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Archive for June, 2010 Line

This week The Adventure School team is working alongside the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and other friends around Seattle to put on the 8th Annual Cal Anderson Park Independence Day Celebration! WOO! With only three days left, we are busy as bees crossing T’s and dotting I’s, making sure that this event will be OFF THE CHARTS!

Food always plays an important role in any celebration, and at Saturday’s event you can expect nothing less! Josh Henderson, owner and executive chef of Skillet Street Food, will be there with his polished Airstream trailer. While he dishes out the savory gourmet eats, the crew from Molly Moon’s Handmade Ice Cream Shop and their brand truck will be scoopin’ all kinds of flavors of goodness for you to enjoy under the July summer sun (fingers crossed!).

See you all soon for a patriotically good time! I’ll be the girl trying to balance a plate of sliders and a roll of cotton candy in one hand, and an outrageously tall ice cream cone in the other. Don’t forget to come hungry!



I love 100 Layer Cake. I religiously visit this blog daily! There’s everything from real wedding photography to DIY projects to color schemes….It’s amazing!

My fellow Adventurers- Even if you aren’t getting married any time soon, check out this site for some daily inspiration!

From 100 Layer Cake


Hullo Adventurers.

In a world of frenetic social networks, cybernetic avatars and the ability to retouch, rewind and reinvent just about anything, the fabric of our memory is no longer our own to alter. An individual’s sensory recollection of a major event cannot be separated from the barrage of images proliferated in the media; there are iconic images created, sacralised and misinterpreted as a collective history. Even in absentia, these images manifest as personal recollection as we project them, we insert them, and we look for them as our own.

Vik Muniz, a Brazilian artist now based in New York understands this concept in its essence. Born in 1961 in Sao Paolo, he has produced a lifetime of wry, deft  and varied works such as this and this.

His earliest work, however, interests me the most. Like me, Muniz experienced American history from a distance, through the mediums of television, radio and print – which is why his 1989-2000 series ‘The Best of Liferesonates so strongly with me. The process is fascinating. Muniz takes a photograph of a drawing that he renders from memory from a set of iconic photographs that appeared in Life magazine between 1936 and 1972. Taking his photos with a soft focus to blur the evidence of his hand, he then prints the images through a half tone screen to simulate the original form of pixelation.

I am enthralled not only by his ability to capture the detail of these images through memory, but through the significance of his process. By repeating the reproduction of an image through his own eye and hand, he instills his own scopic positionality as central. By photographing the rendering, he, eerily, removes himself from the image; the distance between the camera and the image becomes that of the distance between his eye and the event. Modern media infiltrates our consciousness to the extent that we cannot separate our own from the collective, and yet by recollecting them as our own, they are altered forever.

It is interesting to note the changes in angle, alignment, tone and juxtaposition that occurs in Muniz’s renderings. There is a finger on the trigger, where in the original it rests, lower. The image is often reversed. Background noise is sometimes eliminated. Shadows are cast where there are none. Memories are created. Memories are changed.

This last photo is especially poignant to me. I didn’t know that this event happened until college; in China, I never saw this image, even though I’ve driven down that road hundreds of times. Now that I have seen it, I feel cheated, because it’s not my memory. But it’s all I have of it.

Until next time Adventurers.


Social studies teachers, dads, patriots, kids, babies, dogs, moms, punks, sport ball enthusiasts, cyclists, people in klezmer bands, graphic design students, grandpas, puppet makers, people who wake up at 4 am to watch World Cup Games, and THEIR FRIENDS! EVERYBODY! See you at Cal Anderson Park from 12PM-5PM, this Saturday, July 3rd!! Check out the video below to see last year’s event . . . this year should be twice as fun. E-mail with any questions. Remember we are celebrating the Fourth of July on the Third of July this year! TWICE as much PATRIOTISM in 2010! The 8th Annual Cal Anderson Alliance 4th of July Celebration!

7th Annual Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic from Patrick Richardson Wright on Vimeo.


This week’s international adventurer profile is on Ella Xing Gao.

What a woman! Ella is currently at École hôtelière de Lausanne completing a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management. Translation: She’s a jet-setting, sommelier-ing, quadro-lingual superstar in the international hospitality industry. She has worked all over Europe and Asia with the Hyatt Group – most recently completing a whirlwind four month live-in stint at the Grand Hyatt in superglam Shanghai. As an adventurer, Ella knows no bounds. Weekends in Amsterdam or Thursdays in Rome; she is the epitome of glamour and wanderlust. Her event planning talents, moreover, do not end in hospitality. Ella is one of the founders of the Nightingale Charity Club – a grass roots organisation based in Beijing that has raised over 23,000 for children in need. In short, she’s a pretty big deal.

Hi. My name is Ella. I like making people feel like a big deal. Which is why I’m in the hospitality industry. I have matching tattoos with my sister, and two poodles called Coco and Josh. I also like The Adventure School. You should too.

1. What skill do you want to learn?

I want to be able to recite the alphabet backwards. Why? nac I yas nac I neht esuaceB.

2. Food and drink you don’t want to live without?
Nutella and a dry full bodied red wine. Nutella, because when we were kids, I got the monopoly over it based on the fact my name was in it. The wine, because it’s wine.

3. The scariest thing you can think of?
My father making a public speech in front people I know.

4. Your favourite party supply?
Complex ice sculptures.

5. Your favourite book of the moment?
HP to his friends. Harry Potter to the rest of them. I listen to the audiotapes to sleep.

