Archives – Entertainment – 2016

Entertainers who have been part of the Programming at previous Steampunk World’s Fairs. You can also view the 2016 Merchant content.

Absinthe Heroes comes to The Steampunk World’s Fair!

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Absinthe Heroes, the seminal Steampunk Rock Opera, comes to The Steampunk World’s Fair! Now that our Kickstarter is fully funded and complete, reaching multiple stretch goals, you can get tickets  ($45) directly through SPWF! Buy tickets now Jeff Mach, co-creator of The Steampunk World’s Fair, wrote one of the first Steampunk rock operas, Absinthe Heroes, for […]




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The Absinthe Minded Mixologist (sold out)

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I would like to thank Scott MacDonald for opening the door and allowing me to continue the journey of absinthe exploration with the Steampunk community. For this year’s absinthe event our sponsors will be La Clandestine Absinthe, Butterfly Classic Absinthe and Slipstream Absinthe Glass. I will give a background to both absinthes, distilled in the […]




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Adults’ Scavenger Hunt

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Miss Galia is letting adults in on the fun! Saturday, 5pm-8pm Show up at 5pm to get your hunt list, and run throughout the hotel, taking photographs to try and win a spectacular prize! Check in/scoring begins at 7:30. Your hunt will be more difficult than the Kid’s Scavenger Hunt, so put on your scavenging […]




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Adventures in Palmistry

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Your destiny is in your hands… and you can have a hand in your destiny! In the ancient art of palmistry, the signs in your hands show the key points of past, present and future, revealing love, adventure, adversity, opportunity, your talents and needs. As you change the direction of your life, your palm shifts […]




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Alice Through the Looking Glass at SPWF!

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Catch trailers and clips of Disney’s upcoming film “Alice: Through The Looking Glass,” snag some promotional swag, and maybe win a ticket to an advance screening! Look for the table in the Midway Tent on Saturday! Disney’s ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – In Theaters May 27 Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans […]




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The Victorian Asylum

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The Victorian asylum is an institution that continues to capture the imagination. If the book you are reading or the show you are watching is set in one, the ambience and atmosphere are immediately established.These were real places, occupied by real people; not simply literary tropes. Why did they come into existence? What did the […]




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The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam: Film Screening

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A desert steampunk fantasy film inspired by (and featuring) the music of West Indian Girl. Shot on location in the desert wilderness of Joshua Tree and Pioneertown, CA, the film is a cinematic homage to spaghetti westerns and is a love letter to dance culture. The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam debuted at the prestigious […]




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The Beatles as Steampunk Artists

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Long before anyone had invented the terms “neo-Victorian” or “steampunk,” the Beatles were issuing neo-Victorian albums and creating the first deliberately retro steampunk film. We will recall the music, study the cover art, and ponder some images from Yellow Submarine to measure the band’s impact on future musicians and writers.




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Blind Book Exchange

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Bring your gently used books to the blind book exchange. Wrap each book in brown paper, label it with genre, age bracket, and a general description of the plot. Pick up a mysterious new book to enjoy.




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Bringing Positive and Proactive People Into Your Life

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Ever lend someone tools or some money and then not get it back? Have that friend who keeps talking about their “Big Plans” and yet always seems to have some “Bad Luck?” Sometimes it’s possible to be “Too Nice.” We are going to talk about learning some of the skills to learn to let positive […]




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Build Your Own Steampunk Ray Gun

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The fantastic will come to life in this unique workshop. Join Steampunk enthusiasts, cosplayers, creative tinkerers, and possibly a mad scientist or two as you learn how to make the ordinary extraordinary. With a few basic tools and a box of spare parts, you will assemble your very own ray gun that is yours to […]




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Buskers

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Who knows what wonders you will find at the Fair. Entertainment awaits on the Busking Stage in the Midway, and around unexpected corners! 0=1=infinity.  Aupaya & The Magick Solar Suitcases Step right up and experience the Magick solar suitcases. They are Magick, solar powered and suitcases. Anyone can create awesome live musik on the spot. 0=1=infinity. […]




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Celebrity Charity Project Munchuasen

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We are the Munchausen Society. We are an elite group of world-travelling adventurers with some truly outrageous stories to tell. We promise, everything we tell you is the truth, even when we’re lying. Every now and again, we get together and share some of our stories to raise money for a good cause. Come on […]




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Costume Contest and Parade

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Sponsored by the talented seamstresses of Barnum 1404! Friday, 6:00-7:00 PM Embassy, Centennial Room Costume Contest: Maker Division Pre-judging Saturday, 4:30-5:00PM (please gather by 4:15PM) Midway Stage (Table next to Midway Stage) Costume Contest Parade Saturday, 6:00-6:30PM Midway Stage (Table next to Midway Stage) Costume Contest Awards Ceremony Costume Parade: Saturday, 4:30-5PM The Costume Parade is […]




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Coveilance Dance Project

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Coveilance Dance Project is a group of mad scientist belly dancers who blend various costumes, music, and other dance forms to create a hypnotic and sensual experimental dance for your pleasure. Headquartered in the Delaware Valley, the project utilizes a variety of materials from cultures all over the world for extensive experimentation. This year they […]




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On Creativity: GoH Panel

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On Creativity & The Creative Process: Guest of Honor Panel Steampunk is full of ceaseless variety and creativity. We’ve brought together some of the most distinguished creators in the Steampunk world, from an extraordinary array of discipline, to talk about how each of them approaches that elusive muse, the creative process!




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Dark Continent

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It is a verifiable fact that everyone of us contains a limited fountain of knowledge. What we believe to be the ultimate understanding can in one day become the stale understanding of a lazy mind. The Dark Continent is a series that explores African traditions founded in religious and mystical belief of the continent itself […]




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The Devil’s Carnival 1: Film Screening

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The Devil’s Carnival was created by our guests Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendleman. A conniving kleptomaniac, a gullible teenager, and an obsessed father come face to face with their moral failings and a wicked band of carnies, eager to get a piece of the action. With a shot at redemption on the table, do the […]




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Dinner with SPG (sold out)

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Dinner with the splendid members of Steam Powered Giraffe! A glorious experience! Come with me, I’ll show you how to be a metal man When the gears are turning and the fires are burning – When the world ticks around you, Voices tocking all the time… ~Steam Powered Giraffe The Giraffes are some of the […]




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This Way to the Egress

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This Way to the Egress puts on a show that sounds and looks just as at home on an Opera House stage as it does on a New Orleans street corner. Sowed in the fertile soil of dirty little secrets, crushed childhood dreams, addiction, despair, jubilation, and of course debauchery, Egress weaves elements of roots, […]




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Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings

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Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings create Antebellum Anthems and Bygone Ballads. The music is bursting with life, emotion and an energy that fills the room. They’ll get your toes tapping and your arms aching to be wrapped around the one you miss most.




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Everyday Teatime: Afternoon Tea for Busy People

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What do you do if you want to have your friends over for tea, but are far too busy to pretend that you are a set dresser on Downton Abbey? The answer: Keep it simple. People in the U.K. drink tea all the time and generally don’t bother fussing too much about it. Just a […]




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Facial Hair Competition

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Do you have a beard? Mustache? Goatee? Some strange new form of facial growth? Then by all means bring it forth for the Annual Facial Hair Competition! Celebrity Judges! Prizes for all categories: Best Mutton Chops, Goatee, Mustache, Full Beard, Free Form, Prosthetic, Longest Beard and for Best in Show.




