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Visit us at the 2012 ShakeFest at the infamous Charleville Castle!

2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland
2012 Shake Fest: Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland

This year, Technogypsie Productions, Pirate Relief, and The Tree Leaves’ Oracle & Folk Fellowship are helping with the production of “Shakefest by creating a children’s (and adults) fun area as the “Faerie Glen” with a Wishing Well, Rag Tree, and a Madhatter’s Tea Party and much much more. After hours, we’ll be doing a sorta- reunion for our Irish Core Effigy friends we camped with at Tir na nOg this year at the Burn. Childrens Madhatter’s Tea Party is around 1:30 pm, while the Adults Tea Party is at the Witching Hour. Costumes required to participate. Dress as Pirates, Faeries, or someone from Alice in Wonderland. Face painting, Faerie Art, stickers, candles, and Tarot Readings also available. Saturday, May 26, 2012 – Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Ireland – Faerie Glen & Madhatter’s area open from Noon until an hour or two after the witching hour …Note: If you are coming for the Evening activities, please arrive by 6 pm – for bands and entertainment as gates close early.


The Holidays

* April 23, 2011 Concert @ The Transit Bar * Downtown Canberra * ACT * Australia *

While exploring downtown Canberra, I popped into the Transit Bar, underneath where I was staying in the Canberra Hostelling International for a night out downtown. The Holidays, a local Australian band, was just returning from their first ever tour of the United States. Set to go on stage by 8 pm, they had a bit of a late start but rocked the house with some great Indie, Pop, Alternative tunes. They were kicking off their Seven Million Mornings national headline tour beginning with this gig, moving on to Melbourne, then around Australia, and on to Europe. Opening for them were their guest Gold Fields. Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5.


Transit Bar, Canberra, Australia

Transit Bar
* 7 AKUNA ST *
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * P 02 6162 0899 * http://transitbar.com.au/ * ?

A great little hole-in-the-wall bar down below the Canberra YHA Hostel on Akuna street. Delving into a mix of indie, rock n’ roll, and general alternative nights and gigs, the Transit Bar provides a good heap of fun for the alternative crowd in Canberra. Restless from the Bush, this is a fun place to be when seeking some upbeat fun in the Australian Capital Territory. I had the pleasure of visiting the club/bar a couple of times during my visit, one for the Indie rock band “The Holidays” and another night for the Electro Gothy night called “Chrome”. Good drink prices and a great place to party with the international backpacking crowd. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. ~ Leaf McGowan, April 23-25, 2011.

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Pirate Relief

Pirate Relief
www.piraterelief.com * Facebook *

Imagined by Captain Leaf McGowan in May 2010 as a dream, the ghostly ship didn’t manifest into conceptualization until June 2010 as he was to embark across the “Great Pond” to England. He posted the concept on facebook and expected to be laughed at but was greatly supported and encouraged to have the ship set sail. Investigations into the idea, networking, and fundraising took effect immediately as a crew of over 20 committed individuals enthusiastically climbed on board. At this stage, the group is planting the seed to make the project a reality. The crew and project has a facebook group and a web site with several projects being set into motion.

Pirate Relief is a roving band of pirates, gypsies, artists, musicians, environmentalists, scientists, & relief volunteers who are striving to bring together a fleet of tall sailing ships to sail the seven seas to ports around the world – sharing art, music, drama, theater, folklore, performance, storytelling, history, & culture to those they encounter. They are setting out to share the wealth of the Living Myth. When able to assist in coastal disaster areas – they plan to set into port to uplift the spirits of those who had their lives affected – bringing back hope to the hopeless, guidance to the lost, and insight to the inquisitive … sharing whatever resources they have on board or the crew has to offer – whether uplift of spirit through entertainment, stories of hope, supplies, medical aid, arts, education, inspiration, or a helping hand. They are also working on environmental projects to assist in ecological tragedy by approaching areas affected such as the Gulf oil spill, the Pacific Trash Island, and how to address pollution issues with our waterways. They are targeting our concerns by embracing ecological and sustainability ideas for a new approach to living, caring for the environment, mobility, and keeping culture, arts, & sciences alive. “Through Storytelling and the Arts – The Living Myth shall live on! “ Their PDF Brochure can be downloaded Here. By the return of Captain Leaf McGowan from England, the crew was soon involved in Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon and Brethren Con 2010 in Denver, Colorado presenting a presence to share about the legacy and visions of the project. Still in its infancy, the captain is soon to set sail on a historic vessel to learn the ropes at sailing a tall ship, investigating the foundations of what will need to be accomplished to make this dream a reality.

