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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
10:25 pm
Transcending Boundaries 2010!
We at Transcending Boundaries are pleased to announce that our 2009 conference was a resounding success, and planning for TBC 2010 is underway. The Transcending Boundaries Conference focuses on the bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, intersex and polyamorous communities, as well as others who don't fit society's either/or labels.

Our first planning meeting takes place Wednesday, January 20th at 7 pm in Wethersfield, CT. Anyone interested in helping to plan the conference is welcome to attend; please RSVP to transcendingboundaries@gmail.com for directions. If you're interested in helping but cannot attend the meeting, please contact us as well and let us know your interest. Remember, TBC is a community-based and volunteer-run conference - we need help from all corners of the queer community to make 2010 happen!

Also keep your eyes peeled for more Transcending Boundaries activities besides conference planning! We have a new Board of Directors hoping to bring some of that conference energy back into the community at large.

Hope to see you there!

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
3:40 pm
Transcending Boundaries Conference Last Call for Pre-Registration!
The Transcending Boundaries Conference (TBC) is for bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, intersex and polyamorous people and our allies. TBC is for and about those who do not fit into simple categories, and we couldn't be more excited about our 6th upcoming conference!

Friday, November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, memorializing all those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. AIDS Project Worcester will host a service at 6:30 pm at the All Saints Church, Irving Street, Worcester, MA. Also, Transcending Boundaries and AIDS Project Worcester will host a Day of Remembrance reception following the vigil at the Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester, MA, with refreshments, from 7 - 10 pm, along with an Open Mic from 9 - 11 pm.

Saturday , November 21st, at both the Hilton and DCU Center, we will kick of the day with some great workshops by by Robyn Ochs, Anita Wagner, Gunner Scott and more. We'll stop to have a great Plenary Luncheon with this year's keynote speaker Tristain Taormino. Then more great workshops in the afternoon! Saturday night will include Peterson Toscano's one person play Transfigurations, selected readings by Cecilia Tan, and Happy Hour Burlesque!

Sunday, November 22nd will be an interfaith service and more workshops at the Hilton.

There are a limited number of meals still available for the Plenary Luncheon, but they are going fast! Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Pricing is $80, $60 for students and low income attendees. You can register at http://www.transcendingboundaries.org/registration/. Registrations will be accepted day-of by cash or check only.

Hope to see you there this weekend!
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
9:45 am
Transcending Boundaries Conference Early Registration Ending Soon!
Join us in Worcester, MA this November for the 6th Transcending Boundaries Conference!

On November 20-22, 2009, Transcending Boundaries will hold its sixth conference for bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, intersex, and polyamorous people and our allies. We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be renowned alternative sexualities speaker and educator Tristan Taormino.

This year’s conference will be held at the DCU Center and the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, Massachusetts. We’ll take over their conference facilities to foster community, provide safe space, educate ourselves, and overcome societal sex, gender, and sexuality boundaries!

The conference begins with an open mic and Transgender Day of Remembrance reception on Friday evening. We also have workshops planned all day Saturday and Sunday, parties and entertainment on Saturday night, and a keynote luncheon with Tristan Taormino on Saturday. We welcome everyone, from local, regional and national leaders in the bi, trans, intersex and poly communities to newcomers and allies. TBC works hard to make our conference safe, affordable and accessible for all.

Registration information is available online at our website. Early registration ends in less than 48 hours, so don't delay! The rate is $59 dollars for a regular admission, or $39 for students until Sept. 30. This rate includes lunch on Saturday.

For more information, contact us:
Email: transcendingboundaries@gmail.com
Web: www.transcendingboundaries.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=66095639488
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TransBound
MySpace: www.myspace.com/TranscendingBoundaries

Spread the word!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
2:06 pm
I hope to see many of you at Pi-Con!
As everyone makes their August plans, I wish to remind you to consider attending Pi-Con! Pi-Con is a weekend-long celebration of science fiction and other fan interests - there's webcomics, science, costuming, gaming, larping, filk, lifestyle, and lots more. This year, it's happening August 21-23 in Enfield, CT right off 91, just south of the MA border. Register today!

