[BManUpdate] V16:#20:06.15.12

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Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #20
June 15, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR BURNING MAN COMPLETED – WE NEED YOUR HELP
+ SUBMIT YOUR PLAYA EVENT FOR INCLUSION IN THE WHAT WHERE WHEN GUIDE & PLAYA INFO DIRECTORY
+ FREE ANDROID APP COUNTS DOWN TO THE BURN

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ BEYOND BLACK ROCK CITY
+ BURNING MAN RECEIVES 2012 EVENT PERMIT FROM THE BLM

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ PHOTOS FROM BURNING MAN FIRST-TIMER DUSTIN KERSCHTIEN
+ FUN SET OF AERIAL VIDEOS FROM ZIV

PARTICIPATE:
+ CENTER CAMP CAFE SEEKS WALL MURALISTS
+ SINGULARITY TRANSMISSIONS PROJECT SEEKS PEOPLE WITH VOICES
+ MARDI GRAS AT BURNING MAN
+ BROKEN ANGEL BATHHOUSE SEEKS MEMBERS
+ MARTIAL ARTISTS, ACROBATS AND MONKS! THE BLACK ROCK KWOON AND DOJO WANTS YOU!
+ “GLOBAL SOUL” WANTS YOU!!!
+ THE BURNING MAN 2012 THEME CAMP FORECLOSURE PROJECT
+ CALLING ALL OENOPHILES!
+ ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY WILL BE LIVE PAINTING ON PLAYA THIS YEAR

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT A PROJECT
+ BATHROOM BEACONS PROJECT
+ HELP SUPPORT THE RENO CORE PROJECT
+ HELP LUMINOUS PASSAGE 2.0 GET TO THE PLAYA
+ LUNE AND TIDE HONORARIUM PROJECT FUNDRAISING
+ CITY 2.0 DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE 10 PRINCIPLES

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNING MAN 2012 DESERT ARTS PREVIEW – SF, JUNE 21st
+ PLAYA BOUND OPEN HOUSE AND VENDOR SALE AT THE CRUCIBLE – OAKLAND, CA – JULY 14

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

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We’ve been getting asked a LOT about when physical tickets get mailed out. If you requested that your tickets be sent to you, they’re going in the mail soon, and you’ll receive them by the end of this month (along with your Survival Guide – READ IT!), so hang tight! If you asked for them to be held at Will Call, they’ll be at Will Call at the Burning Man Gate. Crazy, we know. If you have ANY questions about tickets (changing your address? Transferring names? etc.), before you send an email to your friendly neighborhood Jack Rabbit (ahem), please know your answer will most likely be found on the tickets page (and the FAQ attached to it), so please start there: http://tickets.burningman.com.

We’re excited to announce that the Environmental Assessment (EA) of Burning Man’s current and projected impact on the Black Rock Desert and its environs has been completed — and we need the help of the entire community to make sure we can continue to enjoy our home on the Black Rock Desert … see below for the details and how you can help.

The BLM issued a one-year permit for Burning Man to take place on the Black Rock Desert this year (see: http://bit.ly/KCJ2Nf), and we worked with them to increase our maximum population to 60,900. As we’ve sold close to 58,000 tickets to date, that leaves us with a little breathing room.  We’re expecting some additional tickets to become available and will have more information next week.  Stay tuned!

If you’d like to register your art installation, the deadline is next Wednesday, June 20 at noon PST. However, it’s not too late if you don’t make the deadline … you can register your art on playa at the ARTery in Center Camp, no problem. Start here: http://www.burningman.com/installations/

This JRS is (as predicted last time) a veritable BOUNTY of opportunities to participate in all manner of shenanigans, shamanisms, shebangs, and singing. We’ll be bringing more to you in the coming months.

The Man burns in 78 days!

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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR BURNING MAN COMPLETED – WE NEED YOUR HELP

We’re excited to announce the completion of the Environmental Assessment (EA) of Burning Man’s current and projected impact on the Black Rock Desert and its environs (we are required by law to perform this EA, a process which is overseen by the BLM).

The EA analyzed five areas of impact of the Burning Man event: Carbon Footprint, Economic Impact, Traffic, Light Pollution/Night Skies, and Sound Pollution.  What they found was that Burning Man was already doing great work in these areas, but there is always room for improvement. Therefore, Chapter 6 of the EA spells out additional mitigations we must adopt in order to grow the event successfully and sustainably.

What we need is for everybody in our community to be aware of, understand, and adopt these mitigations, and to help spread the word so that we can continue building Black Rock City on the Black Rock Desert and safely growing our population.  They include the following:

PREVENTING OIL DRIPS: BLM will conduct Oil Drip Surveys to determine if hydrocarbons from cars are increasing on the playa. (There’s a simple way we can all prevent hydrocarbon drips: Put a drip pan or piece of cardboard under your vehicle! And secure it from the wind!)
PORTA-POTTY AWARENESS: BRC will create a webpage so that participants are aware of how dangerous it is to improperly dispose of human waste. (Want to know how you can prevent human health disasters? Empty RV Waste only at the RV DUMP!)
INBOUND/EXODUS TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS: BRC will continue to work with NDOT and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to create speed limits, signs, and flagging stations at key locations along the 447 and 34 routes, including Gerlach and Empire. (How can you help the traffic flow? Carpool! Plan for delays! Keep calm and drive safely! Prevent accidents!)
BRC will continue to clean up trash along the roads after the event and will provide increased education on the numerous locations where participants can properly dispose of waste.  (How can you lessen the trash impact on our neighbors? Tie down your load! Dump your waste responsibly and only in designated locations!)

While these mitigations may sound simple, being “mostly there” isn’t good enough. Even small acts of noncompliance – one sneaky RV dumping on the roadside here, one stray bag of trash tossed in a ditch there – can negatively impact the future of the entire event.  We can only do this together!

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SUBMIT YOUR PLAYA EVENT FOR INCLUSION IN THE WHAT WHERE WHEN GUIDE & PLAYA INFO DIRECTORY

Hey now, it’s time to whip up a snappy description of your on-playa event to appear in the online Playa Events Calendar and possibly in the printed What Where When guide. There’s a brief window of time to try and get your submission published in the print version, starting June 15 and ending by July 1 (though we may run out of space before then). Events can continue to be entered for the online version up until the event.

When you are entering info about your event you will have the opportunity to submit the bite-sized 140 character description for print (please don’t get too crazy with abbreviations, they get really tough to read when there are nearly 1000 of them…), as well as a lengthier description that will appear online. If you’re with a registered Theme Camp don’t worry that you’re placement hasn’t been announced yet, we’ll take care of listing your address with your events.

To get started, visit:

www.burningman.com/participate/playadirectory.html

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FREE ANDROID APP COUNTS DOWN TO THE BURN

Nifty stuff for you Android users. Kristy writes:

“Just wanted to let you know that I’ve created a free Android app that counts down to the time that the man burns.  You might want to mention this in an edition of the JRS.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=webnation.burningman.countdown

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BEYOND BLACK ROCK CITY

A great article in the Good Times Weekly (out of Santa Cruz, CA) about Burning Man’s growing pains, by Elizabeth Limbach.

http://bit.ly/LsEVHx

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BURNING MAN RECEIVES 2012 EVENT PERMIT FROM THE BLM

Coverage in a handful of publications about BRC being awarded a permit to host the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert in 2012.

SF Gate: http://bit.ly/MO970E
SF Bay Guardian: http://bit.ly/MOaOeA
Reno Gazette-Journal: http://bit.ly/MOaOeA

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PHOTOS FROM BURNING MAN FIRST-TIMER DUSTIN KERSCHTIEN

Dustin writes:

“Hey there!
Last year was my first burn and it really blew my mind!  The best experience of my life! It allowed me a renewed faith in mankind.  Thanks for that.  I took lots of photos and am really good at making edits with them, I have over 400 edited pictures from 2011.  I made a couple up for Champagne Lounge to print as stickers for 2012, as seen above and would gladly make more for any art installments, mutant vehicles or theme camps.  Just let me know what you want to see on it… ie. Champagne Lounge wanted: the Man, Champagne, their name and 2012 on theirs.
My pictures are my gift to the Playa…
See my top 100 pic edits here:

http://photobucket.com/BMbest

Please share this if possible, Thanks!!
Attached a few examples of my pics too.
See ya on the Playa
=D
Dustin Kerschtien
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada”

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FUN SET OF AERIAL VIDEOS FROM ZIV

These are fun … check out some aerial videos of the Burn!

http://vimeo.com/29844124 – the man, the horse
http://vimeo.com/30635446 – day party
http://vimeo.com/30118031 – playa art cars
http://vimeo.com/30642087 – decomp

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CENTER CAMP CAFE SEEKS WALL MURALISTS

Center Camp Cafe is looking for muralists and artists to contribute to the Fence Gallery! Yup, once again the Cafe has over 200′ of plywood fencing to beautify PRIOR to the event. Muralists are needed to paint their wonderful art a few days before gates open.  Cafe is also looking for artists who want to exhibit existing work on the fence.

Interested? Good!

Contact the Fence Gallery Coordinator “E.” at [email protected].  Please include examples of your work to get things going.

Remember: Center Camp Cafe starts caffeinating the BRC community on the first day of the event (Monday, August 31). The Fence Gallery artwork associated with the Cafe MUST be completed/installed by Monday morning 8/31.

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SINGULARITY TRANSMISSIONS PROJECT SEEKS PEOPLE WITH VOICES

Do you have vocal cords? Cool. Amberry writes:

“Singularity Transmissions is an honorarium project this year (yay!). It is a 40′ sculptural interactive tower designed to simultaneously converge the voices of up to 15  individuals into one unified transmission through the use of tin-can phones. The phones are in 10′ pods surrounding the main tower, in which people can sing, talk, laugh, pray, scream, or even plug in an instrument, lap top, or ipod. All 15 channels come together inside the main tower, in real time, creating a moment of playa singularity. All the collected audio will be available online in an open source data base. Used as-is or remixed as desired; our hope is for artists, musicians, film makers, and performers to create new work with this material. We would like to reach out to singers, poets, musicians, djs, spoken word artists, yodelers, vocal meditators, anyone/groups who would like to create a transmission for this audio time capsule.
More info at http://www.singularitytransmissions.com

Thank you!!!”

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MARDI GRAS AT BURNING MAN

If we had a party-cipate category, we’d stick this in it. Har! OK, that was horrible, sorry. Won’t happen again. Ignatius writes:

“On Phat Tuesday in the Black Rock French Quarter it gonna be Mardi Gras,
and that means…Masks! Ribbons!! Beads!!! Gumbo!!!! Parasols!!!!!
Sazeracs!!!!!!! Crawfish Boils!!!!!!!! Jazz!!!!!!!!! Burlesque!!!!!!!!!!
Mint Juleps!!!!!!!!!!!

Let us know you’re attending, and SHARE to spread the word…
http://www.facebook.com/events/358210487524416/

Or connect with us on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/blackrockfrenchquarter

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BROKEN ANGEL BATHHOUSE SEEKS MEMBERS

Dani writes:

“Join us in crafting the soaps that cleanse us, the oils that fortify us, the perfumes that caress us. Join us in creating this house of water and copper and silk. Join us in sharing the gift of bath and massage, in sharing the essence of life. The Broken Angel Bathhouse is a small camp in its 2nd year at Burning Man, devoted to creating and gifting bath scrubs and oils, and providing healing and body work. If this strikes your fancy, email [email protected] for more details…

Dani
wwwww.facebook.com/brokenangelbathhouse.org

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MARTIAL ARTISTS, ACROBATS AND MONKS! THE BLACK ROCK KWOON AND DOJO WANTS YOU!

Kick some ass! (We kid.) Kannik writes:

“Our red shrine returns for its third year. Within the temple we are students of motion. Martial arts, qi gong, meditation, and other pursuits are welcome here. Beneath the shade we don our saffron robes and practice the form and fluidity of mind and body. Master and novice alike find ways to hone their skills and cultivate their self. We are serenity. We are intensity. And when our minds are clear and we are as one with the Zen of the universe itself… the sacred gong rings out and we spring into motion, delivering fresh baked goods to various points around the city!

Do you have a passion for martial arts and acrobatics? Do you seek a shrine in which to practice your meditation? We are looking for people interested in teaching martial classes, leading meditation sessions, and tearing across the desert at a dead run, orange robes flowing, a battle flag strapped to their back, and a basket full of baked goods, or beer, or wine, or coffee to be delivered from one of our sibling camps to a designated location.

Visit our Facebook page to teach or deliver or learn or all three…

http://www.facebook.com/blackrockkwoon

Or email me for more info…

[email protected]

And when you are on the playa, stop by our temple to train and learn!”

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“GLOBAL SOUL” WANTS YOU!!!

Janis writes:

“The GLOBAL SOUL Project, in conjunction with Sacred Spaces Village, is seeking musicians and performers for our nightly, groovalicious throw-down! If you are a musician, performer, band, artist or ‘cultural aficionado’ that specializes in globally-inspired roots music, please write and tell us about yourself and/or your group!   Links to your ‘music, movement or magic’ would be greatly appreciated, as well as your scheduling needs/preferences.  GLOBAL SOUL hits the main stage at SSV from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, starting with a community music-making event and then progressing to live performances.  Come create a higher vibe of soul with us—it won’t be the same without you!  (Also, if you are a musician seeking a band or vice-versa, please let us know and we can help point you in the right direction!)  Please write to [email protected].”

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THE BURNING MAN 2012 THEME CAMP FORECLOSURE PROJECT

Yes, we can enjoy a laugh at our own expense … the folks over at the Dumpster Dive Bar (stay classy) write:

“Did your camp get foreclosed upon? Did you not have enough street cred? Not enough time spent as a theme camp? Did you leave a bunch of moop or a couch at your site (If so, shame on you; you shouldn’t get placed)?

Whatever the reason, if the bank (Burning Man) does not place you this year and you have been placed in years past, we, the 99% at the dumpster dive bar would like to support you. The Burning Man 2012 Theme Camp Foreclosure Project anticipates several theme camps will not get placed this year, possibly even ours. In response we will be paying homage at your previous home by placing “foreclosure” signs in front of your previous home for the duration of the burn. At a minimum, send us: 1.) the name of your camp, 2.) your previous address please be specific, 3.) your tenure, ie. what years you dwelled at the address, and 4.) any other pertinent information that we may or may not use.  Please wait until after placement decisions are made in July.  We will remind everyone in the JRS after those decisions are made.

http://bit.ly/MDv2nf

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CALLING ALL OENOPHILES!

Hey, winers (har), Wineaux and DanO write:

“The Black Rock Wine Cellar is once again opening its subterranean wine storage facility for public use.  If you have a precious bottle or two you would like to store in our refrigerated facility, swing on by and speak to our Sommelier.  In addition to storage, we look forward to hosting the occasional tasting, in which we share some of our special selections.  Check out our chalk board at The Cellar for tasting dates and times.  Whether you’re looking for a camp to be a part of, or just dropping off your vino, email us at: [email protected].

Wineaux and DanO”

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ALEX AND ALLYSON GREY WILL BE LIVE PAINTING ON PLAYA THIS YEAR

Sugar Daddy writes:

“We at Area 51 are proud to announce Alex and Allyson Grey will be doing live paintings and workshops at Theme Camp Area 51.  Spiritual people interested in camping with Area 51 should email David Morris (aka Sugar Daddy) at [email protected] to make arrangements … and/or hit the Area 51 Burning Man 2012 group on Facebook.”

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SUPPORT A PROJECT

The list of projects seeking your help with funding is growing steadily, and we’ve captured them on our Support a Project page.  Helping these folks out is a great way to participate if you’re not able to create something yourself (or even if you are), since it takes money to make these things happen, by and large (some larger than others).

www.burningman.com/participate/supportaproject

We would also like to encourage people who are creating Kickstarters to think carefully as you create your premiums —  as this practice has evolved, we’ve watched our community respond very negatively when projects use premiums that exploit the Burning Man experience when coming up with donation rewards. And we agree – there’s a fine line between a  reward for donation and selling a “premium experience” or commodifying what really shouldn’t be for sale in BRC. More on that can be found here: http://www.burningman.com/participate/supportaproject/raisefunds.html

We also feature a selection of high-impact projects to highlight for you here … see below.

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BATHROOM BEACONS PROJECT

This is just too brilliant, valuable and hysterical to NOT share with you.

“We have just launched a Kickstarter Campaign for the Bathroom Beacons project, five unique art installations that will be going up around the inner-playa to make it easier for the denizens of BRC to find the portapotties at night.  This will be a valuable service to everyone in the city, and we would love your support in our quest for a pee-free playa! Please consider giving us a mention the the ‘Support a Project’ section of your next newsletter. If nothing else, our video is pretty amusing, and I think a lot of people will get a kick out of it.

Our campaign link is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/668741983/burning-man-bathroom-beacons

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HELP SUPPORT THE RENO CORE PROJECT

The Reno Regional Burners Group: Backyard Burners is putting together an effigy to represent our community as one of the major gateways to Burning Man. Every year thousands of Burners travel through Reno on their way to the Playa, so they figured they would bring a little piece of Reno to the Playa! They need your support to make it happen. Help us build it, so you can watch it burn.

http://kck.st/KXUMyg

WILD WILD WEST: RENO CORE FUNDRAISING PARTY

Come all you Cowboys and Aliens, Barkeeps and Saloon Girls

Come out and Celebrate the WILD WILD WEST!

Put on your best Western Attire – Burner wear or Steampunk duds for this Wild Night of Prancin’ and Dancin’, all to raise funds for the Reno CORE Project, the GATEWAY ARCH, to represent RENO in the Circle of Regional Effigies this year at BRC!

Live Music, DJ’s, Entertainment: TBA
RAFFLE for BURNING MAN TICKET, Reno CORE Effigy 1/8th Scale Model, Tutu’s, Black Rock Art, Schwag and more…

The Underground
555 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512
Saturday, June 30th 2012

Tickets Available On-Line at In-ticketing.com or at the Melting Pot – Reno and Prism Magic- Sparks. $12 advance; $15 in get-up, $20 in street clothes.

https://www.facebook.com/events/332819080119704/

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HELP LUMINOUS PASSAGE 2.0 GET TO THE PLAYA

Mark writes:

“You know how much fun it is to dress up your bike with El wire or yourself or your camp.  Well we are trying to dress up the playa with El wire with our art project, Luminous Passage 2.0.  We are building a 200’ x 50’ light sculpture completely out of El wire.

LP 2.0, an honorarium art project for 2012, will create a bridge between BRC and the Man.  You will be able to pass through it as you leave the confines of town and head out into the open playa.  As you pass through you can touch it and move it, as it is a soft sculpture and with a little investigation you might even be able to discover what makes it blink, because El wire just wouldn’t be El wire if it didn’t blink.

Donate on kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1931005995/luminous-passage-20-for-burning-man-2012
Like us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/LuminousPassage
Find us on the web here: www.luminouspassage.com

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LUNE AND TIDE HONORARIUM PROJECT FUNDRAISING

Sarah writes:

“My name is Sarah Cockings and I am collaborating with Laurence Symonds this year on a Burning Man 2012 honorairum project. The piece is called “Lune and Tide”. Show us your support at

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/295514773/lune-and-tide-burning-man-2012-honorarium-project-0?ref=email

We still need funds to make the full project happen, your support would be very much appreciated and if you have a spare second (which I imagine you don’t at this stage) spread the word, we are not US based so have a slightly trickier job circulating the project.

Try and ignore our dorky British mannerisms!

Kind regards

Sarah and Loz”

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CITY 2.0 DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE 10 PRINCIPLES

Filmmaker Gemma Cocker writes:

“Our film team is in year two of creating a documentary called “City 2.0″ which addresses the 10 Principles of Burning Man and their application in the real world in a succinct and creative way.  The film will take Burning Man’s Ten Principles and investigate how those Principles marry together with tangible examples in the real world.

We’d then want to take the documentary a step further so that people will know how they can take their own steps to help shape a better environment for themselves to live in.”

Learn how YOU can get involved at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/138337187/city-20-documentary

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BURNING MAN 2012 DESERT ARTS PREVIEW – SF, JUNE 21st

Burning Man 2012 Desert Arts Preview – Annual Artist Lecture Series
Thursday, June 21, 2012
6:30pm-10pm (program begins at 7pm)
Location: The International Art Museum of America
1025 Market St between 6th & 7th St, SF 94103

FREE admission!
…But if you wish to make a donation, proceeds will support the Black Rock Arts Foundation artist grant program and the Burning Man Project.
Limited seating for 100, so COME EARLY to ensure your seat and not miss anything!

This is our very popular annual artist lecture series, where you get a sneak preview of some of the many notable art projects in progress right now for Burning Man 2012. You’ll hear directly from artists who are creating revolutionary works of art, often in radically collaborative ways. Some have been doing work on the playa many years and will be sharing humorous war stories associated with creating art under extreme conditions. This is also a great opportunity to learn how YOU can get involved and support these and other artists and projects.

If you can’t make it, look up their projects and directly contact these and other artists/projects you feel inspired to help and work with. Get involved and help make the art you wish to see in the world!

SPEAKER SCHEDULE:

Master of Ceremonies: $teven Ra$pa and Beth Scarborough

6:30 – 7:00     Social Time
7:00-7:10        Welcome & Overview of Burning Man 2012 Theme and Artist Grants
7:15-7:25        Kathleen O’Hare – Neverwas Haul
7:25-7:35        Dan Fox — Anubis
7:40 -7:50       Laura Kimpton — Ego
7:55 – 8:05      Jessica Hobbs and Rebecca Anders – Zoa
8:10-8:20        CORE — The Circle of Regional Effigies
8:20-8:40        Intermission
8:45 -8:55       Harley Dubois – the Burning Man Project
9:00-9:10        Melissa Barron and Gregg Fleishman – Otic Oasis
9:15-9:25        Otto Von Danger and Joe Olivier – Burn Wall Street
9:30-9:40        David Best – Temple of Juno
9:45 -9:55       Questions and Answers

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PLAYA BOUND OPEN HOUSE AND VENDOR SALE AT THE CRUCIBLE – OAKLAND, CA – JULY 14

The crew over at the Crucible (heh, see what we did there?) writes to let us know about this cool thing they’ve got going this year, supporting Burners making their way to the playa.

“Playa Bound Open House and Vendor Sale
Burning Man Bootcamp Workshops
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Hello friends and creators in the Crucible community,

I am happy to annouce we are now accepting vendor applications for our Playa Bound Open House to be held on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 11am-6pm.

We held a similar event last summer and the response was so great that we decided to host a larger event for 2012.  We look forward to growing and improving this event with you.

We are opening the Crucible’s doors to our Burning Man friends and family to encourage them to explore and create in preparation for the upcoming trip to the Playa. This event is juried and all vendors are encouraged to apply.  We are seeking those artisans who cater to the Burning Man community and the arts, crafts, wisdom and accessories needed to attend the event in the desert each summer.  This includes but is not limited to clothing & accessories, camping gear and supplies, bikes and supplies/accessories/decorations, lights, fire toys, fire tools, electronics, shade structures, solar & wind powered devices, cosmetics and more.

This event is similar to our GIFTY Holiday open house, but not as extensive with the artists and gifts created by our Crucible faculty, staff, students and community. Look for GIFTY Vendor applications to be live later this summer.

Event information is available here:
http://thecrucible.org/events/open-house/520
Vendor application forms are available here:
http://thecrucible.org/playa-bound-vendor-application

Please to not hesitate to contact with me with any questions.  And please forward to any vendors who you think would be enlightened to participate in our Open House.”

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

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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Email your post requests to [email protected]com with the words “POST REQUEST” in your subject line.

MORE INFORMATION
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From: Will Chase <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 5:46 PM
Subject: [BManUpdate] V16:#19:06.06.12

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #19
June 6, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ 2012 THEME CAMPS LIST
+ PARTICIPATE IN THE 2012 BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING
+ RENO BIKE PROGRAMS – TIME TO GET ON IT!
+ MATERIAL CULTURE / PLAYA ARTIFACTS WANTS *YOUR* PLAYA CREATIONS!
+ TO FLAME BUS – BUSES TO BRC FROM RENO, SF, LA, AND SACRAMENTO
+ LA CONTESSA – THE CASE GOES TO COURT
+ CELEBRATING THE GRADUATES OF THE SCHOOL OF LIFE, 2011
+ STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE …

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES AROUND YOU: AN INTERVIEW WITH ZACHARY COFFIN
+ EX-MENUDO STAR ADDRESSES BURNING MAN CRISIS
+ FINDING LOVE IN THE BLACK ROCK DESERT
+ DANIEL PINCHBECK ON BURNING MAN, 2003

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTOS BY KEN DEEMER
+ CAMP OFOSHO’S BURNING MAN 2011 EXPERIENCE
+ AWESOME LOOKING FILM — “PEOPLE IN MOTION”

PARTICIPATE:
+ BEE HERE NOW!
+ PLAYA INFO VOLUNTEER CALL OUT
+ CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: PUT YOUR ART IN THE CAFE AT BURNING MAN 2012
+ CALLING ALL PERFORMERS! BURNER PERFORMANCE ARTISTS’ GLOBAL NETWORK
+ JAZZ FUNERAL FOR THE MAN
+ THE BURNING BAND SEEKS MUSICIANS!
+ EL AND NEON SIGNS NEEDED FOR ASIATOWN

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT A PROJECT
+ SUPPORT THE TEMPLE OF JUNO
+ REMEMBERING CAP’N JIM, BY THE TUNA GUYS
+ HAITI COMMUNITERE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ “EVENT HORIZON” FILM PREMIERE – NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART IN RENO – JUNE 14
+ SOAK – TIDEWATER, OR – JUNE 21-24
+ SERENDIPITY: TENNESSEE’S INAUGURAL BURN – MORRISON, TN – JUNE 21-24
+ EVAPOTRON WORKSHOP – OAKLAND, CA – JULY 7
+ ELEMENT 11 FESTIVAL – BONNEVILLE SEABASE, UTAH – JULY 12-15
+ CLOSING PARTY OF MUTANT RIDES – RENO, NV – JULY 20
+ MOOSEMAN 2012 – MINDEN, ONTARIO CANADA – AUGUST 2-6
+ BURNING SEED – NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 2

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

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As the days get longer, so do the JRS newsletters … and as this community grows, there’s more and more to tell you about.  Phew we got a doozie here, and another big one coming soon, chock full.  Don’t blame us, blame all the awesome that’s happening out there (YOU PEOPLE NEVER REST, DO YOU?! ahem.).

So … many are speculating about whether the event will be drastically different this year, in light of ticket sales and the influx of new interest.  Here’s one way to look at that question: it’s always different, and yet it’s the same.  We’ve received more art grant applications than ever before, more theme camps have registered, and the number of interesting new projects is on the rise, just like every year. Those we’re talking to who are coming for the first time (and let’s be clear, there’s a big percentage of newcomers every year, not just this one) are vocal and eager about their plans for how they’ll participate in — not just attend — Burning Man. We’re coming to the conclusion that this could turn out to be one of the most interesting years yet….but that’s up to all of us, isn’t it?

Back out here in the rest of the world, we’re in the midst of Regional event season (aka the summer), and they’re flying fast and furious in our Events & Happenings section … just try and keep up with ’em all, we’ll help! Opportunities to participate in various shenanigans and projects on playa are starting to blow up here too, so if you’re wondering whether there’s going to be anything cool to do on playa?  DO. NOT. WORRY. You should be worrying about having TOO MUCH to do. Now get down there and find something for you! (SNEAK PREVIEW: in the coming weeks, watch the JRS for an announcement about a very cool new way to plug in to participation! We can’t wait to tell you more…)

The Man burns in 86 (holy bajoly that’s less than 90) days. It’s officially time to get excited.

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2012 THEME CAMPS LIST

This year’s list of theme camps requesting placement in Black Rock City is now live … so great to see so many names returning and so many fun new ideas!

http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/themecamps.html?yy=2012

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PARTICIPATE IN THE 2012 BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING

Once again, the JRS will publish a Resource Listing for businesses that offer goods and services that are of interest to the Burning Man community as they prepare for the event. Our goal with this is to support the cottage industry that has grown up around Burning Man over the years, particularly (but not limited to) Burner-owned businesses, as well as making our community aware of these resources and the many discounts or special offers that are shared with us each year. We limit this activity to a single issue in order to give you the freedom of choice to delete the issue if it’s not your cup of tea. We all know that there are preparations and sometimes purchases that we make to get ready for Burning Man — we’ve never said we’re against commerce, but when it comes to the JRS we do keep this activity to a single issue each year.

We are now accepting submissions ONLY via this form http://bit.ly/L7TEqv, which will close on June 15 at 12 noon PST.  Late submissions will not be considered, no exceptions.  The listing will be published on the Burning Man website by June 20, and we’ll post the link on the JRS, on our Facebook Page, and Twitter feeds.

(Note: We reserve the right to refuse to publish a listing on our resource page and to edit these listings, and we will not post links to businesses that aren’t directly related to resources for planning or building in BRC.)

Again, do not write to the JRS — the ONLY way we will accept your submission is if it’s entered into this form:

http://bit.ly/L7TEqv

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RENO BIKE PROGRAMS – TIME TO GET ON IT!

There are three popular bike programs in the Reno area that sell or rent reliable and affordable bikes especially for life on the playa, that are now taking reservations:

Kiwanis Bike Program

If you are in need of a bike close to as well as great for the playa, reserving one from the Kiwanis Bike Program comes highly recommended.  Kiwanis has a huge variety of bicycles ranging from $40-$50, and all purchases support the repairs and donation of bikes for at-risk kids in the Reno area.  Moreover, if you return your bike to Kiwanis on your way home from the playa, they love it — they’ll refurbish and reuse it!  Reserve your bike now as they go fast.  The shop is open daily or by appointment during Burning Man to pick up your reserved bike, or to pick out a bike from those still available, before moving on to Black Rock City.  For bike reservations and further information, or if you’d like to know more about their programs in northern Nevada, go to www.kiwanisbikes.org

Kiwanis Bike Program
2500 Valley Road, Suite A
Reno, NV  89512
775-846-7146
[email protected]
www.kiwanisbikes.org

Black Rock Bicycles

Black Rock Bicycles is highly recommended as your transportation headquarters for rentals as well as sales of bikes for the playa.  Having a bicycle — especially a reliable one with comfort and style, with fat tires and a soft seat! — is a large part of the Burning Man experience and tradition, and is pretty much an essential to your overall enjoyment in Black Rock City. Located in Reno just a few hours from the playa, they offer rentals as well as sell new/used bikes at affordable prices, which have been professionally cared for by experienced bike mechanics (and Burners). Black Rock Bikes also has everything you need to be able to set your bike apart from the rest — lighting supplies, baskets, bells, locks, and many other items needed to have fun as well as be safe on the playa.
This year, they have plenty of rentals, extended hours, and have moved to a new location. Please check out their website for reservations, pick-up arrangements, and for other details at:  www.blackrockbicycles.com

Rat’s Bikes

After many years of service to our community, Rat’s Bikes returns to offer great used playa bikes for rent to those of us WHO LIVE AT LEAST 1000 MILES from Black Rock City.  And especially to those who live overseas, as he likes to take care of those who have to make a very long journey!  Best to reserve now while you can, as his supply of bikes is likely to be gone soon.  To find out further information or make reservation arrangements, send an email to Rat at:  [email protected]

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MATERIAL CULTURE / PLAYA ARTIFACTS WANTS *YOUR* PLAYA CREATIONS!

We are a gifting community. Burning Man inspires the urge to create and give. Objects are often given spontaneously for the pleasure of giving and receiving.The artifacts and gifts we give one another at Burning Man reveal a great deal about ourselves and give us information not recorded elsewhere about participants way of life, spiritual values and customs. Your treasures enrich our Material Culture archive at our San Francisco office. We love to collect and archive them.

One of the functions of the ARTery in Center Camp is to collect your artifacts and gifts. We have forms for you to fill out as well as sealed bags to store your contribution. Please come by and drop off your gifts. We catalog everything post event for the archives and eventually add them to the Image Gallery.

You can also mail your contribution to our San Francisco office.
Burning Man
attn: Material Culture
995 Market Street 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

forms can be downloaded at http://www.burningman.com/media/doc/pdf/print_forms/playa_artifacts.pdf

Thank you!

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TO FLAME BUS – BUSES TO BRC FROM RENO, SF, LA, AND SACRAMENTO

Do you live in or near LA, SF, or Sacramento?  Are you without a car or ride, and not sure how you’re going to get to Burning Man?  Flying into Reno from some corner of the globe?  Don’t want to spend a lot of money on a rental car?  Wanting to help reduce cars to the event … or just don’t want to drive?  Are you still unsure how you’re going to get home from the playa?

To Flame Bus is part of a national “social mobility network” that is providing bus transportation to Black Rock City from Reno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.  Return trips from BRC to these cities are also offered following Burning Man.  Seats are now available to reserve at very reasonable prices, while rates will increase incrementally over the summer as Burning Man approaches.  NOTE:  Each bus trip will need to achieve a certain number of passengers in order to confirm, so keep that in mind in your options, while you may want to tell your friends about it too.  But they’re all likely to fill.  You can find out further information, ask questions, check out the many schedule possibilities, and reserve a seat by going to their website at:  www.brc.toflame.com

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LA CONTESSA – THE CASE GOES TO COURT

If you’ve been around for a while, you probably remember La Contessa, the magnificent Spanish Galleon that used to famously roam the playa, blowing minds wherever she went … well, here’s an update on the impending court case since she was maliciously set on fire.  Katy Bell writes:

“friends,
for those of you who remember the La Contessa, below is an update of the case involving her demise. the trial is set for july 30.

though our steadfast legal superhero, paul quade, is working pro-bono on the case, there are still some costs to cover (relocating greg and simon to reno for a month, costs for transporting and sheltering/feeding witnesses, covering the lawyer’s expenses to subpoena witnesses and other small expenses). we had a benefit, but didn’t raise quite enough.

we have a paypal account: [email protected] . if you are moved, we are humbly accepting donations in any amount. we need about $4000. if you donate, please make a note to us with your mailing address and you will receive a special gift with our kind regards.

please take a minute to read the press release below. join our facebook page, friends of la contessa. share your stories, feel free to post pictures. we are looking to re-enliven the magic this ship inspired in the people who saw her, rode her, and loved her. feel free to share this post with any friends or relevant lists.

i kindly thank you for your time and attention,
katy bell

For further information and updates please visit the Friends of La
Contessa on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/Kf5PR2).”

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CELEBRATING THE GRADUATES OF THE SCHOOL OF LIFE, 2011

This is downright cute.

“At the 2011 Burn, over 70 graduates of the School of Life stopped by to pick up their diplomas and have their pictures taken. The folks from the Happy Spot have finally posted the very important list of graduates who participated in this important rite of passage. Also check out Zeke’s video, Hug Slut’s story, and Sparkle’s photos:

http://bit.ly/KM4SlM ”

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STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE …

Athena, one of our Los Angeles Burning Man Regional Contacts, writes:

“One of our Burner photographers received Student Photographer of the Year Award of Excellence.  And the photos she entered into the contest …

http://www.whnpa.org/contest/eyes2012/students/poy/03/ ”

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THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES AROUND YOU: AN INTERVIEW WITH ZACHARY COFFIN

John Mosbaugh interviews artist Zachary Coffin, whose mind-blowing sculptures have graced the playa for years … including THIS year.  His piece “The Universe Revolves Around YOU” will be in the 6:00 keyhole in front of Center Camp.

http://bit.ly/LgKQgp

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EX-MENUDO STAR ADDRESSES BURNING MAN CRISIS

Welcome to surrealia, my friends … SF Gate reports …

Ex-Menudo Star Addresses Burning Man Crisis “Dance-pop artist, Ash Ruiz, launches his solo career with a Music Video inspired by the sold-out ticket crisis facing mega-festival ‘Burning Man’.”

http://bit.ly/KSNkkP

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FINDING LOVE IN THE BLACK ROCK DESERT

Here’s a nice little story that came across our radar, and we thought you’d enjoy it.

http://bit.ly/KGI0pg

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DANIEL PINCHBECK ON BURNING MAN, 2003

Daniel Pinchbeck of Reality Sandwich fame wrote a pretty spot-on piece about Burning Man and its culture back in 2003.  We thought you’d appreciate his thoughtful insights.

http://bit.ly/JKr2Rs

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BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTOS BY KEN DEEMER

Here’s a nice Flickr set of Burning Man 2011 photos by Ken Deemer … enjoy!

http://bit.ly/NGUprd

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CAMP OFOSHO’S BURNING MAN 2011 EXPERIENCE

Dude chucks his smart phone in the river (smart move) and heads off to Burning Man 2011 … pretty sweet video, particularly the last half.  Stay with it.  Thanks guys!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV1wPV3jeY4

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AWESOME LOOKING FILM — “PEOPLE IN MOTION”

Burning Man is pretty rad.  Parkour is pretty rad.  Put the two together?  Super rad.  Cedric writes:

“We recently released an indie film, People in Motion, about the art of movement & a portion of the film focuses on Burning Man.

People in Motion has universally received excellent reviews for being heartfelt, visually engaging, & emotionally satisfying.

A few other interesting notes about the film.  People can get it at our website www.PeopleInMotionMovie.com and pay what they want.  Folks can also download it for free from Pirate Bay & other torrent site where we’ve posted it.

We’ve done our best to make & distribute this film in a way that resonates with the values of our community.  We hope you enjoy the film & if you do, we hope you spread the word.”

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BEE HERE NOW!

You are invited to bust out your inner bee and participate in the beautiful pistil sculpture that will be underneath the Man this year.  Learn more:

http://blog.burningman.com/2012/05/participate/bee-here-now/

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PLAYA INFO VOLUNTEER CALL OUT

Want to volunteer with a fun group? Do you like helping people? Dedicate at least two four-hour shifts to hang out in the shade interacting with fellow Black Rock City denizens?  Then, you should join Playa Info!

Volunteering at Playa Info is a satisfying way to participate at Burning Man and is an incredible opportunity to see what makes Burning Man happen. As a PI volunteer, you’ll have an constant interaction with the variety of people who make up BRC.

We are looking for enthusiastic, people- and service-oriented volunteers. Check out more details at: http://www.burningman.com/participate/information.html

Get involved! Fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire (http://www2.burningman.com/people/) and be sure to check the Playa Info box

We can’t wait to meet you!

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: PUT YOUR ART IN THE CAFE AT BURNING MAN 2012

Our buddy Jonesy writes:

“Greetings Burning World!

How would you like to place your art in the biggest, most populated structure on the Playa? That’s right! You have the opportunity to show off your talent & ideas in Center Camp Cafe for Burning Man 2012!

Help us enhance this environment and engage your fellow Black Rock Citizens as they sit and mingle in this popular hot spot on the Playa. We are looking for art in all shapes and sizes! If you have a sculpture that would get lost in the great expanse of the open playa, but might be appreciated in a more intimate setting, please let us know! You can also take over one of our “alcove” spaces and create your own environment or vision of “Fertility”. Sculpture or painting, large or small, please write to us and tell us what you would like to bring! Write to [email protected].

ALSO, now in its fourth year, the Cafe hosts a GIGANTIC two-dimensional wall art gallery to show paintings, photographs, and whatever you can hang on a board! If you are a painter or photographer and always felt lost in giant art world on the Playa, now is your opportunity to shine and be a part of our KIOSK project. The works must fit into a 48″ x 48″ space and extend no further than 8″ from the Kiosk surface. To see pictures of the Kiosk spaces, and other parts of the Cafe, see the Flickr gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4590473966/in/set-72157624020135956/

To be a part of this beautiful and exciting environment, please see write to us at [email protected],

Thanks!
Jonesy Jones and the Cafe Art Team”

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CALLING ALL PERFORMERS! BURNER PERFORMANCE ARTISTS’ GLOBAL NETWORK

Megs writes:

“Calling all Burner Performance Artists and Performance Troupes! Hey out there, you professional musicians, burlesquers, fire twirlers, acrobats, carneys, ballerinas, and pro performers of all persuasions!

We want to hear from YOU!

In an effort to inspire more collaboration and camaraderie between performers in our community, we’d like to put together a database of Burner performers across the globe!

Please complete this short survey so we can learn more about who you are and what you do: http://tinyurl.com/BurnerPerformerNetworkSurvey

Based upon the responses we gather, we’ll work to figure out the best way to present the information and to see whether it might be possible to host some performer networking events at Burning Man 2012.”

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JAZZ FUNERAL FOR THE MAN

Ignatius writes in with this fun invitation:

“The Man deserves a proper sendoff! To celebrate his passing, we invite you all to join us in a JAZZ FUNERAL Sunday afternoon, starting in the Black Rock French Quarter, and winding its way to the site of his smoldering ashes. Don your funerary finest! Bring your brass and woodwinds! Bring a whole marching band! Join our procession!

Let us know you’re attending, and SHARE to spread the word…
http://www.facebook.com/events/284049351660992/

Musicians sign up here…
http://groups.google.com/group/black-rock-musicians ”

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THE BURNING BAND SEEKS MUSICIANS!

Carbon Buildup writes:

“The Burning Band will once again be roaming the playa in 2012 to provide musical entertainment for all kinds of events. Interested in joining up? We’re always looking for dedicated musicians to play with us. We especially could use some marching band-type drummers this year, though trombones, French horns, and bassoons would be a plus. We play old favorites, some jazz standards, and wrestle with requests. So why not apply your musical talents on the playa? Count on a good time, even in dust storms.

This will be our 17th year on the playa, so we know our business really well. Oh, and we do have some uniforms available. We’ll be camping at Snowflake Village, and we have room for a few more people willing to attend most of our gigs. Contact SINdy at [email protected] or Carbon Buildup at [email protected] for more or less info. We’re also soliciting gig requests, so let us know if you have an event you want us to play for. It can’t ALL be random….”

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EL AND NEON SIGNS NEEDED FOR ASIATOWN

The Mayor of Black Rock Asiatown writes:

“Our little Black Rock Asiatown is seeking every possible EL and neon sign, in both real and invented languages, to light up Esplanade near our Dojo, Noodle Cart, Teahouse, Tiki Lounge, and other attractions! Are you skilled with EL wire or other luminous signmaking techniques? Find a home for your art on the bustling streets of Asiatown!

