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Upcoming Events:

*** The Bright River @ The Brava Theater Center - Now Through February 20th ***

*** Burning Man Art Lounge Artist Mixer -  Thursday, Jan 21st ***

*** The Edwardian Ball 2010 - Fri & Sat, Jan 22nd & 23rd ***

*** Algae Lab Workshop - Sunday, Jan 31st ***

*** MALWARE - Saturday, Feb 6th ***

*** Dust & Illusions, BM film at SF DOCFEST - Thursday, Feb 11th ***

Call for Participation:

*** Host a Regional! Housing needed for BM Regional Summit ***

*** The Mobile Calendar needs your used calendars! ***

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The Bright River

Climate Theater, Anon Events & 37 North present:

The return engagement of 2005's critically acclaimed hit

A mass transit tour of the afterlife

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street @ York, between Bryant & Potrero, San Francisco, 94110

January 8 through February 20th
Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 7pm
Doors open one hour before showtime

Tickets $17-35

Written and performed by Tim Barsky
Kevin Carnes (Broun Fellinis) – drum set and samples
Alex Kelly (Mark Growden band) – cello and electronics
Carlos Aguirre (Felonious) – beatbox and live looping

Directed by: Jessica Heidt
Set Design: Mellie Katakalos
Lighting Design: Heather Basarab
Costume Design: Rachel Hospodar/Medium Reality
Music Director: Jessica Ivry
General Manager: David Gluck

"Hop a subway to a restless hip-hop underworld.... A curious and often
transfixing amalgam of Jewish, Greek and other folklore, film noir
narrative, adventures in mass transit and riveting, beatbox-driven
rhythms." - Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

Experience the Bright River's San Francisco noir underworld
environment before and after the show with unique decor, djs, live
music, refreshments and light fare. Socialize early and stay after the
show for unique live culture in the heart of the city.

Easy Parking located 2 blocks away, right next to SF General Hospital
2500 24th St., San Francisco, CA, 94110
(415) 206-8770
open 24 hours
$1.50/hr, max. $12

More info:
Ticketing:, 1-800-838-3006

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Burning Man ART LOUNGE artist mixer

WHEN: Thursday, January 21st from 7-9PM
WHERE: Jellyfish Gallery, 1286 Folsom Street, near Ninth
You must RSVP if you wish to attend to

This event is a social mixer for artists who created work for Burning Man
last year and/or are planning art projects this coming year. Your creative
spirit gives so much to Black Rock City and the world, that we want to thank
you for your inventiveness and resourcefulness. It is also for Art
Department volunteers who assist artists on the playa with a dedication
and creative energy all their own. We hope this will be an opportunity to
meet one another and spark increased creative cross-pollination and

Please  join the Burning Man staff, members of the Art Department and ARTery
volunteers, for a little reception for our yearly gathering in
appreciation of YOU.

At approximately 7:30pm there will be brief introductions and a short talk
about this years theme: "Metropolis".

To attend, please RSVP if you wish to attend to It's an intimate space, and we need an exact number to plan for.

Thanks and hope to see you there!!!

PS. This is not the place to review Burning Man art grant proposals with Art
Staff, though staff will be on hand who can answer basic questions regarding
the process. Remember the deadline to submit art grant proposals for Burning
Man this year is February 1st. Everything you need to know is here:
We've recently rewritten the information, so it's worth a read!!

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“The Edwardian Gardens,” or, Our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

The award-winning Edwardian Ball transforms the historic Regency Ballroom into a garden of delights, Friday and Saturday January 22nd and 23rd, 2010.  Join a magical indoor/outdoor symphony of music, theatre, dance, art, storytelling, circus arts, fashion, technology, and, of course, the art & stories of Edward Gorey.  The festivities feature a dizzying assortment of artists and performers including Vau de Vire Society, Rosin Coven, Agent Ribbons, City Circus, Dark Garden, Vima Dance, Miz Margo, Smoove, Delachaux and much more.  High-flying trapezes and steam-powered machines paint an elegant backdrop for costumed ballgoers reveling through the night. Here, the old world meets the world-to-be with an unforgettable tip of the top hat, cinch of the corset, and a splash of absinthe poured over a silver spoon.

Friday, January 22nd – The Edwardian World's Faire
Featuring Vagabond Opera, Agent Ribbons, Kinetic Steam Works, Dark Garden Corsetry, Fou Fou HA!, City Circus, Vima Dance Expo, Shovelman, Delachaux, Smoove, Rachel Brice of The Indigo, and Emcee Kingfish of the Hubba Hubba Revue.

Saturday, January 23rd – The 10th Annual Edwardian Ball featuring “The Evil Garden”
Gorey tales brought to life on stage by co-hosts and creators Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society, plus “Belle of the Ball” Jill Tracy, Miz Margo, Vima Vice Squad, Fou Fou HA!, Delachaux, Kitten On The Keys, ballroom dancing, Edwardian portrait studio and surprise guests.

Both Days:
Hall of Fine Arts & Cabinets of Wonder curated by Will Chase Arts, Exposition of Technology by KSW, and The Edwardian Vendor Bazaar & Croquet Gardens, also open for the first time this year on Saturday Jan 23rd from NOON-7:00PM for shopping & leisure (free!)

Doors and show both nights at 8pm til 2am, all ages welcome.
To purchase tickets & get details visit
GA and reserved seating available but going fast!
Questions?  Write

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Algae Lab Workshop
Sunday, January 31st, 11am-6pm

Hello fellow algae-philes!

The last time we announced these workshops there was a lot of excitement -- but then we had to postpone.  Finally, we are truly ON, and we have something special to share with you: the chance to become an algae farmer right away in your own home...

