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To The Beach!

OK.  Let’s be honest here. Otherworld has the best damn beachfront of any Regional Event in the Burnerverse! With 1.2 km of soft sun warmed sand, and occasionally visited by  whales, eagles, osprey, bears, cougars, wolves, and beautiful people, it really upstages the event a bit. Sand, surf, wildlife, sun.  This is not the playa where we suffer.     If the weather is with us, (and it will be) in a week’s time we’ll all be lazing in the sun, watching the osprey fish in the surf, chasing gigantic bubbles, playing inside gigantic bubbles, dancing...
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And Oldtimer Tells It Like It Is –...

Years ago I was asked to write a letter to Otherworld newcomers. Since I have been going to Otherworld before it was Otherworld and I run the Black Rock City Retirement Community (see Otherworld 2012/2013, Burn in the Forest 2010, Critical Northwest 2010/2012, Burning Man 2013 and 2016), I qualify for the burner senior citizen’s rate. I also qualify for that jaded old timer who is going to give you unsolicited advice about how to do it right. Here’s the letter, kids. Do me proud. After years of your friend bugging you to come to this awesome thing, you decided...
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The Less than Definitive Guide To More T...

Going to Otherworld and wondering what to expect? Your first couple burner events can be a bit of a strange time until you get the hang of them, and then strange just becomes normal. No worries though, we have you covered. We,  Amara! and Shenanigans, have yet to miss an Otherworld, since the very first one,  and between us have been to a ton of Burns, regional events and other festivals as well. We’re here to help you have the best Otherworld you can. First things first.  Go read the official Otherworld Survival guide, it has site specific information and rules that are...
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Spotlight on Art: Little Big Lebowlski

Welcome to Island Fire’s first Spotlight on Art, featuring Otherworld Artist mOOn DoG’s Little Big Lebowlski. Spotlight on Art will be an ongoing feature of Island Fire, if you’d like your art featured, contact us! *** It is 2016. The future is happening. Right now, right here. Last year The flaming bowling alley went off. It was a lot of hard work and learning for me as visionary and organizer. It payed off well. No one got hurt. A lot of fun happened and I relished in my first larger art project. I learned a lot about making a vision happen. The...
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How I Got to Where I was Going (Burning ...

The images on the TV revealed a nightscape that looked somewhere beyond a carnival and anarchy. Another cat jumped onto my lap to enjoy the stillness as I sat captivated by what I watching. Since I turned on the TV in the middle of the show I had no idea what was happening but I knew it was real.  I would hang out with friends who had friends that would pack everything, and I mean everything, to go “camping” for a week. They would return looking haggard, dirty, exhausted, and unable to explain what had happened. Someone else’s cat bit me as I tried to make sense of their...