Preliminary Schedule (as of February 26, 2020 17:46 CST)

We want to give you an idea of what programming you can expect at MarsCon 2020. Many events are suggested, planned, and scheduled at the last minute – so – watch this page for new things. If you have another programming item in mind please head on over to the Program Ideas Page and add your suggestion.

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Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Friday 12:00 pm
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able. After-hours, you may register at the Bridge (1st floor, near Hotel front desk).

Food Drive: MarsCon will be accepting food donations for the Food Group, a network of food shelves, during the convention.

If you are registering at the door for MarsCon 2020, you can get $5 off your registration by donating 5 cans of food, limited to one discount per person. (Please note, the $5 discount cannot be applied to Day Passes.)
If you are a party host and would like to help out, we encourage you to collect donations and bring them to the donation box near Registration/at the Bridge by Sunday.
If you are attending and would like to donate, please drop off your donation at Registration, the Bridge, or a participating party room.

Thank you for your donations and generosity!

Walk-in Artist Check In
Friday 12:00 pm
Located on 1st floor Riverside room. Walk in art will be accepted on a first-come, available-space basis on Friday March 1, from Noon to 7:00 pm.

Art Show - Open for Public Viewing and Bidding
Art Show (Riverside) — Friday 12:00 pm
Welcome to the Art Show! Please support your local artistic community by bidding and bringing home a masterpiece.

Detailed info on how to exhibit and how to buy artwork at MarsCon is listed on the Art Show page.

Note: There is NO AUCTION for the 2020 Art Show. Silent bidding will take place until the Art Show closes at 7:30 pm, Saturday evening. If you have the highest bid at that time, congratulations! Please remember to pick up and pay for your art on Sunday before 1:00 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:

The Playground (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: jewelry, tote bags, plushies, costumes, accessories, articulated dragons, figurines, books, toys & more. Many local authors that like to talk. 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 14

2nd floor, Exec Conference Room (near Registration)

We’re back for year 14. 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.

Trailer Park: Upcoming Movies
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — 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!

Steven Universe and its Slowly Building Arc
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 04:00 pm
Have you been watching Steven Universe? Here’s a chance to discuss the new episode as well as the slow reveal of its back story.
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod.;, David Lenander
Create a Postcard
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 04:00 pm
Decorate a blank mail-able postcard

Rehearsals & Sound Check
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 04:00 pm
Science Room opens
Friday 04:00 pm
Located in Woodlands on the 1st floor, between the Front Desk & Restaurant

Come see how we are transforming science fiction into science fact! Visit the Science Room to view and interact with science exhibits.

Films Viewing
Room 1113 - A/V Room — Friday 04:00 pm
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

Heinlein’s Rules of Writing
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 04:00 pm
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) was a very successful and prolific writer from science fiction’s golden age. He wrote novels, short stories, and even a heroic fantasy novel. He also wrote about writing, listing five rules explicitly and implying four more. If you want to write commercially—and successfully—you may want to stop by.
With: David Walbridge, mod.
SF/Fantasy Music Video Hour
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 05:00 pm
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.

You Can Launch a TV Show, Yes You
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 05:00 pm
This is the platinum era of television, and it’s even easier to get a show in front of audiences! Here are comprehensive instructions on everything to take your idea or concept all the way to broadcast. From streaming options, producer affiliations, marketing, casting, funding, pitching, representation, and everything in between, if you've ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea for a show” this is one you won’t want to miss…
With: T. Aaron Cisco
Anime by request
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Friday 05:00 pm - 45 minutes
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Harry Potter Wands
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 05:00 pm
Come make Harry Potter Wands with Rae!
With: Ellen Rustad
Are We Living in New Atlantis?
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 05:00 pm
Francis Bacon, the English philosopher, scientist, and Courtier left an unfinished scene fiction novella called "New Atlanis" when he died. It was fixed up, published, and became a classic even without a good literary ending. What it did have at its end was a list of "Magnalia Naturae" things that Bacon thought human beings would someday be able to do if they understood how nature worked. Let's go through the list and see where we are.
With: G. David Nordley
How You Build It
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 06:00 pm
Prop maker Erik Pakieser from SciFirepower shares the methods and materials he uses to design and build props from scratch.
With: Erik Pakieser
Some of the Most Well Known Abductions and UFO Incidents
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 06:00 pm

With: Mike Harris, MN MUFON
Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Friday 06:00 pm
Ever wonder how (and if) the laws of physics and the rules of D&D interact? Curious about the cosmology underlying the D&D world? Wondering how killing goblins could cause a character to know more about history? Well join us for a discussion of what early philosophers could teach us about dungeons and dragons (and maybe how D&D can give us insight into these philosophers).
With: Alexander Johnson, mod.
Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 06:00 pm
The Barony of Mystic Dawn is an Amtgard Chapter based out of the Twin Cities, MN, as part of the Kingdom of Polaris. Amtgard is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more. No matter if your interest is competitive sports fighting, finding an outlet for your creative talents, or honing your leadership skills, Amtgard has something to offer you!

Note to parents: Amtgard rules of play apply, and children under 14 may be restricted from play. FFI: https://amtgard.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/MysticDawn.Amtgard/
With: Mystic Dawn Amtgard
UFO Aliens
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 07:00 pm
Come create a UFO with a friendly alien inside!
With: Jen Steffen
Opening Ceremonies
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 07:00 pm - 30 minutes
Thank you for joining us for the 22nd 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 2020.
With: Lee Arenberg, Darla Ecklund, Kathryn Sullivan, Eric M. Heideman, Lauren Mayer
Welcome Actor Guest of Honor, Lee Arenberg!
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 07:30 pm
Lee Arenberg has the remarkable ability to morph himself into frightening aliens, twisted psychotherapists, lascivious entertainment executives and everything in between. Lee’s career on stage, film, and television spans 30 years. He has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Tapeheads, Waterworld, RoboCop 3, Cradle Will Rock, and Dungeons & Dragons. His TV credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and more recently Once Upon a Time. Please join us in welcoming Lee Arenberg to MarsCon!
With: Lee Arenberg
Prop Painting and Weathering Demo
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 08:00 pm
Prop maker Erik Pakieser from Scifirepower demonstrates the methods he uses for painting and weathering props.
With: Erik Pakieser
Our Future Astronomical Vision
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 08:00 pm
We’re on the leading edge of an astronomical frontier where we will match unprecedented telescopes on land and in space with gravitational wave astronomy, where we will be returning a sample from Mars and deploying a rover on Titan. What plans does the astronomy and planetary science community have in the pipeline? In fifty years, what discoveries will we have already made? What is the future of our vision of space?
With: Jessica Ennis, mod.
Writing Craft: Plot
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 08:00 pm
Plot is clearly an important aspect of any story, but if this isn’t a piece of writing that comes naturally to you, it can feel like a vague and nebulous concept that’s hard to pin down. Let’s see if we can make this more clear and come up with some ways to strengthen our plot skills. At its core, what is plot? Are there diagrams, infographics or formulas that can make this easier to understand? How do you make sure your story has a plot? How do you support or bolster weak plot? How much plot do you need? In rewrite, how can you address a buried plot? If you feel comfortable with a simple plot, how do you move on to more complex styles with nested subplots?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, S.N.Arly, mod.
Best Anime of the Last 10 Years Panel
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Friday 08:00 pm
We discuss the best Japanese Animated movies, TV shows and even Japanese RPGs in this panel.
With: Susan Woehrle, mod.
The Saber Legion Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 08:00 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
With: The Saber Legion
Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Friday 08:00 pm
Open hours: 8-11pm
With: Scott Saniti, photographer
Steam Century Scavenger Hunt begins…
Friday 08:00 pm
Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8pm

