post by Katie Casey
Are you headed to Piscataway, NJ this weekend for Steampunk World’s Fair? A bunch of Steampunk Magazine contributors will be there, myself included. I’m presenting on a few panels, and I’m also going to be seeking out events that deal with the overlap between steampunk and LGBTQ culture. Here’s a few of the highlights that I’m hoping to catch; if you have any recommendations between now and Friday, send them my way!
Visit Combustion Books, our publisher, at their table, and look for the Catastrophone Orchestra’s Shadow Cities presentation!
For those of you who like to enter contests, there will be the Queen of Steam Drag Show, and/or the Annual Facial Hair Contest; I personally will hug anyone who enters both.
For entertainment, I’m looking forward to a weekend full of burlesque shows. A few that look promising are Violet DeVille’s transgender burlesque performance, and Uncle Monty’s Mollyhouse presented by Royal Baritarian Players! Molly houses refers to 18th century English taverns for all manner of sexual deviants, and a modern version should be all sorts of fun. They’ll be at the Goblin Market and helping to host the Absinthe Tasting.
If you’re looking for something more intellectual, I’m presenting in a few panels hosted by SPM contributor Steampunk Emma Goldman. Visit us on Friday at 6:00 PM for “Great Activists of the 19th Century,” and again on Sunday at 2:00 PM for a discussion on political aspects of steampunk. There’s also an excellent-looking panel on Victorian sexuality, and several on multicultural steampunk, which I’m quite looking forward to.
Hope to see you there!