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The Magic Fest (1st annual: Northglenn, Colorado)

The Tree Leaves Oracle Booth – The Genii “Oisin Leaf” performing at the Magic Festival.

The Magic Fest
http://www.themagicfest.com/
Friday August 18th – Saturday August 19, 2017
1st Annual, EB Rains Jr Memorial Park / DL Parsons Theater, 11800 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, Colorado

The premiere consortium of magicians, illusionists, and entertainers with a galleria of magical goods, tricks, entertainers, and services. Hosted in the heart of Northglenn, this year’s fest was its first over Friday August 18th and Saturday the 19th. It all began with Intrigue (http://themagicfest.com/intrigue/) friday night in the 1920’s / 1930’s era theme for adults with an evening of speakeasy and partying accompanied by magic, drinks, jazz, and vendors. Our booth the Tree Leaves’ Oracle featured the 1920’s wizard Leaf doing sleight of hand, close-up and stage tricks within the booth. The costumes were fantastic around the party and event. Hosting in the green glory of the EB Rains Junior Memorial Park with outdoor entertainment and bars hosted for free. Within the theater were special paid performances of magical delight. The main stage hosted the Jazz Spiders with a mentalism twist of Anthem & Aria, followed by the Bringers of Swing. On the Sleight of Hand stage Shawn Preston and Joe Given performed, and in the bar were Don Zellner, Brandon Parker, Joe Givan, and Shawn Preston doing card tricks. Magicians walked around the festival doing tricks everywhere with Salida Circum, the travelling escape room, and much more. David and Leeman performed in the theater for shows at 7 and the Sideshows, Oddities, and Spirits performance by the Theater of Dreams Carol Massie and Joe Givan.

Saturday was a full day of fun for the family with lots of kid activities, shows, performances, and fun. Vendors, food trucks, bouncy castles, wand making, and fun in the park. Over 25 magicians performed during the event over 5 stages and roaming performers. The entertainment all free to anyone wanting to attend and be amazed. Cliff Davidson and Mark Strivings bedazzled children in the Kid’s tent. Steve and Carissa Walters did kid magic in the activity area sending home the young ones with tricks to start their own performances. Bryan Parker and Cosmo Solano performed closeup magic on stage 2. Professor Phelyx and Anthem / Aria performed mentalism on stage 3. Richard Kewsell and the Sleightly Impossible (Gene Gordon and Matt Brandt) performed parlor and cabaret magic on stage 4. Alec Mueller and Trevor Vernor, teen magicians, walked around the fest performing all around. The Genii Leaf performed at the Tree Leaves Oracle booth out front. Lots of gifts, tricks, books, face painting, food, and services were offered by vendors local and far.

Once again the City of Northglenn provided an amazing free festival for everyone to enjoy with thousands in attendance. It was a grand event indeed. Can’t wait til the next one! And gearing up to their spectacular Pirate festival as well in a few weeks. Rated 5 stars out of 5

Tree Leaves’ Oracle booth at Intrigue, The Magic Fest (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=32373), Northglenn, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 18, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Wisteria Campground (Pomeroy, Ohio)

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Wisteria Campground
* Pomeroy, Ohio * http://www.wisteria.org/ * * info@wisteria.org * 740-742-4302 *

I remember the first time I ventured into the fabled lands of Wisteria. That was for Pagan Spirit Gathering held by Circle Sanctuary back in 2002. Alas, Pagan Spirit Gathering is no longer held here. But just as Starwood was akin to Brushwood, Starwood is now held (and for quite some time) at Wisteria. Wisteria is a great place for nature lovers, naturalists, Pagans, earth spiritualists, and alternative campers. It is also a fabulous site for festivals and events as acclaimed by the infamous festivals held on its grounds. It is a great place for large gatherings or small get-togethers, weddings, music festivals, and spiritual events. They are equipt to handle small groups of just a handful upwards of several thousand participants. Wisteria is set with a grand stage, bonfire circle, hiking trails, a faerie shrine, sacred sites, stone circle, an ancestor mound, a turtle mound, sweat lodge, workshop sites, the permanent setting of Caffeina’s Cosmic Cafe Restaurant and Coffee House, The Green Man Tavern, a swimming pond, a merchant loop, a playground, shower house, and wifi. Groups can rent space in the campground or hold private camping events. Wisteria is managed by itself as well as services of the site to make it an easier place to hold events by organizers. Wisterians are open-minded, professional, and very experienced with events large or small. They will custom tailor their event services to the festival organizer’s needs.

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Starwood 33: July 9 – 14, “2013”

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Starwood XXXIII: 2013
* July 9-14, 2013 * Wisteria Nature Sanctuary * Pomeroy * Ohio * * http://www.rosencomet.com/starwood/

One of my most favorite festivals, Starwood is billed as the world’s largest Pagan / Magical / Consciousness gathering in North America and potentially the world. It began for me when it was at the awesome Brushwood Folklore Center campgrounds in New York, but have moved away from that location and is now held at the Wisteria Nature Sanctuary in Ohio. I remember fondly the days when Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, Oberon Zell, Isaac Bonewits, Louisa Tesha, and many other famed authors and writers would hold workshops. Rituals were numerous and fantastic. This year was a bit different as it was my first time at the event held at Wisteria, albeit my 7th Starwood in my life (the other 6 were in New York). Starwood holds classes and workshops by local and internationally acclaimed artists and authors. Its known for its ecclecticism and diversity, great concerts, performances, dancing, drumming, film, rituals, and poetry. It is a one stop shop for a diversity of faiths and beliefs, religions, alternative belief systems and lifestyles. I’ve been introduced to Voodoo, hoodoo, Druidism, Wicca, Shamanism, Ceremonial Magic, and the Church of All Worlds during my times at this festival (and much more). Seven days of exploring the mind, body, and spirit with over 20 various performances of music, drumming, dance and theater on its four stages. In the clothing optional nature sanctuary of Wisteria, the landscape couldn’t be better. There was over 150 different classes, workshops, and ceremonies offered. Family friendly camping event with hot showers, hiking trails, swimming, co-op child care, kid village, multimedia shows, social events, parades, jam sessions, merchants, parties, giant puppets, all-night drumming, and a giant bonfire. This year was a combination of wet and wild, hot and relaxing, humor and weather. We merchanted the event so missed many of the workshops, but those we were able to make were fantastic. Vending selection was fabulous as was the food. The end bonfire was ecstatic and fun-filled, the drum circle momentous. It was our son’s first Starwood and found him addicted to drumming. A great place for all. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Manly Market (Queensland, Australia)

Manly Market
Manly Beach, Queensland, Australia
http://www.manlyharbourvillage.com/

Every sunday the Manly Creative Markets spreads out its presence in the Little Bayside Park along the Esplanade of the beaching and boating resort of Manly Beach. It runs from 8 am to 3 pm offering a wonderful assortment of hand crafts, Australian local gifts, food, snacks, handcrafts, and farmer’s produce. Lots of Food, fruits s, vegetables, plants, and crafts are available. On the entertainment side offered are kid’s rides, a coffee shop, massage services, performances, and a dog wash. Great place to get gifts!

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Cirque Du Soleil’s “Alegra” (Dublin, Ireland) ~ April 25-29, 2012

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Allegria – Cirque du soleil
– April 25-29, 2012. Dublin, Ireland * http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/alegria/show/about.aspx.

