Nearly Complete Program Schedule

(as of March 02 2017 17:56 UTC-6)

Where Can I Find Events?

Mainstage

2nd floor, 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

2nd floor, 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

2nd floor, 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

2nd floor, 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

2nd floor, Hawk’s Ridge
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

11th floor, 1102
The A/V room is happy to team up with the Geek Partnership Society. Come see Geeky classic films and independent films. The A/V room is always looking for Volunteers / Minions if you want to help out. By helping out and covering a film for us, you will get a cool “Film Crew” Ribbon.

A note to parents, please be aware that there are “R” and “NR” rated films that will be shown thoughout this weekend. Please, if you do not want your children to see “R” or “NR” rated films, please keep them out of the A/V room at the time they are shown. We do not have time to check to make sure there are no underage people watching the films. Also some “NR” films might not be suited for children, if you have any questions please ask at the A/V room’s Film Crew. (Film Crew will have ribbons on their badges that say, “MarsCon Film Crew“.)

Do note that film running times are an estimate and could change without notice.

Krushenko’s Lounge

11th floor, 1117
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!”

Karaoke Joe’s Café

11th floor, 1119
Have you enjoyed Karaoke Joe’s at MarsCon in previous years? Join us again Friday and Saturday nights for the rockin’ parties. Once again we will have a contest beginning at 11:00pm Saturday night. Not planning to enter Saturday Night’s contest? We’re looking for 3 individuals who would like to serve as judges for the contest. People who have performed at Karaoke Joe’s in the past will be given priority. The final choices will be made by the MC, Ben Lessinger. Sign up at the party for either before 9:30 Saturday night. Come and rock the mike at Karaoke Joe’s at MarsCon!

Room of Youth

2nd floor, Mallard Point
We schedule many creative activities as well as host a variety of live animals for you to meet. We give special attention to providing a child-friendly space at the convention. In the evenings we offer a staffed quiet zone with calming activities, and a work area for fixing/finishing costumes and props.

Dance/Demos

2nd floor, White Pelican
See live demos on subjects like dance, weapons, stunts, self defense and yoga. Learn about burlesque and shake your groove thang. Bring your boffer equipment and battle safely during open times. The nightly Dance Party will be up on the Party Floor.

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).

Walk-in Artist Check In
Art Show (Riverside) — Friday 12:00 pm
Noon–7:00 pm

Book Exchange
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 03:00 pm
Do you have a book you’ve read and want to share? Bring it to the book exchange! Come and see us, bring a book or get a book. There are no limits on books and we only ask that you enjoy your read.

Book Exchange shelves will be found in:

Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point)—for youth-oriented books
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest)—for novels, miscellaneous literature, and adult-oriented SF/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

Please bring one or more books you would like to donate, and feel free to take a book for reading later. Any unclaimed books will be donated to the Charity Auction which takes place on Sunday morning on the Mainstage.

Anime viewing
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Friday 03:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Dealers’ Room opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Ballroom I/II - Buy something fun!

There are new Dealers & some older Dealers with new merchandise. Many are offering "Con Theme" oriented merch at Great Prices! Many dragons: jewelry, tote bags, plushies, costumes, accessories, articulated dragons, figurines, books, toys & more. Many local "authors" that like to talk. Oysters guaranteed with Pearls. Some Dealers are in the hall/foyer area. All hours are posted by the Dealer Room door, in the program book & pocket program…

SUPPORT YOUR CON BY SUPPORTING OUR DEALERS

Prop-A-Torium opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Prop-A-Torium: Episode 11

1st floor, Meadows

We’re back for year 11. 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.

Art Show - Open for Public Viewing
Art Show (Riverside) — Friday 03:00 pm


Films Viewing
A/V Room (Room 1102) — Friday 03:00 pm
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

SF/Fantasy Music Video Hour
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 04:00 pm
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.
With: Ben Huset
The Villainous Perspective
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 04:00 pm
Not all villains are evil simply for the sake of doing evil. Sometimes they have good reasons for doing what they do. Let’s talk about our favorite villains whose plans actually make sense. At least, from a certain point of view.
With: Scott Patterson, mod.; PatrickW. Marsh
Arts Crafts & Costumes
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 04:00 pm
All sorts of supplies available for independent creativity or last-minute cosplay fixes. Room staff available if you need ideas or assistance. You are welcome to drop off supply donations. Books for our room’s exchange library should be Science/Sci-Fi children’s, or arts/crafts. Remaining books and excess supplies will be given to the Charity Auction (Sunday 9:30-11am).
With: Penndra and room team
The Saber Legion Demos
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 04:00 pm - 45 minutes
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We’re here to teach all the ways of the force. With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org/
With: The Saber Legion
Rehearsals & Sound Check
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 04:00 pm


Science Room opens
Friday 04:00 pm
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), Roger Sorenson-The Model Citizen, Twin Cities Makers, Como Planetarium and many more. This year’s Artemis Bridge Simulator is brought to you by Como Planetarium.

