Jrs V08 I22


JRS V8:#22:03.25.04

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks!
Volume 8, Issue 22
March 25, 2004

Greetings from sunny BMHQ! Straight to the news – it’s a busy week in Black Rock City…

If you haven’t yet cleared off your calendar for Saturday, April 3, here’s your reminder about the Spring Volunteer Recruitment Town Hall Meeting! This always-epic community event will be held at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, from noon to 3 PM. If you’ve always wanted to participate in creating Burning Man, but just haven’t figured out how, there is always a way for you to help out & participate. On hand will be representatives from all the Burning Man volunteer teams, just waiting to meet new recruits.

We’ll fire up the grills and have a BYO BBQ potluck, so bring some food to share. You can pick up the latest edition of the Black Top Gazette, too. The Town Hall Meeting is a great way to connect with the community, meet new people, and find new ways to participate at the event. We hope to see you there!

For more info, including a map to the building and bus routes:

Meanwhile, it’s a week chock-full of Burning Man news, so we’ll jump right in with both feet. 163 days!!!

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2004 City Surveyed
Ticket Update
Burning Man Film Festival In London
Friends of the Black Rock Membership
This Week at Burningman.com

Drummers’ Collective Wants You to Beat It
Save Our Screens
Calling All Scouts!
Chinatown Rising
Release Your Hips: Patrick Roddie and His Book

Announcing the Western Regional Burn Tour!
Arc of Reflection on Display in SF


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For those of you who are interested, please see Rod Garrett’s survey measurements and coordinates for the 2004 version of Black Rock City.

Burning Man location: -119 14 11.105358W 40 45 17.162029N
– Elevation: 3904′
– True North/South is along road at 4:30 o’clock
– Promenades are 50′ wide on the 3:00/9:00 and 6:00/12:00 axis, with lampposts every 100′
– The first road (Esplanade) is 2100′ from the Man, the next is 2500′, then every 200′ (400′ between 4:30 and 7:30 and fourth and sixth road), all roads measured from center line. The City is 8200 ft in diameter.
– The roads are 30′ wide, except the fourth and the outer roads (roads at 2900′ and 4100′), and 2:00, 3:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8:30, and 10:00 spoke roads, which are all 40′ wide.
– Man to the center of Center Camp: 2400′
– Camp Center Theme Camps radius: 250′ inside and 485′ outside (500′ radius to the center of the outer circle road)
– Outposts are at 3:00 and 9:00 on road 2500′, and are 250′ in diameter
– DPW and Fire/Services are 800′ from outer road, center to center
– Outer road to Greeter area: 1,100′
– Walk in Camping Area is within area beyond outer road to pentagon between lines extended from 2:00 and 5:00
– There are approximately 35 miles of roads within the City
– Man to outer fence pentagon points: approx. 6500′, 7600′ between points
– (pentagon contains over one hundred million sq.ft., or 2,300 acres)
– Greeter Area to Gate: 1 mile
– Gate to Highway 34: 1/2 mile
– to Gerlach: 13 miles
– to Reno: 120 miles
– to San Francisco: 337 miles

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Greetings from Ticket Land!

We thought it was a good time to give everyone a little update on how things are going in the land of tickets. The question is with so much going on, where to start?!

The following ticket levels are SOLD OUT: $165 and $185. The $200 tickets are SOLD OUT for ONLINE sales ONLY. There are a very LIMITED quantity available for purchase through MAIL ORDER and WALK IN OUTLET.

We are thrilled to announce our WALK IN OUTLETS for 2004. These fantastic folks have offered to donate their time and their stores to help our community have a different way to purchase tickets. Please remember these businesses are owned and run by members of our community, we should treat them with understanding and respect for opening their doors and helping out.

The Melting Pot
888 Virginia St
Reno, NV
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Cheap Thrills
1217 21st St
Sacramento, CA
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 :00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

1552 Haight Street (Upper Haight)
San Francisco, CA
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Berkeley Hat Company
2510 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 AM -6:00 PM,
Friday and Saturday 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM

All outlets will begin selling tickets on April 1, 2004. Each outlet will have a limited quantity of tickets at the $200 level as well as $225 and $250 tickets. Outlet sales are CASH or MONEY ORDER/ CASHIER’S CHECK ONLY – no other forms of payment are accepted.

