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Velvet Interactive Playground (VIP)

Demi Pietchell and Travis Savo

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 9:00 PM - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:00 AM (PDT)

Studio City, CA

Velvet Interactive Playground (VIP)

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Ended $25.00 $0.99
Regular Ended $30.00 $0.99
Dance Floor Booth Ended $100.00 $2.50
Private VIP Booth Ended $250.00 $6.25

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Event Details

Hollywood promoter DEMI PIETCHELL has teamed up with the LAB CATS at MINDSHARE LABS to bring you:


The Official Lineup.....

Thursday, May 14, 2009
9pm - 2am


Genius Interactive Artist/Inventor ERIC GRADMAN of MINDSHARE LABS with interactive exhibits:

a projection installation in which partygoers can use their shadows to push and effect the projected fluid’s motion on a wall

projects a video-based  “magic mirror” of the user as s/he uses a touch-screen to populate the thought bubbles floating above his/her head

Cutting live visuals on the main projection screen

Resident deejay LRCN with guest RAY MACK
Spinning progressive (house/trance/breaks), tech house, electro house, and minimal techno

Special Guest Performances by performance art/dance troupe ZOMBIES WITHOUT BORDERS, headed by undead circus ringleader HEATHERVESCENT and choreographer/creative director SARAFINA RODRIGUEZ

12215 Ventura Blvd. #209
Studio City, CA 91604

Free Parking
Valet: $7

More info: Table reservations and bottle service are available and must be reserved in advance. Call DEMI PIETCHELL at (561) 358-8885 or email at for details.

Have questions about Velvet Interactive Playground (VIP)? Contact Demi Pietchell and Travis Savo

When & Where

Aura Nightclub
12215 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 9:00 PM - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:00 AM (PDT)

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Demi Pietchell and Travis Savo

Velvet Interactive Playground

Velvet Interactive Playground is a monthly interactive nightclub event founded by the merging of minds among innovative Los Angeles event promoter and experimental documentarian Demi Pietchell (; expert technologist and serial entrepreneur Travis Savo (; interactive artist, roboticist, and circus performer Eric Gradman (; local favorite deejay LRCN (, and the cutting edge art and technology laboratory Mindshare Labs ( located at the Brewery Art Colony in Los Angeles. 

Travis Savo

Travis Savo is an expert technologist and serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of hands-on experience. He has been a leader of many successful teams on many profitable multi-million dollar enterprise projects, as well as volunteering for many open-source projects and games. His background in computer science and electrical engineering, coupled with his work in the entertainment and social networking industries allows him to provide a unique perspective on the near-future possibilities of technology-based entertainment. Many of his contributions can be found in modern games and game engines, large scale enterprise web sites, and free/open source enterprise-level projects. When he's not hosting next-generation night club events, he's usually building a program that will take over the world. For more information:

Demi Pietchell

In addition to her work as an innovative event promoter in both Los Angeles and New York, Demi Pietchell is an award-winning filmmaker with sixteen years of experience as a writer, producer, director, media publicist, and mixed media artist. With a fiscal sponsorship from the Independent Film Project (IFP), she is currently in post-production on her debut feature-length experimental documentary, 057, which explores the connection between trauma narrative and collective memory via ten years of mixed media documentation of a group of friends united by tragedy in their youth. Pietchell also works as a media activist and social networking/viral marketing consultant for Howard Bloom’s Big Bang Tango Media Lab, the Space Development Steering Committee, and the National Space Society. A graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Pietchell has a BFA in Film & Television and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications (ITP). For more information:

Eric Gradman

Eric Gradman of Monkeys&Robots is an interactive artist, roboticist, and circus performer. He has many years experience misusing state of the art technology for entertainment purposes. He also performs with The Mutaytor and Cirque Berzerk, performance art & circus troupes in Los Angeles. For more information:

LRCN (Larson Shepherd)

LRCN’s interest in progressive trance and house music sparked his interest in Digitally Imported Radio’s Progressive Channel ( where he has become a regular since it opened. Roughly five years ago, he began as co-director for the channel, helping VP of Advertising & Program Director Johan Nilsson to gather new content, which included singles, mix submissions, and new shows. To date, LRCN has played at L.A.’s Spundae, RED, & Nikita at the venue Circus Disco, as well as the occasional cross-border gig in cities such as Minneapolis, Phoenix, Harrisburg, and Toronto. But, he is equally at home in smaller venues, raves, and house parties. When LRCN hits the decks, dancers and listeners can expect to move to the converging sounds of progressive house/trance/breaks, tech house, electro house, deep house, and/or minimal. LRCN hones his craft constantly and isn’t afraid to listen to his work critically. His online opus is impressive, which includes over 100 dance sets. For more information:

Dr. StrangeLoop (David Wexler)

Dr. StrangeLoop (Brainfeeder LA) is a Los Angeles based VJ and multi-disciplinary artist, founder of media production company Natural Media Research Labs (  Dr. StrangeLoop works in association with Brainfeeder, RaizeCollective, the Institute for Cinema Studies, Olandar Foundation.  For more information:

Zombies without Borders

Zombies without Borders is a zombie-cheerleader-themed performance art and dance troupe headed by undead circus ringleader Heathervescent, tech community evangelist and founder of Los Angeles Geek Dinner ( and her partner, choreographer and creative director Sarafina Rodriguez.  “Because zombies know no race, color or creed.  It’s all about the brains.”  For more information:

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