Psi Powers: Science Fiction or Fantasy? Or Both?
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 04:00 pm
Psi powers used to be a mainstay of science fiction. Andre Norton’s stories, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders and Rowan series, James Schmitz’s Agent of Vega series and others all had psi powers as a future development of human evolution. Then psi shifted over to being considered magic and those books with it are labelled fantasy. The Liaden Universe has psi powers in an otherwise science fiction universe. Has labelling shifted back or did it ever really change?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, G. David Nordley
Trailer Park: Upcoming Movies
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 05:00 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!
With: Ben Huset
Fiction Reading: Rob Callahan
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 05:00 pm - 30 minutes

With: Rob Callahan
Knights Gauntlets craft
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 05:00 pm


Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders of Pern
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 05:00 pm
Posthumous GOH Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011) produced a large and diverse body of science fiction and fantasy. We’ll survey her several series with special attention, thanks to this year’s theme, to the Dragonriders of Pern series, featuring lizards that are sentient species genetically engineered to bond with human riders. We’ll look at how her various series have influenced both science fiction and fantasy.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Polly Jo Peterson, Noel Fournier, Rick Gellman, Michael Merriam
Turn Your Kid into a Superhero
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 06:00 pm
Crafting capes, wrist bands and masks into one great costume

Marvel on Netflix
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 06:00 pm
Discuss the entire Marvel slate on Netflix. How does it compare to the cinematic universe?
With: Romeo Azar, mod.
Fiction Reading: Henry L. Walton
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 06:00 pm

With: Henry L. Walton
More Arts Crafts & Costumes
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 06:00 pm


Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Friday 06:00 pm
Open Hours: 6-11pm
With: Andy Murphy
Opening Ceremonies
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 07:00 pm - 30 minutes
Thank you for joining us for the 19th annual MarsCon Sci Fi/Fantasy/Gaming Convention! We will open MarsCon with live sketch comedy, welcome and introduce our wonderful Guests of Honor, and learn important stuff that will help you get the most out of MarsCon 2017.

Art, Props & Science close
Friday 07:00 pm


Dragon Eggs
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 07:30 pm - 45 minutes
Not all mysterious eggs in space are evil! Come decorate your very own dragon eggs! Giant eggs will be on hand to decorate with markers, pens, cloth and pipe cleaners.
With: Chandra
Acting Through Makeup
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 07:30 pm
Panel discussion
With: Jeffrey Combs, Bill Hedrick, Laura Thurston, Earl Luckes
The Black Dragon
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 08:00 pm
A “How I Did It” demo/presentation on leatherworking.
With: Todd Murray
Clans and Families in Space
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 08:00 pm
Extended family stories aren’t uncommon in science fiction - Elizabeth Moon has the Vatta universe and the Serrano universe, David Weber has the Honor Harrington series and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller has the Liaden Universe. What is the appeal of these stories? Who are some of your favorite family members?
With: Sharon Lee, Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; G. David Nordley, Rick Gellman, Gerri Balter
Swords of Anime and SciFi - Practical or Pure Fun?
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Friday 08:00 pm
From Cloud’s Buster Sword to InuYasha’s Tessaiga, awesome swords are prolific in anime, video games, sci-fi, and fantasy. In this panel you’ll find out which of your favorite swords would actually be effective in combat and which will leave you defeated before you even got a chance to swing it. You’ll also get a chance to test your knowledge in a jeopardy-style trivia game “Name That Sword!”
With: Master Robert Frankovich, Sword Art Live
Steampunk Scavenger Hunt
Friday 08:00 pm
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it!!! Pick up ballots and instructions in the Operations Bridge.
Time: Friday 8:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 p.m.
With: Red Ribbon Society
Arcana Meeting
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 08:00 pm - 30 minutes
Learn about this convention of the dark fantastic, to be held September 29-October 1, 2017, at the Best Western Plus by Bandana Square, St. Paul

Dragon Lore journals
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 08:15 pm - 45 minutes
Decorate your very own journal for inscribing observations about dragons, recording ship logs, and collecting autographs during your adventures.

Dealers Room closes
Friday 08:30 pm


Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 08:30 pm
Sponsored by this long-running (since 1986!) speculative fiction magazine/anthology, the 32nd issue of which is scheduled for mid-2017. Meet staff and contributors and shake hands with lovely back issues.

How to Get the “Undead” Look
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 09:00 pm
Make-up demo
With: Bill Hedrick
Classic Doctor Who
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 09:00 pm
For new fans and old alike, let’s talk about Doctor Who before the reboot. Favorite episodes, companions, and recommendations for fans getting started on the oldies, but goodies.
With: Nina Boenish, Kevin Berg, Whitestar Phoenix
Interstellar Trade
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 09:00 pm
Trade between planets and tradeships have been a staple of science fiction for decades. Andre Norton’s Free Traders and James Schmitz’s Karres stories are examples of early stories, while recent series such as Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta’s War and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe continue the tradition. What are some of the elements behind the appeal of these stories? What are some of your favorite stories?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.; G. David Nordley; Gerri Balter
Pipecleaner Dragons
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 09:00 pm
Create a little dragon you can coil around your finger or twist onto a ponytail.
With: Julie Bowman
Carrie Dahlby Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — 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
Art Show (Riverside) — Friday 09:00 pm
Join us for the 12th year of this great tradition! All artists and fans of the Art Show are invited to join us for a lovely, relaxed evening with Ralph Ryan 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: Ralph Ryan, Michael Byrne, Karla Lindemann
Nightly Karaoke
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — Friday 09:00 pm


Mikey Mason Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 09:45 pm - 30 minutes
Mikey Mason, the self-proclaimed ‘white trash geek’ will sing about dating women who lack an appreciation for the works of Joss Whedon, the most epic gaming story ever told, mad scientists, and very likely do cover versions of classic Saturday morning cartoon theme songs. He has 2 podcasts, Beer Powered Time Machine and Pros and Cons with Jonah Knight which discusses geek music and convention culture.
http://www.mikeymason.com/
With: Mikey Mason
Foundations and Underwear
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 10:00 pm

With: Elizabeth Sloan and Gerald Dagle
UFOs and Close Encounters – What’s the Latest?
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 10:00 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
Fiction Reading: Patrick W. Marsh
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 10:00 pm


Quiet Space & Cosplay Repair till 2am
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 10:00 pm
Quiet Space for reading, art, finishing crafts, puzzles, working on costumes/props. Bring a book to share in our book exchange library. Left-over books are donated for the Charity Auction(Sunday 9:30-11am)