Contact [email protected] for details and find us on Facebook
atwww.facebook.com/blackrockasiatown ”

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SUPPORT A PROJECT

The list of projects seeking your help with funding is growing steadily, and we’ve captured them on our Support a Project page.  Helping these folks out is a great way to participate if you’re not able to create something yourself (or even if you are), since it takes money to make these things happen, by and large (some larger than others).

www.burningman.com/participate/supportaproject

We would also like to encourage people who are creating Kickstarters to think about using ethical premiums and being careful to not exploit the Burning Man experience when coming up with donation rewards … more on that can be found here: http://www.burningman.com/participate/supportaproject/raisefunds.html

We also feature a selection of high-impact projects to highlight for you here … see below.

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SUPPORT THE TEMPLE OF JUNO

David Best is back to build this year’s temple — the emotional centerpiece of Black Rock City — and they’re looking for funds to support the construction of this incredibly ambitious structure.  Support them if you can — we all win on this one.

http://kck.st/Lbq97p

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REMEMBERING CAP’N JIM, BY THE TUNA GUYS

A wonderful memorial for the Tuna Guys’ Cap’n Jim, who tragically passed away this past year when his boat capsized while he was crab fishing.  Contribute to this special project if you can (particularly if you’ve enjoyed the Tuna Guys’ hospitality in the past).

http://kck.st/Lw6qxC

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HAITI COMMUNITERE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

Carmen Mauk, the Executive Director of Burners Without Borders (www.burnerswithoutborders.org) writes:

“On the afternoon of May 3, 2012 a devastating fire broke out in the Haiti Communitere (HC) workshop. Fortunately, no one was injured,
and the fire was extinguished before it spread. The workshop burned to the ground, destroying over two years of collected tool donations,
five 40 foot tool containers, building supplies, medical supplies, and multiple projects in progress, totaling over $175,000 USD of damage.
HC is the evolution of the BWB Pisco Project and operated primarily by Burners.
The support of the Burner Community helped build this workshop and HC is putting the call out for the continuation of that support.
Please read the full press release http://tinyurl.com/d4slnol.
Since the fire tremendous support has poured in; donated planes, medical supplies, tools, and large Haitian led cleanups,
but there still is a long way to go. Please view www.haiti.communitere.org for the latest stories and progress.

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“EVENT HORIZON” FILM PREMIERE – NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART IN RENO – JUNE 14

Our friend Nathan writes in from Reno:

“‘Event Horizon’ is a documentary look at the economic and cultural impacts of Burning Man upon the Reno area.  The film features interviews with Burning Man organizers and local leaders and personalities, and extensive footage of local arts, events, and happenings.  The film premieres at the Nevada Museum of Art on June 14, located at 190 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno.  Tickets are available at the museum and online here:  tinyurl.com/EventHorizonTickets

Check out the trailer:  tinyurl.com/EventHorizonTrailer

For more info on the film and the many stars featured:  www.facebook.com/EventHorizonDocumentary ”

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SOAK – TIDEWATER, OR – JUNE 21-24

SOAK* 2012 :: Time Travel Field Trip :: June 21-24, MMXII

Our scientists have reported the discovery of several chronocosmic time waves of unprecedented size converging on Tidewater Oregon on June 21 in the year 2012 CE. The sheer magnitude of these waves practically guarantees the opening of several large cross-time rifts connecting the Jurassic period, vaudeville, robots, Europe, new baroque, 1987, and twenty-third century Mars, all in the span of a weekend in the Oregon forest. Further scans of this location reveal lush meadows nearby, several odd geodesic structures, a creek for swimming and numerous time-loop trails to explore.

Your mission is to use your timeship to participate in this unprecedented creative clash of cultures, interact with the arts, and find out more about a group of strange people who call themselves “Burners,” known to be in the area around this datetime. Is there a connection?  What will you find?  Bring back evidence of your discoveries, and of course LEAVE NO TRACE.  This event is a multi-day interactive arts festival and camping featuring participation, fire performances, art, DJs, live music, theme camps, workshops, Friday night burn and Saturday main effigy burn.

Information: http://www.BurningmanPortland.com
Volunteer: http://tiny.cc/soakvolunteer
Tickets: http://tiny.cc/soaktickets

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SERENDIPITY – TENNESSEE’S INAUGURAL BURN – MORRISON, TN – JUNE 21-24

Tennessee announces its inaugural burn!

§erendipity
June 21 – 24, 2012
On “The Funny Farm”
In Morrison, Tennessee

More information and Tickets here:  http://serendipityburn.com

§erendipity is a participatory event adhering to the 10 Principles of Burning Man.

§erendipity’s inaugural theme is “Awakening”
The year is 2012 and what would be more appropriate than being more aware of what goes on around us everyday, everywhere?
§erendipity wants to congregate all you beautiful souls and merge them into one collective event of like-minded spirits, howling at the moon.
Awaken to the differences in all of us which, when combined, make up the unique tapestry of our communal fabric on The Funny Farm and beyond.
Awaken to the ways of the old, which, combined with those of the new, can lead to new insights, discoveries and endless possibilities.
Awaken to hidden potential of your inner child with wild eyed wonder.
Awaken to the sum of the whole being greater than its parts.
Awaken to our capacity as co-creators of the world around us.

Lana Chu aka Pink
Co-Regional Contact
Tennessee- Arkansas

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EVAPOTRON WORKSHOP – OAKLAND, CA – JULY 7

Larry Breed writes:

“You’ve probably seen Gray-B-Gon evapotrons on the playa — those small windmills that get rid of a camp’s graywater, while the flashing blades add a quiet sparkle.  Now you can build one for your camp, in a one-day workshop in Oakland on July 7.

To sign up for the workshop, volunteer to help, or just ask questions, please e-mail [email protected] .  There is a limit of 25 devices, but no limit on friends and co-builders.

To see what an evapotron looks like, please visit www.evapotrons.info .”

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ELEMENT 11 FESTIVAL – BONNEVILLE SEABASE, UTAH – JULY 12-15

“Hello folks this is Bobby bee, Regional Contact in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are an official Burning Man regional event and our tickets have just gone online. This is where to purchase them http://element11.org/events/element-11/tickets/ . We have 500 tickets available at $85 each and we are ready to welcome Burners from everywhere. We sold 500 in person tickets to our community before going live with ticket sales.

Bobby bee
RC, Utah”

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CLOSING PARTY OF MUTANT RIDES – RENO, NV – JULY 20

The amazing Harrod Blank writes to let us know about the …

“Closing party of Mutant Rides in Reno Nevada!
Movin’ & Groovin’ Party at the National Automobile Museum
Friday, July 20, 2012, 7 – 10 p.m.

Come see the Mutant Rides exhibit about the history of art cars and mutant vehicles at Burning Man.  Curated by Harrod Blank, this exhibit features 8 art cars/mutants and a show of 30 photographs with text panels shedding light on this little known history.  Included in the exhibit are Danger Ranger’s first art car on the playa “5:04 P.M,” also known as the Earthquake Car, and the 2nd art car on the playa, Harrod Blank’s “Oh My God!”  In addition to the exhibit there will also be a party!  This will also mark the first day of the first ever ArtCar Fest Reno!  Art Cars from around the country and Canada will be featured in the Museum parking lot and Harrod Blank and the artists from the fest and in the exhibit will be introduced.  An endless loop slide presentation of art cars & mutants will be presented.  Here are some good reasons to attend:

Party with Art Car Artists including the renowned Harrod Blank
Mingle with Burning Man’s Michael Mikel “Danger Ranger” & others from  Burning Man
Celebrate the Museum’s “Mutant Rides” and meet the artists behind them
Explore one of America’s Five Greatest Auto Museums
Cash Bar featuring Microbrews by Silver Peak Restaurant & Brewery
Be a part of the first ever ArtCar Fest Reno and show your support

Special Admission:   $10 per person, payable at the door

Special Offer:  RSVP not required, but the first 50 people who do RSVP by July 9, 2012, will receive a ticket for a free microbrew.  To RSVP for this offer, call the National Automobile Museum at (775) 333-9300 or email [email protected].

The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) is located at the Corner of Lake and Mill Streets in downtown Reno along the Truckee River.  Free Parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot on Museum Drive off Mill Street. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or email [email protected].

And that’s not all folks.  There’s more happening with the ArtCar Fest the rest of the weekend.  Check out www.artcarfest.com for the full schedule of events.  See you there!

Mutant Rides: Origin of a Species
Masterpiece Exhibit
October 7, 2011 – July 25, 2012

They began spontaneously, a change in the genetic code, and evolved from the assembly line to an emerging species on the Black Rock Desert.  The DNA of early mutations was still evident, but over time some became so radically mutated their origins were unrecognizable.  These rolling works of art are now deeply entrenched in the culture of Burning Man, a festival of radical self-expression that draws thousands to a temporary city created each year in the Northern Nevada desert.  Imagine a world of motorized vehicles where boundaries are limitless, imaginations rule and the bizarre becomes the norm.  Experience it here – the evolution of mutant rides.”

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MOOSEMAN 2012 – MINDEN, ONTARIO CANADA – AUGUST 2-6

Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM – Monday, August 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM (ET)

Early Bird ticket = $60 on sale from now until June 16th – Regular tickets $80 on sale until July 31st at midnight.

This year’s mOOseman weekend is set to take place in a new venue on a partly forested and open terrain area on private property near Minden, ON.  Our site this year is beautiful, and will include a 30’ diameter rock formation fire pit with access to a public beach approximately 5 km or a 5 minute drive from the site with the possibility of on-site water access.

Please see our Facebook page for full details on tickets, policies, participation, volunteering and more: http://www.facebook.com/events/385482188169720/

To purchase online visit: http://mooseman2012.eventbrite.com/

PLEASE email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Stay up to date with announcements through the following channels!

BurnT Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/burnt/subscribe?hl=en
Tweet us [email protected]

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BURNING SEED – NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 2

Yep, we’re in Australia.

Burning Seed – Mythconception
Date: 26th September – 2nd October, 2012.
Location: Matong State Forest, NSW, Australia

First tier tickets are $125 and are on sale until June 10th.
Second tier tickets are $145 until August 5th
Third tier tickets are $165

For further information, go to www.burningmanaustralia.com or http://www.facebook.com/BurningManAustralia

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

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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Email questions to [email protected] anytime. Email post requests to [email protected]com with the words “POST REQUEST” in your subject line.

For questions: [email protected]
Old rabbits: http://www.burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/jrs/
On and off this ride:
SUBSCRIBE: bman-announce-subscribe@burningman.com
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If you are having trouble, troubleshoot at http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

Soundtrack for this JRS: Voxtrot, LCD Soundsystem, Benoit & Sergio

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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #18

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #18
May 11, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ MUTANT VEHICLE APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 15 AT NOON PST
+ CALL FOR ENTRIES: BURNING MAN 2012 STICKER DESIGN CONTEST
+ MARIE VLASIC’S BLACK ROCK PORTRAIT PROJECT
+ “BEFORE I DIE…” BRAF EXHIBITION AND ARTIST’S TALK IN RENO

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ CAMPING WITH BABY BURNERS: KIDS AT BURNING MAN
+ “FACE FORWARD” HONORARIUM ART INSTALLATION
+ THE MAIN STREET REPUBLICAN VALUES OF … BURNING MAN?
+ BURN WALL STREET ART INSTALLATION IN SF WEEKLY

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ BURNING MAN AND THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
+ ONE MILE CLOCK PROJECT VIDEO
+ PICTURES FROM THE SIXTH ANNUAL AFRIKA BURN

PARTICIPATE:
+ A CAPPLAYA VOCAL ENSEMBLE SEEKS SINGERS
+ JOIN THE SEALS OF APPROVAL! TAKE OVER THE PIER ON TUESDAY EVE ON THE PLAYA!

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ BURNING MAN’S SUPPORT A PROJECT PAGE FOR 2012
+ CROWD-EQUITY, A NEW APPROACH TO ART AT BURNING MAN
+ DADARA’S TRANSFORMONEY TREE PROJECT SEEKS DONATIONS OF BANK NOTES
+ MAYAN TRICYCLE NEEDS A KICKSTART RIDE TO THE PLAYA

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNING MAN FIRST-TIMER ORIENTATION MEETINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE
+ SUBCULTURE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS IN VANCOUVER, RENTON & SEATTLE
+ SOULFIRE REGIONAL PRECOMPRESSION – LOS GATOS, CA – JUNE 8-10
+ CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION 2012!

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

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Every time somebody mentions it at BMHQ, you can hear the clunking of jaws hitting the floor — it’s the middle of May and BURNING MAN IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!  Gah good lordy.  Here we go, people!

We’re entering high planning season, folks … theme camps are pulling their plans together, artists are cranking away as we speak, the annual fundraising cycle is ramping up to full swing, mutant vehicle owners are kicking their tires (oh, and the deadline for applying to DRIVE that mutant vehicle on playa is Tuesday May 15th at noon, so heads up!), and Burner vets are helping out Newbies all over the place to get clued in to the ways and philosophies of Burning Man.

Speaking of which, if you are a newbie (or know of one), a good place to start digging into the nuts and bolts of Burning Man and Black Rock City is our First Timer’s guide … it’s a handy collection of links to key content in the Burning Man website (which is BIG, and BROAD, and DEEP with great info — consider the FTG your roadmap!).  Pass it on: www.burningman.com/first_timers.

And with that, we’ll send you headlong into this edition of the JRS, with our best wishes for all your planning efforts.  We hope you’re getting as excited as we are, ‘cuz from everything we’re hearing and seeing, there’s going to be some incredible stuff coming to Black Rock City this year.

And if you’re still looking for a ticket, don’t give up … keep in touch with your friends, family and community and watch for people’s extra tickets to float to the surface.  Best of luck!

The Man burns in 113 days!

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MUTANT VEHICLE APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 15 AT NOON PST

Reminder: The deadline for submitting a Mutant Vehicle application is this coming Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:00 Noon Pacific Time.  If you want to bring a Mutant Vehicle to this year’s event, please get your application in now.  The criteria and information for submitting an application are here: http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/playa_vehicles/criteria.html

Sincerely,

-The DMV Hotties

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: BURNING MAN 2012 STICKER DESIGN CONTEST

Our 2012 sticker team writes:

“Hello dusty-hearted friends and fellow playa-schwag-ophiles!

Lost in a memory of past playa experience, staring blankly at your water bottle and the fun, funky sticker you received when you rolled through the Greeter’s Station last year tacked lovingly to it?  Looking forward to remembering this year’s Fertilizingly Creative Fun for years to come?

What better way to remember your great experiences on playa than with eye catching, sticky, sticker schwag?!  Participate in the artfully affecting playa ephemera through submitting YOUR design in our annual Sticker Contest.

This is the official call for designs for the 2012 Burning Man stickers.  Your design could be the one passed out with the materials you receive as you pass through the Greeters Station upon entering Black Rock City.  Other designs will become official sticker schwag passed out on-and-off the playa throughout the year.

Things to know:

1. Your sticker designs can vary in size from 2.25″ x 5.5″ to 3″ x 3”.  Round designs MUST measure 3″ in diameter.

2. Please incorporate both the name Burning Man and the year 2012 into your design.

3. Sticker designs are limited to five colors.  Please design accordingly.

4. Round stickers are given priority for winning the coveted “Gate Sticker” spot, going out to ALL Black Rock Citizens.  Other sticker sizes are printed out   and handed out to volunteers throughout the year both in Black Rock City and at other Regional events.

5. Whichever type of sticker tickles your fancy (or maybe your very ticklish and want to enter several designs), remember there IS a theme, and we like stickers that attempt to use the theme.  Read up on the Fertility 2.0 theme! http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm12_theme.html

6. Wondering how to get your sticker designs to us?  Please send a color separated Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file to [email protected]. No other file types will be accepted.  Whether sending your design or questions, please put your first and last name in the subject header as well as the phrase “2012 Sticker Submission”.

7. The deadline for design submissions is Monday, June 4th.

Why?  Because we all just love getting fabulous playa schwag to help us remember our wonderful home in the desert even when we’re away throughout the year.  So, don’t hesitate.  Participate (by Monday, June 4th, 2012)!

Thank you and good luck!  We can’t wait to see what wonderful designs you’ve got for us!

-The 2012 Sticker Contest Peeps”

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MARIE VLASIC’S BLACK ROCK PORTRAIT PROJECT

Marie writes:

“I’d like to share the study paintings for my Black Rock Portrait Project. The project is coming along nicely with 14 oil painting studies and one large painting completed so far. A return trip to complete the project is planned for this year’s Burn. If you see me on the Playa, camera in hand, come get shot, you may be immortalized in a painting! www.blackrockportraitproject.com, just click the ‘Paintings’ link at the top of the page.

Thank you!”

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“BEFORE I DIE…” BRAF EXHIBITION AND ARTIST’S TALK IN RENO

The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) proudly announces the installation of artist Candy Chang’s interactive mural, Before I Die… , at two locations in
downtown Reno. The murals will be displayed at two locations, on a wall at Sierra St and Island Avenue, and on another in front of Apex Products at 415 East Fourth Street in Reno, Nevada. This is BRAF’s sixth public art installation produced in collaboration with the Reno community and with the support of the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission.

Before I Die… is an interactive public art project that transforms neglected spaces into public venues for constructive conversation and empowering self-expression.

The murals are approximately 40 feet wide by eight feet tall. Walls are painted with black chalkboard paint. Stenciled on the walls is the phrase “Before I Die I want to __________,” dozens of times. Using the chalk provided, people may write in their response to the prompt. The resulting completed phrases vary greatly, reflecting the diversity of the participating individuals.

Join artist Candy Chang for a public talk, inaugurating the debut of her interactive mural project, Before I Die… in Reno, NV. Hear Chang speak about her work, her life experiences, and the meaning of the project.

Black Rock Arts Foundation and Black Rock Design Institute Presents:
Candy Chang Before I Die…
May 17, 2012, 5:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M.
Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street, Reno, Nevada, 89501

Tickets: $8-$10
To purchase tickets, visit www.nevadaart.org/visit/eventcalendar

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CAMPING WITH BABY BURNERS: KIDS AT BURNING MAN

New Burning blogger Judes joins us for a series on kids at Burning Man: “Because the playa is a colossal day-glow playground, children feel right at home.” Check it out and join the conversation!

bit.ly/KdcoGS

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“FACE FORWARD” HONORARIUM ART INSTALLATION

Laughing Squid has a nice post up about “Face Forward”, an honorarium art installation from 2011, including some cool video of the piece in action (in case you, like us, never got to see it actually running on playa … timing is everything!).  Enjoy …

http://laughingsquid.com/face-forward-a-giant-robotic-human-face/

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THE MAIN STREET REPUBLICAN VALUES OF … BURNING MAN?

Here’s an interesting read from The Washington Post about how Burning Man embodies essentially Republican, capitalist values.

http://wapo.st/Kng49T

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BURN WALL STREET ART INSTALLATION IN SF WEEKLY

“Burn Wall Street”: Otto von Danger Politicizes His Art

“They were upset about what the banks are doing,” the Oakland artist (real name Otto Ewen) explained. “We all are.” But von Danger is famous for blowing stuff up on an epic scale, like the city façade Megatropolis at 2010’s Burning Man. “Just a bank is kind of blasé,” he says.

” http://bit.ly/JhE26h

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BURNING MAN AND THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Here’s a fantastic video with a powerful message about Burning Man and the evolution of consciousness, directed by Ian MacKenzie and featuring Darrin Drda.

http://bit.ly/K6yMxM

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ONE MILE CLOCK PROJECT VIDEO

Jim Bowers created the (record setting, as it turns out) 1MileClock project on playa last year, and he sends along these videos about it for your pleasurable enjoyment of goodness:

Part1: http://youtu.be/l16Y5pKS-8w
Part 2: http://youtu.be/WtPXfgO2wmk

Go forth and enjoy!

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PICTURES FROM THE SIXTH ANNUAL AFRIKA BURN

Enjoy some awesome images from Afrika Burn by Stu Shapiro.  Inspired by Eric Schwabel’s “Human Light Suit” project, Stu built his own photographic contraption and starting clicking away in Tankwa Town.  Set deep in the Karoo, the festival is a hip-trippy delight- with a conscience. Much like the infamous Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert, Afrika Burn promotes authentic expression and a money-free society based on a “giving economy”.  Begun in 2007, it’s been going strong for six years.

Thank you, Stu, for these awesome images!

http://afrikaburnsphotography.co.za/

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A CAPPLAYA VOCAL ENSEMBLE SEEKS SINGERS

Bonnie writes:

“A CAPPLAYA, Burning Man’s organic soundtrack for eight years running, is searching the dusty crevices of this year’s cast of performers for a slightly freaky, mostly sober soprano, alto, and baritone. A capplaya is a small, tight a cappella jazz group that performs throughout the burning man event from center stage to the latter-alphabetted dusty hideouts you love to discover. Charts are distributed and memorized prior to burning man, usually five or six tunes total. Small vocal ensemble singing experience is required. If you’re interested in being a part of this live art experience or want to know more, contact [email protected]. If you sing a part other than the ones listed above but this is right up your alley, shoot me a line anyway. If this year fills, we’ll be back on the playa with a new group next year!
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=acaplaya ”

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JOIN THE SEALS OF APPROVAL! TAKE OVER THE PIER ON TUESDAY EVE ON THE PLAYA!