The Steam Century Scavenger Hunt is back for a double dose of fun both Friday and Saturday nights.
Have fun at the festivities by visiting the group/party rooms and completing various activities!
Pick up Ballots after 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights outside of the Red Ribbon Room 1121!

Turn in completed ballots on Saturday 2-6pm at Red Ribbon Room 1121, and on Sunday Noon-1:00 in the Masquerade Lounge.
With: Susan Claire, The Red Ribbon Society
Autograph Session: Lee Arenberg
Friday 08:30 pm - 45 minutes
Autographs and selfies with Lee Arenberg in the ballroom foyer.
With: Lee Arenberg
Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 08:30 pm
Sponsored by this long-running (since 1986!) speculative fiction magazine/anthology. Meet the staff and contributors, and shake hands with lovely back issues.

Concert set-up
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 08:45 pm
Catnursing! Not Just Shoving Stuff off Tables
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 09:00 pm
Transforming into a Doctor Who character through prosthetics.
With: Bill Hedrick
Remembering the Original Trilogy: Part 1 of the Trilogy Trilogy
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 09:00 pm
It's been over 40 years since Star Wars changed cinema forever. Let’s take some time to reflect on what exactly made these movies work so well, and maybe have some fun with the parts fans tend to ignore.
With: Brian LaBounty, Kevin Berg
Comic Book Movies BEFORE the MCU
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 09:00 pm
A look at the big budget, blockbustering, box office smash superhero films that paved the way for the modern day juggernaut that is the Marvel/Disney machine. From Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batman to Dick Tracy, Meteor Man, Blade, Darkman, and more, let’s compare and contrast the forefathers of our spandex-clad, cinematic world.
With: T. Aaron Cisco, mod.
Bedtime Stories
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 09:00 pm - 45 minutes
Come listen to a bedtime story as we wind down for the night !

Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 09:00 pm
The Barony of Mystic Dawn is an Amtgard Chapter based out of the Twin Cities, MN, as part of the Kingdom of Polaris. Amtgard is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more. No matter if your interest is competitive sports fighting, finding an outlet for your creative talents, or honing your leadership skills, Amtgard has something to offer you!

Note to parents: Amtgard rules of play apply, and children under 14 may be restricted from play. FFI: https://amtgard.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/MysticDawn.Amtgard/
With: Mystic Dawn Amtgard
Kornflake Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 09:00 pm - 30 minutes
Current co-host of “The Flopcast” the always effervescent ‘Kornflake’. See more at: http://flopcast.net/about.html
With: Kornflake
Nightly Karaoke
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — Friday 09:00 pm
Time to rock the mike!
With: Ben Lessinger
Mikey Mason Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 09:30 pm - 30 minutes
Mikey Mason (a nationally touring standup comedian by trade) made a splash on YouTube with the video for his song, “She Don’t Like Firefly,” which spurred the recording of his crowd-funded geek rock/comedy album, “Impotent Nerd Rage.” He recently completed his second geek album, “Barbarian Jetpack,” and is now working on an EP of non-comedic songs inspired by Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods.

Mikey's work has been featured on Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, and in Time Magazine’s Techland. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, the 2011 Geek Media Expo, and RPG conventions across the US. He is also a proud media sponsor of Can’t Stop The Serenity, a fundraiser for Equality Now, and performs at at least one CSTS each year.

“Soooo great!!” - Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity, Homeland, V)
“Hilarious.” “Totally catchy.” “His voice is so awesome that we immediately ran to his website to check out his tour schedule.” - Blastr.com (SyFy Channel)
“This album totally doesn’t suck. Which I like. The music is quality, the guy can sing and play and not to be captain cliche or anything… but I found myself wanting more.” - Audrey Brown, bornforgeekdom.com
“The wordplay is genius.” - Juliette B. Edwards, nerdsraging.com
“My dad had a great sense of humor, knew hundreds of jokes, puns, limericks, etc and would have LOVED your song!” - Cindy Gygax (Daughter of RPG luminary Gary Gygax)

For more information on Mikey Mason please visit the artist’s web site at: http://www.mikeymason.com
With: Mikey Mason
COSTplay Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 10:00 pm
Techniques and methods for creating great, fun, and recognizable Cosplays on a shoestring budget. From buying a costume piece that can fit five different characters to quick and easy alternatives to sewing, and cheap construction techniques for building props, let’s talk about making financially-friendly cos!
With: T. Aaron Cisco, host
Black Mirror
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 10:00 pm
Discussing Black Mirror
With: Diana Tonn, mod.
What are You Writing?
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Friday 10:00 pm
Friendly writers, from aspiring to established, talk about writing projects they’d love to tackle, challenges they find daunting, writers they would most like to write “in the tradition of….” Take it away!
With: Tyler Tork, mod.
Playground Closed
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Friday 10:00 pm
Monitors Sleeping. Come back tomorrow!

Devo Spice Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 10:15 pm - 30 minutes
Devo Spice is a comedy rapper from New Jersey who has been called “the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem.” His demented brand of hip hop has made him one of the most popular artists on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show. Devo Spice founded the comedy rap group Sudden Death whose songs “Cellular Degeneration”, “Getting Old Sucks” and “Pillagers” were the numbers 1, 2, and 4 most requested songs on Dr. Demento in 2007.

