JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #30
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #30
July 20, 2013
+ BURNER EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUSES FROM SF & RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
+ NEED TICKETS? THE OMG SALE IS COMING UP!
+ TO FLAME BUSES NOT AUTHORIZED TO ENTER BLACK ROCK CITY IN 2013
+ HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE BURN
+ GETTING MARRIED AT BURNING MAN? IT'S TRICKY!
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ BURNING MAN 365: HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIFE YOUR WILDEST DREAM
+ WHAT IS THE MOST ABSURD THING YOU COULD DO?
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE’S SPEAKER SERIES CALL FOR PROPOSALS: A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
+ HELP THE STORY PORTAL DELIVER THEIR INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING STAGE TO BURNING MAN 2013!
+ GIFT - THE DOCUMENTARY
+ WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR VIRGIN BURNER SELF?
+ CELTIC MUSICIANS WANTED!
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT A BURNING MAN PROJECT!
+ HOOK UP SKILLS WITH PROJECTS THROUGH SPARK
+ BATHROOM BEACONS -- BECAUSE YOU NEED TO PEE *NOW*
+ RUSSIAN ART PROJECT CRADLE OF MIR NEEDS OUR HELP!
+ BE IN THE 8TH ANNUAL ROCK STAR LIBRARIAN BURNING MAN MUSIC GUIDE
+ TEMPLE DELIVERIES
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ "THIS IS BURNING MAN" EVENT WITH LARRY HARVEY, DANGER RANGER, BRIAN DOHERTY - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 24
+ WHOLLY MOLY DANCE PARTY TEMPLE BENEFIT - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 2
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ FEATHERS ARE BAD BAD BAD, RIGHT? WELL ... MAYBE NOT.
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
So after a couple special editions earlier this week, we're back today with another one packed with contributions from our far-flung contributors, AND some pretty dope news! Specifically:
Burning Man is very excited to announce the Burner Express, kicking off its inaugural year, offering shuttle bus service from San Francisco and Reno to Black Rock City and back. This is an effort to keep Burning Man sustainable by taking on two of the biggest challenges that face our event as we continue to grow: environmental impact and traffic. We're starting small this year, and there may be some bumps in the road (har!), but we're hopeful this program can and will expand in the future. So yeah, get on board! (And we appreciate your patience in advance as any kinks are worked out of the system.) Learn more below.
We're also excited to tell you about a super special event happening next Wednesday in San Francisco! For the first time ever, "This is Burning Man" author Brian Doherty will join Burning Man co-founders Larry Harvey and Michael Mikel (aka Danger Ranger) for an exciting evening exploring the past, present and future of Burning Man. The event kicks off July 24 at 7pm at Z Space Theater on Florida Street. For more info and to reserve tickets please see: http://tinyurl.com/thisisburningmanevent.
We hope your playa preparations are progressing apace, and that you're having a ball doing it ... after all, preparation is part of the experience too, y'know!
The Man burns in 42 days!
BURNER EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUSES FROM SF & RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
In an effort to reduce traffic and limit the environmental impact of our event, Burning Man organizers are offering the Burner Express bus service with pickups in San Francisco and the Reno airport to Black Rock City and back. This service offers early arrival, speedier entrance, ticket pick up, reserved camping and quicker departures.
Burner Express is ideal for participants flying into the event and for Burners involved in art projects and theme camps having their gear hauled in by campmates. Tickets start at $60 one way from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and $95 one way from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Additional charges apply for extra luggage or for a stop at a grocery store in Reno. Departures begin from both locations Saturday, August 24 and return trips begin Friday, August 30.
Large motor coach buses will take Burners to Gerlach, where they will hop on smaller buses for the ride into Black Rock City. There will be a “bus only” lane to sidestep traffic backups at Gate and Greeters, and bus passengers will have their own Will Call station for speedier ticket pick up. (Please note: ONLY Burner Express and Green Tortoise buses are permitted in the bus lane.)
Once inside BRC, bus riders have the option of camping in a reserved camping section on the 6 o’clock access road or taking shuttles out to 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock along G Street.
