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Planning for 2015 Burn Kicks Off

May 27th, 2015 · No Comments

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 ( 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.


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QUEERiCULUM 4/18/15: Schedule ANNOUNCED!

March 30th, 2015 · 7 Comments


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 for more details.

Eventbrite - Fresh Touch

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Vote Comfort & Joy for BAR Besties

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments


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.

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Burning Man 2015: Don’t Forget Your Tickets

February 7th, 2015 · 13 Comments


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!


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TOUCH Temptation – Feb 14

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments


Let Comfort & Joy tantalize you in an entirely new way as we twirl, trick and transform a legendary underground space in the heart of the city. Bring a Valentine to TOUCH Temptation, or find one there! Party starts at 10pm and ends at 6am! Wooo! Please get your tickets soon, space is limited.

If you want to volunteer, please contact:

Get Your Tickets Here:

TOUCH Temptation guest DJ’s


The Synthe Tigers♥ feat. Tobirus Mozelle 10pm-12am
♥Bus Station John♥ (Tubesteak, Disco Daddy) 12am-2am
♥M*J*R*♥ (BAAAHS, Polyglamorous) 2am-4am
Digital Wildlife♥ (CBASS & JUSTIME) 4am-Sunrise

TOUCH Temptation performances


Features the debut of Comfort & Joy’s in house dance troupe Touché! Featuring Amanduh Love, Intenchanel, Strobe, Ultra & Beyonda. Watch them cause fabulous dance floor disruptions throughout the evening!


Chickpea has been working hard to bring you hirs next decor innovation! Introducing: ♥♥♥♥♥ Rock Love ♥♥♥♥♥

Max (Butch Valentine) will be turning out the playspace and queen, it’s gonna be CUTE!

Delightful snacks by Blitzy and Green Tiffin.


Don’t miss out. Get you tix early. Space is limited. GET TICKET NOW!

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Photos by Dot from TOUCH Solstice

December 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the photos by Dot on Facebook HERE
Contact Dot at if you have any questions or concerns.

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December 16th, 2014 · No Comments


Comfort & Joy presents
in collaboration with Calamus,


December 20th, 2014, 8pm-4am


We take advantage of the longest night of the year to bring you an 8 hour party that will awaken all five of your senses…



Enjoy a nourishing buffet of food that will satiate your belly and your soul,
while having a kiki with your kindred spirits. Your delicious food will be provided by Blitzy (who just launched a vegetarian food delivery service, Green Tiffin), Beonda and Zac.



There will be sparkling entertainment during dinner, including: Brontez Purnell reading from his book “The Cruising Diaries”; Miss Rahni performing numbers from her acclaimed one-woman show “My Book, Vol. 1″; and queer comedian Sampson, who’s comedy albums include “Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings” and “That Bitch Better Be Funny”.


A performative ritual to highlight the power we tap into at this annual turning point, lead by Kevin, Zac, and Max.


The ritual will be followed by a show hosted by Ultra featuring some of your favorite and thought-provoking queens, including Effervescence Jackson, Mama Dora, Mandala, Shakey Gibson, Vivi The Force, Trangela Lansbery, Amanda Love, Samuel Kehl, Dakota Pendant, Alabama Slamma and Beonda.



Exhilarating music mixed together by talented DJs
ON the main dancefloor, we are featuring Sergio Fedasz & Steve Fabus of GoBang!, as well as Robin Malone Simmons of Odyssey.


In our more intimate playspace lounge, we have the sexy stylings of Justime of Digital Wildlife and Collin Bass



The intoxicating scent of hundreds of beautiful creatures,
coming together to celebrate the return of the sun.


It’s the reason for the season, darling.

Clothing Optional Costume Check Available

Photobooth by Dot, Decor by Chickpea


Don’t miss out on this multi-sensory experience.



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Workshop: Photography of the Male Nude

September 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment


Are you interested in developing your beefcake photography skills? Consider attending this October 4th hands on workshop on Studio Photography of the Male Nude in San Francisco.

This workshop is open to all abilities. Bring your own camera (DSLR preferred). Class is limited to 8 photographers. We will have multiple studio lighting setups and 4 hot/sexy models, so you will get lets of time behind the camera.

Arrive at 11 am for an hour class on use of studio lighting, and basic photography. More advanced photographers are free to arrive at noon and focus on actual shooting.

Topics covered will include:

– lighting with studio strobes
– posing of the male nude
– telling stories with props and multiple models
– portrait/fashion lighting with partially clothed figures
– erotic photography

Workshop Instructor Dot (aka Tom Schmidt) has published several books of photography, including “The Classic Beauty of Male Escorts in San Francisco”, “Sons of God”, and “Comfort and Joy”. His work has been exhibited in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.

For more information contact Dot/Tom at PhotoByDot (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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“What!? You mean I’m a Sherpa?!”

September 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Tale from the K Hole at Burning Man 2014

By: Anonymous Burner

The hot Playa topic this year is all about Plug and Play camps and the controversy surrounding the loopholes they find to be able to run profitable business behind their private walls while on the Playa. As someone who appreciates a challenge and a good story got share, I felt fortunate that I was able to be an employee working in one of these. Yes, I was a sherpa for a camp put in place by one of the members on the board of directors for Burning Man.


To avoid any possible issues surrounding my story, I’m going to go ahead and just use different names for everyone involved and the exact title of camps I am talking about. My intention is not to hurt any individual’s reputation. I will just share my experience of something that I personally believe is a true example of how someone could actually do it wrong at Burning Man.

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Video: Spaz Wants You To Die

September 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Suppositori Spelling revives her classic number from Comfort & Joy’s “Aliens Cut My Hair” at Cocktailgate in San Francisco in this video recorded by Kitten Calfee.

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