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Good evening, Bay Area Burners!

With the gates opening in 6 weeks, Burners are buzzing around like honey-bees fundraising, building, and helping each other prepare for that thing in the desert.

First up, the East Bay Burners have pulled out all the stops! With a BBQ dance party at NIMBY tomorrow, a newbie learning session followed by David Best presenting on the Temple next Friday, and two massive art projects being built this weekend at NIMBY. They’ve got something for everyone!

Next Saturday, Berkeley Spark will blow up in downtown Berkeley! Spend the day in Union Park listening to music, meeting awesome Burner makers, and checking out amazing Burner art!

After you’re Sparked out, head over to F8 in San Francisco next Saturday for the Airpusher ZODIAC dance party! Going 10pm-4am, you’ll dance your ass off to Airpusher DJs as well as special guests Spesh & Eve Falcon.

We’ll see you out there, Burners!

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This Should Be Good

*** Opulent Temple: Tipping Point - Friday, July 11th ***

*** Alien Siege Machine & Kraken BBQ Of Burners - Saturday, July 12th ***

*** 8th Annual Beyond The Fence - Saturday, July 12th ***

*** The Burn Starts Here: Cultural & Etiquette Preparedness - Friday, July 18th ***

*** The Temple of Grace & Playa Kids - Friday, July 18th ***

*** Berkeley Spark 2.0 - Saturday, July 19th ***

*** Airpusher Collective: ZODIAC - Saturday July 19th ***

*** BioTronEsis Fundraiser - Sunday, July 20th ***

*** DUSTFISH: The Nubs & Battery Powered Grandpa at the STUD - Sunday, July 20th ***

Build This City!

*** Alien Siege Machine Build Days - Saturday & Sunday, July 12th & 13th ***

*** Center Camp Cafe Craft Party - Saturday, July 12th ***

*** The Kraken Build Days - Saturday & Sunday, July 12th & 13th ***

*** Paha’oha’o Build Days - Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday; July 11th, 12th, 15th, & 17th ***

Call For Participation and Save the Date

*** San Francisco Decompression - Sunday, Oct 12th ***

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Opulent Temple Presents

Tipping Point: A Fundraiser

Public Works, 161 Erie St, San Francisco

Friday, July 11, 9:30pm-4am, 21+


Get discount pre-sales & more info now here:

We'll be doing a street closure out front for expanded capacity with silent disco outside, with a stage, art and Art Car but this show will sell out.


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East Bay Burners Presents

Alien Siege Machine & The Kraken BBQ Some Burners

NIMBY, 8410 Amelia St, Oakland

Saturday, July 12th, 5pm-82714

Come on down to NIMBY because the East Bay Burners Kitchen will be at it again for a fun filled Saturday BBQ! We work hard and play hard, cause that's just how we roll! Whether you end up being eaten alive by The Kraken or your mind is taken over by The Alien Siege Machine, you’ll wear a smile and be well fed!

If you haven't seen the East Bay Burner's 2014 art projects, now's the time! The Alien Siege Machine and The Kraken are coming along and both build crews will be onhand to show you around. NIMBY, home of many burner art projects, is kicking into high gear and many many art projects will be on display. This is one BBQ not to be missed! 


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Beyond The Fence Presents

8th Annual Trunk Show!

Mighty, 119 Utah, San Francisco

Saturday, July 12th, Free!

Our trunk show highlights over 30 local independent designers showcasing designs for both on and off the playa. We are very excited to be bringing you some new designers and kick off the shopping season properly!

On the Decks: 8Ball (Space Cowboys), Joel Conway (Housepitality/Bubble), Wichita Ron (Disco Knights/Magnificent 7)

The Designers: 10th Muse, Atousa, Aya Papaya, Bexarex, Blue Moon Designs, Dr. Dr Cory, Dreamtime, Eghan Thompson, Elisa Gonsalves, Firebird, Gaia Goddess, Gata Designs, Ghetto Goldilocks, Griffin Wings, Gypsy Streetwear, Hipstirr Belts, In Visions, Jan Hilmer & Sparrow, Kayo Animae, Kinetic Couture, KrakenWhip, Minerva's Antennae, Miranda Caroligne, Miss Velvet Crème, Om Gaia Tree, Opal Moon Designs, Phoenix Rising, Pretty Kitty, Renegade Couture, Sefirah Fierce Designs, Shawna Hoffman, Sheila B, SilverLucy Design, Skin on Skin, Belts, SuperSugarRayRay, Tamo Design, The Window Lady, Timeless Couture, Subverse Industries, Tooth Gem's by Foxy, Warrior Within Designs, & more tba!


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East Bay Burners Present

The Burn Starts Here: Cultural & Etiquette Preparedness

Radiance, 278 4th Street, Oakland, 82714

Friday, July 18th, 6pm-7pm

Hosted by two veteran burners, this open-forum discussion aims to help first-time burners navigate the culture of the playa and and prepare for a really rewarding experience, using Burning Man's Ten Principles as a starting point. From gifting to consent, what's the etiquette?  How self reliant is self-reliant enough? Do I need to lock my bike? Can I take that picture? Is there such a thing as a free hug? There and other topics are up for discussion, as we invite you to find out everything you wanted to know about Burning Man but were too afraid to ask. And by "find out" we mean "participate".


