Tonight, tonight, tonight - 1996
by Adrian Roberts
This is it.
This is the night. This is the night one wishes they could clone themselves.
Why? Because there is simply WAY too much going on! It's damn-near impossible
trying to catch every single cool event that's happening this evening. Bands,
performance art, impromtu theatre, film screenings, pyrotechnics, the Techno
Ghetto, the opera at the Fire LingamÖyou need at least a few of you running
around the playa, in order to catch it all! Why does it all have to happen at
the same time?
you why. Because everyone who's been out here before knows that tonightÖand NOT
Burn NightÖis where it's at. Tonight is when this town goes ballistic. For
NewbiesÖBurning Man first-timersÖtomorrow night is THEIR night. Burn Night is
the whole reason they're out here in the first place. But for those of us who
have been out here before, tonight is OURS. After all, we've all seen the Man
burn already. Last year. And year before that. And the year before that. And
for some, the year even before that. And while watching a 40-foot tall effigy
still has its epic moments, there seems to have developed a jaded, "been
there, burned that" attitude amongst this die-hard, cynical crowd. They're
not out here to see the Man burn. They're out here to see things that they've
never seen before. That's what tonight is for.
In fact, I
know several people who are leaving tomorrow, having felt that they've seen all
that they need to see. Hell, at least they'll avoid the hellish Labor Day
tonight's the night when Black Rock City turns into the one huge massive party
that it's become known for. No one has to get up early tomorrow morning to
drive back to civilization. There's no need for moderation this evening.
Tonight's the sort of night when strange things are most likely to happenÖand
this is often helped along in part by the liberal use of psychoactive
substances. In order to help you navigate through the wide assortment of
choices available, check out this issue's drug guide, which should help you
choose exactly which substance is right for you to abuse.
keeping with the hedonistic, decadent theme of this particular issue, don't
miss out on Bitter love, our new sex advice column from Dan Bitter. Sex and
drugs. What more could you want?
and rock-and-roll. Well, we've got that too, but it's not what you think. For a
take on rock music like you've never heard it before, don't miss the world's
only inflatable band, Idiot Flesh. For a review, turn to page 6.
We hope you
enjoy this particular issue of Piss Clear
as much as we did putting it together.