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Directions to Burning Man from LA

These are the directions someone wrote up for the Burning Man website yeeeeears ago - I believe by Capt'n Shady, with help from Crunchy and BadAss Brad (all of Gigsville fame, and since updated). When Burning Man redesigned their website, they moved the directions (I can't find them anywhere) so thought it best to repost them…
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Burning Man: An Experience of Body, Mind, and Soul

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and reading my words. Please allow me to introduce myself. My default world name (the world we’re all living in… well, in all likelihood) is Cody. My playa name is OBG Why Not. I did not chose this name, rather it was gifted to me by Grand Master Funk…
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If you bring your camera or phone to the playa….

Virgin Burners, pro tip: If you're taking your mobile phone to use as your camera, set the lock screen image to have your name/playa name, camp location, and email address. If you lose it, it can be returned to you that way. Also, if it is instead returned to Playa Info, it's easier to claim…
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Inspireality Palace

Gloria Lamb & Perry Freeze, along with SuperFriends Synaesthesia & LA Fire Brigade want to bring Inspireality Palace to Black Rock City 2014! Inspireality Palace is a structure, a journey, a communal space and a transformational experience- it is the great convergence, where every pathway is an entrance and all doors lead to the present…
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Circumvolute

Circumvolute was an art installation by Gloria Lamb for Black Rock City 2012. Circumvolute.  (It's really not a made up word)  It is a verb that means : to wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral.  The walls are made of a steel frame and to it is tied super sparkly sheer…
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Gloria

Gloria began her Burning Man journey in 2007.  Working by day as an Art Director for variety television and live events, her skills carry over as a Black Rock City installation artist (Circumvolute - 2012; Inspireality Palace - 2014) and theme camp creator (Super Friends Synaesthesia - part of village BRC HOA).  That is, when…
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Packing List, Tips and Tricks, and adventure!

By Mack Reed Hey, Burning Man virgins! Welcome to the big adventure. I put this together for our theme camp (Swing City) last year. Hope it's useful to you. Our family just enjoyed our 11th year on-playa since '96 (the 8th for the kids) and I wanted to share all those years of tips we've…
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Infinity in the Dust

Infinity Boxes Bring Infinite Possibilities to Midway In the middle of the City stands a maze of mirrors surmounted by the figure of a Man, fifty-four feet tall. Around the maze, like the face of a clock, lies the Midway, a place of comedy and trickery and games and magic. And within a stall of the Midway…
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The possession of knowledge
does not kill the sense of wonder
and mystery. There is always
more mystery.

— Anais Nin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guide to Mindful Playa Prep (for Control Freaks)

Sometimes we forget that with almost 70,000 burners in Black Rock City, not all of us are the free-spirited, take-things-as-they-come, let-the-universe-show-me-the-way type of people we burners are projected to be. If you are like me - ultra-organized, a bit high-strung, and somewhat of a control freak - you may struggle with playa-prep. There is just…
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Monarch migration with Que Viva

Support the Que Viva! camp, including LA burners, bringing "Migration is Beautiful" back to the playa. Hand-painted monarch butterfly wings! http://www.gofundme.com/artivismburningman
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magn0lia

This is my page. Previous projects include Ludum et Refugium and the Cascadia Trading Post. Camping with Acaplaya at 6&J in 2015.
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Mystical Misfits

Come to the Atomik Cluster for the playa's best post-apocalyptic beverages, circus freaks who fuck like evolution is going out of style, animals in heat and the people who catch them, the Rainbow and Tetanus Society and a wee bit of combobulation.
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Infinite Community

"Matt Elson's "The Infinity Boxes" are an invitation to tantalize your perception of what's real. To look inside these beautifully designed works of color, light and mirrors is to give yourself up, if only for a few moments, to a dreamlike world that changes as you move, as you smile or even gasp in complete…
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Super Friends Synesthesia

Billowing white fabric surrounds our waterless pillow pools where the tired burner can take an afternoon nap. Learn new skills at one of our daytime workshops or groove to some tunes. My hand is holding your hand, but we’re such Super Friends, you feel my hand on your heart…or in your brain.  
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Steampunk Saloon

The Steampunk Saloon, a nomadic 1880s style watering hole showcasing DJs, live music, and performers of all kinds.
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Sunset trip

Take a journey down The Sunset Trip where 4 veteran camps join forces to represent the City of Angels on the playa. Hang out with us for the best live music and incredible DJs before taking a tour on one of the 7 art cars: The Boogaloo Bus, Jabba Barge, and Charlie the Unicorn and…
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Red Nose District

It's the return of the Red Nose District! Join us under the Big Top Tent for pedal-power bumper cars, high-wire hilarity, the Klownge, daily sunset themed costume cocktail parties at the stilt bar and low-rider minibar, fire sculptures, the notorious reclining esplanade peanut gallery, a performance stage for live music and all manner of carnival…
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Crossroads live music