This year will feature Author Guest of Honor Mary Doria Russell (award winning author of The Sparrow and Children of God), Webcomic Guest of Honor Jeffrey Rowland (creator of Wigu, Overcompensating, and the awesome t-shirt site Topatoco), and Guest of Awesome Genevieve Iseult Eldredge. We will also see the return of our video game room, two full rooms of all day board/card/table top gaming, many favorite panels and events including the panel in the pool, and the new addition of Filk programming! There will also be performances by our local Rocky Horror and Repo casts (The Come Again Players and Genetic Imperfection)

Full weekend pre-registration rates for Pi-Con are currently $40 for adults or only $25 for students! Get your registrations in at the early rate!

Room reservations are *open* for Pi-Con! Room rate will be $109/night + tax. Just go to http://www.pi-con.org/hotel.php and you can register online for a room.

For more information, to volunteer, sign up to vend, or otherwise contact us, check out our web page at www.pi-con.org

Current Mood: excited
Monday, May 18th, 2009
12:17 am
Free Chocolate Day
Female Gamer Appreciation Month continues with free, tasty fudge!

Sunday, May 24th, Worlds Apart is proud to host Free Chocolate Day.

Female Gamer Appreciation Month is Worlds Apart's tribute to gamers of the fairer sex. All month, we are giving women a 10% discount and other benefits. Additionally, there is a great lineup of events, including this one.

The chocolate will come out at 2:00 PM and stay until it all gets eaten. Bring a board game to share or play one of our over 110 demo games while you enjoy the tasty tasty fudge.

Worlds Apart is located in downtown Amherst, under the new Papa Gino's Pronto next to the Amherst Brewing Company.

All are welcome.
Sunday, September 28th, 2008
12:23 pm
I would like, if I may, to take you, on a strange journey

at the

The Come Again Players are celebrating their 5th Anniversary by having TWO shows at Northampton's Academy of Music!!

When: Oct 4th
First show: 8:00pm


Second Show: At Midnight the same night!

(run time aprox 2 1/2 hours)

Come join in the Mayhem and be part of the most fun show you will ever go to!! We will have Live cast performing the movie, pre shows, pre pre shows, Give Aways! A (free) Raffle! Guest Casts from across the state doing preshows with/for us!, DeVirginizations! Dancing! Singing! Shouting! Throwing Things! (yes we actually do encourage those last two!) and of course getting off your ass' and doing the Time Warp!!

We will have crap kits full of everything you need to Throw, Blow, And put over your head. ( its your mom in a bag!) (this does mean please dont bring your own stuff to throw, we will have what is allowed in the theater)

So, bring your friends, bring your family, hell bring your enemies (it's fun to laugh at them)!! Grab your fishnets or any other crazy outfit you cant where anywhere else and get ready for the most amazing Rocky Horror Picture Show you will EVER SEE!!!!!!

Ticket Info: ONLY $10 for students! (and Only $12 for everyone else!)

How to Purchase Tickets: You can Purchase tickets through cast members or through Worlds Apart Games (Amherst Center, WAG)

You can also buy tickets directly through the online store on our awesome Website!

Let's do the Time Warp Again!

Current Mood: awake
Saturday, September 20th, 2008
2:05 pm
Rocky Horror -- Back to School Show!
Rocky Horror back to school show       Tonight!

$3 for a ticket  -- Comes with a Free crap kit! -- (everything you need to throw, blow, put over your head, just like your mom in a bag)

Theme: Pirates vs Ninjas!


Come see the show!   South Hadley - Tower Theaters --- Across from Mt. Holyoke College!
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
8:46 pm
3Pi-Con -- May Contain Nuts!

Jonesing for some awesome convention fun in the middle of August?Looking for a fun weekend within two hours of Boston? Want to meet Cory Doctorow and Randall Munroe? Then look no further, Pi-Con is your answer!

Pi-Con takes place every Summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year it is August22-24th, at the Clarion Hotel in West Springfield. Cory and Randall are our Guests of Honor, but they are complimented by over 50 other wonderful guests including Jeff Mach, our Meta geek Guest of Honor, and our awesome Guest of Awesome, Jennifer Williams. They will be speaking on a wide array of topics that will include:

  • Brain Machine Interface
  • Building Robots from Junk
  • Reaching a Post-Scarcity World
  • Blogging 101
  • Comics Beyond Superheroes
  • Dystopian Fiction
  • Does Star Trek Have a Future?
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • And many many more!

Even if you don't know anyone going, Pi-Con has a relaxed atmosphere that makes it a great place to get to know new people. I've even heard that past attendees think it's the nicest convention in the Northeast!

Membership rates go up July 15th, and the convention hotel discount rates(starting at $85 a night) go away after July 22nd, so head on over to the Pi-Con website to register and get more information today!

