30 Days of Burning Man – Day 20 Theme Camps
This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go. . I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos. I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue
I was fortunate to be with a theme camp my first year on the Playa way back in 2004. It was in my not even slightly humble and personal opinion the greatest theme camp to ever exist if for no other reason than the name, The People United for Nothing. PUN was a great camp, and like most great camps it came down to good people and a few really good people who worked their little asses off to make it happen. In our camp Wally made things happen, rarely bitched where the rest of us could hear him and seem to have a solution to whatever emergency popped up. He of course never got enough recognition or what he wanted even more, help with all the things he took care of in that camp. Like most organisms it was born, grew up and then died but it was great while it lasted.
So tonight I thought I would pay a little tribute if only to the names of their camps to the theme camps of Black Rock City.
I have a few personal favorites, The Barbie Death Camp and Wine Bistro is a first-rate establishment and where else on earth can you sip wine and chat in a death camp.
Loadie Camp, not usually an official theme camp is a jewel in the dust if you can find it but be prepared Loadie is not for the faint of heart.
The 7 Sins lounge always serves up a good drink and well, go check it out, and remember new experiences are important in life.
I totally dig Kidsville, I’ve volunteered down there before and did some interviews there last year it’s an absolutely awesome camp.
And of course the Death Guild, every event needs a warm huggy place where you can feel welcome like falling into a big fur coat coated with love.
I once had one of the best meals of my life at The G-Spot.
There are other places I’ve loved that like PUN have faded back into the dust and next year (2013) I’m planning on bringing The Church of Abnormal Acceptance & The Ministry of Happiness to the Playa for the first time.
Below are some nameworthy camps worth visiting this year and a link to the whole list, enjoy!
The org’s list of all the camps including a past year archive http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/
Harnessing the winds over Black Rock City since 1999, Burning Sky brings you colorful aerial performances and nighttime pyro in the sky. Not content to watch us from the playa? Come win a ride in our plane! You’ll have a kickass view of skydivers exiting the aircraft over the city. What a rush! Congratulations, you have now become an elite member of the Firefly order.
Hometown: Portland, OR
Dark Carnival Community Cafe
Dark roast for those dark of heart, the Circus is in town, Gothic performers lurking in the night. Bring your mug as we have no cups, embrace your inner expressionist but leave your drama at the door.
Hometown: Santa Cruz
GLAMCOCKS are an all-gay, always glamorous group of boys from all across the world. We are dedicated to creating a loving, open-minded, body-positive environment, and as always – fantabulous sunset parties.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Math Camp @ Group W
Math Camp: A Safe Place for Mathematics. A small, social camp, we offer a place to drink and derive! Daily lectures and impromptu chats on all things Math related. Home of the Fabulous Electric Cupcakes. Purveyors of crunchy snacks & The Best Friday Morning Sunrise Cocktail Party on the Playa.
Painting Your Patootie
We will be painting bodies every day from morning till late afternoon. Come by with your ideas and wishes. Artists are welcome to join us; contact us in advance, or drop by and talk.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping
We are a radical performance community based in New York City, earth loving gospel shouters. We sing, we dance, we preach, we perform small interventions, invisible plays, and acts of ritual resistance. Earthalujah!
Hometown: New York City
White Dragon Noodle Bar
The White Dragon Noodle Bar returns for it’s 9th trip to the playa! Come by our noodlebar when the sun hits the mountains for our hot, salty noodles with a side of sarcasm and appreciation for your mom. If you’re old enough, try our signature drinks, the Legopener and the Trucker Bomb.
Zen As Fuck
ZEN AS FUCK brings the soul to black rock city, with a live soul music venue and a place to chill out and spiritualised. Come groove, get your boogie down, and meditate to the beats of the fro… just make sure to take off your fucking shoes.
Hometown: Bay Area and Beyond