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You spoke and we listened! You said the Alpha-Number reference system was confusing. So we are using a numnbers only reference system this year. The number above the track name is where that track's numbering starts, i.e. all Anime is in the 100's, all Children's Track items are in the 400's, and so forth.

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Panels and Workshops by Program Track
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ANIME
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ART
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COLLEGIATE
400
CHILDREN'S
500
COSTUMING
600
DANCE
700
FAN
800
FILMMAKING
900
GAMING
950
LARP
1900
MUSIC
1980
PERFORMING ARTS
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SPECIAL EVENTS
2100
SCIENCE
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TEEN
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SKEPTICS
2400
VIDEO, FILM and TV
WORKSHOPS
LITERARY AND NEW MEDIA
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READERS
1100
WRITERS
1200
PUBLISHING
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EDITORS
1400
PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY
1500
NEW MEDIA FANS
1600
LAUNCHES
1700
AFTER HOURS
1800
DOLLARS & SENSE: THE BUSINESS OF BEING CREATIVE

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The Anime Program schedule is below. Clicke here for the 2014 Anime Room Schedule.

Anime Program Schedule for Friday, May 23, 2014

    9:00  PM 101.  Anime 101 Salon D
  Lee Sarfati (M), Grig Larson, Christine Chase, Jason Banks (50 minutes)
  Intro to Anime: A discussion of Anime and Otaku culture for parents, new fans, and uninitiated.
  10:30  PM 102.  Round-Eye Gaijin! Salon D
  Lee Sarfati (M), Grig Larson, Christine Chase, Jason Banks (50 minutes)
  Examining the Japanese take on Western civilization and ideas, as expressed in popular sci-fi/ fantasy manga and anime. Extra points awarded for gratuitous Hetalia references.

Anime Program Schedule for Saturday, May 24, 2014

    4:00  PM 103.  Anime and New Western TV Parlor 1026
  Grig Larson (M), Jason Banks, Robert Chase, Kathreja Sarfati (50 minutes)
  Can Anime withstand the onslaught of western shows, ie. Doctor Who, Breaking bad, Dexter, MadMen, Blacklist, Game of thrones, etc. — does it have the subject matter to hold up? Will it or is it subjugated to the realm of "for children and immature nerds," whereas western television has started to grow up — and grow up fast?

  11:00  PM 104.  Anime After Dark: Adult Themes in Anime Derby
  Kathreja Sarfati (M), Lee Sarfati, Jason Banks, Christine Chase (50 minutes)
  A free-wheeling discussion of anime, anime themes, and other anime and manga subjects for adults.

Anime Program Schedule for Sunday, May 25, 2014

  11:00  AM 105.  Intellectual Property Law and Fanworks Parlor 3041
  Robert Chase (M) (50 minutes)
  This was a well-received talk given by Robert R Chase at Anime USA this past year, and a subject of which all fans engaged in fanworks should have some knowledge.

    3:00  PM 106.  Positive Role Models in Manga and Anime Parlor 1026
  Christine Chase (M), PJ Schnyder, Kathreja Sarfati (50 minutes)
  The Bad Role Models are easy to identify — but what anime characters are considered positive role models for adults or children? What story lines and or character arcs have become personal inspiration? Come share!

Anime Program Schedule for Monday, May 26, 2014

  10:00 AM 107.  I Like Anime, So How Do I Share It With Friends? Salon D
  PJ Schnyder (M), Jason Banks, Christine Chase, Lee Sarfati (50 minutes)
  How to introduce folks to anime, and how to help them identify and avoid some of the weirder subject matter.

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Art Program Schedule for Friday, May 23, 2014

    9:00 PM 201.  Meet the Artists, Part 1: Halo Jankowski Art Show
  Art Show Villainous Nora Echeverria (M), Halo Jankowski (1 hours)
  Artist Guest of Honor Halo will be in the Art Show to meet fans and discuss his work exhibited there.

