Music Video Shoots, Art Shows, and Conventions Abound for the Chicago Steampunker!

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It’s that time again.  Temperatures floating around 90 degrees and then falling to a chilly 75 as apocalyptic thunderstorms roll through.  Every other day you have to come up with another way to get from point A to point B because of a street fair with a $5 cover charge.  And to top it off, has anyone really figured out what Steampunk summer wear is yet?

I did not think so.

But do not fret my good steampunk-geeks and steampunk-fashionistas, as there are a number of fabulous things to do this weekend – and many of them do not even have to cost you a dime!

Be in the newest video for the band The Loneliest Monk

Are you finding yourself frustrated that there isn’t a taping of a performance of a local band this Friday?  Are you doubly frustrated that it isn’t also this Sunday?  Are you triply frustrated that it doesn’t somehow involved a steampunk Alice In Wonderland theme?

Well be frustrated no more!   Local band, The Loneliest Monk, is offering just that!

The Loneliest Monk, in collaboration with Chicago production companies Rubbish and HYSTK, need your bodies and exuberance to fill the audience of an outdoor stage in the south-side neighbor Pilsen on Friday June 25th. We need people of all ages to come down to 1820 S. Halsted in Chicago, IL to be the participants of a performance in a Steam-Punk inspired Alice in Wonderland dream world. We need extras to arrive at 8 PM and we will be shooting until 12:30 AM. If you are sure you’re available and pumped to help out the Monk, please visit the facebook page and confirm your presence. We also need extras on Sunday, June 27th at 11:30 AM and we will be shooting until 5:00 PM.

Please come in vintage styled clothing from periods ranging from 1800s to the 1940s. All clothes should be white, tan, brown, dark burgundy, olive, or black. Mens should wear dress pants, in corduroy, wool or denim (not blue jeans) Vests, sweaters, or button up tops (no logos.) Ladies should wear dresses, skirts, or dress pants. Blouses and button ups tops.Thanks for your interest, and contact Bob Zegler, Production Manager, with any questions, (847) 471-4993 // Pass this along to your friends and family and have them email Bob if they’re interested in attending.

You can get more information at either Rubbish or HYSTK’s websites.

Robot Art Show : Friday

Also this Friday, if dressing up for music videos is not so much your bag – then DO check out the Robot Art Show.  It’s to feature robots, carnival games and more!  What’s even better?  You can PARTICIPATE!  That’s correct, if you, good reader, have a robot creation of your own (carnivalesque in particular) do reach out to the good Mr. David J. Candelaria.

To reiterate, it is this Friday (the 25th of June) from 7:00 pm to 11:00pm (or longer) at the Flopsy Teahaus located at 2736 West North Avenue in our fine fascist city of Chicago.

Saturday : DIY Fair and Yard Dog Road Show

What Steampunker isn’t at heart a DIY-er as well?  None.  That is who.  None.

Which is why you should come to Strangelight‘s DIY Fair this Saturday!  The fair will take place at 2123 N. Milwaukee Ave (in Chicago) and will be open from 1 to 5pm.  There is no admission fee, so by all means, if you’re passing by do wander in.  They are promising over 40 DIY Chicago record labels, magazine publishers and craftmakers.  The proceeds from your purchases will go to benefit the charity of the good vendor’s choice.

But that ends at only 5pm!  What is one to do the rest of the evening?  I am glad you asked – as the Yard Dog Road Show will be performing at The Abbey Pub.  For those of us not in the know, the Yard Dog Road Show is a really fantastic live show – part musical act, part circus side show, part carnival – they describe themselves as a “hobo cabaret”.  I can really do them no justice, I suggest simply clicking their name at the beginning of this paragraph and visiting their website.

The doors open at 9, show starts at 10.  The Black Bear Combo opens for them – tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.


And of course – there is Cyphan!  Though not particularly steampunk,  Cyphan is the newest large-scale science fiction convention to enter the Chicago scene, and as there is a pretty strong cross over between Convention-dom, geek-dom and Steampunk-dom, it is only fitting to mention them.

The convention starts on Friday and goes through Sunday and features a number of special guests in the ways of sci-fi (Jewel Staite from Firefly, Nicki Clyne from Battlestar Galactica), cult horror (Adrienne King and Ari Lehman from the original Friday the 13th movies) and local Chicago favorite, Svengoolie!

To really see the massive amount of things going on, as well as schedules and tickets – do visit them HERE at their website.

And that about wraps it up!  I do hope you see you all out and about in your finest!


-The Lord Baron
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