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Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Burning Man: WTF?
by Jason Olshefsky at 11:00 pm (1 comment)

Sondra and I got on the road on Sunday around 10:30 in the morning, headed for Burning Man. Once we picked up groceries at Smith's (1740 Mountain City Hwy., Elko, NV), we figured it might be possible to arrive just after midnight — a first time for both of us. As it turned out, we arrived around 4 a.m. or so. It was interesting to arrive then, but I much preferred arriving in daytime. We slept on the ground until dawn then hunted down a spot — Bonneville at 5:15 — which was pretty centrally located.

We got the tents and shade set up, then the dust storm started. It was not only a harsh storm by Burning Man standards, but it was relentless. It lasted until dark. We tried getting around to pick up ice and such, but it was nearly impossible to do so. The shade I built got blown down, having snapped two segments of 1/2" water pipe. Fortunately they were just extension pieces so I was able to make the shade again, only it was short enough to hit the tent.

We finally got out to see things at night. I got the chance to try Ecstasy for the first time. It was apparently quite pure (sometimes, I guess, Speed is added which makes one more interested in dancing, or Cocaine is added which makes it suck). I liked it a lot. It created a sense of empathy with others which allowed me to easily put aside feelings of annoyance with others. I tended to look deeply at people and feel bonded with them. Its other dominant experiential effect greatly reduced my awareness of minor bodily irritations — achyness from the day, for instance, but also irritations like holding a flashlight.

Anyway, I started getting tired quite late and decided to head back to camp. Unfortunately I got hit with irresistible tiredness and ended up falling asleep on the way there. I became aware of walking in the dawn and slowly realized that I was not, in fact, dreaming, but experiencing reality. I got back to camp and got some sleep. Tuesday morning I got up and hunted down my trike that I left behind — someone had found it and brought it to their camp on the Esplanade where I found it. The light tube got damaged and the backpack went missing — fortunately only containing some water and a dust mask.

I had signed up to volunteer to work at the sound stage in the Center Camp and I actually made it on-time, despite having not seen a clock in more than a day. I worked the mixing board and learned a lot about using a large board. The performances were not all that interesting, and the four hours went by quite slowly. That night was my night off: each year at Burning Man, it seems I take one day and get some sleep … Tuesday was it this year.

For the rest of the week, things were pretty much the same … relatively pleasant weather and total boredom. Somehow, Burning Man didn't quite happen — it was more like a mock-up of Burning Man where people camp in the desert but don't bother to bring any good art, or try to act with tolerance, or act like a community at all. It was quite strange.

I think "The Bummer" was the art piece that summed up the whole event. It was a 4-times-or-so mock-up of a Hummer vehicle. From a distance, it indeed looked like it was intended, but I had to ask, "what's the point?" I mean, okay: a big Hummer … umm … and? Up close, it was like a plywood clubhouse. It had no detail inside, and it was apparently just dimensionally correct on the outside. I really didn't get it at all — and that's pretty much what all the artwork was like. Some were better than others, but none that I saw exceeded a modest level of mediocrity.

Saturday brought another horrendous day of dust storms. Sondra and I decided to call it quits. We got things packed up in the slightly-less-bad storm that continued into the night and left around 11 p.m., just a bit after they burned the Man figure. By 5 a.m. we made it to The Lovelock Inn (55 Cornell Ave., Lovelock, NV) which had beds and showers. We got on the road on Sunday refreshed and made it back to Colorado by the next night.

Along the way we tried to think of anything good about this year's Burning Man: something specifically awesome — anything, in fact, like what we had experienced in past years. Alas, the only maximal adjective we could come up with is "worst", only qualified by "ever".

Thankfully, we escaped it.

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Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Omer Hershman starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is Raiders of the 'Lost Secret' — Modern Science and the Holy Grail of the Stradivarius. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting instrumental-cacophonous-rock from Science vs. WitchcraftMySpace link, and SlurblownMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. for some kind of Rollergirl Benefit. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]


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Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Printing and Book Arts Center at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the opening reception for Art and Soul through Space and Time with the art of many arists and music by LouLou and the Sharp SwordMySpace link and Roger KuhnMySpace link. The exhibition runs through November 2. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

Top Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is — just visiting from their new home in Atlanta — great cacophonous, attention-deficit rock/jazz/funk from GaylordMySpace link [this is the one you do like, Ali], and instrumental chaotic rock band Razor Wire ShrineMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is really good reggae/dub band Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadMySpace link, and The Rubblebucket OrchestraMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]


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JayceLand Pick Today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 to 5 is the The Clothesline Arts Festival at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

This weekend is the opening of Children of Eden by Everyone's Theatre Company (ETC) at The Jewish Community Center (JCC) (1200 Edgewood Ave.) starting tongiht and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. [source: RocWiki calendar]

JayceLand Pick Ra Ra RiotGarageBand linkMySpace link, and Walter MeegoMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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Today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Sale at The Rochester Public Market (280 Union St. N.) [source: City Hall press release]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is rapid-fire, modern, metalish rock from The Gentlemen's Club, Pearlene, and The Found starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

JayceLand Pick Tonight through Wednesday, Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be screening Smoking Laws outside, presumably after dusk. It's a comedy about the relationships formed around the cigarette by local filmmaker Matt Ehlers. [source: Abeline website]


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The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Monkey Business starting this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Mayor Robert J. Duffy will be at Kate Gleason Auditorium in The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to review and discuss preliminary design concepts related to the Historic Erie Canal Aqueduct and the Broad Street Corridor Master Plan in relation to environmental impact. [source: City Hall press release]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

The United States Army Band Wind Quintet will be at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Vedas, and The PheromonesMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]


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JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Stars Like FleasMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar MySpace page]

The Monroe Village Farmers' Market runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (534 Oxford St.) [source: Eat Out Rochester]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Every Wednesday starting at Dogtown Hots (691 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [source: the proverbial grapevine]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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