JRS VOLUME #14; ISSUE #31Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 14, Issue #31
August 17, 2010
+ DISTRICT EVERYWHERE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS -- COME BY!
+ ACCULTURATION VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
+ PORTA POTTY PROTOCOLS
+ THREE TRULY "PUBLIC" PLAZAS
+ PRE-EVENT ICE SALES AT ARCTICA
+ USING A PERSONAL VIDEO CAMERA IN BRC? READ THIS
+ AUDIO & SELF-GUIDED ART TOURS
+ ACADEMICS: GET BRAINY WITH BURNING MAN!
+ PROMOTE YOUR CAMP WITH A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON BMIR-FM!
+ DON'T CHARGE YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT THE CAFE
+ ARE YOU A BURNER GOING TO SXSWI 2010? VOTE FOR OUR PANEL!
+ LARRY HARVEY SPEAKS ABOUT THIS YERA'S BURNING MAN THEME: METROPOLIS
+ PETS WHILE YOU ARE ON PLAYA
+ HELPFUL TIP ABOUT YOUR CAR'S AIR FILTER
+ CORRECTION: ACLU HOURS ON PLAYA
+ COOL STUFF IF YOU'RE PASSING THROUGH RENO
+ MODULO MUNDI MUSIC PROJECT GIFTING MUSIC TO THE COMMUNITY
+ COFFEE PRICE INCREASE
+ WANT TO BE A LAMPLIGHTER? WATCH THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO
+ BLACK ROCK CENSUS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE PERFORMANCE TEAM SEEKS BANDS & AERIALISTS
+ PIGEONOPOLIS: POOP & GROUP PHOTO ON FRIDAY
+ MUTANT VEHICLE PARADE AND REVIEW
+ BLACK ROCK BOUTIQUE LOOKING FOR CLOTHING AND PAPER BAG DONATIONS
+ DUSTFISH ACTIVITIES
+ 4TH ANNUAL BLACK ROCK CITY 5K RUN
+ PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS PERFORMERS OF ALL TYPES
+ NEON LIGHT BAND IN SEARCH OF A DRUMMER
+ EARTH GUARDIANS ECO-FRIENDLY RE-FASHION RUNWAY SHOW
+ POETRY COSMIC & SPOKEN WORD CAMP SEEKS POETS
+ POETS, COMEDIANS AND IMPROVISORS, OH MY!
+ CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMATIONS FOR THE ILLUMINATRIX
+ CREATE YOUR OWN SEQUENCES FOR THE NEXUS PYROSPHERE SEQUENCER
+ MASSIVE ANUSARA YOGA CLASS FRIDAY 6PM OUT PAST THE TEMPLE
+ WARNING: LUBRICATION LADIES ON THE PROWL
+ MISS BLACK ROCK CITY 2010
+ ONENESS DEEKSHA BLESSING & HEALING AT THE TEMPLE
+ A REAL SKYSCRAPER IN BLACK ROCK CITY?
+ MR. BEARDROCK CITY FACIAL HIRSUTENESS COMPETITION
+ BURNING MAN 2010 WORLD CUP SOCCER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
+ BRAIN FREEZE / GOT STICKER CAMP NEEDS STICKERS
+ BLACK ROCK CITY NAKED BICYCLE PUB CRAWL
+ BIG BLUE MARBLE SEEKS ARTISTS PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE AWARENESS
+ NEVADA BURNERS PHOTO SHOOT
+ EARLY RISERS' CLASSICAL CAFE SEEKS MUSICIANS
+ HEEBEEGEEBEE HEALERS CAMP SEEKS MASSAGE TABLES
+ CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN SF DECOMPRESSION & OTHER GLOBAL REGIONAL EVENTS
+ VETERAN PHOTOGRAPHER SEEKS COLLABORATORS WHO LOVE IMPROV
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNING MAN FILM FESTIVAL / PLAYA LAUNCH PARTY READY FOR RENO
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE ROUND - PANORAMICS BY BRAD MILTON
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Well, things have come full circle. The DPW and big art crews are out on the playa, working their tails off in 119 degree heat (!!!) to build the infrastructure of Black Rock City, and we are lucky to have John Curley back on the scene this year, covering it all through his incredible photographs and wonderful words. This week we've read about the Man base, the Temple construction, and the wild appreciation of a good playa rainbow. You can follow his whole series here on the Burning Blog:
Here at BMHQ, we're getting seriously psyched. Most all of us (those who aren't there already) head for the playa this week, and everything's revving up just right for this year's Burn. Things are clicking along nicely, everybody's making their plans, and concocting their costumes, their schemes, their camps, their transporation, their pranks, and their hot pants. We're hooking up our pets with sitters, double-checking our insurance coverage, and putting our inhibitions up on the shelf for safe keeping. And we trust you're doing the same.
Coming up in the remaining issues: the Transportation issue, with everything you'll need to know to get TO Burning Man, already! We'll keep this short, since the rest is so long (sorry ... such is the month of August in Burning Manlandia!), but we will occupy your time long enough to say ...
We will see all your bright shining faces soon! Now, get on your horse and ride! THE MAN BURNS...IN 18 days!
DISTRICT EVERYWHERE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS -- COME BY!
Once again, the outreach groups of Burning Man (Burners Without Borders, The Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock Solar and The Regional Network) have teamed up to create a unified presence on the playa: District Everywhere!
District Everywhere is housed under one large pavilion. This year, our interior space will take on the appearance of a large world map, with continents cut out of wood, set up at table height. With the assistance of our World Domination Team, guests will create miniature sculptures or flags to represent their off-playa projects and endeavors.
Together, the outreach groups will also host interactive activities, art projects, events and gatherings, all geared toward kindling ideas and generating momentum for off-playa, after-Burning Man outreach efforts.
Join us for daily BurnSide Chats, hosted lectures, salons and discussions about art, community and culture. Each outreach group will also be hosting cocktail parties and mixers specifically for their group at District Everywhere. Stop by to see the full schedule for the week.
Please visit BRAF any day of the week to learn more about recent projects and future endeavors, and to add to our community-created art installation. We will be lounging in the shade, sipping lemonade and conspiring to bring interactive art to communities beyond the playa.
Monday, August 30, 2010 - Saturday, September 4, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, and 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Party Everywhere - opening reception for District Everywhere
Monday, August 30, 2010
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Annual BRAF Playa Cocktail Party
Thursday, September 2, 2010
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
District Everywhere is located at 6:30 and Esplanade.
We'd love to see you!
ACCULTURATION VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
We held a contest for participants to create videos that extol and explain Burning Man's ethos and principles to share with our community ... and we're happy to announce this year's winners. Here they are!
Thanks to everybody who submitted their videos ... we had a blast reviewing them! You're welcome and encouraged to add YOUR videos to the collection as well. Learn more here:
PORTA POTTY PROTOCOLS
It's really this simple: If we lose porta-potties, Burning Man will stop.
We continue to talk about this because there are still problems each year from abuse, neglect, or flat out impropriety!
If an item in the pottie cannot be sifted through a small screen at the processing plant, it cannot go in the potty. For example - baby wipes, condoms, tampons, etc. And no, even the flushable baby wipes cannot go in the potties. They don't break down fast enough to be called "flushable" in the porta potties. ONE PLY TOILET PAPER only. If you need to get rid of anything of that nature while you're in a potty, bring a plastic baggie and take it back to camp. Yes, really.
If it doesn't come out of your body, it doesn't go in the potty. Period.
THREE TRULY "PUBLIC" PLAZAS
Along Jakarta Street near the back of the city, you will find no fewer than three new plazas: at 3:00, 6:00, & 9:00. We are holding most of the camping space around these plazas unreserved and available for the general public to develop and maintain as a Metropolis-theme experiment in spontaneous urban planning and collaboration.
So, what do you want to do with them? We can't wait to see.
PRE-EVENT ICE SALES AT ARCTICA
For those who were approved to arrive pre-event to set up a registered theme camp or art installation (i.e., you have your Early Arrival Pass in hand - NO, there are no more requests), Camp Arctica will offer ice sales (only) at their Center Camp location from Thursday, August 26 - Sunday August 29, from 1pm-3pm daily.
Cool! So to speak.
USING A PERSONAL USE VIDEO CAMERA IN BRC? READ THIS
Burning Man defines "personal use" of imagery as "that which will only be shared with friends and family." For still camera images of this nature, no registration is required, but all video cameras, even personal use, must fill out an agreement in order to capture imagery in BRC.
The form and fuller information can be found here: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/event_survival/video_cameras.html
Print out the form now and save yourself a few minutes by having it all filled out and ready when you get to the Greeters!
A NOTE ABOUT VIDEO-CAPABLE PHONES: We know that more and more people are choosing to carry their video-capable smartphones in BRC. While attaching a camera tag to these cameras can be a daunting concept, the fact is, all video cameras that will operate in BRC do need to be tagged visibly, so expect to be asked to affix the Tyvek camera tag somehow to your phone's body (clear tape is probably the surest bet).
However, no, we don't need to tag your camera if you're going to put it in your glovebox and never use it on the playa, so the question at Greeters will be: "Do you plan to use your camera to obtain video footage in Black Rock City?" If you think you'll shoot any video footage whatsoever, then yes, you must fill out this form.
So really...why? This little act on your part helps create the "safety net" of expectation that protects you from being filmed by unscrupulous videographers without approval, and that's part of what's kept Burning Man vital and free from those who would exploit us for prurient purposes. We truly appreciate everyone contributing by tagging their video cameras and filling out this little form.
Not sure if yours is personal use or something more? Curious if you can share your pics with your Facebook friends or post video on a personal website? More information can be found at
AUDIO & SELF-GUIDED ART TOURS
There are over 250 pre-registered art installations, and we're anticipating around 100 walk-in pieces once we're on playa ... it's going to be a great year for art!
Anarchist Jim has once again created an incredible audio art tour and a paper self-guided tour for select art installations on playa this year. You can download them here:
GET BRAINY WITH BURNING MAN: A MIXER FOR ACADEMICS FRI 9/3 2:30-5:00 PM
Have you published an article about Burning Man? Written a book on BRC? Do you teach at a university or are you enrolled in an advanced degree/phD program? Do you have a subscription to academic libraries?
In short...are you a Burning Nerd? We want to meet you! Join us for a small cocktail meet and greet in BRC. Friday, 2:30-5 PM (location TBA). Meet members of the Burning Man organizing staff and mingle with other academics studying Burning Man from intellectual angles!
Please RSVP to academics (at) burningman (dot) com for your official invitation with location details and other info as it develops.
Can't make it, but want to make sure you and your work are on our radar? We'd love to hear from you: academics (at) burningman (dot) com.
PROMOTE YOUR CAMP WITH A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON BMIR-FM!
BMIR-FM, 94.5 is The Voice of the Man and is the best way to let Black Rock City know about what your camp has to offer be it a fabulous bar, an event, a performance or a really cool art installation.
If someone in your camp is an audio wizard, we are now accepting pre-recorded announcements. We would LOVE to have them in hand before we leave for the playa so we can start running them on the air ASAP. Not sure how to record something ahead of time? No worries! J Kanizzle, BMIR's Production Manager has put together this handy tutorial that shows you how to download and configure Audacity, a free audio recording program. The tutorial then takes you through the basics of creating your very own announcement.
The tutorial can be found at : http://tinyurl.com/mn55p5
Once you have something recorded please email before August 21st to: BMIR (at) Burningman (dot) com
Remember to let people know the basics : what, where and when. Please keep announcements under 60 seconds and send them to us in .mp3 or .wav format.
Can't make the August 21st deadline? You can also put your announcements on a CD or flash drive and hand deliver them to us on the playa. BMIR is located on the Ring Road at 1:00, right between the Rangers and The Department of Mutant Vehicles.
Now if you just can't pull this off, no worries. The BMIR Production Office will be open every day from 12N to 4PM during the event. You can come in and we'll help you record an announcement right on the playa.
See you on the playa and remember to bring an FM radio!
PSA: PLEASE DO NOT CHARGE YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT THE CAFE
We know, you just have to keep your camera/phone/blinky glowy thingie charged at the event, and there's no electrical service available. So you're bringing your own power, right?
No? You're not? Then make friends with someone who is. Or bring an inverter for your car lighter...whatever it takes. But whatever you do, please DON'T plug in your devices to charge them up at the Center Camp Cafe.
While it may be tempting to wander into the Cafe, find an outlet or an extension cord, and plug in your (whatever) electronic device(s) to charge them ...don't. This goes double for ever unplugging another cord to plug yours in. There is sensitive equipment plugged into each and every outlet in the Cafe, (we don't build outlets we don't need in BRC, so if there's a cord, it's there for someone else - not you). There are dozens of people working hard to balance an enormously tricky electrical load on a very persnickety system -- all in a place known for devouring the best electrical intentions. Don't make it worse. This is not the purpose of the power in the Cafe and these outlets are not available for participants to use. Just don't do it.
ARE YOU A BURNER GOING TO SXSWI 2010? VOTE FOR OUR PANEL!
Are you a Burner going to the South By Southwest Interactive fest 2011 in Austin? Vote for our panel! Burning Man's Andie Grace and Rosalie Barnes have proposed this panel to share the latest on photography at Burning Man, and our experience working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Creative Commons toward the evolution of digital rights in BRC. If you're planning to attend, please register for the panel picker, and vote.
LARRY HARVEY SPEAKS ABOUT THIS YERA'S BURNING MAN THEME: METROPOLIS
Earlier this year, Larry Harvey spoke about this years Burning Man theme;
Metropolis - The Life of Cities, at the 2010 Burning Man Regional Summit and Convectional Caucus. Shouting Fire recorded it for your listening pleasure. Go to http://www.ShoutingFire.com to hear what Larry had to say.
PETS WHILE YOU ARE ON PLAYA
Our friend Michelle (aka Scottish, who we love dearly and wish she were coming to the playa, dammit) writes with helpful advice about your leaving your pets at home while you're at the event:
"If your pet has a tag, change it. The new temporary tag should have the number of the pet sitter. If it doesn't have a collar and tag, get one. They can come off when you are again taking responsibility for your pet. There is no point having your number on it while you are incommunicado.
Also, make sure you email recent pictures of your pet and any distinguishing marks to the sitter should they need to make up any lost notices. This will help them as they will already feel pretty crap about the missing pet.
Have fun out there kids.
HELPFUL TIP ABOUT YOUR CAR'S AIR FILTER
"I have a little auto tip (if it has not already been mentioned).
As I transistion from the main road to the playa, usually waiting in a line, I get out, open the hood of my car and swap the almost new air filter with the old dirty one from last time on the playa. When I leave the playa, I do the reverse, giving me a nice clean air filter for the drive home; better performance and better fuel economy."
CORRECTION: ACLU ON PLAYA
We misreported the hours of the ACLU folks on playa, in Center Camp. They'll be open ...
Tuesday to Sunday, 6-9pm
COOL STUFF IF YOU'RE PASSING THROUGH RENO
The Reno-Gazette Journal has published some ways to experience a piece of Burning Man in Reno to get you revved up for the Burn!
MODULO MUNDI MUSIC PROJECT GIFTING MUSIC TO THE COMMUNITY
"Music project Modulo Mundi is gifting two versions of Whatever Experience They Wantto BRC citizens for your road trip enjoyment. Remember:We are not here to keep people from being stupid is not just something squawked through a radio, it's a philosophy. Live it.
COFFEE PRICE INCREASE
The whole world is feeling the economic pinch, and Burning Man is no exception. The costs involved with providing coffee on playa has increased in the last year, and so after many years we must now raise Center Camp Cafe coffee prices from $2 to $3 a cup.
Now, before you go getting too worked up with your faithful Rabbits or your nice Cafe staff about this increase or about the sale of coffee in our Center Camp in general, we ask you to please take the time to read "Commerce and Community" by Larry Harvey. This article from our 2006 newsletter dinstinctly outlines why coffee is sold at the Center Camp Cafe in the first place.
Then, recall that we're basically running a cafe on the surface of the moon. That costs a pretty penny. Plus, the proceeds from coffee sales go to financing the construction of the Cafe itself.
WANT TO BE A LAMPLIGHTER? WATCH THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO
"If you are coming out and are planning on being a Lamplighter, watch this informative video to see if the job of Lifting is for you:
Lamplighters are the largest and oldest running Moving Art project on the playa, and you can be a part of it. Every day, we start Lamplighting around 5pm. Come early, kick back in our Lounge, and then sign up for a role in the evening procession. We take care of costumes, equipment, and more.
BLACK ROCK CENSUS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
"The Black Rock Census is now recruiting volunteers for on-playa shifts!
