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JRS VOLUME #15; ISSUE #24

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 15, Issue #24
July 29, 2011

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING MAN TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT - YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
+ WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SHOW UP AT THE GATE WITH NO TICKET?
+ LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE EMPIRE STORE
+ AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CHINESE SKY LANTERNS

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ HELP BRING A BURNING MAN PROJECT TO LIFE
+ DADARA'S EXCHANGHIBITION BANK PROJECT
+ SHOUTING FIRE NEEDS YOU TO SUPPORT YEAR-ROUND PLAYA RADIO (BY AUGUST 6!)

PARTICIPATE:
+ BUILDING A BURNING MAN THEME CAMP
+ CAFE ART LATTE EXTRAVAGANZA: BATTLE OF THE BARISTAS!
+ DID YOU BUILD YOUR OWN RV? TRAVEL CHANNEL WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU
+ BE ON THE PLAYA CHEF ROUNDTABLE & BRC KITCHEN TOUR!
+ CAMP AUTOMATIC SUBCONSCIOUS MORNING MUSIC PROGRAM IS SEARCHING FOR TALENT
+ STICKER LOVERS! BRAIN FREEZE IS TAKING STICKER DONATIONS!
+ THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUS CAPSULE
+ BLACK ROCK CITY FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR PERFORMERS AND FOOD CAMPS
+ BLACK ROCK EDUCATORS CONSORTIUM
+ PEOPLE'S ART CONGRESS INVITES COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS
+ 4TH ANNUAL LIBRARIAN COCKTAIL PARTY
+ PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR AMERICAN TRIBAL STYLE IMPROV BELLY DANCE PROCESSION
+ MISS BLACK ROCK CITY PAGEANT 2011
+ SADDLE UP FOR THE PONYGIRL EXPRESS
+ CALL FOR PERFORMERS FOR LUNACY CABARET & BURN DAY BLUES JAM
+ SILENT DANCE PARTY IN HUSHVILLE?
+ INTERGALACTIC HAIRDRESSERS NEEDED
+ CALL FOR BURLESQUE PERFORMERS
+ BLACK ROCK CENTER FOR UNLEARNING

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ THE BURNING MAN PROJECT NON-PROFIT LAUNCH EVENT - SF - AUGUST 5
+ RENO PRE-PLAYA PARTY - RENO, NV - AUGUST 5

PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ BM2010 PHOTO GALLERY FROM TERRY PRATT
+ BM2010 PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE KENOSHA KID

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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Well, it happened. For the first time in our 25-year history, tickets for Burning Man sold out. There's always been a population cap in place, as per our BLM permit, but we'd never actually hit it before. And this year, we did.

We've been spending a lot of time this week keeping an eye on all the various social media outlets on which Burners are talking about it, asking questions, seeking tickets for sale, and sorting through the myriad rumors that inevitably run rampant when big news hits.

To get the correct information out there, we've compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and answered them. From "where can I get a ticket?" to "what can we do about scalpers?" to "what's going to happen next year?", we got 'em all covered below.

One of the biggest ones going around was the false (as in hoax, parody, satire, prank, good ol' fashioned BS) rumor that this will be the last year for Burning Man. And? Nope, not true, don't worry. We'll be back.

We also have VERY IMPORTANT information about what happens if you show up at the Burning Man Gate without a ticket. Did you see where we said VERY IMPORTANT right there? Right. Read it. Make sure your friends and campmates do too.

Getting back to the wonders of Black Rock City, this edition of the JRS has more opportunities to participate than you can shake a (very big) stick at. Enjoy the fruits of your community!

The Man burns in 36 days ... so hop to it, people!

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BURNING MAN TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT - YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Now that tickets for Burning Man have sold out for the first time in our 25-year history, we've been getting a lot of questions from folks in the community ... here are the most common ones, answered:

Q. How many tickets have been sold?
A. We don't release ticket sales data, which is annually a different number from the population that actually comes to BRC. We've cut off ticket sales early in order to manage our population count over the course of the event, as stipulated by our BLM permit.

Q. So how many people will be at the event?
A. A lot of variables affect who actually shows up each year on which day. We project that if the event is any larger than last year's peak, it won't be by much, and it's our responsibility to try to keep it in line with that to comply this year's permit.

