MarsCon 2015

March 6-8, 2015  
Heroes & Wizards & Fae
OHhh MYyy!!     

Post-Program-Book-Publichation Program Schedule

(as of April 10 2015 03:04)

This version of the Program Schedule includes changes since our Program Book was sent to the printer. Based on previous years, changes will continue up to Closing Ceremonies. In all cases, if what you read here or in the Program Book disagrees with what actually happens, reality is right and the printed word is wrong.

Where Can I Find Events?

Mainstage
Ballroom III/IV
Mainstage is the place for big events such as Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Masquerade Cosplay, Charity Auction, media guest talks, concerts, stage performances and musical jams!

Masquerade Lounge
I Blue Heron
Over the years, programming in the Masquerade Lounge has grown substantially, from almost nothing to over 20 hours of costume related panels, demos and discussions. There will be plenty of programming related to costumes (the regulars & some newer topics) as well as prop making panels.

Free Mars
II Cardinal Perch
Free Mars will feature miscellaneous programming, i.e., hard sciences discussions, talks about our favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies and television series, gaming, Klingons, music, and as many other fannish topics as we can fit into the space.

Re(a)d Mars
III Eagle’s Nest
Re(a)d Mars, exclusive to MarsCon since the early 21st century, will focus mainly on literary discussions and readings, but there will be a touch of art and other SF media, as well as speculative science.

Anime/YA
IV Hawk’s Ridge
New for 2015, Anime/YA is a place for discussions about anime, young adult fiction and other topics of interest to young fans. The room will also feature a few anime showings.

A/V Room
Room 417
We will bring you the great cult classics, great geeky films and a few surprises along the way. The A/V Room needs your help—if you love films, please help out the A/V room by volunteering! Sponsored by Geek Partnership Society. See program schedule for the final movie list.

Krushenko’s
Room 419
Krushenko’s is a space that encourages conversation about science fiction and fantasy at SF conventions. Krushenko’s, named after a Manhattan bistro in Larry Niven’s novel Ringworld, started at the 1983 Minicon, and now also travels to CONvergence, Diversicon, and Arcana in the Twin Cities and WisCon in Madison. A regular feature of MarsCon since 1999, Krushenko’s this year serves up panels and discussions about SF in literature and other media in the daytimes, and conversational SF-related parties in the evenings. “Krushenko’s is accustomed to serving alien guests!”

Room of Requirement
V Mallard Point
This room will host children’s programming and provide an activity center which is kid-friendly. Like the room from Harry Potter, the Room of Requirement will shift from time to time to fit the needs of the con and also serve as overflow for gaming and programming.

Karaoke Krypt
VI Owl Overlook
Experience the future of Karaoke. The Krypt returns with more blinky lights than ever. We guarantee you will feel like you are back in the 80s. It’s fun, it’s timeless, it’s 9 PM to 3 AM Friday and Saturday Nights. Let’s do the Time Warp again!! Hosted by Gene Stoneman and Carla Simonson

Dance & Demos
VII White Pelican
By day, see live demos on subjects like dance, weapons, stunts, self defense and yoga. By night, learn about burlesque and shake your groove thang or just listen and watch the laser show while live DJs spin the latest in techno and dubstep remixes, and take song requests into the wee hours.

What Will I Find? When Will I Find It?

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Friday 12:00 pm
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out our new spaces. After-hours, you may register at the Operations Desk (just across from Registration).

Dealers’ Room opens
Friday 02:00 pm
Ballroom I/II - Buy something fun!

Freeform Arts & Crafts
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 02:00 pm
Express the creativity in you! Relax with some crazy color crayons and find peace in the twilight of MarsCon.

Art Show opens
Friday 03:00 pm
1st Floor, Riverside - Bid on a masterpiece! Three bids will ensure that items make it into the auction on Saturday.

Prop-A-Torium opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Prop-A-Torium: Episode 9

We’re back for year 9. Come see what new props we have, and the return of our favorite props. From Star Trek, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Stargate, Middle-Earth Saga, and so much more from movies and TV shows. We have Fan Made Props, “Officially Licensed” Props, a few actual Screen-Used Props. Come by the Prop-A-Torium!

Photos will be allowed in the Prop-A-Torium. Please ask us if you can touch or take videos of the props you see in the Prop-A-Torium.

The Curmudgeon Panel
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Friday 03:00 pm
Do you hate one of the holy grails of fandom, whether it be the original three Star Wars films, boldly going anywhere with either Kirk or Picard, or remembering the battle of Serenity? Then come to this panel! It’s sure to be full of sarcasm, vitriol & maybe a little actual media criticism.
With: W. Scott Patterson, mod.; Tyler Tork
Princess Jellyfish (TV-14)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Friday 03:30 pm
Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen—who’s actually a guy. When threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom or will she end up a hot mess?

Fairy’s Scavenger Hunt
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 03:30 pm
Pick up your hunting kit and begin a fairyific quest to find lost things!
Kits are limited so join asap. Update your quest progress during the hours of Fairy Photos. Prizes vary. Game ends Sunday at 3:30. One list per hunter.
With: Fairie Coalition
Fairy Photos 4-8:30pm
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 03:45 pm
In a space filled with very large objects, you will appear very small. Don a pair of fairy wings, chose a background, pick a couple props, and get your photo taken as a fairy!
Don’t have wings? No problem, we have supplies to make wings or wings to borrow for the picture.

Science Room opens
Friday 04:00 pm
1st Floor, Woodlands - View hands on science exhibits from groups like MN Space Frontier Society, Mars Society, Moon Society, National Space Society, MN Astronomical Society, Minnesota Area Radio Control Electric Enthusiasts’ (MARCEE), Twin Cities Makers and many more. Also we welcome back the HMS Artemis Bridge Simulator.

Trailer Park: Upcoming Movies
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 04:00 pm
Check out trailers to the movies coming out this year! Be on your top game when conversing with other fellow folks here at MarsCon! Be ready for that panel! Plan what you are going to see next weekend? Don’t miss THE TRAILER PARK!

Avatar: Legends of Aang and Korra
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 04:00 pm
What did they get right? What components made for amazing story telling in a cartoon format? What made this appeal beyond the originally intended audience? What made these shows so unusual for American made cartoons? What valuable real world lessons did the creators pass along? What did they mess up? Did they stick the landing in both, either, neither?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; William Alexander, Kathryn Sullivan
How Come Nobody’s Heard Of Me, Dammit!!
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Friday 04:00 pm
Let’s figure out all the things we did wrong!
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Bruce Bethke, Rachel Gold, Michael Merriam
Amazing Real Creatures
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 04:00 pm
The Minnesota Herpetological Society will present amphibians and reptiles, the likes of which myths and legends are born!
With: Minnesota Herpetological Society,
SF/Fantasy Music Video Hour
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 05:00 pm
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.

Kung Fu Zombies vs Shaman Warrior
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 05:00 pm
Mental illness for many communities is often explained as demonic possession. Beliefs like this stem from centuries of folklore about demons, ghosts, monsters, and witch doctors. I want to talk specifically about refugee communities and the second installment from my Kung Fu Zombieverse anthology of stage works.
With: Saymoukda Vongsay, presenter
Marketing Your eBook
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Friday 05:00 pm
Lots of helpful tips on publishing and promoting your ebook.
With: Sandra Rector, mod.; Bruce Bethke, P M F Johnson, Ozgur K. Sahin, Tyler Tork
Tissue Paper Flowers + Face Painting By Doo the Fairy
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 05:00 pm
Tissue paper flower workshop
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Doo the Wingling Fairy will be face painting in the Fairy Coalition Room! Come visit to get a cheek, hand, or full face painting design of your choice created by Doo! Pixie Dust optional!

TC Transhumanists
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Friday 05:00 pm
Come find out what the local Transhumanists are up to, such as biohacking, emerging tech, immortality, prosthetics, grinding (implants) and more…
With: Doug Thorpe, Tim Shank, Sara Shank, Brian McEvoy
Indie Filmmaking
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Friday 05:30 pm
Want to know what it is like making an indie films? Talk to people already doing it today.

With: Tony Artym, Ruth Tjornhom
Ask a Submariner
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 06:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to live 24/7 on a submarine? Some say it’s as close to space travel as we can get on Earth. Come ask a group of real-life submariners about their experiences! All ages welcome!
With: Hal Bichel, mod.; Michael Sherman, Daniel Stiglich, Dave Burgwald
Fiction & Non-fiction Reading: Ozgur K. Sahin
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 06:00 pm

With: Ozgur K. Sahin
Gravity, Europa Report, Interstellar: When Hollywood tries to do real-science fiction.
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Friday 06:00 pm
When today’s Hollywood tries to do science fiction, what do they get, what don’t they get, and what leaves you wishing to return to the days of Destination Moon and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.;
Fairy Wings and Things
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 06:00 pm
Get your weekend started by making a pair of wings!
Our bin of sparkly shiny things will be available all weekend to create Fairy accessories. Join workshops to make things and get your picture taken as a Fairy!