-Kiernan G-S
Gaming Chair - 3Pi-Con
Membership Coordinator - Worlds Apart Games

P.S. Feel free to ask questions here, I will try and answer them the best I can, or direct you to who can.
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
7:47 am
Western Mass Gathering
The W. Mass poly group is having a picnic!

Come join us on Mt. Tom July 27th at 1 pm for a poly potluck picnic.

We will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs so please RSVP and bring a side dish.

Hope to see you there.

RSVP to syvlari at charter dot net
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
9:18 am
Cory Doctorow coming to Western Mass
Spread the word! Cory Doctorow is coming to West Springfield this summer along with Randall Munroe of XKCD fame.

Both will be attending the best Con in Western Mass - PiCon!

Also check out his announcement

Come, register early and join Cory, Randall and PiCon this August in WMass.

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, January 24th, 2008
2:01 pm
Wicked Faire
Come out and have some fun

I bid you greetings from the Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire III: A Renaissance Faire...With Tentacles.

If you're not familiar with us--we're a miniature (all-indoor and heated!) Renaissance Faire, complete with cast, story, feasting, swordfights, Renaissance entertainers, artisans, knights, wenches, rogues...Pirates...Ninja...insane Lovecraftian Cultists...
--Yes. We're not your average Faire.
...what we do is take as much Renaissance Festival as we can find and fit, and then layer on top of it all manner of extra and additional fun--performers and musicians, themes and games and opportunities to meet and find further insane folk who'd go to a Faire in Jersey in the middle of winter. Every year, we add something new--last year, Pirates and Ninja, and this year, the coming of H.P. Lovecraft's Elder Gods.

You might have heard we died. If that's true, then we're officially Undead, because we've come back! The venue with whom we signed a contract, a year ago, was taken over in November by new owners who first ignored us, and then tried illegally to get rid of us. But we're not the sorts to give up without a fight -- we're staying, and we're going to have the best revenge: a fantastic event!

But we need your help. Thanks to the actions of the Holiday Inn of Edison, we lost very nearly two months of planning and marketing. We're a bit obsessed, so we still had months and months of work in the can. But we're not too proud to admit when we need to call on our secret weapon: YOU.

The hotel called us "THOSE kind of people". Well, I know this about our kind of people: when you knock us down, we get up better than ever. The Wicked Faire has the honor of catering to people whom some might consider the misfits, the unorthodox, the unusual, the different, and the strange. And "those" people are TOUGH.

We need your HELP. Any other year, we'd ask you to come to the event just because it's a hell of a lot of fun. This year, we'll admit: we've taken a big financial hit with all the troubles and legal fees the hotel's caused us to incur. We need your support. But MUCH MORE - we want your help to help us make it an INCREDIBLE event! We're looking for more folks who'd like to come and get into the swing of things, to be costumed if they want, to secretly be cultists... or even people who don't want to participate, but are just going to enjoy; everyone who comes and feels good will help make this event more and more fun for all involved.

Come to Faire!
Tell your friends!!
Buy a hotel room, if you can afford it and are inclined--we want to take over the WHOLE hotel to make sure we have that hotel management completely outnumbered.

THIS is the time. This year's Faire will happen, absolutely--but without your help, there may not be a next year. Come check us out! Our headlining performers include Voltaire and Daniel Greenwolf, among many others; we have a vast array of entertainers; we work like mad to show you a GREAT time.

Check us out!


The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire III -
A Renaissance Faire...With Tentacles
~February 8th and 9th~
Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Edison, NJ
-LJ: wickedfaire.livejournal.com
-Facebook: "Wicked Winter Renn Faire III"
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
10:43 am
Dating Status Buttons
Dating Status Buttons have been seeing a surge in popularity lately, so I thought it might be good to post about them again so that the new people can know what people are talking about. As an example, let me show you the one that applies to me:

As you can see, there are three circles. The top is for poly or monogamous. The right circle is straight, bisexual, gay, or lesbian, and the bottom circle is available, involved-available, or involved-not available. The circles are color coded so that people who are familiar with the buttons can read them with a quick glance.

What are they for? They are excellent for any situation in which it would benefit you for people not to need to guess your dating status. Poly is all about communication, and this is just one more form of it. It avoids the awkward situation of someone discovering too late that you are poly or unavailable or gay or straight or whatever, and it generally makes the interaction smoother. The button itself is often a great conversation starter as well.

