Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Invisible City’s gold rush fleet sets sail again May 7, 2011

Invisible City Audio Tours is proud to announce the launch of its second literary- and art-based, self-guided audio walking tour, The Armada of Golden Dreams.

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, twelve Bay Area authors, composer Jesse Solomon Clark (Agents Del Futuro), and visual artists Joshua Churchill, George Pfau, and Rebecca Ebeling will raise the hulks of the Gold Rush fleet from beneath the streets of downtown San Francisco.

The discovery of gold in 1848 set in motion a world-wide migration of fortune-seekers to San Francisco–62,000 came by sea. For most of the ships that sailed here, San Francisco was a final mooring. By 1850, the bay held nearly 600 abandoned brigs, barks, and ships. Whether consumed by fire or buried by progress, these once mighty vessels now lie beneath our streets and sidewalks, like seeds from which the city's dreams and demons have sprung.

The Armada of Golden Dreams resurrects the hulks of this Gold Rush fleet, letting them set sail again from their muddy sepulcher. Authors shanghaied for The Armada of Golden Dreams include Sarah Fran Wisby (Viva Loss), Toni Mirosevich (The Takeaway Bin), Jason Buchholz (art director, Achiote Press), Amanda Davidson (co-editor of Digital Artifact Magazine), and Gravity Goldberg (co-founder of Instant City).

The tour will be available to download on April 20, 2011 (you can download the Invisible City Audio Tours iPhone App today). The map and tour will be available for pre-sale in mid-March.

Invisible City will be hosting various events to celebrate this tour. Hourly, from 4 PM – 7 PM on Saturday, May 7, Invisible City invites the public to come take the tour in tandem. The one mile, circular loop starts at 1 Market @ Steuart (at the vendor area between Market street and the Embarcadero) and ends at the corner of Market and Beale. Invisible City will have a staffed table set up at 1 Market @ Steuart with collectible maps for purchase. The after party, featuring edible art by Rebecca Ebeling, will be held from 7 PM – midnight at The Old Ship Saloon, Pacific @ Jackson.

Other Events:

Invisible City will also be hosting a reading and celebration at City Lights Books on May 10, 2011 from 6 PM – 8 PM.

About Invisible City Audio Tours

Invisible City Audio Tours was founded in 2010 by Tavia Stewart-Streit (Watchword Press, National Novel Writing Month). Invisible City Audio Tours introduces new ways of experiencing literature and the world around us by producing alternative guided audio tours. ICAT’s tours lead participants through liminal neighborhoods and forgotten or unknown histories, creating heretofore unseen realities through original works of fiction, music, sound, and visual art.

Tour Director: LJ Moore
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