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JRS VOLUME #13; ISSUE #27

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #27: PARTICIPATE!
July 31, 2009

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ THE TEMPLE (FIRE OF FIRES) NEEDS YOUR HELP!
+ THUNDERDOME NEEDS HELP!
+ FIRE CONCLAVE 2009
+ SUBMIT YOUR MATERIAL CULTURE TO THE BURNING MAN ARCHIVES!
+ TICKETS FOR THE BURNING OPERA NOW ON SALE

PARTICIPATE:
+ BRAF ON THE PLAYA - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!
+ VOLUNTEER WITH AIR PLAYA INFO AT THE RENO TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
+ EVOLVE ON-AIR WITH BMIR 94.5 FM BY SUBMITTING YOUR RADIO SPOTS
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE SEEKS MURALISTS AND ARTISTS FOR THE FENCE GALLERY
+ HANG YOUR ART IN CENTER CAMP CAFE!
+ Re:EVOLUTION SYMPOSIUM - CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
+ BIKE ROCK CITY REPAIR SHOP SEEKS BIKE MECHANICS
+ ARE YOU A CHEF? LEARN HOW TO SET UP A PLAYA KITCHEN
+ PLAYA CHOIR SEEKING SINGERS AND MUSICIANS
+ CRITICAL TITS 14TH ANNUAL BIKE RIDE
+ "CARBON GARDEN" ART INSTALLATION SEEKING LIVE MUSICAL ACTS
+ THE FIRST ANNUAL BLACK ROCK BULL RUN!
+ ON-PLAYA SCRABBLE
+ ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ON THE PLAYA
+ CAMP OF THE LIVING DEAD'S MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE
+ DISORIENT PRESENTS: THE ART CAR WASH
+ AUTOMATIC SUBCONSCIOUS CAMP'S EARLY RISERS' CLASSICAL CAFE
+ FLUTTER TUNNEL SEEKS ENGINEERS, FABRICATORS AND ARTISTS FOR PROJECT
+ THE FRENCH NATURALIST SEEKS PUPPET CREPE PERFORMERS
+ ZOMBIE MEET-UP ON PLAYA

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ REN0-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PRE-PLAYA PARTY - AUGUST 5
+ PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER CAMPOUT - BLACK ROCK DESERT, AUGUST 16

PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2008 BY JASON MONGUE

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

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

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OK people, look over there to the right. Do you see that scroll bar? Do you see how small it is? Do you? Yeah, well, you have nobody to blame but yourselves.

Why? Because you brilliant people keep coming up with all these crazy- ass ideas and things and stuff to do on playa (most of which are just plain awesome), and it's our sworn duty to keep the Burning Man community informed. So yeah, it's that time of year, when all this great stuff starts to bubble up out of people's brains, and we can't help but publish it. Therefore, this edition is (pretty much by circumstance, to be honest) dedicated to ... participation (and a couple fundraising shoutouts for some very important projects like The Temple and Thunderdome).

From the sublime (like the gigantic slinky-like project) to the ridiculous (the running of the bulls? the zombie meet-up? the Michael Jackson tribute? it's hard to pick.), once again Black Rock City promises to offer you the opportunity to do everything your heart desires, and likely some things that it had never even considered remotely possible before, until it stumbled upon that ... one ... camp.

We get positively giddy just scanning the list ... and knowing that this merely scratches the surface. Now it's your turn.

One month, people. One month. It's gonna be a helluva time.

-Will
(Associate Rabbit)

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THE TEMPLE (FIRE OF FIRES) NEEDS YOUR HELP!

(Please note, we only publish requests for fundraising from large art projects and theme camps that have a significant impact on our entire community. The Temple certainly qualifies.) They write:

"This year's Temple, the Fire of Fires, is shaping up to be something truly special. In order to complete every aspect of this project on our shortened schedule we've been facing some hard choices because of unexpected rush charges for materials and machining charges. We're trying our hardest to keep all the major elements of this project, especially the fire vortex up the center, but the reality is that the money is just not there. With that in mind, we'd like to point out the fundraising button on our website. Even a few dollars will make a difference if enough people can help out. So if you have a few bucks you can part with to keep the temple builders building, please click the donate link on the page below:

http://communityartmakers.com/fund-raising

Your donation will go towards materials to complete the fire vortex, as well as helping us to get all of the temple's beautiful artwork cut out. We're looking forward to bringing this project to the playa, but we really do need your help.

Sincerely yours,

Community Art Makers, Temple Crew, Austin TX"

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THUNDERDOME NEEDS HELP!

If you haven't experienced Thunderdome on playa (either as a pie-eyed spectator, participant, victor, victim, or all of the above), you haven't experienced Burning Man. They could use some help getting to the playa this year, given some unfortunate issues this last year. (Please note, we only publish requests for fundraising from large art projects and theme camps that have a significant impact on our entire community. Thunderdome certainly falls into that category.) Marisa writes:

"As you may have heard, Thunderdome has gone through rough times in the last year. We have lost some key, founding members. Our founder, David King, suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident and may have to have surgery. With all of this, the task of trying to get to Burning Man seemed almost too daunting to undertake. However, we wouldn't be Thunderdome if we didn't at least try. We're drumming up funds within our own circles but, given the late hour, we are asking for your help. If you have ever fought in and loved Thunderdome, climbed the dome and screamed your head off, or just walked by and wondered if we're as tough as we pretend to be (shhhh; we’re not), *please* consider donating. Any little bit helps; we can’t do it without you. We have set up a paypal account – decay (at) deathguild (dot) com. Thank you, and we’ll see you on the playa this year – hell, high water, or both."

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FIRE CONCLAVE 2009

Crimson Rose writes:

"It is with great pleasure and delight that we announce this year's Fire Conclave membership. They will be creating their magick before the Man is released in pyrotechnic delight.

  • Aish Tamid (Eternal Flame) - RETURNING GROUP - Philadelphia, PA
  • BeOnFire Tribe - NEW GROUP - Nevada City, CA
  • Cinder Circus - RETURNING GROUP - Eugene, OR
    http://myspace.com/cindercircus
  • Colorado Fire Tribe - RETURNING GROUP New Shin
  • Controlled Burn - RETURNING GROUP - Reno, NV
    http://www.controlledburnreno.com/
  • Dreamtime Circus - RETURNING GROUP new Shin - Bay Area, CA
    www.dreamtimecircus.org
  • Fire Arts Collective - RETURNING GROUP - Bay Area, CA
    http://www.fireartscollective.com/
  • Fuego Azul - NEW GROUP - Bay Area, CA
    http://fuegoazul.tumblr.com/
  • Garnish - RETURNING GROUP New Shin - Portland, Montreal, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Sebastopol
    http://garnishfire.com/
  • Heartburn - NEW GROUP - Southern CA
  • Ka Mana Lei O Ke Ahi (powerful circle of fire) - RETURNING GROUP - Hawaiian Islands
  • Luminesque - NEW GROUP - Returning Shin - Mendocino, Willits, Ukiah CA
  • Minneapolis Fire Collective - RETURNING GROUP New Shin -
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • NorthWest Fire Conclave - RETURNING GROUP New Shin - Seattle, WA
  • NYC Sparkworks - RETURNING GROUP
  • Oregon Fire Conclave - RETURNING GROUP
    tribes.tribe.net/oregonconclave
  • Playa Del Fuego Fire Conclave - RETURNING GROUP - Washington DC area
    http://www.pdffireconclave.com/
  • Pois In The Hood - RETURNING GROUP - LA, CA
  • Pyroklectic - NEW GROUP - Prescott, AZ
    http://www.fireartshow.com
  • Pyronauts - RETURNING GROUP - International Troupe (23 Countries/19
  • States)
    http://www.pyronauts.net
  • Pyrospin - RETURNING GROUP - Santa Barabara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Nevada, Canada
    http://www.pyrospin.com
  • Radiant Heat - RETURNING GROUP - Vancouver BC Canada
  • San Diego Fire Conclave - RETURNING GROUP New Shin - San Diego, CA
  • Santa Cruz Fire Conclave - RETURNING GROUP - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Solar Flare - RETURNING GROUP New Shin - SF, East Bay, Davis, San Mateo, Sydney +
  • The Burn Academy - NEW GROUP - LA, CA
    http://www.burnacademy.com
  • The Firework Collective - NEW GROUP - United Kingdom
  • Thermal Shock Mafia - NEW GROUP - Calgary, Edmonton, Canada
  • Tribal Fire Collective - RETURNING GROUP - Sebastopo, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA
  • Tribe Vibe- NEW GROUP - Reno, NV
    http://tribevibe.ning.com
  • Utah Fire Conclave - RETURNING GROUP - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Vulcan - NEW GROUP, Oakland, CA

Crimson Rose
Fire Goddess by Night
Art Director by Day"

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SUBMIT YOUR MATERIAL CULTURE TO THE BURNING MAN ARCHIVES!

