Jrs V11 I03


Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 11 Issue 3
December 23, 2006

On and off info at the bottom…

Greetings readers! It’s been a while, yes it has. We love it how when we don’t post for a few weeks, you guys worriedly ask us if you’ve been removed from the list by accident… makes us feel just swell to hear that you miss your Burning Man news. But fear not! Remember, the JRS is an irregularly produced newsletter, (keyword: irregularly) so you haven’t missed anything…this one’s issue #3 for the 2007 event cycle, just in time to send you off with a little playa-dream-inducing food for thought to carry you through those long hours “talking” politics with your Uncle Ralph while lounging around full of egg nog in your sexy new handknitted snowflake sweater from Cousin Barb…or whatever you’re doing.

It being the end of the year, experienced burners are starting to get a little antsy, since mid-January’s our traditional start date for ticket sales. There have been some questions…the answer is January 17, but for now that’s all we can tell you, except watch this space for some writing on the subject. We’ve also had folks asking us about how to get tickets to “Sea of Dreams” on NYE…it isn’t a Burning Man event, but over the years this fab-a-lous Anon Salon party has become “the” hot ticket for New Years for burners in San Ferdisco, which must be why y’all keep asking us for information. You’re welcome.

It’s also time to open up the grant cycle for Burning Man art for 2007’s “Green Man”, and we can’t wait to see all the incredible, thoughtful, exciting art that’s going to be created this time…and the sooner the better, since folks have a bad habit of waiting to submit until the very last minute…get a jump on your creative jones and start thinking up your proposal now. And hey, if you haven’t read the theme this year, *really* read it, may we suggest that now is a fabulous time? http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm07_theme.html .

OK, enough. Let’s get started, AND let’s wrap 2006 with a couple of looks back at photos from the ’06 event, under BRC news…and then let’s look forward to one of the most powerfully fascinating Burning Man events yet! We’ll be back tomorrow with a second special-issue JRS including a special announcement about the future of fire on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, so be sure to check your email before you head out into the holiday week.

Posted live from snowy Salt Lake City…happy holidays!

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FLAME EFFECTS FOR ARTISTS CLASS JAN 6 and 7, 2007: San Francisco



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Hey future Burning Man artist…it’s time! Burning Man is now accepting art proposals for the 2007 event, and will be doing so until February 1, 2007. Your submission to apply for a grant must follow our Submission Guidelines (which we’ve just revised!) http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_guidelines.html Please read these carefully and be sure to submit everything required; we will not accept incomplete proposals for review. Please do not wait until the last 24 hours of the deadline to submit your proposal. The grant committee will be able to review your proposal much more carefully if you send it in during the month of January, or in early February. More time to consider your proposal results in a much better understanding of it.

This year’s theme, the Green Man, is detailed here: http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm07_theme.html .

Although theme-relatedness is not a requirement, we tend to favor work that connects with our annual theme. This year work using alternative technology, recycled materials and clean energy is highly encouraged.



An article titled ” Reconnecting Art and Life at Burning Man” by Burning Man’s Christine Kristen aka LadyBee has just been published in the winter issue of Raw Vision, the world’s leading journal of outsider art, published quarterly in London. The article, which explores the nature of the art and its relationship to the contemporary art world, features 19 photographs of art back to 1996. The cover portrays the 2006 burn: http://www.rawvision.com/rawvision/current/current_main.html .

An excerpt from the article can be found here: http://www.rawvision.com/articles/57/burning_man/burning_man.html We are currently selling this issue in our Marketplace: http://marketplace.burningman.com/catalog.php?act=view_prod_info&id_prod=22869&in=&i=&l=&sid=1165444331858500506407



Here’s the latest news from the website you love to hit when the boss is not looking. It’s ok, we won’t tell.


You bet…but not yet. January 17 is your day. Watch Burningman.com for more details, and watch this space for a message for you regarding how to prepare for the big day.


2002’s “Confessions of a Burning Man” is now available at the Burning Man marketplace on DVD.

“A visual and auditory journey, Confessions of a Burning Man is a feature-length documentary/art film that follows four first-timers–as they experience Burning Man. Their personal journeys are windows into the heart of Black Rock City. With stories captured in 2001 and 2002 by an international team of filmmakers on over 100 hours of film and video footage, Confessions of a Burning Man is a unique contemporary spiritual quest set in an epic desert location.”

Confessions is also notable as the first Burning Man film to offest its environmental footprint through the purchase of carbon offsets.


The aforementioned Raw Vision magazine is also new: (http://marketplace.burningman.com/catalog.php?act=view_prod_info&id_prod=22869&in=&i=&l=&sid=1165444331858500506407)

Plus, new regionals in Florida (more below in REGIONALS CORNER)…all at Burningman.com.



