September 03, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 September Meeting

Superhero September
Date: September 14, 2019

Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Captain Justice!
Food:
Chili and Mexican
Costume: Justice Costumes!

Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Incredibles 2


(2018, 118 minutes) Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!





 

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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Ant Man and the Wasp



(2018, 118 minutes) Directed by: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

August 01, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 August Meeting

Virtual Battles of the Real World
Date: August 10, 2019
Time: 4:50pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Ty G.
Food: Japanese/Computer Snacks
Costume: Computer Clothing

Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Summer Wars


(2009, 114 minutes) Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji

A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Ready Player One


(2018, 140 minutes) Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

July 02, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 July Meeting

Mecha Mess
Date: July 13, 2019
Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: TBA
Food: Mech
Costume: Mecha



Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Gunbuster


(2006, 95 minutes) Directed by: Hideaki Anno & Kazuya Tsurumaki

Noriko Takaya, a young pilot who lost her father to the planet's deadly conflict with the space monsters. Now she's determined to rise to the top of the Machine Weapon squadron, traveling through distant space for humanity's greatest battle. ~Cammila Collar, Rovi (via Rotten Tomatoes)







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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Pacific Rim: Uprising

(2018, 111 minutes) Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight

Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin, Charlie Day

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.-IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

May 28, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 June Meeting

England’s Finest Hour
Date: June 8, 2019
Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: David S.
Food: WWII
Costume: Soldier



Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!
Darkest Hour

(2017, 125 minutes) Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Ben Mendelsohn
In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire. -IMDB
Watch the trailer here!

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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Dunkirk


(2017, 106 minutes) Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!



The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

April 30, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 May Meeting

May Minds Bend
Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: TBA
Food: Brain Food
Costume:

Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Paprika


(2006, 90 minutes) Directed by: Satoshi Kon

Starring: Megumi Hayashibara, Tōru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tōru Furuya, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Hideyuki Tanaka

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!




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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Inception

(2010, 148 minutes) Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!






The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

April 17, 2019

Elections are coming! Will you step up April 20, 2019?

The future of KaCSFFS is on the Line
Where: 6819 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS--the Natural Grocers, in their in their "kitchen classroom" at the back of the store.
When: April 20, 2019, 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Program: SAVING THE CLUB! Let the candidates present themselves! KaCSFFS Elections
Food theme: Turns out we can have food after all! Bring (or buy at the store) your favorite finger-foods: neat to eat, tasty and fun!

Let the Candidates Step Forward!
Only candidates who voluntarily self-nominate are eligible to become officers of KaCSFFS. They also should have been an active member of the club for at least a year.

According to the 2018 Bylaws, "The voting officers of KaCSFFS shall consist of a Director, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Communications Officer, a Quartermaster, and a Program Director."

The only current officer who's agreed to stay on for another term is Quartermaster Ty Gephardt. We have two candidates who have stepped forward so far, but there are other positions to fill! If two people volunteer for the same position, we'll vote at the meeting Saturday.


Here's Rosemary Williams, a couple of years ago at Costume Con 34, in a photo by April Cornette.
Director: Rosemary Williams has nominated herself for this important position. She's currently proving her administrative capabilities as Chair of ConQuesT 50! Outgoing Director David Means has agreed to stay on until she's free to take over after ConQuesT ends next month. changes. According to the Bylaws, the Director shall:

  • Preside at regular and Special Meetings of KaCSFFS;
  • Preside at meetings of the Executive Board;
  • Appoint a representative who shall act in their stead when they are unable to be present;
  • Appoint any pro tem officers as needed for the business of KaCSFFS; and
  • Perform such other duties as may be necessary.

Tom Meserole, courtesy of the Shawnee Mission Post.
Treasurer: Tom Meserole has stepped up to place himself under consideration for the Treasurer's position. He held this office earlier in the club's history, and has volunteered to engage his organized mind and financial skills again, if the club agrees. According to the Bylaws, the Treasurer shall:

  • Maintain the financial records of KaCSFFS;
  • Collect dues and notify members who are in arrears;
  • Keep the membership roll;
  • Make a financial report at the Annual Meeting;
  • Submit a financial report in writing to the Executive Board at least once each year, and at other times when specifically requested by the Board or Director; and
  • Perform such other duties as may be necessary.

Quartermaster: Ty Gephardt is willing to serve another term. He has held this position since it was created in 2018. He oversaw the search for and rental of the current storage unit, and organized it for save storage and easy access to all of KaCSFFS' equipment and supplies. According to the Bylaws, the Quartermaster shall:

  • Keep track of and maintain all equipment and supplies purchased by KaCSFFS;
  • Arrange for their safe storage and transportation to and from whatever locations they are needed;
  • Oversee the set-up, tear-down, and packing-away of said equipment and supplies; and
  • Perform such other duties as may be necessary.

Secretary: OPEN Marisa Means has been Secretary since 2016, when she generously stepped in after Bryan Thomas Schmidt was unable to serve. Through her influence, her husband David also joined the Board as Director for the past two years. We KaXFEN deeply appreciate the Meanses' service to the club, but their lives have grown busier with new jobs and other changes. According to the Bylaws, the Secretary shall:

  • Take and publish minutes of the official business meetings of KaCSFFS, the KaCSFFS Executive Board, and the ConQuesT committee;
  • Carry on the correspondence of KaCSFFS as required;
  • Maintain records of the corporate business;
  • Certify any written ballots taken by KaCSFFS, except those affecting them personally; and
  • Perform such other duties as may be necessary.

Communications Officer: OPEN Outgoing officer Jan S. Gephardt will gratefully train her replacement and entrust him/her/them with all the passwords, but her life has changed too, especially with her sf novel What's Bred in the Bone set to be published May 22 and her new role with the small press Weird Sisters PublishingShe's held the Communications Officer's post continuously since 2011 (8 years). According to the Bylaws, the Communications Officer shall:

  • Be responsible for managing and coordinating all official club communications;
  • Maintain oversight over all online and print publications, club podcasts, and publicity efforts; and
  • Perform such other duties as may be necessary.

Program Director: OPEN Other officers have filled in since Beth Moscato had the audacity to accept a much-better-paying job in another city, and skipped town. (She lined up a marvelous list of program speakers before we left, though, and we wish her all the best!) Beth proved what great programs can be developed, if you have a dedicated officer on the job. Now we need someone to follow in the same tradition. According to the Bylaws, the Program Director shall:

  • Be responsible for coordinating and/or facilitating activities for the regular monthly meetings;
  • Arrange for, and contact if necessary, any scheduled speakers or presenters to ensure their attendance;
  • Notify the Communications Officer of the activities planned; and
  • Perform such other duties as may be necessary.


Our Gracious Host 
Thanks once again to the good work of Tim Keltner, this month's meeting will be held at another Natural Grocers, the one at 6819 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS. It's between Metcalf and Lamar, on the south side of the road.We'll meet in their "kitchen classroom" at the back of the store.


IMAGES: Many thanks to April Cornette, via the publicly-shared album of Costume Con 34 photos on her Facebook Page, for the photo of Rosemary Williams, and to the Shawnee Mission Post for the photo of Tom Meserole. The Natural Grocers Logo is from the parent company's Facebook Page

April 02, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 April Meeting

Ape Thrill April
Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: David S.
Food: Bananas
Costume: Scientist



Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Planet of the Apes


(1968, 112 minutes) Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.-IMDB

Watch the trailer here!




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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


(2014, 130 minutes) Directed by: Matt Reeves

Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.-IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

March 25, 2019

The 8 best SF/F/Horror TV shows of 2018?

Did you enjoy genre TV in 2018?
Our annual review of the previous year's TV shows in our genre had to be delayed twice--and a substitute co-presenter called in--before we finally managed it (guess what kind of review the weather's getting!). FINALLY, however, we met, and had a lively discussion.

Carol Doms's longtime reviewing partner, Ken Keller, was unable to attend the March 16, 2019 meeting, but Rosemary Williams (Chair of ConQuesT 50) ably stepped in to "sub" for him.

Co-presenters and discussion facilitators Carol Doms (at left) and Rosemary Williams, at the March 16 KaCSFFS Meeting.

As there are every year, there were pans and praises, as well as mixed verdicts. The group reached consensus that the following 8 shows were among the most worthwhile viewing in our genres! See if you agree:

Altered Carbon
The group judged Altered Carbon "Good, but you really have to pay attention!"



Black Lightning
Some of the most enthusiastic comments came for Black Lightning. "Good writing and good acting! Well worth watching!" was the consensus of all who'd seen it.



Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
"This one's my guilty pleasure," Rosemary admitted, speaking of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. "There are all sorts of reasons I shouldn't like it, but it's very entertaining."



The Dragon Prince
Created by the people who produced The Last Airbender (NOT the live-action movie; "we do not speak of that"), this show was especially recommended by Rosemary. "They even use ASL (American Sign Language) correctly!"



The Purge
This horror show was recommended by Carol, who said she was surprised to like it as much as she did. The endorsement was seconded by attending members, including Tim Keltner, our venue-arranger.



The Rain
Several audience members, including Laser Rangers host David Sooby and a well-versed visiting librarian named Barb (friend of presenter Carol Doms) mentioned this horror series before our presenters even got to it.



She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
This one came recommended by Rosemary, as an entertaining improvement on the original.



The Terror
Both presenter Carol Doms and Laser Rangers host David Sooby recommended this "intense," "well-done historical" series.



So there you have them, in all their varied glory--our picks for 2018. Do you agree? Please share your opinion in the Comments section below!

IMAGES: Many thanks to Jan S. Gephardt, for the photo of Carol and Rosemary; to Cover Abyss for the Altered Carbon Twitter header photo, and Wikipedia for the Altered Carbon title image; to Wikipedia once again, for the Black Lightning title; to TV Line, for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina image; to HerCampus for the title image for The Dragon Prince; to Wikipedia yet again, for the title card image for The Purge; to DreadCentral for the poster-image of The Rain; to Travis McClain's blog "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" for the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power title image; and to TVSeriesFinale for the title image for The Terror.

March 16, 2019

SF&F Literati meet 3/25/2019

9,995 Chances and Counting . . . 
Date: Monday, March 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Title: Reincarnation Blues
Author: Michael Poore
Available from: Fine Booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor, 11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214
NOTE: All are welcome to the meeting, whether you’ve read the book or not.

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try?

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.
 
Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he’ll never have to leave her side again.
     
But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle—if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut’s, Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it’s more than Milo and Suzie’s story. It’s your story, too.

Praise for Reincarnation Blues

“The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident.”—NPR

“This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life.”—Chicago Review of Books


“Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun.”—New York Journal of Books

IMAGE: Many thanks to Amazon, for the Reincarnation Blues cover. 

March 12, 2019

March 2019 meeting. For real!

The local meteorologists have reassured us: we SHOULD have good weather Saturday! Many thanks to KaXFAN Tim Keltner, we ALSO have a place to meet, after losing our longtime home at The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO.

Basic facts about the meeting:
Where: in the community room at the Natural Grocers at 13335 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee, KS
When: March 16, 2019
Hours: we need to start the meeting at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:30.
Program: "The best and Worst of Last Year's SF/Fantasy/Horror TV, a discussion led by Carol Doms and Ken Keller.

Don't forget your cash or your checkbook!
Remember also that the March meeting is our annual Fiscal Meeting. That means it's time to pay dues, if you want to be a member of KaCSFFS. The new dues structure, approved last year, is $36 for a regular membership, or $60 for a combined membership to BOTH ConQuesT 50 and KaCSFFS. That's:
$36 - KaCSFFS only
$60 - KaCSFFS plus ConQuesT 50
Note: the PayPal button on the website has been disabled pending an update. It was still charging the old amount. We apologize for the inconvenience!

The location-search continues
The search for a new place to meet more regularly continues. Director David Means and several other Board members have viewed, considered, and attempted to book several different places, but so far we haven't found a place that is available on our regular meeting night, that we can afford. 

If you know of any possibilities--preferably located near the center of the Kansas City Metro area--please contact us! Come to the March meeting, or reach out directly to David or any of the Board of Directors, or use the KaCSFFS email. Thanks for any help you can give us!

This also is the first month for candidates to self-nominate to be officers on the KaCSFFS Board. We're looking for candidates for all offices: Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, and Quartermaster.

