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Stephen King Will Be The Keynote Speaker At 826 Boston’s 9th Annual Gala Night of 1,000 Stories 

826 Boston’s 9th annual Night of 1,000 Stories gala will celebrate the many incredible stories of 826 Boston student authors and raise critical funds for 826 Boston’s youth writing and tutoring programs. 

This year 826 Boston is thrilled to welcome Stephen King as their keynote speaker. All of the funds raised during the event and through ticket sales go directly to support 826 Boston free writing programs. The event will start at 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception followed by dinner at 7:00 PM and program featuring the work of 826 Boston student authors and of course, Stephen King.

Tickets start at $500. A limited number of individual tickets are available for purchase online.

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Apple Sends Out Media Invites For ‘It’s Show Time’ Event On March 25

Apple today sent out invites for a media event that will be held on Monday, March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus. As with most Apple events, it will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

The event features the tagline “It’s Show Time,” which is in line with rumors suggesting it will focus on services rather than hardware. Apple is expected to use the event to unveil its rumored Apple News service and a streaming TV service. 

The Apple News service will add paid subscription options to Apple News, allowing Apple customers unlimited access to magazines and paywalled content from sites like The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The New York Times for a $9.99 per month fee. 

It’s not yet clear which news sites will be included, as Apple is said to be still negotiating financial terms with some news sites. Apple has asked for 50 percent of the revenue from the service. Magazines are on board with the fee, but news sites with independent revenue streams from their own subscribers are reluctant to jump on board. 

As for the TV service, Apple is planning an announcement, but an actual launch is months off. Apple has more than two dozen original TV shows in the works, many of which have been cast, that will eventually debut through the streaming service. 

Major stars that include Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and Steve Carell, all of whom have roles in Apple shows, have been invited to attend the event. 

According to an announcement posted on the main Apple website and the Events website, Apple will livestream the “It’s Show Time” event on its website and through the events app on the Apple TV. 

Following the event, Apple will likely release the iOS 12.2 update that’s currently being beta tested in order to make the Apple News subscription service available.

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Long Live The Bat: DC Commemorates 80 Years of Batman With Worldwide Fan Celebration

To mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, DC today unveiled plans for a global commemoration of the World’s Greatest Detective. Kicking off this March at SXSW, the multifaceted campaign for DC’s Caped Crusader will feature exclusive celebrations, special theatrical engagements, the milestone release of Detective Comics #1000, live events and first-ever Batman brand partnerships. As fans join together under the campaign’s tagline of #LongLiveTheBat, DC’s timeless character will be honored through Batman Day in September when the Bat-Signal lights up in major cities worldwide.

First appearing as socialite turned crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans for 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, apparel and lifestyle products, as well as, blockbuster animated and live-action films. There have been Batman trading cards, board games and newspaper cartoon strips, and the U.S. Postal Service has even honored Batman with his own postage stamps. Batman is a multi-billion dollar icon who continues to reign as the most popular single Super Hero ever created.

To commemorate this milestone, custom artwork was created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media. The Batman profile pencil design is by beloved longtime DC artist José Luis García-López, and digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. This graphic will be featured throughout the celebration.

DC will honor #LongLiveTheBat throughout 2019, including Batman’s 80th anniversary on March 30 and Batman Day on September 21. As part of this yearlong celebration, there are many ways fans can participate.

Read Batman:

Paying homage to the Super Hero’s 80-year publishing history, DC will present two commemorative books: including the landmark collector’s issue of Detective Comics #1000, on sale at comics shops March 27, and a special hardcover release, Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman: The Deluxe Edition, available March 19.

 

Experience Batman:

SXSW in Austin, Texas, will kick off the global celebration with multiple fan experiences, photo opportunities, limited-edition merchandise and Instagrammable mural by a local artist. SXSW will also set the stage for an incredible moment when more than 1.5 million bats fly into the night over Austin’s famous Congress Bridge on March 15.

DC will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with panels at major conventions, including a dedicated “Happy Birthday, Batman!” panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on the actual anniversary, March 30.

Generations of fans across the globe will gather together to honor the timeless hero on Batman Day, September 21. The Bat-Signal will light up in major cities worldwide, alongside a wide array of fan celebrations, including interactive photo opportunities, live music, food, games and more. Plus, fans will race across the finish line in their favorite Caped Crusader attire in a series of 5K and 10K runs in select cities.

Families can celebrate #LongLiveTheBat at multiple Six Flags locations across North America in August with extended hours, exclusive Batman-themed experiences and special merchandise. Warner Bros. theme parks across the globe, including Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Parque Warner Madrid and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, will host Batman 80th anniversary events.

