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2003 SUMMER NEWSLETTER

All The News That's Fit To Burn : 2003 Summer Newsletter

Community Notes: Important Details

BURNING MAN IS A NO DOG EVENT.
Many pet owners are not prepared to provide the additional care needed for their animals in the Black Rock Desert environment. In the past, dogs have been lost for part or all of the event (due to loud noises, fire, and confusion). Other dogs have developed health problems due to the extreme climate and alkaline soil of the Black Rock Desert. Dogs have also caused disputes between camps. Do not show up with your dog at the gate of Burning Man and expect it to be admitted to the event. This new policy for 2003 is for the well being and safety of participants and their four legged friends. For questions please contact dogs (at) burningman (dot) com. For concerns on the playa, contact Playa Info in Center Camp. Please be patient as the policy experiences a "grandfathering" process.

AIRPORT
For landing procedures check out our airport info: or contact the Airport Manager at airport (at) burningman (dot) com or (408)297-9795.

COMMERCE
No vending of products or food is permitted at Burning Man, except sales of ice at CampArctica and coffee at the Center Camp Cafe. This event is an experiment in community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Please bring all you need to survive.

DAY PASSES
There are no Day Passes to Burning Man. Additionally, no tickets will be sold at the gate after Thursday. Trips to Gerlach will be available by our shuttle bus for a $5 fee. You may also leave and return in your own vehicle, but you will pay a gate fee of $20.

DEPARTMENT OF MUTANT VEHICLES
The only motor vehicles allowed to drive at the event aside from service vehicles are art cars, which are an important and expressive part of Burning Man. Returning art cars may be pre-registered for your convenience; new art cars must be inspected and licensed prior to or at the event. All art cars must display their DMV placard. For information on what qualifies as an art car and to register your work of art, contact dmv (at) burningman (dot) com.

MEDIA
We require all professional print, photographic, video, and film media personnel to register in advance if they want to cover the event. Every member of the media must purchase a ticket, and all are expected to comport themselves as participants in the community. The deadline to register projects with commercial intent was July 1, 2003. The number of commercial crews allowed to film during the event is limited. Professional media must check in at Media Mecca in Center Camp upon arrival. Questions about press registration can be sent to press (at) burningman (dot) com or left on our hotline. Visit the Press Here section of this website for extensive information.

VIDEO/FILMING
Any participant bearing a motion film or video camera must sign a Personal Use Agreement. Forms will be available at the Greeter station, Playa Info, and Ranger Outposts in the Civic Plazas. You will receive a tag that you must affix prominently to your camera. Our intent is to protect the identity and image of every participant, including the Man, from commercial exploitation. Remember, commercial use of images taken at Burning Man is *strictly* prohibited without express permission. Your entry into the event signifies acceptance of this policy. We're serious about this, and we will continue our vigorous enforcement of this standard.

PHOTO, MEDIA, AND ART ARCHIVE
Burning Man staff members curate a growing photo, media, art, and material culture archive. Items in this collection represent important documentation of the event's unique historical evolution. If you have contributions, contact: archive (at) burningman (dot) com, call the hotline, or mail: Archive, Burning Man, PO Box 884688, San Francisco, CA 94188-4688.

WALK-IN CAMPING
Each year we offer a Walk-In Camping section, located at the back of our settlement beyond the last road that rings the city. Here, participants are welcome to walk-in and camp on the open playa, away from their vehicles. Contact walkin (at) burningman (dot) com.

TICKETS
Tickets are available on the Burning Man website by credit card here and at retail locations below.

  • All pre-sale tickets are $225 through Fri., Aug. 22, 2003
  • Walk-In Outlets accept Money Orders, Cashiers Checks or Cash ONLY. No credit cards, no personal or business checks will be accepted.
  • Burning Man is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail.
  • Tickets purchased at the gate will cost at least $250 and will increase each day of the event. NO tickets will be sold at the event after 11 PM on Thursday, August 28, 2003. Only cash, credit card or money order accepted, no checks.