Marc with a C Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 10:30 pm - 30 minutes
Marc with a C is the stage name of Marc Sirdoreus, an indie pop singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida. He has released twelve official albums and numerous other EPs and compilations since 2002. Sirdoreus first began playing music in the Central Florida area with an alternative rock band before releasing his first solo album, Human Slushy, in 2002. He’s been making lo-fi nerdy pop jams for about fifteen years now, and his latest album is called Unicorns Get More Bacon. He’s been featured in Wired magazine, has won the Orlando Weekly award for Best Indie Act in 2003, 2010 and 2011, has played major festivals such as Athens PopFest and Nerdapalooza, and his live shows are sweaty pop workouts.
http://www.marcwithac.com/
With: Marc with a C
Mysterious Minnesota: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 11:00 pm
Are you ready to experience the resident spirits of some of the most historic locations in Minnesota—including a witch’s curse, battlefield phantoms, and the ghosts of grisly murder victims. Join author, radio show host, ghost hunter and historian Adrian Lee with his elite team of paranormal investigators on a compelling tour of Minnesota’s most haunted historical sites. His chilling firsthand investigations accompanied by evidence and rich historical details will send shivers down your spine as he recovers history from the lips of the dead.
With: Adrian Lee
Roundtable Discussion: What Are You Reading?
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 11:00 pm
Design your own discussion! Celebrators of the written word talk about stuff they’ve been reading lately—history, science, novels, magazines and story collections, manga and graphic novels, etc.—and share your enthusiasm for the stuff you’ve especially enjoyed.
With: You, the Reader!
Devo Spice Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 11:15 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).
http://devospice.com
With: Devo Spice
Friends of Liad Breakfast
Saturday 09:00 am
Meet at Blue Water Grill, the hotel restaurant on 1st floor. Just a bunch of Friends of Liad getting together to eat breakfast—everyone pays for their own meal.
With: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
USS Nokomis 12th Annual MarsCon Blood Drive
Saturday 10:00 am
In the great tradition of blood drives at science fiction conventions throughout the country, the crew of the USS Nokomis is proud to host the drive from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, March 4th. Please make your appointment to save up to three lives with your donation at www.redcrossblood.org or email Jane at firstofficer@ussnokomis.org to choose your time. We’ll also be taking appointments in the WDF room on Friday evening, so stop by!


Over 1,000 lives have been touched by the generous donations you have made over the years while at MarsCon – let’s do it again!
With: USS Nokomis & Red Cross
Masquerade Orientation
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 10:00 am
Mandatory meeting for all those entering the costume contest. Last chance to register / tips and tricks for newbies.
With: Rae Lundquist
Planetarium Star Show
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — 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
Writing in Small Doses: How to Fit Writing That Matters into Your Busy Life
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 10:00 am
Ted Chiang, possibly the greatest short story writer of our generation, has published only around 15 short stories and one collection, yet has influenced and transformed the genre far more than others who are much more prolific. Sometimes, less is more. And sometimes, busy lives do not leave room for reams and reams of manuscript pages. How do you fit in writing as you work, parent, and live? How do you make your work matter more?
With: Haddayr Copley-Woods, mod.; Naomi Kritzer
Lizards: Lore, Fact and Fiction
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 10:00 am
Learn more about the amazing creatures that have been the basis for some of Hollywood’s scariest monsters. The hour-long presentation will focus on their special attributes and how they have influenced culture and cinematography. A hands-on with living lizards and kids activity time will follow.
With: Beth Girard
Dagorhir/Belegarth Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 10:00 am
Boffer demos will be offered throughout the weekend. This is a fun, safe, full-contact, live-action combat game where combatants engage each other in battle with foam-padded boffer weaponry and equipment. http://www.frozennorthmn.weebly.com

Sword Masters Live
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — 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!
With: Master Robert Frankovich, Sword Art Live
Art / Dealers / Props / Science rooms open
Saturday 10:00 am


Saturday Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Saturday 10:00 am
10:00-11:00 a.m. at the 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
Art Show - Open for Public Viewing
Art Show (Riverside) — Saturday 10:00 am


Films Viewing
A/V Room (Room 1102) — Saturday 10:00 am
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

Adzel and Company
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 10:00 am
Adzel and the Trader Team. In the mid 50s, Poul Anderson crewed his (artificially) intelligent Polysoltechnic League ship Muddlin’ Through with a human, a felinesque alien and a huge Bhuddist space dragon, Adzel. We’ll reminisce on stories like the three cornered wheel and discuss some of the technological anticipations.
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; Ruth Berman, Rick Gellman
Mold Making and Casting for Costumes and Props
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 11:00 am
Do you need 20 copies of that just-right button? Maybe a dozen ammo clips? Background copies of a hero-prop? A clear, lightable copy of something? Or just some lighter-weight version of that heavy, metal prop? Learn about the basics of making molds and castings in this demo. We’ll look at common mold-making & casting materials, making one-part and two-part molds, and making castings.
Caution: some materials used in this session may be irritants for those with chemical sensitivities.
With: Roger Sorensen
Let’s Make an Oregon Trail to Mars!
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 11:00 am
Discuss writing an Oregon Trail to Mars game. Game play, monsters, travel, and living issues. What does your ship look like?
With: Joe Swenson
Massive Literary Autographing I
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 11:00 am

