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JRS VOLUME #12; ISSUE #05

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 12, Issue #5: Decompressions!
October 18, 2007

Howdy all! The rabbits have been receiving many a plaintive query from forlorn participants adjusting to the jarring reality of their post-playa day-to-day lives. They, like us, are jonesing for playa dust and the community it permeates. We know how it is, and well, we have two solutions for you ...

One: don't let it stop at the edge of Black Rock City. Tap into your local regional group (http://regionals.burningman.com), or dig into Burners Without Borders (www.burnerswithoutborders.org) and get inspired to take a piece of BRC back to your hometown, in small ways or large. Just because you're home, it doesn't mean you're not a participant anymore, folks.

Two: find the nearest Decompression event, and get there! To that end, we provide this special JRS edition, giving you the lowdown on the killer Decompression events we know about. If you don't see one near you, find your closest regional here: http://regionals.burningman.com and see what they've got going on.

Finally, a spattering of folks asked who the heck I (the newest rabbit in the hutch) am. OK, so fine. I'm Playaquest, aka PQ, aka Will Chase ... I've been your Burning Man webmaster for 4 years, and author of many Burning Man related things you've likely read. Pleased to meet you ... and happy to reach out and tap you on the shoulder with the occasional reminder of Black Rock City, and to flick a little playa dust yer way.

Onward and outward!

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IT'S DECOMPRESSION MANIA!!
- SAN DIEGO, CA - OCT 19-21
- PORTLAND, OR - OCT 20
- NEW HAMPSHIRE - OCT 20
- LAKE TAHOE, CA - OCT 21
- NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOV 3
- TOKYO, JAPAN - NOV 9
- SEATTLE, WA - NOV 10

(... yes, we are everywhere.)

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SAN DIEGO DECOMPRESSION: "FUEGO DE LOS MUERTOS" OCTOBER 19-21

Fuego de los Muertos, The Fire of the Dead, is the annual San Diego decompression: three days of art, music, fire performance and the celebration of life. It is our rite of transformation: a nexus connecting the end of the completed burn cycle with the start of the new one. We gather together to light the fires, to release the old, to renew ourselves. Through our passion, our art and our ingenuity, we evoke the savage and the sacred. At FDLM, we express ourselves in radically new ways and create our own meaning in this wild autumn celebration.

Situated in Anza Borrego, you'll encounter a spectacular variety of creativity. Theme camps, art, music, performance and workshops will abound in this outdoor desert paradise. And this year brings a new tradition: The Secret Sculpture. Anchoring FDLM from beginning to end, this sculpture is set aflame on the final night... revealing a special transformation from within.

This is the harvest season, a time of burning away the old and creatingthe new. Come experience the transformation... and please participate! Help make this our best FDLM ever!

The fine print: No pets, no vending. Obey all fire safety and camp ground rules. No one under 21 without a guardian. This is not a rave. This is a Leave No Trace event--pack it in, pack it out.

For all the details, please visit: http://www.fuegodelosmuertos.com/ or contact sandiego (at) burningman (dot) com.

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PORTLAND - OCTOBER 20

DIVERSION 2007
Saturday, Oct. 20th
ON AIR
1300 N. River St. (under the Fremont Bridge)
3pm-11pm (afterparty directly following til 6am!)
All Ages

This year Portland's decompression event, DIVERSION, will be bigger, better, harder and faster than any before! We have over 30,000 square feet of space and two stages presenting roughly 16 hours of music, stellar performance and performance art, fire shows, theme camps, interactive art, and more freaks than you can shake a rapidly decomposing glowstick at! for detailed info, check out: www.pdxdiversion.org

tickets here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/20669

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NEW HAMPSHIRE - OCTOBER 20

New Hampshire's informal decompression will be held on Saturday, October 20th at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. For more information, please contact the New Hampshire regional coordinator at: burningbunker (at) gmail (dot) com.

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LAKE TAHOE, CA - OCTOBER 21

Tahoe Decom
Sunday, October 21, 4-midnight. 21+ only.
A fabulous private party for Burners and friends of Burners.