The objects and gifts that people give one another at Burning Man reveal a great deal about their personalities and give us information not recorded elsewhere about ways of life, religious beliefs, customs and values. Gift-giving on the Playa joins creative expression with joyous acceptance. These objects are often given spontaneously for the pleasure of giving and receiving. We delight in the charm of a six- inch man-doll handmade of toothpicks and puzzle over our diploma from the Ancient Order of Genuine Galilean Water Walkers. Sometimes they are given for utilitarian reasons: to obtain a drink of water or to attract friendly attention. In any case, Burning Man seems to inspire the urge to create and give, and anyone inclined to make a gift object is assured an appreciative reception.

See more about Material Culture and Playa Artifacts here:

http://bit.ly/XEb0X

See our on-line archive here:

http://pa.burningman.com/

Please submit your wonderful Material Culture items to be placed in our on-line archives. You can do this in THREE different ways!

1. Bring your item to the ARTery, which is located on the 10:00 side of the Outer Ring Road of Center Camp. Once you are there, our helpful ARTerians will give you a form to fill out. Once you've done that please place in the depository and our Material Culture crew will handle it from there.

2. Print out and complete our on-line Material Culture form located here:

http://bit.ly/TD7rz

Once you've completed the form, insert two copies of your item and the form into an envelope and mail to:

Material Culture
c/o Burning Man
P.O. Box 884688
San Francisco, CA 94188-4688

3. Scan or photograph your item and follow the instructions under "How can I contribute photos of the item to this archive" on this page here:

http://bit.ly/jirVs

Thanks for your submission! We look forward to seeing your beautiful and creative gifts!

* The Material Culture Archive Team *

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TICKETS FOR THE BURNING OPERA NOW ON SALE

The (incredibly) lovely and (incredibly) talented Dana Harrison once ran (as a *volunteer*) all of Burning Man's ice and cafe operations, and for that, you owe her a serious kowtow. She is now one of the producers of the (incredible) Burning Opera. She writes:

"So you missed Woodstock. And you probably missed the first Man burning on Baker Beach in 1986. But there's no reason for you to miss the premier of "How to Survive the Apocalypse: A Burning Opera", a piece of radically altered musical theater that brings Burning Man back to the city by the bay.

Scored by Mark Nichols, with libretto by counterculture writer Erik Davis, the show is aimed both at Black Rock City veterans looking for an energetic injection, and for the "Burning Man-curious" who want a dust-free exposure to the playa’s unique mixture of creativity, personal challenge, collective transcendence, and ridiculous fabulosity. So c'mon down and check it out -- and bring along your Mom, your baffled roommate, your jaded co-workers, your beloved camp- buddies.

When San Francisco Bay Guardian critic Steve Jones saw the "How to Survive the Apocalypse" workshop production last January, he described it as "engrossing musical theater in its own right and a piece of art that truly captures the feel of the event and the Zeitgeist of its attendees."

The Burning Opera will also be the first outside performance group given access to Teatro ZinZanni's marvelously baroque (and playa- worthy) tent on the SF waterfront. Since we're sharing the space with the regular ZinZanni crew, our shows will only run on weeknights: M-T- W 10/4-5-6 and 10/12-13-14. Doors open at 6:30; the show starts promptly at 7:30; and an After Party follows each performance. More ticket details are available at the Burning Opera website: www.burningopera.com .

The workshop version of "How to Survive the Apocalypse" sold out all six performances in January. We expect the ZinZanni shows to sell out as well, as the theatre holds a relatively small number of seats.

Ticket link is http://love.zinzanni.org/burningopera.htm

Of course we're also looking for volunteer Greeters, Placers, and other production-types to help for the run of the show. (And, since we've kept ticket prices low, we'd also LOVE to hear from anyone who'd like to help us fund-raise!) Email dana (at) burningopera (dot) com if you'd like to get involved."

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BRAF ON THE PLAYA - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!

The Black Rock Arts Foundation supports interactive art project in off- playa communities, worldwide and year round. Though the focus of our work is off the playa, each year we return to our source of our inspiration, to that city where interactive art is everywhere you look: Black Rock City. We eagerly look forward to our stay on the playa as an opportunity to connect with our supporters, to inspire others to instigate interactive artworks in their hometown and to educate about our mission and our projects.

On-playa, we host an art-making activity that bridges the gap between those who are able to visit BRC, and those who cannot. This year we embrace Burning Man's theme, Evolution, bringing into play a fun side note in art history: the game of Exquisite Corpse. Exquisite Corpse is best known as a collaborative drawing game invented by the Surrealists.

Whether or not you can make it to BRC this year, we invite you to play Exquisite Corpse by mail... and get a drawing mailed back to you, postmarked BRC! To read more about how to play an participate, visit

http://blackrockarts.org/events/on-the-playa-2009

... or stop in on the playa and play a game!

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VOLUNTEER WITH AIR PLAYA INFO AT THE RENO TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Calling All Info Maniacs!

So, are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Want to assist people coming to Burning Man from all points around the globe? Well, we've got something for you!

In case you haven't heard yet, Air Playa Info will be happening again this year. It was a huge success last year and the Reno airport is very eager to have us back! And this year is even better with a Burning Man art exhibit currently on display that continues through the event.

Air Playa Info will operate from 9:00a - 10:00p Friday [pre-event] through Friday [event] at the Reno Tahoe International Airport.

We're looking for volunteers to staff the table. You'll be helping arriving Burners get the info they need, such as where to buy supplies, where the best ride share spots are, the locations of recycling centers and dumps, etc.

Parking will be validated for confirmed volunteers, and a shuttle bus might be available.

This is a great opportunity for folks not going to Burning Man this year, but wanting to stay involved. Or, for folks that have some extra time on their way in to the playa.

If interested, please reply ASAP to: AirPlaya(at)att(dot)net

Thank you!

Snow & Box

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EVOLVE ON-AIR WITH BMIR 94.5 FM BY SUBMITTING YOUR RADIO SPOTS

It's that time of the year, and Burning Man Information Radio is gearing up to announce your highly evolved event, theme camp, or artwork on-air to the entire Black Rock City community. But we don't want to announce it only once; we want to get it out over the air waves throughout the week. So crank up that home studio, record those MP3 spots, and send them to bmir (at) burningman (dot) com.

New to audio production? No worries. Check out http://tinyurl.com/mn55p5 for a video tutorial on how you can use free tools to create your audacious announcement.

Sooner is always better, but be sure to email them by August 22 to guarantee they get on the air. Or drop by the station during the week to hand deliver your CD or flash drive into the receptive and waiting hands of your friendly BMIR DJ.

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CENTER CAMP CAFE SEEKS MURALISTS AND ARTISTS FOR THE FENCE GALLERY

Center Camp Cafe is looking for muralists and artists to contribute to the Fence Gallery! Yup, once again the Cafe has over 200' of plywood fencing to beautify PRIOR to the event. Muralists are needed to paint their wonderful art a few days before gates open. Cafe is also looking for artists who want to exhibit existing work on the fence. Interested? Good!

Contact the Fence Gallery Coordinator "E." at esugar2601 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Please include examples of your work to get things going.

Remember: Center Camp Cafe starts caffeinating the BRC community on the first day of the event (Monday, August 31). The Fence Gallery artwork associated with the Cafe MUST be completed/installed by Monday morning 8/31.

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HANG YOUR ART IN CENTER CAMP CAFE!

This year the Center Camp Cafe is hosting 2-DIMENSIONAL ART!!!

"Where are the walls to hang art in the Cafe?" you ask! We have heard your pleas, artists, and we have your answer. While there are no inside walls to be found, we are building ART KIOSKS! These will be 4ft wide by 4ft tall boards to hang either one or several wonderful two dimensional creations upon. Each board is elevated 3ft off of the ground and these kiosks will encircle the center of the Cafe space. Size limitations for a single work will be 4ft wide x 4ft tall. Each artist is limited to one single board space. Don’t be a kiosk conqueror! Let's have plenty of space for all!