WALK-IN OUTLETS

  • Reno Outlet: The Melting Pot, 888 S. Virginia St
  • Sacramento Outlet: Cheap Thrills, 1217 21st St
  • Berkeley Outlet: The Berkeley Hat Company, 2510 Telegraph Ave
  • San Francisco Outlets:
    - Distractions, 1552 Haight St
    - CEIBA Records, 463 Haight St
    - Neverland, 241 Columbus Ave

Hotline: 415 TO-FLAME (415-863-5263) Questions? partiserv (at) burningman (dot) com.

VOLUNTEER
We need volunteer team leaders and volunteer team members. There is no volunteer we don't need, want, and love. Burning Man is truly a participant-created event. Be a volunteer and know that you made Burning Man 2003 happen. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please come to Playa Info in Center Camp. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com. If you are interested in helping us, but have no Internet access, you're welcome to call our hotline (415-TO-FLAME) and leave a message in the general mailbox and our volunteer coordinator will call you back. You can also write to Burning Man, Attention: Volunteer Coordinator,
P O BOX 884688, San Francisco, CA 94188-4688.

Below is a list of the various volunteer teams and contact information for each. To get involved, please fill out the volunteer questionnaire and be sure to specify which team you would like to volunteer in the third section, "Volunteer Team Interests." You may be contacted by our volunteer coordinators, and you will be added to our volunteer email announcement list.

ARTERY
Join the Art Team and help place art installations, document the art, assist artists, and host the Artery. Contact installations (at) burningman (dot) com.

BLACK ROCK GAZETTE
The BRG team publishes the City's official newspaper. Contact brgazette (at) burningman (dot) com.

BOX OFFICE
The Black Rock City Box Office sells tickets and holds and distributes will-call tickets. Contact thorny (at) burningman (dot) com.

BUS SERVICE
If you would like to help staff the Bus Depot in Center Camp and assist Burners headed in and out of BRC, contact busdepot (at) burningman (dot) com.

CAMPARCTICA
Help us build our camp and sell ice. Email ice-volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com.

CENTER CAMP CAFE
Help build the Café, make & sell drinks, and make technical systems behave. Email cafe;-volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com. If you feel your music or performance is appropriate to the cafe and would like to perform, please email cafe-sound (at) burningman (dot) com.

CLEAN UP
If you want to help scour the playa after the event please email cleanup (at) burningman (dot) com.

COMMUNICATIONS
Graphic Designers help create our newsletter, Survival Guide, event flyers, stickers, and other miscellaneous paraphernalia. Indicate your skills on the questionnaire.
Photo Team: The Burning Man Image Team is looking for evolved Photoshop and Image Editing gurus. If you want to get involved with this sort of project, please indicate your skills on the volunteer questionnaire--we would love your help.
Web Team: Web designers, writers, graphic designers, information architects, project managers, HTML jockeys, web programmers, sysadmins, photographers, and Photoshop experts are needed to help keep our newly redesigned site looking fresh. Email: techie-volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com.
Writers: We are always looking for writers with strong skills to help create this newsletter, our website, online journals, and other publications. Please email writers (at) burningman (dot) com or fill out a volunteer questionnaire. Be prepared to show us samples of your work.

DPW - BUILD BLACK ROCK CITY
The Department of Public Works needs painters, carpenters, mechanics, electricians, riggers, designers, truck drivers, etc. Hard-working bodies of all types are needed at least a month ahead of the event. Email dpwvolunteers (at) burningman (dot) com.

EARTH GUARDIANS
We educate participants about keeping the playa clean. Contact earthguardians (at) burningman (dot) com.

EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT (ESD)
We provide emergency first response resources (Fire, EMS, Dispatch, Mental Health). Please email 911 (at) burningman (dot) com.

