Schedule of Events - Saturday

Themed Filk -- Starry Starry Night! With Jane Garthson

Fairy Tales in Moderinity

  • Saturday 9:00a - 10:00a
  • Dennison 1&2

How fairy tales influence the modern world

(Catherynne Valente, Peter Beagle, Jason Ahlquist, Jim Hines)

Gothic BellyDancing

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • Niles 1&2

The dark side of belly dance. Notes on Gothic Belly Dance and how your can blend it into your style of belly dance. T opics covered include costuming, make-up and hair, music selection, body movements, props, know yoru venue and crowd

(Shetan Noir)

Ubiquitous Unicorn Undertakings

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • KidFusion

Unicorn activities will be ever-present during this hour of fun!

(Larc Bogdan)

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • Salon F

They're everywhere. They're taking over. But how is it done? Come watch as Zombies are created. Get make-up tips. Costuming tips. Special effects tips. Acting tips. Everything you need to start a zombie apocolypse and overrun your neighborhood. A seminar by a 12 year experience horror and make-up actor and artist

(Brett Katz)

Dawn, Exploring the Asteroid Belt on an ION drive

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • Dennison 1&2

Propelled by a solar powered ion drive, the Dawn spacecraft is on it's way to orbit the two largest members of the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres. Hear how things are going and about all the science we plan to do when we arrive.

(Steve Collins)

Sci-Fi Television

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • Salon E

It's another season of network programming! What happened to Heroes? Sara Connor and Dollhouse dumped, sexy Vampires, the "Visitors" and the Prisoner have arrived and LOST! A discussion panel on the new, returning and revamped shows that fall under the sci-fi, supernatural and other cross-over genre

(Diane Frkan, Dr. Philip Kaldon, Ed Gardiner)

Rate Fail: Does it matter how much writers get paid for short fiction?

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • Dennison 3&4

A new market offers genre writers one-fifth of a cent per word, but considers it okay because it's the exposure that counts. Yet this is less than the pulps paid eighty years ago, even unadjusted for inflation. Minimum SFWA pro rates are 5 cents a word, and even that isn't a lot of money. Exposure versus payment? For The Luv versus Business? Does money equal quality? Authors discuss differing views on these questions.

(Catherynne Valente, Jim Hines, Mike Resnick)

Introduction to ConFusion

  • Saturday 10:00a - 11:00a
  • Salon G

So this is your first Con? Come along and find out from others who've been here before what to do, how to have fun and other exciting things at ConFusion

(David Gibbs, Anne Murphy)

So you want to record an album? Part 1

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Niles 1&2

Learn about recording an album from the technicians point of view in Part 1 of this 2 part panel!

(Kevin Wiley, Bill Roper, Phil Mills)

KinderFilk

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • KidFusion

Come sing and dance along and have filking fun!

(SJ Tucker, Tom Jeffers, Sue Jeffers)

Costuming on a Budget

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Salon F

Learn the tips and tricks to putting together the best costume for your money. Costuming doesn't have to empty your wallet while filling your closet.

(Duae Cat)

Mars Science Laboratory

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Dennison 1&2

Set for launch in 2011, the MSL Rover will be the size of an SUV and able to travel up to 20km. Touching down on Mars using a unique "sky crane" landing system, it will begin a 2 year survey of the surface.

(Steve Collins)

Cutting your heating bill

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Dennison 3&4

Electricity prices are going up, so will gas prices again as the global economy comes back. How do you cut your heating bill and maybe your tax bill as well? What can an average person do to cut the utility bills besides turn down the thermostat and wear sweaters?

(Doug Houseman)

Dark Carnivals and Red Planets: A Bradbury Discussion

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Salon G

Our theme this year is Creepy Carnival, and what Con would be complete without a look at the master of creepy carnivals... Ray Bradbury!

(Dr. Philip Kaldon, The Ferrett, Carl Lundgren)

Changes in Publishing - Where is the Industry Going?

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Salon E

Where is the industry going? How does if affect our authors and readers? Is it good or bad and what can we do about it?

(Catherynne Valente, Sarah Zettel, Mike Resnick, Jim Hines, Steven Piziks)

Biotechnology - Conflict of interest between Academia and Industry

  • Saturday 11:00a - 12:00n
  • Salon H

(Brian Gray, Catherine Shaffer)

Sensational Science with our GoH!

  • Saturday 12:00n - 1:00p
  • KidFusion

Join our Science GoH, Steve Collins, as he shares his knowledge of space and space travel.

