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Thursday, July 2
 

8:00am

Operations
The Operations department provides communications and manages services for the convention, the convention committee and our attendees.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00am - Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am
The Bridge Bridge, Facilities

10:00am

Artist Check-In
Artists can check in their art - but we're not open yet!

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00am - 2:00pm
Plaza 5 and 6

10:00am

Registration
Everyone goes to registration to pick up their materials.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00am - 11:00pm
Shipside

10:00am

Volunteer Lounge
We've set up a Volunteer Desk at registration, and a small space where we will be happy to chat with you about what is happening and where we need your help.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00am - 11:00pm
Shipside

12:00pm

ASL
American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at CONvergence Central. There will be NO pre-scheduling of interpreters for panels this year.

Thursday July 2, 2009 12:00pm - 11:00pm
CONvergence Central

12:00pm

Volunteers' Den
A place for volunteers to go to get away from the rush and hubub of the rest of the convention. All that you need to spend time in the Volunteers' Den is a Volunteer Button You get that for spending ONE HOUR or more doing any volunteer activity.

Thursday July 2, 2009 12:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
Cabana 222

1:00pm

Programming Operations (Thursday)
Programming Operations (formerly called The Green Room) is the nerve center from which all the panels and programming is directed. Its location is Atrium 5.

Thursday July 2, 2009 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Atrium 5

2:00pm

2:00pm

Dealer's Room
The Dealer's Room is for your shopping pleasure

Thursday July 2, 2009 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Dealer's Room

2:00pm

Masquerade Registration
If you are interested in participating in the Masquerade, sign up here!

Thursday July 2, 2009 2:00pm - 6:00pm
CONvergence Central

2:00pm

Art Show
Where you can see art

Thursday July 2, 2009 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 5 and 6

2:00pm

Quiet Reading (A)
Here's a chance to get away from it all. Come up to the Dorian Gray Memorial Literary Lounge. It's a place for quiet reading in an intimate and restful setting. High atop the Sheraton, you can look out over the suburb-scape while relaxing & reading.

Thursday July 2, 2009 2:00pm - 8:30pm
Vista Suite

3:00pm

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Navigators

3:00pm

The Addams Family
Barry Sonnenfeld faithfully reworks the Addam's Family genre from the comics and TV series, making a fun film that is outrageous, silly, dark and just all-around fun.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:00pm - 4:39pm
Plaza 4

3:00pm

COF2E2
Caffeine is obtainable here.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am
COF2E2

3:00pm

Consuite
Get your snacks and drinks here all day and night during the convention

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am
Consuite

3:30pm

ASL: Danger Will Robinson - Science Ahead (Part 1)
An introduction to observing CONvergence as an interpreter. RID CEU's provided only if you attend both parts.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 8

3:30pm

Beginning Costuming
Costuming basics from hemming a dress to making sure your seams are straight. Learn shortcuts that turn a hall costume into something special. Duct tape, hot glue and safety pins are just the beginning.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 2

3:30pm

CONvergence 101
First time at the convention? Some well-worn veterans will give you some advice how to make the most of your weekend.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 4

3:30pm

Deodorant Is Your Friend
A guide to the various brands of under arm deodorant, their purpose, and application for novices.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Radisson St. Paul

3:30pm

Diversity in Comics
A discussion of how comics address diverse issues like race, gender and sexual orientation.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 3

3:30pm

Don't Judge a Book by its Movie
A crappy movie should not reflect badly on the source material. Books you should check out but avoid watching the movie at all costs.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington

3:30pm

Panels and Programming 101: The Meta-Panel
Being an expert on a topic doesn't mean you know how to talk about it. Come and hear some tips and tricks for giving good panel and how to avoid common pitfalls. Perfect for a first-time nervous panelist or a nice refresher for the seasoned veteran!

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 7

3:30pm

Photoshop Workshop
Join Melissa Kaercher for an interactive Photoshop workshop. Melissa is an experienced coloring and lettering artist, working on a number of comic and gaming projects including Troma, Femme Noir, Green Ronin, and educational titles for Capstone Press.

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

Exploring Scientific Ideas: Longer Project
Cool science stuff from a real science teacher! We know you are on vacation but science is fun - come and see!

Thursday July 2, 2009 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Plaza 3

4:00pm

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Thursday July 2, 2009 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Navigators

4:00pm

Gnome Punting Competition
Come punt gnomes with the Lords of Lore and Lechery from the Bearded Gnome Tavern and Inn! We are looking for the champion gnome-punter! Rewards! Little men in red hats!

Thursday July 2, 2009 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

5:00pm

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 5:15pm
Navigators

5:00pm

A Brief Survey of Hypnosis in Media
Once you know a little about hypnosis, you'll see it's everywhere in the media. Dee and comics writer John Seavey discuss some of the most famous examples of hypnosis and mind control in the media.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 1

5:00pm

Brian Keene's Adventures in the Comic Industry
"Devil Slayer" and other works

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 2

5:00pm

Credibility and the Internet
Just how reliable is Wikipedia, anyway? How often do you use this ever-changing and growing encyclopedia? Will it ever become respected and reliable enough to be cited as a credible source? How involved are you in contributing content to the site?

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 7

5:00pm

Dark Shadows Revisited
Dark Shadows is complete on DVD - all 1,225 episodes. Share your memories of this gothic horror soap or discover it for the first time. Learn about new full-cast audio dramas & novels set in this universe & the rumored new Johnny Depp theatrical remake!

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Edina

5:00pm

Filmmaking on the Cheap
Tips and techniques to make movies on a budget.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 6

5:00pm

First Thing We Do is Kill All the 'Rules Lawyers'
The rules don't always make the game more fun. Learn how to put away the books and just roll the damn dice.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

Going from a Poor Unpublished Author to a Poor Published Author
Pat and Kelly have both only recently become published authors. Here is your chance to listen to their stories about how your dreams can be crushed and you can be stronger for it.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloomington

5:00pm

How to Throw a Kick-Arse Room Party!
Learn how to take your room party to the next level, plan for extra guests, a fun theme, and figure out how many ways you can redecorate a 16x12 Cabana Room.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

Is Our President a Geek?
State your evidence for or against Barack Obama being one step away from cosplaying as Tuvok on the bridge of the Voyager.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cabana 118

5:00pm

Why So Serious: The 'Trickster' in Books, Comics and Film
From Loki to the Joker, the trickster uses humor in his or her relations with the hero.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 8

5:00pm

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Kids and late-night drunks alike . . . everybody loves Pee-Wee! (this showing captioned)

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Plaza 4

5:00pm

The Frozen North
Love medieval times? Enjoy watching reenactments? Interested in learning how to make your own safe weapons? Come meet the Frozen North, a non profit fighting group that is involved in many national foam fighting events. Come beat someone up today!

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

5:00pm

Secret Showing
Not every thing we show we can put out in public ahead of the convention.

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza 2

5:00pm

Gaming Suite
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Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:30am
2203,2204,2006,2007

5:00pm

LAN Gaming
-

Thursday July 2, 2009 5:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
2205

6:00pm

Mark Time Radio Show
-

Thursday July 2, 2009 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Stage

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
Time to get started with the convention!

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Stage

7:00pm

The Panel Without Pants
We all know pants are overrated so for this panel, absolutely no pants are allowed. Skirts are welcome but only under protest.

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

7:00pm

Big Trouble in Little China
Kurt Russell is back and again, he's servin' up Chinese. Well"

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - 8:39pm
Plaza 4

7:00pm

Ahh My Buddha
Ikkou is training to be a priest in a Buddhist temple full of incredibly gorgeous and obviously available priestesses.

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Plaza 2

7:00pm

Deadly Delights
You are cordially invited to the Valentine Mansion to enjoy a complimentary dessert party and the company of some strange guests, and to partake in a tale of souls, transcending history, eternally retold. This year we are featuring specialty cupcakes with a variety of fillings and toppings for any taste.
http://s4.invisionfree.com/deadlydelights/

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Steam Century Mystery
Steam Century Mystery is a game based on ideas from Clue, LARPs, and How to Host a Murder all with a Steampunk theme. The crew act as hosts as well as living clues while the guests try to solve the Mystery set up specifically for that convention.
http://www.steamcentury.com

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Vice City
Vice City is all about casual, classic video gaming fun. From Bible Adventures to Tetris Attack to Wizard of Wor, Vice City has your classic gaming needs covered. "WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS" (William S. Sessions, Director, FBI)
http://spriteengine.com

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Ales from the Crypt
Zombies from the Fright Farm are back!!! Quench your thirst with Embalming Fluid, Zombie Snot, or Brain Hemorrhage! (Mmm, BRAINS.) Are you "Smarter than a Zombie?" Test your Horror Trivia for a chance to win fabulous prizes on "The Wheel of Death." Come for the drinks; stay for the BRAINS!!!
http://www.wolfinc.net

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

VHU: Techs Gone Wild
The engineers took over! Masterminding maniacal mayhem, party modding a realm of technological insanity that would make Scotty grab the scotch. Celebrate blinky lights, shiny buttons, and the mad scientist in us all as we learn a valuable lesson about letting engineers be managers... "It's VHU-542!" "They've gone to plaid!"
http://www.vhu542.org

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization VHU

7:00pm

Zombie Arcade
That's right: the Zombies from the Fright Farm are back!!! Kill some time on the GIANT SCREEN GAMES killing Zombies in House of the Dead or Resident Evil, jam to Guitar Hero, or just chill out in the Dungeon. All are welcome, Dead and Undead alike (especially those with BRAINS).
http://www.frozengrafix.com

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

The Ocha-ya
A stylish yet subdued ramen and tea room decorated in Japanese-inspired designs and attended by Traps for a twist. Come for an immersive escape!

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Karaoke Joe's Cafe
We're back, ready to rock your world! Join DJ Dov (made it through Afghanistan!), Ben, Gene & the Karaoke Joe's gang for 3 nights of the longest-running party at the Con! And don't miss the biggest, bestest karaoke contest Saturday night! Come join us and ROCK THE MIC!

Thursday July 2, 2009 7:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 3:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Chen style Tai Chi presentation
A demo featuring a plethora of Chinese weapons forms, empty hand and two person exercises pertaining to Tai Chi with the owner and operator of Dark Raven Studios, a Martial art school in St. Paul, MN and producer/director of Dark Raven Productions.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

8:00pm

Matrix Tag
Players choose the roles of Agent Smith, Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, or play an Agent or Zionist. Any number of people can play, joining in and leaving at any time.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cabana 101

8:00pm

8:00pm

House of Toast
Many years of serving seemingly random combinations of toppings to con-goers have led us to 3 conclusions. 1: Nearly everything goes well on toast. 2: Increased application of alcohol increases willingness to try previously horrifying combinations of toppings. 3: Con-goers increase their application of alcohol every year.
http://www.houseoftoast.org

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Terran Empire
Experience the evil side of classic Trek aboard the I.S.S. Enterprise and choose your poison - will it be Green or Red???? When you've had your fill, visit the Federation in the next room.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Assassins' Guild
Come and join the Assassins' Guild for mystery, mayhem, merriment & murder. Games? Foam sword boffing? OBVIOUSLY! And even some DDR. Come and join us for refreshment and only light twisted insanity.
http://www.elementalproductions.inc.com

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

United Federation of Planets
The U.S.S. Enterprise launches again at CONvergence, with some fun new additions. Come aboard; you've always wanted to. Relax with your fellow Starfleet officers and members of the U.S.S. Nokomis. Then, step next door to the Terran Empire.
http://www.ussnokomis.org

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Campaign Convergence
Where evil masterminds maneuver, manipulate, and murder their way to the presidency. (Just like a real election only not as depressing.) Meet the candidates, win prizes, and cast your vote! Don't forget to attend our panel debate on Friday; election results posted Saturday. Sponsored by The Guild of Calamitous Intent.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Poly Paradise and Purgatory
Heavenly love, devilish fun! Have your picture taken in Heaven or Hell! Nightly "Otherworldly Creatures" costume contest & Twister Tournament; Heinlein's 102nd birthday party Saturday night! Friday, 2-3pm: "Sci-Fi Relationships? Polyamory 101" presentation and Q&A. Saturday, 2-5pm: "CONvergence Cuddle Party" hosted by Candessa of Ms. LaVie's School of Loving Arts.
http://www.mnpoly.org

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Bearded Gnome Tavern and Inn
Welcome, weary travelers! Rest your feet, quench your thirst, learn your fortune, and try your hand at tavern games! Listen to the stories of bards and seek your own adventures in an ancient time of dragons and dungeons. Rub the Bearded Gnome and raise a toast to fallen heroes!

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Witches' Cauldron
Earth, Air, Fire or Water: come see which of the four elements you are most aligned with...and sample some of our elemental spirits while you're at it!
http://tcpaganpride.org

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:30pm

Face Painting - the Cat version
Anyone looking for some killer cat makeup should make this panel their first stop before prowling the con in the evening.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 3

8:30pm

Joel Arnold Reading
Joel Arnold, author of several short stories including "Seller's Market, October Blizzard" and "Some Things Don't Wash Off" reads from his work.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Vista Suite

8:30pm

Effects on a Budget
How local filmmakers can afford to use effects in their films. How you too can blow up a car.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 1

8:30pm

Hypnosis 101 - What is it? What isn't it?
When it comes to hypnosis, there's a lot of misinformation out there. Dee explains what hypnosis is and isn't, deconstructing the myths and explaining the realities of one of the most interesting states of consciousness.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 4

8:30pm

Neil Gaiman, American God
The closest thing the Science Fiction community has to a Rock Star is Neil Gaiman. His work has been made into movies, TV shows, radio plays, audio books and more. Enjoy the futility of trying to cover his career in an hour.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Bloomington

8:30pm

Online Fandom
What is the effect of the internet on local fan communities? What happens when you hold a club meeting and no one shows up?

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 7

8:30pm

Stage Movement for Masquerade
How do you make use of the whole stage? What are people not used to seeing? Join us for a workshop for people trying to come up with presentation ideas for future (aka not this year) masquerades.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 2

8:30pm

Teen Meet-up Thursday
An opportunity for our teenaged members to connect with other teens attending the convention. Adults are boring! We all know that. Ditch your parents and hang out with the cool kids.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 8

8:30pm

The Horrible Humor of Joss Whedon
How does Joss Whedon use humor throughout his works, from Buffy to Dollhouse? How does his humor hide the dark edge that is frequently a part of his work?