If you are an artist of the 2-dimensional genre and you'd like to hang your art in the Cafe, you can either pre-register your art piece or just drop in en Playa (But don’t forget to bring your piece with you into the desert)!

To pre-register, please write to jones (at) burningman (dot) com with your full name, contact info, and artwork dimensions. If you would like to just drop in at the Cafe, please go to the Cafe volunteer table next to the coffee counters, and ask for the Cafe Art Team. They will send us right over to help you out!

Thanks and see you at the Cafe!
Jonesy Jones
Cafe Art Liaison

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Re:EVOLUTION SYMPOSIUM - CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Join our public discourse on evolution, Wednesday to Friday at Entheon Village. we'll be exploring the topic from different angles: science, culture, consciousness, economics, technology and personal growth. The symposium format will feature concise 30-minute presentations and longer round-table discussions. if you have a compelling and well thought-out perspective on the concept of human evolution, or the legacy of Charles Darwin, please send us a brief proposal. we already have a great line-up of speakers, but there are a few more spots left.. come join us!

contact: seminars (at) entheonvillage (dot) com

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BIKE ROCK CITY REPAIR SHOP SEEKS BIKE MECHANICS

Bike Rock City, Burning Man's central bicycle repair shop needs mechanics. Our shop is looking to fill shifts Monday - Saturday of the event. Shifts are from 10am-1pm, or 3pm-6pm. Last year we were overwhelmed with the amount of repairs, so this year the shop is expanding to accommodate the crowds. Our shop will be more full service, so we need people who know how to fix a bike the playa way and keep the line moving. Ideally, you would even bring your own tools!

If you want to help wrench some bikes and drink some cold beers while you do it, shoot an email to TitaniumSporkestra (at) gmail (dot) com.

Please include the following information: Name (real or imaginary)
- Contact e-mail
- Day and time you want to help out (M-F, Morning or Afternoon)

Hope to see you in the shop.

David
Bike Rock City Manager

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ARE YOU A CHEF? LEARN HOW TO SET UP A PLAYA KITCHEN

Extreme Cooking: Evolving Food Alchemy on the Playa

Jean-Pierre "Chef JP" Weingarten, Feed the Artists program co-founder and Chief Kitchen Bitch of Entheon Village, invites all chefs on the playa to his lecture at Entheon Village (6:30/D&F) on Tuesday, September 1st (starting in the late morning or early afternoon). He will be speaking for an hour or so about the rigors of setting up and operating a kitchen on the playa. Some of the topics of discussion will include:

  • personal bio in the hospitality industry and other extreme cooking experiences
  • Feed the Artists (genesis, history, future)
  • hooking up with a theme camp
  • pre-playa setup including menu planning and pre-playa preparation of foodstuffs
  • what to bring in terms of equipment and utensils
  • transportation
  • preserving perishables (ice, fridges, etc.)
  • maintaining good sanitation and health practices (especially on the playa)
  • what to expect from the Nevada Health Department in terms of permits for public gifting
  • volunteers
  • kitchen layout (container, tent, etc.)
  • type of service provided (buffet, sit-down French, family style, etc.)

Also, they're still accepting a limited number of campers at Entheon Village. Interested folks can go to http://entheonvillage.com for more info and registration.

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PLAYA CHOIR SEEKING SINGERS AND MUSICIANS

Attention singers, wanna-be-singers, choir folks, rhythm section players and former playa choir members, it's Madi, and I'm formally announcing on JRS that the playa choir is ON again for this year's burn...!

Here are the details!

WE MEET ON: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 10:30 am
AT: Jazz Cafe, right around Center Camp, just ask anyone, it's been around for years...
WE SING: a mix of gospel, choral, a cappella, spirituals, improvisational circle songs
WE PERFORM: on Sunday morning at 11 am with a 10 am dress rehearsal...it's a playa style sunday gospel service

Some songs I teach by ear, some songs are written out, and some things we will make up in the moment.

