SERENITY It's like catnip for nerds!

RUN-TSE DUH FWOTZOO! The annual Can't Stop the Serenity charity screening is back—this time with more Whedonesque events than ever and a new venue. The fifth annual charity screening of Joss Whedon's 2005 film Serenity, based on his TV series Firefly, raises money for Equality Now, a human rights organization that globally protects women's rights. Plus, this year food donations will be collected for the Oregon Food Bank. So let's get rowdy and geek out to the wildest sci-fi show in the West.

The PDX Browncoats—a cavalcade of Whedon-lovin' Firefly fans—arrange the Portland version of this worldwide event every year. Can't Stop the Serenity has grossed tens of thousands of dollars from local fans alone, and this year's event looks to be even more lucrative thanks to bonus screenings of the Neil Patrick Harris-tastic Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; a fan-made follow-up film based in the Firefly 'verse called Browncoats: Redemption; a screening of the Serenity DVD feature The River Tam Sessions; and two screenings of Serenity—one straight, and one with drunken heckling called the Special Hell screening. (Hey waitaminute, why isn't there a Dollhouse screening? [Awkward silence.] Oh. Right.)

The Browncoats have been garnering excitement for weeks, with a dance night and a hardcore trivia night earlier this month. Plus, there's a Pedalpalooza bike ride ( kicking off from Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th & Belmont) on Saturday at 7 pm that will end up at the Special Hell screening. Basically, it'll be a day of fun and mayhem with Whedon fans and the Serenity crew, as Captain Mal & Co. try to elude the dastardly Alliance and the rape-y, cannibalistic, skin-sewing Reavers. If you haven't been to a Can't Stop the Serenity event, now's a great time—the crowds are enthusiastic, people are dressed in their finest brown coats, and you'll feel pretty gorram shiny about dropping your hard-earned cash on a good cause and a great time.

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Sat June 26, Browncoats: Redemption at 2 pm ($5-6), Serenity & Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog at 4:30 pm ($12-15), Serenity: Special Hell, The River Tam Sessions, & costume contest at 8 pm ($12-15), all-day packages $20-30, all proceeds benefit Equality Now, more info at