American Sign Language for the SciFi World
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Friday 06:00 pm
New MarsCon this year, we are offering an ASL Interpreter for those who might need her services. Please stop by OPS to get in touch with the interpreter and discuss your schedule together. In this panel, learn a few basic signs for gaming or basic conversation at a Sci-fi con.
With: ASL Interpreter Tarah Davis
Opening Ceremonies
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 07:00 pm
…and so it begins…
With: Spice Williams-Crosby, Robert Odegard, Lyda Morehouse, Richard Tatge, Eric Wile, Rob Paravonian, Dave Duca, Mike Glielmi, Sammi Kat, Elizabeth Sloan, Gerald Dagle, Joe Swenson, Tim Banovitz
Art, Props & Science close
Friday 07:00 pm


Arcana Meeting
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Friday 07:30 pm
Join with some horror/dark fantasy fans to talk about this Convention of the Dark Fantastic, to be held October 23-25, 2015 in the Twin Cites.

Welcome, Spice!
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 07:45 pm - 30 minutes
Spice’s work in film and video takes place both on and off camera; as an actress, stunt double, fight choreographer, and stunt coordinator. She has appeared in Star Trek V, Star Trek: DS9, and… well… a lot of other things.
With: Spice Williams-Crosby
Friday Steampunk Scavenger Hunt begins
Friday 08:00 pm
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it!!! Yes, the Scavenger Hunt returns and now for BOTH nights (for participating parties). Awards for each night, so double up!

Look for ballots and instructions around the convention.

Return completed ballots to the Red Ribbon Society in the Masquerade Lounge during our Steampunk Craft Hour (Sunday Noon in Masquerade Lounge)
With: Kevin Borchers, The Red Ribbon Society
Cosplay - From Concept to Creation
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Friday 08:00 pm
An open discussion where we will be sharing ideas on how to start with a cosplay concept and the steps to take to create the project.

With: Elizabeth Sloan, Gerald Dagle, Jennifer McNitt, Marie Porter
Knights in Shining Humor: Know Your Meme
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 08:00 pm
A look at the galloping heroes and heroines of medieval lore and why we still pepper them into our media centuries later despite their violent proclivities. From Genghis Khan to Sir Gawain, Monty Python to the modern mashup A Knight’s Tale, without forgetting Dirk the Daring and his video game crusade, come discuss your favorite armoured characters from literature and pop culture in the form of a trivia game and Q & A.
What was the purpose of a codpiece? What does Daryl Dixon have in common with China’s Terracotta Army? Join us and find out!
With: Sarah Humphries, mod.; Heather Humphries
Fiction Reading: Lyda Morehouse
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 08:00 pm
Come hear our Author Guest of Honor read her work.
With: Lyda Morehouse
Movie TBA (PG-13)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Friday 08:00 pm


Solving Bee Mysteries: Complex Challenges Facing Our Nation’s Pollinators
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 08:00 pm
While one of every three bites of food we eat is benefited by bee pollination, one of every three honey bee colonies in the US does not live through the winter. Learn about the complexities of bee life, what is threatening their health and why there are no simple solutions to this crisis.

With: UMN Bee Squad
Welcome, Antoinette!
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 08:15 pm - 30 minutes
German-born actress Antoinette Bower has appeared on numerous films and television series, including Neon Rider, Murder, She Wrote, The Thorn Birds, Prom Night, Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Twilight Zone and Star Trek.
With: Antoinette Bower
Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Friday 08:30 pm
Come meet with staff of and contributors to this long-running (since 1986!) Twin Cities speculative fiction magazine-anthology. Shake hands with lovely back issues, and get some teasers about TOTU #32, due out end of 2015/beginning of 2016

Friday Night Autograph Sessions
Friday 08:45 pm
In ballroom foyer after Main Stage presentations
With: Spice Williams-Crosby, Antoinette Bower
Carrie Dahlby in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 09:00 pm - 30 minutes
In 2014 Carrie released her 3rd album Sing All Funny Jokes, and frequently appears in songs by other members of the FuMP. Last year she debuted her duet with Earl ‘Wyngarde’ Luckes about the sweet bliss of being a parent who finally gets some time to watch the R-rated movies and geeky TV shows they love away from their kids, “Almost Parent Time”. That track went on to hit #5 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2014. Her podcast Luke & Carrie’s Bad Rapport continues to exist.
With: Carrie Dahlby
Artist Reception
Friday 09:00 pm
1st Floor, Riverside - Join us for the 10th year of this great tradition! All artists and fans of the Art Show are invited to join us for a lovely, relaxed evening with Robert Odegard and all the resident local artists who contribute to our Art Show. There will be no formal tour, just a chance to preview the art, drink, and eat crackers with cheese. Find out what inspires and drives our artists while surrounded by their own art in our gallery-like setting.
With: Robert Odegard, Michael Byrne, Karla Lindemann
Costuming on a Budget
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Friday 09:00 pm
Costuming has the potential of becoming an expensive hobby (or even career), but it doesn’t have break your budget. We will discuss where to get inexpensive (or free!) materials, DIY, and tips and tricks for taking advantage of the network, barter and trade strategy. Plus we’ll showcase our own thrifty costume creations.
With: Dorianne McCreary, Naomi Kritzer
How to Break into Unconventional Jobs in Gaming
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 09:00 pm
This panel will cover networking, resumes, skills, certs, degrees, portfolios and much more. Also cover jobs not many people knew existed in gaming.
With: Eric Wile
Need a Wizard? Who You Gonna Call?
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 09:00 pm
Different wizards excel at different tasks. What wizards are better for the kind of work you/your story need?
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; Ozgur K. Sahin, Kathryn Sullivan
FanFiction - Who, What, and Huh?
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Friday 09:00 pm
From the basics for the beginners to your favorite websites to share your own stories.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Rakhi Rajpal mod, Bailey Humphries-Graff, Susan Woehrle
Fairy Photos closes
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Friday 09:00 pm
Fairie Coalition and Photos close at 9pm. Reopens Saturday 10am till 4:30pm


Programming Isn’t Just for TV Anymore
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Friday 09:00 pm
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, among others are all making programs without being attached to network or cable stations. How is this new type of programming opening up avenues for non traditional shows? What old shows are now getting a re-birth in fandom? This will also include a discussion on various streaming services and other devices to watch shows that are non cable or satellite related.
With: Jennifer Manna, Jason Johnston, Judy Byers, Bob Wagner
Devo Spice in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 09:45 pm - 30 minutes
Devo Spice is a nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey who calls himself “the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem” and is one of the most popular artists on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show. He is a five-time Logan Award nominee, and hosts the comedy music podcasts Manic Mondays and the FuMPcast along with Luke Ski. His Doctor Who concept album I Am The Doctor has 11 tracks about each of the 11 Doctors (pre-Capaldi), and he just released his latest CD, “Herp Derp, Ya Don’t Sterp”. http://devospice.com
With: Devo Spice
Hands-On Special Effects Makeup
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Friday 10:00 pm
With this hands on demo – learn tips and tricks to create quick and easy bruises, cuts and wounds. Materials fee of $15.00 (includes kit with a bruise wheel, setting powder, fake bloods, modeling wax, sponges and tools for creating these special effects). After this panel, you’ll be able to gross all your friends out with realistic looking wounds and injuries!
With: Corrie Dubay
International Space Station Update 2015
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 10:00 pm
The International Space Station, the largest cooperative program in history, combines the resources of 16 nations in scientific research. Get the latest information on the program.
With: Ben Huset, MN Space Frontier Society
So You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 10:00 pm
Are you an artist? Do you love comic books, graphic novels and manga? Come hear some tips for breaking into the comics industry!
With: Christopher Jones
Now Playing: Shangri-La (TV-MA)
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Friday 10:00 pm
50 years after the Second Great Kanto Earthquake, the world is being ravaged by global warming and Tokyo has become a collection of isolated communities intermingled with an expanding, lethally-poisonous forest. In this setting the carbon market, which apparently allows countries to trade and/or pay for carbon emissions credits, has become the ruling force in world finances. Amongst this harsh realities and among many grand plots, three girls play prominent roles, each unaware of the true scope of her potential impact

Dance/Rave
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Friday 10:00 pm
Come in to shake your groove thang or just sit, listen, and watch the laser show. Ask Music Man Mark to play your favorite song and he’ll do his best so find it for you. Better yet? Create your own playlist and he’ll hook it up to the speakers!