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East Bay Burners Present

The Temple of Grace & Playa Kids

Radiance, 278 4th Street, Oakland

Friday, July 18th, 7pm-9pm, 82714

This month the East Bay Burners have not one but TWO topics: The Temple of Grace and Playa Kids!

Temple of Grace: Tonight we'll hear from David Best, the visionary responsible for the Temple at Burning Man. David conceived and built the first Temple in 2000 and since then has created 9 of the 14 Temples. David is returning again this year to design and construct the Temple of Grace. 

The Temple of Grace is intended to be a spiritual and sacred space for memorials, reflection, celebration and to commemorate life transitions. The Temple is a special work of art given to the community as a transcendent refuge where thousands gather, each to engage with it in their own way. 

David will reveal details of this years Temple plus tell stories of past Temples at Burning Man, all of which exist only in photos and memories. 

Playa Kids: So you think you're having fun on the playa? Think again! Kids at Burning Man run circles around adult burners. Their day beats your week!

Tonight we'll hear from the Black Rock Scouts, Kidsville, and a few veteran Burners who've yet to turn 12. You'll be amazed at their creativity, marvel at their Burning Man art projects and envy at all the fun they're having without you! If you want to bring your child to the playa or are just wondering what the heck kids are doing at Burning Man, this is the talk for you.

As always, our monthly events are free plus artist and kid friendly!


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Berkeley Spark Presents 

Berkeley Spark 2.0: An Arts & Innovation Festival

Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley

Saturday, July 19th, 11am-9pm

Spend the day with us in Civic Center Park interacting with  listen to acoustic music from Laura Inserra of Samavesha, dance and move to ecstatic dance DJ, decorate your bike with plush toys and other colorful objects, learn how to design a papier-mâché exoskeleton for your bike, receive some bike mechanic tips from the Missing Link Bike Cooperative, and meet Segue, a local gal who designed an electric cargotrike. 

The park will be filled with Bay Area interactive art sculpture and learn more about and support The Kraken and The Alien Siege Machine art installations before they head out to Burning Man, meet local technology companies and learn more about their latest designs, and taste locally crafted beer and mead. 

A number of local Burning Man theme camps will be at the festival creating chill spaces, play spaces and healing spaces for the Berkeley community. And experience the mutant vehicle, U.N.A.V.E.R.Z., a colorful jelly fish while listening to DJs spinning from this marine and coelenterate. 

And in building upon the East Bay's thriving technology climate, Berkeley Spark is hosting the East Bay Innovation Tech Corridor, representing the convergence of art, science and technology. We have invited a number of local innovators, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, thought makers, experimenters and other creative types to join us and share their ideas and designs with the Berkeley community. 

Berkeley Spark is a group of East Bay cultural and social innovation leaders producing events which present community engagement through dialogue, interactions, collaborations.

Berkeley Spark 2.0 is a Leave No Trace community event.

Getting There: Everyone is encouraged to take public transportation. We are two blocks west of the Downtown Berkeley BART station, or you could walk, bike, skateboard or car pool to the festival. 



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Airpusher Collective Presents

ZODIAC: Celebrating Cancers & Leos

F8, 1192 Folsom @ 8th St, San Francisco

Saturday, July 19th, 10pm-4am

The stars are aligning for a cosmic trip through space, time and SOUND! Cancers are calling, Leo's are roaring and Uranus is rising... it must be time to get your booty shaking at F8! 

Come show your love and support for the Airpusher Collective so our beloved airship can once again set sail through the stars for an amazing week in the desert. We raising FUNds for more lights! More fire! More flight! And most of all, MOAR BASS!

Hot on the heels of the "Steampunk Masquerade Promenade" and the most slamming stage at Burning Man's official PreCompression at NIMBY we're back to bring you more top notch, heart pumping, physics bending dance music the universe has to offer!

FREE BIRTHDAY DRINKS: CANCERS (June 22-July 23) & LEOS (July 24-Aug 23) We are celebrating YOU! Show your id for a birthday drink on us!


Spesh (Looq Records/Proton Radio): Spesh is an accomplished club DJ with more than 20 years behind the decks, and is co-owner and head of A&R for Loöq Records. He has also co-produced over 80 releases with JD Moyer as Jondi & Spesh, and with Jerry Bonham and Jondi as JSJ, with releases appearing on over a dozen labels including Bedrock, Global Underground, Renaissance, and Loöq. Spesh is also the founder and resident DJ of Qoöl, one of the longest running electronic music events in the US.

Eve Falcon (Proton Radio): Eve's been blowing up some of the best U.S. clubs like Avalon and The Mayan as well as dance floors in China, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Peru. Her monthly residency on Proton Radio, 'Evocative', has taken off and is already one of the most listened-to shows on the station. 

AIRPUSHER DJs: Djesika (Airpusher), J-Kind (Airpusher), Jon Barnes (Airpusher), and more TBA!!

