Just off the 10 freeway, in a blighted, heavily industrial part of downtown, there exists a growing paradise in disguise as a nondescript warehouse. The Galactic Garden was on display Tuesday night for a fund-raising party; the goal is to make the Galactic Garden a nightly affair in a 36-foot geodesic dome. The dome will serve as a fully interactive collaboration of the psychedelic arts — live music, dance, theater, burlesque and circus arts — while still holding community activities and parties sponsored by independent vendors.
The Garden's creator, Faeryn Rose, has the potential to create something truly unique in an area of the city that could use some rejuvenation. The outside patio served as a relaxing vendor space, while a stage inside the warehouse hosted a mix of live music, circus, burlesque and various performance arts. Revelers could even grab one of Mondo Med's THC-laced lattes outside.
The stage was a feast for the eyes, featuring a mix of blacklight and projections along with set pieces. It opened with producer-singer Kelleia performing alternative electronica, then moved to more circus acts by Shakti Circus with neo-burlesque (including aerial) by the Rebel Angels. It was the cure for the average Tuesday night.
All photos by Daniel J. Sliwa