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Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 11, Issue 8
March 2, 2007


Well hello!

OK, it's 183 days now...which means we're just about at the Burnal 
Equinox...and you can definitely tell around BHMQ that things are 
picking up speed. The world of Burning Man 2007 is gearing up fast -- or 
should we say this year they never slowed down? Because it really didn't 
- hence the lapse since your last JRS. We've been busy, and so have you 
guys, and now we're halfway there.

A lot has happened since we left the playa. Burners Without Borders 
(updated website: http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org) is truly taking 
flight, and the Black Rock Arts Foundation 
(http://www.blackrockarts.org) are humming along nicely in their 
evolution too.  The Green Man theme 
(http://burningman.com/art_of_burningman/bm07_theme.html) is bringing in 
all kinds of excitement and energy (230 art applications up from 170 
last year) so really, it's easy to be hopeful and excited about this one.

...and THEN, last weekend in San Francisco the Burning Man staff hosted 
the first ever Regional Network Summit, and it was a huge success - safe 
to say it was very inspiring and enlightening for us here at BMHQ. 
Attended by over half of the regional contacts in the network (from as 
far away as Japan, China, and the UK, even) it was a truly connective 
summit full of information sharing and collaboration, and those 
enthusiastic and amazing folks that participated returned home with 
momentum toward great new projects and ideas in their local communities. 
We hear from all corners of the world about the latest stuff these folks 
have on deck, and it just gives us goose bumps. Awesome! Wanna see pics? 
Pixie was on hand to cover it all: 
http://www.pixievisionproductions.com/gallery/bmhq. And check out your 
nearest regional at http://regionals.burningman.com. Maybe your city's 
regional contact was here, too.

AND now, this weekend is it - the big Burnal Equinox Flambe Lounge event 
in San Francisco...check below for more information (or here: 
http://www.burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/special_events/index.html). 
But that's not all! This week we bring you *very very* important 
information - the questionnaires have opened and Placement and DMV 
questionnaires are online and ready to receive your info about your 
project or camp for 2007's Green Man! Time is short, so why not get on 
the ball? PLUS: tons of opportunities to get involved in projects of 
your own and off we go for the season: announcements about upcoming 
regional events (Hello! Singularity in Vegas and Nowhere in Spain!), a 
couple'o camp fundy events that'll be off the proverbial hook, and a big 
update about BRAF projects moving around the world.

Pull up a chair (it's Friday) and read up below as we start the downhill 
portion of our journey toward August. It's going to be a great year and 
we can't wait to see what you'll do to be a part of it. Seriously.

(Oh, last thing and I'll get on with it: Save This Date: March 31st, 1 
PM - 5 PM Burners Without Borders meet and greet at BMHQ - stay tuned to 
http://www.burnerswithoutborders.com or http://www.burningman.com for 
more info.)

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-BRC NEWS
NEW THIS WEEK, "THE EARLY YEARS" @ BURNINGMAN.COM
BURNAL EQUINOX THIS SATURDAY MARCH 3!
IT'S FUN AND EASY TO BUY REPUTABLE TICKETS (well, kinda)
BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION UPDATE
BUILD A DECK FOR YOUR GEODOME!
VIDEO:  "CONFESSIONS OF A BURNING MAN" DVD RELEASE
GET A MOVE ON (shipping for Burning Man 2007)
PICS/IMAGES/FUN STUFF

-PARTICIPATE!
GREEN HOUSE APRIL 14 @ BMHQ: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!
PLUS...ALSO APRIL 14...DON'T JUST SIT THERE, DO SOMETHING! (OPEN HOUSE)
REGISTER YOUR THEME CAMP!  GET A COOKIE!*
  MUTANT VEHICLE LICENSE AND DISABLED PERSONS PERMITS - TIME TO APPLY 
NOW!!!!!!
HELP BRING PERMANENT FIRE ART TO OCEAN BEACH IN SAN FRANCISCO

-REGIONALS CORNER
DARK SKIES - THE SINGULARITY EVENT: TIckets have gone on sale
NOWHERE - 5th-8th July 2007, Northern Spain (and ART GRANT INFO)

-OTHER EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
OPULENT TEMPLE - TONIGHT IN SF
BWB OCEAN BEACH CLEANUP THIS SUNDAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
DIVERSION GRANTS, Oregon
DUSTFISH MASSIVE 3/10 OAKLAND, CA
SPIKE'S VAMPIRE BAR FUNDRAISER, 3/24 SAN FRANCISCO

-ADMIN ON AND OFF

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NEW THIS WEEK, "THE EARLY YEARS" @ BURNINGMAN.COM

 From Larry Harvey:

Hello Everyone,

I've just completed an essay called The Early Years.  It may be found on 
our website in the red side bar of The Art of Burning section under 
Essays, Lectures & Interviews.  To go directly to it, click on the 
following url:
http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/early_years.html

This essay discusses the nature of interactive performance art and how 
this relates to the early history of the Burning Man Project.  It is a 
story that reaches back to 1992 in the Black Rock Desert. It also 
provides a snapshot of our almost-forgotten urban performances, 
beginning in 1993.  The Early Years is a mini-memoir of my personal 
experiences, and it includes a first hand account of the famous Helco 
theme performances of 1996, enacted both in San Francisco and at the 
Burning Man event.  Read this to discover more about the nefarious Helco 
corporation, the nature of Hell and the prospect of Heaven, and the 
rumored role of Satan in our hectic history.  The essay concludes with a 
behind-the-scenes account of our art theme in 2002, The Floating World. 
  I hope you all enjoy this illustrated tale of who and what we were in 
what is sometimes called the good old days.

Sincerely,

Larry

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BURNAL EQUINOX THIS SATURDAY MARCH 3!

Burning Man presents...

*Burnal Equinox*
*A Special Flambe Lounge & Black Rock Arts Foundation Benefit *
*We're HALF way there - on a FULL moon!*
*Don't miss celebrating the mid-point in our Burning Year...*

Saturday March 3rd    7pm - 4am
Mighty - 119 Utah St (at 15th), SF
$15 donation in playa attire, $25 in streetwear; 21 yrs+
Give generously and become a BRAF member tonight!
Doors open 7pm. Arrive early for happy hour drink specials, art 
reception, Burning Man schwagabelia (get it while it lasts!), prize 
drawings and superfantastic treats--for early birds only! Also get the 
inside scoop on the SoMa Park STAN Project! And stay late because the 
fun goes till 4am STRONG!

Featuring: outlandish art and art cars, amazing live performers, DJs and 
DJ collectives--including Flaming Lotus Girls, the Magic Bus, Cuatro 
Caminos, Dr. Abacus, Kid Beyond, DJ Sparkinzi, Laird, Majitope, Mark 
Growden, Smoove, Loyd Family Players, The Zoopy Show, Samira, Pink 
Mammoth, Deep End, Billion Bunnies, Safer Sex Camp, Camp Montage, 
Shiner, the Blood Vessel, Dan Das Mann and Karen Kusolito, Jack Haye 
with Noah Elias, Green Man imagery, a chill zone, and more, more, more!

At this mid-point between burns, we stand equidistant from our City's 
past and its future. A magical playa vibe takes control and for one 
night in the long winter -- Welcome Home! This Flambe, we dance to 
celebrate the evolution of our culture. Through BRAF, Burners Without 
Borders, Greening the Burn, the Regional Network, and year-round 
gatherings like this we make better realities from art and dreams!

  We invite you to participate in making the evening even more amazing! 
We'll be showcasing YOUR media brought to you by our stellar AV team: 
Celestine Star, Ron Halbert, Hal Rainbowpuddles, Jason Stephens, Carol 
Luna, Frank Schwartz, David Collin, Paul Carey, Louie Luxvibes and Peter 
Booth Lee! We still have room for art vehicles with chill spaces and 
some digital art! Contact flambelounge@burningman.com

  For latest info and future events: 
http://www.burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/special_events/index.html

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IT'S FUN AND EASY TO BUY REPUTABLE TICKETS (well, kinda)

Remember when buying tickets to go to a direct source if possible, 
through the Burning Man site or a walk-in outlet (outlets are available 
April 1st). Ticket reselling sites *always* sell tickets for more than 
they paid for them and are almost always above the current price level. 
It is hard to tell if these tickets are even valid because the owners 
will not give out ticket numbers or original buyer's names. So, be 
warned! If you would like help confirming a ticket's validity and price, 
email partiserv@burningman.com with the original buyer's full name and 
both sets of ticket codes off the back of the ticket.

