LadyBee's Top Ten on the Playa
This is a highly-opinionated selection, in no particular
1. Euphorium by Antenna Theater ÷ every
night, 3:30 Esplanade
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
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.
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
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
5. Mothomorphosis ÷ Saturday night, at 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.
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
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
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
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.
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