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Roommates needed

We have a double at The Aloft (1/2 block from The Westin & less expensive), and are near the top of the waitlist for The Westin so may may have a last minute option to switch.  We are two adults who have attended may arisias looking for one or two additional adults.  We have both bed space & floor space available.  The occupancy wlll be limited to 4 so there will be no long wait for the bathroom in the AM and no violation of arisia & hotel rules. If you are interested please email me at math mw hyphen lj at yahoo (remonve the spaces and fix the punctuation).  Time is short and I do not check livejournal that frequently; you you will get a much faster response by emailing me.

Kings & Suites still available!

EDIT 1/5/16: There are currently no more rooms available at the Westin. If you filled out the request form, you will be contacted if a room meeting your request comes available.

Arisia is only a week away and we still have King Rooms and some Suites available at the Westin. Please fill out the Special Request Form (http://arisia.org/HotelSpecialRequests) if you would like a room. There are no doubles available.

Arisia 2017 Programming Is LIVE!

The programming and events schedule for Arisia 2017 is up on KonOpas, one of our mobile options. Head to http://www.arisia.org/publications for instructions on how to use it (no download necessary!) and start planning your Arisia weekend.

Other formats, including Guidebook, PDF, and HTML, will be available next week. For a taste, here are just some of the awesome panels and events you’ll be able to enjoy in a few short weeks:

• Gender Variant Cosplay
• Musicals as Fantasy
• The Stories People Play
• Broken Earth: Writing SF from Societal Trauma
• Mad Max & Melissa McCarthy - Genre Film Feminism
• Evolution Doesn't Work That Way
• Mrs. Hawking Part III: Base Instruments
• Fun & Games with Greykell
• Doom, Gloom & Despondency (Gothic song competition)
• Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap (live podcast recording)

Our schedule is subject to change between now and the convention, but we'll make sure to keep the online/mobile versions updated, even throughout the con.
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This year's Mrs. Hawking steampunk stage shows: Vivat Regina and Base Instruments

The Chameleon's Dish Theatre is really excited to return to Arisia in 2017, and invite you to the next two shows in the Mrs. Hawking series!

Last year in 2016 we brought you "Mrs. Hawking," and you can watch the video of that performance here. We also debuted our second show, Vivat Regina.

This year in 2017, you can see Vivat Regina along with the debut of our third show, Base Instruments!

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

presented by The Chameleon's Dish Theatre

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Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts
Friday, January 13th at 7:30PM

and

Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts
Saturday, January 14th at 4PM
Sunday, January 15th at 12PM

In Grand Ballroom B

No knowledge of previous shows is required to enjoy any of of these performances!

Seeking roommates for our Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel room at Arisia 2017

Greetings and felicitations. My friend Leonard Houle and I have a reservation for the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel for Friday 13 January through Monday 16 January 2017 (three nights) for Arisia 2017 in a quiet room. We have floor space available, and are looking for people to share the cost. We are two mature males who will be up late, but are otherwise quiet. Please contact me at jwatson8 [at] comcast [dot] net if you are interested.

Ciao,
John C. Watson
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The Ig Nobels are once again coming to Arisia

The Ig Nobels are once again coming to Arisia, and you can nominate presenters.

The 2017 nominations form is at:
http://www.improbable.com/projects/surveys/arisia2017.html

Discussion of the Ig Nobels and the nominations is over at the "Fans of Arisia" page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/arisiafans/)

Information and history about the the Improbable awards is on their blog: http://www.improbable.com/
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Pre signups open to donate blood at Arisia

Arisia Blood Drive beneficiary Mass General Hospital (MGH) is now offering pre-signups for blood donations to be taken at Arisia '17.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arisia-blood-drive-tickets-30144541134
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Concom agenda - 12/18/2016 1pm @The Westin

At this ConCom, in addition to hearing updates from our Division Heads and available job listings, we'll be going over the results of the Registration LARP we conducted at the previous meeting and then walking everyone through the meetings, deadlines, and expectations between now and Day 1 of Arisia 2017!

For those who can not be there, here is the remote info:

http://arisia.org/meetings
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Stone Room, The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/964288685

Flu Shot Reminder

It is getting close to the deadline for getting a flu shot if you want to be protected in the days leading up to the convention.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older..It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in."
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Suites still available!

Looking for a room upgrade at the Westin for Arisia? Interested in throwing a party?

We still have some suites available! If you are interested, please go to: http://www.arisia.org/PartyHostInstructions and follow the instructions

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New book by our writer guest of honor!

Coming out in January 2017! "The Halcyon Fairy Book" by T. Kingfisher
(the pseudonym of Ursula Vernon, Arisia's Writer GOH, when writing for
grownups).

A collection of fairy tales annotated by T. Kingfisher and the
complete "Toad Words" anthology.