Coming soon to Dublin is the world infamous monumental “Cirque Du Soleil” with their astonishing troupe and show “Alegra”. It’s a mood and a state of mind after which the show is named. Coming from the Spanish term for “jubilation” the troupe will show power and the handing down of it through time with artistic demonstrations of the evolution of ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth, and the cycles of time. With the King’s fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats, and children making up the show’s universe speckled with clowns, they come again to stun their audiences. I’ve been fortunate to experience this amazing show of acrobats, music, performance, arts, stilt-walking, fire art, juggling, comedy, clowning, and breathe death-defying feats. Mesmerized by the costumes, stage design, arts, illusions, super-human body twisting and endurance … I’ve been addicted to the Cirque since I first saw them in the early 1990’s at their home arena in Quebec. Definitely a not to miss show when they come to town. Unfortunately we don’t have the funds to see this show while it hits Dublin this year, but for those that can afford it, definitely go out for a time of your life. You will not only be amazed and whirl-winded, but tingled to sheer ecstasy. If for some reason we do find a way to go via winning tickets or being gifted with them, we’ll definitely add on to this review with a stunning report. ~ Tom Baurley

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DC’s 11th annual Goth Prom

Thursday, 22 May 2008
Washington, D.C.

11th annual D.C. Goth Prom “Under a Milky Way” * Town Danceboutique * 2009 8th Strett NW | Washington, DC 20009 * http://www.gothpromdc.com/


11th Annual Goth Prom, Washington, D.C. 5/22/08

After the National Geographic Live and private reception, I headed over to my ‘first’, while DC’s 11th, Goth Prom which is apparently the longest running Goth Prom in the United States. They even had a Prom King and Queen contest. Prior to this event, I was under the impression that DC really didn’t have a sizeable Goth community (based on last two years fly-ins to D.C. and checking out the scene) but I have to say, after this event – the population exists and the support for the night appeared to be pretty phenomenal. I might have to add this one to my annual calendar of events I go out of my way to attend (of course given time off work and funds). This year it was held at the Town Dancboutique, a two floored club with large levels and plenty of room to dance and move about. The event was $15 advanced tickets or $20 at the door, and that didn’t stop the place from filling up. A wide assortment of DJ’s were spinning on both floors – such as Scary Lady Sarah (Berlin, Chicago – Nocturna); DJ Spider (Charlotte, NC); Kelowna (Toronto-XM Satellite, chiarOscuro DC); Liebchen (DC Midnight, XUBERX); 2501 (Chronos DC, Alchemy DC); Dirty B; Shade (Spellbound DC, Alchemy DC); variety acts such as Cheeky Monkey slideshow performing her Amazing Trinket and MabJustMab acts (including glass walking); bellydancing and gothic tribal upstairs including Cerastes (tribal/industrial dance), Romka (tribal fusion bellydance), and others. Vendors ranged from custom made prom corsages and boutonnieres by Lost Moth; to custom art pieces by Arty4ever, wire jewelry by Eleanor Justice, horror kitsch illustrations and paintings by Frozen Charlotte, clothing and accessories by Dry Tear, Creepy home decor by Morbid Decor, Kilts by The Kilted Nation, custom latex/rubber clothing by Slyx, John Holmes of Bloodrose Industries fashion photography, custom hats and accessories by Peacock Blue, handmade beaded jewelry by Camille DeWalder, and custom t-shirt dsigns by Mind Jacket Designs. The music, talent, decor, acts, and performances were incredible. Drinks a bit higher end priced. Excellent job Lori Beth and all who put this on!!! Plus it was excellent to see my new friends from earlier this year Sarah and Alex who as usual, made me feel right at home as if I lived in D.C. Thank you. Goth prom are slowly putting up pictures in their Gallery here. Rating 5 stars out of 5. Visited 5/22/2008.

* apologies for the lack of quality of pictures for this evening. These were taken from my cell phone camera (no flash) as my camera was out of commission for the evening.

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Facepainting at the Phoenix Flea Market (Canberra, Australia)

Facepainting at the Phoenix Flea Market
Phoenix
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

On April 24, 2011 in Canberra, Australia at the infamous Irish Bar “The Phoenix”, bodypainter Leaf McGowan participated in the Phoenix Flea Market. Drinking, revelry, and art was had by all in attendance. Utilizing Ben Nye, Wolf, and Mehron bodypaint, the following is a photogallery of Leaf McGowan’s portfolio work for the event.

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Sunken Bones Society

Sunken Bones Society
http://www.sunkenbones.com/

I had the pleasure to meet some of the great folks of “The Sunken Bones Society” at their large annual gathering “The Buccaneer Bash” and their new convention called “Brethrencon“. Good times, good people, good purpose. The Society is working on 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization status as the are dedicated to raising awareness and contributions for maritime conservation projects and causes from the Great Age of Sail. The Society was founded by Captain’s Drake and Steehl in 2007. They were forefront to bringing the “Talk Like A Pirate Day” activities to Denver, Colorado by means of their Buccaneer Bash which has evolved into Brethrencon. Their first project is raising awareness and funding for the recently burnt historic ship: The Cutty Sark. They have an intriguing team of talent, including the actor talents of Captain Jack McCool. I’m impressed with this organization and see a future of great events and activities that they’ll be bringing to the Front Range. Kudos! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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The Tree Leaves Oracle & Folk Fellowship

The Tree Leaves’ Oracle and Folk Fellowship
* www.treeleavesoracle.org * 1991 – Present * Livejournal Community * Facebook Group *

Founded in 1991 as an underground Neo-Pagan newsletter, evolving into an arts and crafts wandering business, “Tree Leaves” eventually mutated into a cooperative / collective of folk enthusiasts, folklorists, artists, musicians, religionists, and culturalists who seek to preserve folk and tree lore, culture, ways, religion, art, music, and beliefs. As a cooperative, members network together, share ideas, theories, concepts, art, techniques, and lore to help one another preserve traditions, knowledge, and beliefs that have been generated in the past, present, and future. Tree Leaves sprouted from an entity known as “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle”. (The Tree Leaves’ Oracle started as a community newsletter and grew into a journal. It became an organization, a store, a company, and was reduced back to a journal offered by the Folk Fellowship to it’s membership. From 2007-2008 it became a faerie and art store in historic Manitou Springs, Colorado.)

When “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle” started out as a Tallahassee Florida publication in 1991 it very quickly shifted into a nomadic arts/crafts/oils/ and herbal sachets nomadic peddling business founded at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon that same year. In 1993 a not-for-profit special-interest group was formed for the study of folklore and the offering of folk artist networking as a avenue for drum circles, talent shows, classes, and discussion groups. This special-interest group became known as “The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship”. Tree Leaves soon took off on it’s own and escaped the financial support of “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle”. In fact, as the “The Tree Leaves Oracle, Inc.” collapsed as a corporation, the Folk Fellowship was still holding activities and networking several hundred enthusiasts of folk culture (and a membership base of a couple hundred). The Tree Leaves Folk Fellowship was officially born and founded as a separate entity in November of 1995 with conceptual activities sprouting in 1994. Through membership dues and support, the fellowship offered it’s collective a bi-annual journal called The “Tree Leaves’ Oracle”, a quarterly newsletter known as “Tree Talk”, an annual membership directory, a web site, and a board of Directors and volunteers who actively organized activities, events, and question/answer support for those seeking answers about folk culture. Because of difficulties with volunteer support, The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship closed it’s person-to-person activities and community support on September 1st of 1998. By October 1, 1998 Tree Leaves had mutated into a internet organization that operated on a strictly cyber-basis. (although Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship forest groups still held activities in their local areas) The official organization stopped holding events, printing paper publications, and no longer offered telephone or person-to-person guidance & support. After careful consideration of the expenses involved in becoming a non-profit tax-exempt organization, Tree Leaves decided to remain not-for-profit and allow other organizations to donate support and funding for it’s operation and existence. The journal, website and former newsletters were shortly made available for free online. Their folk journal is sporadically still published online for free viewing by anyone with internet access. From 1998 to 2000, Tree Leaves was adopted by the research and design firm known as “Leafworks, Inc.” (a company now defunct). From the death of Leafworks, Tree Leaves operated under the wings of Wandering Leaf Designs. Reproduction of all cyber published materials was available for a nominal printing or reproduction cost through copyright held by Wandering Leaf, LLC. (now defunct)

