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Workshops for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair Start Halloween Morning!


Come join us as denizens of Dickens’ Victorian London!
Seven stages and more than 700 costumed performers!
Come one come all, learn to act, costume and improvise for the biggest Christmas party on Earth –  in costume, in character, be a star!

We’re looking for characters from the books of Charles Dickens, and ‘Dickensian’ characters of ALL sorts.
What do you get out of it? Just the most fun you’ll ever have and lots of new friends!
Don’t be afraid if you haven’t done this before and don’t know anything about it, we have lots of wonderful classes and teachers!

Workshops and auditions for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair begin at 10:00AM on the morning of October 31st, 2015 at Oceana High School in Pacifica. Find out more here:

The Dickens Christmas Fair is a bustling theatrical environment, combining the magic of the traditional holiday season with the writings of Charles Dickens and the rich tapestry of Victorian England. The Fair is a combination of stage performances and improvisational acting in the streets of our London, always involving the audience and encouraging them to feel part of the show. The goal of workshops is to create not just an event, but a world. Our visitors comment regularly about being transported to another place and time, and the way no other event can. In order for a world to really thrive, its’ inhabitants need to not only look their characters and act their characters, they need to *think* their characters. This allows us all to really become other people and it’s a lot of fun, both for our audience and for us.

So come out to workshops, on Halloween morning and join in with the biggest Victorian cast on earth!

Don’t just play the video game, learn to LIVE IT, at the workshops for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair runs five weekends starting November 21st, 2015 including the Friday after Thanksgiving. Three Acres of Victorian Holiday Delights – Gifts, Food, Drink, & Entertainments at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA.

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Final weekend to see Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination at the Muzeo in Anaheim!

This is the final weekend to see Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination at the MUZEO in Anaheim! It’s open through Monday.

Also see this great article in the Orange County Register

Joyeux anniversaire, Jules Verne from Aeronaut Productions and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!

Joyeux anniversaire, Jules Verne!

Joyeux anniversaire, Jules Verne!

from Aeronaut Productions and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!

Great news – Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination extended at the Muzeo through President’s weekend!

Steampunk: HBI Extended at MuzeoGreat news – Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination has been extended at the Muzeo through President’s weekend! Our new closing date is February 20th.

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!
explores the origins, influences and artistry of the steampunk aesthetic – a Neo-Victorian movement inspired by a fancifully re-imagined Age of Steam.

The Exhibit:
Visitors to Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination! will be introduced to an era in which science and industry combined in new and fascinating ways to launch mankind into the future – into a world where ordinary human beings could do the impossible. The exhibition explores the relationship between the fantastical worlds and concepts of Victorian ‘scientific romance’ and the wondrous realities created by the inventors and scientists of that time and ours.

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination! highlights the relationship between science fact and science fiction in the Victorian era; exploring the work of pioneers such as Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace and Nikola Tesla alongside the visionary fiction of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  Visitors can explore a collection of replicas and artifacts, including original props and concept art, vintage books and comics, and a selection of art, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, photography and inventions.  Interactive and informational displays will guide guests through various historical ‘what if” scenarios; learning while imagining “what might have been” had events and technology happened a little differently.

The Artists:
Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination! is proud to feature art, sculpture, costumes and contraptions from a number of talented artists and makers, including:

Tom Banwell
Phil And Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius)
The League Of S.T.E.A.M.
Dark Garden Unique Corsetry
La Legion Fantastique
Robert Overstreet
Andy Bradshaw
Chris Blackwood
Pete Ramirez
Chris Cable
Cherie Savoie
David Perales
The Neverwas Haul
Ilana Murray
Gordon Smuder
Linda Medley
Vince Mattina
Paul Guinan (Boilerplate)
Legendary Costume Works
Robert Dancik

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination! ~ Where the future shakes hands with the past!