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Burning Man

Burning Man Festival
Black Rock City, Nevada

Burning Man is a week long arts and entertainment, sustainable and self-reliance festival that occurs every year embracing Labor Day. From 1986 until 1989 there was a Summer Solstice bonfire ritual held on Baker Beach in San Francisco by Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and their friends. Here they claimed, not inspired by the “Wicker Man” movie (they state they hadn’t seen it before their party), they would burn a 8-9 foot tall wooden man with his smaller wooden dog, and they did this not for Pagan offerings, but rather as an experiment in art, community, radical self expression and reliance. Apparently Larry’s girlfriend Janet Lohr’s friend, Sculptor Mary Grauberger had been throwing Baker Beach bonfire parties prior to Larry picking it up after she stopped organizing them. By 1987 the “Man” was 15 feet tall and by 1988 at a whopping 40 feet height making it much more of a concern on the beach to the authorities. They eventually called their event “Burning Man”. Because they didn’t have a permit for such a fire on the beach, they had to relocate, and in 1990 a separate event was put on by Kevin Evans and John Law of the Cacaphony Society in the Black Rock Desert on its large dry lake. They billed it as a dadaist event with temporary sculptures and situationist performance art called “Zone Trip #4: A Bad Day at Black Rock”. The Baker Beach Burn “Burning Man” event, after having been kicked off the beach, dissassembled their “Man” and brought it to “Zone Trip #4” just in time for the event. One of the Cacophonists in attendance, Michael Mikel, concerned that the attendees would not be familiar with the harshness of the desert environment, took on the name “Danger Ranger” and formed the “Black Rock Rangers” to make sure everyone was safe. It was here in 1990 that Black Rock City and “Burning Man” was founded. Word spread about the event and people from all over the world started to flock to this desert event. It was assembled of participants only with no paid or scheduled performers/artists, no separation from art space and living space, and no other rules except not to interfere with another’s experience and no guns were allowed in central camp. In 1991 they filed for a legal permit with the Bureau of Land Management evolving to a formal partnership in 1996 for them to own the name “Burning Man”. 1997 Saw the biggest changes in structure to the event when the remaining organizers formed the Black Rock City, LLC after John Law, Kevin Evans, and others left. As the BLM refused a permit for the event, it was moved to “Fly Ranch” that adjoined the Hualapai Flat mini dry lake bed. Since the event moved to Washoe County permitting, more heightened rules and laws were enacted, banning driving of non-mutant or service vehicles and guns, imposing a low speed limit of 5 mph for art cars, a imposed curved grid street structure, no campfires or tiki torches, all burnt art must be on approved burn platforms, bans on fireworks, firearms, and dogs. It was also then that a 7 mile long temporary plastic fence to be erected to surround the event as a 4 foot high “trash fence” to catch wind blown debris. After 2002, no attendees of the event could go beyond this fence. In 2006 was the first time that Burning Man was covered extensively by television, which continued as “TV Free Burning Man” from 2006-2008, and the coverage nominated for a news Emmy Award in 2007.

