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!

5 Places to Enjoy Steampunk

Steampunk is everywhere nowadays, it seems like, but some places are definitely better than others as far as the local scene is concerned. An article in SFGate recently listed five excellent places one could venture to in an effort to enjoy Steampunk. Though hardly a complete list and leaning heavily on the opportunities on the West Coast in the US, it is an interesting article to see what made SFGate’s top five.

And the winners are:

  1. The Edison in Los Angeles
  2. The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle
  3. Device Gallery in San Diego
  4. Maker Faire in San Mateo County
  5. Gas Works Park in Seattle

It should come as little surprise that Seattle was listed twice in a highlight of Steampunk must-sees, but I sincerely feel as though they have missed some big events.

I think Burning Man is a definitely one place to enjoy the maker aspect of Steampunk that should get a nod. What about the Kinetic Steam Works over in Oakland, CA? And really, there’s nothing worth mentioning in Portland?  I find that hard to believe. What places and events would you add to this list?