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May 23, 2008

Lightning in a Bottle 2008

Lightning in a Bottle is On!
Fabulously Fun Festival in the Forest

Lightning in a Bottle 2008

Friday thru Monday
May 23, 24, 25, 26, 2008

As of today, as in NOW, Lightning in a Bottle has opened her sexy gates. If you know what’s good for you, this is where you’ll be. Visit the Lightning in a Bottle website for all the details.

Lightning in a Bottle Gate Schedule:

  • Friday May 23 – Gate opens at 7am and closes at 2am
  • Saturday May 24 – Gate opens at 7am and closes at 2am
  • Sunday May 25 – Gate opens at 7am and closes at 8pm
  • Monday May 26 – No Entry.


There will be shuttles running to help take you and your camping equipment from the parking lot to the campgrounds. See LiB website for shuttle schedule

Music and Live Entertainment

The stages will be live and in effect starting on Friday from 3pm till midnight, and from around 10am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Three whole days! After midnight expect special surprises, acoustic jam sessions and other fun stuff to carry the festival through the night. And there’s no need to dash out on Monday. The gates close Tuesday at noon, so you’re free to stick around ’til then and enjoy the forest!

LiB Camping Info

Camping for the entire event is included in the weekend pass ticket price. There will be plenty of space in the grass and under the trees for setting up your campsite. There is no camping for day passes.


Keep your stuff safe! For your convenience and for the safety of your valuables, there will be lockers available to rent at LIB.

Vehicle Camping at LiB

There is a very limited amount of vehicle camping space available on the festival grounds. If you want to camp with your vehicle, you will need to have purchased a car camping pass, which are now sold out. For those not camping with their vehicle, there will be bio-diesel shuttles to drive you and your camping gear into the site.

RV Camping

A limited amount of RV camping is available for $75 per RV. All RV’s must purchase passes in advance through our online ticketing page starting April 2nd. RV passes are now sold out! If you haven’t already purchased an RV camping pass, please leave your RV at home. We will have limited space in the parking lots and RV camping will not be available in these or any other areas without an RV camping pass.

Parking at Lightning in a Bottle

We will have secure parking near the festival entrance for your vehicles and you will be able to access them throughout the duration of the event. Parking in the general lot is free.

Lightning in a Bottle 2008 Workshop Info

Workshops are FREE throughout the weekend!


Our vending village is located at the center of the festival grounds and offers a wide variety of community made goods including clothing, jewelry, hula hoops and more. It’s much better than your daily trip to the mall, so take advantage of the opportunity and get some of the best goods of the year. Some old food vending favorites and a handful of new ones will be preparing meals for us at LIB this year. You can expect a wide variety of organic vegetarian food choices to enjoy throughout the festival. 3 meals a day, consider it covered!

??? This is an all ages event, anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

??? Underage drinking and illegal drug use is NOT permitted! Non-compliance with this could jeopardize the future of LIB.

??? Amplified sound is not permitted in camping areas! Please leave your sound systems at home.

??? Dogs and other pets are NOT allowed. If you show up with a dog, you will not be admitted into the event. Elephants and giraffes are ok.

??? LIB is STRONGLY encouraging pre-cycled trash and pack-it-in/pack-it-out practices for the weekend. Less trash really does equal more fun!

??? Since there are no lifeguards on duty and there is also a no-drowning rule at LIB, absolutely NO ONE is allowed in the river! Individuals caught in the river may be fined by the rangers on site and could jeopardize LIB???s ability to use the location in the future.

??? LIB guests with allergies (and those without) should be aware that there are bees, wasps, poison oak, and the occasional rattlesnake at the location.

Have fun! See you at Lightning in a Bottle!

Electric Apricot

Delicious Sights & Sounds at Electric Apricot

Electric Apricot

Click the image above to visit the Electric Apricot website. Very nicely done. Citizens of Burning Man at Black Rock City will find a special place in their hearts for Electric Apricot.

When the site loads, let is sit for a while. Make sure your speakers on. Some very cool tunes start playing. Enjoy!

Buy Electric Apricot: The Quest for Festeroo

Rent Electric Apricot through Electric Apricot, A Les Claypool Film

Many thanx to the always fascinating, magickal, fun-loving Courtney Clark, (aka: Gypsy) for turning me on to this. Thank you for keeping life colorful and interesting.

Art Monastery Project Fundraiser Event in L.A. Sunday April 6 Fundraiser

Art Monastery L.A. Fundraiser

In Support of
International Art

Come out on Sunday, April 6th to lend your support for an amazing project championing international art in its many varied manifestations.

The Art Monastery Project, based just outside of Rome, Italy, is a project worthy of your time, money and passion.

The Art Monastery was founded by local artists, musicians, and performers living overseas the past few years.

Exciting details at the Art Monastery website.

Sunday April 6th

between 3:00pm and 5:00pm

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.

Donation Suggestions:
$20 Suggested donation
$40 Patron’s donation

Silent Auction of
Art and Culture

Great music that will captivate, mesmerise, and move your soul! Brought to your happy eardrums by beautiful divas with angelic voices.

