The biggest news in Steampunk this week is the announcement on Wednesday that Cherie Priest’s “Boneshaker” will be made into a feature film. Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, and Hammer Films are going to team-up on the production, and we’re interested to see how it plays out. For my money, I’ll definitely be interested in who they cast to play the major characters; I’ve always pictured Michael Clarke Duncan as Captain Cly, for example. Let us know in the comments who you’d want to see cast in the movie.
Sunday, December 4th is the one-year anniversary of The Anachronism. For those who might not have heard about it, the event is billed as “NYC’s friendliest and most inclusive Geeky/Fun/Steampunk Event, hosted by the fabulous Webster Hall.” To celebrate their one-year anniversary, the folks at The Anachronism is going to be hosting acts like Frenchy and the Punk, A Count Named Slick Brass and the crew of the A.S.S. Titilis, and The Artful Dandy among others. Check out the show from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. this Sunday.
Out in Casper, Wyoming, the Star Tribune reports that the 2012 competitive show of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps will blend Steampunk with the music of American composer Aaron Copland.. Called “This Was The Future,” the Drum and Bugle Corps will keep their traditional military-style uniforms but tweak them to reflect the Steampunk aesthetic. This is the latest in a spate of more mainstream groups picking up on Steampunk, and might be interesting for folks to see how the Drum and Bugle Corps handles things.
Steampunk band The Lisps are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of their latest album, FUTURITY, which will be released prior to the musical of the same name being performed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Mass.) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minn.). The band’s looking to raise $10,000 with their campaign, and rewards include a vinyl LP, a CD, digital download of the album, and more. io9 describes the show: “the musical follows a Union soldier Julian Munro, and brilliant writer and very real human being Ada Lovelace. Together they work to invent an omnipotent steam-powered brain. The whole epic is set to the twang of gorgeous folk music.”
More DIY project goodness from Instructables this week. User longwinters published a how-to on building a Steampunk monitor, which although there’s been a lot of those floating around is still interesting to see. This offering makes the monitor out to be installed in a larger cabinet as opposed to perhaps some other ones.
In further Steampunk film news, GeekMom Rebecca Angel wrote about short film “The Watchmaker’s Son.” The video hosted over there is only about 8 minutes long, but the film is a fascinating Steampunk fairy tale set to rhyme. Definitely worth giving a watch.
The Nutcracker Ballet of Homer, Alaska, opens this weekend with a Steampunk bent. The new production team for this 23rd year of the show have gone all out with the aesthetic. Herr Drosselmeyer arrives to the Christmas party via dirigible, which leads back to E.L. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” the 1816 story that originally inspired the Tchaikovsky ballet.
AM New York offers up two Cheap$kate events for people in New York City this weekend. The first is Mobilis in Mobili: An Exhibition of Steampunk Art and Appliance at the Wooster Street Social Club, where interested folks can see art, fashion, jewelry, guitars, bicycles, timepieces, sculptures, desks and more between now and January 14. The second offering is a lecture at the Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Avenue, David, Delacroix and Revolutionary France: Drawings From the Louvre.
The Tucson Steampunk Society is having a Steampunk Coffee meet-up at Shot in the Dark Cafe on East Broadway in Tucson, Ariz. Join your Tucson-area Steampunks for coffee and fun at 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, December 3.
Dr. Grymm Laboratories presents The Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit: “The Unknown” Oct 1 – January 15, 2012, The Mark Twain House and Museum Hartford, Conn.
Steampuffin’s Steampunk Form & Function II — An Exhibition of Innovation, Invention and Gadgetry Oct 31 – December 31, 2011,Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation Waltham, Mass.
Bradford Museums & Galleries Steampunk Exhibit, 10 Dec 2011 – 7 May 2012, Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K.