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Steaming In the New Year

Happy New Year Steampunks, Gypsy Punks, Circus Freaks and all you in between or out where ever you are!

I had a great New Years! Not as bombastic as last year, but this year was cozy with chocolate, friendly cuddles  and champagne.  Much can be said for a quiet night after a chaotic year.  To be able to take a breather at the end and just chill out was very nice.

Okay now to the Steamy Business At Hand: Entertainment Around The World!

In Long Beach, California we have:

Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium (A Steampunk Convention) Jan 11th-13th

Literary Talent that will be there: HRMSS

OM Grey

David Lee Summers

Girl Genius

Musical Talent:

Lee Presson and the Nails

Unwoman

Cirque Noir and others

This looks like a well put together event!  If I were in California this weekend I would totally be at the Symposium.  For more information check out their great website at http://www.hrmsteam.com/.

In Dallas, Texas we have:

The PANCAKES & BOOZE Art Show Jan 11th @ 8pm-2am

PANCAKES & BOOZE

PANCAKES & BOOZE

This simply looks fabulous!  If you have an artistic bent this is the place for you.  Full nude body painting, all styles of artists, pancakes and booze.  How much for tickets? $5.  Yes sir and ma’am $5.  Wait that’s not all, live DJ’s too.

If you are an artists it is not too late to submit your work for this show.  I highly suggest it.  Check out this video for a better idea of the vibes from this wonderful event.

In New Haven, Connecticut:

Mad Hatter Productions Presents: LET’S GET MAD! At Afterlife.  Jan 11th midnight-6amlet's get mad

Not for the faint of heart my Electronica friends.  This music is dirty, chopped and acid washed.

There will be a blacklight booth where you can get painted up and glowy-fan-tastic for the night!

$20 at the door

Now we are changing gears. Let’s strip of the Neon Fishnets and your glow sticks.  Put the Ravers to bed, and bring out the leather armaments, fox fur tails and your tankards.

In Frankenmuth, Michigan we have:

The 7th Annual Renaissance Masqued Dinner and Ball Sat Jan 12 3pm-midnight

The entrance fee is only $5! Man I’m lovin’ the prices for all these events!  *ahem*

The fair folk of Frankenmuth will be holding a costume competition, and the face of the renaissance mask contest. (Sounds like a lot of fun! and it’s kid friendly too.)

Also all proceeds will go to the Rescue Foundation.  A good cause, a good time sounds like a win if you are in Michigan this weekend.

Alright, I can’t tell a lie…if I had my pick of all the things to do this weekend (barring travel issues) I would be going to this next event.  Oh My God would I be going to this event.

Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Brixton, London, UK

Drunken Balordi + DJ Sacha Dieu Jan 12th 8pm to midnight

Gypsy Punk

Gypsy Punk

This is a fusion of traditional Gypsy, Punk and Rock beats with a contemporary twist.  In terms that I prefer: Gypsy Punk.

I am a SUCKER for Gypsy Punk music.  Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello is my hero.  I want his autograph…and an hour of his time.

But for our purposes here we’ve got DJ Sacha Dieu spinning our Gypsy fused beats.  He’s pretty awesome, check his stuff out at SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sachadieu

Yet again only £5 to get in the door!

A good line up to start off the new year!  I hope that wherever you are you are having a steamy good time!

So what event will I be going to?

I will be in Ft Worth, Texas hacking portals in Ingress…yes dear Messers and Madams that lovely game by Google.

Don’t know what it is?  No worries, here you go: http://www.ingress.com/

Ingress

 
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Posted by on 9 January 2013 in Circus, Clubs, Fun, Holiday, Music, Parties, steampunk

 

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Steampunk Steam!

Fall is here!  All those heavy Steampunk clothes can come out of the closet and be worn with panache!

Need some events to show off your steamy style?

Heeeeeere we go!

Steampunk November

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Live entertainment, libations, games, music and more at the 2nd annual Cut Thrust and Run Steampunk November.  I had the honor of being at the 1st gathering last year, MUCH fun, but small.  I’ll be interested to see how much it has grown.