6. Describe your dream party place?
Great Wall of China. Where the sea meets the wall. Awesome.

7. What is the evil version of you like?
Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

8. What gives your confidence?
A compliment, a glass of wine and a good outfit, good friendships. In that order.

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.
Alcohol, articulate company, banging music, gluttonous food.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

11. Favourite adventure supply?
Swiss army knife. Those things are crazy practical.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.
My 7th birthday party. I had a lion king birthday cake. Need I say more?

13. Hotel room or campsite?
Because I work in hospitality, hotel rooms are my corner offices. I’d have to go with campsites. (But only if they have tent-service).

14. Do you have a style icon?
My sister. She’s hip, original and my size.

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.

17. Your motto?
Don’t be another brick in the wall.

18. What is your spirit animal?


We only work with the best of the best. So, if you attend a The Adventure School event don’t be surprised to be getting a sneak peek into some superstars in the making. See Airpocalype’s America’s Got Talent audition here! And remember them from our Velocity Dance Center Greatest Move on Earth party and/or Jenny Jiménez’ “Show Me Your Tiffs” opening x-travaganza.

They are the best air guitar band in the world. Here’s a quote from them via yesterday’s Airpocalypse twitter feed: “We performed for 12.2 MILLION People last night! WHOA!” Keep shredding Airpocalypse, you are heading straight to the top.


Well Hello Adventure Lovers,

What a lovely day for crafting, no? My name is Joana and I am thrilled to be joining the clever and talented roster of bloggers here at the Adventure School! I am a bride to be on a quest to create a homemade wedding. Every Friday I will be here sharing my triumphs and defeats (yep, all you fellow crafters out there know about those) to inspire and delight you.  So, without further ado…

Save the Dates 101. Yay!

My partner in all things non-criminal (aka the husband to be) and I wanted to use our Save the Dates to give our guests a little sneak peak into our wedding. Most notably, the unique location- a real live working Alpaca Ranch! But how and with what would we craft these silly little cards left me a bit stumped at first.  So what did I do? I turned to the world wide web for some instant inspiration.  Once I stumbled upon beauties like these , these and these, and took a visit to a local fabric store, we were set to begin. I won’t bore you with all the little steps (please comment if you’d like me to write up a “how to” and send it to you), but here are the results:

Stamping & Drinking- a VERY important component to DIY is to always include a favorite bevy.

We designed a stamp with all of our info & had it made by these guys. Then we carefully hand stamped mail tags and added a gold string (pictured below) for some added glitz.

The fiancé drew an alpaca, scanned the image and used our home printer to print onto  transfer paper. Next I  ironed the image onto canvas (aka the Mr. T of fabrics) and sewed each one to its own little burlap pocket.

The back of each pocket had a different vintage floral fabric.  Fun!

And that’s it.  What do you think? We like them and we didn’t receive any hate mail after sending them out, so I guess they were a hit (or at least okay). See you all next week! And Happy Crafting!



Your week in one word.

Each week your world will be guided by a single verb and it’s standard dictionary definition. In relation to other thoughts, words or actions, a single word can reveal a path with which to follow or avoid. These verbs are directed by the celestial bodies in relation to your zodiac sign, where they are then translated into English from a secret language using highly guarded and ancient algorithms. Through our adventures we have uncovered the texts that allow us to unlock the amazing world of the AdventureScope’s zodiacal lexicon.

Breathe deeply as you read your word and let these breaths fill your body with the energy glowing around you. As you read the definition allow both the obvious command and the hidden meaning to penetrate your psyche and guide your adventures through the following week.


To do away with; put an end to; annul; make void.
He abolished his self-doubt.


To direct (the finger, a weapon, the attention, etc.) at, to, or upon something.
The sunbeam pointed to the path and we ceased our wandering.

To tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh:
In the tense moment at hand, she aimed to soothe her nerves and seek out solace.


To perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend
The shapes were hard to see but their spirits were easy to discern.


To sleep for a short time; nap.
We dozed all afternoon and awoke feeling new.


To make a summary of; state or express in a concise form.
With the list growing larger she summarized her priorities in order to gather her thoughts.

To make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier
The world was simplified with dawn.

A malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
With his spite came the agony of regret.

To take care of and support up to maturity.
She reared her initial confusing thoughts into full-blow action.

To stop, slow down, or hinder the growth or development of; dwarf.
He stunted his anger by counting the leaves.

To bring into or establish association, connection, or relation.
She related his troubles to her own.

To confront directly.
The trouble was faced head on, leading to pure understanding.


Sometimes the smallest things in life bring you the biggest pleasures. Garbanzo beans– or huasanas, as they are called in Spanish– fall into this category.

One can find bushels of these freshly picked bean stalks on roadsides around Southern California, often being sold out of the back of a farmer’s flatbed truck. You give him a $10, he gives you an armload, and you head home to begin picking the pods from their places amongst their leaves. You pick and you pick and you pick, filling a large cooking pot to its brim. You rinse them, put them back into the pot with a few shakes of salt, and set on the stove to cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the pods turn a bright green, stirring intermittently to prevent them from burning. Once they’ve cooked, you sit out on the back patio with a nice, cold beverage, and begin the ritual of pulling apart the pods and popping the beans into your mouth. This can go on for hours, as huasanas are particularly addicting, so be prepared. They will also keep, covered and unrefrigerated, for up to three days. An Adventure Food that is simple, inexpensive, and fun!