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Edina

8:45pm

Fake
Dee Latener and his half-Japanese partner Randy 'Ryo' McLane, a couple of detectives in New York's 27th Precinct. Not only does this pair of crime-fighting crusaders chase down criminals, but Dee can't stop chasing Ryo.

Thursday July 2, 2009 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Plaza 2

9:00pm

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - 9:15pm
Navigators

9:00pm

Scott Keever with Orkestar Bez Ime
Balkan Dance Music

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Stevie Ray's

9:00pm

Trailer Park
See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff.

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza 4

9:00pm

A Klingon Nightmare
What could possibly cause a brave Klingon warrior to run screaming in fear? Could it be.... A Klingon Nightmare?
http://members.aol.com/GeoHard/RakeHell.html

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - 11:00pm
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Insert Quarter for SMACKDOWN!
Mario may be able to take down Donkey Kong but Pac-Man could eat ghosts! What happens when the two of them go mano-a-mano in a match free from hammers or power pills? We are going to tally up the 1s and 0s in a smackdown that will set a new high score!

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Atrium 6

9:00pm

D-Notice
Welcome to D-Notice's party room! Come and celebrate our ten years at CONvergence with our famous Shaktarian steak balls and bio-genetic drinks along with our goth-industrial music. Take a spin on the wheel of misfortune. Don't forget the caution tape!
http://twinports.gaming.scifi.tripod.com/

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Serenity Galley
Come experience the thrill of Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity 'verse! Sit down in Serenity's galley, enjoy food from the 'verse, games, live music, trivia, and more! Or step into Canton and our tribute to the man they call Jayne!
http://www.mnfirefly.com

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Black Light Night
A night of neon glow under the black light. Face paints and glowy things to light up your night.

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
Verandas 1-5

9:00pm

Cinema Apocalypse
Cinema Apocalypse strives to show the best of the worst of World Cinema. From Indonesian Black Magic and Turkish Superheroes to Mexican monsters and Japanese psychedelia. No genre is off limits, taboo, or too dangerous for Cinema Apocalypse. Just keep telling yourself: it's only a movie!
http://www.cinemapocalypse.com

Thursday July 2, 2009 9:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 5:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

10:00pm

Ask a Freemason Almost Anything
Come and learn the truth. The secret society is revealed!

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 8

10:00pm

Friends of Bill W. #1
Join other friends of Bill W. for a meeting.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 2

10:00pm

Ikea Hacker
New and interesting ways to store your crap

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 4

10:00pm

MI6 Declassified: Quantum of Solace (Bourne to be Bond)
Did "Quantum of Solace" take too much Bond out of itself, or was it the perfect conclusion to "Casino Royale"? A talk about Quantum of Solace, James Bond's past and what is coming up for him, as well as everything else James Bond.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza 1

10:00pm

Tolkien and Pokemon: The Hidden Connection
Sinnoh and Middle earth are both fictional. In the Pokemon universe and the Tolkien universe there are battles. All Gollum can say is "my precious" and all Pikachu can say is "Pikachu." Coincidence? We think not.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

10:00pm

Torchwood
Did the Children of Earth mini-series set fandom ablaze? Does your love of Captain Jack know no bounds? Does living on top of a spatial and temporal rift have its inconveniences?

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina

10:00pm

When Should Writers Stop?
Sometimes a novel is good enough. Publishers like series but are writers trapped into writing popular series when they would be creatively challenged far more if they were allowed to explore other worlds?

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Bloomington

10:00pm

Baccano
Don't let nobody tell you there's no future in a life of crime, because some rackets can last forever.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Plaza 2

10:00pm

Beetlejuice
A married couple end up in freak car crash only to find out that they are dead, trapped in their house, and a yuppie couple with a tragically goth teenager have moved in.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - 11:32pm
Plaza 4

10:00pm

Mark Time Radio - The Halloween Tree
Entries from the Mark Time contest from Colonial Radio Theater

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am
Stevie Ray's

10:00pm

Romulan Consulate
Booze from every corner of the galaxy. Beautiful women. Snide, imperialistic hosts. We're still better than you. We came, we saw, we triumphed. 18+.
http://www.myspace.com/RomulanConsulate

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

10:00pm

Retro Rebel Rocket Roadhouse
DJs Dr. Boom and Flashy (and special guests) will start you off in the 70's and 80's, then traverse the musical temporal-verse through shoegazer and early rave music stopping at all the genres you've missed since the end of the 20th century.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:00pm - Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am
Main Stage

10:30pm

Black Light Fashion Show
Got a great outfit that glows under black light? Join us for our first Black Light Fashion Show.

Thursday July 2, 2009 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Verandas 1-5

11:30pm

Exploring the Tarantino Universe
The movies of Quentin Tarantino seem to exist in their own reality, yet they all seem to exist in the same reality.

Thursday July 2, 2009 11:30pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:30am
Plaza 1

11:30pm

Monty Python Quote-Along Panel
With our theme this year, we know everyone will have clever Monty Pythonisms at the ready. Here's a great opportunity for you to get it out of your system. Who are we kidding? This panel is going to happen everywhere.

Thursday July 2, 2009 11:30pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:30am
Radisson St. Paul

11:30pm

Southern-Fried Vampires
A discussion of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and the True Blood HBO series based on them.

Thursday July 2, 2009 11:30pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:30am
Bloomington

11:30pm

Supernatural: The Panel
Angels, demons and Metallicar, oh my! Come discuss what's new with the Winchester brothers and speculate on the show's upcoming fifth season.

Thursday July 2, 2009 11:30pm - Friday July 3, 2009 12:30am
Edina

11:30pm

Parody
A mix of old and new parodies.

Thursday July 2, 2009 11:30pm - Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am
Plaza 2

12:00am

Masters of the Universe (with Joseph Scrimshaw and Tim Uren)
1987's Masters of the Universe is a really stupid movie. Tim Uren and Joseph Scrimshaw could talk about how stupid it is for 106 minutes straight. By the power of Grayskull, that's exactly what they're going to do.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:00am - 1:46am
Plaza 4

1:00am

Ramen Fighter Miki
Miki delivers Ramen, and fights. What more do you need to know?

Friday July 3, 2009 1:00am - 2:30am
Plaza 2

2:00am

Slither
Malcolm Reynolds/Captain Hammer fights freakish slimy slugs in this fun and cheesy horror-comedy. Not enough people have seen this creepy, funny film so if you're in that category, attendance is mandatory.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00am - 3:35am
Plaza 4

2:30am

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuo-Chan
The path of nonviolence leads to a fountain of blood, as Dokuro-chan accidentally kills Sakura on an almost-daily basis only to resurrect him moments later.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:30am - 4:00am
Plaza 2
 
Friday, July 3
 

4:00am

School Rumble 2
How do you take care of a school crushes? Rumble!

Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am - 6:00am
Plaza 2

4:00am

COF2E2
Caffeinated and decaf beverages here

Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am - Saturday July 4, 2009 3:59am
COF2E2

4:00am

Consuite
Get your snacks and drinks here all day and night during the convention

Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am - Saturday July 4, 2009 3:59am
Consuite

4:00am

Operations
The Operations department provides communications and manages services for the convention, the convention committee and our attendees.

Friday July 3, 2009 4:00am - Saturday July 4, 2009 3:59am
The Bridge Bridge, Facilities

6:00am

Prince of Tennis
The 12-year-old son of a famous tennis player and a tennis genius in his own right. With talent in his blood and fire in his eyes, he backs up his confidence on the court with amazing skills.

Friday July 3, 2009 6:00am - 8:00am
Plaza 2

8:00am

Hello Kitty
It's Hello Kitty.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00am - 10:00am
Plaza 2

8:00am

CBA Boffer Fighting
Foam sword fighting at its best with the Cosplay Boffer Association

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00am - 12:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

9:00am

Programming Operations (Friday)
Programming Operations (formerly called The Green Room) is the nerve center from which all the panels and programming is directed. Its location is Atrium 5.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00am - 5:00pm
Atrium 5

9:00am

ASL
American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at CONvergence Central. There will be NO pre-scheduling of interpreters for panels this year.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00am - 11:00pm
CONvergence Central

9:00am

Volunteer Lounge
We've set up a Volunteer Desk at registration, and a small space where we will be happy to chat with you about what is happening and where we need your help.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00am - 11:00pm
Shipside

9:30am

Crayon's Corner
Children's story hour with Caryn Lengkeek is back. Little ones aren't just welcome, they are the guests of honor.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 3

9:30am

Reading by T.K. Hall
T.K. Hall, author of the self published novel "A Perfect World - Tatriel" reads some of her work.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Vista Suite

9:30am

CONvergence Job Networking
Given the current economy, we've set aside a room and some time for you to network with other professionals. Note: this panel is un-moderated - just show up and mingle!

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 7

9:30am

Fannish Vehicles
Have you ever become more attached to a car/ship/spacecraft than you have a main character? What makes vehicles like the TARDIS, the Black Pearl, KITT, Serenity and others so compelling? Why are they becoming more central to the shows and movies we love?

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 8

9:30am

Finding My Way in the Comics Industry
Dwayne McDuffie talks about getting into the comics business and shares his inspirations and experiences.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 2

9:30am

Free Online Games Worth Playing
There are a number of free online flash and browser-based games out there you can waste away the work day with. Which sites carry the best flash games and what are some of your personal favorites? How about non-flash-based games?

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 3

9:30am

Friday Morning Aerobics
Join Cleo for a low impact aerobic workout, co-sponsored by MISFITS Geek Physique. You do need to promise to shower afterwards though, we don't want to add to the fan stench!

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 4

9:30am

Survival Signs
Did you ever want to learn how to sign "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "Tribble?" One of our fabulous interpreters will teach you anything you want to know.

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Edina

9:30am

Voice and Body Actors
Just how important is voice and body movement when creating an otherworldly character? Was Abe Sapien better with David Hyde-Pierce's or Doug Jones' voice? Can anybody be in a rubber suit or is there actual talent involved?

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 1

9:30am

Writing Craft: Creatures and Character
Writing the human and inhuman in a believable way is tough. Should the story be from the point of view of the Vampire or their significant other? What makes people love or hate a character or creature?

Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Bloomington

9:30am

Gaming Suite
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Friday July 3, 2009 9:30am - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
2203,2204,2006,2007

10:00am

The Princess Bride
A fairy tale story with a sly, sardonic wit, this also may be one of the most geek-quoted films of all time along with "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00am - 11:38am
Plaza 4

10:00am

Voltron
The legend of Voltron: Defender of the Universe! A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 2

10:00am

Dealer's Room
The Dealer's Room is for your shopping pleasure

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00am - 6:00pm
Dealer's Room

10:00am

Art Show
Where you can see art

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00am - 8:00pm
Plaza 5 and 6

10:00am

Registration
Everyone goes to registration to pick up their materials.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00am - 11:00pm
Shipside

10:00am

Volunteers' Den
A place for volunteers to go to get away from the rush and hubub of the rest of the convention. All that you need to spend time in the Volunteers' Den is a Volunteer Button You get that for spending ONE HOUR or more doing any volunteer activity.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00am - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
Cabana 222

11:00am

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 11:15am
Navigators

11:00am

Brian Keene and Mark McLaughlin Signing
Guest of Honor Brian Keene will be available to sign his work along with fellow horror writer and Bram Stoker award winner Mark McLaughlin.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

Dragon Making by Committee
Julie brings the body parts, you help build him and his personality! The resulting Dragon will be auctioned off in the Art Show. Half of the proceeds to go to charity.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 3

11:00am

Writing Craft: World and the Creatures Within
How do you create a world with depth and reality apart from our own? Not just magic and tech but creatures and people that populate the place as well.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vista Suite

11:00am

'The Name of the Wind'
A discussion of Pat Rothfuss' magnum opus by Pat Rothfuss.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bloomington

11:00am

Audio Sci-fi
From amateur to professional, there has been a boom in audio fiction and audio drama available to the average listener. Come find out what's good, what isn't, and where to find it online and otherwise. Listen to some great examples.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 6

11:00am

Convention Costuming Survival Guide
What makes a good hall costume as opposed to a masquerade costume? How do masquerades work? What can be particularly impressive on stage and what should you keep in mind when planning to dress in costume all day?

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 2

11:00am

Growing Up Geek
Find out from teenage fans what it's like to grow up in a geek household and tips on how to survive school.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 8

11:00am

How to Keep a Game or Movie Night Going
Keeping a regular geek activity going when kids/jobs/other geek activities are gobbling up your time.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 3

11:00am

In Memoriam - Forrest J. Ackerman
Forrest J. Ackerman (Forry to his friends and fans) was Guest of Honor at the first CONvergence. Let's remember this friendly founding member of science fiction fandom and Monster Culture, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, and lover of horrible puns.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cabana 118

11:00am

Predicting the Future
Cell phones and Communicators? How do writers and artists predictably create your reality? Where have they gotten it horribly wrong?

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 7

11:00am

Remembering the RadisSon of Satan
10 years ago, CONvergence spent it's first (and so far only) year in a different hotel. You may have heard about it. What was so bad about the hotel that year? Come to this panel and find out why we still shudder ten years later.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 4

11:00am

The Art of a Good Screenplay
A great screenplay can make a bad movie tolerable. A bad screenplay will typically ensure box office success. How to tell the difference.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 1

11:00am

TLC: Learning? or Just Channel?
With shows like "The Man Who Turned Into a Tree" and "900 Pound Mom," what are we actually learning when watching "The Learning Channel?"

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina

11:00am

Magic The Gathering Elder Dragon Highlander Constructed Multiplayer Tournament
Using the official EDH rules, we introduce Convergence to the most popular Casual Multiplayer Format around! See http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/~geduggan/EDH_rules.html on how to build your very own special 100 card deck to join in the fun!