For more information, see the FAQ on our Burner Express page:
To purchase tickets, visit the Burner Express website:
NEED TICKETS? THE OMG SALE IS COMING UP!
Are you or a friend still looking to buy a Burning Man ticket? We've got good news for you! The OMG sale is August 7 at 12pm (noon) PDT. The OMG sale will offer 1000 $380 tickets. Tickets are limited to two per person, and you won't be allowed to buy in this sale if you've already bought tickets in one of the earlier sales. Since this sale takes place after our shipping cutoff all these tickets will be held at Will Call. They are fully transferrable.
As with all of our sales this year you'll need to pre-register. To register for this sale you'll need to create and complete your Burner Profile athttp://profiles.burningman.com. SUPER IMPORTANT: You MUST complete your Burner Profile before August 1 at 6pm PDT or you will not be able to register for or participate in the OMG sale. (Note: a Burner Profile is only complete once you have confirmed your email address by clicking on the link in the email confirmation AND filled in your profile information.) Registration for the OMG sale opens August 2 at 12pm (noon) PDT to those with completed profiles, and will close August 5 at 12pm (noon) PDT. For full information please visit:
TO FLAME BUSES NOT AUTHORIZED TO ENTER BLACK ROCK CITY IN 2013
Burning Man organizers want participants to know the To Flame bus operated by Rally Bus will not be granted access to Black Rock City in 2013.
Companies providing bus service to the Burning Man event are required to secure permits from Burning Man and the Bureau of Land Management. To Flame and Rally Bus have not secured these permits.
Additionally, Burning Man issued a Request for Proposals for a bus service to the event earlier this year. To Flame submitted a proposal, but was not selected based on gaps in their operational plan to support the event, previous track record and negative feedback about their bus service from operators and participants.
During the RFP process Burning Man advised To Flame to not sell any additional tickets. To Flame was not selected as the bus service vendor, but continued to advertise bus service during and after the RFP process. On June 26 Burning Man issued a Cease & Desist letter to the company.
Participants have a few options for public transportation to the playa, including the new BRC-supported Burner Express bus service operating from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. For more information on options, visithttp://www.burningman.com/preparation/travel_info/.
HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE BURN
"Do you remember how ill prepared you were for your first Burning Man, despite all your friends' best efforts? While it is true that nothing can truly prepare you for the awesomeness that is Burning Man, it is important to know what to bring, the right attitude to have, what the culture is like (and how it evolved), and what your rights are on the Playa.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Burn is a comprehensive event guide to Burning Man, detailing everything from the history and evolution of the event to traveling to and from (and around in) Black Rock City to building a camp (wiring said camp for solar power, grey water disposal, etc.) and surviving the Black Rock Desert (what to bring, the culture, how to change a bicycle tire, etc.) for a week. I have spent the last year in close collaboration with Burning Man and doing lots of painstaking research to bring you this work. Enjoy!
The eBook is available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210317 "
GETTING MARRIED AT BURNING MAN? IT'S TRICKY!
Jason writes with this helpful (and super charming!) information for would-be playa brides and grooms:
"'What?! But the Supreme Court said I was free to marry everyone always!' First you must dance through a few >flaming< hOOps that are easy but you have to act fast!
If you want the wedding to be legally officially really real, you must file with the county and your officiant needs to verify credentials.
We made a site detailing our experience throughout the process: http://madebyjulianne.com/a-burning-man-wedding/
BMORG has a site, too: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/event_survival/weddings.html
And if you want to see the effect of getting married somewhere more beautiful than believable:
http://vimeo.com/58809577 (Maria Mango's "Oh My" Serenade)
Get on it fast because deadlines for filing stuff are coming up!"
BURNING MAN 365: HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIFE YOUR WILDEST DREAM
Kimbriel Dean of Ignite.me interviews the Wizard of Reuse about how Burning Man has affected him and his day-to-day life. The answer? A whole lot. Read the interview:
WHAT IS THE MOST ABSURD THING YOU COULD DO?
Landon "Mayhem" Goldberg has a nice piece celebrating radical self-expression and experience on Burn After Reading (www.burnafterreading.com), a great online magazine for the Burning Man community.
WATER IS YOUR FRIEND
This is true. Our friend OrangeGeorge brings us a little ditty that might help us all stay hydrated:
FLAME ON FIRE
In case you've forgotten, Burning Man is hella freaking FUN. This rapid-fire tour of (parts of) the playa experience from Peter Kostelov and Olia Feshina miiiiight juuuust jog your memory:
CENTER CAMP CAFE’S SPEAKER SERIES CALL FOR PROPOSALS: A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
Help pry, pump and pummel folks dusty heads via Center Camp Cafe's Speaker Series. Slots are going fast, so please submit your proposal now.
The theme this year is 'Manufacturing Nostalgia'! We have provided prompts at the bottom to get you thinking about how your research, project and experience may fit under it.
Of course, we accept proposals that do not fit within this theme umbrella, or that of this year's event (Cargo Cult), but those that do are given review and scheduling priority.
General Burning Man ethos and values must be upheld: no promotions of products, corporations, political candidates, or rigid partisanship.
Description: Manufacturing Nostalgia
Nostalgia can come in many forms, from a personal longing or 'sickness' to a societal yearning for a different time (which may or may not have ever existed), and a myriad more incarnations on that spectrum. Nostalgia frequently is regarded as opposed to modernity/the future and progress and yet, it can be simultaneously looking toward the past, informed by the current and inevitably shapes our future. What and how we interact with nostalgia is key to looking at our relationships, from an individual, societal, national, global and universal perspective to the world we want to make. Nostalgia itself has a utopian dimension. What is your take?
For more information on the topic and how to submit a proposal for the speaker series, please click here: http://bit.ly/18ILG3n
• 'It was better last year' a journey of Burning Man nostalgia, the challenge of changing relationships
• The difference between 'remake' and recycle culture
• LOLCats; our distraction from the broken promises of Industrialism
• Nostalgia and the economy: Privatizing profits while subsiding the risk
• Environmental nostalgia- the rise of 'localism' and 'primitivism'
HELP THE STORY PORTAL DELIVER THEIR INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING STAGE TO BURNING MAN 2013!
"The Story Portal invites you to be a part of our story! We are revving up to install our storytelling stage at Burning Man 2013. We hit the road on August 17th, so we please need your help NOW to make it possible!
We will be providing the opportunity for 58,000 plus attendees to connect with each other through the power of story. While we are excited to deliver our stage as an aesthetically impressive art piece, we are most excited by the prospect of having a platform like Burning Man to proliferate the Story Portal concept. The Story Portal aims to connect individuals to the vast world of shared experience through spontaneous and true storytelling. The concept is simple - spin the wheel and tell us a story about the topic it lands on. Topics include 'When It All Changed', 'All In The Family', 'Breakdown To Breakthrough' and 'Overcoming Fear'. By delivering the piece to Burning Man we are placing ourselves in a position to gain fantastic awareness for the greater mission and goals of The Story Portal -- connecting individuals to the vast world of shared experience, at Burning Man and far beyond.
For many months our talented volunteer crew have been working diligently toward the goal of taking The Story Portal to Burning Man. We have poured our heart and soul into the project in order to reach this point. The experience we all had at our regional Burn, Apogaea, was validation of how effective our story wheel and stage is at fostering community and providing meaningful and memorable experiences for festival attendees. The platform of Burning Man is the perfect next step to demonstrate the power of The Story Portal concept. Thank you for your support and come visit us in the 7:30 Portal!"
GIFT - THE DOCUMENTARY
"Canadian doc-maker developing new film/crossmedia project on GIFT. Looking for stories to follow - larger-than-life gift undertakings/adventures - especially those illustrating the circular nature of gifting & re-gifting - coming to Burning Man 2013 (or possibly 2014). Would love your thoughts & input- robinsoleil (at) gmail (dot) com
GIFT is a feature-length documentary and crossmedia project inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift. It chronicles gift-based cultures, proposing a radically different conception of society. Challenging the logic of global capitalism, and growing in influence among philosophers and thinkers, these societies may, more than ever, have something to teach us.
GIFT interweaves character-driven stories, from Papua New Guinea’s Trobriand Islands, following the circular story of a gift as it travels from one island to the next, to North America's Pacific Northwest Coast, as the community undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch; to supporting stories in India (a pyau drinking water stand by the roadside), West Africa (dama gift culture among women), Naples, Italy (home of the “suspended coffee” tradition, in the face of rising unemployment and economic crisis) to Burning Man.
Is life about getting, or giving? What if we measured success by our ability to give? As the limits of growth, environmental destruction and the law of diminishing returns bring modern society to the point of crisis, GIFT proposes an alternative. It takes us inside cultures practicing a radically different approach to property and ownership, which have preserved these values as the global culture evolved in an entirely different direction."
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR VIRGIN BURNER SELF?
This is rad. Awkwürd writes:
"The Virgin Letters Project is coming back to the playa.
Write a letter to the virgin you were. What would you have liked to know? What you have said if you now were sitting in the car with your virgin self as you drove up Gate Road for the first time?
We are collecting letters online and at Regional Burn events. These letters will be delivered on playa to this year's virgins.
www.virginletters.com or www.facebook.com/VirginLetterProject "
CELTIC MUSICIANS WANTED!
Having a "Boy we love Burning Man" moment as Ludo writes:
"Calling all Celtic musicians! Now in its fourth year, the annual Irish Music Seisun will once again take place at the Dusty Swan pub, 4:15 and C., from noon until 3pm on Thurs. Aug. 29th. Bring your instrument, your voice or just your dancing shoes and join us for a Burning Man tradition. More info? Contact Ludo at ludotherfb (at) verizon (dot) net. Slainte!"
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:
BATHROOM BEACONS -- BECAUSE YOU NEED TO PEE *NOW*
When we're selecting which projects to highlight in our Support a Project section, we look for ones with an extraordinarily high impact on our community. If this doesn't qualify, we don't know what would. Cuz yeah, finding a potty in the open playa at night? Hard. And you ALL need to at one point. So:
"In 2012, the Bathroom Beacons made it easier for the denizens of BRC to find their way to the potties at night-- and we're excited to be bringing the Beacons back this year-- brighter, blinkier, and more fun then ever! As such, we are running a Kickstarter campaign to support our plans for the Beacons. Here's what's in store:
Our flagship from 2012, 'Welcome to Fabulous' was selected as an honorarium project this year. We'll be repainting the wood and adding a new marquee to the trim.
We have awesome upgrades planned for 'The Toilet Bowl,' including an improved ball return and full-color LED strips lighting the lanes; as well as plans for a BRC bowling league championship. (Start forming your teams now!)
And we have a new beacon for 2013-- 'Twisted Bristles,' a 15 foot tall toilet bowl brush. The brush head features over 1200 bristles made of 18" acrylic rods, lit by LEDs dancing in a variety of blissful patterns. The prototype in the Beacons laboratory looks amazing-- this may be everyone's new favorite.
We hope you'll consider supporting the upgrades and infrastructure for the Bathroom Beacons via our Kickstarter-- the bladder you save, may be your own!
You can find out more on our KS campaign page:
RUSSIAN ART PROJECT CRADLE OF MIR NEEDS OUR HELP!
Dude, these guys are FIRST TIME BURNERS coming from RUSSIA with their project -- so their local community is rather limited. Let's show 'em what Burners are about ... help 'em out if you can.
"Our project needs your help!
We started 22 days ago and with only 6 days left we have raised 36% of the goal. I think our major problem (besides a somewhat lengthy video) is that most of us are first time burners and we don't know as many people in the burner community. The people we reached are mostly from the Russian community of burners and we wanted to ask you if you could tell the community about us.
We would greatly appreciate your help! The Cradle of 'Mir'.
BE IN THE 8TH ANNUAL ROCK STAR LIBRARIAN BURNING MAN MUSIC GUIDE
We looooove the Rock Star Librarian. She's at the good work again, we're happy to report. She writes:
"Let’s get our booty shakeshake on!
If you are a sound camp, live music camp or other auditorily pleasurable camp and want to be included in the guide so fellow burners find you, send an email to therockstarlibrarian at gmail dot com before August 15 with this information:
SUBJECT: Your Camp Name
MESSAGE: The name(s) and email(s) for your camp’s music lineup guru(s) and/or my ultimate contact points for your camp.
I'd love to have a live music pull out and/or sound art car pull out in the guide if enough camps submit information. So, please contact me with your lyrical loveliness. Though it helps and many camps do it, yours doesn't have to have hourly slotted schedules.
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013!
NEWER THAN NEW THIS YEAR:
Please *do not* send lineups directly to this email. I have a newer than last year's new process to gather your awesome info! Once I have your camp contact(s), I’ll email the details!
What does it all mean? This new new process means you have more flexibility and control over making your camp's schedule additions, deletions and changes up until the very last moment before deadline, August 15th, 2013!
The guide will be available for download *the week before Gate opens* via my Facebook Fan Page at http://on.fb.me/15qlHKI and Twitter at https://twitter.com/rockstarlibn Like my page and/or follow me to get instant notification when the guide is ready for you!
PS. The Time to Burn iOS/Android app will be back this year, exclusively including the RSL Music Guide, so Like the page, download the app, prepare for TTITD! facebook.com/TimeToBurnApp
Dusty hugs, Rock Star Librarian"
"Hello friends! Temple Deliveries are back again. If you have something you'd like placed at the Temple but you can't make it to the playa to put it there yourself, I'm here to help. This year I will be partnering with the fine folks at ECHO, the Emotional Cargo Holding Office (part of PO9 Village) to help relieve you of your emotional burdens. If you want more info or have something you'd like me to deliver, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
"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.
'This is Burning Man' is an insightful and provocative look at the first 20 years of Burning Man history. The book traces Burning Man's bohemian roots in groups like the Suicide Club and Cacophony Society, revealing Burner culture's avant garde underpinnings and painting a fascinating picture of the evolution of Black Rock City through the 90s and early 2000s. An 18-year Burner, author Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and the author of several books. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones and dozens of other publications.
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.
Tickets available here: http://tinyurl.com/thisisburningmanevent.
WHOLLY MOLY DANCE PARTY TEMPLE BENEFIT - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 2
The Temple crew invites you ...
"Join the visionary artists behind this year's Temple at its only San Francisoc-based fundraiser. It will be a night full of surprises and fun, including a full bar, live music, dancing and comedy.
The Bodice Rippers (Cabaret Blues Burlesque)
Monty and the Monkeys (indie Rock)
DJ Duce Vita (Opulent Temple)
And the comedy of Killing My Lobster
Friday August 2, 2013
8 pm to 1 am
The Verdi Club
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Live Auction and Raffle! Costumes Encouraged. All proceeds benefit the Temple of Whollyness at Burning Man 2013. For more information on tickets, please visit:
And, if you can't make it to the event but would like to help us make this amazing Temple a reality, please donate here:
FEATHERS ARE BAD BAD BAD, RIGHT? WELL ... MAYBE NOT.
Back in the day, folks would show up at Burning Man with cheap feather boas, and they'd inevitably fall to pieces and blow all over the playa, get stuck on the trash fence, and generally be a super MOOPy pain in the butt for everybody.
So we've kept a warning in the Survival Guide for years to not bring feathers (primarily this was directed at cheap boas, as this predated the headdress and fedora fads), and even had the Gate confiscate feathers and boas and whatnot from people as they enter, to prevent a MOOPocalypse.
But here's the thing ... some feathers are super MOOPy and others, well, aren't. So use your head. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE YOUR STUFF DOESN'T BECOME MOOP.
Whether it's a costume, or a vehicle, or an art installation, your food, your camp, your bike, your trinkets, whatever, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE YOUR STUFF DOESN'T BECOME MOOP.
So be smart. Be self-reliant. Use good judgment and be careful about what you do and don't bring (and wear) to the playa. If you want to wear feathers, OK ... but make sure they're attached in way that won't fail, and if you can't do that then don't wear 'em, because it's on YOU if they become MOOP.
And that goes for anything you bring to Black Rock City.
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