Devo Spice performs regularly across the country at music clubs, comedy clubs, and science fiction conventions. He has shared the stage with Dr. Demento, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and many others. The live show features videos and animations synchronized with the music resulting in a hilarious show that goes over very well with a variety of audiences.

Sudden Death broke onto the scene in 2002 when their song Dead Rappers became a hit on the Dr. Demento Show. Devo Spice also teamed up with The Great Luke Ski that year on Luke’s song Peter Parker which went on to become the most requested song of the year. In 2003 Sudden Death hit it big on Dr. Demento with Ozzman, a backhanded tribute to the Prince Of F’ing Darkness.

2005 was a breakthrough year for Sudden Death on Dr. Demento when they had 2 songs in the top 10 at the end of the year with Spam at #10 and Inner Voice at #1. Then in 2007 Sudden Death produced a constant stream of hits on the show resulting in his songs ending up #1, #2, and #4 most requested songs of the year. Devo Spice also appeared as a guest vocalist on the #5 most requested song of the year.

In 2007 Sudden Death became a Core member of The Funny Music Project, or The FuMP (http://www.thefump.com) which releases 2 songs every week for free under a Creative Commons license.

In 2008 Sudden Death released their third album which was titled Fatal Error. The album features the songs mentioned above plus other hilarious original songs and parodies. It was considered for a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album in the fall of 2008.

In late 2008 Devo Spice decided to drop the group name Sudden Death due to rising confusion with other bands using that name.

For more information on Devo Spice please visit the artist’s web site at: http://www.devospice.com
With: Devo Spice
Open Dance/Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 10:30 pm - 45 minutes
Open Costuming and Prop Discussions
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Friday 11:00 pm
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
Marc with a C Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 11:00 pm - 45 minutes
Marc With A C is the musical identity of lo-fi troubadour Marc Sirdoreus. According to his bio, Marc was born at a very young age, and he makes pop music in small, DIY ways, cobbling together any available instruments and recording gear to capture the excitement of the moment – but only using enough sound to serve the song itself. To date, there have been twelve full-length Marc With a C albums, as well as countless EP’s and online-only releases, including the recent follow up to “Unicorns Get More Bacon” entitled “Half Serious, Half Kidding”. Marc is a prolific songwriter that rarely tours, yet somehow this is his second appearance at Marscon. Folks can expect oodles of sarcasm, sweaty pop workouts, singalongs and stories that sometimes have a point, all performed by a guy who maybe wonders what he’s doing here.
http://www.marcwithac.com/
With: Marc Sirdoreus
Playgound Open
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 09:00 am - 45 minutes
Open for Fun!

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Saturday 09:00 am
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able. After-hours, you may register at the Bridge (1st floor, near Hotel front desk).

Food Drive: MarsCon will be accepting food donations for the Food Group, a network of food shelves, during the convention.

If you are registering at the door for MarsCon 2020, you can get $5 off your registration by donating 5 cans of food, limited to one discount per person. (Please note, the $5 discount cannot be applied to Day Passes.)
If you are a party host and would like to help out, we encourage you to collect donations and bring them to the donation box near Registration/at the Bridge by Sunday.
If you are attending and would like to donate, please drop off your donation at Registration, the Bridge, or a participating party room.

Thank you for your donations and generosity!

One Giant Leap - Celebrating Apollo 11 and Looking to Future Human Space Missions
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 10:00 am
Get a peak at the latest Bell original planetarium production, One Giant Leap, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. Using archival recordings of the momentous moments of the Moon landing, this show explores what this event meant to the generation that experienced it as well as those that came afterward and discusses what might be the world’s next “giant leap.”
With: Sarah Komperud, Bell Museum of Natural History
Mask Making
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 10:00 am
Come decorate a mask.
With: Mary Mac
Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 10:00 am
The Barony of Mystic Dawn is an Amtgard Chapter based out of the Twin Cities, MN, as part of the Kingdom of Polaris. Amtgard is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more. No matter if your interest is competitive sports fighting, finding an outlet for your creative talents, or honing your leadership skills, Amtgard has something to offer you!

Note to parents: Amtgard rules of play apply, and children under 14 may be restricted from play. FFI: https://amtgard.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/MysticDawn.Amtgard/
With: Mystic Dawn Amtgard
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: Senior Master Robert Frankovich White Tiger Martial Arts (Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo & Haidong Gumdo) Midwest Haidong Gumdo
Dealers / Props / Science rooms open
Saturday 10:00 am
Dementia Water Aerobics with Kornflake!
Saturday 10:00 am
Meet at the Pool at 10am

Current co-host of The Flopcast the always effervescent “Kornflake” adds to the geek fitness events happening at MarsCon by leading a one-hour session of water aerobics, doing workouts set to some of the best comedy music of the past year and beyond! She’s a certified instructor, and these sessions will be done at a beginners/intermediate level. It’s happening Saturday at 10:00 am. So get up, get wet, get fit, and get wacky with Kornflake!
With: Kornflake
Art Show - Open for Public Viewing, Bidding, and Print Shop Sales
Art Show (Riverside) — Saturday 10:00 am
Films Viewing
Room 1113 - A/V Room — Saturday 10:00 am
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon. See room for showtimes.

A Peek Into the Indie Writer World
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 10:00 am
What’s an indie writer? What are some reasons writers choose to go indie? What are the pros and cons of choosing this over a traditional path? How does this even work? What tricks, tips, and tools are helpful? What pitfalls exist to be avoided?
With: S.N.Arly, mod.
Crewed Space Exploration 2020 Update
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 11:00 am
China’s Xichang is set for 20 space launches in 2020. Hear and discuss the latest news.
With: Ben Huset, mod.; MN Space Frontier Society
Massive Literary Autographing 1
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 11:00 am

With: Kathryn Sullivan
On Acting: Guest of Honor Lee Arenberg
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 11:00 am

With: Lee Arenberg
Harry Potter for kids
Saturday 11:00 am
Activities in the Harry Potter party room (1122) for age 10 and under Harry Potter fans. Try your arm with the Dobby Sock Toss, Pin the Nose on Voldemort, and go hunting around the con hotel for Dragon Eggs (8 different colors to find, each one with a treat!). Come back to the room when your quest is done, for some cookies and a prize !

(ALL children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Unattended children will be escorted to the Bridge.)

