2005 @ 06:32 am BManUpdate:V9:#15: EVENTS! Flambe/Town
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Kansas Public Radio
Hello, dear readers. The coming week has some
exciting things in store, and to invite you along, we thought to try
a little experiment. We've been reading up all day on how to perform
hypnosis, so we thought we'd practice on you, if you'd allow us to
Ready? Okay, get comfortable behind your computer.
(AG pulls out a pocketwatch, swinging it back and forth.) I
want you to imagine the sound of my voice in the room with you, as
you take some deep, calming breaths and let yourself relax. Your
eyelids are getting very heavy. Er, wait, don't close them. Skip
that part. Just relax your mind...
Concentrate on the sound
of my voice:
you are feeling very, very absurd...
it's working!) Now, I'm going to give you some instructions, and
when you awaken, you will do everything I'm about to tell you.
You will make every attempt be in San Francisco next
weekend, by whatever means possible. (If you cannot, there are
instructions for you too, so keep reading...)
April 1, you will clothe yourself in incredibly stupid items of
outerwear. Perhaps you'll a don a traffic cone hat. You might make a
dress out of sponges and carry bubbles to blow. Maybe stick some
toothbrushes in your hair. Make a protest sign decrying offshore
logging or something. Whatever you choose, it must be...stupid.
You will stuff your pockets with pennies and socks and used
Lottery tickets. You will meet up with us noon on the dot, at the
foot of San Francisco's Market Street, (Justin Hermann Plaza), as we
all join in the 27rd annual St. Stupid's Day Parade. http://www.saintstupid.com/event.html
Afterward, you'll join us for the first-ever Flambe Lounge
SK(b)OWLING NIGHT - and be among the first to help us figure out
just how the heck ice skating and black light bowling go together,
anyway. (Okay maybe not at the same time, but you have to admit it
makes for an interesting visual image...)
If you are not
able to be in San Francisco, you will still review the list of
volunteer opportunities to help create Black Rock City in 2005
(below) and make your plans to connect with that team you've been
meaning to check out.
If you can't come to these events, you
will still experience a gnawing desire to find a way to do something
stupid wherever you will be on April 1. You will invite everyone
around you to indulge in the celebration of the high holy day of
absurdity, as we all strive to achieve that ultimate state of
enlightenment, the Universal Gut Laugh.
Now, when I snap my
fingers, you will read below for all the details and commence
giggling in anticipation.
APRIL FOOL FUN AND
BURNING MAN FLAMBE:
Part 1: 12-2pm: Start out at the 27th
Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade leaving
12pm SHARP from Justin
Herman Plaza at Embarcadero. Dress stupid, bring
pennies... See http://www.saintstupid.com/event.html
for how to
participate. Rain and/or Shine. FREE.
THE FIRST FLAMBE LOUNGE OF THE SEASON: an intimate gathering of the
absurd, not to be missed!!! Flambe Lounge takes over Yerba Buena
& Bowling Center and presents a costumed
ICESCAPADE and BLACKLIGHT BOWLING
APRIL FOOLS SK(b)OWLING NIGHT!
At Yerba Buena
Ice Skating & Bowling Center http://www.skatebowl.com/
(Take elevator/stairs on Folsom St side between 3rd and 4th
Streets up a level)
$10 in Stupid/FOOLish costume or blacklight
sensitive clothing; $15 street clothes
(includes cost of ice
Those who come early enough can bowl and skate!
This is below usual cost. A
great chance to catch up with playa
friends and make new ones—whether you sk(b)owl or not!
YOUR OWN RISK AND RISK YOUR OWN ATTENDANCE!
7:30-8:00 Gather with friends in playground outside skating rink
8:00 sharp-10pm Blacklight Bowling (wear blacklight clothing!
