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JRS VOLUME #8; ISSUE #05

JRS:V8:#5:10.08.03

Ahhh - Decompression weekend! After the sweet lil' fambly reunion that was the Burning Man Film Festival in Santa Cruz last Saturday, this rabbit is left itching for even more connection with the citizens, sights and sounds of BRCSjust in time, here comes Decompression! One might think that this would be a quiet-ish time around the Burning Man office, but what with all our normal post-event wrap-up, and the amazing volunteer energy that goes into putting on the SF Decom, one would be mistaken. We're still soaking in it, and we look forward to the arrival of many of our far-flung friends who will join us on the blacktop in San Francisco this Sunday.

Looking for some playafication to kick off your Decom weekend? How about a screening of "Dust Devils", a lovely Irish documentary by Aprile Blake and Dearblha Glynn? It screened this weekend at the Film Fest, but if you missed it, here's another chance. That's this Thursday night at in San Francisco. Details can be found in "Events and Happenings".

One more thing: we still love to receive the pink Census forms to the PO Box (Burning Man, PO Box 884688, San Francisco, CA 94188-4688), but for those of you who like to go the electronic route, here's the URL: burningman.com/surveys. Thanks for participating.

Oh - one more "one more thing" - 331 days until we burn it again!

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BLACK ROCK CITY NEWS
- BURNING MAN DECOMPRESSION HEAT THE STREET F(a)IRE! - SUNDAY
- BM.COM POLL OF THE WEEK - HEARTS ON PLAYA
- REV BILLY - BIG IN EUROPE
- ERRATA

PARTICIPATE!
- BURNING CULTURAL ANALYSIS
- GOT LOVE ON TAPE?
- SNOHOMISH K BROWN WRITES ON BIRDS OF PARADISE

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
- LA DECOM OCTOBER 19
- TWO FASHION SHOWS AT SF DECOMPRESSION
- UTAH DECOMPRESSION 2K3 - OCTOBER 18
- HAWAII DECOMPRESSION - OCTOBER 24-26
- REV. BILLY'S BUY NOTHING DAY IN NEW YORK - NOV 28TH
- DUST DEVILS SCREENING IN SF THURSDAY OCT 9

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BURNING MAN DECOMPRESSION HEAT THE STREET F(a)IRE!
THIS SUNDAY!!!

Burning Man Heat The Street FaIRE! Decompression '03
Sunday, Oct 12th San Francisco
Noon - Midnight on Indiana St; Till 1:30am inside Cocomo On Indiana St and in Cafe Cocomo (bet. Mariposa & 21st) ENTRANCE IS ONLY AT 19th and Minnesota St $10 in Black Rock City Costumed Attire; $20 in street wear; Kids under 12-FREE All ages welcome outside on Indiana St, 21+ yrs in Cocomo. Please bike, use public transport, and carpool! Park on 3rd St. Bring art, games and a picnic to share in the park. Come prepared to participate! F(a)IRE! starts at noon; park closes and all outside amplified sound ends sharply at 10pm. (No drumming of any kind or megaphones after that time, please!) All cars must be off Indiana Street by 2am for street sweeping.

FEATURING hundreds of visual and installation artists; over 75 different performing artists, groups and troupes ALL DAY LONG; more than 40 interactive theme camps, extraordinary art vehicles, and YOU!

THEME: You are invited to yet again embody and enact the 2003 Burning Man Beyond Belief theme however your spirit moves YOU! Bring tributes to offer one another. Make manifest your belief in divine mystery and playfully engage others. Join playa artists, theme camps and inspired performers of many faiths and sizes in creating a full day and night that is BEYOND BELIEF!

Instead of vending booths and pricey food stalls, we'll have a BYO picnic in the park, art and theme camps, shrines, labyrinths, processions, interactive rituals, sermons, and all manner of Burning Man 2003 relics and reliquaries. This year we are expanding another block, so the festivities will be spread over 3 city blocks, a park, 3 stages, an indoor club with patio and indoor and outdoor multimedia walls of imagery!

