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JRS VOLUME #7; ISSUE #36

JRS/7.36/06.21.03

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Black Rock City comes together beautifully on this 66th day before the burn. Larry Harvey and Maid Marian have returned from their adventure in the UK, where they met many burners and Larry gave a well-received speech at Oxford Union for an audience of interested listeners. Crimson's been visiting US firespinners to coordinate the Fire Conclave, and various volunteer trainings continue in SF and all over the US.

We had a wonderful visit from NY Regional Contacts Lady Merv and Q this week, who, like many regions, are gearing up for pre-burn events in their area - AND planning their container for shipping NY Burner gear to the playa (see REGIONALS CORNER for more info!) Rangers are seeking... rangers, and it's time to register your theme camps.

And next Saturday is the Flambé Lounge! I'm trying to keep the puns to a minimum here, but can't resist saying that the fact that it's halfway through June already is beyond belief...

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BLACK ROCK CITY NEWS:
- REMINDER: FLAMBÉ LOUNGE NEXT SATURDAY
- 2003 PLAYA CALENDAR ONLINE
- THEME CAMP REGISTRATION - DEADLINE FOR GETTING MAPPED IS JULY 1
- WHO NEEDS THE MOON WHEN YOU'VE GOT SUN
- ROGUETRIP
- HAMMER FOR JUSTICE

PARTICIPATE:
- WE NEED RANGERS
- CAFÉ CRAFTING: CALL FOR CARPENTERS
- FINDING ZOOPLANKTON
- THE LIST, THE LIST, THE LIST IS ON WIRE
- COOL NEON SOLDERING PARTY
- SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM (CHEAP)

REGIONAL CORNER:
- NEW YORK: EVENT AND CONTAINER NEWS
- REGIONAL REPORT FROM FLIPSIDE AND FIREFLY
- EAST BAY REGIONAL SOLSTICE GATHERING, JUNE 21
- PRE-COMPRESSION IN WISCONSIN, JUNE 21

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS:
- PACIFIC NORTHWEST GATHERING JUNE 27-29TH

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FLAMBÉ LOUNGE IN SF, JUNE 28TH

Burning Man Flambé Lounge presents: BEYOND BELIEF

Sat 6/28/03
The Crucible,
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA, 94607

8pm-1:45am

$12 costume finery; $17 not. (Dress 4 indoor and out)

Directions:
thecrucible.org...7th_union.html

Non-stop art and hourly processions, games and events pertaining to the Beyond Belief theme: all night!

INCLUDING (Inside and Out): The Mutaytor (up from L.A.), Extra Action Marching Band, Flam Chen (flam-chen.com) Performance Troupe, Rosin Coven, Kook Troupe and Katy Telsair, The Funnies (also up from L.A.), Rroland, Liminal, Ultra Gypsy, Sintillation, AnaPhylactic, The Mad Piper, d6, Kiki's Fire Cauldron, Sparky's Thought, The Black Rock Rangers, Tim Black's Voice of Fire, The Rube, The Eyes of Gawd, Lotus Girl's Agave, Orion Fredericks and Justin Grays' spectacular Cyclone II, Bob Hoffman's Pyrocussion, The Hand of God, Black Rock Gazette writing stations, Lamplighter Processions, Dreamcatcher Camp and Evening Lounge T-shirt transfers (bring blank t-shirts etc!), Burning Man Information Radio, Nate Smith (maker of the Pillar of Fire), John Mosbough's Carousel Numinous panels, Justin Young, Starboy and Cary Okano's Ganeshafish and Kalibunny, Bollywood theme camp, Kittymak's Princess Mothrash, Mark McGothigan's video pyramid, The Café Décor Team, The Carthedral, Ballroom Dancing camp, The Starlight Drive-In Movie Theater, real LIVE Crucible artists at work and play...MORE and YOU!!!

Final Schedule in next JRS, but (SECRET ENCODED MESSAGE) you will want to COME EARLY and stay till the end!!! This is the ONLY Flambé Lounge of the year and it is poised to be FAR, ABOVE and WELL Beyond Belief!

