Category: Festival

Barcelona Indian Festival 2014

🙂 :: via

LV Tribal Massive Spectacular


March 1 – 14, 2014. Looks like a fantastic lineup!

Details @ website:

BRC 2012 Playa Aerial View

Sprite & Erin’s wedding depicted @ the Temple of Juno. Awesomeness!!

Turkish Festival This Sunday – Downtown Reno

🙂 :: Via RGJ


Bess Kargman’s award-winning documentary FIRST POSITION follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet through one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions. Nothing short of perfection is expected, while they struggle through bloodied feet, near exhaustion, debilitating injuries, and the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.

First Position – Trailer

🙂 :: IFC Films


A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20, 2012. Millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press) A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20, 2012. Millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)

🙂 :: Carnival 2012 – The Big Picture

Happy 2012!

Have a happy, prosperous, and dream filled year!

🙂 :: Looking forward to a brand new year and all the possible new opportunities it may bring.


SnowGlobe Music Festival – Lake Tahoe

Three days to go!

Lake Tahoe Community College Campus
1 College Dr
South Lake Tahoe 96150
United States

Great Lineup!
BassnectarPretty LightsThievery CorporationThe Glitch Mob
Childish Gambino • A-Trak • Theophilus London • Big Gigantic • DATSIK • Porter Robinson • YACHT • Dilated Peoples • Figure • Paper Diamond • Dillon Francis • Emancipator • Tipper • Fishbone • STAR SLINGER • Madeon • GIVERS •
Blockhead • KRADDY • Eliot Lipp • ANTISERUM • Two Fresh • Plastic Plates • RUN DMT • The M Machine • American Royalty • Mansions on the Moon • NastyNasty • Mux Mool • HeYoKa • HOTTUB • ill-esha • Phutureprimitive • Samples • B. Bravo • Govinda • R-D • Robotic Pirate Monkey • Satellites • Sorry for Partying • Dr. Israel • Afrolicious • Stephan Jacobs • Russ Liquid • Con Bro Chill

🙂 :: SnowGlobe2011

Now That’s A Look!

Credit - Photojournalist: Manish Swarup

🙂 :: Featured photoset by AP photojournalist Manish Swarup of the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan in The Guardian. Some very beautiful images!!


Aaron Yeger traveled through 11 countries with his crew to make a documentary about the Roma — commonly known in the popular misnomer as gypsies — and he’s accompanying the completed film, “A People Uncounted,” to the Hawaii International Film Festival.
‘A People Uncounted’
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Documentary Feature Nominee
Screens at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

The film is starting its own trek through the festival circuit, and audiences should be moved and impressed with a documentary made with notable visual verve and style that effectively relates the story of a marginalized people who has truly endured centuries of crushing intolerance and persecution in its travels throughout Europe.

🙂 :: Film Site – A People Uncounted

Dear Temple of Transition [Burning Man 2011]

posted with vodpod

Tink & Cha’s Playa Wedding

We’ve Done Did It!

What an amazing and unexpected experience.


To our fuchsia Bridesmaids, the entire Reno Housewives crew; Lauren; The Popcorn Palace for catering!; our attendants, and attendees:

Thank you! for sharing some very special and memorable moments with us. Lauren, as ever, you are superlative and I am so grateful to you for honoring us both by officiating our ceremony. You all are truly in our hearts for standing witness to our love and union of commitment – That’s the amazing part, and we both feel so honored by your support and love.

Credit: P Ricciardi

The unexpected aspect came from the new awareness that each of us now has of being married. We’ve been together for 7 years now, and we each didn’t expect that this type of ceremonious declaration would have much impact, but it has to a degree! The best way that I know to describe, is that there seems to be some unseen tendril of new intimacy that deepens the everyday connections. Like a quiet awareness. At least, that is how it feels to me anyway, and I’m sure Tink has his own take it, but there definitely is a subtle difference.

What a remarkable day! Preps were low-drama, but of course last-minute playa-time being what it is, we arrived at the appointed spot after our guests and loved-ones. One of the multitudes of items I had neglected to print off before leaving town was our ceremony and vows, which Lauren had conscientiously sent to me for edits, so I had to handwrite transcribe them from my laptop so she could officiate. Lauren, extra big kudos for schlogging through my handwriting!

Credit: P Ricciardi

Credit: P Ricciardi

Credit: P Ricciardi

Credit: P Ricciardi

Afterwards, our lovely bridesmaids crew through us a great reception soirée back at our camp featuring amazing friends; Paella, and Champagne, and lovely hugs.

Tink and I had a wonderful day! Made even more special because of each of you. Blessings to you all of you come from a very special place in our hearts.

Credit: P Ricciardi

Next up! We are off to be legally married in Washington DC later this month [Yikes, just in a couple of weeks!]. We’ve engaged with Tiffany Newman to officiate for us while we’re there, NOT that it will be recognized here in Nevada anytime soon, but hey, look how far equality has come thus far! Every raindrop feeds the ocean, right?

Credit: P Ricciardi

Our friends have been sending more photos, so as they come in, I will add them to an album I’ll host somewhere. More than likely, I’ll post a link in the side-column for easy access. They’re great, as they keep the remembrances of these very special days ongoing.

Love and Blessings!!

From Mr & Mr Two Old Fairies

Gaudi – Podcast “Burning Man 2011” Set

GAUDI – podcast “Burning Man 2011” by GAUDI

Now That’s A Look!

Super-post:  I am combining this week’s contribution to the That’s A Look! files with a submission of retrospective images of my soon-to-be husband, Jimmie R. Martin.  About this time next week we will be amidst our global friends in a ceremony to unite us for eternity.

And I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to post this priceless image:

Tinker, a well known staple of the Internationally renowned Reno Housewives Themed-Camp readies and primps to perform entroupe as bridesmaids at another Black Rock City wedding.  A stunning example of Haute Couture collision in the high desert.

Jimmie, a.k.a. “Tink”, was one of the original founders of the Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno.  We host, and are privileged care givers to over 150 guests, who are our extended family through good and challenging times.  Jimmie is an astute and dedicated papa, whose heart is as big as the universe. He’s an amazing man,  Lo amo caro!

We have a great community of human and non-human members – at the zoo AND out on the playa!

This year our campmates get to be “our” bridesmaids!  But, we’re still ready and raring to maid-it for all the other happy couples out there.  We love making processions through the dust, or is that we love making dust through processions!! 🙂

At the end of September we head off to Washington, DC for our legal wedding, but the important one will be here at home camping out amongst our spiritual siblings, and enjoying the joy.

I present my love and life-mate, Jimmie:

Jimmie, and Alfie as a baby

with friends

ear kisses and purrs

all smiles

More current photos will follow! See you when we get back.


The Temple Rises

Images of the Temple of Transition under construction and a few of the wonderful crew who are constructing it. More to be found via the Burning Blog.

🙂 :: The Burning Blog

Update: More images as it rises.

Pyramid Lake Tribal Food Drive

Reposted via Camp Comfort & Joy:

Are you going to Burning Man?

As you drive through the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, Look for Comfort & Joy’s bright Day-Glo flags decorating Taco Stands in Nixon & Wadsworth to easily find drop-off points for Food Donations… and amazing fresh Tacos.

On your way home from the Burn, Donate your leftover non-perishable camp food to local Paiute tribal charities helping foster children & victims of domestic violence.


(1) Nixon: Bunny’s Tacos
Serving Frybread / Veggie Tacos
Downtown Nixon – Approx 60 miles south of Gerlach
(Also be sure to visit the Tribal Mueseum in Nixon)

(2) Wadsworth: Elaine’s Stop
Serving Indian Tacos / Frybread / Taco Salad
1 Mile North of I-80, Exit 447

Be sure to support the tribe by buying gas & stopping for a Taco – they’re delicious!

You can also donate unwanted Bikes to tribal charities at these licensed food vendors. All food + bike donations are collected directly by tribal members & benefit local people in need.

Unmata @ Reno’s Compression!

They are poetic and amazing! Amy’s workshops left me hungry for more, and that is exactly what I needed. Fascinating and mesmerizing.


hipSwitch @ Compression! 2011

🙂 :: More Compression! photo images by Nick

And another:

Promo: Compression! Fire & Art Festival 2011‬‏


Compression: Art & Fire Festival 2011

Controlled Burn presents Compression! Art and Fire Festival as part of Artown on July 23, 2011 from 3-11 p.m. at City Plaza (corner of 1st and Virginia Streets) in downtown Reno.

Artown Opens with Celebration Extravaganza

Just some of the activities slated for this month:

Opening Day Parade with MarchFourth Marching Band, 7PM
Everyone’s invited to join in the parade from McKinley Arts and Culture Center to Wingfield Park with mobile big band spectacular MarchFourth Marching Band. If you can’t march in a wacky parade during Artown, when can you? MarchFourth comes complete with stilt walkers, hula-hoopers and a full brass section and drum corp, so be sure to give them right of way as they head in to Wingfield Park for the show.

Opening Night with Perla Batalla, 7:30PM, Wingfield Park
Be sure to get to Wingfield Park on time to catch Grammy-nominated Mexican-American singer/songwriter Perla Batalla. She’ll perform shortly after MarchFourth Marching band completes their set with contagious rhythms spreading pure joy and a unique and worldly style influenced by her Latin roots.

After Opening Night with MarchFourth Marching Band, 10PM, Knitting Factory
If you’re still up for more be sure to head over to the Knitting Factory for more MarchFourth Marching Band and their lively blend of music, dance and burlesque, marching band-style fun. Parade from Wingfield Park to the Knit with the band, or meet them there. No tickets required.

