Nemo’s Steampunk Art and Invention Gallery Gala Celebration

It’s finally almost here! Nemo’s Steampunk Art and Invention Gallery Gala Celebration has endured numerous reschedulings, but this upcoming weekend, it’s happening.  Here’s the essentials:

WHERE: 20,000 LEAGUES presented by 5 Wits-Patriot Place
(Located in Patriot Place’s North Plaza, Foxboro MA, adjacent to Gillette Stadium)

WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 6:00PM to 11:00PM

COST: FREE if you are wearing a Steampunk costume
(Prize will be given for best ‘Nautilus’ or ‘Nemo’ themed costume)

The Gala will feature Steampunk artists, vendors, and live entertainment alongside 5 Wits new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea interactive walk-through attraction. The 1000-square-foot Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery will feature museum quality 2D & 3D artwork and inventions from 20 Steampunk artists from across the country and the world. The artwork will be for sale and can also be customized for client’s homes and businesses.  A full list of artists can be seen at http://www.steampuffin.com.

Also, the Gypsy Nomads will be there to perform. If you’ve never heard of them, click here for my interview with them, and then go see them (because they’re awesome).

All Con

There’s an upcoming event that’s sure to be of interest to Texas Steampunks, especially those in the DFW area. The next big event for local Steampunks is coming up in March with the Dallas All-Con on the 18th, 19th, and 20th. While All-Con itself is not an explicitly Steampunk convention, this year’s mascot is definitely Steampunk.


I know a number of local airships are planning to be in attendance, including my crew. The Marquis of Vaudeville will also be performing, so if you loved them at A Clockwork Wonderland, you definitely don’t want to miss this show either. There’s definitely going to be plenty of Steampunks that appear out of the woodworks for this, so be sure not to miss it if you live anywhere near Dallas.

All-Con will be held at the Dallas North Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison, Texas. To register for the convention, please click here.

SteamCon II : Steamphunk Synchronic

Even though it’s been months since the end of Steamcon II, there’s still reports and material from the event still trickling in. Today’s blog post features a report done by N’Specter Phillips and Special Agent Cummings of Steamphunk Synchronic, an online magazine focusing on Steampunk events in the greater Northwest.

Ah, it brings back some wonderful memories! If you look closely, you can even see a tiny glimpse of me in the video! Many thanks to Veronique Chevalier, who brought this report to my attention.

Plans are, of course, already underway for this year’s Steamcon, Steamcon III- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. 

The Steampunk Exhibition Ball

While the Steampunks of Texas will be climbing down the rabbit hole for the Clockwork Wonderland, Steampunks in Seattle will be enjoying another night of revelry at the Museum of History & Industry for the Seattle Steampunk Exhibition Ball.

There will be all sorts of exciting entertainment, from a gaggle of local bands and musicians and hat and mustache competitions, to an absinthe bar and mad scientists!  And rumor has it that there will be dancing too!

The Steampunk Exhibition Ball is a benefit for the Center for Sex Positive Culture. The CSPC is a 501(c)7 dedicated to providing a safe place for adults to explore their sexuality.

Tickets for this year’s Steampunk Exhibition Ball are $25 for general admission, and $75 for general VIP admission which grants access to the VIP lounge, VIP waiter for queue avoidance and gift bags. The $95 Premium VIP Passes that granted up-close parking and performance seating have been sold out, so get the tickets you want fast!

Steampunk at the Boston Antiques Show

The Boston Antiques & Design Show is an event that started today and will continue tomorrow at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.

On display and for sale are outstanding pieces of Steampunk ar tincluding the work of Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum, our friends over at Mod Vic. They will be displaying some of their Steampunk furniture and objects at the show, so if you’ve never seen their work before, this is and excellent opportunity to personally view some amazing art.

It’s really exciting to see Steampunk standing right alongside antique dealers! For the MetroWest Daily News’ take on Steampunk and the show in general, please click here.

The show went underway today and will be open tomorrow from 11-4pm. The tickets are 7 dollars to get in tomorrow. If you have any more questions, you can call 781/862-4039. If you’re a Steampunk out on the east coast, this is an excellent opportunity to explore the art of local Steampunks and browse for some neat antiques at the same time.

A Clockwork Wonderland Video

Last week, I featured an interview with my good friend, Toby Lawhon, the lead singer for the band Marquis of Vaudeville and the main coordinator for the upcoming event, A Clockwork Wonderland: Through the Aether and Mysterium. It’s shaping up to be quite the event for area Steampunks and retrofuturists.

Lots of local talent has been poured into this project, and the topic of today’s post is proof of that. On the 18th of December, a number of Steampunks from the area gathered at Texas Discovery Gardens to produce this promotional video for the event:

Don’t look to hard… you won’t find me there (I, unfortunately, had to work) but you will find some of my crew and friends showing off their wonderful acting skills!

And remember, if you happen to be a Steampunk within driving distance of Dallas, I can’t encourage you enough to consider coming out to experience the Clockwork Wonderland on the 22nd of this month.

Tickets are $15 at the rabbit hole. Advanced Tickets: $12 + $2.75 service charge, and can be purchased at Front Gate Tickets.

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook and/or the Steampunk Empire. I hope to see you there!

Steampunk Form and Function

Back in April, I announced the beginning of a contest being hosted by Steampuffin, The Steampunk Form and Function Design Competition. Many, many months later, the winners of the contest have been selected, and their works are now on display at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA.

The exhibit opened on October 22, 2010 and runs through May 10th, 2011.  Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for seniors\students; admission is free for children under six.   The Museum is located at 154 Moody Street in Waltham, MA 02453.  For museum hours more information visit http://www.crmi.org or call 617 893 5410.

For more information on the exhibt, visit the museum’s page on it. And for an outsider’s view of the exhibit and Steampunk in general check out this article from WBUR Boston that has a refreshingly positive outlook.

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

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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.

Steampunk Events in 2011

As 2010 draws to a close tonight, it’s time to start planning your adventures for 2011. 2010 was a great year for Steampunk and from the looks of events already being planned, 2011 is going to be be an even better year.

Before I started blogging, I always seemed to find out about events too late to attend or after they had happened. This, of course, didn’t really help me to get out to Steampunk events and meet people. To help you make those all important plans, today’s post is a quick list of all of the major Steampunk conventions of which I am presently aware in the works for 2011. I’m sure more information will follow as the events approach, but this is just to help you start planning for another year of Steampunk adventure.

I’m sure I’ve missed some, but these are just some of the many Steampunk conventions in the works for 2011. It looks like it’s going to to be an adventure filled year!

Steampunk New Year’s Eve

If you happen to find yourself in Seattle this night before New Year’s Eve pondering how you should spend tomorrow night, allow me to recommend an excellent opportunity for Steampunk revelry, Abney Park’s Steampunk New Year’s Eve.

For a mere 30 dollars preordered, or 35 at the door, you can enjoy an evening of the best in Steampunk entertainment from aerialists and firebreathers to Unwoman and Abney Park. What better way to bring in 2011 than with everyone’s favorite airship pirates? There’s not one.

The Steampunk New Year’s Eve is being held at Studio Seven at 110 South Horton Street, Seattle, WA 98134. The doors open at 8 PM. It’s also a 21 and over event, so the minors will have to stay home for this one.

Personally, I’m planning to spend New Year’s with my beloved airship crew in a small gathering. How are you going to bring in 2011?