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JRS VOLUME #13; ISSUE #10

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #10
January 8, 2009

Happy New (calendar) Year, everybody! Hope this finds you having successfully navigated the challenging waters of the holiday season ... we returned from them with bleary-eyed and head-shaking confusion that has since turned into enthusiasm for 2009 and all it promises.

So onward with the good stuff! Burning Man tickets for 2009 go on sale this Wednesday, January 14 at 10am PST. Read on for more information. And while you are purchasing your tickets, please keep in mind that the Burning Man office staff will once again be donning what has become our traditional ticket day garb: our pajamas. And eating our traditional ticket day fare: bacon. (Well, the meat-eaters will, anyway. The rest will stand around commiserating about how horrific that fake bacon stuff is.) Perhaps we'll post a photo gallery here in the future?

In other exciting news, our Art Grant proposal cycle for 2009 has started, and Crimson Rose has offered up details about how to apply. Whether or not you're awarded a grant, we hope to see your art on the playa!

Please to read further of opportunities to participate, things to see, things to do, things to celebrate, and news of the strange and interesting that inevitably bobs in the wake of the Burning Man community.

-PQ (Associate Rabbit)

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LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING MAN TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY 1/14 @ 10AM PST
+ 2009 ART GRANT PROPOSAL CYCLE OPENS
+ EMPIRE STORE REOPENS
+ BOB HOFMANN'S BONEFIRE FLAMETHROWERS COVERED IN WIRED MAGAZINE

PARTICIPATE:
+ ARE YOU IN THIS PICTURE? SEEKING MODEL RELEASES FOR BURNING MAN E-BOOK
+ CALLING BURNING ARTISTS FOR THE KINETIC ART CRUZ!

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE: A BURNING OPERA - 1/16-17, SF
+ CHANGING OF THE MAN: A BURNER MEET AND GREET AT THE INAUGURATION - 1/19, DC
+ THE ART OF CHANGE INAUGURAL CELEBRATION - 1/20, DC

PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ LENNY AND CLAUDIA'S BURNING COMIC BOOK

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Srsly? OK, here's how: http://tinyurl.com/2rwqzx

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BURNING MAN TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY 1/14 @ 10AM PST

Hey, guess what? Chicken butt! OK, what else? Yes, Burning Man tickets for 2009 go on sale this coming Wednesday at 10am PST. If you're going to dive into the pile and get your tickets on that morning, you'll absolutely, most definitely want to thoroughly (and we do mean *thoroughly*) read all the information on our tickets page:

http://tickets.burningman.com

That's because there's stuff there that will prepare you to be successful in your ticket-buying experience, including what you need to have in hand, how the process works, and an opportunity to test out your browser to make sure you've got the necessary technological bits and bobs in place to make it all work ... beFORE you jump into the fray.

Did you know that 12,500 tickets are sold at below the cost per person to produce the event? Please help our community and do your part: buy tickets at the highest price level you can afford. When you buy a higher priced ticket it allows lower-income members of our community to purchase tickets at price levels they can afford. Here are the ticket pricing levels for 2009:

First Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $210 each, while supplies last.
* Limit 2 tickets per person
* Available through the Internet sales ONLY

Second Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $240 each, while supplies last.
* Limit 2 tickets per person
* Available through the Internet sales and Mail Order

Third Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $260 each, while supplies last.
* AVAILABLE THROUGH MAIL ORDER (cashier's check or money order ONLY - NO CHECKS)
* Also available through Internet Sales

Fourth Level:
9,000 tickets will be available for $280 each, while supplies last.
* AVAILABLE THROUGH MAIL ORDER (cashier's check or money order ONLY - NO CHECKS)
* Also available through Internet Sales
* Depending on supplies, MAY be available through Walk-in Ticket Outlets

Fifth Level:
tickets are $300, while supplies last
* Available through the Internet Sales, Mail Order, and Walk-in Outlets
* Absolutely No Mail Order sales postmarked after 6/30/09

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2009 ART GRANT PROPOSAL CYCLE OPENS

Burning Man is now accepting art proposals for the 2009 event and will be doing so until February 1, 2009. Proposals to apply for a grant must follow the Submission Guidelines. Please submit the following information within your proposal: Physical Description, Philosophical Statement, Detailed Drawings, Itemized Budget, Adequate Crew, Timelines (pre, event, post), Leave No Trace and if you are utilizing fire in any way, a Fire Safety Plan.

All information on applying for a grant and how to submit can be found on the Burning Man website:

http://tinyurl.com/ytptfb

Please read the Submission Guidelines carefully and be sure to submit everything required; we will not accept incomplete proposals for review. Please do not wait until the last 24 hours of the deadline to submit your proposal. The grant committee will be able to review your proposal much more carefully if you send it in during the month of January. More time to consider your proposal results in a much better understanding of it.

This year's theme, Evolution: A Tangled Bank, prompts three related questions:
What are we as humans beings?
Where have we come from? How may we adapt to meet an ever-changing world?

Art Theme text: http://tinyurl.com/mf8b3

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EMPIRE STORE REOPENS

You may or may not have heard through the grapevine that there were some legal shenanigans that went down late last year at the Empire Store, the lone outpost for groceries and sundries on the edge of nowhere, serving the towns of Empire and Gerlach and ... to a degree, Black Rock City. As a result of a dispute between the store owner and manager, the store closed down for a while, but now it's reopened, thanks to the help of some intrepid, caring Burners. Read more in the story from the Reno Gazette-Journal:

http://tinyurl.com/6h6t2j

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BOB HOFMANN'S BONEFIRE FLAMETHROWERS COVERED IN WIRED MAGAZINE

Hey, this is cool. WIRED Magazine did a piece on longtime Burner and fire enthusiast (is that redundant?) Bob Hofmann and his handmade Bonefire flamethrowers in their January issue, which hit newstands back on December 23rd. We have one of these babies in the Burning Man office ... you know, just in case. It's a beautiful piece of art.