ART, ARTISTS & ART CARS:
Genesa Labyrinth by Ansula Press,Chris Schardt's Yantra; Nate Smith's Pillar of Fire video, Insightment: A Luminous Prayer Wheel by Aaron Ximm; Carousel Numinous panels by Jenny Byrd; Voice of Fire (Tim Black); Flags of Prayer (Sylvette); Andres Amador's Blacklight Sculpture; David Shamanik's Wind Oracle; Piotr Wojnarski's Fountain of Frozen Tears; Josh Steiner's Improbable Orchestra; Bruce Scanlon's Tensegrity Hammocks; Eyes of Gawd by Jim Bowers and crew; Raven Hanna's Giant Tarot Cards; Cross Dress by David McParland; Spirit Door by Peri Pfeninger; Dancing Under The Stars of Lyra (Tim Thompson); The Gyroscope from the Keyhole Position in Black Rock City (Dan Cohn and David Kitts); Spirita Luminosa by Jeremy Lutes, Ed Kirshner, Roger Carr, and Charlie Matthey); Light, Truth & Existence (Russel Wilcox); Snow's Eyes of Horus; Blacklight Aquarium; Brainwash by Hovering; Ziptie Mandala (Gadget); GuruBunny by Starboy and Cary Okano; Spoon Return Travelling Memorial Museum; Casa Soulmagundi(Molly Freedenberg); Interactive Video Art (Chris Priazzi); Video Projections by d6 (Darren Barnes); Center Cafe Labyrinth by Dragon Debris; Outdoor Photo Gallery by Supersnail; Panoramics by Brad Templeton; Stereoscopic Imagery (Harold Baize & Jim Gasperini); Moon Landing video by Jason Siadek; Temple of The Imagination by $teven Ra$pa; Bikini Jones by Peter Doty; Lynne's medieval painting; Photos by the Last Spectator, Jerry Brown's Half-Baked Man, DIY Mini-structures by Bob Allen; Site-specific Waterfall by the Lunches; Art Van; Ambience Ambulance; Fishmobile (Howard Cohn); El Diablo; Eartha Karr by Blake More; The Pinkin Linkin by Charlie Gadekan; Captain Bubbles Car; Shell Car by Mike Garibaldi; Holographic RX-7 by Warrior.

THEME CAMPS:
Camp Arachnid, Bollywood, Bunnywood, Camp Danielle, Captain Bubbles Palace, Church of WOW!, The Deep End, Dream Catcher Camp-t-shirt transfers (Bring a t-shirt!!!), Eggchair/Pyromid Memorial Altar, Firestarr Camp, Doug Hark's Glasswalk, Group W Temporary Tattoo Camp, Hookadome, House of Lotus, Illumination Village, Infinite Kaos, The Lost Penguin Camp, Love Project United Camp-Karaoke Glam Klam, Nautilus X, Oracle of Orifices, Playadust Camp, PLUG 4, Radio Free Burning Man Radio Station, Reality TV, Sol System, Space Cowboys/UNIMOG, Spoon Return Center, Starlight Drive-in Movie Theater, Tom Jones Roller Disco, Totem, Technomania Circus, Starlust Lounge, Supersnail, Temple of Atonement, Vogon 42, and MORE!

PERFORMING ARTISTS:
Alcyone; Allana; Beyond The Catwalk Fashion Show; Black Sox; Braingarden; Burn; The Burning Man Fashion Show-hosted by Annie Coulter, Connie Champagne & Hal Robins; Cuatro Caminos; Norman Eisley; EOTOE, Evolution Control Committee; Djun Djun belly dance troupe; El Circo; Extra Action Marching Band; Fire Arts Collective; F-SPACE; Foxgluv; Funkmobile; The Funnies; Goddess of Funk; Mark Growden; Doug Hark-glasswalker; Scott Huckabay; Infinite Kaos; KABUZZ; Kepi & Kat; Kerri Kresinski; Kook Troupe; KUNST-STOFF; Laird; Marisa Lenhardt; Lorin (Bassnectar); Lipstick Conspiracy; Mad Piper; Mantra Sound System; The Mermen; Mixtape From Mars; Blake More; DJ Ooah; Michael Peppe; Panjaea; Playground; Random Rab; Rosin Coven; Sintillation; Steve23; $teven Ra$pa; Hal Robins; Sugar; The Serotonins; Starfire; The Tanglers; Technomania Circus; Temunjin, DJ Trevor; DJ Wolfie; Theater of Noh performance by Nohglevee, Trebor Babb, Ashley Berkowitz and Harpestra, Zack Darling, and MORE.

...And a brand new issue of The Blacktop Gazette!

Postcard Link:
earthlink.net...decom2003.htm

Complete schedule to be posted end of week at www.burningman.com.

BRING YOUR BURNING MAN IMAGERY: Bring VHS tapes, slides (in trays) and cd-roms of playa imagery to the Visuals Check Point inside Cocomo or e-mail spoon.

Want to help clean-up the street before or after or help in some other way? Want to bring your Burning Man Theme Camp (NON-SOUND SYSTEM CAMPS ONLY AT THIS TIME), art car, or playa art? Contact flambelounge by NOON ON WEDNESDAY!