With: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Kathryn Sullivan, Michael Merriam
Jeffrey Combs Q&A
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 11:00 am
With over 50 feature films and countless television works under his belt, Jeffrey’s career spans a broad range of genres. However, he’s most widely recognized and dearly loved by fans of the Horror and Sci-Fi genres. Along with Re-Animator a few of his most beloved performances are his memorable portrayal of quirky FBI agent Milton Dammers in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners which earned him a Saturn Award nomination, his chilling performance as Dr. Richard Vannacutt in the Halloween box office champ House on Haunted Hill and his widely praised portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe in Stuart Gordon’s The Black Cat for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series. He starred with Rene Zellwegger in the indie film favorite Love and a .45 and acted opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the successful I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. He has guest starred in close to 50 episodes spanning over three Star Trek series. He is the only actor to recur in two different roles in the same series. He portrayed Liquidator Brunt and the Vorta, Weyoun, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
With: Jeffrey Combs
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 11:00 am
Catch up on all Marvel films and TV shows.
With: Tony Artym, Kiana Williams, Aaron Grono, Scott Patterson, Rob Callahan
How to Zombify Your Plushies
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Bring your own, some will be provided.
With: Julie Bowman
Meet the Rocketman
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Ky Michaelson’s inventions are legendary. Ky has contributed to over 200 films, television programs and commercials. He also built the rockets for the movie October Sky. In 2004, Michaelson’s Civilian Space eXploration Team became the first amateur group to design, build and launch a rocket into space. Ky’s creations are the subject of a book published by Motorbooks International.
http://www.the-rocketman.com
With: Ky Michaelson
Mini-Writing Workshop: Writing from the Gut
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Make your work deeply relevant to what matters to YOU. Exercises for accessing what really matters to you and getting it onto the page that you can do during the mini workshop but also later on your own as prompts and to dig deeper.
With: Haddayr Copley-Woods, instructor
Anime viewing
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Saturday 12:00 pm - 45 minutes
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Falconry Demonstration
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Marc Rude, falconer and raptor specialist sine 1966, will be presenting “Mr. Harley” a 4 year old male Harris Hawk.
Talk about the definition and history of falconry,
about raptors and their ecology, and the raptors found in this area of the U.S.
With: Marc Rude, Master Falconer.
Light Saber Combat Demo by The Saber Legion
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 12:00 pm
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We’re here to teach all the ways of the force.
With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org

The Space Program in the Trump Era, Year One
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 12:00 pm
For years a band of scientists and science fans have been paneling at local cons about the course of space exploration and astronomy during the Obama Administration. This time they look at developments in the last months of Obama and the first months of Trump.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Rob Callahan, Ben Huset, G. David Nordley
Dementia Smackdown Wrestling in Karaoke Joe’s
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — 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
Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Saturday 12:45 pm
Open Hours: 1-11pm
With: Andy Murphy
Creating the…Andorian
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Live make-up/costume demo
With: Bill Hedrick with Elizabeth Erickson
Disney Parks
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. A talk about the parks, recall memories, plain return trips, and things you just can not miss, where the young at heart of all age can laugh and play and learn – Together.
With: Tony Artym, Ashley Grono, Aaron Grono
Massive Literary Autographing II
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 01:00 pm

With: Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, Rob Callahan, Patrick W. Marsh, G. David Nordley
Best of the Midwest Bellydance Show
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 01:00 pm - 45 minutes
Belly dancers from several professional belly dance companies come together to share a fun, family-friendly showcase of many styles of belly dance. Come enjoy group and solo performances of traditional dance, tribal fusion, theatrical dance, comedic dance, and even geek fusion. Presented by dancers from Al-Bahira Dance Theater, Black Isles Bellydance, Blue Lotus Middle Eastern Dancers, Geek Slink Belly Dance, and Sisters of the Sahara!
With: Alora, Luna Rouge, Katie, Jalilah, Amara, Autumn Elise, Anjela
Tea and Parlour Games (in Con Suite/ Rm 1100)
Saturday 01:00 pm
Greetings and felicitations! Take a break from conquering the galaxy and join the merry group that brings you Steam Century mysteries in the Con Suite for tea and Victorian parlour games. No dragons required.
With: Red Ribbon Society
Western Women of Page and Screen
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 01:00 pm
While there is a tendency to look upon the Western as a male genre, frontier women have contributed abundantly to Western fiction, movies, and TV. We’ll share enthusiasm about some of our favorites.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; David Christenson, Michael Merriam. Sponsored by Con-Sarnit Ten, a Western convention to be held at the Best Western Plus June 9 and 10, 2017, whose program will include panels on frontier novelist Willa Cather and actor Barbara Stanwyck.
Cyberpunk
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 02:00 pm
After the success of last year’s panel, we return to take another look at the cyberpunk genre: Where it is today, where it has been, and where it is going. Long time fans as well as people just discovering the genre welcome.
With: David Stegora
The 1632 Universe
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 02:00 pm
Eric Flint, joined by David Weber, and, eventually, a collective of published and unpublished writers, are creating a series in which a 21st century town is transported to 1631, during the Thirty Years’ War. In just trying to survive they become agents of change.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.
Toys in Space
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 02:00 pm
How do your favorite toys work in outer space? What would a Nerf basketball do? Or, how about magnetic marbles? A hands on A/V demonstration for grade school kids and people of all ages.
With: MN Space Frontier Society, Ben Huset
Sword Art Now
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 02:00 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, Sword Art Live
Power Salad Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 02:00 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.
http://www.powersalad.com/
With: Power Salad
Fiction Reading: Sharon Lee
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 02:00 pm


