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Thu Jul 9 21:55:45 PDT 2009
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #24
July 9, 2009
====================TABLE OF CONTENTS=======================
+ THE 2009 BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING - LET'S DO IT!
+ WHY, THE "WHAT WHERE WHEN" IS COMING YOUR WAY
+ THE OFFICIAL POSTER FOR BURNING MAN 2009 IS NOW AVAILABLE
+ BIODIESEL BUS SHUTTLES TO AND FROM THE PLAYA
+ BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS COMMUNITY STIMULUS PACKAGE
+ BIO*TANICAL GARDEN ART INSTALLATION SEEKING GAZEBO OR DOME
+ GET YOUR STUFF ON THE CONTAINER FROM NEW YORK CITY
+ DREAMYOURTOPIA AT THE LOWLANDS FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS
+ WANT TO INVITE AN ARTIST TO DINNER?
+ SMELLS LIKE B(E)ACON
+ EARTH GUARDIANS ECO FABULOUS RE-FASHION RUNWAY SHOW
+ GODSPELL (THE MUSICAL) SEEKING CAST, CREW, & MUSICIANS
+ PROMETHEUS CUBE SEEKING STORYTELLERS AND WRITERS
+ ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ON THE PLAYA
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS MULTI-CITY FUNDRAISER - JULY 18
+ "TAKE FLIGHT": A GATHERING OF MAINE BURNERS - STANDISH, ME, JULY 18-19
+ NO SPECTATORS DAY - JULY 31
PHOTOS & IMAGES:
+ PHOTO GALLERY FROM WALFREDO CIRNE
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
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Hi everybody, hope your mid-summer reverie is made that much reverious
by thoughts of the impending festivities in Black Rock City. Right?
On to the business at hand. First off, we'd like to extend our
apologies ... as we were moving BMHQ, some of our processes got
knocked sideways, causing delays on some projects, including the What
Where When and the Burning Man Resource Listing. See, like, we had
all these grand plans and stuff? But yeah, we've landed, put our
noses to the grindstones, and, well ... it's time to get 'er done.
So, read below for details on how to kick down your submissions for
Recent Black Rock Desert visitors report that the playa surface is in
pretty good shape! This, combined with a return to the 2007 city
size, combined with the oodles of art installations and theme camp
applications we're seeing roll in, bodes well for much impending
goodness in Black Rock City. The Man, by the way, is built, and is
resting in its container, waiting for us. Read Slim's account of the
So, we love this time of year because we start to get post requests
from the wide variety of folks who are looking for people to join in
their efforts to stage adventurous and bizarre feats, from the sublime
to the ridiculous. Send yours in, and we'll highlight what we can.
Email jackrabbitspeaks at burningman.com with "POST REQUEST" in your
OK, that's it for now. Stay tuned for some logistically important
JRSs coming your way in the next weeks - this is the time of year to
really perk up your ears and start keeping notes, because holy wow,
you're leaving in less than two months! The Jack Rabbit knows, there's
a lot to do to get ready.
THE 2009 BURNING MAN RESOURCE LISTING - LET'S DO IT!
The "Resource Issue" -- the annual JRS issue with links to interesting
items and deals aimed at Burners is changing up a little in this year
of evolution...and yes, we're a bit late to start taking in
submissions thanks to the complexities of our office move.
We do avoid advertising and commodification around these parts, but
the Resource issue has been around a long time. Why? Well, we also get
so many questions from Burners looking for suggestions from others
about where to get stuff they need, and discounts on playa necessities
that you can't take advantage of if you don't know about them...so in
the interest of supporting you with info you want, we've annually
offered the Resource Issue. This year, we've just automated things a
little, and voila: easy peasy, SMOP, kerpow - a webform.
So, then: to have your product, service, or playa preparation event
considered for inclusion in the 2009 Burning Man Resource Listing,
fill out the form here:
Appropriate submissions will be added to a Burningman.com page that
we'll share in the JRS, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter.
Because we know small vendors have tight lead times for taking and
fulfilling product orders before the event, the window for submissions
is quite short: PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR LISTING BY TUESDAY, JULY 14.
Our goal is to have the page live by July 17.
Also: if you just can't stand to get this kind of "buying stuff"
chocolate in your Burning Man peanut butter, well, that's why the
Resource Listing will be a link you can click, at your leisure, or
not, which is cool too. We get you, either way.