Classical Concert

Classical Concert featuring Beautiful and Inspiring Divas:

The Burning Man Opera Connection

Christopher Fulling, one of the founding directors of the Art Monastery, and Twan have a history in that they were both involved with the Burning Man Opera, which was a major event at the Burning Man Festival from 1997 through 2002. Christopher served under master artist and sage Pepe Ozan as director, co-writer and co-producer, and Twan as co-producer. Visit the Burning Man Opera website for the history of this amazing (and sorely missed) experiment of cooperative art, community participation, and multi-composer musical scores… and a cast of thousands!

Jan 1, 2008

Happy New Year, Fun Lovers

To All My Friends in 2008!

Just a quick message to wish you an extraordinary New Year! Hoping that all your dreams and desires become reality. I like to believe that when we work together (as we often do in this intensely creative-fun-loving-always-expanding-evolving community), we increase the odds of achieving success in our endeavors. Prove me right. It’ll do us a bit of good!

Twan’s List Update for 2008

You may have noticed that both this blog *and* the email list have been quiet as of late… There are a number of factors that have contributed to this. The last two months of 2007 proved to be quite difficult for me. Some unexpected turn of events for me personally. Fortunately, I’m always up for a good challenge! Looking life right in the eye and saying “FYA” <middle finger defiantly extended skyward>. Rather than get into all of the details here, suffice it to say that a few changes are coming. I’m not quite sure what that looks like at this moment… But some sort of vision is taking shape. Scary, huh?

Mainly, I just wanted to let you know that I’m still here, still alive and thinking of you on the first day of a new year. More info to follow. Thank you for being here!

L.A. Based Fire Artists’ Town Hall Meeting: December 12

Attention all Los Angeles based Fire Artists
Town Hall Meeting

Where: Smash Labs, 1714 Albion St, Los Angeles , CA 90031

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2007. Doors open at 7pm, Meeting begins at 8pm

Who: All members of the Los Angeles Based Fire Arts Community

Why: During recent interactions with Los Angeles County and State Fire Marshals, we have learned that they are in the process of designing a set of safety standards and guidelines in an effort to standardize safety requirements within our industry. These safety guidelines are to be implemented in the first quarter of 2008.

We have the great fortune that our local county Fire Marshals have offered to allow us participate in the design of these standards. Organizations such as SAFFE and members of the Pyrotechnics community have offered to provide guidance or advice in the different methods of organizing our-selves and interfacing with regulatory and enforcement entities such as the Fire Department.

This Wednesday night, a Town Hall Meeting has been called to inform the community and discuss the formation an organization comprised of members representing the interests of the Los Angeles fire community. It is time for us all to come together, as a community, to openly create our own guidelines that address issues, such as safety, performance standards, etc. It is of the utmost importance that we collectively decide this before it is decidedfor us! In Addition, there is a new e-mail discussion list for fire artists and people who are interested in fire performance in the Los Angeles area.

This list can be joined by following this link: L.A. Fire Community Mailing List

Please join! This list is an opportunity for us to stay in touch as a community, and discuss a number of pressing issues that are affecting the Los Angeles fire community such as the upcoming implementation of safety regulations, standards,and restrictions governing our industry. The LA Fire mailing list will be a great place to: discuss issues affecting the fire community, share fire related tips and techniques, and communicate about fire events in the LA area.

Please spread the word by continuing to forward this to fire performers who are in Los Angeles, or who visit Los Angeles and perform with fire. If we fail in this initiative, then viewpoints such as “Poi is the most dangerous tool in your arsenal” or the potential banning of poi spinning in the direction of the audience may become a reality.

Troupes & Tool Manufacturers that have involvement in this initiative include: CuriousJosh, Fire by Trick Concepts, Fire Drums, Fire Groove, LAFX, Machina Candeo, Mutaytor, Phoenix Projekt, Pyrophernalia, Sirena Serpentina, Volcano Flux, and Twan’s List.

SmashLabs1714 Albion Street (entrance is here – big red door with cut metal numbers, push down on the lever to enter). The “back” door is a big roll door in the last parking lot on the North side of Main just before the train tracks – look for the La Mano Press sign. If it’s full, there is an empty lot directly across the street on the South side of Main Street , or feel free to park on Main or Albion and come in the front. The main thing to remember is if you’ve gone over the tracks, you’ve passed Albion which is a TINY street and easy to miss.

Phone: 323-22S-MASH (323-227-6274) is the office phone if you get lost.
(310) 686-4820

Sat. Oct. 13: Space Island AfterParty

Space Island: AfterParty: Kinesis

Saturday October 13th

After LA Decom
10pm to 7:30am

Space Island, Downtown LA

Breaks / DUB / Downtempo
Featuring Turbo Sound

Featured Artists:


  • B.O.T.S


  • POM
  • OOAH
  • POD

Let’s keep Space Island underground!

Shuttles will pick up
From 10pm – 12am
@ the Intersection of
6th Street & Mateo

after midnight
at Japanese Village Parking
Located @ the Intersection of
Central Avenue & E. 1st Street

Down Town Los Angeles
Drive ups will not be allowed to enter the Island
No Exceptions

$10 from 10 – 11pm
$15 after 11pm

Presented by

go to for full event info.

go to for venue images entrance code 007, in the red box

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