Arisia, January 12-15, 2018.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00 am, Paine
“Shape Note Sing”

Participatory sing-along (music provided). Shape Note singing may just be the easiest way to get a roomful of people blasting out gorgeous harmonies, as singing from written notes is made easier by having different shapes (e.g., circle, square, triangle, and diamond) for the different notes. We’ll try to avoid the more explicitly religious stuff—work with us; you won’t regret it!
Bruce Randall [moderator]; Victoria Janssen [alto]; Marnen Laibow-Koser [tenor]; Rebecca Maxfield [treble]; David Olsen [bass]

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 8:30 am, Faneuil
“1982, The Year No One Left the Theater”

One of the greatest years in the history of genre movies, 1982 saw the release of E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, The Thing, Tron, Poltergeist, The Secret of NIMH, The Dark Crystal, Conan the Barbarian… what was in the water that led to this much concentrated awesome?
Victoria Janssen [moderator]; Nomi S. Burstein; Randee Dawn; Terry Franklin; Stephen R. Wilk

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:30 pm, Marina 3
“Children of the Atom: X-Men and Representation”

The X-men were introduced in 1965 and took clear inspiration from the Civil Rights movement of the day. Over the years the X-Men as a metaphor for issues faced by minorities has mutated in some surprising ways. This panel will explore what the X-Men mean for modern representation, as well as our favorite story lines and characters from Marvel’s (hopefully) Merry Mutants.
Victoria Janssen [moderator]; Danny Miller; Maddy Myers; Daniel Neff; Ryan Pagella