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It stings when you have to miss out on the Burn.
Yes, the hot, dusty, magical phenom that is Burning Man – the temporary city of massive sculptures, tents, frivolity, art, music and 70,000 crazy people riding around on glowing bikes and cupcake cars – appears in the Nevada desert one week each year, then vanishes like a mere mirage.
And if you can’t get to the playa this time – from Aug. 26 through Sept. 3 – you might be a bit bummed. But have no FOMO. There are ways to get a morsel of the mad, mad, Mad Max mania right here at home, and not just by staking a tent in your backyard, sewing LEDs to your swim trunks and rolling around in dust (a lot of dust), although that works too.
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The Bay Area is the year-round home base for hundreds of Burners, makers and creators galore. And thanks to Burning Man’s own civic arts program and private exhibitions, many of the crazy creative sculptures from past B-Man years abound in public places. We’ll take you on a tour in the list below.
As for events, most of the big walk-up gatherings were held earlier in the year, but there’s still cool local stuff going on. The Crucible, Oakland’s industrial and fine arts center, will hold a Fire & Water Open House Aug. 25. Timed to the Burning Man kickoff, it includes live demos in glass blowing, ceramics, welding, flameworking, foundry and more, plus an art show of works from the Crucible community, many of whom are Burners themselves.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle