Burning Man is L.A.'s favorite party.
And everyone knows a burner is a stinky hippie who washes with bong water and raves to 1999 break-beat trance.
The latest Burning Man "Afterburn Report" of attendee demographics was released this week. And guess what?
Burners are surprisingly cosmopolitan:
Arrests outside this year's Burning Man festival near Black Rock, Nev., were pretty tame considering the psychedelic action within.
The party ended last week but the stats are now just trickling in. They include four felony drug arrests for unknown substances, Washoe County Sheriff's Deputy Armando Avina told the Weekly today. There were also ...
Burning Man attendees are used to getting stinky, dirty and even smoky as the eponymous hombre is eventually torched. But this year their lungs might be exposed to a different kind of smoke, and not the good kind, either.
Burning Man can now have 10,000 more stinky, naked hippies than it was allowed to have last year. That means there will be a few more parking spaces in Venice as people head to the the Black Rock Desert Playa north of Gerlach, Nevada for this year's festival Aug. 27 through Sept. 3.
But seriously, after moans and groans from organizers because the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Burning Man takes place on federal land) put the Man on probation for having too many people last year, it's on.
The BLM approved the party:
When the Los Angeles Board of Public Works refused to grant permits to the Sunset Junction Street Fair in August, hundreds of unpaid bills were left littered in the canceled festival's wake. The city wished to be paid up front for costs associated with the street fair; festival organizers scrambled, and ultimately failed, to acquire the necessary funds.
More than 100 artists and musical acts were scheduled to appear, inlcuding Butthole Surfers, Ozomatli, Lil John, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Hanson. Those artists, as well as vendors, the festival's own executive director, the IRS and the city (owed more than $256,000) are all among the more than 200 parties from whose debt the the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance is seeking shelter.
If we were to imagine what the weekend's annual Burning Man festival looked like from space, we'd think chaos, anarchy and a vision of 50,000 ants madly shrooming in every direction.
But no, the hippy-trance fest looks organized, almost like an sacrificial Mayan rite, in fascinating photos (see a composite after the jump) just published by the European Space Agency.
The California-born, Black Rock, Nevada-based party appears to be almost religiously conformed (and heck, maybe it is):
We've never been tempted to feel the burn, frankly, because Burning Man is such a hippy affair, what with the pungent, sobriety challenged people and unpaved conditions. Not our idea of fun.
However, it turns out that the annual Black Rock psychedelic shindig, happening this week, can be done in a civilized way if you have the means. And we do mean means.
If you're Elon Musk, honcho at electric car company Tesla Motors and founder of El Segundo rocketship-maker SpaceX, you can rave in relative comfort:
Despite our scoop (at the bottom) that Sunset Junction organizers came up with the cash they needed (via a corporate source) to move on, the city today said no again. More at the bottom. First posted at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.
So is it on, or off? Watching the trials and tribulations of the annual Sunset Junction festival is like watching championship ping-pong.
A day after the city pulled the plug on this weekend's street fair-cum-concert, organizers say they're close to pulling out a last-minute save via cash raised online. You see, the promoter owes you, the taxpayer, $256,000 for last year's event, including police, fire and street services. But they still need your help.
Echoing the report on our sister blog West Coast Sound, Phillip Tate, lawyer for the fest, indicated to the Weekly today that they're close to coming up with enough money to get a green light at tomorrow's Board of Public Works meeting:
Update: Our sister blog West Coast Sound reports here that some bands are looking for plan B despite the promoter's word that no one has canceled. First posted at 6:07 a.m.
The hail Mary Pass of the Week Award goes to Sunset Junction, the three-decade-old street fair-cum-hipster fest in Silver Lake that was rejected by city officials only days before its 31st annual party was scheduled to go off this weekend.
That's because organizers have more hope than Shepard Fairey: They've set up an account to take donations from you, the public, in an effort to get the city to overturn its decision.
You see, the organizers of Sunset Junction, while charging tens of thousands of you $25 at the door (they've called it a "donation" in the past) to hang out on a city street, still owe you, the taxpayer, money:
Looks like Sunset Junction, the street festival in the heart of Silver Lake, is no more, at least for now.
After years of some residents complaints about parking, lack of business in the closed-off area and having to pay a "donation" to get into an event on a public street, the the city's Board of Public Works today denied a special event permit for this weekend's edition. (Actually it looks like unpaid fees are the culprit).
According to City News Service: