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Thursday, July 6
 

3:30pm

Ready, Steady, Flash!
Four pro writers are given a phrase, around which they must each write a piece of flash fiction. Live, in front of the audience. They have 5 MINUTES in which to write it. At the end of each round the the audience votes on the best. Panelists: Lee Harris, Paul Cornell, Joseph Scrimshaw, Monica Valentinelli, C. Robert Cargill

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Late to the Party Podcast
A live recording of the popular nerd-splaining podcast Late to the Party, along with a panel discussion on how to create and maintain a podcast on a budget, even if that budget is practically zero. Panelists: Robb Hollyday (mod), Bernadette Jones, Joe Weinberg

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:30pm

Morgan and Maren: SlytherPuff
Maren and Morgan: Slytherpuff perform original songs based on their favorite fandoms. Their songs range from party music to heartfelt ballads, based on fandom favorites like Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Trek, and more. Panelists: Morgan Strickland, Maren Aalgard

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

6:00pm

Big Fun Radio Funtime
Big Fun Radio Funtime uses the premise of old time radio shows to play with modern concepts like dragons on airplanes, interstellar bureaucracy, and the naming conventions of dungeon parties. We are happy to return to CONvergence for our third year of audio silliness. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. Panelists: Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Wick, Windy Bowlsby, Angela Fox, Christopher Jones, Charles Hubbell, Salsa Sterling

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
An epic adventure awaits us all and it begins here! We will introduce and welcome our Guests of Honor, recount a tale or two, and celebrate the beginning of another CONvergence. Join your Master of Ceremonies Paul Cornell and - of course- Connie as we strive for an epic tale worthy of song. (Wagner ain't got nothin' on us.) Panelists: Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Dawn Krosnowski, Ian Truitner, Seanan McGuire, Kristopher Carter, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Jai Nitz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Paul Cornell, Saymoukda Vongsay

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

The Fandom Menace
Stepping out of the airlock into the void left by the Nick Atoms, The Fandom Menace brings a new twist to classic SF & fantasy themes from Rocky Horror, Buckaroo Banzai, Hitchhiker's Guide, Labyrinth, Flash Gordon, Red Dwarf, John Williams, and more. Panelists: Nick Rezmerski

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Karl Brown
Scatological songs, Atari and toy piano. Karl Brown has been writing comedy songs over the past decade, performing them at MarsCon, FuMPFeST and other venues. Recordings have been heard on the Dr. Demento Show, The FuMP Sideshow, and Mad Music. Panelists: Karl Brown

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Smackdown 2017: Robot Rampage
The deadliest droids duel to to destroy, as our panel of gadgetry gurus analyze each annihilator to decide which will dominate and which will disintegrate! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher, Tim Uren, Kelvin Hatle, Bridget Landry, Shannan Paul, Christopher Jones, Norman Cates

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE
MC, Poet, Producer, and Educator performing Boom Bap Xicanx (Chicano) Futurism. Exploring future wastelands and cityscapes full of watch bots, sci-fi updated chupacabras, and chainsaw-handed, fire-eyed peace droids. Panelists: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

Lyritics Presents: Geek Nation
Lyritics (Leer-a-tiks) is a nerd-core hip-hop trio based out of Minneapolis. Opening for Lyritics will be Mr. Rogers & The Make Believe Friends. Hosted by Adam Quesnell. Panelists: Lyritics, Adam Quesnell

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson
 
Friday, July 7
 

11:00am

Candles Enough
Female filk and parody duo. We are eclectic in our music and our styles, swinging from as filky as filky gets to straight-up pop covers. And then the parodies. We do a lot of parodies. We sing in tight harmonies and perform with a single guitar. Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

12:30pm

Tanya Brody
Harper-Singer-Songwriter. With the voice of an angel and the heart of a poet, Tanya Brody makes both traditional and original songs come to life and touch the soul. Panelists: Tanya Brody

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

2:00pm

Sword Masters Live
Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo demonstration. See dynamic performances by trained students from White Tiger Martial Arts! Watch, be wowed, and ask questions. Discover your inner warrior today! Panelists: Sarah Wurdeman, Mark Wurdeman, Melanie Galloway, Alex Bolton, Heather Sigstad, bill Hedrick, Kayla Curtiss, George Richard, Simon Gibson, Stephen Poeschl

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:30pm

TryForce
3 piece nerdy pop culture cover band from the twin cities.Through drums, bass and saxophone we cover all kinds of video game, movie, TV show, and popular theme songs. Panelists: Luis Benavides

Friday July 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

3:00pm

Costume Wars
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

4:00pm

Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters
Filky geeky prog rock. Beth writes unique, complex original songs about everything from fantasy literature to video games to Star Wars to Battlestar Galactica... Her band's current project is a concept album inspired by Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Panelists: Dave Stagner, Justin Hartley, Beth Kinderman

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:00pm

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Podcast
Welcome to the Twin Cities' very own podcast dedicated to original speculative fiction! Join us for a live recording, featuring special guests the Scrimshaw brothers, and have your jaded chuckles recorded for posterity. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low, Joseph Scrimshaw, Joshua Scrimshaw, Ben San Del