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Fashion in a Gaslit World

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An overview of men and women’s fashion in the Victorian age. The class includes plenty of visuals and extent Victorian garments to demonstrate both design and construction of garments of the period. The class is written by Astrida Schaeffer and taught with her permission. Ms. Schaeffer is a renowned expert in the preservation and display […]




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Fashion Show at SPWF

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While many Subcultures are mostly based in music, we all know (and love) one that is based on a look, aka Steampunks. Come and discover other styles, ideas, and interact with other fashion obsessed people like yourself. Join Redfield Design as we host amazing designers like As They Sew in France, Midnight Orchid Designs, and […]




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Feline & Strange

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Feline & Strange: Electric Soul Cabaret from outer space. Extraordinary lead singer, Cptn. Feline Lang (who has been an opera singer,  a tango chanteuse and much more in her wild past) and her moody sidekick, XO Christoph Klemke, the madman with flight cap, an electric cello and bad jokes, steer their home-made spaceship through the […]




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Gender and Steampunk

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Victorian conceptions of gender included ideas that new-fangled showers were inappropriate for women because it was literally believed that powerful water pressure would harm the female spine. In an age of bathroom laws and modern concepts of what gender might be, how does Steampunk tackle thorny questions of gender?




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Getting Freaky with the Victorians

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Underneath those starched collars and tightlaced corsets were real people who were DOIN’ IT, enjoying a surprising array of fetishes. We’ll explore the roots of burlesque and the exoticism of Orientalism. Includes performances and readings. For ages 18+ Presented by Nikki Woolfolk, Eyrie Twilight, and Christiane Truelove




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The Goblin Market: Caberet De l’Enfer (VIP)

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Please note: This is the VIP Event for The Steampunk World’s Fair on the Friday night of the weekend – May 13th. VIP Tickets for Steampunk World’s Fair are required for admission. Event contains burlesque and darker subject matter (Ages 16+). RSVP at the Facebook Event to share your excitement! Do please come early and […]




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Green Carnation Mixer (GLBT&F)

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Green carnations have a historical significance as a symbol for “the love that dare not speak its name.” This is a meet-up for the LGBTF*.* members at the Steam Punk World Fair. Come join your fellow Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Friends at an informal mixer to get to know each other better and share […]




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The Green Fairy: Film Screening

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The story of the history of Absinthe from 1730 to 1915. We start in Switzerland and how the drink came to be, and how it quickly was adopted by artists during this time because it was cheap to drink. By the mid 1800s, absinthe was drunk all around the world until the ban in 1915.




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Halloween in the Catskills/RedZone Preview

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You may have seen Halloween in The Catskills kicking around on facebook and thought to yourself; “what is this Halloween event all about?” You may have seen the exhibit of a person being dragged from a tent in the goblin market, handed a flyer for the RedZone and thought; ” what the heck is this!?” […]




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A Halo Called Fred

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A Halo Called Fred provides the best geek rock ever played on guitar, bass, fiddle, and kitchenware. Their songs feature such topics as Pirates, Steampunks, Cavemen, and any body part or flying thing you can think of. Halo has performed with King Missile, been produced by a member of Ween, and featured on The Doctor […]




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Hex Breaking

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Hex breaking, Uncrossing, and Counter Magick.. The REAL Defence against the Dark Arts Techniques and Methods for protecting your person, your dwelling and your property from negative influences. Presented by Starwolf of Foresight




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Human Zoos at the Victorian World’s Fairs

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The Victorian-era World’s Fairs were marvelous meetings of different peoples, cultures, inventions, and technologies, and they fascinated the world for more than a century. Starting with the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, these fairs highlighted the industrial, exploratory, and colonial activities of the Western powers. A dark side of these fairs was the display of […]




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HUMANWINE

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HUMANWINE makes music that dances between raindrops, sending up green shoots between the broken cobblestones of folk, punk, mythology and open revolt. It is a soundtrack to broken rules and mutant genres, evoking a world that skips over the Age of Oil and all its cruelties, stitching together a patchwork of past and future, a […]




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Ingimar Oddsson

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Ingimar Oddsson is the founder of Bildalia the fictional kingdom at the end of the world. Bildalia is the playground of the annual Steampun festival in Iceland held in Bíldudalur in the Westfjords of Iceland. Ingimar is also the curator of the Sea Monster museum in Bíldudalur. Ingimar is a musician and a multimedia artist. […]




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Intro to Contact Juggling and More with Zack

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Come and learn the basics of contact juggling in this informal share session. If you were wowed or entranced by contact juggling and want to know how to start, stop on by. Are you already rather skilled? Come by and lets trade some tricks.




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Iron & Blood Steampunk Party

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Join us for the Iron & Blood Steampunk Party! Prizes, freebies, readings and a costume and photo contest. Join authors Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin for a fun and fabulous celebration party in the world of their Iron & Blood books and Storm and Fury steampunk adventures. Airships and assassins, clockwork zombies, secret […]




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Jake von Slatt

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Jake von Slatt is a maker, tinkerer, and all around techno dilettante living and creating just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Jake is interested in the blending of 19th century aesthetics and technology with the modern world and showcases projects of that ilk on his website. While he eschews the temptation to rigidly define the term […]




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Jessica Star

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Jessica Star, the Rock Songstress, and her band bring music to enchant the modern and soulful tribe of The Steampunk World’s Fair. Drums, bass, cello and guitar weave with Jessica’s compelling vocals and original music to uplift the spirit.




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K.W. Jeter

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The Lord Bulwer-Lytton Anti-Defamation League — Why Anybody Who Doesn’t Think Bulwer-Lytton Was a Great Writer Can [EXPLETIVE DELETED] Featured Guest K. W. Jeter (and friends!) will defend the honor of the much-maligned Lord Bulwer-Lytton. (Well, except for the poetry.) At the end, K. W. will tackle a hot issue for most new writers in his short […]




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Jeff Mach Himself

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“We take our coffee as black as it comes We stir it like loggers, with fingers and thumbs A heart’s not a heart, ’til it fairly hums With coffee, and gin, and song.” -Jeff Mach, “To The Crew” Jeff Mach is the person behind Jeff Mach Events, which puts on several events – including this […]




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The Life and Works of Jules Verne

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The life and works of Jules Verne will be discussed, particularly in relation to Steampunk Literature, Art, Movies and more. Verne is considered to be ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, and the period during which he wrote his books is the influence for many Steampunk Creations, including Fashion. The beautiful covers of the original books […]




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K.W. Jeter Reading

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Join Featured Guest K. W. Jeter as he reads from Head of Steam, the unpublished spin-off from the series of novels that began with Infernal Devices and continued with Fiendish Schemes. Afterward, hang out with K. W. at Ellington’s Lounge in the Embassy Suites hotel.




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Galia’s Slightly Perilous Children’s Wonderland

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A Steampunk Programming Track for Kids Children’s Programming returns to The Steampunk World’s Fair in 2016 under the slightly wacky guidance of our own fabulous Galia! FRIDAY 5pm-6pm Young Folks’ Tea Party and Acoustic Concert Come practice your best tea party manners with a picnic on the lawn. We’ll have tea, cookies, and live music […]




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Learn Some Hooping with Whirlwind Hooping!

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Perhaps you’ve seen some of the amazing performers at The Steampunk Worlds Fair or abroad and you would like to get a taste of the action? Well look no further, come on in to Whirlwind Hooping’s workshop. Hula hoops will be available! Skye Whirlwind promises to delight and amaze with her repertoire of circus tricks! […]




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Legal Rights for Steampunk Artists

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LEARN TO NAVIGATE THE LUMINIFEROUS AETHER THAT IS THE LAW: A Crash Course in Copyrights, Trademarks, Rights of Publicity, and other Pernicious Legal Issues for Artists Perhaps you’ve written a SteamPunk novel or comic book and are now ready to meet with publishers, or maybe you’ve taken photographs of conventioneers in cosplay and want to […]




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Lenino

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Lenino is a barroque-pop singer-songwriter. He is an innate inventor, scientist and explorer who was born in the Caribbean and has lived in New York City all his “adult” life. He is a self-taught piano player and a self-professed nerd, a jack-of-all-trades true post-modern renaissance man. His songs depict a series of episodes where tragicomic […]