Sponge Awareness Foundation in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 10:30 pm - 30 minutes
The Sponge Awareness Foundation is made up of Kevin Eldridge and Ed Lecuyer, a duo who spent the 90′s and early 2000′s creating comedy music which didn’t necessarily increase anyone’s awareness of the existence of sponges in their vicinity. Their biggest hit on “The Dr. Demento Show”, a hard rock holiday tune titled “An Axl Christmas” is a perennial favorite on the show and was featured on one of Dr. Demento’s Basement Tapes CDs. Last year Kevin performed their other Funny Five classic “Greg Brady Wants Me Dead” during the Dementia Fan Showcase. Amazingly, we managed to talk them out of retirement to come do the first S.A.F. show in many years at MarsCon 2015.
With: Kevin Eldridge, Ed Lecuyer
Devil’s in the Details
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Friday 11:00 pm
Hear about small considerations to make your costumes easier to wear and better aligned with your concept. Learn about how to make small details and props and care for your work before, during, and after a convention.
With: Maggie Schultz Jess Dunow Greg Laffrenzen
UFOs and Close Encounters – What’s the Latest?
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Friday 11:00 pm
What’s the latest news on UFOs and close encounters? This talk is a look at recent work on UFO and close encounter cases and some of the prevailing themes observed in the investigation of UFO abduction cases. Bring your own sighting or encounter stories if you wish, or just listen to the latest from researchers and others.
With: Craig R. Lang, MUFON
Military SciFi: Who Does It, and Who Does It Well?
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Friday 11:00 pm
General discussion of Military Science fiction writers and which of them do it well. From David Weber to Ian Douglas and many others besides, lets discuss and figure it out.

With: Mark Cockerham, mod.
Worm Quartet in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Friday 11:15 pm - 30 minutes
If I were to pick one word to describe Worm Quartet, that word would be ‘indescribable’. ShoEboX, the sole member of this synth-punk comedy-rock force-to-be-reckoned-with is so beloved at MarsCon that if he showed up and performed nothing but klezmer covers of Justin Beiber songs, the fans would still demand an encore. He’s topped Dr.Demento’s charts many times, and he won a Logan Award for a song about his vasectomy. And deservedly so.
http://www.wormquartet.com
With: Worm Quartet
Friday Night Drum Jam begins
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 12:00 am
Bring a drum and thrum, thrum, thrum… Other musical instruments are also welcome. Let’s jam.

Freeform Arts & Crafts
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 09:00 am
Accentuate yesterday’s craft projects, make something new, or relax with our crazy crayons.

Fairy Photos 10-4:30pm
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 09:45 am
In a space filled with very large objects, you will appear very small. Don a pair of fairy wings, chose a background, pick a couple props, and get your photo taken as a fairy!
Don’t have wings? No problem, we have supplies to make wings or wings to borrow for the picture.

Sword Art Masters
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 10:00 am
Witness fast cutting and fluid motion in this demonstration of Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo. In this panel you’ll see techniques applicable to both battlefield and dueling combat, presented in dynamic performances by trained students. School owner Master Robert Frankovich will answer all your questions about how to properly wield a sword, what to look for when purchasing a blade, how to begin your own training, and much more!


Art / Dealers / Props / Science rooms open
Saturday 10:00 am


Saturday Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Saturday 10:00 am
Pool

Former radio host of Coffee And Cartoons, current co-host of The Flopcast, and 2012 Logan Awards juror the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’ will add to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon this year by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of 2013 and beyond! She’s a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!
With: Kornflake
Zombify your Plushy
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 10:00 am
Bring in a 14” or shorter plush, doll or ? (as long as it is fabric or fur). I will help you turn it into a ZOMBIE. You bring the “victim” I’ll supply the guts. A limited supply of “bodies” will be available for purchase if you forget to bring one. For ages 10 and older.
With: Julie Bowman
Planetarium Star Show
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 10:00 am
Zoom! From the Earth to the Edge of the Universe.
The audience decides where to go in this show, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and anywhere in between. Journey to the leftovers of the Big Bang, visit Exoplanet systems, land on Mars, and take a peek at the James Webb Space Telescope.
With: Sarah Komperud, Bell Museum of Natural History
Fiction Reading: Michael Merriam
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 10:00 am
Michael Merriam reads from his latest novel and possibly from something upcoming.
With: Michael Merriam
Ball Jointed Dolls
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 10:00 am
Aren’t they the cutest? This panel will discuss their origins, where you can purchase them in the US, websites that you can use to get patterns, and everything about BJD’s!
With: Julie Woodman, Sarah Dibble, Bailey Humphries Graff
Saturday Morning Cartoons (NR)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Saturday 10:00 am


Libraries and Librarians in Fantasy
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 10:00 am
Libraries appear in fantasy works in many forms: Merlin’s collection of books in The Sword and the Stone, the Beast’s collection of books of the present and the past in Robin McKinley’s Beauty, Terry Pratchett’s Unseen University, and the lending library of magical artifacts in Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy. Mysterious librarians are also a favorite, from Mr. Coreander in The Neverending Story and Giles in Buffy. And now there is the new tv series The Librarians. Which enchanted libraries or librarians most capture the imagination and encourage a love of libraries and books in the reader?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; Ruth Berman
Falconry demo
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 10:00 am
An info session with live falcons

Genre Programming on TV in the Last 5 Years
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 10:00 am
The burst of Genre programming lately: The Flash, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Grimm, Constantine, Walking Dead, Defiance etc. Is there such a thing as too much fantasy/sci fi? Is Hollywood jumping on the bandwagon and getting it wrong? Discussion of the shows, what is coming up, and what might have been missed.
With: Jennifer Manna, Bob Wagner, Joellyn Ackerman, Judy Byers
Save a Life at the 10th Annual USS Nokomis Blood MarsCon Drive!
Saturday 10:30 am
10:30am-4:30pm

Leonard Nimoy Memorial Blood Drive at MarsCon

Many fans have asked what they can do to honor the memory of our beloved Mr Nimoy. The crew of the USS Nokomis and MarsCon are dedicating the 10th annual blood drive to his memory. Your one donation can save up to three lives – a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to so many.

Blood donation is easy. It takes about an hour of your time. The blood drive hours have been extended to 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accommodate additional donors for this special event. We anticipate that the day will be very busy, so claim your appointment time early by calling Jane at 651-283-6736 or visiting www.redcrossblood.org. You may also sign up for a time in the USS Nokomis room (531) on Friday evening or come down to the hotel lobby on Saturday to sign up for an open appointment time (if any).

Thank you for saving lives while honoring a great man.
—and/or—
Donate to the COPD Foundation in Honor of Leonard Nimoy

Leonard passed due to end-stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In the past few years he has worked to educate the public on the dangers of smoking, the leading cause of the disease. He tweeted numerous statements like, “Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP (Live Long and Prosper)”.

In lieu of flowers, his family has asked that donations to several charities, including the COPD Foundation, be considered. The Foundation’s mission is to educate, prevent and cure COPD and improve the lives of those affected by COPD. Donations to the COPD Foundation will be accepted by USS Nokomis members during the Leonard Nimoy Memorial Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby. If you wish to send your donation directly, the address is: COPD Foundation, 20 F Street NW, Suite 200A, Washington, DC 20001


Spice Williams-Crosby: Stunts, Self Defense & Star Trek
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 11:00 am
Spice Williams-Crosby is an action actress, stuntwoman, and stunt coordinator who portrayed the Klingon Vixis in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. In 1993, she appeared as a Klaestron kidnapper in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Dax” alongside Tom Morga. One year later, Williams-Crosby doubled guest actress Megan Gallagher in the second season episode “Invasive Procedures” in a fight scene with fellow stuntwoman Patricia Tallman. She also doubled for Star Trek: Voyager leading actress Jeri Ryan. More recently, she can be seen doing stunts on the series Bones.