Q. Why/how did the event sell out?
A. Burning Man stopped ticket sales on the evening of Sunday, July 24th.

Q. Where can I buy (who can sell me) a ticket?
A. There's always a healthy ticket aftermarket in action on the ePlaya (http://eplaya.burningman.com), Burning Man's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/burningman), Craigslist, eBay and (in some cases) Regional discussion lists (http://regionals.burningman.com), though demand is especially high since the sellout. We recommend eBay LAST because ticket prices there may get artificially-inflated, unless the buyer uses "Buy It Now" at face value of the ticket. Buyers should visit http://tickets.burningman.com/#buysell for information on confirming tickets before buying from third parties. Please do not buy tickets above face value.

Q. Is Burning Man going to be releasing more tickets for the event?
A. No. Really. That is not an option for this year's BLM permit.

Q. I planned for everything, got a camp together, bought expensive plane tickets and an RV, but hadn't gotten my ticket yet. Now I'm screwed. What can I do?
A. We do sympathize, but we've been warning people about the possibility of tickets selling out for months now, including the JRS, artist lists, theme camp lists, mutant vehicle lists, volunteer team lists, and more. We recommend a ticket be the first thing, not the last, on a planning list to come to the event. You can try and buy a ticket in the aftermarket (see above).

Q. What can be done about the scalpers?
A. Scalping is not regulated in Nevada where our event is held, so there is nothing we can do about it from a legal standpoint. We have had controls in place to help keep anyone from buying up large blocks of tickets throughout the cycle, and we're not of the mind that scalpers are sitting on large piles of tickets.

We encourage our community to not buy/sell tickets above face value, which will only encourage the scalping market. Participants are encouraged to be patient, and look for the usual flood of Burners who decide as the event approaches that they can't go, and sell their tickets.

Selling for a profit hits at our core principles; public sentiment in our community is very opposed to selling above face value, and we do think Burners should refuse to buy or sell a ticket that lines a third party's pocket with unearned profit. We're working on communications to the community that will further address this issue.

Q. Is Burning Man becoming an "exclusive" event?
A. We continue to offer a spread of ticket price tiers, as well as low income and scholarship ticket programs, which provide cheaper tickets for those who need them. For the past 7 months, tickets have been available to anyone who wishes to attend, and the only exclusivity present will be in favor of those who planned ahead.

Q. Now that tickets have sold out, what's going to happen next year?
A. We'll sit down to weigh all the variables. It's logical and likely there will be more demand on ticket launch day, and perhaps a faster sell-out of all available tickets. We're going to be discussing internally how to best handle this and plan for it. We have a lot of great advisors in our Regional Network who have faced sellout points for their events, and come up with lots of creative solutions.

Q. Can we increase Black Rock City's population next year?
A. Certainly Burning Man has always grown from year to year, and interest can be expected to continue increasing. We are working in a cooperative partnership with the BLM on a new 5 year permit; through that process our population's size and impact are being evaluated, hopefully so we can continue to grow as appropriate.

Q. Is this the last year for Burning Man? (Thanks to "The Shroom" for a quite believable hoax article that claimed so.)
A. Nope. Satire. Someone says this every year!

Select Media Coverage:

Reno Gazette Journal article:
http://www.rgj.com/article/20110725/EVENTS04/307250002/1459

SFGate article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/07/26/state/n040145D04.DTL

NBC news link:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Burning-Man-Sells-Out-126219718.html#

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU SHOW UP AT THE GATE WITH NO TICKET?

Since Burning Man tickets have sold out for the first time in our 25-year history, it's more important than ever that our community knows and understands Burning Man's Gate policy. Here's what you need to know:

- There are no tickets for sale at the Gate. You will be turned away and not allowed entry if you show up without a ticket.

- If you are giving someone a ride to Burning Man, including ride shares and hitchhikers, please be sure they have a ticket or you may end up driving back to Reno to drop them off. Leaving them at the Gate or in Gerlach is not an option. Washoe County Sheriff will be watching out for people loitering in or around Gerlach.

