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Got home last night from pretty much the best con I've ever been to. We had such a fine time. Met new friends, steampunks and regular folks on the street, danced and drank and goofed around, hugged and laughed and listened to music and shopped and learned to fight with canes or parasols. Learned more about tea duelling and teapot racing, just too much fun.

here are photos. & videos.

And a post from the main organizer, host, MC. Doc Phineas, a gentleman and a scholar, a wonderful human being who made each and every person feel welcome.

I am getting the most beautiful letters emails and phone messages from people tears eyed who do not want the love they...

Posted by Kenneth Kastler on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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NOV 3, 2013

Sun Depart New Orleans 5:00 PM
Mon At Sea
Tue
Wed Montego Bay 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Thu George Town, Grand Cayman 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Fri Cozumel, Mexico 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Sat At Sea
Sun Arrive New Orleans 8:00 AM

https://www.facebook.com/events/240575069405117/
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I have no coherent time-line for the wonder and beauty and fun that was the Showdown at Unobtainium (hey, we were in a town full of unstable time-bending ore, OK?) so, instead, I give you

The ABCs of Unobtainium:

A: Actors, Airship & Artists First of all, the town itself was a work of Art, with carefully-fashioned wooden facades and fencing for many structures, various props and odds and ends carefully placed about, lending atmosphere. Each and every vendor at the event had all hand-crafted, one of a kind, awesome stuff.

There was an Airship on site; the way it lit up at night looked like something straight out of a Cirque du Soleil production. It was a wonderful moving piece of art and many very lucky folks got to enjoy a ride around the site in the airship. They also had a shoot-out between the crew of the airship and the SteamPinkertons.

When the event was announced in July, the call went out for actors, and many folks stepped up and put in a lot of hours getting into character, practicing improv bits, practicing the showdown combat scene, and getting ready to show our visitors a good time. We had a mix of historical characters--Edison, Tesla, George Westinghouse, Calamity Jane, Lilly Langtry--and characters created by the actors for the event. Everyone did an amazing job of bringing their character to life and keeping in character throughout two days of festival.

B: Bartenders, Builders & Burlesque Shiner's Saloon, Tenyson absinthe, and others provided top notch beverages. The bartending team kept themselves cheerful and high energy from opening to closing. Everyone who came in to the bar was immediately swept into the spirit of the Wierd West! From a cow field in the middle of nowhere, a town was built; the Unobtainium volunteer builder team spent months building facades, furniture (the bar itelf was a thing of beauty), seating, you-name-it. And for the folks who were able to stay up late enough Saturday night, there was Ruby Joule, a wonderfully talented, beautiful, and fun burlesque dancer. Ooh la-la!

C: Crafters & Costumes Everyone from the build team to the vendors & guest lecturers, robot-builders and everyone visiting the town for the day or the weekend was fantasically creative. There were very few people who came to Unobtainium in "street clothes"....most visitors were in fantastic garb with many individual flourishes. We had military-style steampunks, Weird West steampunks, renfaire steampunks, Explorer steampunks in pith helmets, Steam Pirates, Officers, Gentlemen, Gunfighters, Soiled doves & dollymops, gypsies and at least one automaton (me!). I think my eyes hurt from seeing so many beautiful and interesting people and costumes!

D: DJ. In between live music, science demonstrations & debates by Tesla and Edison, and Doc Ravencraft's talks on supernatural phenomenon, we had Dr. Strangevibe, whose musical archives were a thing of wonder, as was his skill at mixing and matching the tunes. There were wonderfully etherial, strange songs, there were more "earthy" tunes, and all of them contributed greatly to making the atmosphere of this temporally-challenged town sliding into madness.

E: Edison. Daniel Benes, the actor who played Mr. Edison, though he portrayed Edison as the arrogant man of business and science, was actually in reality a very nice, thoughtful, and funny person. In his personal life, he is a musician and sound engineer who also builds scientific gadgets for fun. One of the most enthralling pieces of art at the event was a mine shaft he constructed using hardware store goodies, with eerie lights and smoke and scary warning sign to avoid the mine shaft due to raw Unobtainium vapors. It looked amazing. He also built a board with a small steam engine which he used to power various light bulbs in order to demonstrate his electrical inventions. We were all absolutely *stunned* when, after all was said and done and we were packing it in Sunday night, when he confessed that he'd felt completely over-his-head, and had seriously contemplated quitting early on! He never showed it! I was also terribly amused when he broke into an absolutely adorably silly little dance at the end of the day Sunday. I hope someone got it on video.

