OK, seriously, what the fuck is steampunk? We hope you know because we're really not sure. So if you venture out to Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909) for the Kansas City Steampunk Circus Social II: A Clockwork Christmas, and you find that you achieve a greater understanding of the Victorian-obsessed look, with its nods to the era's early science-fiction and fantasy literature, come back and tell us what you learned. Tonight's showcase opens with a screening of several music videos by bands such as Dr. Steel, Professor Elemental, and Steam Powered Giraffe, then moves into live burlesque, belly dancing and comedy performances. The big finish: a set by the External Combustion Orchestra. Gird your stomach for copious absinthe shots and guard your soul against these dark circus acts. The best steampunk attire wins a $100 prize. The mayhem ensues at 8 p.m. (and benefits Harvesters). Tickets cost $12 at the door for this 21-and-older event. Search "A Clockwork Christmas" on Facebook for more information.