Limited to 110 people/hr)
9:00-11:00 Ice Skating (can enter rink
8:30pm and accommodate 700 skaters on
ice at a time and 1100 in
DESCRIPTION: Join April fools and festive
tricksters as we take over BOTH
the Yerba Buena Bowling alley
AND Ice Skating Rink and refurbish them with
games, wacked-out Black Rock City djs, and all manner of
Dress in blacklight reflective clothing and play
(instructions provided upon arrival). But who’s
keeping score! Lane changing
is encouraged at this two-hour mix
and MIS-matched championshipwreck
bowl-off! Bring your own
bowling shoes or rent for $3.
Then skate on over to the Ice
Skating Rink for figure skating and go round
and round and round
to musical skating madness and fun fun FUN! Expect
Burning Man Emergency Broadcasts, old school funk and 70s roller
disco ice music by the Godfather of Skating and The Black Rock
ON ICE!, polkas, exotica and other musical
prepostera! We’ll also unveil the
map with the new city layout
and have other helpful playa info on hand!
(If skating, wear
athletic socks. They suggest long pants, sleeves and
not required. But earmuffs are always stylish!)
food may be ordered in the bowling alley; food available in ice
SPRING VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT TOWN MEETING & POT LUCK
This is your big opportunity to meet the
superstars who make Burning Man happen, and
find a way for
YOU to get involved. Burning Man is a
event, with 3,000 people pitching in to make
the event happen.
Meet the project managers and volunteer
coordinators who bring
it together. Ask questions, sign up to
learn more, or jump right in!
From building our city with
the DPW on the playa, riding
the "edge of chaos" with the
Rangers, greeting new
arrivals, supporting art at the Artery, to
and technical help, lamp lighting, fielding questions
Playa Info, or erasing any trace after the event, there
are many opportunities to fully participate in the
Man project. It's a great way to meet people, and
to feel more
connected to the "burner" community. This
meeting is open to the
public. Check it out!
Tickets will be on sale throughout the
CASH SALES ONLY! Please come prepared - we will
be able to accept any other forms of payment at this venue.
This is an indoor event, no outside BBQ as in the past.
Please bring a yummy pot-luck dish, snacks, or drinks
Limited metered street parking. Please use SF Muni
(and BART) access via the historic Muni F line.
Volunteer Recruitment Town Meeting & Pot Luck
April 2nd from
noon to 3 pm
Swedish American Hall above Café DuNord
Market Street (at 15th Street)
\ <> / This is an indoor event, no outside BBQ as
in the past. Please support your burner community by bringing a
yummy pot-luck dish, snacks, or drinks to share. \ <> /
Limited metered street parking. Please use SF Muni (and
BART) access via the historic Muni F line.
opportunities like the ones below. If you can't make it, there's
contact information here in each description...
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BURNING MAN 2005:
Pre-event in San Jose: Office trailer reconstruction,
decorating, painting, miscellaneous general labor
playa: Airport construction and setup
During event: Customs
Agents to run the Airport gate and box office (prior experience with
greeting, gate, or box office highly desirable); Airplane Parking
Lot Attendants; performance artists.
ARTery is the Burning Man Art Team. On-playa, our headquarters
functions as a check-in center for artists, as well as a hub for
information about their art. Off-playa, we operate all year
round to make
sure that artist applications get processed and
art-ifacts are catalogued.
We are looking for people who are
excited about working in our HQ to meet,
greet and register
artists or help with our daily art tours as well as
the placement of art using GPS (we'll teach you!). Pre playa
have monthly information and training meetings. On playa we have two
shifts that you can volunteer to work, morning or afternoon,
work in our HQ in center camp or out in the field
placing artists. Contact,
Black Rock Rangers
Dirt Rangers: We have fun meeting
people while we roam Black Rock City and we feel a sense of
fulfillment from knowing we played a part in helping others enjoy
Burning Man safely. Qualifications: A great sense of humor;
Patience, patience, and more patience; Generosity and sympathy; An
easy-going attitude; Creative problem-solving abilities; Mediation
skills; At least one year attendance at the Burning Man event.
Echelon Rangers: Description/skill set needed: Echelon is
the support organization for the Rangers on the Playa. We need folks
with good organizational skills, patience, computer usage skills,
and the ability to drive a truck very slowly in a crowd.
Center Camp CAFE 'Community Center'
The Center Camp Cafe embodies the spirit of the
Burning Man event as the
community center providing 24hrs of
education and performance. In 2005 the
Cafe Community Center
will contain one stage for participants to express
through spoken word, live music, lectures, performance art,
circus and dance. We furnish it, light it at night and present
The Cafe Sound Team is involved in
everything from building the stage to
wiring it for sound,
working the sound board during the event and even
performers on stage. We offer all levels of participation from
series of 4 hour shifts during the event to year round involvement
planning and working at Burning Man related events in the Bay
Cafe Sound Team is composed of members with diverse
levels of experience and
we welcome responses from all who are
interested. Come participate in the
most FUN ‘theme camp ’at
Burning Man! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator
marie(at)burningman(dot)com with any questions you may have.
The Cafe Lighting Team is involved in wiring and lighting
the 38,000 sq. ft.
structure for evening enjoyment. We are
seeking all levels of electrical
expertise and participation.
Planning starts in May at bi-monthly meetings
or you can just
come out for the week of set up to create the magic! Please
contact our Lighting Team Volunteer Coordinator
with any questions you may have.
The Cafe Decor team is seeking artists, builders,
crafty folks alike to help create the
beautiful oasis we all enjoy on the
playa. Craft Parties will
take place in San Francisco at Burning Man
participants can work on every thing from glue gunning to
to constructing lighting implements. The Craft Party dates for 2005
are 4/9, 5/8, 6/11, 7/9, 7/31 1pm-6pm (subject to change, check
are charged with lighting the major boulevards of BRC every night,
without fail. It begins EVERY EVENING of the event in our Center
Camp Chapel at 5pm. The ceremony begins around 6, and soon the work
is done. No experience is required. We welcome virgin and seasoned
burners alike. You don’t have to camp in our village to Lamplight.
One thing is certain though. We can't do it without YOU.
are looking for fun-loving, energetic, creative, ready to welcome
home the family sort of people. Remember that the party starts at
Greeters!!! We are the First Contact between participants and the
denizens of Black Rock City. Armed with wit, wisdom and infectious
exuberance, the Greeters take advantage of this opportunity by
becoming skilled information providers conducting helpful,
on-the-fly workshops to carloads of people. email@example.com
Department of Public Works (DPW)
The Black Rock City
Dept. of Public Works needs hardy volunteers of all skill levels and
famous attitudes. Clean Up MOOPers, Electricians, Plumbers,
Carpenters, Riggers, Welders, Certified propane and liquid fuel
transporters and handlers, 2-way Radio Operators/Dispatch Operators
and anybody with a strong back, strong sense of adventure or a
strong sense of spirit. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more
info and or come by our table at the Town Hall.
Earth Guardians use various methods and media to
communicate Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and practices to the
Burning Man community. We also visit the Black Rock desert outside
of the Burning Man event both to introduce participants to the
beauty of the area and to participate in restoration and education
activities. Our volunteer teams include groups focused on theme camp
and art LNT, restoration of sensitive areas around the playa,
outdoor education and monitors for hot springs and burn platforms.
We also have communication specialists who work on LNT messages that
go out to the larger Burning Man community via email, web, PSA and
video (LNTV). If you love the environment, would like to help spread
your enthusiasm and li! ke to talk, write, perform, video, animate,
restore or just pick up MOOP – come visit us at the town hall
Services Department (ESD)
Fire Fighters, Medical
Professionals, EMS Professionals, Mental Health Professionals,
Dispatchers, Communications Technicians, Experienced Logistics
Managers, Experienced Emergency Managers. Write email@example.com
Gate Staff and Perimeter
We are the first playa
covered faces people see before entering black rock city, making
this often thought of thankless job very rewarding. As our
departments run 24hrs many short 6 hour shifts are available around
the clock. Volunteer's activities range from directing traffic,
tearing tickets, participating in vehicle searches, to riding along
with the perimeter team and thwarting fence crashers outside our
You may not
know it, but Burning Man's Media Team don't actually seek out
attention from the press. We don't send out press releases to
promote the event, nor issue free passes to cover it. That said,
hundreds of photographers, journalists, and film crews still come to
the playa -- from the Reno Journal Gazette to the Times of London,
CNN, NPR, and PhDs -- because we're so darn interesting. The Media
Team's goal is to try to acculturate these reporters into
participation, the best way to help them show the world the *real*
Black Rock City (and show them why we love our event so much!)
What do we do?
* Interact with the media: year-round
and at the event.
* Facilitate contracts: the legal documents
that outline the rights of
participants and Burning Man, and the
responsibilities of media and
* Protect the
Intellectual Property rights of the organization and artists.
Mediate violations of Burning Man's anti-commodification policy.
* Coordinate Media Mecca logistics and hospitality.
educate our population on the community's ethos and the
Project's media and trademark policies.
members live all over the world and tend to have press and
journalism backgrounds, or experience in film, communications, or
the arts. We can also use your skills if you've got a background in
PR, politics, or law, or you just like helping to support people who
do. We like for people to have attended a year since they'll be
answering questions and helping others understand the goals of the
Project and the realities of the event. Of course we also need
hands-on tool-belt-fun help building and dismantling Media Mecca,
and keeping it maintained throughout the week.
Media Team booth at this year's Town Meeting, or email Polly
Harrold, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oracles: Do you like helping people?
Does answering questions while relaxing in the shade appeal to you?
If you've been to Burning Man at least once and have a sense of
humor, then the Oracles need you! It's a great way to meet
participants from around the world.
Directory: The Directory
is a database listing theme camps and individual camps and their
placement on the playa. Volunteering with the Directory includes:
* Helping people to register - a great way to find out about
theme camps and meet people.
* Inputting data to update the new
arrivals and locations of personal campsites. This is also a great
way to familiarize yourself to find all the cool theme camps.
Helping people find their friends, family, lovers or theme camps -
this is the coolest part of the job and the most rewarding.
Camp set up pre event:
* Experience with Domes
Roaming the city, telling people about Recycle Camp, Collecting
cans throughout the City and at Recycle Camp, Crushing and bagging
the cans at Recycle Camp.
Recycle Camp is always looking for
volunteers to help out on the Playa. Come by our Town Meeting table
and introduce yourself and we'll tell you all about our camp. Ask
for Blue email@example.com
Special Events / Flambé
Lounges (Bay Area)
On a SF local level, we need:
Artists to create unique environments and share works of art bound
* playa. Also original art that supports changing Flambé
Artists in search of assistance with playa
projects may also wish to set-up informational tables to find
* Original performers and deejays.
* Theme camps to set-up environments and/or info "booths" to
playa plans and needs.
* Volunteers to help with
set-up, break-down, building, decor, etc.
* Burning Man videos
to share and preview in screening rooms.
* People with original
ideas and unique abilities of all kinds.
Events will not have a table at Town Meeting. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and questions and fill
out the Volunteer Questionnaire. http://www2.burningman.com/people/
Indicate your interest in Special Events on question #14.
Technology and Web Teams
We welcome network
engineers, system administrators, python programmers, Zope/Plone
developers, HTML coders, CSS wizards, database jockeys,
webscripters, graphic designers, information architects, project
managers, writers, content editors, and image jockeys. These days we
are particularly looking for Plone developers, project managers,
writers, and user experience gurus.
Hey, this hypnosis thing is kinda fun! Maybe we'll try it
with more stuff. Hmmm...
(swings pocketwatch again)...you
are feeling very, very prepared to Leave No Trace at Burning Man
See you next time!
Andie Grace, Actiongrl
Office of the Jack Rabbit