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The Weird West Saloon took place at the historic Solarium in Decatur Saturday July 23rd.

Put on by the Artifice Club, headed up by Doc Quincy E. Quartermain. The Artifice Club is a collection of like minded individuals who gather together on a seasonal basis for a variety of reasons. For some, the chance to share stories of travels far and wide, or to exchange designs and plans for the latest inventive gadget. For others it is a place to see and be seen by their peers, and to hob nob among those of like interests. Regardless of form or desire, the Club is founded as an open ground for those who have one foot in the past, one in the future, and no thought to the present.All who share the love of retro-futurism may apply, and our social events will breathe fresh life into the mundane doldrums that is the present day.  The Artifice Club puts on several events throughout the year.

Events at the Weird West Saloon included a trading post, casino and free portraits outside in the courtyard.  Also, performances by Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and music from DJ Swivel and Doctor Q.  Talloolah Love and her Saloon Girls performed as well.

The Backstage Beat always loves being a part of these events.  The people that host them are amazing, the costumes are brilliant and it is always a good time! Looking forward to seeing everyone at Dragon*Con and the Mechanical Masquerade in the fall!

Check out the pictures with a special appearance by the princess of the ball, Aleena Alex.

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Interview with Big Quiz Thing’s Noah Tarnow!

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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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Nickelodeon and Activision Release The Legend of Korra

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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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