Insane Ian Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 02:30 pm - 30 minutes
Just one look at his Bandcamp page makes it obvious that Insane Ian is a comedy music juggernaut that cannot be stopped. Ian hit a milestone in his career a long time in coming, as he had the #1 most requested song of 2015 on “The Dr. Demento Show”, the name-mangling Brit-tribute, “Benedict Cumberbatch”, sitting firmly atop the Funny 25. He has come a long way from being the guy who rode a bus 28 hours just to come to MarsCon to perform for 8 minutes on the Main Stage. You can get “Booboobear Cankersore” or whatever I just said, on his latest release Insane Ian’s Greatest Hit(s).
http://www.insaneian.com/
With: Insane Ian
Cybermen, Daleks and K9 - Oh My!
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Get up close and personal with these creative prop people.
With: Steve Roberts, Dave Duca, Anne Neubauer, David Brown
Star Trek
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 03:00 pm
A talk about the last 51 years of Star Trek, all 6 TV Shows, and 13 Movies.
With: Tony Artym, Elizabeth Erickson, Joan Marie Verba, Gerri Balter
DC on TV: The Arrowverse
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Greg Berlanti’s DC TV shows - Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, & Supergirl - have been generally successful, arguably more so than the DC cinematic universe. Now that all four shows are on the same network, we’ll take a look at recent events, discuss the crossovers, & talk about futures of these characters.
With: Scott Patterson, mod.
Stranger Than Fiction: Hard Science For Good Measure
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Visit with members of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society to learn about our earthly dragons! There will be a Discovery Station where you can see live dragonfly nymphs up close and personal. We will give a short presentation to start you off with some Dragonfly 101 and discuss how dragonflies are being used in research.
With: Minnesota Dragonfly Society
Dance Like a Dragonrider
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 03:00 pm
There is much music and dancing to be had on PERN, all of which has earthly heritage. Much of this music has celtic, medieval and renaissance roots. Come enjoy some dancing. We will perform some dances, and we will teach some dances to those willing to learn.
With: Terpsichory Courtly Dance Troupe
TV’s Kyle featuring Lindzilla Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 03:00 pm - 30 minutes
By day, Kyle Carrozza works at Cartoon Network as the creator and lead voice actor of your new favorite cartoon Mighty MagiSwords, 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. In 2014 he married his long-time girlfriend and frequent on-stage vocalist / dinosaur-outfit-wearer, Lindsay Smith, aka LINDZILLA, who also works on Mighty MagiSwords as a character designer!
With: TV’s Kyle, Lindzilla
Fiction Reading: Steve Miller
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 03:00 pm


The Great Luke Ski! Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 03:30 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 15th MarsCon in a row, and this year marks the 14th 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
Star Wars Costumes: Beginner to Advanced
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 04:00 pm

With: Phil Glover, Amanda, Eva Zabronsky
Ghost Hunting 101: Learn how to be a Paranormal Investigator
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Join author, radio show host, psychic, and ghost hunter Adrian Lee as he takes you through everything you need to know to be a paranormal investigator. Adrian Lee founded The International Paranormal Society and has investigated the haunting world of ghosts and spirits all over the globe for the last twenty years. With equipment demonstrations, photographic and audio evidence, examples of good practice, and invaluable advise for any budding ghostbusters.
With: Adrian Lee
Round Robin Poetry Reading
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Poets take turns reading their poetry.
With: Cynthia Booth, Patrick W. Marsh, G. David Nordley
SF Writing Groups: The 2017 Scene
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Since 1986 the Minnesota Imaginative Writers’ Alliance has held an annual meeting at a local SFconvention, first Minicon, then CONvergence, now MarsCon, at which representatives of science fiction/fantasy writing groups talk about how their groups got started and how they function; after which the group representatives go into a huddle with writers who are looking for an SF writing group.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Michael Merriam
The Library Bards Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 04:15 pm - 30 minutes
The Library Bards transform top 40 songs into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place. The Library Bards have become a staple in the new Comic and Pop Culture Convention scene. Traveling the United States, the dynamic performances of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest; voice of R. Mika in Street Fighter V), and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds; voice of the Announcer in Divekick) bring life to the main stages of Cosplay Contests, Panels, and Concert performances.
www.librarybards.com/
With: The Library Bards
Ask the Experts
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Got a costume, make-up, wig or hair, or performance question? Just ask.
With: Marie Porter, Emily Chesley, Gerald Dagle, Elizabeth Sloan, Bill Hedrick
Eve Dallas and Castle
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 05:00 pm
We’ll talk about J.D. Robb’s futuristic novels and the Castle TV series. Each features a detective who has a romantic partner who isn’t a detective but contributes to solving crimes.
With: Rick Gellman, mod
Steampunk Vehicles
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Build a steampunk zeppelin, rocket, or car with author of award-winning “The Journals of Thaddeus ShockPocket”
With: Henry Walton
Learn to Belly Dance with Shannon Townsend!
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Have fun, work up a sweat, and shimmy! Hot off Geek Slink’s performance on the mainstage, Shannon Townsend will guide you through an inclusive and welcoming small group dance lesson. Shannon is the director of Geek Slink and Dsix, and teaches belly dance fusion on Thursdays in Minneapolis. Her classes are for everyone, regardless of age, body type, or character class.
http://www.geekslinkbellydance.com/
With: Shannon Townsend
Comedy & Music Guest Of Honor Judy Tenuta
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 05:00 pm
You’ve seen Judy Tenuta appear in shows from The Vagina Monologues to Menopause the Musical. Her stand-up specials have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Lifetime. Judy was featured as the national spokesperson for a series of Diet Dr. Pepper commercials. In September 2016, Judy was a guest voice actor on the TV series premiere of Cartoon Network’s Mighty MagiSwords, created by TV’s Kyle, in an episode storyboarded by Luke Ski.

The self-described “Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite Of The Accordion” has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular television shows as The View, Late Night With David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Comics Unleashed. Judy’s stand-up routine is appropriately described as outrageous, mind-blowing comedy. She recently became an ordained minister and converts her audiences to her signature religion, “Judyism”.

