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JRS VOLUME #7; ISSUE #26

JRS/7.26/04.31.03

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Whoa! Last minute decision to bounce this week's JRS back to me to send out after all, so I've got only a minute's time to greet you and to say OH MY GOSH, 114 DAYS! and to drop you a little hint that next week we'll be posting more detail about this year's art theme, "Beyond Belief"...

I saw some theme camp layouts being faxed to the office today, some artists have been walking around with sketches and scale models, volunteer groups are starting to elbow each other out of the way for meeting room space, and today I sent my first fax of the year to the Gerlach office. Holy cow, we're really going to do it all again, aren't we?

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BLACK ROCK CITY NEWS:
- BLACK ROCK, BOLLYWOOD, AND BELGIUM UNITE
- DRIVING HOME FROM BRC: PAY ATTENTION

PARTICIPATE:
- 10 YEAR GLOW
- HAVE BIKES BUT WILL NOT TRAVEL?
- WE PREDICT THIS COMPETITION WILL BE NECK AND NECK
- CAFÉ DÉCOR CRAFT PARTY (AND PANTY SHOW 'N' TELL)

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS:
- MEET AND GREET, COLORADO, MAY 10
- PDF PLANNING MEETING, MAY 4
- MOONS OF MONGO, OAKLAND, MAY 9

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BLACK ROCK, BOLLYWOOD, AND BELGIUM UNITE

Dale East (part of a group that ran past theme camps Pulse, Azteca, and Easter Island) writes with a fantastic story:

"Annique, a grade school art teacher in Gent, Belgium, wanted her students to work on a year-long art study of Aztec culture. She searched the internet for 'Aztec' and found our website (dragondebris.com) which contained photos of our 2001 theme camp - Azteca. She wrote to tell us that what we had done on the playa was quite similar to what she had in mind for her students' project. She asked us how we brought the project to fruition, what techniques and materials we had used, etc. We started a frequent dialogue with her and assisted her class in creating a remarkable outdoor art project - sort of the European Sister City to Black Rock City's Azteca theme camp.

Recently she sent us a DVD with footage of the finished project - a huge outdoor plaza circled by 'stone' columns made from cardboard boxes. A local Philips Television plant had donated the boxes onto which the kids had painted portraits of Aztec gods. This is the same technique we'd used to create our Aztec pyramid located at the Keyhole in 2001. (You can see some of this at dragondebris.com...Tribute....) In addition, they created a huge, hand-painted calendar stone modeled on the one we created for Azteca in 2001, and which resurfaced as the ground cover of the Center Café in 2002. A group of Belgian school kids had modeled an ambitious art project on our theme camp - how cool is THAT!? So many heady concepts come to mind: the global village, the power of the web, the rewards we reap by creating art in a gift economy... YUM!!!

As cool as that story is, it doesn't end there. This year Annique asked if she and the kids could be part of our 2003 project instead of working on a separate, simultaneous project in Belgium. Of course our response was a resounding 'Heck YEAH!'

Our theme camp in 2003 will be Bollywood. Annique and her team came up with the idea of creating 'Saris for World Peace' - silk saris that are both art pieces and outfits. Someone donated to Annique's school dozens of yards of silk which became seven saris. The kids will dye each sari a different color - the colors of the seven chakras. The art will be different on each sari. One possible concept is for each sari to honor a different individual known for advancing world peace (think Gandhi, Martin Luther King, etc.). Annique stays in constant contact with our 'American' Bollywood team via our Yahoo Group, asking opinions, bouncing ideas off of us, and keeping us posted on their progress. She just sent us some new photos taken this past Wednesday and I posted them just last night at dragondebris.com...Peace_Saris_2.... This year, Team Bollywood will be bringing to the playa not only our own, California-grown theme camp, but also a gift to all Black Rock residents from some incredibly dedicated, talented, hip and generous kids from Belgium. Once again I ask you - how cool is THAT!!?"

JRS ed: Man... makes you want to go to school in Belgium, huh?

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DRIVING HOME FROM BRC: PAY ATTENTION

Greeter Dan, who's conscious of the potential for accidents on the road out of Burning Man, asked us to include this plea.

Most people know about bringing enough food, water, and shade to safely enjoy the desert. Everyone is gentle to each other and the land. But as soon as we all get out the gate and on the way home, a lot of us get amped up to get into cell range, take a shower, feel air conditioning, or get home and check email again as soon as possible. Understandable.

BUT when you put 30,000 people in this mindset on a little road - some of them in RVs, some of whom didn't sleep the night before, many of whom have stuff strapped to their car, and most of whom haven't been behind the wheel of a car for a week... bad things happen.

PLEASE start thinking now about how attentive and patient you're going to be as you drive out on 447 this year. We are a community year-round, but we need *especially* to work together to all make it out of the Black Rock Desert safely. That means not tailgating that RV, not passing that slow overloaded jeep, not pulling up alongside the artcar to admire yourself in the mirrors taped to the tailfins. Seriously - doing these things can kill everyone involved.

Keep that mellow playa vibe until you're on the Interstate.

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10 YEAR GLOW

Glittery goddess Epiphany Stardust writes with a gripe and - as often happens with you lovely people - a solution!

"I don't know if I've ever told you how much I HATE glowsticks. 5 hours of fun for 500 years in a landfill does not compute!"

