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Thanks to all those who joined us for Desert Arts Preview last night. It's going to be an EPIC year for art on the playa!!! But for now, let's welcome Summer with a blow-out weekend of events!

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Upcoming Events:

*** Burning Man Center Camp Cafe Decor Craft Party! - Saturday, June 25th ***

*** The West Coast Championship CONTROLLER BATTLE - Saturday, June 25th ***

*** Opulent Temple presents: 'Rites of Massive' - Saturday, June 25th ***

*** 9th Annual Cave Concert - Saturday, June 25th ***

*** NYC Expat Happy Hour is Back! - Wednesday, June 29th ***

*** Flame Effects for the Artist - July 9th & 10th ***

Call for Participation:

*** Playa University seeking Experienced Professors of Playa-ology! ***

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Burning Man Center Camp Cafe Decor Craft Party

Greetings all you lovely Crafty People!

Firstly: Holey Cats that was such a kick-ass first Craft Party of the year! You all ROCK!

The Center Camp Cafe is proud to announce the SECOND Craft Party of 2011, hosted by the Cafe Decor Team TOMORROW Saturday, June 25!  We're starting to sew, paint, cut, draft, and get our decor and craft ON!!!!

We'll have hearty snacks and delicious drinks, smiling faces, sewing machines, paint, wood, fabric, whatever we need to get the job done, and tons of pointy scissors to run with so come on down.  You don't need to be going to Burning Man 2011 to come and have fun with the Cafe Decor Crew!

WHO- You, your friends, your dog, your brother, your sister, your mother, EVERYONE!
WHAT - Cafe Decor Craft Party
WHEN - NEXT Saturday, June 25, 1PM-6PM
WHERE - The NEW Burning Man HQ: 995 Market Street. SF, CA
WHY?! - Do you need a reason to get crafty!?

*** It's Pride weekend in San Francisco! Driving and parking may be a bit more complicated than usual! The big parade is on Sunday, so Market Street shouldn't be too crazy, but there will be a lot more people in town. ***

Please bring a sewing machine if you have one. We are going to be repairing the crown flags. We will have scissors, pliers, and exactos available, but please feel free to bring your own if you'd like.

Hold tight for more information~~
While an RSVP is not required, we do like to plan for food and FUN, so Please let me, Mimsee Kayte know you are coming at:


Also, mark your calendars with the following upcoming Craft Party Dates for 2011:
July 14th -  Thur  6pm – 10pm
July 16th – Sat.  12pm – 12am: CRAFT DADDY 12 hours long with Late Nite crafting!
July 27th – Wed. 6pm – 10pm:

Thanks a dusty Million. Looking forward to getting crafty with you!!


**Here is the fist list of most wanted items:
(more to come later)
- Magazines, Magazines and more Magazines, used, old or new it's all good.
- Sheer white or off-white curtains of any condition, Lot's of it!!! We will also accept some solid light blue, purple or green fabrics, the more 'flowy' the better.
- Aluminum foil
- Used CD and/or DVD's
- Cardboard & Cardboard boxes
- Wire hangers you might get from the Dry Cleaner (you know the reference; say it with me "NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!")
- Hardware Chain, small to medium size, nothing on the heavy side
- Christmas lights: We are mostly looking for 'White' or 'clear' but some blue & purple will be accepted.

PLEASE NO red, green, yellow/gold

- House paint any colors
- Black spray paint

If you have any of these items or questions please contact

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The West Coast Championship

Presented by &
Together with The Slayers Club

NEXT-LEVEL live music makers compete for

Saturday, June 25th @ Public Works
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
8pm Workshops, 10pm BATTLE

Calling all controllerists, live electronic musicians & next level live music makers!
There are still competitor spaces available so please do
Register to battle HERE:

Special exhibition performances by:
EAN GOLDEN (DJ Tech Tools) -

Victory celebration with:

ILL GATES (, Muti Music) -
SOULATI + INFINITE (Felonious) -
ART DEKO (Concentrated Efforts Records) -http://concentratedefforts .com/

Celebrity Judges:
J.TONAL (The Flying Skulls)
LAURA ESCUDE (Electronic Creatives)

Hands-On Digital Jam Lounge
Early evening workshops
Guest DJs
Live camera crew
and much, much more...