- Harboring stowaways or assisting people sneaking in is as bad as sneaking in yourself. Any vehicle with stowaways or assisting people sneaking in will have the whole vehicle refused entry with no refund of tickets.

- Anyone caught trying to sneak in to the event or causing a disruption at the Gate or Box Office is subject to citation, fine, and arrest by the BLM.

Finally, we expect long lines coming into the event and going out during Exodus, so arriving or leaving at non-peak times -- and exercising patience -- is advised.

If you have further questions about the Gate and Exodus, see our FAQ: http://gate.burningman.com/faq-gate

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LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE EMPIRE STORE

Coyote, Burning Man's City Superintendent, writes to us from the DPW's enclave in Gerlach:

"Greetings all from Gerlach -

As the first of the management and crew of Burning Man started trickling into Gerlach, word of mouth came around that the Empire Store was not only is alive and doing very well, but was also hosting weekly BBQs every Saturday afternoon with great food and live bands! Without a hiccup, we piled into our trucks and headed toward the giant mountain of white gypsum to the Empire Market. What a warm welcome we all got with front lawn and cold beer settings and a BBQ stand featuring pulled pork, BBQ beef sandwiches, chicken leg quarters, spare ribs, and sirloin steak - all served with traditional beans, potato salad, and slaw. And all this accompanied by a good timer band of good natured boys called 'The Mustang Riders', playing the good stuff!

It was truly a pleasant afternoon and a good chance to hang with the locals and support the local store. When asked how long through the summer this would carry on, the answer was, 'As long as folks will have us!'

So this is a shout out to our staff and friends alike that are coming through the area to give the Empire Store some love and good cheer and make a few new friends at the local market shindig on a Saturday afternoon! The store has had to field some pretty hard curve balls the last few seasons and keeps landing on its feet. A little appreciation never hurt anyone!

Tony 'Coyote' Perez
City Superintendent
Black Rock City / DPW"

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CHINESE SKY LANTERNS

In the last JRS, we included a post about a project that will be using Chinese sky lanterns ... those paper lanterns that you light a little candle inside and let them float up into the air ... they're really pretty as they drift away, glowing.

The problem is -- and thanks to our Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) for alerting us -- that they're also SUPER dangerous, especially in Black Rock City.

Beyond the MOOP factor, they can float off into the city and light a tent on fire ... and they can float off into the surrounding mountain ranges and start a wildfire. In fact, with the prevailing winds as they are, this is highly likely.

So, DO NOT USE CHINESE FIRE LANTERNS IN BLACK ROCK CITY. AT ALL. EVER.

NO.

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HELP BRING A BURNING MAN PROJECT TO LIFE

We've been adding more and more projects to our Support a Project page that are seeking assistance with their fundraising, in hopes of bringing their projects to Burning Man this year ... there are over 60 at this point. Check them all out, help if you can:

www.burningman.com/participate/supportaproject

And if you want to add your project to the list, learn how here:

http://www.burningman.com/participate/supportaproject/raisefunds.html

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DADARA'S EXCHANGHIBITION BANK PROJECT

Dadara sent along his new trailer for his Exchanghibition Bank project, coming to the playa in 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6d0CvhFSto

If you'd like to support the project, visit:

http://www.indiegogo.com/Exchanghibition-Bank-at-Burning-Man

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SHOUTING FIRE NEEDS YOU TO SUPPORT YEAR-ROUND PLAYA RADIO (BY AUGUST 6!)

Yes, we know you're all busy prepping for the playa--and may be feeling a little gifted out. But Shouting Fire needs your gift to ensure we can keep gifting you with scintillating sonics online and year-round.

What does Shouting Fire provide? Among other things: streaming resources for the annual Burning Man Information Radio webcast, live from Black Rock City; live coverage of events the other 51 weeks of the year, from precompressions and decompressions to Larry talks and playa-rific performances; and a slate of incoming original programming, such as Burning Blogger Caveat's ineffable talk show Fascinating Strangers and a series of sermons from Reverend Billy and the Church of Earthalujah.

Combine all that and what do you have? Alternative universe radio the likes of which can't be heard anywhere else--and a home for your community's programming as well. All of which can be yours for pennies a day. But we do indeed need those pennies--or those Benjamins if you've got 'em.

Phase one of our fundraising campaign through www.startsomegood.com ends on August 6, and there are a boatload of bountiful premiums for your participation. Visit http://tinyurl.com/6xgfk8x to get involved with your bucks.

And hit up www.shoutingfire.com to learn more about the project and listen to Larry Harvey speak at the 2011 Burning Man Regional Summit's Convectional Caucus.

Thank you for your support--and we look forward to bringing you more of the intentional noise you want to hear.

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BUILDING A BURNING MAN THEME CAMP

This great item came to us via about a thousand vectors over the last week. Why? Because it's just. that. good. Check it out:

John Mills has been integral in running the Duck Pond – one of the larger and more well-organized Burning Man theme camps – since 2005. Those who have been to Burning Man probably know this camp as the one with the giant slip ‘n’ slide and the radio tower with a yellow duck on top. This year John is unable to attend, so he’s focused his energy into helping the community by writing an extremely detailed account of how their camp works and how to run your own.

http://www.johnclarkemills.com/2011/07/25/building-a-burning-man-theme-camp/

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CAFE ART LATTE EXTRAVAGANZA: BATTLE OF THE BARISTAS!

Witchy writes:

"Cafe Art Latte Extravaganza!
Battle of the baristas!
Tuesday Night at 8PM!
Center Camp Café Coffee Shop is hosting a coffee art competition!
Register @ the café volunteer desk; judge panel & prizes.

Show us your rosetta! Center Camp Café is thrilled to host the first annual Coffee Art Competition: Latte Extravaganza! If you think you’ve got the creativity, skills and strength to survive a discerning and inexperienced judge panel, an audience of your fellow caffeinated citizens and a 60 second time limit, then put on your best Tuesday attire and show us what you’re made of!

The competition will be held from 8pm-10pm in the Center Camp Café coffee shop. Registration will be open Monday and Tuesday from 11am-7pm at the Center Camp Volunteer table inside Center Camp Café, which is located at the far end of the coffee bar (towards the 9 o’clock side of the city). The contest is limited to the first 20 registrants, though last minute spots may be available if there are drop-outs. Dressing up is absolutely mandatory, though please be sure that your panty area and nipples are covered and contained for all genders due to State Health Department Laws; shoes are also required. Every competitor will receive a prize for their contribution, and the winner will be awarded with a grand prize and emotional validation which is….priceless.

So come on down- we can’t wait to get steamy with you!"

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DID YOU BUILD YOUR OWN RV? TRAVEL CHANNEL WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU

Dan writes:

"Did you build your own RV? Will you be traveling to Burning Man in August? Travel Channel is producing a special about people who designed and transformed their own RV's. If you'd like to show off your hard work - email me as soon as possible at durkin@trueentertainment.net."

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BE ON THE PLAYA CHEF ROUNDTABLE & BRC KITCHEN TOUR!

From Melissa, Mindful Feeding Maven at Feed the Artists:

"Our Playa Chef Roundtable is taking place on Wednesday, at 2pm! As featured in the What, Where, When, this is an opportunity for playa chefs of all chops to convene together and be a resource for each other and the fine citizens of Black Rock City!

Topics will include: challenges and successes of kitchen setup, staffing, food sourcing, refrigeration, waste management, menu writing, favorite playa-friendly recipes, and more! We want your anecdotes, advice, stories, and thoughts about how you bring food on the playa to a new level!

We will also use this roundtable as a jumping off point for a year-round-forum for playa chefs and playa food enthusiasts to keep in touch.

And for those of you who want to show off your kitchen to other playa foodies, sign up to be a stop on our kitchen tour! Taking place on thursday, if we can get enough kitchen-masters to open up their tents, trailers, carports, or trucks to us! We have a mutant vehicle ready and waiting to take us all around the playa to stop and see your kitchen in action!

If you're a playa chef interested in participating or would like more information, please send an email to playachefsunite (at) gmail (dot) com.

nomnom,
melissa"

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CAMP AUTOMATIC SUBCONSCIOUS MORNING MUSIC PROGRAM IS SEARCHING FOR TALENT

Rich writes:

"Automatic Subconscious is once again featuring a morning live music program on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am until 11am, and we are in the process of booking talent. If you have a live musical act that you would like to share with your fellow burners, contact Rich Macchi (macchi.iphone (at) gmail (dot) com) to express your interest. There will be two slots each morning, and each slot will be one hour long. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have!"

