Archive for the ‘Steampunk’ Category

Mechanical Music

Jul
23

Earbuds, iPods and mp3s. If you’re going to remove humans from music, why keep it small and isolated? Be grand and witness the marvel of a self-playing musical machine. Behold: the orchestrion!

Think of a music box, but on the …

Ren Faire Invasion, Electro-Swing and Old-Timey Shenanigans this Saturday!

Jul
18

This Saturday is a great day to be a curious night-goer, steamed-punk, or electro-swing-dancer! First invade Bristol Ren Faire, then come after-party at Ace Bar! It’s bound to be an incredible time (travel)!

Renaissance Faire Invasion

It’s that time of …

Sunday’s a Good Day to be a Steampunk in the Chicago Area

Jul
12

Pocket Guide to Hell Tours and Reenactments invites you back in time for “Like a Secondhand Sea,” on Sunday, July 15 from 12-2:00 PM at the park across from the River East Arts Center (corner of Illinois and McClurg Ct).…

What I learned at World Steam Expo III

Jun
14

World Steam Expo, or as “we people” like to call it “WSX”, ended a couple of weeks ago and I must say it was a wiz-bang of a time!

Though not quite as tight as previous years …

Electro-Swing Act Caravan Palace Releases New Album: PANIC

Jun
06

The sophomore release for any initially successful music act is a looming hurdle to overcome. On the one hand, the band has the momentum still going from their first release. On the other hand, the pressure to create something equally …

A Piratical Account of Gearbox Fantatstique II

May
16

Awright mates! Thee Bluebeard here to give you the bitter end of the recap for Gearbox Fantastique II. It was a rainy night in April at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago. The year was 2012. I brought my hat. I …

Big Shoulders and a Hiwheel

May
02

My terribly clever wife Liz circumvented my impending mid-life crisis when she bought me a penny-farthing bike for my 40th birthday. She knew that it would be an affordable substitute for a Ferrari or Porsche.  As the Chicago seasons …

Review of Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica

Apr
18

This article first appeared as Steam Erotica and Other Things I’ve Been Reading for Work at Liz’s Masonic Lodge Blog.

This revised version was printed in Caboose #8 reDraft Picks.

Maybe you’ve jokingly looked at someone’s clothes and …

A TON Of Stuff For the Discerning Event-Goer This Week & Weekend!

Apr
09

Gearbox Fantastique II

My my what a week ahead of us we have!  With the ever broadening array of things to do both vintage, retro, and steampunk, how can one decide?  Well, we’re here to help you!

The Classic Remastered “A Trip To

How Highwind Steamworks Works

Apr
05

Dawn and Jeff

Go to Steampunk Chicago events or local cons and you will undoubtedly see the merchandise table of Jeff Platt and Dawn Przybylski, Highwind Steamworks. They craft jewelry, leatherwork, goggles and other steampunk gear. You can also visit their Etsy