Check out the article in the magazine, or on WIRED's website here:

http://tinyurl.com/8yc5u8

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ARE YOU IN THIS PICTURE? SEEKING MODEL RELEASES FOR BURNING MAN E-BOOK

Matt writes:

"I have been working on an e-book project with my Burning Man 2008 photos, which is why I have not put a gallery on the web this year. In order to get Burning Man Project's official blessing, there are still a handful of images that I need to get model releases for. I have put those images in a gallery, in the hopes of tracking down the people pictured so I can get their permission to be in the book. This also serves as a small preview of coming attractions for the e-book:

http://imageevent.com/pmattf/burningman/burningman2008contactinfoneeded

So if you know who any of these people are, please have them contact me via my site http://www.silentcolor.com.

For more information about the e-book, and some more preview images, see

http://www.silentcolor.com/projects/burningman2008/index.html

Thanks!

Matt"

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CALLING BURNING ARTISTS FOR THE KINETIC ART CRUZ!

Bring Your Human Powered Art Vehicle to Downtown Santa Cruz on Sunday May 17th @ 10a.m. for the Kinetic Art Cruz. This is a celebration of innovation and creative alternative transportation.

Peddle It! Push It! Pull It!
Join the Santa Cruz Art Movement and win cash, trophies & special awards!
-Best Use of Recycled Materials
-Most Outrageous!
-Best River Theme
-Best Team Entry
-Most Artistic win Greatest Artist in the World!
-Greatest Artist of the Future (12 and under)

Participation is FREE!

The Kinetic Art Cruz is part of the River Arts Festival, for an application and more information go to:

http://www.RiverArtsFestival.com

See you!
The Kinetic Art Cruz Committee

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE: A BURNING OPERA

Come experience "How to Survive the Apocalypse" - Premiering Jan. 16 & 17 at Stage Werx, 533 Sutter St., San Francisco. Shows Fri 1/16 @ 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm; Sat. 1/17 @ 8:00 pm.

After getting kicked off a beach for trying to burn an effigy, a small crew of freaks builds a visionary city in the desert. Three newbies arrive, each with their own baggage of fears and expectations, and make their way through the erotic, psychological, and apocalyptic minefield of the temporary festival. Then the world changes in the blink of an eye.

"How to Survive the Apocalypse" is a Burning Man-inspired theatrical freak-out that combines rock opera, vaudeville, and a Dionysian revival show that is just as inspired and terrified by current events as you are. Part mutant mystery play, part crash-course in proactive future culture, the evening combines millennialist rants and sexy burlesque with select scenes and songs from the “Burning Opera,” an ambitious and ferociously inventive rock musical scored by Mark Nichols, with libretto by counterculture writer Erik Davis.

Driven by the desire to bring the burn off the playa, but without the crusty snot, "How to Survive the Apocalypse" aims to reflect the significance of Burning Man and communicate the culture it has helped spawn to wider audiences. On a larger level, the show aims to explore the inherent conflicts and painful paradoxes of the event itself, from its tangled origins to its ongoing mutation. On an even larger level, however, the evening is completely aimless, or at least shoots from the hip in your general direction with a furry thong over its eyes.

Because of the limited run and the small number of seats at Stage Werx, we fully expect this show to sell out early. Tickets $15 in advance through Brown Bag tickets beginning 12/15; $20 at the door. The event is all-volunteer. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Intersection for the Arts.

For more information contact dana (at) burningopera (dot) com , or check out http://www.burningopera.com or http://www.stagewerx.org.

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CHANGING OF THE MAN: A BURNER MEET AND GREET AT THE INAUGURATION

Changing of the Man: A Burner Meet n' Greet
Monday, January 19th, 2009
Rock and Roll Hotel UPSTAIRS
21+
1353 H. Street NE
http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com

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THE ART OF CHANGE INAUGURAL CELEBRATION

Playa del Fuego and Artomatic are excited to present

The Art of Change: An Inaugural Celebration of DC's Creative Communities

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Doors open at 8pm.
Warehouse Theater, 7th St and New York Ave NW, Washington DC

*Tickets on sale now*!

Time to break out that funky fabulous inauguration outfit you weren't sure you would have the chance to wear!!

This event will feature DJs, musicians, fire performers, theatre performers, poets, dancers, comedians and visual artists from DC and all over the east coast. Three dance areas, a Variety Stage, the Art of Change Gallery and much much more all night long ... what better way to celebrate this historic moment than with an explosion of creative energy in the heart of our nation's capital!!

Check out http://artists-ball.org for event info and to register to help out.

Tickets are $50 and there's a 4-ticket per person limit. To purchase, go to
http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/3200.aspx

Full press release:
http://artists-ball.org/press_release

Other participating groups include: DC Burners, Dance Afire, Bethesda Theatre, Cultural Attache, Washington Project for the Arts, 4&9 Productions LLC, Brightest Young Things, The Pink Line Project, Capitol Riverfront BID, and Pecha Kucha.

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LENNY AND CLAUDIA'S BURNING COMIC BOOK

Every year, Lenny Jones and his friend Claudia Rose create a really neat (and not entirely safe for work) photo comic book of their Burning Man experience. They really do a fabulous job of capturing all the facets of Burning Man. Here it is for 2008, check it out. Have fun!

http://tinyurl.com/8t467q

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Soundtrack for this JRS: Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, Jimmy Rosenberg

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