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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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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: Burn Myschievia Burn

Oct 6 – 10th I participated in my first MyschieviaBurn in North Texas.

Gypsy Steam Circus

It is tiny compared to Burning Man, but…the atmosphere is unique.  The performance art was one of a kind.  I have never experienced that level of all-consuming personal performance for four days straight at BRC or Burning Flipside.

Who are these scions of performance  art? Their name is C.O.L.D camp.  They are the antagonists, they are the assholes, they are the ones that push you to know your boundaries.  It was annoying, it was frustrating and I learned how I handle conflict in both positive and negative forms. COLD was the most alien form of Burner I have ever met, adding to Myschievia’s unique feel.

The community is so small that you don’t just run into people have a single conversation that may or may not change your view-point on life then never see them again…nope it’s a community where you see the same faces, the same beautiful Burners and are able to go back for more stimulating conversation.

I loved that.  I also love the unique one time wonder of meeting people on the playa at BRC, I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Now I would like to share a very personal story:

At Burning Flipside this past May, Positron (my other-half) and I ran into an ambiguously brown smiling young man by the all night Taco Stand, beside the Lava Lounge.  Electronica rang out its oontz-oontz as we three ran the gamut of conversation on late night snack attack food.  It turns out that our new-found friend prefers Reubens. Yes. That’s right.  The sandwich to end all sandwiches.  He so became known to us as Reuben.  His ‘grassy’ playa name had been bequeathed unto him.

We three proceeded to journey together.  It was a journey that lead us to play Giant Jenga, where Positron earned another name “The GrassHoppa King”, we continued to wander about drunkenly speaking of grasshopper, tasty Reuben, we tested our skill toy skills at the Electro Circus, we waxed poetic, or drunken, about the amazing art and weaved our way back to the Lava Lounge where we danced, danced, danced and danced until dawn heralded the morning.

Reuben was like the best friend Grasshoppa King and I never knew we hadn’t had.

We tried exchanging information (pitiful attempt all our phones were dead and of course who brings pen and paper to these things…obviously not us), so when we went back to default world our default names were so generic we were unable to find each other on social media.

Oh well, after terrible disappointment we just put it out of our minds as best as we could, knowing the playa gives and the playa takes away.

Back to Present:

My first night at Myschievia we had just set up camp “The Gypsy Steam Circus”.  I was free to wander…so of course I did.  I made it no further than the Doodle Camp…large swathes of butcher paper and crayons called to me, so I went and…doodled.  After a few moments of chatting with the lovely Burners running the Doodle Camp, out of the corner of my eye I saw some one else walk up, I thought nothing of it and continued to doodle.  Then he spoke.  The echo of a thousand Reuben sandwiches clamored in my ears, I turned, pointed, jaw dropped in the vicinity of my cleavage, stuttering over the words “Rueben!”

He turned and laughed, we laughed, we hugged, we hugged, we laughed, this continued for a disgracefully long time.  But it was perfect, it was so beautifully perfect to see this beautiful soul again, and that his joy was as fierce as my own made it all that much more potent.

We spun in circles in our glee, finally the ground rose to cushion our fall.  Laying breathless, still hugging we laughed on, until our long dormant senses returned.  We staggered to our feet in search of Grasshoppa King.

The sheer chances of us meeting again were so slim.  None of us had talked about going to Myschievia.  This was truly a gift from the playa.

This time around all three of us actually had phones that were not dead, we could successfully trade our information.  I will freely admit that this is the first time in the five Burns I’ve been to where personal contact info was given.

Having the post-burn connection with Reuben has been invaluable.

After a Burn there is always a high, then a lull, then with any luck a decompression near you.  My personal decompression has been speaker phone chats with Reuben of our personal experiences from Myschievia. This Burn (or UnBurn, there was a burn ban in effect.  An amazing light show that looked just like real flame stole the show) was the most self exploratory Burn since my very first Burn.

I’ve learned more about myself as a person, where my boundaries are, and what I need or want from the Burning Man experience.

Reuben and GrassHoppa King, I want to thank you for being with me on the journey to adventure.

 

More on the Myschievia Experience Later This Week.

 
 

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Steampunk Event: Post-Musical Menagerie

The Curtain Club of Dallas was host, once again, to a Steampunk success in music and imagination.  The Marquis of Vaudeville was in fine form.  The opening acts were a startling surprise.

I was unaware of the nature of the opening bands music.  I knew it was rock, but I did not realize that the other three bands did not have a claim to the Steampunk genre.

Maybe it was dehydration, but perhaps it was the screaming pseudo metal bands that rocked their stuff in very tight pants, but before I left the Curtain Club I most assuredly had the mother of all migraines.

This is what I came away with:

The Midnight Carnival likes to yell.  A lot.  Their front man is a petite rocker with Billy Idol-esq

Midnight Carnival Lead Singer, Steven

hair.  Actually I really liked his style.  Their sound was a mix of Billy Idol and Vernian Process. (For more on Vernian Process please see http://bit.ly/gDOQV6)

So even though my cranium was throbbing after their set I have to say I will stalk them online a little to get a better feel for their recorded tracks.