If you are a choir singer, a shower singer, a folk singer, a jazz singer, an out of tune singer, an opera singer, a whatever-you-want-to call your self singer, come and join this choir. I LOVE doing this choir, it's my favorite choir experience I have ALL YEAR LONG!

We Need Rhythm Section Players Too!!

I've got some really cookin' tunes I want to do this year, but we need a fo real BAND!!!! We're doing some gospel, some soul, some original music and something improvised. If you are looking for a place to perform, if you can catch on quick, (by ear or by reading, either way) if you have good time/rhythm and you have a burning desire to play in a rhythm section for the playa choir, please send a sample of your music to ME!

Time commitment is:

Come to 2-3 rehearsals (two at the very least) on thurs, fri or sat morning at 10:30 am-12ish and perform in our Sunday service at 11 on sunday am (dress rehearsal at 10am) at Jazz Cafe. House drums and amps (and power) is provided. Just show up and play.

Quick about me:
I now teach music at Washington State University, (GO COUGS!) but formerly from SF and a long list of other places. I got my BM and MM in Choir-Dorkness and I sing and play piano. I love working with groups of singers! This will be our 5th year in Black Rock City...

I hope you can join us, the choir and the service seem to grow like crazy every year!!

If you would like more info, write me back and I'll be happy to talk more... madis_service (at) yahoo (dot) com

See you out there!

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CRITICAL TITS 14TH ANNUAL BIKE RIDE

Critical Tits evolves and rides on!

The ladies will ride, but THERE IS NO PARTY! No fancy drinks, no art cars, no rave music. New this year: at the end of the Ride, a Ritual of acknowledgment and heart centered connection; to recognize and celebrate the community of women. Not for spectators. We invite partners and friends to help hold the ritual space. We need volunteers for set up/clean up, bike parking, drumming.

We start at 4:00pm at the Man and the Ritual finishes by 6:00pm.

If you want to get involved, contact us at info2009 (at) criticaltits (dot) com

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"CARBON GARDEN" ART INSTALLATION SEEKING LIVE MUSICAL ACTS

False Profit Labs is looking for live musical acts that have their own instruments and sound system to come perform Wednesday, Thursday or Friday nights of the event. We will connect their sound board to our software and the Carbon Garden flowers will respond to their music in waves and patterns of fire.

Here's a video of the installation at the Crucible's Fire Arts Festival:

http://bit.ly/Xzr5H

Interested folks can email Brett at bl (at) pobox (dot) com.

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THE FIRST ANNUAL BLACK ROCK BULL RUN!

Inspired by the Spanish tradition of the Running of the Bulls, the Black Rock Bull Run consists of a herd of bicycles adorned with make- shift cow heads (these would be the bulls) in hot pursuit of hundreds of participants on foot, dressed in white w/ a splash of red. Even if you don't have time to prepare and you see it passing by, jump in and run (or ride) with the bulls!!!

Friday at sundown (~7pm), B-street, clock-wise from the 2:00 end.

Contact me for instructions to turn a cardboard box into a cow head at blackrockbullrun (at) gmail (dot) com

Brought to you by the Instigator of the San Francisco Pillow Fight.

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ON-PLAYA SCRABBLE

Make yourself an EL wire letter before you get to the playa and join us for Scrabble Night on Wed, Sept 2, starting at 8 pm.

We'll mix and mingle to make words. L-O-V-E one minute becomes E-V-O- L-V-E the next. I might want to wear X and do cartwheels while looking for S-E-X. When I get tired of X, perhaps you’ll trade your S with me and off you go, looking for N-E-X-T. We have over 40 letters (and peeps playing) so far and hope to grow even bigger for our onplaya scrabble "game."

We'll meet at HOTD in SiliCon Village on Wed, Sept 2 at 8 pm. Once we've collected ourselves there, we'll walk out to the Esplanade and play with the masses.

If you want your EL letter to match what we've done, our letters are 13.5 inches high and 11 inches across and most are aqua-colored standard 2.3 mm wire. To keep it simple, we’ve used 4” zip ties to attach the wire to a plastic grid (in the needlepoint section of Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s and other crafty shops). Of course, feel free to make any damn letter you like and join us. This is a radically inclusive, equal opportunity event!

