Special Events


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6.00pm ? Happy Hour Mixer Rúla Búla Irish Pub and Restaurant
7.00pm 8.30pm Apocalypse Later Mini-Film Festival #26 Xavier
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12.00pm 1.00pm The DREAD Fleet: Freshwater Follies Comedy Show Palm E/F
2.30pm 3.30pm Tim Griffin Concert Palm E/F
4.00pm 5.00pm Opening Ceremonies Palm E/F
5.00pm 7.00pm Meet the Guests (Ice Cream Social) ConSuite
7.00pm 9.00pm Regency Dance Palm E/F
7.00pm 11.00pm Body Painting with Mark Greenawalt Dolores
8.30pm 11.30pm Evening Erotica with Gini Koch Xavier
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9.00am 1.00pm Heinlein Society Blood Drive Signup in the Lobby
12.30pm 2.30pm At the Movies Xavier
5.00pm 7.00pm Artists’ Reception Palm B/C
8.00pm 10.00pm Masquerade Palm E/F
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1.30pm 3.30pm Charity Auction Cloister
4.00pm 6.00pm Art Auction Cloister
7.00pm 9.00pm Three Toed Sock Hop Palm E/F
8.00pm 11.00pm Match Game Xavier
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12.30pm 2.30pm At the Movies: Indie Style Wind Flower
5.00pm 6.00pm Closing Ceremonies Palm E/F
6.00pm ? Dead Dog ConSuite
9.00pm ? Tempe 4th of July Fireworks Display Pool Area

We’re hosting a number of Special Events at Westercon 70. Some are Westercon traditions; others are LepreCon traditions. A few others are just big or different enough to warrant their stature as Special Events.

These are the flagship events at Westercon 70, at which we expect our largest crowds. However, if they’re not for you, we have other programming in place to cater to your choice.

Friday (Preview Night)

Because so many attendees are flying in on Friday and will be staying at the hotel on Friday night, we’ve set up some preview night programming before the con begins to warm everyone up.

The Dealers’ Room and Art Show will not be open on Friday, but the Filk room will. That’s Joshua Tree and open filk is scheduled from 9.00pm.

Happy Hour Mixer
Friday 6.00pm-whenever, Rúla Búla Irish Pub and Restaurant

We’ll be at Rúla Búla Irish Pub and Restaurant for a Happy Hour Mixer, starting around 6.00pm. This is right next door to the hotel; fall out of the Gaming Hall and you’ll fall into Rúla Búla.

Fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid book series will recognize Rúla Búla as a location; Atticus O’Sullivan ate fish n’ chips here with Jesus.

Check out Rúla Búla’s website.

Apocalypse Later Mini-Film Festival
Friday 7.00pm-8.30pm – Xavier – Hal C. F. Astell of Apocalypse Later

Hal C. F. Astell of Apocalypse Later programs and presents mini-film festivals at conventions across the southwest and this will be event #26. It’s his fifth year running at LepreCon and his second Westercon (after two well-received sets at Westercon 68 in San Diego).

At Westercon 70, he’ll present a curated 90 minute set of international award-winning science fiction and fantasy short films, some of which you can’t see outside the film festival circuit.

Check out previous Apocalypse Later Mini-Film Festivals.


The DREAD Fleet: Freshwater Follies Comedy Show
Saturday 12.00pm-1.00pm – Palm E/F – The DREAD Fleet

As our local pirate group, the DREAD Fleet, sail away to fresher waters, they encounter some witty and wily prohibition era river pirates! Laugh and learn about historical pirates of the great lakes and rivers of the US in the Freshwater Follies Comedy Show.

Check out the DREAD Fleet’s website.

Tim Griffin Concert
Saturday 2.30pm-3.30pm – Palm E/F – Tim Griffin

Come and see our Filk Guest of Honor, Tim Griffin, performing live. He’ll also be performing another concert for children later in the weekend.

Check out Tim Griffin’s website.

Opening Ceremonies
Saturday 4.00pm-5.00pm – Palm E/F – Weston Ochse, Guests of Honor

Westercon 70 officially opens at noon on Saturday, though some things will start earlier. However, our Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 4.00pm to ensure that everyone who wants to be there can be.

Join our Toastmaster, Weston Ochse, as he introduces all our Guests of Honor and gets the ball officially rolling for Westercon 70.

Meet the Guests (Ice Cream Social)
Saturday 5.00pm-6.00pm – ConSuite – Guests of Honor

After the Opening Ceremonies, we’ll shift upstairs to the ConSuite (room 2038) for our Meet the Guests event, where you can mingle and chat with the Guests of Honor that Weston Ochse just introduced.

While the Ice Cream Social is a Californian Westercon tradition, we feel that it’s the best way to combat the 4th of July heat in Tempe too!

Regency Dance
Saturday 7.00pm-9.00pm – Palm E/F – Alex Canto, John Hertz

Every Westercon has two dances, one of them a Regency Dance. Ours is presented by John Hertz and our Dance Co-ordinator, Alex Canto. John writes:

“Naturally we’ll have Regency Dancing at ConAlope. If you don’t know how, I’ll teach you. If you’ve tried it but can’t quite remember, or if you’re actually very good at it, don’t worry about that either.

In a monarchy a regent rules in the place of the monarch when the monarch is alive but unable to rule – too young, or away for a long time. England had a regent during 1811-1820. History still can’t make up its mind about the Prince Regent. But he kept a full set of Jane Austen novels at his bedside. He must have had a sense of humor.

Historical costume will be welcome, but not required. When we do this at s-f cons people come in all kinds of costumes. Or come as you are.”

Body Painting with Mark Greenawalt (Restricted to 18+)
Saturday 7.00pm-11.00pm – Dolores – Mark Greenawalt

Mark Greenawalt’s live body painting demo will breathe life into a brand new original character. Model Griffin Maria will be transformed into the Hollow Queen from the new storyline from Todd VanHooser called Wheelhouse.

Evening Erotica with Gini Koch (Restricted to 18+)
Saturday 8.30pm-11.30pm – Xavier – Gini Koch and friends

Join Gini Koch, her Official Mod with the Most (Sass) Edward Pulley, the Blushing Meter, Joseph Gaxiola, and Gini’s special guests: author Tom Leveen and the Two Gay Geeks podcast, as they teach you how to play the Euphemism Game! Guaranteed to be your most rollicking event at Westercon (and that’s saying a lot). You’re also guaranteed a little learning and a LOT of great prizes! (So many prizes! SO MANY!)

For those who’ve attended before, you know you never know what to expect, including who might show up to “assist” with the game. For those who’ve only heard about what this event is like, now’s your chance to experience it first hand! So come join Gini and get your euphemisms on!


Heinlein Society Blood Drive
Sunday, 9.00am-1.00pm – Sign up in the Lobby

Blood drives have been a tradition at sci-fi cons since Robert A. Heinlein started them at MidAmericon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention, in 1976. Heinlein readers will recall the National Rare Blood Club was an integral part of his novel I Will Fear No Evil and, in an appendix to the novel, he informed his readers that the organization he had written about actually existed and deserved their support. Heinlein traveled extensively to promote this important cause and frequently donated himself.

The Heinlein Society has made blood drives a permanent, ongoing effort and continues to invite all to participate in this critically important effort. Life-saving blood is always in short supply, and a healthy person may donate every 56 days. According to the Red Cross, each blood donation can save up to three lives. It is a safe and quick procedure, usually taking no more than an hour of one’s time.

While walk-ins are welcome, we’d appreciate as many as possible to pre-register. Our sign-up table will be in the Lobby. Thank you for paying it forward.