WHY, THE "WHAT WHERE WHEN" IS COMING YOUR WAY
The What Where When (affectionately known around BMHQ as the
Whawhawha) is our annual publication of all the events, happenings
and ... well, whatevers ... that are going down in Black Rock City.
So, you got one of those? Make sure folks know about it, so they can
We're banging on the Playa Calendar to get it ready to receive
Whawhawha submissions - but because of behind the scenes delays, this
window will also be SHORT this year. We're telling you now: get your
events listing ready. Meaning, get your camp to agree on exactly what
time your Three Legged Blindfolded Roller Skate Race and Ice Cream
Social is going to be, and watch this space... we'll have the
submission form up for you next week.
We've got two versions of this thing. A digital version that anybody
can get to, with an unlimited capacity for the number of listings.
Then there's the printed version that's handed out at the Greeters
Station at BRC, and in that one, we only publish a limited amount of
listings, on a first-come, first-served basis. So point is, if you
really really really want to be in the printed version, get your
submission in quick.
Either way, remember: your event description must be 140 characters or
THE OFFICIAL POSTER FOR BURNING MAN 2009 IS NOW AVAILABLE
OK, when this Rabbit first saw our poster for 2009, there was an
audible thunk as jaw hit floor. Seriously (and no disrepect to Hugh,
DA and other illustrators of past beautiful posters), this is one of
the most amazing posters we've ever seen. The composition, the detail
work, the visual messaging -- it's a simply top notch piece of
artwork. You really need to see this thing ... it was created by the
same folks who did this year's ticket design.
Check it out, and get your copy:
BIODIESEL BUS SHUTTLES TO AND FROM THE PLAYA
Two biodiesel-bus outfits will be returning to the playa this year,
BioTour and BioBus (space) Shuttle, picking up passengers from the
Reno-Tahoe International Airport and making a pit-stop to stock up on
supplies at a local store before heading out to the playa. BioTour
will additionally be offering a SF-to-BRC shuttle on Aug. 30. And
BioBus will be taking reservations for anyone who wants to get back to
Reno from BRC after the event.
BioBus (space) Shuttle -- http://www.burncleanproject.org
Need a ride from Reno Int'l Airport to Burning Man and back? That's
right ... we're back for Year 3! Meet new lifelong friends on the
BIOBUS (space) SHUTTLE to Black Rock City. You will be scooped up at
Reno International and whisked to Whole Foods for a quick grocery run
and then on to the playa! This is our third year in a pilot program to
lessen our cumulative impact of travel to the greatest city on Mama
Earth. A $65-$75 donation to Burn Clean Project will reserve a One Way
ride to or from the playa, helping you to avoid burning petroleum, the
cost of a car rental, and the worst part of all—scrubbing the rental
car thoroughly enough so they don't charge you a playa-sized cleaning
fee! If you still haven't bought your Burning Man ticket and plan to
ride the BIOBUS, then please get your tickets shipped to you and carry
them by hand, to help the BIOBUS avoid long waits at Will Call.
Book today at http://www.burncleanproject.org ! We have biodiesel-
fueled rides on Mon 31st, Tues 1st, and Wed 2nd from Reno-to-BRC, and
the following Sun 6th and Mon 7th from BRC-to-Reno. A one-way ticket
is on a sliding scale of $65-75. Eco transport, no rental cars, no
petroleum, stellar people, Whole Foods, good times. Get a seat while
the gettin's good and please forward this to your entire burner
BioTour - http://www.biotour.org
Kick off Burning Man with an eco-friendly rideshare on a vegetable oil-
powered bus. Listen to the solar generated beats as we party our way
onto the playa ...
San Francisco Bay Area to Burning Man (Round-Trip): Donation - $250
(plus paypal fee)
Departure: Leave SF Sunday August 30 @ 9am. Pick-Up Location:
"Mighty" - 119 Utah Street, San Francisco
Food/Supplies: Stop at Trader Joes and Drug Store
Overnight: Camp at Pyramid Lake
Arrival: Arrive in BRC Monday morning.
Return to SF
Departure: Leave BRC @ Monday September 7 @ 2am
Arrival: Arrive in San Francisco approximately between noon-4pm Monday*
*Arrival time in San Francisco is dependent upon traffic leaving
Reno Airport to Burning Man Shuttles: Donation - $75 ((plus paypal fee)
Pickup Times at Reno Airport:
Monday Aug 31: 4:30pm
Tuesday Sept 1: 4:30pm
Wednesday Sept 2: 4:30pm
Thursday Sept 3: 4:30pm
Departure: Reno Airport: Pick-up @ 4:30pm & Departure @ 5:00pm
Food/Supplies: Stop at Trader Joe's and Drug Store: 30 minutes
Arrival: Arrival at BRC approx. 9-10pm**
**Note that it can take several hours to pass through will call lines,
ticketing, inspection, and drop passengers off at 3 central locations
at cross streets: 3 o'clock & B ; 6 o'clock & B ; 9 o'clock & B.
THANK YOU!! LOVELOCK ELEMENTARY SOLAR ARRAYS NOW UP AND RUNNING!
Black Rock Solar reports that thanks to all your donations and
support, they've successfully installed 22Kw worth of solar arrays on
top of Lovelock Elementary School. So, thank you! Read more and see
pictures on their website:
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS COMMUNITY STIMULUS PACKAGE
Carmen of BWB writes to say:
"BWB recently launched its $6500 Community Stimulus Package that is
proudly funding over 15 amazing projects worldwide, including
community gardens in Botswana and a circus camp for kids in
Massachusets. Wonderful partnerships are forming as we find even more
innovative ways to bring the fierce creativity of the playa to local
communities everywhere. You can read all about the projects as they
are happening on BWB's Blog at:
Thanks to all of those in San Diego who produced the $10,000
fundraiser this year that made BWB's Stimulus Package possible. Your
generous efforts are making an immeasurable difference around the world.
To keep up with the latest updates from the BWB community, we invite
you to join us on Twitter at:
BIO*TANICAL GARDEN ART INSTALLATION SEEKING GAZEBO OR DOME
Perhaps you're not able to make a monetary donation to support artwork
on the playa, but maaaaybe you can help with a thing you already have,
that an honorarium project needs? Check it:
"The Bio*Tanical Garden Art Installation is looking for a kind hearted
Burner to lend/sell us a sturdy metal gazebo or geodesic dome
structure. The dome/gazebo will be used solely to house the art
installation so nothing would be done to the structure or modified in
any way. lt should be approximately 10' x 10' (but a smaller or larger
structure could work too) and tall enough to stand inside.
Unfortunately the gazebo we were hoping to use has fallen through
quite late in the game. We are reaching out & hoping the community can
respond! Anyone who has or knows someone who has a dome/gazebo for
loan/sale, please contact Rossella or Justin directly at roxmund at gmail.com
or justindavella at gmail.com ... Thanks!!!"
GET YOUR STUFF ON THE CONTAINER FROM NEW YORK CITY
"The New York City container ships your stuff from the NYC area to the
burn and back!
We sell by the cubic foot and we go on sale July 7th at NOON EDT. The
first 2000 cu/ft sell at $5 and the remaining cu/ft are $6. Because
the containers get hot and go on the rails, we don't allow generators
and nothing that's touched gas. Nothing illegal or might go BOOM in
Please check out our website for information:
... and be radically self-reliant and read all the info!
DREAMYOURTOPIA AT THE LOWLANDS FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS
Former funded Burning Man art installation "Dreamyourtopia" (from
2008) is enjoying an extended life around the world. It's in the
Netherlands now ... cool. Dadara writes:
"It might be interesting for all those European Burners to know that
Checkpoint Dreamyourtopia will be performing border procedures and
issuing Dream Passports and Dream Visa on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of
August at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.
Dutch and English immigration forms are available through the
Dreamyourtopia website here:
WANT TO INVITE AN ARTIST TO DINNER?
This amazing and generous participant-founded program has been going
on a few years now, and we love to see this kind of inter-community
support happening, where people's talents are being applied to help
others excel in their own ventures, for the benefit of everybody.
Having one's cake and eating it too, one might say (insert groan
here). Read on, and participate!
Colonel Angus writes: "Have you heard about the Feed the Artists
FtA is Communal Art Grant through food; opportunity for early-arrival
theme camps to support our honorarium artists by offering them the
gift of nourishment, camaraderie, support, and appreciation.
Most of the artists work their asses off during setup week with little
time for interaction outside of their own crews or even nutritious
eating. So we figured with the gift of a simple heartfelt meal, the
Burning Man community could support its artists and help ensure that
they're not completely burned out by the time burn week rolls around.