Roasts and Toasts for 2018 sf/f/horror TV
Our annual review and discussion of the best and worst shows in our speculative genres that came to television in 2018 will be the topic of a lively discussion, led by Carol Doms and Ken Keller. This annual favorite program is back by popular demand. We hope you can join us, and weigh in with your opinions.

Carol Doms and Ken Keller introduce their discussion of 2017's Best and Worst in SF/Fantasy/Horror TV Shows at the January 20, 2018 meeting.

IMAGES: The Natural Grocers Logo is from the parent company's Facebook PageWe are grateful to the European Parliament's post, "Economic governance explained," for the photo of the empty cash box used in our "Treasury Rejuvenation Month" graphic, assembled by Jan S. GephardtThe photo of Carol Doms and Ken Keller is by Jan S. Gephardt, and was taken with their permission for KaCSFFS publicity purposes during last year's "Best and Worst on TV" program, which they also hosted.

February 26, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 March Meeting

The Lady Vanishes
Date: March 9, 2019
Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Tall and Dark
Food: Italian
Costume: Mysterious
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/305769000132245/


Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

A Simple Favor


(2018, 117 minutes) Directed by: Paul Feig

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells

SYNOPSIS-Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Watch the trailer here!







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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Gone Girl


(2014, 149 minutes) Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

SYNOPSIS-With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Watch the trailer here!







The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

February 16, 2019

NO! We're NOT having a Meeting 2/16/2019!

Two months in a row is a record for KaCSFFS, but we don't have a choice. Many thanks to Tim Keltner and Natural Grocers in Shawnee, KS, for setting up a venue, but weather conditions have forced us to cancel the regular monthly meeting AGAIN THIS MONTH!


See you in March? Weather permitting!?!

IMAGE: Thank you, Alpine Daily Planet, for the "Road Conditions" image. 

February 09, 2019

YES! We're having a meeting 2/16/2019!

Many thanks to KaXFAN Tim Keltner, we have a place to meet in February, after losing our longtime home at The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO. Unfortunately, we'll have to postpone that Chili Cook-off.
Where: in the community room at the Natural Grocers at 13335 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee, KS

When: February 16, 2019
Hours: we need to start the meeting at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:30.

Program: "The best and Worst of Last Year's SF/Fantasy/Horror TV, a discussion led by Carol Doms and Ken Keller

Food Theme: FORMERLY the Chili Cook-off, we might be able to buy food at the grocery store where the meeting will be held. The Chili Cook-off has been POSTPONED to a later date when we have a meeting place where we can bring home-cooked food.

The search for a new place to meet more regularly continues. Director David Means and several other Board members have viewed, considered, and attempted to book several different places, but so far we haven't found a place that is available on our regular meeting night, that we can afford. If you know of any possibilities--preferably located near the center of the Kansas City Metro area--please contact us!

Come to the February meeting, or reach out directly to David or any of the Board of Directors, or use the KaCSFFS email. Thanks for any help you can give us!

Maybe no Chili, but a Program!
Our annual review and discussion of the best and worst shows in our speculative genres that came to television in 2018 will be the topic of a lively discussion, led by Carol Doms and Ken Keller.

This annual favorite program is back by popular demand. We hope you can join us, and weigh in with your opinions.

Carol Doms and Ken Keller introduce their discussion of 2017's Best and Worst in SF/Fantasy/Horror TV Shows at the January 20, 2018 meeting.

IMAGES: The Natural Grocers Logo is from the parent company's Facebook Page. The photo of Carol Doms and Ken Keller is by Jan S. Gephardt, and was taken with their permission for KaCSFFS publicity purposes during last year's "Best and Worst on TV" program, which they also hosted.

January 29, 2019

Laser Rangers 2019 February Meeting

Food Porn - POSTPONED!
Date: February 9, 2019 February 23, 2019!!!!   >Cancelled!
Sorry Folks, the weather wasn't with us this time. 
Time: 4:15pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Chef
Food: Gourmet
Costume: Apron



Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

The Hundred Foot Journey


(2014, 122 minutes) Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery. -IMDB

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After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Feature Presentation!
Chef


(2014, 114 minutes) Directed by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris, Emjay Anthony, Robert Downey, Jr.

A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. -IMDB

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