2019 Movie Retrospective
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 11:00 am
Was Joker worth the hype? Was Endgame a satisfying closing chapter? Were It, Child’s Play, and Pet Semetary worth remaking? A look back at the overlooked, overrated, best, AND worst films of 2019.
With: T. Aaron Cisco
Aliens/Colonial Marine Costuming
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Erik Pakieser shares insight from his 20+ years of Aliens/Colonial Marines costuming. Learn about building different “levels” of costume based on your fabricating skill and budget, as well as what’s “screen accurate”, what’s “close enough” and “expanded universe” canon.
With: Erik Pakieser
Get on the RADIO! Ham Radio Hour
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 12:00 pm
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
Round Robin Poetry Readings
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Poets sign up in advance to read from their work.
With: Ruth Berman, et al.
Dementia Smackdown Wrestling
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — 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: Hosted by Commissioner J.P. Tuesday and Duke “Flyboy” DuJour
Bookmark making
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Come make a book mark !
With: Brittany Vaillancourt & Cindy Ulrich
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
With: The Saber Legion
Autograph Session: Lee Arenberg
Saturday 12:00 pm - 45 minutes
Autographs and selfies with Lee Arenberg in the ballroom foyer.
With: Lee Arenberg
Twenty-First Century Westerns
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Since The Great Train Robbery (1903) the movie Western has managed to re-invent itself with each decade. Let’s look at some of the distinctive Westerns released in the last 20 years. This panel is sponsored by Con-Sarnit 13, a Western convention to be held Friday night and Saturday, June 5 and 6, 2020, at the Best Western Plus Hotel—Como Park, by Bandana Square, St Paul.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod., Tyler Tork
Cybermen, Daleks and Robots, Oh My!
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Get up close and personal with these creative prop people.
With: Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi, Steve Roberts, Bill Kimball
In Defense of the Prequels: Part 2 of the Trilogy Trilogy
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 01:00 pm
After 20 years of people critically slamming the Star Wars prequel trilogy for being bad, it feels appropriate to try looking at what the films did well. Join us in a realistic discussion about the positives of the prequels.
With: Brian LaBounty, Kevin Berg, Nathan Block
Charge More: 16 Ideas for Successful Creatives
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Let’s talk about your career: how do you mix creativity with business success? What’s the difference between a skilled creator and a profitable one? Come hear from a successful creator with more than 30 years of business success. For artists, writers, musicians, performers, actors, puppeteers, creators, et al. (from his forthcoming book).
With: David Otto Walbridge, instructor
Lizards & Snakes !
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Scheduled to appear :
Mexican Black King snake
Box Turtle
3 lined mud turtle.
leopard gecko.
With: Jim Soos, Minnesota Herpetological Society
Zumba!
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Come join the dance party to world music including fandom favorites like Dr Who and the Tardis and James Bond Technostyle! Consider it your warm-up for the Masquerade Ball. Plus, all the calories you burn off will make you fit better into that costume you’ve been wanting in the Dealer’s Room.

Bring/drink lots of water and dress comfortably to move your body 😊
With: Rachel Beise, host
Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 01:00 pm
The Barony of Mystic Dawn is an Amtgard Chapter based out of the Twin Cities, MN, as part of the Kingdom of Polaris. Amtgard is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more. No matter if your interest is competitive sports fighting, finding an outlet for your creative talents, or honing your leadership skills, Amtgard has something to offer you! FFI: https://amtgard.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/MysticDawn.Amtgard/
With: Mystic Dawn Amtgard
Author Guest of Honor Reading
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Author GOH Kathryn Sullivan reads from her work.

With: Kathryn Sullivan
Steam Century Mystery Game begins
Saturday 01:30 pm
Saturday at 1:30pm-6:00pm in Room 1121
With: Susan Claire, The Red Ribbon Society
Mold Making and Casting for Costumes and Props
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 02:00 pm
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 and techniques. The first hour will cover making one-part and two-part molds. The second hour will cover making castings.

Advisory: Some materials used in this session may be irritants for those with chemical sensitivities.
With: Roger Sorensen
Star Trek Universe
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 02:00 pm
A talk about the last 54 years of Star Trek, We will cover all 7 shows, the 13 movies, and the 4 shows in development, There will be spoilers and will most heavily cover; Short Treks, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery season 3, Lower Decks, and the upcoming Section 31 and Nickelodeon animated series, plus mix in some good memorizes from Star Treks past.
With: Tony Artym, Joan Marie Verba
The Saber Legion Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 02:00 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
With: The Saber Legion
Michael William Hunter Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 02:00 pm - 30 minutes
Michael William Hunter is an actor, a writer, a podcaster, and now a comedy song-writer. He’s from the cold, harsh lands of Alaska and has spent his many winters inside his room consuming all forms of pop culture he could get his hands on. Now, he lives in Los Angeles and uses this knowledge of music, games and television to write song parodies of songs he grew up listening to. His first and most notable song he’s done is “Alfred Matthew Yankovic” which is a song about the king of parody, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and also doubles as a parody of the opening number from Hamilton: An American Musical: “Alexander Hamilton”. It ranked #2 on The Dr. Demento Show’s Top 5 for March and April 2018 and reached #4 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 of 2018. It also was nominated for a Logan Whitehurst Memorial Award for “Outstanding Parody Song of 2018”. Michael also co-hosts a podcast about “Weird Al" Yankovic’s music called “The ‘Weird Al’Phabet”, where they discuss every one of Yankovic's songs in alphabetical order.

