Late-Breaking Update: SF Decom 2013

$teven Ra$pa -- PHOTO: Chronicle / Mike Kepka

$teven Ra$pa — PHOTO: Chronicle / Mike Kepka

The Org’s own Steven Raspa has just released detailed information about this year’s Decompression in San Francisco!

Burning Man Presents, for the benefit of the Burning Man Project. . .

San Francisco DECOMPRESSION Heat the Street FaIRE! 2013

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Starts at Noon!

Outdoor sound ends 10pm, except Mariposa which ends 11pm

Indiana St between Mariposa and 22nd St in San Francisco, California

Public Entrance: 19th St. & Minnesota; 2nd entrance at 20th St. & Minnesota from 2:00 – 7:00pm

$15 donation before 4:00pm; $20 after; free schwag while it lasts

All ages (under 12 free); 21+ inside Cocomo

Food and beverages available with sales benefitting public art and culture programs. Eat for Art!

See full schedules and map at:

For the quickest updates and info visit (Facebook event)

PLEASE TAKE MASS TRANSIT, BIKE and CARPOOL: (Muni bus #22, #48 and BART connects with the 3rd Street T-line), ride your bike and avoid driving on Minnesota St completely! Inexpensive parking available at UCSF lot (3rd St at 16th St). Or park on Terry Francois Blvd.

Welcome to the 14th Annual Decompression Heat the Street Fair!   
This year is explosive with creativity! Come at Noon SHARP to enjoy all the installations, performances, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2013 imagery, and MORE!!! All six blocks, the park, and stages will showcase a stunning variety of creative expression! Bring your imagination to share and BE the art you wish to see in the world!!! Full Schedule and partial list of pARTicipants here.


  • 50 Dancing Dragons
  • 9 Energies
  • Airpusher
  • Black Rock Scouts
  • Burners Without Borders
  • Black Rock Arts Foundation
  • Black Rock Solar
  • Burning Man Regional Network
  • BMIR
  • Bubble City
  • Cuddlefish Productions
  • Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet
  • Disco Knights
  • Desert Pearl Chill Zone
  • DMV
  • Everywhere
  • Flirt Camp
  • Friends of DPW
  • Gate, Perimeter, and Exodus
  • Gender Blender Camp
  • Hiney Hygiene Station Tattoos
  • Hooptopia
  • Interactive Photo Booth
  • Jerk Church
  • The Kazbah
  • Kidsville
  • Mission Country Club
  • Party Jitsu
  • PlayaTerps
  • Rangers
  • Shipwreck Tiki Lounge
  • Skinny Kitty Tea House
  • SunShrine
  • Tactile Meditation Dome
  • The Black Rock Beacon
  • The Klownge
  • The Painted Pygmy
  • Twilight Spaghetti Theatre
  • World Hoop Day
  • WOW! AND MORE!!!


  • Angler Fish Disco
  • Apis Inlusio
  • Beezus Christ, Super Car
  • CDC (Cat of a Different Color)
  • Co-Exist
  • DFT Whale
  • H2O-pache
  • Janky Barge
  • Landau the Dragon
  • Nautilus X
  • The “Electro Bounce Chariot”
  • The Dusty Rhino
  • Rub a Dub Dub 3 in a Tub
  • Second Frumming
  • Psychic Taxi
  • Area 351
  • Wet Dream


  • A Vortex for Vultures
  • Psychic Taxi
  • The Chakraland Game!
  • The Critical E.E.A.R.Z. (Experience/Expectation Adjustment/Realignment Zone)
  • Art by Rez
  • The Ha Ha Box
  • Man Pavilion Zoetropes
  • The Light Orchestra
  • Bossy Dice
  • Fire Dance
  • Pimpsnaxx
  • The Story Portal
  • The Aspiration Wall: Collaborative Interactive Art Creation
  • Man Pavilion Murals
  • Helix
  • Zonotopia
  • You Are The Key
  • Line of Fire
  • Spawn of Dodgasourus
  • Into the Flame
  • The Union Mural Team
  • AND MORE!!


  • Beautiful Machines
  • Brass Band: Mission
  • Burning Band
  • Chance’s End
  • Gamelan X
  • Materialized
  • Megaflame
  • Papa Bear and the Easy Love
  • PiNeal’s Intergalactic Cultural Exchange Program
  • Pixel Memory
  • Priize
  • The Shape
  • CelloJoe
  • Fontain’s M.U.S.E.
  • International Human Color Wheel – A Dance 4 Positivity
  • Jade Foxes
  • Samba Stilt Circus
  • Slinkycat
  • Third Seven
  • TrashKan Marchink Band
  • Ziggy Dayz
  • Tamo
  • Dex Stakker
  • DJ Loomer
  • Anthony Mansfield
  • Be Calm Honcho
  • Dane Jouras
  • El Jefe Rojo
  • LT.D
  • Galen
  • Sesh
  • M3
  • Ed Mazur
  • DJ Dane
  • DJ Alvaro Bravo
  • DJMK
  • DJ Clarkie
  • Nugz
  • Snarkle
  • Phleck
  • Matt Haze
  • MoPo
  • Shouts!
  • AIRsmith
  • Alex Kane
  • Borris
  • Conandrum
  • Dave Mak
  • DJ E10
  • DJ Feral
  • DJ Valarien
  • DJ Loomer
  • Everett Wayne
  • Grumples Z Clown
  • Holly Rich
  • Kaweh
  • Michelangelo
  • MotorHome Music
  • naudible
  • Nerm
  • SenedracHunter
  • Shissla
  • Kapt’n Kirk
  • ShOOey
  • Brad Robinson
  • Mancub
  • 8Ball
  • Chemical Ali
  • David Gregory
  • PapaLu


