JRS VOLUME #13; ISSUE #19
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #19
May 15, 2009
Hi! Table of contents first, anyone?
+ TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER YOUR PLAYA PROJECT
+ REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE FOR BURNERS LOST - NAMES BY JULY 20
+ BRINGING KIDS TO BURNING MAN? LEARN ABOUT KIDSVILLE!
+ THE BLACK ROCK YEARBOOK 2008 IS UP!
+ "WE THE PEOPLE SAY" PROJECT UPDATE
+ GIRLS' GUIDE TO BURNING MAN
+ BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS COMMUNITY STIMULUS PACKAGE GRANTEES ANNOUNCED
+ BRAF GRANTEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2009
+ BLACK ROCK SOLAR COMPLETES ARRAY ON THE NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ KINETIC ART CRUZ - SANTA CRUZ, CA, MAY 17
+ FRIENDS OF BLACK ROCK / HIGH ROCK BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS - BLACK ROCK DESERT, MAY 22-25
+ RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP FUNDRAISER - SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 5
+ BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION - SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 6
+ HARMONY FESTIVAL - SANTA ROSA, CA, JUNE 12-14
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2008 FROM JASON MONGUE
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
As we enter the heart of May, things are really picking up and aiming toward the heart of Black Rock City. At the same time Burning Man's global reach continues to enrich the lives of many. How so?
The Black Rock Arts Foundation just awarded $45,000 worth of grants to 10 artists around the world ... Burners Without Borders just provided $6,500 in funds through its stimulus package program ... and Black Rock Solar just finished the installation of a solar array on roof of the Nevada Discovery Museum that will save them $6,000 in energy costs annually. Making it happen? Making a difference? Yeah, it would seem so.
Meanwhile, our focus is trained on the road to the playa! DPW has started its work weekends (and reports that the playa is STILL WET, which bodes well, particularly as we're returning to our 2007 city size!). Honorarium and other Burning Man artists are hard at work realizing their projects for Black Rock City. A talented collective of Austin artists are cranking on this year's Temple (entitled "Fire of Fires"). Themecamps are deep in their planning phases (like KidsVille ... see below). And project fundraisers and YES! Precompression events are imminent in SF - and things are probably heating up in your town too with preparation mode in full effect! (Find out: http://regionals.burningman.com/).
And now? Some reminders to keep you on the logistical ball! Our scholarship and low-income ticket application deadline is the end of this month, as are theme camp registrations. Mutant vehicle and art installation registration deadlines are fast approaching too (details below), so it's time to put dowwwn the procrastination and slowwwly step away.
Get ready ... the Man burns in 113 days, people! Onward!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER YOUR PLAYA PROJECT
If you're going to be bringing an art installation, or a mutant vehicle, or a pre-registered theme camp, now's the time to get it registered! We have deadlines for these things, folks, and they are rapidly approaching:
* Registered Theme Camp Placement: May 31
* Mutant Vehicle: June 30
* Art Installation: July 1
* Disabled Persons Vehicle: July 31
* Media: Video Projects: July 24 (NOTE: Personal Use Agreement has NOT been updated for 2009 yet, so stand by for additional info if you're just shooting personal use video)
* All other Media/Press projects: August 7
And remember, procrastination is evil. Now, before you jump into the form and start cranking out a questionnaire, you'll want to know what the registration criteria are first, right? Right. Here's where to go:
And now that you're all informed and ready to go, fill out the appropriate project registration form here:
* Project Registration: http://forms.burningman.com/
The earlier you register, the easier it is for our hard-working staff and volunteers to process this stuff, so please get your registration completed as quickly as possible. Most appreciated.
REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE FOR BURNERS LOST - NAMES BY JULY 20
Since 1996, an anonymous Burner has created a plaque to commemorate members of our community who have passed away in the last calendar year. This tradition continues today to honor people 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 this year who you feel should be added to the Remembrance Plaque.
Submission of names: please DO NOT HIT REPLY to this JRS, but rather send just their name, exactly as you would like to see it appear, to: remembrance (at) burningman (dot) com
Submissions need to be received by July 20th to be included on this year's plaque.
(Andie Grace adds this: "I have just hit send on request for two friends of Burning Man: longtime volunteer, artist, and rabble rouser Caleb Schaber, and amazing art car artist Tom Kennedy, both of whom we lost quite unexpectedly last month. Not a few folks noted that the JRS had not yet acknowledged these two very notable losses at the core of our community and our history. They will be missed.")
BRINGING KIDS TO BURNING MAN? LEARN ABOUT KIDSVILLE!