Please pick up trash and help us leave the street SPOTLESS! This is a huge area and we must clean it that night! Respect the neighbors and be quiet as you leave (their request). Leave No Trace, Pack it in, pack it out!

THANK YOU and see you Sunday in BLACKTOP CITY!!!

(Editor's Note: Burning Man September 2003-2004 calendars are proving to be very popular. They'll also be on sale at Decompression, adjacent to the Info Booth by the entrance. While purchasing a calendar you'll receive a smile from one of a bevy of beauties: Marian, Cameragirl, Rae, AG, or Miss Erika!)

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BM.COM POLL OF THE WEEK - HEARTS ON PLAYA

Answer the question, yo.

Love on the playa. Romance! or romance? Did you come to the playa...

burningman.com/polls/polls.php

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REV BILLY - BIG IN EUROPE

An article on Reverend Billy, who performed with his Stop Shopping Choir at the base of the Man this year, appeared recently in The Ecologist, a British magazine.

My favorite sentence: "All this explains quite adequately why Starbucks hates and fears the Reverend - so much so that they distributed a memo to all their New York employees entitled 'What should I do if Reverend Billy is in my store?'"

theecologist.org...article=437

For more on Reverend Billy and this year's Buy Nothing Day (Nov. 28), see EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS.

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ERRATA

Last week we erroneously excluded one outlet for the Burning Man wall calendar: Berkeley Hat Company, 2510 Telegraph Ave in Berkeley.

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BURNING CULTURAL ANALYSIS

The Network Girl writes: I am in an Anthropology class and I was supposed to pick a culture to write a paper on so, of course I picked my favorite one-Burning Man. I have created some questions to get the ball rolling and have submitted them to various groups and I have had a few people suggest to send to Jack Rabbit Speaks for a broader group. So, if you have the time to answer 10 or so questions about the Burning Man culture over email, please let me know at thenetworkgirl!

Thanks, Jeanavive / TheNetworkGirl
thenetworkgirl.com

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GOT LOVE ON TAPE?

Karen writes: On Sunday after the burn I was sitting in the Temple of Honor playing the piano and singing the "I LOVE YOU" song I wrote for my man and he was sitting next to me crying his eyes out in total love and honor for the space we were sitting in and the place in his heart he connected with. It became quite a scene, people gathered all around, guitar players joined in, everyone was singing along, harmony, lasted a really long time, so beautiful... There were a few people who started filming and I'm wondering how I can find that video. I know it's a long shot but I would love to have a recording of those precious moments we had in the Temple before it burned.

Thanks, karen aka dr. kooky from camp conexus
chicokaren

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SNOHOMISH K BROWN WRITES ON BIRDS OF PARADISE

Does anyone have pictures of the Birds of Paradise?

"The Birds of Paradise are a flock of traveling firebirds. The fire of the wings symbolizes the burning of fuel to travel from place to place. The firebirds are a still-living ancient mythical presence. They are really living when they burn. They display their shining bodies with the light of their own fiery plumage. Since birds live in the sky the connections between the sun and birds are many throughout mythology. As firebirds they are also sunbirds. The props are as is: Each fire bird uses a pair of stilts. The costume consists of a long black dress which blacks out the legs and stilts of the performer effectively creating a visible flying upper body. A long triangular panel of shiny metallic fabric descends from the shoulders to a narrow point below the waist. The fire wings have been redesigned by Rusty Oliver www.hazardfactory.org with an all metal construction using cast aluminum hand grip and a larger metal fan blade as well as longer fire pinions. The birds performed throughout the week and for the first main lighting of the Great Circle at the burning of the Man. (Concept Design and Text written by Justin Rodda)"

Please contact birdsOparadise if you have any pictures of these marvelous performers! Thank you!! - Snohomish K Brown.

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All these happenings and more are on our YEAR-ROUND CALENDAR. Check it out to find (or post!) upcoming events in your city. burningman.com/calendar/yearround

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LA DECOM - The 2003 Los Angeles Decompression Street Party.

19th October 2003 - Noon 'til 11pm.
1st Street and Vignes Street. 90012

$5 in playawear*, $10 if not.

* a blinky necklace is not playawear. : )

ART & PERFORMERS
Xara, Belly Dancers, Pinkies, Clan Destino, Fire Performers, Hoopers, Drumming, Fashion Show, Furry Cars, Projections, Go Go Dancing, Bubble Lounge, Kult of the Feral Kitten, Porch Camp, Camp Jumpstart, Foot Massage, Live Painting, & more

BANDS
Mutaytor, Brain Garden, Seratonins, Mamasutra, Tack, V-Rock, FunkyGlo Worm, Primitivo, & more.

DJ'S
Wolfie, Leticia, Hyjynx, Jason Saville, Dub Science, Kalib, Chris Ryan, Todd Spero, & more.

This list is subject to change. Duh.

LEAVE NO TRACE, PLEASE.

Just like the playa, only less dust.

la-burningman.com
questions, issues, complaints, or... compliments? Email
la_beachrose

TWO FASHION SHOWS AT SF DECOMPRESSION

If you missed us on Center Circle this year, Beyond the Catwalk Theme Camp invites you, once again, to STRUT your stuff in a full-on high energy Fashion Show-full of fire, sex and drama featuring the "best of the best" in burning attire! Come to the main stage (North End of Mariposa near Indiana) at 6:30 pm, ready to make your way down the runway to high energy DJ beats. Show starts at 6:45 pm. We are showcasing three major strut-modes: 1) Bunnies, Monkeys and other Furballs from Beyond! 2) Wild Tribal Wear accompanied by live drumming and fire! 3) Gods/Goddesses, Aliens and Other Worldly Beings from Time out of Time! And if you're not sure if you fit the mode, but you're ravishing or simply possessed, then come on by. Black light is a go! So, get your getup ready-set-go for a wild show! Questions? Contact cheri_sugal or spoon.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This year we will have TWO fashion shows!!! The other will be inside Cocomo at 9:15 and will be hosted by Annie Coulter, Hal Robins & Connie Champagne. So, DRESS for both!!!

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UTAH DECOMPRESSION 2K3 - OCTOBER 18

Howdy Burners,

Black Rock City is no more, and even the embers of the Man have been swept away. With the Burn only a memory, are you looking for a way to revisit the Playa even if it is just for one evening? Hell yeah!

Well you're in luck. The Utah Burn Community will be holding our annual Decompression party in Salt Lake City on Saturday October 18th. This year's Decompression will be held at Trasa Urban Arts collective (741 South 400 West) starting at 8:00 pm. Join us for some Playa inspired art and music, as we attempt to bring a little bit of Black Rock City to Salt Lake City. Questions? Write to Synorgy or utah.

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HAWAII DECOMPRESSION - OCTOBER 24-26

Ka Pilina's Illumination and 2003 Decompression Our third Living Art Experiment on Oahu for 2003 And our second annual Burning Man Decompression

Friday October 24th to Sunday the 26th, Makua Beach (Oahu). We will be at our regular spot near Pray for Sex as early as placeholders can get there Friday morning (any volunteers?). Sunset Saturday will begin the climax of the event but all are encouraged to get there as early as you can. Sunday we will do our final cleanup and leave around noon or so (each Participant takes at least one bag). This event is free but is also Participant-only, meaning EVERYONE plays a part in the event, as in we ALL help out and contribute. The theme is Illumination and all Participants are expected to bring something related to that theme. Since it is also a Decompression please bring any pictures, artifacts, gear, costumes, stories, playa dust, dare we hope video, anything from the playa this year or from a previous year to share with those who could not make it this year or have never gone before.

Please RSVP by emailing andi or hawaii if you know you are definitely going to be there, or if you know there is no way you can make it. Your response will really help us plan for Illumination. More information will soon be available on kapilina.org.

a hui hou,

Andi, Burning Man Hawaii Regional Contact

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REV. BILLY'S BUY NOTHING DAY IN NEW YORK - NOV 28TH

Repent, Ye Sinners.and Buy Nothing!
In celebration of our decision to Buy Nothing, The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will sing in front of New York's Plaza Hotel at 7 pm on Friday, November 28. Reverend Billy will follow with his yearly "State-of-the-Dollar-Buy-Nothing-Everyday" sermon, and we will hear testimony from The People. Together, we will challenge the absurd international economy --a system that profits so few and controls so many. The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will remind us how joyous freedom from Consumerism truly is. BUY NOTHING DAY is A REALLY GOOD TIME.

More information about the night's events can be found at revbilly.com.

(Editor's Note: Buy Nothing Day is an anti-consumerism concept that's been around for years. It always lands on the Friday after Thanksgiving. For more info, check out adbusters.org) .

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DUST DEVILS FILM IN SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 9

Thursday October 9th, there will be a benefit screening of "Dust Devils", an Irish made documentary about Irish and American experiences of Burning Man. Followed by party, featuring DJs: Laird - Boombox, Goldilox - Boombox, Jason - Elemether, Conor - Elemether, Majitope - Lush, Yeen - Lush. DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St., SF dnalounge.com...10.html#09 Doors: 9pm - after hours. Admission: $10. Screening: 9pm sharp.

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[Soundtrack to the JRS: Jason Blum, "Tomorrow You Fly" from "Glass Violins". Hooray for new (and twangy, and good!) music!]

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