Lightning in a Bottle 2010
A fun little reminder of things of the recent past, and things yet to come… The Lightning in a Bottle Music and Arts Festival sets the bar high for what a festival should be. Every year it gets better. Amazing music, live art with silent bidding. Great, wholesome foods, and health and wellness in the form of yoga, meditation and exploration of the depths of spirituality if that’s your thing.
Don’t miss Lightning in a Bottle! Takes place over Memorial Day weekend every year. Check the LiB website for more info, lovely photos and video. Connect with this amazing community. Your life will be changed for the better.
Lightning in a Bottle Returns – Exceptional Art and Music Festival
Only a Southern California dance, art, and music festival can feature Daedelus and downward facing dog, but that’s exactly what the fifth annual Do LaB Lightning in a Bottle art and music festival will offer when it takes over 100+ acres of Irvine, California’s Oak Canyon Ranch over Memorial Day weekend.
The four-day, three-night festival bills itself as “equal parts music, art and green workshops.” Accordingly, those drawn to bone-crunching bass and funky rhythms can choose from over 90 artists including Booka Shade, The Album Leaf, The Glitch Mob, The Very Best, Daedelus, Daddy Kev, and Nosaj Thing.
Lightning in a Bottle will also feature a set from Krystee, the winner of the festival’s mix-tape contest that found DJ’s from across America looking for a chance to perform by submitting tapes using only Lightning in a Bottle acts.
Attendees can also explore other options, via green-living workshops that offer “practical, do-it-yourself lessons on creating a healthy, low-cost, sustainable lifestyle.” The workshops included “Small Space Container Gardening,” “How to Make Raw Chocolate” and “Growing & Using Medicinal Herbs.” Those looking to loosen up after three nights in a sleeping bag can increase their elasticity via an array of yoga courses taking place throughout the day.
An Art Festival as Much as a Music Festival
The artistically inclined may find solace in the festival’s art gallery, installation pieces, or its Lightning in a Paintcan Project, during which local artists will transform over-sized mural panels into paintings using recycled paint. The finished pieces will be sold in a silent auction, with proceeds going to Sonic Muze, a nonprofit group that provides underfunded schools with music instruments and art supplies. With three-day passes available for $190 (including camping), the festival figures to bring enough stimulation so that everyone will need to say Savasana by Monday night.
Ticket info on the Lightning in a Bottle website
Want to run away with the circus? Want to leave this life behind?
Following a completely sold-out and held-over engagement in the summer of 2008, Los Angeles’ only established circus troupe Cirque Berzerk returns for the 2009 run of “Beneath”, a decadent and demented descent into the underworld.
Opening on June 18th in downtown Los Angeles, the world “Beneath” features fiery burlesque dancers, jaw dropping acrobatics, stunning aerialists, punk rock clowns, gothic stilt-walkers, and psychedelic vaudevillian tomfoolery. Come early to dine picnic-style around the tent, and stay late for a nightly party in the Berzerk Lounge with the Cirque Berzerk circus troupe and enjoy a live performance by Vaud & the Villains.
In Ticketing: http://cirqueberzerk.inticketing.com/events
Both the Myspace profile page and Facebook group page have been updated with 2009 show info, photos and video. We will continue to add to this as the situation develops. If you are on either of these social networking sites, please add us if you aren’t yet a friend. Links below:
Visit the Cirque’s Flickr photostream. More photos will be added from a recent shoot soon:
The Cirque Berzerk Site is currently in the process of being redesigned. In the short-term, we have thrown up a splash page with 2009 show info. You can also navigate to the online ticketing via the CB site. When the new site is up (soon!), we’ll let you know.
THE BURNING ROADSHOW IS ON THE MOVE –
OK, so these folks created an opera.?? About Burning Man.?? Yeah, that’s what we said too when they first brought us the idea: “What?… there’s no WAY you can hope to pull this off, describing the indescribable … in an OPERA of all things. Please.”
Well, we sent out our most cynical, jaded scouts to watch the show when it premiered.?? And, well, we were astounded when those highly cynical, hard-to-please emissaries were completely blown away by what they saw.
This show??? Is awesome.?? Funny, intelligent, poignant, thoughtful, and thoroughly representative of our little shindig in the desert.?? OK, so lucky for you, they’re taking it on the road.?? And not only that, but you can get involved, too!
Excerpted from the JRS
Dana tells you how:
In January, San Francisco???s Stage Werx Theater hosted a sold-out run (6 shows in 4 nights) of “How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera.”
Though we were presenting a humble workshop performance with no budget, the event was wildly successful, with Burning Man virgins and grizzled old timers registering great enthusiasm.
[The show] is both engrossing musical theater in its own right and a piece of art that truly captures the feel of the [Burning Man] event and the Zeitgeist of its attendees.
Steve Jones of the
San Francisco Bay Guardian
West Coast Tour Planned
Now we are planning a Fall Tour of the West Coast in September and October, with a more ambitious national roadshow on the horizon of 2010, featuring east coast venues. To get more information about the show and our mission, check out the Burning Opera website.
Currently, we are in negotiations with Teatro Zinzanni to use their gorgeous and historic Spiegeltents in San Francisco and Seattle as anchors for our fall tour. Because we would play the Zinzanni tents on Monday through Wednesday, the weekends would remain open, allowing us to present the show at other West Coast locations.