If you're busy running around looking for your Inner Child on the playa, take a moment to watch real kids enjoy themselves out there. You could learn a thing or two. Anyway, if you're bringing kids to Burning Man, KidsVille is the BEST! On that note, Lora sez:
"KidsVille is THE place for children of all ages. We are a group of diverse families creating a unique space for play and other activities. Families with children 0-17 years of age are welcome to camp with us if they are pre-registered.
Please note: KidsVille is NOT a babysitting service. Families who wish to camp within KidsVille need to register no later than August 1, 2009. If you are planning on bringing your children to Burning Man, please join our Yahoo group, where you'll find lots of people available to answer all of your questions.
THE BLACK ROCK YEARBOOK 2008 IS UP!
"This year's Black Rock Yearbook is live and ready to view! We had a great year last year and after much after school work, we got the yearbook finished!
Thank you to everyone on yearbook staff and those that waited and waited for this to happen.
A couple of notes:
1) we did include LA Decompression yearbook photos
2) we do publish individual photos for you to get yours
3) we do have a link to a PDF of the yearbook so you can have it for yourself
4) we are using issuu for online viewing, so make sure you have the latest browser. Otherwise, if it doesn't work, download the PDF.
5) Is it safe for work viewing? uh... depends on where you work.
6) Think you want to volunteer to be a yearbook photographer? email us: info (at) blackrockyearbook (dot) com
7) Some of our yearbook staff may have decided to jazz up your name. If this happened, please accept my apologizes.
See you guys on the playa!!!
"WE THE PEOPLE SAY" PROJECT UPDATE
Did you see this project out by the Man last year? Well, William writes in to tell us about how it's progressing:
"We the people.... are being heard.
The citizens of Black Rock City are being heard in the halls of our Government. If you stopped by the Man last year you may have visited the WE THE PEOPLE Kiosk located nearby. It contained an invitation to tell the entire Federal government your thoughts. Well, the transcription is complete, and the e-mail has started. Every (readable) comment that every Burner contributed will be sent to every member of the Federal government (every Congressman, both The President and Vice President, and the nine Supreme Court Justices). The transcript is available for all to read at:
http://www.wethepeoplesay.net/ Should anyone in government reply to the e-mail, then those too will be posted on that same site. Thanks to everyone who contributed!! Remember, these people work for YOU!!"
GIRLS' GUIDE TO BURNING MAN
Olla writes in to tell us about her informative (and quite nice) blog, providing information about Burning Man specifically for women. [Editor's note: the name "Girls' Guide" was the author's choice. That is all.]
"My name is Olla and I am a blogger. I just started a blog called Girls' Guide To Burning Man (http://girlsguidetoburningman.wordpress.com/). I've been to Burning Man two years in a row and this year will be my third year. Having gone those last two years I think I've learned a thing or two about surviving mentally, physically, socially and fashionably in Black Rock City. I'm starting this blog because when I went my first year, I was frustrated to find out that there really wasn't that much information online for a girl like me to research what it is like to go to Burning Man.
I'm sure that in time this blog will shift and change, but for now I can tell you that I am planning on writing to help out the first year girls that are going to Burning Man. This includes (but is not limited to): surviving in the desert, becoming social with the Black Rock population, what to bring, what to wear and articles about different theme camps. It'll help girls prepare for the racy and unending toplessness. How to deal with all the free love if you're in a relationship. Ideas on contributing, fashion ideas... anything! Think of this blog like a fashion magazine for strong-minded playa girls (but online of course).
Hopefully girls (and maybe some guys) will find my information helpful. If you are a seasoned Burner, I would love to hear some of your feedback!
I also need a little help. I want to do email interviews with different theme camps. I'd like to see if anyone would want to do a guest post on their experiences. Pictures, video or anything that would help out a Burning Man first-timer. If you're selling items online that are perfect for going out to the playa, I want to know who you are! Please get in contact with me soon: ollaurena (at) gmail (dot) com.
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS COMMUNITY STIMULUS PACKAGE GRANTEES ANNOUNCED
Carmen from Burners Without Borders reports on their awarding of stimulus package grants:
"We were blown away by the response to the BWB Community Stimulus Package. About a month ago we put out the call for creative, community building projects that needed a little boost in funding to be successful; BWB offered $100-$1,000 grants as a part of this Stimulus Package. With 35 applicants, the decision wasn't easy. However, because of all of the fantastic proposals, we decided to offer $1500 more in grants than we originally intended, bringing the total up to $6500. We have posted all of the projects on the BWB website so that you may check out the 15 projects that were funded and also see how you or your community could support any of the non-funded projects that might interest you.
Please go to http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org and join us in supporting the relentless creativity of this community."
BRAF GRANTEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2009
The Grant Committee of the Black Rock Arts Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our 2009 Grant Cycle. We received a record number of applications this year, over 260, and awarded more grants than ever before, giving away a total of $45,000 to 10 projects.