The man remained 40 feet tall until 1995. By 1997 it reached 50 feet, and by 2001 at 70 feet, from 2002-2004 at 80 feet tall, Then was reduced in size from 2005 until 2008 when it was pumped back up to 84 feet, and at an amazing 104 feet by 2010. In 2007 a well known prankster named Paul Addis set the Man on fire four days ahead of the schedule and was arrested for the incident. The Burning Man crew was able to still erect a replacement effigy in time for the scheduled burn. By 2010 it reached an attendance population of over 51,454 recorded paid participants. Burning Man attendees nickname themselves “Burners”. The festival is based on community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, revelry, participation, self-awareness, self-reliance, and self-sustainability. In those regards, it has nothing to do with the modern Hippie movement even though the un-knowledgable compare the two as being the same. Burning Man is governed by 10 principles – (1) radical inclusion, (2) gifting, (3) decommodification, (4) radical self-reliance, (5) radical self-expression, (6) communal effort, (7) civic responsibility, (8) leaving no trace, (9) participation, and (10) immediacy. Burning man is a “gifting economy” in like to the tribal potlach ceremony, and relies on the unconditional “gifting” of resources. No cash transactions are permitted between attendees of the event (though the event will charge for entrance tickets (pays for event), daily ice (benefits the local Gerlach-Empire school system), tea and coffee (benefits the event) for those wanting it). The event is clothing-optional and nudity is very common. Once in the event you are highly discouraged from leaving. A re-entry wristband costs a high price if one needs to exit and re-enter. Portable toilets are throughout the event, a temporary airstrip/airport is setup along the event boundary, hospitals and law enforcement stations are setup throughout the city, as is ice stations. All attendees are responsible for bringing their own food and water as none can be guaranteed to be obtained elsewhere in the city. The Event is “Leave No Trace” and all attendees are expected to collet M.O.O.P. (Matter out of place) when observed. All attendees are expected to participate as much as possible, no water is permitted to be drained on the playa and much be either evaporated in a drain field or ported out when attendees leave, no fires without approved burning platforms, and observance of US and Navada federal, state, and local laws. Every year a different theme transforms the event. Art and entertainment, is centered around these themes each year. Numerous registered and un-registered theme camps are all around the city, including over 100 bars, and numerous art or mutant vehicles parade around the playa during the days and nights. Otherwise many participants have their own transportation with bicycles that they bring to the event. Some art is funded by ticket sales through art grants. In addition to the “Man”, a giant “Temple” is constructed and burnt on the last night of the event culminating ritual and interfaith spiritual offerings, prayers, sacrifice, and observance in its participation.

Leaf’s personal photos from Burning Man 2008; Burning Man 2010 (coming soon).

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Hellzapoppin Sideshow @ the Rocket Room (Colorado Springs)

Juggling, Hellzapoppin Sideshow

The Hellzapoppin Sideshow
* Thursday, 8 pm – 1 am, 25 March 2010 * The Rocket Room * 230 Pueblo Ave * (the corner of Wahsatch & Cimarron) * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719-447-4990 * http://www.myspace.com/therocketroom * $10 cover *

On a dark chilly evening in a corner bar where Rock-a-billy lives in Colorado Springs, sprung to live one of the modern versions of a classic era circus sideshow … known to its fans as the “Hellzapoppin Sideshow”. This sideshow is proud to have differing feature performers, most notably “The Torture King” from the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and “Slymenstra Hymen” from GWAR. Many of their performers have travelled with many sideshows and circuses, as well as appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Discovery Channel, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Learning Channel, Guinness Book of World Records, HDNet, and the National Geographic Channel. The show boasts a staff of true vagabond artists – artisans with hearts full of wanderlust on a modern day pirate ship. They are notoriously a circus for adults! For a mere $10 one could enter this fantasy world with juggling, fire spinning, ball play, sword swallowing, glass walking, body piercing, contortion, accordians, humor, and music … not to mention potent affordable drinks. The show was phenomenal for the small bar scene and the performers were amazing. It was a refreshing treat to a stressful week. We were first entertained by a pinhead accordian singer followed by some sensational burlesque. Juggling, comedy, firespinning, and Laura as a hot girl in a bubble which is a full size hamster ball that she does acrobatics and juggles inside. The Torture King amazed us with glass eating, glass walking, sword laying, and body piercing. More burlesque, juggling, and fire play. Lady Diabla swallowed swords, had darts stuck into her back, and amazed us with her shoulder shrugs to pain. A girl placed into a box that was sliced and diced with swords. Very entertaining indeed! A must see side show! At this particular show we were blessed with the presence of Zamora The Torture King, Lady Diabla, Bryce “The Govna” Graves, Laura, John Shaw, and some others I heard a rumor were local talent. Rating 4.3 stars out of 5.

