JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #27
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #27
July 12, 2013
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ MEET THE CREW OF THE FRENCH CORE PROJECT: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
+ TWO YEARS AND A COMPLIMENT
+ BRAF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR FERNLEY, NV PROJECT. MAKE SOME ART *OFF* THE PLAYA!
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE STAGES ARE OPEN FOR SCHEDULING
+ CALL FOR ART CARS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TOUR DU CORE!
+ CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN SF DECOMPRESSION 10/13/13
+ WE WANT TO INCLUDE *YOUR* PLAYA CREATIONS IN OUR MATERIAL CULTURE ARCHIVE!
+ PIANO TUNER NEEDED AT VOODOO SOUP
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ CALLING ALL DRONERS AND UNMANNED AERIAL OPERATORS (UAV) TO THE FIRST BRC DRONE SUMMIT! - SF/WORLDWIDE - JULY 17
+ "THIS IS BURNING MAN" EVENT WITH LARRY HARVEY, DANGER RANGER, BRIAN DOHERTY - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 24
+ TOUR DE CORE - BLACK ROCK CITY, NV - AUGUST 26
+ MARDI GRAS ON PLAYA - BLACK ROCK CITY, NV - AUGUST 27
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ YOUR WOOBIE, AKA THAT BAG YOU TAKE WITH YOU EVERYWHERE
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
So yeah, just wrap your head around that number for a second. Black Rock City is pretty much the largest outdoor museum in the world. And our docents* get to wear tutus. Pretty awesome.
We're sitting here sifting through previous Burns in our brain, remembering some of the highlight art projects, and the extra special serendipitous finds in random corners of the open playa, and POSITIVELY GETTING CHILLS. Yeah, it's like that.
OK, so here's a warning ... next week, we'll have THREE JRS's coming your way, and they're BIG and IMPORTANT. One on Greening Your Burn, one about Local Towns and services you'll find there, and another chock-a-block full general one. So buckle up, people, cuz here we go!
The Man burns in 50 days! That's an even (and somewhat terrifying) number! Oh so auspicious!
*(Kidding. We don't have docents.)
BLACK ROCK CITY 2013 PLAN
Hey guess what? Chicken butt. What else? The Black Rock City Plan is ready, complete with your street names for 2013! Woot! So, without further ado, in 2013, the annular streets will be named:
GDP (that's Gross Domestic Product)
Yes, you too can live on "Biggie Size" road, like you've always wanted to.
The road circling Center Camp is named “Rod's Road” in honor of BRC designer Rod Garrett (1936-2011).
The distance from the inner-most Esplanade street to the Man is 2400 feet. Esplanade to Airstrip Street, curb to curb, is 400 feet deep. Other mid-city double-deep blocks are 430 feet deep. The remaining blocks are 200 feet deep.
Public plazas are located at Kowtow and 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00. We are holding most of the camping space around these plazas unreserved and available for the general public to occupy and maintain as an experiment in spontaneous urban planning and collaboration.
Here's the map! http://www.burningman.com/preparation/maps/13_maps/index.html
CORRECTION: BURNER BIKES LLC
Oops, we published the WRONG email address for Burner Bikes LLC in the Bikes edition of the JRS. (Sorry to the poor dude who's getting inundated with emails from Burners asking for bikes right now.) Here's the listing again, this time with the CORRECT email address:
Barrie and Randy in Gerlach (just 8 miles from Burning Man) are renting very affordable used mountain bikes or cruisers in good condition again this year. You can reserve a bike and coordinate with them now for a pick-up time in Gerlach on your way to the playa. They also have bike baskets and locks available for sale, and you will be able to return your bike to them in Gerlach after Burning Man. Best to reserve one now while they last! To do so, and for further information, email them at ralph (at) gbis (dot) com. You can also call them at 775-686-8200 or 775-557-2290, but it's best to email them first.
BLACK ROCK SOLAR HITS THREE MEGAWATTS
Our friends at Black Rock Solar (that would be Burning Man's spin-off non-profit, providing low-cost, high-quality clean energy services to clients in the non-profit, public, low-income and educational sectors) write with this great news:
"Black Rock Solar has officially installed three million watts of solar energy as of June 2013! With a total of 61 arrays installed throughout Nevada, we are now creating $547,000 of savings every year for our non-profit partner organizations. That's 15,000 solar panels, abating 2,735 tons of atmospheric CO2 -- equivalent to taking 456 cars off the road or 912 houses off the grid!