The current plan is to begin some rehearsals and design in the Bay Area in late August, and to have a small presence in Black Rock City, where we will shoot some video and connect with new performers and collaborators. The main block of rehearsals would begin after Burning Man in San Francisco, where the show would open on Sept 22 & 23. We are currently looking for an appropriate venue between SF and Seattle for the weekend of 9/25 & 26. The show would then run at Zinzanni in Seattle 9/29 & 30. We hopefully will find another ‘midway’ venue 10/2&3, and then close our run in SF 10/5,6& 7. Finally, we aim to travel to L.A. 10/9 & 10. Are you on the East coast? We want to talk to YOU!
We’re assembling the production staff to begin working on this tour NOW. During the next month, we will be holding auditions and meetings with interested collaborators (either to join the tour or to help us bring it to your city) in the following places:
- NYC – Sunday April 5th
- auditions by appointment in the afternoon;
- meet & greet/cocktails 5-7pm; location TBA
- Washington DC – Wednesday April 8th
- meet & greet/cocktails evening; exact time and location TBA
We’re looking for volunteers in the NYC, DC, and Virginia area to help run these events, as well as to host fund raising events throughout the summer.
To take this project to the next level, we need to create a strong core Production Team ASAP. We’re looking to fill key roles within the next few weeks. We have had a great response from our production meetings in SF Los Angeles. Now we’d like to round out the cast and staff positions with participants from the other coast, in true Burner fashion. For a list of all roles and details, please see:
*CAST & CREW:*
As this is a Burning Man-style show, the stars will help with the setup and the roadies will be onstage. We love double, triple, and quadruple threats. We especially love riveting singers and dancers that can also play a marching band instrument and have a great attitude while working hard behind the scenes???or perhaps a professional gaffer who really loves to sing!?? We are reopening all roles and understudies and creating new characters for the new version of the show.?? For more details of the roles see:
We are also excited to collaborate with some of the many spectacular artists, ensembles, and DJs that have been so essential to the Burning Man experience, either as ‘guest stars’ or as separate acts before or after the show. Please send resumes, photos, videos, links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*TO OFFER IDEAS, SUGGESTIONS, ASSISTANCE:* Please contact Executive Producer Dana Harrison
*TO SEE WHAT WE’RE UP TO:*
THIS WEEKEND JUL. 26, 27:
The tent has been erected and we’ll be ready..
THE ORCHESTRA SECTION FOR SATURDAY’s SHOW IS SOLD OUT!
We’re working hard in the park. The Tent is up and the lighting is in place and the show will be ready. This show has been a FULL year in the making. We wrote a completely original score. We built a new set. We created brand new aerial apparatus.
We choreographed brand new ensemble dance pieces. We brought in one of the top lighting designers in the business, we pushed ourselves farther than we ever thought possible…
TO BRING THIS NEW EXTRAVAGANZA TO DOWNTOWN L.A.
The show, complete with the troupe???s own big top circus tent, runs for four nights from July 24th through Sunday, July 27th with nightly performances beginning at 8:30 p.m. Come early to enjoy picnicking ???Hollywood Bowl??? style before the show starting at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets available: InTicketing
Cirque Berzerk rewards you for leaving your car at home! If you’re an MTA pass holder OR you’re planning on arriving on MTA the day of the show use this discount code to get 10% off Bike Riders, we haven’t forgotten you! If you plan to arrive on your bike, one of our clowns will valet park it for you and you’re eligible for a 10% discount as well: Discounts apply to advance ticket purchases only ??? refunds or discount tickets will not be given the night of the show. Please note: you MUST present your MTA pass or ticket or bike valet ticket to receive this discount. Otherwise you will be directed to the box office to pay the difference.
Discount code for MTA passengers: MTA
and for bikes: BIKE
These discounts are CASE SENSITIVE so enter them exactly as seen here. So don???t worry if your travel plans change last minute and you need to take your car, you can just pay the difference at the ticket booth the night of the show. Regular Metro riders just need to present their pass. Thank you!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chinatown stop on the Gold Line.
Opening Night! Please join us for a gala opening night with music after the show by special guests Rosin Coven!
Event parking entrance is off of Baker Street
Wine & Beer Garden
We hope everyone will want to come early and have a picnic before the show! Please consider coming early and enjoy a warm summer night in the park. Our beautifully decorated wine and beer garden will be open for all of our 21 and over guests at 6pm on show nights and will stay open until the show begins. We are very proud to be pouring wine from Leona Valley Vineyards and serving New Belgium Beer.
A Thank You from Forever for LiB
It’s been two weeks since LIB and we can still hardly believe what we got to see and experience and learn under those oak trees. We keep hearing the echoes of beats. We keep seeing flashes of so many radiant smiling faces. We keep feeling the ground shake with the magnificent force of daring minds and dancing feet. We are forever grateful.
It is YOU who helped to make LIB08 a truly life-changing experience, and for this we offer our gratitude not just with words, but with images! Check out the faces on the LIB08 Thank You page, and add your own. ~ Pass it on…
The Lightning in a Bottle
Producers and Crew
Much Lightning in a Bottle Photos and Video to See
Visit the LiB website for a non-stop treat of visual snacks… It’ll make you cry for joy… and eager for next year!