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STICKER LOVERS! BRAIN FREEZE IS TAKING STICKER DONATIONS!

Amy writes:

"Hi Sticker Lovers!

Brain Freeze/Got Stickers? camp is taking sticker donations on or off the playa. We are set up at 4:30 + Anniversary and have several boxes of stickers for you to look through and take home.

So if you need to cover up the dents on your mutant vehicle bumper, forgot your pasties at home, want to decorate your Barbie dreamhouse, fancy up your reusable mug, seal the snail-mail you're sending home from BRC Post Office, and whatever else it is you do with stickers we have a huge selection of cute, funny, fun stickers.

OUR REQUEST: If you have an old box of stickers around home *unused, no sticker books* that you think need a new home and you are willing to share these with our community, bring them by Got Stickers? at 4:30+A any day you are on the playa and come say hello! Maybe you volunteer for an organization and want to bring stickers that support your cause - we welcome these as well. Anything you want to share!!

Most importantly, if your camp has a SPECIAL sticker that you've made, feel free to come add a few to our collection for others to enjoy and take other original stickers with you when you go!

*Is your camp location on the stickers you donate?*Do you want it to be?*Write it on the back!*

For those who would like to contribute but would prefer to send their gifts before we leave for our desert home, please contact amy.schroll (at) yahoo (dot) com for mailing information.

Finally, we do not want our stickers or their backings to become MOOP. PLEASE take care to place your own trash into garbage bins to take home and always pick up MOOP you see around you! Be responsible, even if it's not yours. See you on the playa!!"

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THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUS CAPSULE

Julie writes:

"The Collective Conscious Capsule is an interactive art installation that is an integral part of the documentary Burning Man & The Meaning of Life. We're in search of the meaning of life and we want to hear from you! Step into the video booth, a safe and intimate environment, where your ideas take center stage. Share your thoughts about creation, the significance of existence, what sucks about it, what's great about, what we can do to make it better, and anything in between. Come alone or bring friends! Spark a debate or ask questions yourself. Anything goes! The booth will function 24 hours a day and is located at 2:00 and 1100ft. Too shy to be on camera? Feel free to decorate the booth to make it an ever-changing structure."

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BLACK ROCK CITY FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR PERFORMERS AND FOOD CAMPS

Major Tom writes:

"The Black Rock City Farmers Market is looking for performers and food camps to collaborate with.

Camp More Carrot launched the Black Rock City Farmers Market to rave reviews at last year's burn so of course this year we're back and looking to expand. We're adding a second stall and an extra day. And we invite other food camps who want to share their freshly-made goods to come and join in and grow the market vibe. We are also looking for performers to liven up proceedings and entertain people in line. More information and the chance to support the Market check out our campaign on IndieGoGo or email k8alexandra(at)gmail.com. The Black Rock City Farmers Market will be near 530 and D Tuesday-Saturday 8-11am."

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BLACK ROCK EDUCATORS CONSORTIUM

Jennifer is helping bring this to the table ... and this? is WAY awesome:

"As K-12 teachers, we all bring so much back to our classrooms from the playa. The goal of BREC is to create a staff development opportunity unlike any other- where we help each other to bring the magic home to our students. Teach a workshop! Collaborate on lesson plans! Bring home a slick flyer to prove to your administration that the art festival you missed the first week of school to go to is semi-legitimate!

Want to participate? Send emails to JennNelson3@gmail.com, the sooner the better!"

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PEOPLE'S ART CONGRESS INVITES COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS

Carolyn writes:

"The 'People’s Art Congress' invites interested artists to participate in an interactive art project 'The Megascope'. One element of this kaleidoscope is an 8 foot octagon shaped wheel divided into 8 removable canvas covered sections. Artists who would like to paint all or part of a section please contact Jimbo at jameso (at) machlink (dot) com. Brushes and paint provided or artists may use their own supplies. Early arrivals welcome as we plan to be set up by noon Saturday."

