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JRS VOLUME #9; ISSUE #01

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...aaaaaand (drumroll!) welcome to Volume 9 of the Jack Rabbit Speaks!

That means nine seasons of bringing you the news of BRC and the Burning Man community. Ready for another round?

(Deep exhalation, right?) So, here we are - dutifully back in our seats at our desks, our minds still reeling (and, at least here, our inboxes near to bursting). I just returned to San Francisco two nights ago, myself -- and I don't know where my toothbrush is, everytime I move anything it kicks up playa dust, and I have an incredible urge to throw away everything I own except my camping gear and my cowboy hat. (BTW, a tip for cleaning playa off your stuff: vinegar and water cuts the dust right proper.)

So what to do now? Decompress, baby. That slow process wherein we regain our composure, put our watches back on, and try to remember how to resist the urge to give presents to every random stranger we meet on the bus (not that that would be a bad thing, actually...if you don't mind being looked at like you're purple). And then, we get together and share stories and photos and attempt to touch that BRC feeling again at Decompression events everywhere...and share it with our hometown friends who couldn't come to the desert!

We know a few dates for certain: Wisconsin's got an event at the BurningSNOW center this Friday (info below); Los Angeles will have another stellar Decompression street fair on October 16th (more info soon); Arizona rocks for three days on October 8-10, as does San Diego on October 29-31...on and on and on. (Not on your local list to hear about these great events? Visit http://regionals.burningman.com , click your location, and get plugged in!) We'll post announcements for all these events as they are sent to us, but your local list is the best place to hear about any events in your area - due to space constraints (either at venues, or in this newsletter) not every announcement ends up sent to us at the JRS, and we don't want you to miss out on your chance to participate!

So what about the big Decompression weekend here in SF? Sure, many of us do live in the Bay Area, but we also know of participants who come from LA, Reno, San Diego, Arizona...heck, all the way from New York to participate in the San Francisco Decompression "Heat the Street" Fair - this year it's on Sunday, October 10 - and get this! There's a whole weekend of Burning Man fun to go along with it. Ready?

Well, since you asked... first, as we all know, BlackTop City *IS* you and me; therefore, we've got the full skinny and a CALL FOR DECOMPRESSION PARTICIPATION, below. And since you're in the Bay Area, why not head down to Santa Cruz on Saturday for the 3rd Annual BURNING MAN FILM FESTIVAL at the Rio Theater, brought to you by Burning Beach? This great event is filled with Burning Man sights and sounds -- it includes films by participant/filmmakers that you won't see anywhere else and a few special premieres of brand new films -- and will get you in the perfect frame of mind for the big event the next day! Still looking for more fun? How about a sneak preview party on Friday night for the finished cut of "Beyond Black Rock", by Gone Off Deep?

Save the dates, leave the dust on your playawear, and hit all three great events - you'll have a full weekend of Burning Man-ness to coast you through at least three of the 344 days until we meet again!

Read on, go forth, and decompress! We'll have all the post-event news later this week...

**DECOMPRESSION CALL FOR PARTICIPATION**
**BURNING MAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SANTA CRUZ**
**"BEYOND BLACK ROCK" SNEAK PREVIEW PARTY**
**WISCONSIN DECOMPRESSION**

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN CREATING DECOM 04!

E-mail flambelounge with your theme camp, interactive
installation, performance, Burning Man imagery and art ideas TODAY! Our team
of dusty volunteers are standing by to serve you as they assemble bits and
pieces of Black Rock City to create the blueprint for BlackTOP City on
October 10th!

We especially NEED to hear from fire artists and fire
performers RIGHT AWAY so we can get proper approval. And if you have an idea for an
interactive area, game or theme camp (theme camps were AMAZING this year.
Thank you!!!) we especially want to hear from YOU, so we can reserve a home
base spot for you during Decom. Details follow...

Burning Man Presents:
DECOMPRESSION 2004: The 5th annual HEAT THE STREET F(a)IRE!
SUNDAY, OCT 10th, NOON TILL MIDNIGHT (till 1:30am inside)
INDIANA STREET bet. Mariposa and 21st St. in SF

Main Entrance: 19th and Minnesota
$10 Black Rock City attire; $20 street wear; Shine or Rain
All ages outdoors (kids under 12 free); 21+ inside Cocomo
Esprit Park closes and outdoor amplified sound ends 10pm
Street F(a)IRE! ends at midnight; Cocomo closes 1:30am
PLEASE take public transit/carpool/bike or park on 3rd St. or 3 Com Park;
Respect the neighbors; don't park in driveways. LEAVE NO TRACE!