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:30pm

Ionosphere Casting Shadows
High-tech guitar ambience and dream-like interludes. When does a guitar not sound like a guitar? Todd Madson's super relaxing ambient guitar soundscapes appears once more to provide a soothing alternative to the sometimes frenetic con atmosphere. Panelists: Todd Madson

Friday July 7, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

Joseph Scrimshaw's ATTACK of the HEADCANON!
Join comedian Joseph Scrimshaw (Screen Junkies, ForceCenter, RiffTrax) for an hour of geek-flavored comedy about trying to live up to your pop culture heroes. Thrill to tales of action figures purchases gone wrong, bad dating advice from Twin Peaks, and drinking The Doctor's beer. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Two competing teams of "literary experts" explain the plot of a book, based only upon the cover art they see on the screen. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Tim Wick (mod), Dawn Krosnowski, Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Paul Cornell, Sharon Stiteler

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

CONvergence Poetry Slam
Nerds have words and we want to hear them! Sign up from 5:30-6:30pm at HarmCON - you may be drawn to read two three-minute poems to an audience of strangers, and watch your heart and soul assigned numeric value by our celebrity judges. Panelists: Allison Broeren, Rob Callahan, Tim Uren, phillip andrew bennett low, Saymoukda Vongsay, Laura Bidgood, Brianne Bilyeu, Fox Barrett, Dan Marlow

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Powerpoint Karaoke
Four "experts" must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before, and the slides make no sense! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Bill Stiteler, Melissa Kaercher, Molly Glover, Sharon Stiteler, Tim Wick, Derek "Duck" Washington, Andrea Ropella, Jerry Belich, C. Robert Cargill

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:15pm

Kristopher Carter
Kristopher Carter performs his new EDM tracks live! Panelists: Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Drinking with Geeks
Geeks discuss and imbibe alcohol. 21+. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw (mod), Sharon Stiteler, Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Bill Stiteler, C. Robert Cargill, Laurie Richardson Sweep, Alee Baker

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Genius Pi
A masterful music manipulation of epic proportions! Genius Pi, led by Zummy, is a St. Louis based nerdcore band who is always ready to rock your socks while you gawk and squawk! The agenda? Hit every genre of music known to man and beast. Panelists: Master K, Mike Zummy Zumwalt

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Vilification Tennis
Vilification Tennis is exactly the kind of show your parents warned you about. Crude, clever, and crass, it is the ultimate comedy trigger warning. If there is a topic you don't think is funny, you’re probably right. And we’ll probably make a joke about it anyway. Because we’re horrible people. If you would like to be horrible with us, come watch! Panelists: Tim Wick, Derek "Duck" Washington, Kelvin Hatle, Chrys VanDerKamp, Molly Glover, Nick Glover, James Fairbairn, Jessabelle Olmstead, Bob Alberti, Nathan Gerber, Eric Thompson, Jena Young, Gregory Parks

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

11:30pm

Killer B's Improv Movie Show
As clips of strange movies play onscreen, a team of voice actors and musicians create a whole new soundtrack... without ever seeing the movies before! It's film, improv comedy, and live music all in one, plus a 75% chance of rubber-suit monsters! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher (mod), Jerry Belich, Salsa Sterling, Kelvin Hatle, Molly Glover, Tim Uren, Scott Keever, Kristopher Carter, C. Robert Cargill

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Revenge of the Nerdlesque (18+)
The nerdiest burlesque artists of the Twin Cities return to the HarmCon stage with a vengeance for another round of geek-infused burlesque and cabaret performance art! See characters from con loved movies, tv, books and comics in a whole new light. 18+ Panelists: Mona Montague, Holliedazzle, Sinasaurus Vex, Killjoy Rider, Opiumm Hayze, Anjela

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson
 
Saturday, July 8
 

11:00am

Harisen Daiko Preview
A quick preview of the thundering taiko drums that await in Harisen Daiko's Sunday performance on Mainstage (home of the Taiko Sci Fi medley!). Stop by the garden court to get a taste of Harisen BRINGING THE BOOM! Panelists: Steve Sylvestre

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

11:00am

Alabaster Stratocaster
with collaborator of 20 years Bless the Machines. Enjoy some awesome sci-fi music and a mesmerizingly weird alien dancer. Blend of live acoustic guitar singer-songwriter songs with prerecorded highly produced space operas. Panelists: Niles Randolph, Kevin Campbell

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue
This is a British radio game show: basically an excuse for four panelists and the host to play childish games for an hour. Come watch our panelists play Mornington Crescent and One Song to the Tune of Another! Panelists: Lee Harris, Paul Cornell, Tim Wick, Seanan McGuire, Caroline Symcox

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Superman: The Golden Age
Award-winning playwright phillip low has created an adaptation of Superman's earliest appearances! Come listen to a full-cast reading of Jerry Siegel's eccentric two-fisted street justice, dispensed by the ultimate interstellar immigrant. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, Dawn Krosnowski, phillip andrew bennett low, Joshua Scrimshaw, Tim Uren

