8 pm, “It’s time for our [Raleigh NC Browncoats] annual”ish” Christmas screening of SERENITY at the awesome Colony Theatre! We are so happy to return again this year. Tickets are only $5. Our BiG Damn Movie will be shown in DCP Digital format! Doors are at 7:00. Movie at 8:00 on Sunday December 7th. Please come and enjoy the comfy lounge and enjoy a beer, wine, soda or soft drink before the movie if you can. No advance tickets to this event. Just $5 at the door. Please do bring cashy money as the theatre does not take cards. Hope to see you there!”

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Then it’s time to roll out the welcome carpet across the Triangle for three local readings from living North Carolina legend Fred Chappell, as he brings his new book of poems, “Familiars”, to town. (Look for a “Coming to Town” interview on Monday, from Warren Rochelle!) He’ll be at at Quail Ridge Books on Wednesday, December 10, Flyleaf Books on Thursday, December 11, and The Regulator on Tuesday, December 16.

SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP

There are 4 hours to go in Common Ground Theatre’s Kickstarter for The Caretaker by Harold Pinter, which will show in the first half of January.

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter's video poster

Much longer to go (32 days) but fully funded in its first hours is Deluxe Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition which (heavily!) involves Durham author Richard Dansky as editor, and recently added Durham author Michael G. Williams as a contributor. At over $136,000 raised as of this writing, they’re chugging well into their “stretch goal” tiers:

Deluxe Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition's video poster

There’s more to talk about (new books, upcoming Kickstarters, illogiCon) but that’s all I have time for today. I guess that’s why I call them “quick” updates…

UPCOMING EVENTS, DECEMBER 2014

5 (Friday) 7 pm — The Regulator hosts Julia Elliott–The Wilds, her genre-bending collection from Tin House. “At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird grandmother.”

6 (Saturday) 8:30 pm — Running every Saturday through January, DSI Comedy Theater presents The Caroling Dead, “an original Sketch Comedy Revue inspired by the holidays and local news …and zombies (and more). What if Santa were quarantined? What if Cracker Barrel wasn’t safe? What if the police raided an Adam & Eve warehouse? What if UNC mismanaged another scandal? Well, come see the show and find out.”

7 (Sunday) 8 pm — “It’s time for our [Raleigh NC Browncoats] annual”ish” Christmas screening of SERENITY at the awesome Colony Theatre! We are so happy to return again this year. Tickets are only $5. Our BiG Damn Movie will be shown in DCP Digital format! Doors are at 7:00. Movie at 8:00 on Sunday December 7th. Please come and enjoy the comfy lounge and enjoy a beer, wine, soda or soft drink before the movie if you can. No advance tickets to this event. Just $5 at the door. Please do bring cashy money as the theatre does not take cards. Hope to see you there!

10 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Fred Chappell – ‘Familiars: Poems’. “Solitary, graceful, and contemplative, cats have inspired poets from Charles Baudelaire to Margaret Atwood to serve as their chroniclers and celebrants. They have appeared, wrapped in their inscrutability, in verse both sensual and spiritual, weary and whimsical. With Familiars, Fred Chappell proves himself a worthy addition to the fellowship of poets who have sought to immortalize their beloved cats.”

11 (Thursday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Series & Open Mic, featuring Fred Chappell and Pat Riviere-Seel. “Featured readers will each read for approximately 20 minutes and, after a short break for the readers to sign books, there will be an open poetry mic. Please sign up to read no later than 6:45 pm. Each open mic reader will be limited to no more than a page of poetry. An informal get-together before the reading will begin around 6:00pm next door at Foster’s Market. Come join us for an hour of conversation.”

16 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts Fred Chappell, “Familiars”. (See above for more book info!)

31 – THE CLOCKWORK BALL: A Steampunk Masquerade at the Haw River Ballroom: “Attention Pilots of Airships and their Crews, Mad Scientists, Explorers of the Unknown, Admirers of Verbosity, Respecters of the Strange, Those Lost in the Throes of Opium or Absinthe, Teetotalers, Scallywags, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dandies, Fops, and Urchins… Our next event will be on NEW YEAR’S EVE: Wednesday December 31st, 2014. Hosted by that darling DJ duo – Emmett Davenport & Lady Nikolai Attercop (both of The Clockwork Cabaret). Jazz, Blues, Swing, Dark Cabaret, Gypsy Punk, Gypsy Jazz & Dance music from times gone by or times that never were. Doors at 8pm; Music begins at 9pm. Admission: All Ages; $10 in advance/$12 at door. Appropriate Attire is Encouraged, but never required.”

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