Additional outlets will be announced here, on the website, and the hotline (415-TO-FLAME).

We have received many emails from y’all wondering when those tickets you bought early this month are going in the mail. The great crew at InHouse Tickets will start fulfilling and mailing your tickets this week. There are a lot of tickets to get in the mail, and it will take at least a week or two for all orders to be processed and mailed out. You should receive an email confirmation notifying you when your tickets are sent. Thanks to everyone out there for being patient – you will get your tickets very soon!

To order tickets online go here:

There are a LIMITED number of $200 tickets available for MAIL ORDER purchase!

To order by mail, CLEARLY print your first and last name, mailing address, contact info (either an email address or phone number), how many tickets you would like to order and mail with payment (MONEY ORDER OR CASHIER’S CHECK ONLY!!) to the address below:

Burning Man
PO Box 884688
San Francisco, CA 94188-4688

If you wish to have your tickets sent to you by secure delivery, please clearly indicate so on your order and add an additional $10 to your order.

Please remember the only tickets available for mail order are $200, $250 and Low Income.

For additional information about tickets go to the ticket page listed above!

See y’all on the playa!

The Ticket Team

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A date for your diaries…

The London Burning Man Film Festival will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of May 2004, at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, UK. There will be a photography exhibition, Burning Man specific art – performance & installation including fire and a talk by Executive Director Larry Harvey.

The film festival chronicles the evolution of Burning Man, from the very first burn on Baker Beach in San Francisco, to the event’s arrival in the desert, through Burning Man’s evolution into the popular consciousness, right up to today.

A big thanks to Yoms for helping organize this fantastic event! We’ll see you there!

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Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock is a group dedicated to sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon region for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau of Land Management is supportive of their efforts, and looks to the Friends for input, assistance, and support.

Friends is a non-profit that aspires to bring together the diverse users and visitors to the BRD/HRC area, while not promoting the interests of one particular group.

Everyone is welcome to become a member of the Friends. Memberships are available at the following levels:

Individual: $25.00 per year
Family: $35.00 per year
Student: $15.00 per year

The group’s Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on March 25, 2004 in the meeting room at the BLM office on Financial Boulevard in Reno. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you’d like to become a member, you can find out more at blackrockfriends.org…membership.html.

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This week on the home page!

* How are the camp plans coming? Thinking about your kitchen yet? Our “Playa Tip” has great hints on planning your group kitchen.

* A new “Tales from the Playa” from Kristin White Slye

* Featured thread on the ePlaya: Discuss how to encourage more acoustic music at Burning Man!

All this and more this week at burningman.com!

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The Drummers Collective exists as a clearinghouse and contact point for drummers who wish to contribute their art to Burning Man by providing music for performances on the playa and at Burning Man events year round.

One example is the Drum Consortium and the goals in 2004 are:
– Distill an Ensemble of ~ 200 players for a powerful drum rhythm that will accompany the Fire Conclave as they dance, before the Man is released in Pyrotechnic delight, Saturday night at Burning Man 2004.
– Have as many people involved and familiar with the music as possible before the playa.
– Have as much fun in the process and transform this into a year-round Drum Ensemble.
– Always wanted to learn to drum… now is your chance!

Please check out the web site for more information on how to participate and get involved:


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Contributions sought for Burning Man screensaver

New York City regional coordinators Cory and Leslie Bocskor are putting a call out to burners everywhere for contributions for a Burning Man broadcast screensaver. The screensaver, which you can download here: houseofindulgence.com/mode/index.htm already has more than 300 slides of everything from recipes and theme camps to playa art and tips and trix – and it updates with new content almost daily.

If you’d like to get some visibility for your theme camp, art, Burning Man gathering or just have a great photo or two to share, check out the website! It has all the information on the screensaver, and on how to prepare a slide to be broadcast out to burners around the world.

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Join “Girl Scouts Gone Bad”, the sexiest group of tall dusty scouts you’ll ever have a chance to encounter! (Brownies encouraged to come too!) Place for scout talk, cookie conversations, costume designs, and naughty pranks to pull whilst galivanting around Black Rock City!

Visit GSGB.tribe.net for more info.