I (and this is the Bunny speaking here) can't vouch for those numbers, but even if it's an estimate, it doesn't add up. Here's the alternative that was proposed: something called a "Traser" which provides the same glow, but for 10 years. Here are a few links we found by Googling. Since this year's playa will be moonless, maybe it's time to treat yourself to some fancy new lights!

mbmicrotec.com/DesktopDefault.aspx
jacksons-camping.co.uk/traser/

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HAVE BIKES BUT WILL NOT TRAVEL?

Recently we got a note from Shannon in Vancouver, who was offering to let her two BM veteran bikes make the trip to the playa this year without her. What a generous offer. (Before you write from Vancouver asking about them, know that we pointed her towards the Vancouver regional list.) But - here's a thought - if you are not able to make it to BRC this year, maybe your stuff wants to go anyway! You can offer stuff on your regional email list - make another local connection in the year-round community - and keep your bikes happy!

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CAFÉ DÉCOR CRAFT PARTY AND PANTY SHOW 'N' TELL Sunday 5/4/03

Feeling creative? Excellent! Come get your craft on and help us make the Center Camp Cafe into the fabulous oasis of splendor that does so much more than quench thirsts each year. Anyone who likes to have fun, be creative and won't run with scissors is invited to come on down, make stuff, and perhaps tell us a few stories about your underwear. We will provide food and beverages.

We always love donations such as extra glue sticks/glue guns, scissors, fabric, etc., but we have a few specific requests this time:

*Clean or unused panties (For Panty Prayer Flags of course!).
*Enamel paint (it's Playa-Proof!)
*Any amount of plain un-patterned fabric in red, green, white, blue, yellow, or green.
*Beige or tan fabric for pillowcases.
*Does anyone have a cutting pattern for making Sofa Covers?

If you bring a sewing machine, we will probably be so happy we will compose and sing a song about you right on the spot.

What: Cafe Décor Craft Party
When: Sunday May 4th, Noon to 5:30pm
Where: Burning Man Headquarters
1900 3rd St @16th St (second floor)
San Francisco, CA 94107-2502

We have 20 parking spaces on the north half of the neighboring lot (next to Sno Drift). Parking info and directions to the offices:
burningman.com/officedirections

email: cafe-decor-vols

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WE PREDICT THIS COMPETITION WILL BE NECK AND NECK

Fusion writes:
Would you like to be the richest freak on the Playa this year? This year you can be by winning the Alien Love Nest / Pyrosutra pendant design contest. This year, Fusion is offering anyone in the Burning Man community the opportunity to design this year's glowing pendants. The winner(s) will receive 100 pendant necklaces to give out on the Playa!

To learn where to submit your design, and other important details, visit pyrosutra.com/la/contest.htm.

Thanks!

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MEET AND GREET
COLORADO
SATURDAY, NAY 10
NOON

Black Rock City expatriates unite!

All citizens of BRC and those wishing to become citizens are encouraged to attend a meet and greet on Saturday May 10th, at 12 noon in Basalt's Arbany Park, Colorado.

-Bring your favorite beverage and food to grill and share
-Bring games to play, and kids to play with
-Bring photos to share, and costumes to wear

As always, this is a leave no trace event.

For directions or more information write to Mark

For information on the Colorado regional group, visit burningman.com...us_co_den.html.

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PLAYA DEL FUEGO REGIONAL PLANNING MEETING
CATONSVILLE, MD (or on Winamp or IRC)
SUNDAY, MAY 4TH
3 - 5:30 PM

This will be a meeting to discuss event logistics. Submit your agenda items to Jamie Love at jamieslove prior to the meeting. Meeting will run 3pm sharp (please arrive early) until an early adjournment or 5:30 pm.
Place: 149 Nunnery Lane, Apt. A5, Catonsville, MD 21228. Directions to the meeting site are up at playadelfuego.org/docs.php?id=65

The meeting will be simulcast live on streaming audio. If you want to listen in on the meeting, either pull up http://playadelfuego.org/pdf.m3u or if that doesn't work, load up WinAmp, and select "Play Location" from the menu and enter http://playadelfuego.org:7669/ into the box. The simulcast will begin about ten minutes prior to the meeting so you can test your connection. There is a 30 to 60 second delay depending on your streaming audio client. There will be NO telephone conference call this meeting.

More information: playadelfuego.org

Comments will be taken on IRC chat. To log into IRC chat, download an IRC client (mIRC suggested for Windows users, Bitchx for Unix folks), and log onto irc.playadelfuego.org into the channel #playadelfuego.

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MOONS OF MONGO
FRIDAY, MAY 9TH
OAKLAND, CA
8:30 PM

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Hyumans Beware...
The First fundraiser for Burning Man 2003. Landing is imminent. Friday May 9th. Doors open 8:30 pm.

Moons of Mongo presents: Mission One, Intergallactic Hunks; An evening of short and feature films, saluting the galaxy's most superior and advanced male specimens.

moonsofmongo.com/missionone.html

Mission One will be executed at the earth location of:
4001 San Leandro Blvd. in Oakland.
Enter in the last red door on 40th St.
Location phone number: 261-7149
This location is in close vicinity of the Fruitvale BART Space Station.

Be respectful of this space, earthlings, or we shall destroy you.

for further contact visit moonsofmongo.com. Or email moons_of_mongo. Or call 510.533.9080.

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