For 15 years, Comfort & Joy has been providing respite to wayward desert queers and their friends. What started in the back of a box truck has grown into the massive and welcoming Comfort & Joy Village that we all enjoy today. From our exuberant Carrot Dome, visible all across the playa, to the Afterglow tent, trove of treasured memories for its many visitors, C&J’s spaces invite, excite, and inspire creativity and connection.
The Burning Man festival and our family continue to grow, and we want to keep expanding our offerings of comfortable and joyous spaces for all to enjoy. To that end, we’ve put a great deal of love and intention into conceptualizing our next public space on the playa: The Great WhatEveryThing (GWET).
The GWET is a swirling and colorful tented structure that provides shelter from the elements and can be used by up to 75 Comfort & Joy campers and our neighbors to chill, perform, hold workshops, show films, host talks, dance, play, create, and more. Decorated with plush pillows and soft lighting, the Great WhatEveryThing will be a jewel in the desert. The open air design includes an oculus to welcome the light of the sun and the moon and the stars, while protecting guests from the wind and the dust. Its winding entrance calms and soothes the spirit, while slowly introducing the visitor to the programming inside and minimizing disruptions.
The GWET will be constructed using commonly available aluminum pipes and intersections, so it is light, yet strong and portable. The fabric covering is colored shade cloth—tough enough to handle the whipping winds with aplomb. It is reusable, reconfigurable, expandable and easily repaired.
Our fundraising goal for this quality, lasting structure is $15,000. We’re going to do this together. Fueled by your enthusiasm, the Comfort & Joy board and an anonymous donor have decided to match up to $1,000 per donation, up to a total match of $7,500. That means your dollars stretch even further.
We need to raise the $15,000 by the end of May to make this happen at this year’s Burn. Donations of any size are lovingly accepted, and tax receipts will be provided.
Thanks for helping out. We genuinely appreciate your generosity. Remember, Comfort & Joy is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and all donations are tax deductible in the US.
Tags: Burning Man · Fundraising · Playa
September 11th, 2015 · No Comments
Photographer Dot is the camp photographer for Comfort & Joy. The “g-rated” photos are posted on Facebook. For your enjoyment. You can reach them at the link below. NOTE – that there are several albums of images.
For your privacy, Dot is not tagging photos with your names. Leave a comment on any photos of you to indicate that you would like to be tagged (so that the image will show up on your own Facebook timeline).
Message Dot on Facebook, or email him at dot@PhotoByDot.com if there are any photos of you that you would like removed for any reason. Provide links to each image that you want removed. DO NOT JUST DESCRIBE THE PHOTO.
Your LIKES/Comments are welcome.
Photos not allowed by Facebook (with nudity or sexual content) are available on Dot’s website at the link below. Contact Dot via email at dot@PhotoByDot.com to get the password for this private gallery. NOTE – that this gallery will be available for about 2 months, and then removed forever.
All photos were taken with consent, but contact Dot at dot@PhotoByDot.com if you would like any photo of you removed for any reason.
Check out Photos by Dot from Intergalactic 3 Way at the Sound Factory. This was a mega benefit and community builder with Comfort & Joy, Glamcocks, BAAAHS, and Camp Beaverton. YAY!
Message Dot on Facebook or email at dot@PhotoByDot.com if you have any photos of you that you’d like removed, or that you’d like to be tagged in. Be sure to include links to image(s) of interest.
Your likes & comments are welcome. Like my page to follow my work. You can also check out my website at www.PhotoByDot.com [NSFW].
Tags: Events · Fundraising · Uncategorized
Camp Montage, a sub-camp of Comfort & Joy Village has a long tradition to transporting burners into an epic world of montages. It is an art project with interpretive image gallery of surreal scenes from Black Rock City.
Check out their new website, dedicated to the artistic genius and co-founder of Camp Montage, Michael Owen, who passed away in May 2014.
Lake of Dreams from roy two thousand on Vimeo.
Lake of Dreams – Burning Man 2013
Comfort & Joy encourages each person to make their own radically self-reliant decisions around safer sex. That means that we encourage people to consider all sorts of things when it comes down to what and how you have adult play during The Burn. For example, what sexual activities do you feel comfortable with doing on the playa? What about cleanup before or after? Do you want to use condoms in your sex play? What does it mean if someone tells you that they are on PrEP?
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Tags: Burning Man · Playa
The man burns in 100 days! That’s right, it’s getting closer. Even closer than you think. Planning for Comfort & Joy Village started with the all camp meeting last month. Here are some action items and deadlines quickly approaching…
– Camp with C&J (application deadline May 31 – 4 days away!)
– Art Grant Application Open (deadline July 5)
– Host a Playa Event (listing on What, When, Where typically in June – details forthcoming from JackRabbitSpeaks)
Want to Camp with Comfort & Joy This Year?
Applications are now open for the 2015 camping season! 2014 was our biggest year ever and we did not have enough space on the playa to hold all the lovelies who wanted to join us.
So this year, we are asking that everyone wanting to camp with us, including all alumni, please fill out an application form HERE
. The Happy Camper Committee will review all applications received by Sunday, May 31, 2015.
Within a few weeks of receiving your application, we will call you to get to know you better and continue your application process. We will choose a magical group who embody the qualities we need to make the camp spectacular. We will get back to you about the status of your application by the end of June.
Please fill out your applications earlier, rather than later, so that we can back to you sooner!
The Happy Camper Committee
2015 Comfort & Joy Art Grants are available!
Comfort & Joy is excited to announce that our Art Grants for 2015 are available. We hope to award $5,000 worth of art grants this year!