F: Friends & food. FRIENDS! Wow, it was great to see so many friends at this event. We had friends vending, friends on cast, and more friends came out as patrons to shop, eat, drink, listen to music, see art, check out the gadgets and media displays, and have a good time. It was wonderful to see y'all and I hope you had the best time!

The Brou-ha-ha, one of my favorite food vendors from Sherwood forest faire, were selling assorted strange and yummy things, including 'hell spawn on a stick' and 'sea pig'. I hope to replicate the sea pig soon. The chef catering the VIP area was also fantastic; After a long day at the Ticket booth, I was absolutely starving and grateful for my VIP pass. I enjoyed nibbles of prosciutto-wrapped melon, basil, tomato, and mozzarella drizzled in olive oil, thai coconut soup, and bite sized cheesecake bits.

G: Gadgets, Gamers & Gunfighters! ATX Hackerspace was there, there was a Maker Mad Science Lab & the Edge of Imagination station, all demonstrating media, computers, blinky lights, and science. There was a funky spin-art machine, gadgets that would tell your fortune or diagnose your wierdness (I'm hebephrenic!) and all sorts of fun. Ubergoober & Cracked Monocle were on hand with Steampunk LARP goodness. I was sadly working the ticket booth when it happened, but apparently there was a grand shoot-out between the Steampinkertons and the crew of the airship, in an attempt on Mr. Edison's life. Thax, as the Town Drunk, was unfortunately killed. Twice. and brought back to life by the Mysterious Stranger, Mr. Satan. Oops, I meant Seatan, of course.


H: Hell. and HOT. A strange twist on the story of Unobtainium, apparently the miners dug very deep, indeed, in their pursuit of the valuable and crazy-making Unobtainium ore. Weather wise, it was quite warm both days, especially for mid-November. Many volunteers and cast got sunburn, and I know of at least one heatstroke. But everyone soldiered on like champs.

I: Ice Cream, Ever made Ice Cream with Liquid Nitrogen? Heh, me neither. But the Maker/Hacker/Mad scientists sure did. It was great fun, nevermind that the entire apparatus was then covered in bees shortly after they completed this amazing demonstration of scientific fun!

J: Martha Jane Canary. That's be Calamity Jane to me and you, folks. Sue, the actress playing Calamity Jane, is one of the loveliest, kindest, most genteel ladies in the steampunk scene. She's known for going to cons and doing presentations on how to put together steampunk outfits from goodies you may have stashed in your closet, or find at vintage stores, with just a bit of alteration and perhaps one or two well-chosen accessories. She was on task and in-character from day one, in all her salty glory. Amazing!

K: Kiki Jezebel. I am sad to say that the actoress playing this role was rudely denied leave from work at the last minute; she was a hoot and a half at rehearsals and I hope she will reprise the role at some future steampunk shindig.

L: Laminates! The ticket gate crew had fun and headaches sorting through the dozens, or possibly hundreds, of laminated name tags for VIP, Artist, Vendor, Cast and Crew of Unobtainium. They were meticulously crafted, printed, laminated, sorted and organized by Sam Tyler, and after being in the grubby paws of the front gate volunteer team, all organization had fled and we were just fumbling through. It was a valiant attempt and the laminates all looked fantastic. I'm keeping mine forever :)

M: Makers & Music! I mentioned the gadgets brought by hackerspace, mad scientists, and media presentations already. As far as music goes, there wasn't a bad band in the bunch; Erika Maasen is very talented at playing various stringed instruments and has a fantastic voice; she re interprets many 'alternative rock' songs from the 90's into her very own interesting covers. She was quite beautiful, as well. Saturday we saw and heard Ms. Maasen, Temple of Ape's Theremin-carnival, Shakey Graves, Darwin Prophet & the Chronus Mirror, and the perennial Texas Steampunk scene headliners Marquis of Vaudeville brought the house down. Sunday, many of the same artists played again, plus Barebones Orchestra rocked the hung-over house! Amazing, amazing, amazing. Idea for next time: these artists really need a dedicated CD table set up all weekend, so people can take all that great music home!

