Looks like a lot of events are being announced last minute, so they didn’t get into the October issue of The Genre Traveler, which I’ll be posting today or tomorrow (I hope). Here are a few that are coming up in the next couple of weeks.

World Premier of Going to Pieces
Next Thursday, Oct. 12, ScreamFest and Starz are co-hosting the world premier of a Starz Originals production: Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film at Mann’s Chinese Theater #6 in Hollywood, Calif. If you’d like to go, you’ll have to make reservations by this Thursday, Oct. 5, by calling 888-514-7103. Seating is limited. The premiere will be followed by a “Pieces” party with cocktails and treats at the Hollywood Wax Museum.

IdeaFestival Starts Next Week in Louisville, Ky.
A wide range of speakers, covering diverse topics such as music, medicine, physics and film will be presenting at IdeaFestival, a four-day event taking place Oct. 11-14 that is focused on ideas. They will be addressing the power of ideas, with the hope of inspiring attendees to appreciate the true power of ideas in every day life. Speakers will include inventor and aerospace innovator Burt Rutan, writer Valerie Boyd, Middle East diplomat John D. Stempel, international landscape architect Adriann Geuze and composer/pianist Zade Dirani.

“This is a unique event to this state, this region, and really, this entire country,” said Kris Kimel, founder of IdeaFestival. “We’re constantly challenged by new ideas and high-speed innovations as they apply to business, science or the arts. IdeaFestival truly has an appeal beyond geography.”

The festival, which started in 2000, is an “open source” experience, with many events free and open to the public. Opening ceremonies for the event will take place at Louisville’s popular multi-use venue, Fourth Street Live, on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Besides speaking and performance events, audience members will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and performers through signing events and on-site appearances. For ticket information and additional details about IdeaFestival, visit www.ideafestival.com.

Unique Art Museum Building Celebrates Opening
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is celebrating the opening of the new Frederic C. Hamilton Building, a hyper-contemporary structure designed by the world-renowned architect Daniel Liebskind, this Saturday, Oct. 7. The building features more than 2,700 tons of steel and more than 9,000 panels of titanium, and it slices into the sky at a dizzying multitude of angles. Called “Hot DAM”, the grand opening celebration will last 35 hours and include tours of the structure, family programming and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org/utility/calendar/eventDetails/eventId–100984.

“Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” Opening in Oregon
The Star Wars themed exhibit, about which an article appeared in the first issue of The Genre Traveler, October 2005, will be opening at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Oct. 11, 2006. It will remain there until to Jan. 1, 2007, when it moves on to the next venue. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu/starwars.

Surreal Futurist Play Opens in Cleveland, Ohio
Martin McDonagh’s play, The Pillowman, opens a the Dobama Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 13, 2006, and will run through Nov. 5. The play takes place in a totalitarian society and asks the question “Where does imagination begin and suppression end?”. Children are being murdered and a novelist who writes about the murder of children is charged with the murder. Reality and fantasy are mixed to the point where you can’t tell where reality ends and the novelist’s fantasy begins. For more information, visit www.dobama.org.