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BLACK ROCK ARTS FOUNDATION UPDATE

**** Black Rock Arts Foundation 2007 Grant Cycle IS OPEN! ****
We're pleased to announce that the Black Rock Arts Foundation's Annual 
Grant Cycle opened on February 14th. Proposals will be accepted through 
March 31st at 5:00 p.m.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation funds interactive, community-based art 
projects across the country and around the world. Our hope is to support 
artists in collaborating with people in their own communities to create 
art projects that change the way people experience one another and the 
public spaces they share. PLEASE NOTE: The Black Rock Arts Foundation 
operates only in communities outside of BRC and does NOT fund art for 
the playa. Previously granted projects can be viewed at: 
http://www.blackrockarts.org/grants

The Black Rock Arts Foundation has provided grants ranging from $500 to 
$7,000. For more information about submission guidelines and answers to 
Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: 
http://www.blackrockarts.org/grants/2007-grant-cycle-application or, 
call Hale at 415.626.1248.

*** Detroit Dream Temple Project ***
In May of 2007 a temple will be built in Detroit, Michigan - and that 
can be said with certainty! The Detroit Dream Team and temple-builder 
David Best are partnering with local non-profit Motor City Blight 
Busters (http://blightbusters.org/) to realize this long-awaited project.

The Detroit Temple is, at present, a temporary installation that will be 
constructed out of discarded auto parts and installed in a Detroit 
neighborhood in need of some love.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is honored to be involved with and to 
provide support for this project, as we feel it reflects the core of our 
mission. The Foundation will work to apply much of what it has learned 
installing temporary exhibitions in San Francisco to the Detroit Dream 
Project and hopes to extend the collaborative lessons learned to more 
communities. The Foundation has agreed to provide up to $15,000 in 
matching funds for this project - please lend your support by making a 
donation today: http://www.donatetoblackrockarts.org/detepr.html

Check back with the Black Rock Arts Foundation homepage for regular 
updates on this incredible project: http://www.blackrockarts.org

*** Quadrapass, USA ***
In 2006 the Black Rock Arts Foundation granted 'Africa Burns' - a 3-day 
art and music festival scheduled for July 20-22, 2007 just north of Cape 
Town, South Africa. Granted funds will help support the creation of 
'Quadrapass' - a central sculpted fire vessel to be constructed over a 
series of public workshops held in South Africa, and led by artists 
Charlie Smith and Jamie Ladet. 
http://www.blackrockarts.org/grants/2006-grant-recipients/quadrapass/

To help garner funds and support for this incredible international art 
project Charlie and Jamie are building a U.S.A. version of the project 
and are seeking both workshop participants, and funders. Please visit 
their website, http://www.howhowhow.com for more information on how you 
can help realize this amazing project.

*** Black Rock Arts Thanks You! ***
Since tickets for Burning Man 2007 have gone on sale thousands of 
participants just like you donated online when they purchased their 
tickets - and we want to say THANK YOU, in fact hear us shout it!

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BUILD A DECK FOR YOUR GEODOME!

Do you have or are you planning to make a geodesic dome for Burning Man?
How would you like to have a deck on top?  Someplace you can sit and 
look out
over the city?  Well, here's a web site that includes photo, 
instructions, tips and a list of tools and materials for building a deck 
on your dome:
http://www.timefold.com/domedeck
It's a good weekend project -- not too expensive, and uses the same 
tools and techniques that building a dome requires.  This dome deck 
project was
designed by Howard Cohen of camp Nose Fish, creator of the "Desert Nose"
(the two-story geodesic structure in the shape of Buckminster Fuller's 
nose.)

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VIDEO:  "CONFESSIONS OF A BURNING MAN" DVD RELEASE

"Confessions of a Burning Man" follows four virgin Burners as their 
personal journeys become windows into the heart of Black Rock City. Set 
to a score produced and written by Graham Shrimpton (aka Darkhorse of 
San Francisco's Three Sixty Records), the documentary offers a visual 
rememberance of  the annual festival

Featuring over one hour of bonus footage, the DVD includes director's 
audio commentary with Paul Barnett and Unsu Lee. Recalling the annual 
event with a replicated Burning Man ticket and map of Black Rock City, 
the DVD also includes contributions from Kevin Epps (Straight Outta 
Hunter's Point), Anna Getty (Yogi Times), and David Silverman (The 
Simpsons, Monsters Inc).

"Confessions of a Burning Man" is currently available at:
http://www.burningman.com
http://www.windlinefilms.com
http://www.greencine.com

More on "Confessions of a Burning Man":
Learn about "Confessions" as the first film to account for the 
environmental impact of its DVD release through Terrapass's programs for 
environmental responsibility by visiting  http://www.terrapass.com
View the trailer at  http://www.burningmanconfessions.com
Enter to win a copy of the DVD at http://www.greencine.com
Buy the DVD at  http://marketplace.burningman.com

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GET A MOVE ON (shipping for Burning Man 2007)

We do have a resources issue that comes out in June, but  this shipping 
resource might give you (and your friends, your camp, your project, your 
regional group?) a chance to reduce your climate change impact and save 
a little green, so we thought an early heads up was in order.

Large/delicate art installation? Need help getting your camp to BM 
without renting a gas-guzzling SUV or towing a trailer?  Give me a call 
at OneSource: we ship anything from one small box to entire 53-foot 
truckloads, and we do it cheaper than Fedex. We specialize in shipping 
items to events like tradeshows and conferences, but we love the Playa 
and would be happy to help out fellow burners with a great deal.  It's a 
practical and economic option for Burners, and we can get you flatbeds 
and soft side trucks, in case you have to send something really 
unusually sized or shaped. We have the highest level of customer service 
(I'm personally on call for clients 24/7! Yep!), and I personally manage 
the loading and unloading of shipments to assure that everything arrives 
unscathed and on time. I'm creating volume discounts for Burners, so 
shoot me an email at jessk@myosl.com  or call 
303.327.1528 for details and to book your freight's transportation to 
Burning Man in 2007.

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PICS/IMAGES/FUN STUFF

CHECK IT OUT:

Burning Man's image archives from 2006...

http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/2006/06_art_funded.html
http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/2006/06_art_theme.html
http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/2006/06_art_playa.html
http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/2006/06_art_pavilion.html

And...
http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/2006/06_art_cafe.html

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GREEN HOUSE APRIL 14 @ BMHQ: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!

In celebration of this year's theme, the Green Man, Burning Man is 
hosting a Green House to help burners Green their Burn! The event will 
include a recycled eco-fashion show, music, and speakers and displays on 
alternative energy, grey water treatment, biodiesel, Leave No Trace 
practices and principles, and green vehicles/RVs.

How do you green your burn?   We'd love your participation in this 
event!  Calling all burners with green RV's, all recycled and trashion 
designers and all eco-performers!  Are you an expert in playa 
alternative energy or greener playa cooking?   Can you help with 
logistical and staging activities at the event?  Participate for a 
greener burn!  Email Karina@burningman.com! to volunteer

The event will be April 14th at the Burning Man Headquarters office: a 
day of climate change events throughout the country!


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PLUS...ALSO APRIL 14...DON'T JUST SIT THERE, DO SOMETHING! BMAN OPEN HOUSE

Burning Man Open House &
Volunteer Recruitment Day
Saturday April 14th, noon to 3 pm
at BURNING MAN HEADQUARTERS
1900 Third Street at 16th, San Francisco, CA
(http://www.burningman.com/office.directions)

Mark your calendars now! This year's OPEN HOUSE & Volunteer Recruitment 
Day is just around the corner, and YOU are invited.  Come and see where 
it all happens!

As you may know, Burning Man is a volunteer-driven event, with over 
3,000 people pitching in to make it happen.  This is your opportunity to 
meet the behind-the-scenes superstars and find a way to become one yourself.

Meet the Project Managers and Volunteer Coordinators who bring it all 
together.  Ask questions and sign up to learn more or to jump right in. 
  Meet over 20 departments that need your help!

- Help build BRC with the DPW, & join Playa Restoration to erase any 
trace of the city
- "Ride the edge of chaos" with the Black Rock Rangers
- Welcome folks to BRC at the Greeter station
- Support artists through the Artery
- Join the Geek Squad and help with tech support
- Illuminate Black Rock City by Lamplighting
- Become an oracle of knowledge at Playa Info

Green Pot Luck & BBQ - In conjunction with our concurrent Green House 
event, please participate in the pot luck PLAYA-STYLE: Bring Your Own 
Cup, Plates & Re-useable Utensils! Choose Organic Foods for Sharing!

Leave you car at home: location served by the NEW SF Muni T-THIRD 
streetcar service. Mariposa Street stop. (Service scheduled to open 
April 7th. See http://www.sfmta.com)

Don't be a spectator! - become a participant! It's a great way to meet 
people, and become more connected to the Burning Man community.

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REGISTER YOUR THEME CAMP!  GET A COOKIE!*

Whether you are starting a new theme camp, or returning with a 
long-established camp, you'll need to know the following for 2007:
* Our questionnaires for reserved camping space went live on Thursday, 
February 15.
* Our NEW DEADLINE for questionnaires and associated plans is May 31st.
* The "theme camp questionnaire" has been renamed the "placement 
questionnaire" to better reflect the breadth of the placement team's 
responsibilities.
* The link to our placement questionnaire starts here: 
http://forms.burningman.com/
* In 2006, nearly 40% of Black Rock City camping space was occupied by 
interactive theme camps. Participatory theme camps are prime examples of 
Burning Man's "gift economy"!
* For more information and the prepare for filing a questionnaire, 
please consult our theme camp information pages on the website at 
http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/ and 
http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/resource_guide.html  You do not 
need to reserve space to host a theme camp, and we always have more 
requests than reserved space available.
* If you have a questionnaire web account from years past, be sure to 
review and update your account's contact information, especially 
information for the additional email and phone contacts for your camp.

* Questions? Please write placement@burningman.com

* and by "cookie," I mean "a place at Burning Man in 2007."

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  MUTANT VEHICLE LICENSE AND DISABLED PERSONS PERMITS - TIME TO APPLY 
NOW!!!!!!

Hello to all you Mutant Vehicle creators out there.

This is just a reminder to you all that if you wish to bring a Mutant 
Vehicle to share with the masses at Burning Man this year, you must 
preregister with the Department of Mutant Vehicles.  The sooner you get 
yours in the quicker we can get back to you. Beat the rush and the 
subsequent back log, apply now.

Disabled Persons Vehicle Permit Application is also open - if you are in 
need of special driving privileges, you must also pre-apply.

Make sure to check the website for information on vehicles and driving 
at Black Rock City! Our pages have been UPDATED with new info, so we 
recommend you read it all even if you have before.

http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/playa_vehicles/index.html
Then follow the links to the application.

DEADLINE FOR MUTANT VEHICLE APPLICATION IS JUNE 30TH!!! Apply now! Late 
applications will not be accepted, and you will be out of luck to drive 
your Mutant Vehicle at Burning Man '07.

We can't wait to see you and your fabulous creations on the playa!

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HELP BRING PERMANENT FIRE ART TO OCEAN BEACH IN SAN FRANCISCO

Burners Without Borders (http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org) is 
putting the final touches on their project to bring lasting fire art to 
the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and your help is needed to 
finish the job and bring a little Burning Man back to San Francisco's 
beaches where it all began.

A brief recap: Last year, the National Park Service almost banned fires 
on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, due to consistent problems with trash 
and debris.  The Burning Man community joined others in opposing the 
ban. After community activists from a variety of groups put out a call 
to action through the internet including the JRS,  more than 3,000 
letters opposing the ban poured in to the Park Service, who agreed to 
give it one more chance--only this time, with designated fire pits.

What? A chance to protect beach fires AND build permanent, public fire 
art for San Francisco? As you can imagine, we had to be part of *that* 
solution, and that's how Burners Without Borders are now collaborating 
with the National Park Service, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Ocean 
Beach Foundation to design and build fire pits for Ocean Beach--to be 
installed this Earth Day, April 14.

After the call for design submissions, over thirty-five beautiful 
proposals were submitted, and four designs have been selected; a total 
of 12 (most likely three of each) will be installed on April 14th, and 
lit that night.

But just making the designs is only the beginning - we need help! 
Namely, we need to raise money to pay for this art. All told, we 
estimate we'll need $42,000, which includes enough for replacements, 
repairs, and maintenance. Although the Park Service could only offer 
$3,000 for the project, as of February 28th we've already been able to 
raise a whopping $28,550.

What you can do: click here 
http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org/current-projects-1/fire-pits-on-ocean-beach/ 
  to check out the designs, and then make whatever contribution you can 
spare.

You can contribute directly to BWB via PayPal, or if you'd like a tax 
deduction  make it out to 'Black Rock Arts Foundation' and send it to 
Burners Without Borders, c/o Black Rock Arts Foundation, 1900 3rd 
Street, SF, CA 94158.