For photos, please see:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PlayaScrabble/

Email BRCgidget (at) comcast (dot) net with any questions.

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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ON THE PLAYA

We are big, big fans of Rocky Horror. So we're glad to see it represented in Black Rock City over the last few years ... and this year too! Check it out:

Sorry for the repost. We just had the person that was handling things this year step down. So if you were looking to join our cast or help out in any other way please contact me, Tikibob (at) burningman (dot) com. Also if you have not heard back from us from a previous email please re email me and We'll get you in fishnets in no time.

"Attention lovers of everything fishnet! For the Fifth year in a row the 6 Minute players will be putting on a live shadow cast performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! We put the show on Friday at midnight, so anyone who needs a Rocky Horror fix come on down to Videogasm at Snowflake Village and give yourself over...to absolute pleasure...

In addition we are looking for new cast members. If you would like to join in the fun, have any Rocky experience or are just looking for a great time, shoot me an email! There's minimal time involvement on the playa (1/2 hour before the show) and we always have a fun time and a great audience. Don't be nervous, you know you want to.

If you would like to view footage of our previous shows follow these links:

2007 - http://www.westernmassburners.org/bmrhps2007.html
2005 - http://www.westernmassburners.org/bmrhps2005.html

You can contact me, tiki Bob AT tikibob (at) burningman (dot) com

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CAMP OF THE LIVING DEAD'S MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE

Hi!

Just wanted to let you know that Camp of the Living dead is doing a Michael Jackson tribute at BM this year like Stokholm's dance flash mob. :-) They are having rehersals wed, thurs and frid from 1-3 and then the "flash mob" will take place at BM on Friday. The song is Thriller, and I would suspect this to be an amazing sight (if you've seen Stokholm's then you will understand). :-)

Can you let BM know so those who wish to dance can join? They can contact KK at Camp of the living dead (camp.of.living.dead (at) gmail (dot) com) if they have any questions. :-)

XOXO
Mindy The Great

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DISORIENT PRESENTS: THE ART CAR WASH

Calling all Art Cars (and Art Car Lovers)!

The Art Car Wash is a sexy daytime disco and interactive zone for art cars, art car drivers, and anyone who enjoys getting their bumpers buffed.

Disorient invites all mutant vehicles to visit the Art Car Wash, where playa participants will be waiting to greet them, mock "wash" their cars, and groove to daytime DJ sets. Drive through the unique Evolvatron car wash lane, where spinning fuzzy playa versions of the washers and wipers found in a typical automated car wash will "wash" your vehicle. Sexy playa Car Washers will be 'buffing', 'sudsing', 'rinsing' and 'waxing' the car to maximum sexiness. After passing through the wash, park your mutant vehicle and join in on the fun! The Art Car Wash will be operated daily by Disorient, but we invite all playa participants to visit Disorient throughout the week and lend a hand with towels, misters, buffy fuzzy things or just yourselves.... Hot wax job, anyone?

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AUTOMATIC SUBCONSCIOUS CAMP'S EARLY RISERS' CLASSICAL CAFE

Howdy!

Calling all classical musicians: Automatic Subconscious is reviving its Early Risers' Classical Cafe. Imagine live classical music wafting through the morning desert air, with fresh coffee and tea for all who care to wander in. We need YOU to help make it happen! If you (or your group) are interested in performing a set, contact Bethany (automatic.subconscious (at) gmail (dot) com). Sets will be scheduled between 9-11am, Monday through Sunday.

Love and playa dust,
~Bethany

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FLUTTER TUNNEL SEEKS ENGINEERS, FABRICATORS AND ARTISTS FOR PROJECT

[Editor's Note: this sounds freakin' AWESOME ... we hope they find what they need to make it happen!]

Are you an engineer, artist, experienced fabricator? Do you want to help us send pulse ripples down a 1000 foot long slinky-like tunnel? Of course you do!

Flutter Tunnel is seeking a collaborative entity willing to participate in engineering an interactive device/lever/pulley to activate a large scale installation planned for the playa. Flutter Tunnel is a series of 100 steel arches, measuring 22 feet tall x 28 feet wide made from 1" bar stock 'sucker rod' steel. We have 1000 feet of wire rope, and a means of attaching it to every arch, and are dreaming of someone who might want to take on the challenge of making a ridiculous interactive lever that enables you, me and your friends to collectively tension 100 arches back, and release ... ahhhh a wigglin horizon space filled with gigglin people.