Features: Belly Dancing, Burlesque, Comedy Shows and “Electrified Dueling for the Gentle-persons”…

Starts: Nov 10 @ 2pm

Ends: Nov 11 @ 2am

Where: 492 Cordes Drive, Venus Tx 76084

Camping available for an added fee per tent.

http://www.cutthrustandrun.net/index.html

Showdown at Unobtainium 2012: Tesla vs. Edison

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Two days of musical and Vaudeville-esqe entertainment, mysterious “soon-to-be-revealed Austin maker groups”, a Maker Mad Science Lab for kids of all ages to create and experiment. A little to vague in its description for my taste, but, meh still sounds neat.  They have a good music line up such as…

Marquis of Vaudeville, Shakey Graves, and the Darwin Prophet.

Family Friendly, but watch out parents, after 10 on Saturday things get feisty.

Starts: Nov 10 noon

Ends: Nov 11 6pm

Where: Bell Farm, 119 Redbird Lane, Dale TX 78616

Prices range from $20 – $30

http://www.showdownatunobtainium.com/

Not feeling the Steam? Feeling a bit more Industrial? I have just the thing.

Lord Byron’s Panoptikon

Get your dance on with Industrial, New Wave, Electro and Synthpop.

When: Nov 9 @9

18+

http://panoptikondallas.com/

Back to the steam!

Wasabassco’s 8th Anniversary Extravaganza

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An amazing two day extravaganza celebrating fabulous Burlesque!  Just on night one there will be over 40 performers with over six hours of entertainment lined up for your viewing pleasure!  (If I were in New York Friday I would totally be there).

Day 1 Starts: Nov 9 @ 6pm

Day 2 Starts: Nov 10 @ 6pm

Where: City Winery, NYC

155 Varick Street, New York, New York 10013

http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/doc-wasabassco-s-burlesque-8-19.html

Fascination

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Three rooms of music!  One dedicated to jazz, blues and classic swing. The second for Electro Swing DJs. Aaaand guess who’s behind door number 3??? That’s right MOAAAAR Burlesque, Atlanta style.

Start: Nov 9 @ 9pm (EST)

Where: XS Ultra Lounge

708 Spring Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308-1013

http://www.theartificeclub.com/doctor-qs-fascination-nights.html

Steampunk Exhibition Leek

The Exhibition is a collaboration between the Derbyshire Steampunk and Time Travellers Guild and The Nottingham Steampunk Social in the UK.

The Exhibition actually began in October, and runs through November 18th.  So if you find yourself twiddling your thumbs go check out the fabulous show of artwork that this Exhibition highlights, sure to be a fabulous adventure!

Weekly on Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun until November 18, 2012

Starts: 10 am – 4 pm

http://www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/events_tags/steampunk-exhibition-leek/

Alright my steamy friends I hope you have a chance to find some Steampunk excitement this fall.  And my apologies (yet again) for my internet absence.

It has been going to good use.  I have been actively working on my upcoming novel.  It is in the editing stages.  It is tedious, but to see it coming together is truly exciting.  You’ll recognize a character or two from my short story Animatae’s Shadow.

 

 

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Steampunk Dublin, Ireland

The parade in Dublin was amazing. Half a million people showed up to see the City of Science themed St. Patrick’s parade.

My photos are not professional grade stock.  They were taken with a point and shoot on the fly being jostled from behind by a thousand people (it was awesome).

Dirigible

Warship

Venerable Rhino

Mime in a Balloon

Mechanical Horse

Hot Air Balloon

Gadgets and Gears Our Universe

Dirigible

Fish

Equestrian Cycle

There Be Dragons

 
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Posted by on 14 August 2012 in Circus, Fun, Holiday, Parties, steampunk

 

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Irish Steampunk Steams Ahead!

Bella’s Steampunk Show is on!

Dublin Ireland will find itself host to Bella’s 3rd Steampunk Show at the Sugar Club this Saturday the 25th.

Dance, performance, comedy and burlesque will be on full display.

Professor Elemental http://www.professorelemental.com/fr_home.cfm

Bella A Go Go

Phil-t-gorgeous…and more…

There will be the:

The “Most Spectacular Spectacles Competition and…

The Best Invention Competition! (that’s just flippin’ awesome).