We still have a bit of room for Beyond Belief ART and a few more THEME CAMPS! But please respond FAST and by Tuesday!

Theme camp, contact: holly
All else and to volunteer: e-mail flambelounge

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2003 PLAYA CALENDAR ONLINE

Greetings Playagoers and Playa Party Planners!

The Burning Man Playa Calendar, which becomes the "What, Where, When on the Playa" Guide you get at the gate, has been wiped clear for 2003 and is officially ready for your Playa Events! We took some time to improve the calendar tool for your convenience and we hope you enjoy it. Use the Playa Calendar to submit your playa event for entry into the Guide, so that everyone knows What, Where and When about your event. Please fill out the entry as completely as possible, in case we want to get back to you with some silly questions. Yes, it is true that you cannot edit your own events (we found that people messed with other people's events), so try to get it right the first time. The URL to visit for this year's Playa Calendar is:

burningman.com/calendar/playa

If you have any problems or questions, the address to email is playacal-admin. Ready, set, GO! You have until July 20th before we go to press!

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THEME CAMP REGISTRATION - DEADLINE FOR GETTING MAPPED IS JULY 1

Theme Camp Registration deadline is July 1st. In order to be included on the city map you must complete the Theme Camp Questionnaire by midnight on July 1st.

burningman.com...bm03_theme_criteria.html

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WHO NEEDS THE MOON WHEN YOU'VE GOT SUN

Sparks writes:

"The price of commercial solar-recharged landscape lights fell this spring. You can now go to Home Depot and buy a box of eight lights for $37.00 (Malibu, 8-Pack Solar Powered Tier Lights, Model: #LZ1-8-24, SKU: #343620). Home Depot also sells these lights through their web site.

To inspire people to modify the Malibu lights into art lights, I've created a series of web pages which show how to disassemble the lights and modify them three different ways: blinkyredthings.org/HVPL/index.html

With it being moonless and dark this year, these lights will help burners light up their camp easily, inexpensively, and without needing a lot of batteries. And it's not hard to convert them into something creative too.

Sparks Hushville Power and Light

P.S. I don't work for Home Depot and only recommend them because they were an inexpensive, easy source for the lights. I'm sure other home improvement warehouse stores carry the same lights or similar."

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ROGUETRIP

Waffen and DoomKty are planning to do a month long tour of the good old USA in ROGUE, Waffen's Thunderdome art car. They are looking for kind-hearted burners or like minded folks who would be interested in showing them around their city of residence and/or putting us up for a night. They're hoping to have a great trip and meet some good people along the way.

Says Waffen: "We'll be leaving the Black Rock Desert on July 5th, 2003 and plan to roughly follow the itinerary listed on our site: darkfortressstudios.com/RogueTrip. If you live in or near any of our planned stops, are going to be around during July and feel like helping us out, please contact us! We're also interested in suggestions for things to do and see, particularly interesting/unique items and clubs. ...So if you know any of these cities and have suggestions, send them our way!

You can contact Waffen at: RogueTrip03
RogueTrip03@hotmail.com or DoomKty at DoomKty242.
We look forward to meeting you!

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HAMMER FOR JUSTICE

This gem culled from the Burning Man staff email list: a build-it-yourself rebar hammer, guaranteed to get your structure up and get you out on the playa in no time. It comes courtesy of Mr Wizzard of Camp Lite Brite AKA Nick Donaldson. Get all the info you need at litebrite.org/rebarhammer

JRS plea: If you're gonna hammer that sucker in, please PLEASE remember to bring a way to pull it back out. Stakes of rebar left behind are a huge hazard, and leaving even one ("But I just couldn't get it out and I wanted to go home!") in the playa can't fly. Take a course in Rebar 101 at burningman.com...rebar.html.