Only a Few More Days to Visit the Queen’s Gallery at Muzeo

Only a Few More Days to Visit the Queen’s Gallery at Muzeo
The Queen’s Gallery closes January 8th
Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination will continue through February 12th
Visit Muzeo

The Queen's Gallery at Muzeo

“Step into the magic and splendor of The Queen’s Gallery, a remarkable exhibition of art from the Victorian era. Making its world premiere at MUZEO, the exhibition includes more than 400 pieces, which collectively weave together a story of artistic and literary triumphs and social and political upheaval. Paintings, walking sticks, weapons, personal objects of art, and rare books create a cultural landmark exhibition from the private collection of Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl, two passionate and highly respected collectors from Southern California

Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) was a time of prosperity, imperial expansion, and great political reform; a ferment of new ideas, scientific discoveries and creative activity. Within a few short decades the small island of England transformed from an agricultural society into an industrial superpower. MUZEO patrons will be immersed in this significant time in history, while viewing some of the finest examples of 19th century European art.

The Queen’s Gallery features over 60 paintings by leading artists of the Victorian era, many of them members of the Royal Academy of Arts. The collection provides the rare opportunity to view a masterpiece by James Sant, official portrait artist to Queen Victoria, as well as paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, Edward Burne-Jones and William Powell Frith, a favorite of the Queen. The collection explores the close affiliation between the visual art of this era and literature, pairing many of the paintings with the poems and literary subjects which inspired them. Perfect examples are Robert Hillingford’s battle scene, a visual representation of Tennyson’s legendary poem, “Charge of the Light Brigade” and Frederick Michael’s “Titania,” inspired by the queen of the fairies in William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fantasy, myth and medieval legend were another theme fashionable in the Victorian era. Representative of this genre is William T. Maud’s “The Ride of the Valkyries”, the breathtaking, larger-than-life painting inspired by Norse mythology.

Years in development, The Queen’s Gallery marks the first time the Knohl’s extensive collection has been curated and made available to the public. With its wealth of historic artifacts, masterful artwork and decorative art objects, The Queen’s Gallery allows the viewer a visually stunning experience accompanied by a compelling storyline exploring 19th century history, Victorian culture, and classic literature.”

And on to The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

Life is so full, the opening of Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination was great, and we flew right into workshops and rehearsals for The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, which opens November 25th!  I’m the entertainment director for the 750 performers on seven stages, in seven environmental areas and in the streets of jolly old London. Peter is director of La Legion Fantastique, a theatrical area based on the characters of Jules Verne.

“Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!” Grand Opening Celebration! October 23rd at Muzeo

Sunday October 23rd 1:00 to 5:00 at MUZEO in Anaheim
Featuring members of Neverwas Haul, League of S.T.E.A.M., Phil & Kaja Foglio of Girl Genius, and our very own La Legion Fantastique, including Steam Man!

Visit us at our new domain:

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!

There will be a ribbon cutting, special guests and some fun themed activities. We’ve heard rumors of some of the local groups coordinating costumed outings to the museum – we would love to see you all in your steampunk finery on opening day!

Admission to MUZEO is $13 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under, ages 3 and under is free. Group tour discounts (for groups of ten or more) and senior discounts are also available. Admission allows visitor access to both Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination located in The Carnegie Building, and The Queen’s Gallery, Victorian Art from the Private Collection of Dr. Howard & Linda Knohl; an exhibit exploring the history, masterpiece paintings, literature and 19th century lifestyle of the Victorian era, located in the Main Exhibition Building.

MUZEO is located in the heart of downtown Anaheim, at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., just two miles from the Disneyland Resort. Validated parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets online go to, or call 714-956-8936.

Steampunk Video up on Muzeo Website, Buy Tickets!

Our video is up on the Muzeo’s website, where you can also buy tickets to Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!
Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!

New media page on Aeronaut Productions Steampunk: HBI page

Things have been so crazy busy, I haven’t had time for blogging, but things are going very well, indeed!