The book is $30 and can be pre-ordered for pickup at the convention in
January or it can be mailed for an additional $5 (for US delivery)
after the convention in late January.

http://www.arisia.org/KingfisherBook

Arisia Bowling Social

All Arisia staff, interested parties, and families are invited to join us for bowling on Sunday October 16th starting at 12:30 pm to 3 pm at Lanes and Games in Cambridge.

Please RSVP to staffservices@arisia.org so we can order enough food & drink

Let us know if you plan to bowl or just hang out!

-Arisia Staff Services
(Diane, Mike, & Terry)

The Westin room blocks sold out in under 6 hours. Overflow hotel still has room.

Wow, you all were quick! The Westin room blocks sold out in under 6 hours from the time reservations went live.

If you were unable to get a room at The Westin, there are still rooms available at The Aloft, our overflow hotel located about a block down D street from The Westin. Note that this is considerably closer to the Westin than last year's overflow hotel.

If you would like to get put on the waitlist for a room at The Westin, you can do so by filling out our Special Request form located here:http://www.arisia.org/HotelSpecialRequests. Making a reservation at the overflow hotel does not hurt your chances of getting into The Westin off the waitlist, and since the new deposit policy does not apply to the overflow hotel (see our Deposit Policy FAQ here:http://www.arisia.org/HotelDepositFAQ), there is no penalty for cancelling your reservation should you get assigned a room at The Westin.

Check out the Hotel page on our website http://www.arisia.org/hotel for more information on the waitlist and to make a reservation at The Aloft for any questions or concerns please email innkeeper@arisia.org

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Hotel Reservations Open!

Hotel room reservations are now open! Please go here to reserve a room or for more information: http://www.arisia.org/hotel



EDIT: At this time the Westin is completely sold out, however here is still plenty of availability in the Aloft
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Web Developer Position

Arisia 2017 is looking for volunteers for the following staff position:
Web Developer(s)
We need one or more web developers to help with Zambia, the open source scheduling software used by Arisia and several other cons. The work is all pre-con and can be as much as you like. In particular, we need developers willing and able to work in PHP. Other technologies we use include MySQL, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Less, and XSLT. If interested, send messages to staffservices@arisia.org
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RIP Stephanie Clarkson, [livejournal.com profile] thespian here on LJ

I am sorry to report that long-time Arisia participant Stephanie Clarkson, who used the LJ handle [livejournal.com profile] thespian, died yesterday morning at Mount Auburn Hospital after a long illness. She was loved by many, and she died much, much too young.

REMINDER: OPEN Brainstorming Session 2-4pm this Sunday!

Join members of Arisia Programming Staff for an in-person brainstorming session on Sunday, June 26th, from 2-4 PM at The Westin Boston Waterfront in the Otis room (lobby level near Starbucks). We’ll discuss what makes a good panel, other types of programming items (like meetups and workshops), and come up with fresh programming items for Arisia 2017.

If you're free Sunday afternoon, but can't physically make the meeting, you can join us via GoToMeeting at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/581116821 If you have an idea you want to pass onto us right now, or sometime down the road, you can fill out our programming idea form at http://www.arisia.org/brainstorm All ideas submitted to us prior to August 1st will be considered for Arisia 2017!

Thanks!

Kris "[livejournal.com profile] nchanter" Snyder
Arisia 2017 Programming Division Head

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This weekend's violence was a political demand for a world where hate and fear of "other" are the norm. We will never accept such a narrow future. The coming days will be trying for the queer, Latinx, and Muslim communities, and especially for the many people who live in their intersections. Stay safe, and know that you'll always be welcome at Arisia.

Please consider donating to relief efforts run by the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida: https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq

-Kris "[livejournal.com profile] nchanter" Snyder
On behalf of Arisia

Arisia Programming Brainstorming Session

Join members of Arisia Programming Staff for an in-person brainstorming session on Sunday, June 26th, from 2-4 PM at The Westin Boston Waterfront in the Otis room (lobby level near Starbucks). We’ll discuss what makes a good panel, other types of programming items (like meetups and workshops), and come up with fresh programming items for Arisia 2017.

If you are unable to make this in-person session, or have a fully-formed idea you want to pass onto us right now, you can fill out our programming idea form at http://www.arisia.org/brainstorm All ideas submitted to us prior to August 1st will be considered for Arisia 2017!

Those interested in participating as panelists next January may sign up via our prospective panelist form at http://www.arisia.org/ProgramParticipantSignup Make sure to sign up prior to August 15th to be considered for Arisia 2017. Everyone who signs up will hear back about their acceptance status by early September.

-Kris "[livejournal.com profile] nchanter" Snyder
Arisia 2017 Programming Division Head
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Arisia Social Game Night

All Arisia staff, interested parties, and families are invited to join us for a Game Night on June 11, starting at 6:30pm at Pandemonium in Cambridge, MA until 10pm.

There will be plenty of demo games available at Pandemonium but, please bring your favorite 30-60 minute games with you and share the fun if you want. /http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/

Please RSVP to staffservices@arisia.org by June 6 so we can order enough food and drink.  Even if you do not RSVP, please join us Saturday night.