Join Spice for some behind-the-scenes anecdotes and a self-defense discussion/presentation in which she will be collaborating with martial arts experts Robert Odegard and Robert Frankovich.
With: Spice Williams-Crosby, Robert Odegard, Robert Frankovich
Drafting a Basic Fitting Pattern / Taking Measurements
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 11:00 am
The sloper is a basic fitting pattern that is the basis to drafting an infinite number of pattern designs. We’ll use draping methods to demonstrate how to create your own bodice sloper with a friend at home. Also as a part of this panel, we’ll discuss how to correctly take the most important measurements needed when drafting your own patterns.
With: Rae Lundquist, Jennifer McNitt
A Day Trip to Mars
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 11:00 am
With the advent of open source projects, crowd funding, maker groups, and 3D printers any motivated small group of like minded individuals can build their own space vehicle. Let’s get together and plan a day trip to Mars with all that we need to take along.
With: Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi, Joe Swenson, Host; Tom Ashwell, Aaron Tank
Round Robin Poetry Reading
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 11:00 am
Poets signed up before the convention to read their work.
With: P M F Johnson, host; Ruth Berman, Sandra Rector
Cosplay Meet-up
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 11:00 am
Gather 'round and show off your awesome costumes!

Fan Films & Indie Films (NR)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Saturday 11:00 am


The Dark Side of the Fey
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 11:00 am
Traditionally capricious and dangerous, the fey are now often portrayed very differently. Why have we moved toward a purely cuddly and kindly fey? What authors are bucking the trend to draw on the more traditional characteristics and who does it well? Why does this work? What purpose do tales of the dark fey serve? Why should we “stay on the path”?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; William Alexander, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan
Fantasy Masks Workshop
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 11:00 am
Try on a new face for the weekend! Adult & kid’s mask making. Sparklies shinies colors and feathers!
-Parents must stay with children. Caution: hot glue
With: Mary Mac
Genre Programming in Movies in the Last 5 Years
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 11:00 am
The burst of Genre programming lately: Is there such a thing as too much fantasy/sci fi? Is Hollywood jumping on the bandwagon and getting it wrong? Discussion of the the sliver screen, what is coming up, and what might have been missed. A general overview.
With: Jennifer Manna, Bob Wagner, Joellyn Ackerman, Judy Byers
Belly Dance Performance by Al-Bahira Middle Eastern Dance Theater
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 12:00 pm
A fun, glittering showcase of belly dance featuring spectacular shimmies, dazzling diaphanous veils, spellbinding swords, and more! Al-Bahira is a professional dance troupe dedicated to the performance, education, and creative presentation of dance as a living and ever-evolving art form. Joining Al-Bahira for this show will be special guest soloist, Adara Din, from Kamala Chaand Dance Company! albahira.org
With: Guest Soloist: Adara Din; Dancers: Alicia, Anjela, Amara, Fareehah, Perizada, and Adara Din.
This Ain’t No Walk in the Park! …Wait, Yes It Is.
Saturday 12:00 pm
An hour long walk along some of the trails in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, across the street.
With: Emily Stewart
Are Roleplaying And Strategy Games a Viable Tool?
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 12:00 pm
As part of my Masters Degree, I performed an Action Research Project with a middle school, multi-age classroom using Roleplaying games and strategy games in a social studies setting to supplement the current curriculum. Come to hear the results of the study and to discuss practical application of games as an educational tool.

A panel for game fans, parents, and educators.
With: Matthew Hellendrung
When Robots Do Everything, What Will People Do?
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 12:00 pm
This is one of the oldest questions in SF, but it’s starting to stare us in the face. Will the market take care of everything? Or will governments need to do something to keep things from getting really, really ugly?
With: Robert Odegard, G. David Nordley, mod.; Bruce Bethke, Ozgur K. Sahin, Tyler Tork
YA and Genre in Movies
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 12:00 pm
The Mockingjay Triology, Divergent, The Maze Runner and even *shrudder* Twilight are all YA genre series that have made quite a splash at the box-office and in book sales. What is the draw?
With: Rakhi Rajpal, Jennifer Manna, Brandy Hanson Wilker
Marvel Phase 2, on to Phase 3
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Catch up on all of Marvel films from phase 2: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-man Days of Future Past. Marvel One-Shots: Agent Carter, All Hail the King, on TV with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. (There will be spoilers for all listed above.) The end of phase 2 with Avengers: Age of Ultron and the start of phase 3: Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, and the rest of phase 3.

With: Lyda Morehouse, Tony Artym, mod.; Aaron Grono, Bill Rod, Ruth Tjornhom
Giant D&D
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Dungeons and Dangers!
The fairies have found a board game. Come play on a giant game mat with giant dice and explore a dungeon for real treasure! Play for a few minutes or for the entire two hours.
With: Avery, Zaq
Dementia Smackdown Wrestling in VI Karaoke Krypt
VI Owl Overlook (Karaoke Krypt) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Every year Dementia Radio DJ and pro wrestling fan Jered Perez uses the latest WWE video games to create avatars of all of the acts appearing at the MarsCon Dementia Track. Then he records them fighting against one another in a 30 minute Battle Royal to see who will be crowned the champion of “Dementia Smackdown Wrestling”! So come root for your favorite act, and witness the virtual violence and senseless slaughter for silly supremacy! Featuring live commentary by DSW commentators Commissioner J.P. Tuesday (Jered Perez) and Duke “Flyboy” DuJour (Luke Ski). Snap into it! Oooh yeah!
With: Commissioner J.P. Tuesday and Duke “Flyboy” DuJour
Terpschicory Courtly Dance Demo
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 12:00 pm
We teach and perform a variety of renaissance era dances. Come dance with us, or enjoy the show.
With: Natasha Krentz, Jorden Priebe, Katie Furr, Brooke Hansen, Howard French, Ben Gardner, Aiden Gardner (5 yrs old), Emmeline Gardner (2 yrs old), Meghan Gardner, Tyler Campbell, Eden Rome, Apollo Hawthorne, and Christian Eckert
Game Design 101 Workshop
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 01:00 pm
This workshop will cover the rudimentary elements on game design, but also give your hands experience as well. In this we will cover alpha and beta builds, concept work, design elements, engines and much more.
With: Eric Wile
Creating the Wood Dryad
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Hear how this wood dryad was created by Marie Porter, as Bill Hedrick completes the costume design with a custom makeup application as a live demonstration.
With: Bill Hedrick, Marie Porter, Jo O’Hanley
Alternate Histories
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Join a discussion about alternate histories. How is “alternate history” defined? Learn about utopias and utopian movements, dystopias, and alternate histories as social examinations. Alternate history is a popular vehicle in steampunk to create, explore, and sometimes subvert cultural settings, such as with the Steam Century world. Can some of the works by Verne, Wells, and similar be considered alternate
history by a modern audience?
With: Kevin Borchers, Red Ribbon Society
Fiction Reading: Sammi Kat
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Come hear our Featured Guest read from her work.
With: Sammi Kat
Long Live Harry Potter!
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Come talk about 18 years of Harry Potter as we reflect back on all 10 books, and 8 films. We will talk about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks, The Studio Tour, 2014 Quidditch World Cup and Pottermore. We look to the future with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Then and the fandom here there and now.

With: Tony Artym, Beth Fournier, Aaron Grono, Dorianne McCreary, Elizabeth Erickson, Ruth Tjornhom
The Rise of Women Superheroes
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Let’s talk about some awesome female superheroes who have become breakout sensations in recent years! Why do we love them so much, and how can we get more?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Christopher Jones, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Chandra Reyer
Helmet Workshop
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Build a helmet with cardboard!
After class, take a trip to our arts&crafts table to elaborate your new headgear

Learn to Belly-Dance with Al-Bahira!
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 01:00 pm
One of the dancers, hot off their performance on MainStage, will guide you through a semi-private dance tutorial. Get up and get moving with albahira.org
With: Amara and Perizada
The Great Luke Ski! in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 02:00 pm - 30 minutes
Luke Ski is The Dr. Demento Show’s most requested act of the 21st Century. He’s won 2 Logan Awards for “Outstanding Parody Song” for “Snoopy The Dogg” in 2012 and his ‘Disney buys Star Wars’ epic medley “When You Wish Upon A Death Star” in 2013. This is his 13th MarsCon in a row, and this year marks the 12th year of the MarsCon Dementia Track. He was doing comedy songs about nerdy topics decades before it was cool. Ditto for making references to bacon. In 2014 he released his 11th album 4th Grade Talent Show, the lead single of which “Fake Adult” was #1 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2014, the 4th time he has had a song that was #1 for the year. http://www.thegreatlukeski.com
With: Luke Ski
Saturday Autograph Session: Spice Williams-Crosby
Saturday 02:00 pm
In ballroom foyer after Main Stage presentation
With: Spice Williams-Crosby
FutureDude Screenings
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit is an animated short dealing with jumping through the Multiverse. Featuring voices of John Cho, Lance Reddick and Ming-Na Wen. TRT 13:50 minutes All Ages