Help bring live funk music to Burning Man with the Crossroads Live Experience! Professional musicians playing every night. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crossroads-live-at-burning-man-2015#/story
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Crossroads

The Crossroads is "a joyous musical oasis in an otherwise brutal aural landscape of merciless bleeps and treacherous glitches." We feature the funkiest, jazziest, most soulful and rocking live musical performances EVER with some of sexiest folks on the planet! Support the project here:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crossroads-live-at-burning-man-2015#/story    
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Black Rock Yearbook

Black Rock Yearbook Every year at Burning Man, we set up a Yearbook camp and over 1000 people come by to get their photo taken.  This book is a collection of that effort. In 2015, we will be located in Center Camp Circle at 3:00. Come in your playa best to get your official yearbook photo…
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From a Newbie to a Newer-bie

I went to my first Burn last year and still, to this day, lament the fact that I haven't been going my whole adult life. You will read about how “magical,” “life-changing,” “ethereal” and “conscious-shifting” the whole experience can be. It is. At least, it was for me. Here's hoping you feel the same. Like…
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Axayacoatl Art Project Fundraising & Bike Parts

~~LALA Board Member Marc Rosenthal is one of the artists!~~ The Axayacoatl project seeks your participation! Axayacoatl is a 21' tall copper mask of the Mexican feathered serpent god, with interactive flame effects and lighting. The project is created by the Firebulb collective including LA artists Marc Rosenthal, Johny America, Nicole Gagne, Brett Doar and…
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Calling All Pedalbumpers!!

Join the PedalBump Pit Crew BUILD Team! Help build and design PedalBump for our 3rd year and become a part of something bigger! Make connections and bond with like-minded creative burners while wrenching, riveting, painting and decorating. Roll up your sleeves and get greasy with us! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pride when…
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Burning Man Survival Guide 2015

Mandatory reading for everybody attending Burning Man, here's your Survival Guide for Burning Man 2015. Whether you're a well-heeled veteran or a shiny first-timer, you'll want to read this through ... learn it ... live it ... and survive to tell the tale of your mind-blowing Burning Man experience. Burning Man 2015 Survival Guide: http://survival.burningman.org/
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Packing Lists from Burn.Life

Thank you to Burn.Life for their wonderful Preparing and Attending guides.

Here's the link to their packing lists, nicely done!

There's no such thing as a 'definitive' packing list for Burning Man. What you're bringing depends on what kind of thing you're staying in (tent? yurt? box truck? RV?) and what your requirements are both for your individual survival and enjoyment, and for how you're going to contribute to your camp (if you're part of one) and Burning Man at large.

Having said that, here are a couple packing lists to help guide you.

http://www.burn.life/packing-list.html

Fire In Balance

Born: 2014 http://www.fireinbalance.com/ Fire has been an intrinsic part of the human experience since the dawn of man. Control of fire is what separated us from the animals. Fire in Balance takes that control and literally turns it upside down. Our desire is to create an immersive experience for large numbers of participants to witness…
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Burning Man Packing List (& Tips)

Mad props to Ray Burman (checklist@spiraloasis.org) and Crunchy Mama of Big Art Labs (http://www.crunchymama.com) for such a great checklist to start from… THANK YOU!   Be as organized as you can There’s nothing worse than spending your entire time at Burning Man searching for stuff. In general, I try to keep everything in clear bins,…
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Join the Black Rock French Quarter

Looking for a camp to join or participate with?

The Black Rock French Quarter village is a collection of camps devoted to visceral experiences, such as the elegant cocktail lounge and live music venue known as the Golden Cafe, the Black Rock Bakery famous for its wedding cakes and liquid nitrogen ice cream, the Broken Angel Bathhouse that provides custom soaps and scrubs to visitors, and Cafe de la Fin du Monde serving gourmet coffees.

Our members include builders, artists, musicians, bartenders, chefs, performers, bakers, costumers, and just about anyone else seeking to create a unique experience to share with the Black Rock City community.

And this year, we are doing something special...

http://www.blackrockfrenchquarter.org

Gigsville

Gigsville is not a place. It occupies no location and has no address. Though its citizens come from all walks of life, have jobs (at least most of them), eat regular food, keep pets, sleep and all the things that normal people do, they are essentially a community of like-spirited folk who like to dress weird and blow things up. They do this kind of thing on a decently regular basis. They came into existance in the bleak days before the 1998 Burning Man Festival.

Since that time their numbers have grown into the hundreds, adopted a Code Of Conduct and now have their dark little hearts set on world domination. But since they are a relatively unorganized bunch as a whole, that will probably not happen any time soon. In the meantime they are content with regular outings into the desert to perform improvised fire haikus over a B.A.F., race rocket cars made from Twinkies and occasionally some of them will breath fire and drink too much scotch.

But they are not all about peace and love. There is also art. Some of it is 2, 3 or 4 dimentional but mostly Gigsvillians are their own artform.

"We're not here to accomplish anything greater than creating opportunities to spend time together a few times a year and inspire each other from time to time. There is not now – nor has there ever been - any great cabal dictating what people can and can't do here, except for matters of obvious public safety, and even that has been a kangaroo court at best." - Buck Down, Mayor Emeritus

http://gigsville.org

Gigsville's Code of Conduct
http://kevissimo.gigsville.org/coc.htm

PLAYA SURFERS

Playa Surfers found its home on the playa in 2006 when founder Donald Cassel claimed stake to a spot on the Esplanade that was actually part of Diva Boot Camp. The following year it became officially established on the Esplanade due to the nature of our theme which offers the experience to “surf the playa” so a “beach front” location would be moist suitable.

Today the camp has grown to over a hundred people and become a main stay theme camp at Burning Man. Besides providing great surfing we also construct a full size lifeguard tower, bring Tiki Island ,a giant mutant vehicle art car that is over 50ft wide and three levels high as well as creating an infrastructure including a TIki lounge, showers , kitchen, water and power.

We also throw an amazing sunset party. Our goal is to provide a fun camp with a laid back vibe associated with the surf culture. While laid back is our vibe, the approach is the opposite. To accomplish our contribution to Burning Man a motivated and organized effort must be taken.

This is a camp that requires participation not in the sense of singing Kumbaya but actual teams of volunteers to make all the stuff we offer happen. We need build crews, mechanics ,logistics , surf instructors, organizers, etc., along with people just willing fo contribute in some fashion. Remember Burning Man is a gifting society and this is our gift. In return, no words will justify the experience that awaits you…

Most camp-specific information is private and communicated to our members only through our Google Group.

If you wish to be a member of the camp please  Contact Us.

Thank you for stopping by! We hope you join us in the dust!

Jabba Barge

No fundraising efforts at this time though the car is for rent here:
http://www.stefanonovelli.com/#!rentals/c20x9

Jabba Barge Art Car/Stage

Born: 2012
https://www.facebook.com/JabbaBarge

Video of the build:

The Jabba Barge is a mutant vehicle aka: Art Car, which is the brain child of Adam Mostow more than four years ago. He knew the work it would take to create the car and there would only be one person willing to take on the time it would take to make a masterpiece, fabricator and metal sculptor, David Haskell.

Charlie the Unicorn Art Car

Where art, music and mythology intersect in Black Rock City to celebrate Burning Man....

Charlie The Unicorn Art Car is an homage to the most infamous unicorn in the history of popular culture.

Inspired by great balls of fire, candy cane stripper poles and rainbow glitter, this one of a kind land-yacht is as unique as the phenomenon that inspired it.

On the playa, Charlie The Unicorn Art Car is known for epic DJ sets, mesmerizing laser light shows and massive fire balls that shoot from his horn.

Charlie The Unicorn Art Car is a creation of Camp Charlie which is an L.A. based collection of dreamers, artists and adventurers who decided that "Yes, the world DOES need a 20' tall unicorn on wheels!"

Let's go CHAAARRLLIIIEEEEE!!!!!!

Art:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.493476937330113.123369.360053894005752&type=3

Music:
http://soundcloud.com/campcharlie

Mythology:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_the_Unicorn

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Resident Unicorn DJs
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.577302595614213.138026.360053894005752&type=3

Black Rock French Quarter

The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in Black Rock City, established in 1718 when the Black Rock Desert was first colonized by the French Queen River Company.

Black Rock City was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carre ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then, but as the city is recreated at a different location each year, the relative location of the French Quarter to Center Camp and other landmarks sometimes moves. The French Quarter is situated on the highest ground in the Black Rock Desert, and is the only location on playa that is not underwater during the rainy season.

Camps in this village include: Black Rock Bakery, Broken Angel Bathhouse, and Golden Cafe.

Art and Merchandising Class

~~Legal education workshop for artists~~ Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Ken Edwards Center 1527 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 Clothing, posters, pillows, candles, key chains, stickers, dolls – the list of merchandise items is long, varied, and represents a major revenue stream for artists and rights holders. Copyrights, trademarks, trade dress,…
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RE-EVOLUTiON: THE FINAL SCULPTURE FROM THE BLISS PROJECT

The Bliss Project and R-Evolution R-Evolution is the third and final sculpture in the series of three monumental sculptures, The Bliss Project, by Marco Xochrane of a woman expressing her humanity. At 48 feet tall, R-Evolution will debut at Burning Man 2015.  These sculptures are intended to demand a change in perspective… to be catalysts…
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SUPPORT A 50′ DRAGON NAMED AKLE’

Imagine flying, Imagine sitting atop a dragon as it spits fire. Akle' might not fly, yet being in her presence will give you wings. >> About this project Awakening Akle' has already been quite an epic undertaking and I often marvel at the direction my life is going. Akle' started as a dream three years…
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