They say,

“necessity is the mother of invention”,

But I think necessity got
a bad rap-

See, viewed through the eyes of
those who invent,

We have come to experience necessity as a
cold mother,

Skin drawn tight around
stern brows,

gaunt face, shouting an inch away from yours

the old hag, so demanding…

But the cleanly ordered, infinitely predictable, mechanistic universe
of inventors,

has forgotten the times when

was a powerful urge, emananting from deep within
growing steadily
until a shout of joy burst forth!

When necessity was
that we all rise above

and experience, and cause one another to experience,
the greatest potential

Of art, of imagination, of love, of solidarity

of understanding

Because each and every one of us,
vessels of the Soul

are mothers of something

All you have to do
is close your eyes,

and remember…

(c) SBA 5/11/2014

RC Steampunk FF FYI

So we just wrapped up the Annual Rose City Steampunk Film Festival this past weekend; if you did not get a chance to see them in person, all of the information on films, vendors and etc. can be found through this site.

It was a slightly smaller turnout than I (and I’m sure Steven, the film event coordinator), would have hoped for. Yet we had a loyal group of Steampunk folk who stayed throughout the entire weekend, and I believe we all found something to entertain us with this year’s lineup.

My favorites of the weekend were definitely the restored version of “The Lost World” from 1925; “Doctor Glamour”, a Rocky-Horror Musical-esque Victorian/Steampunk Mind-Freaky-Blowing-Freakout Short Movie with a Bisexual Polyamorous Twist; all of the “League of Steam” short comedy sketch bits, “Outpost 11”, a grippingly tense paramilitary drama set in the far Arctic wastes, “Beautiful Fish”, a documentary of the contemporary songwriter/cellist Unwoman; and “Airlords of Airia” for its magnificent use of animation and live action.

There are also a couple of local ventures in the works, including “Cities in the Sky” and “Tess The Inventor”. Visit the website for more information about this year’s lineup.

Vendors were also on hand, although not as many as I have seen in years past. To perhaps mollify this, however, the Clinton St. Theater is now serving wine and beer! And cider! No more having to fight a crowd to get to your drinks at the bar before intermission is done. Ahh, Clinton Street, we love you so.