For more information on Michael William Hunter please visit the artist's web site at: https://www.pipedreampodcasts.com/michael-william-hunter
With: Michael William Hunter
Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Saturday 02:00 pm
Open Hours: 2-10pm; with a break during Masquerade
With: Scott Saniti, photographer
Sci-Firepower Collection Tour
Saturday 02:00 pm
Erik Pakieser provides a guided tour of the his Sci-Firepower prop collection, featuring props and weapons from various sci-fi and action films, including the largest collection of Aliens/Colonial Marine props in the upper Midwest. Tour in Prop-a-Torium aka: Exec Board room 2nd floor.
With: Erik Pakieser
The Space Program in the Trump Era, Year Four
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 02:00 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 and Trump Administrations. This time we look at developments in the third and early fourth years of Trump, including the Space Force.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod.; , Ben Huset, G. David Nordley
Indy Showcase: Distant Calling Pictures (NR)
Room 1113 - A/V Room — Saturday 02:30 pm
A Return of Minnesota film-making team DISTANT CALLING PICTURES is proud to present selected works for your viewing enjoyment. This 90 minute program will consist of short films ranging from drama, horror, dark comedy and action. Q&A with filmmakers to follow.
With: Nathan Block, Distant Calling Pictures
Il Neige Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 02:45 pm - 30 minutes
Il Neige (it’s French) is an L.A. based songwriter whose love of the electric guitar is matched only by his passion for Simpsons quotes. He began producing comedy music in 2014 with “Sub Zero”, widely regarded as the moment “Let It Go” parodies stopped being funny, and has since gone on to spoof Bastille, the Beatles, and more. His originals walk the line between silly and sincere, covering topics ranging from Nintendo, to the memification of Christmas, to… okay, so it’s mostly Nintendo. His most recent project is “Rock that Pokemon”, a Youtube series that attempts to immortalize all 800+ of the little buggers through song. Citing influence from Green Day, Weezer, and whichever Ska band is playing in Anaheim tonight, Neige believes there’s always room for a little more Geek in your Rock.

For more information on Il Neige please visit the artist’s web site at: http://youtube.com/ilneige
With: Il Neige
All Things John Wick
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Discussion of the John Wick universe. Speculation about the High Table, the Continental, John’s past, and where the series may go, as well as the production and behind-the-scenes of these films.
With: Erik Pakieser, mod.
Massive Literary Autographing 2
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 03:00 pm
For the Love of Miniatures
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Let’s talk about miniatures!
Featuring an array of miniature enthusiasts with a combined sixty years of experience in the hobby. We discuss painting, prepping, collecting, what’s old, what’s new, and what needs to be made. How to use miniatures to enhance your game. Kitbashing and customization, 3D printing and Kickstarters. Q and A with our audience, slideshow of our work in the background, and handouts on many topics.Come share your enthusiasm and help this hobby grow!
With: Kris Spiesz, Mod. Chandra Reyer, Laura Thurston, Deborah Spiesz
Journals
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Come decorate a blank Journal !
With: Brittany Vaillancourt
Intro to Sword
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 03:00 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: Senior Master Robert Frankovich White Tiger Martial Arts (Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo & Haidong Gumdo) Midwest Haidong Gumdo
Building an SF Community
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 03:00 pm
Participants in the Greater Minnesota SF Community talk about how it compares in range and diversity with the Minnesota music, theater, and art scenes, and art scenes, with suggestions on how Minnesota SF can continue to grow.
With: Eric M. Heideman, mod., David Lenander, Tyler Tork
TV’s Kyle & Lindzilla Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 03:15 pm - 30 minutes
Kyle Carrozza has worked at Cartoon Network as the creator and lead voice actor of your 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! In 2014 he married his long-time girlfriend and frequent on-stage vocalist / dinosaur-outfit-wearer, Lindsay Smith, aka LINDZILLA, who also worked on Mighty MagiSwords as a character designer! He also co-hosts the bi-monthly animation podcast Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons with the great Luke Ski and is one half of the duo Scooter Picnic with Insane Ian, which he describes as “bloopcore quirkhop” as if those words have meaning. Silly cartoon man.
http://tvskyle.net/
With: TV’s Kyle & Lindzilla
Masquerade Orientation
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Mandatory meeting for all those entering the costume contest. Last chance to register.

Note to contestants: If groups bring a thumb drive, we can get you coverage of your main stage event.
With: George Richard, Masquerade Director
Ancient Gods
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Discussion of ancient Gods according to the book by Dr. Rita Louise.
With: Mike Harris, MN MUFON
Fun Science Experiments
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Come join us while we do fun science experiments by Century Students !
With: Anthony Iovinella & Scott Zieman
Now U Know with Sam Hedden
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 04:00 pm
vblog – Closed set
With: Sam Hedden, Andy Watson, Percilla Watson
The Great Luke Ski Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 04:00 pm - 30 minutes
At Dragon*Con 2004, Dr. Demento declared “the great Luke Ski” to be his radio program’s “Most Requested Artist of the 21st Century”. Since then, Luke held onto that title by having his nerdy comedy songs on The Dr. Demento Show’s annual year-end “Funny 25” countdown of his most requested songs of the year for 16 years in a row, with a whopping FIVE of them reaching the #1 spot, including his most recent hit “Candybars”. Luke Ski worked as a storyboarder, writer, and voice-over artist for Cartoon Network’s MIGHTY MAGISWORDS, created by TV’s Kyle. Luke has been the Chair of the MarsCon Dementia Track since its inception in the mid 2000s, and delights in making Ian write all this copy so he doesn’t have to do it himself. ;P
http://www.thegreatlukeski.com
With: Luke Ski
Psi Powers: Science Fiction or Fantasy or What?
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Psi powers used to be a mainstay of science fiction. Andre Norton’s stories, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, Ann McCaffrey’s Dragonriders and Rowan series, James Schmit’s Agent of Vega series, Zenna Henderson’s The People 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 were labelled fantasy. The Liaden Universe has psi powers in an otherwise science fiction universe. Other recent works have aliens with psi powers. Has labeling shifted back or did it ever really change?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod., S.N. Arly, Ruth Berman, David Lenander, Tyler Tork
Music Guest of Honor Lauren Mayer Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 04:45 pm
Lauren is a satirical songwriter who has been around so long, some of her earlier songs were played on The Dr. Demento Show before the internet. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale, a 5-time recipient of the San Francisco Cabaret Gold Award, and the writer-producer-performer for several albums of comedy songs, including Psycho Super Mom, Return of Psycho Super Mom, Latkes, Shmatkes, and the soon-to-be-released “If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)”. She has also provided custom comedy for corporate meetings, fundraisers, conventions and private parties, including Wells Fargo, Hewlett-Packard, and the California Association of Funeral Directors, among others, as well as writing several published children’s musicals, plays, and educational songs. And for the past 2 years she has written a brand new song every week, based on current events, recorded it and created a video for her youTube channel. She is a card-carrying Jewish mother who secretly hopes for a gay son (so he’ll never leave me for another woman.)

For more information on Lauren Mayer please visit the artist’s web site at: http://www.laurenmayer.com
With: Lauren Mayer
Indy showcase: The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head - NR
Room 1113 - A/V Room — Saturday 04:45 pm
A quirky comedy about the unlikely friendship between the frozen head of Walt and Peter, a low level theme park employee. During his yearly thaw to oversee the direction of his company and guard his creative legacy, Walt demands to be finally allowed up to see his park, Walt Disney World. When management scoffs, he recruits Peter to kidnap him for a day in the Magic Kingdom. The movie was made without the knowledge or permission of the Walt Disney Company or family. It has not been authorised or approved by either and those organizations have no responsibility for its content.

Sewing Tips and Tricks for Newbies
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Giving basic sewing suggestions to those who are just starting out making their own costumes. From selection of materials, to finishing methods, The DreamStitcher will field questions, and offer suggestions.
With: Rae Lundquist
Getting to Mars and Back
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Why Musk's astronauts don't need nine months to get there and why they shouldn't, how H.G. Wells stole Jules Verne's cannon and gave it to the Martians, Heinlein's classic Moon-Mars passage, how fast New Horizons could have gotten to Mars if launched at the right time and direction; an introduction to the real, messy, universe of mission planning and orbital mechanics.
With: G. David Nordley
Doctor Who? Doctor What if…?
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Explore the What Ifs of the Doctor Who universe! What if Nine faced the Weeping Angels, what if Three traveled with Donna, what if Eight had gotten a series? Not to mention, the real-world possibilities (in terms of casting, writing, directing, etc)…
With: T. Aaron Cisco, mod.; Diana Tonn
How to Make a Short Film
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Saturday 05:00 pm
After 10 years, 30 short films, a pile of nominations and 6 awards, Nathan Block and his Distant Calling Pictures production team are seasoned veterans of indie short film creation. Whether you are seeking to make your own film, aspiring to act or are just film-curious, we’d love to talk to you! Drop by our panel. Everyone gets a free gift just for showing up!
With: Nathan Block, Distant Calling Pictures
Chrome Dalek
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 05:00 pm - 45 minutes
Come check out the Dalek
With: Bill Kimball
Meeting: SF Writing Groups: The 2020 Scene
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 05:00 pm
Since 1986 the Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Alliance (MIFWA) has held an annual meeting at a local SF convention—first Minicon, then CONvergence, now MarsCon—at which representatives of science fiction/fantasy 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, convenor, Michael Merriam
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.

Bite Sized Writing: Creativity in the (Very) Short Forms
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 06:00 pm
No time to write a novel? Come and learn to write little stuff: jokes, slogans, micro-fiction taglines, buttons, and more. We might even discuss creating characters fast.
With: David Walbridge
Masquerade Rehearsal
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 06:00 pm
Dealers & Science close
Saturday 06:00 pm
Through the Magic Door: The Appeal of Portal Fantasy
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Stories where people are transported to other worlds, parallel dimensions or into virtual games are popular again. What are the appeal of portal fantasies versus secondary world fantasies? Are the current ones slanted more toward adult readers or children and teens?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod., S.N. Arly, Ruth Berman, David Lenander, Tyler Tork
Good Luck Fairies
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Come make a fairy friend for good luck
With: Jen Steffen
Open Dance/Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Masquerade/Cosplay Contest & Half-time Show “Kling Arthur”
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 07:00 pm
A grand costume contest with prizes and half-time entertainment!

Halftime Show: “Kling Arthur”
You’ve heard the tales of the once and future King, but maybe that legend started on another planet. Enjoy “Kling Arthur” a Star Trek and King Arthur tale of quests and honor.
With: Lee Arenberg, Judge, George Richard, Masquerade Director; Bill Hedrick and Michelle Frank, Judges; Halftime Show Starring: Erin McCanna, Gillian Chan, Patrick Fisher, Laura Thurston, Kyle MacDonald, Alois Tschampl, Jen Curti, and Chandra Reyer.
Props closes
Saturday 07:00 pm
Arcana Meeting
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Let’s talk about the long-running “Convention of the Dark Fantastic” and the group of classic horror fanciers who ran it, and brainstorm possibilities for the future. A revived full-service convention? A relaxacon including a few Program items, perhaps continuing last fall’s co-sponsored relaxacon with DeCongestant? A classic horror book club? A 501( c )3 organization? A continuation of small informal gatherings such as this? That is not dead that can eternal lie….
With: Eric M. Heideman
Dealing With Rejection
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 08:00 pm
It’s a part of the game. If you’re an artist of any kind and you actually want to get read, or perform, or have your art displayed, you have to learn how to handle the inevitable and innumerable rejections that follow the submission/audition process. What works? What doesn’t? Even if you have a good way of dealing with it, are there times you end up in a funk? How do you recover from that? Bring your best and worst rejection stories.
With: Kathryn Sullivan, S.N.Arly, mod.; Tyler Tork
Steam Century Scavenger Hunt begins…
Saturday 08:00 pm - 45 minutes
The Steam Century Scavenger Hunt is back for a double dose of fun both Friday and Saturday nights.
Have fun at the festivities by visiting the group/party rooms and completing various activities!
Pick up Ballots after 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights outside of the Red Ribbon Room 1121!
Turn in completed ballots on Saturday 2-6pm at Red Ribbon Room 1121, and on Sunday Noon-1:00 in the Masquerade Lounge.
With: Susan Claire, The Red Ribbon Society
Diversicon/Con-Sarnit Party
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 08:30 pm
Co-sponsored by Diversicon 28, a multicultural, multimedia convention to be held August 7-9, 2020, at the Crown Plaza Minneapolis West with Guest of Honor Michael Merriam and Special Guest Abra Staffin-Wiebe, and Con-sarnit 13, a Western convention to be held Friday evening, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at the Best Western Plus—Como Park.

Dissecting the Sequels: Part 3 of the Trilogy Trilogy
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 09:00 pm
Nobody hates Star Wars more than Star Wars fans. Is that hate deserved? Has Disney created unflawed masterpieces? Join some nerds at a table pretending to be authorities on the subject of film theory and world-building as we let competing thoughts flow freely. Spoilers everywhere.
With: Brian LaBounty, Nathan Block, Kevin Berg
Learn All About Comedy Writing
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 09:00 pm
Want to write the funny? Come and learn the techniques and tools for writing jokes, scripts and books. Hear from the pros how its done - we might even be funny. It’s as simple as one, two, badger.*
With: David Walbridge, mod.
Dalek reprise / Bedtime stories
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 09:00 pm - 45 minutes
Come check out the Dalek again! & Come listen to a bedtime story as we wind down for the night !
With: Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi
Jupiter…
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 09:00 pm - 45 minutes
An A/V presentation. See a more complete description at MarsCon.
With: DJ Strobelife
Nightly Karaoke begins
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — Saturday 09:00 pm

With: Ben Lessinger
Costume Show & Tell & Swap
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Bring stuff. Take stuff. We all love to make stuff.