ENGINEERING
The Engineering Team develops, manages, and maintains the technical infrastructure that keeps Burning Man functioning. We have constant need of a variety of software design, development, and management skills, including Python, Zope, PHP, Perl, Relational Database design, PostGreSQL, MySQL, project management, systems administration, and more. Please contact techie-volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com to get involved.

EXODUS
We are looking for traffic experts and folks interested in making leaving as much fun as arriving! Sign up your big brain at: exodus (at) burningman (dot) com.

FIRE CONCLAVE
If you are a fire performer please contact fireconclave (at) burningman (dot) com.

GATE
Gate operation, the initial portal to Black Rock City. Email: gate (at) burningman (dot) com.

GREETERS
We greet people as they arrive. Email greeters (at) burningman (dot) com.


LAMPLIGHTERS
Come and join us as we light the streets of Black Rock City each night. Email lamplighters (at) burningman (dot) com.

LEGAL
If you are a lawyer or legal expert, we can use your help. Email your area of interest to legal-volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com.

MEDIA MECCA
If you have PR or media experience, please send an email to our team at media-volunteers (at) burningman (dot) com.

OFFICE SQUAD: SAN FRANCISCO
We need all kinds of help, from stuffing envelopes and photocopying to database entry. Contact officevolunteers (at) burningman (dot) com.

PLAYA INFO
We are the primary resource for on-playa information. Contact us at: playainfo (at) burningman (dot) com.

RANGERS
The Black Rock Rangers create the core infrastructure for safety and ensure the collective survival of the community. Email: rangers (at) burningman (dot) com.

RECYCLING
We recycle only aluminum, no glass, no plastic, no bottle caps. Contact recycling (at) burningman (dot) com.

ART INSTALLATIONS
If you are creating an art installation and would like it to be on the map, fill out the installation questionnaire. If you are interested in working on theme art in the "Beyond Belief" area please contact themeart (at) burningman (dot) com.


THEME CAMPS
If you have questions about theme camps, email themecamps (at) burningman (dot) com.

LARGE SCALE SOUND ART
Large-scale sound installations are placed on the edges of our city. Assignment to these zones is on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions, email themecamps (at) burningman (dot) com.

KIDS CAMP
At KidsVille, we create an environment where children are participants who can experience radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Email kids (at) burningman (dot) com.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ZONE
We use solar power, wind power, and other alternative energy sources. No gas generators are allowed here! Connect with us at aez (at) burningman (dot) com.

RIDE SHARE
Connect with other Burners and share the ride. We recommend you talk with your regional contact or use the Burning Man Ride Share.

EVENTS
Visit the website and post your event info in the calendar section of "Black Rock City Year Round." You may also send information to yrcal-admin (at) burningman (dot) com for inclusion in other areas.

FLAMBE' LOUNGE
This fabulous event invites participants to share their ideas. Want to bring your theme camp, playa art, slides or videos or volunteer? Email: flambelounge (at) burningman (dot) com.

EMAIL-BASED NEWSLETTER
JackRabbit Speaks is the near-weekly newsletter that provides information about the event, what to bring, political issues, camps, and useful URLs. Please send an email to bman-announce-subscribe (at) burningman (dot) com. If you are not on the Internet, please call us and we will put you on the mailing list for U.S. Mail delivery.

E-PLAYA, BBS
The ePlaya is the Burning Man internet bulletin board area.

IMAGE GALLERY
This moderated repository collects participant photos from all years. Email images (at) burningman (dot) com with questions.

BURNING MAN JOURNAL
If you would like to receive future hard copies of this Burning Man Journal, please leave your mailing address and email address (if you have one) in the "mailing list" message box on our hotline (415 TO FLAME), or use the mail form on the website. If you have moved, please update your address, same URL as above. Stay connected!

REGIONAL CONTACTS
If you would like to be a regional contact in an area not yet covered, have been to Burning Man at least once, and are interested in connecting people, please email regionals (at) burningman (dot) com and indicate your interest. Find a Burning Man regional is in your area!