N: Nitrogen! Again with the fun and messy science! The makers and hackers not only made ice cream but also demonstrated fruit-shattering tricks with liquid nitrogen :)

O: Ozzy & Oktober Love Not THAT Ozzy. Unobtainium's Ozzy was portraying Herr Doktor Einstein, a renowned expert on hysteria. He has worked as an improv actor at renfaire, he really added a lot to rehearsals and between him and the bartender, did some of the damn funniest improv I've ever seen in my life. Being that he was an expert on treating hysteria, I don't know about that other "O" tho I could be curious. ;)

Oktober Love was our very own steamgypsy; and a lovely one she made, too. Trekking up from San Marcos for actor rehearsals week after week, she was also an absolute ROCK at the front gate, helping with tickets and traffic, and then whisking off to help with bartending in the VIP area. What a lovely, multitalented, creative, and dedicated Unobtainizen.

P: Presentations! We had everything from soldering to arduinos to costuming to westernpunk to psychic phenomena. If you wanted to glue a gear on something and play in the alternate costume reality or actually make your gears go, there was someone there who could tell you how to do it. Art, science, DIY, you name it.

Q: The Queens of the event, the organizers heart and soul of the event: Sam Tyler, Maggie Duval and Lisa Ralston Turner. This whole thing came about from their dreams and ideas, and the people who believed in it enough to make it real. I know it was a stressful thing to plan and organize, and I know that in the aftermath of the event, they are exhausted and crispy around the edges, but I hope that when the smoke clears and the counting's done, the enthusiasm of the builders, makers, vendors, volunteers, and paying patrons will motivate them to let it happen again.

R: The Robot Group. These are the folks who brought the crazy spin-art machine for everyone to play with. Very nice folks, lots of fun, and very patient with science noobs. http://wiki.therobotgroup.org/wiki/Main_Page

S: Science! Have I mentioned the science? Robots, blinky lights, tubes and wires, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, Tesla Coils...this was hands-on learning at its finest and most fun.

T: TESLA! Portrayed by Edwin Wise, a real-life mad scientist, improv artist, locally famous gore-maker, avid past participant in Scare for a Cure and dedicated ladies' man. A true renaissance gentleman. He and Daniel took joy in bringing science goodies to actor rehearsals. He brought his small Tesla Coil and we fired it up in the back yard; the following week, Daniel brought a Van de Graaf generator. The two scientists worked and played very well together, and it was almost a shame that Tesla won the Showdown, because they were both just awesome.

U: Unobtainium. More than a few tents in a cow pasture in the middle of Nowhere, TX, this was a community of people who came together to make something happen. Everyone who visited added their own energy to the whole. It was an amazing, amazing event. Not a place, a feeling, a brief step out of time into a world we made real. I want to do it again!

V: is for VIP! The VIP area was flowing with complimentary drinks and the most tasty bites of yummy things. Thai coconut soup, figs, tiny cheesecake bites, melon wrapped in prosciutto, I could go on and on. I hear there was a VIP supper as well, but I completely missed it. boo to that. Unstable chronological elements in play, what can ya do? There was lovely beer from our local Independence brewery and absinthe purveyors Tenneyson were on hand dishing out the Sazeracs as well.

W: Wind. There was a cold front trying to blow in all weekend, which didn't arrive til Sunday night. We had tickets and envelopes blowing around at the Ticket booth, until Holly found us a lot of rocks. The stage was a little wild at times, too. Apparently just being a few more feet above the ground raised the wind gusts even more. We all coped as we could, and at least the wind kept things a little cooler than they might have been otherwise.

X: X rated OK, I've got nothing for this, except I heard there was nudity out in the camping area.

Y: Yearly! This was the first, and from the sounds of it, the ONLY Showdown at Unobtainium event that will ever be. I would love to see this become an annual festival, featuring quasi-historical characters portraying history as it should have been, science and art pointing the way to the future as we'd like it to be.

Z: Zeitgeist I had to hunt for a Z word, and I think I found the perfect one: the spirit, attitude, or general outlook of a specific time or period. Pretty much sums it up. Art, science, do-it-yourself-ness, re-purpose, re-cyle, community spirit, and fantastic costumes. The spirit of Unobtainium, a moment in time, more precious for having been short and intense, and leaving us all wanting more Art, Science, and Beauty in our daily lives.
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It's finally here!!!