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BLR, 32, SEEK R

Hey y'all, We need rangers! More importantly, we need Black Rock Citizens who are willing and able to serve the community in the capacity of a Black Rock Ranger. If you have been to Burning Man for a few years, and have often found yourself doing more than one of the following things listed below, you might already be a ranger and not even know it yet:

-Helping people
-Patiently listening to silliness & enjoying it
-Doing first aid
-Bringing balance to discussions & situations
-Mediating disputes
-Resolving conflicts, and talking people down
-Solving problems without losing your sense of humor
-Running safety perimeters for burns & pyro
-Building consensus in the community

Maybe you don't need no stinkin' badges, or the shirt, or radio; but we need you. The community needs you, if you've got the heart, and the skill, and the will. If your intention is to be a badass, please volunteer for a different department. If your intention is to swagger about and/or be a hall monitor, please do not volunteer for any department. If your intention is to serve the community by working long hours to help address some of the larger safety concerns in a non-confrontational, discreet, and almost anonymous manner, then please sign up for ranger training.

The Black Rock Rangers (rangers.org) ride the edge of chaos. Rangers have been making reasonable excuses for your behavior since 1992. The Rangers are mediators and providers of information, devoted to public safety and the quality of participant experience. Rangers also serve as a buffer between the participants and outside agencies. If you have specific questions about the Black Rock Rangers please email: rangers

All ranger applicants must attend a training, and then work a mentor shift with experienced Black Rock Rangers before becoming a ranger.

Try this url for the trainings:
rangers.burningman.com/calendar.html

Here is the url for signing up:
rangers.burningman.com/signup2.html

After signing up, please place $2 in a coffee can and bury it in your backyard. Tell no one. One of our agents will contact you. ;)

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CAFÉ CRAFTING: CALL FOR CARPENTERS

All you carpenter/builder types will like this, no really!

Center Camp Café Décor Craft Party - 6/29/03

It is time for another Craft Party because we just can't wait a minute longer to see the new underwear selections. Oh sure, we like your smiling faces too, so grab those extra pieces of 4x4 you may have laying around and any clean or new panties and come on down to the Burning Man offices in good ol' SF for some wholesome crafty fun! This Craft Party will be the day after the Flambé Lounge so you out of town burners can make a weekend of it. We will specifically be working on the Panty Prayer Flags as well as building Shebatt's fabulous Cathedral structure. This will be the perfect project for those of you who want to be in the sun and hammer nails into stuff on the playa!

What we would love:
*Raid your recycle bins for plastic bottles
Wood:
*2- 4x4x10
*3- 4x4x8
*4- 2x6x8 or 2- 16 foot
*14- 2x4 joist hangers
*4- 2x6 joist hangers
*Clean or unused panties (For Panty Prayer Flags of course!)
*Hot glue sticks/glue guns
*Large quantities of Enamel paint (it's Playa-Proof!)
*Does anyone have a cutting pattern for making Sofa Covers

What: Cafe Décor Craft Party
When: Sunday June 29th, Noon to 5:30pm
Where: Burning Man Headquarters, 1900 3rd St @16th St (second floor), San Francisco. 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. Questions? Email cafe-decor-vols

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FINDING ZOOPLANKTON

Participant Susan Robb writes: "I am desperately looking for images, video, and sound recordings from my 2002 theme art project You Are My Zooplankton- Come Closer (aka Jelly Fish Dinner Theater). The video we shot pretty much sucks and I need some sort of documentation, especially of the performance part. If anyone has anything, please send any info to me at goatmax1. Thanks!"

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THE LIST, THE LIST, THE LIST IS ON WIRE

Sebbo writes: I'm writing to announce that I'm starting up a mailing list for people interested in working with electroluminescent wire. I've gotten the amazing Lenny Jones to sign on, so there'll be at least one expert on hand to answer all the questions we newbies have as we explore the medium.

