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Jan 19, 2010
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Lucent L’amour presented by The Do LaB

The Do Lab presents the 5th Annual Lucent L'amour on Sat. Feb 13, 1020 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles

What Is Lucent L’amour?

Lucent L’amour is a festival that embraces the visual, architectural and performance arts as passionately as it does music and dance.

It is the transformation of one night into a spontaneous combustion of love and mayhem.

It is a creative synthesis of dance and electronic music, vaudeville performance, and street art into one multi-sensory experience.

To create the fifth annual Lucent L’amour, The Do LaB is bringing you two stages of music and performance, a cutting edge art gallery, live painters, larger-than-life interactive sculptures, and elaborate stage and environment designs from the west coasts leading artists.

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Available now at

The Do LaB presents…

The Fifth Annual Lucent L???amour

Experience a festival where art and music collide
in an explosion of self expression!

Saturday, Feb. 13th 2010
Los Angeles
Shrine Expo Hall

Lucent L'amour presented by The Do LaB Saturday February 13, 2010 at the Shrine in L.A.

Featuring the sounds of:

With a special performance by:

  • Lucent Dossier Experience

Plus more performances to be announced!

Live digital painting by:

Android Jones

An awe-inspiring art gallery curated by Mike Russek and Deborah Vogt featuring:

A live mural painting by The Mac and Retna

Exhibiting artists include:

Ekundayo ~ L Croskey ~ Liz Brizzi ~ Luis Sanchez
~ John Park ~ Hans Haveron ~ Kofie One ~ Shrine ~
Julio Sanchez ~ Man One ~ Spectr ~ Walt Hall
~ Chris Berg ~ Gareth Stehr ~ Jocelyn Marsh ~
Danni Shinya Luo ~ Izumi Yokoyama ~ Stefano Novelli
~ Ryan Weigner ~ Chris Leavens ~ Michael Pukac ~
Shira Loa ~ Brion Topolski ~ Ando Pndlian ~ Myong Kurly
~ Adam Mostow ~ Motion One ~ Mike Russek ~
Rajiv Jain ~ David Wilson

Live Mural Painting curated by Carmen Zella featuring:

Max Neutra ~ Mearone ~ Jessica Perlstein
~ Andres Salcedo ~ Eyeone ~ Carlos Vera ~
Asylum ~ Kelly Matten ~ Dave Zaboski ~ Amy Shawley
~ Yuki Miyazaki ~ Norman Maxwell

Large scale art installations curated by Marsi Frey featuring:

The Do LaB ~ Bamboo DNA ~ Shrine ~ The Ant Farm
~ Karen Cusolito & Dan Das Mann ~ Sandman Creations ~
Jeffrey Vincent Parise ~ Debi Cable ~ Scott O???keefe
~ Linka Odom ~ Scott Bella ~ Andrew Hoevelar ~ Michael Elliot

Plus inter-active installations, a pimped out photo booth,
clothing and food vending and a ton of other surprises!

The fifth annual Lucent L???amour!

Saturday Feb. 13th 2010

  • Shrine Expo Hall
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • 18 and over
  • Full bar for 21 and over
  • Indoor/Outdoor Venue
  • Doors from 7pm ??? 4am

Tickets Onsale Now!
Go Big VIP Passes available!

Jan 10, 2010

Blown Glass Plasma and Argon Gas Art – Blows!
Glass, that is! And Plasma and Argon!

Plasma bongThe other January 9th birthday I mentioned in a previous post is a bit more significant and personal, as it is the day that a very dear friend of mine was born, for which I am eternally grateful and thankful.

An astonishing guitar player in his own right, but also an accomplished artist… a one-of-a-kind artist at that.

Rick Zar is the Man!

Rick grew up in an artistic environment in San Pedro, California, with his influential step-father artist Jimmy Zar, well-known for is amazing oil paintings, and his younger brother Chet Zar, who left his mark in Hollywood, but has branched way out beyond the confines of the silver screen.

The Devil’s Apprentice…
or at least the mad scientist’s protégé

Rick Zar used to work for the amazing mad scientist Larry Albright in Venice Beach. Larry Albright was well-known for building contraptions based on Nikola Tesla’s theories. At one point in time, he was the only person on the planet doing what he does. Tesla's Lab(Go to the video at the end of this posting to watch and listen to a clip of Larry Albright).

