A 4000-ish word story from local author Marie Vibbert has popped up at curiousfictions.com. Vibbert has twenty-ish short stories published, a dozen poems and a few comics. You can learn more about her here.
The story begins:
Damien goes to the front of the shop, a room papered in tattoo designs grouped in large chunks – animals to the left, tribal designs to the right, lettering and fonts all along the top, and in-between things squeezed here and there. Up high on one wall where children won’t be able to get to it is a flap that says “This tattoo is free” covering a shot of a guy’s dick with a tiger on it. It’s been up there since before Damien was born and no one has ever taken them up on the offer. He doesn’t know if the tat was done in this shop or is one of those pictures passed around and around the internet.
An older woman stands eyeing the flap dubiously. She has a leather briefcase hugged to her chest like school books, and this makes her seem younger, but he can see the grey under her red hair dye. “Can I help you?” Damien asks.
She smiles a sales rep smile. As she turns he sees an animated LED tattoo, a lizard crawling around and around her right wrist. “I see you don’t yet carry Flexi-Print.”
“No ma’am,” Damien says. “We’re just a tattoo shop.”
“Flexi-Print is the state of body art today. You’re behind the times.”
Damien points to the “No Solicitors” sign. “I’d sure love to talk, ma’am, but I’ve got a customer.” The comforting buzz of Grandpa’s tattooing in the room behind makes him obviously a liar.
Are you ready for Saturday, June 2nd at 11:59 pm? Join the circus at the regular (monthly) showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Cedar Lee Theatre! Featuring the live floor show by Simply His Servants. You can hear an interview with show Director Kev Boycik on our inaugural podcast here.
Come a half hour early for fun and pre-show hijinks. Worried about what to do or what to bring? Click here for rules and etiquette.
So I have a question for Clevelanders. The movie Get Out won the Nebula award, cementing creator Jordan Peele’s place in the genre film community. I totally agree with the decision, I love the film, but when I voiced this opinion to some African American friends recently, I was surprised at how much the DISLIKED it. The consensus was that Peele didn’t understand black people. I was assured NO African American would have hung around long enough for the film’s story to unfold. Nope, hell no, I’m out of here were a few of the remarks I heard. What say you Cleveland? What’s your take on this film?
Hey group, Fear’s Confections is at it again with geeky crafty goodness. They are hosting a fun event one month from today, June 23rd from 12 pm to 5 pm, the June Cleveland Craft Coalition Market at Fear’s Confections, 15208 Madison Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
Join us June 23rd for the 1st Cleveland Craft Coalition market of 2018!
Weather permitting, we will have vendors inside and out in our back lot selling tons of locally made products! As artists and crafter are confirmed, we will promote them here so stay tuned!
Ok, it is flying pig time. One of Sandy’s favorite films is Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso. We’ll be at Wednesday’s 7 pm showing at Richmond Towne Square, and probably meeting up for dinner at the food court ahead of time. Fathom events has listings for showing nationwide, perhaps near you. The film is showing as part of their Studio Ghibli film festival on Wednesday night at 7 pm. This is the DUBBED showing. Why should you see it? Action, adventure, romance, air pirates!
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a dazzling aerial adventure set in and above the scenic port towns of the Adriatic Sea.Porco Rosso is a world weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he infuriates a band of sky pirates with his heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a hotshot American rival, to get rid of him. But with the help of the teenage girl Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and sultry lounge singer named Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.
The retailer and streaming outlet is near a deal to revive the space drama The Expanse for a fourth season just 10 days after Syfy canceled the series. Amazon Studios declined comment as sources note the deal is not closed.
Local author Marie Vibbert tracked down Nick Fury’s fake grave at Lakeview Cemetery. You can follow along here:
After escaping a pirate stronghold, star rigger Renwald Legroeder and the seductive Tracey-Ace become embroiled in an ancient conflict within the “Centrist Worlds,” in the sequel to The Infinity Link.
Tonight is the night, Yuri’s Night at the Great Lakes Science Center. The evening celebrates science and space exploration on the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space. Tickets are discounted for designated drivers to just $40.
The Science Center’s annual fundraiser is an outer space, after-hours party with live music by Old Skool Cleveland from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and DJ MIMO from 10:30-11:30 p.m.! Enjoy an open bar with beer and wine, appetizers, specialty bites, and of course, science demonstrations.
Come dressed to impress in your best outer space/science fiction themed costume and compete for prizes in the costume contest, and experience the museum after dark! Money raised from Yuri’s Night helps fund the Science Center’s STEM education initiatives, day camp scholarships and other programs that encourage curiosity and provide opportunities for tomorrow’s scientific leaders.