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4TH ANNUAL LIBRARIAN COCKTAIL PARTY

Cherie the Librarian writes:

"Thursday Sept 1, 6pm
Camp Twin Bikini (see Playa Info)

Like books? Or research? Or just librarians? (Who doesn't?) Come out and enjoy cocktails, discussion of librarianship, sexy glasses, bookmarks, and fun. Feel free to bring alcohol, food, and your sexy self....Invite librarians, booklovers, and Burners!

(Camp Twin Bikini will be around 8:30 and D, but see Playa Info and signs for exact address!)

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Cont: GPub: LitF: 0 Indx: 0
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040 MK $c MK
090 GV1472 $b .Y3 2011
092 793.2 $b Y1979
100 1_ Yanek, Cherie.
245 10 Second annual librarian cocktail party : $b an event that’s long overdue / $c hosted by Cherie Yanek
250 1st ed.
260 Camp Twin Bikini, BRC : $b Camp Twin Bikinis, $c 2011.
300 Thursday, 6 p.m. : $b colorfully illustrated people ; $c lasting until everyone leaves.
440 _0 Library parties series ; $v v. 4
500 All librarians and library enthusiasts welcome.
650 _0 Cocktail parties. 650 _0 Librarians. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170450046352664&view=wall "

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PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR AMERICAN TRIBAL STYLE IMPROV BELLY DANCE PROCESSION

Christy writes:

"Camp Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves have organized a parade of American Tribal Style (ATS) improvisational belly dance across the playa on Friday, and we're seeking ATS dancers of all skill levels, musicians/drummers, art cars, children, and an enthusiastic retinue to join us. We will be leaving Camp GT&T around 6:30 PM on Friday, with planned stops at the Hookah Lounge (4:30 & A), Art of Such'n'Such (5:00 & Esplanade), Persian Excursion (Rod's Road), and the Spenard Bar (9:15 & G). We'll end our journey, as all good journeys are wont to end, with a trek to the Man and the Temple.

Are you planning to wedge a 25-yard skirt into a compressor bag? Got some moves and a hip scarf to back it up? Know which end of a dumbek needs banging? We need to talk. Contact Christy Anandaconda at dreamydefinitive at gmail for more information.

Likewise, if you have always wanted to learn this beautiful dance, the six belly dancers of GT&T will be offering a basic lesson at 5 PM on Friday before the parade starts. Check with Playa Info for the camp address of Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves; we're gifting belly dance, aerial lyra, tarot, yoga, henna, harquus, face painting, and bandana-making throughout the week. Look for the 20' tall fiberglass aerial pyramid with raggle-taggle gypsy bedsheet shade walls rising out of a nest of shiny yurts and hobo prayer flags."

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MISS BLACK ROCK CITY PAGEANT 2011

Ali writes:

"Miss Black Rock City Pageant 2011- Be Your Inner Beauty Queen!!!

Hosted by Miss Everything to Infinity-Ali Luminescent!

When: Friday, 2pm (contestants arrive 1 hour before to register) Dance Party to immediately follow with our fabulous hosts DISORIENT!

Where: DISORIENT @ 2 and Esplanade

What: Represent your city, your camp, your art, your tent, or just yourself! Participants (open to all shes, zes, and hes) are to arrive 1 hour prior to the pageant and will reveal their unique inner beauty in 3 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?
3) Fashion: Show us your personal playa Style! All participants are beautiful and everyone wins by participating.

Please come with a sash (be a "Miss" something as we are all a lil amiss) and a tiara.

NOTE: No Beauty pageant is fair, BRIBING the "judges" and your HOST is encouraged. Participate for fun, rather than playing to win! The MBRC Project produces events on-playa, around the USA, the UK and Spain since 2004.

Check out our fb event for more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=244974022194106&ref=ts "

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SADDLE UP FOR THE PONYGIRL EXPRESS

Stablemaster Rhino writes:

"There is a new camp-to-camp mail service this year, in the form of the Ponygirl Express. Our beautiful pony-girls and -boys will be collecting and delivering mail each morning (just before it gets hot, that's about as specific as time gets on-playa!). Look out for our mail cart and ponies doing their rounds, and if you have any mail to be delivered, flag us down. Or drop off the mail at our depot at 5:00 and Birthday, where we will hopefully be organised enough to have a post-box out! If you have a pony inside, and want to come and join us, please do, there's definitely room for more volunteers. Find us any time at the depot, or leave a message for us in the post-box, and we'll find you to sort out a time.

See you in the dust,
Stablemaster Rhino"

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CALL FOR PERFORMERS FOR LUNACY CABARET & BURN DAY BLUES JAM

Mighty Meg writes:

"On Saturday staring at 4pm the Lost Penguin will host our Burn Day Blues Jam and we want to invite you to come perform. A couple of bands and lots of tagging in players for a couple of hours of live. blues. music. We've got a backline of drums, bass amp and keys, microphones and PA. Bring your instruments, bring your music, bring your blues to 5:00 and Divorce! Wanna get some friends together and play as a band? shoot an email to Mighty at meganliley (at) gmail (dot) com otherwise, just c'mon out, swap in and play!

Friday night will mark the return of Lunacy Cabaret- Toronto's crazy and uncensored circus/clown/variety night to BRC! If you've got something to show, try or inflict on our energetic audience please join us on the Lost Penguin Stage. We can handle just about anything that doesn't require a rig- email Mighty or stop by the cafe during the week.

You can always catch Mighty in person at Death Row Floor Show- an open mic Mon Wed and Fri starting at 4:30 to find out more (or book time on the penguin stage for whatever it is you do!)

thanks! see ya in the dust!"

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SILENT DANCE PARTY IN HUSHVILLE?

Blue writes:

"A few participants had a vision recently of a silent dance party in the middle of (or on the edge of) Hushville. A silent dance party uses music that is broadcast via a transmitter and the signal is picked up by wireless headphone receivers provided by the hosts. Those people without the headphones hear no sound.

I purchased the equipment to make silent events happen, procuring the transmitters and over 100 sets of headphones. We are missing some key pieces if this is to be a reality (anything you can help with?):

A) People with dome "dust-proofing" experience or expertise (don't laugh -- although I personally have never been successful at dust-proofing ANYTHING at BRC, others have: think Xara circa 2001) and dome dust-proofing material;

B) Appropriate individual coverings to protect the silent headphones from dust but at the same time allowing for comfortable wearing of headphones (this may not be needed if we are able to obtain an appropriately dust-free dome);

C) Soundless (and without need of generator) power supply for at least the transmitters (12V) and possibly one or more DJ set-ups (CDjs, Mixers, etc);

D) A battery solution for headphones (headphones use two (2) AAA batteries and all tests up until now have used non-rechargeable batteries -- any ideas to make us more environmentally friendly?);

E) Volunteers to help staff the headphone distribution and collection during silent dance parties.

Should this be a go? If so, how can you help with the Hushville Silent Dance Party?

Love,

Blue
bluebluekowski@gmail.com"

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INTERGALACTIC HAIRDRESSERS NEEDED

Bonnie writes:

"Barber Ella Shop is a sexy, campy playa hairdresser inspired by 60s sexploitation classic "Barbarella". We will be cutting hair from our intergalactic barbershop in the 9:00 plaza from 1-4pm Tuesday through Friday while screening Barbarella and serving space-age libations.

We are a small camp, and will have extra chairs open every day. So, if you're a professional stylist (we're not!) or just an enthusiastic amateur, come on down and help us make the playa a little more fabulous, one head at a time. We have all the tools necessary, but feel free to bring your own as well.

See: http://barberellashop.wordpress.com/ for more info!"

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CALL FOR BURLESQUE PERFORMERS

Kerry writes:

"Are you a bur- or boylesque performer? Camp Dark Sparkle (Engagement and 9) has a few spots left in their shows on Wednesday (5 pm) and Friday (4 pm). Come Sparkle with us! Contact Miss Nicki Sparxx (nickisparxx (at) gmail (dot) com) for more information. It's gonna be HOT!"

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BLACK ROCK CENTER FOR UNLEARNING

Dwayne offers this:

"Missed your high school dance? Failed all your exams? Too many jager shots? Who cares! Come to our Big Dance Friday from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Throw on your best anti-prom attire and celebrate a week of unlearning with BRCU! DJs, a bar, and our accredited leaders will be present to guide and help you. We'll also celebrate your un-graduation with a walk-ff. Fuck what you know!

Also don't miss our daily bar challenges from 4-6pm: Monday: Orientation. Motorboat the Bartender. Initiate virgins. Drink booze. Tuesday: Rush and Dildo Beer Pong Wednesday: Hazing and Jalepeno Tequila shot challenge. Thursday: 2 Chicks one cup Friday: Graduation. Let's try and beat Nevada's graduation rate with strip beer pong!

We'll be around the 4:30 & A block. Drop by and wash some of that knowledge out of your brain!

http://blackrockcenterforunlearning.com/ "

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THE BURNING MAN PROJECT NON-PROFIT LAUNCH EVENT - SF - AUGUST 5

Burning Man Project Launch Event UN Plaza - Aug. 5th, 5pm-8pm Sponsored by Black Rock Arts Foundation

Theme: Welcome Home

Art Cars: Front Porch

Performance: 5:00pm
- Christen Lien (www.itsnotaviolin.com)
Greetings and Remarks: 5:30pm
- Mayor Ed Lee - invited
- Board of Supervisor President, David Chiu - confirmed
Burning Man Project Vision & Call to Participate: 5:45pm
Performance: 6:00
- Loyd Family Players (www.theloydfamilyplayers.com)
Super Star DJs 6:20-8:00
Rolling Renaissance 8:00-12:00
- Central Market & Tenderloin Art Walk/Ride
- Galleries: Grey Area Foundation for the Arts (www.gaffta.org/), Maltese Embassy (www.malteseembassy.com/), Evergold Gallery (www.evergoldgallery.com/)

Getting There:
Bike Parking at Huckleberry Bikes (www.huckleberrybicycles.com/) supported by SF Bike Coalition (www.sfbike.org/)

BART - www.bart.gov/stations/civc/index.aspx

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RENO PRE-PLAYA PARTY - RENO, NV - AUGUST 5

BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION AND RENO NEWS AND REVIEW PRESENT:

Pre Playa Party
Friday, August 5 7-10 pm

Join us at SPIRE OF FIRE in downtown Reno for a PRE PLAYA PARTY - FREE!

Spire of Fire, by artists Steve Atkins and Eric Smith was funded by Burning Man in 2010. Located on Sierra Street @ Island Avenue on the Riverwalk.

ART • MUSIC • FIRE • PERFORMANCE

Burning Man event will be only 23 days away!
PARTICIPATE in your finest Playa Wear as we gather the community for a COSTUME PARADE, HOOP JAM and performance by CONTROLLED BURN.

Wine and Beer Garden provided by Wild River Grill
Proceeds benefit BRAF

SCHEDULE • INSPIRATIONAL PLAYA FASHION SHOW @ 7
Dusty Bacon is an alternative fashion blogger. DustyCouture.com has recently become a popular resource for all Burners.

• HOOP JAM @ 7:30
Velocity provides HoopDance instruction, Hoop Parties, Hoop Jams and sells custom HOOPS www.velocitymovement.com

• NORTHERN NEVADA'S PREMIER

FIRE PERFORMANCE GROUP @ 8:30
Providing multi-faceted quality entertainment for all ages. www.controlledburn.com

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BM2010 PHOTO GALLERY FROM TERRY PRATT

"My name is Terry Pratt, a Lighting Cameraman based out of Los Angeles. I have been participate at Burning Man since 2005, and finally have gotten around to submitting some of my work to be enjoyed by everyone!

Please feel free to post my Flickr Album of my photography selects from the last 5 years: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15913381@N00/sets/72157626143771341/show/

And also if you so desire, please post my 25 minute documentary of this years adventure as viewed through my eyes: http://www.vimeo.com/21098445.

Thank you so much
Terry Pratt"

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BM2010 PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE KENOSHA KID

Here's a really nice set of photos from the Kenosha Kid, camp photographer for Suspended Animation:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookinghamus/sets/72157625012778801/show/

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The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your hometown:
http://regionals.burningman.com

Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
http://blog.burningman.com

The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/burningman

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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