Hansen Writing Ball (a very real invention that Nietzsche used).

Vendors will also be peddling their gadgetry.

Crowzeye Steampunk Jewellery, Crafty Fox Fascinators and Naomi drawings to name a few.

The nitty gritty details…

Where:

The Sugar Club

8 Lwr. Leeson St. Dublin 2

+353 1 6787188

When: 8pm

How Much: EU20.00

For more info: http://www.thesugarclub.com/

If anyone had the honor of attending the event leave a comment and let us know who won the goggle and invention contest! 😀

 

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What Happened to the Steampunk?

I’ve fallen off the planet and I’m crawling back to the interwebs.

The Yeti: Freezer Burn Effigy

All sorts of interesting things for the month of January have happened to this Steampunk!

First:

Newyearschevia–  Fabulous 2 night Burn to herald in the new year.  We were able to burn the effigy from Myschevia (a burn ban prevented the burning of it in October).

See archived posthttp://elaineturnerthewriter.com/2011/10/16/steampunk-burn-myschievia-burn/

Freezer Burn—  A Central Texas Regional Burn that is a short 2 day adventure of music, art, fire in the cold damp Texas winter.

I was invited to spend my Burn with Cuddle Camp.  It was a wonderful time of cuddles to stay warm and meeting new people at this intense two day burn.

I’ve never been cold weather camping, so the radical self-reliance that I’m ‘used to’ was shifted into a new gear.  How to stay warm, when I’m usually planning on how to stay cool.

It was a great thinking-out-of-the-box experience.

Flooding of the Domicile—  on a personal note, my house gushed 25000 gallons of water…that’s enough water to fill a swimming pool…in my hallway.  It was amazing.  But I’m glad that’s over, and my floors are dry.

Clockwork Con— I missed it!!!! How could such a thing happen!!! Oh yes, refer to above Flooding of the Domicile.

Although, I know that my friend Ting Ting left his mark on many people there.  If you were one of them, please oh please leave a comment.

A slew of other random, yet wonderful adventures befell this Steampunk in just a few short weeks this New Year…and our community is planning even more adventure to immerse yourselves in!

Steamy Upcoming Events!

Gaslight Squared– A monthly Steampunk event and concert Tuesday 1/31.

8pm @Lola’s St. Louis, MO 21+

http://www.facebook.com/events/175706915864327/

Gadgets and Gobstoppers— This event is this Friday.

8pm @Lakewood Theatre, Dallas, TX.

$20 at the door 18+

Burlesque Dancers, Airship Isabella &  a Musical Line up that includes Marquis of Vaudeville and Sarasvati Bodhisattva.

Airship Nocturne and her crew will also be there.

http://www.facebook.com/events/319162668116492/

Two Rivers Renaissance Faire Pirate & Faerie Festival

Feb 3-5th Yuma, AZ

As all Steampunks know, it’s a ton of fun to invade Ren Fests!

http://tworiversfaire.com/

Let me know how your Steampunk Adventures and Invasions go!

 

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Steampunk: Dicken’s On The Strand

This weekend marks the 38th year that Galveston, TX has hosted Dicken’s On The Strand.  For

those who have not heard of it let me sum it up:

Victorian recreation of Galveston during it’s hey-day.  During the late Victorian era Galveston was the largest city in Texas and had very close ties to London.

This weekend hosts vendors, performers and…that’s right…Steampunk on the Strand.

There are many, many, many events for the family.  Dickens on The Strand is a lot of fun, even if the weather is dreary (as it currently is in Texas), and thankfully the ‘board-walks’ are covered.

A few of the events Dickens has to offer are:

Queens Parade

Dickens Costume Contest

Pinwicks Lantern Parade

Albert’s Whimsical Whisker Revue

Victorian Bed Races

Per usual the Airship Isabella will be there.  Last year their Airship and vendor booth took up nearly an entire lot (this event is very large).

Many, many, many Airships will be participating this year, more even than last.  I had the pleasure of going last year.  I remember the costumes as particularly stunning.  Truly I have not been to another Victorian event with such elaborate detail to Victorian period costuming.