We do this to:
1. Support Burning Man's artists
2. Create healthy and meaningful interactions between artists and
theme camps that promote bonding, collaboration and the sharing of
3. Elevate the role of food on the playa as an art form
The idea is simple. In addition to our own dinners, we match Burning
Man's funded artists with early-arrival theme camps who may have the
space, time, and a bit of extra resources to provide them a very
special gift ... a nourishing, heartfelt meal. A meal that provides
everyone involved with a brief respite from the stresses of playa
setup; a meal that allows two groups who may not have otherwise become
acquainted to "break-bread" together and discover each other; and,
most importantly, a meal that nourishes the bodies, minds, and souls
of all its participants, and ultimately, by extension, the entire
Burning Man community.
Last year, along with SEVEN other theme camps, FtA provided at least
one gourmet meal to EVERY FUNDED ARTIST who wanted one, over 850
people, and the responses from the theme camp hosts were phenomenal.
In many cases, the theme camps enjoyed the experience as much, if not
more so, than their guests!
So is your camp already going to be out on the playa during setup
week, and would you like to feed some artists? If so, check out the
It will tell you everything you need to know, including which artists
are available on which nights. Artist's crews range in size from 4–
40+, so even the smallest camps can serve as hosts. And we'll help
you every step of the way. Any questions? Email
SMELLS LIKE B(E)ACON
Back again for our fifth year on the Playa, the Black Rock Beacon is
gearing up for Black Rock City 2009, bringing you a unique mix of
news, opinions, photography and smoked-pork-product trivia.
Fueled by ridiculous amounts of non-vegan-friendly, high-protein,
chemically preserved porcine goodness, we keep tabs on what's going up
and down on the playa. We're planning five issues (six if somebody
burns the Man early), and we have some new equipment that should
sharpen up our photo quality.
So you're wondering, where do YOU fit it? Well, we hope you'll enjoy
reading us as you explore the city, and maybe drop by during the 23
3/4 hours we're frying up our namesake . But if you want MORE, we can
dish it out. We need a few good Burners to help us write, edit,
produce, and distribute the paper, and to give us a hand with the
preparation and consumption of tasty breakfast meats. Beginners
welcome, except in the kitchen. And, um, well, if you like our paper
and want to give us a hand via PayPal, we're up for that too.
Contact information and copies of all our past issues are available on
our website at www.blackrockbeacon.org. There's news to work on now --
for the web and the paper -- so if you want to be part of the longest-
running daily on the playa, drop by and say hi.
Lux. Veritas. Lardum.
EARTH GUARDIANS ECO FABULOUS RE-FASHION RUNWAY SHOW
Hear ye great Citizens of Black Rock City!!!
The Earth Guardians invite you to participate in our Eco Fabulous Re-
Fashion Runway Show on Thursday September 3, 4–6pm at the Earth
Guardian Pavilion. Strut your playa-friendly, eco-fabulous re-
fashioned playa wear. The theme this year, "Evolution", applies here,
with the evolving of your re-purposed materials.
All are invited to participate! So pull out those sewing machines,
that box of pins, go through the costume bins, the salvaged
materials ... use up those old tights with the runs up the legs ...
the bicycle tires with the holes, the likely and the unlikely. Please
contact Sassy for more information, and to be included in the line up.
Sassy: Earth Guardian
ms.sassafrassy at gmail.com
GODSPELL (THE MUSICAL) SEEKING CAST, CREW, & MUSICIANS
Camp Mystic & Cosmic Cowboy Present an Evolutionary and Burning Man
Inspired production of GODSPELL (music by Stephen Schwartz.) GODSPELL
is based primarily on the gospel of Matthew and is performed by a cast
of actor/clowns who make their way through the songs, as we, the
audience members, get to see the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly
and spiritually to life.
Performance will be on Thursday September 3rd @ Spanky's Village on
the Esplenade at sunset.
Rehearsals will be held throughout the month of August in Los Angeles.
If you are an Actor, Singer, Dancer, Performer, Choreographer, or
Musician and want to be a part of the fun, please contact Cosmic
Cowboy ASAP at: jonathan at jonathanyudis.com
PROMETHEUS CUBE SEEKING STORYTELLERS AND WRITERS
The Prometheus Cube art installation is sending out a call for
storytellers and writers to send audio recordings and written texts of
stories to be used in an installation on the playa this year. It's a
celebration of cultural evolution through myths, fables, and stories
filled with metaphors of modern life.
Full details on the project can be found at:
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ON THE PLAYA
We are big, big fans of Rocky Horror. So we're glad to see it
represented in Black Rock City over the last few years ... and this
year too! Check it out:
"Attention lovers of everything fishnet! For the fourth year in a row
the 6 Minute players will be putting on a live shadow cast performance
of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! We put the show on Friday at
midnight, so anyone who needs a Rocky Horror fix come on down to
Videogasm at Snowflake Village and give yourself over...to absolute
In addition we are looking for new cast members. If you would like to
join in the fun, have any Rocky experience or are just looking for a
great time, shoot me an email! There's minimal time involvement on the
playa (1/2 hour before the show) and we always have a fun time and a
great audience. Don't be nervous, you know you want to.
If you would like to view footage of our previous shows follow these
2007 - http://www.westernmassburners.org/bmrhps2007.html
2005 - http://www.westernmassburners.org/bmrhps2005.html
You can contact me, Shy, at shyshdy at hotmail.com."
====================EVENTS & HAPPENINGS========================
BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS MULTI-CITY FUNDRAISER - JULY 18
Coming to a City Near You!
This simultaneous, multi-city fundraiser benefiting BWB is going to be
a fantastic event and is sure to make a big impact in our communities.
Nine cities representing three countries including Toronto and Beijing
will be pulling out all of the stops on July 18 to provide a memorable
experience for all.
Check out the amazing entertainment line-ups and find out how you can
If you do not find a city near you, please consider donating a silent
aUction item to one of the locations that interests you.
Thank you to the hundreds of people in Reno, Detroit, Beijing,
Honolulu, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle and San Diego for the
leadership you are bringing to your communities in support of BWB.
"TAKE FLIGHT": A GATHERING OF MAINE BURNERS - STANDISH, ME, JULY 18-19
July 18- 19
Watchic Lake Watershed
Standish, Maine 04082
July 18th-19th, the new Regional Contacts for Maine, Snowflake and
Rhonda, will be holding a Burning Man event and food drive to support
The event will take place on Watchic Lake in Standish, Maine. This is
a private property and a private lake. The event will also be a food
drive for a local charity in Portland, Maine.
Please e-mail any questions and for directions to maine at burningman.com
NO SPECTATORS DAY - JULY 31
July 31 is No Spectators Day as officially recognized in San Francisco
by Mayoral Proclamation. We kid you not! True, and we're darned
proud! So ... how will you celebrate?
In San Francisco, meet at Dolores park on Friday 7/31 from 5pm to 8pm
for a park cleanup (we'll have trash-bags and MOOP-sticks); then head
over to Kilowatt (3160 16th St at Guerrero St., SF.) for cocktails and
If you live somewhere else, why not organize your own local effort?!
Let your imaginations run amok in the very best of ways. On July 31st
everyone is a Participant! We are encouraging EVERYONE to personally
embody the spirit of No Spectators Day through acts of self-
expression, civic participation, and gifting -- and to make a full
weekend of it! Here are some ideas ...
10 Suggested Things To Do for No Spectators Day/Weekend
1. Commit random acts of kindness and gifting!
2. Adopt-your-block, beach or nearby park - do a neighborhood
cleanup, and involve your neighbors. While you're at it, strike up a
game of sockpuppet croquet!
3. Make public art: Make some art and take it to the streets (but
Leave No Trace)
4. Dress expressively: Create your own Art-Parade – why save that
fairy-turnip princess costume just for the playa?
5. Going away this weekend? Then pack your bags! ... your trash &
recycling bags that is, and take LNT on the road with you! While
you're at it, learn more about the Burning Man Regional Network: http://regionals.burningman.com/
and get involved in other cities!
6. Volunteer for an Arts non-profit – like BRAF (http://www.blackrockarts.org
7. Create an art car or bike and go for a ride!
8. Get involved with a Burning Man Art-project – see these links for
artist needs (www.burningman.com/installations/09_art_brc.html) and (http://www.burningman.com/installations/09_art_honor.html
9. Engage in acts of civic participation – Burners Without Borders (www.burnerswithoutborders.org
) and Black Rock Solar (www.blackrocksolar.org) have some ideas. Or
you may wish to volunteer at a local school, senior center or food
bank, to name a few...
10. Instead of a garage or sidewalk-sale, have an Un-Sale or "Gift-
Away," where you give items away for FREE. That's right ... stand
around like you're having a sale — and surprise people by GIFTING it
Remember, it's No Spectators Day! ... Just Another Day of Burner
Public Participation thru Artistic Creation!
Enjoy NOT spectating!
====================PHOTOS & IMAGES========================
PHOTO GALLERY FROM WALFREDO CIRNE
Walfredo Cirne ponied up his gallery of photos from Burning Man 2008.
Check 'em out (NSFW, unless you work for Burning Man):
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