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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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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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Steampunk: Four Winds Faire Oct 8th

The Knights & Ladies of the Four Winds Renaissance Faire journey into the Aether glimpsing airships and sky pirates along the way for a Steampunk Extravaganza.

The year: 1881.

The place: The infamous Wild, Wild, West.

Gambling, wenching, and brawling meet you as you enter a brass and goggle haven.  Tighten your corsets, adjust your top hats, shine your boots, you are about to walk into a page of the future-past that never was.

Join the Victorian Time Benders, the première Steampunk vendors in the region for fabulous Neo-Victorian wares. The Darwin Prophet will make a stop in their travels to fill your ears with an aural exhibition straight from the Aether. Steampunk Multiculturalism will be in full effect as wonderful Native American arts and crafts will be for purchase.

The Wild, Wild West Steampunk Extravaganza will be teeming with activities, crafts, and fun games for children and the whole family.  Musicians, dancers, comedy and stage performances will attract the eye and tickle the funny bone.

Feast on exotic food and drinks delivered directly via dirigible on this fantastical weekend.  The Four Winds cast will take you on a Steampunk Wild Wild West Adventure like you have never experienced before!

For more info:

http://www.fourwindsfaire.com/


 

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Steampunk: All-Con Aftermath!

A Mallory Lorene Photo

This years All-Con event was a smashing success!

SF, Fantasy, Renaissance, Anime, Comic and of course Steampunk came together in a meeting of fabulous inner nerd and freak this past weekend.

A Mallory Lorene Photo

Many Steampunks came down from the aether this weekend.  It was a  wonderful parade of parasols, top hats, ray guns and bustles.

Airship Nocturne, and The Steampunk Illumination Society were out in force.

3 Airship Nocturne Crew Members

The crew was in full Steampunk regalia.  Talking canes (true story), fluttery feathers, jet packs and bandoliers replete with tea cups were to be found at the Nocturne booth.

Another group that spearheads many local events, the Circus Freaks, were also there.  They offered several workshops on learning Poi, and Flagging.  They are the rock stars of the Freak, showing moves that you only thought could be CGI generated.

A Mallory Lorene Photo: Poi 101

(The Circus Freaks were also at this years earlier event Clockwork Wonderland.)

Monkey of the Circus Freaks & Trantius of the Nocturne

Vendors set up selling wares of all kinds.  Buttons, pins, t-shirts, bustles, corsets, top hats, canes, and Renaissance Faire tickets to name some.  Intricate Steampunk gadgets, goggles and other random gizmo’s were also ready for purchase.

The Steampunk Ball was the highlight for many.  For those many, they all  needed a good dose of caffeine, because this ball did not end at the stroke of mid-night.  Oh no!  It started at mid-night.

One of the opening acts for the ball included Bones Jangle.  Bones, never fails

'Bones' Jangle

to satisfy his listeners.  For all those who love a good toe tapping, dancing shanty tune, this is the performer for you.  His raspy voice crows above the crowds taking them from the dance floor and to the aether of their favorite airship.

Before All-Con was barely underway there were rumors that the lauded main act of the Steampunk Ball, The Marquis of Vaudeville would not be in attendance.

Due to an unbecoming lack of communication on the part of All-Con planners, many fans and friends of All-Con and The Marquis were upset that the ball would perhaps not go on.

The Marquis did in fact perform.  This was only because they were able to overcome the terrible lack of communication on the part of the convention.  To their credit The Marquis went above and beyond what is generally thought of as the responsibility for performers.  The Marquis of Vaudeville went on to play and satisfy their fans who were still awake to hear them at 2am.

Marquis of Vaudeville

The Marquis is superbly adept at creating otherworldly music.  It takes the listener into another realm, like Lewis Carrol took his readers to Wonderland, the Marquis take their fans beyond the here and now.

After the ball ended, at nearly 3 am, the attendees moved to various after parties that were being thrown around the hotel.  That being said, nerds and freaks know how to throw great parties.