As many of you recall, it took three years for BRS to install its first megawatt, and 18 months to build the second. We're proud to say that the crew, led by founding members David Lasky and Eli Lyon, installed the third megawatt in less than a year. It's a triumph for all of us, and as always, we could never have done it without YOUR support and love. We're eternally grateful. Thank you Burning Man community! More information at:
NAME SUBMISSIONS FOR 2013 REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE CLOSES JULY 20TH
Since 1996, an anonymous Burner has created a plaque to commemorate members of our community who have passed away the previous year. This tradition continues to honor those people who have affected our Burning experiences and who participated in creating Burning Man. This is a call out to you, our community, to please let us know of any Burners lost in the last year whose names you feel should be added to this year's Remembrance Plaque.
Please send only their name, exactly as you would like to see it appear, to this address:
(**please DO NOT HIT REPLY to this newsletter to submit a name.**)
Submissions must be received by July 20th to be included on this year's plaque. Submissions after the 20th will be added to next year's plaque.
Look for the completed plaque at the base of the Man. (Important note: the plaque is displayed at the Manbase, not the Temple, where more elaborate and personal memorials are created by participants.)
May their spirits move on to the eternal playa!
MEET THE CREW OF THE FRENCH CORE PROJECT: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Guest Burning Blogger portaplaya has traveled to the wilds of France to track down the crew of the French offering for this year's Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE), and we'd love for you to meet them:
More information about CORE can be found here:
TWO YEARS AND A COMPLIMENT
As part of our "Tales From the Playa" series in the Burning Blog, which features writings about Burning Man experiences by our participants, "W" shares this beautiful story about a random connection on playa -- the kind that often happens in Black Rock City, gives you chills, and sticks with you forever.
SEE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO BUILT THE MAN THIS YEAR
Here's a great photoset from Slim of the Man Kcrew of this year's Man builders in action, y'know, building the Man up at the Burning Man Ranch. (Warning: includes hot pants.)
DISCOVER THE WORLD OF VOLUNTEERING - AT CENTER CAMP CAFE
Our LOVE team has completed a sweet video about volunteering at Center Camp! If you've ever contemplated volunteering, or are just want to learn more about how the Cafe functions, check it out. It's pretty cool:
And while we're at it, here's a link to the official Burning Man video gallery:
THE INVISIBLE BIRD
An wonderful little ode to Burning Man, composed via The Invisible Bird project, by Jochem Rijlaarsdam. Charming video for your eyeholes!
BRAF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR FERNLEY, NV PROJECT. MAKE SOME ART *OFF* THE PLAYA!
The keepers of BRAF write to let us know of this awesome opportunity:
"Attention Artists! The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) invites you to submit a proposal for our new project “Big Art for Small Towns.”
BRAF is seeking a Lead Artist to work with the community of Fernley, Nevada, to create a community public art project. Take all you've learned about making art at Burning Man, and give back to the Nevada community. Let's create a unique, participatory art experience for Fernley!
"Big Arts for Small Towns" is funded in party by BRAF, the Burning Man Project, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For budget details and instructions how to submit a proposal, visit:
CENTER CAMP CAFE STAGES ARE OPEN FOR SCHEDULING
The fine folks at the Center Camp Cafe Performance Team write:
"Hello all you talented, lovely and all-too-clean magnificent performers!
It is that time of year (yes we realize we're a bit later than normal, we know). Center Camp Cafe Performance Stages are open for scheduling and we have a whole new process that includes bread crumbs, new & improved forms, personal agency and awesomeness!
If you are interested in performing with us, look at the below list and send an email with the following information to the person who best fits your wants and desires.
a) Whether you already have your ticket to the event, because as all of you know, we cannot schedule you until you do.
b) Whether you perform all original works? Non-copyrighted, non-canned music/visuals/stories?
If the answer to both questions is "Yes" you are on the path to a fabulous spot in the largest living room stage EVER!
c) Also please send a link to the type of music/performance/activity you are suggesting because we want to be able to offer you the best possible fit for your art.
i. For your spoken word/comedy/soap-box stylings:? magenta (at) burningman (dot) com
ii. For musical performances (Generally 20-55 minute slots):? cafe-music (at) burningman (dot) com
iii. For aerial performances: (scheduled from 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday)?: karl (at) burningman (dot) com
iv. For all other types of performances (including dance, circus, etc):? cafe-performance (at) burningman (dot) com
v. For marching bands: sleepless (at) burningman (dot) com
We cannot wait to have you share your colors on our stages! Schedule soon, spots go fast.
A CALL FOR ART CARS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TOUR DU CORE!
The ‘Tour de CORE’ will take place *Monday, August 26th, from 7-10 p.m.* (see details below), with the idea of taking the pressure off the Circle of Regional Effigy teams by having the rest of BRC show their appreciation for all the hard work! We are looking for four bigger art cars to act as gathering points in the center of each CORE circle, with another eight cars to act as shuttle transport to take participants around to each effigy. Contact core2013 (at) burningman (dot) com if you have an art car and able to commit to being out there *Monday night of the event, from 7-10 p.m.*.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN SF DECOMPRESSION 10/13/13
Your Burning Man year-round volunteer Special Events Team is planning the 14th Annual SF Decompression Heat The Street FaIRE! for 10/13/13 on Indiana Street starting Noon. We are scheduling stages and placing art and camps NOW. Don’t delay!!!
Got big art? A mutant vehicle? Interactive theme camp? Performance, crafting workshop, kids event, Performance art thingy, dance troupe, parade, lecture? Contact us.
Or maybe you can loan a live performer sound system, stage, lighting/other infrastructure? Or maybe you have an opinion about what you'd like to see more of at Decom?
Email NOW: flambelounge (at) burningman (dot) com to request a space and share your creative spirit, art and vision.
IMPORTANT SF DECOM DEADLINES:
- SEPT 15 FIRE DEADLINE- Deadline for fire artists and performers to submit fire safety info. But, contact us BEFORE Burning Man with interest pretty please!!!
- SEPT 24 DEADLINE- Deadline for non-fire 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!
The SF Decompression is powered by an amazing team of volunteers and tons of communal effort. 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 Decom and one or more regional event. Take your art on the road and keep the fires burning all year-long!
NOW CONTACT US!
WE WANT TO INCLUDE *YOUR* PLAYA CREATIONS IN OUR MATERIAL CULTURE ARCHIVE!
Did you know that Burning Man has a material culture archive? Well, we do.
The artifacts and gifts we create and give one another at Burning Man reveal a great deal about our community. They provide a unique perspective on our participants’ way of life, spiritual values and customs. We believe that it's important to enshrine these playa artifacts in our permanent material culture archive, as part of Burning Man's history.
On playa, we encourage you to come by the ARTery in Center Camp to drop off samples of your artifacts and gifts for our archive. We have a big red box with forms for you to fill out as well as sealed bags to store your contribution. We catalog everything post event for the archives and eventually add them to our Playa Artifacts Image Gallery.
You can also mail your contribution to our San Francisco office:
attn: Material Culture
995 Market Street 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please download this form, fill it out, and send it in with your submission: http://www.burningman.com/media/doc/pdf/print_forms/playa_artifacts.pdf
PIANO TUNER NEEDED AT VOODOO SOUP
Sad piano tuner-less camp writes:
"We have lost our piano tuner! VooDoo Soup is a live music camp with a good piano that needs to be kept in tune throughout the week, starting on Monday. We will bring it tuned and serviced. If you or someone you know want to help us with this contact us bigbubblebwana (at) gmail (dot) com. We would greatly appreciate the tuner(s)!"
SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT!
Feeling generous? Check out what's afoot for Black Rock City 2013 on Burning Man's Support a Project page, and help 'em out if you can:
HOOK UP SKILLS WITH PROJECTS THROUGH SPARK
Looking for a project on which to utilize your formidable skills? Or need somebody with said skills to work on YOUR project? Hook up with each other here:
CHECK OUT THIS NIFTY PROJECT: MENS AMPLIO
This is a nerdtastic super awesome project we thought you folks would appreciate. Throw 'em a bone if you can:
CALLING ALL DRONERS AND UNMANNED AERIAL OPERATORS (UAV) TO THE FIRST BRC DRONE SUMMIT! - SF/WORLDWIDE - JULY 17
Are you a Droner or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operator? Or are you thinking about becoming one? Are you planning to bring one (or several) to Black Rock City? Will you be using a camera mounted on a UAV to take images in BRC? Are you looking to connect with Drone operators for a playa project? Are you just interested in learning more about those flying things? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are invited to join us for the first ever Black Rock City Drone Summit. This will be an opportunity to share information about your projects and to help make Black Rock City an innovative and educational and fun Drone Zone.
WHEN: July 17th, 2013 @ 630PM
WHERE: BMHQ and via web-conference
CAN'T MAKE IT? Please provide a summary of your project and ideas to dronesummit (at) burningman (dot) com and we'll get you connected to notes and future discussions
"THIS IS BURNING MAN" EVENT WITH LARRY HARVEY, DANGER RANGER, BRIAN DOHERTY - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 24
Burning Man co-founders Larry Harvey and Michael Mikel (aka Danger Ranger) join “This is Burning Man” author Brian Doherty for an evening exploring the past, present and future of Burning Man, July 24 at Z Space Theater in San Francisco.
Ticket sales benefit the nonprofit Burning Man Project (www.burningmanproject.org), dedicated to extending Burning Man culture into the world. Pricing is “pay what you can” to benefit the Project: $20, $30 or $50. Premium seating at $125 includes “This is Burning Man” hard cover book signed by the presenters. $100 of this is tax deductible.
Z Space Theater is at 450 Florida Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. A reception and book signing will take place immediately following the discussion.
TOUR DE CORE - BLACK ROCK CITY, NV - AUGUST 26
Come one, come all to the fabulous TOUR de CORE in Black Rock City!
The 3rd Annual Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) is comprised of wooden sculptures created by Burning Man Regional groups from around the world! This year’s configuration consists of four circles of six effigies placed around the base of the Man that will burn together on Thursday night to create the world’s largest intentional simultaneous Burn!
Kicking off the first night on playa, the TOUR de CORE will be the prime time to venture out to see the different CORE projects and to meet the creators to see what they have to share on their outstanding projects! Art cars will be on hand as hosts, to celebrate CORE, to entertain folks and to shuttle you around the circles.
This year, we want to create a Community Celebration, a Grande Fête if you will, of the achievements of the teams and their Regions. The ‘Tour de CORE’ will take place on Monday night, from 7pm – 10pm, and the focus will be to take the pressure off the effigy teams, and have the rest of BRC show their appreciation for all the hard work!
More information here: http://bit.ly/13RPpeK
MARDI GRAS ON PLAYA - BLACK ROCK CITY, NV - AUGUST 27
Its Phat Tuesday and that means...Masks! Ribbons!! Beads!!! Gumbo!!!! Mutant Vehicles!!!!! Sazeracs!!!!!! Crawfish Boils!!!!!!! Jazz!!!!!!!! Chicory Coffee!!!!!!!!! Burlesque!!!!!!!!!! Absinthe!!!!!!!!!!!
Mardi Gras is a collaborative event at Burning Man, brought to you by dozens of camps both inside and outside the French Quarter. All vehicles and forms revelry are welcome! If you need help figuring out how you and your camp can participate, email ignatius (at) blackrockfrenchquarter (dot) org today!
YOUR WOOBIE, AKA THAT BAG YOU TAKE WITH YOU EVERYWHERE
The mark of a veteran burner is that they take their sunglasses with them, EVEN AT NIGHT. All it takes is one time forgetting, and you end up in the bright, harsh light of day, with no protection. Like, completely screwed.
Now, you'll meet people with fancy pod belts, and utili-thisses and tactical-thats, but all you need is a bag that's comfortable to carry. Take what's important to you for 24/7 comfort. Here's a start:
** A mug, preferably with a carabiner and a lid. This will make you a welcome guest at any bar, because you have your own cup! The Cafe will also love you for this. The 'biner means you can clip it to your side and forget about it when it's not in use.
** Lip balm- with sunscreen.
** Goggles, because dust.
** A protein bar or some other kind of snack, because while you might just be heading out 'to check out this one thing', Burning Man happens. Just pack a bar, trust us. You or someone close to you will be grateful.
** Hand sanitizer
** Ashtray device if you're a smoker
That is the elemental list, what you must have to keep yourself alive and comfortable. The advanced list might contain:
** Condoms/lube (ya never know)
** MOOP ziplock for picking up trash, you good BRC citizen, you!
** TP (single ply, please!)
** Electrolyte packets
** Headlamp/flashlight device
** Steak (met a guy with a steak in his pocket once, he was carrying it for his girlfriend. Impressive!)
** Calling cards for new friends (like business cards, only personal)
The list could go on and on...
MAN, that sounds like a lot of stuff. Our friend (Mark) introduced us to the idea of 'sub-bags' once, and we've never looked back. Here's how it works: group like items into smaller bags, which makes it easier to find stuff, and going from bag to bag easier, too. Pack once, and forget it!
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