August 22nd, 2011

Admiral Ackbar

The Geek-Fu is strong with Portland

This won't be written with flair, except accidentally: it'sa catch-up entry. I've been busy being a geek, and Portland's a good place to be that. Let's sum up my weekend:

Throughout the weekend, I've been marathoning Series 4 of Doctor Who (episodes like "The Doctor's Daughter" and "Silence in the Library"). More and more, I'm Getting It. This can be fun, compelling stuff. I'm marathoning because I want to finish the Series 4 DVD set by Tuesday night to give it back to my friend Kris.

Friday I learned that the great crew with Atomic Arts, the Trek in the Park guys, will be part of a Portlandia sketch. Adam Rosko, grand poohbah/Captain Kirk of the crew, made sure to point out that the sketch won't make fun of Trek in the Park; it'll be set at a Trek in the Park performance. Watch for that early next year.

Saturday wound up being a good day to stay inside and watch more Doctor Who. I didn't even realize it was hot until the afternoon, and people on Twitter were venting about the heat. Forewarned and forearmed, I went out in the heat finally that day and went to "Can't Stop the Serenity," the annual charity screening of Serenity held in Portland and in dozens of other cities worldwide. The Portland event was back at the Hollywood Theatre, probably my personal favorite so far of the venues that have hosted "Can't Stop the Serenity" since Portlanders (particularly the man known as The One True Bix) created the event six years ago. Good film, good pre-film entertainment (the hilarious and harsh Joss Whedon musical supervillain saga Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), good near-sellout crowd and good volunteers, some of whom I visited with in the lobby late in the event. Nefore the screening was a gathering at the Hollywood Things From Anothr World; after the screening was a hilarious gathering at the Moon and Sixpence, a pub up the street.

Sunday (Sunday! Sunday!), after more Who, was my last Geek Portland event of the weekend, the final Trek in the Park performance of the year. They encored their performance of "Mirror, Mirror"; this was followed by a Star Trek-themed clip show (I don't have the time at the moment to dig up the links, but I'll do that later) curated by Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts, and that was followed by a 35mm print screening of the hilarious Star Trek homage Galaxy Quest (1999). I'd forgotten how manic a film that is. I hadn't forgotten that it's hilarious.

More to come, once I have more time to write. These Who episodes won't watch themselves...