For some logisticals visit

http://www.fluttertunnel.com

Then contact Bland if you are interested...
blandhoke (at) gmail (dot) com

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THE FRENCH NATURALIST SEEKS PUPPET CREPE PERFORMERS

The French Naturalist is seeking puppet performers to operate bread and puppet style crepes for a walking tour on the Playa, "The Wild Crepes of BRC."

No experience necessary; over-qualification preferred. Dates and times still soft, associated with campdelicioso.

Please contact me by email at HSCactor (at) gmail (dot) com

Regards,
Howard Seth Cohen

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ZOMBIE MEET-UP ON PLAYA

Does the desert make you dead tired? Are your friends always telling you to hurry up? Is the most important quality in your partner a good brain?

Then you might be UNDEAD!

Join your Zombie friends at center camp Thursday at sunset. It is time that the slow of feet meet up and celebrate the playa in true use- to-be-living fashion. Kill your friends and bring them with, there will be all the brains that you can catch.

When: Thursday, sunset (About 7:30 PM)

Where: Center Camp

What to bring: Whatever is left of you

See you there,

Be Be TS

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REN0-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PRE-PLAYA PARTY - AUGUST 5

Reno-Tahoe International Airport will host a Pre-Playa Party - YOU are invited to participate!

The Airport Authority is hosting a celebration event of the partnership between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Burning Man on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 PM, the Reno- Tahoe International Airport will host a Pre-Playa Party in celebration of the thousands of air travelers this event brings to the region. The event will be held in the Connector Collections Art Gallery, but begin outside in the front terminal.

Open to everyone of all ages.

MARCHING BANDS, HOOPING, GLOW TOYS ETC ETC ETC

  • Anyone & Everyone can be a part of this. I will have 100 kazoos, so bring noise makers, etc etc etc., glow poi, NOTHING flammable.
  • Dress in your playa finery. Remember this is a family environment.
  • Meet outside of the airport baggage area @ 4:30 PM at the latest, and we will start at 5 PM sharp.
  • We will gather and start our procession with great NOISE through the airport.
  • Up the escalators and to the Connector Collections Art Gallery.

Nevada Museum of Art - Reno
On selected nights throughout August, cyclists and Burners alike converge on the Nevada Museum of Art for "Thursday Night Bikes" to enjoy specially themed events and free bicycle valet parking courtesy of the Reno Bike Project. The public is invited to participate in each event including "Gleaming the Tube" Show & Shine on Aug. 6, playa bike display and film screening of Dust & Illusions: A History of Burning Man on Aug. 13, as well as live music and the current Museum exhibition, Faces: Chuck Close and Contemporary Portraiture.

August 13th: Playa bikes and "Burner" costumes will be on display for Thursday night's "Burning Man Bikes" along with a one-time only film screening of Dust & Illusions: A History of Burning Man. Special guest, photographer Geoffrey Nelson, will be capturing images of attendees in his famous Burning Man photo booth alongside live music by local DJ, The Rhino.

Check out the links for more information!

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PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER CAMPOUT - BLACK ROCK DESERT, AUGUST 16

On Monday August 10th through Sunday August 16th the Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock will host the annual Perseids Meteor Shower Campout. The showers should peak in the early morning hours of Tuesday the 11th of August but should give a good showing throughout the week. The Black Rock Desert, the largest flat expanse on North America, provides an unique experience for viewing the night sky. This is a very remote location with no available services nor shade of any kind. Please come prepared. Bring everything you need to survive. (A porti- potty will be provided.) Will Roger, President of the Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock and Burning Man board member will be the camp host. The precise camp location changes every year so check in at the Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock office in Gerlach before heading out on the Black Rock Desert.

Contact Friends of the Black Rock for more information:
(775) 557-2900 info (at) blackrockdesert (dot) org

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VIDEO OF BURNING MAN 2008 BY JASON MONGUE

We sent this one out earlier this year, but damn if it isn't really ... really good. It's well worth resending, just to get us all amped up for Black Rock City. Check it:

http://www.vimeo.com/1959559

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Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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