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
2207

11:00am

12:00pm

Mark Time Radio - Waiting for a Window
Entries from the Mark Time contest from Finalrune Productions

Friday July 3, 2009 12:00pm - 12:35pm
Stevie Ray's

12:00pm

Steam Century presents: The Steampunk Fashion Exposition
Don your finest Neo-Victorian outfit for a stately walk down the retro runway. Prizes will be awarded for the most notable outfits. Sign up at room 230 at 11:00am.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Garden Court - Southeast

12:00pm

Clue
Board games are funny too! Based on the omnipresent board game, this film is a who's who of 80s comedic talent. Which ending will Rex show? Come and find out! (this showing captioned)

Friday July 3, 2009 12:00pm - 1:34pm
Plaza 4

12:30pm

Dwayne McDuffie and Patrick Rothfuss Signing
Your chance to meet two of our guests of honor and get their autograph.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph Table

12:30pm

My Lunch Can Beat Up Your Lunch
How to pack a Bento box. Run by the Bento box queen. Panel will be limited to the first twenty participants.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 3

12:30pm

Beta Reading: Relying on the Honesty of Friends
Beta readers discuss how to give constructive criticism without discouraging the creativity of the artist. Or: how to hurt someone so good.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloomington

12:30pm

Brian Keene's Misspent Youth
Brian talks about his childhood and his work with troubled youth

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 8

12:30pm

Dark Shadows: Barnabas Bloopers!
Explore the lighter side of Dark Shadows through hilarious outtakes, aired "as-broadcast" bloopers, fan-made music videos, and actor appearances on classic-era game shows. Whether you're an old fan or just curious, you'll find something to laugh about!

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 6

12:30pm

Gaming Etiquette
Do you have to share your Mountain Dew with the GM? Important gaming rules like washing off the Doritos dust before you play cards and learning the appropriate response to a party member who "accidentally" kills you with a fireball spell.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 3

12:30pm

It came from Bandana Square
The hotel by Bandana Square, St. Paul goes back 18 years with fandom. It hosts Diversicon, a SF con, July 31-Aug. 2; Arcana, a horror con, Oct. 16-18; and Con-Sarnit, a Western con, next spring. We'll talk about the hotel and the cons.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cabana 118

12:30pm

Meet My Invisible Friends
Are you replacing your real friends with virtual ones? What are the RAMifications of social networking websites?

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 7

12:30pm

The Steampunk Panel
Why we care and what inspires us in our quest for Victorian science fiction.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 4

12:30pm

When is a Stick Figure Enough?
We return to the realm of webcomics to discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and the good and ugly. As newspapers become obsolete, the comic strip is going online and thriving.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 2

12:30pm

Why Am I Getting My News from a Comedy Show?
The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Best Week Ever, David Letterman, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and SNL's Weekend Update. Are these your only sources for information? Do they skew news a certain way? Are there others you'd recommend?

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Edina

12:30pm

Why Did They Remake That?
Did we really need a remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still?" Is a remake ever a good idea or should they just leave the original alone and come up with a new idea?

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 1

12:30pm

Why do I cry when I kill the pixel wolf
The perils of letting wimps play World of Warcraft or: will PETA come after me for killing a virtual animal? Light refreshments will be served.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Radisson St. Paul

12:30pm

Poetry Workshop
A workshop focused on creating fantastic images, using humor and poetry form and models hosted by poet Sandra Lindow. Written critiques will be available for those who pre-submitted their works but the workshop is open to anyone.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Vista Suite

12:30pm

Air
Yukito is a traveling performer; a wanderer. He survives with only the clothes on his back, a puppet, and a story from his mother: the story of "The Girl in the Sky." He doesn't know who or where she is; only that he must find her.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Plaza 2

12:30pm

To Serve Heroes
Are you tired of being treated differently simply because your can turn your skin into a mass of lizards? Are you still mad about that time that Captain Awesome threw a bus at your favorite Zeppelin? Well, it's payback time. The Chef is in town, and he's gathering up the city's worst villains to dish a little back to the heroes that make their lives so hard. Played in the Mutants and Masterminds system, there will be some choice in character creation. The more over-the-top, the better.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2203-A

12:30pm

LAN Gaming
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Friday July 3, 2009 12:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
2205

12:35pm

Mark Time Radio - The Outpost
Mark Time Award-winning audio programs.

Friday July 3, 2009 12:35pm - 1:10pm
Stevie Ray's

1:00pm

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Friday July 3, 2009 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Navigators

1:00pm

Geeks Got Talent Registration Meeting
If you are interested in participating in our Geeks Got Talent Gong Show contest, show up for this advance meeting.

Friday July 3, 2009 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Stage

1:00pm

Space Craft
Geeky sci-fi crafting!

Friday July 3, 2009 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Verandas 1-5

1:00pm

CBA Boffer Fighting
Foam sword fighting at its best with the Cosplay Boffer Association

Friday July 3, 2009 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

1:30pm

Mustache Rangers
The Mustache Rangers explore space and beyond. Comedy.

Friday July 3, 2009 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Stevie Ray's

2:00pm

Classic Video Game Tournament
Come compete in our first classic video game tournament on a MAME arcade machine. Be there at 2 to sign up!

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Verandas 1-5

2:00pm

Kelly McCullough Reading
Join our Guest of Honor as he reads some of his work.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vista Suite

2:00pm

Learn to make Balloon Animals
Michael McDole will be teaching you how to make your own balloon creations.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 3

2:00pm

Minnesota Speculative Fiction Signing
Dana Baird, Michael Merriam and Joel Arnold

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

Meet and Greet
MISFITS is hosting this casual ice-breaker type gathering where attendees can get acquainted with the organization and each other.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Consuite

2:00pm

Adapting 'The Terminal'
Discussing the process of adapting Brian Keene's novel into a stage play along with a reading of the play.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 3

2:00pm

Comedy Writing for Various Media
Does a writer's approach to telling a funny story change depending on the medium they are using to tell it? If so, how much?

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 4

2:00pm

eBooks, ePublishing & eTours
Do you use eBooks and a reader? Which readers give you the most bang for the buck? How can you use ePublishing sites to get your name out there? What about eBook Tours?

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 7

2:00pm

Geeks in Greasepaint - Theatre and Fandom
You'd think geeks would be better actors. They seem to think so. Why do geeks have a predisposition to both embrace and recoil from the limelight? Are they compensating on the stage for social skill challenges in real life?

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 8

2:00pm

Great Authors You've Never Heard Of
Once you are done with Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and the Hitchhiker's "Trilogy," we'll give you a list of books and authors that you probably missed.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cabana 118

2:00pm

Humor in Doctor Who
Tom Baker, Catherine Tate, Douglas Adams, The Romans, and those great rubber suits. Share your favorite moments from Doctor Who's extensive past and humorous present.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Edina

2:00pm

Humor in Superhero Comics
From Keith Giffen's Justice League to Deadpool, humor is alive and well with our heroes. What else besides wisecracking sidekicks and absurd villains add to the mix?

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 2

2:00pm

Local Filmmaking Preview
Local filmmakers present 2-minute trailers and talk about their work.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 6

2:00pm

Teens talk about good books
A panel of teens will talk about the great books they are reading.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bloomington

2:00pm

Watchmen - The Movie
We know you saw it. We know Alan Moore Doesn't approve. How about you?

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 1

2:00pm

Sci-Fi Relationships? Polyamory 101
presentation and Q&A

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

2:00pm

Shinesman
Little does he know that he's been recruited for a very mysterious department within the company: Special Duty Combat Unit: SHINESMAN - which faces a terrible alien menace unbeknownst to Earthlings.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plaza 2

2:00pm

Groundhog Day
Not typically thought of as fantasy or sci-fi, but there are clearly strange forces at work as Bill Murray wakes up to the same damn day over and over. Living in his own personal repeating hell, he struggles to break the cycle with hilarious results.

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 3:41pm
Plaza 4

2:00pm

Masquerade Registration
If you are interested in participating in the Masquerade, sign up here!

Friday July 3, 2009 2:00pm - 6:00pm
CONvergence Central

3:00pm

CONvergence Tour
If you're new to CONvergence, or just want to get reintroduced, we will walk around the hotel starting just outside Registration.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Navigators

3:00pm

3:00pm

MST3K: Origins and Beyond
Meet Trace, Joel, Mary Jo, Frank and make up artist Crist Ballas as they talk about the origins and design of MST3K and the evolution of the series from locally owned Channel 23 to national cult phenomenon.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Stage

3:30pm

Dana M. Baird Reading and Reception
Dana M. Baird's ("The Spell Keeper") second book has been recently released by Sam's Dot Publishing. Join her for a reading and a reception celebrating her second publication.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Vista Suite

3:30pm

Exploring Scientific Ideas: Shorter Project
More real science with a real science teacher. Hands on fun for all ages.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 3

3:30pm

Advanced Costuming
When duct tape just isn't good enough. Put away the hot glue gun and get it right!

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 2

3:30pm

But I Don't Have 7 Hours for a Tabletop Game!
Most of us don't have time for the marathon gaming sessions of our youth but we don't want to give up gaming. Balancing your life with your need to kill orcs.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 3

3:30pm

Geek Community Center
What would you like in a hypothetical Geek Community Center? Come and brainstorm with us, think big, and who knows - with enough hard work, our community dreams might one day become a reality!

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 8

3:30pm

Inserting Humor Into Your Writing
The title isn't very funny because humor is hard. Come learn some tricks to be funny without being forced.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington

3:30pm

Not So Special Effects
Is the explosion of CGI the death of model making in puppetry in film?

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 1

3:30pm

Science Museum Panel
MISFITS is sponsoring the Science Museum to come out and teach us about SCIENCE!

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 4

3:30pm

Shiny New Anime
Learn about the newest anime you may not have heard of from folks who know what you are looking for. The best anime is anime you don't know about yet!

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

Skepticism 101
Learn the basic scientific method and how to question everything without being a jerk about it.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 7

3:30pm

Smallville
A near unprecedented 9th season of Smallville is on the horizon. Tom Welling has played the Man of Steel longer than any other actor. When is he going to wear "The Suit?" What about possible spin-offs with Green Arrow, Justice League, or The Legion?

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Edina

3:30pm

This Panel is Cancelled
A guide to irony

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Radisson St. Paul

3:30pm

Twilight Zone - 50th Anniversary
You have just crossed over into a dimension of discussion and celebration. You have entered the Twilight Zone panel. Let's talk about master teleplay-writer Rod Serling (1924-1975) and his best known series (1959-1964), still powerful after 50 years.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cabana 118

3:30pm

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
The fates shine upon young archeologist Syaoran and his life-long love, the Princess Sakura.

Friday July 3, 2009 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Plaza 2

4:00pm

Cinematic Titanic Signing #1
The first of two signings with the cast of MST3K and Cinematic Titanic. DVDs will also be available to purchase.

Friday July 3, 2009 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Autograph Table

4:00pm

Ed Wood
Shot in beautiful black & white, this great biography film details the trials and tribulations of infamous director Ed Wood as he creates some of the worst sci-fi/horror films ever.

Friday July 3, 2009 4:00pm - 6:07pm
Plaza 4

4:30pm

Riverfolk
Folk

Friday July 3, 2009 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Stevie Ray's

5:00pm

Sock Puppets
We do not expect you to bring your own socks.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 3

5:00pm

48-Minute Films
Devise, shoot, and edit a scene in an hour.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 6

5:00pm

Graphic Novels as Literature
Time magazine called "Watchmen" one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. "Novel?" Really? Can something like "Watchmen" be fairly considered as great literature?

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 2

5:00pm

Humorous Animation on TV
The Simpsons, Family Guy, Cleveland, American Dad, The Venture Bros, Robot Chicken. Need we continue? What are your favorites and which have run their course?

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Edina

5:00pm

Licensed Games: As Seen on the Big Screen
Why are licensed games (based on television or films) so universally panned by critics? Why do they sell relatively well with the gaming public? Are there any licensed games that aren't rushed to tie in with a film's release date that are worth playing?

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

M. Night Shyamalan Intervention
Never has a director gone from "A-List" to "WTF" List so quickly. It's time to show Night some love - TOUGH LOVE!

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 1

5:00pm

Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Meeting
Come learn about this resource for local aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cabana 118

5:00pm

MISFITS Writing Contest Reception
Join MISFITS as we celebrate with the winners of our Annual Writing Contest.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 7

5:00pm

Old Time Radio: Classic Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror
Back in the days before TV people used to gather around the radio to listen to shows like X-1, The Mysterious Traveler, and Dark Fantasy. Most of these shows are now in the Public Domain. Come learn about these shows and where you can find them.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 8

5:00pm

Open Puppetry Auditions
So you want to be a puppeteer? The producers of Transylvania Television are trolling for undiscovered local puppet talent. You may bring your own puppet but it is not required. You WILL be video-taped for our reference. You can also just come and watch.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

The Genius of Uwe Boll
Discuss the works of the world's greatest working director. Compare and contrast his classic re-working of the zombie genre in "House of the Dead" with his magnum opus, "In the Name of the King."

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

5:00pm

Why Writers Should Archive
You will be appreciated after you are dead. Preserving the writing process for posterity and posthumous publication.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloomington

5:00pm

Gurren Lagann
In his sky-less cavern of a village Simon toils daily, drilling holes to expand his stifling little world until one day he makes an extraordinary discovery: a small glowing drill-bit and the man-sized mecha it activates.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Plaza 2

5:30pm

Damian Sheridan
Damian reads his original stories.

Friday July 3, 2009 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Stevie Ray's

6:00pm

Ka-Baam!
Created by Marvel Comics Editor Steve Wacker and directed by Nels Lennes, Ka-Baam!! features the improvised origins of three original superheroes, and sends them on a team adventure against a dastardly supervillain!

Friday July 3, 2009 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Stage

6:00pm

Steam Century Clue Room
Players of the Steam Century Mystery will be using this space to hunt down clues, bargain for artifacts, and save the world! Come to the Steam Century Party room in cabana 230 to learn more and join the game.

Friday July 3, 2009 6:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
2206

6:00pm

Minicon
Come get to know the *other* convention in this hotel. Minicon features a combined art/dealers/science room, 24-hour gaming, hall costume awards, and a wide variety of programming items. Stop by for some great food and our famous BLOG.
http://www.mnstf.org/minicon45/

Friday July 3, 2009 6:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

6:18pm

Prat Fall Flash Mob 1
Join fellow con goers as we celebrate the 2009 CONvergence theme with a prat fall flash mob. Congregate outside the elevators in the Atrium (floor 2) lobby of the North tower. At 6:18, we move towards CONvergence central and...you know.

Friday July 3, 2009 6:18pm - 6:28pm
Atrium Lobby

6:30pm

Plan 9 From Outer Space
Shown as a companion piece to the Ed Wood biopic, this is Cult Comedy Camp Horror at its finest.

Friday July 3, 2009 6:30pm - 7:49pm
Plaza 4

6:30pm

Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School. An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning is secondary to luxury. No matter - the Host Club is now open!