Tickets: $7 before 11PM, $10 after


Not able to make it this time around, but still want to help Airpusher out? Great!

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BioTronEsis Presents

BioTronEsis Fundraiser

Sunday July 20th, 4pm-10pm

Cody’s Cabana, 1308 Griffith St, San Francisco

BioTronEsis is a Honorarium Burning Man Art Project conceived and built by San Francisco local artist Erick Dunn and the BioTronEsis Crew. Please help BioTronEsis reach the playa by attending our Fundraiser! Come to Cody's Cabana in the beautiful and sunny Bayview for an afternoon dance party, gourmet comfort food, home brew, live music and dancing! Featuring our very own Jello slug shots and Sexapussy Ale! Bid on a date with one of our doctors of Biotronology!

MARK GROWDEN & his ensemble performing live! Our favorite multi-faceted musician, singer/songwriter, choir leader, teacher, & virtuoso will perform a unique blend of New Orleans-inspired and contemporary styles. FOU FOU HA performing live! FFH is an ensemble of animated performers who thrill audiences with over the top shows filled with Circus antics, jaw-dropping dance numbers to high-energy music and audience interactive playfulness. DUCKMANDU accordionist extraordinaire, will play heart and mind breaking music from Beethoven's 9th Symphony to Kletzmer, Polka, Funk & Punk ! DJ JUSTIN CREDIBLE will rock the house and the street, with groovy, funky beats all event! CHERRY "TERROR" ZONKOWSKI will share her performance stories of SF sexy exploits.

MADAME Z will read your palm. EXPERIENCE THE ENTRAINMENT TRIP GOGGLES by Mitch Altman. Silent ART AUCTION: original art by ERICK DUNN. Libations and Nosh presented by Chef & Brewer - Patricia Walker. HOME BREW: limited edition for the BioTronEsis Fundraiser, "Sexapussy Ale". DINNER FARE: Gourmet Comfort Food.

Come early, stay till closing, invite and bring all your friends! Doors REALLY close at 10 pm sharp !


Suggested Donation $15 - No one turned away at the door!

If you are unable to attend, please consider going to and making a donation via Paypal.

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The Nubs and Battery Powered Grandpa at the STUD

The Stud, 399 9th St @ Harrison

Sunday, July 20th, doors @ 6, show at 8

$15 sliding scale, no one turned away.

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Alien Siege Machine Build Days

Saturday & Sunday, July 12th & 13th, 10am-5pm

NIMBY, 8410 Amelia St, Oakland

Come build the world-eating Alien Siege Machine with the East Bay Burners! 

We’ll be working on the legs, tracks, and head this weekend… as well as painting and decorating this bane of humanity. Come be a part of the end of civilization, learn how to use some tools, and meet some awesome folks mindlessly going about their self-destructive work.

82714, TASM will set you free (or on fire)!


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Burning Man Center Camp Cafe Craft Parties!

Clone yourself! This Saturday July 12th there are TWO craft parties in TWO different locations!  Center Camp Cafe is hosting more crafty good times!

*Carpentry Craft Party  7/12*
Get your wood on! We are calling out to both skilled woodworkers and those
who just like the feel of sawdust in their eyebrows to help us build some
10:00AM - 4:00PM
1225 12th St,  Oakland
(close to West Oakland BART)

*Crafty Craft Party 7/12*
We’ll be decorating lanterns, zip-tieing fabric swags, and simple sewing
11:00AM - 5:00PM
660 Alabama St.  SF
BMHQ  4th Floor

RSVPs, though not necessary, are always appreciated.
Send ‘em on over: café-dé

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The Kraken Build Days

Saturday & Sunday, July 5th & 6th, 10am-5pm

NIMBY, 8410 Amelia St, Oakland

Come participate in building The Kraken with the East Bay Burners! 

We are building tentacles and working on the giant squid head this weekend. We love new builders and experienced builders, with tools or with no tools!


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Paha’oha’o Build Days

Saturday & Sunday, July 5th & 6th, 11am-5pm

Bliss Dance Studios, 200 California, Building 180, Treasure Island

Aloha! We will be building the volcano both days this weekend, come out to the island and participate! We love Burners of all skill levels, and we’d love to build with YOU!


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Planning for 2014’s San Francisco Decompression Heat the Street FaIRE! is beginning now. Yes, right NOW!

Got big art, a mutant vehicle, or an interactive theme camp? How about a performance, crafting workshop, kids event, dance troupe, parade, and/or lecture? We would LOVE for you to Participate!

Can you contribute a live performance sound system, stage, lighting, or other infrastructure? Do you have an opinion about what you'd like to see more of at Decom?

Email NOW: to request a space and share your creative spirit, art, and vision.

The SF Decom is powered by an amazing team of volunteers and tons of communal effort. To join the SF Decom team,

To find out about other Decoms and Regional Events in a city near you, see: This is a year-round community with events being planned here, there and EVERYWHERE, literally every day of the week!

So as you prepare for the Playa, take a moment RIGHT NOW to plan how you will PARTICIPATE at Decompression and at your Regional Event.

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