During the week, we need 2 volunteers from 9:30am-1:30pm every day for census form processing, and 10 volunteers on pre-burn Sunday/Monday and postburn Sunday for census setup/breakdown. More details about the shifts are below.
Please email Steven "Indiana" Crane (stevoc (at) stanford (dot) edu) if you are interested. There will be a short follow-up survey to gauge your interest and volunteer shift availability. It is fine to request a shift with a friend, or to sign up yourself to meet a new friend! Let me know that you're interested even if you can't commit to a particular shift ahead of time.
The Census Camp has been administering the Black Rock Census for ten years, and our team works year-round to craft, collect, count, and compile the census and its results. Last year we collected 8,300 forms (!) which are used by the Burning Man Organization to create the best burn possible for everybody; by Burners to get a broader, more unbiased perspective on who comes and what goes down on the playa; and even bona fide scientific research. Past results are available in the afterburn reports (http://afterburn.burningman.com). And we can't do all this without some extra help on-playa.
Daily form processing volunteers will work with our team in Center Camp and can partake in the Census Camp Metropolis Theme Days (read: snacks and drinks!) as we merrily work our way through the forms. Form processing volunteers will:
—restock the Cafe and Playa Info census kiosks
—retrieve completed census forms from the Cafe
—process forms (placing numbered stickers on collected forms and properly grouping them) in the Confidentiality Room, adjacent to Media Mecca and across the street from the Cafe. Perfect for: Those who love organization and efficiency, or enjoy some simple, methodical, meditative form processing, or particularly enjoy stacking, counting, numbering, and bunching forms.
Setup/Breakdown volunteers will help decorate the camp and the Census Wagon art car, load up the wagon for our "trap line" of cross-playa census distribution, and other tasks to get the census up and running.
Perfect for: those who like making things look FANTASTIC, who have always wanted to do some work with an art car. Some height and/or muscle would be helpful, but not necessary!
-For more details, questions, and to sign up for a shift, contact Steven 'Indiana' Crane at Steven ."
CENTER CAMP CAFE PERFORMANCE TEAM SEEKS BANDS & AERIALISTS
Center Camp Cafe Performance Team is looking for full bands to rock the Cafe! Very limited slots left. Please contact sleepless (at) burningman (dot) com for inquiries"
Fly high inside the cafe! Spots still available for experienced aerialists between 5.30-6pm daily. Please contact karl (at) burningman (dot) com to be scheduled.
PIGEONOPOLIS: POOP & GROUP PHOTO ON FRIDAY
"We're so excited to hear about happy pigeon-makers across the country making paper-mache pigeons for Pigeonopolis 2010. For example, just look at these beautiful pigeons that Sari made! http://flic.kr/p/8qgLZc We've also heard from some of you concerned about our cleanup plan. We are also worried about POOP (Pigeons Out Of Place), so we've written up a blog post to address these concerns.
We've also scheduled a Pigeonopolis group photo at 4:00pm Friday at the Man. That will help us get lots of our beloved pigeons all in the same place at once. We also ask any participants that may find stray pigeons to bring them there before Friday at 10pm.
We have TONS of extra water balloons, we'd be happy to mail you some if you need them.
We have a bag of 100. Need some to keep your pigeons in place? Come by Recycle Camp anytime!
We'll also be bringing our iridescent paints with us to the playa, so if you want to add that extra touch to your pigeons, come by Recycle Camp. Bring beer. In aluminum cans. You know, to ... uh ... recycle.
MUTANT VEHICLE PARADE AND REVIEW
Rod Pujante wrote us months ago saying "Hey wouldn't it be cool to have a Mutant Vehicle parade?" And we said "Yeah! It sure would be cool. Why don't you organize one?" And so he has. This will be really cool. Rod writes:
"Mutant Vehicle Parade & Review
Friday, September 3rd
6:30 pm - Art Cars with daytime permits
7:30 pm - Art cars with nighttime permits
Route: Center Camp to the Man and on to the Temple, on the East side of the promenade. Around the Temple and back to Center Camp along the West side of the promenade. So it's counter-clockwise around the 6:00 and 12:00 promenades.
This will be a great chance for the Burning Public and the Mutant Vehicles to check each other out!"
BLACK ROCK BOUTIQUE LOOKING FOR CLOTHING AND PAPER BAG DONATIONS
Eric of the BRB writes:
"Every year the Black Rock Boutique brings thousands of funky, fresh and fabulous clothing items for the fashion needy citizens of Black Rock City. However, without your help, we can't keep up with the demand for pink tutus, body suits and fake fur coats, and all the other fashion essentials you are looking for. Please clean out your closets and donate any unused playa wear to us, so we can continue our mission to provide fashion on the playa. New this year- bring us some brown paper bags- we have someone who will cut out outfits from them. We're located at 3:00 and Center Camp. Open daily noonish-4pm. Volunteers are always welcome, inquire within. Email esteinder (at) gmail (dot) com with questions."
Lord Huckleberry writes:
"DUSTFISH is at 6:30 and Esplanade this year with stage, lights, etc featuring LIVE MUSIC and Eclectic Acts. Best Address in town, great staging, great folks. BMIR will be broadcasting LIVE from DUSTFISH a few nights this year. If you're interested in performing on our stage please contact LORD HUCKLEBERRY at assliquor (at) hotmail (dot) com and/or TY BOURNE at ty.fembot (at) gmail (dot) com . Thanks!"
4TH ANNUAL BLACK ROCK CITY 5K RUN
Broken Beaver (yes, really) writes:
"So, you may have heard that there is going to be a 50K Ultra Marathon on Playa this year.... Yes, your math is right – that’s 31 miles of running on the Black Rock Desert!!! For those of you who love to express yourself through your physical fitness, specifically running, but find that a 50K is a bit too ambitious for you, especially in the middle of the 'best week of the year,' the 4th Annual Black Rock City 5K will be held on Wednesday, September 1st at 8:00. Starting line is near Center Camp and the Prominade - you can’t miss it. The finish line will be the same finish line as the 50K, so stick around afterwards to support and encourage those uber crazy ultra marathon runners!!! For more information before the event, contact Broken Beaver at Broken Beaver ."
PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS PERFORMERS OF ALL TYPES
"Looking for something to participate in this year? Need an experience that will help ground your burn?
Do you love to sing/play drums, keys, or percussion? Interested in having a crazy-fierce, passionate, dynamic choir director (clad in pig-tails, combat boots and as little clothing as possible) pull the music out of you like taffy? Would you like to perform with a choir/rhythm section on the playa on Sunday morning for a couple hundred exhausted, wide-open, smiling, joyful, half-naked burners who are not quite ready to enter the default world just quite yet? COME JOIN MADI'S PLAYA CHOIR! Here are the details:
wed, thurs, fri and sat at 10:30 am at the Jazz Cafe, 4:30 and INNER CIRCLE (right close to center camp)
We will sing for:
Critical Tits ritual, Friday afternoon (we create a singing human entry-way for all the women who finish the ride!)
Megs's boat, deets TBA
Our very own Sunday Celebration on Sunday morning at 11am in the Center round of Center Camp
We will learn 4 songs, plus an improvised circle song, plus a sing along for the congregation on Sunday morning. We generally do gospel/spirituals, mostly 3-4 parts, not difficult but for sure soulful! If you can not read music, it's OK. If you can sing along with your section, you'll learn the parts just fine! There are solo opportunities if you are interested!
This is our 5th year on the playa and we are growing like wildfire!
If you are interested, shoot me an email with your name (if you send me a picture too, I will remember your name with your face) and say hello. I'll add you to our emails so you know what else is going on.
If you are interested, PLEASE BRING A MILK CRATE TO REHEARSAL! (unless someone out there wants to DONATE a set of choral risers to our mission) and of course, lots and lots of water, spray bottles and whatever you need to help you through a generally hot and dusty choir rehearsal.
The choir needs a rhythm section, too...we need a trap set drummer, a second keyboard player would help get me out from behind the rhodes, hand drummers/congas/djembe players and possibly a guitarist...(we have a bass player already...)
You can reach me at: madis_service (at) yahoo (dot) com "
NEON LIGHT BAND IN SEARCH OF A DRUMMER
The last one probably spontaneously combusted. Dave writes:
"Neon Lite, a classic rock and roll band that has lit up the playa at 6 o'clock on the perimeter for the past 2 years, is now IN NEED OF A DRUMMER. If you play some drums, have your own kit, and want to share in the fun-music-good times, please email me and we'll make it happen. We're looking to play for a while in the evenings of Thur, Fri and Sat before the burn. Thanks,
EARTH GUARDIANS ECO-FRIENDLY RE-FASHION RUNWAY SHOW
Hello Dear Re-Fashionista's and Playa Family!
This Year once again, EARTH GUARDIANS will host the 2nd Annual Eco-Friendly Playa Friendly Re-Fashion Runway Show. This is a call out to YOU!!
We are looking for folks who would like to be in our runway show on PLAYA at the Earth Guardian Pavilion on Thursday, September 2 at 4 PM..
Please contact me if you are interested in participating with us. We had a great time last year and have made changes to improve our show for this year ... HOWEVER ... YOU are who make it possible, so please please please participate! and let us know so we can plan accordingly.
We will contact you with details down the road a bit,
Thank you in advance,
ms.sassafrassy (at) gmail (dot) com "
POETRY COSMIC & SPOKEN WORD CAMP SEEKS POETS
"Performers, writing volonteers of all kind of poetry, even if it's your first Time writing, welcome, you Will write, it's the best place to Begin. One different thema each day at noon at Florence 6. There Will be a SPOKEN WORD EVENT ON FRIDAY from 5pm to 6pm, Florence 6, for that show, we want you and your cosmic presence in poetry.
POETS, COMEDIANS AND IMPROVISORS, OH MY!
Date: Tuesday, Aug 31st
Location: Hair of the Dog Camp Stage (8:00 & E)
Hosted By: Don’t Panic Camp
Dubbed the weirdest comedy show ever, and you get to be a part of it! Bring your bad poems, stand-up comedy or improv routine to read/perform aloud. What ever makes you laugh. We are also putting together an improv group (email to join: cookclub (at) gmail (dot) com). Event will be emceed by DPC’s very own comedian, Jeff Foster. See you there!
CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMATIONS FOR THE ILLUMINATRIX
This is awesome. Scottie writes:
Thanks in advance and have a great burn!
Scottie and Ben."
CREATE YOUR OWN SEQUENCES FOR THE NEXUS PYROSPHERE SEQUENCER
This is way rad. Erin writes:
"Just wanted to spread the word about the Pyrosphere Sequencer- the interactive element of the Nexus Pyrosphere. The Pyrosphere is a large scale fire art installation with 91 flame emitters mounted all over the surface of a 23 ft geodesic sphere. Each the flame emitters are individually controlled by a computer, similiar to The Burninator, and now anyone can go online to www.akrasia.org/pyro and create sequences that we will use on the playa! Our memory banks can hold a couple hundred thousand sequences, so we are trying to get as many people as possible to make one. When you're on the playa, you can come to Nexus and tell us what you named your pattern when you saved it, and we will play it for you!
