Back in February, TP was asked to perform at a community preview event for the new AltaSea facility that is going to be built at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. Per their website, “AltaSea brings together science, business, and education to generate innovative solutions to the global challenges of sustainability…and demonstrate how the ocean is integral to the well-being of humankind and the health of the earth.” Science and the ocean, you say? Count me in! As a self-proclaimed nerdy water baby (I am actually an Aries, but my parents had a really difficult time getting me out of the pool on family vacations or the tub at bath time when I was younger), I was very excited to perform at this event! First things first – watch this video to get you in the mood.
So Bryan, David, Janelle, special guest Christine, and I headed out to the Port of Los Angeles to check out the plans for AltaSea and provide live entertainment for the event. And what’s the first thing we see when we arrive? Why, giant balloon sculptures of sea creature….things, of course!
Super cool, right? After we set up our stage outside the entrance to the building, we had some downtime to explore. In the first room, they had a model of what the port will look like after the construction is complete. The second room was dark with a bunch of giant screens all over the place, upon which scenes of ocean life were projected. The third room was where the balloon sculptures pictured above were.
The event also had a really cool selection of fruit-infused waters. Of course, we set out on a mission to try all the flavors. My personal favorite (not because of the actual taste, but because of Janelle’s reaction) was the pineapple-cayenne infused water. When Janelle tried it, she looked like a dog eating peanut butter only without the satisfaction.
This was a really fun performance, and I am so excited to visit AltaSea again once the facility is finished! Yay science!