We missed the parade, and even worried that the celebration might be winding down. Luckily it turned out that the celebration was not even slowing. Confetti cannons continued to fire, gathering so much on the ground that children were playing in it like snow. Confetti angles, confetti ball fights, there were even some industrious youths that managed to relaunch a massive pile back into the air and onto the heads of celebrants. Amazing food, performers, music and art. Not to mention the typical chinatown fair. I watched performances by dragon dancers, contortionists, martial artists, traditional chinese music as well as contemporary chinese pop music. It was a great way to bring in the year of the Boar!
John and the gang performed a pile of new work intermingled with classics and a few unrecorded tracks. It was an awesome show full of precious moments and supposition about drug enforcement or a legendary heavy metal club in Long Beach. We met some great people and had a wonderful evening. Thank you Carlos!
arrived early despite a deliberate attempt to be tacky!
Coming from Wondercon to the show was only a bit stressful because I had left my tickets at home. Luckily we got there moments before the show started. Our late arrival didn’t help us stake a great spot. Luckily my new camera has impressive zoom for it’s tiny package. I even got some amazing video.
The MIM is an amazing place. I just scratched the surface of its unbelievable exhibits. They have instruments and recordings from some of the most influential artists throughout history. They even have a room where you can play some instruments yourself. I saw an incredible collection of eclectic and innovative instruments from around the world. It includes a 2 ton dance organ called Apollonia from the 1920s that is played twice a day and John Lennon’s Piano used to compose Imagine. Here are just a few of the images I collected.