More info on the Pyrosphere here: http://nexusorg.org/category/fire-art/pyrosphere-fire-art/
MASSIVE ANUSARA YOGA CLASS FRIDAY 6PM OUT PAST THE TEMPLE
The Rabbit vouches for Anusara yoga. Om Namah Shivaya Gurave, yo! Natasha writes:
"Join renowned Anusara Yoga teacher Elena Brower and thousands of dust-covered burners for a massive open-level class on the playa just beyond the Temple Friday at 6 pm (just before sunset).
Once everyone is yogafied, 5Rhythms teacher Jonathan Horan (by way of RhythmWave camp) will lead an incredible free-form dance at 7:45, with surround sound provided by several camps including (and not limited to) Disorient's DEX (details TBA).
Bring a mat, towel, blanket, or make friends with the playa.
Contact natashablank (at) gmail (dot) com if you want to get involved (and ESPECIALLY if you want to involve your sound system!)"
WARNING: LUBRICATION LADIES ON THE PROWL
You either really do or really do not want to meet the guy with the playa name "Hand Job". Anyway, Amy writes:
"Why let chapped lips, tired eyes and dry hands ruin your good time?
Keep an eye out for the Lubrication Ladies (Lip Service, Hungry Eyes and Hand Job) who will be roaming the playa throughout the festival.
Don't be fooled by cheap imitations, we'll be the ones wearing 1950's aprons in shades of the burn.
MISS BLACK ROCK CITY 2010
The Miss BRC 2010 Project folks write (and if this pisses you off for some reason, you just lost at Burning Man):
"Miss Black Rock City 2010
Black Rock Boutique in Center Camp
Represent your city, your camp, your art, your tent, or just yourself!
Participants (open to all shes, zes, and hes) will reveal their unique inner beauty in 2 categories:
1) The One Minute (no)Talent Competition: No rules, everyone has a talent - be it a stupid party trick or a fine art!
2) Interview: Do they do it for world peace, the children, or for the puppies?
All participants are beautiful and everyone wins by participating. Please come with a sash and a tiara, and a gift to donate to the Beauty Queen's Gift Box, which will be given to participants. Hosted by StacycatS, the original self-proclaimed beauty queen, in her first on-playa event since 2006!
NOTE: No beauty pageant is fair, bribing the 'judges' and your host is encouraged. Participate for fun, rather than play to win!
The MBRC Project produced events on-playa, around the USA, the UK and Spain since 2004. Check out the Miss Black Rock City website for photos, our theme song, and info on past events: http://www.missblackrockcity.com
For more recent info, check us out on:
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/missblackrockcity/ "
ONENESS DEEKSHA BLESSING & HEALING AT THE TEMPLE
"Oneness Deeksha blessing and healing at the Temple Sunday Sept. 5, 6-8 pm
Dr. MantraDeeksha and select Deeksha friends from Camp OnenessDeeksha (COD) will be offering this powerful process (hands on head conscious connection and transmission of Source (or whatever one wishes to name as the 'divine') within each to Total Source everywhere! In front of the Temple of Flux, out of the way of the folks preparing for the Burn later that evening, but close to the main street going towards the temple. (see: 'burning man deeksha' on www.youtube.com for a better idea of this offering!) Repeated every 1/2 hour until dark, (6-8 pm)"
A REAL SKYSCRAPER IN BLACK ROCK CITY?
The Mal-Mart folks write:
"MAL-MART, the eight story high 'Mega Store' at the corner of Esplanade & 7:30is looking for a few more good men and women to help the team create one of the largest structures on the playa (currently being tracked by the Burning Man Blog)! For more info, contact the Human Resources Office at:
MR. BEARDROCK CITY FACIAL HIRSUTENESS COMPETITION
"Just thought that it might be pretty cool if'n you folks could send out an event notice in the next JRS for a PHUN contest we are putting on at the Automatic Subconscious, Esplanade & 4:00. It is the first evah Mr. BeardRock City Facial Hirsuteness Competition. Here be the deets:
Cheers and see you soonly in the dusty,
BURNING MAN 2010 WORLD CUP SOCCER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
"The BM World Cup 2010 is an interactive art project that represents a colorful and psychedelic miniature version of the FIFA soccer World Cup, with games played mainly at night. A small soccer field will be set up, delineated with EL wire. The format will be 3 vs 3 players, wearing glow-in-the-dark uniforms and using a lighted soccer ball.
We are seeking participants to help organize some of the games, referee, or come cheer as themed spectators or cheerleaders. DJs are welcome to come play music too, or anyone who wants to add to the event with performances, etc.
Please contact Ben at disksko (at) hotmail (dot) com
Greetings from SPAIN! =)"
BRAIN FREEZE / GOT STICKER CAMP NEEDS STICKERS
Jack Schroll writes:
'Come one--Come all---Bring us Your few, Your tired, Your extra STICKERS.' Our camp is a sticker camp and WE NEED STICKERS. Not just Burning Man Stickers, but ANY & ALL Stickers would be appreciated. Drop off at 'Brain Freeze/Got Sticker Camp' Location of camp is 4:30 and Athens.Look for thetall tower. We have 1000s of stickers for feel free to dig through our boxes and find just that one sticker you have been looking for."
BLACK ROCK CITY NAKED BICYCLE PUB CRAWL
Yes, you read that right. Shocking, I know.
"Black Rock City Naked Bicycle Pub Crawl: There have been rumors of the ride's demise, but it is not so!!! For the past six years, Dale organized and ran the mid-week Naked Bike Ride & Pub Crawl. He's decided to take a break this year, but for some folks this event has become a staple of their BM experience and the ride MUST go on! FIVE camps have stepped up this year to host pub stops. Wednesday 11am-2pm -- see where-what-when or Playa Events Calendar for more details. See y'all at The Man on Wednesday @11!"
BIG BLUE MARBLE SEEKS ARTISTS PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE AWARENESS
"Big Blue Marble is an environmental non-profit that is headed to the Playa! We have already been vetted by through the Media Mecca approval process and we are headed to Burning Man to film interviews with artists looking at the connection between environmental awareness and creativity. BBM seeks to educate others on environmental issues through art and creative mediums. We are interested in looking at the positive change comes through Burning Man, the art created, and the diversity of forms this takes.
We are making a call out to artists who use their craft to create sustainable awareness. Recycled art, Spoken Word, Sculpture, Visual Painting, Photography, or Art expressed simply through the way you live your Life - whatever your form may be, we want to hear from you!
Our goal is not to simply document this event; we want to hear the personal stories of those who come, why they come and why Burning Man has turned into a movement, branching off into regional networks and for some people become an intricate part of their lifestyle. The project is an interactive project that is about connecting people. It is about showing people the power of community and art, and how both individual and collective action can make a very important environmental difference. We are looking to talk to people who are both environmentally aware and are using their art or daily actions to make an environmental and/or communal difference.
For more information on Big Blue Marble check out our website at www.bigbluemarbleinc.org
If you're interested in being interviewed please contact Vanessa at vanessa (at) bigbluemarbleinc (dot) org sending along information about your creative process, artistic and sustainable views, and where we can find you on the Playa!
Thanks so much! Cheers,
NEVADA BURNERS PHOTO SHOOT
A particularly ambitious Nevada Burner writes:
"Attention all Nevada Burners!
Please join your fellow Nevada Burners at 4pm SHARP on Thurdsay, September 2, in Black Rock City at The Man (6:00 side), for a group photo.
Of course, please don your finest what-not as representative of being a Nevadan, and a Burner.
Party to ensue afterwards.
The group photo will be made freely available online following Burning Man.
Please bring all your fellow Nevada Burner kin and spread the word.
Who: Nevada Burners
What: First Lawful Group Portrait
Where: Black Rock City. The Man. 6:00 side.
When: 4:00 pm SHARP
When: 4:00 pm SHARP dammit!
Why: It is written, '...On this day in the 25th year of our Burning Man, after years of coin slots, game shows, and endless ridicule, the tribe known as "The Lost Peoples of Nevada" finally descended once again from their motel rooms and trailer parks, ushering freely and loudly amongst all the other tribes from the uppity world, to that place known among the ancients as Black Rock City, Nevada, and in unison, striking a defiant pose before THE MAN!'"
EARLY RISERS' CLASSICAL CAFE SEEKS MUSICIANS
"Call for Musicians. It's time to book the Early Risers' Classical Cafe located at the Automatic Subconscience dome (4:00 and Esplanade).
And, don't be fooled by the name. You don't have to play or sing just classical music. We have had all kinds of live 'classical' music performed at our Classical Cafe through the years from Irish folk bands to a banjo and guitar player.
We are offering our Classical Cafe Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (Aug 31st to Sept 3rd). Our set are from9am to 10am then 10am to 11am.
Please email me at (tishsmith2000 (at) earthlink (dot) net) if you are interested and which day and time would work. We still have plenty of sets available. Let me know who you are and what you will be performing/playing and/or singing. We would love to have you.
And, if you are just interested in coming by and watching the show, we will have coffee and tea available to our guests.
Hope to see you all, ~tish"
HEEBEEGEEBEE HEALERS CAMP SEEKS MASSAGE TABLES
"Thank you to all who so generously offer their time and talent. We still need massage tables, more than ever now, to accommodate the many guest healers who have volunteered. We have drop off sites in Reno, Berkeley, and Santa Barbara! If you do not own a table but wish to contribute to our massage tables fund, please paypal livewithpassion (at) juno (dot) com
VETERAN PHOTOGRAPHER SEEKS COLLABORATORS WHO LOVE IMPROV
"Purpose: to help with art photography project -- a Legacy project spanning the first 21 years of Burning Man. We'll work each afternoon and evening.
Don't worry, I don't need a photo assistant to help with gear. It's much better than that. I need theatre-people, radical socializers, natural performers who love to energize juicy social interactions among burners, and with their permission and interest, to be photographed. These aren't posed pictures, this is spontaneous play with a few ground rules, or cues, kind of call and response, like a theatresports game, like an ole-time church full of footstampers, or in our case, celebrants.
If you are comfortable and adept in public, theatrical, bit of an improviser, schmoozer, bit of a ham also, love to interact with folks -- and can direct without seeming to do so -- I love ya! Lets collaborate on making beautiful work happen and dispense joy and laughs in our wake.
Hours: I need someone(s) every day from mid-afternoon to late. Perhaps a tag team of folks, pass the baton, who all like to cruise the playa with a purpose to make art as we go!!
I'm one of the original 80-90 burners on that first year on the playa, 1990. I got involved earlier, having met Larry that last night when we couldn't burn on Baker Beach. I've been fortunate to attend and photograph BM every year since. My calling is to create what I'm calling a Legacy Project, an archive of fine art photography I've shot at the event every single year, and counting. For the first 15 years I shot film in medium format, 35mm and 8x10. Today of course it's digital.
For a taste, check a suite of images I shot solo from 2008 (currently the only body of work on BM I have on the web)>
also, my brand new business web site>
((Please use Safari if poss., the opening page is awaiting a fix on Firefox.))
I do have a ticket to share! if you still need one. I can help in other ways too. You'll receive credit in the final gallery work and books and mucho kudos on site! I lost my temper a decade ago. I'm a good director with years of experience and I know what I want to accomplish. Give me a buzz!
