South Bay

Regional Community

Main web page:  www.southbayburners.org

We hereby declare that all burners who live south of Highway 92 in the San Francisco Bay Area are officially South Bay Burners (yes, even if you go to the City for burny things, too!) There are parties, workshops, fire practices and pot lucks in your own back yard, ya know!  We hold monthly Meet & Greets across the region (Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, Santa Clara, and San Jose) to make sure YOU are radically included.  Our region includes over 60 theme camps with members who live in the South Bay.

Significant events in South Bay Burner history:

2017 (mid-year report): Monthly meet&greet at various cities around the southbay.  Community Playa-Art-project planning & preparatin for Honararium in Jan. Theme-Camp Round Table in Feb. Costume-Making workshop in March. Burning Mensch in Palo Alto JCC in May.  San Jose SubZero Festival in June.  Upcoming is Newbie BBQ in July.

2016:  Tenth annual camping Precompression, "SoulFire" near Los Gatos (art grants given).  Monthly Meet & Greets at various cities around the South Bay.  Town Hall Meeting to cultivate new leaders.  Two new regionals joined the Regional Contact team.  Together we ran a SurveyMonkey poll asking community members on their preferences towards meetups, campouts, art projects, and more.  We hosted a booth at the August and October San Jose "First Friday" Art Walk + Street Market to reach out to the greater community and make contact with both newbies and with burners who aren't aware that there is a Region in the South Bay.  This year also marked the launch of the South Bay Burner Art Collective with a vision to create a cultural identity (perhaps to the point of a collective studio or warehouse) to facilitate further community building.

2015: Ninth annual camping Precompression, "SoulFire" near Los Gatos (first art grants given), and sixth annual "SoulFire" camping decompression.  Monthly Meet & Greets at various cities around the South Bay.  Held 8 special "10 Principle" events in addition to the monthly Meet & Greets, as well as a South Bay Santa Con.  South Bay Burner Honorarium project, "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow" which burned on the playa.  Burners Without Borders donation of power tools to the victims of the Lake County, CA fires to aid in rebuilding projects. 

2014: Eighth annual camping Precompression, “SoulFire” near Los Gatos, monthly Meet & Greets, Burning Man SOUK on the playa (Occidental Oasis), “Impossible Light” movie screening in San Jose, BBQ-A-Newbie picnic, Fifth annual camping Decompression, “SoulFire” near Los Gatos, South Bay Santa Con.  Burners Without Borders "backpack" giving campaign.

2013: Seventh annual camping Precompression, “SoulFire” near Los Gatos, Costume workshop, monthly Meet & Greets, CORE Fundraiser/”SPARK:  A Burning Man Story” movie screening in Cupertino, BBQ-A-Newbie picnic, participation in CityCamp Palo Alto (International Day of Hacking), Mission Umbrae, the third CORE Project burned on the playa, Fourth annual camping Decompression, “SoulFire” near Los Gatos, Aurora Palo Alto art installation unveiling in Palo Alto, South Bay Santa Con

2012: Sixth annual camping Precompression, “SoulFire” near Los Gatos, Costume workshop, monthly Meet & Greets, Valley of Heart’s Delight water tower, the second Circle of Regionals Effigy (CORE) burned on the playa, BBQ-A-Newbie picnic, Third annual camping Decompression, "SoulFire" near Los Gatos, South Bay Santa Con

2011: Fifth annual camping Precompression, “SoulStance” near Los Gatos, Hosted Burner Day at San Jose Museum of Art, Costume workshop, monthly Meet & Greets, monthly gatherings for San Jose First Friday Art Walks, Valley of Heart’s Delight “Laptop Man”, the first Circle of Regionals Effigy (CORE) burned on the playa, Second annual camping Decompression, "SoulFire" near Los Gatos, South Bay Santa Con

2010: Fourth annual camping Precompression, “SoulStance” near Los Gatos, Costume workshop, Gray-B-Gone evapatron workshop, Meet & Greet virgin picnic, South Bay Santa Con

2009: Third annual camping Precompression, “SoulStance” near Los Gatos, Hosted screening of Olivier Bonin’s film, “Dust & Illusions”, First annual camping Decompression, “SoulFire” near Los Gatos, monthly Meet & Greets begin, South Bay Santa Con

2008: Hosted Peter Hudson’s playa zoetrope, “Homouroboros” in downtown San Jose, Second annual camping Precompression, “SoulStance” near Los Gatos, Hosted 2 screenings of Laurent Le Gall’s film, “Voyage in Utopia”

2007: "Burning Silicon" is renamed “South Bay Burners”, Burning Man Film Festival, First official Regional camping Precompression, “San Flameado” near Los Gatos

2004: Third annual Precompression party

2003: Second annual Precompression party and film show, first Decompression party

2002: Precompression party and film show and founding of the region

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Regional Contact Email:

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Regional Contacts:

RealGirl
burning since:
2004
personal quote:
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.” ― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
DirtyCurlie (aka Maryam)
burning since:
2004
personal quote:
The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.
Manea Trinacria
burning since:
2007
personal quote:
Curiouser...and...curiouser