Burning Man

Burning Man ticket fiasco creates an uncertain future

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UPDATED WITH LLC RESPONSES BELOW   Is it the end of Burning Man as we know it? That's certainly the way things are looking to thousands of longtime burners who didn't get tickets when the results of a controversial new ticket lottery system were announced on Tuesday evening, particularly as big picture information emerged in online discussions yesterday.Read more »

Burned

Burning Man ticket fiasco renews criticism of SF-based Black Rock City LLC

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steve@sfbg.com

Burning Man is a hyper-collaborative event controlled by its tens of thousands of participants — except when it isn't, as when policies are dictated by the six-member board of SF-based Black Rock City LLC. And that core conflict now has many burners seething, without tickets to this year's event, critical of a badly designed new ticket distribution system, and wary of reassurances being offered by the LLC.Read more »

Burning Man ticket requests far exceed supply

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Burners' worst fears are about to come true: they'll be denied tickets to Burning Man when the results of the new lottery-based system are announced on Wednesday. But organizers say if everyone stays calm and relies on their community then they'll probably still get tickets.Read more »

Burning Man attendees anxious over new ticketing system

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Burning Man attendees are feeling anxious over a new lottery-based ticketing system set up this year to address the growing popularity of the event, so much so that an unprecedented number of them are now registering for pre-sale tickets – which were originally intended as holiday gifts – that are being sold at the top-tier price of $420.Read more »

Community creates "The People of Burning Man"

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Drawing on support from the larger Burning Man community, San Francisco-based photographer Julian Cash this month released a colorful and engaging new photo book entitled The People of Burning Man: Portraits of Revolutionary Spirits.Read more »

Going to Burning Man? Check out our playa guide

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Hey burner newbies and playa professionals -- drop that art car paintbrush for a minute and check out our complete guide to Burning Man 2011: what to see, who to do, where to snag supplies. Plus, fashion, art, music, news, and more.

Chiu and Kim are making a quick trip to Burning Man

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Board of Supervisors President David Chiu will take a day off from his busy mayoral campaign next week to attend Burning Man, which he'll fly into on a small private airplane along with Sup. Jane Kim and spend less than 24 hours on the ground.Read more »

Beyond the playa

Burning Man launches nonprofit aimed at spreading its culture and art

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steve@sfbg.com

By forming a new nonprofit organization and forging partnerships with political and business leaders, the heads of the company that stages Burning Man say they are hoping to secure and expand the long-term future of the event and the culture that it has spawned, particularly here in San Francisco.Read more »

Editor's Notes

Introducing our first ever playa prep guide -- and a word about why we still love Burning Man

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steve@sfbg.com

When a crowd of less than two dozen people watched an eight-foot wooden man burn on Baker Beach during the Summer Solstice of 1986, could any of them have possibly imagined that the ritual would repeat itself 25 years later in Nevada's Black Rock Desert before a sold-out crowd of more than 50,000 people?Read more »

Many Burning Man DJs get stuck without tickets

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UPDATE/CORRECTION: The manager for Infected Mushroom says the group does indeed have tickets.

The mad scramble for sold-out tickets to Burning Man and the subsequent price gouging by scalpers have been frustrating for burners who didn't plan ahead, but now it appears that it could impact the musical offerings on the playa this year as many big-name DJs and musicians have been stuck without tickets. Read more »