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It’s Time to Speak Your Peace: Where, How

September 18, 2014

10381988_10203981724880127_5735914313048640943_nWhile I was reading student papers this morning, a flash of orange caught my eye: the first monarch butterfly of fall.

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. 

For the Chumash, this is also the start of the new year.

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:






Details on all of these activities follow: Read more…

Doors to Dimensions: celebrating and remembering gauvin

September 12, 2014
 On Saturday, September 13, please join me at Art City Studios, 197 Dubbers, Ventura, from Noon to 6 pm for a

Community Art Show “Doors to Dimensions”
to celebrate and remember our friend, the poet and artist,  gauvin (11-26-61 to 10-8-12).

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Be Here Now: Burning Man 2014 Video

September 8, 2014

photo-2Published just yesterday, here’s the latest Burning Man video from KJ + Stefan Spins.

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…

How to Do Burning Man at Home: Watch Video of 2014 Man Burn + These Directions

September 6, 2014

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…

Burning Man 2014 Re-entry: Burner and Kid Friendly Event at Art City Gardens, Ventura

September 5, 2014

1471767_10152704441708330_6512641102293089306_nHow’s your re-entry going post Burning Man?

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…

Burning Man 2014: Vinegar and Honey

September 3, 2014

10648813_10152332114490924_74311066746709047_oThe Man Burn live feed filmed by Larry Nimmer and then projected onto the TMSL aka Big TV Mutant Vehicle during the Burn. Also pictured: tea pots mutant vehicle.

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…

How To Celebrate Int’l Cabernet Day: Cabaret at Burning Man

August 23, 2014

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

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?

cabernetday2014How about with a Cabaret in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada at Burning Man?

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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