$6 pre-sale HERE:
$10 at the door, 21+

Sponsored by:
Ableton, Cycling 74', DJ Tech Tools, Future Music, iZotope, Keith McMillen Instruments, Laptop Battle, Livid Instruments, Novation, PC Audio Labs, Pyramind, Tech Shop, Traktor DJ Software

Soo excited for you to join us for
Music History in the Making!

Much Love ,
The LoveTech Crew

Rich DDT

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Opulent Temple presents 'Rites of Massive' - a 100% benefit to get back to the desert in 2011.

New Artists and Art cars added!  A next level event reaching to the fringes of the underground in a concert level production. Here we go ...

Saturday, June 25th
Get Tickets now here:
Get in for FREE by volunteering !  Write

-* 6 *- Areas of Music
:: Main 1 : The Opulent Stage ::
+Syd Gris, Dutch, Drew Drop, Billy Seal, Billy Casazza, DJ Brian Williams
:: Main 2: The Temple Stage ::
ELITE FORCE (U & A Recordings, UK)
+Tek Freaks , Dex Stakker , Dulce Vita , ICON , Alain Octavo , Brian Peek
:: Distrikt :: Kramer, Ben Seagren, Matt Kramer, J-Rod, Zach Moore
:: Symbiosis :: Shawna, Kitty D, Bogl, BOt 23, Ribotto, Chron4
:: Synergy Zone :: Smoove , JoeJoe Vs. Ding Dong , Sneaky Bastard, Rooz, Disco Vader , DJ Hil
:: Paradise Motel ::Robbie Martin , StudlyCaps, Jeremy Blake
ART :  by Peter Hudson, Karen Cusolito, Rich Martin, Debi Danger, Vinkalmann, Ghost Wolf, Allasara, Paul Phoenix, and MUCH more coming.
ART CARS:  including The Dancestronauts, Dusty Rhino, The Janky Barge, the Dodo Bus, Tiltahurl and Tubahurl, Bloody Cow, Lemon Lust, Nautileo, The Pink Flamingo, and MANY more.
Aerial, cirque, dance, poi, hoop, and spontaneous out breaks of creative awesomeness provide by invited guests and you!
Lazers by UV99, Sound by Tim Duffin & JK, Visuals by Kai and Viberation, Special deco by Allasara, LED Wall from EPR, Inflatables, black light art, live painting, and more tba
Hangar 3
600 California Ave
Treasure Island
San Francisco
21+ w ID :: Dress Funky!
Much more coming, stay tuned !

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A Cave Concert Experience
Presented by Samavesha

Kitka - Women's Vocal Ensemble
Exquisite Harmonies from Eastern Europe and Beyond
Laura Inserra - Renowned HANG Virtuoso

Featuring Temple of Poi

Saturday June 25th, 2011 9:30 pm
Hawk Hill Tunnel - Marin Headlands, Sausalito

Hawk Hill Tunnel is located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

Join us for this special evening where hauntingly beautiful songs merge with otherworldly resonances. All this inside a tunnel that is transformed, for one night only, into an enchanted Cave.

Go here to buy tickets:

Advance tickets only. No tickets will be sold at the event.

Past Cave Concerts have always sold out, so please buy tickets in advance and don't miss this exciting opportunity.

This event marks the 9th annual Cave Concert, offering the public yet another magical sonic experience inside the Hawk Hill Tunnel. It is located on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, providing breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. The tunnel itself was designed during World War II as an arms locker, but it has never been used for war purposes. It was later converted into a wildlife observation site where annual bird counts are held.

For the concert, one end of the tunnel is sealed off, transforming it into an incredibly resonant cave.

With lighting designed by John Coveney and expert artistic direction by Laura Inserra, this cave concert promises to be a truly enchanting experience. Passionate site-specific performances showcasing the haunting voices of KITKA and the ethereal sound of the Hang played by Inserra will create a powerful listening experience for audience members.

KITKA is a women’s vocal ensemble unlike any other. These sophisticated singers blend a contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques from Eastern Europe that have been distilled over centuries. Using only the pure unaccompanied voice, they create a constantly shifting landscape of sound, pulsing with angular rhythms, where dramatic dynamics leap from delicate stillness to shattering resonance, and seamless unisons explode into lush incomprehensible chords.