Friday July 3, 2009 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 2

7:00pm

Flip Book Construction
Animation for beginners.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 3

7:00pm

The Apocalypse in Print
The end of the world doesn't interest us nearly so much as what comes next. Much of Science Fiction writing takes place in a dark future where the unthinkable has already happened. Talk about different approaches to this common topic.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Vista Suite

7:00pm

Feng Shui Ninjas
We have a banjo AND an accordian. Either you have a problem with that or you don't

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Stevie Ray's

7:00pm

British People are Funnier than American People
Or do we just get the good stuff across the pond? What are your favorite British shows... The Office, I.T. Crowd, Look Around You? Share your appreciation and get some recommendations.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Edina

7:00pm

Congratulations, Dr. President
Evil vs. Evil! Come ask your nefarious questions and pledge your fealty to your future leader in this debate. Weapons allowed for candidates only.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 6

7:00pm

Console Wars III: Where Do Wii Go from Here?
Our panel examining the merits and software of the current-generation of video game consoles continues in its third year. With the Wii a clear market-share victor, is there room for the PS3 and 360? What about the PSP and DS?

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 3

7:00pm

Give Those Nymphs Some Hooters!
Can you really slay a dragon in heels or fly a starfighter in a bikini? A discussion of the feminine figure as portrayed in genre art and imagery.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 2

7:00pm

It's Greek To Me
A discussion of how the Greek pantheon has been recast in science fiction and fantasy.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bloomington

7:00pm

Podcasts 101
Wondering what a podcast is? Or how to listen to one? What is the difference between online radio and podcasting? Come find out what you need to find and listen to all the great podcasts lurking on the interwebs.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 7

7:00pm

Raising Your Teens 'Geek'
Are you active in the fan community and raising your teens there? Meet other parents so you can share ideas and support, especially when it comes to participating in conventions and clubs.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 4

7:00pm

The Joy of Bad Movies
What movies are so bad they are good? Uwe Boll does serve a purpose.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 1

7:00pm

Tricks of the Trade: How to Publish and Not Perish
Being a good writer doesn't mean your book will ever make it. Come listen to some advice from successful writers.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Atrium 8

7:00pm

Tweet mystery of life
Bring your iPhones and Crackberries because this panel's entire discussion will take place on Twitter. No talking allowed!
http://twitter.com/tweetconpanel

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

7:00pm

Assassin's Guild Boffer Practice
Come & join the Assassin's guild for practice & preparation for the upcoming tournament. Even if you are not going to be in the Saturday tourney please come and play with us. Ages 14 & up with parental consent.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

7:00pm

Comicotion
A party for viewing and discussing comic book related movies and short films. Will be playing a mix of comic related material with an emphasis on shorts, motion comics, animated rarities, and oddities.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Fourth Floor

7:00pm

Con of the North
Stop by the Con of the North room party and play some board, card, and role-playing games! You'll also find out more about Minnesota's best and longest running gaming convention, now in its 18th year!
http://www.conofthenorth.org

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Deadly Delights
You are cordially invited to the Valentine Mansion to enjoy a complimentary dessert party and the company of some strange guests, and to partake in a tale of souls, transcending history, eternally retold. This year we are featuring specialty cupcakes with a variety of fillings and toppings for any taste.
http://s4.invisionfree.com/deadlydelights/

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Steam Century Mystery
Steam Century Mystery is a game based on ideas from Clue, LARPs, and How to Host a Murder all with a Steampunk theme. The crew act as hosts as well as living clues while the guests try to solve the Mystery set up specifically for that convention.
http://www.steamcentury.com

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Vice City
Vice City is all about casual, classic video gaming fun. From Bible Adventures to Tetris Attack to Wizard of Wor, Vice City has your classic gaming needs covered. "WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS" (William S. Sessions, Director, FBI)
http://spriteengine.com

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Ales from the Crypt
Zombies from the Fright Farm are back!!! Quench your thirst with Embalming Fluid, Zombie Snot, or Brain Hemorrhage! (Mmm, BRAINS.) Are you "Smarter than a Zombie?" Test your Horror Trivia for a chance to win fabulous prizes on "The Wheel of Death." Come for the drinks; stay for the BRAINS!!!
http://www.wolfinc.net

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Terran Empire
Experience the evil side of classic Trek aboard the I.S.S. Enterprise and choose your poison - will it be Green or Red???? When you've had your fill, visit the Federation in the next room.

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

United Federation of Planets
The U.S.S. Enterprise launches again at CONvergence, with some fun new additions. Come aboard; you've always wanted to. Relax with your fellow Starfleet officers and members of the U.S.S. Nokomis. Then, step next door to the Terran Empire.
http://www.ussnokomis.org

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

VHU: Techs Gone Wild
The engineers took over! Masterminding maniacal mayhem, party modding a realm of technological insanity that would make Scotty grab the scotch. Celebrate blinky lights, shiny buttons, and the mad scientist in us all as we learn a valuable lesson about letting engineers be managers... "It's VHU-542!" "They've gone to plaid!"
http://www.vhu542.org

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization VHU

7:00pm

Zombie Arcade
That's right: the Zombies from the Fright Farm are back!!! Kill some time on the GIANT SCREEN GAMES killing Zombies in House of the Dead or Resident Evil, jam to Guitar Hero, or just chill out in the Dungeon. All are welcome, Dead and Undead alike (especially those with BRAINS).
http://www.frozengrafix.com

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Midnight at the Oasis
Bellydancing and fantasy: what could go better together? Join us in the evening to watch the lovely ladies of Basimah Kamar dance troupe and guests perform hourly shows all night. Daytime more your thing? Join us Saturday afternoon as ITTSF hosts open dancing and water tasting.
http://www.basimahkamar.com

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Karaoke Joe's Cafe
We're back, ready to rock your world! Join DJ Dov (made it through Afghanistan!), Ben, Gene & the Karaoke Joe's gang for 3 nights of the longest-running party at the Con! And don't miss the biggest, bestest karaoke contest Saturday night! Come join us and ROCK THE MIC!

Friday July 3, 2009 7:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 3:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Geeks Got Talent
Do you have a special talent? Calling all performers including singers, jugglers, comedians, magicians, acoustic musicians, one-man bands, and sketch comedy.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Main Stage

8:00pm

Young Frankenstein
The first film in our Classic Horror Monster Triple Feature, Mel Brooks' homage to the classic Frankenstein genre is also his best work. (this showing captioned)

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - 9:46pm
Plaza 4

8:00pm

8:00pm

Sword of the Stranger
Hunted by the Ming from China, young Kotaro and his dog meet a nameless samurai ("Nanashi") who is haunted constantly by memories of his past which has led him to avoid drawing his sword ever again.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza 2

8:00pm

Captain Kirk's House of Ill Repute
The party Captain returns! Captain Kirk's House of Ill Repute features the Swingin' 60s Dance Party and much more! Stop by Room 208 to find out how you can meet GEORGE R.R. MARTIN and PETER JURASIK (Londo of Babylon 5)!
http://www.valleycon.com

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Cow Asylum
We will be restoring normality just as soon as we are sure of what is normal anyway.
http://www.cowasylum.com

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Gaylaxicon 2009/Sci-Fab
Come and celebrate all that is fabulous in sci-fi and fantasy, and support Gaylaxicon 2009, coming to the Twin Cities in October for the first time ever! Enjoy games, snacks, home-made ice cream and our Torchwood lookalike contest! Are you more Captain Jack or Ianto? Gwen or Tosh?

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am

8:00pm

Gravediggers
The caskets are empty but the casks are full.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

House of Toast
Many years of serving seemingly random combinations of toppings to con-goers have led us to 3 conclusions. 1: Nearly everything goes well on toast. 2: Increased application of alcohol increases willingness to try previously horrifying combinations of toppings. 3: Con-goers increase their application of alcohol every year.
http://www.houseoftoast.org

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, will serve all creatures who happen by. We offer homemade cookies and milk shots (non-alcoholic). We will also be providing dinner entertainment in the form of viewing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Vogon Poetry Readings every night at 11pm.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
Fourth Floor

8:00pm

NFC's Convergence of Holidays
This year's Convergence of Holidays features one night each of Halloween and Samhain. Come to our party and try to guess which night is which. There will be Apple Spider and randomly timed games and costume contests with prizes! Find us Saturday morning for French Toast Breakfast (while supplies last).

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization NFC

8:00pm

OmegaCon introduces The Goddess Party
The Goddesses will calm your anxious heart, inspire your creativity, and warm your soul. Relax with the Goddesses, and leave happy! Bring your own lovely lady and the Goddesses will inspire. Learn about OmegaCon and Mythology at the same time. This is relaxing at its best. Everyone is Welcome.
http://www.omegacon.org

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Xenaversity
The Xenaversity of Minnesota fan club is mixing up some great party plans for our Cabana in 2009! We'll be playing (XENA) games, watching (XENA) videos and episodes, dressing up as (XENA) characters and celebrating our #1 sci-fi love (XENA)! Come join us and become Xena-Fied!
http://xenaversity.com

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Best Foot First
Participate in an investigation told in true story style, a different type of game for those who want more role playing. Help the story unfold, play the characters, survive the plot twists, find the missing girl. A young girl has gone missing and the cops have been no help. A private eye, her friends, a shaman, a wrestler all band together to find the pieces of the puzzle. Will the pieces fit, or are some of them not quite right? In the Chaosium Basic Role Playing System, very similar to Call of Cthulhu.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
2203-A

8:00pm

Magic The Gathering 7th Annual Limited Cardpool Event
Once again Rob and his crazy band of Magic Pirates bring forth the popular Friday Night Event! Rob brings the cards, you build the decks! You never know what you'll be using in this winner takes all fun format!

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
2207

8:00pm

Mos Icee Cantina
Everyone's favorite hive of scum and villainy is partying in high style with Twi'lek dancers, the Modal Nodes, and, to combat the Twin Suns of Tatooine, an icee machine. Take a break and cool down!
http://minnesotaforce.org

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Skepchicks at CONvergence
Join this group of smart, skeptical, sexy, and snarky women for a weekend of far too much fun, featuring a pajama party, nerdy entertainment, and plenty of Tang.
http://skepchick.org/blog

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Tardis Tea Society
Step through the familiar blue doors and enter the newly upgraded Tardis. We serve tea, ginger beer, English muffins (with jam and butter) and extra goodies found on our adventures. Watch some of your favorite Doctor Who episodes and regenerate before you move on to your next galaxy or party.
http://myspace.com/tardisteasociety

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Assassins' Guild
Come and join the Assassins' Guild for mystery, mayhem, merriment & murder. Games? Foam sword boffing? OBVIOUSLY! And even some DDR. Come and join us for refreshment and only light twisted insanity.
http://www.elementalproductions.inc.com

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Live Electronic Music
Spacey sounds that will get your intergalactic groove on.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
Verandas 1-5

8:00pm

Campaign Convergence
Where evil masterminds maneuver, manipulate, and murder their way to the presidency. (Just like a real election only not as depressing.) Meet the candidates, win prizes, and cast your vote! Don't forget to attend our panel debate on Friday; election results posted Saturday. Sponsored by The Guild of Calamitous Intent.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

D-Notice
Welcome to D-Notice's party room! Come and celebrate our ten years at CONvergence with our famous Shaktarian steak balls and bio-genetic drinks along with our goth-industrial music. Take a spin on the wheel of misfortune. Don't forget the caution tape!
http://twinports.gaming.scifi.tripod.com/

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Poly Paradise and Purgatory
Heavenly love, devilish fun! Have your picture taken in Heaven or Hell! Nightly "Otherworldly Creatures" costume contest & Twister Tournament; Heinlein's 102nd birthday party Saturday night! Friday, 2-3pm: "Sci-Fi Relationships? Polyamory 101" presentation and Q&A. Saturday, 2-5pm: "CONvergence Cuddle Party" hosted by Candessa of Ms. LaVie's School of Loving Arts.
http://www.mnpoly.org

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Bearded Gnome Tavern and Inn
Welcome, weary travelers! Rest your feet, quench your thirst, learn your fortune, and try your hand at tavern games! Listen to the stories of bards and seek your own adventures in an ancient time of dragons and dungeons. Rub the Bearded Gnome and raise a toast to fallen heroes!

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Witches' Cauldron
Earth, Air, Fire or Water: come see which of the four elements you are most aligned with...and sample some of our elemental spirits while you're at it!
http://tcpaganpride.org

Friday July 3, 2009 8:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:10pm

Art Show Tours
Tours of the art show will be conducted by artists and knowledgeable collectors for a limited number of people.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:10pm - 9:40pm
Plaza 5 and 6

8:30pm

Storytelling Slam
Open to all interested storytellers - come and share your short stories in CONvergence's first Storyteller Slam up in the Lit Lounge.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Vista Suite

8:30pm

Beth Kinderman and the Player Characters
Original music about sci-fi /fantasy/gaming and whatever else might sway Beth's muse.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Stevie Ray's

8:30pm

10 Years of Evercrack
Ten years ago, Everquest was the online drug of choice. Even as World of Warcraft has taken over the collective psyche, Everquest is still out there and it still has devoted followers. Come discuss this and other MMORPGs.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 3

8:30pm

Does Bigfoot Really Live in Georgia?
Join us for a skeptical exploration of mythmaking in the media.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 7

8:30pm

Librarians on Parade
Who cares about Pink Elephants? Come learn why librarians have become Geek Chic and why they are totally made of awesome-sauce.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 8

8:30pm

Manga & Graphic Novels: East meets West
Discuss the origins, similarities, and differences between graphic novels originating in the West and their manga predecessors in the East. How have the two forms of expression influenced each other over time and are they still distinct entities?

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 2

8:30pm

Michael Jackson Karaoke Power Hour
Nothing but singing the hits of the undisputed king of 80's pop. Do the Thriller Zombie dance! Insist that the kid is not your son! Tell us how bad you are! No Weird Al parodies allowed.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Radisson St. Paul

8:30pm

Mythology of the Future
Like the ancient myths that help explain our past, sci-fi not only entertains, but also serves to prepare us for our future. Join a professional Futurist in an interactive session to explore how SF mentally prepares us for several possible futures.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Edina

8:30pm

Puppets! They Aren't Just for Kids
It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights. We all know that Yoda was better before he got stuffed into a computer instead of a drawer. The history and future of puppetry.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Atrium 4

8:30pm

The Funniest Book I've Ever Read
Discuss the books that make you laugh.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Bloomington

8:30pm

The Marvel Masterplan
With the obvious exception of "The Dark Knight, " Marvel is winning the super hero war at the box office. How does DC close the gap?