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Burning Man 2010

Burning Man 2010: Metropolis
* Black Rock City, Nevada * Monday, 30 August 2010 through Monday 6 September 2010 *

Every year, in the heart of the Nevada Desert, a city known as Black Rock City is constructed to host the Burning Man Festival. It is a human created world with a dream of teaching self-reliance, self-sustainability (though is not sustainable in its existence on the planet, but attempts to teach its attendees how to become more sustainable with day-to-day life as a concept), and consciousness about community and the sharing of ideas, experiments, and lifestyles. It is a thriving metropolis of artists, freaks, scientists, musicians, dancers, theatrical sorts, and brilliance. The city focuses on community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. It is a gifting economy with its own nightclubs, bars, classes, theme camps, costume stations, bodypaint stations, entertainment, hospitals, post office, rangers, cafe, ice house, and airport. It is primarily a “pedestrian” city. The city itself (not necessarily the attendee’s personal or theme camps) powers itself on a solar power array and bio-diesel. Every year it celebrates a new theme and for 2010 this was “Metropolis”. This year over 50,000 attended with amazing art, installations, and theme camps. In the next week, photo galleries will Here for a visual walk-through of the sites and scenes of my experience at Burning Man this particular year. Enjoy! Burning Man is a must-visit experience at least once in a lifetime before one departs this planet. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Black Rock City, Nevada

Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

Is one of Nevada’s largest cities during Labor Day every year. It is a temporary, experimental, city of art that only exists for the annual Burning Man Festival that creates it. It is created together by artisans, community, adventurers, gypsies, scientists, Burners, and the Black Rock City, LLC organization. It is built in the heart of the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada. Burning Man begins the Monday before and ends the day of the Labor Day holiday that is observed in the United States with upwards of over 50,000 participants attending. The festival began in 1986 as a Summer Solstice bonfire ritual in San Francisco. It moved to the Black Rock Desert in 1990 but not a legal event until 1991 with a permit from the Bureau of Land Management. The city evolved to a series of concentric radial streets in a composing arc by 1999 with 2/3rd of its 1.5 mile diameter circle hosting the “Burning Man” Sculpture with supporting complex of art at its center. The Avenues connect these streets to the Man. Google Earth searches can display aerial photography of the outline and design of Black Rock City. The City’s innermost street is called “the Esplanade” while the remaining concentric radial streets change names every year as they relate to the festival’s theme for that year, with the connecting streets given clock designations such as 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 so individuals will not get lost as the Man represents the center of the clock face with 12:00 as the middle of the third of the arc lacking streets. This assists individuals in finding locations or their camps when mischief makers tear down the street signs towards the end of the festival. In the center of the the camping streets is a large tented camp called “Center Camp”. This is aligned mid-line facing the Man at the 6 o’clock position on the Esplanade as a central meeting place, Cafe, Black Rock Rangers, Camp Arctica (daily ice delivery), the Post Office, and Information Centers. Hospitals and Law Enforcement Stations are integrated at pivotal points throughout the city structure that are stationed by various local and state law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Land Management Rangers, and the Black Rock City Emergency Services Department. These emergency medical centers are set up like tented camps similar to those found in the old television series “M*A*S*H at stations 3 (BRC ESD personnel, emergency, basic life support), 6 (physicians/nurses), and 9 (BRC ESD personnel, emergency, basic life support). Official Villages and theme camps are located along the innermost streets including bars, nightclubs, art stations, and entertainment camps. Un-official camps are scattered throughout the city. Theme camps represent an identity collective of individuals providing a certain theme, art, entertainment, or service. Villages are a collection of smaller theme camps banded together to share resources. Theme stations are small camps that provide entertainment or a service. Adjacent to the city is the Black Rock City Airport (officially recognized by the FAA as 88NV airport), a temporary airstrip that is constructed on the city’s southern side that allows landing and take-off of private airplanes, helicopters, ultralights, gliders, skydivers, and hot air balloons. Air traffic operates on a Klamath Falls Sectional using CTAF of 122.9 MHz as Black Rock Unicom. Pre-paid shuttles from Reno and San Francisco take long distance travellers to and from the event. There is also a paid shuttle between the event and towns of Gerlach and Empire, but involve heavy fees and assessments which is discouraged. Environmental regulations and cautions are placed by BRC and the BLM to make sure no damage is done to the environment and its inhabitants. All fires are conducted on burn platforms, never on the bare ground. Water is NOT permitted to be dumped on the Playa, and must be carted off site or captured and evaporated off in a evaporation field. The BLM has very strict requirements for the event and the city including trash cleanup and removal, removal of burn scars, dust abatement, capture of fluids dripping from vehicles, etc. Black Rock City has its own Department of Public Works with a Playa Restoration Crew that remains in the desert upwards of 4 weeks to clean up damages caused by he event. The existence, construction, and destruction of Black Rock City relies on its volunteers.

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Itchy-O @ Smash Club (Denver, CO)

Itchy-O @ Smash Club
* Private Party * Denver, Colorado * Saturday, August 21, 2010 * www.itchyo.com *

An AMAZING Marching Band by the name of “Itchy-O” graced our presence and spiced up the already fantastic party to enlightened levels at Odd Todd’s Junk Yard “Smash Club” this particular Saturday. A major compilation of ambient, experimental, and ghettotech music with full ski-mask covered dark musicians beating and banging on their drums sending shivers through the veins of all onlookers. Based out of Denver, this act (wherever it mysteriously appears) is never to be missed. They are in the works of producing a record with the Record Label Mettle. Itchy-O got it start as a solo project in 2003 when Scott Banning, a experimental percussionist and filmmaker brought together his art piece while living in Denver. Mixed together with Phagocytosis, Conrad Kehn (vocalist, improvisationalist, and composer from Skull Flux / Kallisti) in 2005 and then with guitarist Nick Lloyd and flemenco guru Rene Heredia in 2006. They composed the film “Whirl” in 2007 and was joined by Kirsten Vermulen with her accordian. They began to play live scores to Scott’s experimental films in 2008 and was joined that year by Bill Englebach and Scot Waknin. They describe themselves now as “Hyper-Intentus~ Electro-Acoustic~ Artifex Voluptus~ Celebratio Professio~ Compello-Fratorum” musical and artistic theatrics experience as one of the world’s only percussion-centered electronic marching bands priding itself on bringing sophicated savage avante-garde music to the people, when and where it is least expected. I for one have to concur, they manifest that destiny to the highest impressive degree. The current composition of artists are: Drew Vinciguera~ Snare; JD Hortel~ Quad Tenors; Jesse Dickens~ Quint Tenors; Rachel Hargroder~ Quad/Quint Tenors; Dustin Ardnt~ Quint Tenors; Scott Banning~ Roto-Toms; Luke Wachter~ Timbales; Steve Gordon~ Bass Drum; Paul Alexander~ Bass Drum; Dean Hirschfield~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Stephanie Wood~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Pamela Webb~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Justin Simoni~ Marching Crash Cymbals; Kirsten Vermulen~ Synthesizer/Vocoder; David Britton~ Synthesizer/Vocoder; Coby Hickman~ Synthesizer; Bert Beudin~ Electric Bass; Ed Smith~ Electric Bass; Roger Liu~ Electric Guitar; John Gross~ Vocoder; Conrad Kehn~ Vocoder; Joe Mehner~ Dr. Bucket; Aaron Spriggs~ Theremin; Josh Strange Powers~ Vocoder; Joanne M.W. Liu~ Larry the Chinese Lion; Megs Burd~ Larry the Chinese Lion; Ryan Archuleta~ Special Unit I; Todd Yore~ Special Unit II; Jill Mustoffa~ Special Unit III; Mable Mabe~ Special Unit IV; Alicia Bailey~ Special Unit V; Nick Lloyd~ Special Rolling Unit; Sara Valentine~ Miss. O; and Justin Hicks~ MSP (Most Special Player); (and often many more). Once again, have to stress, NEVER to miss this sensational crew. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.