Our 2009 Grantee projects represent a truly diverse range of approaches to interactive art making. The concepts and implementation of the projects contrast greatly, employing both high and low-tech media, inviting both expressive freedom and refinement of craft, arising from both established collaborations and events and grassroots efforts, reaching both small-town and metropolitan communities. But, as always, our grantees share a common goal: to include their community in the creation of a project that exists for and belongs to the public – a project that provokes immediate actions that connect individuals with each other and with their community at large.
To see the full list, visit:
BLACK ROCK SOLAR COMPLETES ARRAY ON THE NEVADA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Black Rock Solar is proud to announce the completion of a solar array installation for the new Nevada Discovery Museum in the old City Hall in downtown Reno. This will be the premier science educational facility for kids in Northern Nevada, and it's an honor to be a part of it.
More than a year in development -- in part because the project was being built on an old building, with very special requirements for loading, etc -- this array will save them more than $6,600 annually on their energy bills.
More information and photos galore:
And now ... it's on to the next project!
PARTICIPATE: VOLUNTEER FOR THE MAN
Want to get involved? Burning Man has plenty of on-playa and yearround opportunities to volunteer. Whether you're a carpenter, software engineer, schlepper of coffee, lighting expert, lawyer, or ... well ... even if you can stand upright and follow a finger, there's probably a volunteer position that's just perfect for you. For more information, and to get started, visit:
GRACE IN MOTION - THE GOLDBERG COLLECTIVE
Our friend Rene writes to tell us about a cool project he's got going on this year. Rene is nothing if not good at coming up with cool projects. Says he:
"Are you creative, mechanically inclined and looking for a Burning Man project? The Goldberg Collective would like to meet you! The Goldberg Collective is a collaborative effort to create a modular, interactive, kinetic sculpture for Burning Man, entitled "Grace in Motion". It writes Haikus. The modular design means you can contribute from anywhere. As the group's name suggests, this is a Rube Goldberg machine. A modular Rube Goldberg machine of indefinite length, to be precise. You can think of it as extremely complicated dominoes, or crowd sourcing the Life Size Mousetrap.
Intrigued? Confused? Take a closer look here:
BLACK ROCK CITY ANIMAL CONTROL - CALLING ALL EVOLUTIONARIES!
We love BRCAC for the invaluable service they provide to the citizens of Black Rock City. If you haven't been bagged and tagged by BRCAC, you haven't lived. Or you were living without a bunny costume, anyway. Shannon writes:
"Black Rock City Animal Control (BRCAC) is looking for a pet-friendly camp that is willing to host our after party and pet auction Tuesday evening, starting at approximately 6:30-7pm, following one of our notorious animal collection runs. For those unfamiliar with BRCAC, our mission is "to provide a safe, healthy and caring environment where animals and people can co-exist." Our duties, especially on these animal collection runs, involve anything from picking up stray animals to trapping nuisance (even rabid) animals to enforcing BRC pet licensing laws.
For the after party, all that we require from the host camp for this event is a decent sized space (can fit up to 60 people or so) and a warm dispostion. Bonus if you can also provide a 'refueling station' for some of our thirsty staff. In return, we promise to bring our vibrant energy bundled inside our signature red jumpsuits, our extremely professional female medical staff fully equipped with tranqulizers required for the necessary sedation of badly behaved animals, and an animal collection van with a very sophisticated bunny-trapping mechanism and a booming sound system, DJ included!
And, just to put the icing on the cake, we will offer our lucky host camp a group discount towards our spay/neutering program.
If interested, please respond to shannon.behrman (at) gmail (dot) com.
Looking forward to serving you, the citizens of BRC, again on the playa,
DONATE SURPLUS STUFF TO LIGHTNING TEMPLE The Lightning Temple crew wants your stuff! They say:
"Have you been cleaning out the garage and finding materials you do not need? Donate them to help us build the Lightning Temple this year on the playa! We are creating a tremendous feast for the senses and we're looking for lots of wood, acrylic, metal, circuitry, fabric, a Mac Mini and many other materials.
Check out the wishlist at http://tinyurl.com/LTwish and email lightningtemple (at) gmail (dot) com if you can help us out by donating items to this project. To see what the Lightning Temple is all about visit www.lightningtemple.net or join us for a Tuesday meeting in Los Angeles (or participate remotely -- join our wiki). Live demos start in May with Red Lightning & Maker Faire! If you want to perform with the Lightning Temple on the playa drop us a line and we'll open up our application in May ... we welcome all genres and types of experiences for nine nights of delicious delights at BM2009. Remember: REUSE is an essential part of regenerative design and earth-friendly building practices!"