Have to admit, we snorted at the clubbing reference.  Frannie writes with this genius idea for making the best use of The Pier art project (which is beyond awesome squared):

“LET’S TAKE OVER THE PIER ON TUESDAY EVE ON THE PLAYA!  Get your seal on and meet other seals at The Pier 2012 (https://www.facebook.com/ThePier2012) with your cocktails in hand!! We can all be Seals of Approval for ART ART ART (in your best seal voice). There will be a Seal of Disapproval on hand as well. If you are not so keen on being a seal, you can always bring something to share and go clubbing!!!

TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH—-4-6PM

WE WANT FIRST TIMERS please share with our newest participants!!

Event Page-https://www.facebook.com/events/338212356246225/?ref=ts

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BURNING MAN’S SUPPORT A PROJECT PAGE FOR 2012

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:

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

If you’d like to have your project included on the page, g’head and learn how:

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

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CROWD-EQUITY, A NEW APPROACH TO ART AT BURNING MAN

Long-time Burning Man artist Zach Coffin, creator of COMPLETELY INSANE AND ILL-ADVISED BUT ABSOLUTELY AWESOME SCULPTURES LIKE “Colossus”, “Temple of Gravity”, and “Rock Spinner”, has come up with a clever way to fund his sculpture “The Universe Revolves Around You” this year.  Check it out.

“Crowd-equity, a new approach to art at Burning Man.

Have you wanted to own a Zachary Coffin (www.zacharycoffin.com) sculpture but can’t shore up your foundations and bring in 50 ton cranes for the install? Are you looking to diversify your portfolio in a world of zero percent interest rates, market turmoil and ponzi schemes? Do you want to invest in something you believe in?

Well now is your chance. Recent changes in arcane securities law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumpstart_Our_Business_Startups_Act) is making it possible to, among other things, legally invest in something like an insanely heavy human powered merry go round (www.zacharycoffin.com/work/the-universe-revolves-around-you/). This is much like buying a share in Apple or Home Depot and with the same legal protections.

Why?

Well, it is a simple fact that the grants to make large art at Burning Man rarely cover the actual costs of the art. But in this case, the sculpture will be built to last generations and move to other locations by lease, loan or sale. By buying equity, you not only support fantastic art, you have a chance to profit when the rest of the world realizes how cool it is.

So if you are interested in investing* please contact [email protected] for more information. $500 minimum please. Outside investment limited to 30% ownership, act now.

* By investing, you assume a risk of losing some or all of your investment. Do not invest unless you can afford to do so. Really. Along with legal equity in the corporation that owns the sculpture, all investors will get a steel ownership certificate, dibs on swag, and free rides on the sculpture.”

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DADARA’S TRANSFORMONEY TREE PROJECT SEEKS DONATIONS OF BANK NOTES

Dadara is back with another provocative conceptual art piece for Burning Man this year, once again challenging the nature and role of money and art in our culture — his Exchanghibition Bank in 2011 was pretty fantastic.  He’s looking for your help to make it happen … not with funding, per se, but by providing bank notes to become part of the piece.  As he puts it “I guess this must be the world’s first ever crowd funding campaign, which is not looking for money.”  Check it out:

https://www.indiegogo.com/transformoney

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MAYAN TRICYCLE NEEDS A KICKSTART RIDE TO THE PLAYA

“wizzard here.

I have just launched a Kickstarter site to raise funds for my most complicated Burning Man Art Project yet. The Mayan Tricycle is my version of the Mayan Calendars, expressed using a tread-wheel within a larger wheel rotating under human power. There’s a lot more to it – check out the links below.

Please help me reach my funding goal.  I have some really great rewards for you too.   You can see it at
http://kck.st/Ibsil1

If you would like to donate items other than money (wood, nails, transportation for piece, etc.) or would like to volunteer to be part of the crew, please email me directly at [email protected].

For more information –
Check out my website http://www.wizzard.com/bm2012
You can also follow the project on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MayanTricycle ”

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BURNING MAN FIRST-TIMER ORIENTATION MEETINGS ALL OVER THE PLACE

Burners around the country (and a bit around the world) are doing newbie orientations for first-time Burners … check out the ever-growing list to see if there’s one near you.  And if there isn’t, perhaps spark one!

http://bit.ly/K6F0hd

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SUBCULTURE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS IN VANCOUVER, RENTON & SEATTLE

Julie writes:

“Finally a NW screening tour of ‘Journey to the Flames: 11 Years of Burning Man’ which has been well received in the community including screenings in Austin, LA, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, El Paso, Saratoga Springs, Ojai, Portland & Tucson.  This is a great film for those curious about the event, newbies, and veteran Burners.

Ticket information online
Q and A afterward with the director after each screening
http://journeytotheflames.com/

Friday May 11th at ‘Denman Cinemas’ VANCOUVER BC 8:30pm
fundraiser for Vancouver CORE – $8 online advance tickets
http://www.facebook.com/events/170116486444417/?ref=ts
‘Burners with Beers’ prior to the screening & CORE fundraiser at 10:30 after the screening
https://www.facebook.com/events/406084112744176/

Saturday May 12th at ‘Renton Civic Theatre’ RENTON WA 8:30pm
(double feature with ‘Faire: An American Renaissance’ at 6:00)
fundraiser for “Seattle Burners without Borders” on $10 double-feature advance tickets
http://www.facebook.com/events/339571359436448/

Sunday May 13th at ‘Central Cinema’ in SEATTLE WA 3:30pm
tickets $8 – food & drink served at the theatre
http://www.facebook.com/events/372485516128787/

ABOUT THE FILM:
See 11 Years of playa art, mutant vehicles, theme camps, temples, explosions and flames. No other documentary covers it all like this.

For one week every year, 50,000 people gather in the Black Rock desert to build a temporary city of art.  Founded as an experiment in radical self-expression, Burning Man is like no other place on earth. The ground rules are simple: no commerce, leave no trace, no spectators – participants only. You bring what you need to survive, and your gift of participation and art.  Black Rock City, as it is called, has everything you would expect in a real city: a post office, airport, radio stations, newspapers, a café, recycling, police, fire and medical.

JOURNEY TO THE FLAMES was directed by Doug Jacobson, who follows a group of friends as they head off to the desert festival. Experience 11 years of amazing Burning Man art.  Take a ride into the madness and discover a world of art, sexuality, music and fire… lots of fire.”

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SOULFIRE REGIONAL PRECOMPRESSION – LOS GATOS, CA – JUNE 8-10

“The South Bay Burner regional precompression, SoulFire, is a 3-day, 2-night campout on a 110-acre private property in the redwoods.  Can’t wait for Burning Man?  Help make it happen right here and right now!

We especially invite YOU to bring the spirit of art and participation to your regional event.  We’ve got people signing up to be greeters, rangers, musicians and host workshops as well as great theme camps.  Don’t be a spectator — be a part of it!  Email [email protected] with the subject, “Participate!”  And, bring your light poi, your hoops, your drums, or anything else to create a spontaneous moment.  We’ll have a special Saturday night unveiling and lighting ceremony this year to share the 2012 CORE with our community, too.

Artists, musicians and activities so far include:
Feral’s Neon House * Gypsy Cinema * Frankinanimals * Chill Dome-making workshop * Smokin’ Roots Crew * DigitalFolk * DJ Crazy Legs * Liam Be’em * 2012 CORE Participation Workshop * Costume Exchange * Open Mike (just like Center Camp!) * 2012 Virgin Workshop * Interactive Wandering Minstrel * Hiney Hygiene Station * Black Light Forest * StephFire Yoga * Friday Night Sunset Sake * Traditional Asian Gongs * Sticky Monkey * Personal Effigy Mini-Man Building * Burner Bocce Ball * Gentle Nature Hike * Mother Goose On The Loose * Arts & Crafts for Kids of All Ages * Playa Style Ping Pong * Drum Circle * Valley Of Heart’s Delight Cocktails * EL Wire Workshop * Playa Scrabble * PLUS MORE!

SoulFire dates are June 8th, 9th and 10th.  Tickets are selling sooner than ever before … get yours now!  Link to tickets is on the South Bay Burners web site:  http://southbayburners.org/events or chat with fellow Burners at https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/191133510987669/ ”

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN BURNING MAN PRECOMPRESSION 2012!

Saturday evening, June 30th, 2012

Save the date & Call for Participation!

San Francisco Venue – to be announced

Artists, theme camps, performers and DJs wanting to participate should email [email protected] today.

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

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #17

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #17
May 2, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING MAN 2012 HONORARIUM ART PROJECTS ANNOUNCED
+ TICKET UPDATES: LOW INCOME APPS CLOSED, FINDING TICKETS, BEWARE OF SCAMS!
+ AFTERBURN IS LIVE: FULL POST-REPORT ON BURNING MAN 2011
+ BURNING MAN VISITS CAPITOL HILL
+ BURNING MAN RIDESHARE BOARD
+ BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS GRANT RECIPIENTS
+ REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE OF NAMES – 2011-2012 BURNERS LOST
+ CAMP WARP ZONE SHARES THEIR CLIMBING STRUCTURE DESIGN SECRETS

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS
+ THE OUTPATIENT MONK – ST BENEDICT GOES TO BURNING MAN
+ A JACK RABBIT IS HOPPING DOWN THE ROAD
+ WHO THE HELL ARE BURNERS, ANYWAY?

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ DEATH GUILD / THUNDERDOME 2011 SHENANIGANS
+ TEDX TALK ABOUT THE TEMPLE OF TRANSITION
+ HALYCON’S ADVICE FOR VIRGINS

PARTICIPATE:
+ ARTISTS! BLACK ROCK SOLAR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
+ SEEKING PEOPLE TO WORK ON THE OPEN SOURCE IBURN APP
+ SACRED SPACE VILLAGE SEEKS MUSICIANS, ARTISTS, WORKSHOP LEADERS AND PERFORMERS
+ DID YOU WIN A NECKLACE FACTORY AWARD IN 2011?
+ BURNING MAN ULTRAMARATHON
+ THE PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS SINGERS!
+ CALL FOR PARTICIPATION — MOOP HACKS

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ HELP BRING THE BOTTLECAP GAZEBO TO THE PLAYA!

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ NEWBIE ORIENTATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY
+ RADICAL ORIENTATION – THE FIRST ANNUAL NEWBIE POTLUCK – SEATTLE, WA – MAY 6
+ ARTPAD SF, A BENEFIT FOR THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION – SF, CA – MAY 18
+ CALLING ALL TECHNO-GEEKS: PLAYA WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT – MAY 22
+ BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS – BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV – MAY 27-28
+ TICKETS FOR NOWHERE BURN IN SPAIN

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

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It’s been super busy here at HQ this month and it’s been a few weeks since your last JRS, readers, but we’re back!  We’d like to start off with a big thanks to all the Burning Man community leaders who participated in the recent 6th annual Regional Leadership Summit at the beginning of April… their passion, intelligence and dedication to the support and strength of the Burning Man community is inspiring and most appreciated.

A lot’s been happening since we last talked, or is about to: announcements of the Honorarium Art Projects for 2012 (spoiler alert: they’re awesome); a whole host of local Newbie Orientation Sessions to help YOU the first-time Burner to get ready for this one-of-a-kind (and how!) experience; Burners Without Borders has announced its wholly inspiring list of 2012 Grant recipients…plus, as you read this, a contingent from HQ is in Washington DC telling our country’s leaders about the “cradle of American innovation and creativity” that is Burning Man. See below for the full story — Civic Involvement in action!

We’ve got the latest on tickets, of course…plus an encouragement to join the Burning Man Rideshare Board if you need a ride to the event, or can offer a ride in your vehicle. PLEASE consider carpool options this year — it’s a solid way to reduce the event’s environmental impact AND lessen the crush of ingress into and egress from Black Rock City. We’ll be gently recommending rideshares all season, so we hope it’s on your radar!

We’ve also got videos, ways to participate on the playa, and local events popping up all over…check it out! The Man burns in 122 days.

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BURNING MAN 2012 HONORARIUM ART PROJECTS ANNOUNCED

This year, a record 349 applicants submitted grant proposals seeking almost $5 million in total funding.  The grant committee did the difficult work to winnow down this list to 47 projects, awarding more than $700,000 – the most ever and a $100,000 increase over last year.  This year’s list of artists includes many returning artists, as well as some new blood.  We’re also very excited to announce that David Best — Burning Man’s original Temple builder — will return after a three-year hiatus to build the Temple of Juno this year.

Thank you to all who submitted grant proposals, and congratulations to this year’s honorarium artists … we’re very excited by this year’s artistic offering.  Here’s the full list of the honorarium art projects for 2012:

Almost — Michael Christian — Berkeley, CA — http://michaelchristian.com/

Arc Harps — Jen Lewin — Boulder, CO — http://jenlewinstudio.com/community-sculpture/the-arc-harps/

Bapteme De Feu 2.0 — Anton Viditz-Ward — Telluride, CO — http://www.totallyawesomewow.com/Baptemedefeu/bapteme_du_feu.html

Bicycle Arpeggio — George Rahi — Bellingham, WA — http://publiksecrets.wordpress.com/bicycle-arpeggio-a-burning-man-art-project/

Burn Wall Street — Otto Von Danger — Oakland, CA — http://burnwallstreet.net/

Char Wash — Christopher Schardt — Oakland, CA — http://schardt.org/

City Of Lights — Gary Long — Los Angeles, CA — http://burningtribe.com/

Dragon Smelter — Daniel Macchiarini — San Francisco, CA — http://www.macreativedesign.com/public/bm.html

EGO — Laura Kimpton & Michael Garlington — Vineburg, CA — http://laurakimpton.com/about/

Front Porch — Zac Carroll — Mill Valley, CA — http://www.thefrontporchandbessie.com/

Fusion Fire — Team What-Dat-Do — Seattle, WA — http://fusionfireart.tumblr.com/

Harmonic Fire Pendula — Matthew Dockrey — Seattle, WA — http://attoparsec.com/artifacts/harmonicfirependula.html

Labyrinth Of Colorful Cloud — Rob Fischer — Brooklyn, NY — http://www.gofundme.com/fvh50&aff=GFMse

Luminous Passage 2.0 — Predock Frane Architects vs. Anderson — San Francisco, CA

Lune & Tide — Sarah Cockings & Laurence Symonds — London, UK

Man Pavilion Pistil  — Gregg Fleishman — Oakland, CA — http://www.greggfleishman.com/

MetaMorph — Chelsea Jenkins — Alta Loma, CA

Mooving Sculpture — David Boyer — Reno, NV — http://www.boyersculpture.com/index.html

Murmuration — Jeff Maguire — Santa Monica, CA — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0spySCNqfoM

Neverwas Haul — Shannon O’Hare — Vallejo, CA — http://neverwashaul.com/

Otic Oasis 2.0 — Gregg Fleishman (Artist) & Melissa Barron (Concept) — Oakland, CA — http://www.greggfleishman.com/

Perception In The Absence Of Reality — David Clay (playa name Egg Shen) — Seattle, WA — http://daveclay.com/blackrockcity/

Pier 2 — Matt Schultz/The Pier Group — Carnelian Bay, CA — http://photoscribbles.tumblr.com/

Pins — Tom Woodall — Kennewick, WA

Pyropodium — Noah Rosenthal and Nathan Clark — Cleveland Heights, OH

Remembering Cap’n Jim — Dave Power — Pagosa Springs, CO

Reno Star — Mark Szulgit — Sebastapol, CA

Serpent Twins — Jon Sarriugarte & Kyrsten Mate — Oakland, CA — http://formandreform.com/wordpress/?page_id=4444

Singularity Transmissions — Troy Stanley and TEAM RX/TX — Houston, TX — http://www.singularitytransmissions.com/

Star Seed — Kate Raudenbush — New York, NY — http://www.kateraudenbush.com/

Starport 2.012 (Cafe Portal) — Carey Thompson — Novato, CA — http://www.galactivation.com/

Sub-Sonarium — Benjamin Carter & Daniel Yasmin — Oakland, CA — http://www.benjamincarpenter.com/backbone-radiation/the-sub-sonarium/

Sun Bugs — Adel Kerpely — Brooklyn, NY — http://adelkerpely.com/

Super Street Fire — Seth Hardy & Site 3 coLaboratory — Toronto, Canada — http://site3.ca/projects/superstreetfire/

The Temple Of Juno — David Best — Petaluma, CA — http://thetemplecrew.org/juno.html

Tesseract — James Reinhardt & Scott Chico Raskey — Seattle, WA

Third Space at Burning Man — Alexander Rehn & Greutmann & Bolzern — San Francisco, CA

Through The Gorilla Glass — GUILD – Spencer Rand, Johnathan Wong, Andrea Ling, Patrick Svilans and Jonah Humphrey — Toronto, Canada — ttp://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/exhibition.aspx?zone=B&mapID=6

Timing Is Everything — Charlie Smith — Atlanta, GA — http://www.howhowhow.com/

Transcendental Cube — Joseph Quinn — Los Angeles, CA

Transformoney Tree — Dadara — Amsterdam, Netherlands — http://blog.artasmoney.com/blog/transformoney-tree-burning-man-2012/

Tree Of Transmutation — Kevin Christman — Talent, OR — http://kevinchristman.com/

Universe Revolves Around You — Zachary Coffin — Atlanta, GA — http://www.zacharycoffin.com/

Yoga Robot — Scott Harris — Telluride, CO

Zoa — Flux Foundation — San Francisco, CA — http://fluxfoundation.org/zoa/

Zonotopia and the Two Trees — Rob Bell — San Francisco, CA http://www.indiegogo.com/Zonotopia

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TICKET UPDATES GALORE

LOW INCOME:

The Low Income Ticket Program opened to receive applications February 29, 2012 at 12 noon (PST). Several weeks ago, we reached the capacity of the number of applications we can review and consider and closed the application. Sorry, but we can accept no more applications. We’re about 2/3 of the way through reviewing (yes, we do read them all by hand). Our goal is to notify applicants within six (6) weeks of the date they applied (though the initial volume of submissions was very high and notification took a bit longer for the first wave).

And applications submitted before the application closed will receive a response one way or the other. We do remind you to check your spam filter, especially AOL users — we have heard from some folks who say our notification went wayward in their inbox…but if you haven’t heard anything, don’t fret just yet — you’ll get a note either way.

As a reminder, after all applications are reviewed, and the STEP system and directed tickets distribution are no longer in circulation, we will be performing a review of all 2012 sales to assure that Low Income Tickets aren’t going to people who’ve gotten tickets by other means. If a participant obtains any ticket at another level, we must cancel that participant’s Low Income Ticket.

CAN I STILL GET A TICKET?

All regular ticket sales for Burning Man 2012 have ended; no more tickets will be offered on public sale. We encourage you to reach out to your immediate community of friends, camp mates, and local Burners to watch for secondhand tickets being offered — it definitely does happen, and that activity will tend to increase as the event gets closer and plans settle out. We also recommend you watch the ticket forums on our community bulletin board, the ePlaya. All the info on how to use the boards to sell or seek tickets can be found here: http://bit.ly/eplayatkts2012 We don’t recommend the use of eBay or StubHub for buying secondhand tickets.

For those who signed up for the STEP system (Secure Ticket Exchange Program) and wonder about its status  — yes, we are pleased to report that STEP is alive and well! It has averaged roughly a hundred or so sales a week so far, and while that’s just a trickle, it’s a steady trickle — a tributary of 2012 tickets regularly getting into the hands of eager Burners-to-be.  About 1000 tickets have passed through STEP….so don’t lose faith just yet if you’re waiting in the queue. There are tickets changing hands and we expect that to continue as the season unfolds.

Whichever way you decide to source your ticket, we hope that you won’t buy or sell more than face value (plus fees), and you will…

BEWARE OF TICKET SCAMS!

It’s that season again, and the scammers are looking to take advantage of Burners who are eagerly searching for tickets.

We’ve had reports this year of people getting scammed via wire fraud. We strongly suggest you NEVER wire money for tickets, but rather use a form of payment that gives you recourse to recover your money in case it turns out to be a scam. Additionally, anyone claiming to have physical tickets in hand to sell you right now is lying, so beware. We won’t be mailing _anyone’s_ physical tickets out intil mid-June. If you have been scammed, you need to contact your local authorities’ fraud department and file a report.

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AFTERBURN IS LIVE: FULL WRAP-UP REPORT OF BURNING MAN 2011

The Afterburn is Burning Man’s annual report, department by department, of the immense amount of human activity involved in creating Black Rock City — from Finance Soup to Media Team nuts, from Gate on the way in to Exodus on the way out, to Art and DPW and every department in between…including a Regional Network rollup and the fastest-ever report of the 2011 Census results. Woot!

Grab a cuppa and settle in for Afterburn 2011: http://afterburn.burningman.com/11/

(previous years’ reports may be found at: http://afterburn.burningman.com)

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BURNING MAN RIDESHARE BOARD

Looking for a ride to the playa?  Willing to offer a ride?  Connect with other Burners in need on the official Burning Man Rideshare board.

http://rideshare.burningman.com/rideshares/burning-man-2012/

Watch this space as the season goes on for other ideas and resources for reducing your footprint on the way to and inside BRC!

