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S.T.E.A.M.Fest at The Academy Theatre This Weekend!

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The Steampunk Theater, Entertainment, Arts, & Music Festival aka S.T.E.A.M.Fest will take place this weekend from Saturday, April 14 to Sunday, April 15 at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates. S.T.E.A.M.Fest will celebrate an alternate history and retro-futurism with artists, performers, entertainers, costumers, and much more! Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a High Tea at 4 p.m. with refreshments and edible treats. (Tickets to the High Tea are $5 and sold a la carte per day.) Saturday evening after 8 p.m., bands will play and DJ Dr. Q will be spinning tunes to keep you entertained and dancing throughout the night at The Artifice Club Presents: An Evening At The Odditorium. Sunday starts off with The High Noon Six Gun Challenge where contestants will face off against each other in a quick fire tournament to determine the Supreme Six Gun Shoot out prize winner. Duelists must provide their own maverick and goggles for The High Noon Six Gun Challenge. From noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Steampunk Chronicle will announce their Readers’ Choice Awards to celebrate the best and brightest in steampunk at a social gathering brunch. Rounding out the festival, there will be a S.T.E.A.M.Fest 2012 Costume Parade at 4 p.m. (3:30 p.m. if you want to participate in the parade). The parade will be set up in a fashion show style presentation of all the fantastic steampunk outfits at S.T.E.A.M.Fest. Remember all weapons must be safe and peace bonded. Cos-play/dressing up is always encouraged! This is a members only event and memberships can be purchased at the door for  $30 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday. If you just want to party with the bands and DJ on Saturday night at The Artifice Club Presents: An Evening at the Odditorium, you can purchase a $15 ticket at the door (this event is free with a one or two-day pass). Children are allowed to attend S.T.E.A.M.Fest and passes may be purchased for a discounted rate with a regular membership. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/145160

Steampunk Guests of Honor will include The Apparition Abolishers, Daniel Valdez & The Steampunk X-Men, Penny Dreadful Productions, Paige ‘Ex Libris’ Smith, and Professor Wolfram von Zott. Theatrical performances by The Adventure of Capercaillie Bridge, North Fulton Drama Club, and ARTC presents: Candle Magic. Entertainers include, Awalim Tribal Belly Dance Company, The Sci-Fi Janitors, Mr. Saturday & Sixpence, and Thimblerig Circus. Musicians performing: Extraordinary Contraptions, The Gin Rebellion, Karma Lingo 2.0, Mister Joe Black, Megan Jean & The KFB, Peculiar Pretzelmen, Play it With Moxie, Unwoman, and This Way to the Egress. The festival will even feature art films including, A Trip to the Moon, Arms Race, The League of S.T.E.A.M., REMNANT, Nickel Child, Internet Date, Steampunk: Retrofuture, John Gray, Tempus Ex Machina, and Steam Driven. Plus, there will be several steampunk vendors selling their wares to enhance your wardrobe or steampunk collection.

S.T.E.A.M.Fest

Academy Theatre
119 Center St.
Avondale Estates, GA
(404) 474-8332

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