Welcome back! This is your invitation to decompress with playa artists,
theme camps and performers from across the universe at our 5th Anniversary
Heat The Street F(a)IRE!

The festivities will be spread over 4 blocks, an art park, 3 performance
areas, an indoor club with patio and multimedia wall of new Burning Man
imagery! Bring interactive games and food for a BYO picnic. Bring your art,
theme camps and Burning Man videos/imagery. Express yourself and dress your
playa best! Outside we will be creating “Black Top City” all over again!

FEATURING: A multitude of category-defying art, interactive performers, live
music, theme camps, art cars, Black Rock City DJs, and all manner of Vault
of Heaven pARTicipation, including YOU!

Want to volunteer, bring your theme camp, playa art, or perform? E-mail:
flambelounge. To share playa imagery, bring VHS tapes, slides
in trays and CD-ROMs to the Visuals Check Point inside Cocomo or e-mail us.

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THE BURNING MAN FILM FESTIVAL presented by BURNING BEACH
October 9, 2004 -- The Rio Theater, Santa Cruz, CA

Headed to the Bay Area for Decompression on Sunday? Go ahead...make it a Burning Man weekend!! Head down to Santa Cruz for:

Third Annual Burning Man Film Festival, Saturday, October 9 at Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz

What motivates 35,000 people to brave searing heat, freezing cold and hurricane-force winds to build a city of art in the middle of a desert each Labor Day week? Find out that and more at the third annual Burning Man Film Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.

This year's lineup includes Chuck Cirino's "Burning Man '97", filmmakers Dadara and Jesse Limmen's "Fall and Rise of the Fools Ark" the story of an art piece built in 2003 and burned in the Black Rock Desert, "AstroBlaze", a piece on BM04 by perennial favorite Bill Breithaupt, and the official premiere of the finished cut of Gone Off Deep's "Beyond Black Rock." The event, which drew 400 attendees last year, will also include installations by local Burning Man artists.

The festival is a benefit for Burning Beach, the Santa Cruz Burning Man regional group.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the first film airs at 2 p.m. If you'd like to join us for a post-event outdoor gathering across the street at The Crepe Place, please RSVP so we can give the restaurant a head count and they can staff accordingly.

Tickets: $15 at the door, $12 if you bring three cans of food, which will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. $3 of any full price ticket will be donated to the Family Shelter Project in the name of local burners. Children under 12 are free. For more info, visit http://www.burningbeach.com , email santacruz or call (831) 335-9643.


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SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW PARTY: "BEYOND BLACK ROCK" BY GONE OFF DEEP - SF
Friday Oct 8th, 2004

This film premieres at the Santa Cruz Film Fest on October 9, but if you just can't wait one more day, come catch this special one-time sneak preview of the new film that covers the making of Burning Man from one burn to the next. The most behind-the-scenes documentary to date about the Burning Man Project, this film explores the artists, theme camps, organization, staffers, volunteers (and you!) that come together to build Black Rock City and make it disappear each year. After the film, stick around for dancing, libations, art, and other surprises!

Held at: Mighty
119 Utah at 16th - San Francisco
Doors 8pm - 4am
Screening 9 PM sharp
8pm: hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception
screening at 9pm sharp
Afterparty till 4am

DJs -Laird - LUSH, Smoove - Space Cowboys, Chris McGarry - Sol System, Adnan - LUSH
+ many other special performers
Plus more!
Admission: $10 - 21 and over
More info? Want to participate? !

film: http://www.beyondblackrock.com

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Elsewhere in the world...

WISCONSIN DECOMPRESSION
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We would like to invite any and all to the Wisconsin Regional Decompression:
Time: Friday, Sept 24, 2004 9pm.
Place: The BurningSNOW Center, 2578 N. Weil St. Milwaukee.

Please RSVP to party! with your name, as our strange liquor and zoning laws require your name on our admissions list before you walk in the door.

We will practice Radical Self-Expression, the Gift Economy, Leave No Trace and the other distinctive Burner concepts right here in our gritty urban environment! Live poets and musicians, crazy costumes, food treats passed about, a full Playa simulation with a dome and interactive art exhibits all about, and please bring your own cup this year!

Crashout space available to the long-distance traveler -- for more info write wisconsin

Eric G./
WISCONSIN

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{Soundtrack to this JRS: "Waiting on an Angel"- Ben Harper}

Andie Grace, Actiongrl
Office of the Jack Rabbit
http://www.burningman.com