(Steve Collins)

Swing Dancing Tutorial

  • Saturday 12:00n - 1:00p
  • Salon E

Come learn the basics and join in the fun with our own Fan GoH David Gibbs and his friend Anne Murphey as they teach the basics of Swing dancing

(David Gibbs, Anne Murphy)

Introduction to the Masquerade

  • Saturday 12:00n - 1:00p
  • Salon F

What is ConFusions Masquerade? New to the Masquerade, ConFusion, etc? Come and find out what all the fuss is about.

Geek-Off: BattleStar Galactica/Firefly

  • Saturday 12:00n - 1:00p
  • Salon H

Join with other Fans of the BSG and Firefly universes to find out who knows it best! Winners move on to the finals on Sunday

Current Motors

  • Saturday 12:00n - 1:25p
  • Dennison 1&2

Electic Bike talk and presentation. Current Motor Company and the trials and tribulations of building a business, and the technology, politics and economics of progress in the global EV market.

(Erik Kauppi)

Evolution of Visual Storytelling

  • Saturday 12:00n - 1:00p
  • Salon G

How storytelling has evolved from simple verbal repitions to our modern visual methods from magazines to comics

(Matt Busch, Diane Frkan, Carl Lundgren)

So you want to record an album? Part 2

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Niles 1&2

Learn about recording an album from the artists point of view in part 2 of this 2 part panel!

(Tom Smith, SJ Tucker, Tom Jeffers)

LUNCH/CLOSED

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • KidFusion

Kid's program will be CLOSED during this hour and parents are responsible for retreiving their children for lunch

Better Panels and Workshops

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Salon F

This roundtable event is all about you. Come and give your input on how we can make better panels and workshops. Ever thought you could do it better? Come and let us know.

(Shetan Noir)

Improv Comedy

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Concierage Lounge

Want to know how to do Improv Comedy? See it done? Come and welcome our panelists and find out.

(Carolyn Dalton, Dawn Kuczwara, Greg Williams)

Exploring the Moon

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Salon H

Join Bill Higgins as he presents a look at Exploring the Moon

(Bill Higgins)

Comics and Art

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Salon G

A look at comics and art and how the two are merging. Join our Artist GoH and others for a talk.

(Matt Busch, Carl Lungren, Kurt Erichson)

Legends of SciFi

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Dennison 3&4

A discussion on the legends of Science Fiction. A look at the past legends who have past on and who the new ones are? Who is your legend?

(Dr. Philip Kaldon, Mike Resnick, Diane Frkan, Matthew Fanny, The Ferrett)

The Brickwall: How to keep the work going

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Salon E

Join our panelists, including our two Pro-GoHs in a discussion on how to keep writing and avoid mental blocks

(Peter Beagle, Catherynne Valente, Jim Frenkel, Jim hines, Steven Piziks)

Interview with Robert McCammon

  • Saturday 1:00p - 2:00p
  • Boardroom

(Hunter Goatley)

Dueling Duo

  • Saturday 2:00p - 3:00p
  • Niles 1&2

Musical Stylings of this Duo, come and let your ears have an orgasm!

(Erica Neely, Phil Mills)

POOL TIME!

  • Saturday 2:00p - 3:00p
  • Pool

Pool Time ends at 3pm SHARP!. If you want your child to able to swim longer, then please be at the pool before 3pm to take over the monitoring of them. THANKS

(Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Matthew Ragsdale)

Deep Impact, The ACME Comet Collide-O-Tron

  • Saturday 2:00p - 3:00p
  • Dennison 1&2

The coyote finally wins one. It started as a hare-brained scheme, but after being pelted by comets for billions of years, Earth finally strikes back. Come hear a collection of amusing ancedotes from NASA/JPL's attack on comete Tempel-1 and see what we have in mind for comet Hartley 2.

(Steve Collins)

Introduction to the Linux Command Line

  • Saturday 2:00p - 3:00p
  • Dennison 3&4

An introduction to that wonderful open source OS. The command line is where it is at. See how it is done with an emphasis on shell pipes, grep, ls, cat and others to find information in files.

(Clif Flynt)

YAAARC Robots

  • Saturday 2:00p - 3:00p
  • Concierage Lounge

Presentation and demonstration of working robots built by hobbiests at the YAAARC (Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Area Robotics Club)

(Neal Probert, James Ronald James)

The Family in Science Fiction

  • Saturday 2:00p - 3:00p
  • Salon E

The variety of families within Sci-Fi and how they're conscructed from Heinlein to Robinson and everyone in between

(Catherynne Valente, Dr. Philip Kaldon, Jim Hines, Sarah Zettel, Matthew Fanny)

Book Launch for William Jones 'Pallid Light: The Waking Dead'

  • Saturday 3:00p - 4:00p
  • Concierge Lounge

Launch for the new book by William Jones published by Elder Signs Press (ESP). Pallid Light: The Waking Dead

William Jones has received Bram Stoker Award nominations, International Horror Guild Award and Origins Award nominations for his works. He is the editor of several anthologies, including The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction, Frontier Cthulhu, High Seas Cthulhu, and the Horrors Beyond Series. He has also written a number of role-playing game supplements. The upcoming novel I mentioned, Pallid Light: The Waking Dead, will be appearing across the country in Barnes & Noble in late January, as well as other independent retailers and chains.

