Bearded Octopus, Aloha Festival, Wild West Steampunk Con, Disco Fries at El Hefe, Carnaval Eléctrico, and Devoured Over the Weekend
Bearded Octopus at Gypsy Bar, 3/9/13
Although there may not have been any lions, tigers, or elephants about, CityScape nightspot Gypsy Bar definitely boasted a circus-like aura on Saturday, March 9, during Bearded Octopus. Party promoter Jen Deveroux assembled three ring's worth of big top characters and creatives for the event, including striptease sirens from Scandalesque and plenty of out-there artwork.
Daredevil performance artists Jeremy Kinison and Candy Pants of the Cut Throat Freak Show also entertained and astounded with their sideshow-like antics, as did the troupe's array of performers, including Harvey Gross (a.k.a. "The Grossest Man in Sideshow"), Hermie the Alternative Balloon Twister, and pro wrestling magician The Shocker.
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Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention II in Tucson 2013
The second Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention was a hit, as former movie studio/living history theme park Old Tucson came to life over the weekend, full of folks showing off costumes that re-imagined the Victorian era. Between ray-gun battles, steampunk fans enjoyed live performances by Doctor Elemental, Abney Park, and Steam Powered Giraffe on Saturday, March 9.
Aloha Festival 2013 in Tempe
Tempe got a large dose of warm island flavor for the 19th annual Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park on Sunday, March 10. The park was packed full of folks indulging in Hawaiian culture by listening to music, eating barbequed meats, cooling off with shaved ice, and having a great time overall.