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Let’s Talk About Hex, Baby

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An exploration of Occultism in America. From Shamanism to Satanism, our country has a unique legacy. Using graphs, power point, cult classics and the power of the Internet, we’ll talk about the origins, history and sustained impact of magic across our common culture. You’ll leave the room with a better understanding of the past along […]




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The Lord Bulwer-Lytton Anti-Defamation League

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The Lord Bulwer-Lytton Anti-Defamation League — Why Anybody Who Doesn’t Think Bulwer-Lytton Was a Great Writer Can [EXPLETIVE DELETED] Featured Guest K. W. Jeter (and friends!) will defend the honor of the much-maligned Lord Bulwer-Lytton. (Well, except for the poetry.) At the end, K. W. will tackle a hot issue for most new writers in his short […]




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Luminary VIP M&G with SPG

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VIP Luminary level ticket holders are invited to an exclusive meet and greet with the members of Steam Powered Giraffe. Luminary level tickets always sell out before the Fair, so don’t delay if you want this chance to meet SPG up close and personal.




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Mad Hatter Aerials Tea-Ster Class

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Ever wanted to try what The Mad Hattress does, or maybe you want to try something new? Maybe it’s a friends birthday and you don’t know what to get them while at SPWF?!? Whatever the reason why not try a Tea-Ster Class with the Mad Hattress herself. Demos will be 30 minutes in length and […]




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The Mad Hattress Aerials Extravagamza

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Azkadelia & Her Minions are back with more fun and nonsense planned than ever! With 16 feet of height and just silky fabric to keep her up you’ll never know what could happen! Come join in and watch as The Mad Hattress takes to the sky, you might even see a flying squirrel and more!! […]




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We’re All Mad Here- Tea Tasting

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We’re All Mad Here- A Solstice Brews Tea Tasting Join author and tea blender, Katherine McIntyre, for this whimsical tea tasting. Solstice Brews teas focus on creative and unusual blends, sure to delight any tea aficionado–an adventure in a cup. The tasting will include blends from her line of teas based off of the books […]




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Mansara

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After countless journeys through time, circumstances obliged Mansara to make her home here, in our Twenty-First Century. To make her way in this world she devotes herself to filling it with song. She finds her inspiration in everything: every-day life, music, painting, fine cinema and history. Mansara toys with amalgamations of melodies from varying influences: […]




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Mark Donnelly – Panels

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Man at Arms Part I: Ancient, Classical and Dark Age (5000 BCE– 11th century) Friday, 6PM-7PM Hoplology: On the History, Use and Evolution of Weapons and Armor – Part I -Ancient, Classical and Dark Age (5000 BCE – 11th century) Presented by Professor Mark P. Donnelly assisted by KADS scholar Alexander Stuart Man at Arms Part II: The […]




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Mark Donnelly – Private Lessons

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Don’t miss Professor Donnelly’s Panels! Professor Donnelly epitomizes the ideal of a true Gentleman Badass NEW YORK POST Mark P. Donnelly is a multi-award winning Author, Historian, Screenwriter, and Television Producer as well as internationally renowned Duelist, Swashbuckler, and constant gentleman. Professionally, M. P. Donnelly has scripted and/or produced nearly 200 hours of historical documentary […]




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Matt DeBlass

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With a repertoire that runs from baroque minuets to Tom Waits covers, singer and multi-instrumentalist Matt DeBlass presents a musical performance that is sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, and sometimes even vaguely educational, but never dull.




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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

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In 2014,  The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, brought half of the UK’s biggest, loudest, funniest SteamPUNK band, due to singer Andy Heintz’ cancer diagnosis (and subsequent forced beard-shave). But that was then, and this is NOW!! Having beaten the nasty into submission, expect the whole rowdy crew at SPWF 2016! The […]




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MJ Blehart: Author Reading

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MJ Blehart is a Steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy author. He will be promoting and reading from his newly published steampunk work – Clouds of Authority: A Vapor Rogues Novel.




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The Museum of Interesting Things

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The Museum of Interesting Things is a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions that goes to schools and events and inspires kids and adults to be curious. We bring back tinkering. I like to say it shows kids and adults that their ipods did not pop out of thin air! Like a circus…just no […]




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The MysTEAry

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If you are looking to take a trek through the dark side of tea, this is where you want to be. Tea master Madison is sourcing teas that are uncommon and wild. We will have treats that incorporate the varied teas into their recipes, so like a fine pairing, everything here is dependent on tea […]




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The Nathaniel Johnstone Band

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The Steampunk World’s Fair is thrilled to welcome Nathaniel Johnstone for a return visit to our Festival! Last seen at SPWF in 2014, The Nathaniel Johnstone Band hails from Seattle, WA, led by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone (violin, viola, banjo, mandolin, and guitar). Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of European, Middle […]




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Necromancy for Fun and Profit

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A panel presenting the history and techniques of Victorian Seance, with demonstrations thereof. Find out how a prank sparked a spiritual obsession and spawned a new industry in America that spread all over the world. See oddities and haunted artifacts and learn about their use in speaking to the dead. Experience what they saw and […]




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NeuroDecoding: Research into Interpreting Brain Signals

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Introductory lecture covering current research in reading minds by decoding brain signals obtained from diverse methods. Includes topics in electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and brain implants, as well as how these tools are used to allow people to operate machines with their minds.




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Night Gallery Live Drawing

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Live Figure Drawing session Saturday May 14th, 7pm Salon D in the Radisson Hotel Hosted by Dellamorte & Co. Do bring your own sketchpads and art supplies for a live figure drawing session with a focus on the dark and the strange.




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The Nightshade Society II

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The Nightshade Society is a Dark Victoriana track of programming that includes panels, workshops, and art events drawn to a theme intended for patrons interested in the darker elements of the Steampunk genre. We define “Dark Victoriana” as a surrealistic blend of Gothic horror, arcane mystery, and occultism in all mediums in seeking to fulfill […]




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Photographing The After Life

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If a photographer told you he could take a picture of your deceased loved one, would you believe him? Back in the 1860’s, many people did. Hundreds of people believed that photographers like William Mumler were capable of taking photographs of ghosts, proving that there was a means to communicate with the spirit world. Spirit […]




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The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

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Authors Phillipa (Pip) Ballantne and Tee Morris will be at The Steampunk World’s Fair to celebrate the release of The Ghost Rebellion, the fifth novel in the their Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Expect a release party with readings, games, and giveaways to celebrate.




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The Poe Panels

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Our premiere guest speaker for The Nightshade Society will be Chris Semtner from The Poe Museum of Richmond, VA on the topic of the legendary writer himself. Join us for a series of panels presenting a unique and definitive perspective on Edgar Allan Poe. Poe and Madness Presented by Chris Semtner from The Poe Museum […]




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Problematic People in Personal and Professional Life

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Ever lend someone tools or some money and then not get it back? Have that friend who keeps talking about their “Big Plans” and yet always seems to have some “Bad Luck?” We are going to talk about some of the patterns we have noticed both as people in fandom and our careers in Healthcare, […]




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Psyche Corporation

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Psyche Corporation is a cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model, who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. Hailing from a future where neuroprosthetics allow for dream downloads, the band’s style spans trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music, with themes both dystopian and lighthearted, e.g. “Perl-Operated Boy”. Cyberpunk Fairytale Storytime Music Bring-your-own-tea-or-tea-substitute […]




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Quickdraw Competition!

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Returning for a second year at the Steampunk Worlds Fair is the nerf-style single action pistol quickdraw competition. Competitors will face off 1 on 1 in a single elimination battle to the death (also known as 3 hits to the torso or head with a nerf-style dart). Nerf-style pistols with single action (i.e. cock to […]




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Repo: the Genetic Opera shadowcast

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“Repo: The Genetic Opera”, which was created by and stars our guest Terrance Zdunich, is a Rocky-Horror meets Bladerunner rock opera / movie musical with a dark ambiance and a Steampunk aesthetic.  Its compelling tale, enthralling characters and engaging plot have drawn in audiences for half a decade.  Now it comes to The Steampunk World’s Fair […]




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Sales Skills for Makers and Artists

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You can glue the gears and make the goods, but do you know how to turn the gears of commerce to sell your fine works? Michael Whitehouse, professional salesman, trainer, and host of Michael Whitehouse Live, will walk you through the basics of the oldest profession. Sales, that is. We’ll discuss understanding customer motivation, finding […]




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Scott Helland

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Scott Helland creates melodic, euphoric acoustic guitar instrumentals rooted in the realms of folk, alternative and world. His eclectic musical past, keen melodic sense, live looping technique, energetic showmanship and tasteful use of guitar effects creates a compelling soundscape. Currently he is the guitarist and co-founder of the internationally touring New York based duo, Frenchy […]




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Season of the Witch

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Black cats and clear crystals, pentacles and pentagrams, pointy hats and pointy fangs… it’s everywhere. We’re smack in the middle of an occult revival and everyone has different feelings about that. This is a discussion of mainstream magick. After a short presentation addressing our most recent revival along with a crash course of Occultism 10l, […]




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Self-Publishing: Is it for you?

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You’ve written your book, either fiction or nonfiction, and you want people to see it. Is it better to depend on the ever-shrinking print publishing industry, or should you strike out on your own? And if you do decide on publishing it yourself, what next? Most writers just want to write. That’s it — and […]




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Sharon Knight and Winter

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Live duet performance with festival favorites Sharon Knight and Winter, Neofolk Romantiqe musicians from California! Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythpunk/Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their […]




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Sky-Captain Knighting

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A special Steampunk World’s Fair offer: Be knighted as a Sky-Captain! “And you, West, not every situation calls for your patented approach of “shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more and then when everybody’s dead try to ask a question or two.” -from the film “Wild Wild West” Be a Sky Captain!  Be declared a sky-knight […]




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Social Media for Steampunk Makers/Authors

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Once you write it or make it, how do you spread the word? What’s the best way to use social media to connect with the people who want to read what you’ve written, appreciate what you’ve created or buy what you’ve made? Which social media platforms are best, and how do you protect your privacy? […]




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Speakeasy

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They are not long, the days of wine and roses. Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while, then closes, within a dream. Ernest Dowson, The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson Time for another teaser into what might (or might not) be going on during the late night of our Fair. […]




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Splendid Teapot Racing USA

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Teapot Racing is a great new sport started by our New Zealand Steampunk friends to celebrate teatime. One takes a favorite teapot, adds a radio controlled chassis, and then runs it through a prescribed course of candlesticks, fine china, and of course, the Ramp of Doom. Mayhem then ensues. The Beginning Saturday, 11:00AM – Noon, […]




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Steam Powered Giraffe

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The Steampunk world’s Fair is thrilled to welcome back Steam Powered Giraffe for another amazing, exciting, ungulate-inspired year! The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing robots play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. The act combines […]




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Steambones Workshop

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Saturday, 8PM Hosted by Bent Nail Studio The workshop will involve the use of mink skulls embellished with clock parts and gears. Steampunk reliquaries made from pocket watch skeletons, skulls, gears, and bones. Design kits available as a broach, magnet, or pendant. Kits set up with everything each person needs and will have add ons […]




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Steampunk Poetry Slam!

