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Can't Stop the Serenity!

By Belinda Acosta, June 25, 2009, 2:40pm, Picture in Picture

Fans of Joss Whedon’s feature film Serenity (2008) and Firefly, the 2002 TV series that inspired it, first came together as the Austin Browncoats to share their fanaticism, but decided there was more to give than adoration. They turned themselves into an official non-profit organization, raising funds for good causes.

On June 28, the Austin Browncoats celebrate Joss Whedon’s birthday with a double-feature of Whedon’s Serenity and the web-sensation, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek. Proceeds from the one-day-only event will benefit one of Whedon’s favorite charities, Equality Now, an organization which works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. Kids Need To Read is the second recipient of the fundraiser, a children’s literacy program which supports Austin’s under-funded schools, libraries, and shelters.

Tickets to the event are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Showtimes are 12pm, 5pm, and 10pm, and event organizers say they are quickly selling out.

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