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Larry Harvey on Charlie Rose

April 3rd, 2014 · 2 Comments

Charlie Rose interviews Larry Harvey, the co-founder of Burning Man.

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Gender Blender Starts New Chapter

April 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Dear Beloved Amazing Queer Burner Community:

Here is a special and important update on what’s new for Camp Gender Blender this year! So after 4 fabulous years of partnering with Camp Beaverton, sharing resources, being allies, and combining forces to be CBGB – this year we are doing something different! Leadership of both camps have decided that for the highest good of the missions of both camps, it is best to be separate camps.

We will still be loving allies, we will still help each other out, we will still be family but we will not be camped in the same location and we are separating our resources so that each camp is sustainable on its own. This will give Gender Blender the opportunity to focus on our mission – being a safe place for Trans, Gender Queer, Gender Non-Conforming people, educating, and having fun.


When Gender Blender first started in 2009 we were our own theme camp. We partnered with Beaverton from 2010-2013 and we are thankful for all the many connections and dreams we built together. Now is our opportunity to once again shine as a solo theme camp and for Beaverton to do the same. We are really excited to take this step forward and to build an awesome, powerful, fun, Gender Blender theme camp! So welcome home to GB – Gender Blender!


For more information on what we are up to please go to or to get more involved FB message Pink Pants or Cyndi Vee.

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Bring It On Down

April 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

“Bring It On Down“ performed by The Speakeasy Serenaders (Thugsy Malone – Banjo Mandolin, Remy Duguet  – Upright Bass).

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Dot Photo Exhibit Opens Thursday

March 25th, 2014 · 7 Comments


Dot has the resident photographer at many Comfort & Joy events, including Touch and Afterglow. He has also captured dozens of portraits of performers at many San Francisco nightclubs for several years. SupperClub is now featuring a photo exhibit of the best of this photography of astounding acrobats, dancers, singers, and circus performers, opening this Thursday, March 27th in SOMA, San Francisco.

Doors open at 9:30; with reception from 10 pm to midnight.


SupperClub will be having a special friends and family dinner show at half price that night at 7pm pm with fantastic food and entertainment. See for reservations.

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Bear of Heaven

March 25th, 2014 · 4 Comments

David Sternesky performs “Bear of Heaven” at the New York “Music of His Dance” release party at ROCKBAR. Un-hibernate me!

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Kitten Talk: Big Joy in the Big Apple

March 18th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Watch this new episode of “Kitten Talk” to discover the TRUTH about Sister Sermonetta of the Flying Phallus, Two Dudes in Love, Jason Jenn‘s plans to provide *Ecstasy for Everyone* in New York City, and how Marti Gould Cummings II will dish out Big Joy at Anthology Film Archives this weekend. THIS IS IT folks!

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Preview “Music of His Dance” on Soundcloud

March 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

In celebration of this week’s screenings of the Burner-created documentary BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton in New York and Toronto, Friends With Benefits Records is releasing a new EP of dance music built around the poetry of James Broughton, now available for pre-order on iTunes!

The compilation features music by Severino (Horse Meat Disco) with Hifi Sean (Raw, Bearracuda) as Up Yours (Southern Fried/Get Up Recordings), The SyntheTigers featuring Tobirus Mozelle (Moulton Music), Two Dudes In Love (Friends With Benefits Records), Juan Ramos (Friends With Benefits Records), and Kenneth Kemp (Friends With Benefits Records).

Several of these talented music producers have attended Burning Man and played DJ sets at Comfort & Joy special events like Touch and Afterglow.

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Hay Girl Hay

March 16th, 2014 · 8 Comments

Ru Girl + Comfort & Joy playa alumnus (Class of 2009) Alaska Thunderfuck is celebrating the life and times of Harry Hay by hosting a special Hay Gurl Hay cabaret in Los Angeles in early April.  Totally worth a road trip ladies!  San Francisco queens can also catch her at Trannyshack’s Stevie Nicks Tribute Night on March 21st (which also features the delovely bearded lady Grace Towers).



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Armistead Maupin tells Tales of Black Rock City

March 16th, 2014 · 9 Comments

Above: Armistead Maupin and husband at the Temple of Juno (2012).

Over the space of 12 pages in Armistead Maupin’s new Tales of the City book, Comfort & Joy is described by a virgin Burner character/narrator, the series’ longstanding queer San Franciscan every-man, in a way that’s simultaneously irreverent, affectionate, and supportive. The camp’s flags are noted and the Afterglow tent is the scene of a major scene near the book’s, um, climax.

Above all, the book is a burner tale….. pro-sex, all about our connections in the city and on the playa, and which captures the ability of both Comfort & Joy and Black Rock City to hold us close-here-now, as a mighty ship of state, bound for the shores of need (thanks Leonard Cohen). It doesn’t tie all the loose ends neatly, rather, it reflects many of our playa plans: reshaped by languid bike rides, new friends, and glittering detours.

The passages that refer to C&J are on pages 217-223 and 239-243.

Support your local independent bookseller + buy this book in person instead of by mail-order… it’s available almost anywhere (unlike much of James Broughton’s back catalog, which is difficult to find anywhere other than Amazon, where used copies of his out-of-print books are plentiful).


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Burning Man Low Income Ticket Program Opens

March 6th, 2014 · 3 Comments

4,000 Burning Man tickets at $190 each are now available in the 2014 Low Income Ticket Program. These tickets are reserved for high contributor participants on a limited income who cannot otherwise afford a regular priced ticket.


The application period for this program is now open for submissions. You must already have a completed Burner Profile (listing your legal name) in order to access the application. If your Profile does not list your full legal name please edit your Profile before completing a Low Income Ticket application.  There are several other ways to get a Ticket:  The STEP program, the OMG Sale, and secondhand through a personal connection ~ often found by participating in playa community ~ so get out there + meet people!

Access the Burning Man Low Income Ticket Program application here.

The application has more detailed instructions, but here’s what you need to know so you can be prepared to apply:

  • You cannot have already purchased a ticket through any of our other sales (the Pre-Sale, Directed Group Sale, or Individual Sale).
  • Applications are submitted completely online. If you do not have easy internet access we are happy to send you a paper application.
  • Tickets are awarded one per person. Individual members of couples, families or groups must each apply separately.
  • Do not submit an application on behalf of someone else. Each person must submit his/her own application.
  • Applications must be submitted via computer and not on a mobile device.
  • You must submit digital copies of at least one (1) but a maximum of three (3) financial documents demonstrating your income and expenses.
    • Your name must be listed on the documents.
    • Please black out any account or social security numbers while leaving your name visible.
    • Accepted documents formats are .jpg and .pdf. Each document may only be a single-page and can be no larger than 1MB in size. For examples of what types of financial documents to submit, check the Frequently Asked Questions.
    • Internet Explorer and older browsers may not allow you to upload your financial documents properly. If possible use the latest Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser and if you have upload problems switch browsers, and make sure the file is 1MB or less in size and in the accepted format (single-page .pdf or .jpg).
  • No payment is taken at the time of application.
  • Email notifications will be sent within six (6) weeks from the date applications are received.
  • All Low Income Tickets are held at Will Call and paid for at the Box Office, located at the front gate of Burning Man. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Tickets are non-transferable. They cannot be given to another person or used another year if you are unable to attend. If you can’t attend, please email Burning Man staff to cancel your ticket, making sure to include your full name and email address used on your application.
  • If you are awarded a Low Income ticket and we find you have purchased another ticket through other means your Low Income ticket will be revoked without notice.
Please see the Burning Man Ticket Support page if you have additional questions.

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