Oceanus is a live-action sci-fi underwater film dealing with adult themes, suspense, science starring Megan Dodds, Sharif Atkins and Bruce Davison. TRT 35:00 minutes. 12+

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 02:00 pm
An annual MarsCon event. Members of Broad Universe do short readings from their recent work.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan
What is Anime?
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 02:00 pm
What really is Anime? What’s the real difference between Anime and cartoons, and why do we classify them like that? Hear all the facts and argue it out yourself!
With: Lyda Morehouse, Bailey Humphries-Graff, Hojo Moriarty
“I’d Know That Aura Anywhere:” The Lives of Barry Allen
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 02:00 pm
In 1956 police scientist Barry Allen became the second character to don the mantle of The Flash, launching the Silver Age of Comics. After many years of wonderful stories by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Barry fell into the hands of writers who, not understanding him, ruined him, leading to a mercy killing while saving the multiverse in 1985. But Barry’s fans stuck by him,and he returned in a 1990-1991 TV series, a comics reboot, and a wonderful new TV series. We’ll talk about Barry’s history for about 25 minutes, then open up for a discussion of TV’s new The Flash.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Christopher Jones
Fairy Wrist Cuffs
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Workshop
Create a pair of leafy/lacey wrist wraps. Supplies available for all levels of skill from kids to pros.
With: Penndra, Kate
Crafts in Science Fiction
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 02:00 pm
This panel is about how people express their interest in works of Science Fiction thru works of crafts. I will be discussing my cross stitch and attendees will be invited to discuss their own projects. It would be a good time to discuss technique and show off. A fannish stitch and bitch as it were.
With: Joseph Erickson, Sara Dibble
Comedy TBA (R)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Saturday 02:30 pm


TV’s Kyle in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 02:45 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Kyle Carrozza works as a professional in the television animation industry, but by late-afternoon/early-evening he becomes TV’s Kyle, churning out quirky, catchy, original comedy tunes for all to enjoy! He does a cartoon podcast with Luke Ski called Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons, and he teamed up with Insane Ian to form “Scooter Picnic”, a collaboration which has netted them 2 Logan Award nominations, and a lot of weird screaming at each other.
http://www.tvskyleband.com
With: Kyle Carrozza
The Royal Manticoran Navy
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 03:00 pm
The Royal Manticoran Navy is an official fan club for Dave Weber’s Honorverse. What do we do and how are we different from (and the same) as other costumed fan organizations. Meet members of the Royal Manticoran Navy, and learn how the fan association works with the with the books, creating uniforms described in the books, learns life and leadership lessons from the books, but are separate from them. Learn about costuming, the organization, and how we work.
With: Justin Grays: Moderator, Jill McTavish, John Neitz, Sonja Wolf, Kevin Horner, Eric Neve
Who is this Guy and Why am I at His Panel?
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 03:00 pm
This panel focuses on me and my career in gaming, music and the many things I’m involved in beyond just gaming.
With: Eric Wile
The Affairs of Wizards
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Wizards, and magic users of various names, are prevalent in fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy. What purpose do they serve? How do we make them and their magic believable to a modern audience? How much of the process of magic needs to be explained and how much is best left to the reader or viewer’s imagination? How do you make your wizards stand out as something new and interesting, and not just another Gandalf or Dumbledore knockoff? Who does this well? What tropes have been overused and need to be buried under a really large rock?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.: Eleanor Arnason, Ruth Berman, Chandra Reyer
K-pop A-Palooza
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 03:00 pm
The Good, the Bad, and the Drama. Year in review! Deciding the Best and Worst groups of 2014. Will we ever get another BigBang Album? Fashion statements that hurt the eyes, and so much Music Video Drama!
With: Bailey Humphries-Graff
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 03:00 pm
On the evolution of cowboy heroes in literature, film, and TV--including the change from bright John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Glenn Ford to dark Wayne, Stewart, Fonda, and Ford.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Bruce Bethke, David Christenson, P M F Johnson. Sponsored by Con-Sarnit Eight, a June Twin Cities Western convention
Origami Lessons
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Paper folding
With: Matt McMillan
International Consumption
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 03:00 pm
What non-US shows do you watch? What non-British shows do you watch? How do you get them? What is their appeal? An open discussion where you might pick up some new obsessions.
With: Rakhi Rajpal, Jennifer Manna, Joseph Erickson, Judy Byers
Power Salad in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 03:30 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Chris is a professional voice-over artist whose voice can be heard in commercials for Kaopectate and Menards. But when the moon is full, he gets out the vacuum cleaner and scares his cat into submission! His song “Letter From A Cruise Ship (Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah! 2013)” won a Logan Award in 2014, however it’s his 30 plus years of making sketch audio and comedy music make him the wise elder of the scene, but mostly he just yells about tile and honey mustard.
With: Power Salad
How to Finance your Cosplay
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Budgeting and planning so you can make any cosplay you want. How much should you spend on fabric? What else will you need? How soon should you start buying things? Answers for all these questions and more!
With: Elizabeth Sloan
Comics in TV
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 04:00 pm
So many great comics have been adapted for television. Let’s chat about everything from early Superman to modern day Walking Dead, Agent Carter and Gotham.
With: Whitestar Phoenix; Bob Wagner
Dresden Files
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 04:00 pm
PARKOUR! Come tall about the Dresden Files books and hear our thoughts on Skin Game, what we look forward to, and what happens next in Peace Talks. Yes, there will be spoilers.
With: Tony Artym, mod.; Bill Rod, Elizabeth Erickson
28 Hours Later: The Care and Feeding of Zombies
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Panel discussion of modern zombie fiction, from books, to movies, and television. Dissect the almost-plausible medical science facts that make them interesting. As presented by zombie fans and panelists with day jobs in the health/safety realm. Which works get the pathology right, and which works do we like simply because they’re fun? Why doesn’t Daryl Dixon ever sharpen his arrows? Can you spread a virus if you have no working circulatory system? What else should Brad Pitt have picked up in his first pharmacy run in World War Z? A chance to ask “could this really happen in the zombie apocalypse?” and get real-world answers from panelists with some background knowledge.
With: Sarah Humphries, Heather Humphries
Lyda Morehouse Interview
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Learn about the mind and works of our Author Guest of Honor.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, Interviewer
Story Telling
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Gather ‘round and listen to an excerpt from “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”.
With: Rae
K-pop Hour
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 04:00 pm
An hour of non-stop k-pop music and videos. Featuring the top Korean groups including BigBang, TeenTop, 2NE1, SuperJunior, Girls Generation, and more!

Tony Goldmark in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 04:15 pm - 30 minutes
After a 10 year absence, Tony Goldmark returns to MarsCon to perform hits from his latest CD, “Goldmark After Dark”. From that album, his ode to TV pundits “The Guy On TV Is Not Happy” was #6 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2010, and was also nominated for a Logan Award for Outstanding Original Song. Since the last time he was here, he started a successful web review show called “Some Jerk With A Camera”, in which he does video reviews of theme park attractions, mainly concentrating on the Disney Parks. The show can be seen on his Blip TV page, as well as on Channel Awesome.
With: Tony Goldmark
Music Guest Of Honor Rob Paravonian in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Besides having several hits on “The Dr. Demento Show”, Rob Paravonian is a standup comedian known the world over for his Pachelbel Rant and viral videos which have been viewed millions of times. Using music to get the laughs, Rob has opened for George Carlin and Lily Tomlin, has appeared on Comedy Central and VH1, and has toured everywhere from Alaska to Afghanistan. His intelligent material and likeable demeanor get audiences laughing at everything from classical music to themselves. With wit and charm, this “polite smart ass” mixes music and comedy as well as he mixes his Midwestern friendliness with big city edginess. A veteran comic and a solid musician, Rob Paravonian is a unique comedian who has brought laughs to people the world over. Rob is an old friend to many of the participants of the MarsCon Dementia Track, and we are very happy to finally have him here as our Music Guest Of Honor. Rob Paravonian’s appearance is sponsored by Dementia Radio .org.
http://robprocks.com
With: Rob Paravonian
Art Show bidding closes
Saturday 05:00 pm


Prop Building Safety
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Constructing safe and cool looking props, guns, and swords that won’t hurt you or others using simple inexpensive items. Covering safety during construction, protective gear, and staying safe at the convention.
With: Gerald Dagle
2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 05:00 pm
With missions to Ceres (Dawn) and Pluto (New Horizons) in 2015, we will learn a lot about those planets big enough to differentiate and pull themselves in hydrostatic equilibrium, but not big enough to have uneconomic gravity wells. What role will these bodies play in the future development of the solar system?
With: G. David Nordley
Wild Cards
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 05:00 pm
As Marvel and DC present us with alternate realities populated by superheroes, so does George R.R. Martin’s invented Wild Cards universe. The series, written by many authors, has a sweeping vision of an alternate history from the 1940s (when it changed) to the present.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.
Vampires Do Not Sparkle II: Electric Boogaloo
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 05:00 pm
A follow up to the first Vampires do not sparkle panel from Marscon 2011 (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSPSSSZZbDw for the original panel). How has vampire fiction changed in the last 3 years, and other musings.
With: DJ Vladinator
Mass Autographing
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 05:00 pm
The Author Guest of Honor and other interested authors sign their work.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Sammi Kat, Bruce Bethke, Rachel Gold, Michael Merriam, Kathryn Sullivan
FC Photos close
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Reopens Sunday 10am till 3:30pm

Geeky Musicals: More than Buffy and Dr. Horrible
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 05:00 pm
There are more out there you say? Yes! Dive in and discuss how the nerd world has taken over the great white way.
With: Anna Miller, Rakhi Rajpal
Hetalia Season 1 (Axis Powers) (TV-MA)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Saturday 05:30 pm
Italy, once home of the strongest empire in the world, has changed. This is the story of Italy, now a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends (other personified countries of the world) as they live through strange moments in world history.

Antoinette Bower: Star Trek and Everything Else
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 06:00 pm
If you are a fan of television shows from the 1960s thru 1980s you have likely seen several of Antoinette’s roles. She has appeared in nearly 90 productions as diverse as Have Gun Will Travel, Mission: Impossible, Get Smart, and Kojak.

Notably, she appeared as the somewhat nasty Sylvia in the Star Trek episode “Catspaw”, in which she magically toasted Captain Kirk’s one true love, the beloved Enterprise, over a candle.
With: Antoinette Bower
Science Room closes
Saturday 06:00 pm


Closed for Masquerade Judging/Rehearsal
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 06:00 pm


Tales from Behind the Table: What it’s like to Exhibit at Comic Cons
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Come hear about the nitty gritty of exhibiting at comic cons. We’ll talk about some of our unusual experiences with convention attendees, conventions, what’s worked well for us, and what hasn’t. Here there be anecdotes!
With: Christopher Jones, Hal Bichel, Trevor Olson, Chandra Reyer
Animals in Fantasy
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Animals play various roles in fantasy literature. Some behave naturally. Others have magical powers or are magical beings. What are the advantages and pitfalls of animals as characters? Which books really get it right?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; Eleanor Arnason, Ruth Berman, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Ozgur K. Sahin
Manga Time!!!
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 06:00 pm
So much to read, so little time! Talk favorites, annoyances, and way to drawn out plot lines. Spread the word on the under rated, and geek over the widely popular.
With: Hojo Moriarty, Bailey Humphries-Graff
Geeky Musicals Sing-A-Long
VI Owl Overlook (Karaoke Krypt) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Belt out your favorite karaoke songs that are related to musicals!

Masquerade Rehearsal
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 07:00 pm


Props/Dealers close
Saturday 07:00 pm


Saturday Autograph Session: Antoinette Bower
Saturday 07:00 pm
In ballroom foyer after Main Stage presentation
With: Antoinette Bower
Creative Trance Workshop
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 07:00 pm
A workshop for the creative imagination: In eastern thought, it is called the Akashic Hall. For you, me and everyone else, it is a place of creative insight. A moment of progressive relaxation takes you into your deepest and most creative space. Take some time to enjoy some imaginal scenery. Ask a question. Invent an idea. …or simply travel into the amazing universe of the imagination.
With: Craig R. Lang, MUFON
Fiction Reading: William Alexander
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Here’s a chance to hear the National Book Award-winning novelist read his work.
With: William Alexander
Giving Your Character Some Character
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Giving your player character a little character can lead to some truly memorable experiences at the table. What are some ways you can make a fun & interesting character for all sorts of tabletop RPGs?
With: W. Scott Patterson
Sword and Sorcery: Past, Present, Future?
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 07:00 pm
A discussion of the Sword and Sorcery genre, from its history to the current trends (with an emphasis on literature, but some discussion of other media, especially films).
With: Karen Joan Kohoutek, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Ozgur K. Sahin
Art Auction
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Saturday 07:00 pm
MarsCon Art Show entries need three bids during the convention to make it into the auction. Please do your part to support the Art Show and help out our artists by bidding on your favorites. You may walk home with a masterpiece!
With: Michael Byrne, Karla Lindemann
Sword Art Now
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 07:00 pm
ATTENTION FUTURE SWORD MASTERS… Welcome to your first day of training! If you have ever felt called to learn the way of the sword, this interactive panel is your opportunity to begin basic training in the Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo. You will learn the cuts and blocking maneuvers used by Gumdo sword masters, and then test your skills in one-on-one combat!
With: Master Robert Frankovich
Saturday Steampunk Scavenger Hunt begins
Saturday 08:00 pm
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it!!! Yes, the Scavenger Hunt returns and now for BOTH nights (for participating parties). Awards for each night, so double up!

Look for ballots and instructions around the convention.

Return completed ballots to the Red Ribbon Society in the Masquerade Lounge during our Steampunk Craft Hour (Sunday Noon in Masquerade Lounge)
With: Kevin Borchers, Red Ribbon Society
Masquerade Green Room
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 08:00 pm


The Wyrdsmiths: Twenty Years
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 08:00 pm
GoH Lyda Morehouse is in a writers’ group that was founded in 1994. How does a critique group sustain itself for two decades?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Eleanor Arnason
Now Playing: Darker than Black (TV-MA)
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 08:00 pm
Ten years ago, an abnormal territory known as Hell’s Gate appeared in Tokyo, altering the sky and wreaking havoc on the landscape. The heavenly bodies disappeared, replaced by false stars. During this time, people who possess various special abilities emerged, However, their abilities are gained at the cost of their humanity. lacking human emotions which includes no aversions to murder, and they are regarded as extremely rational and logical in their decision making. Various nations and organizations around the world use Contractors as spies and assassins, often resulting in violent battles for information.

It Came from Bandana Square!
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 08:00 pm - 30 minutes
starts at 7:50pm

The hotel next to Bandana Square, St Paul (Best Western Plus, formerly Best Western, Formerly Holiday Inn Express, formerly Sunwood Inn) has a long history with the fan community. This year Con-Sarnit, the Western convention, will meet there for the 11th time July 24-26; Diversicon, the multicultural speculative fiction convention, will meet there for the 11th time June 5 and 6; and Arcana, the horror convention, will be there for the 24th consecutive year October 23-25. We’ll talk about the history of the hotel and neighboring Bandana Square as they relate to fans.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Scott Lohman, Brian K. Perry, Sybil M. Smith
Classical Duelling
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 08:00 pm
An overview of classical duelling styles, possibly involving a live demonstration. Likely involving audience participation.
With: J Patrick
Masquerade/Cosplay Contest & Half-time Show
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 08:30 pm
A grand costume contest with half-time entertainment and prizes!
With: Elizabeth Sloan, Gerald Dagle, Holly Potts, Tony Artym; Masquerade Director: Alexander Johnson
Bandana Square Cons Party
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 08:30 pm
Co-hosted by Con-Sarnit Eight, Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6; Diversicon 22, July 24-26, with Guest of Honor Ytasha L. Womack and Special Guest Rob Callahan; and Arcana, October 23-25, with Guest Editor Catherine Lundoff.

Hero Support: Sidekicks and Minions
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 09:00 pm
How does your hero go about getting a really good sidekick or a really good minion? Who are some of your favorites in literature and other kinds of storytelling? Who is the hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Rick Gellman, mod.; P M F Johnson, Ozgur K. Sahin, Tyler Tork
Don't Starve with Soybeans!!
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 09:00 pm
How to feed the world with magic beans from the ancients of the east!
With: Troy Benjegerdes
Sword Art Training & How Sword Training Will Make You Drive Your Car Better
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 10:00 pm
So you love the idea of wielding a sword – but is knowing how to sword fight applicable in today’s world? We say, “yes!” In this panel we’ll discuss how the skills acquired by training in Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo are useful in 21st-century society. From personal fitness to public speaking to driving on the freeway, you’ll see how traditional training benefits all aspects of modern life!

Filk-sing
Saturday 10:00 pm
Beginning after Masquerade in Con Suite (520)

Filking is a fannish tradition, active since the 1950s, when early fans gathered in hotel rooms for late-night singing sessions at the occasional science fiction convention. While filk music commonly has a science, SF or fantasy theme, filkers have been known to write filk songs about a variety of tangentially-related topics. Bring your voice. Bring your instrument if you have one. Bring your own lyrics, or grab a songbook and join in the singing.
With: Rich Brown, Host
Meet and Greet Masquerade Contestants
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Saturday 10:00 pm


How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Not everyone’s trained in the military, is athletic, or even has guns. Learn how to use your wit to survive the harsh world of the undead in realistic ways.
With: Kevin Berg, Brian LaBounty
Parallel Man
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Learn about the creation of Parallel Man, a locally-produced action/adventure sci-fi comic book, tablet game & animation! Parallel Earths, oppressive governments, and Carl Sagan.
With: Christopher Jones
Now Playing: Mushi-Shi (TV-14)
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 10:00 pm
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as “Mushi”. Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a “Mushi-shi” who travels around to investigate and find out more about the “Mushi”. In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurrences which may be related to the “Mushi”.

Burlesque
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Back for their third appearance…the ladies and gentlemen of the Twin Cities burlesque scene. Meet them, hear a history, learn where the shows are, and maybe a performance.
Open to those 18+ ONLY, you will be carded at the door.
With: Pepper Sunshine, Smokey Throbinson, Holliedazzle, Moonshine Matinee, Michael Sherman
Movie TBA (R)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Saturday 10:30 pm


Feng Shui Ninjas in Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Saturday 11:00 pm
The Feng Shui Ninjas are Dave Stagner, John Kentner, Justin Hartley, and Tami Murck. But the band is way more than the sum of its parts. The four singer/multi-instrumentalists draw from every music we have ever heard (whether we like it or not!), and synthesize it into sounds that feel both new and ancient, like the music you didn’t realize you have been hearing all your life.
http://www.fengshuininjas.com

What to Do When Your Players Go Left
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Saturday 11:00 pm
How to plan and adapt to the inevitability of your players not performing the planned for actions or following your planned adventure path.
With: Brandon Balfanz
Fiction Reading: Michael Spence
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 11:00 pm

With: Michael Spence
Dance/Rave
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Come in to shake your groove thang or just sit, listen, and watch the laser show. Ask Music Man Mark to play your favorite song and he’ll do his best so find it for you. Better yet? Create your own playlist and he’ll hook it up to the speakers!

Drum Jam II (after concerts & other events)
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 12:00 am
Drums, musical instruments & voices welcome. Let’s jam.

Horror Stories Convention Edition 18+
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Sunday 12:00 am
This panel will end up covering some of the problems guests face with travel, hotels, booking, conventions and other guests.
With: Eric Wile
Daylight Savings Time begins
Sunday ??:??
What?? Just a minute ago it wasn’t even 2:00 am and now it’s 3:00? I guess I need to check my chronometer.

Everywhere / everyone

Freeform Arts & Crafts
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 09:00 am
Accentuate yesterday’s craft projects, make something new, or relax and color.

Viewing Time for Charity Auction Items
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 09:30 am - 30 minutes
Silent bids will be accepted prior to live auction.

Fairy Photos 10-3:30pm
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 09:45 am
In a space filled with very large objects, you will appear very small. Don a pair of fairy wings, chose a background, pick a couple props, and get your photo taken as a fairy!
Don’t have wings? No problem, we have supplies to make wings or wings to borrow for the picture.

Charity Auction
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 10:00 am
MarsCon 2015 charity auction proceeds will benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Greater Minnesota and the Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund which sponsors aspiring science fiction writers to attend writing workshops. Come, bid on donated items, and raise money for a worthwhile cause!

Art Pick-up & Checkout
Sunday 10:00 am
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Sunday 10:00 am
Former radio host of “Coffee And Cartoons”, current co-host of “The Flopcast”, and 2012 Logan Awards juror the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’ will add to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon this year by leading 2 different one-hour sessions of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of 2013 and beyond! She’s a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!
With: Kornflake
Fairy Munchkin card game
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 10:00 am
Kill the monsters! Get the treasure! Charm your buddies!

Dealers Room, Prop-A-Torium & Science Room open
Sunday 11:00 am


You Made That Out of What?!?!
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Sunday 11:00 am
30 minute thrift costume build featuring The Doctor(s) with a discussion on quick and emergency repair tips. Bring your questions and your knowledge.

With: Penndra Ann, Avery Kirchner, Kate Johnson, Chris Johnson, Brendan Johnson
So You Call Yourself a Gamer?
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Sunday 11:00 am
This panel is part history, part humor, part in your face and all about what itâ s like to be a gamer.
With: Eric Wile
Otaku Dilemma: Wait for Season Two or Read the Manga?
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 11:00 am
Your friends just turned you on to a hot new anime (think: “Attack on Titan” or “Yowapeda”) and you burned through the first season in one sitting. Now you’re wondering that age old question, should you jump in and read the manga or sit back and wait for season two to air? What are the pros and cons to reading “ahead”? Is there a reason that waiting is better, is there a reason NOT to wait?
With: Lyda Morehouse, mod.
Now Playing: Free! -Eternal Summer- (TV-PG)
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Sunday 11:00 am
The Iwatobi Swim Club returns! As their third year begins, Haruka, Makoto and Rin are still swimming strong, but choosing plans for their futures loom, and as friends both new and old make their way into the picture, rivalries will take root once again. Will the team make it out stronger than before or sink under pressure?


Not Fae Away…?
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 11:00 am
The evolution of the popular concept of fairies. What caused the fairy migration (in literature) from rural to urban settings? How did the move affect them? Did they become nastier or nicer? Works examined will include Lisa Goldstein’s Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks, and the “Borderlines” anthologies.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; William Alexander, Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan
Face Painting By Doo the Fairy
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 11:00 am
Doo the Wingling Fairy will be face painting in the Fairy Coalition Room! Come visit to get a cheek, hand, or full face painting design of your choice created by Doo! Pixie Dust optional!
With: Doo the Wingaling Fairy
DanceBox for Fun
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Sunday 11:00 am
High energy fusion of dance (e.g. latin, hip hop and shuffle) and boxing moves to mixed music like Exo-K and James Bond techno. Come groove and have fun moving to music.
With: Rachel B.
Dalek Building
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 11:30 am
Learn from prop masters.
With: Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi
Steampunk Craft Hour
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Sunday 12:00 pm
The Red Ribbon Society (a.k.a. Steam Century) presents steampunk fun. Vintage paper dolls, beading, coloring, AND floating hot air (helium, actually) balloons and dirigibles! For kids of all ages.

With: Red Ribbon Society
The Flopcast
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Since May of 2012, Kevin Eldridge of the comedy band duo “Sponge Awareness Foundation” and his very good friend, the former host of the Lowell, MA comedy music radio show “Coffee And Cartoons” known simply as Kornflake, have been posting a new podcast episode every week of their show, The Flopcast! Both Kevin and Kornflake have attended MarsCon the past few years and recorded various podcast segments off in the dark, secret nooks and crannies of MarsCon, where only feisty lobsters and rubber chickens dwell. Well, this year we’re throwing the bright spotlight of attention on them and giving them a panel room and a time slot, so we can all as a group see just what the Hell they are doing. Think of it as an intervention at which actor Robbie Rist gets mentioned a lot for no reason. It’s bound to be a bunch of silly fun, so get a nice warm coffee and come sit in on the Flopcast!
With: Kornflake & Kevin Eldridge
Sleepy Hollow (TV)
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 12:00 pm
We’re a couple of seasons into the adventures of Abbie and Ichabod and their valiant crew. The show has a diverse cast and a diverse fan base with deeply held opinions on what works and what doesn’t. Let’s get together and discuss.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Joellyn Ackerman
The Oscar and the Razzie aka Best and Worst of 2014
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Sunday 12:00 pm
We look at a year of films from Hollywood and around the world as we come up with the best and worst of 2014.
With: Tony Artym, Aaron Grono, Ruth Tjornhom
No Country for Old Heroes / Happily Ever After
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Topic one, No country for old heroes…. Life after heroism. How do former heroes—real or imaginary—continue to have meaningful lives? Topic two, Happily Ever After. Consider act two of Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Many if not most stories end at the moment of maximum joy for their characters. But life is more complicated. How do two people—real or imaginary—go about staying reasonably happy together for a long time? What are some good examples of this in fantasy literature?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Rick Gellman, mod.; Rachel Gold, Ozgur K. Sahin
Kids Games
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 12:00 pm

With: Richard Tatge
conSAFE
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Self defense and personal protection for a safe convention. Come and learn some simple awareness concepts and personal protection techniques. A little investment to help ensure your con fun.
With: Master Robert Frankovich
Spice Williams-Crosby: Q&A
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 12:30 pm - 30 minutes

With: Spice Williams-Crosby
Antoinette Bower: Q&A
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 01:00 pm - 30 minutes

With: Antoinette Bower
Sunday Autograph Session: Spice Williams-Crosby
Sunday 01:00 pm
In ballroom foyer after Main Stage presentation
With: Spice Williams-Crosby
Incorporating Electronics into Costuming
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Designing around electronics: fabric/material selection, best methods of installation, tricks for concealing the power supply, and troubleshooting.
With: Ryn Cording, Jason Downing
The Middle Earth Saga
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Sunday 01:00 pm
We reflect on all 6 films of Peter Jackson’s masterpieces Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The great parts the bad parts and one last time to Middle Earth.