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Boys Don't Make Passes At Girls Who Wear Glasses
This comedy storytelling dorkfest will tickle you with real life observations from the geek perspective and fog up your glasses with torrid tales of nerd romance. Wait, did we say torrid? We meant awkward, embarrassing and unrequited. Panelists: Curt Lund, Laura Bidgood

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

2:00pm

The Leprechaun Pirates
Arrgh Begorah! Here be the Leprechaun Pirates! A Folk-punk Renaissance festival band. A merry band of singing pirates cursed to take the form of leprechauns. Panelists: Justin Hartley, Beth Hansen, Kent Hansen

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

3:30pm

Geeks Without God Live
The Geeks Without God podcast began at CONvergence exactly five years ago. Over two hundred and fifty podcasts later, they return for another live recording with special guests! Panelists: Tim Wick, Nick Glover, Molly Glover, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Joseph Scrimshaw

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

The Faithful Sidekicks
Award winning songwriting/performing Acoustic Geek Comedy Rock duo plays funny original songs about the geeky stuff they love, like Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, coffee, cats, computers and more. Panelists: Eric Distad, Jen Distad

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:00pm

Geek Comedy Showcase (18+)
Featuring Aiden (stand-up comedy, not for children) and Peter the Great (stand-up comedy for cosplay conventions) Panelists: Aiden Milligan, Peter Haugen

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

6:00pm

Masquerade
The CONvergence Masquerade is where those friends you used to have who disappeared for seven months in preparation for this convention can finally be seen again. Come see what they locked themselves away for. Showcasing the talents of costumers spanning all skill levels from beginners to masters, awards are given by judges for both workmanship and presentation. While the judges are deliberating we will feature a performance by Fearless Comedy Productions! Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Feng Shui Ninjas
The Feng Shui Ninjas have survived attempted murder, mutilation, attempts to escape, and the Little Mermaid treatment over the past year, and triumphantly return to the HarmCon stage to, um... well, it's likely to surprise us too! Panelists: Tami Murck, Justin Hartley, Dave Stagner, John Kentner

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

Obsessed Podcast: Whiskey
A live recording of comedian Joseph Scrimshaw's hit comedy podcast about liking things a lot! Joseph hosts a panel of pals obsessed with the adult beverage, whiskey. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw (mod), Sara Scrimshaw, Tim Wick, C. Robert Cargill

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Ben San Del
Slacker robots, suicidal ghosts, interactive tombstones and disapproving gargoyles — a four-time Minnesota Fringe Festival Audience Pick encore winner performs original stories on these and other near-future/supernatural speculations. Panelists: Ben San Del

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

9:30pm

Sci-Fi Erotica Read-Aloud: The Drinking Game
Another year, another carefully curated selection of the...best...in sci-fi erotica, helpfully discussed, deconstructed, and diagrammed by your panel of experts. Panelists: Windy Bowlsby, Kristina Winn, Katie MacInnes, Kate Cornish, Katherine Affeldt, Scott Raleigh, Molly Hair, Claire Alexander

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

StarF
Comedy infused nerdcore hip-hop. Come witness the magic of a local performer shouting songs about the internet, video games, taking selfies, and everything in between. Panelists: Alex Alverson

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

The Dregs
The Dregs are a musical comedy act that combine irreverent versions of traditional folk music with their own original songs like 'Pissing off the Geeks' and 'Satan Planted Dinosaur Bones.' Panelists: Tim Wick, Trevor Hartman, Paul Score, Molly Zupon, Susanne Becker, Rachael Salisbury

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson
 
Sunday, July 9
 

12:30pm

Art: Impossible
Watch as talented artists are given impossible challenges! Could you create a CONvergence-themed amusement park in thirty minutes? How about design a new Doctor Who costume in five minutes? These artists create the impossible! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Christopher Jones, Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Danielle Pebbles, Louis Frank, Windy Bowlsby, Holly Chamas

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

1:00pm

Harisen Daiko Drum Group
Easily the premiere go-to event for those that aren't still sleeping in their Sunday, Harisen Daiko presents CONvergence with a unique interpretation of science-fiction themes via traditional Japanese percussion and performance. Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00pm

Get Off My World! A Doctor Who Podcast
A live recording of the Doctor Who podcast Get Off My World! Serious analysis, cranky opinion, and more! With Joshua Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Ariel Leaf and Pat Harrigan. Panelists: Joshua Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Pat Harrigan, Ariel Leaf

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Closing Ceremony
As this chapter of our continuing saga clones to a close, join us as we celebrate our victories, hail our heroes, and say farewell until our next grand adventure. Mistress of Ceremonies Bridget Landry joins Connie in bidding adieu to our Guests (as well as anticipating next year's 20th anniversary!). Panelists: Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Seanan McGuire, Ian Truitner, Dawn Krosnowski, Kristopher Carter, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Saymoukda Vongsay, Bridget Landry

Sunday July 9, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage