Whether you’re a child of the ’80s or the aughts, your film heroes will come to life at these tributes to Ferris Bueller and Harry Potter. Get ready to don your wizard hat, mullet, or both.
Aug. 1, 2 until 8 pm at The Bell House: $8 at the door
Sorry, little muggles, this event is 21+. While there will be the requisite costumes of black robes and wands, there will also be drinks of the knock-you-off-your-broom variety (think Firewhiskey and Butterbeer). Beyond witches and wizards, expect to see magical creatures, squibs and muggles competing to win the costume contest (you may have a chance unless the lovely Fleur shows up). You can also see if you’re as smart as Hermione during trivia. Or take your turn in the sorting ceremony and try on the dusty hat. Overall, this is the perfect time to let out your inner Potterhead and practice your shoddy British accent with no shame. In keeping with Harry’s defeat of You-Know-Who through love and friendship, part of the PotterCon proceeds will go to the Harry Potter Alliance.
Handsome Brad’s Day Off: Hotsy Totsy Burlesque’s Tribute to the Movies of John Hughes
Aug. 13, 8 pm at The Slipper Room: $10
If you missed Hotsy Totsy Burlesque’s “Harry Potter and the Boobies of Fire,” or your feelings towards Harry Potter resemble those of Voldemort – that he should be hit by 10 killing curses at once – then watch the burlesque troupe’s tribute to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and other John Hughes films. The premise of the story is that Cherry Pitz is stranded at the airport and can’t make the Hotsy Totsy show, so Ferris (Handsome Brad) and his friend Cameron (Brief Sweat) get pulled off the parade float to host. Fun references to ’80s comedy classics ensue. As the press release puts it, “perhaps the shaking and shimmying at The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women will finally be the thing that makes Cameron crack a smile.” We’re sure this show was created with Ferris’s motto in mind: “The question isn’t what we’re going to do, the question is what aren’t we going to do?”