Today marks the 154th birthday of one of the most Steampunk of history’s inventors, Nikola Tesla. To celebrate the birthday of the man who became the quintessential mad scientist and whose life has such an incredible influence on Steampunk (and Dieselpunk), I’ve a number of Tesla themed goodies for your personal enjoyment.
First, to get this party started, we need some drinks! To help us concoct some crazy, Teslas inspired beverages, I’ve turned to Tesla Lives!, to help us make some “Teslatinis”:
Tesla Lives! Cocktail
Submitted by Claudia Egan (Nikola Tesla Enthusiast), Milwaukee
2 oz part Slivovitz
2 oz black cherry soda
Glow in the Dark Ice Cube
The Death Ray
Submitted by The Palms Bar and Bistro, Milwaukee
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Goldschlager
1 part Dark Rum
1 Part Sambuca
Submitted by MOCT Bar, Milwaukee
1 part Island Ble Pucker
1 Part Kettle One Citron
Click here to check out more information about their current contest to discover the latest Teslatini recipe and to submit your own creation!
For tonight’s musical entertainment, I’d like to suggest Clockwork Cabaret’s podcast celebrating Tesla’s birthday from 2008, which you can download here. Clockwork Cabaret’s weekly show “Music O’ Gears for Steampunk Ears” occurs every Monday at 11pm EST on WCOM 103.5 Carrboro/Chapel Hill. You can listen live online at http://www.wcomfm.org, or pick up their podcasts here if you are an old lady like me that has to wake up very early for work.
After we’ve had drinks and music, how about a film that includes Tesla in its casting? For such entertainment, might I be so bold as to suggest The Prestige, a film starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, and features a Nikola Tesla played by David Bowie (win!)? This is an incredible Steampunk movie with lots of dark and mystifying elements as two magicians attempt to outdo each other to create the ultimate illusion.
Sounds like an excellent night! Here’s to a night of revelry to honor the scientist history should have never forgotten, Tesla!