The Dating Status Button website has been expanded. By popular demand, it now includes buttons which say "top", "bottom", "switch", and "vanilla". The site also now includes an expanding selection of humor buttons.

As always, you can find an image of the button appropriate to you to post on your LJ or other website on the site.

my dating status buttonCollapse )

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
12:36 pm
Anybody wanna buy my concert tickets?
I have one ticket for the Red Hot Chili Peppers/Mars Volta on Oct. 2 in Boston ($75) and two tickets for Tool on Oct. 5 in Hartford ($68 apeice or $135). Seating information can be found here, and here, respectively. I'm going to be starting a new job and I won't be able to go. Will somebody please take them off my hands?

This enrty was cross posted

Current Mood: disappointed
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
8:44 pm
My band needs a drummer already!
We're a jazz influenced metal band with a folk twist. We're (going to be) a five peice, and we've already got 5 songs (single guitar tracks are available for listening here). We could be on stage by Halloween or sooner if we can find a good drummer. If you or anybody you know is a decent drummer that likes metal and jazz, please leave me a comment with contact info or send it to sweetbastard at hotmail. Yhe only requirements are that you're over 18 and you can make it to practice.

This entry was cross-posted in several communities.
Friday, July 28th, 2006
9:40 pm
Last Chance for Pi-Con Pre Reg

Monday is your last day to pre-register for Pi-Con! For just $30, you get three days of games, music, science fiction and fantasy fun. Pi-Con will also include various panels on polyamory, BDSM, and sexuality in sci-fi and fantasy. A registration to Pi-Con includes a Saturday evening Voltaire concert, a chance to meet Jacqueline Carey, author of the Kushiel and Banewreaker series, and much more! Registrations are $50 at the door, so pre-reg now at www.pi-con.org.

In case you are not aware, Pi-Con is a convention at the Sovereign Best Western Hotel in West Springfield, Massachusetts, August 11-13, 2006.

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
11:31 am
Pi-Con Aug 11-13 West Springfield MA
Pi-Con is rapidly approaching! We are in the home stretch, the planning is nearly complete, now all we need are people to come!

Jacqueline Carey, our Guest of Honor, is the author of the Kushiel's series and the Banewreaker series. Voltaire, our Musical Guest of Honor, is a nationally known entertainer that hasn't seen a type of media that he hasn't tried.

Events include a DDR tourney, performances by Voltaire and Scott Helland (a fixture at Western MA Pagan Pride) and panels on sci-fi, polyamory, alternative sexuality and more!

Check out the Pi-Con website.

Pi-Con registration special!

***X-posted anywhere we can think of***
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
3:53 pm
Extra Ani ticket
It's true. I have an extra ticket for tonight's show and I'm looking for a new friend I can take with me. I'm 27 and polyamorous, queer friendly but mostly straight. I'm a metal guitarist/singer and I have a band. I have a wicked soft spot for good musicians, and I have mad respect for Ani. All I ask is that you share my passion for music and you're willing to hang out and have a good time with someone (me) you don't know. :D

This entry was cross-posted.
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
3:34 pm
Pirates Private Showing (now with showtime)
Phoenix Games and X9 Games
Join Forces to bring you a private showing:

Upcoming Private Showing

Friday, July 7th, 2006
Showtime: 10:35 PM
You should be there by 9:35PM.

Cinemark Theaters, Hampshire Mall, Hadley, MA
Tickets are now on sale at Phoenix Games for $7.25 each.

Come in costume and win great prizes.

Can't get to the Store to get your tickets?
No problem. You can click the button below to buy online.
Note: a $1.50 processing charge will be added for each order.

For more information, visit www.phoenixgamestore.com.
Monday, June 12th, 2006
9:21 pm
Next Private Showing
Phoenix Games and X9 Games
Join Forces to bring you a private showing:

Friday, July 7th, 2006
Last Show of the night
Cinemark Theaters at the Hampshire Mall
Hadley, MA

Tickets are now on sale at Phoenix Games and X9 for $7.25 each.

These are always a great time, but tickets are limited. Get yours while they last.
Come in costume and win great prizes.

For more information, visit www.phoenixgamestore.com.
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
4:55 pm
Just a reminder that Western MA Poly has their monthly discussion this evening, 8PM at the Starbucks' on Main St. in Northampton.

And I'll ask again, do people want me to post reminders about these events here?
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