I still want to recommend them to anyone who likes their music loud.  I think you will really, really like the Midnight Carnival.

The Orange are an interesting group with a member very much dedicated to his tambourine.  He danced, he jumped, he hopped, he gyrated, and generally made love to his tambourine for an hour.  It was actually quite impressive.  My hats off Mr. Tambourine-The-Dancing-Man.

The Orange

For this particular group I took a moment to lounge on the second story of the Curtain Club.  I quite liked listening to their music.  Still loud, a bit more yelling than I am used to, but hey!  Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot and System of a Down did not make it big by themselves.  They had a following of scream loving, black t-shirt wearing metal heads.  Honestly I can’t think of a popular band to compare The Orange with, maybe it was the headache or maybe it is to their credit they are not easily boxed in…I’ll leave that to the readers and listeners discretion.  I will say this they are more like Incubus than any of the afore-mentioned heavy metal bands.

Before they took to the stage they hung out to the side of the pit close to backstage, where I happened to be.  I took a moment to carefully look them over.  Now close your eyes and imagine the Beatles in the sixties.  Just their clothes not their hair.  Yeah, that’s The Orange.  Mr. Tambourine-The-Dancing-Man sported a floral print tight button down.  Now that I’ve talked about their wardrobe more than their music I will move on.

Admiral Grey

Now…Admiral Grey.   Admiral Grey is straight up rock’n’roll.  I am now a fan of their songs “Nice Guy” & “Lose Control”.  I must say they have stage presence.  The lead singer is tall and easy on the eyes.   Their bassist is a stunning female, a long-haired head-banging brunette.  The lead guitarist is all that is suave.  The drummer…well he is a cross between a male model and a young Lars Ulrich or working on becoming the next Tommy Lee.  He thrashed, he sang along with the singer (albeit with no mic) and generally impressed the female audience with his physique.  Sex sells in a Steampunk audience too…especially in a Steampunk audience.  After all Steampunks are just fashionably posh nerds.

It was a hot, steamy, dirty, grimy evening and it was wonderful.  The Steampunks turned out in support of their favorite artists creating a carnivale of fancy and mysterium out of the otherwise normal Dallas Saturday night…actually I don’t know if I can call any Saturday night “normal” in Dallas.

Before the night got underway the city of Dallas literally did turn off the water of many of its citizens.  Oh what a dirty bunch of ‘punks there were.  Actually most of them looked like they had a bathe at some point before appearing in costume.  (I was much pleased by this.)

The last act that most of the Steampunks waited for was of course, Marquis of Vaudeville.  Their opening song was new and really, really good.  “Nightmare Machine” is one of their new songs, and I loved every second of it.

I was not alone in this.  I wish I could pen the detail of the smiling excited faces of my fellow top hat and facinator wearing crowd.  It was as though everyone turned into an excited child on Christmas morning, all giddy to open their gift.

Marquis of Vaudeville indeed did gift their fans Saturday night.

In the Steampunk community one usually finds incredibly elegant and well-mannered people.  Sure there are crusty sky pirates flying about, but there is still a level of respect they share.

The Marquis also exudes this level of elegance and well-bred manners.  Toby, the lead singer, is

Toby Lawhon of Marquis of Vaudeville & Miss. Fox

the epitome of a gentleman off the stage.

Saturday night he greeted me with a hug and a smile.  Just another reason I like the band’s music and the society of Steampunks.

I was thus saddened when my migraine reached epic proportions and I had to leave early (I was the designated driver, so it would not do to have the D.D. incapacitated further, when she was in need of operating a motor vehicle).  So I missed the Marquis second new song with a facinating and wonderful title “Bones of Knotwright Lane.”

If we are very, very lucky maybe they will post “Bones” on their Band Profile page for us to listen to.

For more information on the bands that played Saturday night please see the below links:

Admiral Grey

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Admiral-Grey/204951366205230?sk=app_2405167945

Marquis of Vaudeville

http://www.marquisofvaudeville.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marquis-of-Vaudeville/193405844056?sk=app_2405167945

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDHD-k0wrPk

The Orange

–I cannot find an online presence.  If anyone has any information please share the link on the comment section.

http://www.facebook.com/theorangeband

Midnight Carnival

–I, again, cannot find an online presence for them.  This saddens me, as I quite liked the Billy Idol/Vernian Process mix of a few of their songs.  If anyone has any information please do share.

http://www.facebook.com/midnightcarnivalmusic

UPDATE

Thanks to very helpful comments I was able to listen to more of Midnight Carnival’s music on their FB Band Page.

I am taken with “Dream”, “Familiar’s Call”, and especially “Reflections”.  These songs will have an appeal to Steampunk listeners.  For that matter, “Red Skies, Orange Horizons” will appeal too.

The timbre in Steven, the lead singer’s, voice sends chills down my spine when he reaches into his lower register.  Chills are good. Chills make me happy as a music listener.

