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JRS VOLUME #10; ISSUE #21

Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 10, Issue 21
April 28, 2006

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There's quite a bit of news in this weeks JRS: Burning Man's granted art projects announced... an Ocean Beach cleanup with Burners Without Borders...projects and happenings and regionals and yes, a little about just what the heck happened to Burningman.com on Sunday.

We're excited to share it and eager to proceed, especially after the festive atmosphere and downright fantastic hats (all totally playa-fabulous, as you'd expect) at last nights Black Rock Arts Foundation (http://www.blackrockarts.org) fundraiser. (Thanks to everyone who attended!)

Yep, we're in the mood, and so here is your dose of Friday playa-dreams from your friends at BMHQ. Enjoy a fabulous weekend...but Monday, we'll ask to borrow you for a more serious but unquestionably important JRS. We need your help with public comment to the BLM about some proposed changes to Burning Man's permit stipulations that could affect us all (in ways that we'd like to avoid) if enacted. We've always appreciated that we can count on our readers to act at times like this, so please keep your eyes on your inbox on Monday for that very important JRS.

Meanwhile, let's make hay while the sun shines - 127 days. GOSH!

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BRC NEWS:
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS: OCEAN BEACH CLEANUP 5/5/06
HEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO BURNINGMAN.COM???
NOW THAT IT'S UP...CHECK OUT THE ART!
BUT...WHAT ABOUT MY ART THAT DIDN'T GET FUNDED?
CALL FOR DESIGNS FOR BURNING MAN STICKERS - DEADLINE MAY 5TH
SAN FRANCISCO BURNING MAN ANNOUNCE
REMINDER: REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE FOR BURNERS LOST
HEAR THE LATEST "BURNcast" PODCAST: TALKING W/MARIAN, LARRY, AND DANGER RANGER

PARTICIPATE:
PROJECT MEGAPIXELS: PICTURE SELECTED - JOIN THE FUN ON THE PLAYA!!
EARTH GUARDIAN LNT BACKPACKING TRIP - 6/10-6/11 BLACK ROCK DESERT
FRIENDS OF THE BLACK ROCK/HIGH ROCK CAMPOUTS: 5/26-29 AND AUGUST 11-13
MEMORIAL LETTERS FOR ART PROJECT: WEBSITE ANNOUNCED

EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS:
MIDWEST BURN: InterFuse TICKET DEADLINE REMINDER! EVENT MAy 5-7
BOONVILLE MO
CHICAGO IL: ENTHEON VILLAGE FUNDRAISER MAY 6, 2005
TORONTO REGIONAL BURN: NUTOPIA - MAY 19 to May 22
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ZONE CAMPING TRIP

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT: HOUSTON, TX

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BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS: OCEAN BEACH CLEANUP 5/5/06

The camp is packed and the volunteers have gone home, but the story of Burners Without Borders is just beginning...and it's headed to San Francisco. Not content to fade into memory as one of the most creative disaster relief organizations ever to will itself into existence, Burners Without Borders barely stops to catch its collective breath before it undertakes its next civic service adventure: a community cleanup project at San Francisco's Ocean Beach.

Faced with the potential ban on beach bonfires at Ocean Beach, right now seems a perfect moment to declare an intention to be a part of a solution, and to show the "other" playa a little love. Be a Burner Without Borders on Friday, May 5th, 4pm till past dark at San Francisco's Ocean Beach for a LNT-style beach clean up and public education project on the proposed ban on beach burns in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Meet at north end of parking lot opposite where Fulton meets the ocean. Together, we'll make the beach beautiful (bring your cleanup tools if you have them - trash bags, buckets, magnet rakes, etc.), collect letters opposing the beach burn ban, and then enjoy a sunset potluck dinner (don't forget to bring a little something to share--rumor is Chef Spoon may make New Orleans-style beignets on the spot ). Then, naturally, we'll make a little fire when the sun goes down--some nail free wood would also be welcome. We'll post more details, but mark your calendars now, and start looking for a good pointy stick for marshmallows...

Updated info and ??? hotline at http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org

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HEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO BURNINGMAN.COM???

Burningman.com visitors and e-playa users were unable to access our website from approximately 2 am April 23rd through 1 pm on April 25th. The domain was inaccessible due to an unexpected entanglement with our domain registration. Everything is fine now, and even though we really appreciate the offers of help from our community, this was a really unusual situation and there is nothing more that can be done. Any emails sent to a alias at burningman.com most likely bounced back during this time period and will need to be sent again. We apologize for any inconvenience. Welcome back and we missed you too!

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NOW THAT IT'S UP...CHECK OUT THE ART!

FEAST your eyes on the art of Hope and Fear: The Future! Visit http://www.burningman.com/installations/06_art_grant.html to see the descriptions of the art projects that Burning Man is funding this year.

