Steampunk in Seattle: Afternoon Railway Excursion

Attention all Seattle area Steampunks! Tomorrow morning, the Steam Rats are planning an excursion and social by train at the Snoqualmie Depot, located at 38625 SE King Street in Snoqualmie.

Tomorrow at 11:30, come dressed in your Steampunk best to mingle with the community. The cost for a 75 minute round trip, complete with a stop to view magnificent Snoqualmie falls, is $12.00 for adults. Come early and bring cash if you’d like to get in on the group discount.

For all the details of this community event and to RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook. And to stay tapped into the Steampunk community here in Seattle, be sure to join the Steamrat’s Facebook group and/or their Google group.

Steampunk in Seattle: Petticoat Workshop

Attention all Seattle Steampunks! For those of you wishing to learn how to craft the perfect petticoat to go with your steamy wardrobe, you do not want to miss this upcoming workshop. Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (SITU) is presenting a Petticoat (1890-1910) Workshop as a two part series, on Sunday, July 17, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at a branch of Seattle Public Library.

If you are interested in participating, the supplies fee is $10, which will cover the handouts and a full size pattern.  All you need to bring is pencil and paper for taking notes. Because SITU needs to gather the supplies, pre-registration for this Part 1 of the workshop is required.  You can send a check for $10 payable to Bobbie Kalben (SITU is not a legal entity for banking purposes), put “SITU Petticoat Workshop” in the memo line of the check and mail your check to:

PO Box 28117
Seattle, WA 98118

Or, in a few days, SITU will have a PayPal button for this workshop on the SITU website that you can use to register for this workshop.

Somewhere in Time, Unlimited sponsors historic costumed social events in the Seattle vicinity which reflect the most enjoyable aspects of past eras, so there’s a lot of cross-over in interests between the Steampunk community and Somewhere in Time. Be sure to check out their website for all sorts of articles and information on upcoming workshops and events.

Steampunk in Seattle: Flux Capacitor

After a successful Kickstarter campaign to get this show off the ground, Flux Capacitor, a Steampunk art show here in Seattle finally got off the ground this month. Located right in the heart of downtown Seattle at  Westlake Center, this art show is packed full of awesome Steampunk art and is worth a visit for anyone interested in seeing the metalwork of seven Steampunk artists across the US.

The show will continue until the end of May, giving you ample opportunity to head downtown and see the jewelry and sculpture for yourself. The event coincides with a host of metals exhibitions held in collaboration with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) as part of their annual conference. On Friday, May 27th, SNAG will hold their gala, making it an especially good day to drop by, but any time before the end of May will permit you the opportunity to see these fine pieces.

To find the show, head to the third floor of Westlake Center near the monorail terminal. To learn more about the development of the show from doomed project to Kickstarter success, please visit Flux Capacitor’s blog.

An Abney Park Show in Seattle and AP Swimsuits

Tickets went on sale today for Abney Park’s latest show in Seattle, the Seattle Steampunk Soiree taking place on July 9th at Studio Seven. This is an all ages show, and tickets for those 20 years and younger are able to purchase tickets for just a dollar! 21 and over is $15, which is still a great price!

Make sure to pick up your tickets soon, as tickets to Abney Park shows in Seattle sell quickly and you don’t want to miss out!

And, just in time for swimsuit season, Abney Park is teaming up with  The Gentlemen’s Emporium to bring you Victorian bathing suits featuring the band’s Jolly Rodger across the front. Observe!

There’s an interesting story behind the creation of these swimsuits. Here it is, according to Captain Robert:

The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition
This steampunk event is being held in a hotel with a water parkJake Von Slatt wrote to me with the idea of making Abney Park Jolly Rodger Victorian Swimsuits for fans to wear to the water park. So, to pull this off I partnered with The Gentlemen’s Emporium, who are having these manufactured specifically for us.

These swimsuits are on sale for only two short weeks starting today, and will never be available again after the pre-ordering period is done, so if you want one, you need to get order soon! And for those of you wanting to wear your suits at the The Great New England Steampunk Exhibition, never fear… the Captain assures you the suits will arrive in time for the Exhibition.

Steampunk in Seattle: Vagabond Opera Performs Tomorrow

Not too long ago, I had the great pleasure of doing an interview with the members of the fabulously talented Vagabond Opera. In it, they mentioned a huge West Coast tour that was soon on the horizon.

It’s finally here, and tomorrow Vagabond Opera is going to be playing at the Triple Door in Seattle for not one, but two fantastic shows, tomorrow, April 1st.

The first of the two shows is an all ages show starting at 7:30 followed by a 21+ show at 10. Tickets are $18 advance and $20 on April 1. You can purchase tickets for either (or both!) shows here, and RSVP to the event here.

If you happen not to live in Seattle but are still dying to see your favorite vagabonds live, you can see all of Vagabond Opera’s upcoming shows through their website’s shows calendar. The Spring Tour is huge, so be sure to check out all the the places they are playing; chances are, they’ll be visiting you soon!

Steampunk in Seattle: Blackbird Orchestra This Weekend

For those of you who attended Steamcon II, you might recall a performance by a particularly talented band called Blackbird Orchestra. They closed out the cabaret on Sunday afternoon with some absolutely amazing music.

If you happen to be in Seattle tomorrow and wish to replicate that experience, head down to Fuel tomorrow evening for a performance from the Blackbird Orchestra, The Sins, and Lena Lou.

Tomorrow’s event is a 21+ event. Cover is $7 at the door which is a fantastic deal for Blackbird Orchestra by themselves, let alone two other bands.

To learn more about Blackbird Orchestra, please visit their main website where you can peruse their blog, read about the band, and score some awesome Blackbird swag at their store.  To learn more about tomorrow’s performance and to RSVP, please visit Facebook. I’m planning on being there, and I hope you will be too!

Steampunk in Seattle: Ashia Grzesik EP Release and The Bad Things

For those of you based here in Seattle, I’d like to bring to your attention an exciting event occurring tomorrow evening that you should definitely consider attending.

Ashia Grzesik of the Portland Cello Project, Vagabond Opera, and Cirque du Soliel is releasing her EP ‘Bison Rouge’ tomorrow at the Can Can.

The Can Can is in a temporary location nearby their normal digs. Look for them at the top of the market at 93 Pike Street #307 Seattle, WA 98101. On stage to join Ashia will be Todd Bayles on accordion, burlesque belly dancer Karolina, tribal fusion dancer Nagasita, and DJ Dr. Xander Gerrymander.

The Bad Things will be opening for Ashia, making this an awesome night for Steampunk in Seattle.

You can purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets and RSVP to the show on Facebook.

I’ll be there, and I hope you will be too!

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 in Seattle

It’s almost time for me to depart for Seattle! Yay! I’ve been pretty useless this week at work. I keep daydreaming about SteamCon and staring off into space. I can’t tell you how desperately I need this vacation.

The goals for trip to Seattle are twofold. One is to attend SteamCon (duh), but the other is explore the city that has become the epicenter for the Steampunk subculture. I am currently in the unique position of having my obligations to Dallas neatly fulfilled come late February and the wanderlust to pack up and move once again is already starting to nudge me out of the borders of this entirely too conservative state.

Seattle seems like the perfect place to settle next. With its agreeable weather, liberal leanings, and pedestrian friendly design, Seattle is an attractive city on its own… but then there’s the Steampunk.

And Steampunk in Seattle is unlike Steampunk anywhere else in the world. If you doubt me, you must read this article about the the Steampunk subculture in Seattle. It’s an impressive work detailing Seattle’s many influential Steampunks and the ways in which they are shaping the subculture around the world. It seems like so much of what is new in Steampunk is all coming straight out of Seattle, and the article delves straight into the many reasons I believe this to be true.

Yes, Seattle seems like a good choice on paper once my obligations to Dallas end in February. I’ll be sure to give you all the full break down of my impressions once I return from my adventures.

I can’t leave soon enough!