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Plaza 1

8:30pm

CONvergence Short Film Festival
Local filmmakers show off excerpts of their short films.

Friday July 3, 2009 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Atrium 6

9:00pm

A Klingon Nightmare
What could possibly cause a brave Klingon warrior to run screaming in fear? Could it be.... A Klingon Nightmare?
http://members.aol.com/GeoHard/RakeHell.html

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Intergalactic Costume Consulting Agency
Through the fabric of time, you've searched for kindred costumers who understand your burning obsession with prop, trim, and fabric. The Intergalactic Costume Consulting Agency has demos, displays, and a chance to talk shop. Join the Agents as we plot to take over the universe, one thread at a time!

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Intergalactic Vidtastik Space Bar/Photo Funbooth
Join l'etoile magazine for CONvergence 2009! Hosted by stylish uber-nerds Clement Shimizu, Kate Iverson, Beth Hammarlund, and Hal Schuler. The Intergalactic Vidtastik Space Bar will feature live video mixing, a photo fun booth, and wild space-worthy cocktails compliments of UV Vodka.
http://alphasuede.com

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am

9:00pm

Serenity Galley
Come experience the thrill of Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity 'verse! Sit down in Serenity's galley, enjoy food from the 'verse, games, live music, trivia, and more! Or step into Canton and our tribute to the man they call Jayne!
http://www.mnfirefly.com

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

SPIRE: One Thing Or Another
Now 37% less cult-like! The belief system which bears a suspicious resemblance to plain ol' fandom is back for another evening of games, snacks, and contemplating the mysteries of the universe. We can't promise you'll achieve transcendental enlightenment just by staring at our decorated walls, but it can't hurt.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spire

Friday July 3, 2009 9:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Fourth Floor

10:00pm

Rob Callahan Reading
Rob Callahan, author of "Hellbound Snowballs" and "Damaged Goods" reads some of his work.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Vista Suite

10:00pm

Letterpressing Demo
Come see how letterpress printing is done and get a free Convergence 2009 souvenir print, made right in front of you.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Garden Court - Northwest

10:00pm

Possible Oscar
Comedy music act that specializes in original and parody music.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Stevie Ray's

10:00pm

SpookySpookyScaryScary: LIVE
A live comedy show full of evil! Tim Uren and Joseph Scrimshaw are Chuck and Dexter, two Lovecraft obsessed "Cthultists" desperate to spread the bad word! Compete to cult member or just win a copy of their DVD!
http://spookyspookyscaryscary.com

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Stage

10:00pm

A Guide to Sarcasm
This is going to be a great panel. Seriously. You are going to love it. We can't wait to see you there. It will be the best panel at the con.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

10:00pm

Fan Fiction
Is Fan Fiction a waste of creative ability? Is it the best thing since sliced bread? Do you invest time in reading, seeking out, or writing fanfic? Should this medium get greater respect?

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Bloomington

10:00pm

Friends of Bill W. #2
Join other friends of Bill W. for a meeting.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 2

10:00pm

Geek Haiku
Come to this panel - Express your geek through haiku - Nerd serenity

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 8

10:00pm

Hong Kong funny
Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer and other Hong Kong films that aren't by Stephen Chao. Kicking butt and tickling funny bones.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Plaza 1

10:00pm

Hypnosis Induction Demo/Relax and Unwind! Group Hypnosis Session
One of Dee's most asked-for sessions, the Induction Demo and group hypnosis sessions give you a chance to experience hypnosis for yourself! To participate, please be 18+ for legal consent reasons - but anyone can watch.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 4

10:00pm

Meet the Skepchicks
Well, meet them! Braaains!

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 7

10:00pm

Normal / Paranormal
Discuss the flood of paranormal-themed television shows currently on the air and your favorites from seasons past.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina

10:00pm

Zombie Survival
If you are ready for zombies, you are ready for anything. This lecture will ensure you are completely prepared to handle any kind of zombie outbreak and the inevitable post outbreak problems that will arise.

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 3

10:00pm

To Be Announced
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Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Plaza 2

10:00pm

An American Werewolf in London
Part two of our Classic Horror Monster Triple Feature: This film wasn't the first to combine horror and comedy, but it broke new ground with it's combination of graphic violence, top-notch special effects, and a sharp, biting script (pun intended).

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - 11:37pm
Plaza 4

10:00pm

Romulan Consulate
Booze from every corner of the galaxy. Beautiful women. Snide, imperialistic hosts. We're still better than you. We came, we saw, we triumphed. 18+.
http://www.myspace.com/RomulanConsulate

Friday July 3, 2009 10:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 3:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

11:00pm

Vilification Tennis
The show that violated fire codes in Harmonic CONvergence is back and they brought their interpreters with them! Enjoy their offensive insults in fabulous sign-o-rama (TM) and learn why they should never, ever, be given microphones.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Main Stage

11:00pm

Cinema Apocalypse
Cinema Apocalypse strives to show the best of the worst of World Cinema. From Indonesian Black Magic and Turkish Superheroes to Mexican monsters and Japanese psychedelia. No genre is off limits, taboo, or too dangerous for Cinema Apocalypse. Just keep telling yourself: it's only a movie!
http://www.cinemapocalypse.com

Friday July 3, 2009 11:00pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

11:30pm

Anna Waltz Reading
The author of "Swedish Lutheran Vampires from Brainerd" reads from her work.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Vista Suite

11:30pm

Triple Depresso
Acoustic-traditional-original music

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Stevie Ray's

11:30pm

Dr. Horrible Sing-Along
The first half of our Dr. Horrible double feature will allow our audience to get into the Evil league of Evil chorus. If you've watched Dr. Horrible as many times as we know you have, you won't need a libretto.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Atrium 6

11:30pm

The Adult Side of Hypnosis
Yes, people actually use hypnosis to improve their, er, relationships. Dee Bitner talks a little bit about how the mind and the body can work together to make adult activities more fun.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Atrium 7

11:30pm

The Lighter Side of Lovecraft
Did H.P. Lovecraft have any sense of humor he was aware of? He may not have had much of a sense of humor, but his readers did. Discuss how generations of Lovecraft fans have made a mockery of the Elder Gods.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Bloomington

11:30pm

Video Game Slash Fiction
Link/Zelda is pretty obvious. How about Mario/Sonic or Solid Snake/Master Chief? Pac-Man/Pinky? Or Q*Bert/Space Invaders? Or even about Burger Time Chef/Marble Madness Marble??

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Radisson St. Paul

11:30pm

What Scares Us?
Are there certain types of movies or books that you are too scared to watch or read? Are you missing out on some great horror stories by avoiding the genre entirely? What are some good entry points for the timid among us?

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am
Atrium 4

11:30pm

Parody
A mix of old and new parodies.

Friday July 3, 2009 11:30pm - Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am
Plaza 2

12:00am

Fright Night
In a brilliant move, Rex has made the final installment of the Classic Horror Monster Triple Feature into part one of the Roddy Double Feature which also happens to showcase a wonderful performance by actor Roddy McDowall.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00am - 1:46am
Plaza 4

12:30am

The Rocky Horrible Picture Show
Because singing along with Dr. Horrible isn't enough, our second helping of Dr. Horrible will take it to a new level of audience interaction. We know you have the costumes and you know all the moves. Join the Evil League of Evil!

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30am - 1:30am
Atrium 6

1:00am

Shigurui: Death Frenzy
Two damaged warriors wear the scars of a twisted and violent past. Bitter rivals for the secrets of their master's sword and the right to his daughter, these samurai inflict wounds on each other that would destroy lesser men.

Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am - 2:30am
Plaza 2

1:00am

Robotnik's Rampage
Seasoned musical cyborgs dv8 and Spleen (and special guests) will assault you with darkwave, industrial, synthpop, ebm, and noise until the feeder drones get us all.

Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00am - 5:00am
Main Stage

2:00am

They Live
There aren't many dystopian comedies out there but Rex managed to find one. Nothing like making fun of a creepy situation! Although Roddy Piper is no match for Roddy McDowall in the theater, he sure could kick his ass in the ring!

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00am - 3:33am
Plaza 4

2:30am

S-CRY-ed
The aftermath of a mysterious environmental catastrophe has left the land in complete desolation! The catastrophe has caused some humans to undergo genetic mutations granting them special powers and abilities.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:30am - 4:00am
Plaza 2
 
Saturday, July 4
 

4:00am

Noir
The beautiful and renowned assassin Mireille Bouquet receives a mysterious e-mail beckoning her to "make a pilgrimage to the past, with me."

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:00am - 6:00am
Plaza 2

4:00am

COF2E2
Caffeinated and decaf beverages here

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:00am - Sunday July 5, 2009 3:59am
COF2E2

4:00am

Consuite
Get your snacks and drinks here all day and night during the convention

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:00am - Sunday July 5, 2009 3:59am
Consuite

4:00am

Operations
The Operations department provides communications and manages services for the convention, the convention committee and our attendees.

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:00am - Sunday July 5, 2009 3:59am
The Bridge Bridge, Facilities

6:00am

To Be Announced
-

Saturday July 4, 2009 6:00am - 7:30am
Plaza 2

7:30am

CLAMP: School Detectives
Nokoru Imonoyama, Akira, and Suoh are three of the most well-liked and idolized students in school. Nokoru decides that he and his two friends are going to become school detectives.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:30am - 9:00am
Plaza 2

8:00am

CBA Boffer Fighting
Foam sword fighting at its best with the Cosplay Boffer Association

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00am - 12:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

9:00am

Nadia Secret of the Blue
World's Fair, Paris, 1889: Young inventor Jean crosses paths with an enigmatic girl named Nadia and her pet lion, King. Suddenly, they find themselves pursued by a villainous trio intent upon stealing the Blue Water.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00am - 11:00am
Plaza 2

9:00am

Programming Operations (Saturday)
Programming Operations (formerly called The Green Room) is the nerve center from which all the panels and programming is directed. Its location is Atrium 5.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00am - 5:00pm
Atrium 5

9:00am

ASL
American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at CONvergence Central. There will be NO pre-scheduling of interpreters for panels this year.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00am - 11:00pm
CONvergence Central

9:30am

Mini-Dragons
Julie will be teaching us how to make small lizard-y friends out of chenille stems.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 3

9:30am

Blogging Skeptically
Tips, tricks, and pointers from skeptical bloggers, as well as suggestions for untapped wells to explore in your new skeptical blog.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 7

9:30am

Honestly, It's for Reference!
Do you feel ashamed stalking the hallways of Toys R Us for that elusive Star Wars figure? Do you display your action figure collection in your house? How do you justify these purchases and more importantly, how do you display and maintain them?

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 8

9:30am

Martial Arts Workout
Get your kicks off of Route 66! Join us on Saturday morning for a fun and stress-relieving workout! Wear your ninja jammies or comfortable clothing! And please shower afterwards. thanks!

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 4

9:30am

Sandman at Twenty
With the release of the Absolute Sandman collection, the comic masterpiece is recognized as a classic. Many of us grew up with Sandman so it is time to look back and see how this book influenced our lives.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 2

9:30am

The Death of Saturday Morning Cartoons
What happened? We lost a great time-slot but gained a network. Is there anything left worth watching in an infomercial wasteland?

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Edina

9:30am

The Humor of 'Watchmen'
One of the main characters is called The Comedian. How much more obvious can it get? And the squid? Hy-freakin-sterical.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Radisson St. Paul

9:30am

Young Adult Fiction
Books that kids will love. Books that parents will love. Titles in the Young Adult section other than "Twilight."

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Bloomington

9:30am

Quiet Reading (B)
Here's a chance to get away from it all. Come up to the Dorian Gray Memorial Literary Lounge. It's a place for quiet reading in an intimate and restful setting. High atop the Sheraton, you can look out over the suburb-scape while relaxing & reading.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - 11:00am
Vista Suite

9:30am

Gaming Suite
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Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30am - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:30am
2203,2204,2006,2007

10:00am

Masquerade Registration
If you are interested in participating in the Masquerade, this is your last chance to sign up here!

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 11:00am
CONvergence Central

10:00am

Galaxy Quest
Certainly one of the best sci-fi comedies ever made, this film manages to simultaneously poke fun at and do homage to original Star Trek, it's cast, it's fan base and conventions all at the same time. (this showing captioned)

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 11:42am
Plaza 4

10:00am

NFC's Convergence of Holidays
This year's Convergence of Holidays features one night each of Halloween and Samhain. Come to our party and try to guess which night is which. There will be Apple Spider and randomly timed games and costume contests with prizes! Find us Saturday morning for French Toast Breakfast (while supplies last).

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 2:00pm
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization NFC

10:00am

The Smooch Project
The Smooch! Project is a personal photographic effort of Minnesota photographer Bonnie Fournier. The artist's goal is to collect 10,000 exhibition-quality images. You are invited to "pucker up"

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 6:00pm
CONvergence Central

10:00am

Art Show
Where you can see art

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 6:00pm
Plaza 5 and 6

10:00am

Dealer's Room
The Dealer's Room is for your shopping pleasure

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 6:00pm
Dealer's Room

10:00am

Registration
Everyone goes to registration to pick up their materials.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 8:00pm
Shipside

10:00am

Volunteer Lounge
We've set up a Volunteer Desk at registration, and a small space where we will be happy to chat with you about what is happening and where we need your help.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - 8:00pm
Shipside

10:00am

Volunteers' Den
A place for volunteers to go to get away from the rush and hubub of the rest of the convention. All that you need to spend time in the Volunteers' Den is a Volunteer Button You get that for spending ONE HOUR or more doing any volunteer activity.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00am - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
Cabana 222

11:00am

Lyda Morehouse Signing
Lyda Morehouse, the author of "Archangel Protocol" will be at the autograph table to sign her work.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

Michael Merriam Reading
The author of "Shimmers & Shadows" reads some of his work.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vista Suite

11:00am

Plastic Beaded Animals
Mary Reining will be teaching us how to use plastic lace and pony beads to create fun beaded animals.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 3

11:00am

Masquerade Performer Orientation
Mandatory for Masquerade Participants!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Stage

11:00am

To Be Announced
-

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 2

11:00am

Copyright Debate
What constitutes "fair use"? Argue your heart out, we know you'll disagree with whatever the panelists say and they'll disagree with you. Get your aggressions out!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 4

11:00am

Current State of Audio Theatre
Audio drama is far from a dying art form. Where can you find current plays, even if most of them aren't being broadcast on the airwaves anymore.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 8

11:00am

Justice League Past, Present and Future
From its first appearance in 1960 to its fractured present, how has the Justice League changed over time? Can it's origins be traced even further back?

