The Lantern, December 2014

~~**)'(**~~  B.U.R.N Updates  ~~**)'(**~~

  • Feedback Loop - January 17th

  • BURNOps New Member - Application Deadline -  January 21st

~~**)’(**~~  Non- B.U.R.N. UPDATES ~~**)’(**~~

  • Adventure Time! Catalyst Fundraiser - December 13th

  • Chi! Ka! Go! - December 14th

  • New Queer Cinema Night - December 15th

  • Secret GentleXmas - December 16th

  • SantaKong 2014 - December 20th

  • BWB WinterBall - January 31st

Any community member with an idea to present to BURN-Ops is welcome- and enthusiastically encouraged - to contact us at

If you would like your announcement featured in the Lantern, send your copy to Puma @ by the 14th of each month!



aka. The Event Formerly Known as PowWow

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

|2-4pm Discussion | 4-6pm Meet N Greet|

Location: Catalyst Collective
Near North and Pulaski on Chicago's Westside

Please email to RSVP and receive location details.

Join us for an Open Discussion about WHO we are as a community and WHAT we want to do.  

This is the one time of year local organizers in the community purposefully come together to listen to the community. Show up and be heard!

All are welcome for this "down-to-business" event. At 4pm, we’ll put the business aside and enjoy some free beer and pizza.

And in the spirit of any of our community events,p lease remember to Leave No Trace! BYO-Cup!

If you are unable to attend, but want to contribute an idea/question/grievance, tell us via this handy dandy form.




Are you interested in enacting Burner culture in Chicago? Could you donate an extra two to three hours a month to Chicago's Burner community?

BURN-Ops, aka BURN’s Operations Committee acts as an advisory panel to B.U.R.N. NFP – our local non-for profit that raises funds of art and civic grants in Chicago through events such as Chicago Decompression. The functions of BURN-Ops work to provide a resource for the many various tribes in our community. Prospective members will likely have interest in creating new programs and events that seek to be a resource for our diverse and dynamic community and fosters the 10 Principles of Burning Man, right here in Chicago. We are looking people with all sorts of skills - art curation, fundraising, event planning, grant writing, copywriting & editing, public relations, and more.

Interested? Fill out this New Member Questionnaire.


ADVENTURE TIME: Race to Candy Kingdom

Saturday, December 13th


Catalyst Collective

Your favorite west side loft is once again opening its doors for a magical night of music, dancing, and lounging in hammocks. Lineup featuring: MIA WALLACE, MY BOY ELROY, DUKE SHIN, PUFFS BAGGSWELLE , H E X E S, EDAMAME. This is a Fundraiser for Catalyst and proceeds will go to bettering our space.

Online Sale until 8pm:]


Chi! Ka! Go!

December 14th, 2014

Located at Yoga Now Goldcoast

742 N. LaSalle, Suite 201, ChiTown

7:30 pm till Midnight

$10 Admission; All Ages

We can't wait for you to join us in closing off 2014, celebrating our conscious community and the birthday of John Sacelli.

(( This will be our final Sunday CKG since we will be moving to Second SATURDAYS starting in 2015 ))


Monday Night Movies presents:

New Queer Cinema

December 15th, 2014

7:00pm - 12:00am

Catalyst Collective - Email for address

7:30 p.m. "My Own Private Idaho" = 1991 American independent drama film starring River Phoenix//Keanu Reeves directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting, Elephant), also featuring the Pacific Northwest and "Flea" from the Chili Peppers acting stranger than normal. Based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V. (102 min)

9:30 p.m. "Poison" = 1991 American science fiction drama horror film by Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I'm Not There, Far From Heaven). It's an allegory about something that's still around. Shhh, no spoilers. (85 min)

BYOB. Popcorn will be supplied.


Secret GentleXmas

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


We will gather at 6:30 at the usual rendezvous point: the Wicker Park fountain—and, for those of you concerned about waiting in the cold (although forecasts call for a high of 40º, so not too much cold to be concerned about), last month we discovered that the doors on the Wicker Park fieldhouse are not merely ornamental, but open and allow people inside! Crazy. At 7:00 we ride!

This will be a slightly longer ride than our usual meanderings through Logan/Bucktown/Wicker Park, as we will be riding to Daley Plaza and the holiday wonderland contained therein: Christkindlmarket! There we will drink hot spiced mulled wine, eat hot pretzels stuffed full of unexpected ingredients, and, time permitting, maybe even get our pictures taken with Santa.

This being a longer-than-usual ride, those of you with a penchant for unusual and (unusually slow) bikes may wish to trade in in for something with a little more pep. And those of you who have always wanted to ride on Secret Gentlemass but don't have a bike of your own, nights like this are pretty much precisely what Divvy's $7, 24-hour pass is made for. Hurray for bike sharing!

For those of you who like "hanging" with the Secret Gentlemen, as the kids these days say, but lack the fortitude to bike in the cold, the Christkindlmarket is accessible via the Blue Line. Perhaps you'll meet us there.

Oh, and, regardless of your mode of transport, bring a gift for a gift exchange. Nothing too fancy (although we are Secret Gentlemen, so we can hardly help being a bit fancy), nothing too expensive—let's say somewhere in the $10 range?—maybe something bike or booze or gentleman themed? It'll be lovely.

Gentlemen: we ride.


14th Annual Synchronicity Santa Kong

December 20th, 2014

3pm at Logan Arcade

Chicago's original and longest running Santacon / Santa Anarchy. Spreading Santa filled debauchery and good cheer since 2000.

You know the drill - You must wear a Santa suit or suitably festive holiday garb.

Please RSVP using PayPal (info below) to guarantee your spot on the bus. We may have limited spots available for cash day of.

Paypal $25 to

Like previous years, your $$ covers

- Cost of bus rentals and gas to deliver Santa from bar to bar

- Lots of beer and booze for on-the-bus drinking

- Karaoke hosting

- Unlimited fun with your favorite Santa

Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

3pm - Logan Arcade

? Grace St Tap

? Chriskindlemar

? Bill Goat Tavern

? Parson's Ice Skating

? Quenchers Saloon

You will need cash for drinks and food while at the bars, but there will be beer and booze provided for all Santas when Santa is on the Bus.



BWB Winter Ball

January 31, 2015

@ the Chaus

evening time.

Burners-Without-Borders Fundraiser featuring Edible Alchemy Underground Dinner, Solaire Performances, Fire, Friends, Conversation, Dancing, and more!

Get your fanciest white ball outfits ready....

Keep your eyes and ears open for more information coming...

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BURNING MAN CHICAGO BOARD of OPERATIONS a.k.a. BURN-Ops - is a diverse, volunteer-based group of Chicago Burners who take an active role in supporting and growing Burner culture in the Chicago Metropolitan area.  We have various sub-committees that specialize in:  B.U.R.N., NFP Art Grants * Events :: Decompression, WeBurn Art Shows, and more!! * Monthly Meet 'n' Greets * Communications (Websites, the Lantern) * Biz Team (B.U.R.N. NFP board members) * Burners Without Border & the Civic Grants Program  



Bold Urban Renaissance Network is a Not For Profit (NFP) organization that fosters community growth through art, grassroots projects, and civic collaborations. We seek to create, display, and support interactive arts and civic participation that inspire action and connect people by moving them from passive spectators to creative participants. We believe this inspires positive creative change in the participants and in the wider community.  



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