Courtesy Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Steampunk Celebration, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, wmmi.org.
very subculture of nerddom goes all out when it comes to costumes (see “Sound and the furry"
), but Steampunk enthusiasts deserve special props for somehow blending historical accuracy with whimsical imagination. The Steampunk subculture uses the true styles and inventions of the Victorian era (automatons, zeppelins and the like) as a springboard to create a vision of a steam- and cog-operated alternative history. Considering the Western Museum of Mining and Industry
houses machines and artifacts of Colorado’s industrial age, it seems appropriate that they’ve announced a “Grand Steampunk Festival” for 2019. The kick-off event functions as an introduction for those curious about the culture, and a party for those entrenched in it down to their cog- and gear-encrusted top hats. Presumably to make sure folks are prepared for next year with their best costumes and Victorian manners, WMMI will offer a high tea demonstration, machinery demonstrations, photo ops, models in classic Steampunk fashions and booths with expert costume advice.