Burning Man

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 »

TED taps Flux to talk about building community through art

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In the wake of its artistic and community-building success building the Temple of Flux at Burning Man last year, which I profiled in “Burners in Flux” following a five-month immersion journalism project, the nonprofit Flux Foundation has been selected as finalists to address TED2012: Full Spectrum. Read more »

The Mutaytor's latest album burns bright and deep

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A year ago, I got the opportunity to watch The Mutaytor record its latest album, "Unconditional Love: The Westerfeld Sessions," in the William Westerfeld House, a mansion on Alamo Square with a rich history. Read more »

Huge demand as Burning Man tickets go on sale

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Burning Man 2011 got off to a big start yesterday as tickets went on sale, demonstrating that the 25-year-old event is more popular than ever. The demand for tickets at 10 a.m. was so strong that it crashed the servers for almost two hours, overcoming efforts to beef up a ticketing system that has functioned pretty well the last two years after being a frustrating hassle in previous years.Read more »

PayPal tweaked at its own conference for freezing funds

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WePay, an upstart rival of PayPal, had a little pointed fun with the financial transaction behemoth today outside the Innovate 2010 software developer conference that PayPal hosted at Moscone Center. WePay employees created a large block of ice frozen around cash and the message “PayPal Freezes Your Accounts.”Read more »

PayPal releases Burning Man Temple funds

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After Guardian readers posted dozens of comments expressing outrage that PayPal froze the account of Burning Man's Temple of Flux crew, the company today agreed to release the funds, according to PayPal spokesperson Anuj Nayar, who just responded to a Guardian inquiry from yesterday.Read more »

PayPal freezes the finances of Burning Man's Temple crew (UPDATED)

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PayPal has frozen the account of the Flux Foundation – a large crew of Bay Area artists and burners that is headed to the Black Rock Desert this week to build the most ambitious Temple in Burning Man's 25-year history – claiming the right to profit from the money until the group formally attains its nonprofit status from a backlogged federal government.Read more »

Experience the Joys and Panes of Metropolis

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For months, I'm been covering and working on the Temple of Flux project, a collaboration of literally hundreds of Bay Area artists and residents to create this year's Temple at Burning Man. This amazing, inspiring effort to create a truly unique temple is being accompanied by an equally ambitious fundraising effort to pay for the project, with the last big fundraiser this Saturday night at Supperclub.Read more »

Burning Man announces its funded art projects

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Black Rock City LLC has announced its art grants for Burning Man 2010, with its theme “Metropolis: The Life of Cities.” Thirty-five projects were funded to the tune of almost $440,000, which is more than most years but not its peak.Read more »