KINETIC ART CRUZ - SANTA CRUZ, CA, MAY 17
This one's just plain cool, and right up our alley, and free. Hey, why don't you do one in your town, huh? Just think of the quality wacky stuff people would create. Anyway, the Kinetic Art Cruz folks write to let us know:
"Attention Burning Artists!
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
-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:
The Kinetic Art Cruz Committee"
FRIENDS OF BLACK ROCK / HIGH ROCK BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS - BLACK ROCK DESERT, MAY 22-25
If you have not made your Memorial Day plans it's not too late to pack up the car and head to the Black Rock for an early season dose of Playa! Education, flame, music and fun goes on all weekend. This is your chance to see the playa without 50,000 of your closest friends. Get beyond the fence and learn why this region, with over 1.2 million acres, is host to such diversity.
Advance tickets are available online at BlackRockRendezvous.com or email info (at) blackrockdesert (dot) org
Come on out and explore, learn, see, feast, and dance in this amazing region that we all call "home".
RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP FUNDRAISER - SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 5
(If you missed our last issue, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship is one of the 2009 Honorarium art pieces you'll be enjoying in the dust this year. The URL to the project is at the end, but this fundie will help realize the dream, if you're SF bound in June.)
*****Begin Official Transmission*****
May 15, 2009 - NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE (NORAD) COMMAND
Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has intercepted, and NORAD has confirmed the following transmission, discovered during routine monitoring of deep sub-space audio traffic for patterned activity in the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life.
According to the contents of the transmission, an invasion force of as-yet-unidentified extraterrestrial creatures are planning an infiltration at LAT/LONG 37.794194,-122.400102 on Friday June 5th, potentially disrupting The Galactic Gala fundraising event, supporting the construction of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a privately-owned interplanetary space vehicle.
The transcribed transmission reads: "
... IT IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME WHETHER THEIR INTENTIONS ARE BELLIGERENT OR BENIGN IN NATURE. PEOPLE IN THE VICINITY OF THE BENTLY RESERVE DURING THIS TIME SHOULD STAND READY FOR ANY EVENTUALITY, AND ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE PREPARED WITH SPACE TRAVEL-READY GEAR.
Once again, this infiltration will take place:
THE GALACTIC GALA
A FUNDRAISER FOR THE RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP
FRIDAY, JUNE 5th
301 BATTERY ST. SAN FRANCISCO, CA
8pm - 2am
BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION - SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 6
Burning Man presents...
SF PRECOMPRESSION 2009!
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
Mission Rock Cafe - Indoor/Outdoor Waterfront Nightclub Lounge and Restaurant
817 Terry Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158
$15 in Playa Finery; $20 in street clothes
Evolutionary attire encouraged! Dress for indoor and outdoor weather.
See Evolution theme info for inspiration: http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm09_theme.html
We will also be collecting canned and packaged food donations for the SF Food Bank.
Happy Hour Drink Specials and early bird treats!
Food service available. Come for dinner on the water, starting at 8pm
No ins and outs at this venue. Come early; stay late!
Save the date...and pARTicipate!: Burning Man is thrilled to put out the call to YOU to participate in creating Precompression and ramping up for an Evolutionary year on the playa! Artists, performance artists, DJs, musicians, and theme camps, we want to hear from you! Email flambelounge (at) burningman (dot) com right away to participate.
To volunteer, email firekitty (at) burningman (dot) com to join the do-ocracy! Additional info and participating groups will soon posted at:
For info on upcoming Burning Man community events in San Francisco subscribe now to:
HARMONY FESTIVAL - SANTA ROSA, CA, JUNE 12-14
Long considered a spiritual sister event to Burning Man, the Harmony Festival Returns for its 31st year. Debra writes to tell us about their line-up this time around:
"Harmony Festival, June 12th-14th, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa CA, celebrates 31 years of "Harmony From the Roots Up", focusing on progressive ideals, community activism, and uplifting music.
This year's HARMONY FESTIVAL features Michael Franti, India.Arie, Matisyahu, Cake, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Steve Kimock, Dead Kennedys, Michael Beckwith, George Noory (Coast to Coast AM), Caroline Casey, Joanna macy, Julia Butterfly Hill, Daniel Pinchbeck, Starhawk, and many more special guests, plus new Eco Cup skate competition.
The West Coast's premier music and progressive lifestyle event is June 12, 13, and 14 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California.
Tickets/info: http://www.HarmonyFestival.com "
VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2008 FROM JASON MONGUE
Jason Mongue created this amazing video of Burning Man 2008 as a gift to the community ... it really captures the diversity of life in Black Rock City. Beautiful work, Jason, the Rabbits love it! Now, sit back and enjoy ...
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Soundtrack for this JRS: The Pink Spiders, Voxtrot, Hafdis Huld at PQ's desk, and odd old Forest for the Trees and Ke Fez at AG's