JRS Volume #6; Issue #24


Jack Rabbit Speaks… burning up the 67 days until Burning Man!

Yes, 67 days… at a web meeting last week, Camera Girl said, “Wow, now everyone else is getting ready for Burning Man too!” Eep! I thought. She’s right. Even the not-maniacal-all-year types are starting to eyeball their shopping lists, and gluing sequins to their dust goggles. One sure indicator for me is the vibe in the office. For the past few days, hardworking volunteers have taken over the Volunteer Room tables with one of the projects that truly signifies the onset of summer — stuffing Survival Guides into envelopes to send to you!! That’s right… if you have purchased tickets for Burning Man 2002, your Survival Guides are on the way, so watch your mailbox.

Electronically, we’ve got a call for help with directions to Burning Man from the pacific northwest. Those of you in the region can probably help with some info — check it out. And while you’re at it, look at the upcoming Burning Man participation events in Seattlegreeter training, ranger training, and a show me salon for fire performers, with Crimson Rose! There’s a great link to some pinhole photography from the event, and a fundraising plea from Freezing Man — your donations can help bring ice cream to the playa again this year (sing it with me now, you know the words: “ICE CREAM TRUCK!/YEEEEAH YEAH!/ICE CREAM TRUCK!/YEEEEAH YEAH!”) There are some volunteer ops, a Burning Man film screening, and an installation seeking percussionists.

Plus, regional events, theme camp fundraisers, and some other miscellany. All this good stuff, all for you, in this week’s JRS. Read on! Get down!


Table Of Contents

Directions to the playa… got tips?
Burning Man training/events in Seattle!!!
Pinhole photography at Burning Man
Freezing Man fundraising plea
Volunteer for Ranger OPS
Working for the Man — a classic Burning Man documentary
Whistleworks seeks percussionists
Ottawa burn
Midwest regional urban burn
Playa del Fuego planning meeting change!!
Temple of Atonement’s grimm and bare it
Linguistic Islands fundraiser
Phoenix festival

Burning News


Pacific Northwest:

For the last few years Wally Glenn has been maintaining and updating driving directions for the annual road trip from the Pacific Northwest to the Playa.

Once again, he is updating the directions with some snazzy new features including:
• pdf version (easy to print!)
• actual maps
• new routes
• complete list of CB codes & lingo
• Complete collections of diner lingo
• updated information on the cities along the way

Now he wants feedback!

Is there a gas station you like to stop at because the people are nice?
Food joints that are hazardous to your health?
Motels or rest stops that are simply worth the stop?
Places everyone should see?

Have a comment? Let him hear it! wally(at)gwally(dot)com

Wally Glenn
Mayor of Planet Wally


Seattle is the place to be for Burning Man volunteerism and performance opportunities this weekend!

RANGER TRAINING: Sunday, June 23, 10 AM – 6 PM

First! Seattle Ranger Training will be held from 10 AM to about 6 PM on Sunday, June 23rd, at the Small Faces Child Development Center, Crown Hill Elementary School, 9250 14th Ave NW. (206) 782-2611.

They are across the street on 15th/Holman Road from Dicks, a McDonald’s/Chevron. As with all Ranger Trainings, please do bring all needs; lunch, snacks and liquids.

Dirtwitch is looking forward to seeing you there!


Second! There is a Greeter training at 3:00 PM on Sunday: (This is a NEW DATE AND TIME!)

When: Sunday June 23, 3:00 – 5:00
Where: Industrial Arts Factory, Seattle’s new space for the fire and fringe-arts community.
3427 4th Ave S, just north of Spokane Street / West Seattle Bridge.
Map: http://burningmanseattle.com/images/iaf.gif

Important Note: Unless you really enjoy sitting on the floor, please bring a pillow or chair.


Third! There is also a “Show Me Salon” lead by Crimson Rose for fire performers. Maque da Vis & Tabasco of Pyrosutra will be the lead facilitators for what has become know as the North West Fire Conclave.

