Posts by Affinity

August 11th, 2012  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music)

EGO vs. NATURE

Since Burning Man is rushing right at us we thought you might like to see a couple of photos Of EGO (in production), one of the 2012 Honorarium Installations for the Playa this year.

Mike and Laura

A few weeks  ago the amazing photojournalist, John Curley, wrote a post about the Desert Arts Preview.  In his post he wrote about Laura Kimpton who spoke about EGO, the Honorarium Installation she is building with Michael Garlington for [BM] this year.

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July 13th, 2012  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

We Are All Magic!

Tales From The Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by its participants.

I have a friend named Party Radar and I have known her for over 10 years in the Burning Man community. We have been on volunteer teams together, I have seen her dance on a bar (one of those things you see in movies but don’t really ever expect to see real people doing unless they are getting paid), and she sometimes lives in the world as a bunny. She sent me a little story the other day and asked if there were a way to get it posted on the Burning Blog. Well, who can say no to a bunny.

Once when I was at Burning Man I was working at my job at Volunteer Resources. This is when it was still behind Center Camp. This older gentleman comes up. He looked like this kind of nutty engineering type guy. He was wearing a plain white t-shirt that was horribly unfancy so I decided to help him. I took my sparkly t-shirt paint and wrote “Kiss Me” on his shirt. I told him that now not only does he look a lot better but now people will want to kiss him. He said something like ‘Yeah, now all I have to do is find someone to kiss me’, as if that would NEVER happen.  No sooner had those words passed his lips but some sassy little lady around his age turned to her right and said “I’ll kiss you” and she planted one right on him (a good one too) then they took off together. It was MAGIC.

April 21st, 2012  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

ArtPadSF – BRAF Benefit

Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation at San Francisco’s most innovative venue for art: ArtPad SF!

If you were able to attend our special event at ArtPad SF last year, you know how unique and fun this event is. Join us for a festive gathering of BRAF’s community of supporters, Burning Man’s art lovers, and the Bay Area’s leading art galleries and art scene.

ArtPadSF invites San Francisco’s world-renowned museums, galleries, arts institutions, and artists to transform the Phoenix Hotel into an alternative venue for art. The hotel is reinvented as a vibrant and visionary community of prominent international and local artists.

The art fair culminates in a lively evening of performance art, fashion, dance, music and art experiences on Friday night. This unique event celebrates the wealth of local talent in the Bay Area, and raises funds to benefit the BRAF’s public art and grant programs.

Tickets on sale now at blackrockarts.org/events/artpad-sf.

Ticket Packages:

BRAF ArtPad “Super Star” Experience

6:00 pm – 1:00 am
$125 limited advance tickets only
Generous Hors D’hoeuvres selection provided by Chambers 6pm – 8pm
Hosted Bar until 9pm
Early Access to All ArtPad Gallery Rooms until 8pm
(Galleries open at their discretion after 8pm)
Gallery, art, music, performers and visual arts feast until late

BRAF ArtPad “Happening” Experience

7:00 pm – 1:00 am
$30 Tier 1 limited advance tickets
$40 Tier 2 and at the Door as available
One complimentary welcome drink
Access to All ArtPad Gallery Rooms until 8pm
(Galleries open at their discretion after 8pm)
Gallery, art, music, performers and visual arts feast until late

All tickets are 21 and over.

Entertainment

Bay Area artists set the stage for this exciting event with site specific and multimedia performances, interactive art, live music and DJs with original scores and mixes created especially for the occasion.

Celebrating the creative contributions of and with performances by:

- Adnan Sharif is the resident dj and promoter of Forward, A monthly that takes place in underground locations and clubs in SF, always bringing music and events to new places! (www.forwardsf.com)

- The Carpetbag Brigade collaborating with Teatro Taller of Columbia – By synthesizing acrobatic stiltwalking, butoh dance, contact improvisation, and physical theater The Carpetbag Brigade has pioneered a unique approach and corresponding technique that has resulted in 10 original feature-length performances and tours to Europe, Latin America, Canada and throughout the U.S. Now based in the Bay Area, they are just back from performing a new work in Columbia. We are especially fortunate to have them creating a unique collaboration with Teatro Taller of Bogota, Columbia for this very special ArtPad evening, who is debuting their work for the first time in San Francisco! (www.carpetbagbrigade.com and www.teatrotallerdecolombia.com)

- Dex Stakker – (Opel/Opulent Temple) – Dex Stakker – Spinning underground breaks, slammin’ electro, electro house and aggressive progressive at numerous community events and countless fundraisers. (www.dexstakker.com)

