On Thursday, September 26, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is open late for its monthly evening party, PEM/PM. This month’s event celebrates time travel and globetrotting through PEM’s extensive collection of art from around the world. Join us for an evening of steampunk, a genre of science fiction that offers a Victorian take of what the future might look like, inspired by authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. The evening includes cocktails and conversation, art making, games, a chef tasting and demonstration by Brown Butter Bakery in Cambridge and a performance by Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band.
Emperor Norton‘s Stationary Marching Band combines the rich musical history of the circus with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz, burning heat of funk and irreverent fun of today's vaudeville. The Boston Globe describes the band’s distinctive sound as an “avant-garde dissonance that effectively sets the tone of the show and keeps it rocking."
Wear your favorite steampunk fashion and come, as our featured band requests, “to dance at the edge of reason, sing the song of society's fringe and drum out whatever rhythm you are called to march to.” Then take a Victorian-themed global quest via our galleries to seek answers to art-related trivia questions.