One Shots!

  • Saturday 3:00p - 3:25p
  • Niles 1&2

Sign up at Ops! Want to belt out your favorite musical styling? Perform a spoken word? Or other single shot performance? Sign up and join in the fun!

(Jane Garthson)

Tophats and Corsets: Stylized Victoriana from Melodram to Michael Jackson and beyond

  • Saturday 3:00p - 4:25p
  • Dennison 3&4

Costume Designers, Musicians, Artists, Fashionistas and performers will always draw upon fashions of the Victorian Era for inspiration. See how the victorian garments have been re-interpreted through the 20th and 21st centuries in popular art and culture

(Sharon McGunigle)

The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

  • Saturday 3:00p - 4:00p
  • Salon F

Its inevitable with the swine flu, avian flu, sars, STD's, SIDS, PTA, FBI and the Patriot Act, zombies are coming, if they're not already here. Find out what you need to do to survive the oncoming assualt or just better understand a zombie's motivations. They have rights too. Understand what you need to do to survive and what htey plan to do to you. Please leave your chainsaws and sawed-off shotguns in your rooms. Only trained, intelligent zombies are allowed.

(Brett Katz)

Social Media Panel

  • Saturday 3:00p - 4:00p
  • Salon E

What is social media and what does it mean to authors, fans, publishers and the like. How does it modify how it was done?

(Catherynne Valente, Mike Resnick, The Ferrett, Dawn Kuczwara)

National Space Policy Round Table

  • Saturday 3:00p - 4:00p
  • Dennison 1&2

National Space Policy is facing tough questions: When should we retire the shuttle? What should our number one space priority be? What should we do with the International Space Station? What is the best balance between human and robotic, public and private, Earth observing and planetary exploration? With your help, can we figure it all out in under an hour?

(Steve Collins, Bill Higgins)

Influence of Speculative Fiction on 20th/21st Century Music

  • Saturday 3:00p - 4:00p
  • Salon G

How has music been shaped by science fiction? From the Who to Muse... there has been an influence, join us for a discussion

(Dr. Philip Kaldon, Carl Lungren)

Concert with Tom Smith

  • Saturday 4:00p - 5:00p
  • Dennison 1&2

Come listen to the fun that is Tom Smith's Music!

(Tom Smith)

Kookie Klatch

  • Saturday 4:00p - 5:00p
  • KidFusion

Come enjoy cookies and juice while listening to stories read by guest readers.

(Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Larc Bogdan)

Social Media Meet and Greet

  • Saturday 4:00p - 5:00p
  • Salon E

Join our panelists and all your friends for a meet and greet. Put on a name tag with your online monikers and mingle about.

(Catherynne Valente, Mike Resnick, The Ferrett, Dawn Kuczwara)

Your Browser on Steriods

  • Saturday 4:00p - 5:00p
  • Niles 1&2

Firefox Add-ons and an introduction to Greasemonkey scripting

(Dan Diebolt)

Geek-Off: Star Wars

  • Saturday 4:30p - 5:30p
  • Dennison 3&4

Join with other Fans of the Star Wars universe to find out who knows it best! Winners move on to the finals on Sunday

Concert with our Music Guest of Honor SJ Tucker!

  • Saturday 5:00p - 6:00p
  • Dennison 1&2

Come listen to our Music Guest of Honor SJ Tucker and her amazing work!

(SJ Tucker)

Apples to Apples

  • Saturday 5:00p - 6:00p
  • KidFusion

Come play the best word game in the world!

(Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Matthew Ragsdale)

Fan Guest of Honor Induction

  • Saturday 5:00p - 6:00p
  • Dennison 3&4

Come listen to the fun as our newest Fan GoH is inducted alongside many past Fan GoHs

(David Gibbs)

Author Signings

  • Saturday 5:00p - 6:00p
  • Salon E

Come and get your favorite works signed by your favorite authors!

Scientific Basis of Rejuvenation and Cryonics

  • Saturday 5:00p - 6:00p
  • Niles 1&2

Review of the SENS approach to rejuvenation and the technical details of cryonics

(Ben Best)

Geek-Off: Stephen King and Ray Bradbury

  • Saturday 5:30p - 6:30p
  • Salon H

Join with other Fans of two authors known for Creepy Carnivals to find out who knows it best! Winners move on to the finals on Sunday

CLOSED!

  • Saturday 6:00p - 7:00p
  • KidFusion

KidFusion Closes at 6pm. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE PICKED UP BY 6PM

Girlie Show: Burlesque Costumes

  • Saturday 6:00p - 7:25p
  • Dennison 3&4

Take a peek at some of the spectacular costumes worn (and removed!) by the Stars of Burlesque. From Little Egypt to Dita Von Teese. We'll look at the history and development of the Burlesque silhouette from its beginnings in the 1890's to today's Neo-Burlesque scene

(Sharon McGunigle)

Junk Pile Wars

  • Saturday 6:00p - 7:00p
  • Salon G

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Come one, come all. Join the show. Be one of the lucky Seven to enter the arena in a 1-hour costume build-it contest. You and your fellow contestants willb e provided basic implements of destruction and a pile of random items.

(Kendra Duane)

Composing Music with Ubunto Studio

  • Saturday 6:00p - 7:00p
  • Niles 1&2

A walk-through of Ubuntu Studio with Rosegarden and Denemo applications for composing music

(Clif Flynt)

Pizza and Pajama Party

  • Saturday 7:00p - Sunday 1:00a
  • KidFusion

MUST REGISTER and PAY BEFORE 3pm

(Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Matthew Ragsdale)

Masquerade Muster

  • Saturday 7:00p - 8:00p
  • Salon F

Participating in the Masquerade? Come and get your picture taken, and get in place for the masquerade!

Author Prepares: Emotion, Characterization and Passion

  • Saturday 7:00p - 8:00p
  • Dennison 1&2

A discussion by our two Pro GOHs and other top authors on how they prepare and create their characters and portray emotion and passion to the readers

(Catherynne Valente, Peter Beagle, Jim Hines, Jim Frenkel, Sandee Rager)

One Shots!

  • Saturday 7:30p - 7:55p
  • Niles 1&2

Sign up at Ops! Want to belt out your favorite musical styling? Perform a spoken word? Or other single shot performance? Sign up and join in the fun!

(Jane Garthson)

Peter Beagle!

  • Saturday 8:00p - 9:00p
  • Niles 1&2

Come join our Pro Guest of Honor Peter Beagle and his guitar work.

(Peter Beagle)

Masquerade

  • Saturday 8:00p - 9:00p
  • Salon E

Brown Liquors

  • Saturday 8:00p - 9:00p
  • Concierage Lounge

Want to know more about Brown Liquors? Bourbons, Whiskeys, etc... come and find out! More fun than you can have without getting falling down drunk

(Dawn Kuczwara, Greg Williams)

Making a Lunchbox Laser Light Show

  • Saturday 8:00p - 9:00p
  • Salon H

Did you catch the show Friday? No? Why not? In any case, find out how they did it. See how to build your very own laser which as we all know, Is the first step to taking over the world.

(Mike Gould, David Bloom, Wayne Gillis)

Stone Dragons

  • Saturday 9:00p - 10:00p
  • Niles 1&2

The music of Stone Dragons

(Tom Jeffers, Sue Jeffers)

Dance

  • Saturday 9:00p - 10:00p
  • Salon E

Port Tasting with our Fan GoH

  • Saturday 9:00p - 10:00p
  • Concierage Lounge

SIGN UP at OPS. IDs will be checked. Join our Fan GoH for a tasting of some of the worlds finest ports.

(David Gibbs)

Electric Car!

  • Saturday 9:00p - 10:00p
  • Dennison 1&2

What is the status the electic car? Where do we go from where we are at? How do we get car in every pot and a chicken in every garage or something like that. Come and find out.

(Doug Houseman, Erik Kauppi, Richard Herrell)

Writers Contest for New Writers

  • Saturday 9:00p - 10:00p
  • Dennison 3&4

Having a deadline is a great way for the new writer to be motivated to get short stories completed and sent out

(Catherynne Valente, Dr. Philip Kaldon, Jim Hines, Catherine Shaffer)

Creepy Critters

  • Saturday 10:00p - 11:00p
  • Niles 1&2

Themed Filk: Creepy Critters with our own Music Guest of Honor SJ Tucker

(SJ Tucker, Catherynne Valente)

Traditional Dance

  • Saturday 10:00p - 11:00p
  • Dennison 3&4

Open Filk

  • Saturday 11:00p - Sunday 12:00m
  • Niles 1&2

Open Pagan Circle

  • Saturday 11:00p - Sunday 12:00m
  • Salon H

Pagan Ritual: Join us to celebrate the budding spring in a Pagan circle

(Maggi, Michael)

Overflow room for Filk

  • Saturday 11:30p - Sunday 12:30a
  • Dennison 3&4