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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: Burns and Steam

Steampunk meet the Burners.

The Man Burning- image by Aaron Logan

Steampunk communities and events are on the rise. As such it is only a matter of time until said Steampunks meet other activity driven groups such as the Burners.

Who the hell are the Burners? Ah. That’s a loaded question, so let’s get down to brass tacks.

Burners are people who attend:

1. Burning Man

2. Regional Burns (worldwide)

Responses frequently given after mentioning Burning Man is this:

Burning Man?! Isn’t that some crazy party in the desert that Malcolm in the Middle was at? Wait! Wasn’t that mentioned in a movie, where the dad kept taking his new wives to Burning Man and they were high as a kite? I didn’t think that was real!

Burning Man and all its regionals are very much real. Burning Man (the ‘main’ burn with upwards

Satellite Image of Burning Man

of 60,000 people in attendance) begins the week prior to Labor Day and ends on Labor Day Monday. It is considered an extreme festival, a survivalist camping heaven, artists haven, an epic party like you’ve never seen, etc, etc. It is a temporary city that goes up, and when all is said and done, the Burners take their trash and leave no trace after celebrating life and freedom of expression.

What IS Burning Man?

“Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.” – BurningMan.com

Burns are where the masses go to take off the mask of day to day triviality and be who you really are. To wave your freak flag if you will.  It also gathers some of the most talented visionaries. Burning Man funds most of the huge interactive art installations that come to the Burn.

It was only a matter of time for Steampunk artists and craftsmen to venture into the Burning

Neverwas Haul - Art Car

Community.

On a small scale the lauded Airship Isabella has ventured into the Burning community. The Isabella was actually conceived at the Texas Regional Burn Burning Flipside.

Gypsy Steam Circus, is a group currently being put together for the sole purpose of bringing Steampunk, Gypsy Fusion with a dash of Circus to the Burn.  GSC will be gathering its ranks for the for Myschievia (a Regional in East Texas) over the Columbus Holiday.

I have been a Burner since 2009, I’ve made two fabulous Pilgrimages to Black Rock City (the name of the temporary city that goes up for one fabulous week).  During 2011 I bowed out of BRC to visit two regional burns, Flipside and in a few short weeks I’ll be at Myschievia.

These two Burns are quite small compared to the massive size of Burning Man, but they are no less powerful.

You may have noticed O.M. Grey’s latest tweets and Facebook posts mentioned her Pilgrimage to Black Rock City and Burning Man this year.  Steampunk is rapidly being integrated into other highly creative events and festivals.

It isn’t all about the art (when I say art I mean interactive Rubiks Cubes that are 4 stories high, that

Steampunk Octopus

can be turned by small hand held devices 20+ yards away, giant metal art pieces created for people to look at and climb on to see the view from the top).  There is also an indescribable feeling that comes over you when you stand in the middle of the desert.  For some it is a spiritual experience. Some come to the desert to find themselves, some to party, some to get away from reality, but when the Burn is over somehow Burning Man has become the reality.  It is a special place where your true self is discovered.  It can be messy and it can be beautiful.  But every year when you are met at the Gates by the Greeters, the first thing they say is “Welcome Home” and you suddenly realize it IS home.

I am so excited seeing two of the things I love most come together.  Burning Man and its subsequent regional Burns are not for everyone.  But if you have a keen sense of adventure and an open mind Burning Man might become home for you too.

For more information about Burns please see the following links.

http://burningflipside.com/

http://ntxb.org/

http://www.burningman.com/

 

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