Itchy-O Marching Band @ Smash Club
Photo by Guy Mason Photography, © 2010
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Chronicles: August 21, 2010: A Knight’s Birthday with Smash Club

Celebrating a Knight’s Birthday and Smash Club

21 August 2010
* Denver, Colorado, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf prepared for the Knight’s gathering up in the Mile High City at Sir Guy’s Treehouse Party that would end with “Smash Club” (think “Fight Club” with large sledge hammers bashing appliances). He piled into Quartermaster Q’s chariot as they drove up to Denver. On to Sir Guy and Rockbear’s estate as they prepared for a Knight’s meeting and debauchery to celebrate Guy’s birthday. Good music, good brews, good friends, and good food was had by all. The Knight, Sir Guy, was endowed with a flaming sword – brazened on the anvil by Sir Rockbear, the armorer and blacksmith. A beautiful sword it was. Lit on fire and spinning round and round, until the Fire Department came to investigate reports of uncontrolled fire. Sir Nate, Sir David, Sir John, Lady Donna and Lady Julie (as well as many others) joined in the fun. After much debauchery, the crews piled into chariots and carriages, vardos and vehicles to caravan to Sir Odd Todd’s junkyard where “Smash Club” was held. Unfortunately its one of his last junkyard shows. Hundreds of Burners gathered together for some incredible fun, centered on an ability to release frustration and anger, energy and testosterone into smashing junk parts and appliances. Massive hammers and other destructive weapons were used to slaughter the every day items that each of us hates. An effigy and burning sculptures were done, a ride happened, and two music stages engaged. On the Live Stage was Lost Network, Cosmic Mudwolf, Owl Moon while Gerard Radiant, Orville K-line, and Whomp Truck was delivering an amazing mix of music and fun, fire spinners were actively stunning the audiences until the misfit amazing marching band Itchy-O came tromping into the yard to send all into a bizarre state of ecstasy. The venue was a Bring your own event. An amazing party that was part fundraiser for Burning Man camps. Good times were had by all. Everyone now amped up for Burning Man. Let the journeys begin.


Itchy-O Marching Band @ Smash Club
Photo by Guy Mason Photography, © 2010
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Three Wishes Faerie Festival (Bodmin, Cornwall, UK)

The Three Wishes Faerie Festival
* http://www.3wishesfaeryfest.co.uk/ * Colliford Lake, Bodmin Moor, Bodmin, Cornwall, England * June 18-21, 2010 *

One of Europe’s most infamous and exciting Faerie Festivals, Three Wishes does not disappoint in the Realms of Enchantment. It was my first (of hopefully many) Three Wishes Faerie Fests. A gathering place for the faery clans to meet with the mortal humans in heartland of the historic faerie tromping grounds of history … in Bodmin Moor, on the shores of Colliford Lake (where the Lady of the Lake presented King Arthur with Excalibur) right in the magical lands of Cornwall. Just taking an adventure in Cornwall is mystical enough … but adding a visit to Three Wishes definitely added to the charm of the exciting quest. A three day festival for kids, families, and adults with an assortment of fun. A whole different world than the infamous American Faerieworlds, you’ll find many of the same mystical folks and kindred wandering around. Set in the heart of Midsummer, a portal is opened into the realms of the fae where those curious can come out to play with the good neighbours and see the “little people” close-up. Why Three Wishes? According to the web site, Karen Kay – the founder and creator of this magical event, was out in her garden hanging out laundry to dry when she noticed a single dandelion seed head standing strong and tall amongst a recently cut lawn – and as she watched it, three of the little seed heads appearing like faeries flew up into the blue sky … and thence, Three Wishes was born. This annual three day festival in the heart of Cornwall has been growing by leaps and bounds sounding the horn for fae from all corners of the world to gather each year around the Summer Solstice. Concerts, artists, fashion shows, workshops, art exhibitions, forest walks, games, exploration areas, food, drink, festivities, friendship, kid parades, drumming, meditation, yoga, late night parties, wishing wells, clottie trees, and frolick abound. Sunday ended with a early morning greeting of the sun with a Druidic rite to welcome in the sun. What a mesmerizing time!

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“Cliff Dreamers” & The “Mia Golden Goddess Figurine”

The “Goddess Quest”
Promotion Adventure for “Cliff Dreamers”

During my visit this summer to Saveok Archaeological Site, upon meeting the magical and inspirational Jacqui Wood … I was introduced to the fantastical tale of “Cliff Dreamers”. “Cliff Dreamers” is a amazing novel written by Experimental Archaeologist Jacqui Wood as a ‘fantasy’ fiction tale rocketing you into Europe around 6,000 B.C.E. where Jacqui weaves her knowledge into a mystical adventure tale about a heroine named Mia who is rescued from an evil shaman by some log boat traders and discovers she is the reincarnated high priestess of an ancient Goddess Cult. As she becomes aware of her powers she has at her fingertips, the dark lord Zundel notices her, and she battles to stop him from pulling her into his Dark Realm. She is between the worlds as she holds on to her Mother Crystal of light and becomes invisible to the dark forces. She flies off into the future on Swan’s wings and begins to remember a past life in which she left a Golden Goddess for herself to find 6,000 years later when she knows the Goddess power will be needed again. It is the first of seven novels.

Several years ago, in October of 2006, Jacqui Wood had weaved together a magical quest for participants to enter for free to find the treasure known as the “Mia Goddess Figurine”. This was prompted by many readers of her first book that wanted to help Jacqui get a publishing deal – and couldn’t understand why publishers weren’t jumping at the opportunity to print her book – so they donated gold, diamonds, and precious stones to have a brilliant craftsman create the figurine. This magnificent work of art was created by Kif Wood from gold and gemstones donated to the fundraiser that would help promote Jacqui’s book “Cliff Dreamers” and get it national publicity. The hair of this amazing figurine was made of twisted gold, eyes vibrant blue with a turquoise topaz upon the head surrounded by a golden arc. Pearl breasts with ruby and gold nipples, a skirt of gold cords with a rainbow of sapphires and green garnets with red rubies cascading from her waist to her toes. A cluster of diamonds and opals hang from her right hip below a upheld hand with a diamond embedded into the palm. She holds a golden staff upon which hangs a crescent moon holding three diamonds. The “Mia Goddess” represents the Goddess in all her golden awe and glory as reminding us of a magical age gone that will be renewed into the future. The figurine is estimated value of 10,000. Once residing on a now defunct web site called www.cliffdreamers.com, Jacqui’s book was revealed to the explorers seeking the treasure. Clues, hidden secrets, and challenges awaited the contestants on these pages. Contestants went to sign into the Quest Book at the Queens Hotel at the Promenade in Penzance where they were given clues by cloaked Quest Mastes at each quest site. Adventurers were give 28 hours to find the Figurine. The Winner was presented the Mia Goddess Figurine atop St. Michael’s Mount in Marizion near Penzance.
It was an amazing journey. The figurine was won by a valliant group of women who teamed together in horrendous weather to be the new owners of this magical statuette. 5 groups of 18 people met the two quest masters atop a hill on Bodmin Moor, then made it to the beach fire on Porthtowan beach, then ending up on Trencrom hill where the winners were greeted. The books can be obtained thru lulu.com as
Cliff Dreamers paperback 11.12 (471 pages)
Journey through the Inland Sea paperback 11.63 (510 pages)
Mallata paperback 8.33 (256 pages)

