THE GUARDIAN GUIDE TO BURNING MAN: Tips and resources to get the most out of Burning Man
But every year the music lovers among us compile their recommendations of the stops to hit that will be going off and filled with dancing fools, so I know those lists are valuable. And mine does include some other stuff as well, so just deal with it.
The future of Burning Man The 17 board members of The Burning Man Project, the new nonprofit entity being created to take over operations of Burning Man in coming years (see "State of the burn" in this guide), will be available to discuss the future of this culture. This is your chance to weigh in on what's important to you and how the event should be governed into the future.
Everyday, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at Everywhere Lane (near Center Camp)
Lee Coombs This British-born DJ has long been a great supporter of Burning Man art projects — and he always plays fun sets — so come check him as the playa's best daytime dance party camp starts to work it out.
Tuesday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Distrikt (9&F)
The perverts from Kinky Salon love getting horny on the playa, and this time they're getting literal as they dress as unicorns and stampede across the playa, spreading their joy and juices onto unsuspecting burners and ending up at the Walkout Woods art piece. What does all that mean? Bring a horn, leave your inhibitions, and come find out.
Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m., gather at The Man
Shpongle OT's regular Wednesday night White Party — which has included many epic performances over the years, and this year include big draws EOTO, Infected Mushroom (both doing live sets on two stages OT is setting up for live music this year) and Christopher Lawrence, at midnight, 1:30 am and 3 am respectively — welcomes the dawn with pysbient music innovators Shpongle, which is already generating lots of excitement.
Thursday, 5:45 am (sunrise set), Opulent Temple (10&B)
Deep End reunion It's like family day at Distrikt as the core San Francisco-based DJs that helped launch the original Deep End day parties play successive one-hour sets, with Syd Gris followed by Tamo, Kramer, and then Clarkie. Buckle up, everyone, because this could get ugly.
Thursday, 2-6 p.m., Distrikt (9&F)
Cuddle Ocean Upping the ante on the stereotype of ravers heaped into cuddle puddles at Burning Man, some instigators from last year's Temple of Flux crew are seeking to create a Cuddle Ocean of thousands of burners heaped all over each other in the deep playa. Come feel the love.
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., between the Man and the Temple
Bootie BRC Adrian, Mysterious D, and the rest of the popular Bootie SF music mashup crew will be throwing a dance party specially mixed for your on-playa pleasure -- with actual words!
Thusday, 8 pm-???, Fandango (Esplanade&4)
Circle of Regional Effigies burn Regional events have become an important part of the Burning Man culture, and this year 23 of them will build wooden effigies in circle around The Man. And then, as tends to happen to our effigies, they will all burn — simultaneously!
Thursday, 9 p.m., around The Man
Critical Tits This women-only topless bike ride has been a playa tradition for many years, so cruise by to cheer them on and offer your encouragement for what is a very freeing experience for many of the participants. Besides, who doesn't like tits?
Friday, 4-5 p.m., The Man