Ghost Hunting 101: Learn How to Be a Paranormal Investigator
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 10:00 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
What Are You Reading?
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Saturday 10:00 pm
What a great time for readers to be alive. Traditional print, e-books, self-publishing, fan fiction…. What are we reading? Recommendations, and ideas. And what got us into science fiction, fantasy, comics, or manga in the first place?

Playground Closed
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Monitors Sleeping. See you tomorrow !

Burlesque - 18+
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 10:00 pm
Back for their Eighth 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: Holly Dazzle, Champagne, Phoenix De La Rosa, Dean D'Monic, Tre'Da Marc
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
46 Years in 46 Minutes: A Brief History of Dungeons & Dragons
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Join a DM who has run all 10 version of D&D (yes,10), as he takes you through a whirlwind tour of the D&D editions, and the stories behind their creation.
With: Alexander Johnson, host
Feng Shui Ninjas Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 11:00 pm - 45 minutes
The Feng Shui Ninjas are Justin Hartley, Dave Stagner, John Kentner, and Tamara Anne, and they have come to rearrange the furniture between your ears with their music. Blurring the lines between rock, folk, and common sense, they bring the bizarre when they rock the MarsCon stage.
http://www.fengshuininjas.com
With: Feng Shui Ninjas
Playgound Open
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 09:00 am - 45 minutes
Come join us for fun

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Sunday 09:00 am
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able.

Food Drive: MarsCon will be accepting food donations for the Food Group, a network of food shelves, during the convention.
If you are a party host and would like to help out, we encourage you to collect donations and bring them to the donation box near Registration/at the Bridge by Sunday.
If you are attending and would like to donate, please drop off your donation at Registration, the Bridge, or a participating party room.

Thank you for your donations and generosity!

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.

Charity Auction
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 10:00 am
Come, bid on donated items, and raise money for worthwhile causes! Charity Auction proceeds will be split between the Gordy Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund which benefits aspiring SF authors and Crescent Cove which provides a home and retreat for families and children facing a shortened lifespan. Please consider contributing to the Charity Auction any way you can--by bidding, by donating, by volunteering. We are able to take donations up until an hour before the auction. Donations may be brought to the Bridge which is located on first floor, across from the hotel’s front desk. Thank you for your generosity!


Art Pick-up & Checkout, Print Shop and Quick Sales
Art Show (Riverside) — Sunday 10:00 am
If you bid on a piece, and it didn’t go to a higher bidder, please come down to the Art Show to pay and pick up your gorgeous artwork. Thank you for supporting the Art Show and local artists!

Resounding Health 2
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 10:30 am
How you can help your body heal with Complementary Alternative Medicine. Those who have used some of these techniques have found cure Concrud, C. Diff., migraines, colds, and put into remission, fibromyalgia, and asthma. Sound, RF, Electrical, Reflexology, and Reike may be discussed among others.
With: Joe Swenson
The Saber Legion Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Sunday 11:00 am
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
Dealers Room, Prop-A-Torium & Science Room open
Sunday 11:00 am
Author Guest of Honor Interview: Kathryn Sullivan
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 11:00 am
Learn about different aspects and interests of our Author GOH.
With: Kathryn Sullivan
Guest of Honor Lee Arenberg Q&A
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 11:30 am

With: Lee Arenberg
Steampunk Craft Hour
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Create a mechanical collage, color your own vintage paper dolls, assemble beads (new items and equipment), or build a helium airship!
With: Susan Claire, The Red Ribbon Society
Future Space & Alternate Crewed Space Visions
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Discussion includes reference to For All Mankind, The Expanse, Lost in Space, Wandering Earth, Mars by National Geographic, and Salyut 7.
With: Ben Huset, Christine LaBounty
Is the Federation…Good?
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Star Trek is widely praised for its seemingly progressive depiction of equality and acceptance. But is that praise deserved? Is the Federation really as benevolent as it seems?
With: T. Aaron Cisco, mod.; Diana Tonn
Anime viewing
Anime/YA (IV - Hawk’s Ridge) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Bead Lizards
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Come make a bead lizard and leave with a new friend!
With: Brittany Vaillancourt
Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Sunday 12:00 pm
The Barony of Mystic Dawn is an Amtgard Chapter based out of the Twin Cities, MN, as part of the Kingdom of Polaris. Amtgard is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more. No matter if your interest is competitive sports fighting, finding an outlet for your creative talents, or honing your leadership skills, Amtgard has something to offer you!

Note to parents: Amtgard rules of play apply, and children under 14 may be restricted from play. FFI: https://amtgard.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/MysticDawn.Amtgard/
With: Mystic Dawn Amtgard
Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Sunday 12:00 pm
Open hours: Noon-4pm
With: Scott Saniti, photographer
Writing Craft: Character Development
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Characters are an essential part of the stories we read and watch. Writing compelling characters doesn’t come easy to everyone, so let’s talk about how we can do this better. What purpose do characters serve? What techniques can writers use to give their characters depth? What is a character flaw and why can these be important? How do other aspects of writing such as dialogue, description, and narrative tie into development of characters? How much back story do we really need, and how much should we show?
With: Kathryn Sullivan, S.N.Arly, mod.
Autograph Session: Lee Arenberg
Sunday 12:30 pm - 45 minutes
Autographs and selfies with Lee Arenberg in the ballroom foyer.
With: Lee Arenberg
Open Costuming and Prop Discussions
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Future Dude’s Worlds of Tomorrow
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Explore upcoming sci-fi projects from writer, director designer Jeffrey Morris as he discusses the upcoming feature film PERSEPHONE the first film to take viewers on a realistic journey to Proxima Centauri and SATURN 5— a television series for National Geographic Kids that features a daring romp through the Solar System in the near future.
With: Jeffrey Morris
Midwest Mythologic Creatures
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Why do writers look for monsters and magical critters elsewhere, when we have so many amazing creatures here? The US has all sorts of interesting creatures, and the Midwest is chock full of hodags, hoop snakes, windigo, sprinter cats, and agripelters.
With: S.N.Arly, mod.
Tool Time: Disassemble & Destroy
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Time to work with common tools and see what makes common household devices like toasters work. MarsCon families, please bring stuff to destroy: old small appliances, toasters, blenders, cameras, toys, phones, laptops, computer boxes.

