Four days of panels, mayhem and fun are nearly over, but Saturday’s Star Trek fanfic erotica live staged reading was one for the ages, with brave audience volunteers reading smutty tales of Trek love gone wrong (or very, very right), Kerry Lengel of AZCentral called it one of the convention’s high points—check out the review at the link. Sunday’s panel on cautionary tales concludes our weekend—one of our fave con experiences ever. Hope to see you again soon.
Cait Brennan has known writer and musician Tom Reardon since they were 13. So when Tom approached Cait for a profile in the June issue of Echo Magazine, she opened up for an unvarnished, no holds barred interview between friends, about music, transgender issues, her ongoing struggle with Parkinson’s disease, and a lot more—covering ground she’s never before shared publicly. “Our discussion was both humbling and illuminating, but it was also something more. It was raw and honest, and I’ve never been prouder of being her friend than I am now,” Reardon writes in the introduction. A must-read:: check out the full interview here.
Tale Wars: Villainous Void (rated PG) Thursday 4:30-5:30pm 125AB Evil witches. Power-hungry wizards. Narcissists. The bad guys. What good is the heroine or hero without an evil counterpart to thwart their happiness? Yet our most beloved villains didn't exist in the original stories. How can good triumph over evil when there is no evil? We'll look at how these stories captured our interest without their iconic villains
Mythic Women: Love is a Battlefield (rated R ) Thursday 7:30-8:30 125AB All's fair in love and war, and these mythic women have no trouble going to war over love. Forget polite verbal snipes or even hair-pulling; these aren't your Hallmark Rom-coms. Mythic women throw down with goddess-level trash-talk and fight dirty, including schemes to steal the object of their desire from their rivals, even against family, and there will be collateral damage.
Folking Myths And the Questions of Doom (rated PG) Friday 3:00-4:00 125AB What is folklore? Mythology? (F&M) What's the difference between a tale and a legend? How can I use F&M in my own projects? Join experts of Folking Myths Understood as we use fandom and pop culture to explore and wrestle with these surprisingly complex questions. Obtain resources that help you find, understand, and use F&M. Ask your tough F&M questions and warp your minds with the answers.
Through Tales Darkly: Dys-folk-tional Families (rated R) Friday 7:30-8:30pm 132ABC The step-family are not the only wicked ones. Today's awkward family relations have nothing on these tales of warped family values. We'll look at familiar and unknown tales where nothing is off-limits. See family members feud, abandon, revenge, and much worse on one another, sometimes for no reason.
Horga'hn Failure: A Live Staged Reading Of Star Trek: Erotic Fan Fiction (rated NC17) Saturday 7:30-8:30pm 230 You come seeking jamaharon? Warp cores will be superheating at this humorous life staged reading of great moments from Star Trek: The Next Generation fan fiction. Whether it’s Picard and Beverly, Deanna and Will, Geordi and Data, or Chief O’Brien and the transporter console, they don’t call this cruise a star ‘ship for nothing. Our crew will join bold volunteers as we take the franchise where no one has gone before. Cautionary Tales (rated PG13) Sunday 3:00-4:00 126ABC From bog monsters and big bad wolves to tragic calamities that befall the careless, cautionary tales teach children (and adults) the dangers of wandering alone in the woods, playing with matches, or picking your nose. Discover tales of creatures that lurk in dangerous places, the risks of violating social taboos, and the perils of taking ourselves too seriously. From ancient myths to the works of authors like Edward Gorey, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Neil Gaiman, from Goofus and Gallant to “moral panic” films like the original Reefer Madness, our team of panelists explain how stories help us navigate the real and imaginary terrors of the world around us.
"Home is wherever you are," Cait sings on her new single, a track from longtime musical co-conspirator Fernando Perdomo's new album Fernando Perdomo Has Lost His Voice. The album features Fernando's songs sung by Cait, Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense), Linda Perhacs, Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd) and dozens of others. "This is one of my favorite songs, and one of my favorite things I've ever done," Cait said. Listen to the single and check out more of the album here.
Cait's in Billboard magazine this week talking with writer Ron Hart about the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Small Faces album Ogdens Nut Gone Flake. "Crazily psychedelic, irresistibly tuneful and sometimes completely hilarious," she says. "I've always loved the music hall aspects of the record in particular. That combo of soul, psych, music hall and rock has been a huge inspiration and influence on my own work, especially on my album Third. Marriott's vocals are so fantastic on this record, '60s British soul at its finest. I love the entire record, but side two is absolute magic. It's a cockney fairy tale, a psych-soul spiritual predecessor of Harry Nilsson's The Point." Read more of Cait's thoughts on the record, alongside several of her musical favorites, here.
Los Angeles' own International Pop Overthrow festival celebrates its 21st year in 2018, and Cait has marked the occasion by contributing her first-ever track to the annual IPO compilation album. Produced and performed entirely by Cait and her sonic soulmate Fernando Perdomo, "Miss Valentine" first came to life in Memphis at Ardent Studios during the sessions for Cait's 2017 long-player Third, but wasn't completed until May of 2018, during the sessions for Cait's upcoming new album. This exclusive-to-IPO mix will be available via Omnivore Recordings and at all LA IPO shows this year, so don't miss out! (Cait plays IPO on July 27 at Fais Do-Do!)