Over this upcoming month, S.S. HANAMI be adding more performances, cons, and out-of-state shows to our schedule. If you don’t receive our email newsletter yet, there’s a place to subscribe on the upper-right corner of this page. Or just check back on this site from time to time. 🙂
Till then, here are a few of the upcoming shows you have to look forward to:
Hey, this is Robbi — I hope everyone had a great October. Now the time has come for this year’s incarnation of Chibi Pa Anime Festival! Yep, it’s this weekend… Nov 13-15, and it’s not too late to buy tickets at the door, for either one day or the entire weekend.
For those who’ve never attended, Chibi Pa is a 3-day Anime and Japanese Culture Convention/Festival with events for ages 13 to 100. There’ll be video rooms, games, vendors, bands, costume contests, special guests, and more. And, of course, those who stay at the host hotel also get to enjoy the many after-hour parties.
S.S. HANAMI will be performing twice at Chibi-Pa: FRIDAY at 5:30PM and SUNDAY at 1:30PM in the Society Room.
Additionally, for all the 21+ attendees, I’ll be hosting a special two-hour Koto and Wine Tasting panel on Saturday night. (5:00pm in the Society Lounge)
I’ll be playing the koto – 13-string harp and national instrument of Japan – and we’ll be tasting through a range of wines specially selected for this event.
Robbi here! It’s the day before the best day of the year. But don’t let Halloween end on midnight of November 1st. Here are three phenomenal horror books to help you extend the spooky season well into Christmas:
1) The Imago Sequence & Other Stories
by Laird Barron
My favorite short-story collection of all time. Laird achieves an atmosphere of cosmic horror by putting emphasis on the inherent “carnivorousness” of existence and positioning humankind much lower on the food chain than is comfortable to think about. The protagonists in this collection are fighters — hardened detectives, bounty-hunters, gangsters — and watching them go up against the dark entities in these stories is much like watching that YouTube video where a rabbit fights off an enormous snake. The stories across this volume, his other two collections, and his two novels, are interconnected, and personally I find the “Barron mythos” far more compelling than Lovecraft’s.
2) Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe (Penguin Classics)
by Thomas Ligotti
A collection of bleak, dream-like stories with an oppressive atmosphere. Ligotti’s work is often labelled as “philosophical horror” and that’s not an unfair designation. For example, he takes up the philosophical notion that “all created things—appearances to the contrary—are of a single, unified, and transcendent stuff, an emanation of a central creative force,” but offers a twist by asserting that this Anima Mundi –this first matter of which everything else is a projection– is essentially evil in character.
3) Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
by Jeff VanderMeer
A trilogy of novels collected together in one book. Labeling this as merely “horror” is a gross oversimplification. There’s this government agency called The Southern Reach that has been sending expeditions into a ‘haunted’ coastal region that goes by the designation of Area X (which has been closed off to the public ever since an unspecified ‘incident’ that occurred decades ago.) Past expeditions have come back changed or not at all, and the video footage that the Southern Reach does have… well, only top operatives are allowed to view it, and only in very short intervals at a time (for the sake of their mental health.) On the surface, these novels reminded me a bit of the SCP creepypastas mixed with House of Leaves, but there’s so SO much more here.
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Hello again everyone, this is Robbi from S.S. HANAMI with your September newsletter.
First off, a huge Thank You to everyone who attended our performance at UmiCon this past weekend and also to everyone who stopped by our merch table with kind words. And of course Thank You to UmiCon for having us back this year!!!
We still haven’t caught up on sleep… but it was worth it to stay up and watch James play Slender: The Arrival on the big hotel room TV with the lights off and the sound up!!! >:3
But let me cut to the chase — the big news is that our new CD FICTITIOUS is out! XDAnd we couldn’t be happier for you all to hear it! You can grab a copy right now on our STORE page.
Free shipping to anyone in the US for a limited time, and flat rate international shipping.
We also have a number of Florida shows in the upcoming months, and will be adding more on our SHOWS page and FACEBOOK, so stay tuned:
We’re gonna be back at The Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on Sunday, August 2nd.
It’s an ALL AGES show and tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door). To purchase tickets, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with how many you’d like. We’ll mail your ticket(s) and send you a Paypal invoice.
Thank you all for your support this 5+ (almost six!) years.
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