JRS VOLUME #14; ISSUE #04
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 14, Issue #4
October 27, 2009
+ BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION 2010 GRANT CYCLE OPENS
+ SKILLED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN PERU TO HEAD UP BIODIESEL REACTOR PROJECT
+ RENO RECYCLING PROJECT DONATION TO BLACK ROCK SOLAR
+ BURNING MAN FEATURED IN NATURE MAGAZINE
+ FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS: OPERATION SPARKLE POOF RECOVERY!
+ BEIGNET CHEF DONATES CASH MONEY TO BRAF
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ TOM KENNEDY FUNDRAISER FOR THE RIPPER JOURNEY FOUNDATION - OCT 28 - NOV 12
+ ARTUMNAL GATHERING - FUNDRAISER FOR THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION - SF - NOV 20
+ TORONTO DECOMPRESSION - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - NOV 21
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ PATRICK RODDIE'S PHOTO GALLERY FROM BURNING MAN 2009
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Well, the BLM came out and did their annual Fall inspection of the Black Rock Desert the other day, looking for remaining traces of Black Rock City. We're happy to report that we not only passed the inspection, we did so with flying colors. We've posted this year's MOOP map (GREEN! Look at all that green!) in the Environment section:
We've blogged about it too, with some additional info from Tony "Coyote" Perez.
We should all be proud ... great work everybody, especially the Playa Restoration Crew (who, if we were ALL *really* doing this right, wouldn't have work to do out there, but hey, y'all did pretty damn good). If you want to thank them, please feel free to do so by leaving a comment there on the blog - and while you're at it, commit to do your 2 hours' MOOP duty outside your own camp next year and leave them with nothing to do in 2010.
You can also find MOOP Maps from 2006 to the present in the Burning Man website's Environment section, here:
Back in the real world, BRAF is starting up its art grant cycle, funding artwork around the world. Burners Without Borders is cranking away down in Peru and over in Samoa, and is looking for people to help out with a cool biodiesel project. Black Rock Solar is hard at work on an exciting project in Reno (we'll tell you about that one once they've finished it up). Point is, our people are all over the place, making cool things happen, year round. We hope you're doing the same in your community.
And we hope everybody's doing well out there.
BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION 2010 GRANT CYCLE OPENS
The Black Rock Arts Foundation has opened up its grant application cycle for 2010, wherein it will award grants to artists creating community-based, interactive art around the country -- even around the world. To learn more, and to apply, visit:
Applications will be due January 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm, PST. Grantees will be announced March 15, 2010. Apply now!!
SKILLED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN PERU TO HEAD UP BIODIESEL REACTOR PROJECT
Many of you may know of the work Burners Without Borders did last year rebuilding the town of Pisco, Peru, devastated after an earthquake. Our efforts not only provided over 54,000 gifted labor hours but led local Peruvian Harold Zevallos to start his own volunteer organization, Pisco Sin Fronteras (PSF). Now, BWB and PSF are partnering to create sustainable funding for schools and homes for years to come with the Biodiesel Reactor Project.
Production has begun on the waste veggie oil to biodiesel reactor and we are in need of volunteers to operate both the reactor and help to grow the business model that will create a successful program.
BWB is looking for the right people to help expand this project into a model of sustainable reconstruction and local empowerment that can be used in future disasters around the world. To take a look at the job description and find out how you can get involved, please visit:
BWB Deployment to Samoa
BWB volunteers are currently on their way to the Samoa Islands to assess a possible volunteer deployment there after a devastating tsunami wiped away entire villages. If you think you might be interested in volunteering, please e-mail projects (at) burnerswithoutborders (dot) org. Please be sure check the BWB website for updates on our assessment in the weeks ahead.
Burners Without Borders
RENO RECYCLING PROJECT DONATION TO BLACK ROCK SOLAR
The total amount to be donated to Black Rock Solar from the Reno Recycling Project was $1380 -- $1000 from Whole Foods and $380 from Save Mart, who, by the way, also donated matching funds in this whole process.
Thanks to all Burning Man participants who brought their recycling to these locations so Black Rock Solar could reap the benefits!
For more information about Black Rock Solar and their alt-energy hijinks, visit:
BURNING MAN FEATURED IN NATURE MAGAZINE
Here's a PDF of a cool article about Burning Man titled "A Creative Celebration of Evolution," recently published in Nature Magazine. Thanks to Jason Hodin (an evolutionary biologist at Stanford University who co-authored the piece) for sending it along!
FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS: OPERATION SPARKLE POOF RECOVERY!
Thanks to everyone who came out to Soma this year to enjoy its light and fire and support the Flaming Lotus Girls. We do what we do because of all of you! This year, we had an extra-special addition to our fire repertoire: the sparkle poof. The sparkle poofs are propane-fueled, titanium-injected poofers that so many of you got to fire off by pushing those wonderful bronze buttons on the legs of the lower cell body of Soma.
Each sparkle poof fixture was hand-crafted out of stainless steel and copper, carefully wrought into flaring petals shooting out from the upper cell body. Like all the aspects of our work, much time, energy, expense and love went into their creation.
Sadly, one of these sparkle poof fixtures was taken from the playa.
You can see some images of the sparkle poofs here on our blog:
On Monday evening, the day the event closed, these fixtures were placed next to our container. They were to be loaded up with all the other bits and bobs of Soma on Tuesday morning for transport back to San Francisco. Much to our dismay, one of these beautiful fixtures was missing when we returned to our site for packing. It seems someone 'borrowed' a sparkle poof for themselves.
We are putting a call out to try to recover this essential piece of Soma. She’s just not complete without it. In order to run the sparkle poofs, we’ll have to make another fixture – an endeavor which requires even more time, energy, expense and love, all of which we’re currently expending on other upcoming projects and events.
The art people create for the playa isn’t meant to be a souvenir. It is meant to have a life beyond the desert where people around the globe can explore and appreciate the experience of participatory art in their own backyards, having their minds blown by the power of creativity just like we get to at Burning Man. Soma is no different.
If you have any knowledge of where our little sparkle poof may have landed, please email info (at) flaminglotus (dot) comand put SPARKLE POOF in the subject line. We’re not interested in blame or shame or anything of the sort. We can even arrange to have her delivered to a neutral location. Or, she can be mailed to the following address, no questions asked:
Flaming Lotus Girls
548 Precita Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
We'd just like her back. As soon as we can get her. Thank you!
BEIGNET CHEF DONATES CASH MONEY TO BRAF
The Black Rock Arts Foundation is happy to accept a generous donation from Chef FriedDough, who sold fabulous beignets at SF Decompression. (And we think this is a very. cool. thing.) Anyway, he wants to thank you. So, here he is:
"To Burners & Friends Attending Bay Area Decompression:
Hi it's me, Playa Beignet Chef FriedDough. Y'all munched hundreds of Beignets for BRAF. Due to your fondness for hot, fresh Cajun donuts, you helped raise over $1,800.00 that will now go to support community based art.
Good for you! Thank you, thank you, thank you & thank you. I am so very proud of this community and it was my total honor to serve beignets to y'all all day & into the evening.
Next time any of you are at the Cafe du Monde on Decateur St, please share with them you ate beignets back here and they were "Almost as good as the Cafe du Monde."
See ya next year & look for us in Black Rock City. Peace n love, Chef FriedDough."
SEEKING VIDEO OF THE PLAYA CHOIR
"Hi, My name is Liea and I was a part of the Playa Choir this year. This was my first year and being a part of the choir was truly an evolutionary experience for me. I would love any video or audio recordings of the service we did on Sunday morning. I would LOVE to be able to share the experience with my friends and family here in the default world as well as have reminder of the experience.
You can reach me at: idaxion (at) gmail (dot) com or 901-214-5817.
Thank you all for burning on!! Liea"
SEEKING PHOTOS OF THE SILVER UMBRELLA WITH MIRROR MOBILE
Little help for Meredyth? She writes to ask:
"I worked for months on creating this beautiful silver umbrella that had no shade. Hanging from the skeleton of the frame I made a mobile of mirrors. It was an 'un'brella that reflected light. It was my opus that I had had in my mind for 7 years. Additionally it was my birthday gift to myself (Sep. 4th). Words can't do justice to this artwork.
Unfortunately the camera that we used to document this piece was destroyed and I have nothing but the memory. I know for a fact that there were a number of people that took my picture and I would do anything to have one single image of this, the highlight of my first Burning Man experience.
Can you help?
TOM KENNEDY FUNDRAISER FOR THE RIPPER JOURNEY FOUNDATION - OCT 28-NOV 12
Friends and family of the legendary San Francisco artist Tom Kennedy will host a three-part benefit and art auction to benefit the Ripper Journey Foundation beginning October 28 and running through November 12 at the Jellyfish Gallery in San Francisco. The public is invited to participate and attend free of charge.
Tom Kennedy passed away April 12, 2009 while body-surfing off Ocean Beach in San Francisco. He left behind a legacy as a pioneering sculptural artist, social agitator and builder of more than twenty art cars. As a founding member of the art car movement, his works of art work evolved into symbols of political protest and peace keeping. Tom envisioned his beloved and most recognized art car, Ripper the Friendly Shark, traveling around the world with a crew called the Friend Patrol. Together they would inspire and support friendship and peace in conflict zones where people perceived as enemies live and work together. The art auction will raise money to send Ripper the Friendly Shark on this mission at least once a year.
The three-part fundraiser will kick off on October 28 with a silent auction and live performances and wrap up on November 12 with a live auction. An ever-growing list of artists have donated artwork to be auctioned with all proceeds to benefit the Ripper Journey Foundation.
Featured artists include Tom Kennedy, Haideen Anderson, Margot Duane, Karen Cusolito, Michael Christian, Brian Goggin, Dan Das Mann, Jon Alloway, Philo Northup, Kal Spelletich, Chelsea Owens, Brettt Roncelli, Deirdre DeFranceaux, Harrod Blank, Justin Credible, Justin Young, Tony Campanale and many more.
The event will also showcase photos, art and videos about Tom Kennedy and the Ripper Journey Foundation created in his memory. All pieces in the silent auction will also be online at:
Venue: Jellyfish Gallery at 1286 Folsom Street, San Francisco
October 28th ~ Opening Night
6:00 pm until Midnight
Wine, Cheese, Music - Silent Auction begins.
A special performance by Mark Growden and Phat Mandee
November 7th ~ Rock Star Hat Party
6:00 pm until Late Night
Everyone MUST wear a hat.
Main Act: Tom Jonesing + more entertainment to be announced.
November 12th ~ Closing Night
6PM until Midnight
Silent auction ends at 10:00 pm
Live Auction featuring Hal Robbins and Chicken John
About Ripper Journey Foundation
The Ripper Journey Foundation was created by the friends and family of Tom Kennedy to make his dream come true: to send his first art car Ripper the Friendly Shark around the world inspiring and supporting friendship and peace. By raising money the Foundation will make it possible for the Friend Patrol to accompany Ripper the Friendly Shark on at least one journey per year to conflict zones where people perceived as enemies live and work together in the name of friendship and peace. For more information go to:
THE ARTUMNAL GATHERING - FUNDRAISER FOR THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION - SF - NOV 20
Friday, November 20, 2009
The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Black Rock Arts Foundation invites you to the grandest annual celebration of our community's vital spirit and extraordinary artists. Once again, we gather in the majestic Bently Reserve to revel in support of BRAF's mission to inspire art, community and civic participation worldwide.
Enter into an enchanted world of abundant art, captivating entertainment, and tempting libations. Participate in interactive art experiences created by community visionaries. Be the art!
Join us for our pre-event dinner for delightful fare, cocktails and auction. Last year's event sold out. Don't miss out this year!
$35 Online presale, $45 at the door
9:00 pm - Late
Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, dancing, raffle, photography sale and surprises.
Feast of Imagination
6:00 pm - Late
Includes an individual seat for a sumptuous dinner, auction, performances, absinthe tasting, wine, dessert, presentations from BRAF artists and entry to the Artumnal Celebration.
Table of Abundance: A Table for 8 at Feast of Imagination
6:00 pm - Late
Includes a reserved table for eight for the Feast of Imagination.
TORONTO DECOMPRESSION - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - NOV 21
Join BurnT --- Toronto's Burning Man Community --- for our annual T-compression celebration
"Devolution" - Saturday November 21st, 9pm - 5am
This will be way more than a pARTy as you descend through the successive stages of post-playa reality. If you live for art, play, music and community-building in a sharing environment, then you won’t want to miss this event! This will be an evening of interactive and visual art, diverse music, renowned DJs, an open mic, FIRE play, ice-breaking, Playa storytelling, intimate separate chill space, free hugs and more! This year we're starting the night off with free workshops and playa activities - come early and join the fun.
Check http://www.burnon.ca for more information and details
Tickets start at just $12 (if you get 'em early!)
Online Ticket Sales Link:
Got questions? Want to get involved? Contact toronto (at) burningman (dot) com
PATRICK RODDIE'S PHOTO GALLERY FROM BURNING MAN 2009
Patrick Roddie's 12th straight year of Burning Man pictures have been posted. And they are, as usual, absolutely stunning. Our personal favorite is the shot of the guy cooking pancakes on the smoldering embers of the Man. Here's the gallery:
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