A strong advocate for gays, children, and women’s issues, the fun-loving feminist preaches that all women should be worshipped as Love Goddesses!
Website: www.judytenuta.com

Judy Tenuta’s appearance is sponsored by Dementia Radio (dementiaradio.org), and the podcast Kyle And Luke Talk About Toons (www.kyleandluke.com).
With: Judy Tenuta
Art Show closes
Saturday 05:00 pm


Teddy Bear Tea (in Con Suite & Krushenko’s)
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Members of stuffed toy fandom socialize and show off their beloved stuffed critters. And drink tea.
With: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
Closed for Masquerade Judging/Rehearsal
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 06:00 pm
All contestants who are competing are asked to arrive prepared for judging, a walk-through on the Main Stage, and your photo taken.

What to Do When Players Go Left
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Some tips from experienced game masters in preparing adventures and what to do when your players decide not to play it.
With: Brandon Balfanz, Matthew Hellendrung
Dragons in the Navy
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Author Naomi Novik offers a vision of dragons in an alternate universe Napoleonic War setting, incorporating C.S. Forester/Patrick O’Brian style battles into a world where dragons are a sentient species but without magic. The novels have the feel of fantasy but function as science fiction.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.
Training Your Inner Hero
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Since each of us is on a Hero’s Journey of our own, this presentation is intended to help illustrate some of the hidden training that you have had and training that you can get to help you succeed in your quest. We will talk about the skill development needed for the journey and how you have already developed much of what you need. Have you seen the Hero Journey that you are on? Maybe this will show you what it is and how to complete it… and help others along the way.
With: Master Robert Frankovich, Sword Art Live
Beaded Baby Dragons
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Make yourself a keychain dragon
With: Brittany
Lion Dancing, by Hung Vuong Mua Lan
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Mua Lan is Vietnamese for Lion Dance which is a tradition that comes from Vietnam and China to bring good luck and good fortune to all who watch the lions dance! Many people mistake Lion Dancing as Dragon Dancing! But, here is your chance to watch Lion Dancing. This will be a very unique and interesting experience for many con goers. We are a non-profit group that just wants to spread our tradition! Welcome!
With: Hung Vuong Mua Lan
Masquerade Rehearsal
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 06:00 pm


Science Room closes
Saturday 06:00 pm


Autograph Session: Judy Tenuta
Saturday 06:00 pm - 30 minutes

With: Judy Tenuta
Creative Trance Workshop
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 07:00 pm
A workshop for the creative imagination: In eastern thought, it 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
Beyond the Spandex
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Comic books are full of spandex-wearing superheroes, but comics as a medium can offer so much more. Discuss your favorite non-superhero comics & what can be gained by bringing them to a wider audience.
With: Scott Patterson, mod.
K-9 and the Good Dalek
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Get an up close look at K-9 and a Dalek. Speak with the creators of these amazing replicas from the Doctor Who series. Both replicas are operational and you may get a chance to push the buttons!
With: Steve Roberts and Dave Duca
The Saber Legion Demos
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 07:00 pm
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We’re here to teach all the ways of the force.
With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org

Props/Dealers close
Saturday 07:00 pm


Art Auction
Art Show (Riverside) — 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!

Writing Humorous Science Fiction
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 07:00 pm
On the pitfalls and pleasures of combining these two distinctive writing forms.
With: Roy C. Booth, mod.; Rob Callahan, Henry L. Walton
Sci Fi/Fantasy Stone Soup
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 08:00 pm
Stone Soup is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys.

What Sci Fi or Fantasy series and movies are you hungry to discuss right now? This is a chance to bring everything to the table. There is no moderator, so feel free to drop in and join the discussion whenever you like.

Relativistic Space Travel Fiction
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 08:00 pm
Now that there’s at least a semiserious project to launch microsails to Alpha Centauri at a third of the speed of light, and the literature on beam-pushed spacecraft (going back at least to Bob Forward the 60s) might be gaining some traction, we look ahead to what kind of interstellar civilization might result from ships able to go close too, though not faster, than light. While there are some literary examples from people like Haldeman, Forward, and Anderson, it’s largely virgin territory for writers. If we dump the FTL and Generation ship tropes, what have we got?
With: Steve Miller, G. David Nordley, mod.;
For those who can’t sit still
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 08:00 pm
Our room will be open during the Masquerade Contest for those with too much energy to chill in an audience.

Masquerade/Cosplay Contest & Half-time Show
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 08:00 pm
A grand costume contest with prizes! Half-time musical performance by The Library Bards.
With: The Library Bards
Steampunk Scavenger Hunt
Saturday 08:00 pm
Have fun at the festivities Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it!!! Pick up ballots and instructions in the Operations Bridge.
Time: Friday 8:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 p.m.
With: Red Ribbon Society
It Came from Bandana Square!
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 08:00 pm - 30 minutes
Longtime participants in the cons that have been held since 1992 at the hotel by Bandana Square, St Paul, reminisce about the hopping mall that Bandana Square used to be and about the hopping cons—Con-Sarnit, Diversicon, and Arcana—that still happen at the hotel.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Brian K. Perry
Bandana Square Cons Party
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 08:30 pm
In which we celebrate the Best Western Plus at Bandana Square, St. Paul (formerly the Best Western, formerly the Holiday Inn Select, formerly the Sunwood Inn) and the three cons that happen there this year: the Western convention Con-Sarnit Ten, Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10; the multicultural speculative fiction convention Diversicon 25, held July 21-23, featuring Guests of Honor Eleanor Arnason and Melissa Scott; and the dark fantastic convention Arcana 47, featuring Guest Author _________, Guest Editor Roy C. Booth, Guest Playwrite Cynthia Booth, and Special Guests_____________________.