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Beltania 2010 (Florence, Colorado)


The Handfasting Saturday @ Beltania 2010


Beltania 2010: Overview
* Florence Mountain Park * Florence, Colorado * www.beltanefestival.com *

All across the world on May 1st, or the beginning of May, Beltane or May Day is celebrated. Here in Colorado, two enchanted souls – Joy and Walden – from the Living Earth Church, put on a family-friendly May Day Celebration and Music Festival annually. Its a time when the Earth Spiritualists, Neo-Pagans, and those of alternative religious paths like the New Age, Metaphysics, and other Earth-Based Spiritual Paths come together to celebrate the seasons, celebrate love, family, community, dance the may pole, do ritual, dance to music, and meet others of like-minds. This year the festival was held at the Florence Mountain Park just outside of Florence, Colorado which is about a half-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Colorado or Pueblo, Colorado. On 200 Acres of City and County Forest with a river, panoramic views of the mountains, and many clearings, there was plenty of room for attendees to camp, do ritual, have fire circles, drum circles, concerts, and a merchant area. Featured performances for the festival were The Gypsy Nomads, Lunar Fire, Kenny Klein, Tuatha, The Stone Walls, Skean Dubh, Lara Jai and the Mountain Trance Medicine Band. Also playing was Pandora Celtica, Orpheus Choir, Heart Beat, and Lara Jai. Saturday there was a handfasting of the May King and Queen as well as the infamous May Pole dance that they hope to eventually become the breakers of the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest May Day Dance. The Event, while open to the public, was not ticketed at the gate – in order to attend you had to pre-purchase a ticket from the web site before the event. Children under 12 were free. Primitive and RV Camping was available for all attendees and merchants were offered spaces in the vending area. Beltania is held annually by the Living Earth Church, Inc. The event officially started at Noon on Thursday, May 6, 2010 and ran through Noon on Sunday, May 9, 2010 with buffer time to pack up and setup. The Festival had plenty of porta-toilettes, had central trash dumpsters, a central stage, information/first aid booth, A meal booth with dining table, a food truck, central community hearths scattered throughout the festival groups, a Sweat Lodge with sweats running two to three times a day; A Sanctuary; rituals: Sweat Lodge Ceremonies put on by Don and Lorraine Voss with Ravencircle; A Sweat Lodge Building Ceremony; A Welcome to Beltania Opening Circle; Men’s Mysteries Ritual; Women’s Mysteries Ritual; Queer Mysteries Ritual; Drumming and Spirituality; Crowning of the Green Man and May Queen; Crone’s Crowning Wise Blood Ceremony; Maypole Procession and Ritual; Midnight Drawing Down Ritual in bembe-style; Mother’s Day Closing Ritual; All Night Drumming and Dancing in the Wild Meadow; Children’s Workshops – Labyrinths – Feeding the Fairies – Welcoming, Wicanning, and Naming – May Baskets – Chants Workshop; Wheel of Destiny Fundraiser for WRAPP; An Orientation workshop; Leather Mask Making Workshop; Exploration into Me-See; Totems, Animal Guides, and Totemism; Dance of Universal Peace; What is Traditional Wicca?; Primitive Fire-Starting Methods; Laughing Monkey Chant; Several Field Trips to Dakota Hot Springs; Neo Highland Games; Beginning Bellydancing; Introduction to Herb Magick; Introductory Mead Making; Faery Lore in British Folk Music; Ritual by the Seat of Our Pants; Make your own dream catcher; World Shamanic Practices for Mother Earth Connection and Healing; Chant Workshop: Music that Enhances Ritual; Love, Religion, and the Goddess Athena; Druidic Roundtable; Hula Hoop Class; Yeast Herder’s Gatherum; Introduction to Mandalas; Personal and Planetary Healing Ceremony with Japanese Ceremonial Sword Dance; Open Mic Hours and Up & Coming Hours. The Festival had a safe and beautiful festival grounds, incredible staff and volunteer support, nad alot of vision for a relatively new festival. Keep your eyes on this one – it’s going to grow by leaps and bounds and become one of the Pagan Festival Hotspots in North America. Total Festival Rating: 4 Stars out of 5. [Thursday: 1, Friday: 3.5, Saturday: 4.5, Sunday: 3] [ About the Rating System ]



Saturday @ Beltania 2010

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Punk Rock Flea Market – 4/24/10 – Pueblo, Colorado

“Punk Rock Flea Market” @ The Red Raven, Pueblo, Colorado
* Red Raven Studios * 1143 E. Evans * Pueblo, Colorado * Saturday, April 24th, 2010 * http://www.myspace.com/526688662 * All Ages Event *
From noon until about midnight, a host of talent as well as arts/crafts/collectibles/shirts/candles/and punk rock oriented gifts were presented to Pueblo’s alternative culture for a fundraiser held to get supplies and gear for Pueblo’s first May Day Celebration to be held May Day weekend. The Benefit brought together talent from Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and beyond. Tables were offered at an affordable $7 which included entrance to the show. Inbetween the shows, Nick and Chris from the ‘The Nicotine Fits’ were spinning records. The stage was blessed by the Conjugal Visits (members of the Nicotine Fits), M.D., Sonic Vomit, the Naked Bowlers, Katey Sleeveless, Inaiah Lujan, Made Up Minds, One51, The Good Morning Accordian Terrorist from Colorado Springs, Grace Champe, Brain Distortion, The Asssault Shakers, and many others. The Fundraiser was to raise money for the local artistic and musical communitie’s celebration of May Day – which they see as for the “International Worker’s Day of May Day” as well as the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane for rebirth and fertility. Overall as a nineteenth century working class struggle to gain the 8-hour work day when working conditions at the time were severe and common for a 10-16 hour day in unsafe conditions. From the National convention held in Chicago, 1884 – it was decreed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886″. It was also from here that anarchist proclamations were printed appealed to the working class ”
Workingmen to Arms! War to the Palace, Peace to the Cottage, and Death to LUXURIOUS IDLENESS. The wage system is the only cause of the World’s misery. It is supported by the rich classes, and to destroy it, they must be either made to work or DIE. One pound of DYNAMITE is better than a bushel of BALLOTS! MAKE YOUR DEMAND FOR EIGHT HOURS with weapons in your hands to meet the capitalistic bloodhounds, police, and militia in proper manner. Not surprisingly the entire city was prepared for mass bloodshed, reminiscent of the railroad strike a decade earlier when police and soldiers gunned down hundreds of striking workers.” It was on May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history for this purpose. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists. To celebrate this important step in American history – the local community will bring together a celebration to honor those who stood up for their righs on this day, even though they were met with police harrassment, beatings, lock-outs, and riots. From these riots – eight anarchists rose above the rest – Albert Parsons, August Spies, Samuel Fielden, Oscar Neebe, Michael Schwab, George Engel, Adolph Fischer and Louis Lingg – who were arrested and convicted of murder, though only three were even present at Haymarket and those three were in full view of all when the bombing occurred. The jury in their trial was comprised of business leaders in a gross mockery of justice similar to the Sacco-Vanzetti case thirty years later, or the trials of AIM and Black Panther members in the seventies. The entire world watched as these eight organizers were convicted, not for their actions, of which all of were innocent, but for their political and social beliefs. On November 11, 1887, after many failed appeals, Parsons, Spies, Engel and Fisher were hung to death. Louis Lingg, in his final protest of the state’s claim of authority and punishment, took his own life the night before with an explosive device in his mouth. Today we see tens of thousands of activists embracing the ideals of the Haymarket Martyrs and those who established May Day as an International Workers’ Day. This is why they will celebrate May Day. The Event had quite a good crowd in attention through the day and evening, with a next-to-free potluck smorgasboard of delicious food and plethera of entertainment. The bands were great and fun was had by all.