KITKA's material ranges from ancient village duets to complex choral works, from early music to contemporary theater. The sound of their voices is exotic, elegant and eerie. The melodies are hauntingly beautiful. They sing in a multitude of unfamiliar languages, including Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Georgian, Hungarian, Ladino, Latvian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish, and occasionally Latin, medieval Gallician, and ancient Greek. It is exactly this unfamiliarity that is so riveting, as KITKA’s sensitive precision lifts their work out of the merely musical into a universe beyond words, an experience that is primal, elemental.
LAURA INSERRA is a vibrant and talented composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. A native of Sicily, her work is well known throughout Italy, and she has participated in the composition of numerous movie scores as well as the artistic direction of many innovative live productions.


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NYC Expat Happy Hour is Back! 6/29/11

Several friends originally met at the New York Burner Happy Hour,
which is a weekly meet and greet for NYC burners.  We keep this
tradition alive with irregular happy hours now that we are on the left
coast.  Join us!   Everyone is welcome, and we love the random factor.
You don't have to be from NYC to join us.  You just have to put up
with our sh*t.

This month:
Stacy and Liberty are married!  Let's make a toast!

Date: Wednesday, 6/29/11
Our Start Time: 6pm

HH Prices: 5pm - 7:30pm
15 Romolo
15 Romolo Place, San Francisco, CA
Off Broadway between Columbus and Montgomery


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Flame Effects for the Artist-July 9th and 10th. San Francisco CA

Closing a cross country mission to spread the fire we return to the Bay Area for the fourth and final Flame Effects for the Artist class of 2011.
Attention all artists who wish to incorporate fire aspects into their art!  This class is for you…

Flaming Lotus Girls and The Box Shop team up to present this great 2-day workshop in flame effects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The workshop will be teaching basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel based flame effects into your work. This class is great for the beginning fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”. Each one of these classes has drawn participants who have had all levels of experience. This has made for some great questions and projects that have been both fun and challenging.

The first day will consist of a classroom session where we will discuss subjects including:
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines including NFPA 54 and 58 the LP gas codes.
NFPA 160 Flame Effects Before a Live Audience and other codes.
We will also examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts.  Of course, we closely examine the wonders of LP gas with the amazing clear propane cylinder.  We will then finish off by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, fuel mortars, pilot lights, hot surface igniters and much more. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials.
The second day will be a shop day where we will put what we have learned into action and create a one of a kind flame effect from the materials on hand. The best part of the class is the assembly of the effect so please let us know if you have materials or elements you may like to see incorporated. 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 their work to the next level.
Leading this weekend will be Dave X, Fire Safety Manager for Burning Man for more than 10 years, and Eric Smith, Chief Inspector for the State of Nevada Board for the Regulation of LP Gas. We will also have displays of fire art from several local fire artists!

Check out some pics of past classes

New York




San Francisco

The cost of this 2-Day class will be $120.
Both days’ classes will be from 10am – 5pm.
Printed materials and a crappy, but filling lunch of whatever cheap food we can get will be provided each day.

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 40 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event, space permitting. Email your name to to register.

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Playa University seeking Experienced Professors of Playa-ology!

Remember what it was like prepping for your first year at Burning Man, and how much you didn’t know before you went?  Remember how much you learned along the way?  Now’s your chance to share that wisdom with the community. Even if you are outside of the Bay Area you can participate in the Playa University!

If you have any great tips and tricks that turn surviving on the playa into thriving on the playa, please consider being a professor of Playa-ology in our Playa University (Playa U) at the upcoming Prepare for the Playa events in San Francisco, July 17 and August 14.  Clinics are FREE for all and you can reach out to newbies and inexperienced Burners to share what you know about about surviving and thriving on the playa!  Like the Survival Guide brought to life!

Popular classes from years past include Port-o-pottie Use and Etiquette, Trailer-Towing 101, and PVC Dome Building. 
This year, our lineup already includes:
Faux Fur 101 - how to work with, cut, and add faux fur to any costume!
Lighting on playa - how to work with and solder LEDS
BURNgin's - Tips on thriving on the playa for newbies and virgins 
If you have an idea along these lines, please email to participate.  We would love to have you!

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