Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The CWRU Sci-Fi Marathon, making American college great again, January 20-21

Either scenes from METROPOLIS or Hillary Clinton leading angry audiences members to Strosacker Auditorum for the Sci Fi Marathon.

This weekend a brave group of college-campus student-activists and progressive community members will participate in the most COURAGEOUS act of protest-art against TRUMP yet conceivable! They will sequester themselves in Strosacker Auditorium and force themselves to endure a torturous 36 hours (estimated) of nonstop science fiction and fantasy and horror features, short subjects, cartoons, trailers, TV episodes or whatever, not ending the ordeal until early hours of Sunday morning.

In the spirit of high-profile hunger strikes by Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi and Aung San Su Kii that brought down other TYRANNICAL DICTATORSHIP REGIMES, this act of pure SUFFERING and RESOLUTE MASOCHISM in plain view of the EYES OF THE WORLD will undoubtedly inflame the country to RISE UP together against the villain TRUMP at his very inauguration, overthrowing the EVIL FASCIST REPUBLICAN and instill HILLARY CLINTON as the rightfully elected ABSOLUTE EMPRESS OF THE GALAXY!

...Or, it's just another installment of the CWRU Sci-Fi Marathon. Whatever way the liberal media elites want to spin it.

A CWRU tradition since 1976, the Marathon was Spawned by the campus student-film society - but with attendance open to anyone who can take it. The marathon screens such treats old and new as ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI: ACROSS THE EIGHTH DIMENSION, the silent METROPOLIS and THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (a play on it being Marathon Number 42, get it?). The fun/pain starts on Friday night at 8 p.m. in Strosacker, with INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE. Ticket-bracelets go on sale at 6 p.m. for $30, and if you keep yours on you can enter and leave throughout the marathon, right up to when it ends.

Otherwise, for just a small sampling  of what it feels like to be among punch-drunk sci-fi fans, Trekkies or Jedi in full uniform, or just college students never likely to pay off their student loans in the flatlining Bush-Obama-Trump jobs market, the charge to attend an individual feature is $4.

Sleeping bags are permitted, as are snack foods and personal computers. No glass bottles, no alcohol, no campfires. Because of the mix of family and R-rated material, any viewers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

While many audience members at the tech-happy college bring their wireless laptops and devices to help get through the weekend, laser pointers, once a highlight, remain banned. I suspect the same thing of drones.

Hopefully all flash-mob teen hoodlums will be disintegrated on site by the clever Case engineering students. We may have lost Beachwood Place, but the CWRU Sci Fi Marathon is sacrosanct.

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