When: Sunday June 23rd starting at 6 pm
Where: FUNC center 160 N. Canal St., in Fremont. Parking will be along N. 35th street, from Phinney Ave. N to 1st Ave. NW, next to the center.

And don’t forget, if you’d like to connect with the community in Seattle, visit http://www.burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/contacts/regionals/us_wa_sea.html


This one’s for the Jack Rabbit, who, in a JRS last May, hinted that she was “waiting to see pinhole photography at Burning Man.”

Well, boss lady, here you are: http://www.pinholecamp.org/

Neat, huh? Ask and ye shall receive.


From Pete Gameche:

“I intend to operate the Freezing Man ice cream truck at this year’s Burning Man. The 1974 Chevy Step Van is in as good condition as it was before driving cross-country (I guess 4000 miles is a drop in the bucket when you’ve got 222222+ miles on you) and I am of able and willing body to drag it back to the desert from the tundra of Massachusetts.

“Unfortunately the last year saw me make the transition back to being a poor student, so the missing piece of the puzzle is money. I estimate that operating Freezing Man will cost approximately $2222* at the inside. I would like to collect $3000 for the project, in order to have an amount of slush in case of emergency. That’s $1 per piece of ice cream, and less than ten cents a smile! Any donation, from $10 up to $2999.99, will be quite gratefully accepted. If I cannot collect enough money to perform my Freezing Man duties, all donations will be returned (unless donated anonymously… but why would you do that?). If I can, however, all money left over from this year will be spent on Freezing Man 2003.

“Freezing Man plans to spend a year on sabbatical leave quite close to Black Rock City, so next year will not be so crushingly expensive. But this year I could really use your help. Please send donations via PayPal to gamache(at)ftso(dot)org, or email me to arrange other methods.

“Thank you for sponsoring a most excellent project, really.”

—pete gamache
Freezing Man-Handler

* $1200 for ice cream and dry ice, at least $600 for gasoline, $300 for registration, $50 for health department permit, $100 to build a new icebox, $50 in oil/coolant supplies.


Volunteers for Ranger support staff (Echelon) wanted!

The Black Rock Rangers are looking for volunteers to staff their newest department, Echelon. The purpose of Echelon is to support Ranger Operations at HQ (Ranger Headquarters) and throughout the playa.

Volunteers in this area will perform important, time-sensitive, behind-the-scenes, sometimes fun,chaotic, and/or surreal tasks to support Ranger Ops. Volunteers will have opportunities to interact with other BM departments, connect with the community, and gain insight into the inner workings of BRC. The Rangers have needs before, during and after the event.

They are looking for people in the following areas:
• Office Staff: check-in/check out, scheduling, database, HQ, reports.
• Logistics Supply and Delivery: deliver water, food, fuel, & supplies to HQ and outposts.
• Logistics Support: transport, carpentry, mechanical, set-up, breakdown, on-call locksmith, etc.
• Miscellaneous Support Services: as defined by skills and ideas of volunteers themselves.

Basic Criteria: Attended burning man at least once Ideal candidates:
• Excited and enthusiastic about creating and refining a new department that supports Ranger Ops.
• Wants to help build and be part of a close knit team that enjoys working together.

They want you! Please contact echelon(at)burningman(dot)com.

• Los Angeles
• June 28th
• Film Screening

This is your chance to get another look at “Working for the Man”, a documentary by filmmaker Susan M. Barron, highlighting the incredible effort of the DPW to build Black Rock City in the year 2000.

TIME: Friday, June 28th, 8:15 PM
Reception to follow screening

PLACE: University of Southern California George Lucas Building.
Screening room 108 (first floor).