Music w/Frame of Mind, DJ's, Fire Performances, Art Cars, Slide Show, Playa Art and More!

$20 donation at the door
$15 in playalicious gear

LOCATION:
The former Pierce Street Annex and parking lot (if you haven't seen what JoJo has done to it, now's the time - this is the place!!)

850 North Lake Blvd. behind Safeway / Tahoe City
Complimentary beer/wine. Bring your own, or some to share.

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NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 3

The NYC Burning Man community presents...

CONCRETE JUNGLE
NYC Decompression 2007
on November 3rd, 2007 from 3pm - 4am
at the Queens Museum of Art
http://decom.brcnyc.com/

This is a landmark year for NYC Decompression. Decompression is teaming up with the Queens Museum of Art, a historic (site of the first UN General Assembly session), community-oriented, arts institution, to showcase the brightest creative flames of NYC, the East Coast and beyond.

We are all the creators of Decompression and together we will bring illumination and warmth to the November night, deep in the heart of the Concrete Jungle. Set in the bucolic environs of Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the inner reaches of the borough of Queens, we will create a lush and vibrant oasis of imagination.

Concrete Jungle needs every trailblazer and explorer to tread boldly with us into the wild. If you have an installation, performance, theme camp, band, activity, sculpture, painting, art car, photograph or imaginative menagerie of any sort, please bring it with you. It will take all of our creative resources to make it through the night. There is no room for spectators in the depths of the jungle.

Hardy pioneers of all sorts will be needed for this expedition. Every rugged ranger, gregarious greeter, DPW daredevil, gritty gatekeeper, determined doctor and vivacious volunteer are in demand! And everyone from the lowliest scout to the grandest shaman must Leave No Trace.

Tickets are on sale now! You must purchase tickets in advance to attend. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are expected to go fast, so get them at your earliest opportunity.

You can learn all about Decompression, contribute your art project and sign up as a volunteer at http://decom.brcnyc.com/. General inquiries should be sent to decom (at) brcnyc (dot) com.

Decompression is what we make of it.

The NYC Decom Team

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TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 9

BM2007 After Party
2007.11.09, Friday 22:00-5:00 Saturday
ROOM, Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

(2min walk from Shimokitazawa station, South gate. Go down the street between McDonald's and Starbucks to the first street light and turn right. Proceed and look for a sign "ROOM" on your right, the bar is on the 4th floor.) 1500yen for 1 drink and one-night Burners' paradise.

Being pushed around by newbies this year, Makibee and toitoi are throwing After Party for Burners and Burners to bees. This is going to be one of few events that you can smell the playa dust in Tokyo.

Music by KUMASEN, TOMY, BUBBLE-B, Video projection, T-shirt sales, Face Painting Booth, Best Shot 2007 Photo contest and more to come.

For more info, especially if you are visiting from outside Japan, please mail to japan (at) burningman (dot) com , or add yourself on regional announce list by sending an empty mail to japan-announce-subscribe (at) burningman (dot) com !

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10

SeaCompression Six: UNICORNS & RAINBOWS!

Tickets now available: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/21057

SeaCompressionSix: Unicorns and Rainbows!!! is shaping up to be the biggest and bestest EVAR! Come decompress from the great dust storms of '07 with over 25,000 square feet of performance, fire, music, and art! We expect major theme installations from Flight 2 Mars, Black Rock City Animal Control, Dead Letter Camp, just to name a few; dozen of DJs and live musicians on three sound stages; an expanded art gallery; chill spaces galore; a video festival; and more!

Including: Recycled Playa Food Drive! Bring your dusty (but sealed) leftover playa food. Donations will feed homeless kids attending Seattle's Summit K12 school. More info here: http://www.seattleschools.org/schools/summitk-12/

What: SeaCompression Six: UNICORNS & RAINBOWS!
When: November 10, 2007, 7:00pm - 2:00am
Where: Sand Point Magnuson Park, Hangar 30
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Cost: $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door - (sponsor an artist/performer/volunteer for only $5 more!)
21+ ONLY

For more information: http://www.ignitionnw.org/seacompression/

Brought to you by the lovely folks at Ignition NW and scores of Pacific NW Burners!

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