Pioneering in blown-glass contraptions known as Crackle Tubes and Lightning Globes, and holding the world record for having built the smallest neon art for the Francis Ford Coppola movie “One From the Heart”. Also having created installations for Stephen Speilberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, building custom pieces for Michael Jackson, and a long list of other amazing, unique works of art that have found their way all over the planet.

Argon gas will make you smile
Art to Light Up Your Life

Let’s focus for a moment on this latest artistic venture,… an artistic endeavor which took a lifetime to achieve. It had to. Necessary were the many years of accumulated specialized skills and esoteric knowledge in order to be able to pull off the amazing feats of artistry currently being unleashed into the world.

Be the first kid on your block to have one of these one-of-a-kind blown-art Plasma and Argon gas glowing art pieces in your home. No one, but NO one on the planet does this.

There is only one man capable of making these unique artistic beauties. There are a few who have tried, but where they have all failed in their attempts, Rick succeeds because of his sheer mastery of the craft. He is wizard-like in his abilities. It’s a magick that only he knows how to manipulate to full effect.

Plasma Pipes at

Get Your Plasma Art Now!

Retailers all over the country are ordering these babies up. Each art piece is custom, hand-made by the artist. Why pay retail prices when you can get wholesale prices here! Just tell him that Twan sent you! Enjoy the sample photos on this site (which don’t do them justice). You got to see them to believe it.

Be sure to visit the website to order yours now and for more info. *

*All glass is sold solely as art. However, you must be 18 years old to view the contents of this website or to purchase products.

YouTube Video of Plasma Pipes in Motion


Sep 4, 2009

Water Woman Festival – Oct. 1 – 4

Water Woman Festival

October 1-4, 2009
Joshua Tree, California

WaterWoman Festival

Water Woman Festival
October 1-4, 2009
Joshua Tree, California

Environmental Art ??? Permaculture Design ??? Natural Building ???
Sustainable Living ??? Site Revitalization ??? Be Showered With

4 FULL Days & 3 Nights?? Including Tent Camping!?? ONLY $75!
Single Day Tickets available NOW on website – ONLY $25

Please pass this on to everyone!
Warmest Water Woman Wishes!

Fusing Art and Ecological Design; Inspiring the Future
Check out the NEW images of Ecological Designs, Eco Art, Water Woman
and Our Eco-Tribes!

* Note – Kids under 12 are FREE accompanied by parents.
We will BUILD and Leave a Trace!?? Play in the Mud – Play in the Spray!

The Water Woman Festival is an interactive art and ecological
experience featuring TOP artists, architects, natural builders,
permaculture designers, speakers, teachers, musicians, and
Inspirational Visionaries!

This is an URGENT Event!

  • * Mingle with Extreme Green Artists
  • * Experience Dark Green Technologies
  • * Help Build Beautifully – Re-birth the Site!
  • * Honor The Goddess of Life!
  • * Support the Development of Eco Settlements
  • * Have FUN Dancing the Patterns of Nature!

Imagine, Create and Be Showered With Possibilities!

NEW Confirmed speakers/workshops and special guests include:

  • * SunRay Kelley~Elemental Force in Natural Building
  • * Jonah Reyolds~Earthship Biotecture
  • * Marilyn Crenshaw~The Green Architect
  • * Art Ludwig~Ecological Systems Designer and Grey Water Champion
  • * Lori Grace~Living Mandala
  • * Laura Fox~Visionary Culture Radio “Anchor the Dream”
  • * Patricia Watts “Eco Arts Curator”
  • * Ray Cirino~Extreme Green Artist
  • * Mother Nature
  • * Earthen Artists & Natural Builders, including: Kata Polano, Miguel Elliot, Michael Blaha, Bruce Thauburn, Scott Howard, many more!
  • * Performing artists and musical guests: Wayward Monks, Scott Huckabay~Musical Alchemyst, Maetar, Fontain’s MUSE, Singing Bear, Riki
  • Hendrix Band, unclejack..?? drum circle, rituals and MUCH more to follow!

