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Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival launches in Los Angeles June 11

Summer season is concert season. That means that the Wander Crew is gearing up for a lot of festivals, concerts and tours in the next few months. While one of our editors is heading to Outsidelands in San Francisco, and another is covering San Diego festivals, we are all letting our Sanrio-loving selves get super excited for Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, launching in Los Angeles on June 11.

For those of you who are unaware, Hello Kitty isn’t just for little girls anymore. We loved getting to know all of Hello Kitty’s universe at Hello Kitty Con earlier this year, and her friends of all ages came together to enjoy the fancy free fun that comes with Hello Kitty and her fantastic friends. Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival will be a great way to dive right back into that world.

Going beyond a traditional live stage show, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival offers a unique multi-component walk-around festival atmosphere for Sanrio fans of all ages.

If you are looking for a Keroppi purse, a Badtz-Maru blouse, or even some Pochacco, you’ll be able to grab one in between the live interactive shows, photo ops, and a few Sanrio surprises. Fans are invited to put on their finest Hello Kitty gear, and enjoy all of the elements that the Friendship Festival has to offer, such as:

  • DJ-driven dance segments with KRU HK dancers.
  • Hello Kitty and friends “in concert” with both characters and live singers and KRU HK dancers.
  • Larger-than-life Hello Kitty product photo opportunities.
  • Hello Kitty temporary tattoos.
  • Lounge areas to relax and charge your mobile devices.
  • Fashion Lane – view high fashion couture pieces inspired by Hello Kitty and friends.
  • Art Gallery featuring works by contemporary artists.
  • Hello Kitty retro product and Japanese heritage displays.
  • Pop-up Mini Shopping Kiosks.
  • Hello Kitty Origami workshops.

There are various ticket options available, including a VIP Platinum Bow  experience that lets you take photos with Hello Kitty herself!

For tour date information, go to Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival Tour page. For more information about the Friendship Festival and all of the excitement heading your way, check out the Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival website.

New Orleans Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Brings Food, Fun and Artistic Whimsy to the Big Easy

written by Andrea Verdin

As if we needed another reason to visit New Orleans — all those who have a penchant for art, literature, music and culinary bliss can flock to the historic French Quarter for the 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, March 25-29, 2015.  Known for A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Hard Candy and more, Williams lived in the city of New Orleans, revolutionizing the way people saw plays, literature and the world.

The event takes place at 16 French Quarter venues in New Orleans over the span of five days, allowing for visitors to truly immerse themselves in the splendor of the Big Easy, just as Tennessee would have wanted it.

“Tennessee Williams is universally loved,” said festival representative Ellen Johnson. “We celebrate Tennessee because when he was living here, he was only Tom. He became Tennessee here.”

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RiSE Lantern Festival 2014 Lifts Spirits in the Mojave Desert

August has greeted us, and we are wrapping up all of our summer plans and looking forward to our end of the year excitement. Before we jump into the holidays, why not have a once in a lifetime experience? You can join thousands in the beautiful Mojave Desert for the inaugural RiSE Lantern Festival 2014 on October 18.

RiSE Lantern Festival 2014

At dusk on October 18, thousands will flock to the desert to reflect on dreams, hopes, and aspirations, releasing them to the skies in the shape of lanterns. The simple beauty of each lantern represents a hope, a dream, a new leaf, or a forgotten wish coming together to form something beautiful.

Together, 10,000 attendees will launch 20,000 lanterns into the Mojave Desert sky, just outside Las Vegas at Jean Dry Lakebed. Shuttles will pick up guests from the Las Vegas Strip, as well as the Gold Strike Casino and the gravel lot.

With the purchase of a ticket, attendees will receive an individual bamboo ground mat, two sky lanterns and one ground lantern.  During the first hour, guests have the chance to write personalized messages on each lantern while listening to live music, relaxing and enjoying some great food and wine available for purchase. An hour after sunset, RiSE culminates as everyone lights and releases their lanterns in unison, giving a collective voice to dreams, leaving each spectator with one unforgettable evening.

RiSE Festival 2014

Even if you choose to partake on this adventure alone, you’re bound to make friends. Each lantern will take 2 to 3 people to launch, so you’ll be able to share your hopes and prayers with others who have come to celebrate.

RiSE becomes more meaningful when you make your lanterns personal, so guests are encouraged to personalize each lantern with something special. Inscribe them with a message, prayer, or resolution. Guests will also be given the right type of markers to make sure lanterns aren’t damaged in the process.

“Each person’s lantern means something unique to them, but one thing we all share is a love for the planet,” said representative Jenna Rose. “That’s why it’s RiSE’s responsibility to leave no trace, and it’s a responsibility they take seriously. The wide-open nature of the event area makes conservation possible.  Because they’re able to retrieve between 98-100% of the lanterns, and because each lantern is 100% biodegradable, sustainability is something they achieve with every event.”

Additionally, RiSE purchases carbon offsets for every vehicle they use in the setup and cleanup of the festival, and they encourage participants to purchase carbon offsets for their travel to and from the festival.

Tickets for RiSE Lantern Festival 2014 are available for purchase at www.risefestival.com. There will be another taking place in Bali in November, but it’s invite only – will open to the public in 2015.

If you are looking for a supernatural adventure, get a chance to illuminate the sky with RiSE Festival this fall.

For more information, go to the RiSE Festival website, or visit their Facebook page and Instagram feed.