William, aka Earthshimmer and imagio photon
email: william (at) folioluxe (dot) com "
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN SF DECOMPRESSION & OTHER GLOBAL REGIONAL EVENTS
There’s life after Playa! The 11th Annual SF DECOMPRESSION Heat the Street FaIRE! is 10/10/10 on Indiana Street from Noon to Midnight.
Email NOW: flambelounge (at) burningman (dot) com to request a space and share your creative spirit and art. Got big art, an interactive theme camp, crafting workshop, kids event, weird performance art thingy, parade, lecture on urban planning and the reinvention of public mental space? Bring it on! Can you donate a live sound system, stage, lighting and other infrastructure? We love you!
IMPORTANT SE DECOM DEADLINES:
SEPT 15th - Deadline for fire artists and performers to submit fire safety info. But, contact us before Burning Man please!!!
SEPT 26th - Deadline for art, theme camps and performance. We can’t guarantee placement after that, though we try. Priority given to new folks that didn’t have a spot last year. But we’ll accommodate everyone we can.
To join the SF Decom team, email SEvolunteers (at) burningman (dot) com
To find out about other Decoms and Regional Events in a city near you, see: http://regionals.burningman.com/. This is a year-round community with events being planned here, there and EVERYWHERE, literally every day of the week!
So, as you prepare for the Playa, take a moment RIGHT NOW to plan how your art will make it to a local Decom and one or more regional events. That's right! Take your art on the road and keep the fires burning all year-long!
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT
We'd like to thank everybody who has made a financial (or other) contribution to our hard-working artists out there making projects for Burning Man. It's been a really inspiring time, watching our community support itself to make wonderful things happen. There are a LOT of successfully-funded projects as a result, and you can see those, and those that could still use some help on our Support a Project page:
Again, thank you!
SUPPORT SUSPENDED ANIMATION CAMP
The folks over at Suspended Animation camp write, asking for your support (no pun intended):
"Suspended Animation is better then ever and returning to Black Rock City for our third year! With a revamped schedule, more riggers then you can shake a stick at (we tried), and plenty of rope shenanigans, we look forward to bringing our unique brand of performance art back to Burning Man!
Part of our preparation this year has meant repairing and replacing components of our performance space and we could use your help! Each donation we receive will go directly towards our new salad bowl technology and reinforcing our shade for all of our guests.
By supporting our project at http://kck.st/duo2An, you can also receive awesome swag including "special" treatment, sew-on patches, or your own rope!
Even if you can't donate, we want to encourage anyone who is interested to come check us out at Baghdad and 7:30 on the playa. You can also find out more about us and our events at http://www.suspendedanimationcrew.com/ "
BURNING MAN FILM FESTIVAL/PLAYA LAUNCH PARTY READY FOR RENO
RENO, NV - Just in time before this year’s Burning Man event, The Knitting Factory is proud to host the official Burning Man Film Festival / Playa Launch Party on Thursday, August 19th from 4-10pm.
Three award winning documentaries will exclusively be seen on several big screens from 4-8pm. The Burning Man Film Festival is offered in part as a fundraising effort to support the current art installation “Duel Nature” by Kate Raudenbush – currently on display on the Riverwalk in downtown Reno, Nevada. The Reno Burners LLC group will also benefit from proceeds from the film festival and related sales.
Full length features will be shown, including:
“Burning Man” (1991) by Larry Harvey
“Burning Man MCMXCVII” (1997) by Chuck Cirino
“Beyond Black Rock” (2002) by Mike Wilson & Damon Brown
The Playa Launch Party starts at 8pm, with dance music from DJ’s direct from the playa, electric poi spinner, hoopers, and and amazing line up of surprise guests, activities and entertainment not to be missed. Additional short films will be shown throughout the evening to welcome seasoned burners and “newbies” to the art and culture that is Burning Man.
Tickets to the festival are just $10 at the door for those in costume, and $15 without Burning Man costumes.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Black Rock Arts Foundation’s current installation in downtown Reno, as well as establishing an ongoing fund to develop more locally placed art installations, from Burning Man, throughout northern Nevada.
“This Film Festival and Pre-Playa Launch Party is a great way to experience the rich history and culture of Burning Man, for both loyal “Burners” and those who have never been to the event. With the Knitting Factory’s generous support, we are planning a great night of film, fun, and Burning Man culture,” said Maria Partridge, Reno project liaison for BRAF and Advisory Board member.
“We are proud to sponsor and host this cultural event just before Burning Man which happens the week before Labor Day.” said Dean Hanson, The Knitting Factory (Reno) General Manager. “Burning Man’s rich history and culture offer great art to northern Nevada, and we are eager to support the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s installations and future plans here in Reno”.
WHEN: Thursday, August 19th, 2010: 4pm to 10pm
WHERE: The Knitting Factory, 211 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV
WHAT: Burning Man Film Festival: benefiting the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Burning Man Reno. Knitting Factory bars will available for attendees 21+ years old.
PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE ROUND - PANORAMICS BY BRAD MILTON
This is pretty neat. Brad Milton writes:
"I'd like to share my photo gallery:
I hope your readers might see these photos and like them enough to support my project 'Living Working Burning Man' ( http://kck.st/9EDgl4 ) which will document the fabric of Black Rock City for this year of Metropolis: the Life of Cities.
It is my intention to photograph as many of the outstanding camps of Black Rock City as I can, and to photograph them 'in the round' – broad panoramas capturing all of the activity in the space, as well as the space itself, all in an instant. The resulting portfolio will document the effort put forward by the campers and the incredible environments they create. A fitting response to this years theme: Metropolis - Life of Cities.
Clearly I think it's a worthy project. I hope the burning Man community does as well."
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