Imperial Beach SWAT Standoff

June 21, 2013 by ·  

San Diego Sheriff SWAT In Imperial Beach

San Diego Sheriff and SWAT Vehicle in Imperial Beach

    Early this morning I got a text informing me that the San Diego Sheriff and a SWAT team were converging on a residence in my neighborhood, Imperial Beach. So, I checked out the scanner and found out that the location of the event was at 13th St. and Holly Ave., about 5 minutes away from my house. Awesome! I headed over there and started taking pictures.

    The entire area and Holly Ave. in particular were completely closed off. All the mainstream media was represented at 13th and Holly as well as at 14th and Holly but were all being kept a good half block away from the action. This prompted me to head 1 block south to Hemlock Ave., which was not blocked off so I could get a view of the actual apartment the suspect was holed up in.

San Diego Sheriff SWAT In Imperial Beach

San Diego SWAT Team in Imperial Beach

    After chatting up some residents of the street, one man allowed me entrance to an apartment that was on the second floor and looked right onto the porch of the apartment where the suspect was. I was a solid 300 feet closer than any of the other media outlets and since the apartment I was in as well as the apartment the suspect was in were both adjacent to each other AWAY from the street, I had the best view in town.

San Diego Sheriff SWAT In Imperial Beach

San Diego Sheriff and SWAT Prepare To Breach An Apartment

    The SWAT team did not seem to be worked up at all as they stood en masse on the porch of the apartment the suspect was in. Helicopters were constantly circling overhead so I was only able to hear snippets of what the SWAT guys were saying but what I did hear was normal conversation about guns, their wives and what they were going to do over the weekend.

San Diego Sheriff SWAT In Imperial Beach

SWAT in Imperial Beach

    I left before the suspect ultimately gave himself up, without a fight. I spent two hours on the scene and bailed about an hour before it ended. The two SWAT members you see above are the same two that you see in the video below. The apartment on the far left is where the suspect was. I was in the building the two SWAT guys are standing next to when I shot the video and photos for this post, with the obvious exception of the first one.

    Anyway, what is going to be a busy weekend for me started out with a bang so if nothing else, this thing got me all ramped up and ready to go. Cheers!


San Diego SWAT in Imperial Beach

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Technomania Circus Puppet Show

June 16, 2013 by ·  

Fyre, Dr. Techno and Fox Colton

Fyre, Dr. Techno and Fox Colton

    From now through July Technomania Circus will have a show every Saturday night at 8. I’ve been to over 20 shows over the course of four years so you can trust me when I say that it is the best show in San Diego. Usually, we all have to wait for a month between shows so their weekly schedule this summer is a welcome surprise indeed.

    So, what is Technomania Circus, what are Technomaniacs and who is Dr. Techno? The latter two are performers in the show and the founder of the circus, respectively. To say or explain what Technomania Circus itself is takes a little more depth. It’s a noun in the most conventional sense; it is people, it is a place and it is a thing. Every show is different but there will usually be some music, blacklight theater, comedy, dancing and sometimes Springer the Wonder Dog will make an appearance. There is usually a theme to each show and on this particular night it was puppetry. There were also a few songs performed. Above we can see Fyre, Dr. Techno and Fox Colton doing one of the things they do best.

Michael Loyd Bassist at Technomania Circus

Bass Player Michael Loyd

    As I mentioned earlier, music is a big part of any Technomania Circus show, no matter what the theme. Most of the skits are set to music and the house band warms up the crowd before the show. Michael Loyd, pictured above is the 5 string bass player in the band.

Shadow Puppet Theater

Shadow Puppet Theater

    A puppetry theme at Technomania Circus will mean much more than ordinary sock puppets talking to each other. Oh no, this show had a few shadow puppet stories, some blacklight marionettes and couple ventriloquist type performing animals that included an owl singing, “Who Are You?” by the Who.

Sexual Education Rabbit Puppet

Sexual Education Rabbit

    This rabbit explained to us how most of us are probably very under-sexed. I couldn’t agree more!

Blacklight Cat and Mouse Skeletons

Blacklight Cat and Mouse Skeletons

    I think what makes the shows so fun is that they are all original and very clever. The blacklight scene above was part of a skit where a skeleton cat was stalking a skeleton mouse as it was eating a piece of cheese. The mouse wasn’t scared because, as he explained to the cat, if he was captured and eaten he would just escape through the cat’s ribcage. Funny!

Dr-Techno and Valerie Power

Dr. Techno and Valerie Power

    Dr. Techno and Valerie Power are two of the main driving forces behind Technomania Circus. Dr. Techno is the guy that usually warms up the crowd before the show and directs the final bow at the end.

