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LadyBee's Top Ten on the Playa
by LadyBee

This is a highly-opinionated selection, in no particular order.

1. Euphorium by Antenna Theater every night, 3:30 Esplanade
Experience the virtual, opium-induced dream world of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. You will walk through an environment and experience the visions that led Coleridge to write the poem Kubla Khan. While images float before your eyes you will hear snippets of the poem mixed with music creating a hallucinatory soundscape.

2. The Mystic Krewe of Satyrs Moth Ball at the Cocoon Club Wednesday 9 PM, Center Camp ring & 11:00
It's the second annual funky New Orleans party, the "Moth Ball" Sample their Nectars and help cocoon the Caterpillar so it can "Mothomorphosize" on Friday night. This is a costume ball, with bugs bidding for the "Best of the Bar."

3. Black Rock Electric Parade Sunday 9 PM, starting at the Roller Disco in Center Camp.
The annual parade of el-wire vehicles and costumes. Look for the giant mobile bumblebee!

4. Spinnin' Anemeone Carousel by the Manatee Love Society every night, in the Playground theme art area
A pedal-powered carousel with six whimsical sea creatures, each with a name, a history, and the proper accessories, and a center column with animated el-wire kelp and bubbles. Each night at dusk the fab fishy creatures will come out and celebrate the glorious lighting of the reefs. Let them take you on a sea cruise.

5. Mothomorphosis Saturday night, at the Mausoleum
Join the Mystic Krewe of Satyrs in parading from their camp to the Mausoleum to witness the fiery transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, celebrating the death of technology in favor of a world driven by Primal Urges.

6. Amazing Larry's Cube Club every night, out on the open playa at 1:00, about a half-mile past the Man.
It's the Lucky 7 Ages of Man. This is for those of us who prefer live musicians playing actual, real instruments instead of DJs spinning techno. Inside two giant red dice you will find a dark, sexy nightclub serving cocktails and featuring live jazz with a sultry vocalist, along with a casino.

7. Dragging of the Lion Friday 4 PM, 3:30 & Esplanade
On Friday, a fifty-foot long lion, a prop from a production of Verdi's opera Aida, will be dragged from the Camp One Tribe at 3:30 and Esplanade out onto the open playa in the 12:00 position, somewhere between the Mausoleum and the trash fence. When it comes to rest, around 7 PM, Trust, a five-minute requiem for the 20th century, will be performed.

8. Maze tours daily from 4 PM - 6 PM
In case you can't figure out how to get through this insanely complicated Maze, you will be shown the theme rooms, the center courtyard, and the gallery, along with the other art that hides within.

9. Ziggurat burn Saturday night after the Man burns (midnight-ish), in the Playground theme art area
After a performance, the Ziggurat, which is located in the Playground area, will burn gloriously. As the 25-foot structure burns, see the four giant flaming spheres (composed of wood, sage, underwear, and ???) roll down their respective ramps, strike a set of art pins, and come to rest in their burn podiums.

10. Temple of Tears grief ritual and burn Sunday 10:30 PM-ish, the Mausoleum area, out past the Man
David Best's wooden filigree fantasy, bigger and more complex than last year's Temple of the Mind, will be set on fire after a ritual of collective mourning. A fitting way to end your Burning Man.

Runner-up: Lost at Last performance on Friday night, at Emerald City, 2:15 Esplanade, with the great and powerful Oz head, big honkin' lasers and other special effects.

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