A Clockwork Wonderland

A Clockwork Wonderland is a local event being organized by the Marquis of Vaudeville on January 22nd at the Curtain Club in Dallas. It’s sure to be an excellent event and is already promising to draw Steampunks from across the state to share a night of steam driven fantasy.

Although he’s been working around the clock to bring participants the very best in Dallas Steampunk, I got the opportunity to chat with Toby Lawhon, the lead singer of the Marquis of Vaudeville, about the Clockwork Wonderland in between his very busy schedule. In our conversation, he told me about what people could expect from the Clockwork Wonderland. Here’s what he had to say:

A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium, is, precisely what the name exudes and implies; an extravagant escape from the mundane world into a weird wonderland comprised of mystery & magnificence, clockwork & contraptions, of airships and Victorian aesthetics. It’s an alternative take on Lewis Carroll’s tales of Wonderland, in which the realm of steampunk has been overgrown and enveloped by vines and a certain sense of nonsensical whimsy.

It is, in essence, a show, an assemblage, an experience, and extraordinary engagement that we wish to share with all steampunks, misfits, and other diehard dreamers of alternative culture.

Why? Because we found ourselves wondering…
What if Wonderland had weird widgets, gear-laden gadgets, and ingenious inventors just around every hedgerow? What if newfangled gizmos could be found in perpetuity throughout a forest of overgrown flowers?

This is the inkling behind A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium

Hosted by our musical outfit Marquis of Vaudeville, A Clockwork Wonderland, is to be held this year at Curtain Club/Liquid Lounge in Dallas, TX on January 22nd. It is a single evening steampunk mini-con with Vaudevillian variety performances comprised of curious carnival, circus, and cabaret elements, as well as burlesque, pirate, and other strange musical menageries. There will be an impressive and quite extensive display of the inventions and creations made by two of the most prominent Texas airships, Airship Isabella and Airship Nocturne, an exotic bazaar featuring trinkets and curios to purchase and peruse made by many of the local Texas Steampunk artists and sellers.  A superfluity of spectacular spectacles and astounding attractions, all tangled within a venue decorated to create an aperture of escape into a twisted Wonderland.

Featured Attractions Include:

~The Astounding Sideshow Astonishments & Startlements of Circus della Morte~
~The Beguiling & Bewitching Burlesque Stylings of Femme Vivre LaRouge~
~The Magnificent Mechanical Marionettes of House of Mob~
~The Voodooistic Vibes & Shamanistic Shanties of Master ‘Bones’ Jangle the Trans-dimensional Pirate~
~The Dissident Automated Doll & Objet D’art Jai L’bait~
~The Hypnotically Haunting Melodies of Amanda Terese~
~The Mesmerizing & Mystical Sitar of Sarasvati Bodhisattva~
~The Curious Carnival Capers & Dauntless Daredevil Deeds of The Circus Freaks~
~The Prophetic Prognostications & Precognitive Device of Dr. Zoso~
~The Widgetous Newfangled Gadget & Contraption Arrayal~
(Featuring Airship Isabella & Airship Nocturne)
~The Eldritch Aether Trinkets & Curios Bazaar~
~The Pageantry & Prominence Airship Parade~

and of course a performance with new musical mischief by Marquis of Vaudeville!

Tickets are $15 at the rabbit hole
Advanced Tickets: $12 + $2.75 service charge
Advanced ticketing is currently available at Front Gate Tickets

To get involved, or for dealer inquiries, gadget show inquiries, or if one would like their airship or vessel to be a part of the The Pageantry & Prominence Airship Parade, Please contact: mov@marquisofvaudeville.com


I’ve already purchased my ticket for this event, and I hope you will consider doing the same if you live anywhere within driving distance of Dallas. This promises to be a wonderful event, and I hope to see many of you there!

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook and/or the Steampunk Empire.

3 comments on “A Clockwork Wonderland

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