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Weird West Saloon! This Saturday!!!!

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We have a must do event for this coming weekend! The Weird West Saloon is looking to be the most fun you can have!  Get your costumes out and come prepared to the Solarium in Oakhurst, a neighborhood of Decatur, Georgia.

The Weird West Saloon, The Artifice Club’s summer show to be held on Saturday, July 23rd, will play host to co-founder and Creative Director of Visionary Comics, C. Edward Sellner, publisher of the new Deadlands comic books series.

Deadlands, based on the RPG of the same name, is a four-book series combining horror and Western themes with a Steampunk aesthetic. Set in an alternate “Weird West” of the late 19th century, the books consist of four one-shot stories along with a four-part backup story. The first installment, The Devil’s Six Gun, is written and illustrated by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the team behind the werewolf western webcomic High Moon. It tells the tale of Copernicus Blackburne, a creative genius who strikes a Faustian bargain to produce the perfect weapon. It hits stores June 15th, to be followed on July 20th by Massacre at Redwing by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (Jonah Hex) and drawn by Lee Moder.

Sellner, an artist and the writer of the four-part backup story, will be on hand with limited edition copies of the first Deadlands comic and various promotional materials. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their Weird West best, or even as their favorite Deadlands character.

The Weird West Saloon is the summer event of The Artifice Club, an organization dedicated to producing events and entertainments in the anachronistic community of artists and patrons of the arts. The show features the swinging hot jazz sounds of local music sensations Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, burlesque by Talloolah Love and Her Saloon Girls, and Doctor Q and DJ Swivel spinning an eclectic mix of tunes. “Sheriff” Sabrina Pandora will keep the peace and keep the audience laughing as MC.

The event also features the Trading Post Market, open free to the public from 5 to 7 p.m., where artists, photographers, fabricators and other vendors will offer their wares in a setting reminiscent of an old-time general store. The Western theme will be carried out in the venue’s décor by Penny Dreadful Productions.

Throughout the night, patrons may participate in a charity casino featuring blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em and roulette.  In addition, those not interested in gambling can take part in a charity “Maverick Shootout” Quick Draw tournament.  Prizes will be awarded for both events, and proceeds benefit Dream Power Therapeutic Equestrian Center, sponsored by VONschmalhausen.

General membership is $16 in advance, $20 at the door. A limited number of Elite and Noble memberships are available. Elite membership is $30 per person and includes two drink tickets and special priority seating. Noble membership is $65 and includes admission for two, four drink tickets and access to the exclusive Nobles’ Parlor, where members can relax and enjoy complimentary coffee and tea service.

To purchase memberships please click HERE

We will see you all there! Make sure to get your picture taken by The Backstage Bet  and look for them on the site!

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Big Quiz Thing is BACK with a Special Edition of their trivia extravaganza–it’s a May the 4th Star Wars celebration! I talk with emcee Noah Tarnow about Big Star Wars Quiz Thing, the upcoming return of Big Family Quiz Thing, the Machete Order, and the comfortable Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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Big Star Wars Quiz Thing is a week from Monday, with both New York and Boston hosting events. Read on for tickets and deets.

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Though unceremoniously relegated to online-only airing, The Legend of Korra expands the Avatar universe into a video game developed by PlatinumGames (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising), available today on a variety of platforms for fans. There’s a slight wait for the 3DS release however–but that version features a turn-based RPG style, hitting shelves on October 28. Read on for details about today’s release!

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Encore with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

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With a link as inextricable as one the Final Fantasy series shares with its soundtracks, it’s no large wonder that the series ended up with a rhythm game spinoff in the form of 2012’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. After its critical and financial success, we were finally gifted to a sequel in the newly released Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. And although Square-Enix could have easily gotten away with making Curtain Call nothing more than a glorified expansion pack — after all, the original Theatrhythm shipped with about 70 songs on the cartridge, while its sequel boasts over 200, sans DLC — some rather significant changes were made to ensure that it improves on some of the original game’s flaws.

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