Juggling, Hellzapoppin Sideshow

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Huggo’s On the Rocks (Kona, Big Island, Hawaii)

Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kona

Huggo’s On the Rocks
* http://www.huggos.com/ * 75-5828 Kahakai Road Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 * (808) 329-1493 * Fax # (808)329-7204 **
A great casual bar in the heart of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Definitely idolic of the ‘beach’ bar atmosphere and setting – this ocean-front cocktail bar and pub is an off-shoot of the Huggo’s Restaurant next door. My one and only visit found it to be very friendly, hospitable, with great service and good bar staff. The patrons all looked happy and satisfied. The drinks served to us were good – though not as potent as I’m used to. They had a live band this saturday night, even though the town closes early on the entertainment front. But dancing and fun had by all. They don’t really have an official “closing” hour – they are just open from 11:30 am until ‘closing’ – whatever that normally means – was quite early the saturday of August 8th, 2009. Generally they have entertainment nightly from 6:30 pm – 10 pm, and serve cocktails from 11:30 am until midnight. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


10.10.09: feH1N1z 2009 Outbreak in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Photo by Jacob Allison

New Viral H1N1 Strain Breaks Out in Manitou Springs; Causing Sufferer to Desire Human Flesh
Leaf McGowan, underWorld Syndicate News: Saturday, October 10, 2009

No one really knows what happened. We’ve seen this strain before, in fact this is the third time it struck the quiet little artsy community of Manitou Springs. A lab technician from the CDC stumbled out of the medical facility under Cheyenne Mountain by NORAD and got into his car. Given the ice storms that were plummeting the area, no one in their right minds would brave the roads and the sheer ice sheets out and about. The Colorado Springs Police Department issued not to travel if you could help it. But this lab technician, drenched in blood, and highly infected with the fe [flesh eating] H1N1 z[zombification] strain of the Swine flu that has been a serious epidemic this year. This mutation that he was infected with, causes the body to convulse, lose body functions, the flesh appear to be decaying as if splattered by acid, and causes the victim to crave human flesh, blood, and more importantly raw human brains and intestines. This lab technician, joined by several others infected from last year, appeared to be spreading the disease in Soda Springs Park. Soda Springs Park turned into a bloodbath. Soon the 40 or so citizens in the park began to shiver, tremble, shake, and moan. A mob of them crawled foot-dragging, stumbling, and groaning for blood, brains, and guts as they progressed down historic Manitou Avenue. Around the Dulcimer shoppe, a hippie girl wearing a peace-symbol cap screamed in horror down towards Black Cat Books. About 5 more zombies came out of the woodwork and joined the mob of flesh eating corpses. The zombies double-backed across the street following this hippie chick until she dodged into the Townhouse Lounge at the address of 907 Manitou Avenue.

Photo by Jacob Allison

The Zombies poured into the front doors of the Townhouse Lounge to find warmth, brains, blood, and a feast. The friendly staff at the Lounge welcomed in the blood drenched crowd as the CDC induced the food with a antidote to pacify the zombies from desiring human flesh, brains, and guts. However, it took a little while for the antidote to trigger, so some zombies feasted on the patrons. The local band “John Wise” tried to lullaby the zombies with some great zombie and monster themed compilations. Rumors have already spread that some of the zombies escaped to the local town of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Plans for the CDC to contain the infected are already in plans and a quarantine location established for containment in a couple of weeks. Estimates reveal that by December 21, 2012 the Zombie Apocalypse of the feH1N1z strain will extinct the human race. Only the living dead will populate the earth. How’s that for the turning of the age of enlightenment and transformation?

