Sand by the Ton: A.D.D. Dreamland

Sand sans surf makes for a great party.

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Super Geek League played Sand by the Ton 2010, a massive art and music beach party in Oakland.
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Martin Juarez grabs Saiya Yocum and slides down one of the two one-hundred-foot water slides at Sand by the Ton 2010.
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For the second year of Sand by the Ton, organizers upped the capacity from 5,000 to 15,000. Each person who entered came through this very high-tech turnstile.
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Once inside, tops came off and beautiful women like Jen Houghton (left) and Nico Hardwick mingled with massive metal sculptures.
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Tops weren't the only thing coming off inside the party. Kevin O and Amy soak in the rays.
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Ben Kabili from SF surfs down the slide.
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Austintatious shows off her assets.
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Austintatious' crustacean barnacle squeaked at the touch. How convenient... Liquid Pleasure is right!
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Angela LaFlamme was raising money for Megatropolis, an ambitious project for Burning Man where six buildings will be erected for a week, then set ablaze. The extra money needed is to buy explosives to blow the thing up.
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Annie Berger donated $5 for the project and was given official citizenship by Lee Anna, a multitasking Media Mecca maven.
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Very official!
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(Right to left) Megahotties Franny Panny, Angela LaFlamme, and Irima Moskalenko (in green) pose with Megatropolis artist Auto Von Danger, who will do everything from building it, blowing it up, and cleaning up afterward. Project partner Kiwi was in Reno, NV for a fundraiser instead of hanging with the hotties at Sand by the Ton.
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Body painter Jackie York puts some kissing fish on the chest of Liz McAlpine who had an easy commute from West Oakland.
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Mid-stream
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Nico Hardwick got some touch-ups from body painter Rachel Levine on her giraffe motif.
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(Right to left) Switch, Franny Panny and Austintatious take in the sunset.
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Ashram Galactica folk and friends had their own take on the 1920s themed party.
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They also dove right into some tequila shots.
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I promised these ladies I'd find them later and take a better picture of them, but I never did. Next year!
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I first saw this kinetic sculpture by Deidre DeFranceaux at the Project One Anxiety show a few months ago. It's one-of-a-kind.
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Not sure which I like better, the AT-AT mural or the sand sculpture.
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Sand by the Ton 2010 brought out the beauties, like Bernie "The Touch" Goldstein and Kitty Lamoure from band Kalri$$ian who played at 6pm.
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David Herzenberg and Maggie Powers stand tall in the DJ building around midnight. Powers had just finished up a headlining performance with The Vau de Vire Society.
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Inside American Steel, where most of last year's Sand by the Ton took place, there was a much smaller section of the party. Here Lizzy G of SF shows some leg in front of the Dustfish Bordello stage.
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Andrew Dressel from SF is ready to rumble.
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Nicole Bloss from Oakland had a pre-party at her place for friends to gather at before heading to American Steel for the party.
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Peter Guinosso gives a stamp of "Validation."
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Florence Landau and Rob Novotny in-between dance stages.
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I was picking up my press credentials about 12 hours before the event was due to start and no sand had been brought in yet. I'm not sure if 300 tons were delivered, but from what I could tell much of it was not distributed.
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There were a number of acts I wanted to catch, but this was the only time of the day I made it to the right stage at the right time. Unfortunately, I caught Gooferman's last note of the set, that was it. At least I got a picture of it. They'll be playing again at Cell Space on Saturday, August 14.
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I missed Angela Mae getting down on stage with Gooferman, but couldn't miss snapping a picture of one of the cutest clowns around.
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Vegas was all smiles after his Gooferman set. Must have been good...
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Another band I missed that I would have liked to have seen was Tiger Honey Pot. Drummer Jonathan Selin seen here with Hammie Parker, who was later on stage as "a giant piece of bacon."
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Volunteer bar tenders Pamela D Een (right) and Robin Hoodlum take a quick break between customers.
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One band I did catch was Super Geek League from Seattle, WA.
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This show was one of the best live music performances I've seen in years. Well, most fun to watch at least.
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The group appeared to be almost 20 performers with non-stop theatrics, including gnomes with leave blowers spreading confetti, sexy dancing ladies, aerialists, and much more, all as the backdrop to a full band.
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention the hot nunchuck lady.
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Photographers like Herman Privette gathered when Super Geek League was on stage as it was hard to not shoot great pictures.
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The group will be back in the Bay on October 22nd to headline the Exotic Erotic Show. Now *that* should be interesting...
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At one point in the Super Geek League show, Elvis came out a popped a ton of pills (well, I think a few made it into his mouth).
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Elvis then went crazy with the leaf blowing toilet paper apparatus, showering the audience with T.P.
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Elvis then passed out foaming at the mouth. This is obviously late-era Elvis.
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Super Geek League had two super hot go-go dancers flanking the stage between their multiple outfit changes.
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Super Geek League repeatedly brought up audience members to humiliate on stage. Here a nun paddles the group as the priest offers communion. What the gnome did after this will go unmentioned...
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For the last number in the two-hour scheduled set, the band threw about a dozen pillows into the crowd, hoping for a pillow fight I'm guessing.