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Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2010: The Good Faeries Masquerade Ball


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

Good Faeries Masquerade Ball
* January 29th, 2010 * McDonald Theater * Faerieworlds Winter 2010 * Eugene, Oregon *
Blossomed forth from the infamously successful Summer Faerie Festival extravaganza … Faerieworlds … comes a rather new evolution of their festival – The Winter Celebration. Hosted indoors similar to a “Con” rather than a “Festival” … partakers of the merriment gathered together to celebrate Imbolc and the season of Winter with concerts at the McDonald Theater and a marketplace with workshops, activities, and performances at the Lane Events Center in radical Eugene, Oregon. The first night of the event was the “Good Faeries Masquerade Ball” held exclusively in the McDonald Theater. A spectacular event put on by members of the band “Woodland” and the arts phenomena known as Imaginosis combining together to create “Faerieworlds”. The weekend of art, music, and imagination came together beautifully as a select group of faerie artisans had tables in the lobby, a full-service bar downstairs and upstairs in the balcony, and a place to get the concert artists souvenirs and music. Everyone’s costumes were fantastic and appropriately creative to toss one into feeling like one is in the world of the fae. Doors opened at 7:30 pm, and Adam Hurst opened the stage with a great performance at 8:30. Following Adam was the ethereal melodic rhythmns of the Pagan folk band “Woodland” enchanting the audience in faerie bliss from 9-10:30. At 10:45, Vancouver’s (BC) hottest Celtic-India fusion band “Delhi 2 Dublin” took to the stage mixing Celtic and Dub flavors fusing tabla, celtic fiddle, dhol, punjabi vocals, and electric sitar and electronic beats. Dancing was fantastic. The audience was captivated until a little after midnight when the Ball ended. Great evening of enjoyment. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Good Faeries Masquerade Ball

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The Third Annual Colorado Springs Zombie Crawl and 80’s Dance Party

Flash News Update: Colorado Springs 3rd Infection


photograph by Steve Carlin

The Third Annual Colorado Springs Zombie Crawl and 80’s Dance Party
Every October * Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado *
Every year, the zombie clans of Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, Denver, and surrounding areas take over the streets of majorly populated city centers in Colorado. Some say it’s an active re-occuring flu-like flesh-eating variant of the swine flu, others say it’s a zombie apocalypse, while many just embrace it as a new annual tradition around the world. Yes, Zombie crawls happen in almost every major city on the globe. They are growing phenomenally in population and occurence. Some say this is a sign that the end times are near and is a training routine for the zombie apocalypse. Are you prepared? Basically a Zombie Crawl is either an organized or unorganized assembly or flash mob of people dressed like zombies or the undead. Its primarily advertised by word of mouth, the internet, and social networks as it is meant to be a surprise event on the public. It is a mass group improv theatrical performance. It mutates annually to involve not only the living dead, but zombie hunters, and victims. Some are staged as spoof political rallies organized “to raise awareness of zombie rights”. Often you find a combination of all the above. The First zombie walk to hit North America, took place in 2001 on the streets of Sacremento, California. This replicated in 2002. Then October 2003 the zombies hit Toronto, Ontario. Frequency started to occur throughout North American cities. On October 29, 2006, 894 participants gathered at the Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, which served as the set of the classic zombie film Dawn of the Dead setting the Guiness Book of World Records. A zombie march in Brisbane, Australia on May 25, 2008 set an unofficial record of over 1500 participants according to media reports. On June 21, 2008, a zombie march took place in Chicago with a reported of over 1,550 zombies, setting a new unofficial record. Close to 50 cities worldwide participated in World Zombie Day on October 26, 2008 with over 7,500 zombies estimated. On October 30, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the largest site of zombies anywhere in the world. Even though the official tally was at 3,370 zombies, well over 4,000+ zombies showed up to this event. [wikipedia] On 3 July 2009, a zombie walk in the Fremont neighboorhood of Seattle broke the previous record set by Grand Rapids – Guinness World Records officially recorded 3,894 zombies, though local news claimed 4,277 participants (I was there and have to say there were hundreds of zombies who didn’t want to stand in line for the official registration count so I believe the latter).


photograph by Jeff Kallaus

After attending the 2006 Denver 1st annual Zombie Crawl, Leaf McGowan decided to start and become founder of the Manitou Springs, Colorado on October 17, 2007 [roughly 45 zombies]; and continuing with the one in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 28, 2007 [with 67 zombies] that was put on by his shop “The Tree Leaves Oracle.” In addition to the Tree Leaves’ Oracle, the Manitou Springs Crawl was also sponsored by the Ancient Mariner where the after party was held. The Colorado Springs one was also sponsored by the Underground Bar’s Goth Night. It was so successful that he continued them in 2008. [ Manitou Springs 2008 Zombie Crawl and Party with est. 70 zombies ] [ Colorado Springs 2nd Annual Zombie Crawl & 80’s Party with 150+ zombies ] The 2008 Manitou Springs after-crawl social was held at the Ancient Mariner and the 2008 Colorado Springs crawl party was held again at the Underground with the amazing 80’s tunes by DJ Gypsy. This year, the crawls and parties took place again – in Manitou Springs on October 12th with 45 zombies braving freezing cold ice-rain conditions and ending their party at the Townhouse Lounge that hosted live entertainment and drink specials for the brave souls bearing winter conditions. This year’s Colorado Springs Zombie crawl took place on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the Underground Bar on the corner of Kiowa and Nevada. They openened their doors for the crowds to have a warm place to do make-up and costume help at 6:30 pm, from which they crawled from at 8 pm down Nevada, Bijou, Tejon, and Kiowa – returning back to the Underground for a spectacular 80’s dance party with music by the amazing DJ Gypsy. The party lasted until 1:30 am. It was estimated to have had 209+ participants this year. This year’s crawls came out to be a complete success with no known injuries, accidents, or issues. To become part of next year’s crawls, with a possible addition of a Spring crawl, visit the following network sites: http://www.treeleavesoracle.org/events/zombie.html; Manitou Springs: http://www.myspace.com/manitouzombiecrawl or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208; Colorado Springs: www.myspace.com/coloradospringszombiewalk or http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139839019208. Also in Colorado, organized by completely different Monsters is the Denver Annual Zombie Crawl and the new Boulder Zombie Crawl.


photograph by Steve Carlin

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10.23.09: uWorld News Press – 3rd Zombie Outbreak in Colorado Springs

Third Zombie Outbreak in Colorado Springs
uWorld News Press: October 24, 2009: 0300 – Colorado Springs, Colorado


photograph by Steve Carlin


This has been the 3rd reported outbreak of zombie virus (feH1N1z) in Colorado Springs. This small city thought they were done with it. But each year, it seems to re-surface. First in 2007 with roughly 65 contaminated, the disease reared its ugly head again in 2008 with 150+ infected, this outbreak this year is purported to have over 209+ ill with the virus (estimated from the uCDC’s head count of unique faces in photographic evidence of the outbreak). It is feared that it could spread in mass quantity to Denver later this afternoon if not properly quarantined.


