Steampunk think steam as in steamship and punk as in cyberpunk is an aesthetic defined by extrapolating the technology of the past, particularly the Victorian era, into retro science fantasy, like clockwork robots and steam-powered airships. It's been explored in books like The Difference Engine and movies like City of Lost Children, Steamboy and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
So Steampunk: A Post-Apocalyptic Ball gives people a chance to polish their brass goggles and tune up their six-shooter ray guns for a New Year's Eve of Victorian mad science. "Everybody over here is infatuated with those kinds of movies," explains Gio Toninelo, manager of the Thin Man Tavern. "It came out of that: talking about that whole culture, and why don't we host a party so everyone can come and dress up?" And you will need to dress up, because costumes are mandatory. At midnight, complimentary champagne will be served in a commemorative glass beaker yours to keep and the free champagne will keep flowing until it runs out. There will also be drink specials, dancing and surprises, including a steampunk twist on the traditional midnight ball drop.
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The fun starts at 9 p.m. at the Thin Man, 2015 East 17th Avenue. Tickets are $17 for singles or $31 for a pair; they can be purchased next door at St. Marks Coffeehouse until 4 p.m. today; no tickets will be sold at the venue. For more info, including a guide to steampunk, visit www.thinmantavern.com/steampunk or call 303-320-7814.
Thu., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 2009