Madame Tussauds locations in Orlando and Sydney will unveil interactive fan-friendly experiences, photo opportunities and special merchandise in September.

In May, collectible art boutique MONDO will host a curated anniversary exhibit at its Austin gallery celebrating iconic Batman cover art throughout the years.

The global touring exhibition The Art of The Brick: DC Super Heroes will celebrate the Dark Knight with a special Batman edition, beginning this September in São Paulo, Brazil.

Romics—the comic book, animation and gaming convention in Rome, Italy—will host an immersive Batman 80th  anniversary exhibit in April.

Designed for fans of all ages, visitors to Shanghai this summer will be treated to a first-of-its-kind special exhibit celebrating Batman.

Otter Media brands Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, VRV and Fullscreen will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary through a variety of programming and social campaigns designed to amplify DC’s global campaign.

AT&T will activate across retail, digital and DIRECTV, which will celebrate the anniversary with a Batman-branded channel. Plus, AT&T customers will get insider access through AT&T THANKS to Batman content, comics, merchandise, exclusive fan experiences and more.

Watch Batman:

Television broadcast partners worldwide will host Batman programming marathons in March and September.

Cartoon Network in the U.S. and key territories will host exclusive Batman themed programming and stunts for kids in March and September.

DC Universe—DC’s digital subscription service—will be celebrating in a big way with the promotion of Batman content in March and September.

Join Batman:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America will join Batman in a first-ever partnership to celebrate kids, teens and youth development professionals who stand up for positive change in their communities. The campaign kicks off in April during National Boys & Girls Clubs Week.

In honor of military appreciation month this May, DC will partner with the USO, the iconic military support nonprofit, on a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, games and more. The kit will offer a fun diversion for service members stationed in remote locations around the globe, connecting them to home and all things Dark Knight.

Fans in the UK can join in raising awareness of Genetic Disorders UK by wearing an exclusively designed Batman t-shirt on Jeans for Genes Day in September.

Shop Batman:

WB and DC are also joining forces with an extensive list of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play, among others.

Global partners such as LEGO, Mattel and Funko will release exclusive Batman 80th anniversary products throughout the year.

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The National Cartoonists Society Announces NCSFest, A Celebration of Comics & Cartoon Art

The National Cartoonists Society announces the inaugural NCSFest, a celebration of comics and cartoon art from all over the world. The festival will be held over the weekend of May 17-19, 2019 in Huntington Beach, California.

Hundreds of the world’s most celebrated creators will attend the three-day event, participating in seminars, exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, signing sessions, and the artists alley. Among the world-renowned creators already confirmed to appear are: Daniel Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Patrick McDonnell, and Sergio Aragonés. The full list of artists can be found HERE.

Downtown Huntington Beach will be the setting, with all events staged beachside, on the iconic pier, at the city’s Arts Center and library and in local hotels and businesses, all within easy walking distance. 

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Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop-Up Exhibit 

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys is a pop-up exhibit that walks visitors through an alternate history of toys. In this alternate reality, real toys are recontextualized and placed alongside Obvious Plant’s original toys to create a darker, more bizarre version of the past.

The museum consists of 100+ toys and games, each one unique and altered in a humorous way. Multiple photo opportunities are available. Guests can step inside a life-size action figure box to become a toy themselves! Multiple special guests and interactive toys will also be available.

The popup exhibit in Los Angeles runs from March 1st to 17th.

Obvious Plant has a combined 600,000 followers across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

More info HERE.

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Stan Lee Excelsior! Tribute Poster

Legion M has made available the limited edition Stan Lee Tribute Poster from the  “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” event held on Jan 30, 2019 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. 

The 24” x 36” tribute poster features artwork by renowned poster designer Bryan Morton and award winning illustrator Paul Shipper (Dr. Strange, Star Trek).  All net proceeds from the Stan Lee Tribute event and merchandise will be donated to The Hero Initiative.

Order HERE for $20.

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Paisley Park Announces Performers & Special Guests Joining CELEBRATION 2019

Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, has announced programming details for its annual four-day special event, CELEBRATION, honoring the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson. Taking place between April 25-28 at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis, the event will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, concert screenings, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Musical guests set to perform at Paisley Park during CELEBRATION 2019 include internationally acclaimed musician, guitarist and original member of The Time, Jesse Johnson; Prince’s iconic group The Revolution, featuring Bobby Z, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Matt Fink; and Funk Soldiers, a fifteen-piece supergroup of New Power Generation and Paisley Park musical alumni.