If you are already taking part in the festivities leave a comment!!!

If you are also unable to make it here is a link to a live web-cam of the festivities!

http://www.galveston.com/strandcam/

Dicken’s Website:

http://www.galvestonhistory.org/Dickens_Overview.asp

Link to Dicken’s Events:

http://www.galvestonhistory.org/Dickens_Calendar.asp

 

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Steampunk: Halloween Wait! Part 1

Is the hallowed holiday of costuming sneaking up on you? Don’t have your costume ready? Have run out of ideas and cash?

Fret no longer, I have done the legwork for you.

While cruising around the inter-webs I discovered that on Etsy, one of my favorite places, prices have creeped up.

Steampunk costuming generally is never cheap, but I was quite shocked that some crafts people are charging upwards of $120 for jewelry that is neither precious, semi precious or all that intricate.  Another shocker was full Victorian garb for $2000.00!

Oh my.

I still love you Etsy. I understand that things will always be a little pricey due to the nature of the site BUT for all of you who are on the holiday budget crunch and don’t mind mass market production clothing I have a few favorite places to share.  I would like to say I’m going off the premise that you fair readers have run out of time to sew, craft and piecemeal together, as we all know, most Steampunks do all the above for their costumes.  Here are two websites with ready-made outfits for purchase:

GoodGoth.com

I heart GoodGoth.  Sorry Gentlemen, this is website is mostly for ladies…unless you like to cross-dress then by all means please do check out this

GoodGoth.com

website it’s wonderful!  If not skip to the section below GoodGoth.

I discovered GoodGoth about 3 years ago.  It is not a Halloween specific or character costume website.  They are dedicated to Gothic inspired clothing, but they have so much more.  Their clothing is very good quality and their prices are fabulous.  They also send out weekly coupons.

They cater to the Gothic crowd, but they have integrated Steampunk into their wares.

So even if you don’t wear this clothing year ’round, it’s a wonderful place for costuming and accessorizing. I am partial to their shoes too (must avert mine eyes or I’ll buy their whole stock of boots).

Check out the fine folks at GoodGoth and let me know what you think!

DressLikeAPirate.com

DressLkeAPirate.com isn’t too bad.  There is more for men to find that’s for sure.  It’s still a bit pricey, but there’s also the advantage of the being able to buy a complete premade costume. If you don’t want to do that and just need an extra jabot, pirate shirt, pair of boots, or walking stick this is an excellent resource.

I have not personally bought anything from this site, but I have spoken to customers who have had a pleasurable experience and little hassle with their transactions.

DressLikeAPirate.com

I want to emphasize that they do have a variety of men’s clothing.  I know that it is very difficult to find a good variety of menswear and accessories for Steampunk. It is a shame really.

For the rest of the week I will be posting websites that cater to Steampunk and Steampunk-esqe costuming that is affordable and not widely talked about. Everyone who has been around the Steampunk scene has heard of SteampunkEmporium, and the GentlemensEmporium…at least I hope so. If not men go check it out, but prices can get steep quick. Don’t be afraid of switching out $80.00 trousers for $8.00 thrifted trousers.

Also guys don’t be afraid of looking in the women’s section at your local thrift store for good pants.  Steampunk and Neo-Victorian patterns tended toward the bold and ridiculous.  Your maleness will not be diminished in the slightest if you pick up the most hideous paisley printed or stripped pants from the women’s aisle.  In fact your panache points will go up infinitely.  A paisley print pant with a solid colored vest, add boots or dress shoes, you are on your way to a damned fine outfit.

I speak from experience.  Several men in the Gypsy Steam Circus ventured into the female pant territory to rock out their Steampunk look and it worked better than any of us expected.  I’m talking purple paisley pants with purple stripped vest, black leather top hat (yes you know who you are).  It was great, and they had an overwhelming positive feedback about their outfit.  No one would have guessed it was all female clothing.

If you have any favorite costuming websites please share by leaving a comment.  If you have an Etsy or any other independent shop that caters to Steampunk costuming do not be afraid of self promotion, leave your link in the comment section.

In Part 2 I’ll be mentioning corsets and more mens costuming.

 

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