JRS VOLUME #16; ISSUE #22
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #22
July 8, 2012
+ MORE BURNING MAN 2012 TICKETS BECOMING AVAILABLE
+ ANNOUNCING THE SPARK SYSTEM: FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE CONNECTIONS
+ DANCING WITH THE PLAYA MESSIAH - A 21-YEAR BURNING MAN PHOTO ALBUM
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ WHAT DO YOU DO AT BURNING MAN, ANYWAY?
+ BURNERS GUIDE TO LEAVING NO TRACE: JUNK AND YOUR TRUNK
+ LAMPLIGHTERS CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIGHTING BLACK ROCK CITY
+ JOIN THE BILLION BUNNY MARCH IN BLACK ROCK CITY!
+ BLACK ROCK CITY FARMERS MARKET WANTS YOU!
+ ROCKY HORROR 2012 CASTING CALL
+ CALLING ALL BARBERSHOPPING BURNERS!
+ UNICORN STAMPEDE NEEDS YOUR HELP
+ "YOUR FUNERAL" ART INSTALLATION WILL HOST YOUR FUNERAL!
+ BURNING MAN 2012 *PLAYA MAIL*
+ WINEMAKERS UNITE!
+ THEME CAMP SEEKS GUMBO CHEFS AND ASSISTANTS
+ PLAYA CHOIR SEEKING SINGERS, MUSICIANS
+ BLACK ROCK SPATIAL DELIVERY GATHERING LETTERS TO VIRGINS
+ SUNSET SUPPER CLUB SEEKS GUEST CHEFS AND HELPERS
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
As we move through summer, and Burning Man becomes more than just a glow on the horizon, we once again see the burgeoning of our Participate section -- it's absolutely bursting with stuff to do on playa. And of course this represents merely a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of what's happening in Black Rock City... what participants like you are making happen on playa! What are YOU gonna do out there?
Speaking of which, if you're looking for a way to participate by contributing your skills to a project, we've just made it that much easier for you ... last week we launched Spark, an online system for connecting projects in need with people looking for opportunities to apply their skills! More details below, but check it out at http://spark.burningman.com ... we're excited about the connections already being made through this cool new online tool!
Rather than prattle on any further, we'll let you get into it ... the DPW starts building the Black Rock City fence in less than 30 days, and the Man burns in 55 days! Right? Right. Wow, here we go.
MORE BURNING MAN 2012 TICKETS BECOMING AVAILABLE
On June 12 we announced (http://bit.ly/LHxbmA) that the BLM awarded Black Rock City LLC a one-year permit to hold Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert in 2012. We're happy to report that in response to growing interest in the event, we were able to work with the BLM to increase the maximum population of Black Rock City to 60,900 participants in 2012.
Counter to misleading media coverage of this announcement, this does not mean that there will be 10,000 additional tickets available. In preparing for this year’s event we were working with a peak population of 58,000. Through the pre-sale last December, the main sale in February, the low-income ticket program, and the Directed Ticket Distribution process, we have officially allocated 57,000 tickets.
And now that we have a permit that allows for a maximum population of 60,900, we have a little bit of breathing room and a welcome opportunity to get more tickets out into our community, while thwarting scalpers who hope to capitalize off of the popularity of our event (to the detriment of our participants).
Our intention is to sell a number of tickets just shy of the population cap allowed by our permit. We want to be certain that we’re not in danger of exceeding that number ... if we exceed our population cap in 2012 we could trigger sanctions that would seriously endanger the future of the event on the Black Rock Desert, and we all want to avoid that scenario!
After carefully considering input from our community, consulting with ticketing experts on best practices, and much discussion, we are pleased to announce that:
Today (Sunday, July 8) 1,000 additional $390 tickets will be placed into the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). This will get tickets to many of those who were not awarded tickets in the Main Sale, registered for STEP, and have been waiting patiently in the queue. (There continues to be a consistent trickle of tickets bought and sold through STEP, and the pace may increase as the summer wears on and people change their plans.)