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I'm working the ticket booth from open to 6pm Saturday, come say hi and enjoy a day in the Weird Wild West!
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Today's thought from Hazelden is:

Passion

"This week, I went scuba diving," a man told me. "Hadn't done it for years. I forgot how much doing something I love, even for one afternoon, can change my entire outlook on life."

It's easy to tell ourselves we can't have what we want and can't do what we want. And sometimes, we can't. But once in a while, even for an afternoon, it is helpful to treat yourself.

How long has it been since you did something you loved? Are you willing to be open to what excites and inspires you? If you can't do what you love, can you find passion in what you are doing? 

You are reading from the book:

52 Weeks of Conscious Contact by Melody Beattie

52 Weeks of Conscious Contact © 2003 by Melody Beattie. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the permission of Hazelden.


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Here is what I made for supper last night:

Strawberry Salad With Chocolate Balsamic DressingRead more... )


Lover's Beef Burgundy FiletRead more... )

We also had scalloped potatoes au gratin with the steaks and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.

for wine, we drank Inkberry Shiraz Cabernet with the meal, along with leftover Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, which I used for the beef marinade, and with dessert, we had Sweet Bliss. All good. Thax even enjoyed the Sweet Bliss, and he doesn't usually like sweet dessert-type reds.
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The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX presents

The Year of the Dragon!

Welcome the Chinese New
Year

When: Monday, January 23, 2012

7pm-Midnight

Free Admission

A symbol of good fortune and a sign of intense power,
Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac.
The uninhibited Dragon is an extraverted bundle of energy.

Come to the VORTEX on the New
Moon to celebrate and welcome in the Year of the Dragon. D
ress
in Bright Red or in your favorite Dragon Costume and release your inner
dragon. T
angerines, fortune cookies,
music, fun!

The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all
grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.
Join us at The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX for The Year of the Dragon!

www.vortexrep.org

Music!

May. 11th, 2011 09:47 pm
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Wino Vino Thursday at Lambert's 9pm

401 W. 2nd st.

Admission $5

http://lambertsaustin.com/index.php/music/
===============

THAT Damned Band Friday at Parkerhouse

2404 Parker Ln Austin, TX 78741

http://www.reverbnation.com/show/4353117

Doors at 7, bands won't start til later

I don't see an admission price. Says 'donations appreciated'

Awesome!
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Taking magnesium daily now. It does seem to help.

I had a good day yesterday and I've had a good weekend so far.

Last night, I had supper at El Arroyo with my Aunt L and Uncle Bob & cousin Warrenwarren & his GF. The margarita was weak, but their queso was awesome and the service was excellent. We had a really good visit. It's nice to see Warren becoming such a decent grownup person. His girlfriend is awesome, too. Has her own business, looking to get a condo or townhouse soon instead of paying rent. She's a smart gal. And they have a lot of interests in common: being outdoors, camping and kayaking and hiking, live music, etc. I'd be happy if they ended up being a long term thing.

After supper, I went to the Daugherty Arts Center & met up with my friend Drey. We chit chatted a bit and I didn't see any of the other folks who had RSVPd to my facebook event invitation, so I was getting worried that he thought I'd somehow tricked him into being on a 'date' with me. But then Dree and her friend Chris showed up so it was all better. Drey is such a funny little person. I loved his outfit & his "Corset Inspector" medal. I am glad the Universe saw fit to put him in Austin.

We saw "Alvida and the Airship Pirates" which was a short silly little play, but with some good eye candy--cute girls and cool costumes. If I had the body for it, I might want to do the 'school girl gone bad' interpretation of Steampunk, too, cuz it was hawt, and I like stockings. But...oh well. I was about as risky as I was comfortable with in a skirt that came above my knees and funky tights, a vest over a long sleeve knit shirt & Thax's red newsboy cap & goggles. I wore the pendant he got me for Xmas and had Knighthorse embellish to be all steampunky, my pirate shot glass necklace that I got at Sherwood last year, and my new "skull and crossbones" glasses. So that was cool.

After the play, Dree, Chris, and Drey scattered, so I went on to Valatan & Blissfish's house for "Leftover Dinner"...got to try pop rock and chipotle infused dark chocolate (nom!) and a couple glasses of red wine, got to visit with people and relax and just have a nice time.