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 2

11:00am

Solo Action: Games You Can Play By Yourself
Get your mind out of the gutter! There's a lot more you can do with yourself once you are done playing Solitaire.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 3

11:00am

Spicing up a Science Curriculum
How can teachers use sci-fi examples in education (at various age levels) to illustrate and inspire?

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 7

11:00am

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Some fans of Terminator view this series as the true continuation of T2 and James Cameron's vision and legacy. Have you been watching Summer Glau and Shirley Manson kick ass? Discuss this provocative series and its impact on the franchise as a whole.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina

11:00am

The Collaborative Process
What does it take for two or more creators to work together?

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bloomington

11:00am

The Science of Watchmen
Why So Blue, Dr. Manhattan? Join Dr. Jim as he illustrates basic physics principles with examples from comic books and other media. Dr. Jim has specially tailored his annual talk with examples from Watchmen this year.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 6

11:00am

The Works of Kelly McCullough
Discussion sponsored by Second Foundation, an SF book-discussion group that has met since 1983, and The Rivendell Group, a fantasy-book discussion group that has met since 1973.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cabana 118

11:00am

This is No Laughing Matter, Mr. Bond
Spy spoofs are as old as the genre. We will talk about everything from the near camp of some Roger Moore Bond films to spoofs like "Our Man Flint," Maxwell Smart and Austin Powers.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 1

11:00am

Want to Hear About My 50th Level Magic User?
One full hour devoted to our panelist telling you about his favorite player character. You won't believe the Magic Items she has! She could frag a Turquoise Dragon without breaking a sweat!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

11:00am

Down At The End Of Your Road
Strange things are happening at McMansion Acres. People are being forced out of their nice new homes, due to many odd and frightening events. It's up to the Teeners to find out why, before their new PS-π is the next thing to go!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
2203-A

11:00am

Magic The Gathering Peasant Constructed Tournament
Bring your own 60-card deck using ONLY COMMONS with the exception of 5 uncommons and NO rares! Most current rarity will be used in determining rarity of reprinted cards.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
2207

11:00am

U.S.S. Nokomis hosts 9th Annual Red Cross Blood Drive at CONvergence
You can make an appointment by contacting Mary in the U.S.S. Nokomis party room on Thursday and Friday nights, or stopping by in the main lobby during the drive. Be a hero during the convention - you can save up to three lives with your donation!!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 4:00pm
Main Lobby

11:00am

11:00am

Volunteer Lounge
We've set up a Volunteer Desk at registration, and a small space where we will be happy to chat with you about what is happening and where we need your help.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - 6:30pm
Shipside

11:00am

Cinema Apocalypse
Cinema Apocalypse strives to show the best of the worst of World Cinema. From Indonesian Black Magic and Turkish Superheroes to Mexican monsters and Japanese psychedelia. No genre is off limits, taboo, or too dangerous for Cinema Apocalypse. Just keep telling yourself: it's only a movie!
http://www.cinemapocalypse.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00am - Sunday July 5, 2009 5:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

12:00pm

The Addams Family
(See Thursday 3:00 PM listing for description)

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00pm - 1:39pm
Plaza 4

12:00pm

Masquerade Technical Rehearsal
Performers will be assigned a 15 minute slot during this time. Masquerade Performers Only!

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Stage

12:12pm

Prat Fall Flash Mob 2
So funny, we are going to do it twice. Once again, we congregate next to the elevators on the 2nd floor of the Atrium Lobby and then move towards CONvergence central to behave in a very silly fashion.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:12pm - 12:22pm
Atrium Lobby

12:30pm

Jason Wittman Reading
Jason Wittman, author of "A Game of Night Court," reads some of his work.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Vista Suite

12:30pm

R. Scott McCoy Signing
R. Scott McCoy Signing

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Autograph Table

12:30pm

Science Surprise
We promise you something science based and fun. You'll find out when you get there!

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 3

12:30pm

Best and Worst Video Games of All Time
Donkey Kong, Metal Gear, Halo. Which are the most endearing franchises, what are the most hyped but ultimately most disappointing games, and which games should never have left the drawing board? Join our panel as they debate these and other topics!

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 3

12:30pm

Comics You've Never Heard Of
Discussion of small press comics

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 2

12:30pm

Disabilities in Science Fiction
Looking at the disabled through the lens of science-fiction or: do handicapped Captains get better parking places in space dock? What will we consider to be a disability if blindness is cured ala La Forge's visor?

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cabana 118

12:30pm

Empowering Female Role-Models in Sci-Fi
Lets use positive language and focus of what is right and what should be more encouraged in Sci-Fi instead of pointing out how "wrong" it is to be pretty or strong.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 8

12:30pm

Is Joss Whedon a Deity?
Is the cult of Whedon weakening? How has Dollhouse fared? Will there be a Dr. Horrible sequel? Don't hang up your brown coat just yet!

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Edina

12:30pm

Live Commentary w/Dwayne
Join Guest of Honor Dwayne McDuffie as he provides live commentary on animated episodes of Static Shock and Justice League Unlimited. There will also be time for Q & A following the two commentaries.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 6

12:30pm

Meet the Wyrdsmiths
GoH Kelly McCullough and other successful Twin Cities Writers talk about their experiences with this local writer's group.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloomington

12:30pm

Robotics Panel
Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Come find out where the latest developments in robotics and A.I. are at. How close are we to Sky Net coming online? Should you be worried about what your Roomba gets up to when you aren't home?

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 7

12:30pm

Star Trek at the Movies
With a new reboot in the theatres and Khan in the great starship in the sky, let's take a look at the Star Trek films and figure out if they should boldly go or just go away.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Plaza 1

12:30pm

Twilight for Teens
Talk about the Twilight series of books and the recent film with teen fans.

Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Atrium 4

12:30pm

LAN Gaming
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Saturday July 4, 2009 12:30pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
2205

1:00pm

Gravitation
All Shuichi ever dreamed about was following in the footsteps of his pop idol, Ryuichi Sakuma and the band Nittle Grasper.

Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 2

1:00pm

Sensor Re:Engine
Like to make music? Bring your synths and soundmakers and plug in to our music session of beeps and bleeps.

Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Verandas 1-5

1:00pm

CBA Boffer Fighting
Foam sword fighting at its best with the Cosplay Boffer Association

Saturday July 4, 2009 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

1:30pm

2:00pm

Face Painting and Hair Braiding
Free Face Painting for everyone! Well maybe not everyone but now is the time to get that Gelfling you always wanted on your forehead.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 3

2:00pm

Geeks Read
The MISFITS Club "Geeks Read" is having their July meeting and is discussing the novel "The Name of the Wind."

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cabana 114

2:00pm

Joseph Scrimshaw, Tim Uren and Vilification Tennis Signing
A live signing full of evil! Tim Uren and Joseph Scrimshaw are Chuck and Dexter-two Lovecraft obsessed "Cthultists" desperate to spread the bad word! A wonderful signing opportunity! You can also be insulted by the Vil cast! DVDs will be available!

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Autograph Table

2:00pm

Writers Groups: The Secret to Success in Fiction?
Writing in a vacuum isn't always the best way to produce great (or even good) work. Writing groups can provide new and experienced authors with a sounding board for their work that can prove invaluable. Learn about what makes a writers' group work.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vista Suite

2:00pm

Cinematic Titanic
Making fun of movies for fun and profit. Cast members discuss the job we all wish we had.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 6

2:00pm

Comic Creation Process
What goes into creating a comic book? How to translate an idea into a full-fledged publication.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 2

2:00pm

Farewell David Tennant!
David Tennant's final series has aired. His feature-length specials continue yet the 11th Doctor and the Moffat-era is waiting in the wings. Celebrate the 10th Doctor and speculate on the future.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Edina

2:00pm

Genre Blender
Blending genre elements or staying within the lines.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bloomington

2:00pm

Raptor Center
The Raptor center will bring you up close and personal with some of the most amazing birds you will ever encounter. Sponsored by MISFITS.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 4

2:00pm

Science Fiction in Academia
How Science Fiction and Fantasy is becoming more acceptable as a subject for academic study.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cabana 118

2:00pm

So You Want to Be a Game Master?
Getting your character killed is easy. Killing someone else's character is hard. Making the transition from player to GM is not as easy as it seems.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 3

2:00pm

Star Trek: An Episode Presented in Mime
Join us for a rousing performance as we pay tribute to Ricardo Montalban's passing with a silent interpretation of the classic "Space Seed." No ASL Interpreters will be provided.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

2:00pm

The Best Movies You've Never Seen
The works of Lucky Mckee, films from other countries and genre movies that don't end up at the local multiplex.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Plaza 1

2:00pm

Women in Skeptical Activism
The title says it all.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 7

2:00pm

You're Not Paid to Geek Out!
What are the perils of being an out geek in the workplace? Do you open yourself up to ridicule? Is there a glass ceiling for people with action figures on their desk?

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium 8

2:00pm

Addams Family Values
Rather than rehashing what was established in the first film, this sequel does a fabulous job of building on that tone and carrying it to new heights.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 3:34pm
Plaza 4

2:00pm

CONvergence Cuddle Party
hosted by Candessa of Ms. LaVie's School of Loving Arts.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

2:00pm

Midnight at the Oasis
Bellydancing and fantasy: what could go better together? Join us in the evening to watch the lovely ladies of Basimah Kamar dance troupe and guests perform hourly shows all night. Daytime more your thing? Join us Saturday afternoon as ITTSF hosts open dancing and water tasting.
http://www.basimahkamar.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:00pm - 5:00pm
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

2:30pm

Eli August
Eli August is the solo project of the songwriter/guitarist for the Madison WI chamber rock band Fermata. Eli August combines acoustic guitar, ukulele and voice to create songs that are both melancholy and hopeful.

Saturday July 4, 2009 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Stevie Ray's

3:00pm

Loveless
Ritsuka's innocent childhood days came to a bloody end when he lost the one person who understood him. His brother Seimei was always his guiding star, and with out him Ritsuka was lost.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza 2

3:30pm

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Members of Broad Universe will read their short fiction. Broad Universe is an international organization with the primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Vista Suite

3:30pm

Kelly McCullough
Guest of Honor Kelly McCullough will be available to sign his work.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Autograph Table

3:30pm

World of Papercraft
This is not origami but it does involved making stuff out of paper. No matches allowed.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 3

3:30pm

Comic book villains Heath Ledger could have played if he were still alive
The Joker was only the tip of this Thesbian's cinematic iceberg. Had his life not been tragically cut short, would he have been Galactus? Bizarro? The Vulture? Help us mourn what could have been.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Radisson St. Paul

3:30pm

Renaissance Faires and the Renaissance
Mass delusion and enjoyment of fantasy. Ren Fest has absolutely nothing to do with the reality. You'd probably enjoy it less if it were real.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 4

3:30pm

Retro Classics & Weird Video Games
Instead of throwing it away, learn how to save your classic game console from the trash heap or salvage its spirit through building a MAME console. Also, we'll discuss the oddest and most bizarre video games you've had the good fortune to come across.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 3

3:30pm

Sci-fi/Fantasy Improv
Watch and participate in a series of extremely geek-oriented improv games. Will Captain Picard and Pikachu successfully mow the lawn? Or will it result in a rift in the time-space continuum? You may never know unless you attend this panel.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 6

3:30pm

Science Online
What is the role of the internet in communicating science to the public?

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atrium 7

3:30pm

Star Wars: When Did Your Fandom Die?
When did St. George finally lose you? Was it the Ewok TV Movies? The Droids Animated Series? Was it Jar Jar? Did you manage to hang on through the Clone Wars movie? Are you still in denial? Get it off your chest. You are among friends.

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Plaza 1

3:30pm

Whither the Space Program in the Obama Years?
What will replace the Shuttle? What about the Space Station, Hubble Observatory, and the direction of human and robot space exploration in the administration of our new President?

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Cabana 118

3:30pm

Writing for Animation
Come hear about Frank Conniff's experiences writing for Nickelodeon's "Invader Zim" and "Disney's Twisted Fairy Tales". Frank will also chat about his latest live show/webcast series, a children's show parody entitled "Cartoon Dump".

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Edina

3:30pm

Writing Horror in the Era of 'Saw'
Can you really write good gore porn? Do you really want to? How do you scare people when every Halloween the bloodbath continues?

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bloomington

3:30pm

Masquerade Workmanship Judging
Individual Performer judging times will be assigned. Masquerade Participants Only!

Saturday July 4, 2009 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Main Stage

4:00pm

Bramblebush
A Renaissance music band.

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Stevie Ray's

4:00pm

Emily Hagins Shorts
2007 guest of honor and teen filmmaker Emily Hagins joins us again with a few new film shorts as well as an excerpt of her new film, "The Retelling".

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza 4

4:30pm

Open Fiction Writing Workshop
Jeannie Holmes, author of supernatural suspense & urban fantasy, leads this workshop. This includes open writing exercises for beginner and advanced writers, closed critiques (for work submitted in advance), and a Q&A session. This panel runs 2.5 hours.

Saturday July 4, 2009 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Vista Suite

5:00pm

Cinematic Titanic Signing #2
Your last chance to get an autograph from Joel, Trace, Mary Jo and Frank. DVDs will be available for sale as well.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Autograph Table

5:00pm

Voodoo Dolls
We are not in New Orleans. Effectiveness of dolls cannot be guaranteed.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 3

5:00pm

Battlestar Galactica and Caprica
Battlestar Galactica has ended its epic journey. Still, the universe continues with "The Plan" TV movie and the Caprica prequel. Come together and discuss the momentous series finale. Were you happy with how it all turned out & where should it go next?

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Edina

5:00pm

Breaking Crap with Scrimshaw and Friends
Learn the dark arts of comedy in theory and practice in this panel/workshop led by professional funny-people. Step into Freud's joking envelope! Hit a panelist to see if other people's pain really is funny! Learn how to do it wrong the right way!