At the Movies
Sunday, 12.30pm-2.30pm – Xavier – Len Berger

This is a favorite convention panel at Arizona genre cons. You will get a sneak peak at trailers for some exciting upcoming movies then, after the trailers, we will hold a raffle for free movie promotional material (T-shirts, baseball caps, special posters and more). The late Barry Bard started this panel decades ago and we all miss Barry.

Sponsored by CASFS (Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society).

Artists’ Reception
Sunday, 5.00pm-7.00pm – Palm B/C – Displaying Artists

Come celebrate the artists who are displaying their work in our Art Show at an Artists’ Reception, which will be hosted in our Art Show with courtesy snacks and a cash bar.

Sunday, 8.00pm-10.00pm – Palm E/F – Diana Given

No sci-fi con is complete without a Masquerade! Ours is being organized by Elaine Mami, of the Lower Arizona Costume Enthusiasts, and MC’d by Diana Given, who co-runs the Arizona Steampunk Society and Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention.

Setup will be 4.30pm-6.30pm in Palm E/F, with rehearsal from 6.30pm-7.30pm. Masquerade Green Room is Dolores, open 6.30pm onwards.


Charity Auction
Monday 1.30pm-2.30pm – Cloister – Jen McAlonan, J. B. Talbott

100% of the proceeds from our Charity Auction, organized by Catherine Book, will benefit the Challenger Space Center in Peoria, AZ.

Come and bid on a wide variety of books, hardcover and paperback, signed and unsigned, along with art proofs, jewelry, movie memorabilia, space posters and more. Program Guides will be available at Registration, listing all items under the hammer and details are also online.

Check out our dedicated Charity Auction page, which lists many of the items which will be under the hammer.

Art Auction
Monday, 4.00pm-5.00pm – Cloister

Artwork displayed for auction that receives three or more written bids by the end of the Art Show will go to voice auction. The Art Auction is when this happens. Bid in the Art Show and bid higher at the Auction!

Three Toed Sock Hop
Monday 7.00pm-9.00pm – Palm E/F – Alex Canto

Our second dance is a Three Toed Sock Hop, on the theme that “Elvis is not dead; he just went home!” Put on your dancing shoes and get down with some tunes that are out of this world! No matter if your flying saucer’s blown its top, cut a rug with the cool cats! Costumes encouraged but not required, from rockabilly Batman to Elvish impersonators; just grab an extra safety pin so you don’t lose your cool, and it stays securely attached. Beginner swing dance lesson at 7:30pm. There will be a cash bar.

Match Game
Monday 8.00pm-11.00pm – Xavier – Kevin Standlee

Get ready to match the fannish stars! In this re-creation of the classic 1970s game show, contestants are selected randomly from the audience to attempt to match the panelists’ answers to fill-in-the-blank questions like “Captain Kirk has the biggest ____ in Starfleet!”

Prizes for all contestants!


At the Movies – Indie Style
Tuesday 12.30pm-2.30pm – Wind Flower – Len Berger

This is a new flavor for an old favorite panel at Arizona genre cons. You will get a sneak peak at trailers for some exciting upcoming independent movies that may or may not end up in your local theater. After the trailers we will hold a raffle for free movie promotional material (T-shirts, baseball caps, special posters and more). Sponsored by CASFS.

Closing Ceremonies
Tuesday 5.00pm-6.00pm – Palm E/F – Weston Ochse, Guests of Honor

Even though we don’t want the con to end, we have to wrap sometime. Join us as Toastmaster Weston Ochse ends Westercon 70 in style and our chair, Dee Astell, literally passes the Westercon gavel on to Nikki Ebright, who will chair Westercon 71 in Westminster, CO this time next year.

Dead Dog
Tuesday 6.00pm-whenever – ConSuite

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here! Well, actually you can. If you’re not involved in taking down the event, then sit back and relax with new friends and old in the ConSuite.

Tempe 4th of July Fireworks
Tuesday 9.00pm-whenever, ConSuite, Pool Area (or anywhere)

Just look up.