I got home around midnight and slept ALMOST til my alarm went off at 7:30, then went on to work and cranked out 4 hrs of OT. Got lunch at New World Deli (I'd been craving their curry chicken salad) and then shopped a bit at Big Lots and made a quick stop at Target to get tennis balls.

Went to Valatan & Blissfish's again, and Valatan and I went to the high school near their house and played tennis for maybe 30 min or so until I started getting to the 'almost pukey' stage of physical exercise. We walked back to his place and I drank some water, and now I'm home.

I like doing stuff and having plans and getting things done.

I have some shopping to do and 2 more rooms of the house to clean today. there is an Astronomy thing at St Stephen's school starting at 6 tonight. I don't know if I'm gonna make it. I'm feeling pretty tired at the moment. That was good tennis. Well, sucky tennis, but good exercise.

Tomorrow is Sherwood Faire with a whole gang of folks. I am looking forward to that very much.

I've done a good job of staying busy and trying to be happy while Thax is out of town for work, I think. There are things to worry about but there is no point in doing so, so I am going to do less of that, if I can possibly help it.

The last couple days is more what I want my life to look like. A better balance of work and play, time with family and friends. Getting things done. Healthy activities along with a bit of hedonism.

I'm grateful for so many good people in my life.
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The time passed too quickly. It was a great party. I even saw part of one movie! (Scott Pilgrim something. It was a little silly but also kinda cute.) There was a ton of food. We brought Independence Brewing Co. beers (apparently they use barley, so I can drink them with no pain!). There were dark chocolate cupcakes with bacon in them and singing for Thax's birthday, and it was a really fun time. We ended up going to bed shortly after midnight, which is unusual for a Moviegasm, but I just got so damn tired...

And then it was morning and there were still maybe 10-12 ppl hanging about. There was bacon and pancakes and fruit and coffee and more coffee and more bacon and sitting on the porch in the sunshine and chatting with folks and amusing conversations and cuddling on the couch and just a really faboo start to a nice lazy Sunday.

Had a chance to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] sayeez & get to know her a little better. A bit of too little too late on that for it to do anyone much good, but, hey, it's something.

We gave one person a ride home from the party this afternoon, and then we unloaded the car, and then Thax left to go write with Goofy and I went to the HEB for stuff for Valentine's Day dinner tomorrow night. The grocery store was packed and unpleasant. I started getting a slight headache while I was there. Either mild, belated hangover, or maybe just a headache, but the damn thing won't go away. I waited in the checkout like for ages...but I finally got home and now I'm either going to nap or take a bath. Or maybe bath, then nap. Or maybe I should try and stay up for now and just get to bed early tonight.

I'm steaming artichokes and doing stuffed mushrooms for supper tonight. I felt like something a bit 'light' after the tremendous amount of bacon, brisket, beer, and other heavy (but incredibly tasty!) things I've had the last day and a half!

Valentine's dinner is going to be a bit rich, but hopefully with small enough portions that we don't end up feeling too stuffed.

Menu:

Hearts of Romaine salad with feta, candied pecans, and craisins

Roasted Bell Pepper & shrimp bisque

Filet mignon wrapped in chipotle bacon

Dark chocolate and rum pots de creme

Sauvignon Blanc for the salad and soup

Pinot Noir for the beef and chocolate.


:)
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I've already been to one Halloween party. The theme of the party was "Alien Invasion" so I went as one of the kids from "Signs"--Pjs and tinfoil hat.

We are invited to several Halloween parties this weekend, among them a 'scary clown' themed party. *shudder. hate clowns.* Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] thax and I are going as characters from the cartoon "Rejected"--I'll be the one with the too-large spoon, and he'll be a banana. My costume will be home-made (how do you dress up like a stick figure, anyway?) and his is store-bought. It should be a lot of fun.
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One of my hairdresser's coworkers is organizing a bus trip to The Texas Renaissance Festival on 11/7.

$45 for adults and $35 for kids gets you a ride from Austin to TRF and back, a ticket in to the faire, and breakfast goodies on the morning of the trip.

