Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Fishtank Ensemble @ Truckee Rec center
Wildfire awareness film @ Explore Tahoe Trailhead
June 02 National Trails Day @ Van Sickle bi-state park
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Harrah's
Mamma's Cookin, Jellybread and Tracorum @ Crystal Bay Club
Raggae in the Hills fest. in Angel's Camp
Feat. Bushman, Yellowman, Pato Benton, Mystic Roots, Thrive,
Highway 50 Wagon Train starter @ Zephyr Cove marina
June 03 America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride (Visit BikeTheWest.com for more info)
Wagon Train through Lake Tahoe
June 04 DJ Sonar feat. Flysofee @ Rojos
June 05 Bass Science, Wet Dreams, Chris B. @ Whisky Dick's
June 06 The Wailers (CANCELED) @ MontBleu
June 08 Tahoe Cup men's hocky Tournement @ South Tahoe Ice Arena
Donavon Frankenreiter w/ Micah Brown – + After Party w/ Dad’s LPs @ Crystal Bay Club
June 09 Eric Burdon and the Animals @ Harrah's
Censu$ (formerly of Adient Zoo), Groovebox w/ Fat Tire cruiser raffle @ Mo's Place
DJ Fluxxx @ Rojos
Naive Melodies (Talking Heads Tribute) / DJ Theory, feat. Auxiliary @ Crystal Bay Club
June 10 Scale the Summit, Today i Caught the Plague, The Delirium Process, Walk Away Alpha @ American Legion
June 12 “Comedy Night” w/ Tony D’ Andrea, Will C, Lizzie Smith, & Jose Sarduy @ Crystal Bay Club
June 15 G.B.A.A., I Wish We Were Robots, Removal Of A Tenth, Awaiting The Apocalypse and Josh Lease @ Whiskey Dicks.
Brothers Comatose @ Crystal Bay Club
June 16 Edgar Winter @ Harrah's
David Allen Coe / Hellbound Glory (Outlaw country) @ Crystal Bay Club
June 17 GIFT of GAB (BLACKALICIOUS), EQUIPTO, Z-MAN, ENZYME DYNAMITE, DJ TUE JUSTICE, LOGIC ONE @ Mo's Place
Live Jazz @ Tahoe Biltmore
Art show featuring +Scott Thomson and +Tony Spiker @ Vista Gallery in Truckee, CA
June 20 John Wayne and the Pain / Mystic Roots @ Mo's Place
June 21 TOCCATTA summer music fest kickoff @ West Shore Cafe
June 22 Jeff Jones @ Beacon
Albino "Heavy Afrobeats" / Andrew the Pirate feat. Pleasuremaker @ Crystal Bay Club
June 23 Gary Valenciano @ Montbleu
Starship feat. Mickey Thomas @ Harrah's
Radio Moscow, Abatis, Molly Taylor @ Whisky Dick's
2:54 @ Tahoe Biltmore
Tahoe City wine walk
Pretty Things Peep Show Vaudeville Burlesque / Prof. Stone feat. DJ Paul @ Crystal Bay Club
Heavenly Village fine art fest (3 days)
June 24 Blues Monsters, Downbeat, Jellybread @ Commons Beach in Tahoe City
June 27 Logic One w/ special Guests @ Rojos
June 29 Nathan Owens @ Harrah's
Canned Heat @ Jethro's in Gardnerville
Revolver w/ special guest @ Rojo's Bar
Surf Guitar ledgend Dick Dale @ Crystal Bay Club
GBoz african Drumming @ South tahoe Library
June 30 Lake Tahoe Raggae Festival feat. Pepper, Katchafire, J Boog, Hot Rain, Keyser Soze & The Mark Sexton Band @ Montbleu
Kevin Scott Hughes @ Rojos
Leftover Salmon feat. The Real Nasty @ Crystal Bay Club
Monday, May 28, 2012
Slow Rollers 2012 Bicycle Parade through Lake Tahoe
On May 17, 2012 the SlowRollers.org group made an attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest bicycle parade. The previous record-holder, Davis, CA was a 916 person bike parade in 2010. According to the organizers this event drew over 1888 registered participants, which, if they are willing to accept our proof will easily break the record for both world's longest and world's largest bicycle parade.
The event was exceptionally well attended and a huge costumed crowd turned out to participate in this event. I went out to the Slow Rollers event with my camera and made this video of ALL 1180+ bicycles going past my location and put it up on my youtube channel complete with the idea that it might get used as official proof... I really didn't think much more about it than that, until the organizers saw my video on YouTube and decided to actually take me up on my offer of proof, so I'm proud to report that my video is now in their hands and will be officially submitted to Guinness (along with TahoeSouth's excelent promotional video and LakeTahoeWeather's video of the other side of them) as proof of their attempt!
I want to congradulate the organizers on pulling off this long and hard-to-organize parade and share the few still pictures I got while out that day with you guys... It's a new world record, folks, go out and celebrate it.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
"Ring of Fire" Annular Eclipse of the Sun in Lake Tahoe (VIDEO)May 20th, 2012 there was a solar eclipse in Lake Tahoe, so I packed up all my photography gear and hopped in my buddy's porche and we headed down to Nevada Beach with the sunroof open.
It was remarkably non-crowded for a once-in-a-lifetime event. There was still parking available at the regular $7 rate, and lots of space on the beach still open.
It was everything you could've hoped for in a natural setting, wide open views of the entire Tahoe basin and not a cloud in the sky to the northwest; it was so beautiful I couldn't resist taking this picture and posting it to my Google+ profile with a GPS attached in case anybody wanted to track me down and do a Hangout in Real Life #HIRL.
