Area 51 raid, Alienstock, Naruto running and how to watch it all live

CNET | 9/20/2019 | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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An alienlike statue displays a sign welcoming guests to the Little A'le' Inn restaurant and gift shop in Rachel, Nevada, which'll be the site of much insanity this weekend.

Area 51 has long been a rich piece of American pop culture. Are aliens kept there? Super secret spaceships? Men in black with memory-wiping devices? The Nevada facility regularly pops up in movies like Independence Day and TV shows like The X-Files, but it made the news this summer for a joke that turned into an actual planned event.

How did it start?

In June 2019, Matty Roberts, a 21-year-old Bakersfield, California, college student, created a Facebook event titled Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us. The supposed joke event urged people to raid the US government facility on Friday, Sept. 20.

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As a joke, the event is an entertaining play on America's lengthy fascination with extraterrestrials and the mysterious Area 51. But as a real event, it left a lot to be desired.

The US Air Force warned people that storming its property wouldn't be taken lightly. But with more than 2 million people RSVPing to attend the event, and at least some of them appearing to be serious, multiple events are now set for the weekend. None, however, promises an illegal raid on military property (at least not officially).

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At first, Roberts and other organizers worked with Connie West, who owns the Little A'Le'Inn Motel in tiny Rachel, Nevada, to create an alien-themed music festival dubbed Alienstock to be held in the Rachel area Sept. 19-21. But can that small town actually handle a fest featuring two dozen musical acts? After all, Rachel has roughly 50 residents, no gas station and no street lights.

Roberts backed out, reportedly due to concern about permits and other details, but the event is still continuing without...
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