January 22, 2012

SBMA Nights: Chinese New Year ~ January 20, 1012

Year of the Water Dragon

The Chinese say that the Year of the Dragon brings prosperity. If the SBMA Nights party is any indication – they are correct.

This was by far one of my most favorite Nights experiences. Each room was filled with wonderment. Upon entering the museum you had your choice of three rooms: a red room leading to fortune, a dark room filled with enchantment, and a bright room encompassing enlightenment, and along the way you could enjoy wonderful art exhibits.

It was amazingly well organized and wonderfully surprising.

The RED ROOM had a station where one could make Zodiac Masks. I elected to journey past the crafts and into the back room. Here you entered The Department of Fortunes, where disgruntled desk jockeys circa 1960 typed out a “request for fortune” form (elaborating on your answers by the way…), which you took to an even further back room and inserted your form into a slot, then waited for your fortune to pop out in a tube through a hole in the wall. It was quite an unexpected experience. And I learned that I “can learn from others… “ Nice.

The DARK ROOM held enchantment in the form of Regret/Release/Past/Present Interactive Performances. First there was a dragon that came out and dance among the partygoers. Then, there was an artist that painted portraits as quickly as one would sign one’s name. Later, there was a lovely lady that danced in the light of the pale moonlight.  Even later, this room turned into a dance party. Delightful.

The BRIGHT ROOM held the “Way-to-the-Way”, where paper panels hung on the wall and on one side of the room you could try your hand at ink paintings, and on the other side of the room you could create poetry. Enlightening.

All in all, this was an amazing night filled with a variety of delights from Asia. Lovely. Just lovely!

Citizen Cope @ SOhO ~ January 12, 2012

Quiet Please!

Chatty. Damn chatty. Now I was taught that if you have nothing nice to say, perhaps you should say nothing at all. I wish the crowd at the SOhO Citizen Cope show had said nothing at all… or at least not during the show. So now I'm not too concerned with being nice. 

I am a huge fan of CC, I bought my tickets the second they went on sale – the second! I was very disappointed, albeit not surprised, that it did’t sell out till the week of the show. And those last minute purchasers were probably the ones who talked LOUDLY over the entire acoustic show, just there to make the scene rather than take in the music.

Struggling to play through a bout of bronchitis, CC asked the crowd to please not talk over the music. But they didn’t hear him for the loud buzz of useless chatter.

Needless to say I didn’t even hear one entire song. All that build up, all that excitement – burned because people thought they had more important things to say than the artist they  paid to see. I left in tears (seriously!).

God damn chatty crowds.

January 15, 2012

Bike Moves: Night of The Riding Dead ~ January 5, 2012

The Dead Will Ride
They are coming for your brrrrraaaaaaiins - and your bike chains. 

Never having done a Bike Moves, and having a big thing for anything "zombie," it only made sense that I would jump at the opportunity to ride with the dead. It’s a no brrraaaaiiiinner. (Sorry, had to)  

Bike Moves is a monthly event put on by the Wheel House where bike fanatics come out dressed in themed costumes and ride up & down State Street. The theme changes monthly, keeping the event fresh.

About 100 riders came out for the Night of The Riding Dead, about a third were dressed in costumes, yours truly included. It was quite a scene to see. The ride led to the wharf, where there was an organized "bike off." Bike on bike rumble baby. Who knew zombie biking was so vicious?
Something fun and different to do on first Thursday – definitely a lively event.

January 10, 2012

Jenny's To Dos ~ January 2012

Thursday January 5, 2012
Bike Moves: Night of The Riding Dead
Dress in your best zombie attire and ride through downtown Santa Barbara searching for braaaaaiiins. Brought to you by the Wheel House.

Thursday January 12, 2012
Citizen Cope @ SOhO
Indie songwriter brings an acoustic mix of his soulful funk to a small venue. Big fish, small pond. A must see for music lovers.

Friday January 20, 2012
SBMA Nights
Year of the Dragon! Santa Barbara Museum of Art celebrates the Chinese New Year through inspirational Asian art and exquisite performances.

January 26 – February 4, 2012
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Local international film festival hosting ten days of movies and special events. *A more detailed list of “SBIFF to dos” to come.