Have a crazy idea you want to build? Or a performance piece you want to pull off? We’re here to help. Here are some grants that we awarded in past years:
Pink Aerial Rig
Mylar Rain by Neon
Platonic Love by Steve Dudek
Signage by Kyte Tatterdermalion
Because our lovely courtyard is already fierce, we will be prioritizing Art Grants for Performances and Events this year, but don’t worry – we’ll still fund sculptures and other art.
For full details and to apply for a C&J Art Grant, please read and complete APPLICATION FORM
by July 5, 2015.
Want to Throw a Wild Event on the Playa?
Be part of the wild ride this year by throwing your own event on the playa!
Want to do monscaping to meet hotties? Want to take a drag make-up workshop? Feel like hosting a ritual in our new Queer Temple? Want to teach yoga? Want to host a heart circle? Want to host a violin recital? A piano concert? An aerial show? Storytelling by the fire cauldron? Get creative. Share yourself and your talents with all of Black Rock City.
Believe it or not, we usually submit our events to the Burning Man What, Where, When Guide in early June – that guide is handed out to everyone who enters the gates at BRC! So, we have to get our programming schedule nailed down and write-ups completed in the next few weeks.
You can host events in these places at Comfort & Joy:
- Afterglow Tent
- Siesta Shade Structure (complete with piano and benches)
- Queer Temple
- C&J Courtyard
- C&J Fire Cauldron
- Pink Gym
- Aerial Rig
- Drag Stage
To plan your own event, send Ultra (firstname.lastname@example.org
) your ideas and the dates, times you hope to plan. She’ll check to make sure a venue is available and we’ll all pitch in to help you make it a success.
SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE OF PLAYSHOPS AT www.playajoy.org/queericulum
Comfort & Joy and Calamus are bringing you Queericulum on Saturday April 18th from 11am till 9pm, and FRESH TOUCH is the after party the same night!
What is Queericulum? An all-day, luxurious, homocentered educational urban retreat. Fag-centered playshops in the daytime: physical, cerebral, historic, community building, intimate, physical, artistic, and more. With options to chill, create, and play all day. The evening brings a communal dinner with talent and performances. Check out www.playajoy.org/queericulum for more details.
Bay Area Reporter ‘s readers’ poll is on to name the readers’ top choices of LGBT Best of the Bay in various categories.
We are proud to inform you Comfort & Joy is nominated Best Nightlife Event (Non-Weekly/Monthly). Our off-playa TOUCH parties and a more elaborate AFTERGLOW events have definitely created an alternative nightlife scene that has captured the hearts of many. This cannot happen without the vision of our dedicated leaders, creative expression of many artists and passionate volunteers like you. And most of all, it is the support that we get from YOU that makes our fundraising events special.
So give yourselves a pat on the bottom for such fabulosity and vote for Comfort & Joy as Best Nightlife Event (Non Weekly/Monthly). The ONLINE BALLOT deadline is midnight February 28.
There are a few notable members in our immediate community and collaborators we have partnered with who are also nominated in other Besties category. They glitterdone and worthy of much glitters. So, vote for them too…
Best Male DJ – DJ Justime (currator and sound lead of many C&J events on and off-playa), DJ Bus Station John (‘Disco Daddy’ at various TOUCH parties)
Best Monthly Nightlife Event – GO Bang @ The Stud (the house-disco duo, Steve Fabus and Sergio Fedasz)
Best DJ Duo/Group -BAAAHS, Go Bang, Honeysound System. This is a tough call. These are amazing DJs we have the pleasure to work with and had great times creating together. We would vote for all three, but alas, can only choose one. So choose wisely.
Best Patio – Cafe Flore (great day and night time space in an intersection we are all familiar with in the Castrohood)
Every vote counts, so cast them NOW.
Winners of the Besties will be featured in the B.A.R. ‘s April 2 issue.
Oh snap! Just as 2014 dust was about to settle, the 2015 whiteout is already here. Are you ready to return for the Carnival of Mirrors? Are you eager to jump into the giant sandbox for the first time? First thing first, let’s get the ticket situation sorted. As we all know, these prized tickets are elusive until you get them in your hands. Now, let’s get radically self-reliant and get down to it.
Some basic facts and important reminders on tickets…
- Pre-Sales tickets has passed and gone. Oh, well…
- Directed Group Sales tickets is completed earlier this week. We are glad to report that we have secured enough tickets for organizing members of Comfort & Joy, which means we will have the bright neon beacon of the gayborhood, the C&J Village, returning to the playa. Glitterdone!
- Individual Sales tickets <<<=== COMING UP
- Register from 12pm (noon) PST, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 until 12pm (noon) PST, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Participation in the Individual Sale requires registration.
- The first-come, first-served sale starts at 12pm (noon) PST on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Here’s where you sit in front of your puter, click away and wait patiently. It will all be worth it. Trust!
- 40,000 tickets at $390 each, and 12,000 vehicle passes available at $50 each, plus applicable fees.
- You can buy a maximum of two (2) tickets and one (1) vehicle pass.
- For more information about the Individual Sale, please read through the FAQ.
- Low Income Ticket <<<=== COMING UP
- Application opens Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Apply early if you’d like to be considered for low income ticket.
If you don’t get a ticket via the individual sales or the low income ticket, there are two other opportunities to secure your entry into the dust – the STEP program and the OMG sales. We’ll worry about that later. For more information, READ HERE.
Register for Individual Sales tickets by 12 noon PST, Saturday Feb 14.
Then, get in the cyber queue for first-come, first-served sales starting at 12 noon PST, Wednesday Feb 18.
Get it gurrlll!