If you would like more information about any of the events or groups please see the following links.

Thank you Mallory Lorene for your wonderful photographs.

http://mallorylorenephotography.wordpress.com/

http://www.marquisofvaudeville.com/

http://circusfreaks.org/

http://www.steampunkis.org/

 
 

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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 Music: Vernian Process

Vernian Process is one of the first groups to declare themselves a Steampunk band in 2003.  Vernian Process is an unrepentant fusion of Darkwave, Progressive, and Neo-Classical styles.

In laymen terms their sound is an unabashed Industrial answer to Steampunk music.  That being said some pieces are incredibly melodic that take you on a soaring flight into the aether, but they are in the minority.

The song Into the Shadows stands out with tolling bells, dripping water, and creaking steps.  The imagery is dark.  It’s music conjures up places where goggles are strapped tightly to the face of the wearer to fight off the London fog, and The Curse of Whitechapel is just a step behind.

Their strength lies in the use of Steampunk sound.  Hammers on anvils, tolling bells, grinding gears, creaking steps, crackling fire, and the tick-tock of clocks convey a wonderful image.  The listener is undeniably transported to a place where Steam and Dieselpunk meet.

Members include:

Joshua A. Pfeiffer: Vocals, Songwriting

Martin Irigoyen: Guitar, Songwriting, SFX

Janus Zarate: Bass Guitar

Free Fargo: Drums

Brian Figueroa: Keyboard, Guitar

Kyle Thomas: Keyboard, Accordion

Erica Mulkey: Live Guest, Cello

 

If their band name leaves you scratching your head, scratch no longer. It was inspired by the 19th century writer Jules Verne (whom every Steampunk aficionado has much love for).

If you find yourself in California the weekend of May 7th, you can see them at Gaslight Gathering, the very first Southern California Steampunk Convention in San Diego.

Check them out at: www.vernianprocess.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/VernianProcess

 

 
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Posted by on 13 February 2011 in Music, steampunk, Summary, Victorian

 

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Steampunk Music: Sunday Driver UK

The Steampunk Music genre is up and coming.  There are no rules, it is an open market.  The variety is wonderful and multifaceted.  Because of this, the next few blogs will be dedicated to Steampunk music artists.

Sunday Driver UK, like it’s name, is based out of the UK.   The seven member band is a wonderful ensemble and its début album is fabulous and unique.  This British band is a great example of Asian Fusion gone right.

The Gayatri Mantra is a perfect example of that signature uniqueness.  This particular song takes the listener on a journey through the aether to India.

Then the band spits you into the streets of London, or so I imagine, with the second track Black Spider.  The rhythm and pace of the song combined with the lead vocals easily sweeps you into the story.  There is an urgency that keeps the listener completely involved.

From here the album slows down for a few songs, then sweeps you up again with Bakul Bagan Road.  Yet again the sitar takes you on a journey across the seas and aether.

Their talent shines with their variety.  To pick up a listener and sling them around the world with a single song is an impressive feat.  As a listener I love every moment of it.  The lead vocalist moves from strength to trepidation convincingly.  The song Heroes spotlights their canny lyrics.

The members showcase a range of instruments: Sitar, Harp, Clarinet, Tabla are not instruments in any run of the mill band, but you will find it here.

Sunday Driver Members are:

Chandy Nath: Vocals

Kat Arney: Harp, Clarinet

Amit Jogia: Tabla

Chemise: Guitar

Joel Clayton: Guitar & Sitar

Melon: Bass

Scot Jowett: Drums

 

Checkout their website: http://www.sundaydriver.co.uk/ and the free music downloads they offer.

They have links to their Facebook, Twitter and MySpace profiles as well.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunday-Driver-UK/19773347953

http://twitter.com/#!/SundayDriverUK

 
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Posted by on 13 February 2011 in Music, steampunk, Victorian

 

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