Space Shuttle Against the Sun

The Space Shuttle silhouetted against the Sun

Into the Sun

Space Shuttle against the sun
Just thought I’d share a couple of super-cool image of the Space Shuttle silhouetted against the sun on its way to service to the Hubble Space Telescope. The fist image shows a clear shot of the Shuttle silhouetted against the sun, and the second image shows the Shuttle (the larger black dot) as it approaches the Hubble Space Telescope (the smaller black dot). Pretty cool!

Can’t wait to see new images from deep(er) space from the upgrades performed on the space telescope by the Shuttle crew.

Images captured by award winning French astro-photographer Thierry Legault.

How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera Road Show

The Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse

THE BURNING ROADSHOW IS ON THE MOVE –
GET INVOLVED!

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!

*NOW!*

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.

*PRODUCTION TEAM:*

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:

http://www.burningopera.com/production_team.htm

*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:

http://www.burningopera.com/cast_of_characters.htm

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 production@burningopera.com.

*TO OFFER IDEAS, SUGGESTIONS, ASSISTANCE:* Please contact Executive Producer Dana Harrison

*TO SEE WHAT WE’RE UP TO:*

Sign up for our mailing list from the website: http://www.burningopera.com
Read our blog: http://h2sta.wordpress.com/
Become a fan of the Burning Opera Facebook page

Drug Policy Reform and Barack Obama

Drug Policy Alliance - Fighting to change draconian drug laws in the USA

I received a message from the Drug Policy Alliance with a request that I compose and send a note to President-elect Barak Obama to help guide him in who he will choose to be his drug czar.

Based on suggestions provided by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), I wrote the following letter to Obama. Feel free to copy it, change it, enhance or use it in some way to create a custom letter of your own to the new President of the United States. Once you compose your message you can send it to Barak Obama via his new website: www.change.gov. The process is quick and simple. And well worth the small effort.

Don’t be fooled. You make a difference. You make an impact. The more proactive you are, the larger your impact. It only takes a moment to compose and send a letter like the one I wrote below:

Drug Reform Message to Barak Obama

Dear President-elect Obama,

Please choose a drug czar who will champion drug policy reform in the USA. This is a very important step in delivering the change you and I and a majority of our great nation and the world so obviously desire… and need!

It’s easy to understand why you are considering to nominate Republican Congressman James Ramstad to be your “drug czar”. Rep. Ramstad is in recovery from alcohol abuse and has a track record in support of increasing access to drug treatment. However, Ramstad is still mostly married to the failed punitive drug war policies of the last 30 thirty years. This is a no-brainer: These policies don’t work. Never have. Never will.

These failed policies need to change. More importantly, we need to do something different. Just as you had so boldly stated: “Doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity”, WE MUST do things differently in drug reform in order for profound change to occur. I figure that you already know this somewhere deep inside your obviously good heart. Please step into it, and we will support you.

Ramstad has voted against medical marijuana five times. He has voted against making sterile syringes more available to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS three times. Even though his colleagues are increasingly supporting sentencing reform, including eliminating the crack/powder sentencing disparity, he hasn’t stood up on the issue. Perhaps Ramstad is not the right choice.

Our nation’s next drug czar should be chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Are they committed to enacting and supporting evidence-based policies? ONDCP should make decisions based on science, not politics or ideology.
  2. Are they committed to reducing the harms associated with both drugs and punitive drug laws? We need a new bottom line for U.S. drug policy.
  3. Do they think drug use should be treated as a health issue not a criminal justice issue? To paraphrase former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, we need a surgeon general not a military general or police officer.
  4. Do they welcome and encourage debate and research? We need a drug czar who is open-minded and willing to consider every alternative.
  5. Are they committed to reducing the number of nonviolent offenders behind bars? Our country’s next drug czar should be fully committed to major sentencing reform.

President-elect Obama, who you choose as your drug czar will affect everyone. Please nominate a drug czar who supports marijuana law reform, syringe availability and treatment instead of incarceration.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Best regards and best of luck,

Your Name

Where to Send Your Drug Reform Letter

Once your message is ready don’t forget to send it to www.change.gov.

Space Island & Trinity: Post L.A. Decom Event

SPACE ISLAND & TRINITY

Present
“BEYOND THE BOUNDARY”
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4th

Space Island After Party, post L.A. Decompression Event

IMPORTANT! – This event is not at Space Island. Please do not go to Space Island’s residence.

SPACE ISLAND AND TRINITY PRESENT

BEYOND THE BOUNDARY

SATURDAY – OCTOBER 4

9PM to 4AM

Come celebrate the 5th Annual downtown event AfterParty.
A journey away from the island. Keep the endless dream alive.

3 STAGES OF SOUND

BREAKS – HOUSE – AND DOWNTEMPO

BREAKS STAGE

  • NORTH STAR
    Seattle
    Street Ritual – Space Island
  • BRION T
    Space Island

HOUSE STAGE

  • BRADEN
    Space Island / 16Bit Beyond / Family Affair – Los Angeles
  • JESSE BROOKS
    Yoshitoshi / Fresh Produce – Los Angeles
  • THE IANATOR
    Space Island – The Do Lab – Los Angeles
  • MR CAPARRO
    16Bit Beyond / Family Affair – Los Angeles

DOWNTEMPO STAGE

FASHION COUTURE BY:

Indhi Couture & Ikharos

ALSO

T-evolution & Blue Star

Pre-sale tickets available:

Avoid waiting in line with pre-sale tickets
$20 Pre-Sale
$25 at the door (cash only)
Click to purchase pre-sale tickets

THIS EVENT IS NOT AT SPACE ISLAND

There will be NO shuttles running from the L.A. Burning Man Decompression event to the Afterhours. There will be plenty of street parking at the afterhours. Please know we expect to reach capacity early as we have in the past 5 years.

Food will be available with plenty of vegetarian choices.

Pre-sale tickets will end on October 3 at 12:00am

For pre-sale tickets bring a print out of your receipt and valid photo ID
ages 21 and over

No ID, no entry

9pm to 4am

3 stages of sound: Breaks – House and Downtempo

Avoid waiting in line with pre-sale tickets:
$20 Pre-sale
$25 at the door (cash only)

Event Location:
613 Imperial St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

CLICK LINK BELOW TO GET DIRECTIONS

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This is a permitted event and will sell out.
If you don’t pre-sale tickets get there early!

CLICK HERE TO BUY PRE-SALE TICKETS

Burning Man Decompression in L.A. 6th Annual

6TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES BURNING MAN DECOPRESSION

SATURDAY OCTOBER 4TH:

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression

L.A. Burning Man Decompression coming at you! The following is an abridged version, since all this info has been repeated on other lists. For FULL INFORMATION, artist and performance lineups, set times, and recent updates visit the Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression website.

RAIN or SHINE.

Still Going Strong – 6th Annual L.A. Burning Man Decompression

Burning Man Decompression in L.A. is in a new location! Huge thanks to the Planning Team for pulling this off; we’re gathering at
the Los Angeles State Historical Park, AKA the Cornfield, this year. It’s still downtown, and the directions are below.

No more partying on the streets, now we have acres of beautiful lawn all with the amazing view of downtown we have always had. Be prepared to get your shoes dusty! The Cornfield is really a field, and the dust definitely kicks up while dancing.

One important note: The Decompression parking lot will be closing after the event, around midnight, so park mindfully, and make sure to read the parking notes if you are planning to attend an afterparty.

The location is at:
Los Angeles State Historical Park
1245 N. Spring Street, 9001
(See map below)

Time: The festivities will start at Noon and end at Midnight.
Cost: Admission to the event may be gained thusly:

$10 in costume or with a Metro Rail pass!
$20 in street clothes.
(Children under 12 are FREE!)

We are very grateful to the State Park Rangers for allowing us to use their wonderful location. When you see them around, tell them thanks. They have been truly great to work with.

Please check the L.A. Burning Man website for extensive details. You’ll be impressed, excited and filled with anticipation!

See you in the dust!


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Ninja Skillz and Hipgenesis: “Homecoming”

!! UPDATE AS OF SAT. OCT. 4 @ 4:30PM!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER LATE NIGHT VENUE FOR TONIGHT, GO TO THE SPACE ISLAND EVENT LISTED ELSEWHERE ON THIS BLOG !!

SAT. OCT. 4:
NINJA SKILLZ MUSIC & HIPGENESIS PRESENT:
“HOMECOMING”

LIMITED PRESALE TICKETS ARE $16: (tickets at the door are 25$)

Imagine if you will, a Homecoming Dance done only how the LA Underground can do it. Come in all your Playa Finery from earlier in the day or HOWEVER YOU WANT!

  • 3 AREAS OF SOUND FEATURING L.A.’S BEST IN HOUSE – BREAKS – PROGRESSIVE – DOWNTEMPO
  • YEARBOOK PHOTO BOOTH BY KATIE LEE AT EYENEXUS.COM
  • 8 SMALLER ROOMS SPONSORED BY A.H.S. SCHOOL CLUBS ( CHECK OUT DETENTION…)
  • LOCATED ON OUR BRAND NEW DOWNTOWN L.A. CAMPUS!
  • BURNING MAN PHOTO SLIDE SHOW BY CURIOUS JOSH
  • MASSAGE
  • PANCAKES
  • A GAGGLE OF CRAZIES AND YOU!

Featuring the not-so-high-school-cafeteria-sounding:

  • JOHN KELLEY ( Moontribe, Ball of Wax )
  • DJ BLUE ( Blue Insomnia )
  • DJ WOLFIE ( DJWolfie.com )
  • SAYNT ( Ninja Skillz, L.A.L.A. )
  • JESSE WRIGHT ( Pocket Underground, L.A.L.A. )
  • JUPITER ( The Do Lab, LeftHouse Recordings )
  • JOPLIN ( Pork ‘N Beats )
  • MARK ZABALA ( Ninja Skillz, MarkZabala.com )
  • DARKMATTER ( Hipgenesis )
  • NICK THE NECK ( Pocket Underground )
  • 20 MEAT ( Fluid Sound )
  • HYJYNX ( Ninja Skillz )
  • YONA
  • COREY SAGE ( RLD )
  • ZAK BROWN ( Hipgenesis )
  • FAITH ( L.A.L.A. )
  • KUMAR ( L.A.L.A. )

LIMITED PRESALE TICKETS ARE $16

GET EM FAST! TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $25

WE WILL be running shuttles from the Decomp Location to the event!
WE WILL ALSO be running shuttles from the parking lot at First and Central in Downtown LA.

ALL SHUTTLES will be identified as R.L.U.S.D ( Red Light Unified School District )
IMPORTANT: the Decomp parking lot will be closed from 12am-7am. If you are coming to our party, either park on the street or move your car to the 1st and Central Parking Lot before then.

SPIKE THE PUNCH!!!!!!!

www.ninjaskillz.net
www.eyenex.us
www.djwolfie.com
www.curiousjosh.com
www.hipgenesis.com For photos, directions, and more information.

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