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Art Program Schedule for Saturday, May 24, 2014

      9:00  AM 213.  Wire Wrapping for Any Stone or Object Salon C
(1 hour)
  Nancy Janda (M) (1 hour)
  Students will receive all materials, including a stone to wrap, and instructions in creating a wire "cage" to hold their item. This works for odd-shaped stones or objects as well as regular cabochons, and there will be an assortment to choose from. Limited to 12 students. You can sign at the info desk to reserve your seat.

  10:00 AM 213.  Paper Art Workshop Salon C
  Presenter:  Ruth Lampi (50 minutes)
  Paper art overview and hands on workshop. Book alteration and 3-D sculpture from the flat page.

  12:00  Noon A-7.  Iron Artists Salon C
  Ray Ridenour (M), Alan F. Beck, Halo Jankowski, Peter Bryant, Nutty Nuchtchas (50 minutes)
  We'll take three suggestions from the audience(Like Bagpipes,Exorcist,and Kitten.) The artists then have 45 minutes to produce a piece incorporating the 3 "ingredients". The audience cheers them on, then votes and picks their favorite one. Oh! and just to keep things interesting, the artists will take turns working on the ELMO so the audience can see what they're doing! All pieces are sold at the Bobby Gear Memorial Auction to raise money for BSFS Books for Kids.

    12:00  Noon 217.  Meet the Artists 2: Ellen Montgomery, Vonnie Winslow Crist Hunt Ballroom (Art Show)
(1 hour)
  Moderator:  Nora Echeverria (1 hour)
  Individual exhibiting artists will be available to meet fans and discuss their work at various times in the art show. The Meet the Artists schedule will be posted on the Art Show doors and in the Rocket Mail.

      1:00  PM 218.  Meet the Artists 3: Laurel Cunningham-Hill, Joni White Hunt Ballroom (Art Show)
(1 hour)
  Moderator:  Nora Echeverria (1 hour)
  Individual exhibiting artists will be available to meet fans and discuss their work at various times in the art show. The Meet the Artists schedule will be posted on the Art Show doors and in the Rocket Mail.

    2:00  PM 219.  Meet the Artists 3: Tristan Alexander Hunt Ballroom (Art Show)
(1 hour)
  Moderator:  Nora Echeverria (1 hour)
  Individual exhibiting artists will be available to meet fans and discuss their work at various times in the art show. The Meet the Artists schedule will be posted on the Art Show doors and in the Rocket Mail.

    4:00  PM 211.  How to Make Being Creative Profitable Salon C
  Nancy Janda (M), Halo Jankowski, Tristan Alexander, Alan Beck, Ray Ridenour (1 hour, 50 minutes)
  Artists discuss how to develop your talent into a lucrative business.​.

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Art Program Schedule for Sunday, May 25, 2014

    9:00  AM 206.  Stretch and Sketch Salon C
  Halla Fleischer (M) (50 minutes)
  Come limber up and do a bit of sketching to start your day!

  12:30 PM 221.  Celtic Design Drawing Workshop Salon C
  Presenter:  Brent Warner (50 minutes)
  Brent will show participants how to lay out and draw a Celtic interlace.

 
    2:00  PM 203.  Art Auction Garden Room
  Auctioneer:  Eric "Dr. Gandalf"Fleischer (1 hour)
  Art Show entries with more than 3 bids will be auctioned. Any remaining items from the BSFS Books for Kids Charity Auction that begins during the Masquerade Halftime will follow, time permitting.


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Art Program, Monday, May 26, 2014

  10:00  AM Art Show Monday Workshops
205.  Kumihimo
(Hunt Ballroom)
  Facilitator:  Artist Halla Fleischer (1 hour, 50 minutes)
  Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese technique of braiding multiple strands to create intricately colored cords. We will be using commercial foam braiding discs to make our cords. Space is limited to 12 participants, sign up in the Art Show. $4 materials fee.