- DJ ICON (Illeven Eleven Records) – DJ ICON is an iconic figure in the dance music industry. With a career spanning over a decade, she has captivated audiences the world over with her magnetic stage presence and signature bass-heavy vocal-infused cross-genre DJ sets consisting of Breaks, Electro House and Dubstep. It’s no wonder she’s been dubbed one of the leading ladies of this domain! Her accolades include stellar reviews for her productions on Illeven Eleven Recordings, a spot in Shejay’s “Top 100 Female DJs”, being voted one of San Francisco’s best DJs in Nitevibe’s “Top 10 DJ Dreamteam” Poll, and touring throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has been a generous supporter of the Bay Area music and arts scene and is much loved throughout the community. We are pleased to celebrate her work as a Bay Area artist extraordinaire and expect big things to keep coming from this driven and versatile performer. (www.djicon.com)

- Gamelan X – Drawing musical inspiration from Indonesian, Balkan, African, Indian and American traditions, Gamelan X combines complex interlocking rhythms and sinewy melodies into an entirely new and visceral groove experience that excites and entrances the world. (www.GamelanX.com)

- KUNST-STOFF: A site specific dance performance specially conceived for ArtPad by internationally acclaimed and local artistic treasure, KUNST-STOFF Arts. (www.kunst-stoff.org)

…and much more! Stay tuned!

Black Rock Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit. A portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible.
poster credit: Jared Gutekunst

November 15th, 2011  |  Filed under Technology

iPhone app for Bliss Dance

Check out this video from WIRED Magazine about the Bliss Dance iPhone app that allows you to control the lighting on Bliss Dance yourself. How fun is that?

To read more about the Black Rock Arts Foundation bringing Bliss Dance to Treasure Island – Click Here

November 4th, 2011  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music), Events/Happenings

Join Us at the ARTumnal Gathering

Immerse yourself in a realm rich in imagination, expression and inspiration! Be the art!

Saturday, November 19 at 6:00pm – November 20 at 2:30am

Location:

The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA

The [BRAF] presents our fifth annual: Artumnal Gathering

Feast of Imagination Dinner 6:30 pm

Artumnal Celebration 9:30 pm

Join us at the magnificent Bently Reserve and enjoy fine fare, tempting libations, special treats, surprises, the best of company in their finest attire, original artwork by our favorite artists, auctions featuring one of a kind experiences and items, and abundant creativity!

Celebrate the creative spirit of our community! Enjoy captivating live performances and dance the night away in three elegant rooms of music and DJ’s. We’d love to see you!
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September 2nd, 2011  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

Hello From Burning Man

Tales From The Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by its participants.

photo: Logan Mirto

Just a little note to say hello from Burning Man.  We miss you if you are not here.  Thinking of you.  As always there is a lot going on here. BIG art, lots of community and as always heat and dust, although it cooled off a little yesterday which makes me very happy.

And a little shout out to the Dust City Diner, we hear it is their last year on the Playa, and they are making the rounds to ensure all of their volunteers and people who have helped support them all these years are getting by to say farewell to them.

Photo by MonkeyBoy

And here is a small shot of the Man before he burns tomorrow night.

August 24th, 2011  |  Filed under Playa Tips

Burning Man with Kids: Guide to the Playa

Stretching on the Trampoline in Kidsville photo: Steven Fritz

A friend of mine and her colleague have written an informative post about bringing your kids to [BM].  Red Tricycle is in the business of sharing information about kids and I think you may find it useful. Burning Man with Kids: Guide to the Playa.

In addition to article, check out Burning Man’s page: Kids at Burning Man.  Have fun with your kids at Burning Man!

August 13th, 2011  |  Filed under Culture (Art & Music)

Loving the Raygun Gothic Rocketship!

The talented creators of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, which is part of the [BRAF] Civic Arts Program, received this drawing the other day. The artist had been to San Francisco and fallen in love with the Rocketship and wanted the creators to have a copy, so we are sharing it with you. This is what the artist had to say!

Dear Raygun Gothic Rocket Creators,

I was unaware that this magnificent sculpture existed until I went to San Francisco last November. The Raygun is a fantasy come to life. My only regret is that it’s not a bit closer to where I live so I could visit it again and again. While there, I took several photos for my own enjoyment, but decided I had to draw a study in graphite (If I can’t have the real thing, then at least I can have a picture on my wall) which I wanted to share with you.

I am a printer by profession, but create works on paper in pencil and occasionaly sell a piece here and there.

Thank you for making a SF geek’s dream come to life. Please enjoy the drawing.

artist:  Christiane Raymond