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See Us at Clockwork Alchemy 2019

We’ll be presenting the Steampunk Travel Guide and Dining Guide at the SF convention

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Steampunk Explorer will have an active role at Clockwork Alchemy 2019, which takes place March 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame, California. Editor Stephen Beale is scheduled for three presentations:

• “Steampunk Dining Guide,” 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 22;

• “Steampunk Travel Guide - USA edition,” noon-1 p.m., Saturday, March 23; and

• “Steampunk Travel Guide - International edition,” 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, March 24.

All three will be presented in the Sandpebble B room at the hotel.

The sessions will expand on the Steampunk Travel Guide presented at Clockwork Alchemy 2018. The Dining Guide will feature a visual tour of steampunk-themed bars and restaurants. The Travel Guides focus on tourist attractions with steampunk appeal, including museums, historic cemeteries, architectural landmarks and other wonders such as Le Grand Elephant in France (see below). Beale, occasionally known to refer to himself in the third person, has spent much of the past year collecting suggestions for these guides from steampunk enthusiasts and creators.

Le Grand Elephant

The presentations are just a smidgen of the entertainment and educational offerings at the event. The convention will have sessions on writing, costuming, crafting, prop-making, martial arts and other aspects of steampunk culture. That’s in addition to live music, gaming, an artist’s bazaar, artist’s gallery, a fashion show and lots more.

Among the programming highlights:

• Musical guest Aurelio Voltaire will headline Friday night’s Aural Alchemy concert and present two sessions: “Gothic Homemaking” (Friday, 3 p.m.) and “An Hour with Aurelio Voltaire” (Saturday, 2 p.m.). Aural Alchemy will also feature performances by Unwoman, Strangely Doesburg, Aaron Shay, and Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands.

• Lee Presson and the Nails will headline Saturday night’s Emperor Norton’s Ball, followed by Presson’s “Tell Tale Theater” on Sunday. Billed as “The John Waters of Jazz,” he’s also known for his uncanny impression of Edgar Allan Poe.

• Author Guests of Honor Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris will be part of numerous sessions, including “The Ministry Adventures” (Friday, 5 p.m.); “Sequels and Prequels” (Saturday, 10 a.m.); and “Steampunk Around the World” (Saturday, 2 p.m.). In addition, Ballantine will join Erasmus Drake and Sparky McTrowell in a panel on the “Hot Potato School of Writing” (Saturday, 4 p.m.), and Morris will join Valerie Frankel for a session on “Author Branding” (Sunday, 10 a.m.).

Other authors making presentations include Harry Turtledove, Madeleine Holly-Rosing, AJ Sikes, Anthony Francis, Dover Whitecliff, Eddie Louise, Laurel Anne Hill, Lillian Csernica, and Michael Tierney.

• Maker Guest of Honor David Lee will present “Green Steam: Junk to Art” (Friday, 3p.m.); “Electronic Solutions for the Over-Ambitious Non-Engineer” (Saturday, 11 a.m.); “The 1893 Columbian Exposition” (Saturday, 3 p.m.); and “Steampunk Props - Epic Vehicles of Mass Distraction!” (Sunday, 2 p.m.).

Alas, the latter session is scheduled for the same time as “Steampunk Travel Guide - International,” and we’re not aware of any presentations on “How to Be in Two Places at Once.”

The complete schedule is available on the website. The event organizers advise that it is subject to change.

The $99 weekend pass provides access to all activities, including the concerts on Friday and Saturday night. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and under if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Day passes are also available.

See the website and Facebook page for more info. Also see our previous story about the convention, “Clockwork Alchemy Returns to SF.”

Shown above: Le Grand Elephant in Nantes, France. Photo by timeyres (CC BY-SA 2.0) from Flickr.

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