The maps say I live in Ventura on the edge of Prince Barranca on the bluff above where it dips down to join San Jon Barranca and then the Pacific Ocean.
But the Chumash lived here before I did. For the Chumash, as for me, the return of the monarchs was also a sign of the equinox–of the days getting shorter and the nights longer, and for the Chumash, the time for the Harvest Festival to give thanks to Hutash.
With the arrival of the San Buenaventura Mission, the Festival for Hutash became San Miguel Days as San Miguel Day is in late September. As Ventura became more secular, the celebration of harvest took place in late September or early October at the county fair starting in 1874 and held concurrent or immediately after San Miguel Days until commercial and tourism interests dictated the fair’s move from late September to early August.
As you can see, Ventura has a many centuries old tradition of celebrations timed with the Fall equinox, and this weekend is no exception with events here tied to global events including:
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE and events 9/11-9/21
CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL AND VENTURA COUNTY BEER WEEK 9/14-9/21
PEDAL POWERED ACTIVISM 9/18-21
BEACH CLEAN UPS 9/20
PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH 9/21
Details on all of these activities follow: Read more…
This is the duo who, with the help of a cast of a thousand, made one of my favorite Burning Man videos, 2011’s Home, using the song from Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.
This year’s video Read more…
So you’re missing Burning Man? Were you out in BRC last Saturday night and tonight you’re wishing you were back on the playa? Well…here’s how to recreate what you’re missing! Start the video, put on BMIR, and
Recreate & Enjoy the Burning Man experience!
1. Pay an escort of your affectional preference subset to not bathe for five days, cover themselves in glitter, dust, and sunscreen, wear a skanky neon wig, dance close naked, then say they have a lover back home at the end of the night.
2. Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any direction. Put the house back together. Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they leave, follow them back to their homes, drink all their booze, and break things.
3. Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them. Dance for six hours. Sleep in your clothes Read more…
Don’t be surprised if it’s a little rough–that’s normal!
While tonight’s event at Art City isn’t exactly like being at Burning Man or at a BMOrg sanctioned event (which is why I can’t call it a Decompression Party!), it is a chance to dance around a fire under the moonlight and disco ball–and roast some food too!
Trippers Hollow and Art City Ventura present Las Saucetronauts, cooking up globetronic saucedelic hippy-hop sounds TONIGHT Sept. 5, 2014 Read more…
We made it back from Burning Man Monday night which means time to get assimilated again, get cleaned up, and get caught up. For my son, that means a lot of math homework that he’s agonizing over–and keeping me from doing what I need to do to prepare for school!
After the sweetness of Burning Man, it’s time for the vinegar.
Because of the chemical make-up of the playa, Read more…
It’s a Cabernet Day Cabaret! Hosted by Art/Wine Predator and SonomaWineGuy in Black Rock City at the intersection of Rods Road and Cinnamon at 545 on Thurs. Aug. 28 from 6-9pm!
Originally posted on wine predator:
How will YOU celebrate the 5th annual Cabernet Day the last Thursday in August–this year August 28?
The idea behind Cabernet Day is simple—enjoy any Cabernet based wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet blends) and share your experience on social media sites.
Since I will once again be at Burning Man for Cabernet Day, Jim Morris and I are hosting a Cabernet Day Cabaret
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