Zombie Literature
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 09:00 pm
Once not too long ago zombie lit was not so easy to find. These days it is pretty much everywhere. What’s good? What’s bad? What books are your favorite? Come discuss what zombie lit to read and what to avoid.
With: Patrick Koozy, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Patrick W. Marsh
Nightly Karaoke begins
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — Saturday 09:00 pm


Prop Guns
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 10:00 pm

With: Erik Pakieser
The Games That Made Us Who We Are
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 10:00 pm
What games touched you in an unexpected way? Games can inspire you, help you make connections, or get you through hard times. Come talk about the games that have a special place in your heart & the lessons that these games taught.
With: Scott Patterson, mod.
Fiction Reading: Michael Merriam
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Local author Michael Merriam reads from his latest works and publications.
With: Michael Merriam
Quiet Space & Cosplay Repair till 2am
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 10:00 pm
10pm-2am Quiet space for reading, art, finishing crafts, fixing costumes/props. Bring a book to share in our book exchange library. Left-over books are donated for the Charity Auction (Sunday 9:30-11am).

The Saber Legion Demos
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 10:00 pm
The Saber Legion is a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring. Our Mission Statement:
Love and always represent your charters and who you are.
We’re here to teach all the ways of the force.
With sabers, all will be united!
http://www.saberlegion.org

Paralon Security Musical Performance
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Paralon Security is a original Minneapolis punkish/power pop/psychedelic band which actually played at Minicon 21 in the 1980s.

We are playing again and making a new record for GoJohnnyGo Records. We are weird/colorful/sci fi-ish and we have a light show *LOL*. We play a lot about town. We are also playing Animinneapolis in May 2017. This is our official new CD release "Gravity Waves" and we will have promo copies to hand out as well.
With: Paralon Security
Filk-sing
Saturday 10:00 pm
Beginning after Masquerade in Con Suite (1100)

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
SF/Fantasy Music Videos - After Dark
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.

Note to parents: This late night mix is not intended for children due to violence, brief nudity and splatter.

Roundtable Discussion: What are You Writing?
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Design your own discussion! Friendly writers, from aspiring to established, talk about writing projects they’d love to tackle, challenges they find intimidating, writers they would most like to write “in the school of… Take it away!

Burlesque 18+
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Back for their fifth 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: Moonshine Matinee, Mona Montague, Smokey Throbinson, Holliedazzle, Mr. Dazzle
The Oscar and the Razzie aka Best and Worst of 2016
A/V Room (Room 1102) — Saturday 11:30 pm
We look at a year of films from Hollywood and around the world as we come up with the best and worst of 2016.
With: Tony Artym, Kiana Williams, Aaron Grono
Rocky Horror Sing-Along
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 12:00 am
Music, with live musicians and audience sing-along/shout-outs

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

draw and color
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 10:00 am
Start the morning with some artistic expression!

Charity Auction
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 10:00 am
MarsCon 2017 charity auction proceeds will benefit NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 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 two worthwhile causes!
http://www.namihelps.org
http://www.sffan.org/gdmf

Sunday Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Sunday 10:00 am
10:00-11:00 a.m. at the 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!

Art Pick-up & Checkout
Art Show (Riverside) — Sunday 10:00 am


Films Viewing
A/V Room (Room 1102) — Sunday 10:00 am
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

The Book vs. the Movie
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 11:00 am
Which is better, the book or the movie/TV show based on the book? We’ll provide some examples; bring your own ideas to discuss.
With: Rich Brown, mod.; Patrick W. Marsh
Origami for Everyone
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 11:00 am
We will show you how to make some great paper models to play and have fun with.
With: Matt McMillan, Twin Cities Game Fest
Dagorhir/Belegarth Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Sunday 11:00 am
Boffer demos will be offered throughout the weekend. This is a fun, safe, full-contact, live-action combat game where combatants engage each other in battle with foam-padded boffer weaponry and equipment.
http://www.frozennorthmn.weebly.com

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


Discussion: Sharon Lee’s Carousel Tides Urban Fantasy Series
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 11:00 am

With: Sharon Lee, Kathryn Sullivan, mod.;
TMRO: Space Is Cool
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 11:30 am
Live video conference with our Science Guests of Honor via Skype

Benjamin and Cariann are the creators and hosts of the live webcast TMRO (‘tomorrow’). With co-hosts Jared Head and Mike Clark each week the team talks about exploration of the cosmos in a fun and engaging way. Featuring a live and interactive chat room, viewers can participate in the show and ask questions of the hosts and industry guests in real time. Entering its 10th season, TMRO has won the “Best Presentation of Space” award from the Space Frontier Foundation, was featured in Wired magazine as one of the top ways to watch Space Shuttle launches and continues to push the bounds of live webcasting in an effort to get humanity to look up. Shows are every Saturday at 18:00 UTC or Noon CST.
https://www.tmro.tv/
With: Sciences Guests Benjamin Higginbotham & Cariann Higginbotham
Steampunk Craft Hour
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Sunday 12:00 pm
The Red Ribbon Society hosts an hour of steampunk-themed crafts. Create a mechanical collage, color your own vintage paper dolls, assemble beads, or build a helium airship!
With: Red Ribbon Society
What Next for Doctor Who?
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 12:00 pm
A chance to discuss the Christmas episode and thoughts on Moffat’s last season.
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.
Emerald City TV and the Oz Books
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 12:00 pm
What do you think of the NBC show Emerald City? If you know the Oz books fairly well, how do you think the series draws from the books for material and expands on them? If you aren’t as aware of the series, how does the show stand on its own?
With: Haddayr Copley-Woods, mod.
Anime viewing
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Mad Science : Fire and Ice
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 12:00 pm