After filming my intro I looked up and saw that people were already starting to look at the sun through their eclipse glasses. I hastily trucked my camera and tripod over to my filming location and duct taped a piece of #13 welder's glass loaned to me by Alpine Welding over my camera and shot what became this video:
While my HD video camera filmed the eclipse, I took some shots of the crowd and changing light with my cell phone camera
Though it wasn't exactly darkness in broad daylight, the sunlight did dim noticable (to about 25% of normal daylight.
announcement video that they probably couldn't get a good eclipse picture with their cell phone camera, I couldn't resist trying ot for myself... Not too bad for a cell phone camera, but then again I did make an instructional video on camera phone photography so maybe I'm a little more skilled than most.
+Krishna Vinod had left me a message saying he was on the beach, too... So I arranged to interview him and his daughter for the video. He actually found me using the GPS on the picture I posted, marking the first time in years of posting locations anybody ever found me in real life from an internet GPS.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Tahoe is going to have a solar eclipse!
annular eclipse of the sun visible throughout the Reno/Tahoe region on May 20th, 2012. According to Nevada Magazine the totality of the eclipse will last from 6:28 to 6:33 p.m local time in the regions with the longest totality.
Though a partial eclipse will be visible across the region, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Pyramid Lake are all directly in the path of the moon's shadow where all of the sun except for a small ring of light will be totally obscured.
Since this is an evening eclipse, the best observing sites will be places with a clear view to the west, like just about anywhere on the east shore of Lake Tahoe or Pyramid lake. The amount of time the sun stays eclipsed will vary across the region depending on where you are. It will last about 2:45 in South Lake Tahoe, 3:55 in Reno and Truckee, and a full 4:30 at the south end of Pyramid Lake where the 3-day Eclipse music festival has been organized arround the astronomical event. Click here for detailed maps of exact times and durations of this eclipse from EclipseMaps.com.
SAFETY FIRST:Remember, it's never wise to stare into the sun without protection! Even during the totality of a solar eclipse the part of the sun that is visible still puts out enough light to damage your retina after a few minutes. You can protect yourself by buying an eclipse viewerr or set of eclipse glasses from Amazon.com or your local party supply store; if you have a set of welding goggles or a piece of smoked glass that will also offer adiquite protection.
If you must observe an eclipse without proper protection, you can still get a decent view of what the sun is doing by looking DOWN. Put a pinhole in a piece of paper or cardboard and use that pinhole to project an image of the sun's disc onto the ground, and then watch that: the light reflected off the ground is perfectly safe and the resulting image of the sun is much larger and more detailed than what you can see directly by looking up. (This also works for observing sunspots and the upcoming transit of Venus due June 5th.)
PHOTOGRAPHY:Fair warning, photographing an eclipse is NOT an easy photography task. NEVER point your camera into the sun without a solar filter or you'll fry your CCD because the extreme brightness of the solar disc is just as hazardous to the sensor in your digital camera as it is to your eye. You can get a solar filter for $100-200 at your local camera store or from Amazon.com. -- (I've heard talk that a welding shield will also offer adiquite protection at a much lower price, but I can't confirm this so try it at your own risk only.)
If you want to successfully photograph an eclipse, you must use the manual mode of your camera with exactly the right camera settings and filters or you won't get a usable image. (For full technical details, see Eclipse Chaser's excelent blog on "How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse")
My advice to the non-professional: Don't even bother trying to photograph the eclipse itself with a low resolution pocket camera or camera phone, all you'll get is a blurry dot and a fried sensor. To get a good shot of an eclipse you need an SLR with a long telephoto lens and a good manual mode.
If you don't have the skills and quality of camera to take pictures of the eclipse itself, focus on the crowds, the changing light in the surroundings, or your pinhole projection on the ground; or choose to just enjoy the event itself and save yourself the bother and just rely on the internet to serve you up plenty of pictures later.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
May 2 Thrive feat. Weapon @ Mo's Place
Grapes and Gates wine tasting @ Edgewood
May 4-5 Radio Daze (songs from the 30s-50s) @ LTCC
May 5 Chickenfoot @ Harrah's
Vokab Kompany @ Montbleu
Ninja Slaughterhouse, Machine Gun Vendetta, Bum City Saints, Falcon A, Brain Rash @ Whisky Dick's
Cinco de Mayo @ Montbleu (also Lakeside inn, Heavenly Lodge)
May 8 Gladkill, HammFM, TYMK @ Whisky Dick's
Boys and Girls club benefit @ Edgewood lodge
May 9-13 Allan Havey, Chris Mancini @ Improv @ Harvey's
May 10 Mother's Day BAHM @ Valhalla
Sean Cummings Anne Roos Traditional celtic music @ Murphy's Irish Pub
May 12 Dev w/ Whitney Meyer band, Young L & Star @ Montbleu
Rick Springfield @ Harrah's
Jesse Kalin @ Murphy's Irish Pub
May 17 Slow Rollers bike parade (Millers outpost - Montbleu)
The Shell corporation @ Whisky Dick's
May 18 Acadamey of Dance @ Montbleu
May 19 Beatles vs Stones musical review @ Harrah's
Hot Buttered Rum / Frutition @ Mo's Place
4-Tay, Benni Boom, Dreda Dre @ Whisky Dick's
May 23-27 Bruce Fine, Frazer Smith @ Improv @ Harvey's
May 23 High Sierra adult skate camp @ Tahoe Ice arena
May 24 Neutralboy and Bite @ Rojos
May 26 Elvin Bishop @ Harrah's
Eligh feat. DNAEBEATS @ American Legion Hall
Memorial weekend bash feat. Rising Sun, Molly Taylor, the R.U.G.S. @ Whisky Dick's
May 27 Bob Saget (adult show) @ Montbleu
May 28 The Itals (raggae) @ Mo's Place