And if you'll be in the Bay Area on April 14th, please plan to come down 
to our install/ignition event that afternoon/evening, when we light em 
up for the first time!

Questions? email Carmen Mauk carmen@burningman.com

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DARK SKIES - THE SINGULARITY EVENT: TIckets have gone on sale
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Greetings from The Singularity Core

We are very excited to announce that tickets to Dark Skies - The 
Singularity Event, have now gone on sale, and our web site is live and 
ready for action. Which means theme camps and artists can now register 
online.

http://darkskies.vegasartists.com

D.S./Singularity is YOUR South West regional burn! And, it represents a 
major step forward in the regional network as a whole.

Dark Skies - The Singularity Event will be held May 17-20, 2007 on Roach 
Lake. As always, this is a leave no trace event, there are no in-out 
privileges and there is no vending of any kind, except for ice sales. 
There are no pets allowed, and kids under 18 must be with parents or 
responsible adults. This is our 5th event on the beautiful Roach Lake 
playa south of Las Vegas and the second joint regional event held on the 
site.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT THIS TIME?
We're glad you asked!
For starters, we are allowing kids 12 and under in for free this time! 
(With parents of course)  We hope this encourages more families to 
attend this event and it is something that many of you have asked for, 
so there you go. Come on out and play with us mom & dad!

Ticket Dates
Jan 17 - April 1: $50
April 2^nd - May 16: $75
At the gate: $100
Though the event permit ends on Sunday, we encourage you to camp with us 
on Sunday night. Stay and help clean up on your public land and, the 
decompression starts promptly at sundown. (It's Vegas baby, we move fast 
around here!)

WE NEED YOUR HELP.
The heart of any event of this type is our wonderful volunteers. We 
still need gate captains, earth guardians, rangers, and perimeter and 
security staff. We are also looking for someone with a box blade grader 
to help improve the roads into the site. We need volunteers of all types 
and skills! Merely purchasing a ticket to this event does not constitute 
participation. Participation means getting involved. The way to get 
involved is to volunteer and help the event run smoothly. PLEASE GET 
INVOLVED, WE NEED YOU ALL. This is YOUR event, this is not a spectator 
event and it only works if we all help.

  When we say "This is your Regional Event" that is not some catch 
phrase, we really mean it. We could not be doing this without your help. 
Thank you all! Please visit the Dark Skies - The Singularity Event 
website here http://darkskies.vegasartists.com where you can find art 
and theme camp registration, tickets, volunteer opportunities, and other 
vital information. Many thanks and major props go out to School Girl 
Randy Winsett for his hard work in making this site rock! See you guys 
in May and thank you all so, so much!
BOOM
The DS/Sing Core.


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NOWHERE - 5th-8th July 2007, Northern Spain.

Nowhere, Europe's regional burn, is gearing up for its fourth year. 
We've been busy finding a new site with less wind and no thistles - in 
case we weren't aware enough of how windy the old site was, we've been 
evicted so they can build a wind farm!

http://www.goingnowhere.org

We're also expecting the numbers to double again this year, and we're 
looking forward to a bumper art year after deciding to increase the 
proportion of ticket sales going towards art grants.  We'll keep you 
posted about those soon.

Anyway, the news for now is that tickets went on sale on 31st January. 
As last year there are three levels of tickets:

O50 - low income - on sale 31st January to 28th February and for kids 
5-12 on sale 31st January to 30th May by emailing tickets@goingnowhere.org

O70 - adult tickets - on sale 31st January to 30th May online on the 
website at http://en.goingnowhere.org/tickets

O90 - full-price tickets - on sale 31st January up to 4th July (the day 
before the event), available online.

Being a relatively new event, Nowhere needs your support at the highest 
ticket level you can afford.  Please help us by buying the O90 tickets 
if you can.

Those of you with kids will have noticed that this year for the first 
time there is a ticket price for children.  We've committed to start 
accommodating kids, but we need parents' help in founding safe spaces 
for them.  There'll be more on this in a newsletter soon.  For tickets:
- you can bring kids under 5 free but please let us know
- kids 5-12 are welcome with O50 tickets
- kids 13-17 are considered adults for ticketing but must be accompanied 
by a parent or guardian

If you're wondering why tickets have gone up, it's because Nowhere is 
now big enough that we're having to form a company to deal with the 
authorities in Spain, and this isn't cheap!

++ NOWHERE ART GRANTS FOR 2007 ++

Art is vitally important to Nowhere, and we want to encourage 
participant creativity as much as possible. While Nowhere itself is a 
commerce-free experience, we recognise that the art costs money to 
produce and bring to the event. 2007 is the second year that we've been 
able to dedicate money to a grant scheme to facilitate projects at 
Nowhere that will involve and inspire the community.

This year we've fed the experience of last year into improving the 
process. We're granting at least five times as much money, and we're 
starting off several months earlier so you have plenty of time to build 
once the decisions have been made.

What is art? We're not just talking about sculptures - at Nowhere art 
can take any form, unrestricted by fixed definitions. In 2006 we funded 
large, visible works as well as interactive and performance pieces, and 
we are open-minded about the kinds of proposals we might assist this year.

The key dates for the 2007 grants process are:

     * Up to 12pm on 18th March 2007: applications accepted
     * 1st April 2007: grant decisions will be announced
     * April-June 2007: advance payments (see below)
     * July 2007: release of all remaining grant funds (subject to LNT)

All the applications will be read through anonymously (i.e. with the 
applicants' names removed) by a team of Nowhere participants, who will 
then decide which to fund based on various criteria, including whether 
the project will engage a wide range of the community on an interactive 
or visual level, how well it will fit with the Nowhere ethos and the 
landscape, and how realistic the construction and leave no trace plans are.

Please remember that we can fund only a portion of those who apply, and 
each individual grant will cover a proportion of the costs you list in 
your plan. We do not expect to be able to cover 100% of any project's 
costs. We also do not fund artists' time, labour time, or transportation 
costs, but will consider funding raw materials and material 
transportation costs (outside of artists' existing travel expenses). To 
encourage projects to complete their plans, including leaving no trace, 
at least 25% of each grant will be held back until after Nowhere. We 
encourage freedom of expression in how you present your creativity, but 
each application must be submitted electronically and contain the 
following information:

1. Your full (real) name, street address, phone number and email 
address. This information is used only for contacting you and will be 
removed from the individual applications by the Arts Secretary so that 
the judging team do not see them before the end of the selection 
process. Please make it easy for the secretary to remove these details 
by only including them in the covering email.

2. A detailed description of the project. What will you be adding to 
Nowhere, and how will your creativity engage and excite other participants?

3. A detailed plan and timeline of how you will transform your ideas 
from plans to reality, including the practicalities of building any 
physical parts. How many people are involved in your project? Remember 
not to include anyone's name in the proposal.

4. A full Leave No Trace (LNT) plan. How will you return the site to its 
natural state at the end of Nowhere? Include a named LNT nominated team 
member's details in your covering email (again, so the Arts Secretary 
can remove them easily). Your LNT contact will be responsible for your 
clean-up.

5. A thorough itemized budget. What materials will you be using and how 
much do they cost? How will you transport those materials to and from 
Nowhere and what are those costs? Will extra safety equipment and 
personnel be required?

6. Drawings, plans, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of any 
visible elements of your creative concept.

7. Tell us about creative projects you've worked on in the past - either 
for Burning Man or related events or elsewhere. Include photos where 
possible.

Make your plan as inspiring as your project is going to be! The fields 
of Spain will flower with your creativity this summer, as the Nowhere 
community continues to grow...

Please forward any questions and your completed grant applications to 
art(at)goingnowhere(dot)org.


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OPULENT TEMPLE - TONIGHT IN SF

The Opulent Temple, a large sound and art camp gearing up for its 5th 
year on the playa this year launches that effort this Friday with our 
brand of uber fun fun-raising.  Please come support our efforts to bring 
sacred dance to world class music once again.

Friday, March 2nd.
Opulent Temple's first step into the greening of BRC in '07
Behind the Green Door

event flier: http://opulenttemple.org/

At Mighty, 119 Utah St. @ 15th.
10pm-4am

$10 pre-sale on sale @ http://www.opulenttemple.org
$15 at door if playafied (just make an effort!)
$20 street clothes
10p-4am

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BWB OCEAN BEACH CLEANUP THIS SUNDAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

Forwarding this from Burners Without Burners. These monthly events have been
fun and productive. Come out and join us - or you could head to YOUR 
local beach (lakefront? park?) and start your own BWB project on the spot.