Interested folks can sign up by going to lists.sebbo.org...el-artists-sebbo.org or by sending the message "subscribe" to

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COOL NEON SOLDERING PARTY

Hello Burners, we are pleased to invite all of you to our COOL NEON SOLDERING PARTY!! Sunday, June 22nd, from 1p.m. till 6 p.m. At: 2421 Peralta Street, Oakland CA (510) 547-5878 Directions and more details are available at: coolneon.com

Come learn how to solder, braze, and make pretty light things with the Cool Neon Elves!!!! As always our events are totally free, open to all, and a whole heck of a lot of fun. We'll supply the Mountain Dew, so feel free to bring any snacks you'd like to share.

Bring your Burning Man projects and work on them in our huge space! We will have lots of people to help you with almost any aspect of you project.

We are here to light up the PLAYA with your imagination! We will have our full inventory of Cool Neon available to you, at special burner prices. This will be our last soldering party in our old home in Oakland, then Cool Neon will move to its cozier, new, permanent home just down the street. So come take advantage of our incredible moving specials.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Benny, Zoe & the Funhouse Crew!

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SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM (CHEAP)

Want smokes? Marshall Stevenson of SMOKe! L.L.C. in Reno is offering a dollar off a carton to burners who show their ticket on the way to or from the event. Directions: "From 395 N heading South...exit on Exit 70 and turn right... we are on the right. From I-80 East Exit 395 N - Go to N McCarran Exit and turn left. Go over the freeway and turn right at ClearAcre... We're on the right."

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THE NEWS FROM NEW YORK: EVENT, ANNOUNCEMENT

NATIONAL ARTS CLUB
JUNE 27, NEW YORK

The National Arts Club, in conjunction with Society for Experimental Arts and Learning (SEAL), invite you to join us for an evening with NY artists whose work will be exhibited at Burning Man.

Speakers:

Saul Melman and Ani Weinstein: Brooklyn artists who will create a theme art piece on the playa, "Johnny on the Spot", partially funded by the Burning Man project.

Carter Emmart: Director of Astro Visualization, Rose Center For Earth and Science, American Museum of Natural History

Roger Carr: Light Sculptor

Anthony Haden-Guest-Cartoonist, Journalist, Author

When: Friday, June 27 at the National Arts Club

Speakers 8-9:30 p.m.
Reception 9:30-10 p.m.
Film Screening 10-11 p.m.

Featured films include:

"Gifting It: A Burning Embrace of the Gift Economy", a 74-minute film shot in 2000 and 2001 that explores the gift economy facet of the event, and includes interviews with project director Larry Harvey, academic and author Lewis Hyde, who wrote "The Gift: Imagination & The Erotic Life of Property", and Burning Man participants, who talk about how gifting has changed their lives.

"Name to be decided", a two-minute documentary about the creation of "Johnny on the Spot" filmed in 2003.

This event is a fundraiser for a large-scale sculpture installation for Burning Man 2003 by Saul Melman and Ani Weinstein- See the project description at sealspace.org...johnn.html.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park
Manhattan, N.Y.C.

The National Arts Club is a private club whose membership is dedicated to furthering art and artists in America. They accomplish this by fostering educational programs and awards, while creating opportunities for artists to connect.

Suggested sponsorship donation for this Art Project $100 minimum $25

To purchase a ticket, visit paypal.com...johnnyonthespot...

For more information contact saulmelman

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CONTAINER NEWS FOR NYC!

(Each year the NY regionals coordinate a train container to be shipped to the Black Rock Desert, making grand participation possible for many a New York participant.)

And the Art Ark of NYC shall be packed on August 9th and 10th. And it shall travel by Road and Rail to the Black Rock Desert and shall return to NYC after the events in the desert on or around the week after the end of thy events.

And even though the isle of Manhattan be covered in water, the Black Rock Desert shall remain (mostly) dry. And this shall be the Covenant-
*Remember, no matter what ye are sending - ALL must be Boxed and well tagged.*

sealspace.org Behold! Here is the Art Ark in all its glory, and transport! Please read all documents associated to this venture... especially the Q&A

Do you have a Paypal Account yet? You will need one to pay for the container - sign up at paypal.com...S8HFPXLFVF3BJ and donate $5.00 through the Paypal Referral Program to Society For Experimental Art and Learning.