PARKING: You may park for free off campus.
There is a short walk from Jefferson street onto West 34th St. on campus. The George Lucas building is on West 34th St. Map of campus: http://www.usc.edu/info/maps/

ADMISSION: Susan is requesting a $1-3 dollar donation to pay for the cost of the projectionist and reception goodies. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are welcome to attend!

For more information, please contact the filmmaker, Susan M. Barron aka Quiet Girl, at filmrag(at)hotmail(dot)com

• Playa Performance Opportunity

Whistleworks is looking for percussionists to play during their Steam Whistle performances. The Burning Chicagoans present a new project for their theme camp in 2002. Whistleworks will allow the citizens of Black Rock City to become ceramic artists and help build a steam powered musical sculpture that once complete, will be the centerpiece of drum circle performances. This project will be a prime example of interactive public art. In the Floating World, The Steam Whistle will turn water into music.

Whistleworks needs percussionists with their own instruments who will help create a drum circle to accompany the Steam Whistle on several evenings during the festival. The Steam Whistle itself is a whimsical industrial metal sculpture combined with dozens of ceramic whistles, that themselves are individual works of art. The true magic begins when the sculpture is filled with water and exposed to a raging (yet safe) fire. As the steam emerges through the armatures of the sculpture, it passes through the handcrafted ceramic whistles at the end of each armature. The escaping steam gradually begins producing haunting tones that vary depending upon the shape and size of each individual whistle.

More info, images, and video of the Steam Whistle is available at our website: http://www.barkley.org/whistle

Percussionists interested in participating, please contact: whistleworks2002(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Regional Events

• June 29th – July 1st
• Ottawa
• Regional Burn

Ottawa Regional Burn — Canada Day Weekend, June 29th – July 1st

Maple Man 2002

In keeping with this year’s theme — The Floating World, the Maple Man Planetary Construction Force (PCF) has created Elementia, three islands in a self contained world powered by the primal forces of Earth, Air, Water and FIRE. Come join us for theme camps, workshops, revelry and debauchery, smut puddling™, cavorting, hooting and hollering. And one helluva burn baby burn!


This will be a 2 day camping event at a wilderness location just north of Ottawa. We will return to the city in time for the Canada Day festivities, a kick ass house party, and costumed bar invasion in the Byward Market. There will be a limit of 75 tickets sold at $50 per person.

for more info contact Glenn — ottawa(at)burningman(dot)com

To buy tickets: In Toronto, contact Amazon smutpuddle_amazon(at)hotmail(dot)com
416 535 9815 (h) or 416 330 9021 (pager)

In Ottawa or to arrange remote payment through PayPal, contact Glenn Stowe — ottawa(at)burningman(dot)com — (613) 852-6086.

Ottawa page still to come in Regionals section at http://www.burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/contacts/regional_contacts.html.

Stay Tuned.

• June 22
• Milwaukee
• Regional burn

The original! Our five-year tradition of Urban Burns every Equinox and Solstice continues Saturday, June 22, at the BurningSnow Center for Experimental arts, 2578 N. Weil Street, Milwaukee.

Join Burners from all over the region in decadent urban comfort. An indoor simulation of core sections of Snowflake Village. Ultraviolet spike, kinetic sculptures, video projections, live performances, sounds featuring DJ Jazzy Mahatma.

Be prepared—the Man burns at midnight.

Some crash spaces/pancake breakfast spots available for long distance travelers.

Niacin, coordinator, Snowflake Village wisconsin(at)burningman(dot)com

Connect in Wisconsin! http://www.burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/contacts/regionals/us_wi.html

• June 23
• Maryland
• Regional Coordination Meeting

Last week’s announcement for the PDF planning meeting had incorrect info about the location. Please note:

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2002
Time: 6pm sharp (please arrive after 5pm) until an early adjournment or 8:30 pm
Place: 5151 Westland Blvd., Baltimore MD, 21227


Other Events & Such

• Oakland, CA
• June 21st
• Theme camp fundraiser

The Temple of Atonement presents: Grimm and Bare It
(a bdsm fairy tale)

Friday, June 21, 2002
9pm to 3am
18+ w/ID only

Chevil Ate Theatre
Directions: http://www.chevil-ate.com/directions.html

$15 in advance — $20 at the door

Temple of Atonement’s second major event of the year will be Grimm and Bare It: a BDSM fairy tale. Beauty and darkness, images of a maiden in distress, the brave knight and the evil queen will be mixed together into a tale of good and evil, of beauty and the beast.