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BURNING MAN VISITS CAPITOL HILL – BMHQ IN WASHINGTON, DC

You may have seen some reports that Burning Man leadership is storming Capitol Hill, and it’s true! Larry Harvey, Marian Goodell and Ray Allen have been there this week visiting Congressional and BLM offices on what has become for us a regular journey to our nation’s capital, with repeat visits stretching back over a decade.

Burning Man is there this time sharing the story of the innovation and creativity in our culture and how we manifest it back in our home towns. POLITICO wrote up this week’s visit: http://politi.co/IjIVHg .

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BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS GRANT RECIPIENTS

Burners Without Borders offers grants for projects throughout the world, and they’ve announced this year’s grant recipients!  Check these out — truly inspiring!

http://burnerswithoutborders.org/bwb-grant-awards-2012

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REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE OF NAMES – 2011-2012 BURNERS LOST

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:

[email protected]

(**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!

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CAMP WARP ZONE SHARES THEIR CLIMBING STRUCTURE DESIGN SECRETS

Igor writes:

“Camp Warp Zone did a writeup about how we made our awesome climbing structure, Pipe Dream, in 2011. The writeup is here:

http://www.moomers.org/~jered/pipe-dream/

We also have a moderately awesome time-lapse move of our structure going up, here:

http://www.moomers.org/~jered/pipe-dream/pipedream-bm2011.ogv

Going to Burning Man may look like fun and games, but sometimes you have to do a lot of math first. This was our schematic for our build:

http://www.moomers.org/~jered/pipe-dream/sheets2.png

Read it and rejoice!”

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A rollup of delights from the Burning Blog and other sources around the interwebs…

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THE OUTPATIENT MONK – ST BENEDICT GOES TO BURNING MAN
by Doug Harrison at the Outpatient Monk

http://www.outpatientmonk.com/?p=591

“What do Benedictines have to do with Burning Man?.   Well, not much.   It is a Ven diagram with very little overlap (I think I’ll wear my leopard skin habit with the blinky hood? #notsomuch).  But there is a reason I live happily wedged between these two very self-conscious groups of trouble makers.”

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ONE OF YOUR JACK RABBITS IS HOPPING ON DOWN THE ROAD

With heavy heart we announce that Andie Grace, aka Actiongrl Burning Man’s long-time Communications Manager (and longtime Jack Rabbit, first as a writer and now as editor), will be leaving the Burning Man organization after 13 incredible years of service to this community. She’s feeling the pull of new horizons, and she will be VERY VERY missed – she has helped to forge the way for the ongoing evolution of Burning Man as we know it. For more information (including a note from AG), see: http://bit.ly/IhjAy9

(On a personal note, this Rabbit is sad to be losing the best boss and best editor he’s ever had.  Andie’s keen and delicate editorial touch consistently improves the writing you see in the JRS, and that’s a rare opportunity for any writer to experience. Hat tip to you, Ms. Grace … all our best!)

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WHO THE HELL ARE BURNERS, ANYWAY?

by Caveat Magister
http://bit.ly/IJUWnc

“A few months ago I was asked, in one of those email groups where people ask each other things like this:  “what does it mean to be a burner?  What are the core beliefs that unite us?”

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DEATH GUILD / THUNDERDOME 2011 SHENANIGANS

We’re sad to report that long-time Death Guilder Donovan passed away last week after a tragic accident.  He will be sorely missed in the Burning Man community.  In his honor, we present this video from Death Guild 2011 (do NOT try this stuff at home, but if you do, don’t come cryin’ to us). RIP Donovan, our thoughts go out to your many friends and family.

“I put together this video of Death Guild/Thunderdome’s shenanigans in 2011. Clips of camp craziness, the DPW parade, Fight nights, Kidsville Fights, Billion Bunny March fight, Charon the Boatman Zoetrope and The Man and Temple burn. Share away!

http://youtu.be/c44yxRsEZ2Q

-Ronny”

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TEDX TALK ABOUT THE TEMPLE OF TRANSITION

Lady Macri writes:

“Lady Macri and Jaia Aquarian are two members of the International Arts Megacrew who helped build last year’s Temple of Transition.

They had the honour of telling their story to an audience of over 1000 people at a local TEDx in Vancouver last November.

This is their TEDx talk:  http://bit.ly/HSenvL

For more information on the IAM, please visit http://internationalartsmegacrew.com/

Dusty playa kisses,
Lady Macri”

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HALYCON’S ADVICE FOR VIRGINS

First timers!  Wanna know what’s what?  Halcyon has a great set of videos offering advice for virgins.  Here’s a good one, and you can find the rest of his tips on his website (watch the video to find out where):

http://bit.ly/IBEfjo

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ARTISTS! BLACK ROCK SOLAR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Black Rock Solar seeks an artist to design, construct and install a unique commemorative sundial that will become the centerpiece for a sun-shaped solar array. The array, located on Yerington Paiute Tribal lands and shaped like a geometric sun,  represents a collaboration between Black Rock Solar and the Tribe, and provides power to the tribal health clinic.  The sundial will be permanently installed in the center of the array and will be dedicated on June 20, the summer solstice.  See our website for a full announcement:

http://bit.ly/Kh767Y

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SEEKING PEOPLE TO WORK ON THE OPEN SOURCE IBURN APP

Andrew Johnson writes about a participant technology project:

“I am one of the developers of iBurn, and I have been getting increasingly frequent requests about how people can help with the app.

Do you think we could post an announcement, letting people know that they can help with the app, and that they can post changes to the open source code here:https://github.com/trailbehind/iBurn-2011

Regards,
Andrew”

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SACRED SPACE VILLAGE SEEKS MUSICIANS, ARTISTS, WORKSHOP LEADERS AND PERFORMERS

Soror writes:

“Sacred Spaces Village (traditionally 4:20 and Esp.) has a large scale performance, visionary art, and acoustic/down-tempo music and tea venue and stage along with 4 Art Domes dedicated to exploring the theme of alchemy and the fertility of inner self.  We are looking for people interested in offering spiritually-themed music, world music, down-tempo/chill DJs, performers of all stripes(we can host theater, aerial, fire, dance, etc), visionary artists (2D and 3D sculptures related to transformation, fertility, and alchemy for our art gallery(power and lighting provided), and workshop leaders in the following fields: community development, sustainability, personal transformation, ecstatic dance, yoga, politics, art, entheogens, health and wellness, and Spirituality.  We are particularly interested in having a series for Burgins to help assimilate them to our culture and looking for people willing to participate in Panels discussing the 10 principles of Burning Man.

If you might be interested in any of these – please email us at [email protected]. Our website is www.sacredspacesvillage.org ”

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DID YOU WIN A NECKLACE FACTORY AWARD IN 2011?

Jason writes:

“Did you win a Necklace Factory Award in 2011? If so, I want to hear from you! I’m assembling a list of all the necklace factory award winners from 2011. If you won one, please email me ([email protected]) and I’ll send over a six question survey.

Thanks!
Jason”

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BURNING MAN ULTRAMARATHON

CherryBomb writes (and she’s not kidding):

“So you made it! You got tickets to the playa…now what can you do that’s different this year? Run the Burning Man Ultramarathon, of course.

A marathon is too traditional, so this 50k (31 mile) loop course will provide runners with constant entertainment, fun, heckling, free shots and drinks and snacks (provided by the playa and other runners!), and unlimited suffering – but get the ultimate HIGH, runners’ high!

Dress in a tutu, dress in your 70s running gear, or wear nothing at all. Just come out and run the funnest ultramarathon there is.

We invite all runners and non-runners to attempt to run this absolutely fabulous ultra. (And newbies, if you’re Burner Virgins, why not break your ultra cherry at the same time?)

If interested, please contact CherryBomb at [email protected]. Runners are asked to provide name, gender, age on race day, contact info, and emergency contact info both off and on the playa. Volunteers wanted too!

See you out there, covered in sweat!
Cherie aka CherryBomb!

Burning Man Ultramarathon: https://sites.google.com/site/burningmanultramarathon/
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/134927106606461/ ”

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THE PLAYA CHOIR SEEKS SINGERS!

Madi writes:

“Hello playa family…Madi, the playa choir director here.

The choir is 7 years old this year! We are absolutely blessed with an incredible rehearsal and performance space. (PKILLY!) We have been gifted legitimate choir RISERS…And the music I’m lining up for this year is sure to dig down deep to the roots and set some souls on fire. The choir meets and rehearses on wed, thurs, fri and sat morning from 10:30-12:30ish during the event. On Sunday morning, we serve up a playa-style, non-dogmatic, highly energizing, musically centered and Spirit-rousing service. But none of this can happen without voices…without a choir…without YOU.

So, if this is your first year, if this is your 18th year, we want you. we welcome you. we already love you. and we want you to come share your voice, and your being with the choir and with the audience (which is beyond standing room only) on sunday morning at the event.

Simply drop me an email and I’ll add you to the email list. I’ll be sending out music in the next month or so….!
for you solo singers, as always, there will be solo opportunities…

In the meantime, for those of you who need a visual…here is some footage of our choir from last year courtesy of our very own Random Man…enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKsx0LvLDn8

LOVE,
Madi
[email protected]

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION — MOOP HACKS

Rebecca Ween shares:

“I’m putting together an interactive presentation to increase our communities awareness! Most importantly, the benefits of staying organized and reducing one’s impact on the environment. This is a great way for veteran’s to share their knowledge with new Burners and work together to create a more efficient environment for us all to enjoy.

Save time, save space, create less waste!!!

The project is called ‘moop!hacks’ to emphasis the clever natures of these little ‘cheats’ — How do you best reduce moop, either off the grid or before leaving home? How do you stay organized while living off-grid? What one item is essential to you being matter out of place?

All time saving/moop reducing tips are welcome! The presentation will take place early afternoon Thursday and Friday at our regional Burn and hopefully again many times on Playa.

Help out by sharing your responses to four (4) simple questions here: http://bit.ly/I46THv

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HELP BRING THE BOTTLECAP GAZEBO TO THE PLAYA!

Ever wonder what happens to a bottlecap after you open a beer? Some of them turn into amazing art. A bunch of crazy kids in the Bay Area are building a two-story, fire-spewing gazebo, resembling a massive flower, with leaves and petals made of 100,000 bottlecaps! We have been collecting from friends, bars, restaurants and breweries, and have received caps from all over the world .

Our project is incredibly labor intensive, and we need more excited volunteers to help us smash every bottlecap flat, punch it with holes and wire them together into beautiful flower petals. Soon we’ll begin construction of the steel petal frame and the actual wood gazebo. So whether you are an experienced welder, carpenter, electrician, jeweler, pyromaniac, or have never built anything in your life, we have a job for you! We have weekly work nights in SF and Oakland, please drop us a line if you want to participate.

Like most art on the playa, the Bottlecap Gazebo is not funded by a Burning Man art grant and is counting on the support of our amazing community. We hope you’ll financially support us through our kickstarter campaign. Time is ticking and we’re counting on YOU. We have partnered with the non profit Flux Foundation (the amazing artists who built the 2010 Temple of Flux), who are supporting us with fiscal sponsorship, so all donations are tax deductible.

Here’s what we need you to do:
Give to our kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/IbzvBz
Like us and see our progress on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bottlecapgazebo
Email us: [email protected]
Check out the Flux Foundation: www.fluxfoundation.org

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NEWBIE ORIENTATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY

There are a whole host of Burning Man orientation sessions for first timers happening across the country.  We’ve started to compile them in this blog post, and we’ll be adding more as they become known to us:

http://bit.ly/ID28VZ

We’ll also be keeping you apprised of upcoming ones through the JRS so you should stay tuned if you don’t see one in your area yet.  There are ones coming up SOON in Seattle (see below) and Portland (see the blog).

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RADICAL ORIENTATION – THE FIRST ANNUAL NEWBIE POTLUCK – SEATTLE, WA – MAY 6

We love to see the community picking up the ball they see lying on the ground, with veterans helping first-time Burners learn the ropes before hitting the playa.  Christian writes:

“So you managed to be one of the lucky ones who got their Burning Man ticket in the lottery this year.

And it is your first time, too!

What an opportunity! What are you going to do? How can you participate? Who are the people in your community, what events are going on, what theme camps are in your area? In short, where can you find your neighbors that are Burners?

Well, if you are in the Seattle area, come to “Radical Orientation – The First Annual Newbie Potluck”!

When: May 6
Where: 1015 NE 72nd St, Seattle, WA 98115

Organized by several dusty, jaded, and completely enchanted Burning Man veterans, Radical Orientation is where you can talk to local theme camp representatives, learn how to reduce your garbage BEFORE you leave for the desert, take part in a Hexayurt building workshop, see a display of epic gifts and swag from the last decade, get connected electronically with your community, see presentations on fabulous art both old and new, connect with the Seattle CORE project (SeaCORE), and feel the embracing arms of the Pacific Northwest Burning Man Community wrapped around you!

This is a potluck, so please bring something seriously nummy. The groovy kids from Cocoa Dome Camp will be set up and dishing out the warm deliciousness, and we all know good Burners bring their own cup!

The date, time, and address are all in the Facebook event, because we REALLY need you RSVP if you plan on attending! We have a lot of room, but really need to know approximately how many people are interested! (And, if you aren’t in the PNW and want to throw an event like this for your own community, please contact us via the FB page, and we will send you PDF’s for how to do this yourself!)

http://www.facebook.com/events/318143808217851/

Note: While the event is from 2:00PM to 7:00PM, during the 3:00PM-5:00PM window there will be a specific agenda of discussions and presentations. The rest of the time is open networking and potlucking.

(We are also in need of volunteers: Greeters, Setup crew, Cleanup Team, etc. Let us know if you want to volunteer!)”

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ARTPAD SF, A BENEFIT FOR THE BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION – SF, CA – MAY 18

Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation at San Francisco’s most innovative venue for art: ArtPadSF

May 18th 6pm – 1am
Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy St.San Francisco, CA

If you were able to attend our special event at ArtPad SF last year, you know how unique and fun this event is. Join us for a festive gathering of BRAF’s community of supporters, Burning Man’s art lovers, and the Bay Area’s leading art galleries and art scene.

ArtPadSF invites San Francisco’s world-renowned museums, galleries, arts institutions, and artists to transform the Phoenix Hotel into an alternative venue for art. The hotel is reinvented as a vibrant and visionary community of prominent international and local artists.

The art fair culminates in a lively evening of performance art, fashion, dance, music and art experiences on Friday night. This unique event celebrates the wealth of local talent in the Bay Area, and raises funds to benefit the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s public art and grant programs.

For detailed information about the event and tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/Iz5wnS

Black Rock Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit. A portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible.

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CALLING ALL TECHNO-GEEKS: PLAYA WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT – MAY 22

Are you an artist, camp and/or geek who will bring wireless/internet technology to the playa?

If you are planning a large-scale technological project, have an art project that absolutely requires Internet connectivity, or will be beaming any sort of frequencies from 900MHz to 5.8GHz into the airwaves above the playa, you are cordially invited and strongly requested to participate in the fifth Playa Wireless Summit hosted by the Burning Man Technology Department.

This year’s summit will be held in San Francisco at the Internet Archive (but of course you can participate remotely — we’re geeks) at 7-9 pm on May 22, 2012. If you’re not in the area, and would still like to participate please send an email to us for info on how to dial in.

PLEASE RSVP and get more info by emailing [email protected]

It also would be great if you could give us a few details on your project in your email.  We will add you to an email list that’s only for the summit, and we will reply with more up-to-date information on the meeting with the address, etc.

Thank you from the Burning Man Playa Tech Team.
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BLACK ROCK RENDEZVOUS – BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV – MAY 27-28

Join the Friends of Black Rock and partner organizations Memorial Day weekend and discover what’s beyond the fence!

Learn about geology, area hot springs, history and more from experts on the region. There’s a pot luck dinner, free kids camp, rocket launches, live music, cowboy poetry and much, much more!  The Rendezvous is a FREE family-friendly, leave-no-trace camping and conservation event, located just north of the 12 mile entrance near Cassidy Mine Road. We hope to see you there!

www.BlackRockRendezvous.com

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TICKETS FOR NOWHERE BURN IN SPAIN

“Are you going Nowhere; the premier European regional burn?

Well your chance to visit the magical Spanish high desert on a lower price ticket is coming to an end shortly.

Sales of our 95 Euro price tier tickets will cease on 30th of April and after that only 115 and 135 Euro tickets will be on sale.

Hurry on over to http://www.goingnowhere.org/tickets to grab yourself a passport to wonderland.

Amor y polvo
El Equipo Nowhere”

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

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #15

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #15
February 28, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ ROLLING OUT THE STEP SYSTEM THIS WEEK
+ WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY PHYSICAL TICKETS?
+ NEW DEPARTMENT OF MUTANT VEHICLES SOUND POLICY

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN STUDENT CREATING “PROJECT PINWHEEL” ART CAR

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ 9 YEARS OF BURNING MAN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LINKA ODOM
+ TEMPLE OF TRANSITION – A VIDEO BY DOUGJ11
+ SPAMARINE MUTANT VEHICLE FEATURED IN KILLER RV UPGRADES

PARTICIPATE:
+ PROJECTS SEEKING PARTICIPANTS AND VICE VERSA

SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ SUPPORT THE BLACK ROCK BIJOU

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ PEIKWEN CHEN BURNING MAN PHOTOGRAPHY SOLO EXHIBITION – BERLIN – MARCH 2
+ BURNAL EQUINOX NEVADA CITY – NEVADA CITY, CA – MARCH 3
+ APRIL CAMPOUT FOR WISCONSIN BURNERS – MANITOWOK, WI – APRIL 20-22

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

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Here we are, as unbelievable as it seems, almost at the Burnal Equinox!  There are a couple celebrations we know about this weekend, including the San Francisco Burnal Equinox Flambe Lounge (http://bit.ly/wbnAwI) and an all-day event up in Nevada City, CA that sounds really fun (details below).  We’re sure there are others happening around the world … maybe you could create your own?  Fantastic excuse to get together with fellow Burners and would-be Burners and spark some fires, if we do say so.

We’re happy to report that Burning Man’s Art Grant review committee has been cranking away at (a record) 350+ applications for art grants this year, and they’re telling us that there are some spectacular projects that will be created for Burning Man 2012. We’re thrilled that interest in contributing creativity has grown in 2012! Are you planning to come but don’t yet know what you’ll contribute? See “Participate” below for a guide to ePlaya’s discussion threads helping to connect projects with participants.

In related news, we’ve got a great article below about a young Rhode Island School of Design student who’s working on his first Burning Man art car … and this guy sounds like he really gets it!  Honestly, it was a welcome bright spot amidst this ticket experience … when you’re in the thick of it, it can be easy to forget what Burning Man is all about, and it really helps right now to get these reminders.

Speaking of tickets, we’ve been hard at work at BMHQ, figuring out the big plans and minute details of how to best handle ticketing from here on out. We’re ready to launch the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) this week.  We’ve got your details about how it’ll work below … be sure to read it carefully and completely if you’re looking to participate in that program.  That said, we really do wish there were tickets available for everybody who wants to attend, and we are equally bummed that that’s not the case – but the work hasn’t stopped on how to solve tickets for 2012 and beyond — we thank you for continuing to provide us with ideas, feedback, support, and constructive criticism.  We truly wish you the best of luck in finding YOUR ticket to Black Rock City this year.

The Man burns in 186 days.

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ROLLING OUT THE STEP SYSTEM THIS WEEK

This post is also published on the Burning Blog, and we welcome your comments and feedback there: http://bit.ly/yAmZX2

Burning Man’s Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) launches this week. STEP is an online system that facilitates the safe resale of tickets that have been purchased directly from Burning Man, and is designed to provide a hassle-free, secure way of buying and selling Burning Man tickets while avoiding scammers, counterfeits and scalpers.

We’ve created a comprehensive FAQ about STEP (http://tickets2.burningman.com/faq.php) that will answer any questions you may have about the program … but we wanted to let you know how it’s going to roll out this week so you can plan accordingly. Here’s how it will go:

On Wednesday, February 29 at 12 noon PST, STEP will be opened to those who have tickets they want to sell. We’ll be emailing everybody who bought tickets through our Pre-Sale or Main Sale in the next two days, inviting you to sell your extra tickets into STEP. If you’re one of these people, watch your inbox for that email (if you don’t get an email by Thursday, visit http://tickets2.burningman.com/contact.php and select “Missing STEP email” from the drop down menu). People selling tickets into STEP will be credited the face value of the ticket and any delivery fees, but not the original service fees; Burning Man will cover the credit card merchant fees for the refund. You’ll be able to sell your tickets into STEP anytime until August 7, 2012 (if they are being held at Will Call), after which STEP will be closed.

On Friday, March 2 at 12 noon PST, we’ll open up STEP to those looking to buy tickets. Those who registered for the Pre-Sale and Main Sale but did not receive tickets will receive an invitation to join the “want tickets” queue, on a first-come first-served basis. If you are one of those people, watch your inbox for an email containing sign up information in the next two days (if you don’t get an email by Thursday, visit http://tickets2.burningman.com/contact.php and select “Missing STEP email” from the drop down menu). When you opt to turn your original Pre-Sale or Main Sale registration into a sign up for the “want tickets” list, you will be signed up as requesting the same number of tickets through STEP as you originally requested.