And that’s not all…
1,000 additional $390 tickets will be made available to the general public through a first-come first-serve online private sale on August 3 at noon PST. You need not have registered for the sale in January, or signed up for STEP—anyone may participate in the sale, but you must request access to the private sale during a 12-hour sign up period between 10am PST and 10pm PST on Wednesday, August 1. When you sign up, you’ll be asked for your name, your email address, and your zip or postal code. You will then be added to the list of people allowed into the private sale. Your email address will be your key to enter the sale. The sale will take place online on Friday, August 3, at 12 noon PST. Tickets are one per person, will all be held at Will Call, and are not available for name changes (this is necessary to prevent these precious tickets from ending up in the hands of scalpers). Full information will be posted on http://tickets.burningman.com
This sale will provide an opportunity to those who had hoped to buy tickets in the Open Sale that was planned for March and later canceled, while serving to put a damper on the scalper market by injecting tickets into the open market after physical tickets have been mailed out. Those feeling pressured to opt for a scalped ticket will now have an opportunity to get one at face value.
We've chosen this combined allocation because it serves those waiting patiently in the STEP queue, undermines the scalper market, and protects our ability to hold the Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert for years to come. We know this ticket news won't put a ticket in the hand of every Burner who wants one, but we are working tirelessly to get as many folks to the playa this year as possible. We look forward to seeing you in Black Rock City, or in one of the many other places around the world where the Burning Man culture is being manifested.
ANNOUNCING THE SPARK SYSTEM: FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE CONNECTIONS
Burning Man is pleased to announce the launch of Spark!
Spark is an online application designed to facilitate connections among Burners, fostering collaborative efforts related to theme camps, art installations, mutant vehicles and other Burning Man–related projects. Spark provides a secure, centralized place for people to post listings to seek or offer resources and skill sets to make projects a reality.
So let’s say you can’t possibly pull off your project without a carpenter, electrician, sword-swallower, welder, dancer, aerialist, fire performer, painter, hooper, dude with a truck, seamstress, zebra trainer, project manager, or a 6’5? woman who juggles flaming chainsaws. Pop a listing onto Spark seeking what you seek!
Or let’s say you’re any one (or more) of those things and you want to offer your skills to a worthy project. Pop a listing onto Spark offering what you have to offer!
But keep this in mind: Spark is not intended to be a commercial connection engine — it’s about collaborating. If you’re offering commercial services, please do that elsewhere. If you’re looking to promote your fundraiser, Spark is not the place for it … use our Support a Project page for that. Take a look at our Spark community guidelines for more information: http://spark.burningman.com/community-guidelines/
We hope you find this to be a useful tool in sparking your ultimate Burning Man experience. Now, click the link and … go forth and collaborate!
DANCING WITH THE PLAYA MESSIAH - A 21-YEAR BURNING MAN PHOTO ALBUM
Longtime Playa photographer George Post recently finished laying out a 216-page picture book containing nearly 1000 of his best color images from 21 consecutive years at Burning Man 1991-2011. He is launching a pre-sale website and will be able to go to press as soon as a few hundred copies are pre-sold, with UPS delivery to follow 9-10 weeks later. Simply go online to order your First Edition autographed hardbound copy of this historic and definitive monograph. The website is up and running at:
WHAT DO YOU DO AT BURNING MAN, ANYWAY?
Caveat Magister explores the inevitable question all Burners are asked now and again: what do you DO at Burning Man, anyway? Might be better to ask what you DON'T do. Great read for the first-timers in your midst.
BURNERS GUIDE TO LEAVING NO TRACE: JUNK AND YOUR TRUNK
The Hun digs deep in her extensive repertoire of LNT tricks and tips to help you ease your efforts at Leave No Trace. She's good at this stuff, yo ... pay attention. For serious.
BURNING MAN RITES OF PASSAGE - DAY
Gorgeous video by Ahmed of Burning Man 2011 by day, with some stunning cinematography. Sure does get you back in the mood! Enjoy. (Hat tip to Carlos Menchaca for the heads-up.)
BURNING MAN RITES OF PASSAGE - NIGHT
Here's Ahmed's companion piece, Burning Man 2011 by night. Wow.
BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTO GALLERY FROM FIRST-TIME BURNER ROB G
[We flubbed Rob's URL in the last Jackrabbit, so here it is again ... take two!]
Rob says of his Burning Man experience: "Burning Man 2012 was my first time as a burner.It was quite the adventure and journey." Yeah it was. Always fun to see Burning Man through the eyes of a first-timer ... particularly the photographers.
LAMPLIGHTERS CELEBRATE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIGHTING BLACK ROCK CITY
Did you know that anyone can be a Lamplighter?
Each year it takes over 1000 volunteers to help us light the city and we can't do it without you! All you need to do is show up any night or nights you would like to volunteer at 5pm (4pm on Burn night) to our Center Camp Workspace (behind the Cafe).
Have a theme camp and you would like to volunteer as a group? Email snotto (at) burningman (dot) com to set that up.
This year we are not hosting the normal parties everyone is use to. We will NOT be hosting the Sangria Soiree Monday night nor the Bloody Mary Brunch Wednesday at Noon. Instead, here is our 2012 party schedule:
Monday 3pm - 5pm - Panda's Cider Party
Tuesday 3pm - 5pm - Snotto's (Long Island) Tea Party playing lounge music
Wednesday 3pm - 5pm - Poolboy's 80's new wave UNDERWEAR Party
Thursday 3pm - 5pm - Smokey's Old Skool Hip Hop Grape Drank Party
Friday 3pm - 5pm - Motorboat's Pirate Party Arggg
Saturday 2pm - 4pm - Manslave's Find a Date for the Burn Party
And please plan on sticking around at 5pm to help Lamplighters light up Black Rock City!
If you have any questions or would like more information about Lamplighting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org."
JOIN THE BILLION BUNNY MARCH IN BLACK ROCK CITY!
Mein Hare writes:
"Bunnies of the world, unite! The Billion Bunny March to Protest Humanity marches again! All bunnies and furry sentient beings are welcome in the march. Humans and bunnyvores need NOT apply.
Special Request: We need mutant vehicles and mobile sound systems to play our ridiculously wonderful marching music. Contact us to join forces.You'll get your very own Billion Bunny March soundtrack to play along the march route and then take home as a thank you gift so you can keep on marching wherever you go! Email Neon Bunny at sfaaron26 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Why? Because the humans have gone too far and the world will be much better when it's ruled by BUNNIES!
We'll meet Thursday at BMIR from 4-6pm for bunnification and HOPtails. We march at 6PM SHARP (like a really pointy carrot!)
New recruits and pesky humans should renounce their humanity and join our universal campaign of FLUFFY GOODNESS and JELLYBEANS FOR ALL!
Afterparty at EGGS Bar!"
BLACK ROCK CITY FARMERS MARKET WANTS YOU!
This is pretty damn awesome ... we love you people, we really do. Ramona writes:
"Imagine, it's 8am, you're dusty, miles from your camp, parched and hankering for a slice of freshness...juicy watermelon, tangy plums, a crunchy carrot or a sweet and salty hot cob of corn; where do you turn when your cooler looks like slush and you're craving a vitamin hit? The Black Rock City Farmers Market, of course!
The Black Rock City Farmers Market is looking for circus performers (jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, etc) to entertain at the Farmers Market. And if you are a produce camp (bakery, tea room, etc) or just have some yummy edibles to gift, we invite you to come and join us! BYO rug/stall and get in touch with Mo Dumplings via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BRCfarmersMarket or email rjcurmi (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll put you into our plot plan!"
ROCKY HORROR 2012 CASTING CALL
Love love LOVE this. Elizabeth writes:
"The Six Minute Players will be returning to the playa for a seventh season of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the help of the lovely folks at Videogasm.
Have you always wanted to wear sexy lingerie, heels, marvelous makeup and (non-feather) boas on the playa while dancing your heart out and pretending you're an alien? Um, well, you probably do that already but now you can do it in front of a crowd who will be screaming and cheering you on!
This is a shadow show so no singing is required. If you would like to be a part of the show, even if you don't want to be in the limelight, please let me know! The show will be at Videogasm in Snowflake Village, Friday night at 11:59 PM!!!
Email me at smithe2383 (at) hotmail (dot) com if you would like to be a part of the show.
Visit http://www.westernmassburners.org/ to see videos of the show from 2005 and 2007 under the Photo Links.
So come up to the lab and see what's on the slab
I'll make you shiver with antici........
Your Sweet Transvestite,
CALLING ALL BARBERSHOPPING BURNERS!
"Do you like to sing those good, old barbershop songs? So does Gerflash. I gotta think they had something to do with our population explosion! But since our theme is Fertility 2.0, why not? Tenors, Leads, Baris, Basses wanted! Any aspiring Barberpole Cat!
Email: email@example.com, or check into: http://www.facebook.com/groups/198208360209399/ ( - that’s Cartoon Commune’s FB page)."
UNICORN STAMPEDE NEEDS YOUR HELP
Our lovely and charming (she is that awesome) friend Polly Superstar writes:
"With all the Sparkleponies heading to the Playa this year there are concerns that the UNICORN STAMPEDE may careen out of control.
CALLING ALL COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS we are requesting your mounted assistance to help corral.
Meeting place for UNICORN STAMPEDE is half way between Center Camp and The Man, 6.30pm Wednesday August 29th.
RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/284610781616274/ "
"YOUR FUNERAL" ART INSTALLATION WILL HOST YOUR FUNERAL!
Our very own Jonesy, of Center Camp Cafe and Special Events Team fame, is creating a completely brilliant art project this year, and we're all the beneficiaries (see what I did there?). Morbid? Maybe. Awesome? Definitely. He writes:
"Have you ever wanted to attend your own funeral? Or do you want to honor a close, living friend by hosting a funeral for them? Ever wondered what it would be like to lay in a casket while your loved ones pine about how awesome or lame you were? Is it your fantasy to have a crowd of people singing Danny Boy on your behalf? We’re giving you the opportunity to experience Your Funeral at Burning Man 2012!
Sign up now to have your funeral on the open playa, complete with accoutrements specific to your selection of ceremony. Do you want The Traditional Catholic? The Irish Wake? The Cremation? The Viking? The Egyptian? You’ll have a variety of options when you request a hosted funeral. Register to start a dialogue so that we can attend to your last wishes. Remembered souls will be invited to leave a symbol of their death/rebirth with the Your Funeral crew and placed in the casket for a Friday night group cremation.
All this and more with a many hidden surprises...
Please visit our website to get more info, daily updated blog posts and pictures, and a link to donate to this project. Help us make Your Funeral a reality for all to enjoy! You will have our eternal gratitude!
And our deepest condolences for your passing.
The 'Your Funeral' Crew"
BURNING MAN 2012 *PLAYA MAIL*
Ranger Beauty offers this one up:
"This is my "art project" in its 3rd year. :-)
This will be my 12th Burn & 11th year as a Black Rock Ranger & 10th year as an Ordained Minister.
I'll be accepting 'PLAYA MAIL' :-)
Just send me -whatever- (post cards ROCK!) while I'm @ BM& you'll be HOME in one shape or form!
You may send your mail to:
RANGER BEAUTY c/o RADIO ELECTRA 89.9 FM
7:45 & A
BURNING MAN FESTIVAL,
BLACK ROCK CITY / GERLACH, NV
Please try to send your mail around August 20th but no later than August 27th, 2012.
One year a fellow Ranger (Good Start) sent me a FULL package of DORITOS! They made it intact! Last year I got 1 shoe..... go figure.
I think my record mail delivery in 2011in just one day was over 50 pieces! I'm trying to beat that this year.