We’ll head off into the enchanted forest at 10pm with a workshop in the play space by The Knotty Boys — Storybook Bondage. Then we will travel deeper into the woods with an open play space and performances by Incension and by members of the Temple of Atonement. All night there will be music and dancing in the main room with DJs Mitch, Ritter Gluck, and Fuzz.

Tickets will be available in advance at Stormy Leather or through PayPal on our website http://www.templeofatonement.org for $15 as of June 15th.

Tickets will be available at the door for $20. All proceeds from the event go towards building and running the Temple on the playa in 2002.

See you there!
Thank you for your support!

The Temple of Atonement

(AG note: The January TOA benefit was one of the best parties I’ve been to since the playa itself. Sweet, smiling people, cool space, great music. Worth the trip!)

• June 28
• San Francisco
• Theme art fundraiser

Z Center, 2211 Mission Street (at 18th), SF
Friday, June 28, 9 PM – 2 AM

Live music with vocal and dance performance, DJs, free massage, food, beer & wine, delicious artwork, and even a raffle for some exciting pieces of art donated by local artists awaits you!

At this year’s Burning Man, themed The Floating World, Travis Ortiz (and friends) build a poetic installation called Linguistic Islands that will be featured on the main artists’ walk between Center Camp and The Man. The Linguistic Islands are several fiberglass islands illuminated from within with slowly pulsating light, and poetry written on them. The archipelago will call to wandering travelers across the open playa to read poetry and experience the magic of the Linguistic Islands. Travis has received an artist’s grant from Burning Man which provides some seed funding, and they’re hoping that our community will come together at this event to help raise the remaining funds needed for construction of the project.

The fundraiser will be at the Z Center located at 2211 Mission Street (at 18th) in the heart of the Mission. Tickets are $20.00. Space is limited, so please visit the website http://www.atelos.org/islands/ to find out how you can pre-order your tickets. When you purchase a ticket, you will be automatically entered in a raffle to win art graciously donated by artists Lisa Hoffman, Holly Kreuter, M. Mara-Ann, Travis Ortiz. You will have the opportunity to purchase more raffle tickets at the party.

We need our community with us, and your support for this project is vital to making it happen. Please plan to come, if even for just an hour or so.

Thank you for supporting community art!
Travis Ortiz


• Klickitat, WA (90 mi. NE of Portland, OR)
• July 3th – July 7th
• Other events

From the Phoenix Festival organizers “Greetings fine people! Gather your costumes… Gather your friends… Get ready for a stomping good time! The third and final Phoenix Festival is quickly approaching. What a wild ride the past two years have been!!! If you have yet to experience Phoenixfest—now is the time! If you are looking or a place to test run your Burning Man themecamp, structure, or art installation—this is the place!

“This year should be completely full-tilt! The nightly Community Dances feature some of the most innovative live acts and DJs from all over the globe. Choreographed fire rituals are in the works courtesy of Pyrosuta & Izanami. In the day, explore over 100 acres of land… Interact with 1000s of interesting people. Cool off at “The Nest” — a gigantic shaded community space. Catch a movie at the Om Chai Theatre. Or even head down the road to the lake for a swim! This world is your playground!”

Full details: http://www.phoenixfest.com

Love and gushy hugs,


[Soundtrack to this JRS: Put the MP3 machine in my room on shuffle and got: LL Cool J’s “All World Greatest Hits”. Hahahah! Rock the bells!]

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