We’re also looking to hook up with the Black Rock Boy Scouts, come find us and let us know if you want to play!

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Black Rock City is a world-class city, no doubt about it. It’s got public art of a density that surpasses any world capital, and an increasingly international populace. However, one of the cultural markers of any truly international city – from San Francisco to Budapest to Bangkok – remains missing. We need a Chinatown!

Creating this would be a boon for Black Rock City, and would create another level of community for Burners with a Chinese background or interest in anything Chinese.

Just a few ideas, for starters: Betelnut Beauties. Bad Kung Fu shows. The most elegant teahouse on the playa. Mahjong, go, calligraphy, and Cantonese cursing classes. Lion dances. A tweaked Ranch 99. Bobo tea and delicious dumplings. A bamboo man. You name it…

Write for more details and let me know why you’re interested and what ideas, skills, and resources you might have. I’m in Taiwan, and will try to bring as many folks over as I can, but it will be even more fun with you involved!

Ian Gabriel Rowen

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Patrick Roddie, the photog behind a great BM photo gallery at webbery.com, is working on a book based on shots he took at last year’s event. One of his series focused on nothing more than people’s hips, and he’s got a publisher interested in that, BUT he needs to know if he has your hips on file, and if so, if you’d consent to being in a book! (Ed’s note, all of Patrick’s pictures are posed, and taken with the subject’s full knowledge.)

He is, as he says, “in in a mad rush to get as many model releases as possible before my first deadline (this Friday, March 26th). Final final deadline is April 10th. I’ve more than enough released hips already, but the more I corral, the better the final selection will be. To that end, I’ve posted an appeal on my website and newsletter for hip subjects at webbery.com/releases.html. In return for a release, I’ll send them an 8×10 print of their hip to keep – and the chance of being in this book. Neither their faces or names would appear in the book, but the publisher needs releases to be on the safe side.”

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All these happenings and more are on our YEAR-ROUND CALENDAR. Check it out to find (or post!) upcoming events in your city.

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JRS Note: Over the past few months, the Burning Man Regional Contacts have been sharing notes about their local multi-day campout type events… Gary Taylor in Arizona came forward with an idea for a “Regional Burn Grand Tour” that showed how one could reasonably start attending burns in April and coast all the way through to the burn in the desert! While some of the events shown here are not official “regional burns” (a regional event will always include the regional’s Burning Man email address in the post) we have enough contact with the organizers of these events that we’re confident in including them in this listing… and isn’t it fun to imagine an entire spring and summer of burns all over the US?

Arizona’s Regional Contact Gary Taylor says:

“Several months ago several of Burning Mans Regional Contacts, “RC’s” realized through an email discussion that it really was possible to attend a great number of regional burns in a row! Yes, my fellow citizens of Black Rock City, it is possible to go on the road and spend months going from one burner event to the next – and then hit Burning Man to wrap it all up.

Introducing the Western Burn Tour! Travel the Western United States and even participate at regional Burns in Canada. We show you how from one Burner event to the next and immerse yourself in he growing culture that is expanding out from Burning Man and Black Rock Desert!

So hop in the car and let’s be off…”

++ RECOMPRESSION 4: April 2-4 2004 ++

Gibsons, British Columbia

Recompression 4 is the fourth annual Recompression gathering hosted by the Burning Man Vancouver community. We celebrate Recompression in an ocean side rain forest setting on British Columbia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. We are an active, friendly and diverse community, and we’ve always warmly welcomed Burners and other like-minded folk from around the world. Include yourself, include others!


++ XARA DULZARA: April 23 through 25th, 2004 ++

San Diego, CA

Xara Dulzura is an annual event produced by the Xaraproject. This weekend retreat and creative mythology festival creates a private, playa-style playground amid a green and living landscape for participants to explore, experience, and enrich with their art, creativity and hospitality. This year’s event will be the “Floralia” weekend, Friday April 23 through Sunday April 25. Registration, pictures and other information is all available at xaraproject.org. Questions and comments may be directed to Mark Hinkley at xara-project.

