JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #23
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #23
June 10, 2013
+ NEVADA GOV BRIAN SANDOVAL SIGNS AB374 - STREAMLINING PERMITTING PROCESS FOR BURNING MAN EVENT
+ ONLINE BURNING MAN 2013 SURVIVAL GUIDE
+ NEW REGIONALS WEB PAGES!
+ TELL BRC ABOUT YOUR FUN PLAYA EVENT! GET IT IN THE PLAYA EVENTS CALENDAR AND WHATWHEREWHEN!
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ ART AND WHIMSY ARE RENEWABLE RESOURCES
+ A READING LIST INSPIRED BY, BUT NOT ABOUT, BURNING MAN
+ EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - LOCAL SHUTTLE BUS CREW TAKING SIGN-UPS NOW!
+ THE PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS SINGERS, DRUMMERS, MUSICIANS!
+ "TELL US SOMETHING CAMP" WELCOMES STORYTELLERS
+ PLAY)A(SKOOL SEEKS SPEAKERS FOR TEDX BRC
+ NO TREE KIPUKA. CROWD-WRITTEN SHORT STORY COLLECTION ABOUT BURNING MAN
+ PARTICIPATE IN THE CITY LIGHTS PROJECT FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT THE FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS' LATEST FIRE SCULPTURE!
+ HELP THE AFRIKABURN FIRE COLLECTIVE GET TO BURNING MAN
+ TEMPLE OF WHOLLYNESS SEEKS WHITE FABRIC DONATIONS
+ HELP THE BALLOON CHAIN GET BACK TO THE PLAYA
+ GOT AN OLD COMPUTER? DONATE IT TO PLAYA INFO!
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ "SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY" SHOWINGS
+ PLAYA BOUND SALE & OPEN HOUSE AT THE CRUCIBLE - OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 22
+ UTAH'S REGIONAL BURN EVENT - GRANTSVILLE, UT - JULY 11-14
+ SOAK 2013: THE ODDITY EMPORIUM - TIDEWATER, OR - JULY 18-21
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ ADOPT A NEIGHBORHOOD -- OR PERHAPS A STREET CORNER
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
So hey! We're starting to send out your Burning Man tickets now ... so if you bought tickets from us and opted to have them mailed to you, watch your inbox for a shipping notification email! The fulfillment process will run through mid-July, so hang tight.
Included in that ticket package will be the oh-so-pretty Burning Man 2013 Survival Guide for your (MANDATORY) reading pleasure. But if you just can't wait, here's the (mobile friendly!) online version:
We are getting VERY excited for the playa! Do you want to get excited? Do ya? Here, this'll help ... it's the (kinda mind-blowing) list of art projects scheduled to be displayed in Black Rock City this year:
Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE):
Art of Black Rock City:
Cafe art installations:
The Man burns in 82 days!
NEVADA GOV BRIAN SANDOVAL SIGNS AB374 - STREAMLINING PERMITTING PROCESS FOR BURNING MAN EVENT
CARSON CITY, NEV., June 5, 2013 — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed AB374 into law, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman David Bobzien that streamlines the permitting process for events like Burning Man held on federal lands.
Read more: http://bit.ly/14hq9gc
ONLINE BURNING MAN 2013 SURVIVAL GUIDE
If you purchased tickets from Burning Man, you'll be receiving a printed copy of the 2013 Survival Guide in the mail with your ticket(s). This year's design is based on a 1945 Boy Scout manual, in case you were wondering. And for those of you who prefer an online reading experience, visit our (mobile and tablet friendly) online version:
One could say it's spiffy! Oh, and MANDATORY READING FOR EVERY BURNING MAN PARTICIPANT. Ahem.
Oh and also, if you're picking up tickets at Will Call, you'll receive a printed Survival Guide ... but in the meantime, DEFINITELY read the online version so you can properly prepare yourself for the playa.
NEW REGIONALS WEB PAGES!
We're excited to announce a beautiful redesign of our Regional Network web pages, with information about Burning Man's representatives around the world. We encourage you to find your local group and get connected with Burners near you!