Our picture pick of the day is: http://www.facesofburningman.com

REALLY fun site exploring the many different kinds of people who participate in Burning Man. If you love to see lovely happy playa faces from all walks of life, you’ll have a blast looking through these images.

Patrick Roddie has posted his ninth year of Burning Man images – 1,375 pictures in 32 categories, all shot on film: http://webbery.com/bm06

Waldemar Horwat has nice pics of people and art: http://naturalturn.fotki.com/bm/2006/

Wendell shows us: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17911711@N00/sets/72157594348889923/

A note about photo sites: there are thousands of photo sites out there, and we Rabbits do not aim to be comprehensive when we share them here and there…just the favorites that have been sent our way.



Leslie Pritchett of the Black Rock Arts Foundation has an update for us at the end of the year – check out what BRAF’s been up to and how you can get involved in its exciting mission!

“It’s been a big year for our little Black Rock Arts Foundation, an independent non-profit formed just five years ago to bring the art and spirit of Burning Man to places beyond Black Rock City. In 2006 we made great strides in establishing the foundation as a vehicle for social renewal and as a means of creating new opportunities for interactive art to flourish in communities across the country and around the world.

Please consider a year-end donation in support of an exciting roster of interactive art projects now underway and planned for the coming year! It’s easy to donate online at: http://www.donatetoblackrockarts.org

In 2006, we supported 12 new public and civic arts projects, including:

* ‘Quadrapass’, a community-crafted, fire-burning sculpture being made for the ‘Africa Burns’ festival in Cape Town, South Africa.
* the public exhibitions of Michael Christian’s ‘Flock’, Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito’s ‘Passage’, and Pepe Ozan’s ‘Monicacos de Esperanza’.
* ‘ScrapEden’, a series of community-built sculptures made from reclaimed materials and designed to inspire people to recycle and reuse.

A call for proposals for the pilot project, ScrapEden SF, will be coming your way shortly and seeds are already spreading through regional groups around the country.

For more info about these and many other foundation supported public art projects, please check out our web site: http://www.blackrockarts.org This year we set a bold fundraising goal of $250,000, and we’re nearly there! We received our first major government grant from the SF Department of the Environment to pilot the ScrapEden project and another major grant from the James Irvine Foundation so that we could extend our Civic Arts program to new communities within California. In 2007, we will expand our grant programs and develop new opportunities for artists and community groups interested in creating interactive public art. The momentum we have generated cannot continue without your help.

Please support the Black Rock Arts Foundation with a tax-deductible year-end contribution:

* Make a Donation
* Become a Member or Give a Gift Membership to a Friend
* Donate Stock or a Vehicle (for info call the office at 415.626.1248)

You can donate online at: http://www.donatetoblackrockarts.org

Or, send contributions to:
Black Rock Arts Foundation
1900 3rd Street, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit, Federal Tax Exempt ID #91-2130056, and donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you very much for your great help and support!
Leslie Pritchett, Executive Director
Black Rock Arts Foundation



BURNcast is the podcast devoted to the Burning Man community…the latest green-related BURNcast is up and available:

BURNcast #022
Length: 21:34
Size: 10.5 mb

In this episode we speak to Los Angeles Decom organizers GeoFrey, Alayha, Kachina Katrina and Blue about efforts to green LA Decom and how to look at Burning Man in a greener light. Recorded October 14, 2006.

Kachina Katrina is the force behind the greening of LA Decom. Her main project is Evolutionary Center ( http://www.evolutionarycenter.net/ ), a theme camp that has emerged out of the Greening Burning Man movement that is focused around creating a more sustainable Black Rock City culture.

See how Kachina made LA Decom go green! http://www.la-burningman.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=5&Itemid=34

It should be noted that Blue suggested that the rules of the 3-Playa Community drinking game from drinking to the word “community” to the word “green”. Although we at BURNcast drink to that, we think our listeners would pass out before they reached the end of this episode. Needless to say, we’re sticking to “community”.

Also check out:

BURNcast #023 – BURN it!

BURNcast #24 – Sweet Jumps

A very special thanks to Lecter of http://www.nospectators.com for hosting these podcasts.

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FLAME EFFECTS FOR ARTISTS CLASS JAN 6 and 7, 2007: San Francisco

Attention all artists who wish to incorporate fire aspects into your art…this class is for you!

January 6th and 7th San Francisco will be the site of this exiting 2-day seminar that is designed for the artist who is interested in incorporating flame effects into their art.

On the first day we will have a classroom day where we will discuss NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines including NFPA 54 and 58 the LP gas codes as well as NFPA 160 Flame Effects Before a Live Audience. We will examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts. We will finish the day by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, pilot lights, etc. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials as well as the legendary clear propane cylinder.

The second day will be a shop day when the Box Shop, one of the Bay Area’s centers for fire artists, will host us. Our helpers will be members of the Flaming Lotus Girls who are proud sponsors of this incendiary workshop. With their help we will put what we have learned to action and create a one of a kind flame effect from what we have on hand. Write to fuelmaster (at) gmail (dot) com if you have elements you may like to incorporate.

This class will be fun for the artist who is thinking of incorporating a small flame element into their work as well as the more experienced fire artist wanting to take your work to the next level.

Leading this weekend will be Dave X, Fire Safety Manager for Burning Man, and his friend Erik Smith Chief Inspector for the State of Nevada Board for the Regulation of LP Gas. Shop assistance will be provided by members of the Box Shop and the Flaming Lotus Girls

The cost of this 2-Day class will be $90. Printed materials and a crappy but filling lunch of burnt hot dogs and whatever cheap sodas we can get will be provided, weather permitting.

Come and join us for this weekend to hang out with other fire artists and have a blast (no pun intended). We have room for 30 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event room permitting, but the class may fill. Send us an e-mail pre-workshop to ensure a place in this exciting seminar.

Please let us know if you are planning on attending by e-mailing fuelmaster (at) gmail (dot) com

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Outpost23 presents:

Discordian Disco

From their announcement: “In line with our vision to expand the community and reach out to lifeforms inhabiting other electronic universes, we’d like to start the night out with the best of New Wave 80’s for all the retro-heads out there. This will smoothly flow into an unleashing of our trademark sound of groovy, full-on psychedelic trance.

FREE before 10PM,
$5 after 9PM-2AM, 21+

Il Pirata: 2007 16th Street, San Francisco between Potrero Avenue and Utah Street



As always, the biggest, most diverse and culturally creative New Year’s shows are the Sea of Dreams shows raised by our friends at Anon Salon.

The full city block long Concourse Center may be a little short on intimate getaway corners, but if you want to kick off the new year in a spectacular and beautifully costumed fashion, there’s really no other option.

Anon’s creative team is pulling in some serious playa-tested deejays in Tipper and Bassnectar, and on Anon’s LunaSea stage, there is ZAP MAMA both nights – a truly incredible band featuring the regal Marie Daulne and her powerful band of afro-groove musicians and vocalists. And from Seattle, the delightful Circus Contraption.

And another world unto itself is the String Cheese Incident experience. If you were there last year…

But really, it’s the whole thing – the art, the interactivity, the costumes, the vibe – belly dancers … burlesque … circus … acrobatics … stilters … puppetry … DIY art making … sculpture garden … art galleries … interactive art installations… body painting … face painting … live art!! And ring in the New Year with Circularious, an interplanetary circus opera spectacular!

Saturday, December 30 & Sunday, December 31
@ SF Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th Street (@ Brannan), San Francisco

www.seaofdreamsnye.com for more information, tickets, and photo galleries.

And head to Distractions in the Haight to get tickets for only a $2 Service charge



: T H R E S H O L D :
Release the past and enter the horizon of a new present this New Year’s Eve. Portland’s own Black Rock Boutique and Monkey Puzzle combine forces to present two floors of sights and sound where the liminal phase betwixt “then” and “now” hold only opportunity.

Some call it a portal, a catharsis… Where will you find your : T H R E S H O L D :

Bring a coat/jacket (adult or child) to be donated to local shelters and get entered into a raffle for a lovely surprise.

Tickets and more information: http://www.monkeypuzzle.us
$15 until 3pm, Dec. 31st.
$20 at the door.

DECEMBER 31st, 2006 – JANUARY 1st, 2007 | 9:00PM on
320 SE 2nd AVE. PDX
Black and white gala regalia encouraged

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Hooray for new regionals in Florida! Burning Man welcomes these new friends who have stepped up to help Billy Sharpstick, the existing Florida regional, in their respective cities:

Alex “Soss Boss: Stenek in Miami: miami (at) burningman (dot) com

Donna Hynes in Palm Beach: palmbeach (at) burningman (dot) com

Trisha “Storm” Shao in Orlando: orlando (at) burningman (dot) com

They have stepped up as Regionals for Florida – in addition to Mr. BillySharpstick who can now be found at: tampa (at) burningman (dot) com

If you send a note to florida (at) burningman (dot) com it will go to all 4 of these wonderful folks. There will be new announce lists in these cities, so those of you who live in Florida who have been on Florida-announce should ping your new regionals to say hi, and those who haven’t plugged in yet, here’s your chance!


{Soundtrack to this JRS: Normal listened to LCD Soundsystem’s Nike Workout while she compiled and AG rocked “Waiting for the Kid to Come Out” from Spoon’s Soft Effects EP. Sweet!}

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