Calling all steampunks: Refinerii Industrial Revelations is coming back to Boise with its third annual Carnevale. This public, family friendly event celebrates all things steampunk Saturday, June 15, in an evening of art and fashion at Idaho Botanical Garden that runs from 5-10 p.m. General admission is $10, although IBG members get in for just $7 and kids ages 5-12 pay $6.
Carnevale returns due to the efforts of Refinerii's own J. Amber Conger. A welder and artist, Conger's many sculptures have been seen across the Treasure Valley since 2006.
Participants are encouraged to dress for the occasion—the theme for 2013 is Venetian Carnevale with a steampunk twist.
The evening's lineup of events includes fashion shows, tarot readings, magic shows, costume contests and a Pele Rising fire performance headlining the night. Other attractions include vendor booths and a fantasy makeover station, where attendees can add a little extra steampunk flare to their ensemble.
Wondering what the hell this steampunk thing is? It's a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature loosely inspired by the 19th century and steam-powered industries. Steampunk staples utilize any number of grungy or antiquated items like top hats, gears, cogs and keys for mechanically adorned outfits, while a wide range of supernatural themes and an air of dark whimsy can be found throughout.
The pop-culture phenomenon has spawned video games, movies, graphic novels and TV shows. It's a difficult genre to pin down and every die-hard steampunk has his or her own definition, but for the purpose of the Carnevale, it's an eclectic showcase of creativity and elbow grease.