Burning Man

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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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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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 »

Frustrations rise with skyrocketing prices for scalped Burning Man tickets

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In the wake of yesterday's announcement that Burning Man tickets have sold out for the first time, scalpers have been offering tickets online for several times their face values – some for as much as $5,000 each – frustrating burners and raising difficult questions about what the laws of supply and demand are doing to a community that eschews “commodification” Read more »

Burning Man tickets sell out for the first time

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For the first time in the event's 25-year history, tickets to Burning Man have sold out. With more than a month left to go before the gates to Black Rock City open at midnight on Aug. 28, burners have already started a mad scramble for spare tickets through various message boards and online networks.Read more »

Burner artists go bigger and wider

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I've been covering Burning Man for many years, both for the Guardian and my book, so it's easy to feel a little jaded about another year of preparing for that annual pilgrimage to the playa. But then I plug into the innovative projects that people are pursuing – as I did last week for the annual Desert Arts Preview – and I find myself as amazed and wide-eyed as a Burning Man virgin. Read more »