++ TOAST: April 28 – May 2, 2004 ++

Witch Well, Arizona

Load up the rig and head east to Arizona for Toast! The annual Arizona Regional Burn. April 28th – May 2nd Come out to Witch Well Arizona at “Area 51” and Burn Toast and Toast the Toasted man! Toast is a community of Artists, Performers and Musicians creating and displaying both large and small scale art as well as interactive participation within the Burner culture. Check out the website, toast-town.org. For additional information contact, arizona

++ 3SIDEDWHOLE – The EDGE OF CREATION, May 21-23 2004 ++

New Mexico

Journey to the edge of creation for this far flung and fiery trip into the Burner culture in New Mexico and drop the Jack Rabbit into the 3sidedwhole!

This name reflects our location at the edge of the Rio Puerco wilderness our alternative cultural roots, and the fractal nature of creativity – the turbulent edge where powerful change and beautiful patterns emerge.

The Edge of Creation – dream about it, and send us your ideas for the next level of inspiration, including workshops, healing and ceremonial events, music and poetry, sculpture, performance, and other creative blossomings at the edge. Visit 3SidedWhole.com for more info.

++ FLIPSIDE: May 27 – 31, 2004 ++

Dripping Springs, TX

Take a short break, hook up with some of the Burners you have met in New Mexico and Arizona. Then head south to Texas May 27th – 31st 2004 for the granddaddy of regional burns, “Burning Flipside”: Glitter Monkey Rodeo, Memorial Day 2004. Burning Flipside provides a creative haven right in the center of Texas. Sights and sounds abound as art and theme camps circle our grassy playa and rocky hills. Check it out! burningflipside.com, or write to austin.

++ PLAYA DEL FUEGO: May 27 – 31, 2004 ++

Odessa, DE

Or, you can head east to Playa Del Fuego! Near Odessa Delaware! playadelfuego.org This one is the big east coast burn that is held the same time as Flipside. Write to baltimore for more info.

++ SYNORGY: June 4 – 6, 2004 ++

Salt Lake City, UT

Now we are really “burning” up the road as you once again head North to Utah for Synorgy: The Utah Burn. This year’s Synorgy will be taking place on June 4th-6th. Synorgy is now in it’s 6th year here in the beehive state. We do our best to create a little slice of Black Rock City just outside of Salt Lake City. This year’s theme is ‘Candyland’ and everything candy related. For more info on Synorgy take a look at: synorgy.org, or write to saltlakecity.

++ CRITICAL MASS:IVE: June 25 – 27, 2004 ++

Washington State

Burned out yet? We hope not, because your trip is not over! Critical mass:ive is the regional event for Washington State and surrounding area burners. This year we have again secured Lake Bronson Family Nudist Resort, a gorgeous 80 acre family park complete with a lake, numerous tenting/camping areas, and theme camp village. The date for critical mass:ive is June 25th-27th, 2004. Write to seattle for info.

++ APOGAEA IN DREAMTIME: July 16-18, 2004 ++

Paonia, Colorado

“Apogaea in Dreamtime” July 16-18th. This event combines Apogaea – “Far from Earth” and Dreamtime – “time of dreams and creation” and will be an experiential forum where our ever-expanding community practices freedom of expression in an environment of participation, sharing, and creativity. Join us where our spirits are as high as the mountains and our minds are as wide open as the plains. apogaea.com dreamthefuture.org Ms. Terious in Denver can tell you more at denver.

++ BURNINTHEFOREST: July 18-28, 2004 ++

Vancouver, BC

Back North of the border in Vancouver he same weekend as Apogaea here is “BurnintheForest.” It’s a FREE weekend-long event held one hour north of Vancouver on public (crown) land. Details will be posted at escape.to/burningman. Again, vancouver will have more information.

Wow what a ride! We know that few of us have the time and money to actually take this tour. The idea was to show you how much the culture of Burning Man has spread in the last few years. This list of events we have shown is primarily in the Western part of North America. If we added all the events nationwide, both large and small you would be able to travel far and wide year round, living to burn 24-7. Burning Man is truly a global culture. To find out more about what is going on in your area and connect to people in your area and local events go to, regionals.burningman.com and click on your state or city.”

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For those of you in the Bay Area: Amy Stadler’s Arc of Reflection from Burning Man 2003 will be in a show called Concept One at Studio Z – check it. Show opens next Thursday, March 31.


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{Soundtrack to this JRS: MC Pastor B, ” Snaked by The Cabbage Thief”}

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