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March 20th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

“Taking My Parents to Burning Man” Screening at BMHQ

Do not try this at home ...

Do not try this at home …

WHAT: “Taking My Parents to Burning Man” Screening plus Q&A with Filmmaker and Artist, Bryant Boesen
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, 7:30pm – 10pm
WHERE: Burning Man HQ, 660 Alabama Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110
RSVP: rsvp here: rsvp (at) burningman.com

Burning Man, known to many as a debaucherous arts event, isn’t your average family vacation destination. Meet Bry, artist, provocateur, son. Now meet Bry’s nearly-retired parents, Lilice and Charles. Immersed in Burning Man culture year round, inspired by the community, artistry, and frivolity, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man” is a parental coming-of-age story. Follow our three heroes as they depart Canada and set out to tame the vacant heart of the wild west.

Doors open at 7:30pm. The ninety minute film begins at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Bryant Boesen. Light appetizers and a wine and beer bar will be open during the first thirty minutes of the event.

Space is limited and all guests must RSVP to rsvp here: rsvp (at) burningman.com no later than Monday, March 31st, 2014.

To learn more and watch the trailer, check out the film’s website.

October 1st, 2012  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

The pilgrimage to rediscovering your self

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


by Soheil Soheil

So finally, we are on the road. The journey is long from San Diego and a lot of hours behind the wheel. Sometimes it feels like you never going to get there, a lot of stops for gas, restroom, narrow roads and slow moving. I become impatient. Ants in my pants. The car is cramped and no room to move. That is no joke. I even have an outburst with my beautiful daughter I was riding with, Ashleigh. We had it out, but I believe it was just the ride and nothing else.

We arrive at the gates around I believe 2:00 a.m. Long wait, a lot of people just excited to be there. Humpy bumpy road, dust, dust, dust. We get inside after checkpoint and wait for everyone else to get there, and finally we find our campground and start setting up camp. By now it’s 5:30 a.m.

What a great sunrise! Its funny; that was the first sunrise for me in like 23 years. Where I live, you only see sunsets.

Now everyone is helping each other to set up and, like ants, it gets done faster with teamwork. We’re all tired — I know I’m dead from driving almost all day/night. So we all rested.

At nightfall, we all get on our bikes and venture on the playa. Wow, it’s out of this world for me. So many colors, neon, lasers… I’m blown away by all of it. It’s like Thanksgiving, Xmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, name a holiday and it’s here.

When you’re out there on the playa riding your bike, nothing matters: time, your bills, who you have to meet and when. I become at peace with myself. I become part of the dust I was covered in. I become closer to my daughter than ever before. I feel her feeling, cry with her, hold her hand, talk the night away like never before, and feel the pain and suffering we both endured. It’s like nothing I felt before, and I am grateful for that.

To all the parents out there wondering what your kids are doing and where they are, call them, hang out with them, feel what they feel, and you will see a totally different world. After all, it’s their time to shine and glow and show the world who they are. Thats what Burning Man taught me.

May 8th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips, The Ten Principles

Camping With Baby Burners: Kids at Burning Man

[Judes is the Burner mom of an 11-year old baby-Burner, and founder of Black Rock Scouts.]

Burning Man has been a family affair from the very beginning. When Jerry James and Larry Harvey burned the first Man in 1986, their 5-year old sons Robin and Trey built a Burning Dog alongside their dads.

PHOTO: A baby-Burner art car. Photo Georgie.

Because the playa is a colossal day-glow playground, children feel right at home. Kids already live in make-believe worlds, so when they experience the magic of Black Rock City, it feels natural to the way they view the world. Tots know how to play and have fun without inhibition, hesitation or fear of judgment. Follow that Art car! As a parent, I know it’s really my reaction that colors my kid’s reaction to something. Us grownups can learn a few things from tiny folk and how they embrace the art and culture of Black Rock City. Read more »