  12  Noon Art Show Monday Workshops
208.  Kumihimo
(Hunt Ballroom)
  Facilitator:  Artist Nancy Janda (1 hour, 50 minutes)
  Omiage—the tradition of small gifts, $5.00 materials fee—Students receive all materials and instructions to hand-sew a small oriental-style pouch from vintage kimono silk, suitable for gifting in the Japanese tradition of omiage. Additional materials will be available for purchase.


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Children's Program Schedule for Friday, May 23, 2014

   6:00  PM 401.  Hats On Chase Room

Presenter:  Sue Bowen
Learn to make your own foam hat from a basic pattern. This hat is a basic top hat design which can be made from plastic foam and are useful for that additional costuming touch.

   7:00  PM 402.  Kamikaze Kostuming Chase Room
(2 hours)

Presenter:  Persis Thorndike
Fabric, glue, pins, and needles. Ribbons, lace, buttons, cd's and more. Build a costume to roam the halls. Two hours to play, plot, and plan, to create and cobble./p>

Children's Program Schedule for Saturday, May 24, 2014

 10:00  AM 403.  Postcards from the Moon Chase

Presenter: Maria Esquela
Attendees will journey to the Moon and back using NASA hands on activities, 3-D images, and some take home resources.


 11:00  AM 404.  The Impossible Possibilities of Wire Chase

Presenter: Lonnie Ingram
Create Anything Imaginable...with Wire or The Impossible Possibilities of Wire. Using pipe cleaners, you'll be able to make an item of your choice using a special technique created by the artist, Lonnie Q. Ingram. Mr. Ingram is a self-taught artist, with more than 20 years experience and has created 1000s of unique wire sculptures over the years. We'll use basic shapes to create animals, people and things. What do you want to create? Your imagination is your only limit!

 12:00 Noon 405.  Celtic Interlace Chase

Presenter: Brent Warner
Learn about and color in a Celtic Interlace.

  1:00  PM 406.  Journey to Neverland Chase

Presenters: Jay Buechler, Leigh Alexander
Play pirate vs. fairies games like Tic Toc Croc and First Star to the Right (musical chairs with stars instead of chairs.)


   2:00  PM 407.  Story Telling With Bill Mayhew Chase

Storyteller Bill Mayhew has been telling stories for as long as he can remember and to the public for more than thirty years, all over the place, to audiences from kindergarten to senior citizens. He likes to tell funny stories; some are grim, some are sweet, and some are scary, but all are fun and most will make your little on laugh!

   3:00  PM 408.  Who Wants to be a Superhero Chase Room

Moderator:  Eta Hack;
Create your own superhero persona and costume.


   4:00  PM 409.  Plaster Name Plates Chase

Moderator:  Sue Bowen
FDesign your own personalized name plate, or just make a paper weight. We will use plaster of Paris and inclusions to create an individualized piece of sculpture that will work hard to contain your artistic talents. These pieces will be highly textured and one-of-a-kind with a beach theme.


   5:00  PM 410.  Steampunk Filk Concert Chase

Presenters:  Mark MacDicken
What kind of songs would kids enjoy singing in the Age of Steam? Join in with Mark MacDicken as he strums and sings silly songs from the 19th Century, including Victorian Music Hall (G-rated, of course!), American folk songs, and maybe a few from more recent times that are just good, clean, geeky fun!

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Children's Sunday, May 25, 2014

 10:00  AM 411.  Balloon Bounce Space/Face Painting Chase

Ming Diaz Come invites you to play in a balloon, confetti filled Balloon Bounce Space while you wait to get your face painted by the Amazing Ming Diaz. (Don't worry if you're late. Ming will continue painting faces all day long Sat and Sun!)


 11:00  AM 412.  Professor Probius, Mad Scientist! Chase

Presenter:  Mark MacDicken
Watch a demonstration of cool experiments! Be a lab assistant in the professor's deranged plot to take over the world!