It's beach cleuanup time! The first Sunday of the month is almost upon 
us and that means it is time tofocus our attention to Ocean Beach. March 
4th will be the date and other groups are in on the action this month 
too!  In fact it seems that there will be such a turnout that one group 
has arranged 3 DJs to spin.

While it seems that our end of day burn is always quite an event and 
this one should be really fun, let's turn our focus back where it 
belongs: to the day's cleanup efforts.

We will meet at 1pm at stairwell 18.  This is a block or 2 south of Fulton.

If you turn into the 1st parking lot after Fulton, you will find 
stairwell 18; just look for the orange, red and yellow fire flag.  Since 
the days are getting a little longer, starting at 1 will give us plenty 
of time to do a thorough
job. We can work down from there and branch out if need be.  The usuals
will be provided, but work gloves, clothing layers and MOOP buckets will be
helpful for you to supply.  It's also good to bring some snacks to 
sustain you through the late day.

We can pass around a hat as sunset for a few bucks for hot dogs and
libations, or bring your own.

ALSO, save the date and find yourself a dirty spot in need of love, 
because May 5, 2007 will be the second annual BWB Worldwide Beach and 
Park Cleanup day...more info soon!

See you on the beach!


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DIVERSION GRANTS, Oregon

On October 21, 2006 something special happened in Portland. More than a 
simple party, more than a gathering of outstanding local, regional, and 
national talents, DIVERSION was a celebration of participatory art and 
culture that brought together the disparate sects of the Portland 
underground in a way few events have.

By melding the powerful forces of visual art, music, performance, and 
community, we acheived a near-perfect alchemical reaction that resulted 
in a "happening" of the sort that people will talk about for years to 
come. It was always our intention to give back a portion of the proceeds 
to the community in the form of grants. Little did we know, nor did we 
suspect, that this intention would result in such abundance. Beginning 
with just $800 in seed money, DIVERSION resulted in an abundance. It is 
now our turn to share that abundance with the rest of you.

After repaying and supplementing the seed money funds generously donated 
by the SOAK regional recompression fund, as well as donating $300 to the 
Black Rock Arts Foundation, we now have $2000 in profits that we are 
going to give away in the hope and knowledge that you will do something 
amazing with it. These are the DIVERSION ABUNDANCE GRANTS, and it is our 
token of appreciation for your support. With these grants we are hoping 
to seed the community, so that beautiful art can take root and flourish 
for years to come.

If you have an idea or a project that has been banging around in your 
head, now is the time to put pen to paper, fill out our application, and 
make it happen. Anyone can apply for a grant, but funded projects must
be a community-oriented creative endeavor that engages the participation 
of the public of the Portland, Oregon metro area.  Good luck, and see 
you next year!

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DUSTFISH MASSIVE 3/10 OAKLAND, CA

DUSTFISH INVITES YOU: "In the past there was that ~ NOW There is THIS! 
Among the masses of parties thrown in the San Francisco/Bay Area, 
precious few become legendary. Those of Us who came to DUSTFISH'S party 
at NIMBY remember it well --and We're still talking about it.  That 
party was truly epic.

It has taken Us two years to come down from the high --and to find a 
space big enough to be worthy of Our reputation -and then some.

Ladies and Gentlemen, WE bring you:


Saturday March 10, 10pm - Sunday
*Headless Point East*, an /enormous/, virgin space at 20th & Mandela 
Pkwy, Oakland
$10 before midnight, $15 after

Check out http://www.dustfish.com for the full skinny!

...OH, and look for BOOTIECHECKPOINT #11 in front of Mighty at the first 
FLAMBE' of the year on March 3!! WE'LL ALL BE HAVIN' SOME FUN!!!!"

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SPIKE'S VAMPIRE BAR FUNDRAISER, 3/24 SAN FRANCISCO

Come, wearing your vampish best to show your support of Spike's Vampire
Bar, the undead haven in the sunblighted wasteland of Black Rock City....

This event is limited to those 21 years of age and older. Please, no 
outside food or drink. No nudity is allowed.

Date: Saturday - March 24
9pm - 3am

Where: The Porn Palace
415 Jessie - San Francisco

Tickets: $15 Advance / $20 Door
Presale Tickets and General Donations
plus full fledged event info at:

http://blooddrive.eventbrite.com

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