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MAY 27 2019
Happy Memorial Day, burners!

A little tip: summer always goes by fast, so make sure you're making those big playa plans early. How will you and your stuff get there? Where will you stay along the way? Who's going to feed your cat? The longer you wait, the more you'll also end up paying for things like vehicle rentals and hotel rooms. Sometimes the most mundane stuff is also the most important—don't leave it for the last minute.

We have an important update on LA Decom, as well as more newbie orientation events, costume crafting night, and opportunities for participation locally and in Black Rock City.

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Photo of LA Decompression 2017 by Josh Reiss.
In this issue:

First, many thanks to all who participated to make Decom 2018 in the LA State Historic Park last October a wonderful event (in spite of the massive rainstorm during set up…takes more than that to stop a bunch of Burners!).

Unfortunately we will not be able to return to that great location next year because the costs have become unmanageable, mainly due to the fragile watering pipes installed when the park was renovated. They break when even small motorized vehicles drive over them. We had over $10,000 in damages last year in spite of our efforts to keep vehicles off the affected areas. The pipes run everywhere throughout the park.

We are actively searching for a new location and have eliminated scores of possibilities already. We need your help to find another location for Decom 2019 (planned for October 12th).

At this point we are looking for one of two specific kinds of property: 
1.  Private land like a ranch or raw, relatively flat open space of at least 20 acres (must have a decent road for emergency access),
2.  A large warehouse complex or industrial site that could accommodate at least 1,000 people and has parking space (preferably not in the city of L.A. where permits for such a space are extremely complicated to secure, although tell us if you know of one in L.A.)

Either one of these should not be more than an hour and a half drive from LA.  We feel that for a one day event 3 hours round trip is about the max people will want to drive.

If you have suggestions please post them on our Facebook Site: LA Decom Location Search.  (If you do not have access to Facebook you can email suggestions to:

Again, much appreciation to the Staff, Volunteers, Theme Camps, Artists, Musicians, Fire Performers, and Art Cars who made Decom 2018 such spectacular fun!

Esquire Jauchem & Gina Rubinstein
Decom Co-Producers

We're conducting our annual survey of people who are involved with theme camps, art cars, and art installations, and those people that want to volunteer time to help with these projects.

We want to connect burners that want to give something (time, energy, talent, or other resources on or off playa) with people/theme camps/art projects that need that gift.

We plan to share the contact information of Art Projects and Theme Camps with individuals. Individuals can then reach out to Art Projects and Theme Camps. We will NOT share the contact information of individuals with the Art Projects and Theme Camps. That is for individuals to do!

We will also host a casual, fun “theme camp matchmaking/job fair” event to help you all meet each other in person. Details TBA.

Whether you're seeking volunteers or volunteer opportunities, fill out the survey here.

If you're going to Burning Man for the first time this year, just want to learn some useful playa tips and survival skills, or are a veteran burner with a lot of good advice and experience, please join us for the second in our Newbie Orientation series.

This event also coincides with the North Hollywood Burner Meetup, so come for the information and stay for the socializing! 

WHEN: Saturday, June 29
Orientation 3pm-5pm
Meetup during/after the orientation

WHERE: The Other Door
10437 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

There will be a costume swap and crafting day at the *NEXT* newbie orientation in July. More details to come.  

There are a lot of resources already available online, so we won't reinvent the wheel, but we will post a few useful links and examples on our Facebook group (LA Burning Man) and in future newsletter editions. If you have any specific questions, you'll get the fastest (and snarkiest, but that's Burning Man) answers by asking the hive mind on the LA Burners Facebook group. And as always, feel free to email us with your questions!


Greetings Burners around the world! We’re calling on you to help artfully activate the Everywhere/ARTery Pavilion with performance, art, and interactive experiences.

What is the Everywhere/ARTery Pavilion?
Operated by Burning Man Project, the Pavilion is a hub showcasing projects and initiatives sparked by the 10 Principles in Black Rock City. We are seeking art, performance, and participatory experiences drawn from the Burning Man Regional Network to inspire and illustrate how Burning Man is a year-round and global cultural movement. You can visit the Pavilion on 6:15 and Esplanade.

Bonus points for art, performance or content that is dynamic, interactive, fun, delightful, approachable, surprising and inspires curiosity!

Ways to Participate...

Visual & Installation Artists
We are seeking visual art both 2D and 3D, which can either be free-standing on the ground or on pedestals, displayed on walls throughout the space, or suspended from the Pavilion ceiling. Bonus points if your art has been featured at an official regional event and interactive. 

Art must arrive in Black Rock City and be ready for installation by Sunday, August 25th. If your piece is departing from the San Francisco Bay Area, we may be able to help with its transport. Sorry, no flame effects in the Pavilion. :(

Performance Artists
This year we are excited to announce the next evolutionary step of showcasing Regional performance on the Everywhere stage! Announcing… (drum roll please): 
It’s The Daily* Everywhere Variety Hour**! The Most Super Duper Amazing Best Show Extravaganza That You'll See All Hour at Esplanade & 6:15 (* Note: Does not happen every day. ** May not last an hour.)

Tuesday-Friday, from 12-1pm, we are delighted to curate a lineup of unique, up-close n' personal performances of all stripes. Circus performers, magicians, dancers, storytellers, puppeteers, musicians and singers with unusual styles, jugglers, poets, and more will be showcased in an intimate stage environment. The Everywhere stage is best suited to small acts: solo, duo, trio performances presented in a warm, fun, low-tech setting, setting the mood for an incredible day. NOTE! There is no need for expert skill or years of experience! All performance is welcome, from first-timers to professionals. Try something new!

Participatory Content Created by YOU
Don’t fit into any of the above formats? Tell us how you want to create a workshop or experience that is interactive, fun, and inspiring!

Fill out this form by July 8, 2019 to let us know you are interested in participating - let’s create something magical in the dust!

With appreciation,
Everywhere/ARTery Pavilion Activation Team


Desert Arts Preview is a beloved and exciting evening where artists share the projects they plan to bring to the Burning Man event in 2019. Presenters will share their inspiration and hopes for these works in progress, giving the audience an exclusive window into their imagination and creative process.

This is also the perfect opportunity to learn how you can get involved and support these and other artists at the Burning Man event and year-round, as we increasingly seek to create interactive, collaborative and community-generating works of art in cities around the world. Come and learn how to get involved and help make the art you wish to see in the world.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Presentations being promptly at 7:00 PM. All seating is general admission, first-come, first-served. Due to new venue limitations we will not be able to serve food at the event, please eat before and plan to enjoy a full evening of presentations!

WHEN: Sunday, June 2nd, 7-9:30pm, All ages
WHERE: Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater)
275 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 

Come join us for a very special evening, learn about art, be inspired, and get involved with your wonderful, creative community.

Please join and share our Facebook event widely!
Tickets and info at

Are you day-dreaming about the playa and wish there was a low-key, local event you could attend sooner than August? Well, gather your clan and join the LA Cacophony Society at Caveman Picnic 2019! June 1st from 12pm-4pm, we'll be at the La Brea Tar Pits enjoying a potluck picnic while dressed in our caveman finest!

There will be a few activities throughout the afternoon, and it is a family-friendly event! Neanderthals welcome!

It's a public space, so if you plan to bring adult beverages, please plan to be discreet! Please RSVP through the Facebook event (not required, but it helps us plan for activities).

We'll be in the NW corner of the park, near the sloth statues and the log benches! Don't forget a blanket or towel to sit on (or chairs if you prefer)!

Be a good burner and bring your own reusable plate, utensil and cup! And remember, caveperson dress is required to participate!

WHEN: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month (June 18)
Starts at 7pm
WHERE: Mandrake Bar
2692 S La Cienega
North Hollywood
WHEN: Every last Saturday of the month (June 29)
Starts at 3pm
WHERE: The Other Door
10437 Burbank Blvd
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