When: Fri., March 4, 6 p.m. 2016
Steampunk is not just elaborate top hats and goggles. It's a school of science fiction that imagines a world in which steam power is the peak technology. The base aesthetic is usually Victorian or vaguely nineteenth century, which is where the hats come in. If you love the idea and want to exult in further explorations, or have never heard of it but are interested, First Friday: Steampunk Science at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) has you covered. Antiquarian Couture, The Countess and AVA Goldworks will be there with steampunk crafts, art and accessories. A dress-up area and screenings of footage from Brass Engine Productions' Steamworks and Shadows series are also on offer. Author Brad R. Cook discusses "Inventions of Fantasy: The Real Science of Steampunk," and at 10 p.m., League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the less-than-successful film based on the amazing Alan Moore/Kevin O'Neill comic book, will be shown for free. First Friday starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free, although some events require a nominal fee.
Price: free admission, some activities require a fee