 12:00 Noon 413.  Dueling crafts! Chase

Presenters:  Eta Hack, Mark MacDicken
Two crafts workshops for the price of one! New Dimensions in Paper Beads: earn to design paper beads which match your own concept of a string of fashionable beads with your own statement—AND—Magic Wands & Sonic Screwdrivers Workshop: For young wizards, witches, fairies, and time lords! Make your own unique instrument of molecular manipulation. Go beyond the geometric! Learn to design paper beads which match your own concept of a string of fashionable beads with your own statement. Select from a set of colors and textures then let your imagination create beads that match you and your bejeweled desires.

   1:00  PM 414.  Super Moves Chase

Presenter:  Jay Buechler, Leigh Alexander
Dance as you explore your inner super hero.


   2:00  PM 415.  Tall Tails Chase

Storyteller Tim Livengood tells stories that he pulls from out of his head. Humorous stories, stories about how the world got the way that it is (sorry about that!) and perhaps a tall tale or two.


   3:00  PM 416.  Medieval Make Believe Chase

Presenter:  Jay Buechler, Leigh Alexander
Travel in a storybook world. Create simple crowns, princess or wizard hats, and create their own coat of arms to make your character com alive!


   4:00  PM 417.  More than Just Coloring Pages Chase Room

Presenters:  Llyssa Holmgren
Does your coloring lack dimension? Learn how to make your coloring jump off the page.

   5:00  PM 418.  CSI Balticon Chase

Presenter:  John French introduces young people to the basic techniques used by the police to identify people involved in crimes.


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Monday, May 26, 2014

 10:00  AM 419.  Legos Challenge Con Suite

With Prizes! Lego, Lego everywhere! What will you create!?

 12:00 Noon CH-20.  Story Telling (Con Suite)

Moderator:  Don Sakers
Come enjoy the fun, silly entertaining stories told by the amazing and lovable Mr. Don!

   1:00  PM CH-21.  Spiffy Spacey Balloons (Con Suite)

Moderator:  Mark MacDickent
The coolest balloon space guns, aliens, and space ships you have ever seen!


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Monday, May 26, 2014

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Friday, May 23, 2014

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Monday, May 26, 2014


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Friday, May 23, 2014

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Monday, May 26, 2014

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Our Video Coordinator Thomas the Red stays up nights finding all manner of genre films for you to enjoy. The Video Room, located in Salon F, is open from 3:00 pm on Friday the end of the last movie which starts at 1 pm on Monday. Please click here to open the Functions page and see the Video Schedule.

This year we're trying something new. Thomas will be running themed movie screenings in overnight in the Belmont Room, so we'll have a schedule for that as well!


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Friday, May 23, 2014

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

 1:00  PM Poetry Workshop (Belmont Room)

Explore the arena of verse from inspiration and writing to submitting for publication and mall press publishing. Open mic&annual poetry contest winners' awards reading follows.Moderator Patti Kinlock

Poetry Contest

Enter the Annual Balticon Poetry Contest! Here's your chance to win cash prizes, a convention membership, and have your work published in the BSFAN, the souvenir book of Balticon. Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/horror/science. Limit: 3 poems/person, maximum 50 lines each. Email/postmark deadline: April 1. No entry fee. Complete information is available on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Workshop page.

   9:00  AM Writers' Workshop Facilitated by Steve Lubs (Belmont Room)

You Have to Have Character

We will critique character development in people's writing. We ask that all participants bring a sample of their writing that describes, develops, illustrates or otherwise presents a character. There will be discussion on how to create a character, both in fiction and non-fiction.

All participants are asked to bring a sample of their writing that describes, develops, illustrates or otherwise presents a character. There will be discussion on how to create a character, both in fiction and non-fiction. No guarantee we'll use every one (depends on how many people show up), but we'll do the best we can.

Registration required before Balticon - write to writersworkshop AT bsfs DOT org. Workshop is 3 hours at Balticon. For more information see the Writers' Workshop page on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's website.










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