ON TV FRIDAY NIGHT
NBC debuts the first scripted shows of 2017 tonight, and it’s going with a fantasy-inspired lineup. The final season of Grimm premieres at 8, followed at 9 by the dark re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, titled Emerald City.
IN PERSON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT
If you read this space regularly, then you already know about Wild Women of Planet Wongo. The wacky, tacky, immersive, sci-fi musical-comedy returns to the Lower East Side’s Parkside Lounge for a limited run starting tonight and taking final bows March 17. You can catch this talented cast and crew three shows per week, 8 p.m. Fridays and 7:30 and 10 Saturdays.
Across the bridge at the Brooklyn Museum, local author Daniel Jose Older will read Saturday night from his new book, Battle Hill Bolero. Older is famed for his sharp-witted urban fantasy playing out among the borough’s communities of color.
AT THE MOVIES
Two classic horror franchises return from the undead this weekend. Amityville: The Awakening promises the usual litany of jump-scares. Meanwhile, Kate Beckinsale continues to be typecast as an immortal vampire (i.e., she doesn’t ever seem to age) in the latest installment of her milieu, Underworld: Blood Wars.
WHAT’S NEW AT BOROUGHCON
Our cosplay guest roster is complete. You already knew about Monika Lee, Danquish and Mikomi Chan. The big news, though, is our headliner: Riki “Riddle” LeCotey. (Oops, we weren’t supposed to say anything until Monday.)
We also have contracts in hand from at least five top-shelf voice actors from the animation and gaming worlds, and their names will be revealed over the next couple weeks.
We’ve also begun locking down some famous comic book auteurs. You’ll be impressed by the designated Grandmaster of the inaugural BoroughCon. You’ll recognize his name when we announce it but, in the meantime, suffice to say he’s a “marvelous” choice.
In the background, we’ve locked down the funding necessary to pull off a New York-caliber event and are now setting to work getting our e-commerce processes smoothed out so that, by month’s end, you can be among the first ever to get a BoroughCon ticket!