photograph by Steve Carlin


Apparently, a lab technician involved in the spread of the virus in Manitou Springs two weeks prior, who was believed to be in remission and over cantagion re-infected and began on a rampage through the day at his lab eating the brains of his co-workers and neighbours. He setup a fake vaccination clinic at the Underground at 110 N. Nevada in downtown Colorado Springs with the false advertisement of having a cure and preventative for the disease. He even had a doctor endorse it. However, it was a staged trap. Everyone who entered the Underground became infected enmass, and within hours burst through the door of the Underground onto the streets of quiet Colorado Springs. Families, women, children, men, and city workers were infected. Tamed and gentle ‘zombies’ still infected from the previous year passed out fliers for solidarity and unity amongst zombies. A bloodbath still occured in the depths of the Underground nonetheless. The crowd of flesh craving zombies crawled down Nevada, Bijou, and all along Tejon streets of the downtown area. Passerbys and citizens didn’t know what to think – from terror and screams to smiles and kodak moments. More of Colorado Springs became infected. The uCDC quarantined as many as they could back into the Underground for containment and treatment with cocktail specials laced with antidotes. The zombie mashing tunes of DJ Gypsy kept the zombies contained on the dancefloor while the bar entertained the rest. It was quite an affair until 2 am when the antidotes finally set in. However, it is believed several zombies escaped containment and treatment currently enroute for Denver.


photograph by Jeff Kallaus

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Faerieworlds 2009: Day 3 – Family Day – August 2, 2009


Faerieworlds Day 3

Faerieworlds * Day 3 : Family Faerie Day
* Faerieworlds * Mt. Pisgah Arboretum * Eugene, Oregon * Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 *
The final day in the triad of adventure in Faerieworlds. Today’s theme was “Family Faerie Day” and quite a few families with their plentitudes of children attended since kids 12 and under were admitted free on this date. What a wonderful giving-gift-back-to-the-community, thank you Faerieworlds. Throughout the day last minute vending and shopping, costumes, frolick, meeting / greeting / and farewells of friends, dancing, laughter, song, hula hooping, and music. It was definitely a Happy Family Day. Outside the main gates was the final filming of Gisela Pereira’s The short film project called ‘The Otherworld’. Intrigued, as I’m looking forward to seeing it in its final form. The Village stage was bouncing with song, dance, and arts from Che ok Ten at 12:40, Krishna Rose at 1:45, and Man Overboard at 3:15. The Main stage started happening again at noon – rocking with Glenn Falkenberg from noon to 1 pm, John Doan from 1:45 until 2:45 pm, Gaia Consort from 3:30 until 4:45; Woodland from 5:30 to 6:45 pm, and the finale by Faun from 7:30-8:45 pm. An amazing spiral dance was danced to Faun’s amazing music. Overwhelmingly beautiful! They had their closing farewell and closed the village grounds by 9 pm. What a wonderful way to cap off the final moments of this amazing Festival! Thank you Faerieworlds! Hope to see you again next year! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

My Review of Faerieworlds 2009. Official Faerieworlds Gallery. Read about Faerieworlds Day 1. Read about Faerieworlds Day 2. My review of Woodland on August 2, 2009. My Review of Faun on August 2, 2009.

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Lunar Fire 6/28/09 at Owsleys, Denver, Colorado

Lunar Fire http://www.lunarfire.com/
Rooted with the infamous band “Kan’nal” this mystical array of musical talent, vocals, costumes, dance, and theater divinely constructed into a remarkable stage performance youll never forget. Amazing performance like always on 6/28/09 in Denver at Owsleys. As always, this awesome band from the Otherworlds, takes a weave of magical evolution with high energy, fire dancing, spectacular theatrics, and an earth shaking experience. Theyve been dubbed Tribal Gypsy Hop bringing in multi-lingual lyrics, rap, hip hop, disco, trance guitar, bass funk, and massive tribal percussion. Lunar Fire embodied the definition of Dance Party wherever they play. The majority of the audience crowd danced and moved to the amazing rhythms of this fantastical force. Lunar Fire is beginning to hit international popularity, with 100 performances in over three countries. They have performed at many festivals including Dream Time Festival, Burning Man, 3 sided Whole, and High Sierra Music Festival. Gilly Gonzales on hand drums and kit; Tierro on guitars; Rodolfo Escobar III on bass, Mateo on cajon and sound engineering, Lisa Wimberger on congas and African drums; Teresita on mic and dance; and dancers Akayate from Kannal; Tiffany of Artsmyths; MaQi of Maqi healing arts, and Katchi of Kataliktic Inc bring to the stage an amazing performance. What an absolutely otherworldly enchanting entity. As always, I’m blown away by this band who always draws me into dancing up a storm – and that says alot, I don’t often dance to bands being one of those only hitting the floor on a dancefloor at a club. But this band definitely turns me into a whirling dervish. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

Incredible angelic faeries dancing in the pyschedelic lights … Owlesleys, Denver, CO 6/28/09
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Bodypainting Jam @ the Blue Sky Collective 6/28/09


photo by Kathy McNutt
Face handpainted by Leaf McGowan
Arms handpainted by Kathy McNutt

Bodypainting Jam @ the Blue Sky Collective
* 9635 W. Colfax, Lakewood (Denver), Colorado * blueskycollective.org * 303-238-0959
Once a month usually on the 4th sunday at the Blue Sky Collective in Denver, local bodypainting artists gather to share their talent and art with those who attend … Held in the Blue Sky Collective which resides in a beautiful historic building along West Colfax where people attend live music, poetry readings, RPG games, shop at a used bookstore, record/vinyl store, visit the artist co-op, get a dose of healing from the healers, dance in the dance studios, indulge in the candy and tea shoppe, or for a precise pinning within the acupuncture clinic. Always bustling with concerts, author readings, concerts, jams, poetry, tournaments, exhibits, life drawing circles, and classes you will always amaze yourself at this locale. Now while I have yet to explore these absolute treasures, I have attended and participated in the Body Paint Jam as a painter. It’s a wonderful concept to get artists to network with one another and share the art as well as to create masterpieces. Everyone should drop on by! Amazing art walks through these doors!

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Telluride Mine Burn Party (Telluride, Colorado) : 5/30/09

Telluride Mine Burn Party
Telluride, Colorado
www.totallyawesomewow.com
From Burning Man’s “Wheel of Thwarted Ambition” Art exhibit comes a new sensational party that appears to be slated annually for fun in historic, scenic, and artistic Telluride. Within and around a defunct Limestone Mine the local artistic community throws the party of the year – to celebrate and commune with one another in the international collective of communities building and growing around Art, Fire, and Community. Setup in a limestone mine with tunnels and chambers going hundreds of feet into the earth, wherein lies art exhibits, a ballroom, fun, festivities, and djs to dance to. Two artistic flowerings of the Fire Wheels spinning, fire dancers, fires, explosions, and a humongous bonfire – it was an all night party. They required safety first – goggles, gas masks, and helmets; BYOB and party favors, but a delicious soup was served. By far, one of my most favorite Colorado parties! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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DAY 2 and 3 of BELTANIA 2009

2nd Annual Colorado Beltania Festival: Day 2 and 3
www.beltanefestival.com * Parrish Ranch * Outside of Fort Collins, Colorado * Living Earth aka Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup *
Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, 2009
“Living Earth” which is formerly known as “Highlands Ranch Pagan Meetup” has begun to host an annual celebration of the Pagan Sabbat of “Beltane” or “May Day”. On their 2nd annual run of the three day festival, this nonprofit event on a private ranch brings festivity to the season with open rituals, classes, workshops, children’s activities, and service projects. Beltania offered its attendees a large outdoor stage with some incredible acts, an indoor 3000 square foot lodge, hundreds of acres of outdoor space, restrooms with cold water showers, workshops, activities, rituals, a traditional Maypole dance, sweat lodge ceremonies, all-night drum circles, catered breakfasts/dinners, merchant area, RV/camper’s hookups, wild camping area, quiet camping area, skyclad areas, a swimming river, and much more. Over the course of the three days, the festival saw over 700 guests in attendance.