It's the Personal PhotoBioReactor!  We have built the first one and are testing it out.  In the next workshop series, I'll teach about algae and algae farming in general, then about my experiences growing particular species, including spirulina in my home.  You can go home with everything you need to start growing live, fresh spirulina, harvesting it, and significantly supplement your diet with this superfood.

If you want to grow other species in your PPBRs, or if you have more room & want to grow on a larger scale for food or fuel, we'll support that as well. Everyone will be encouraged to share their experiences, advice, and questions on the ALGAELAB.ORG site.

For those who live far from the Bay Area, there will be How-To's and instructional materials so you can build your own...

The first workshop will be Sunday, January 31st, 11am-6pm, in Berkeley, CA.  $150, or $250 to take home your own personal PBR.  Hope to see you there!

For more info, visit  To sign up, email

In green glory,
Dr. Aaron Baum

P.S. I am working at NASA these days, on a project extending the OMEGA concept:

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Saturday, February 6th
2146 32nd AVe SF CA 94116

On February 6th, MalLabel Music will present an event unlike any previous the label has attempted. We are proud to bring you MALWARE, an up-close-and-personal listening party infected with a luxury listening vibe.

This event will be presented in full 360º surround sound and full 360º live visuals presented by SATSI. We plan to sell out the venue, as we are only making 220 tickets available to prevent overcrowding, and to promote a tight-knit atmosphere for the listening pleasure of the lucky crew that gets their tickets early!

Photography by Kelly Koehler
Video by Lux Vibes will also be taken for the duration of the evening

18+ 9PM - 6AM

100 $30 Presales / 100 $40 Presales / 20 $50 Presales

At The Event:
• $40 Prize for best MALWARE themed costume!
• Outdoor fun area with play domes provided by Camp ?
• Live painting by Sparkuhl and Sasquatch 23
• The world famous Photoboof!!!!



DOWNLINK(Rottun//Filthy Digital//Dirty Circuit), CEEKER(Savory Audio//Betamorph//Filthy Digital), BLACKHEART(MalLabel//Redline//Brap Dem!), ZOMBIE-J(MalLabel), EL DIABLO(MalLabel), SKULLTRANE(MalLabel//Cutty Dubs), MYCHO PAN COCOA(MalLabel//Fringe), RASTATRONICS(Subwize//MalLabel), FIRE LIEBER(Subwize//MalLabel), SIght(MalLabel)


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Thursday, February 11th

After 9 months of sold out screenings through the states, and a success at San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, here is the 1st of a series of screenings in San Francisco & Bay Area. The Director, Olivier Bonin, will be in attendance for Q&A.


ABOUT THE FILM:  From a group of friends organizing underground activities in San Francisco in the 70s, Burning Man has become the largest countercultural event in North America. But is it still counter-cultural? Has the larger world caught up with the event and slowly erased the original ideals?

Dust & Illusions, Olivier Bonin’s fascinating documentary takes a privileged glimpse at the history and future of Burning Man, one of the most important (if not the most important) counter-cultural movements of the last 3 decades.

Bonin provides a thoughtful and critical overview of the event’s transformation from a humble guerilla art project on San Francisco’s Baker Beach to a major corporation that funds artists, fosters a year-round virtual community, and builds Black Rock City in the middle of nowhere on a yearly basis. If you’ve never been to the playa, DUST & ILLUSIONS will give you an excellent idea of exactly what you’re missing, and veteran burners will see the direction the event is headed (for better or for worse). Don’t miss it.

TRAILERS, info @
Invite 200+ friends at this facebook event and get a FREE ticket:

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Housing Needed for BM Regional Summit

Happy New Year, Bay Area Burning Man Friends!

We are pleased to announce that the Burning Man Project will be holding the Fourth Annual Regional Leadership Summit here in San Francisco. Each year, we invite Regional Contacts and other community leaders from across the world to the Bay Area to share ideas and connect with one another and with local Burners and staff. We are asking for your help. We are seeking hosts for our out-of-town Burner guests who will be in town Thursday, March 4th through Sunday, March 7th.

The Summit will be held in downtown San Francisco close to the BART. If you live in an area close to public transportation and can accommodate our guests, please let us know via You can expect that some visitors will arrive as early as Wednesday evening, March 3rd (though MOST attendees will arrive in SF during the day on Thursday the 4th and on Friday morning the 5th) and you can expect your guests to leave either Sunday evening the 7th or Monday, March 8th in the morning.

We find that giving the Regional Contacts and other guests the opportunity to stay with a member of the community adds so much to their experience and makes them feel more welcome then they would if they were going home to a hotel or motel each night in between activities.

Though we're not sure exact numbers of attendees or their exact arrival dates and times yet, we wanted to put out a call to get a idea of how many visitors we'll be able to match up with local hosts during the Summit weekend.

Please email us at and let us know the nights you would be able to host visitors, how many guests you might be willing to put up, where you live, and your proximity to public transportation. This information will allow us to start moving forward with planning.

Once we've received official registrations, we'll ask for more specific details about your place---public transit options, pets, etc.

Many thanks,
The Burning Man Regionals Committee

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The Mobile Calendar needs your old calendars!

Happy New Decade Folks!
Margey here, calling out for your trash!

I am looking for any used wall calenders for an art project called the Mobile Calendar. This project requires many calendars, so all of your participation will be greatly appreciated! Please tell your friends, coworkers, etc. The more the merrier!  There will be a drop box at the following locations:

*SF BMHQ 3450 Third St #2A –(that’s in Bldg #2),
*The BookSmith 1644 Haight St. at Clayton.
*My House, 26th and Folsom, contact me for address.

Please feel free to contact me for more information and other calendar-retrieval plans :)



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