I was also remiss in describing their stage presence.  They are one of the most energetic acts I have seen on stage.  I have not seen so much physical activity on stage since I saw Bono last fall hopping over railing on his 360 stage.

 

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Steampunk: Musical Menagerie

This Saturday night music and Steampunk will come together once

Marquis

more to entertain the dirty Dallas masses.

Musical Menagerie is the lastest whimsy of our favorite local North Texas Steampunk bands.  There has been a lot of buzz comparing this latest brain child to the wildly successful Clockwork Wonderland that was presented earlier this year.

This is a little incorrect.

The Curtain Club hosted Clockwork Wonderland in January and was filled to and (during the evening) passed capacity.  Clockwork was a rollicking study of Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Circus life, vendors and art.  It was also considered a mini-con.

The Musical Menagerie has the expectation of simulating the same fancy and time out of time world.  Yet Saturday night will be without  the Circus Freaks troupe, the Steampunk & Deiselpunk models, and the elaborate staging of characters.

The Curtain Club are host to the headlining musical acts: Marquis of Vaudeville, Admiral Grey, The Orange and Midnight Carnival.

Musical Menagerie is all about the music.  They will have a few non-music acts that will appeal to the circus lovers in the crowd, but that is not its main focus.  New songs from the above mentioned bands will also be revealed Saturday night.

Shine your spats, dust off your top hat, make sure your gears are well oiled, because Saturday night will give plenty of opportunity to show off your Steampunk posh.

Basic Info:

When: Saturday Aug 20th

Doors @ 8:30pm

Where: THE CURTAIN CLUB

2800 Main St.

Dallas, TX
How Much:
$10 cover
$12 for under 21

17 and up show  

http://www.curtainclub.com/curtainclub.php

http://marquisofvaudeville.com/

 

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Steampunk: All-Con 2011

Steampunk is the theme for this years All-Con.  All-Con, like its name suggests, is a convention for everyone.  Anime, SF, Fantasy, and of course Steampunk.

Like all good conventions there will be many opportunities for performance art, costume contests, and cosplay.

This year we get to discover more about the aether and mysterium of the culture and fun of steam.  A growth spurt in the genre has a record number of people venturing into the realm of the ‘future past’.  All-Con presents a fabulous opportunity to rub elbows with fellow Steampunks and vendors to help this wonderful genre grow even more.

Here’s the nitty-gritty on who’s who and what to do:

Steampunk Events:
Steampunk Paranormal Romance author O. M. Grey

What Lays Beyond the Aether  Basic Steam Punk

Altering the Aether

Steampunk Alchemy: Turning Unwanted Clothing Into Steampunk Gold

Cracked Monocle Games

Suck It In  Corset Basics

Making The Best Leather Masks

Burlesque Performance

Steampunk Ball

Steampunk Music and Dance: Current and Future Trends

Gurps Steampunk

Cosplay Tea Party

Multicultural Steampunk Ensembles

Not necessarily Steampunk related, but really darn funny:

Geeks: How To Get Some Action At A Convention

Zombie Dice

Hitting yourself stylishly in the head with poi!  Poi Spinning

Don’t Lose Your Geek Card

Geeky Girls

 

 

Several Airships will be attending with their crew, as well as Steampunk societies such as the superb Steampunk Illumination Society.

Yours truly will be there with her own airship and event table: The Airship Nocturne.  Look for the bright crimson corset and bandoleer with a tea-cup and saucer.  It’s me.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the best, brightest and friendliest Steampunks that the region has.  Please come tip your hat and exchange pleasantries at this years All-Con!

All-Con takes place:

March  18th-20th

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Midway Road

Addison TX

Ticket and Reservation information can be found here:

http://www.all-con.org/

Steampunk Illumination Society:

http://www.steampunkis.org/

Airship Nocturne:

http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Airship-Nocturne/100001245433495

 

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Steampunk Party: A Clockwork Wonderland

A Clockwork Wonderland is a Steampunk event going on this Saturday in Dallas, TX.  If you find yourself in the area in keen need of fun, goggles, and corsets please join in the diversion of ‘Aethyr and Mysterium’.

It is the perfect opportunity to meet people who are ardent in their love of Steampunk.  It’s a rare opportunity to meet the crew members of two airships: Airship Isabella and Airship Nocturne.

A special treat is the Steampunk Illumination Society.  Their society is made of the regions best and brightest Steampunk crafts people, thinkers and artists.

If you fancy to hobnob with North Texas Steampunkers please do come.

There will be a fashion show and promenade which, let’s face it, is half the fun of Steampunk itself.  The moded ray guns, fanciful goggles and bosoms that are pushed heavenwards by stiff corsets.

I have it on good authority that  a female android will be making an appearance, as well as myself in a scarlet corset and hot pink, black, and red tutu.

If you have time tomorrow Sat 22, $15 and are over 17 years old.  Come revel with us at the Curtain Club.

2800 Main Street

Dallas TX

214 743 6207

 

 
 

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