JRS VOLUME #14; ISSUE #23
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 14, Issue #23
July 15, 2010
+ RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP IS LANDING IN SAN FRANCISCO
+ BIODIESEL FUEL DELIVERY TO THE PLAYA
+ WHAT'S NEW IN THE BURNING BLOG?
+ EVAPOTRON WORKSHOP IN SF & OAKLAND
+ BARS & DRINKING AT BURNING MAN - "ARE YOU 21?"
+ PIMP YOUR RV ... HERE'S HOW
+ CAFE DECOR CREW SEEKS DECOR SUPPLIES
+ CRITICAL TITS SEEKS SACRED SPACE HOLDERS
+ BMIR REQUESTS: YOUR (CHILLED OUT) INPUT DESIRED
+ SEEKING THEME CAMPS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT BRC KINETIC RACE & TREASURE HUNT
+ NEW "BRC WEEKLY" ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR DEBUT ISSUE!
+ BURNIFY BAGRAM AIRFORCE BASE, AFGHANISTAN
+ SEEKING "PRAYERFORMERS" FOR MONDAY NIGHT'S "CONSCIOUS CABARET!"
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ BURNING MAN 2009 GALLERY FROM PETE SLINGLAND
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
There's a dedicated crew of volunteers at Burning Man HQ this week, stuffing the freshly-printed Burning Man Survival Guides into envelopes, readying them to get stuffed down the ol' mail slot, en route to your hot little hands. We'll also have the online version ready for you toot sweet, so stay tuned for that.
And a warning ... now's about the time we're going to start hitting hard with all the pre-playa event information you need to get ready for the Burn, so it's going to be coming fast and furious. We'll title each one appropriately for your browsing convenience. Buckle up cowboy! This horse is gonna ride!
Yep yep, it's mid-July, and we're in high gear now ... time to get serious about pulling out your playa gear, cleaning up what can be cleaned, fixing what needs fixing, replacing what needs replacing, checking that packing list (note: find packing list), and probably finding that -- ew -- thing in the bottom of that one tote. Dude, seriously. Yeah, we're all about to learn what happens to stuff that's been stewing in playa dust for a year. :-)
All kindsa good stuff down below for you today ... hope you're getting as excited as we are, because the Man burns in 51 days!
RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP IS LANDING IN SAN FRANCISCO
The Black Rock Arts Foundation reports:
"The countdown is on! The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is landing at San Francisco's waterfront this August. Look for the Rocket Stop (think bus stop) the first week of August on Pier 14, and for the Rocketship's landing soon thereafter!
Local San Francisco residents and businesses, city officials and, of course, BRAF supporters and Burners alike are thrilled about the arrival of the Rocketship, but this bold endeavor still needs your support! The BRAF Board, staff and core supporters are pooling their resources, but this ambitious project needs your donations to ensure the longevity of the Rocketship's stay, and the future of BRAF's Civic Arts Program.
We want the world to see this and other prime examples of the stunning, engaging, and groundbreaking artwork our community is capable of producing. Help us further evolve and spread our Civic Arts Program, and share the art we love with cities everywhere!
And did we mention schwag? Donate now and receive some very exclusive, special and cool thank you gifts from the Raygun Gothic Rocketship crew!
Visit http://donate.blackrockarts.org to make a donation.
Or visit http://blackrockarts.org/projects/raygun-gothic-rocketship to read more about the Rockeships’s landing and cool thank you gifts.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the opening reception for the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, and join in the celebration of awesome public art!
Pssst ... want to see some pretty pictures of the Rocketship? OK: http://bit.ly/aLrH7c
BIODIESEL FUEL DELIVERY TO THE PLAYA
Bently Biofuels will be making pre-arranged deliveries of high-quality B99.9 biodiesel fuel again this year to fellow burners during Burning Man. Bently, which is based near the Reno area, has been very supportive of burners both off and on the playa, and if you're interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to fuel your camp or mutant vehicle diesel needs, they'll need to hear from you soon.
Please call Carlo Luri directly at 775-720-0754 as early as convenient to arrange fuel delivery. Generally, it's easier for them -- and therefore for everyone -- if they have the bulk of their orders in the pipe, getting into August.
When you call, please have important information ready, like: accurate fuel needs, off-road or on-road fuel, contact person, and camp location (when available). ALL deliveries are pre-pay. Bently will however not be providing fuel storage containers for the event, but can be contacted for guidance as to safe and appropriate, Leave-No-Trace storage on-playa. Weather can sometimes make fuel deliveries impossible, so please plan accordingly, and make sure you have enough fuel on hand to get you through a few days. Here is their website for further info:
WHAT'S NEW IN THE BURNING BLOG?
Digital Rights: Debates in the Dust
As you may have read in the blogosphere, the Burning Man Project has been undergoing a review of legal terms related to media documentation at the event. And while the goal of this effort is to determine the specific legal language on the ticket and Burning Man’s Terms and Conditions, it’s really about accurately reflecting the culture and community of the Burning Man event. We invite you to join the discussion about this highly complex, nuanced issue. http://blog.burningman.com/digitalrights
Raising the Man, by Dan Miller
When we raise the Man, we also raise ourselves. Dan Miller, who managed the construction and raising of the Man from 1990 to 2000, tells about the early years, and how an act of inspired radical self-expression evolved into a powerful expression of community. http://bit.ly/db3oRf
EVAPOTRON WORKSHOP IN SF & OAKLAND
Three spaces remain for building evapotrons at the July 24 workshop at Sports Basement in San Francisco (the Mission store), so sign up now to solve your camp's graywater disposal problems. Contact ember (at) burningman (dot) com.
Our first two workshops were fun and productive; the next one, in Oakland, is filled and heavily waitlisted. We start at 10am and finish around 5pm, the cost for parts is $50, and there's more info at tinyurl.com/evapotron
BARS & DRINKING AT BURNING MAN - "ARE YOU 21?"
Planning to gift booze on the playa? Planning to drink it? Whether theme camp, art car, or on stilts, you should be aware of Nevada laws on underage drinking. Law enforcement at Burning Man takes this issue VERY seriously - as in, undercover stings, major fines, and sucky experiences all around kind of serious. We know our community always hits the mark when they have the right information, and handles this issue responsibly.
So....below you'll find helpful information about servin' and drinkin' alcohol at Burning Man. READ UP, if you'll be doing either one.
- It is a misdemeanor to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years old in Nevada. The law still applies if the alcohol is gifted as opposed to sold. Theme camps are considered public space and subject to enforcement of this law. (NRS 202.055) In 2001 the Nevada State Supreme Court limited the application of NRS 202.055 to only servers who had actual or constructive knowledge that the person seeking the alcohol was under 21. This means that you must card someone who looks underage. Conversely, if someone looks of age you are not required to card him or her.
- It is a misdemeanor for a minor to consume or possess an alcoholic beverage in a public space (e.g., theme camps, open playa, center camp, etc). (NRS 202.020)
- It is a misdemeanor for a minor to pass him or herself off as being of age. (NRS 202.040)
- Misdemeanors carry the following penalties: Up to 6 months in county jail, and/or a fine up to $1,000. Alternatively, community service may be sentenced in lieu of, or in conjunction with jail time and fines. (NRS 176.087)
- If a minor loiters in a place where alcoholic beverages are consumed (besides a food establishment) then the minor could receive a fine up to $500. (NRS 202.030) Also, if the person in charge of the "tavern" allows the minor to loiter then he or she could be fined up to $500 also. (NRS 202.060)
Enforcement of the laws is either done by carding the person outright, or through undercover sting operations. None of this is new and not terribly different from most other state laws.
But what can you do to #1 Avoid illegally serving minors?, #2 Avoid being cited, or #3 If cited, demonstrate the due diligence against serving minors you used when operating a bar on the playa?
1) Don't serve anyone without ID who appears underage.
2) Ask for ID for anyone who appears underage. Learn to read it properly and determine by the date of birth if the person is old enough to drink.
3) Post "No Minors Allowed - No Minors Served" signs to discourage minors from committing a misdemeanor by loitering, requesting, or consuming alcohol at your bar.
4) Do not allow minors to loiter at your bar: ask them to leave.
5) Confer with a co-server -- get a second opinion -- when a patron appears "youthfully" over 21.
6) Work together - if you have refused to serve a patron because they do not appear to be of legal age, notify all your bar servers of your decision. There may be undercover operatives working with local law enforcement that attempt to be served more than once.
(NOTE: Federal and local law enforcement priorities differ on one or more of these issue. If you find yourself in an unfortunate encounter please get a badge number and/or name and note what agency you are dealing with. It might come in handy.)
Bottom line: NEVER, NEVER knowingly serve alcohol to a minor! It's illegal. It's not cool. It's not community minded.
AND -- the nice folks at camp Abstininthe remind those of you who are blessed enough to look young should carry your ID with you at the event, because they - and other camps - should, and will, be asking you to verify your age.
PIMP YOUR RV ... HERE'S HOW
Brett Spivey writes to offer up this clever idea for you folks renting RVs:
"Hi JRS, long time Burner here, I've placed some ideas via Instructables for the RV renters out there -- because i'm tired of being in our magnificent playa city and entering someone's RV only to teleport into a horrible San Dimas motel room.
If it helps just one newbie in preventing "RV hell" then this has all been worth it...
Brett Spivey (Burner: 1999-present)"
CAFE DECOR CREW SEEKS DECOR SUPPLIES
Can you smell it? It smells like excitement! Life fire and smoke! Like PLAYA dust! That's right crazy crafterinos, it's that time of year again. Time to go back home.
The Cafe Decor Crew is rockin' full throttle towards our great collective, disappearing Metropolis. We've been working hard for months designing, painting, sewing, sawing, and rockin' a wide range of decor for this year's Center Camp Cafe.
Now we're calling out to you, Black Rock City's hard-working, fun-loving denizens to help get some much needed supplies for the final push home.
The following is a laundry list of items and materials that the Cafe Decor Crew is seeking:
+ Plastic water bottles (CRYTAL GEYSER brand or ANY other brand that uses the SAME EXACT SHAPE as CRYSTAL GEYSER)
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+ Letter Stencils (all sizes & shapes)
+ Metal hangers
+ Lycra fabric (preferably white or light grey)
+ Shiny fabric (any color, preferably "fire" colors: red, yellow, orange, blue, white)
+ Fabric (any color, preferably cotton and muslin with no patterns, but anything you can offer would do too)
+ Used rope clothing line (i.e. medium sized white rope)
+ 55 gallon barrels (cardboard OR plastic, damaged, fine OR in good condition)
+ Wood (plywood and 2x4, leftover or otherwise)
+ Old, long-sleeved shirts (button up or jersey-style t-shirts)
+ Used garden hoses
+ Zip ties
+ LED lights
The Cafe Decor Crew has HUGE, Metropolis-sized plans for this year's 25th Burn-i-versary year on playa!!! Help us to make the 2010 Center Camp Cafe more beautiful, more magical than it has EVER been before.
To arrange pick up for your donations, or if you have any burning questions answered, call or email Phoenix at:
Phoenix (at) BurningMan (dot) Com
You can also mail or drop off your donations to the Burning Man Headquarters, located conveniently in San Francisco at:
3450 Third Street, Suite #2A
San Francisco, CA 94124
Thank you again for your energy and efforts with this project!
See you in the dust!
-The 2010 Cafe Decor Crew!
CRITICAL TITS SEEKS SACRED SPACE HOLDERS
Our friends at Critical Tits write:
"Critical Tits needs volunteers of all flavors to become Sacred Space Holders. Anyone can become a Sacred Space Holder for a couple hours Friday afternoon on the playa to create a space where the women of Burning Man are free and safe to explore all that moves through us: Joy, sweetness, and power as well as discomfort, vulnerability, tears, and the unknown. After the 15th annual topless joyride around the playa, all women are invited to take part in this post-ride ritual that will include singing, drumming, and a guided ecstatic dance called Body Prayer. To get involved, contact us at info2010(at)criticaltits(dot)com. Also find us on Facebook as 'Sacred Space Holders' or visit our website at http://www.criticaltits.com."
BMIR REQUESTS: YOUR (CHILLED OUT) INPUT DESIRED
The BMIR crew writes:
"BMIR, (Burning Man Information Radio, 94.5 FM is searching and seeking for the soothing sounds of a few ambient/space DJ's/Selector's for Sunday nights Temple burn.
We're going to feature 4 hours of ambient and space music leading up to, during, and after the temple burn this year. We were thinking that we'd go through the library and just throw anything that sounded appropriate on....then we realized, NO, we can't do that! We have amazing talent in our community and can reach out and find folks who ARE ambient/space DJ's to do this much better than we could ever imagine....especially considering most of us can barely walk, talk or think by the time Sunday arrives in BRC.
NO, you don't have to be in the studio and miss what's sure to be a beautiful moment on the playa. We are planning on locking up the station and walking away after hitting play on your pre-made mixes...and letting the music guide us towards the deep playa where all the hippies will play drums and chant something about the earth mother and this years Temple of Flux will go up in glorious FLAMES!
Interested in providing a few hours of this melange of mellowness? Shoot us an e-mail and a sample here - Bobzilla (at) Burningman (dot) com "
SEEKING THEME CAMPS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT BRC KINETIC RACE & TREASURE HUNT
Katy from the Kinetic Cab Company (say that three times fast) writes to recruit theme camps to participate in their Kinetic shenanigans. Says Katy:
"The Kinetic Cab Company would like to ask for more theme camps to participate in the Great Black Rock City Kinetic Race and Treasure Hunt.
Camps already signed up include the Pink Heart Camp, Fire Conclave Convergence and The French Maid Brigade!!! Join us and your neighbors for an endless parade of kinetic cabs crawling by your front door. Cabbies will be collecting *treasures* from you for race points towards their ultimate win at the Finish Line.
The race will start at 4:20PM on Thursday and go until midnight. The Finish Line Party and trophy presentation will begin at the Kinetic Cab Co. camp located on the Esplanade at 9:00 right after the race. To participate please email us with your camp name and theme, your playa location and ideas for your treasure.
See you on the race circuit campers! katy"
P.S. we end up saying "Katy from the Kinetic Kenab Compannnn ... PLEH."
NEW "BRC WEEKLY" ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR DEBUT ISSUE!
Can we just say: Hell Yeah!! Adrian writes:
"From the makers of the now-defunct 'Piss Clear,' Black Rock City's much-loved alternative newspaper, comes a new playa newsweekly for Burning Man -- the "BRC Weekly."
We are currently accepting submissions for articles, features, etc. Here's what we're looking for:
* Interesting articles and rants
* Comix and photographs
* Items for the Playa Out/In List
* Playa Lingo
Basically, we're looking for pretty much anything you'd find in any other city's alternative newsweekly ... except that it MUST pertain to Black Rock City.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, August 2.
If you'd like to submit something, or for more information, please email Adrian Roberts at: pissclear (at) pissclear (dot) org "
BURNIFY BAGRAM AIRFORCE BASE, AFGHANISTAN
This? Is a pretty cool opportunity. We think our JRS subscribers should send Joseph good (appropriate) stuff to spruce up his clinic there in Afghanistan. Joseph writes:
"I am a 'Burner' and have found my tribe in Burning Man. I am active duty Air Force here at Bagram AB, Afghanistan and unfortunately will miss BRC this year due to my deployment. I have talked up BM to some of my more 'open minded' military colleagues and the makings of a new camp could be in the works for '11. I am thinking 'Task Force Love Machine' or something like that...
Anyway, I know you guys are exceedingly busy but if it would be possible to send a Burning Man care package with various detritus associated with the event, I could hang some of the items up to spruce up our clinic and pass out to future burners. There are strict rules re: 'porno' here so would have to be stuff you'd send to Grandma.
My address is:
Task Force Med-E/Physical Therapy
APO AE 09352
I'll be keeping up with Metropolis via friends on the inside and the )'( website.
Lt Col J.S. Rogers, USAF"
SEEKING "PRAYERFORMERS" FOR MONDAY NIGHT'S "CONSCIOUS CABARET!"
"Calling all musicians, singers, songwriters, dancers, actors, spoken-word artists, storytellers, fire spinners, hoopists, acrobats, illusionists, circus performers or any other kind of live, heart-centered entertainer we haven't thought of:
WE WANT YOU!!!!!!! (And your talent, of course...) The Mystic Garden Bhakti Stage @ Sacred Spaces Village is dreaming up a "Conscious Cabaret" to help christen our wonderful new prayerformance space on Monday night, August 30th! Imagine, if you will, a "heart-centered extravaganza of sound, sight and spirit," and then imagine yourself, center-stage, moving people to tears of joy, whoops of delight, shouts of approval, thunderous applause, or--even better-- ecstatic, impassioned participation with you!
All contributions welcome; p.a. and some instruments available. Sign up is at 8 p.m.; event goes from 9-11:45 p.m.; 15-minute sets available. Please contact Janis, our Siren Of Scheduling, for more info: email@example.com."
NEW PROJECTS UP ON THE SUPPORT A PROJECT PAGE
We've taken a whole slew of new projects seeking financial support to get their projects to Burning Man, and put them up on our Support a Project page on Burningman.com. Check 'em out, and help if you can!
Kickstarter's so excited to be helping these projects, they blogged about us! Check it out:
SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: FEED THE ARTISTS
One project we'd like to particularly bring your attention to this week is the Feed the Artists Program, who have just launched their Kickstarter fundraising project, which will raise funds to keep their great program going, facilitating theme camps who want to feed hard-working artists as they work on playa, setting up their installations for YOU to enjoy. Click here to donate to their effort:
SUPPORT O'DILLO'S PUBLICK HOUSE AND CELTIC CINEMA
Armadillo and Ludo write:
"Ludo O’Dillo’s Publick House and Celtic Cinema will be back at Burning Man, bigger and better than ever! And this year, we're a Placed Theme Camp! We'll be at 4:30 and Dublin, I mean, Detroit!
And as usual, we are a “Bring Your Own Cup Bar”! No cup, no beer! No cup, no Irish Coffee!
Want to help bring the Irish beer and whiskey to the Playa? Want a cool commemorative mug waiting for you at the Pub? Sure you do!
Donate $10 through our website and receive a handy stainless steel, insulated mug with a carabiner handle as our thank you gift! Perfect for hanging on your camelbak, belt or nipple ring! You can pick it up when you visit the Pub at Burning Man and we'll fill it with beer for you! Or, for a small shipping fee, we will mail it to you.
Check it out! http://www.LudoODillo.com (and please sign our guestbook while your there!)
Find us on Tribe: http://tribes.tribe.net/ludoodillospublickhouse
Thank you for your support!
Armadillo & Ludo"
EXTRA SPECIAL CENTER CAMP CAFE CRAFT PARTY - SF - JULY 17
Howdy Crafty Peeps!
Git yur lassos and saddle up! In order to make sure that EVERY awesome, project gets all the love and attention it deserves, we're including an extra special Craft Party THIS Saturday, July 17th at BMHQ (3450 Third Street, Suite #2A, SF)
What do we got planned for the soiree this Saturday?
-Painting and Cutting Faux Burn Barrels and Electrical Conduit
-Painting, Cutting, and Assembling Wooden Bases and Street Signs
-Sewing Crown Flags
-Sewing Pennant Flags
If you've got tools and woodworking toys, we'd so very much appreciate it if you brought them for this special craft party:
In honor of this last minute addition, we're going to have a white trash luncheon. PB&J! Beer! Cake! Snacks! We invite you to potluck it up, but we'll have enough salty sugar to keep that fire churning.
It's going to be everything you wanted for breakfast when you were four years old, plus beer.
Though not necessary, RSVPs are always appreciated: LeeAnna (at) BurningMan (dot) com
Come on down and get CRAFTY with us!
-The 2010 Center Camp Cafe Crew
WINDOWS: JOYS & PANES OF A METROPOLIS - SILENT AUCTION & ART NIGHT FOR THE TEMPLE
WINDOWS :: Joys & Panes of a Metropolis is a benefit for the Burning Man Temple. WINDOWS will celebrate our urban, lived experience – and how that experience appears when gazing through the lens of glass, walls, and our subjective views.
Old Windows are the canvases and by transforming them into art, we have an opportunity to examine what it feels like to have our lives framed by these impersonal objects. Looking out or looking in, we are all occasional voyeurs.
We're looking for more artists to create windows AND to paint live at the event. For details on how to get involved, visit our event page: http://temple2010.org/windows or contact sarah (at) temple2010 (dot) org
Saturday, July 24, 2010
9:30 pm to 3am!
AUCTION from 10-1:30am
657 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128634870512038&ref=ts
Buy Tickets Now! http://fluxwindows.eventbrite.com/
$20 at the door
Silent auction prices start at $50.
Djs Til Late
And Live Painting
BURNING MAN 2009 GALLERY FROM PETE SLINGLAND
Pete Slingland is one of Burning Man's official documentary photographers out on playa. Here's his amazing gallery from 2009:
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