WARNING: When working with tools, there is a possibility of injury. Eye protection will be provided, and this activity will be supervised. Help from parents or volunteers welcome and encouraged.
With: Michael Kauper
Karl Brown Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 01:00 pm - 30 minutes
Karl Brown was a writer, pianist/keyboardist, and vocalist in the 1980s San Francisco band Automatic Pilot. In 2007 he started recording his own songs and posting them to the FuMP Sideshow and Mad Music. He has participated in various collaboritave projects including Hey Birthday Boy, Mr. Smith Goes To The Hospital, and the Art Paul Schlosser remix project. He has performed at the MarsCon Dementia Fan Showcase, and made his Main Stage debut in the 2014 FuMP Jukebox. Karl has also composed experimental electronic music, and works as a software developer.

For more information on Karl Brown please visit the artist’s web site at: www.automaticpilot.org
With: Karl Brown
What is Afrofuturism?
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Going beyond Black Panther, what is this “Afrofuturism” that is getting so much more mainstream attention now? Learn about the history, the contemporary applications, and what makes this subgenre of speculative fiction distinctive.
With: T. Aaron Cisco, mod.
Brett Glass Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 01:30 pm - 30 minutes
Brett Glass is an Electrical Engineer, science nonfiction author, inventor, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter based in Laramie, Wyoming. Known to the computer community as the author of Borland’s “Turbo Pascal Tutor” (which taught tens of thousands of people to program) and as a columnist for some of the earliest computer magazines (including Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia, BYTE, PC World, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, and Boardwatch), he helped to bring up the modern Internet as a graduate student at Stanford. He also founded LARIAT, the world’s first wireless ISP, which has been operating for 25 years. He continues to run LARIAT and also Glass Rental Management, which has taken on the multiyear project of restoring the tallest building in downtown Laramie – built in the 1920s and suffering from years of neglect and a dangerously broken elevator – to its former glory.

The first records Brett owned as a child were Sheb Wooley’s hit single “The Purple People Eater” and the soundtrack from the movie Mary Poppins, both of which could be said to have shaped his musical tastes to this day. He has been composing silly songs and parodies (as well as some serious material) for as long as he can remember. Formerly the bass player for Jim Burrill’s comedy music trio Sounds Like Fun and Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover’s Avalon (the precursor of Avalon Rising), he’s a regular performer in the Marscon Dementia Track and at FuMPFest and pops up at filk conventions when he is able to escape briefly from his two businesses. He loves creating complex backing tracks stitched together with digital audio workshop software, but also loves to jam and improvise; he’ll often take a bass or guitar to a bluegrass or rock jam with no prior knowledge of the songs being played, guided only by his ears and a view of a guitarist’s left hand.
With: Brett Glass
Characteristics of Alien Abductees, Close Encounters and Sightings
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 02:00 pm

With: Mike Harris, MN MUFON
The New Doctor
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 02:00 pm
If the new season of Doctor Who has started, a chance to discuss the episodes. If not, a look back at the previous season and discuss what hints have been given for the 2020 one (writers, directors, announced stars).

With: Kathryn Sullivan, mod., Diana Tonn
Fan Guest of Honor Interview
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 02:00 pm
Fan GOH Eric M. Heideman is interviewed by Polly Jo Peterson

With: Eric M. Heideman, Polly Jo Peterson
Beth Kinderman and the Player Characters Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 02:15 pm - 30 minutes
Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters are a Minneapolis-based band consisting of Justin Hartley (drums, accordion, percussion), Beth Kinderman (vocals, guitar, bass), and Dave Stagner (guitar, bass). Since forming in 2008, they have also been joined by a variety of backing vocalists and collaborating instrumentalists including Elizabeth Greenberg, Lizzie Gross, Tami Murck, Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich, and Nikki Walker. Beth, Dave, and Justin first met in a music circle at MarsCon 2007, and formalized their partnership for MarsCon 2008 after Beth teamed up with Dave to record her first album at his Extraterrestrial Highway Studios. Since then, they’ve released three full-length CDs (All Of My Heroes Are Villains, Apocalypse Blues, More Songs About Robots & Death) and two EPs (Winter Is Coming, Return Of The Son Of More Songs About Robots & Death) on TropeStorm Records (www.tropestorm.com). Their music is an eclectic mix of progressive rock, folk, punk, and filk influences, all tied together with Beth’s poetic lyrics and memorable melodies. They’ve performed around the Midwest at venues including the 7th Street Entry, Terminal Bar, Wild Tymes, The Coffee Grounds, Dunn Brothers Coffee, Acoustic Cafe, Twin Cities Pagan Pride, and Grinnell College; and conventions including MarsCon, CONvergence, Minicon, DemiCon, ICON, No Brand Con, and Windycon. Much of their output consists of serious songs about geeky topics (comic books, Star Wars, zombies, Battlestar Galactica, roleplaying and video games, fantasy novels, Game of Thrones, etc…), but they also write the occasional dementia or parody track and are thrilled to team up with the FuMP to help their funny music reach its audience.

For more information on Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters please visit the artist’s web site at: http://www.bethkinderman.com
With: Beth Kinderman, Justin Hartley, and Dave Stagner
Tea and Parlour Games
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Sunday 02:30 pm
Take a break from conquering the galaxy and join Steam Century for tea and Victorian games. Various games run between 2:30-3:30, so join and leave as you want.
With: Susan Claire, The Red Ribbon Society
Question and Answer Session with Author, Psychic, and Paranormal Investigator Adrian Lee
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Sunday 03:00 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
DIY, But Didn’t Die
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Contemporary Afrofuturism author T. Aaron Cisco along with other local, indie, spec fic authors read excerpts, share stories, and share insights into the indie author scene.
With: T. Aaron Cisco
Project pick up
Playground (V - Mallard Point) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Last chance to make sure you come grab any projects you left with us before you leave MarsCon2020. Thank you for joining us this year.

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 perhaps volunteer for) this multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention, the 28th edition of which is to be held August 7-9, 2020.
With: Eric M. Heideman
Closing Ceremonies
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — 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.

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 and science fiction book discussion book discussion group that has met regularly since January 1983, most of whose members are also film buffs.
Krushenko’s: Conversation and Gaming
Krusheno’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.


Midevil MarsCon

MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March (sometimes in late February) in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade. The Dementia track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.

MarsCon 2020

“Visions of the Future”
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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