To wet your whistle, here's a handful of notables:
New York City: http://regionals.burningman.com/regionals/north-america/new-york/
And here's the Regional Events Calendar, so you can find Regional events a-happening around the world:
TELL BRC ABOUT YOUR FUN PLAYA EVENT! GET IT IN THE PLAYA EVENTS CALENDAR AND WHATWHEREWHEN!
It's that time of year when all those playa plans are starting to take shape and gain momentum. Let the citizens of Black Rock City know about your event by submitting it for publication in the printed WhatWhereWhen guide that is distributed at Greeters. Events listed in the WhatWhereWhen come from submissions to the online Playa Events Calendar. The Playa Events Calendar opens Friday, June 14th at 12pm (noon). The printed guide has limited space, so only the first 1550 events can be considered for publication. After the 1550 submissions, the online version continues to accept events right up through the event. Submissions for the printed guide are limited to 140 characters. (Here's a tip for making the most of those 140 characters - don't repeat the name of your event in the description.) To list your event, go to http://playaevents.burningman.com
ART AND WHIMSY ARE RENEWABLE RESOURCES
Caveat Magister on the Burning Blog:
"Burning Man became a San Francisco Cacophony Society event early in its history, turned into the definitive Cacophony event in the mid-90s, and soon a small army of whimsical geniuses who otherwise would be setting up rappel lines between corporate rooftops were working on art cars, theme camps, and port-a-pottie logistics for the annual trip to the desert."
A READING LIST INSPIRED BY, BUT NOT ABOUT, BURNING MAN
"A few weeks ago a call went out on the Burning Nerds list: ideas for books and articles that aren’t about Burning Man in any way, but that contain ideas and concepts that make you think of Burning Man, or could be applied to Burning Man.
The result was a pretty amazing list ...."
LARRY HARVEY AT THE LEWEB CONFERENCE
Burning Man Co-Founder Larry Harvey was invited to speak at the LeWeb conference in London on the topic of the Sharing Economy. While he was there, he had the opportunity to interview with a few different news outlets, and each conversation bubbled up interesting ideas and thoughts about Burning Man as a gift economy, the tech culture’s relationship to Burning Man, and what that all means in terms of societal potential. We’ve collected them for you here:
POSTCARDS FROM BLACK ROCK CITY
Tom Varden sends us this:
"I'd like to share a gallery with you of Fertility 2.0. I love Black Rock City, hopefully these photos can transport you there or bring back that feeling for a few moments while we prepare for Cargo Cult.
EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - LOCAL SHUTTLE BUS CREW TAKING SIGN-UPS NOW!
Human Jones writes:
"The crew of Local Shuttle Bus between Black Rock City and the towns of Gerlach and Empire is looking for a few additional volunteers to expand their ranks and work the ticket booth near Center Camp.
If interested, you can start the process here:
Volunteering at Burning Man is a great way to become more connected to the event, and honestly, few roles on the playa have as low a requirement as the Local Bus Shuttle crew: usually just one or two 2 hr shifts between Wednesday and Saturday. How easy is that?! The depot hours are 9 am to 4 pm Wednesday-Friday, and 10am to 2pm Saturday.
Bonus: Along with the opportunity to participate, there is limited camping space available for volunteers on a first-come, first served basis at the Center Camp Local Shuttle staff camp.
So keep the gifting spirit alive and thriving, and work alongside some great people.
'I promise not to hug you to death',
- Human Jones Bus Shuttle Service Manager
THE PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS SINGERS, DRUMMERS, MUSICIANS!
Madi the Playa Choir Director writes:
"The Playa Choir is in its 8th year…!
The Playa Choir is a group of singers that rehearses w,t,f,s of Burning Man, learns 4-5 arrangements, then gives this music to a congregation of playa folks on Sunday morning. We are a non-dogmatic, all-inclusive, spirit driven choir and we are committed to bringing a spiritually charged, transformational and rocking musical Sunday morning experience to the citizens of Black Rock City.
We invite all folks who are interested in joining our wild playa choir. Are you a singer? Have some experience, or at least a burning desire to have a singing experience? Are you a percussionist/drummer and wish to lend your beats? A musician who wishes to help out in the rhythm section? Please email me and let me know your interest in contributing…All levels of musicianship are welcome to join our choir, readers and non-readers. Much of the music can be learned by ear, or learned before the actual event.
w, th, f, s, of the week of burning man, at camp PLAYATEL. (exact location tbd) 10:30 am-12:30ish pm
On Sunday Morning, dress reh 10am, service begins at 11am.
we are organizing a sunrise service in addition to the 11am service, keep you posted….
Songs of Prayer- Roots music, ritual music, ring shouts, and lined-out hymns for this year's repertoire. some original, some rearranged…
WHAT WE DO:
Our mission is to create a vibrant and inspired singing/musical community that practices inclusion, empowerment, and transformation though music. If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, shoot me an email and I'll add you to the email list. This is the primary way I get you the music ahead of time. Also, please feel free to join the playa choir group on Facebook.
I can be reached at: madis_service (at) yahoo (dot) com
"TELL US SOMETHING CAMP" WELCOMES STORYTELLERS
"Tell Us Something Camp, inspired by the Moth, is an open forum for telling, archiving, and sharing true stories. Stories are 10 minutes, must be personal, and told from memory. It is a celebration of storytelling, of Black Rock City, and of each other. We listen, we laugh, we cry, and we do it with stories. Our theme this year is 'What are you waiting for?' Want to tell a story? Call 406.203.4683 to pitch your idea. Stories are told without notes and last for 10 minutes. The event takes place Wednesday evening at Tell Us Something Camp. Updates as to camp placement and time of the event will be posted at the website: http://www.tellussomething.org/burning-man/ "
PLAY)A(SKOOL SEEKS SPEAKERS FOR TEDX BRC
"At Play)A(Skool, we believe that the sharing of knowledge, experiences and ideas help us evolve individually and collectively. This forms the basis for what we give BACK to the Black Rock City community year over year. We invite you to PARTICIPATE by providing a class or experience.
This year our theme is 'Paradigm Shift.' What do you have to share that is groundbreaking, thought-provoking, interesting, funny and most importantly IDEA SHIFTING?
Our class format is very simple --- you, a dome and a bunch of people interesting in what you have to say or do. Anything from the abstract and esoteric to the very practical and concrete --- we want to provide a platform for you to GIVE BACK to the community. Our class formats are 30 minutes and 60 minutes so please prepare accordingly.
In 2013, Play)A(Skool has joined forces with several other camps including IDEATE, each dedicated to the new 'Learning Center' on the playa where we will host your classes and experiences in an indoor dome where you are the Guide. If you have an 'Idea in Action' that you would like to SHARE, please complete the following form by MIDNIGHT (PST), June 23, 2013 for consideration: http://bit.ly/11xKnRJ"
NO TREE KIPUKA. CROWD-WRITTEN SHORT STORY COLLECTION ABOUT BURNING MAN
Aramis (we're crushing on this playa name) writes:
"I'm putting together a crowd-written collection of stories about Burning Man. It's called No Tree Kipuka, a title that is explained in the attached short story, A Burst of Entropy Blared Forth, which is my contribution to the volume. I'm asking all Burners with a creative fire to submit their written stories for consideration.
(be sure to download the Word file to view it b/c I've done some funky formating that only shows up in Word)"
PARTICIPATE IN THE CITY LIGHTS PROJECT FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
We LOVE this kind of thing ... see a need? Create a solution! And crowdsource it! Gary writes:
"City Lights Project is about bringing more participation to the artistic crew of Burning Man. If you don’t have the time or inclination to join a large Art Installation, check out the City Lights Project. We enroll you the average Josephine and Joe to build illuminate sculptures to be hung on the dark streets of the camping area of Burning Man; Black Rock City. Black Rock City has over 200 utilitarian street signs to identify the roads and pedestrian walkways. The street signs are useful in navigating the city, but not being lit, a bit hard to see at night.
How to Participate:
City Lights Project installs solar-powered light sculptures on street signs around Black Rock City. You can join the project by building those lights sculptures for us. The project will provide you with a basic solar light fixture and metal stand to attach to the street sign. You can then create a light sculptures out of your own materials. You can add the Solar Lights to an object you find or build new sculpture with materials you choose. We recommend that the sculpture be resilient to physical abuse by wind and man, and not easily create MOOP (matter out of place).