Her name is Victoria and her # is (512) 653 4177, email vjd3800 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Thax & I would love some company at faire on this day. If $ is the only thing holding you back, it may be possible for me to treat you!
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[robinandcompany] Shout it from the Mountain Tops
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 8:53 AM
From: "rengypsy"

dear friends,

we want to make september 19th gathering our grandest and most well attended.Read more... )

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/robinandcompany/

http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/
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Oh, tomorrow night is going to be wonderful. I hope we can get to the show at Ruta Maya after the Art!

----


Hello All,

We wanted to invite you to our show in Austin tomorrow, Thursday,
December 4th, at Ruta Maya at 9:30pm. Our good friend Vanessa Lively will be
opening up the night at 8:30pm and we may do a tune or two together.
Ruta Maya is located at 3601 South Congress St.

We are also playing in Bryan, TX on Saturday, December 6th at 10pm at
the Revolution Cafe and Bar.

Other December dates include:

12/11 Logon Cafe, Beaumont, TX at 8:30pm
12/12 Yin Yang Fandango, Corpus Christi at 7:30pm
12/13 & 12/14 Enchanted Forest Renaissance Festival, Ingleside, TX
12/20 Nine Lives Books, San Antonio, TX 7:00pm

For more information, please visit
http://wineandalchemy.com/Calendar.html

aaa!

Oct. 31st, 2008 09:31 am
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Esmeralda
Esmeralda
http://www.bewildered-art.com/catgirls/




Why is Halloween only one night a year?!? boo.

More fun stuff going on tonight:

http://www.earthbirdmusic.com/blog/?p=302

http://wgshalloweenball.eventbrite.com/

*sigh, sigh, sigh*

I only have so much time & money, ya know? But it is all so much fun!

The weekend is shaping up nicely.
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got this in email yesterday & passing it along:



Tell Your Friends, Tell Your Enemies! Everyone who attends the show on Sunday October 5th at the Mucky Duck in Houston, TX, will receive a FREE Wine and Alchemy Shirt!!!

The show starts at 6pm and we will be performing many new songs with a 5 piece line up. Mark will be bringing out a Sitar and Roxanne will be bringing out her new instrument, the harmonium for a couple of tunes including their new arrangement of Kashmir.

Once again, When: October 5th, 6pm

Where: The Mucky Duck located at 2425 Norfolk in Houston, TX

Tickets: $10, advanced tickets available at the Mucky Duck



We are also performing in Corpus Christi on Saturday, October 4th at 8:30pm at Yin Yang Fandango and the Tango Tea Room. Tickets $5.


If you haven't checked out our myspace page or our website, here are the links: www.wineandalchemy.com and www.myspace.com/wineandalchemy



We look forward to performing for you, -Wine and Alchemy
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I'd be interested in being there to hear the owner talk about what's going on with the Enchanted Forest....but probably won't shell out another 15 bux this week. Here's the info, though, for anyone who's interested:Read more... )
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We saw Wine and Alchemy for the first time. It was a great show, despite a really disappointing audience turn out. I guess it was a Monday evening, and they were opening for another act, so maybe that's why. BUT...everyone who wasn't there--YOU MISSED AN AWESOME SHOW!!

If you like Loreena McKennitt, and/or Bellydancing and/or Renaissance Festivals, then Wine and Alchemy is a MUST-see.

Roxanne Bruscha, the lead singer, alternated between singing in a very Loreena type vocal style in SEVERAL languages (fantastic pipes) and bellydancing (with swords, scarves, and fans, even!) and also played Zils in some numbers. She was all done up in Tribal-style bellydance garb, which is my favorite, and just put on a GREAT show. You know she has to be in FANTASTIC shape to sing and dance like that. I don't think I heard her out of breath once.

Mark Varelas, formely of EMuzeki, plays several instruments VERY well. And he's really nice to look at, too.

The other three musicans were also very talented, but I'm afraid, NOT quite as charismatic as Mark and Roxanne. (I did find myself wondering what happened to Jenny, Mark's partner from EMuzeki. She was an adorable little mouse sparrow girl)

They did a lot of traditional-sounding music from Romany culture, folk music of Europe, etc, and then closed with a version of "Bolero" that was very yummy indeed. I got the CD and I can't wait to listen to that again in a more intimate setting.

If you ever get a chance to see this band, GO. Clap, dance, sing along if you know the words, and don't forget to yell "Opa!"

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