May Pole Procession:

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May Day / Beltane

Beltane/May Day (May 1st)
may day
is a celebrated sabbat and holiday of Indo-European Paganism that was later adapted by Christianity, and then “holiday culture.” In terms of "holiday culture", is meant the current trend within our culture to take really traditional practices & rites and commercialize them or turn them into a non-religious "fun" holiday game or party favor. (Cypress Knee) As there is nothing wrong with this evolution or abstraction of tradition in itself, its very important to understand the tradition and to respect its origins.

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Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dolls (4/22/09 – Denver)


Big John Bates

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
www.bigjohnbates.com
From Vancouver, British Columbia

~ BANGTOWN 2009 WORLD TOUR ~
Performance in Denver, Colorado at the Three Kings Tavern * 60 S Broadway * Denver, CO 80209 *

Night two and the finale of Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls in Colorado on tour this year with their 4th CD – 2009 release of “Bangtown”. Whizzing through their six weeks & 34 shows across the USA, as I write this review they are flying to Europe for five weeks through Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria & Hungary. Last night’s gig in Pueblo, Colorado was spectacular, and the Denver performance Stunning. Next for them off to Salt Lake City tomorrow. Its a great loss with the closure of this tour as the amazing sCare-oline will be parting from the band and becoming replaced by Brandy Battery. One of my most favorite bands of their genre, Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls are NOT to be missed for any reason – those who do miss out on a truly enchanting and risque life experience. Following the Voodoo Organist in Denver at the incredible Three Kings Tavern, the band and burlesque team enchanted their audience and threw them into a frenzy. Big John Bates is a merge of Rock-a-billy, Psycho-billy, dark rock n roll, with a twist of sounds like The Stray Cats and White Stripes with a sense of rhythm you can really dance to. Accompanied by the beautiful troupe of Voodoo dolls, with Whiskey Rose and Tristan who mesmerized the stage after every other song with a tantalizing burlesque performance – naughty nurses pouring their medicine to unsuspecting captives from the audience, tribal tiki dancing, and costuming. Unfortunately Three Kings did not permit the fire spinning and quenched their flames. Regardless, the tour definitely lives to its Name of “Bangtown”. Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls are world-famous with great popularity in the entertainment industry. In 2002 they performed at the Winter Olympics and was picked up by El Toro Records in Spain, also headlined the Mandalay Bay House of Blues in Las Vegas for its infamous 2002 Hellbilly Halloween; in 2005 they started by receiving first Canadian Jagermeister band endorsement and around the same tour year signed with Germany’s Wolverine Records, and in 2006 they saw their music and performance headlined in Vancouvers International Burlesque Festival & the Voodoo Ball; and their music played on season 3, episode 1 of Battlestar Galactica; andfeatured at the 2008 Ink & Iron Festival in California with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mad Sin & Jr. Brown. Big John as the singer, guitarist, and lead; sCaroline spanking the bass with outrageous twists, turns, and moves in her playing; in addition, adding in spectacular bellydancing performances; and the new addition JT “Massacre” Brander on the drums banging up the beats. Little Miss Risk and Whiskey Rose charmed all with dance, tease, and trance. If BJB and the Voodoo Dolls come to your town, it would be a big mistake to miss them so step right up and Take your Medicine at a bar near you celebrating the “Bangtown” that they incite. Tour dates can be found at their web site. They have 4 CD’s and 1 DVD available now as well as some incredibly cool T-shirts and gifts. Highly recommended! Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. [ Read 2006’s Colorado tour review ] [ Read the Pueblo Review from 4/21/09 ]


and the Voodoo Dolls …

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Celebrations Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair (April 2009) (Colorado)


Celebrations Metaphysical Fair

Celebrations Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair
Bi-Annually around April and October. April 17-19, 2009. Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 22 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado. http://www.celebrationfair.com/
One of Colorado Springs metaphysical shoppes for the last 20 years has been throwing a bi-annual metaphysical fair each year that grows vividly every year hosted. Their theme is for spirituality, divination, personal growth, and independent thinking. A typical “New Age” fair blending with the metaphysics, they’ve been serving the Colorado community for 20+ years. Hosted in the 1924 historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium, that they mention is home to many spirits and ghosts, it brings a focal point to the city’s history and energies. Continue reading Celebrations Colorado Springs Metaphysical Fair (April 2009) (Colorado)

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Trolls et Legendes: Day 2 – Concerts – 4/11/09

Trolls et Legendes Festival 2009 – Day 2 – Concerts
Lotto Mons Expo * Avenue Thomas Edison – 7000 Mons – Belgium *

http://www.trolls-et-legendes.be/2009/index-en.htm

Knowing its a shame that I could only attend 2 of the 3 nights of concerts, I was in extreme excitement about tonight’s line-up with the chance to see my second favorite band next to Faun – which is Qntal. In total excitement. Amazing group of performers on the middle concert night of Trolls et Legendes – Opening with a fabulous show by Ceili Moss, followed by the spectacular Louisa John-Krol, with the enchanting Daemonia Nymphe, and a mind-shattering awesome finale by Qntal. Trolls et Legendes outdid themselves with this lineup, placing myself in utter ecstasy with ritualized musical bliss and theatrical display. I was saddened to know I would be missing sunday night’s lineup of Nehl Aelin, Cecile Corbel, Woodland, and Omnia. On a mythic quest during this trip for my own self, the line-up tonight pushed it to epic proportions in the re-vitalization of my soul that occured during these performances. Thank you especially Daemonia Nymphe and Qntal for the magic you caused. Outright Amazing. Thank you. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Woodland

Woodland
Performing unplugged at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09
Eugene, Oregon
http://www.woodlandmusic.net/
Having already booked my trip to Europe without knowing about the Trolls et Legendes festival, I was pretty distraught that I would be missing the performance of Woodland on sunday since I had to leave the festival the night prior to their scheduled magic. But I was blessed with an unplugged performance of this amazing group as they played in the marketplace at Trolls et Legendes in Belgium on Saturday afternoon. While the festival didn’t equipt the band with sound equipment, and it was a bit hard to hear them over the festival noises, chatter, and clatter … standing closer to the stage, their magic overwhelmingly drowned out the distracting noises. Having been privileged to see Woodland on many other occasions at their home festival of Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon – I know the enchantment they weave. To experience them even with this unplanned jam in the city of Mons, Belgium was awe-inspiring to say the least. Woodland is a enchanting faerie band rooted from the heartland of Oregon in the United States bringing forth folklore, mythology, and Celtic rhythms in a magical spell. Their performances are like a magical ritual, bringing together childhood folk stories with the epic myth of the woodlands. Weaved together with the poetic harmonies of Emilio and Kelly Miller-Lopez, Kimmy Smith, Donald Brodsky, and Jarrod Kaplan – the mystical presence of the group not only mesmerizes their fans with music, poetry, and the inspiring art of Brian Froud, video, and Festivity – but also key organizing of fabulous and enchanting festivals like Faerieworlds, Faeriecon, and the Faerie Balls. Blessed with the harp, flutes, percussion, song, harmony, guitar, the fiddle, electric instruments, bass, didgeridoo, and theatrics – this band is phenomenal. Always a pleasure to be in their presence. Thank you for all that you do! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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