With: Mad Science
Here Be Dragons: Monsters from Space
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Robert A. Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters, partial inspiration for Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers, filmed as Invasion of the Body Snatchers with its several remakes and spin-offs. A.E. Van Vogt’s series collection The Voyage of the Space Beagle, source material for many monsters in The Outer Limits and Star Trek, and the Alien film series. The invisible monster from Forbidden Planet, the locus-like invaders from Independence Day, the comical killers from Mars Attacks, and, of course, the Martians fro H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds and the notorious Orson Welles radio broadcast it inspired. Darkseid and Galactus… these, and many other aliens of fiction, film, TV, and comics don’t mean us well, but they have given us many hours of pleasure. Let us, by all means, squee.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Patrick W. Marsh, Brian K. Perry
How to Measure
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Sunday 01:00 pm
A demo on the best way to measure for costumes.
With: Rae Lundquist
Wizarding World
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Come talk about 20th anniversary of Harry Potter as we reflect back on all 12 Books, 9 Films, A Stage Play, Wizarding World of Harry Potter Parks, The Studio Tour, Pottermore. We look to the future with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Then and the fandom here then and now.
With: Tony Artym, Elizabeth Erickson, Ashley Grono, Aaron Grono
Fire Breathing Dragons!
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 01:00 pm - 30 minutes
Craft project. Build a dragon, and make it blow flames (no actual fire involved).
Close to 1pm, we’ll also ignite the Dragon Island Volcano (built during the Friday and Saturday evening Quiet Space)

Kyle And Luke Talk About Toons: Mighty MagiSwords!
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Podcast recording & episode viewing panel with TV’S Kyle & Luke Ski, with appearances by voice actors Lindsay Smith, Bonnie Gordon, & Judy Tenuta.

What started as a regular segment every time TV’s Kyle appeared on the FuMPcast with the great Luke Ski turned into its own podcast back in October of 2013. Since then, every 2 weeks, Kyle and Luke have sat down to discuss in fanboyish detail the avalanche of minutia within the annals of animation history. Meanwhile, Kyle got a development deal at Cartoon Network, and through a series of fortunate circumstances, is now the creator and lead voice actor of Mighty MagiSwords while Luke works for him as a Storyboard artist! So come to their live podcast recording with your questions about animation and Mighty MagiSwords, and we’ll answer all the ones we can and that we’re allowed to!
http://www.kyleandluke.com
With: Judy Tenuta, Luke Ski, Kyle Carrozza, Lindsay Smith, Bonnie Gordon
Literary GOH Interview. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 01:00 pm

With: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller , Interviewed by Polly Jo Peterson
Dungeons and Dangers Live Action Floor Game
Room of Youth (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 01:30 pm
Bring your cosplay character, whatever you have on you, and your imagination onto our Live Action 20’ giant board game, inspired by the RPG mockery of Munchkin and sprinkled throughout with Fandom Lore. Includes real loot you can use in-game and keep as souvenirs of our third year at MarsCon. Enter at any time, or cheer on the mayhem!
With: Avery Kirchner
How to Throw a Party (Room)
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Sunday 02:00 pm

With: Brittany Vaillancourt, Rae Lundquist, Joe Vaillancourt, Will Verburg-Cunningham, Dave Bianchi
Question and Answer Session with Author, Psychic, and Paranormal Investigator Adrian Lee
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Adrian Lee is a historian and a paranormal investigator who founded The International Paranormal Society. As the host of More Questions than Answers he reports on weird, bizarre, and paranormal happenings from around the world. He is also a psychic and has written the book How to be a Christian Psychic, What the Bible says about Mediums, Healers & Paranormal Investigators as well as Mysterious Minnesota and Mysterious Midwest, Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead with a foreword written by the super-band Megadeth. He has also given lectures to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) on UFOs in Renaissance Art. You now have the unique opportunity to ask Adrian Lee about any aspects of publishing, broadcasting, the psychic world, ghosts and UFOs. Adrian Lee will also be joined by MQTA co-host Heather Morris who is a team leader for The International Paranormal Society and one of the world’s leading experts on EVPs and audio evidence.
With: Adrian Lee, Heather Morris
Cory Doctorow and That Story About the Moral Hacker
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 02:00 pm
A recurring theme in Doctorow stories is the plucky group of nerds pitting their mad skills against a much better funded (but ethically deficient) government and/or corporation. Is Doctorow living in a dream world, and how can I get there?
With: Rich Brown, mod.
Living a Science Fictional Life
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Steve Miller offers an abbreviated and informal personal history of his time in and around SF fandom (and prodom) and how his choices let him meet and work with some of those who made our community what it is today.
With: Steve Miller
The FuMP Jukebox Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — 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.

Current Topics on ET Life and Alien Contact
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Planets in other solar system, 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
The Dragons of Middle-earth!
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 03:00 pm
A fun discussion about Smaug and other dragons that plagued Middle-earth, including their origins and what we know about them!
With: Dan, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth
Dementia Smackdown Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — 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


Diversicon Meeting
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Come learn about (and volunteer perhaps for?) this multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention, the 25th edition of which will be held July 21-23, 2017, at the Best Western Plus by Bandana Square, St. Paul, with Guests of Honor Melissa Scott and Eleanor Arnason
With: Scott Lohman, Chair, Diversicon 25 and 26
Closing Ceremonies
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 04:00 pm
Say “farewell” to the guests & “thanks” to volunteers. Hear news about next year’s 20th anniversary convention plans, pre-register for next year, and wonder why the weekend went so quickly.

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, artists, dealers, party hosts, science exhibitors, prop masters, guests, authors, musicians, and everyone else who brought fun to MarsCon!

A Party for Readers and Viewers
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 07:00 pm
Sponsored by Second Foundation, a speculative fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since January 1983, most of whose members are also film buffs.
Krushenko’s: Conversation and Gaming
Krushenko’s Annex: Conversation and Viewers’ Choice

Dead Cow Party in Con Suite (Room 1100)
Sunday 08:00 pm
Hang out. Graze on the leftovers. Moo a little.

MarsCon 2017
Dragons In Space

March 3-5, 2017

Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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