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Upcoming Events:

*** Whispered Dream: BURNAL EQUINOX 2008 Flambe Lounge! - Saturday,
March 8th ***

*** ELEMENTAL INTERACTIONS: FIRE! - Thursday, March 13th ***

*** Super Funky Expedition - Friday, March 14th ***

*** Brides of March - Saturday, March 15th ***

*** Fire Ballet at the Crucible - April 9-12th and April 16-19th ***

*** BRAF's 3rd Annual Flip Your Lid Fundraiser- Thursday, April 17th ***

Call for Particpation:


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Burning Man Presents...

Whispered Dream: BURNAL EQUINOX 2008
Saturday, March 8th, 8pm - 4am
The Whisper Ultra Lounge
535 Florida St., between 18th St. and Mariposa St. SF
$15 playa finery, $25 streetwear
21+ over
On 2 floors and outdoor patio all night + Roof-top Sky Deck open till
Happy Hour Drink Specials from 8-10pm and early bird treats and make-up
No ins and outs at this venue. Come early; stay late!
Music and live performances begin at 8pm!
Food service available at Whisper's Back Room Bistro

We're HALF way there! Don't miss celebrating the mid-point in our Burning

At the midpoint between burns, we stand equidistant from our City's past and
its future. It all begins again as we whisper our dreams into being. Soon,
the whispers will grow to a chorus and our dreams will reinvent reality.
Come stir up the magical energy of Burnal Equinox again and dance to new
dreams - for the playa, America, and the planet! American Dream-inspired
attire especially encouraged.

This will be an intimate Flambe Lounge with plenty of dancing on two floors
and an outside patio open all night. The Rooftop Sky-Deck will also be open
until Midnight.

Featuring: amazing DJs and DJ collectives, performers, artists, theme camps,
and YOU!

Dreamy participants to date include: Angela Mae - acrobatic clown antics;
August III; Bad Unkl Sista, Brett Levine and False Profit Labs; BlueFire;
BunnyJoe; Celestine Star; Celtic Forest by Laura Kimpton and Team; Clark
Hamon; Damian Janssen - Zsu Zsu the Crybaby Drama Queen; the fabulous Ms.
Connie Champagne; Dex Stakker; Dwoira - dance & contortion; Ethan Miller;
F'kir; The Flaming Lotus Girls; Floorcraft; Fou Fou HA! - theatrical dance
mayhem and trickery; the divine and sometimes emotional, HistErica!; Jack
Haye; JonBoy; Laird; DJ Leo; The incomparable lounge legend, Mr. Lucky;
Nilabari; NoMe; One Man Banjo - Sean Lee; Peter Hudson and a barrel of
monkies; Ms. Rosie - hooping; Samantha - serpentine moves; Satsi; Sharon
Rose; Shrimp; Smoove; Sparkinzi; Sparkle; Tony Deifell - WDYDWYD; TripKnight
members Adisa Mckenzie; Jerry Herbert; Lindsay Cooper & Tom Fraser; and MORE
to be announced!!!

This event came to us in a whispered American Dream.
Now we invite YOU to make Burnal Equinox 2008 a living dream of global

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1st  FLOOR
8:00 - 9:00      DJ Floorcraft
9:00 - 9:15    Special Guest
9:15 - 10:00    DJ Leo
10:00 - 10:15    Mr. Lucky
10:15 - 11:00    DJ Satsi
11:00 - 11:10    Samantha
11:10 - 12:00    DJ NoMe
12:00 - 12:20    Dwoira contortion to F'kir
12:00 - 1:00    DJ F'Kir + Bad Unkl Sista
1:00 - 2:00    DJ JonBoy
2:00 - 3:00    DJ Shrimp
3:00 - 4:00    DJ Dex Stakker

8:00 - 9:00    TripKnight: Lindsay Cooper &Tom Fraser
9:00 – 10:00    BlueFire

2nd  FLOOR
8:00 - 9:00      DJ BunnyJoe
9:00 - 9:10    Rosie - Hooping to her music
9:05 - 10:00    DJ Sparkinzi
9:30 - 10:30    Angela Mae/Nilambari dancing
10:00 - 11:00    DJ August III
11:00 - 12:00    DJ Ethan Miller
12:00 - 12:10    Fou Fou HA! - performance
12:10 - 1:00    DJ Smoove
12:45 - 1:00    Dwoira - dancing to Smoove
1:00 – 1:10    HistErica – performance
1:10 – 2:00    DJ Laird
2:00 - 3:00    DJ Clark Hamon
3:00 - 4:00    DJ Sparkle

9:00 - 10:00    TripKnight: Adisa McKenzie & Jerry Herbert
10:00 – 11:30    One Man Banjo  -  Sean Lee


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ELEMENTAL INTERACTIONS: FIRE! - Thurs, March 13th @ 6:30pm

Please join us for the first evening of our new lecture series,
Elemental Interactions: FIRE. These new events are designed as
conversational evenings about an exciting topic. Enjoy demos, talks
and performances at the eclectic Burning Man headquarters!

Elemental Interactions kicks off at 6:30pm next Thursday, March 13
with  an exploration of the physics of fire and its and history as a
performative medium.

The event will feature these exciting guests:

- Host Crimson Rose, Administrative Director and Pyrotechnic
Performance  Director for Burning Man and BRAF Board Member.

- Members of the Flaming Lotus Girls, 2007 BRAF grantees, will tell
us  about recent performances in Amsterdam and future plans.

- Special guest Dr. Paul Doherty, a physicist from the San Francisco
Exploratorium will explain and demonstrate aspects of the physics and
chemistry of fire.

- Acclaimed performer Vatra Amadzich will illuminate us on the history
of fire dancing and perform for the audience.

Spread the word! Anyone is welcome to attend. BRAF members and donors
are our honor guests and come for free! We want to meet you again and
show our appreciation for  your support.

Thursday, March 13th
6:30p at Burning Man Headquarters
1900 Third St (@ 16th St)
San Francisco, CA 94158

FREE for members/$10 suggested donation for non-members

For more information, click here:

If you know anyone who wants to become a BRAF member, this is a great
opportunity to make this event the first of many enjoyable benefits.

Please ask them to contact, call (415)
626-1248,  or visit for details
about joining our  community.

Also, stay tuned for our next Elemental Interaction in June:  AIR.

We look forward to seeing you on March 13th!

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Super Funky Expedition
Friday March 14th
9:30pm - Till the sun rises over the mountains.

From the twisted minds of Raindance and Cell Space we bring you an
expedition so Funky…… Its Super Funky!
We will be exploring the deepest jungles of beats and chilling with
the freakiest of wild beasts as we get down to the intense tribal
thumping of the witchdoctors of the turntables.

Join us as we set out together on a safari of discovery.
We will visit exotic places, greet groovy natives and get down with
wild animals on the vast savannas of the dance floor.
We have gone all out to transform the cozy confines of the Cell Space
into a jungle so strange and beaconing and funkalicious you will pop
on your pith helmet and dance you're a*s off all night long.

Bringing you the funky tribal beats DJ's
Kirk (Space Cowboys)
Mozaic (Raindance, Nexus)
Little John (Raindance)
J Tonal (Lo Pro Lounge)
Timonkey (Muti music)
Digital Honey (Raindance)
Tha Scritch (Flow)
Nisus (Nexus)
And more surprise DJ's to be announced.

Will there be crazy things to do as well?
Are you kidding?… we will have the crafting area in full swing with
wild animal making and a wild animal stampede raging through the space
at midnight.
Scattered around will be treasures to discover and pleasant spots to make camp.

$15 at the door
Safari gear encouraged…

The Cell Space is located at.
2050 Bryant St @ 18th
San Francisco

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The Brides of March

Saturday, March 15th at 2:30 pm

Meet up at Ginger Trois - 246 Kearny (near Bush)

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Fire Ballet at the Crucible

It's time again for The Crucible to set the dance world ablaze with
their second Benefit Fire Ballet.  I'm sure Squid readers would find
it an interesting concept, and if you want some real hot culture, come
check it out yourself!!     Attached is a full press release, and the
short version is below.  We really appreciated your coverage of
January's Hot Couture, and hope you'll find a spot for us in the next
few weeks to share this info.

For calendar editors:

What:  A Benefit Fire Ballet:  Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird: L'oiseau
de feu"  (A theatrical spectacle fusing ballet, break dancing,
classical music, acrobatics and aerial performance with fire and
industrial arts; this is truly ballet for today's audiences.)

When:  April 9-12th and April 16-19th, 2008  All performances begin at 8:30PM

           Firebird Gala Friday, April 18th  Reception 6:30 – 8:00PM

           (no entry or seating after performance begins; no photos
or recording devices please)

Who:    Designed and produced by Michael Sturtz

Choreographed by Viktor Kabaniaev of the Munich ballet

Principal performers: Tina Bobustedt, Easton Smith, Haley Henderson,
Darius Khashabi, Janine Fondiller, The Nekyia, Flavor Group and more

Made possible by generous contributions from:  The Phyllis C. Wattis
Foundation, The Hellman Family, Annette Campbell-White, Sharon and
                 Barclay Simpson, The Russell-Shapiro Family, The
Thornton Family, Ann Hatch and Paul Disco, and the Cohen Investment

Where: The Crucible

1260 Seventh Street, Oakland, CA 94607

2 blocks from W. Oakland BART

Tickets on sale now at

April 9th and 10th:  Ballet-for-All Preview Performances  - Advance
tickets $35, $30 Crucible members, $40 at door

April 11, 12 and 16, 17, 19th:  Main Performances - $55 Advance
tickets, $50 Crucible Members, $60 at door

Friday April 18th:  Firebird Gala $150 in advance

Friday night's Firebird gala includes fiery hors d'oeuvres, fine
wines, exclusive performances, and an opportunity to mix and mingle
with the cast.

All proceeds benefit Crucible's youth and education programs.

Contact: Jan Schlesinger at 510-444-0919, Ext. 28

Public Info:  510-444-0919

Photos:  Available on request or call for photographer's access.

Interview Options:  If you would like to interview performing artists
or Crucible faculty and staff members, contact Jan Schlesinger at
510-444-0919, Ext. 28

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BRAF's 3RD ANNUAL FLIP YOUR LID! - Thursday, April 17th
Tip your Hat to Art, Community and Civic Engagement!

Dust off your chapeau and embellish your noggin with your fanciest
headwear for BRAF's annual hat-tipping, head-turning, hair-raising
affair. Once again we'll be convening at supperclub san francisco, 657
Harrison Street.

Join us in tipping our hats as we proudly honor:

* Mike Farrah, Director of Mayor Newsom's Office of Community Services
* REBAR, 2007 BRAF grant recipients and creators of (PARK)ing Day
Our last three events have SOLD OUT, so please get your tickets today!

6:30p-2:00a Cranium - $250 includes early VIP hosted cocktail
reception  and auction preview/mixer, featuring ample passed hors
d'oeuvres,  spectacular performances, and a special gift.

7:30p-2:00a Noggin - $125 includes Ample passed hors d'oeuvres and
spectacular entertainment.

11:00p-2:00a Noodle - Join us for the after-party. Just $10 with adorned  head!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here:

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Black Rock Arts Foundation to Display Unique Zoetrope Installation in
San Jose, California

Fundraising for Whimsical Interactive Sculpture 'Homouroboros'Is
Underway for May 2008 Installation

The Black Rock Arts Foundation plans to install Peter Hudson's
interactive installation Homouroboros in downtown San Jose, CA. At 24
feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, Homouroboros is one of the largest,
most ambitious zoetropes ever created, and public exhibition of the
piece will establish a new level of interactivity for public art. To
date, nearly $28,000 of the required $40,000 budget has been raised.

The installation's giant tree-like steel frame suggests a Victorian
mushroom cloud, with 18 life-sized monkeys hanging from its curved
branches. Passers-by pound on six drums, setting the entire piece
spinning. Then using strobes at night or liquid crystal shutter
goggles  by day, a mind trick called "persistence of vision" causes
the discrete  monkeys to appear animated like a movie at 12 frames per
second – and the animation consists of a serpent-like human hand
feeding a monkey an apple!
Homouroboros is a whimsical take on a myth of creation, and a droll
commentary on our insatiable appetite for knowledge.  While some
public  art can seem removed from the audience, Homouroboros' offers a
perceptual experience and It requires people to participate in its
operation and creative vision to be complete. We are thrilled that
with support from the James Irvine Foundation and other generous
donors, BRAF will invite residents of an important and culturally
diverse city to engage in this experience at no cost.

BRAF hopes to exhibit Homouroboros for one month during Spring 2008
and is currently working to identify a downtown location that will
optimally present the installation to the public. Leveraging $25,000
in funds from a grant made by the James Irvine Foundation, BRAF is now
initiating public fundraising efforts, with a goal of securing at
least $10,000 more by March 20th to ensure completion of the project.

Hudson's piece first engaged an awestruck crowd at the Burning Man
festival in 2007. In a September story for Wired, author Brian Doherty
called Homouroboros the winner of the "Wow, did you see that?" survey
at  Burning Man. He says, "I've been chronicling Burning Man for 12
years, and never have I seen a piece whose combination of
interactivity and wonder both visual, technical, and psychological
captured more people, and harder, than Homouroboros. Every other
conversation that week at Burning Man '07 would come around to:
'....And have you seen those spinning monkeys?!'"

Exhibiting this unconventional installation will be an important
benchmark for public art in the Bay Area and make a bold statement
about public trust and citizenship.  Typically, this is the kind of
display you expect inside of a museum. San Jose is sophisticated
enough to host this piece in public despite its complexity. It's very
much part of the Silicon Valley culture that embraces
technologically-based artworks. We believe the people of San Jose will
respect the work. San Jose offers both a diversity of audience and an
affinity for technology-based art not easily afforded in other cities.

Hudson's achievement can serve as an inspiration to us all and as a
lesson in determination. The Artist characterizes himself as a "blue
collar" artist,  and is quick to point out that a community of over
50  individuals helped him create Homouroboros. Hudson chose to
translate  his personal discovery of the stroboscopic effect into
something that could be shared by many.

About the Artist

Raised in Ben Lomond, CA and based in San Francisco and Oakland, Peter
Hudson channels his technical and set-design expertise, childlike
curiosity, and creative passion into creating life-size stroboscopic
zoetropes. Hudson has spent 22 years in the world of stage and set
design, working with the San Francisco Opera, Ballet, TV and film. In
2000, Hudson began creating his own larger scale sculptural
installations, debuting his first major installation, Playa Swimmers,
at Burning Man that same year. In 2002, his work Possession garnered
international attention for Hudson when it was featured on the cover
of the Italian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Hudson's work
continues to evolve, culminating in his recent debut of Homouroboros.
For more information about Peter Hudson, please visit

More images of Hudson's fantastic monkey motion can be found on Flickr

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