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 4

5:00pm

Evolution 101
Learn the basics of Evolution, what Charles Darwin was really saying, and how to identify common misconceptions.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 7

5:00pm

How to Screw Up Your Writing Career
Pro writers share their stories about mistakes they've made or they've known others to make as newly published authors.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bloomington

5:00pm

Hypnosis and Roleplay
Want to add new dimensions to your gaming? Dee Bitner explains how adding hypnosis to the mix means more fun for everyone, including a discussion of safety concerns.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 3

5:00pm

In the Palm of Your Hand
Learn about the techniques of palmistry, tarot and other forms of divination as well as discuss various forms of divination from the mundane to the bizarre.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 8

5:00pm

Milestone Comics
Discussion of Milestone Comics by its founder, Dwayne McDuffie. Moderated by Christopher Jones.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 2

5:00pm

SF Writing Groups: the 2009 scene
This annual gathering allows representatives of writing groups specializing in science fiction and fantasy to report on how their groups function, and gives groups that are looking for new members a chance to put their heads together.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cabana 118

5:00pm

Silent Movies Worth Your Time
Film is a visual medium. Learn about movies that don't need to be heard to be appreciated.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza 1

5:00pm

Web Design for Geeks
Website design is often overlooked and extremely important. This talk will focus on well-designed sci-fi websites to work as a springboard for your own ideas.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Atrium 6

5:00pm

Claymore
A brutal scourge stalks the land. Yoma, monsters driven by a hunger satisfied by only one quarry: Humanity. The dark breed knows but a singular foe: Claymore. Human-Yoma hybrids of extraordinary strength and cunning, the Claymores roam.

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Plaza 2

5:00pm

Mystery Men
You know the names: The Blue Raja. The Bowler. Mr. Furious. The Spleen. The Shoveler. Come experience the greatness of these incomparable superheroes again. /sarcasm (this showing captioned)

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:00pm - 7:01pm
Plaza 4

5:30pm

3 Pints Gone
Traditional style Celtic folk and sea shanties

Saturday July 4, 2009 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Stevie Ray's

6:00pm

Steam Century Clue Room
Players of the Steam Century Mystery will be using this space to hunt down clues, bargain for artifacts, and save the world! Come to the Steam Century Party room in cabana 230 to learn more and join the game.

Saturday July 4, 2009 6:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
2206

6:00pm

Minicon
Come get to know the *other* convention in this hotel. Minicon features a combined art/dealers/science room, 24-hour gaming, hall costume awards, and a wide variety of programming items. Stop by for some great food and our famous BLOG.
http://www.mnstf.org/minicon45/

Saturday July 4, 2009 6:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

6:30pm

Princess Tutu
Gliding as from one dream to another, Princess Tutu continues her search for the shards of her prince's heart. Yet each returned piece plunges her deeper into nightmare, until her nemesis, the raven princess Kraehe, arises.

Saturday July 4, 2009 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 2

7:00pm

Beaded Animals All Grown Up
Mary Reining will be teaching us how to use wire and seed beads to create fun beaded animals. This panel is specifically designed for teens and older.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza 3

7:00pm

Make Your Own TARDIS
Experts in the field of temporal physics will help you construct your own device for travelling through time and space. Don't worry, it doesn't have to look like a Police box. Starter coral samples provided.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

7:00pm

Masquerade
Our annual pageant returns for another show full of costumes and fabulous performances. This year the halftime show will be the CONvergence version of the Match Game! Come watch our celebrity panelists fill in the blanks for fun and laughs!

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Stage

7:00pm

The Mega Panel
Looking for an alternative to the Masquerade? Join us for the returning Mega Panel - it's so broad, so deep, and so potentially controversial that it requires not one but two slots! Anything science fiction or fantasy related can and will be discussed!

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Edina

7:00pm

Last Action Hero
Arnold does a great job of poking fun at his typical action flicks in this over the top crazy comedy with a fantasy twist. Loads of laughs, film genre humor, bullets, and let's not forget . . . Death himself.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 9:10pm
Plaza 4

7:00pm

Quiet Reading (C)
Here's a chance to get away from it all. Come up to the Dorian Gray Memorial Literary Lounge. It's a place for quiet reading in an intimate and restful setting. High atop the Sheraton, you can look out over the suburb-scape while relaxing & reading.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Vista Suite

7:00pm

Assassin's Guild Boffer Tournament
The battle to end all battles! Join us for fame, fun & martial combat. Bring your friends and destroy them with weapons of foam. Spectate or participate for fun & adventure. Ages 14 & up with parental consent.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Garden Court - Southwest

7:00pm

Comicotion
A party for viewing and discussing comic book related movies and short films. Will be playing a mix of comic related material with an emphasis on shorts, motion comics, animated rarities, and oddities.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Fourth Floor

7:00pm

Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, will serve all creatures who happen by. We offer homemade cookies and milk shots (non-alcoholic). We will also be providing dinner entertainment in the form of viewing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Vogon Poetry Readings every night at 11pm.

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Fourth Floor

7:00pm

SPIRE: One Thing Or Another
Now 37% less cult-like! The belief system which bears a suspicious resemblance to plain ol' fandom is back for another evening of games, snacks, and contemplating the mysteries of the universe. We can't promise you'll achieve transcendental enlightenment just by staring at our decorated walls, but it can't hurt.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spire

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Fourth Floor

7:00pm

Con of the North
Stop by the Con of the North room party and play some board, card, and role-playing games! You'll also find out more about Minnesota's best and longest running gaming convention, now in its 18th year!
http://www.conofthenorth.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Steam Century Mystery
Steam Century Mystery is a game based on ideas from Clue, LARPs, and How to Host a Murder all with a Steampunk theme. The crew act as hosts as well as living clues while the guests try to solve the Mystery set up specifically for that convention.
http://www.steamcentury.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Vice City
Vice City is all about casual, classic video gaming fun. From Bible Adventures to Tetris Attack to Wizard of Wor, Vice City has your classic gaming needs covered. "WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS" (William S. Sessions, Director, FBI)
http://spriteengine.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Ales from the Crypt
Zombies from the Fright Farm are back!!! Quench your thirst with Embalming Fluid, Zombie Snot, or Brain Hemorrhage! (Mmm, BRAINS.) Are you "Smarter than a Zombie?" Test your Horror Trivia for a chance to win fabulous prizes on "The Wheel of Death." Come for the drinks; stay for the BRAINS!!!
http://www.wolfinc.net

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

VHU: Techs Gone Wild
The engineers took over! Masterminding maniacal mayhem, party modding a realm of technological insanity that would make Scotty grab the scotch. Celebrate blinky lights, shiny buttons, and the mad scientist in us all as we learn a valuable lesson about letting engineers be managers... "It's VHU-542!" "They've gone to plaid!"
http://www.vhu542.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization VHU

7:00pm

Zombie Arcade
That's right: the Zombies from the Fright Farm are back!!! Kill some time on the GIANT SCREEN GAMES killing Zombies in House of the Dead or Resident Evil, jam to Guitar Hero, or just chill out in the Dungeon. All are welcome, Dead and Undead alike (especially those with BRAINS).
http://www.frozengrafix.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Midnight at the Oasis
Bellydancing and fantasy: what could go better together? Join us in the evening to watch the lovely ladies of Basimah Kamar dance troupe and guests perform hourly shows all night. Daytime more your thing? Join us Saturday afternoon as ITTSF hosts open dancing and water tasting.
http://www.basimahkamar.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

7:00pm

Karaoke Joe's Cafe
We're back, ready to rock your world! Join DJ Dov (made it through Afghanistan!), Ben, Gene & the Karaoke Joe's gang for 3 nights of the longest-running party at the Con! And don't miss the biggest, bestest karaoke contest Saturday night! Come join us and ROCK THE MIC!

Saturday July 4, 2009 7:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 3:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

8:00pm

Dr. Gray Man
Darkness is moving in, and young exorcist is humanity's greatest hope against the wicked forces conspiring to bring civilization to its knees.

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Plaza 2

8:00pm

Captain Kirk's House of Ill Repute
The party Captain returns! Captain Kirk's House of Ill Repute features the Swingin' 60s Dance Party and much more! Stop by Room 208 to find out how you can meet GEORGE R.R. MARTIN and PETER JURASIK (Londo of Babylon 5)!
http://www.valleycon.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Gaylaxicon 2009/Sci-Fab
Come and celebrate all that is fabulous in sci-fi and fantasy, and support Gaylaxicon 2009, coming to the Twin Cities in October for the first time ever! Enjoy games, snacks, home-made ice cream and our Torchwood lookalike contest! Are you more Captain Jack or Ianto? Gwen or Tosh?

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am

8:00pm

Gravediggers
The caskets are empty but the casks are full.

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

NFC's Convergence of Holidays
This year's Convergence of Holidays features one night each of Halloween and Samhain. Come to our party and try to guess which night is which. There will be Apple Spider and randomly timed games and costume contests with prizes! Find us Saturday morning for French Toast Breakfast (while supplies last).

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization NFC

8:00pm

Xenaversity
The Xenaversity of Minnesota fan club is mixing up some great party plans for our Cabana in 2009! We'll be playing (XENA) games, watching (XENA) videos and episodes, dressing up as (XENA) characters and celebrating our #1 sci-fi love (XENA)! Come join us and become Xena-Fied!
http://xenaversity.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am

8:00pm

Mos Icee Cantina
Everyone's favorite hive of scum and villainy is partying in high style with Twi'lek dancers, the Modal Nodes, and, to combat the Twin Suns of Tatooine, an icee machine. Take a break and cool down!
http://minnesotaforce.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Skepchicks at CONvergence
Join this group of smart, skeptical, sexy, and snarky women for a weekend of far too much fun, featuring a pajama party, nerdy entertainment, and plenty of Tang.
http://skepchick.org/blog

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Tardis Tea Society
Step through the familiar blue doors and enter the newly upgraded Tardis. We serve tea, ginger beer, English muffins (with jam and butter) and extra goodies found on our adventures. Watch some of your favorite Doctor Who episodes and regenerate before you move on to your next galaxy or party.
http://myspace.com/tardisteasociety

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Terran Empire
Experience the evil side of classic Trek aboard the I.S.S. Enterprise and choose your poison - will it be Green or Red???? When you've had your fill, visit the Federation in the next room.

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

The Assassins' Guild
Come and join the Assassins' Guild for mystery, mayhem, merriment & murder. Games? Foam sword boffing? OBVIOUSLY! And even some DDR. Come and join us for refreshment and only light twisted insanity.
http://www.elementalproductions.inc.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

United Federation of Planets
The U.S.S. Enterprise launches again at CONvergence, with some fun new additions. Come aboard; you've always wanted to. Relax with your fellow Starfleet officers and members of the U.S.S. Nokomis. Then, step next door to the Terran Empire.
http://www.ussnokomis.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Campaign Convergence
Where evil masterminds maneuver, manipulate, and murder their way to the presidency. (Just like a real election only not as depressing.) Meet the candidates, win prizes, and cast your vote! Don't forget to attend our panel debate on Friday; election results posted Saturday. Sponsored by The Guild of Calamitous Intent.

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

D-Notice
Welcome to D-Notice's party room! Come and celebrate our ten years at CONvergence with our famous Shaktarian steak balls and bio-genetic drinks along with our goth-industrial music. Take a spin on the wheel of misfortune. Don't forget the caution tape!
http://twinports.gaming.scifi.tripod.com/

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Poly Paradise and Purgatory
Heavenly love, devilish fun! Have your picture taken in Heaven or Hell! Nightly "Otherworldly Creatures" costume contest & Twister Tournament; Heinlein's 102nd birthday party Saturday night! Friday, 2-3pm: "Sci-Fi Relationships? Polyamory 101" presentation and Q&A. Saturday, 2-5pm: "CONvergence Cuddle Party" hosted by Candessa of Ms. LaVie's School of Loving Arts.
http://www.mnpoly.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:00pm

Reno in 2011 Worldcon Bid Party
New Frontier! Hitch your ramjet powered wagon to a star and vote for Reno in 2011. (The Donner Pass is safe, now.) Come party with us and support the Reno in 2011 Worldcon bid.
http://rcfi.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas
  • Host Organization RCFI

8:00pm

The Bearded Gnome Tavern and Inn
Welcome, weary travelers! Rest your feet, quench your thirst, learn your fortune, and try your hand at tavern games! Listen to the stories of bards and seek your own adventures in an ancient time of dragons and dungeons. Rub the Bearded Gnome and raise a toast to fallen heroes!

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

8:30pm

Felling a panel
If a panel is in the program book and no-one attends, does it really take place?

Saturday July 4, 2009 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Radisson St. Paul

9:00pm

Art Auction
Your chance to bid on all pieces from the Art show that have gone to voice auction. A lot of fun to watch but even more fun to participate!

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
Atrium 4

9:00pm

Cow Asylum
We will be restoring normality just as soon as we are sure of what is normal anyway.
http://www.cowasylum.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

House of Toast
Many years of serving seemingly random combinations of toppings to con-goers have led us to 3 conclusions. 1: Nearly everything goes well on toast. 2: Increased application of alcohol increases willingness to try previously horrifying combinations of toppings. 3: Con-goers increase their application of alcohol every year.
http://www.houseoftoast.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Intergalactic Costume Consulting Agency
Through the fabric of time, you've searched for kindred costumers who understand your burning obsession with prop, trim, and fabric. The Intergalactic Costume Consulting Agency has demos, displays, and a chance to talk shop. Join the Agents as we plot to take over the universe, one thread at a time!

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Intergalactic Vidtastik Space Bar/Photo Funbooth
Join l'etoile magazine for CONvergence 2009! Hosted by stylish uber-nerds Clement Shimizu, Kate Iverson, Beth Hammarlund, and Hal Schuler. The Intergalactic Vidtastik Space Bar will feature live video mixing, a photo fun booth, and wild space-worthy cocktails compliments of UV Vodka.
http://alphasuede.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:00pm

Serenity Galley
Come experience the thrill of Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity 'verse! Sit down in Serenity's galley, enjoy food from the 'verse, games, live music, trivia, and more! Or step into Canton and our tribute to the man they call Jayne!
http://www.mnfirefly.com

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

9:30pm

Reve 'du Faun
Celtic-American folk music

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Stevie Ray's

9:30pm

Trailer Park Redux
See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff. Again.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Plaza 4

9:30pm

Fireworks Watching on 22nd Floor
Just because you are in the hotel it doesn't mean you have to miss the holiday. Come up to the 22nd floor for a great panorama of various municipality firework displays. Beginning time may vary depending on dusk and start time of various cities.

