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Announcement: Hotel rooms [May. 19th, 2017|03:29 pm]

1. The hotel is currently completely booked. This means that if you try to get a room, you probably won't get one.

2. Please email hotel@contata.org if you would like a room and (now) can't get one. If a block of rooms opens up, this will give us an idea of how many to reserve. This is important even if you end up sharing a room and would rather not share a room, since the next time there's a filk convention in the area, it's good to know how many rooms we want to reserve.

3. This also means, since we would love to make sure everyone who wants to make Contata can do so, that we are willing to facilitate room sharing.

a. If you have a room and would like to have more people in it to help split they cost, company, or just to help a filker out, email roomshare@contata.org saying who is in the room and how many people you would like to/prefer to share with, and any other relevant details (like if there are specific people you would never want to share with, specific types of people you would prefer to share with or prefer not to share with, etc).

b. If you don't have a room and would like to share one with a willing person or people, email roomshare@contata.org with pretty much the same information (how many people are you, how many would you like to share with, etc), and we'll try to match you up. But also include if you would prefer not to share a room so we can use that info to decide how many rooms to reserve if it turns out a block opens up.
We will also be posting the list of nearby hotels from three years ago, but as we found then, nearby hotels are universally a couple of miles away, so it's much more practical for drivers than pedestrians.

Thanks and hope to see you at the con!
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Programming announcement: Guest of Honor concert [May. 19th, 2017|01:26 pm]

This year, Contata continues its proud tradition (on the principle that anything you do three times in a row is a tradition) of non-vocal guests!

2005: Guest of Honor Carla Ulbrich came down with laryngitis, so the GoH concert featured “Carla-oke” -- audience members requested songs for Carla to play on her guitar while they sang.
2008: Toastmaster Tom Smith injured his leg only weeks before the convention, so the Toastmaster concert became a “sing Tom Smith covers” benefit concert to raise money for his medical bills and recovery.
2011: Guest of Honor Judi Miller, sign interpreter extraordinaire, performed with all her usual non-vocal brilliance during everybody else’s concerts -- and also sang during her own show. (No accidents or illness interfered. We thought we might be onto something.)
2014: Guest of Honor Amy McNally, phenomenal fiddler, also sang some during her concert -- but mostly played to beat the devil. (We made notes. Definitely a trend worth pursuing.)

Which brings us to ...

2017: Guest of Honor Bob Kanefsky, filk’s premiere parodist! … who very seldom sings in public. So our GoH concert this year will be a Kanefsky Cabaret, or Kabarefsky, in which other filkers will sing Bob’s parodies on stage.

Interested in being a Kabarefsky performer? Contact kabarefsky@contata.org, or reply here.
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Announcement: Song Contest Topic! [May. 19th, 2017|01:03 pm]

The topic for our song contest will be: “Socially Transmitted Earworm (or, I Got It From …)”

Entries must be new songs written since the end of last year’s NEFilk convention (i.e., after July 3rd, 2016). Songs set to original tunes and parodies of existing tunes are both acceptable.

All entries must be performed at the convention. If you cannot attend (or prefer not to perform), someone else may present your entry.

A copy of the lyrics should be provided at the time of performance for the use of our judges. Songs are judged on the quality of the lyrics and appropriateness to the topic, not on the quality of the performance.
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Call for Volunteers [May. 19th, 2017|12:50 pm]

The Contata Con Committee Needs YOU!

Any convention depends on a lot of hands to keep things running. This year at Contata, we’re calling for volunteers in advance so we can get a head start on scheduling, and so nobody has to spend too much time helping out before they get back to enjoying the con.

We need people to help out with:

  • Registration Desk -- putting together and handing out registration packets, tracking materials for pre-registered members and selling at-the-door memberships
  • Ops -- making and posting signage, going to places where people need help with things and helping them, hauling boxes and other items (but not at the cost of your back).
  • Security -- short shifts checking to make sure people are wearing badges, staying out of restricted or locked areas, and abiding by the convention’s Code of Conduct
  • Con Suite -- supervising the con suite so the staff can take much-needed down-time, preparing and arranging snacks, cleanup, assisting with a shopping run if needed.
  • Circles -- We need people to anchor circles. To be in the circle, moderating, and making sure people get a turn to perform. To draw out shy people, encourage people to take turns and be courteous, and to occasionally perform, or prompt others to do so.

Volunteers will get a shiny badge sticker and our undying gratitude. Volunteers who commit to assisting by June 14 will also receive an acknowledgment in the program book (unless you prefer otherwise) and a small care package.

If you’d like to help out, head over to our signup questionnaire form over here! If the form gives you any trouble or if you have any questions, email volunteers@contata.org and let us know.
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Contata 2017 Songbook: call for songs! [Feb. 4th, 2017|06:25 pm]

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!

Songs may be submitted in any common text format, or as graphics in PDF format (useful for submitting sheet music for an original song). No particular theme is required.

Got a song you want to submit? Email it to batyatoon+contata2017(at)gmail(dot)com, ideally with "Contata 2017 Songbook" somewhere in the subject header. Questions may be sent to the same address.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.
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(no subject) [Jul. 28th, 2015|03:09 am]

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It's that time again. We're having another housefilk (Well, Batya and Alex are, but it is a NYMF event) in Queens, NY!

From: http://sdelmonte.dreamwidth.org/464306.html

Hear ye, hear ye!

There will be a housefilk on Sunday, August 16 in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, New York, at the home of sdelmonte and batyatoon . The festivities will run from 1 pm to approximately 5 pm. The address is 144-32 71st Road, accessible from the LIE and GCP, and by subway and bus.

A NYMF meeting will follow, wherin we may start to plan a convention.
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NYC/Phila Area House Filk June 7th Also an early convo on Lunacon 2016 Filk [May. 10th, 2015|11:49 pm]

Hi All,

Wax Chaotic is coming!
Local singers are coming..

We will also have early discussion towards the Filk program at Lunacon 2016.

The sing will be here, at the house in South Amboy
If you need “distructions” to get here, email me at commander.truestar@verizon.net

We are easily accessible via Personal vehicle, Mass transit ( or flying saucer so long as you realize you’ll never escape me with it )

NOTE: Those interested in having Kosher food will have to RSVP before 27 May, so we can gather the numbers to place the order. As always, should members of the Kosher community RSVP, Kosher food platters will be ordered from Jerusalem Pizza in Highland Park, NJ.

So come sing with us, bring instruments and be prepared to have fun!

RSVP now at commander.truestar@verizon.net

Marc Grossman
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Housefilk September 21 in Queens!! [Sep. 3rd, 2014|08:24 pm]


There will be a housefilk on Sunday, September 21 in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, New York, at the home of sdelmonte and batyatoon. The festivities will run from 1 pm to approximately 5 pm. The address is 144-32 71st Road, accessible from the LIE and GCP, and by subway and bus.

Interested? Reply to this post and let us know. And spread the word!

Need directions? E-mail me at simondelmonte @ gmail.com.
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2014|10:46 pm]

Hi All

To those coming to central NJ for the Wax Chaotic concert on July 13th...

After the concert, there will be a Filk sing for those who can stay.
Since the concert is set to start at 1pm Sunday, there should be plenty of time to circle up the chairs and sing!

Please RSVP to commander.truestar@verizon.net

Our house is easily accessible via Public transport or POV
There will be both Kosher and non-Kosher food in separate sections on the table.
BYOB to add to the drinks we will provide.

While there is no charge to get in, there is a recommended donation $10 to $20 to feed the musicians as they are touring the country on their dime, in their own car.

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contata 2014 live stream [Jun. 20th, 2014|07:14 pm]

News from Contata -  (Crossposting from Facebook post)

This is going to be intermittent, but I am going to TRY to keep this running during the concerts.

We have a feed from a pair of mice at the front of the audience. (via the soundboard) No promises that it will be solid or stable, sorry. 4g wifi access point.


If you want to donate, please send Mike Whitaker a donation and a thank you for the feed via this link. http://www.uk.filknet.org/hosting.html

We are using his servers no NO notice. (Feed is a 64k stream. I will try upping it tomorrow.)

I will have this web page open for a little while looking for feedback.

We will NOT be broadcasting open filk. Only concerts.

Schedule here -

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