Opening Day Extravaganza sponsored by City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Reno Tahoe USA, Friends of Artown and Official host hotel John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

🙂 :: Reno is Artown

Happy Summer Solstice!

Shazalakazoo – Sunny Side Of The Street (feat. Sofija Knežević) by SHAZALAKAZOO

It’s also Queer Pride Week, and Artown is fast approaching. Finally warmth!

Unmata in Reno!

Amy’s coming to Town! With UNMATA! Brining her very special brand of precision and style! Not only will we be honored to have them perform for us during Compression!, but we will also be graced with the opportunity of two workshops to sink our collective teefs into.

Head over to the Melting Pot, or visit to register!!

UPDATE: I found the Press Release with deets:

Tough Love Bellydance. Two workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata.
Sunday July 24, 2011 “All Work and No Play”12:30 to 2PM and
“Sigil School” 3PM to 4:30PM
Achieve Fitness 600 S. Center Street # 300 Reno, NV 89501
Contact: Holly/ Asha World Dancers 775-848-7203,
Event Website Address:
Ticketed $44 per class, $75 for both. Register online at

Innovative choreographer will share her skills of Tough Love Bellydance, Hula and Hip Hop styles.
WORKSHOP #1: “ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES FOR A BORING DANCE CLASS” will introduce you to 5 dance and movement games designed to get you out of your box and possibly into someone else’s!
Learn about choreography and dance vocabulary such as : transitions, drills, counts, tempo, craft, and working backwards. See Amy and Unmata perform the day before at Compression Art & Fire on 7/23/11. ;

Amy Sigil and her troupe, Unmata, are described as “Bellydance Gone Strong”
Teaching and performing at events across the country and around the globe, tribal fusion power house Unmata’s high- energy brand of dance has packed the house and electrified audiences at venues of all sizes. Whether using fire, swords, or the sweat of their own bodies, Unmata always satisfies. Amy is the artistic director of Unmata, Verbatim, Blood Moon Regale and Sacramento’s Hot Pot Studios.
Tough Love Belly Dance Workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata, is part of the 16th annual Artown festival, July 2011. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

2011 Techno-Tribal Dance @ the Harmony Festival

🙂 :: the 33rd annual Harmony Festival June 10-12th at Sonoma Country Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California. With headlining acts such as, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Flaming Lips, David Starfire, Natacha Atlas, Quixotic, Primus and many more, this year proves to be a success! Check out the full line up here!

33rd Annual SF Carnaval

West Coast’s Largest Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration takes over the Mission District with a Festival and Grand Parade over Memorial Day Weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, the San Francisco Carnaval Festival will showcase the very best of Latin American, Caribbean, African and fusion cultures and traditions with a diverse array of offer food, music, dance, art, crafts and other fun activities and events on several stages for the entire family to enjoy.

San Francisco Mission District
the corner of 24th and Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA
9:30 a.m. – 6:00pm

Asha World Dancers : Moustache Mash

Unmata Tribal Fest 2011

Blown away! They’re spectacular.

4th Annual Reno Turkish Festival This Sunday

4th Annual Reno Turkish Festival is sponsored and organized by the Sierra Foundation will be held on Sunday, May 22th 2011 at Wingfield Park.

The Turkish Festival is a huge success! More than 1000 people will experience Turkish Arts & Crafts, Calligraphy, Henna, Ebru (Water marbling), Anatolian corner, Folk dancing, Face painting & Cotton candy for kids, Turkish Adana kebab, Shish kebab, Baklava, Salads, Turkish coffee & tea and a musical performance by Mehmet Atay.

The festival will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Turkey, old and new. At each set, craftsmen will demonstrate ancient arts such as water marbling, calligraphy and performances of regional music, and dance. The Children Whirling Dervishes and Turkish Folk Dance group will also return with their awe-inspiring performances throughout the day.

SF Ethnic Dance Festival 2011

🙂 :: World Arts West: San Francisco

Open Door: India.Arie and Idan Raichel

“Open Door” is a stunning collaboration between the incomparable neo-soul diva India.Arie with Israel’s superstar Idan Raichel fresh off their featured performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Norway. As driving forces in contemporary world music the pair creates a cross-genre collection of songs that are poignantly relevant to a global audience. Open Door delivers consistent themes of acceptance and unity that lay the foundation for an impassioned body of work. Arie has found in Raichel a self-described “musical soul mate” who breathes new life into her signature brand of raw, empowered soulful R&B/pop/folk music. Open Door is a stunning array of effortlessly blended styles that Arie describes as, “the most authentic musical expression of my life thus far.” The authentic East-meets-West experience features minimal production: piano, percussion, strings, winds, and multilingual lyrics sung in Hebrew and English.

July 19, 8PM
Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater

Tickets: $25,$35
Friends of Artown pre-sale May 5 – 14 and 10% off ticket prices, contact Artown at 775-322-1538 to purchase.

General on sale May 16.