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Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
September 25, 2008

If you're itching to get your burn back on, we've got yer scratch right here. Yes, yes we do. While we tried to resist the urge to boast "We Are Everywhere", well, we are everywhere. From Milwaukee to Flagstaff, Ireland to South Africa, Burners around the globe will participate in Decompression events to bring back that good ol' feeling one more time ... howz about you?

In this issue, we've compiled a round-up of all the official Decompression events we know of, including detailed descriptions for two biggies: San Francisco and Los Angeles ... sweet, huh? For more information about any one of them, please visit the websites listed, or email the regional contact at the email address provided. They're the final word on any location or date changes, and more able to answer any questions you have than we will be (well, except SF, but that's some pretty detailed info for that one already, down below...). Cool? Cool. And, as always you can find your local regional contact here:

In case you're wondering, an "official" Decompression event is one organized out of a regional group (generally speaking, that means one with a formally recognized Regional Contact, btw) that has gone out of the way to apply for official status and meet the criteria for being an official event - including adhering to and upholding Burning Man's Ten Principles.

So that means if you see a Decom listed here, you and anyone you want to bring along are welcome (Principle #1 - Radical Inclusion: " We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.") and that the event is based on everyone's participation (Principles 5, 6, 9, and 10 all refer to participation and self expression and immediacy ... and ... what's that? You're new to the Ten Principles? Here, brush up: And betcha didn't know the word "Decompression" is actually trademarked and saved for events that benefit the entire local community, not just one group or camp. Yep, that's right. So what that means is this is your opportunity to engage with the maximum number of hometown Burners and see what your local community is all about!

There are also numerous "unofficial" post burn events all over the place, of course, and events that are affiliated with regional groups but not necessarily called "Decompressions" per se -- and because it's such an exotic location we couldn't resist sharing info on such an event that's happening near Rome (yes, in Italy) October 10-12 ... email Dario and Matteo, our Italian regional contacts, at italy (at) burningman (dot) com for more information. How cool would that be, right? History would indicate they're known for hospitality, those Italians...

Now, let's say you aren't physically proximate to any of these locations. Sucks. Ah, but we have an option for you too! Danger Ranger is hosting a virtual Decompression at the Burning Life Festival in Second Life (he and wife Dusty are our first-ever virtual world regional contacts - holding down the fort at!). That's online, so if you've got a decent computer and an internet connection (if you didn't, you wouldn't be reading this), you can join in the fun there. Learn more below.

Please to enjoy your decompression, wherever it may be, and take a moment to appreciate your fellow Burners in all their glory.

(Associate Rabbit)

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+ St. Louis, Missouri
+ Alberta, Canada
+ Lafayette, Georgia
+ Flagstaff, Arizona
+ Milwaukee, WI
+ Los Angeles, California
+ Odessa, Delaware
+ North Texas
+ San Francisco, California
+ South Africa
+ Denver, Colorado
+ Reno, NV
+ San Diego, California
+ New York, NY
+ Seattle, WA
+ Toronto, Canada
+ Dublin, Ireland
+ Monterey, California



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Here is the comprehensive list of official Decompression events happening around the country, and around the world, as we know them right now. While there may be gatherings, parties and other such events happening, these are the official ones we know about that have requested a listing here. For more information about any of them, visit the website listed or email the regional contact at the email address provided.

Gateway - Sept. 26-29, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri
There are no gate sales for this event, and pre-sales seem to have ended, but maybe you're already plugged in...they still wanted you to hear about the event...
stlouis (at) burningman (dot) com

Alberta Decompression - Sept. 27, 2008
Alberta, Canada
Tix and info:
Buy tix until Friday. Includes free afternoon workshops and a mixer starting 8pm (this is what you need tickets for). Tickets $20.

Alchemy - Oct. 2-6, 2008
Cherokee Farms, Lafayette, Georgia
atlanta (at) burningman (dot) com

Arizona and El Paso joint Decompression - Oct. 3-5, 2008
Gateway Ranch, near Flagstaff, Arizona
arizona (at) burningman (dot) com
elpaso (at) burningman (dot) com
Visit the Azburners or Border Burners regional website for more info

Wisconsin Decompression – Oct. 3rd, 2008
Milwaukee, WI wisconsin (at) burningman (dot) com

LA Decompression - Oct. 4, 2008
Los Angeles, California - la (at) burningman (dot) com
(see below for full deets)

Playa del Fuego - Oct. 9-13, 2008
Odessa, Delaware
washingtondc (at) burningman (dot) com
baltimore (at) burningman (dot) com

Myschevia (location TBA) - Oct. 9-13, 2008
North Texas
denton (at) burningman (dot) com
austin (at) burningman (dot) com
houston (at) burningman (dot) com
dallas (at) burningman (dot) com
elpaso (at) burningman (dot) com

Burning Man SF Decompression Heat The Street FaIRE! - Oct. 12, 2008
San Francisco, California
(or see below, more info there)

Afrika Burn 2008 - Oct. 16-19
South Africa
southafrica (at) burningman (dot) com

Denver Decompression - October 18, 2008
Denver, Colorado
denver (at) burningman (dot) com

Reno Decompression - October 18, 2008
Reno, NV
reno (at) burningman (dot) com

SoCal/San Diego Decompression - Oct. 18 - 20
San Diego, California
sandiego (at) burningman (dot) com

New York Decompression - Oct 25th
newyork (at) burningman (dot) com

Seacompression, Nov. 8
Seattle, WA
seattle (at) burningman (dot) com
Event info:

Toronto Decompression, Nov. 15 – 8pm to 4am
Toronto, Canada
details at
toronto (at) burningman (dot) com

Smokin' Craic! - November 15th, 2008
Dublin, Ireland
Ireland's Decompression event
Ireland (at) burningman (dot) com

M-pyre day at the beach - December 6, 2008
Monterey, California
monterey (at) burningman (dot) com

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You can get your Decompression on, without leaving home, at Burning Life '08, in the virtual world of Second Life. This is the sixth year that Burning Life will be celebrated in Second Life, and this year, since many real-world burners are long-time participants in the Burning Life community, Danger Ranger has organized the first Burning Man Regional group in a virtual world.

We'd like to invite you to join us "inworld" for this one-week event, from September 27th to October 5th. You can visit the art installations, attend live events, and participate in the experience.

Burning Life is an online event inspired by Burning Man. It follows the same Ten Principles (see: ), including immediacy and participation. Burning Life takes place in Second Life, a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents, inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.

This year, Burning Life 2008 offers us an opportunity to experience all the usual fixtures of the real life playa: DPW, Greeters, Rangers, Lamplighters, large scale art, bicycles and even a virtual dust storm. Shouting Fire/BMIR will be streaming radio into this virtual festival. Nearly 400 Second Life Residents have signed up to create unique art and performances for the event, including large works of art, interactive theme camps, a fashion show and of course, the burning of the Man amid a fireworks display. It's even rumored that Larry Harvey will make an appearance during the event.

To learn more about the event visit the Burning Life website:

Here is how you can participate: Download the free software here: and install it; this is similar to a web browser but you are in a 3-D environment. When you first launch Second Life, you will be "born" with a new name as an "avatar," which can be customized whenever and however you like. Just like at Burning Man, how you present yourself is completely up to you. When you first arrive, you'll see a short tutorial to orient you on how to get around Second Life. Then, take yourself up gate road, through the Greeters, and remember how great it is to be a playa virgin again!

Preparations for Burning Life have been ongoing for months, and the "camping" (building) space is already full for this year. But there are still plenty of ways to participate. Playafy your avatar, and enter the fashion show. Grab a public art car or green bike and start exploring. Offer to help a camp throw an event. Join the Lamplighters. Haunt the stage at the Center Camp Cafe, where live music and performance will be happening 24 hours a day! If you already have Second Life building skills, you can sign up for a porta-potty art project.

If you would like to join the discussion list for this new Regional event, you need to attend Burning Life and visit the Regional Information Booth located across from the Center Camp Cafe.

If you would like to be on the announce list for the Burning Life Regional group, send a blank email to secondlife-announce-subscribe (at) burningman (dot) com

We hope to see you there!


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The 6th Annual LA Decompression Music & Arts Festival
A fundraiser for Burners Without Borders (
October 4th
Noon to Midnight
at the Los Angeles State Historical Park
1245 N. Spring Street, 90012

5 Stages of Live Entertainment, Tons of Arts and Activities for all ages
$10 in costume, $20 in street wear (children under 12 free)
Complete info, photos, schedule, parking info at (please note our web address has changed to .org)

This is the Official Burning Man Los Angeles Decompression event. Experience the art and culture of Burning Man brought to life in downtown LA. Be a participant in the LA Burner community, and immerse yourself in twelve hours of art, performance, live bands, Djs, theme camps, art cars, green technologies, puppetry, circus, marching bands, fire steam, and 2008 imagery. Come be a part of the experience.

Call for Participation: We have so many ways you can participate in Decom. With our new open park location we have a lot more space for your installation. Your amazing and diverse talents, spirit, creativity and enthusiasm are what this great community is all about. If you know of other artists who may like to be involved, please forward this to them immediately and have them respond to ...

for art installation: art (at) la-burningman (dot) org
for theme camps: camps (at) la-burningman (dot) org
for performers, bands, djs: perform (at) la-burningman (dot) org
for volunteers (we SO need you): volunteers (at) la-burningman (dot) org

We look forward to playing in the park with each and everyone one of you. Please forward to all your lists, friends, family and anyone you feel might want to play in the park.

The LA Decom Team



Sunday, October 12, 2008
Noon SHARP till 12am
Public Entrance: 19th Street & Minnesota Street, SF
$10 donation in Black Rock Couture/Costume; $20 in streetwear
All ages outdoors; kids under 12 absolutely free!
Age 21+ inside Cocomo (club closes 1:30am)
Outdoor sound ends at Mariposa Stage at 11pm; 10pm other outside areas
Food available, and sales help support the Black Rock Arts Foundation's public art and grants programs.

Come at noon SHARP for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, marching bands, DJs, Burning Man 2008 imagery, and more, more, MORE!!!

We are FULL on sound camps, fire art and art cars! But we still have room for freestanding sculpture and art that can hang on fences. We also have a few slots left for short stage and circus acts. But the entire street is mapped and it's looking EPIC! Email flambe (at) burningman (dot) com NOW to bring art, imagery, a short act, or to volunteer.

This year, we're bringing our collective American Dream to the streets of SF and greening our operations with biodiesel and composting, in addition to recycling. Help us Leave No Trace!

All six blocks, the park, and the stages will be PACKED with all the creative expression that is US! So, bring your dusty American Dream to share too!!!

Full event info, including confirmed participants and stage schedules can be found here:


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