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The Steampunk World’s Fair /Jeff Mach Events has teamed up with the Meadowlands Museum to bring you a fascinating exhibit and a series of wonderful events happening throughout August and September! A Family Fun Day, Steampunk Science, Professor Mark Donnelly, The Wandering Cellist, the wonders of tea and Jeff Mach Himself!

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On View Now

Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age

Presented in collaboration with Jeff Mach Events
https://www.facebook.com/MMusAlternateReality
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
Free admission, donations greatly appreciated.

Special Events in Conjunction with the Exhibit!

Family Fun Day

Saturday, August 2
10am – 1pm
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
Rutherford, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/626870570765082/

Adults and children 5 and under are FREE
Children 6 and over: $7 for first child, $5 for each additional child in the group

Children will be treated to three fantastically fun and interactive hours of arts, crafts, stories, and activities in and around the Meadowlands Museum and its gardens. Children who participate in the whole day will go home with three completed projects, and will have had the opportunity to interact with the current exhibit, “Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age.
Paper cameos
Painted fans
Steampunk animals
Story time
Create your own Steampunk adventurer
Fancy portraits
Scavenger hunts

Rain or shine!

The Science of Steampunk

scienceMonday, August 4
6:00pm
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
Rutherford, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/456756251135297

The Meadowlands Museum is pleased to present Professor Scott Calvin of Sarah Lawrence College to discuss “The Science of Steampunk” on Monday, August 4, at 6:00pm. This lecture is presented as part of our exhibit “Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age,” opening July 21, 2014.

If the term “steampunk” means anything to you, it probably evokes the image of goggles on top hats or of gears on, well, just about everything. Dig just a little bit further in to the movement and you’ll find dirigible airships, clockwork robots, and steam-powered vehicles. It may come as a surprise to find that these are not tropes invented in recent times, nor are they primarily drawn from the fiction of an earlier era. While modern steampunk film and fiction exaggerates the abilities of these contrivances, they all have their roots in actual inventions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the scientists and inventors who made them were just as colorful as their fictionalized counterparts. Much as advances in computer technology now give anyone with enough creativity (or eccentricity) and drive (or obsession) a shot at making it big, the Victorian era was a period when advances in physics and engineering gave rise to what we now recognize as the spirit of steampunk.

In this talk, we’ll learn a bit about the scientific principles behind these inventions, such as what it is that gears actually do, as well as discuss some of the larger than life figures who tried to bend these principles to their will.

Scott Calvin is a professor of Physics at Sarah Lawrence College, where he teaches a variety of courses including Steampunk Physics. As his alternate persona Professor S. Q. Black, he has designed a number of novel inventions, including a working pair of death ray goggles and the T-BAVAC (tetra-barrelled anti-vampiric arm cannon). Outside of steampunk, his recent projects include using x-ray spectroscopy to analyze advanced battery materials for electric cars, writing a textbook on x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy featuring cartoon animals, creating a pop-up book to promote a new Department of Energy synchrotron light source, and developing a physics study guide in graphic novel form.

Bartitsu: The Lost and Found Scientific Self Defense of Sherlock Holmes (or Self-Defense for Victorian and Steampunk Gentlemen (and Not-So-Gentlemen))with Professor Mark P. Donnelly

bartitsuSaturday, September 6 Rescheduled for November 8
2:00pm
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
Rutherford, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/742012055863117

The Meadowlands Museum is pleased announce it is hosting Professor Mark P. Donnelly and his lecture “Bartitsu: The Lost and Found Scientific Self Defense of Sherlock Holmes (or Self-Defense for Victorian and Steampunk Gentlemen (and Not-So-Gentlemen)).”

This lecture is designed to be an extensive introduction to this esoteric system of self-defense which incorporates: fisticuffs (in the scientific method); savate (use of low kicks in self-defense; grappling (judo/jiujitsu); as well as the use of numerous commonplace Victorian accessories such as walking-stick, cane, umbrella, top hat, snuff box, opera cape, handkerchief, etc., all employed in an effort to maintain “preservation of person and property when beset upon by ne’er-do-wells of nefarious intent.”

Professor Donnelly will present his lecture in the Meadowland Museum’s front gallery, surrounded by the historic Victorian and modern Steampunk fashion and accessories on view in our “Alternate Reality: Steampunk & the Victorian Age” exhibit, presented in collaboration with Jeff Mach Events.

Professor Mark P. Donnelly (S.S.S./ E.A.A./ B.F.H.S./ S.W.A.S.H.) has been studying armed combat in various incarnations since the age of thirteen. After years of research and training in the disparate disciplines of western martial arts, sport fencing, stage combat, tournament fighting, and eastern martial disciplines, he moved from the US to England in 1996 to undertake a PhD in Medieval Archaeology through York and Oxford Universities.

Professor Donnelly is a founding father of the British Federation of Historical Swordplay and is the founder of the Socie

ty for the Study of Swordmanship. He also created the Edenhill Academy of Arms in 2002 as a specialized research body dedicated to uncovering and translating hitherto forgotten and/or lost combat treatises and military manuals. With Edenhill Academy, he has worked with HM Royal Monuments, English Heritage, the National Trust, National Maritime museum at Greenwich, Sandhurst Military Academy, as well as the HMS Trincomalee, HMS Victory, and the Grand Turk.

He is a life-time research associate with Her Majesties Royal Armouries in Leeds, England as well as with The Tower of London and with the National Maritime museum, at Greenwich. Professor Donnelly has been honored to have been counted among the top ten instructors in Europe. Since returning to the States in 2008, he has taught at numerous institutions of higher learning, festivals, fairs, and conventions. He currently lives in Harrisburg, PA, where he runs the Keystone Academy of Dueling and Swordsmanship.

Learn more about Professor Donnelly at http://www.markpdonnelly.com/

The Wandering Cellist performing live

lunaSaturday, September 20
2:00pm
The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave.
Rutherford, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/1512480435630714

The Wandering Cellist (aka Luna Skye) started playing and became obsessed with the cello at age 16. She would fuse this new-found obsession with the passion she had developed years earlier for heavy metal music. This has defined the unorthodox journey she has taken.

In the years that followed, she got some classical training, started playing in rock bands, began composing his own music, began playing in the subways & freelancing in New York City. Her journey would take her from popular New York City underground venues to a Progressive Rock Festival in Quebec City, to Steampunk, Sci-Fi & Gaming Conventions in the Northeastern US, and beyond.

Her music fuses her classical training with her love of heavy metal, fantasy, film & folk music. Building layers of cello on top of each other, she creates a world simultaneously dark, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic & breathtaking.

You can learn more about the Wandering Cellist at http://cellomike.com/.

 

The 11th Annual Grand Victorian Tea

Chris CasonSunday, September 28
3:00 – 6:00pm
United Presbyterian Church
511 Ridge Road
Lyndhurst, NJ
https://www.facebook.com/events/312584158915339
Tickets are $30 per person and available at the Meadowlands Museum, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Featuring Chris Cason talking about the history of tea, and Jeff Mach performing selections from his rock opera “Absinthe Heroes”

jeff-machAttendees will be treated to a lecture by tea sommelier Chris Cason on the topics of the history of tea, a short primer on the different types of tea, and how to properly prepare and taste tea. Chris Cason is the co-founder and tea sommelier of NYC’s Tavalon Tea and food writer for the South Bergenite. He has been in the tea industry over 13 years and is the author of A Guide to Tea, a regular contributor to several food and beverage magazines, and his writings have been featured in the National Archives Museum. He currently lives in Rutherford with his wife, Andrea, and son Cullan.

Following Mr. Cason’s remarks, guests will be treated to a musical performance by Jeff Mach, performing his own Steampunk musical compositions and excerpts from his Steampunk rock opera, Absinthe Heroes.

Absinthe Heroes and Voltaire – NYC Steampunk Weekend July 11-13

absinthe heroesBREAKING NEWS! VOLTAIRE + A STEAMPUNK MUSICAL – IN NYC, IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!

It’s official! The inimitable Voltaire is performing in NYC as part of Steampunk weekend – Friday, July 11th – and Jeff Mach (of Jeff Mach Events, the people who put on World’s Fair) will be on the same bill; Jeff will be performing his unique, satirical one-man Steampunk musical, “Absinthe Heroes”, a tale of science, technology, magic, ray guns, and chocolate gone horribly awry. Voltaire will be drinking and singing his famously amazing, hilarious, and slightly evil songs.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets available here!

This fabulous double bill is part of an entire New York Steampunk Weekend. Check out the amazing cornucopia of events and entertainment at http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html#circus

 

 

Tickets are now live!

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The Steampunk World’s Fair’s robot – picture taken at last year’s Fair, by Babs Who Takes Pictures

The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
Douglas Adams

Tickets for The Steampunk World’s Fair, The World’s Largest Steampunk Event, are now on sale!

BIG NEW NEWS: Peter Ulrich, veteran of Dead Can Dance, will be there with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, and their album Painted Caravan!  Hear their Steampunk/world music/enthralling music live and in person!

This year, we have, as our guest, one of Steampunk’s best-known authors: Gail Carriger! Gail is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author whose books are filled with delight the way fine sherry fills a truffle.

And…the return of the completely inimitable, terribly famous, and extraordinarily extraordinary STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE!

There’s more! We have not just an encore of last year’s authentic and glorious Belle Epoque Absinthe Workshop & Tasting by Scott Macdonald – this years’ event now includes special rare imported French absinthe!

Quick! Quick! VIP tickets are limited, catered tickets are limited, the discount ends soon, and for all we know, time travelers may recognize how great a deal this is and try to swoop in and buy up all the registrations before you can get yours! Go forth and buy your tickets! Egads! There’s no time to waste!

Get your tickets here!

Absinthe Heroes: The Musical – 7/11/2015

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“Absinthe Heroes” is one of the first Steampunk musicals; it was written by Jeff Mach, with music composed by Steampunk performer Psyche Corporation. It’s the satirical tale of an airship race, mad science, and a chocolatier gone bad.

This is a great show, with fun characters, twists, tales, and terribly clever songs. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s a show worth watching! It’s still a fairly unique combination of music and storytelling, not often found in the Steampunk world.

Jeff has been a performing singer-songwriter for just a bit over 25 years. This is his first time performing his show personally. He’ll be performing it as a solo show at Drom NYC as part of New York Steampunk Weekend on Friday, July 11th, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go up in early July; they are $10 in advance on the www.dromnyc.com website, or $15 at door.

Visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1433296236946129/ for updates!

SPWF @ NYC Pride – June 29!

We’re going to be the first Steampunk group to ever march in the NYC Pride March- come be a part of it!

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If you will be marching, please make your donation with your real name and contact information, as we will also use this to keep track of who will be joining us!I’ve set the goal at $800, which covers the cost of a vehicle and 70 marchers – but of course – we would love to have a larger group than that!

Even if you can’t march, please think about donating so you can join us at Pride in spirit!

We will use GoFundMe to gather the donation money from marchers, and additional donations from those who can only be with us in spirit. Please follow the link and come march with us! Please come anyway if you can’t donate, but we would live you to support the cause! You can also rsvp directly to karen@jeffmachevents.com

The parade asks for a donation of $4 per marcher but to account for administrative costs, we ask each marcher to give at least $5 (you are VERY welcome to give more – this will help us cover the additional cost of the vehicle!)

Details:
March order information
http://www.nycpride.org/events/the-march

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Our staging time and location is 1:00 PM
Section 9: 38th Street between 5th Ave and Madison Ave. (There are 11 sections, so we are in the latter part of the March). Please be on time – there is no way to be sure when we will actually get moving, but you don’t want to miss us, as the NYPD won’t let you into the March once we get going!

Please limit backpacks and bags to the bare minimum for security and comfort. Bring water – we hope to be able to provide some, but I can’t guarantee.

Fifth Avenue below 42nd street will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 11:00 AM. Therefore, enter the formation area in a manner that avoids crossing 5th avenue. If you need to cross to Madison or Park, please do so on 42nd Street.

Dress in your steampunk best – let’s show off to the crowds. We also have a banner to carry, and a few thousand postcards to distribute to the crowd.

Please read the March Rules & FAQs athttp://www.nycpride.org/uploads/2014NYCPrideMarch-Rules&FAQs.pdf

Information on March order and much more can be found on the web at http://www.nycpride.org/events/the-march

Join us on Facebook, and spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/events/370229526446213/