Wild Wild West Con

It’s been a while since I covered an upcoming convention, and the topic of tonight’s post is that, but much, much more. Wild Wild West Con is part convention, part festival taking place form March 4-6 at Old Tucson Studios.

For one weekend, Old Tucson Studios will be transformed into the town of Rusted Gear, providing an immersive experience for convention attendees by breaking free of the standard, modern hotel based convention.

There will be all sorts of entertainment for convention attendees, including

“music concerts, a dinner theater, a tea party with a published author, a charity fashion show, a freak show art show, a mercantile pavilion, a street parade, street performers, a high noon dual competition, a fast draw competition, a gaming parlor, live action stunt shows, cabaret saloon shows, ghost tours, a masquerade ball, a mad scientist lab, costume contests, courtroom discussion panels, how to workshops and much more.”

Tickets to the convention can be purchased on the convention website. To book a room in the convention’s hotel, Hotel Tucson City Center Conference Suite Resort, call 1 (520) 622-3000 or 1 (888) 784-8324 and mention the convention’s group code #1989 during your reservation.

This is looking like it will be an impressive event, so do consider making the trip out to Arizona.

Voyages Extraordinaires

Next weekend is shaping up to be quite a weekend with respect to Steampunk events. In addition to Nemo’s Steampunk Art and Invention Gallery Gala Celebration and Portland’s Rose City Steampunk Film Festival, there’s yet another event taking place that is sure to excite all those presently residing in Southern California.

Abney Park, Veronique Chevalier, Steam Powered Giraffe and others will be performing this upcoming weekend, February 12th in San Diego at Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center. There will also be fine art exhibits featuring Aimee Stewart, Jessica Van Hulle, and Winona Cookie.

Tickets are $25, and to order, please click here. Doors open at 7PM. This is an all ages event, so bring the kids and have an awesome time!

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.