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Announcing the second annual STEAMPUNK POETRY SLAM!! at The Steampunk World’s Fair! Hosted by your slam-mistress Lady Gotham/Dianne Miller Are you a poet, aching for a venue at Steampunk World’s Fair? Then we need YOU at the Steampunk Poetry Slam!! Enjoy a couple of hours of verbal pugilism as poets go head to head in a […]




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Steampunk Swap Meet

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Have those old corsets and props lying around you don’t want anymore?? Bring them to the swap meet and exchange them for cool new stuff with others looking to find new homes for their items! (Almost) Nothing is off limits! Bring any costumes, props, shoes, toys, or jewelry and trade away! Hosted by Steam Cat […]




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Terrance Zdunich & Saar Hendelman

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The Steampunk World’s fair is thrilled to welcome icons of cult cinema, Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’s Carnival franchise). Stay tuned for their full schedule of events at SPWf 2016. And be sure to get your VIP tickets  so you don’t miss their headline appearance at the Friday evening Goblin Market, where […]




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The Narrows: Reading

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m. craig reads from her debut novel, The Narrows, a queer coming of age story that takes place in an urban steampunk dystopia. Merging elements of fantasy, bike culture, environmental collapse and self discovery, The Narrows has been lauded as a multi-genre work that’s accessible to a variety of readers. The first in its series, The […]




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The Queen’s Tea

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It’s time for a royal treat! Come join us for English style teas in addition to sweets and savories as we take a break from the hustle and bustle of airship voyages. Tickets are $25 and space is limited. Saturday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Buy tickets now Sponsored by Adagio Teas




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Professor A. Tobias Grace: Reading

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Press Release, The Principality of Gottenheim Bureau of  Tourist Information, Building Inspection and Bee Keeping.   Beautiful Gottenheim beckons you. Spend an hour and a half in our historic country. You can see the whole place in 45 minutes, which leaves ample time for lunch. Gottenheim Castle is home to our genuine, papered & pedigreed prince, with whom […]




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Trinket Swap (space limited)

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Hosted by John K Leigh IV Hello and Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Trinket Swap. We have a new host, and some new procedures. This is an attendee run event that has grown  a lot over the past 4 years! More information may be posted onthe SPWF FB group as May approaches. […]




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Victorian Criminal Masterminds

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Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty had precedent in some real life criminals. We will discuss the most notorious and successful thieves, counterfeiters, and swindlers of the time, their exploits as well as those who pursued them. Presented by Dellamorte & Co.




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Victorian Electric Medicine

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Professor Verdigris Wetware presents a collection of lovingly restored Victorian-era electrotheraputic devices for your edification and experience. While the violet ray, Electreat Mechanical Heart, Davis & Kidder Patent Magneto-Electric Machine, Auto-Kure Medical Battery, and Bunnel Faradic equipment are pretty well guaranteed not to cure your catarrh, phthisis, dropsy, hysteria, or neurasthenia; you are guaranteed to […]




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Victorian Electric Medicine

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Professor Verdigris Wetware presents a collection of lovingly restored Victorian-era electrotheraputic devices for your edification and experience. While the violet ray, Electreat Mechanical Heart, Davis & Kidder Patent Magneto-Electric Machine, Auto-Kure Medical Battery, and Bunnel Faradic equipment are pretty well guaranteed not to cure your catarrh, phthisis, dropsy, hysteria, or neurasthenia; you are guaranteed to […]




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Victorian Vice

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We will delve into what obscenity, vice and sin meant in the 19th century, and how is was practiced. This largely means gambling, sex, and booze and drugs, and how violence and criminality infected those activities. Presented by Dellamorte & Co.




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Vintage Tomorrows: Film Screening

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Vintage Tomorrows is a documentary film that examines the Steampunk movement’s explosive growth, origins, and cultural significance. It explores the fundamental question: what can we learn about tomorrow from Steampunk’s playful visions of yesteryear? (70 min.)




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VIP Meet and Greet

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VIP ticket holders can meet and mingle with many of our performers and presenters. People ask us if we mean that this is a place where VIPs meet each other, or one wherein VIPs get exclusive access and chances to hang out and relax with many of our famed and talented performers and presenters and […]




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Wyrd Science

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Building and using Metaphysical and Psychic energy tools. Orgone generators, Raidionics boxes, Psychic shields and more. Foresight provides Palm, Tarot, I-Ching and Rune readings by Catherine and Sean Kane, readers of over 40 years experience each. They also offer metaphysical books and fiction authored by Catherine Kane. The information you need for the adventure of […]




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