SUPPORT THE FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS' LATEST FIRE SCULPTURE!
The incredible Flaming Lotus Girls crew writes with this HIGHLY WORTHY request:
"For Burning Man 2013 the Flaming Lotus Girls are undertaking an ambitious new piece called Xylophage, which will be a monumental immersive environment, constructed of metal, wood, fire, light and sound. The 30' x 70' piece is inspired by the beauty of fungi and the critical role they play on this planet, capturing the eternal cycle of decomposition, renewal and rebirth.
Help us make Xylophage by donating to our kickstarter campaign. http://www.flaminglotus.com/kickstarter
with love and lipstick kisses,
Flaming Lotus Girls
HELP THE AFRIKABURN FIRE COLLECTIVE GET TO BURNING MAN
This? Is rad in oh-so-many ways. Monique writes:
"You may have heard the whispers from across the seas by now....Our flaming sculptural performance VLAM STOF (Flame & Dust) Odd-I-See is coming from your trusty dusty South African Regional, AfrikaBurn all the way to Burning Man in 2013!
A life-size T-Rex roars across the playa while boxing bunnies, swimming polar bears, haunting hyenas and a 60-foot pendulum swing to the beat. All alive and burning in a cheeky evocation of a primordial struggle as the earth-creatures of steel and fire battle it out over limited resources. We need your help in getting there!
We are transporting our sculptures and our renegade group of engineers, artists, and carpenters from South Africa all the way to Black Rock City. It's going to be one heck of a swim, if not for YOU!
Please DONATE via our Indiegogo page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lizzy-the-t-rex-needs-your-help-to-come-home/x/488793 We need to raise $25,000 and we don’t have long to do it.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/AfrikaBurnFireCollective
We can’t wait to set our creatures free in Black Rock City Thank you amazing, wonderful people, with love, the AfrikaBurn Fire Collective."
TEMPLE OF WHOLLYNESS SEEKS WHITE FABRIC DONATIONS
Bunnie (who creates mind-blowingly beautiful textile art installations) writes:
"The Temple of Whollyness is looking for white fabric donations. Preferably cotton or a natural fiber but not synthetic - like old white sheets, canvas, and muslin. It can be white, off-white or cream. If you have rolls of white cotton canvas fabric – even better!
We are making 4,000 square feet of artistic shade quilts and the fabric you donate will be used for this purpose.
If you have a donation and live in the San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area and can drop it off – that would be so helpful. If you live outside the Bay Area or want to make arrangements to have it picked up – we will try to make it happen. In all cases, please email Bunnie: spicebon3 (at) yahoo (dot) com
The Temple 2013"
HELP THE BALLOON CHAIN GET BACK TO THE PLAYA
If you've been to Burning Man before, and haven't seen the balloon chain ... well, you might want to check your eyesight or just make sure you look up now and again. Help this intrepid crew bring it back to Black Rock City this year:
GOT AN OLD COMPUTER? DONATE IT TO PLAYA INFO!
The good kids over at Playa Info (your handy dandy information center on playa) write:
"Playa Info's Directory provides a searchable listing of events, art, theme camps, and rideshares as well as your friends' camps as well as a tool to register yourself and message friends. Each year we lose some gear to the heat and dust. Please help us by contributing:
Computers (minimum Mac PPC or Pentium II, USB, 512 MB RAM)
LCD monitors (no CRTs!)
USB keyboards and mice
Ethernet switches (minimum 5 port, 100 Mbps)
Email playainfo (at) burningman (dot) com for ... more information."
"SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY" SHOWINGS
The SPARK team writes:
"The documentary film SPARK: A Burning Man Story takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. See you at the movies!
Film Trailer: http://www.sparkpictures.com/
Tickets only available through the links listed for each city!
June 10- Los Angeles- http://www.tugg.com/events/4397
June 11-Sacramento- http://www.tugg.com/events/4236
June 12- Reno- http://www.tugg.com/events/4445
June 25- Washington DC - http://www.tugg.com/events/4320
June 26- New York City- http://www.tugg.com/events/4238
June 27-New York City- http://www.tugg.com/events/4322
July 9- Santa Rosa-http://www.tugg.com/events/4319
July 10- Santa Cruz-http://www.tugg.com/events/4477
Like us on Facebook and stay updated for showings in your city!
PLAYA BOUND SALE & OPEN HOUSE AT THE CRUCIBLE - OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 22
Our friends at The Crucible (where many an artist learns to build industrial art bound for the playa) write:
"Our annual Playa Bound Open House is a wonderful way for the whole family to wander through a maze of vendors with handmade crafts, desert costumes, creative lighting supplies, playa bikes, shade ideas, and leave-no-trace education. Catch fiery performances as you support local artists, community arts education for youth and adults, and work your way through that Black Rock City shopping list.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
11am to 6pm
The Crucible's 2013 Playa Bound Sale & Open House will feature:
• kids' activities
• student and faculty art sale
• a bicycle sale
• industrial art demonstrations
• fire performances
• food and refreshments from some of Oakland's best food trucks
All Proceeds benefit participating artists and The Crucible's arts education programs.
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607"
UTAH'S REGIONAL BURN EVENT - GRANTSVILLE, UT - JULY 11-14
The Utah Burners write:
"Every mid July on a local Utah playa, Burners gather to celebrate a unique Burner culture in Utah. This festival is sanctioned by the Regional Burning Man Network and is intended to create immediate experience and personal connection, encouraging relationships and collaborations that enable people to act more powerfully than individuals alone could dream — especially in the face of the daunting social realities of the 'default world'.
We began as one of the very first official Burning Man Regional Festivals in the world. Since then we have evolved into a dynamic, year-round, active community whose mission is to ignite a sustainable culture of creativity and self-expression!
The 2013 Element 11 Arts Festival will be held July 11-14, 2013 at Seabase in Grantsville, UT. For tickets and additional information, visit http://element11.org/"
SOAK 2013: THE ODDITY EMPORIUM - TIDEWATER, OR - JULY 18-21
Our Oregonian friends write to tell us of:
"SOAK* 2013 - The Oddity Emporium
DATES: from July 18-21, 2013
Portland Oregon Regional Burn
The Oddity Emporium. Welcome to a world of delights and marvels at The Odditorium! Come discover a gallery of magic in the forest, explore the theatre of peculiar fascinations, and wander amongst enchanted fires. The Oddity Emporium is a universe of the strange, a collection of unknown and lost artifacts, a place where dreams and curiosities meet, a place for friends and travelers alike!
* TICKET INFO & survival guide: http://BurningmanPortland.com
* PARTICIPATE: http://BurningmanPortland.com/volunteer
* REGISTER YOUR CAMP: http://bmpdx.com/themecamp
* REGISTER SOUND SYSTEM: http://bmpdx.com/themecamp
* REGISTER CAMP EVENTS: http://bmpdx.com/soakevent
* REGISTER YOUR ART: http://bmpdx.com/soakart
* REGISTER ART CARS: http://bmpdx.com/artcar
* REQUEST MAIN-STAGE: http://bmpdx.com/soakevent
Located at Prindel Creek Farm, SOAK offers large open fields with adjacent paths and smaller campsites nestled in the forest near Tidewater, Oregon. We'll have a stage for music and performances, covered center camp pavilion with benches for folks to gather, two public designated fire pits (open ground campfires are not permitted), and a freshwater creek with a small waterfall runs along the site. This is a place to meet fellow burners and get a taste of Burningman Northwest style with themecamps, fire performances, art, workshops and burns every night. Prindel Creek Farm is approximately 2.5 hours from Portland with pavement up to the main gate.
So come all ye strange beasts, revelers, and misfits of the world and gather together to celebrate all the oddities of our known universe in this wonderfully wayward celebration we call SOAK."
ADOPT A NEIGHBORHOOD -- OR PERHAPS A STREET CORNER
One of Burning Man's 10 Principles is Civic Responsibility ... and what better way to express that than to adopt a neighborhood or a nearby street corner to help beautify and maintain it, right?
You could organize a posse, and do periodic MOOP sweeps. You could make sure the street signs aren't getting obscured. Help little old ladies across the street. Get creative ... see a need, create a solution!
Warning: the resulting feeling of self-satisfaction might be contagious.
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