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Serenity Now

Like any sci-fi franchise worth its salt, Serenity has a movement of cult-like fans. They call themselves the Browncoats, and they will be out in force at Cinema Paradiso for a screening of the gritty, award-winning blockbuster film Firefly, based on a canceled Fox show.

Whereas the crew of Enterprise was perhaps a little square in their color-coded jumpsuits, the stars of Serenity are greasy space cowboys on the run from a totalitarian intergalactic authority, the Alliance, that is very much unlike the socialist, peaceable Federation in Star Trek. The fringes of the Alliance are a lawless frontier, where the crew has to dodge an assassin and then comes across a planet with perfectly preserved cities and corpses. It’s a trip.

The proceeds from Saturday’s screening go to charity, and to appease the Browncoats, there’s a costume competition, raffle, trivia games, and more. Serenity screens at 7 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $12 ahead of time, $15 at the door. Call 954-525-3456, or visit
Sat., June 26, 7 p.m., 2010

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