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Steampunk November Returns to Texas

Aurelio Voltaire tops the bill at the three-day music and arts fest in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Cosplayers at Steampunk November
Cosplayers at Steampunk November. Photo by Paula Ward. Used by permission of Steampunk November.

Once again, singer/songwriter Aurelio Voltaire will be the headliner as the ninth Steampunk November festival happens Nov. 8-10 at the Amber Inn Academy of Arts in Mansfield, Texas. More akin to a Renaissance Fair than a convention, the event will feature music and other entertainment on multiple stages, plus steampunk poetry slams, tea dueling, afternoon tea, and more.

Voltaire, who frequently appears at geek culture events, plays a style of music that’s been described as “goth cabaret.” His performances typically include generous helpings of humor and audience participation. He’s scheduled to take the main stage on Saturday night at 10:45 p.m.

Poppy Xander, a singer/songwriter and pianist from the Dallas Fort Worth area, will play on the main stage at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Much of her music has science fiction or horror themes.

Seadog Slam, a North Texas performance group, will present steampunk-themed slam poetry on all three days in the Gilded Rose Saloon, one of the festival’s indoor venues. They’re also inviting participation in the annual Steamdog Patron Poetry Slam contest on Saturday evening at 7:45 p.m. Attendees will read their own original steampunk poetry, with a chance to win a $100 prize.

Other acts include:

Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange, a pair of escape artists and circus performers who have also appeared at the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri.

Cirque La Vie, a Houston-based circus troupe.

• Comedy magician Tobias the Adequate.

Irish Blind, a five-piece band that plays “Dark Americana and Rocked up Folk tunes.”

The Jackdaws, a three-piece Irish rock band from Gulfport, Florida.

See the website for the complete entertainment lineup.

The festival also features about 60 vendors.

Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange
Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange. Photo by Paula Ward. Used by permission of Steampunk November.

Multiple ticket packages are available, including a weekend pass ($35), two-day pass ($30) and day passes for Friday ($20), Saturday ($25) and Sunday ($25). Those prices are for advance sales through the website. Gate prices are higher.

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food for the annual Gears of Giving food drive, which benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank. If you bring at least five canned goods, you’ll get $5 off the gate ticket price. If you purchased your ticket in advance, you’ll get five raffle tickets with an opportunity to win items from vendors and sponsors. The drawing is on Sunday.

See the event’s website and Facebook page for updates. The Amber Inn Academy of Arts is located at 492 Cordes Dr, Mansfield, TX 76084, about 20 miles south of Arlington.

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