As an extension of CELEBRATION 2019, Paisley Park will again be presenting an exclusive off-site concert event titled PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, to be held Friday, April 26, at 8pm at The Armory in Minneapolis. Attendance to this event will be included in the CELEBRATION 2019 ticket. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on The Armory stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside the icon throughout his storied career. The live concert experience will showcase Prince in his inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. CELEBRATION 2019 VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Dance Party at The Armory following the conclusion of the live concert Friday evening, hosted by DJ Kiss, who Prince often invited to DJ his own private parties around the world and special events at Paisley Park.

In addition to featured musical guests, Paisley Park has announced a broad list of special guest speakers who will take part in exclusive panel discussions at CELEBRATION 2019, including keynote conversations with Prince’s longtime manager Bob Cavallo; Prince’s personal photographer and creative collaborator, Jeff Katz, who worked closely with Prince through iconic eras, namely Parade, Lovesexy, Sign O’ The Times and Batman; and award winning singer-songwriter Ingrid Chavez who will join producer Craig Rice, rapper TC Ellis and visual artist Steve Parke, who were all instrumental in the Graffiti Bridge film and accompanying soundtrack. Overall the list of contributors this year includes collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life.

CELEBRATION 2019 is poised to connect with even more of the passionate and global Prince fan community. Individual General Admission and VIP tickets to the 4-day CELEBRATION 2019 event are available now via the official Paisley Park website at OfficialPaisleyPark.com. Both GA and VIP tickets include entry to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen, with prime and premiere seating assigned respectively to each ticket type. Individual tickets to PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen will be available February 8th via the Armory website at armorymn.com.

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Stephen King Coming To Minneapolis For Wordplay Festival In May

Stephen King and other high-profile writers are heading to the Twin Cities this spring for the Wordplay Festival which promises to be the state’s largest celebration of “readers, writers and great books.”

The Loft Literary Center announced the festival which is slated for May 11 and May 12. 

High-profile, award-winning authors attending the festival include Stephen King, Jamaica Kincaid and Amy Tan, as well as locally-based literary titans such as Marlon James and Nora McInerny.

From left to right: Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Stephen King, and Dave Barry

The festival will take place in Minneapolis’ Mill City neighborhood, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. On the night of May 11, there’ll also be a “Lit Crawl” around Uptown’s Lyn-Lake area.

Registration for the festival starts on March 15 for the general public. It’ll cost $10 for the initial entry wristband, with additional costs for certain events. Organizers say the festival will include readings and workshops with authors, as well as other “special experiences.”

The street festival will be free for kids 17 and younger.

Die-hard Stephen King fans can also buy tickets to see him perform with his band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, which features several other festival authors, at Minneapolis’ iconic First Avenue. The concert is slated for May 10. Tickets will go for $40.

For more information on the festival, including a full list of attending authors, click HERE.

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An Exhibition and Sale of Al Hirschfeld Original Art

100 original drawings by the 20th century’s most renown caricaturist. Charlie Chaplin, James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Kirk Douglas, Vivien Leigh, George Segal, Julie Andrews, Ralph Steadman, Paul Conrad, Tim Curry, and other personalities from the worlds of film, theatre, opera, and television will be included, a number of which have never been exhibited before.

These pieces, spanning seven decades (from 1928 to 1998), show the range of techniques used by the artist as well as his evolution and experimentation from decade to decade. Every piece on display will also be for sale, including seven color pieces for the magazines American Mercury and Redbook, six illustrations from the S.J. Perelman books Listen to the Mockingbird and Swiss Family Perelman, and a group portrait of the first seven Dr. Who actors commissioned by PBS in 1990.

Two Special Evenings: 

Thursday, November 30 – 3:00pm to 9:00pm 

Special Guest: Katherine Marshall-Eastman, Archives Manager at the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, will be on hand to answer any questions about Hirschfeld and the Foundation. 

Thursday, December 7 – 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Special Guest: David Leopold, Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and author of The Hirschfeld Century (Knopf, 2015) will be on hand to answer any questions and sign copies of his book.

The event will be held at:

The Animation Guild
1105 North Hollywood Way
Burbank CA 91505

Admission is free.

Brought to you by the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and Stuart Ng Books

For further information:

Katherine Marshall-Eastman
Archives Manager, Al Hirschfeld Foundation
484-538-7663
kate@alhirschfeldfoundation.org

Stuart Ng
310-909-1929
info@stuartngbooks.com

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Apple Announces October 30 Special Event In Brooklyn, New York

Apple today sent out media invites for another special event on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

It’s widely expected that Apple will announce new iPad Pro models and Mac hardware at this event, as has been the trend in the past toward keeping the company’s September event focused on the iPhone. 

The tagline on the invites for this event is “There’s more in the making,” and Apple’s new event page actually lists a whole collection of different stylized Apple logos, with a new one appearing each time you load the page.

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