For thee of shallow depths Art Ark = Container Transport to BRC and back to NYC 2003

Want more info? Write newyork!

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REGIONAL REPORT FROM FLIPSIDE AND FIREFLY

Jonno had this to say about regional burns of the groups in Austin and Boston!

"Burning Flipside in Texas featured a large and dynamic cadre of firespinners, a dramatic burn and an impressive variety of music. Flipside managed to create the magic that you feel while walking the playa at night and being groped by sound from every direction. Among the dynamic daytime performances were a swashbuckling bald man contest, synchronized swimming with an authentic mermaid and crustacean merman, and wriggly bouts of oil wrestling. This must become an Olympic sport!

Compared to the 1,000 at Flipside, the Boston Burners' inaugural Firefly was a more intimate get-together in the back woods of New Hampshire. It sold out at 175, the capacity of the privately-owned property, which included a small stream and a lodge with bunkrooms, although nearly everyone tent-camped. Firefly's $15 admission fee included three vegan meals for the weekend event, some whimsical daytime activities and two musical stages for Saturday night, each with plenty of amps and memorable lighting setups ... One "stage: included 4-5 projectors onto 8x20 foot vertical screens that billowed like sails; flashing spotlights of many colors; rotating, reflective balls hung 18 feet above the forest clearing and a fog machine. Jon Payne brought the sweat lodge that you've seen on the playa for the last couple of years, plus a big horse-watering trough that he has converted to a wood-fired hot tub. Firefly was conceived as a fundraiser for the shared truck that transports Boston-area burners equipment to the playa. For more info, check the website at chaoshacker.org.

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EAST BAY REGIONAL SOLSTICE GATHERING, JUNE 21

(JRS Note: Friday ate my homework. Sorry to send this the morning of, but if you're in the area, it's a beautiful day!)

Here is an opportunity to meet with other East Bay Burners and newcomers. Those from beyond the East Bay are always welcome. Regale other Burners with tales of Playa excess and frighten newbies with the same tales! Share ideas, combine efforts and transportation, find camps to join and to which to contribute, and find new campmates to help you carry off your plans. Saturday, June 21st from 3pm until 7pm+. This is a potluck so bring friends and enough to eat, drink, and share. Any questions, contact Kent Stromsmoe East Bay Regional Contact, eastbay@burningman.com, and here's the answer to the first question you have, a map of how to get to his house: pacbell.net...maps.html

More info?
burningman.com...us_ca_eby.html or Eastbay@burningman.com .

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PRE-COMPRESSION IN WISCONSIN, JUNE 21

(Again, short notice - hope you can make it!)

The Wisconsin Regional Contact for the Burning Man Festival, in cooperation with the BurningSNOW Center for Experimental Arts, Milwaukee, are pleased to announce the Summer Solstice pre-compression event and Regional Urban Burn

Saturday June 21 2003
9PM
2578 North Weil Street
Milwaukee.

Live music and performance, a panoply of experimental/interactive art pieces, a redesigned space, experimentation, Playa-style fashion show at 11, and of course the Pyrotechnic Man goes up at midnight. You must be a registered regional member to attend; to accomplish this send an e-mail to eric with the word POWER in the subject line, and your name and other contact info in the body of the message. You will be added to our list. Please RSVP by Friday, June 20, to be admitted thru the door. Donation $10; $5 with Playa attire, or pajamas.

More info?
burningman.com...us_ca_eby.html or Wisconsin.

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST GATHERING JUNE 27-29TH

Seattle event of interest...

critical:mass
June 27th-29th
http://mass.funksion.org
Tickets there or live in person at Zion's Gate Records at 1100 E. Pike.
No gate tickets.
We would love more gate/greeter volunteers! If interested please e-mail massiveburn, or join the mass mailing list at mass-announce-subscribe.

Keep up on Seattle events!
burningman.com...us_wa_sea.html

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