StonesFest came back to NYC to raise money over the course of two nights at Bowery Ballroom for Sweet Relief, a charity dedicated to providing financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
The Calling is a remarkable site specific fire performance created by Flambeaux Fire LLC that happened inside Gowanus Ballroom at the same time that Amanda Palmer\'s Kickstarter campaign wrap party was going on outside in the parking lot on 31st May 2012. It kicked serious ass and the audience loved it. The Calling tells the story of a young witch who yearns to connect to a land that calls us all in our dreams. Tonight her rituals work and a spirit guide of fire arrives to take her through to that magical realm. Led by fire and instinct through a landscape of post-apocalyptic beauty, she meets the powerful gods and goddesses who are the inhabitants of the realm in their different environments. She realizes something is amiss and pursues a quest to put each back into their rightful place. Flambeaux Fire LLC was founded in 2009 by renowned Scottish-born fire performer Flambeaux and his wife, artist Abby Hertz, to produce spectacular fire performances that incorporate circus and aerial arts in a theatrical context. Performers in The Calling include Flambeaux, Abby Hertz, Masae Satouchi, Ali Luminescent and Claire deLuxe (of Project Runway fame), Christine Geiger, Fayzah Fire, Shane Ravenbane, Jimmy Joe and Serafina. The sculptors who contribute art are Adrian Landon, Sequoyah Auno, Damien Vera and of course, Flambeaux Fire.
I received a phone call one morning from my friend Brett asking me if I wanted to come and photograph the birth of his child later that day as his girlfriend Angela had just gone into labour. I was surprised as it was the kind of conversation I would have expected to have before the day of birth, but agreed to come down to the hospital later. When I arrived, Angela was still in labour but began to give birth to baby Juna about 15 minutes later.