Technomania Circus Butts

Dr. Techno, Valerie Power, Fyre, Michael Loyd And Bryan

    At the end of this particular show, the cast bowed for the audience in more directions than you would see at any other show in San Diego. As the curtain was about to fall, we were reminded that next Saturday they will be performing an all original musical by Fox Colton titled, “Meet Me In Indy.” It should be a great time and I hope to see a packed house for the show.

    Above, Dr. Techno, Valerie Power, Fyre, Michael Loyd and Bryan (The drummer) say their goodnights. One thing I didn’t have the presence of mind to ask when I met her was how Fyre got her name. I have a feeling that the answer will be an entire blog post on its own! Below is a video and photo montage taken at the show. Cheers!

Video From Technomania Circus Puppet Show

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Technomania Circus Blacklight and Vaudeville Show

June 10, 2013 by ·  

Surly Gurly art at Technomania Circus

Entering Victory Theater

    For the first time in almost a year, I got to see a Technomania Circus show at Victory Theater. As the self proclaimed biggest fan of the show and after posting many photos and videos from past circuses, I can say that this was EXACTLY what I needed right now. The performance on this particular night was a blacklight and vaudeville theme preceded by an art show. Many of the paintings and pieces of multi-media artwork were created by the very talented performer and artist, Surly Gurly. Not only did her art grace the walls of the theater, she also graced us with some aerial acrobatics with silk ropes and a hoop during the show.

    For the rest of the summer, Technomania Circus will be hosting shows every Saturday night at their venue, Victory Theater which is located at 2558 Imperial Ave. in San Diego. It is, as you will see from the photos and video in this post, fun for the entire family and with a different show every week, you will always want to come back for more.

Surly Gurly art at Technomania Circus

“Are We Free Yet?” By Surly Gurly

    When you attend a Technomania Circus show you get more than just the show. The Technomaniacs and Victory Theater are the epicenter for the artist scene in San Diego. Singers, dancers, musicians artists, painters and even lowly photographers will eventually make their way to a Technomania show. It is almost as rite of passage and afterwards you will be able to say that you are on your way to making big with the San Diego art crowd. The photo above is another of Surly Gurly’s pieces that was on the wall of the theater. It is titled, “Are We Free Yet?”

Technomania Circus Victory Theater Bathroom

Victory Theater Men’s Bathroom

    Even the bathroom walls are adorned with vintage ads, art and lots of other stuff. The Technomaniacs live to entertain and they want to make sure that their audience has a good time. With an entire wall in the men’s restroom dedicated to beer ads, I think the tone is very well set.

Technomania Circus Band

Technomania Circus Band

    When the band starts playing and Dr. Techno appears on stage on stilts, you know the show is about to get underway. They started to play a song that I can only imagine was titled, “In My Pants,” and as they played, the cast slowly emerged from Dr. Techno’s giant pants.

Technomania Circus In My Pants

Technomania Circus Dancers

    Dancing is always a big part of any Technomania Circus show so it was not completely unexpected to see three women rocking out on stage right off the bat.

Surly Gurly on Silk Ropes

Surly Gurly On Silk Ropes

    Surly Gurly, the artist & performer made a several appearances during the show. She dazzled us with aerial performances that were done high enough off the ground that the lack of a safety net made for some breath holding moments.

Richard Canedo and Dr. Techno at Technomania Circus

Richard “Fingers” Canedo And Dr. Techno

    Richard “Fingers” Canedo, pictured on the left is probably one of the most amazing pianists I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. He has been a part of every show that I’ve been to and his piano/keyboard provides a backdrop of music that helps to make every Technomania Circus show very special.

Dr. Techno Shadow Puppet Theater

Shadow Puppets And The Victory Theater Audience

    Of course, Dr Techno is the guy behind the guy. Above we can see him performing shadow puppet theater. Notice just how close the audience is to the stage. Technomania Circus shows are events where audience participation is part of the good time. As audience members, we might get asked to go on stage, read lines or even get to have some bacon. Yes, bacon has been served to the audience at the show before.

    At the beginning of this post, I said it was a blacklight and vaudeville show, so by now, I’m sure you’re ready to see some blacklight photos. Here they are!

Technomania Circus Blacklight Fish

Technomania Circus Blacklight Magic Hands

Technomania Circus Blacklight People

Technomania Circus Blacklight People

Technomania Circus Blacklight Technoman Robofriend

Technomania Circus Cast

The Cast Of Technomania Circus

    The show wrapped up with the entire cast donning pointy hats with letters on them that, as they sang a custom song to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, eventually spelled out Technomania. It was a great show, very funny, original and visually appealing. Two thumbs up and I can’t wait to go to another show. Cheers!

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