With: Tony Artym, Rae Lundquist, Rich Schreiber, Elizabeth Erickson., Bill Rod
Storytelling vs Story Writing
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Is there a difference between these two arts, and if so, what is it? While they are often lumped together, are they really that closely related? What skills are absolutely essential to storytelling but useless to story writing and vice versa? What is the difference between the markets these two arts aim for? What are the advantages/disadvantages of one over the other? What tools or methods are out there for refining your storytelling skills, and how do they differ from writing? Skill, talent, both, neither?
With: S.N.Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Michael Merriam, Susan Woerhle
Now Playing: Death Metal City (TV-MA)
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a quickly rising independent death metal band. The band is fronted by Soichi Negishi, who takes on the stage name Krauser II. On stage he is a wild, unchained beast, but off-stage he is a tranquil, tender-loving person who enjoys Swedish pop music. When his two personalities collide, his personal life becomes very difficult.

Karneval (TV-14)
Room 417 (A/V Room) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set-up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization, “Circus”.

Identity Crisis
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Exchanging bodies, uploading to cyberspace, being resurrected are not uncommon ideas in SF, but what is the connection of the upload to you? When you wake up and reboot in the morning, how do you know you are you? What if you wake up a thousand years from now in a body carefully designed to “feel” like it’s “you.” How would that be different from what you do every day? Will it matter?
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Bruce Bethke, Rachel Gold, G. David Nordley, Ozgur K. Sahin
Fairy Field Journal
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Decorate a journal to record your research on fairies!
We’ll get you started on your adventures.
(32 journals available)
With: Kate
Supernatural - The TV Series
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Sunday 01:00 pm
From comics, TV, to the Creation Convention coming to MN in August, Supernatural has become an instant hit. Progressing from Monster of the Week to overall season arcs how has the show grown, thoughts on this seasons challenges, is there any problem that pie can’t solve?
With: Rakhi Rajpal, Michael Sherman, Joellyn Ackerman
Sunday Autograph Session: Antoinette Bower
Sunday 01:30 pm
In ballroom foyer after Main Stage presentation
With: Antoinette Bower
Molding and Casting
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Do you need one copy? Fifty copies? Explanation of different molding techniques for different uses. Affordable molds, quick molds, complicated molds! You don’t need to be afraid to do this at home!
With: Gerald Dagle
Ham Radio Hour
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Get on the radio! When all other lines of communication are down, it’s nice to know a Ham. Amateur radio is a wonderful hobby and a public service. Bounce your signal off the moon, spot tornadoes, chat with people all over the world and contact astronauts in space. Join us.
With: Dave Duca, Art Johnson, Ben Huset, Christine LaBounty, Joe Swenson
Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 02:00 pm
These are stories that aren’t new, yet they fascinate us anyway. Historically, they have been used to entertain children, families, and the well to do. They’re coming back with a vengeance in mainstream media. Why? What is it that keeps us coming back to the themes and storylines (however updated or true to the “original” version)?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan, Susan Woerhle
The Cinema of Philip K. Dick
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) shares the honors with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells of being the speculative fiction author whose novels and short stories have been most adapted to film. We’ll consider the films, from Blade Runner to Radio Free Albemuth, and the PKD works that inspired them.
With: David Christenson, mod.; with Eric M. Heideman
Fairy Dust Necklace
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Workshop
A little jar, a ribbon, and a whole bunch of sparkle!
Make a necklace or a charm.

With: Ruth
SYFY’s SNAFU
VII White Pelican (Dance/Demo) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Did the SCIFI channel execs finally realize that they made a mistake with their programming choices? Are they back peddling to what it used to be? Otherwise known as the I Told You So panel.
With: Rakhi Rajpal, Joellyn Ackerman, Jennifer Manna
FuMP Jukebox Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 02:30 pm - 30 minutes
In the history of the MarsCon Dementia Track, we’ve had over 50 different comedy music acts perform, and unfortunately there just isn’t enough Main Stage time to give everybody a 30 minute main stage concert every year. That’s why we added to the schedule a show called the FuMP JUKEBOX, in which some of our returning regulars and new faces from the Funny Music Project website & the FuMP Sideshow who didn’t get main stage concerts this year will have a chance to get up on stage and do one of their songs for the awesome MarsCon audience. This year’s performers will be Beth Kinderman, The Feng Shui Ninjas, Brett Glass, Karl Brown, Cirque du So What?, and Kornflake.

Dementia Smackdown Concert
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Our traditional ending to the best weekend ever for fans of comedy music, the Dementia Smackdown will once again feature almost all of our weekend’s performers coming back to the stage one last time to perform cover versions of well known comedy songs, both by established legends, and by each other. The only word to describe it is ‘legenda-epic-awesome-ary’!

Sci/Dealers/Props close
Sunday 03:00 pm


Airbrush Makeup
I Blue Heron (Masquerade Lounge) — Sunday 03:00 pm
In this demo we will show you how an airbrush can be used to take your costume makeup to the next level. We will demonstrate how you can use stencils and other products in conjunction with an airbrush to quickly create awesome makeup effects.
With: Corrie Dubay
Current Topics on ET Life and Alien Contact
II Cardinal Perch (Free Mars) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Planets in other solar systems, advances in physics, increasing publicity of the UFO phenomenon - what is happening in the search for life on (or from) other worlds? This talk will cover speculation about E.T. life, intelligence and contact with the stars. We will look at the latest from exobiology and astronomy and ask whether such contact might have occurred in our past - or might even be occurring today. How does contact affect the individual, and the world overall?
With: Craig R. Lang, MUFON
Convoluted Quests: The Modern Writing Career
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Book contracts, self-publishing, short fiction, editing… writing careers these days are often made up of a patchwork of options. Join GoH Lyda Morehouse and other professional writers to talk about how they’ve dealt with current publishing realities.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Bruce Bethke, Roy C. Booth, Michael Merriam, Kathryn Sullivan
Diversicon Meeting
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Come learn about plans (and maybe volunteer?) for Diversicon 23, Best Western Plus--Bandana Square, St. Paul, July 24-26, 2015.

With: Scott Lohman, Diversicon 23 Chair, mod.
Pixie Dance
V Mallard Point (Requirement) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Enter the twilight as MarsCon 2015 draws to a close.
Featuring music by 'Square Root of Epsilon'.
Last chance to get your Fairy Photo taken before Closing Ceremonies begin.

Closing Ceremonies
Ballroom III/IV (Mainstage) — Sunday 04:00 pm
Say “farewell” to the guests & “thanks” to volunteers. Hear news about next year’s convention plans, pre-register for next year, and wonder why the weekend went so quickly… other than the hour lost to daylight savings time.
With: Spice Williams-Crosby, Robert Odegard, Lyda Morehouse, Richard Tatge, Eric Wile, Rob Paravonian, Dave Duca, Mike Glielmi, Sammi Kat, Elizabeth Sloan, Gerald Dagle, Joe Swenson, Tim Banovitz, Jolene Hardy, Anton Petersen
Hotel Clean-up
Sunday 05:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to pitch in with cleaning up and clearing the rooms. Afterwards, join us and celebrate in Con Suite, Krushenko’s and poolside for the after-parties. Thank you, volunteers and everyone else who brought fun to MarsCon!

A Party for Readers and Viewers
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 07:30 pm
Sponsored by Second Foundation, a Twin Cities speculative fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since January 1983, whose members are also film buffs. Space allowing, we’ll combine conversation, gaming, and viewers’ choice.


Dead Cow Party
Sunday 08:00 pm
(Con Suite-Rooms 519-520)

MarsCon 2015
Heroes & Wizards & Fae - OHhh MYyy!!
March 6-8, 2015

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Bloomington, MN 55425

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