Saturday July 4, 2009 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Vista Suite

10:00pm

Letterpressing Demo
Come see how letterpress printing is done and get a free Convergence 2009 souvenir print, made right in front of you.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Garden Court - Northwest

10:00pm

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dungeon
It's all fun and games until the hobbit stubs his toe. Then it's hilarious. Share your funny gaming stories.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 3

10:00pm

Chicks Dig Time Lords
There is a (perhaps erroneous) perception that there weren't many women in Doctor Who fandom before the New Series, particularly in the United States. Do women approach and experience their Doctor Who fandom differently than men?

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Edina

10:00pm

Friends of Bill W. #3
Join other friends of Bill W. for a meeting.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 2

10:00pm

How Facebook Got Me Out of Going to My Class Reunion...
Discuss ways to avoid going to your class reunion, how people look now, why photos can lie, and the best excuses for avoiding your reunion.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 7

10:00pm

Teen Meet-up Saturday
An opportunity for our teenaged members to connect with other teens attending the convention. Adults are boring! We all know that. Ditch your parents and hang out with the cool kids.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Atrium 8

10:00pm

The Next Big Thing?
Steampunk is the hot new subgenre in town. What will be the next direction SF literature takes?

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Bloomington

10:00pm

Afro Samurai Resurrection
Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, and Mark Hamill. Afro Samurai avenged his father and found a life of peace, but the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Plaza 2

10:00pm

Sci-Fi Cabaret
A Circus in the Stars themed cabaret of performers to entertain and amaze you.

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
Verandas 1-5

10:00pm

A Klingon Nightmare
What could possibly cause a brave Klingon warrior to run screaming in fear? Could it be.... A Klingon Nightmare?
http://members.aol.com/GeoHard/RakeHell.html

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

10:00pm

Deadly Delights
You are cordially invited to the Valentine Mansion to enjoy a complimentary dessert party and the company of some strange guests, and to partake in a tale of souls, transcending history, eternally retold. This year we are featuring specialty cupcakes with a variety of fillings and toppings for any taste.
http://s4.invisionfree.com/deadlydelights/

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

10:00pm

OmegaCon introduces The Goddess Party
The Goddesses will calm your anxious heart, inspire your creativity, and warm your soul. Relax with the Goddesses, and leave happy! Bring your own lovely lady and the Goddesses will inspire. Learn about OmegaCon and Mythology at the same time. This is relaxing at its best. Everyone is Welcome.
http://www.omegacon.org

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am
First Floor Poolside Cabanas

10:00pm

Romulan Consulate
Booze from every corner of the galaxy. Beautiful women. Snide, imperialistic hosts. We're still better than you. We came, we saw, we triumphed. 18+.
http://www.myspace.com/RomulanConsulate

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 3:00am
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

10:30pm

The Apple
What happens when you cross the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the stories of Faust and Adam & Eve, then add in a bit of Tommy plus Logan's Run? Whatever it is it can't be good. But it can be hilarious. Trust Rex... you've never seen anything like this!

Saturday July 4, 2009 10:30pm - 11:56pm
Plaza 4

11:00pm

Lemming Malloy
A steampunk band for the 21st century.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am
Stevie Ray's

11:00pm

Rave Revue
Starting with an hour of strobe-free SF oriented dance music, we'll continue the evening with a full-on assault of all the best we have to offer. Our previous nights DJs will be joined by DJs Nitrogen and Oxygen, as well as soundscape technician noise.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:00pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 4:00am
Main Stage

11:30pm

11:30pm

Ecology of Silly Monsters
If Silly Monsters like Puff the Magic Dragon and Mr. Snuffleupagus existed in the real world, how would they interact with their environment? Come up with crazy scientific explanations and ecological impact statements for these new creatures.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:30pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:30am
Atrium 7

11:30pm

Guest of Honor Cage Match
Which one of our guests is the biggest bad ass? There is only one way to find out! We are going to toss them in a cage lined with barbed wire in an all out brawl to determine which guest is the best. Eight guests enter, one guest leaves!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:30pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:30am
Radisson St. Paul

11:30pm

The Pun-El
Join Ed Eastman and others for the annual blast to the ears that is the infamous Pun-el.

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:30pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 12:30am
Bloomington

11:30pm

Parody
A mix of old and new parodies. It's Genda!

Saturday July 4, 2009 11:30pm - Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am
Plaza 2

12:00am

Fido
Remember when you were a kid living in a fifties-esque alternate reality where your Mom was Trinity from "The Matrix" and you had a zombie as a domesticated servant/pet? Oh, you don't? Then come to this film and see what happened to you.

Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am - 1:31am
Plaza 4

12:00am

Your Future Lies In Space
Connie's Space Lounge is still open for your late night fun.

Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00am - 2:00am
Verandas 1-5

12:15am

The Dregs
The Dregs pour out the music once again in an attempt to stave off the sandman on the last full night of the convention. Sleep is for the weak. Whiskey is for the strong.

Sunday July 5, 2009 12:15am - 1:15am
Stevie Ray's

1:00am

Green Green
In ages past, a man and a woman tasted forbidden love. Even though they could not be together, they made a vow that would transcend time. In modern day, Yuusuke, a student at the Kanenone all-boys academy, is one of the reincarnated lovers.

Sunday July 5, 2009 1:00am - 2:30am
Plaza 2

2:00am

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
(See Thursday 5:00 PM listing for description)

Sunday July 5, 2009 2:00am - 3:30am
Plaza 4

2:30am

Puny Puny Poemi
Banned in New Zealand for bad taste! When evil aliens kill Poemi Watanabe's parents, she doesn't get mad, she gets even... but first she moves in with the seven crazy Aasu sisters, discovers the magic power of dead fish, and develops a serious crush.

Sunday July 5, 2009 2:30am - 4:00am
Plaza 2
 
Sunday, July 5
 

4:00am

Excel Saga
No anime is safe from the barrage of parodies and "subtle" jokes contained in this episode series. Excel, a female agent for ACROSS (a secret organization whose total membership is 2), deals with all manners of the insane.

Sunday July 5, 2009 4:00am - 5:00am
Plaza 2

4:00am

COF2E2
Coffee, Tea, and other drinks

Sunday July 5, 2009 4:00am - 5:00pm
COF2E2

4:00am

Consuite
Get your snacks and drinks here all day and night during the convention

Sunday July 5, 2009 4:00am - 5:00pm
Consuite

4:00am

Operations
The Operations department provides communications and manages services for the convention, the convention committee and our attendees.

Sunday July 5, 2009 4:00am - 6:00pm
The Bridge Bridge, Facilities

5:30am

Pani Poni Dash
The good news? She's an MIT grad. The bad news? She's an 11-year-old MIT grad. So while Becky Miyamoto may be intellectually able, this MIT prodigy is painfully ill-equipped to deal with a group of temperamental teens - especially THIS group.

Sunday July 5, 2009 5:30am - 7:30am
Plaza 2

7:30am

9:00am

Case Closed The Movie - The Time Bombed Skyscraper
Time Bombed Skyscraper pits Conan against a serial arsonist and a bomber who threatens to destroy several buildings and a train line in Tokyo. Are there links between the criminals that would escape the eyes of a less extraordinary detective?

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:00am - 10:30am
Plaza 2

9:00am

ASL
American Sign Language Interpreters will be available at CONvergence Central. There will be NO pre-scheduling of interpreters for panels this year.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:00am - 4:00pm
CONvergence Central

9:00am

Programming Operations (Sunday)
Programming Operations (formerly called The Green Room) is the nerve center from which all the panels and programming is directed. Its location is Atrium 5.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:00am - 5:00pm
Atrium 5

9:30am

Drawing with Christopher Jones
Drawing Connie is easy. Anyone named Christopher Jones can do it. "Christopher Jones" name tags will be provided.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 3

9:30am

Cream of Mushroom Soup and Tater Tots
Most of us are from the Midwest, let's share our favorite recipes for Hot Dish and Casserole.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 8

9:30am

Duct Tape: Is There Anything It Can't Do?
Duct tape panel! PANEL! Throw back a bottle of beer. Duct tape panel! PANEL! Pull a comb through your coal-black hair! (BYOB).

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Radisson St. Paul

9:30am

Evolution of the Romantic Comedy
It may have happened one night, but when Harry met Sally, he still didn't learn What Women Want.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Plaza 1

9:30am

Mythbusters
Have they jumped the shark? Literally? Are they busting myths or has skepticism run completely amok?

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 7

9:30am

Recreating Costumes from Media Sources
Let's breakdown the steps of going from a costume in a movie, anime, or book cover to creating a fan replica. What are the limitations based on the type of media? What are good sources for reference images? What about proportion, fit, drape, & color?

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 2

9:30am

Sunday Morning Yoga
A relaxing and exhilarating hour of yoga, co-sponsored by the MISFITS geek physique group. We do not have a designated lead for this event at this time.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Atrium 4

9:30am

Using Spiritual Gifts in Your Writing
Can gifts in other areas help? Discuss how spirituality can affect your writing.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 10:30am
Bloomington

9:30am

Quiet Reading (D)
Here's a chance to get away from it all. Come up to the Dorian Gray Memorial Literary Lounge. It's a place for quiet reading in an intimate and restful setting. High atop the Sheraton, you can look out over the suburb-scape while relaxing & reading.

Sunday July 5, 2009 9:30am - 11:00am
Vista Suite

9:30am

10:00am

Clue
(See Friday 12:00 PM listing for description)

Sunday July 5, 2009 10:00am - 11:30am
Plaza 4

10:00am

Art Pick Up
Now that you've won your art, you can pick up and pay for your winnings

Sunday July 5, 2009 10:00am - 3:00pm
Plaza 5 and 6

10:00am

Dealer's Room
The Dealer's Room is for your shopping pleasure

Sunday July 5, 2009 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dealer's Room

10:00am

Silent Auction Pickup
Pickup your items from the Silent Auction

Sunday July 5, 2009 10:00am - 4:00pm
Atrium 1

10:00am

Volunteers' Den
A place for volunteers to go to get away from the rush and hubub of the rest of the convention. All that you need to spend time in the Volunteers' Den is a Volunteer Button You get that for spending ONE HOUR or more doing any volunteer activity.

Sunday July 5, 2009 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cabana 222

10:30am

Gundam Wing
It's Gundam! 2 Hours Gundam! Feed your Gundam needs!

Sunday July 5, 2009 10:30am - 12:30pm
Plaza 2

11:00am

Fusebeads
Make your own fusebead Dalek, space shuttle or Connie Head or come up with your own design. Think Davros should have made his master race pink? That can happen.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 3

11:00am

Knowing the Difference Between a Broadsword and Claymore
Making a medieval setting authentic without wrapping it in burlap. Should you stick with the way it was or adjust the needs of the story? Helping authors decide.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vista Suite

11:00am

Transylvania Television and Emily Hagins Signing
Meet the cast and crew of Transylvania Television, including Gordon Smuder, Lazlo Nemesi, Michael Heagle, Charles Hubbell and Troy La Faye for free autographs and flyers. Former Guest of Honor Emily Hagins will be at the table as well.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Autograph Table

11:00am

At Con Post Mortem
The CONvergence Directors and members of the concom gather to listen to you tell them what went right and what went wrong with this year's convention. Tim and Jeremy won't be there. Nyahh.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 8

11:00am

Blogs and Other Independent Media
As newspapers become obsolete, the means by which we get information are expanding exponentially. Learn about where all this information is, where it is coming from, and what is worth your time.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 7

11:00am

Charity Auction
We're starting a new tradition on Sunday morning! We'll turn the silent auction into a full auction in hopes of raising more money for MISFITS!

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 4

11:00am

Crafty Geek
Join us as MISFITS presents Crafty Geek. A great time to work on some crafting projects, learn about our monthly club for craft-minded folks, and just an all-around fun group to hang out with!

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 2

11:00am

Judging a Film Before We See It
Can a trailer actually be better than the movie it promotes? Can a movie be better than it's trailer? Is it fair to judge a movie based on two minutes cut together by someone who didn't even help make it?

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza 1

11:00am

Noise in Space: What DOES a Spaceship Interior Sound Like?
Old and new sounds in science fiction film and audio. Some are instantly recognizable (like Star Trek's transporter, or the TARDIS), and some aren't (why mention some; you wouldn't recognize them anyway.) Warning: Examples will be played.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 6

11:00am

Pillars of Science Fiction Comedy Writing
Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, Terry Pratchett and more. Discussing the authors that made Science Fiction really really funny. Don't forget your towel.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bloomington

11:00am

Super Friends: The 'Rebirth' of Barry Allen and Hal Jordan
Two splendid, subtle super heroes were best friends Barry (The Flash) Allen and Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan, both scripted by John Broome. Later writers mishandled, then killed them. Now Geoff Johns has brought them back. Let's celebrate.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cabana 118

11:00am

Talk Like a Pirate Panel
Arr mateys! Here be the only panel where ye can discuss booty and Boatwains! So come on you scurvy dogs and heave anchor. There be squalls on this panel and ye just may end up in Davy Jones' Locker!

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Radisson St. Paul

11:00am

The Funny Frontier: Humor in Star Trek
Tribbles, Q, space hippies, and Spock's brain. Humor is a part of Trek. Share your favorite funny moments!

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Edina

11:00am

Tieflings are Not a Player Race!
We are up to the 4th edition of D&D. Is it better or just an excuse to buy the Player's Handbook *again?*

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 12:00pm
Atrium 3

11:00am

The Bearded Gnome Tavern and Inn
Welcome, weary travelers! Rest your feet, quench your thirst, learn your fortune, and try your hand at tavern games! Listen to the stories of bards and seek your own adventures in an ancient time of dragons and dungeons. Rub the Bearded Gnome and raise a toast to fallen heroes!

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Second Floor Poolside Cabanas

11:00am

Registration
Everyone goes to registration to pick up their materials.

Sunday July 5, 2009 11:00am - 6:30pm
Shipside

12:00pm

Aikido Demo
Come see the Shuharikan Aikido dojo present a demonstration of Yoshinkan Aikido. This martial art is required learning for members of the Tokyo riot police and is a practical and powerful defensive art accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Sunday July 5, 2009 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Garden Court - Southeast

12:00pm