Programming: Staff Picks

Among the dozens of panels, on uncounted subjects, our staff has some favorites. Here are their top picks from all the hard work -- you won't want to miss them. Don't see your thing? See the entire schedule..

Dance: Contra Dance

Two contra dances at Arisia!

Both contra dances are called by Kristin Seibert and all dances will be taught - so come even if you are an absolute beginner. And both dances will have live music. We'll have the eclectic sound of Einstein's Little Homunculus on Friday and a lively pick-up band led by Marnen Laibow-Koser on Saturnday

Video Game Tournaments

Game Underground located in Framingham Ma and run by James York is going to running the Video Game Room again at this year's Arisia! Games rated E to M Check out our tournament schedule below! All events are free to enter! Come have fun!
Sign up sheet will be located at the gaming room
Featured systems include:

XBOX ONE, PS4, Wii U, NES, SNES, N64, XBOX 360, PS3 and more! See the complete schedule.


4:00pm Mortal Kombat
6:00pm Injustice
8:00pm Tetris
9:00pm 3DS Street Pass Meetup


Featured Music Track Offerings

A reprise of the Doom, Gloom & Despondency Song Contest: Sign up to
enter with your best and funniest depressing song, or just join the
audience. Funerary attire is encouraged.

A new game show: Silly Song Smackdown. Sign up to join Team Lehrer,
Team Yankovic, or Team Sherman, or just join the audience.

Singing in the Pool -- Bring your swimsuit! The acoustics are splendid, we hear.

Silent Movie: Hunchback of Notre Dame

Our silent movie tradition returns! This year, Friday at 10 pm Arisia Films will present The Hunchback of Notre Dame , in an early adaptation from Universal Studios. Lon Cheney Sr. plays the title role. The film will be accompanied by our live organist, Jeff Rapsis, who will give a short talk about it in advance.

See the rest of the film program as well!

Matthew Ebel Concert

Matthew is a piano rocker from Boston MA. He has been playing the piano since age 5, discovered electronic music at 12, and made it his career in 1999. He has played at the Grand Ole Opry, been quoted in Rolling Stone. He has been playing piano rock full-time since 2007. Some of his songs include Goodbye Dexter Peterson, Beer and Coffee, and Goodbye Planet Earth - See more at: http://matthewebel.com/welcome/#sthash.Nl0tei54.dpuf His concert is Sat Jan 18th at 10pm. See the preview video below:

25th Arisia Party

We think 25 Arisias is something to celebrated and we're inviting all to celebrate with us. Mingle with your fellow con-goers and the GOHs, congratulate those who have been to all 25 Arisias so far, and let's have a good time.

Our 25th Arisia party will be on Friday night; see the schedule when published for details.

Films Preliminary Listing

The films shown at Arisia 2014 will include:
  • Pacific Rim
  • Robot and Frank
  • Dead Snow
  • Sleeper
  • In Like Flint
  • The Cat From Outer Space

The silent movie will be "Hunchback of Notre Dame".

See the publications pages, when they are available, for the full schedule. In the meantime you can peruse the the preliminary schedule below.



Friday Afternoon

Sleeper {4:00pm}

Renaissance Dance

Come dance with the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) at a Renaissance
Ball on Sunday afternoon! 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.

Carl Brandon Awards

Arisia is proud to host the Carl Brandon Awards once again. This ceremony is giving awards to books published in 2011.

The winners of the 2011 Carl Brandon Society awards are Tenea D.Johnson, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novel Smoketown, and Andrea Hairston, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for her novel Redwood and Wildfire. Congratulations to the winners!

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