You'll find images and descriptions and contact info for the artists if you want to get involved...or, if you prefer to be surprised on the playa, DON'T check out the page...just know that stuff looks especially cool this year. ;)

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BUT...WHAT ABOUT MY ART THAT DIDN'T GET FUNDED?

As you see, we got a lot of great submissions for art grants...and a lot we weren't able to fund. It's in the face of that kind of challenge that we ask the community to turn to itself for support in making art happen. One such artist is Harlan Emil, whose Diamond Portal you might recognize somewhere in your Burning Man memories...below he invites participation in the Emerald Portal with a project plan and description for readers to consider.

If you are also finding yourself seeking support for your art idea - fundraising events, finances, advice on how to use a drill press, or more hands to cut and lift - please consider all your resources. May we suggest:

1) Turn to your friends and compatriots - there's nothing like a group project to bring people together; 2) attend a regional meeting, gathering or post to your regional list, and get people interested in what you're doing (we stood and watched this happen at an early South Bay gathering at the home of the former regional there - artists stood on a chair in the living room and announced their projects to the groups and stated what kind of help they needed....and it WORKED, we might add, to great effect!) ; 3) if you're still not getting what you're hoping for, you might try sending a post to the JRS with specifics like a URL and contact info. Keep in mind that the best place to turn is your own backyard. It's not necessarily easy for lots of far-flung projects to be supported from all over the map....but one thing is clear: magic happens when you bring groups of people together to create art. Right?

Here's Harlan's call for help....HELP CREATE THE EMERALD PORTAL:

Be a part of a Burning Man art project: Help fund the Emerald Portal for Burning Man 2006 If you experienced the 11:11 Diamond Portal at Burning Man 2004 -'05 and want to help make this new project possible, or if you are interested in facilitating an experience incorporating sacred geometry, heart chakra energetics and nonlinear dynamic sound vibrations to activate the vibrational shift, please help fund this project! Go to: http://harlanemil.com/emeraldportal.html

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CALL FOR DESIGNS FOR BURNING MAN STICKERS - DEADLINE MAY 5TH

Thanks to the above referenced borkened-ness, if you sent a Burning Man sticker design between April 22 - April 25 it was not received. Bummer! Please re-send to Bex or email her if you have any questions about your design.

Once again, this is the official call for designs for the 2006 Burning Man stickers that are passed out with the materials you receive at the Greeters station in Black Rock City, and other designs that appear randomly in your hands at other points in time:

These stickers are two color and can vary in size from 2.25" by 5.5" to 3" by 3" or 3" in diameter for a round design. Please incorporate the name Burning Man and the year 2006 into your design. These are two color stickers only so please design accordingly. If at all possible, please post your design on a web page and send the URL to Bex; otherwise send in an Adobe Illustrator file to bex-at-burningman-dot-com. Whether sending your design or questions, please put "STICKER DESIGN" in the subject header. HEY, remember there IS a theme, and we like stickers that attempt to use the theme! Hope and Fear: The Future!

We are also looking for designs for the 2006 car stickers. This sticker is a car window sticker that will be printed on clear vinyl and in two colors. Please make sure designs contain the Burning Man name and the year 2006. Designs should be 2" by 2" or 2" diameter if round. If at all possible, please post your design on a web page and send the URL to Bex; otherwise send in an Adobe Illustrator file to bex-at-burningman-dot-com. Please put "STICKER DESIGN" in the subject header. Ditto here on the theme!

THEME:
http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm06_theme.html

The deadline for design submissions is Friday May 5th.

Thank you and Good Luck!

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SAN FRANCISCO BURNING MAN ANNOUNCE

While we're totally aware (and MORE than glad, mind you!) that San Francisco is far from the only city that goes to Burning Man, we do know that LOTS of burners hail from here...and after a little edge-of-the-envelope calculation today we have realized that many of you are still not signed up for San Francisco Burning Man Announce List.

The JRS respects and adores ALL its far-flung readers, and therefore we don't post *every* Bay Area event that we hear about because so many of our 40,000 plus subscribers just don't need the information.

Now, there'll always be a space in the JRS for SOME events in the city by the Bay, but the San Francisco Burning Man Announce List has even more information and events specific to San Fran-disco...so, why aren't you on the SF Announce List, O burner-in-the-city-that-begat-Burning-Man?

send a blank message to: sanfrancisco-announce-subscribe-at-burningman-dot-com

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REMINDER: REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE FOR BURNERS LOST

Since 1996, Burning Man has created a plaque to commemorate members of our community who have passed away. We would like to carry on this tradition and honor those who have impacted our Burning experiences and participated in making Burning Man happen. This is a call out to you, our community, to please let us know of any burners lost who you feel should be added to the Remembrance Plaque. Please send their name, exactly as you would like to see it appear, to this address: remembrance(at)burningman(dot)com (please DO NOT HIT REPLY to this JRS!!)

Look for the completed plaque at the base of the Man from Monday (August 28th) through Friday (September 1st).

May their spirits move on to the eternal playa!

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HEAR THE LATEST "BURNcast" PODCAST: TALKING W/MARIAN, LARRY, AND DANGER RANGER

DaBomb on the mic: "Dear Friends, Freaks and Geeks,

The latest episode of BURNcast, a podcast about Burning Man, features a discussion with Larry Harvey, Danger Ranger and Maid Marian. It is now available for downloading at: http://nospectators.com/index.php?page=burncast

BURNcast is brought to you by members of Black Rock City Community Collective and is completely underwritten by participants like you. We want to give you a voice, we want to hear your story, and we invite you to share your experience.

We'd love to hear what you think, as well as your ideas for future episodes. For more information, visit: http://www.burncast.net or send an e-mail to: burncast-at-gmail-dot-com."

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PROJECT MEGAPIXELS: PICTURE SELECTED - JOIN THE FUN ON THE PLAYA!!

Project Megapixels seeks to create a very large image on the desert floor, visible in satellite photos (remember this one? http://platial.com/place/37100 , using squares of fabric as "pixels".

Sputnik updates us on the progress: "We recently announced the picture we are hoping to make. To see it click on the following link:

http://pics.livejournal.com/sputnik/pic/0002hddk

This project still needs you to bring out pieces of this enormous puzzle. Right now we have about 1000 pieces spoken for, but we need 5000 to make the complete picture. Each piece is simply a square of fabric a bit over 3 feet by 3 feet. If you can bring 5 to 10 pieces, then we can do this with 500 people or so. The project also needs donations of items we'll need to build and layout the image, things like lights for the perimeter, a generator, electrical cords, rebar stakes, 30,000 feet of rope, etc.

To get involved, check out our web site at http://projectmegapixels.org or email Sputnik at dan.eklund at gmail.com

In other good news, we have confirmation that the satellite picture of BRC will be taken again this year. Probably late in the week, exact day not known yet.

Thanks and see you on the playa!"

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EARTH GUARDIAN LNT BACKPACKING TRIP - 6/10-6/11 BLACK ROCK DESERT

Announcing the 2006 Earth Guardian LNT Backpacking trip! - June 10 and 11, Black Rock Desert! This is our annual in-depth training focused on the LNT principles and how they apply to Burning Man. It's also a great chance to meet other Burners and swap ideas for this year's event. The LNT backing trip is limited in size. Email me at karina-at-burningman-dot-com if you are interested in attending!

Also - if you are interested in come up to the playa sooner, come join us at the Black Rock Rendezvous on May 6-7. Earth Guardians are teaming up with Sierra Club to do a LNT workshop. More information below.
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June 10/11 Leave No Trace Train the Trainer Backpacking Trip

We'll explore one of the Wilderness Areas in the Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. You will be given a topic and help teach the class. You're also required to have fun. On completion you will be certified as a LNT trainer and handed a frothy and refreshing beverage. Your mission will be to spread the Leave No Trace word to groups in Burning Man communities.

There will be a very limited number of spots for attendees. Please sign up for the course only if you are sure that you will participate. There is no charge for this training - it is sponsored by Burning Man.

If you are interested in coming, please email karina-at-burningman-dot-com. We'll need to close registration for the class on May 25!

May 6/7- Black Rock Rendezvous - Black Rock NCA

Come join Friends of Black Rock High Rock and the BLM for a weekend of workshops, music, food and desert restoration in the Black Rock NCA. Earth Guardians will be teaming up with Sierra Club to give a LNT workshop. Other workshops will be given on Tread Lightly, desert safety, outdoor education, geology, and wilderness monitoring. BLM will be hosting a BBQ potluck, playa pick'in party and camp-out on Saturday. The group will work on a restoration project in the Calicos on Sunday.

Please email david_lefevre-at-nv-dot-blm.gov or call Dave Lefevre at (775) 623-1770 to RSVP by May 1.

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FRIENDS OF THE BLACK ROCK/HIGH ROCK CAMPOUTS: 5/26-29 AND AUGUST 11-13

If you love the Black Rock Desert, join up with the Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock for campouts in the Black Rock Desert, hosted by Will Roger aka Mr. Klean

*Memorial Day Weekend Camp-Out*
May 26th-29th, Daily excursions to various points of interest such as High Rock Canyon and Soldier Meadow Ranch.
This is a great way for you and your family to become familiar with the Black Rock Desert, High Rock Canyon, National Conservation Area.