Submit your art for the Highly Sustainable Functional Art Challenge! Set up a Permaculture Guild Campsite/Demonstration

Water Woman Art Challenge: As a group of eco-artists it is our goal to set new standards in sustainable art forms to provide energy, food, shelter, and water systems. By coming together as community, artists, permaculturalists, performers, musicians, natural builders, and motivated students, our structured plan is to go beyond our society’s definition of sustainability so we can be self reliant and educate others back home.

Produced by: The Water Woman Foundation 415-939-5848
Water Woman Project + Festival

In association with the Morongo Basin Art Guild, the Joshua Tree
Chamber of Commerce, Desert Springs Chamber of Commerce, Natural
Science Collaborative, Boulder Community Gardens, and more!

The Water Woman Festival is @
Joshua Tree Lake Campground
2601 Sunfair Road – Joshua Tree, California 92252
Phone (760) 366-1213

The Water Woman Project
Fusing Art & Ecological Design – Inspiring the Future

Sep 4, 2009
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Bring the Burning Opera Roadshow to L.A.

Burning Opera - How to Survive the Apocalypse

Burning Opera Roadshow Background: As some of you might know, Twan (former L.A. BM Regional director) used to produce longtime SF artist Pepe Ozan’s Burning Man Opera’s from 1998-2002. The director and co-writer of those operas, Christopher Fulling, is now directing an amazing project called “How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera”. Twan was originally offered the producer position for this project, but had to decline due to the fact that he is out of the country and will be until well after Burning Man this year. As such, he would not have been able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities.

“How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera” is about the history of Burning Man. It gained such a positive response from the honchos at Burning Man headquarters, that a few of them are actually performing in the show, not the least of which is ActionGrl (Andie Grace) and Michael Mikel (aka: Danger Ranger, one of the principals of Burning Man Org).

The “Apocalypse” team has been pushing hard to get the show on the road, beginning after Burning Man this year. This past January, they did a test run of a scaled-down version of the show in SF, which was supposed to be a one-off, but due to overwhelming demand, 6 shows were added, all of which sold out immediately. Read a review of those shows here.

The “Apocalypse” team has managed to get six shows set up in Teatro ZinZanni???s famed spiegeltent on the San Francisco waterfront Oct 5-7 and 12-14. They are desperately trying to bring the show to L.A., but they have not been able to find a producer-type to help them secure a location and work with logistics. It would be a terrible shame for this show not to come to L.A., especially given the inspiring, awesome, and huge creative community we have here.

Please don’t the this opportunity slip by! The Los Angeles community deserves to be represented in this project. It could turn into a longer-running tour, depending upon the success of these first shows. In other words, it could be a career booster. And a money maker…

Below is a blurb from the show’s technical director, Cookie, who has a rich history working with Cirque du Soleil, and the show’s executive producer Dana Harrison, who had worked in upper management in the Burning Man org for a decade.

The Show (and L.A. wants/needs):

How to Survive the Apocalypse – a burning opera ( – is a musical freak fable that combines rock opera, vaudeville, and a Dionysian revival show into a Hair for the new millennium. The show will debut in San Francisco in early October, but is considering an LA engagement this fall if the stars align properly. The specific stars needed are a local LA producer(s) to handle production and promotions as well as alternate venue possibilities.

The producer(s) role(s) is some combination of organization, logistics and venue management as well as marketing and promotions. Must be well connected, a total self starter and intimately in tune with the local burning man scene.

The venue needs to be in the range of 400-600 seats and be flexible enough to accommodate a thrust or in the round style of play as well as all the necessary parking, food and beverage etc for a full blown night at the opera temporary autonomous zone extravaganza.

The producer role is key although it could be a combination of the right people if there was one in charge of it all. Promotions wizard might be different from good at managing a venue wizard.

Contact Info:

Dana Harrison:
Lawrence Kampf (Cookie):

May 29, 2009
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Cirque Berzerk’s “Beneath” Opens June 18

Cirque Berzerk Beneath in Los Angeles

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:

Cirque Berzerk - Beneath

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:

Cirque Berzerk 2009 Press Release

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.

Mar 25, 2009
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How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera Road Show

The Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse


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:


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

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


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