POLISH UP YOUR BRASS KNUCKLES AND YOUR COPPER AND BRONZE GEARS — the Tannery Building’s second annual Steampunk Show will take place April 12. Highlighted at the show will be “Odd Art” by local artists Randy Bernard/Victorian Elements of Benicia, Tracy Cullen of Benicia, Robert McCullough of Vallejo and Ted Shawver of Danville. Returning to the event will be world-renowned steampunk artists Shannon O’Hare (Major Catastrophe) and Kathy O’Hare (Lady Impetuous), and Obtainium Works of Vallejo.
“The Major will answer your questions about Steampunk, explain how you can get involved with the Order of Cthulhu, and talk about their recent episodes on ‘Oddities: San Francisco,’” Denise Cullen said. “Oddities: San Francisco” was broadcast on the Science Channel.
“The Girlz,” a display of steampunk mannequin models, is being brought by Benicia’s Creations & Illustrations, Art Gallery and Tattoo Studio.
Those attending will get to see Cullen’s Coach, the world’s only pedal-powered stagecoach theater that is pulled by a team of eight bicycles in tandem. The coach provides music and theatrical entertainment at street events and area festivals.
Also on display will be steampunk art cars, and a guest speaker will talk at 7 p.m. that day. Vendors specializing in steampunk items will be front of The Tannery Building.
Steampunk, a term introduced by author K.W. Jeter, began as fiction that speculated a world in which steam, not electricity, powered technological developments. It draws on the works of H.G. Welles and Jules Verne, and its fans often dress in Victorian-era attire.
The Steampunk Show will be from 3-8:30 p.m. April 12 at the Tannery Building, 131 First St.