*2nd Annual Perseids Meteor Shower Camp-Out and BBQ* August 11th-13th, Bring your telescope! The clarity of the night sky on the Black Rock Desert is outstanding. This year a waning gibbous moon will light the night.

Become a member, visit www.blackrockfriends.org
<http://www.blackrockfriends.org>>

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MEMORIAL LETTERS FOR ART PROJECT: WEBSITE ANNOUNCED

You might remember burner Kerry's project mentioned in a previous jackrabbit: a special memorial book for letters to those lost to suicide. She has now put up a website to receive these submissions. Find out more about the project at http://www.kerrymagann.com/loveletters.html

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MIDWEST BURN: InterFuse TICKET DEADLINE REMINDER! EVENT MAy 5-7 BOONVILLE MO

InterFuse, a Midwestern Regional Burn, is happening May 5-7 in Booneville MO. Our theme this year is the Archaic Imagination.

InterFuse tickets are only available for purchase until Midnight, April 23rd. We don't want anyone to miss the deadline. Mail-order ticket orders must be postmarked by April 22nd. Tickets are $15 each.

You must be a Midwest Burners member to purchase a ticket. Membership is free, simple, and NOT restricted to people in the Midwestern USA. Members may purchase up to 7 additional tickets for guests.

For more information on membership and tickets, please visit http://www.midwestburners.com or contact missouri-at-burningman-dot-com.

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CHICAGO IL: ENTHEON VILLAGE FUNDRAISER MAY 6, 2005

This evening is a Fundraiser for Entheon Village, a Burning Man Camp that will be home to MAPS, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (Alex & Allyson Grey), Erowid, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Sasha & Ann Shulgin, Stanislav Grof & many more...

Doors open at 9pm, music starts at 9:30pm and goes till sunrise
<http://www.psymbolic.com/entheon>

The parking garage is located at 2136 S. Prairie... right by McCormick
Place

All information can be found at www.entheonvillage.com
<http://www.entheonvillage.com> including the flyer

Pre-Sale tickets are $25
VIP tickets are $75
VIP- VIP- Visionary Infinite Presence will enjoy a separate lounge area
with an open bar.

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TORONTO REGIONAL BURN: NUTOPIA - MAY 19 to May 22

"NueTopia is the Toronto Regional Burn for 2006, running Friday, May 19 to Monday, May 22 near (Spread) Eagle Lake near Haliburton. Camping space on multiple acres, porta-potties, common areas (two domes, a central canopy). We are working on a large scale hot tub and sauna. There will be a communal camp fire every evening. The event culminates with an effigy burn and procession on Sunday night that everyone is encouraged to take part in. It's a mighty big fire!"

Event Details at :
http://www.burnon.ca/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=743

Admission, events, ticket information, ride shares from surrounding cities and more on the NuTopia Website/Wiki:
http://www.seedwiki.com/wiki/nutopia

Contact ottowa-at-burningman-dot-com

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ZONE CAMPING TRIP

We're told it'll technically be a fundraiser for AEZ if it actually nets any profit after the costs, but mostly to us it sounds like a great chance to get together in the beauty of Northern CA, camp out, and and work on your Burning Man projects for friends and supporters of the Alternative Energy Zone. Trust us, we've been to the campground in question...it's paradise.

http://www.ae-zone.org/events/Flyer2006.pdf

The DATE: June 16, 17, 18 (friday noon to sunday 2PM)

Contact roger-at-jollyone-dot-com to RSVP. Attendance is limited!

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REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT: HOUSTON, TEXAS

This week...we're frankly a little jealous because we hear it'll be a lovely 82F today in Houston, Texas. Regional Juan fills us in on the latest.

"This time of year, the Houston region is all intertwined with the Austin and Dallas regions getting ready for Flipside! The theme this year is Fall From Grace. Specifically in Houston, the art car peeps are creating our effigy, The Chalice of Dissention. It'll be a large wine glass covered with steel coin punch-out with interior lighting sequenced to music. OH, and lots of flamethrowers.

Other Houstonians (The Damn Fucking Texans) are creating the Amityville Whorehouse theme camp with the zombie bar, several curiosity rooms, and an electric chair and Throne of Judgement. We plan to bring this basic concept to the playa in August for some more fear.....and hope too? We'll see y'all there, unless you're here next month!

Houston burners are a scattered bunch, much like the city we call home, spread over hundreds of square miles of the freewayed swamp that is our city...we encourage any and all lone Houstonites to rally to the cause, and drop us a line! We know you're out there, at the Art Car Parade, in the suburbs, behind that desk. Come out and play!"

Find out more about Houston's Burning Man regional group at:
http://regionals.burningman.com/us_tx_hou.html

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{Soundtrack to this JRS: Just realized I was too excited about heading
off to a music festival this weekend to bother turning on any music.
Weird, huh?}

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