If you have anything -special- you need burned, it would be my honor to place it in the Man & or Temple too. You -WILL- burn one way or another.
Thanks for all of your goodies in advance.
Vintner (go figure, right?) writes:
"The first and only vineyard in the Black Rock Desert is looking for volunteers! The 2009 vintage of our exotic Vinum Pejorative will be available for tastings this year, along with other varietals that you create or help us create...we especially need experts and trainees to start our first batch of Dandelion and Lilac wines! Want to be a part of something extraordinary - email wineaux (at) blackrockvineyards (dot) org for details!
Fermented for your pleasure...
THEME CAMP SEEKS GUMBO CHEFS AND ASSISTANTS
Josh Prime (or "He of the Awesome Name") writes:
The Lonesome Gator Gumbo Cookery served over 1300 bowls of gumbo and jambalaya to the hungry citizens of BRC in 2011 - for our return in 2012, we are seeking chefs, campmates and other contributors!!! Help us bring authentic (and inauthentic!!!) gumbo to Black Rock City!
Shrimp, okra, crab, sausage, celery, catfish, crawfish, onions, gator, lobster - it all goes in there one time or another, and the recipe changes with the ingredients. Shuck oysters and do a proper crawfish boil on playa! JOIN US and lend your talents to our everchanging savory delight!
For more details, email...
josh.prime.bm (at) gmail (dot) com
And don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook:
And especially don't forget about MARDI GRAS ON PLAYA:
PLAYA CHOIR SEEKING SINGERS, MUSICIANS
"Dear Burning Man community,
Hi, it's Madi, the Playa Choir director and I'm writing to find a few more people to help lift up Sunday morning at the burn again this year!
I am always inviting singers, the more the better! If you are interested, and have not emailed me yet, please do so. I'll mail you the music and invite you to the google group. I can be reached at:
Second, I'm looking for a dynamic, powerful, non-dogmatic, ecumenical, highly spiritual, divinely charged, hopefully funny and thoroughly engaging speaker to bear an important and powerful message for our Sunday service. If this sounds like you, please email me with some sort of a sample of your work. I'd prefer a video, if at all possible. You don't need to be a legit preacher and I'm not looking necessarily for someone with a divinity degree, although you could have one, so long as you fit the above criteria. See emails address above!
I am also seeking a keyboard player to work with me during rehearsals and play for the service. If you have some soulful chops, and a good understanding of music and can have the charts prepared before you arrive, please contact me. I'd prefer someone who can read and has some choir accompanying skills. Most important thing is that you have the music prepared before you arrive at rehearsal…! email me!
I also welcome drummers/percussionists of all types to join us, just email me or simply show up! Play accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar, melodica or some other cool instrument? Please join us…!
Looking forward to a great year!
BLACK ROCK SPATIAL DELIVERY GATHERING LETTERS TO VIRGINS
Black Rock Spatial Delivery (BRSD) is gathering letters to be delivered to random Virgins at this year's Burn. Check it out:
"How does one reproduce the magic of the first time? FERTILITY 2.0 (yeah it's lame but….) From the heart of all possible worlds…. The one you discovered the first time your reality met playa time….spread the love, reproduce the magic…. BRSD wants you to write at least one love letter to the virgin that you were….. to be delivered to an anonymous virgin this year at the burn. There are going to be an unprecedented number of newbies who all need a little synchronistic magic to happen. Let’s make it so. (Even if your not going feel free to join in the fertility 2.0 ) To make it more interesting BRSD invites you to challenge/invite all those who have pollinated and cross pollinated your imagination and your soul to do the same…. In a perfect world we create a cauldron of love letters to be delivered at the gate from every veteran to every virgin.
SUNSET SUPPER CLUB SEEKS GUEST CHEFS AND HELPERS
"Since 2006, the Sunset Supper Club has gifted culinary and mixological performance art to the builders and shapers of Black Rock City. Each year our agents wander the playa, gifting gilded dinner tickets to the creators of art, the leaders of camps, the lighters of lamps, the makers of infrastructure, the recyclers of trash, and the performers of strange wonders. Guest chefs, wait staff, hosts, musicians, and all other manners of doers are welcome on our team of calm professional gourmet workaholics...
FIND US AT www.facebook.com/thesunsetsupperclub
CONTACT ME AT candi (at) sunsetsupperclub (dot) org "
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT THIS YEAR
If you'd like to participate in helping get people's art to the playa, but for some reason can't gift your time, talents or stuff, you might consider making a donation to the project(s) of your choice. We'd got a round-up of the ones we know about on our Support a Project page:
If you'd like to have your project included on the page, g'head and learn how:
Please note that we ask that you handle your own promotion, rather than relying on the Jackrabbit to do it ... reach out to your community, it's part of the process!
EAST BAY CORE PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP
Lynn of the East Bay Burners writes:
"We are the East Bay Burners and we are passionate about art and our community. We are 75% complete on our contribution to this year’s Circle of Regional Effigies but it may never touch the Playa floor. It may be stuck in Oakland due to lack of funding to finish and transport it. In these tough economic times, it is difficult to ask for funding but we really need your help. We have only a few days left in our fundraising campaign. To see a photo of our project, please visit:
DONATE YOUR CAR TO THE FLUX FOUNDATION
Nice! The clever monkeys over at the Flux Foundation (they built the Temple a couple years back, it maaay just have blown your mind) have come up with a brilliant idea for fundraising. Jess writes:
"So we here at Flux have figured out a fundraising phenomenon to take advantage of - Car Donations. You know like KQED; you can now donate your car to Flux. We have partnered with an outside organization to enable Flux to benefit from automotive donations. In fact our first donation is already in progress.
Should you or someone you know want to donate an automobile to Flux please call toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) to place a donation or place an online donation through the CARS landing page: http://www.donatingiseasy.org/donate-car-flux-foundation.htm
the CARS website: http://www.donatingiseasy.org/car-donation-flux-foundation-charity.htm
Flux keeps 70% of the car's value from auction."
RETHINKING RITUAL, SPIRITUALITY & CULTURE: AN ONLINE COURSE ABOUT BURNING MAN AT CHERRY HILL SEMINARY
Our friend Lee, author of a number of fine books about spirituality at Burning Man (see: http://amzn.to/NcsC2T), writes:
"- Curious about the deep history and broad cultural context of Burning Man?
- Have an intellectual, geeky streak and want to think critically about Burning Man’s broader cultural significance?
- Want to learn about the role of alternative and para-religions in America’s rapidly transforming cultural landscape?
- Keen to ponder why so many Burners over the years have described Burning Man as a transformative experience?
- Want to explore Burning Man’s eclectic and dynamic, ritual, and syncretic ritual traditions?
- Have a project brewing (written, visual, performed, etc?), perhaps related to some of these themes, and want feedback & a formal structure to bounce ideas around in?
Enroll in an online course about Burning Man this summer (July 16-August 12, 2012).
This course will critically examine the broad cultural and spiritual significance of the Burning Man festival. We will think about the event’s dynamic history, culture, communities, traditions, rituals, and values in order to cultivate an expanded & diversified understanding of “religion” (Pagan and otherwise). In keeping with the spirit of Burning Man, this course will be participatory and will culminate in the completion of creative and intellectual projects.
Online readings & discussion forums will form the backbone of the course. Optional skype chats will be scheduled. Proceeds support online education for Pagan ministry. (see http://www.cherryhillseminary.org/about/mission/)
Taught by Lee Gilmore, Lecturer at San José State University & author of Theater in a Crowded Fire: Ritual & Spirituality at Burning Man (University of California Press, 2010). For more info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org"
The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your
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:
The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:
Email your post requests to jackrabbitspeaks (at) burningman (dot) com with the words "POST REQUEST" in your subject line.
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Soundtrack for this JRS: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear