Super-Cool Robot events in SF and LA on Saturday, April 12

If big scary machines turn you on, and you happen to be in San Francisco or Los Angeles tomorrow night — well, life is peachy.

(1) LA: Notorious robotics performance group SEEMEN deliver a rare SoCal appearance in downtown LA, Saturday April 12. Doors open at 9:00, show starts at 10:00 prompt. Location: 1333 Willow St. between Mateo St. & S. Santa Fe Ave., admission is ten bucks. The group's website says: "SEEMEN create situations where audiences are encouraged to Interact and operate their machines and robots. You get to run a machine that can kill you. IT'S FUN!" The Reverse Cowgirl says the group's "pet dog Slug will be running some of the machines–one via his chew-toy and another via a heart monitor." Link to event information, more info on SEEMEN. Update: John Wiseman took some photos: link

(2) SF: Qbox and the Robotics Society of America are sponsoring the release party for the book Gearheads: The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports by Brad Stone. An all-star cast of Bay Area robot-erati will perform, including members of Survival Research Labs, Robot Wars, BattleBots, and others. Show organizers say: "We have robots, mechanical monstrosities, ant-weight robot competitions and a host of other excitement and Superlative Reality-bending Legions. The author will be there to sign copies of his book." The party takes place Saturday, April 12th, from 7pm – midnight at the Fort Mason Firehouse. Admission is $5, $15 with autographed copy of the book. Event details, book details.