When a ticket becomes available through STEP, the person at the front of the queue will be sent an email giving them an opportunity to purchase the ticket(s). Tickets will be sold at face value of the original ticket, plus service ($6/ticket + $1/order) and Will Call delivery fees ($12/order). You will only be offered the next ticket(s) available; we’re not able to maintain three queues for three separate ticket price points, so you will only have the option of whatever price point comes up next in the queue. If you decline the ticket(s) or fail to purchase them within 72 hours of their becoming available, the next person in the queue will be given the opportunity to purchase them. If you decline a ticket or do not act, you will lose your place in the queue and will not be able to sign up again.

All tickets purchased through STEP will be held at Will Call for pick up and are nontransferrable; if you purchase a ticket through STEP but then decide you cannot attend the event, you can sell it back into STEP for somebody else to purchase before August 7, 2012, but you will not be able to select your buyer yourself (eg. sell to a friend) or give your STEP ticket away.

If you have any questions, please review the FAQ.

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WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY PHYSICAL TICKETS?

We’ve been getting this question a lot, so we thought we’d answer it here: We’ll be sending out all physical tickets in June this year.  If you purchase tickets through the STEP system or the Low Income process,  your tickets will be held at Will Call.

For more information about tickets, visit http://tickets.burningman.com, and our FAQ:

http://tickets2.burningman.com/faq.php

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NEW DEPARTMENT OF MUTANT VEHICLES SOUND POLICY

The BRC DMV is happy to announce the freshly minted Mutant Vehicle Sound Policy. We were grateful to receive participant feedback during the 2011 Feedback Loop regarding sound on MV’s, and have created this new policy to help guide Mutant Vehicle owners and others in creating the best experience for the greatest number of people in BRC.

If you are planning on registering a Mutant Vehicle this year, note that there will also be a few additional questions about your sound system on the questionnaire, so be ready for it!

We look forward to seeing your vehicles in Black Rock City in 2012!

Click here to read the new policy:

http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/playa_vehicles/sound_policy.html

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RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN STUDENT CREATING “PROJECT PINWHEEL” ART CAR

“Josh Shiau, a student at Rhode Island School of Design, is taking part in a project to create and display a giant sculpture using 100% recycled materials and crowdsourced art from everyday people across the world.

Project Pinwheel, Shiau said, will be used as a statement on our commitment to a sustainable future and the power of community. The sculpture – an ‘Art Car’ which will serve numerous purposes including vehicle, shelter, and art – will be on display in the Burning Man (event) in Black Rock, Nevada.

http://bit.ly/w35ERm ”

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9 YEARS OF BURNING MAN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LINKA ODOM

Linka writes:

“I am a 9 year Veteran Burner & a photographer.  I also have done a few interactive installations on the Playa.  I have been meaning to share my photographic work with the JRS for a while now.  Your interview with George Post reminded me to do so.  I have 182 images in my ‘We Call it Black Rock City’ portfolio on my website.  I would love if you could share it with the community.

http://linkaaodom.com/#2452846/-We-Call-It-Black-Rock-City

I hope you enjoy!!

Best always,
Linka”

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TEMPLE OF TRANSITION – A VIDEO BY DOUGJ11

Here’s a beautiful video about the Temple of Transition from Burning Man 2011 by videographer DougJ11.  Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/28rHfb4DRQA

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SPAMARINE MUTANT VEHICLE FEATURED IN KILLER RV UPGRADES

We loved this art car … super clever and well executed.  Dan writes:

“The Travel Channel (with BRC LLC permission) did a show (“Killer RV Upgrades”) that featured several artcars/mutant-vehicles from Burning Man 2011, including mine, the SpaMarine (http://facebook.com/SpaMarine).

ONLINE VERSIONS:
All segments: http://bit.ly/AlUNyz
Just the SpaMarine: http://bit.ly/yE3vkO
Article in the Examiner about the show: http://exm.nr/z6HQtQ
Microsoft’s Channel 9 (since a few of the creators work at Microsoft): http://bit.ly/yvjH6a

As with any project of this scope, the SpaMarine was a group effort. Thank you to everyone who helped create it, run it, and enjoy it onsite!”

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PROJECTS SEEKING PARTICIPANTS AND VICE VERSA

Trilobyte is one of our administrators/moderators on the ePlaya (http://eplaya.burningman.com), and he’s awesome.  He writes:

“I wanted to share some ePlaya links with you.  This year, a lot of camps and projects are facing some serious challenges in recruiting members to help them cover their essential needs.  In years past, we’ve had ‘artists seeking stages’ and ‘stages seeking artists’ threads to help people connect on the boards, and to help meet the challenge in 2012 I’ve created a couple new sticky threads.

Theme Camps Seeking Participants
http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?f=283&t=54139

Art Projects Seeking Participants
http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?f=282&t=54140

Mutant Vehicles Seeking Participants
http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?f=293&t=54142

Please feel free to pass those links along as you see fit.  They’re intended for camp and project leaders (or their representatives) to post listings to the community.  ePlaya has nearly 37,000 members (more than 10K of those users have joined since last summer), those ranks include a lot of good people who want to help and participate.”

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SUPPORT THE BLACK ROCK BIJOU

One of the most wonderful interactive art installations on playa, the Black Rock Bijou is doing some fundraising to support their efforts to bring back this spectacular movie theater in the middle of nowhere for its third year.  Help them out if you can:

http://kck.st/w8q2YO

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PEIKWEN CHEN BURNING MAN PHOTOGRAPHY SOLO EXHIBITION – BERLIN – MARCH 2

This is pretty great … Peikwen writes:

“I wanted to send you some good news.  i’ll be exhibiting 10 years of photos from the Black Rock Desert in a solo exhibition at C/O Berlin opening March 2nd.  It’ll be my first museum show.

Thanks for you and the greater team making Burning Man happen each year.  And thank you for the opportunity for me to particpate.  It’s been a transformative experience for me and a continued source of great inspiration.  Now that I’m living in Beijing, it’s a much bigger effort to make it back.  I hope to get back there soon.

For more information:
http://www.co-berlin.info/program/talents/2012/talents-26.html?Itemid=2036

Images:
http://peikwen.com/portfolio/lost-and-found/

Facebook updates:
https://www.facebook.com/peikwen

Please feel free to share the information with Burning Man community in Europe.  The more the merrier.  Hope to see you the next time I’m in SF.

Best wishes
Peikwen”

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BURNAL EQUINOX NEVADA CITY – NEVADA CITY, CA – MARCH 3

This from our good friend Chris “Who the &*$@ is Chris Brick?” Brick, now one of three Sacramento Regional Contacts!

“Burnal Equinox Nevada City is ready to fill your burning yearning heart!  March 3 2012, noon to 1AM, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City.

Burnal Equinox Nevada City will give burners and non-burners alike, a glimpse into the Burning Man event, complete with fire spinning, costumes, live music and mini theme camps. This all day event will feature live music and DJ performances, featuring Albino!, a 10 piece Afro-Funk band from San Francisco.

This all day event will feature live music and DJ performances, fire performances, a Temple Space to share your memories and tributes, a Burnal Boutique Clothing Swap to get you ready for Burning Man (IF you were lucky enough to get a ticket!), chill domes and chill music, fashion shows and mini theme camps. Bring your retired playa gear to gift at the boutique and take what you like, and don’t forget a leather item if you would like Swagmart to brand it! Bring yourself and be yourself. Doors open at 12:00 p.m. and the event continues until 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and are $25.00 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Nevada City Box Office, Briar Patch Co-op, and online at www.minersfoundry.org. Party-goers have the opportunity to dress in playa wear (costume-like, fun clothing) and receive a $5.00 discount off the door price. For more information, visit www.minersfoundry.org or call the Miners Foundry at 530 265 5040.

LINKS:
Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/333490853349460/

Miners Foundry Website:
http://www.minersfoundry.org/burnal-equinox-march3-2012/ ”

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APRIL CAMPOUT FOR WISCONSIN BURNERS – MANITOWOK, WI – APRIL 20-22

Russian Wulfgar, our Wisconsin Regional Contact, writes:

“The April Campout for Wisconsin Burners:  the dates are April 20-22, 2012, a two night stay – Friday night and Saturday night, leave on Sunday. Room enough for about 30 people in two cabins at Point Beach State Park. We’ll have Burning Man style campout with art, music, fire performing, building and burning and effigy, costumes, flow arts like hooping and poi spinning, and good ol’ fashioned interaction!

Start thinking about how we all can contribute to make it a really great Burning Man experience for Wisconsinites. Building of an effigy – what should it be? Fire dancing – will YOU dance with fire? Theme camps – yeah, what about theme camps?  Costumes – OHHH YEAH !!!!  Art ART ArT aRT arT let’s bring it, build it, paint it, make it, BURN IT! Music – who wants to dance I DO somebody bring music dammit! Hula hoops and poi, staff and fans, what have you, let’s teach other tricks and just mess around hitting ourselves, no formality, just fun. What else? Whatever you decide to make of it, it’s yours for the making.

More information: https://sites.google.com/site/wisconsinburners/

Marilyn Besasie (aka Russian Wulfgar)
Wisconsin Regional Contact”

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

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #14

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #14
February 23, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING MAN’S SECURE TICKET EXCHANGE PROGRAM (STEP) POLICY CHANGE
+ REGISTER YOUR PROJECT FOR BURNING MAN 2012
+ FAMILIES AT BURNING MAN SURVEY
+ BURNING MAN LEGO SET
+ HOW LONG UNTIL BURNING MAN?
+ ‘FALLING MAN’ SCREENSAVERS AVAILABLE

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ MUTANT VEHICLES AT BURNING MAN 2011
+ BURNING MAN 2011 EXODUS – ONE HOUR NEIGHBORHOODS

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ FLYING OVER BRC IN AN ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT
+ BILLION BUNNY MARCH VS. ANIMAL CONTROL 2011

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNAL EQUINOX 2012 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 3
+ BURNING MAN QUEER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 16-18
+ LUCKY LADY LUCY 2.0, VEGAS BURN – LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 2
+ THE FORGOTTEN CITY REGIONAL EVENT – LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 26-28

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

ADMINISTERRATA:
+ Want to unsubscribe from the JRS? Really? OK, here’s how: http://bit.ly/nxU8Gz

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OK! As we approach the Burnal Equinox (the midpoint between Burns — March 3rd … OMG?!), we’re back with more regular editions of the Jackrabbit Speaks … though this one DOES contain a quick ticket announcement, pertaining to a recent change to the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) policy we announced back on February 15th.  It’s good news, check it out.

Getting us back into the swing of things Burning Man on playa and around the world, we’ve got some cool videos to serve up, some nice writings about Burning Man from around the ‘net, some goodies you can download and enjoy (Burning Man 2011 screen saver anyone?), and some great events you might want to get on out to — including the official Burnal Equinox celebration in SF! Oh, and it’s time to register your playa project … hop on that.

This is a brief respite from ticket news though … we’re going to be coming back at you soon with some more announcements and information about ticket sales, including further details on the STEP system and more. Stay tuned.

The Man burns in 191 days!

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BURNING MAN’S SECURE TICKET EXCHANGE PROGRAM (STEP) POLICY CHANGE

(This post is reprinted from the Burning Blog, where we welcome your comments: http://bit.ly/yAfCuE)

Last week we announced (http://bit.ly/ytgfxk) changes to the sales process for Burning Man 2012 tickets, including adjustments to the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). At that time we announced a policy of allowing people to purchase only one (1) non-transferable ticket per person through STEP.

However, after further consideration and much feedback from you, we’ve decided that this policy is unfair to people who originally registered for two tickets in the Main Sale, one for themselves and one for their significant other, family member, friend, or campmate.

We hear you, and we’re listening. That’s why we’re adjusting this policy to allow people who originally registered for two tickets in the Main Sale to request a maximum of two tickets per person through STEP. (If our records show that you originally registered for only one ticket in the Main Sale, you can only request one ticket through STEP.) All tickets purchased through STEP are non-transferable, and will be held at Will Call only. These tickets should be for you (or you and an identified guest).

Also, it’s important to note that STEP will have only as many tickets available as there are people who sell their tickets into it. We believe that people will also be selling/giving tickets within their immediate circle of friends and local community- and we aren’t trying to change that. It’s likely that few will find themselves holding “extra” tickets without already having a friend or camp mate in need, so we don’t anticipate STEP will have a high, regular flow of tickets; we anticipate an early influx and then a trickle as people’s plans develop, though we’d be happy to be proven wrong on this. We also know that in any typical year, there is a fair amount of summertime turnover as the event gets closer and life events cause Burners’ plans to change. We encourage you to first seek out tickets from your immediate community of friends and cohorts, as well as any other avenues for acquiring face-value, legitimate tickets as you can find, without patronizing scalpers.

If you are eligible to participate in STEP, you’ll be receiving an email at the end of February with information about how to sign up. For more information about Burning Man tickets and STEP, please see our ticket page: http://tickets.burningman.com.

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REGISTER YOUR PROJECT FOR BURNING MAN 2012

If you’re planning on bringing artwork to the event, or pre-registering a theme camp (required for reserved placement), or you want to apply to bring a mutant vehicle to Black Rock City, it’s time to register your project!

Now, before you jump into the form and start cranking out a questionnaire, you’ll want to know what the registration criteria are first, right?  Right.  Here’s where to go:

* Art Installations: www.burningman.com/installations
* Placement (Theme Camps): www.burningman.com/themecamps
* Mutant Vehicles: www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/playa_vehicles/
* Media: www.burningman.com/press

And now that you’re all informed and ready to go, fill out the appropriate project registration form here:

* Project Registration: http://forms.burningman.com/

And we have deadlines for these things, folks, so pay attention … ready? Here:

* Art Installation: June 20
* Placement (Theme Camp or Department): April 26
* Mutant Vehicle: May 15
* Disabled Persons Vehicle: July 31
* Media (video/film): July 18
* Media (print): August 1

The earlier you register, the easier it is for our hard-working staff and volunteers to process this stuff, so please get your registration completed as quickly as possible.  Most appreciated.

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FAMILIES AT BURNING MAN SURVEY

Burning Man has created this ANONYMOUS survey for Burners who have children, to help us understand more about how children and families experience the Burning Man event. Please help us by filling out this form by March 2, 2012 and forward this survey to any Burner parents you know. Questions about this survey? Contact [email protected].

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22ESFUC4U2N

Thank you!

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BURNING MAN LEGO SET

Yes, this is fake. But it’s definitely awesome … a clever Burner came up with the idea for a Burning Man Lego set.  (Psst. We want one.)

http://bit.ly/wyjnBE

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HOW LONG UNTIL BURNING MAN?

Rohan writes:

“Along the same lines as http://isthemanburning.com mentioned in the last newsletter, a little while ago I made http://howlongtillburningman.com for the perpetually-refreshing pleasure of burners everywhere. Would be honoured if you could share it in the newsletter 🙂

Rohan”

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‘FALLING MAN’ SCREENSAVERS AVAILABLE

Brett writes:

“‘As close to ‘skydiving the playa’ that most of us will ever get!’

Commander Gaijin reports that the fine makers of the software that powers ‘The Burning Man Screen Saver Project’ have created a free simple experimental screensaver for both Mac and Windows using last year’s famous ESA satellite photo of Black Rock City.  The long-time burners at iScreensaver also have been updating both software and features of some of the older screensaver collections for the TBMSSP.  For those on work-computers, the Commander notes you can simply preview the screensavers from the downloaded installers without even actually installing.

Falling Man 2011 Screensavers available only at
http://iscreensaver.com/downloadburn.shtml
The Burning Man Screen Saver Project at
http://bmscreensavers.com

Enjoy!”

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MUTANT VEHICLES AT BURNING MAN 2011

John Cantwell writes:

“I’m wondering if you’d mind sharing this article I wrote about the mutant vehicles at Burning Man 2011. It appeared in Autoweek with great photos of several cars. You can check it out here:

http://bit.ly/wrofTC

Last year was my first Burn, and writing the article was a great chance to meet lots of warm, wonderful, talented people, including MARTI, a long-time Burner who wound up becoming my photographer for the story. Big thanks also to the folks at Media Mecca.

Peace and love.

– John”

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BURNING MAN 2011 EXODUS – ONE HOUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Here’s a cool blog post by Christine (last name unknown) about the “one hour neighborhoods” that pop up during the height of Burning Man Exodus, made more sane and environmentally friendly by  Pulsing, which was first adopted during the 2010 event.  Good food for thought about how to maximize the pleasure of your Exodus:

http://bit.ly/zMj9Y4

Which reminds us … we’re going to be talking a lot about ingress and egress (aka Exodus) for the event this year, because yeah, making that all work is up to all of us.  Stay tuned.

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FLYING OVER BRC IN AN ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT

This? Is rad.  Do we want a ride?  Hell yes we want a ride.  Though our death wish is in the shop for repairs.  Damien writes:

“Hello! for the last 2 years I’ve brought my 2 seater ultralight aircraft and gifted flights around Burning Man to many many people. Below is a video from the recent Burn. If I am there this coming year I will do the same so feel free to spread the word!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqUvSzdgAn8

Cheers!

Damien Beresford”

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BILLION BUNNY MARCH VS. ANIMAL CONTROL 2011

You really can’t beat large-scale spontaneous performance art (the bunnies battling it out in Thunderdome is particularly epic). NSFW if your co-workers can’t deal with seeing a butt.  Thanks DougJ11!

http://youtu.be/xkjJ1NnZz3s

p.s. While the video is titled the “Million Bunny March”, it’s actually called the “Billion Bunny March”. Just sayin’.

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BURNAL EQUINOX 2012 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 3

Burning Man presents … BURNAL EQUINOX 2012!
The Strange and Marvelous Experiment!

Saturday, March 3rd!
7pm to 3am (7-8pm drink specials, dance lesson, social-splicing)
At Public Works
161 Erie Street, SF, CA 94103 (between Division & 14th St. in the Mission)
21+ over venue

$20; $15 with donation of art supplies to benefit Hospitality House or if entering before 9pm *(see note below)

Art • Music • Performance * Theme Camps * Video Artistry * Unexpectables * You!

Join us to celebrate the mid-point in our burning year for a seriously mad-capped cultural PETRI DISH of a Burnal Equinox!

More information:

http://bit.ly/wbnAwI

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BURNING MAN QUEER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 16-18

[Note: While we don’t normally post local events of this scale, we thought this was a GREAT idea and one that we’d love to see other Burners around the world pick up and run with, whatever your particular proclivity or special interest may be.] Scott writes:

“As this year’s Burning Man season starts up, it’s time for queer theme camps, villages, art projects & mutant vehicles to Come Together to discover, recruit, learn, discuss, and share ideas. (The one VERY IMPORTANT thing to remember is the word Queer is NOT EXCLUSIVE and not derogatory. We have some great hetero or hetero-adjacent friends that are a part of the community of all genders.)

Cosponsored by queer theme camps:
+ Beaverton / Gender Blender
+ Comfort & Joy
+ Sunguardians
+ The Pink Gym
+ …and more!

Details and Schedule of events: http://queerburners.com/burning-man-queer-leadership-summit ”

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LUCKY LADY LUCY 2.0, VEGAS BURN – LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 2

Art * Music * Live Performances * Mutant Vehicles * Fire Spinning * and the BURN
In Downtown Las Vegas in the Arts District,
@ S. 3rd Street and E.Colorado Ave in LAS VEGAS BABY!
Event Time: 5pm-11pm, 8:15pm Burn Time
FREE & All Ages
This is a 10 Principled and Leave no Trace Event!
Live Performances by: the cast of The Burning Opera & Las Vegas Drum Circle
Fire Performances by: The Las Vegas Fire Conclave Flameology, The Brotherhood of the Flame
DJ’s and Mutant Vehicles: featuring The Dancetronauts

The 1st  BURN in Las Vegas, is taking place on First Friday, March 2nd, 2012 on the “Burnal Equinox”, the half way point from last years Burning Man event and this years event. The location is in downtown Las Vegas in the Arts District at S. 3rd Street and E. Colorado Ave. First Friday is Las Vegas’ community celebration of public art and music, a cultural mainstay of Downtown for over 9 years, drawing crowds of 14,000+.

Performances beneath Lucy start at 5pm and then at 8:15pm, Lucy will be set ablaze! The AFTER PARTIES continue all weekend, with ART CAR events at The Plaza Hotel on Friday March 2nd and at El Cortez Hotel on Saturday March 3rd.

Experience the Las Vegas you never knew existed and the 1st ever Las Vegas Burn!!

$UPPORT this project & donate to www.Indiegogo.com/LuckyLadyLucy  Help this project become a reality by donating and sharing the excitement with your friends!  Awards for donating include Fremont Street Zipline rides, bandanas, stickers, wall clings and lots of burn day experiences!!

Please find your way to Las Vegas to celebrate the Burnal Equinox, let’s show Vegas a little bit of Playa Love!! Be the Art!!  Burner costumes encouraged!!

For INFORMATION, to VOLUNTEER or to bring your MUTANT VEHICLE, please contact [email protected]

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THE FORGOTTEN CITY REGIONAL EVENT – LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 26-28

The Forgotten City (http://theforgottencity.org) is Las Vegas’s official Regional Burning Man event and takes place 25 miles east of Las Vegas, NV over Memorial day weekend: May 26 to 28th 2012. Online ticket sales are available until we reach capacity.

Held on the lunar like surface of Bootleg Canyon Basin, The Forgotten City is a celebration of all things we love about the Playa. This isn’t a party, it’s an experiment in temporary community, an expression of art and diversity.

There is still time to register your theme camp, apply for your art grant, volunteer or register your mutant vehicle at http://theforgottencity.org

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http://regionals.burningman.com

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

The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
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Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #13

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #13
February 15, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ TICKET UPDATE: REBUILDING BLACK ROCK CITY 2012

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

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As we promised, here’s an update with Burning Man’s plans to resolve the Burning Man 2012 ticket situation. You can also find this as a blog post on the Burning Blog, and we welcome your comments and feedback there:

http://bit.ly/yn7XMD

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TICKET UPDATE: REBUILDING BLACK ROCK CITY 2012

This message is from Marian Goodell, a Founding Board Member of Black Rock City LLC, and Burning Man’s Director of Business and Communications. She writes:

THE CHALLENGE WE FACE: DEMAND OUTSTRIPS SUPPLY

We promised we would get back to you by February 15th with our plans to resolve the ticket situation for Burning Man 2012. We all know there aren’t enough tickets for everyone who wants to participate in Black Rock City. However, it’s clear that the current situation has created holes in our social fabric. Many of the core volunteers, major interactive camps, art car projects, performance groups, and funded and unfunded art projects do not have enough tickets to bring their works to the playa. Here’s how we will remedy these challenges as fairly as we believe possible:

1. Burning Man organizers and staff will issue tickets to major theme camps and art projects using a process outlined below.
2. We will launch the STEP program on February 29th. Only those who registered and did not receive confirmation of tickets will be given access to STEP.
3. Low Income ticket applications will be accepted beginning February 29th.

There’s no way to sugarcoat this: the hard truth is that there are a lot of you who want to come to Black Rock City to celebrate your participation in the Burning Man culture this year, but not everyone will be able to attend. That sentence is about as painful to write as it is for you to read. We dearly wish we could just welcome everyone who feels drawn to Black Rock City. But, as we have explained in Andie Grace’s blog post: “Radical Inclusion, Meet the Other Nine,” (http://bit.ly/wuXalo) it’s not possible to simply increase the number of tickets available for Burning Man 2012.

And unfortunately, the random draw of the Main Sale left inordinately large numbers of our core contributors — art teams, theme camp creators, mutant vehicle builders, performers, and Burning Man volunteers — without tickets. In fact, the ratio was so unexpectedly large it has punched significant holes in Black Rock City’s artistic, civic and functional infrastructure, putting the integrity of the event itself at risk. If we let market forces play out as they could with the remaining available tickets, it’s likely that Black Rock City would be functionally untenable for many of the collaborations that comprise our desert event.

There are indications that a large percentage of people attending Burning Man this year will be first-time Burners. As eager as we are to welcome our newest citizens into our community, it’s crucially important that we have a solid foundation of veteran Burners in Black Rock City to meet, greet and acculturate these eager new participants, ensuring that they not only survive the elements but also fully participate in the Burning Man culture.

And so we find ourselves now in a very difficult situation, one where there are no perfect solutions, only tradeoffs — and inevitably, significant disappointment for those who cannot obtain tickets. We believe that it’s critical that we attend to Black Rock City’s vital functions — ensuring that theme camps can assemble, art installations can be created, mutant vehicles can safely roam the playa, performance groups have their performers, and Burning Man’s volunteer crews are staffed to provide the vital community services that make our city work. We must shore up the collaborative infrastructure of our culture.

THE SOLUTION: DIRECTED TICKET DISTRIBUTION

We have made the difficult decision to take the 10,000 tickets that were slated to be sold via the Secondary Open Sale and manually redirect them to some of the vital groups and collaborations that make up Black Rock City: volunteers, theme camps, mutant vehicles, art installations and performance groups. These groups already have a relationship and contact points within the organization. We’re in the process of proactively identifying and reaching out to the established groups that fall into each of these categories, and offering organizers access to purchase enough tickets to provide for essential crew members.

Because we know this number cannot possibly satisfy the entirety of that demand, we will use practical criteria to determine eligibility. These groups will be reviewed for:

1. History – A camp, project or participatory work must be in our database from past years. (We have ways to track name changes for groups over time.)
2. Demonstrated Community Benefit – A project has been interactive in a way that has been experienced as meaningful, provides support for Black Rock City’s infrastructure, or provides services for our community. Basically, how the project helps make the community and create its magic.
3. LNT – A group has demonstrated adherence to and good practices around Leave No Trace (www.lnt.org) and are committed to our community perpetuating the message of LNT.
4. 10 Principles – A group or project fully embraces the 10 Principles (http://bit.ly/4Natu) in their entirety.

This analysis will consider a wide variety of projects rather than favoring just one type — large camps and small ones, self-funded as well as honorarium artists, Mutant Vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and performers of all kinds. The goal is to carefully and conscientiously reconstruct the rich tapestry of our community, based on information we’ve accumulated over years of facilitating our city around these key groups.

This process is not going to be perfect … it’s not always going to feel fair. And we’re well aware that there will be still be a great many deserving people who will be left out because we don’t have the means to welcome everyone. Again, there are no foolproof solutions for these remaining tickets, only tradeoffs. But we’re confident that through this process, we’ll be able to bolster some of the social, artistic and functional infrastructure of Black Rock City. This is by far one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever had to make, and we do not make it lightly, but after much consultation and review of your feedback, we feel this approach has the widest base of support and is the best one to assure that we can build Black Rock City in 2012.

IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL THE LAST TICKET IS SOLD

If you don’t fall into one of those categories and didn’t get a ticket in the Main Sale, you still have some hope of acquiring a ticket, and we encourage you not to give up. Although it’s bound to be more scarce than usual, there is always a brisk aftermarket for tickets leading right up to the event; people’s plans change, and tickets are sold on the secondary market every year. To assist this, we are launching the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) on February 29th to facilitate such transactions. STEP will provide a secure, hassle-free, and centralized tool for selling unused tickets or buying tickets being offered, while helping all of us avoid scammers, scalpers and counterfeiters.

People selling their tickets back via STEP will be refunded the face value of the ticket plus the delivery fee (but not the service fees $7 – as these fees cover services already rendered and are not refundable). In order to encourage the use of STEP as a central resource, Burning Man has decided to cover the $12 “restocking fee” which includes an InTicketing fee and merchant fees that the credit card companies charge to process this type of refund.

WHO: Only registrants who did not get tickets in the Main Sale will be eligible to register for tickets through STEP … if you fall into this category, you will receive an email inviting you to register. Registration will place you in a first-come first-served queue, and you will be offered a ticket when one becomes available through the system. You may only purchase one ticket through STEP; this ticket is non-transferable and can only be held at Will Call. A STEP ticket is only for you.

You will be offered a ticket at the value that the seller paid ($240, $320 or $390), plus the standard $7 per ticket service fee and a $12 Will Call delivery fee. If you’re in the front of the line, and a ticket becomes available, you will receive an email offering it to you. If you don’t respond within 72 hours, or decline the ticket, it will be made available to the next person in the queue, and you will lose your place in line. You can re-enter the queue if you wish, but your place in line will not be held.

Our ticket team will closely monitor the queue, and if/when the queue grows large beyond the reasonable likelihood for people at the end to get tickets, we’ll pause it until we determine it becomes viable again. It isn’t helpful or fair to have a lot of people waiting with no hope of getting a ticket.

It’s not required that you only buy or sell your tickets through STEP … you can still sell your tickets to your friends directly. As always, we ask that in keeping with the Burning Man ethos, tickets only be sold at or below face value (plus documented fees), or gifted.

Our Low Income Ticket Program will launch on February 29th, and will offer 4,000 tickets at $160, as was originally planned. These tickets are intended for people who can provide documented proof of financial hardship through an online application process.

More information about STEP and the Low Income Program can be found on our ticket page: http://tickets.burningman.com.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF BURNING MAN LOOK LIKE?

We’re obviously concerned with ticket sales for 2013 and beyond, and we’re looking at a variety of ways to ensure Burning Man’s future remains bright. Right now, everything is on the table, including many great suggestions from our community. This includes major potential overhauls of the ticket system, such as identity-based ticketing, non-transferable tickets, directed distribution ticket models, and more. This is a complex process of analysis, with lots of ramifications for internal logistics and the cultural dynamics of our community … this is far from a process of simply filling stadium seats. We are working with staff, external experts related to this field (including game theorists, sociologists, statisticians, festival producers, ticketing companies, software developers, widely-read bloggers, and more) and an advisory council made up of representative members of the community to determine what works best for Burning Man in the future.

We’re also exploring a number of options to increase the event’s capacity in the future, including ongoing negotiations with the BLM, extending the event timeframe, alternative event sites, and more. A key player in this scenario will be Burning Man’s Regional Network (http://regionals.burningman.com) and the myriad events they offer. In fact, we’ve long been aware that the event in the desert would reach its limit. It’s part of why we have nurtured the Regional Network for more than 10 years, and why we’ve created the Burning Man Project (www.burningmanproject.org), a global effort with year-round avenues to connect and support this cultural community. We expect they will play a very significant role in our future.

We’ve always been involved in proactive acculturation in order to bring in new members of our community as seamlessly as possible. In that light, we’re spearheading a number of acculturation efforts for first-timers this year. We’ve started ePlaya (http://eplaya.burningman.com) discussion threads for connecting theme camps and other projects with new participants. We plan a video podcast series, improved and updated roll-ups of first-timer resources, a web page to crowd-source the best first-timer tips our community has to offer, and we plan to engage all returning Burners in this effort.

One thing we do know is this: our understanding of “Radical Inclusion” is evolving… we will always welcome the stranger, and all are welcome to participate in the culture of Burning Man. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we can all fit in one place at one time. We’re going to have to find new ways to include those who wish to be a part of this amazing experiment.

FINALLY: THANK YOU

We are truly sorry about how this has all played out, and we want to thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through these difficult decisions … there are a lot of logistical and cultural moving parts that need to be considered, and it’s far from easy. We also want to thank you for your passion for this event and its culture, and for your suggestions and ideas about how to solve this problem … we’ve been listening to all of them.

It’s our goal to be honest, to be transparent, and to provide you updates as soon as we have solid information to offer. We’d rather it take extra time to get it right, than move too fast and get it wrong.

We hope to see you in Black Rock City this year, or in the future. And if not there, out in the world … wherever you’re manifesting Burning Man culture.

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http://regionals.burningman.com

Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
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The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
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Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #12

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #12
February 9, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ TICKET UPDATE: RADICAL INCLUSION, MEET THE OTHER NINE

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

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Hello, everybody.  This special edition of the Jackrabbit Speaks again brings you information on the Burning Man 2012 ticket situation.

We all know this is no matter of simple PR … we’re not interested in spinning reality into convenient fantasy here.  We’re interested in keeping Burning Man and its community intact, plain and simple, and doing so in a transparent and honest way. What Andie Grace conveys below is a reflection of the difficult collaborative work that all of us — the board, staff, volunteers, and members of our community — are doing to meet this pivotal moment in Burning Man’s history.  And it’s the next step in a series.

We would love to be able to turn on a dime on this stuff, and get 100% solid answers out to you as quickly as the reactions have been pouring in (oh yes, we’re listening), but the reality is that there are a LOT of moving parts, domino-ing process logistics, and data that we need to collect, understand and consider. We do not want to make decisions that just make matters worse — either in the short term or the long term — and each decision has enormous implications at this juncture.  We’ve been working practically non-stop on all this, but it’s far from simple, and it takes time.  So we appreciate your patience while we work through this process and move towards workable solutions.

This community just got hit by a massive dust storm, and it knocked a lot of things down … now it’s time to gather up, assess the damage, and start rebuilding together, just like we would in Black Rock City.

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TICKET UPDATE: RADICAL INCLUSION, MEET THE OTHER NINE

This post by Andie Grace, Burning Man’s Communications Manager, is also available on the Burning Blog, here: http://bit.ly/wuXalo. We encourage you to share it with your friends, family and campmates, and we welcome your feedback in the blog’s comments section. She writes:

First things first:

For all the frustration, anxiety, stress, and heartache this year’s ticket lottery has caused, please accept another humble apology.

This is no time for issuing statements or putting a spin on anything. The system may have worked, but the cultural outcome sure didn’t, and even though some of you saw that coming and said so, we didn’t, and for that we are sorry.

The current trajectory is not acceptable. Even people who did get tickets aren’t cheering right now, since so many of their camps and friends are standing out in the cold. Entire groups are worried they’ll have to scrap all their plans. Burning Man is a participatory and collaborative event, and many collaborations are perilously close to falling apart.

Clearly we must reevaluate, but first we want to say more about what we’ve heard, how we got here, and what our next steps will be.

What we’re hearing:

Our office in San Francisco is awash in feedback. We have been meeting every day about tickets, and have burned the midnight oil poring over every available list and forum, logging and absorbing every email, complaint, and plea for information. We’re absolutely listening very carefully, and we are 100% clear that there’s a very big problem playing out.

What’s happening isn’t fun for anyone, and there’s no sugar coating to be put on it. Clearly, despite projections, the majority of the people who have previously built, created, contributed and participated – not just those who’ve been before, but who have created the foundations of Burning Man — don’t have a ticket to the event this year. And whether it was our naiveté or just underestimation, we didn’t see that coming at this scale, and we know it’s hurting us all now.

We understand and recognize the impact this is having – on individuals, on projects and collaborations, on your ability to plan vacation time, book plane tickets, submit applications for your camps, your art projects—everything about participating in Burning Man. We see the emotional response it’s causing – only too well, as we’re Burners at HQ too, and so are our friends, our campmates, our teammates, and our families. Watching this unfold has been painful. Each of us is responding differently – worrying, losing sleep, meeting through the evenings and weekends, throwing things, searching for answers…this is one of the most painful moments in our history.

What happens next will be pivotal – whatever is to blame, now that we’ve reached this point, we absolutely know we have to get this next moment right. We are all about to write the future of Burning Man.

Through our process of discovery and data analysis, we’ve heard from our whole community — including some experts we’ve never talked to before. In a lot of cases, we have asked for their consult; some of those helpful blogs and comments you’ve been forwarding to us have turned into meetings and phone calls, and we’re figuring out how else we can engage with a wider range of Burner minds to help guide our community through this.

How Did This Happen?

The moment in 2011 that we saw tickets were going to sell out, we knew it would have a major impact on 2012 ticket sales, and we started planning. As we analyzed how to build this year’s process, we projected possible scenarios. Some of us thought we would see a sell out on the very first day of ticket sales. Most thought it would take longer (after all, last year’s tickets sold out in July). Few could predict exactly how many new prospective attendees would register, though we had plenty of indication that public interest was greater than ever – especially since we sold out last year, but also in the rise of social media and visibility for Burning Man. In any case we knew we were in for a different kind of ride in 2012.

A first-come first-served system would not meet the demand either. Every ticket vendor informed us we’d have to use the same type of “queuing system” that meant hours waiting in line at your computer screen – a luxury perhaps not available to many perfectly deserving Burners. And since we did estimate that demand would exceed supply somewhat, we knew that when people rushed in to grab the tickets available, there would be someone left out in the cold – not everyone was going to get tickets who wanted them.

By spreading the registration process over a period of time, and making random selection a stated goal of the design, we aimed for a more sane way to access what would be basically the same “odds” at tickets. We’d diffuse a few hours of frustration (middle of the night for some Burners, middle of the workday for plenty of others) into a more moderate, less angst-ridden experience, but get the same kind of results.

We felt it was culturally important to retain the different price points in that scenario, to make a wider range of ticket prices available for people of different means. Our desire was to distribute that access in a manner that gave people some control over how much they were willing to spend.

While the system was not primarily designed to prevent scalping, there were certain deterrents to it in place. No event organizer or ticket seller has solved scalping completely. Some of the measures they’ve implemented to ameliorate it, unfortunately also prohibit certain things we still value about our culture, especially the practice of gifting tickets. Many a great Burner had their first experience after getting talked into it at the last minute by a friend, and plenty of us have given, swapped, or received a ticket late in the season when plans began to change. A two-week registration window to request tickets would still let us do more crosschecks to weed out the speculators and scalpers.

And in those regards, the ticket selection system worked as planned — but it created other unforeseen problems, and most of them boil down to an unpredicted, overwhelming level of demand. The impact of that demand is beyond what we projected when designing the system; even if we knew there were destined to be some people missing out, we didn’t expect nearly so many.

The Numbers:

Let’s break it down and just talk numbers: we had nearly three times the number of tickets requested than we had available tickets. We did conduct a survey before purchase, and while surveys are not perfect, they do give some interesting data. In that survey, about 40% of ticket buyers said they had never been to the event before, which is a higher number than we’ve seen in previous years. It does appear — and I’d caution we don’t know everything yet — that there was a fair amount of over-registration – those who said “I need one but I’ll order two…” or “I’m not sure I’m going but I’ll get one just in case.”

We can now see that some of that happened simply because the perception of scarcity drove fear and action for all of us. It could be said we were quite naïve to think we had much control over a basic emotional response to scarcity. Game theory won out over good wishes.

But that’s not all that happened. In fact, there were plenty of ‘perfect storm’ influences afoot: 2011 had perfect weather, awesome art, and record attendance and visibility in the press. The ticket sell-out made headlines around the world. Social media use is higher than ever, so participants who had such a great time were more active than ever telling everyone all about it. One such participant shared a magical YouTube video he created in 2011 (“Oh The Places You’ll Go!”) – the link hit the Huffington Post in January and went viral, eventually hitting 1.3 million views from all around the world; its visibility peaked right around the day that ticket registration opened. And, thinking we wanted to ensure a fair shake at the new system for Burners, we decided to leave registration open for two full weeks, just to be sure that any of you who were out on vacation or away from your computers for the announcement had plenty of time to get a fair shot.

A perfect storm.

The Big Picture:

The overarching fact we must face now: awareness of Burning Man has reached the world at large. It has tipped into the mass consciousness and drawn exponential levels of new interest. Thanks in part to thousands of enthusiastic storytellers from throughout Burning Man’s history, the number of people who want to burn now exceeds the current capacity of the city in the desert.

This was a possibility at every point in our history, of course, but the speed and scale were surprising. We were not blind to this possible outcome, but we did not anticipate an increase in demand that would so dramatically exceed all precedent.

Our friends in the days when Burning Man was much smaller worried what it would be like when ten thousand people showed up on the playa. In 2012, we’re faced with figuring out how we can address the Principle of Radical Inclusion now that the unthinkable has come true: millions of people have heard of Burning Man, and a whole bunch of them want to come. Although Radical Inclusion states “We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community,” that doesn’t mean that every one of us fits in the same place at once.

While we’d all like to blame some mysterious “Other” at this point – while we’re all offended by the concept of scalpers profiting off tickets our friends should have gotten – there is no clear evidence that scalpers are holding all of these tickets. Sure, they’re out there. And there are returning Burners who are right now sitting on an extra ticket, afraid to speak up and start a stampede among campmates, or quietly redistributing those tickets among friends or other strong ties.

But what’s appearing more and more likely is this: we’re about to meet a lot of newly-minted, first-time Burners. (And hi, new friends. Kindly step up to the mic and say hello in the comments section of the blog – we’re thrilled to welcome you, really, and would love to hear from you. You’ve arrived at a very interesting time, can you tell?)

And that’s fantastic. New energy and enthusiasm is the lifeblood of Burning Man, and we were all new here once (well, except for Larry Harvey). We love newcomers.

However, if new Burners are the lifeblood, the existing community of collaborators, projects, and creativity is the corpus of Burning Man. And now we’ve learned after a few days of polling and information gathering that many of the largest groups and projects (mutant vehicles, theme camps, volunteer groups, and other collaborations) planning to attend this year have secured only 25%-30%, on average, of the tickets they needed to commit to their projects. Even calculating that many tickets would eventually become available via the secondary market, the timing of that possible influx comes too late. These groups are telling us “This might be the year we skip Burning Man.” Plenty of significant groups have already moved forward with making alternate plans.

At an individual, person-by-person scale, such a turnover might be acceptable — if this was a concert or a sports event. But you’re not just fans in a seat, all more or less the same. In a collaborative culture, in a community based on a web of social relationships, these numbers are perilous. And while it remains true that no prerequisites exist to be a part of our community, we cannot and will not let overwhelming interest tear apart the social fabric that is critical to our culture.

What We Can’t Change:

Two things are immutable:

1. It is not possible to simply grow the event to welcome more people in 2012. Between traffic concerns and the limitations placed on attendance by the Bureau of Land Management, that’s off the table.

2. Without our core collaborative community, the fabric of Burning Man could fray and tear apart. Regardless of all good original intentions, that ripping sound has to stop.

We very, very much want and need to welcome new people to Burning Man. New creative energy and enthusiasm also help make it what it is, and newcomer experiences can be some of the most transformative. We continue to welcome the stranger. But we can’t work so hard to welcome new Burners to BRC that it comes at the expense of those who have and will make the event what it has been. Radical Inclusion is the first principle, but faced with a Burning Man event that is limited in population, Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort dictate that we endeavor to radically include those who create Burning Man in the first place. There are, after all, Ten Principles, not just the one.

What We Can Do:

So, what now? Let’s start with what we know for sure:

* We can’t and won’t reverse the Main Sale drawing results. That part is done, and there is nothing fair about taking awarded tickets away from anyone…it solves nothing at this point, and changes the terms after the sale has already happened, and probably isn’t even legal. Besides, that only makes a bad situation worse.
* We must now attend to preserving the fabric of our culture.
* There are listings on ticket scalping sites, but right now, they don’t all equal tickets that will be sold above face value. None of those sellers are actually holding tickets yet, and won’t be for several months, and we will collaborate to do what we can to starve them out. There are right now only about a hundred such tickets on those sites, although that doesn’t mean there are not more tickets that were awarded to people who plan to scalp them eventually.
* The STEP program will launch this month and we believe it will help. Those who were not selected to purchase tickets in the Main Sale round will be notified privately of how to register, and given the first option to sign up for the “Want Tickets” waiting list in advance of any other users.
* Right now we are contacting representation from all the types of affected groups analyze the overall shortfall and figure out the scope of the problem and what options exist for us. We’re also consulting with Burners of every possible stripe and trying to increase our brain trust to help make sure we don’t miss any signs as we find our way out of this storm.
* Our Regional Network and other teams including many community advisers are engaging around what to do about the issue of acculturating new visitors to Black Rock City this year.
* We’re clear that next year, big changes are necessary to address scarcity, capacity and community.
* We have agreed to be as transparent and honest as we can, describing next steps and decisions as quickly as we are able to make them. We are really considering a vast array of options as we continue to absorb information and analyze data.

We’re working non-stop to understand what happened. We’re checking in with theme camps and art groups. We’re talking to volunteer teams and regional coordinators, performers, mutant vehicle crews … all the smaller sub-communities that make up Burning Man. We’re gathering information on who placed orders for tickets, who received them, and, if they have a surplus, how they intend to resell them.

We are meeting constantly with Burners right now. We’re reading what people are writing and inviting many of those voices to come meet us, call us, and help us sort this out. You are going to be a big part of that solution. Please continue to email, write, call, tweet, and post your ideas and suggestions. Please check in with your own community to see what tickets might be available.

Meanwhile, please know that everything we’re working on here in San Francisco is guided by the desire to find the best possible way for our community to come together again on the playa. We’ll continue to communicate as we have information available. We expect to present a detailed plan on February 15th.

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #11

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #11
February 7, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING MAN ADDRESSES 2012 TICKET SITUATION

CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

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Greetings everybody … we wanted to bring you this special edition Jackrabbit Speaks in order to allow the Burning Man organization to address the current ticket situation.

The message below was also posted on our blog last Friday afternoon, and we welcome your thoughts in the comments section there:

http://bit.ly/xbuZ5k

We realize this is a tough situation for everybody, and we encourage you to hang in there while we sort through what’s happened, look at the options, and develop solutions.  We’ve been working hard on this problem, and will continue to do so until we make this right.

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BURNING MAN ADDRESSES 2012 TICKET SITUATION

(This message comes to you from Marian Goodell, a Founding Board Member of Black Rock City LLC, and Burning Man’s Director of Business and Communications.)

Participants, friends, Burners, community:

The Burning Man organization recognizes that the ticket registration and random drawing process has caused many participants frustration and concern over whether they can attend the event this year.

A team of Burning Man staff and organizers, who have been working on the ticketing process since August 2011, met Thursday to review what happened and what can be done moving forward.

The organization is looking at short term fixes and long term solutions to improve the ticketing process to make it work as well as possible for as many people as possible.

Following phone conversations with major theme camp and art group organizers, we determined that only 20%-25% of the key people needed to bring those projects to the playa had received notifications for tickets. A number of people also told us they’d used multiple credit cards and asked friends to register for them as a way to increase their chances of getting tickets. Those who received more tickets than they need said they are considering how to redistribute them.

We believe we need two weeks to let the dust settle to see how much redistribution happens. Even with that redistribution we know that key people and projects may not get confirmations in time to move forward with their plans. We are looking at options to keep that from happening.

Burning Man’s most important priority is to make sure the community stays intact in the face of the current challenges. Combining what we learned from the phone conversations and what we’ve heard from the Burner community, we’ve come up with some ideas to address the short term issues. We will continue to gather information and listen to your feedback as we work towards announcing our plans within two weeks.

In the meantime we urge our community not to buy from scalpers or from large resale sites. We will have the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) activated on February 22. This is the most secure and hassle free way to enter the re-sale system. Please use it.

Those registrants who received rejection letters should keep an eye on your email as information about STEP and any other options will be made to you first.

Not everyone who wants a ticket this year will get one, that is clear — the demand clearly exceeds supply. But we are going to do everything we can in the coming days to ensure that we preserve and respect the community that supports and creates this event both in the short term and long term.

We will be reaching out to you and working with you to make that happen. We recognize that we have work to do to repair the faith in the organization. We are very sorry for the frustration, anxiety and deep disappointment this year’s ticketing experience has caused for so many citizens of Black Rock City.

Sincerely,

All of us here at the Burning Man Organization

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http://regionals.burningman.com

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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JRS: Volume 16, Issue #10

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #10
January 27, 2012

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INTRODUCTION

LATEST NEWS:
+ BURNING MAN 2012 ART THEME: FERTILITY 2.0
+ THE LATEST BURNING MAN TICKET INFORMATION
+ BRC DEPARTMENT OF MOBILITY IS HERE FOR MOBILITY-IMPAIRED BURNERS!
+ IS THE MAN BURNING? A HANDY WEBSITE

ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ THE FIRST UNOFFICIAL BORDER BURNERS “ORPHAN BURN”
+ IS BURNING MAN A “WHITE PEOPLE THING”?

PHOTOS, VIDEO & AUDIO:
+ OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO AT BURNING MAN
+ JUMP IN, THE LAKE IS DRY! THIS IS HOW COOL BURNING MAN IS
+ WONDERFUL BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTO GALLERY FROM WENDELL DELANO

PARTICIPATE:
+ AROMATHERAPY ENTHUSIASTS: JOIN IN THE AROMATHERA POTTY PROJECT

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ FORUMS FOR REGISTERING THEME CAMPS –  SF, CA (+WORLDWIDE) – FEB 15, MAR 24
+ FROSTBURN REGIONAL EVENT – PITTSBURGH, PA – FEB 17-20
+ BURNAL EQUINOX NEVADA CITY – NEVADA CITY, CA – MAR 3-4

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+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks

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YES! The theme is here!

But first (it’s important!): The registration period for the Burning Man 2012 ticket Main Sale wrapped up last Sunday night, and our ticket vendor is currently de-duping and cleaning up the registrant database (including removing known scammers), before we do the drawing for the three pricing tiers on January 31 and February 1.

And guess what?  Turns out, people are VERY EAGER to go to Burning Man this year.  So much so, in fact, that they found creative ways to increase their odds of getting tickets in the Main Sale.  As a result, there are a lot more tickets being requested than there are tickets available — an inordinately large number, in fact, and far more than we projected even after last year’s sold-out event. It seems that people a) likely got their friends, family and campmates to order tickets as well, and/or b) requested more tickets than they actually need.

So the unfortunate net result is that there will be a lot of people who aren’t awarded tickets from the Main Sale … BUT DO NOT FEAR!! Because this means that there will be a large number of tickets in circulation within the existing community, tickets that simply need to be redistributed to those who need them.  And we have information about how we’re going to help you all do that, while thwarting scammers and scalpers, below.

It’s up to all of us to decide how this all plays out … we can work together in our communities to ensure that most everybody who wants a ticket to Burning Man can get one, and avoid falling prey to third-party price gouging.  Just as we’re able to create the world’s largest Leave No Trace event — against all odds, in the middle of the remote desert — we can see this challenge through together as well. Read on to learn how we can make this happen.

The Man burns in 218 days, and we expect to see YOU there.

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BURNING MAN 2012 ART THEME: FERTILITY 2.0

Burning Man’s art theme for 2012 will be Fertility 2.0, wherein we contemplate the tendency of any being or living system to create abundant life.

Read the full theme text here:

http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm12_theme.html

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THE LATEST BURNING MAN TICKET INFORMATION

Here’s the latest on the Main Sale for tickets to Burning Man 2012, which will be wrapped up by February 1 …

It is clear that many people seeking Burning Man tickets for 2012 padded their odds by requesting more tickets than they need, and having friends, family and campmates ALSO register, ALSO requesting more tickets than they need.  There are an unexpectedly high number of registrants, and they are requesting 1.7 tickets/person on average.

As a result, a significant number of people will not be awarded tickets in the Main Sale.

And while it may seem at first blush that there’s a shortage of tickets available, the reality is that there are now a lot of tickets held by our community that will now simply be redistributed to those who need them. Based on analysis we hold a strong belief that things will settle out over the course of time, once that redistribution takes place, such that most everybody who wants a ticket will find their way to one.

In order to facilitate the redistribution of those extra tickets now in circulation, we have set up the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP).  The STEP is a web-based system that will allow Burners to sell their unneeded tickets, and Burners wanting tickets to access them.  This will allow for safe and secure transactions in a central place for community-monitored, face-value resales.

We would like to reinforce that we all share responsibility for preventing the scalping of Burning Man tickets. Burners can commit to only selling their tickets at face value, and to never buying tickets above face value. Friends don’t let friends buy from scalpers! We can work together by using STEP, keeping a vigilant eye out for scams and inflated-price vending, and reporting known scammers on our ePlaya ticketing thread, here:

http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewforum.php?f=290

As always, you can find full information about Burning Man tickets on our ticket page:

http://tickets.burningman.com

… and there’s more about it here on the Burning Blog:

http://bit.ly/z7oHsg

Burning Man actively discourages the use of secondary resources (eBay, Craigslist, StubHub, etc.) for the resale of tickets, and we encourage those who do not obtain tickets from the Main Sale/Open Sale to utilize community-centric sources to keep a handle on this process together. Please use STEP and/or direct local connections to known Burners to find the tickets you seek. We will post information on how to access STEP next week.

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BRC DEPARTMENT OF MOBILITY IS HERE FOR MOBILITY-IMPAIRED BURNERS!

Dani writes:

“Just wanted to let our community know that there is a camp for your mobility-impaired Burners.

I’m The Rat Lady and I am finally home! I know I thought for 15 years that I could never go to Burning Man.  I use a wheelchair, don’t have access to a generator and thought when it came to Burning Man, it is just too big, too dusty, to hard without a Cabana Boy (& I know I can’t afford one of those!). Well, I discovered last year that it IS possible for me to go to the Burn!!

The Black Rock City Department of Mobility Camp is a Theme camp dedicated to gifting mobility services to our mobility-impaired Burners. It’s by no means a luxury Camp, we are still dusty, many of our members bring small tents to do their camping, it’s still hot and cold, but we do make it possible!

We are on an electric grid, important if you need to recharge a mobility scooter, wheelchair/powerchair, oxygen concentrator, c-pap machine etc., Our camp is wheelchair friendly, all of our paths are designed with chairs and golf carts in mind. Our Sun Shower rig is wheelchair accessible by a ramp. Our kitchen area is wheelchair friendly as well.

For the city at large, we take out our fleet of mutated vehicles that can hold up to 14 at a time, with up to 5 wheelchairs, 4 times a day for deep playa art tours, so that the mobility impaired among us still have access to the Temple, The Man and the ART! We also shuttle out to the two main burns and some smaller burns as well.

This year we would like to expand into “Short Bus” service along “D” street from the 3 and 9 o’clock plazas to the three Arctic Ices, the three medicals, post office, Playa Info, The Man and our Camp in center camp. For those wheelies that are camping with others, you might want to position yourself near “D” Street.

We currently have room in our Camp for 25+ Burners in wheelchairs and 15 with mobility scooters and we can always welcome some able bodies too. Everyone is expected to do as much as they are able to contribute to our mission.

Please share this information with your friends and Camp members so that they can share it with their friends who always thought they could never come! Or with those able bodies who have a driving desire to make things inclusive for all! We would welcome both! Camp dues go toward in camp services, with anything left over going toward our Community Services for all, including those temporarily impaired.

We are also seeking financial donations toward our goals of the “Short Bus Line” and infrastructure, for the “Short Bus Line” others with Art Cars to expand our community services. If your Camp would like to help get the Line going please contact us.

If you would like to do a fund raiser to help toward the “Short Bus Line” , or bring your own “Short Bus”/Art Car, or help us in any way, we would welcome anything most gratefully.

If any of you have an Art Car with wheelchair access, we would love to have you camp with us or if it’s a very large Art car, coordinate with us to stop by our Camp, so that the mobility impaired can ride.

Our Website is http://BlackRockCityMobility.org It is still being added to, but can give a lot of info right now.
Feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions or to apply to join our camp! Please no Spam!

Dani L. Moore
Services Coordinator
Black Rock City Department of Mobility”

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IS THE MAN BURNING? A HANDY WEBSITE

Here’s a very handy website for you:

www.isthemanburning.com

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THE FIRST UNOFFICIAL BORDER BURNERS “ORPHAN BURN”

Here’s a great story we’d like to pass along from the Burning Blog … as our global community has grown, we’ve heard about more and more “Orphan Burns”, where Burners who can’t make it to the playa for Burning Man get together to celebrate on Burn night.  Here’s one that happened in El Paso last year:

http://bit.ly/wVslcS

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IS BURNING MAN A “WHITE PEOPLE THING”?

Caveat explores an interesting socio-cultural question around Burning Man …

“A close friend of mine was asking me about Burning Man.  She’s a black woman from Brooklyn. ‘Nope,’ she said eventually, with some frustration.  ‘I don’t think I’ll be going to Burning Man!’

‘Why not?’ I asked.  She should.  She’s magnificent.

‘It’s a white people thing!’

Whoa.  I asked her to tell me more about that.”

Read the whole thing and add your thoughts on the Burning Blog: http://bit.ly/Aubt9z

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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO AT BURNING MAN

In the last JRS, we neglected to include the link to this video … because we’re STOOOPID.  So let’s try this again, shall we?

Here’s a definite nominee for the best Burning Man video of 2011 … and it’s proving to be one of the most viral videos we’ve seen yet, getting picked up outside our community like a puppy at a bridal shower:

http://bit.ly/ynlxvx

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JUMP IN, THE LAKE IS DRY! THIS IS HOW COOL BURNING MAN IS

We just love the fact that Burning Man is an event where people can do THIS:

http://vimeo.com/35044254

Nice film work by Paynie!

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WONDERFUL BURNING MAN 2011 PHOTO GALLERY FROM WENDELL DELANO

We included Wendell’s 2010 gallery last year, and he doesn’t disappoint for 2011. Enjoy these beautiful shots!

http://explorerphoto.com/p784368813

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AROMATHERAPY ENTHUSIASTS: JOIN IN THE AROMATHERA POTTY PROJECT

Tracey writes:

“Burners have said that there’s no sense of smell on the Playa.
Yet visitors to the porta potties testify otherwise.
I am Tracey of Lamay Camp, Kidsville and last year I ‘found my Gift’.

I had brought some essential oils and essential oil blends I created to the Playa to scent my tent for hypnotherapy experience sessions. Finding my visit to our local porta potties less than inspirational, I scented every third porta potty with a blend and put a sign up on the outside of the door indicating the blend and its all-botanical ingredients. When I returned a few hours later to check on the scented porta potties, I found line ups for them! Soon, the Aromathara Potties were the talk of Kidsville. One person even said that it was the highlight of his Burn! So I started to think: What if Aromathera Potties appeared all over Black Rock City? What if aromatherapy enthusiasts shared their gifts at their local porta potties throughout the Burn?

So here’s the deal with the Aromathera Potty Project:
1. Contact me so we can get on the same page and so that I can get an overview of the spread of the Project.

2. Select/collect/create a handful of blends or singles (I suggest 30ml of each) to scent your local porta potties with. Here are the “Anarres Emo Oils” I used:http://www.anarreshealth.ca/catalog/3/essential_oils?page=3 I suggest every third or fourth porta potty to make the job manageable for you and to ensure that scent averse folks have a choice not to use an Aromathera Potty.

3. Create non moopy signs to post on the Aromatherapy Potties. Bring 2 per blend in case one goes missing. Be sure that the signs state boldly ‘Aromathera Potty Project’, name the blend in a fun but accurately evocative way (‘Furry Forest’ rather than ‘Fun Fur’ for an evergreen blend) and list all of the ingredients with the common and latin botanical names so that we don’t endanger anyone with allergies to specific botanicals. NO SYNTHETIC SCENTS OR PERFUMES, PLEASE AS THESE ARE ALLERGENIC AND NOT NATURAL AND NOT AROMATHERAPEUTIC ETC.

4. Once on the playa, implement your Aromathera Potty Project at your local porta potties! Visit every 4 hours or so, tidy your porta potty and flick drops of essential oil goodness on the walls. It only takes a few minutes and you’re done!

5. Marvel at the line ups at ‘your’ scented Aromathera Potties! Bask in praise, directed and overheard! Rejoice in the gift you are bringing to the Playa Experience!

Let The RRRevolution Begin in Your Senses!

Tracey TieF
Certified Natural Health Practitioner
416.535.9620 or [email protected]
www.anarreshealth.ca ”

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FORUMS FOR REGISTERING THEME CAMPS –  SF, CA (+WORLDWIDE) – FEB 15, MAR 24

We are hosting an important offerings of forums – the first ones ever held for Burning Man Theme Camps!

The first forum is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, 6-9 PM Pacific Time. That’s the date that the 2012 Placement questionnaire goes live. At least one subsequent forum – covering the same topics – will be Saturday in March 24th, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Pacific Time, to accommodate east coast and international time zones participants. The Placement questionnaire closes April 26th.

Our event is growing, and with that growth comes challenges for both the Burning Man organization and you. Our departmental leadership group and the Placement team have considered what topics would benefit the most from a dialog with you, with the goal of better setting expectations, and making things easier and more successful on the playa.

Topics to be presented to assist your success as a theme camp producer will include:

o       Tips for successful filing of the Placement questionnaire
o       How to get through Gate with ease: early arrivals, carpools, deliveries, & “outside services”
o       Ensuring a safe space for your visitors
o       Acculturating outside services for ‘plug & play’ camps
o       Heavy construction equipment: self-sufficiency, sharing with other camps
o       Meeting Health Department compliance
o       How to successfully de-MOOP and leave no trace: @ BRC and in surrounding communities

We hope you can join us in person at BMHQ in San Francisco (limited seating), or via webcast and phone. RSVP Call-in and web-in information to follow:

We are using last year’s placement camps list to invite camps to these forums. Please contact [email protected] if you are a new or returning
camp that wasn’t on the playa in 2011.

Thank you!

– 2012 Placement team

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FROSTBURN REGIONAL EVENT – PITTSBURGH, PA – FEB 17-20

Frostburn (http://frostburnpgh.com/index.html) takes place 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA over Presidents’ day weekend: February 17-20th 2012. Online ticket sales are open until Feb. 13.

When a group of Pittsburgh Burners thought to themselves: “What makes Burning Man special?” the answer was resounding: harsh conditions, amazing art, good people. And what harsh conditions were available? Winter, of course…cold, snowy, Pittsburgh winter. And thus “Frostburn” was born.

Imagine the climatic opposite of Burning Man: a frozen forest where ice and snow join fire and steam as mediums… where sharing warmth is not just a figure of speech, but a necessity. Where radical self-reliance and communal effort are critical for human survival…

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BURNAL EQUINOX NEVADA CITY – NEVADA CITY, CA – MAR 3-4

Burnal Equinox Nevada City
Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:00 noon to 1:00 am (March 4)
Miner’s Foundry
325 Spring Street
Nevada City CA 95959

Burnal Equinox Nevada City will feature the funky music of ALBINO! a 10 piece Afro-funk band from San Francisco. The event will open at 12:00 noon and feature Burning Man related vendors, food, costumes, mini-theme camps & more. Everyone who’s interested in a certain huge outdoor music/art/set-stuff-on-fire festival which happens each Labor Day out in the god-forsaken desert…….get here!

Albino as the feature band and others (tba)
Fire Spinning Performance by Beyond Fire! (formerly BeOnFire!)
Chill Spot!
Mini-Theme Camps!
Full Bar!
Fashion Show!
Inclusive event! Accessible!

A percentage of proceeds will benefit: The Miner’s Foundry and Black Rock Arts Foundation.

Cost: $20 in advance http://www.minersfoundry.org/buy-tickets/ (available by the end of January), $25 at the door or $20 at the door in Burner attire.

This is a officially sanctioned Burning Man event.

For more information, please contact Skirblah at [email protected]
If you’d like to volunteer at this event, please contact Terri at [email protected]
If you’d like to set up a mini-theme camp, please contact Kathleen at [email protected]

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

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

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

Official Burning Man Twitter Account – All Things Burning Man:
http://www.twitter.com/burningman

Black Rock City Twitter Account – All Things BRC:
http://www.twitter.com/blackrockcity

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