New York: Eleanor Oakes at Sakura Matsuri 2010 “This festival is your chance to pose for a vintage kimono photo-op or a cosplay portrait, partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, or listen to Japanese gypsy rock, as the Botanic Garden opens its lush gardens to present the very best of Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. Butoh dance is showcased alongside offerings of J-pop culture, bonsai arranging alongside Okinawan pop, and competitive costume creation (Japanese Project Runway?) alongside Taiko drumming.”
Los Angeles: Evan Dumouchel at LA Modernism “If you’ve ever wondered how to use ‘this’ to make ‘that,’ you understand one of the major concepts of the show. For example, ‘Could I take a pile of cinder blocks and make a recliner? Would it be possible to melt down that fence next to my driveway and create a dining room set?’ Yes! Beyond (and sometimes including) the impractical, there were truly some beautiful and innovative pieces filling the hanger, and a gorgeous collection of vintage posters large enough to cover a hanger wall.”
San Francisco: Megan Costello at Rogue Wave “Hot off a national tour, Rogue Wave and Man/Miracle graced the stage of the legendary Fillmore Theatre. Man/Miracle, a Bay Area band, took the stage with more force than I’ve seen them with in the past, showing no signs of tour exhaustion. After they warmed up the crowd (and a few members of Rogue Wave, who joined them in their last song), Rogue Wave crooned their way into the hearts of everyone in the venue.”
Chicago: Michelle Gantner at ART Chicago “I went to was ART Chicago, which was held at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. It’s an international art fair where artists and art galleries show works from all over the world.”
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