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Zoe Jakes

I have the feeling I'll be posting these and audience shots over the next week weeks. If you want to see them faster, they're uploaded to my FB page.









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April 2011
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Zoe Jakes - Beats Antique

a preview of things to come
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This has been a great week of concerts and shows already following Monday's Beats Antique show in Birmingham. It was without a doubt one of the best performances I've seen and heard. I'll write more on the show later today.

Starting with a show on Thursday, April Smith and The Great Picture Show will be in the region. If you can afford the time and the admission - GO! This is a not to be missed performance.

April 14 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft @ Center Stage (Openning for Fritz and the Tantrums)
April 15 - Hoover, AL - Barnes and Noble (Free in-store)
April 16 - Nashville, TN - Grimey's (Free Record Store Day in-store)
April 16 - Huntsville, AL - The Flying Monkey Arts Center

This is still one of Billboard's top artists for the future. Listen and see why.
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Work
As mentioned in my previous post, I’m back home from California after working on the engineering test. While I can’t give specifics, I think the contributions I made were substantial and very positive. I am supporting the test, but my government customer decided that I wasn’t needed back out there on the second go. Most days, I worked 9 to 10 hour days and got a remarkable amount done. I had hoped to be flying back on Sunday, but now I’ll be staying home and will support the test from here.

After Action Reports )
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Well, I'm home again for a few days. I head back to SoCal on the 6th but for now I sorta get to rest. The trip back wasn't too bad though it was bitterly cold in Denver (sorry jetways aren't heated). I was delayed in the airport for 2 hours because the aircrew for my flight home was delayed enroute. The flight to Huntsville wasn't bad once we were airborne.

While I was out in the Los Angeles area, I had enough free time to go visit some of the sites that I adored photographing nature's beauty, visited with some dear old friends and even caught a show. Weather broke up my plans to revisit several abandoned sites, but I have the feeling that will be rescheduled to this next visit (time permitting).

While I'm on the subject of photography and my love (obsession) for it. As has been noted by some, it does mean quite a bit to me. My nature photos are in effect my form of daily thanks or worship to nature and it's diverse gifts of beauty. Sometimes the images are sublime and are meant for my own situation at the time. Other times I post them to offer cheer, hope or encouragement to others. I take a very similiar attitude and approach with abandoned place photography. I try to let the photos tell the story of the sites or objects I've found.

In where we hit JJ with a clue-by-four )
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This trip has been interesting so far. I've worked my arse off so far and logged more than a bit of overtime so far. Yesterday I ended up being the lead engineer presenting to the foriegn customers on this test. I wasn't planning to or expecting to, but all the government folks looked at me and said, 'you're the expert' or 'you wrote the document, you should brief.' I also locked horns with the lead engineer who's "supposed to be" supporting us as a liason between the customer and us. He's been actively trying to sabatoge our branch's involvement. Instead he discovered that I'm fairly good at what I do and I disabled his arguments before he could make them.

I'm off tomorrow and part of Sunday. I already planning to hit several of my old favorite haunts here in SoCal. Right now, I'm planning to head to Descanso Gardens, The Getty Center, dinner in Van Nuys and then catch a show in Studio City. It'll be like the old days - well sorta. On Sunday, I'm planning to revisit several abandoned sites in the area before I have to be back for a teleconference (yes I have to work then). Damn it's going to feel good to visit some familiar places.

Unlike the previous trip, many of the old ghosts I felt lurking in the air seem gone now. It's almost like a cloud lifted when I realized/resolved that I'd forgiven someone. Whether it was deserved or not, I don't have the time or energy to nurse that kind of hate or anger. That didn't stop me from glancing at her journal to look in on her life. I guess it was a mix of catious and melancholy curiousity. Shrugs - you can't change the past, only learn from it and try to understand. Memories linger and soften but life moves on. Like Scott Pilgrim, I fought hard to earn another life and I'm using it well. I hope she is too.