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There were a few interactive fire art pieces at the event. Here Agathe Verstraet pushes the pedal to let off a burst of spinning flame. "It's amazing! Very nice. I like it," said Verstraet, who was visiting from France.
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Cool unmanned art car in the corner of the lot.
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One of Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito's figures lights up.
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Cyclecide provided fun with chains and displaced equilibrium. Trish Douglas from SF gives this machine a whirl.
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Dave Edwardson (left), bassist of Neurosis, pedals another of Cyclecide's creations, a super-fun two-person scrambler of sorts.
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Cyclecide was selling some tasty Anti-freeze.
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It was powered by Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator, energy drink from the film Idiocracy. This can was said to be the last one.
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Speaking of Mutillator, LA band Mutaytor played the headlining spot on one of the outdoor stages. Athena, seen here, was manning the band's merch booth.
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Madamn Burnz had a booth where she was giving fire massages, a "technique called Promethean healing I created that uses fire in its purest element to get people in touch with their strength and fear."
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There were many vendor booths throughout the festival where people were selling all kinds of things.
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"Grope a clown! You've got hands, we've got holes!," yelled booth barker Godd Todd in front of the Grope A Clown booth.
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Gaucho drummer and Jug Band musician Pete Devine poses with Madamn Burnz amid a wall of hearts.
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Inside American Steel, a big band stage was set up with bands like Neon Bunny, Mark Growden Sextet and Kid Beyond (with a band!).
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Sand Guy Rusty Croft created this beautiful Fertility Muse sand sculpture.
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In the back of the Fertility Muse's head was a curled up fetus.
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Fellow Sand Guy Kirk Rademaker made this sand sculpture that he said he thought was one of his favorite creations.
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Gumby and a passing beach beauty pose for a picture.
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Rob Novotny's girlfriend asked him to go ask this dancing lady where she got her knickers, Novotny instead cut a rug, and from what I could tell, no words were spoken.
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I first ran into Katie Steel on the Live Evil "Walk Out to Rock Out" ~ http://bit.ly/LiveEvil ~ she seemed to be having just as much fun fluttering around Sand by the Ton.
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Clowning around
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The Heart Deco art car bus hung inside American Steel for people to dance alongside or chill inside.
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Inside the Heart Deco bus, love was in the air.
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Space Cowboys' Unimog was in the house with DJs spinning and people dancing all night.
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It was about this point in the night I quit asking for people's names, as so much was happening I didn't want to stop moving. And I figured you wouldn't be reading these anymore anyway.
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Outside, a thin layer of sand covered the space behind American Steel.
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Another stage on the Front Porch art car hosted bands like Oakland's Blue Bone Express (pictured).
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Kid Beyond hung outside the Front Porch leading up to his headlining set inside.
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Some Dancetronauts hang outside the Symbiosis Stage. To see more of these guys, check my Yuri's Night story ~ http://bit.ly/NASAnbc .
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Inside the Symbiosis zone.
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East meets West.
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The Opulent Temple Stage had a great laser light show.
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Piles of sand made for good seats for some.
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The Wanderlust Stage was surrounded by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito's large figures made out of recycled metal.
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From what I've heard, the 2010 Sand by the Ton event was not a money maker, unfortunately. So, I'm guessing a New Year's Eve Ice by the Ton might be a long shot.
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Vau de Vire Society headlined the Big Art Roadshow Stage. They will be performing at the next Bohemian Carnival happening at Cell Space on Saturday, August 14.
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Peter Guinosso and Stephanie Witt have a kiss between the Mother and Child sculpture by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito.
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Daniel Ball recently proposed to his now fiance Chrystal last May in Barcelona, Spain. Chrystal hadn't planned on changing her name, until she met Daniel and realized what it would change to: Chrystal Ball. Love it!!!
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Lisa Fanthorpe-White strikes a pose.
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Zoetrope artist Peter Hudson led a quick tour through the sealed off area of American Steel for a few of us that stopped at Big Rig Jig artist Mike Ross' new sculpture-in-progress for Seattle's Sound Transit's Capitol Hill station.
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The piece uses two fighter jets and will not be making it to Burning Man, so a trip to Seattle may be in order once the piece is finished. It is going to be incredible!
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Another stop on our behind-the-scenes tour was at the 2010 Temple of Flux, where a few people wrote pre-playa messages on the soon-to-be-burned wood.
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A band plays atop of the Dustfish Bordello stage.
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Food was still being served after midnight to the delight of people like A Dawg and Irie, seated and noshing, who'd driven down for the event from Willits and Ukiah respectively.
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Pete Moore's sister Kylie Duffett was in town visiting from Australia for a week, and after hitting a Bay Area Derby Girls roller derby bout in Richmond (note Duffett's new shirt), they headed to Sand by the Ton for some more Bay Area fun.
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I really, really wish I could have seen what this booth was all about when it was up and running.
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Stephanie Mufson worked on a painting that she started in the afternoon. This photo was taken around midnight.
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The beautiful people get a tongue bath.
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Pyrokinetics Fire Pendulum by Danya Parkinson and Joe Bard lit off for one last time just before people were being asked to leave the site by security.
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Shuttles were offered to patrons with an extra $5 to not have to worry about parking in West Oakland.
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The shuttle stopped at one last cool spot to see in the night, an empty lot right under the freeway.
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