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Mechanical marvels meet Main Street at Steampunk Street VI

Posted by on November 5, 2013 – 8:15 am


You can tell that autumn has arrived in the Valley. Pumpkin patches have appeared on street corners, the leaves are changing color on the few trees that we have and the buzzing sounds of high-voltage Tesla coils and revving ray-guns are in the air. That’s right, November means it’s time once again for downtown Mesa’s “Steampunk Street” event.

“Steampunk Street VI” takes place during 2nd Friday’s art walk, 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 8 on downtown Mesa’s Main Street sidewalks where the event coordinators promise you’ll be mesmerized by mechanical marvels and flabbergasted by fantasy fashions at the free event.

If you’re unfamiliar with steampunk, it’s a genre of art, fashion, and gizmo-technology that envisions a future that never was, from the perspective of a citizen of the Victorian era (mid 1800s – early 1900s.) Whether you are an enthusiast or just “Steam-curious,” you’ll be fascinated by the local artisans and costumers who participate in this popular event.

During the “Steampunk Street” show there will also be a “Victorian Fantasy Costume Contest” at the OneOhOne Gallery, starting at 8 p.m., where contestants can strut their steampunk stuff for a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants.

Also happening during Mesa’s 2nd Friday, Gotham City Comics & Coffee will be hosting Six-Gun Gorilla artist, Jeff Stokely, who will be signing his comics and art prints all evening. Get more info here.