Photo by Jacob Allison

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Dreamtime Festival 2009

Dreamtime Festival
Paonia, Colorado * July 16-19, 2009 *http://www.dreamthefuture.org/
Each year, in the high desert Rocky Mountain valley outside of Paonia is a music, art, and educational festival born to inspire creativity, awareness, sustainability, art, music, festivity, networking, personal growth, and social change. Its focus is learning and transformation bringing together community with members old and new for evolution together to dream the future. Its about weaving the magic of social change as well as changing the world. Live performances, music, world class bands, interactive theme camps, art installations, vendors, artists, craftspeople, food, fellowship, magic, film, theater, ritual, a green expo, free parking, and camping. Dreamtime is certainly an interesting fusion festival – you have many of the better aspects of a commercial Rainbow-family festival fused together with the spiritual aspects of the Burning Man festival. Spirituality is certainly a key focus at the event and that is an element that holds it above many others. There was a fluctuation of energy as different types of individuals with different focuses attended. The hardcore spiritual side certainly seemed more predominant wednesday through friday. Saturday got a little odd with an influx of different energy as locals and party-goers came to the event for that reason, conflicting with the spiritual. While I didn’t get to go to many of the workshops as I was a vendor, I was blown away by the few I did go to and many of my friends spoke highly of the ones they attended. There were a little too few theme camps, but the ones that were there absolutely amazing. I loved the space cowboys camp as it brought much fun for me each night. The concerts and musical performances were fabulous. The movies from local Denver filmmakers were humorous and entertaining. The food was sensational. Theater, music, spoken word, multimedia, fashion shows, Djs, workshops, bellydancing, yoga, nature walks, sweat lodges, healing camps, costumes, bodypainting, divination, and frolick was all making it a very magical weekend. I will certainly be back. Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5.

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Tulalip Casino and Eagles Buffet (Tulalip, Washington)

Tulalip Casino and Buffet: Tulalip Eagles Buffet * 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. * Tulalip, Washington * (888) 272-1111 * http://www.tulalipcasino.com/ *

Conveniently located off I-5 inbetween Mt. Vernon and Everett, a great stop-off for Vancouver – Seattle travellers … Tulalip Casino is an enormous palace of slot machines, game tables, bars, and fine entertainment. Usually very notable for their buffet, I stopped by on Monday, Dec 12th, 2005, to find not only did they raise their prices, but the food wasn’t as expansive as usual, nor as good. It also took the waittress quite a while to get back to me with refills which is odd, because they used to be right on top of everything, quality food, and great service. Not today. Usually I rate this a 4 1/2 stars, but this time, gonna have to give the buffet a 2. Rated 2 stars out of 5. On the visit during a pitstop on 7/5/09 coming back from Vancouver, I dropped in to find the Casino and Buffet had massively grown. The entire complex is a strip mall, large hotel, and entertainment complex. The food was better this time, but lacking in variety it had in the older days. Service was decent. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. [ More review http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/20ad6/da82b/2/ ]


The Vogue Theater, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vogue Theater * 918 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2 * http://www.voguetheatre.com/

Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/139279. In the heart of downtown Vancouver lies the historical remains of the Vogue theater. The Vogue is surrounded by many myths and legends especially amongst it’s association with being haunted. Many famous people have walked through these doors. In 2006 it was closed as its web site still professes. It is however still a very active theater with live music, comedy acts, and shows every weekend. In 1941 it was a monument of sophisticated art deco design and home to the arts. It housed 1200 seats that presented Vancouver’s hottest acts and talent through the years. It still is one of those hotspots. Conveniently located right on the main bus station route, its a hotspot of Vancouver’s heritage for events of all kinds and varieties. While I’ve never seen the ghosts that haunt these seats, I did however have some memorable moments of entertainment within those walls. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

the infamous haunted Vogue theater