Mar 7 2011

XyloVan goes to Hollywood


That was great – a little microburn without all the driving, approved heat and dust.

XyloVan trekked a massive 4.3 miles last night to the Egyptian Theater to help kick off the L.A. League of Arts Burning Man Film Series. We utterly devoured the fascinating first film in the series – Dust and Illusions.

Check it out wherever you can – it traces the community’s 30-year-deep roots from a coagulation of like-spirited artists up through its raucous early years, the watershed ’96 burn that spurred creation of Black Rock City and its rich, monstrous growth up to last year’s 51,454-strong burn. If the nostalgia and inspiration don’t grab you, the politics will – so many strong minds struggling to define the undefinable.

We had a blast setting up in the courtyard – many thanks to Beth and Athena for graciously making space for XyloVan, and to Dore and Cristina for sharing Calliope the Wonder Wagon and their judicious barge-guiding skills with us. Thanks to them, maneuvering XyloVan in and out of the 7-foot-wide alley through the courtyard was a joy rather than the nerve-shredding crunchfest it could have been.

Thanks, also, to the Krishnas for the wonderful food, spiritual generosity and musical interaction.

And thanks especially to all of you – happy burners, playful Angelenos and all the had-to-be-coaxed-but-wound-up-enjoying-it souls who made lovely music into the night.

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Mar 6 2011

Bang on the van today!


Egyptian_Theatre_Hollywood_7.jpgLast night was the Burnal Equinox – the precise halfway point between Burning Man festivals – it’s sort of the formal kickoff season for preparations for the 2011 burn.

On the off chance you don’t already know about it, Sunday’s festival kicks off a
film series in at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood with a little BM culture

There’ll be a few theme camps and art cars in the courtyard all afternoon
(including XyloVan) – a lovely half-way-there dose of

At 7:30, there’s a showing of Dust and Illusions – 30 Years of History of Burning Man followed by
Q&A with the filmmakers and another hour or two of courtyard frolic.

DEETS after the jump.

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