Monthly Archives: July 2008

SonicBids Partners with Exotic Erotic Ball to Offer Indie Bands Prime Gigs

Winners to Perform at World’s Largest and Longest-Running Halloween Ball in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 30, 2008) – The 29th annual Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo, the internationally acclaimed Celebration of Flesh, Fetish, and Fantasy, and – according to E! Entertainment TV – “The World’s #1 Wildest and Sexiest Party,” has renewed its longstanding commitment to promoting independent music by offering three prime-time, full-paying gigs exclusively to Independent artists.

To be considered for the gigs, bands must request consideration by submitting their EPK – or “electronic press kit” – through Sonicbids on or before September 5, 2008. All entries will be juried, rated and three winners will be chosen to play before thousands of elaborately attired fans at the 2008 Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo, October 24 and 25, 2008, at Treasure Island, San Francisco. The 2008 show marks the Ball’s second annual collaboration with Sonicbids.

In 2007, the two winning bands were Black Betty and the Bad Habits who hail from Boston, and the Los Angeles-based Doxy. They performed on the same bill with Snoop Dogg, Peaches, Donald Glaude, the Spyderz and others.

Black Betty and the Bad Habits lead vocalist, Jenny Langer, called the experience, “A true highlight for us that we’ll always remember. That’s one fun and crazy crowd!” Doxy’s Ana Lovelis said: “When I heard we won, I remember asking myself ‘How does one prepare for performing at such a great event like the Exotic Erotic Ball?’ First thing we did, is cut down on our mood stabilizing medications, because the anticipation alone was an aphrodisiac!”

“This is a natural collaboration,” says Ball founder Perry Mann. “The Ball is visible, and virtually any band with a sexy lead singer or provocative lyrics feels they are a great fit with the show. Many of them are. The problem for us is that we receive hundreds of DVD’s, CD’s, mp3’s, emails, and links. We just don’t have the time or manpower to sift through them. This has always bothered me, because I have a real commitment to Indie music. Our relationship with Sonicbids allows us to show that support. Every submission goes to the same place, they get heard and rated; we can see video and read bios, and it’s all online, no switching between mediums. I look forward to shaking hands with the 2008 winners on stage at the Ball.”

“There is so much creative musical talent among today’s independent and unsigned bands,” says David Ellis of Sonicbids, an event sponsor, and collaborator on the Ball’s Indie Music initiative. “When a long-running event like the Exotic Erotic Ball acknowledges this by actively looking to the Indies to discover the right talent for their event – and then gives that talent VIP treatment and the chance to play before an audience size usually reserved for signed acts – this is something we can get behind. We heard great things from the bands they selected last year, and look forward to offering up our platform again for them to discover 3 new bands in 2008.”

“The Ball” is widely considered the world’s #1 adult-themed party event with live headline entertainment on five stages – music, electronic, burlesque, circus, and fetish. Over its 29-year history, headline entertainment has included Joan Jett, Chris Isaak, Grace Jones, Greg Allman, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Everclear, with untold numbers of celebrity guests, and over a thousand of the world’s top burlesque, fetish, and novelty acts. The Genitorturers will be among those performing on the Ball’s musical stage, and performance artist Mobius8 will be bringing his mind-altering musical multimedia stage show to the Ball’s electronic stage.

The Festival Hotline is: 1-415-567-BALL (2255). Visit the website. Or follow this link for submission by artists.

Perry Mann’s Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo

Where: Treasure Island, San Francisco, Hangar #3.
When: Friday and Saturday October 24 and 25, 2008.
Expo Hours: Friday, October 24: 2PM – 10PM: $20
Saturday, October 25: Noon – 6PM: $20
Must be 18 and over to attend the Expo.
Ball Hours: Saturday 8PM – 2AM: GA Tix from $59; VIP Tix from $125.
Ball prices increase as event gets nearer.
Expo is also open as part of the Ball, to Ball attendees only
Must be 21 and over to attend the Ball.

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2008 ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST

Announcing Zoetrope’s 2008 Short Fiction Contest, which will be judged by National Book Award-finalist Elizabeth McCracken and award prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, and $250 for third.

Additionally, the winners and seven finalists will be considered for representation by several leading literary agencies.

PRIZES: First prize is $1,000; second prize $500; and third prize $250.

LITERARY AGENCIES: The winners and seven finalists will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2008. Results will be announced at the website December 1, 2008, and in the Spring 2009 issue of the magazine.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Janice Macdonald’s “The Plainness of My Fall” was published as a special online supplement to the Spring 2008 issue.

COMPLETE CONTEST GUIDELINES:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 1, 2008; clearly marked “Short Fiction Contest” on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story (make checks payable to AZX Publications). Please include name and address on first page or cover letter only. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.

We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S.; please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

MAIL ENTRIES TO:
Zoetrope: All-Story
Attn: Short Fiction Contest
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Kidnapped — That’s what Good Friends Do!

I’ve been offline for few days. Not my fault. My very good friend, Evil 2, declared me a “workaholic,” and kidnapped me — spiriting me off to the sunny, hot Okanogan Lake, Naramata, or more specifically, Indian Rock.

Only locals will have a clue where Indian Rock is, but those that do will know it for the paradise it is. Everything is perfect about this little corner of heaven, except my cell phone works only intermittently and I couldn’t pick up a wifi signal despite all of my efforts and a few prayers to the Powers That Be.

In the end, I gave in and accepted I would have to put down on my electronic toys (except for Pod, because I have an awesome portable player), and immerse myself in all of the wonderful things Okanogan has to offer — swimming, sea-doing, kayaking, fine dining and even finer wine…

I took pictures of the road trip from Van to Indian Rock and posted them here.

Approaching Keromeos

Approaching Keromeos

Our \"big-assed truck\"
The Indian Rock of Indian Rock

The Indian Rock of Indian Rock


There are far too many pics, and I’ve not got around to organizing them, but they really do give a good idea of what the drive is like along the most magical Hope-Princeton Highway (which, in my opinion is the only way to go).

In the end, I didn’t have a big problem with being stolen away from my computer. Summer is like that — it’s so important to take advantage of good times, and all too often, it is easy to forget this.

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Power Out in Vancouver: Not Even Windy: Cable Fault

I was working away at suite101.com (remotely)when suddenly (and those of you who work online know how irritating this is), I got the dreaded “Problem Loading Page.”

Here’s the reason:
BREAKING: City-wide Power Failure

I hope my work was saved, but mostly I am thankful that I am not in an elevator — my one true phobia is being in an elevator during any emergency, but especially and in this order: Earthquake, Fire, or maybe Fire, Earthquake, immediately followed by Power Failure.

True Confessions: I am the type of person who won’t enter and elevator unless:

    My cell phone is on and has at least three bars
    I’ve gone to the bathroom
    I have a riding companion, so I can talk his or her ear off if we get stuck
    I’m feeling really brave

I know this is really warped, but don’t we all have at least one little fear that is actually quite illogical and embarrassing?
Or is it just me?

I don’t even know what a cable fault is, but it sounds baaad…

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Sundance Guest Ranch — Best Time Ever

At the end of May (2008), my daughter and I headed up the Fraser Canyon to the heart of British Columbia’s cattle county; Ashcroft. We’d both been dreaming of a dude ranch vacation for years — we used to ride together before she went off to uni — and it is something we are both passionate about.

Based on those facts, we never doubted that we were in for a really good time, but what we didn’t guess was that those three days at Sundance Guest Ranch would be categorized by both of us as “the best time ever!!!”

Visit the web album at Julie and Jen at Sundance and check out our amazing pics. And if you decide you want to go to BC’s best dude ranch, follow the Sundance link, and don’t forget to mention my name. (I’ll get trail points toward our next weekend as cowgirls).

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Check Out My Friend’s Blog

New blogger online — if you are interested in building a commuter bike, kayaking on the Pacific Ocean or fixing your water system, check out 49north — he’s new and incognito but will be posting lots…
He will talk about:

  • cats (he doesn’t like them, but they love him)
  • boats and things that float
  • bikes and how to build them

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