  • VJ CaroLuna
  • Diana Maxwell
  • Hugh Kimbrough
  • VJ Maliepono
  • Mark McGothigan
  • VJ Musashii
  • Ron Halbert
  • AND MORE!!

Email SEvolunteers(at)burningman(dot)com or complete this form.
We also need volunteers to come back 11am Monday, Oct 14th to Indiana and 19th for our annual neighborhood clean up so we can leave the neighborhood cleaner than we found it! We’ll have donuts, coffee, great thank you schwag, and new friends!
EVERYONE should read the Survival Guide before you come.


  1. ARRIVE EARLY! Enjoy the full day & keep the line shorter
  2. Take mass transit or bike; bike parking at 19th & Minnesota; No driving on Minnesota between 19th and 22nd this year. PARK cars at UCSF lot at 16th and 3rd — discount rate till Midnight!
  3. Respect our neighbors, no loud noises entering or leaving, don’t block driveways, use OUR toilets.
  4. NO boom boxes, renegade sound systems or unapproved fire and keep noise down after 10pm!
  5. Pack out all trash you bring, properly separate any discards you get from the event by putting them in the right bin, and LEAVE NO TRACE! We have 70% waste diversion and want to do even better!
  6. Come back Monday at 11am to help with our neighborhood-wide clean-up and help leave things cleaner than they were!
  7. Read the DECOMmandments/Survival Guide below.

FYI: Smoking is now prohibited on any open air public property in the city of SF, including the park as per Article 191: Prohibiting smoking in city park and recreation areas.

THANK YOU for your part in bringing the spirit of Black Rock City to SF and for making this a year-round community! Special thanks to ALL the artists, performers, theme camps, volunteers, our neighbors in the Dogpatch, Dogpatch Neighborhood Network, SFFD, Bayview Police Dept, ISCOTT, Entertainment Commission, and others involved with this day. Thank you and HOORAY!!!

2013 Burnal Equinox Followup

Kindergarten Kamp's Phoenix - photo by John William Fairclough

Kindergarten Kamp’s Phoenix – photo by John William Fairclough

by Whatsblem the Pro

Burnal Equinox came and went this weekend in Nevada City, California, and I’m still trying to stop smiling.

I told you this would happen, and boy did it ever.

I got to the Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City early in the day, floated around helping out where I could, and put up some art of my own — two short stories and an introductory graphic with the title SCIENCE WINS AGAIN — on a wall near the live music stage. Right about the time I was thinking I should get myself a ticket before the box office ran out, friends from BRAND UR ASS CAMP showed up and gifted me one in a sordid, perverse attempt to do me irreparable harm by exposing me to deeply corrupting influences (THANK YOU).

There were live musicians and DJs galore, but thanks to the layout of the venue, the music didn’t overwhelm everything else going on. The Miner’s Foundry boasts two big rooms with stages, other smaller and acoustically distinct spaces for all kinds of other activities, and an expansive outdoors area where theme camps set up booths and art and events, giving us the best of both worlds: choices in continuous sound, and the option to just hang out and converse comfortably.

My personal musical highlight was the kick-ass set that SNAIL TRAIL played; there were other, more high-profile acts on the stage Saturday night, but Snail Trail’s raunchy-librarians-meet-Pussy-Riot aesthetic made me want to get down on my wretched man-knees and service them.

KINDERGARTEN KAMP and the CONTROLLED BURN folks were in full effect out back, with major fire art lighting up the night and inspiring shock and awe in the locals who turned up to see what in the hell was going on.

Also amazingly fun was the Jedi Training, in which padawan learners armed only with toy lightsabers attempted to defend themselves against a vicious onslaught of electrically-lit frisbees thrown at them by the crowd. . . bravo to Coryon Redd for coming up with a featherweight idea that yielded a kiloton of fun, and for hitting me in the dick with an electric frisbee.

An amazing time was had by all, thanks to the skill and hard work of the organizers, the participants, and our hosts at the Miner’s Foundry. Even the local cops assigned to police the event looked like they were enjoying it thoroughly; I saw a pure grin worthy of the third grade lighting up one beefy face at the sight of a giant metal skull, wreathed in roaring flames that spilled from its eyes and mouth.

I spoke with Nevada City Chief of Police Jim Wickham the day after the event; Chief Wickham (stop snickering, you kids) expressed some concern over the noise we made after 2:00 AM, when the festivities were scheduled to end. The Miner’s Foundry is adjacent to a residential neighborhood, and residents called in to complain that while their expectations had been set by a well-organized flyer campaign, the noise went on well after two o’clock. I got the impression from the Chief that this is something we really need to focus on taking care of next year, if we want to continue being welcome in Nevada City.

There was so much to see and do, and I won’t even try to cover it all. . . just be sure and get your hot ass to Burnal Equinox next year, even if you have to make it yourself in your own town. I mean, I’d tell you more, but you unwisely chose not to attend the shenanigans, so now you’ll just have to wonder what else you missed out on (HINT: plenty, plus belly dancing).

You may now watch this wholly inadequate video while you rend your garments and gnash your teeth because you weren’t there. FOOLISH MORTALS.

Burnal Equinox 2013 is Coming!

by Whatsblem the Pro

The Machine - Photo by Douglas Hope Hooper

The Machine – Photo by Douglas Hope Hooper


Burnal Equinox is coming up once again on Saturday, March 2nd, halfway between Burning Man 2012 and Burning Man 2013. There will be multiple celebrations of the Equinox in various parts of the world, under various names; Portland, Oregon, for instance, has their annual Halfway Home party.

There’s even a virtual Burnal Equinox held online as part of Burn2 in Second Life. . . which is a bit of a full-circle proposition, as Linden Labs founder Phillip Rosedale was originally inspired by his experiences at Burning Man, which he first attended in 1999.

As far as events go, the main hoopla seems to be in San Francisco, which has been holding Burnal Equinox events since 2006, and at the Nevada City, California event, now in its third year.

The San Francisco event, billed this year as an “art salon and mixer,” is themed. The 2013 theme for SF’s Burnal Equinox is “Technology as Savior,” which is explained in more depth here:

Through a multitude of technological devices we have expanded our sense of what is real, what is possible, how we relate and what we find gratifying. We can text one another instantaneously across oceans, meet online and converse with groups of strangers at any given moment about the trajectory of asteroids, express our opinions to political leaders via on-line petitions, and expand our social network of “friends” seemingly without limit! We watch reality shows about other people’s lives and create virtual versions of ourselves as we fly through the Interwebs in enhanced real-time. Miraculous devices have become so ingrained in who we are, how we work, think and relate that we could not imagine life without them or the immediacy and satisfaction they offer. And why would we?! Technology is SAVING our economy and way of life, even as it reinvents everything! That is its magic! That is the miracle! It reinvents itself and our relationship with it in mysterious and accelerating ways! There is no problem Technology cannot help with. Nothing Technology cannot and will not do to enhance our lives and save us from any number of impending destructions! Technology WILL SAVE US, even as it helps us relate to one another in better and more convenient ways!

The San Francisco event will be held from 7PM to 3AM at Public Works, 161 Erie Street, SF, CA 94103 (between Division & 14th St. in the Mission). Please note that this is a 21 and over venue. Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 with donation of art supplies for Hospitality House’s art program, which puts art supplies in the hands of the homeless and indigent. Supplies especially needed are watercolor brushes and paints, watercolor 140’ paper, quality marker sets, canvases, working sewing machines with all necessary parts included, and craft and jewelry supplies.

For more information about the San Francisco Burnal Equinox event, please visit the Flambé Lounge 2013 special events page.

According to Marketing and Community Outreach Committee member Coryon Redd, the Nevada City event, which is not themed, began in 2011 as a concert by the band Albino. At the urging of local burners, it was expanded into a full-blown burner event with the help of Gretchen Bond, director of the Miners’ Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, California.

Redd will be running an event at Burnal Equinox called “Jedi Training School.”

I also spoke with the Nevada City event’s archivist, Kathleen Hoffmann, who gave me this snippet of history: “Our event started in 2011 and has grown larger every year. In 2012 the event doubled in participation. This year we joined with Sacramento Valley Spark, a non-profit organization of and for the burner community.”

I asked Kathleen what she has in store for us. “This year,” she says, “the event is busting at the seams with bands, fire effects and performances, theme camps, art cars, gifting, performance artists and SHENANIGANS!”

From the Nevada City Burnal Equinox press release:

Gold Country Burnal Equinox will be a celebration of self-expression and creativity inspired by the Burning Man event, complete with art, fire performers, fashion shows, costumes, and theme camps. It all takes place at The Miners Foundry, located at 325 Spring Street in Nevada City.

Three stages of entertainment will feature live music, DJs, and performance art. Bring yourself and be yourself. Playa wear is welcome and encouraged. This all-day event begins at 2:00 p.m. and continues until 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $20 in Advance and $25 at the door.

Uchronia - Photo by Douglas Hope Hooper

Uchronia – Photo by Douglas Hope Hooper

Advance tickets are available online from Vendini and Nevada City Box Office. You can also call Nevada City Box Office for tickets at (530) 265-5462, or buy them in person at the Briar Patch Co-Op, 290 Sierra College Drive, Suite A, in Grass Valley.

If you are interested in contributing, volunteering, performing or have questions, please email

For more information please visit:


Is your community having a Burnal Equinox event? Tell us about it in the comments!