At Lightning in a Bottle, you have a unique opportunity to stumble upon many experiences outside of the musical stages that are full of lively, participatory fun and shenanigans. The interactive areas at LIB truly allow you to lose yourself in an entire universe of play. From fully immersive environments to roving interactive stations and pop-up art car environments, be sure to take some time to stop by and drop into an entirely different world that will make your LIB experience unforgettable and uniquely yours. A few of the immersive areas you can look forward to this year are the Lightning Inn, the Giggle Juice Cafe at the Lost Hotel, The Tea Temple and returning for their 8th year, and (of course) The Grand Artique.
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The Grand Artique returns to Lightning in a Bottle for the 7th year in a row! Bringing back to life their town of Frontierville, a fully immersive Trading Post/General Store, hotel, gypsy encampment and a heavy hitting music line up that will have you ripping up the dance floor deep into the night. The Grand Artique is one interactive area and stage of LIB you don’t want to miss out on! Don’t forget to dig through your treasures and bring something to trade! See you at The Grand Artique!
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Drop into Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, and immerse yourself in a sensual feast of love. Wander in and experience an eyegasm of live burlesque and cabaret, gaming, wandering characters, live bands, fire shows, deejays and shenanigans. Open every night for your late night cravings. Come join in the festivities with three-time Mayor of LIB and reigning Mayor of Love, Paul E. Amori!
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Check into this boutique hotel experience comprised of a labyrinth of rooms full of interactivities and play. The Lightning Inn is a beloved improv theater offering rooms filled with delight and play. The experience features playful employees to guide you on your journey as you seek and find clues to the mystery inside.
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The Fungineers have created a poppin’ paradise to play with you in! It’s a psychedelic hip-hop puppet show for adults in a cozy magic zoney zone. Featuring special sensations and fresh feelings, like interactive improv, short films, commercials, popcorn, snug sax, lessons n lots o’ loungin’!
Lay down & relax to receive the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans’ claimed that sound could not only ”tune the soul” but affect our cosmological & social worlds as well. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments, we experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables us to journey within and center.
A unique oasis for the body and mind. Giggle Juice @ The Lost Hotel is a nomadic hotel theater offering a full-service restaurant, juice bar, & cube tents like no other. Our hospitality, services, and amenities are more than they seem. We are “participatory hotel theatre” and we’re inviting you to co-create the theater with us. The Giggle Juice restaurant & juice bar are the front doors to this experience. We offer you the chance to explore culinary landscapes that rejuvenate the body with a full menu that includes: Sexy Eggs, exotic fresh juice combinations, and more!
For the more adventurous, we offer Lighting In a Plate: A dining experience, where we lead our guest on an unforgettable journey through a curated, bohemian five-course meal performed on our rooftop dining table that offers unobstructed views of the festival and sunsets. Want to continue the journey into the inner parts of the Lost Hotel? But of course, right this way! Be warned, you might get lost. Each cube tent is literally a blank canvas for our hotel inhabitants and guests to immerse you into the world they create!
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Back again for their 8th LIB, Nestled in the heart of The Compass area, The Tea Temple returns to bring warm cups, open hearts and the conversation dreams are made of. Get ready for aromatic blends that are both rejuvenating and calming, for a taste of something truly special where a casual passerby can become a dear friend.
Tempt your taste buds with exotic elixirs at the Highlove Vitality Elixir Lounge, day and night. Delicious hot and cold beverages are accompanied by bursts of dazzling entertainment on our glittering stage. Enjoy the impressive lounge experience, as an immersive theatrical escapade unfolds around you. Twisting comedy and burlesque with cirque and music, education and entertainment.
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Showing the universe as art is an admission that the truth is sufficiently beautiful and that it deserves our attention. Black Rock Observatory strives to show participants the incredibly glorious vista of the planets through a telescope. There’s a beautiful moment when the participant’s worldview expands to include the planets they learned about in school. They’re not just fairy tales or abstract concepts anymore. It’s real. Sometimes this can be terrifying. It’s always awesome. Lines often form. There’s also a calming sense of scale that comes along with observing the sky, making the observer feel small, even humble.
Join us in welcoming Lightning in a Paintcan for its 11th year at Lightning in a Bottle 2017! After envisioning and refining the festival live painting concept over the last 10 years, this year we’re innovating, pushing the live painting experience to be more visible and accessible for festival goers.
Get ready to buy choice art while you meet and observe the most talented live painters in the festival scene! We are again, hand selecting an intimate group of Artists who will create smaller more affordable works throughout the festival! Watch as your favorite artists transform wooden panels into incredible paintings over the course of the event! We will also feature 8 large scale mural works in designated areas. These will be for sale, but also made affordable and accessible online after the festival with the creation of signed print editions.
Featured Image by JORG Photo