I'm not sure I'm going to make it to Lancaster on this particular visit. That's going to be a full day. The Sheriff hasn't gotten the paperwork from the clerk so they can't lock them out yet. If I'm here, I want to be here for that. Again, morbid curiousity - its a Goth thing. I'm looking forward to visiting old friends (living and deceased), but I want to have enough time to do so. When I get back into town on the 6th, I know I'll have a few more free days then.

BTW, I'm now cross linking most of my Live Journal entries to Facebook. I've been testing out the process with the Nature Photo of the Day feature. I can't afford to double the work.
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Back in early November, I was invited to attend a traveling burlesque show in Birmingham, AL. The Pretty Things Peepshow is based out of NYC. I was pleased to see Katarina Laveaux (of the Magic City Sirens). I was happy to shoot alongside [livejournal.com profile] martinhesselius. I was even pleasantly surprised to see Professor Aero and Ruby Woo.

The show was tremendous.



NSFW )
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Alright Huntsville, we're getting an opportunity to see one of the rising stars of the music industry.

April Smith and the Great Picture Show performs at 8pm, Tuesday (2/16) at Bandito Southside in Huntsville. Check out www.aprilsmithmusic.com. This show should be incredible. Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style! NO COVER. Be ready to dance!


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Sorry folks, I just found this out today. Due to a number of circumstances, including a death in the SWYD extended family, SWYD has announced there will be no show until after New Years.

Venus & Bacchus Productions ....SWYD in cancelled until the new year....we'll be back in January.
Posted at 10:36 AM Nov 24
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Sleep When You're Dead has consistently had some of the hottest acts. The last show featured "Pyro Salto" with their amazing performances with comedy and fire.



You know you want to come down for more.

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Remember, this Saturday is All Hallows Eve and time for the next Sleep When You're Dead at Matthews Bar and Grill in Birmingham.

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At the last Sleep When You're Dead, Jezabelle von Jane put on a rousing "solo" burlesque performance. She brought up two volunteers from the audience to assist her with a classic fan dance. At the end, she allowed one lucky young lady to do her own performance as well. I can only image what mayhem the rest of the Magic City Sirens have planned for this edition.

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After a scheduling glitch cancelled the September edition of Sleep When You're Dead, I'm so seriously looking forward to this show.

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Poster features model "Victorian Mourning" who I will be featuring in a set of photos next week.

Aren't sure you'll like the show? Check out the crowds from the last one! )
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For those of us suffering from withdrawls since SWYD isn't happening tomorrow, perhaps this will appease the hunger pains.

NSFW slideshow )
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Per Jezabelle von Jane - SWYD is CANCELLED for 19 Sept. Seems that there was a scheduling conflict!


In nearly a year of shooting Siren's and SWYD shows, I'm only seen Ruby perform solo once. This was fun to watch. Ladies and Gents, Ms. Ruby Loo!

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The Magic City Sirens are the resident burlesque troupe at SWYD. The only problem is getting them all together for a group photo except on stage. When given the opportunity to herd the cats together, I jumped at it. In fact, I climbed on top of a bar stool to get this group shot. The rest are curtain calls and candids from the June show.

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“Spyder” of Pyro Salto is only half of the performance team, but this particular evening, she was solo. Spyder is also heavily part of the Steampunk community of Alabama. She performed an interpretive dance set at ImagiCon. Oh yes, those photos are also coming very, very soon.

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Pyro Salto is a graceful, energetic and certainly hot fire act from the Birmingham area. In this case, only half the duet was performing. Ladies and Gents, presenting “Spyder”

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Boils and Ghouls! Freaky Children of all ages. Come down and join us for Cirque Noir at Matthews Grill in Birmingham, AL Saturday 22 Aug 09 9p-2am. This is the best Goth/Industrial, Burlesque, Dance night in the region.

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Don't believe me? Here's samples of revelers from the June show!
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