November 4, 2004, 7 PM

The LAB presents "This Is Burning Man" A reading and book signing by Brian Doherty Followed by a short acoustic set by F-Space

Changing the world through art cars, bone towers, Danger Ranger, smut shacks, fire cannons, Glitter Camp, fighting robots, exploding men, princess warriors, pulsing soundscapes, neon skies, metal dragons, and Dr. Megavolt: here's the story of a new American underground. This year over thirty-five thousand people trekked to the Black Rock desert, built a city, lived next to one another, cooked and cared for strangers and neighbors, shared ideas, music, and artistic talents to create a society based in expression and self-reliance. A week later, they tore it down. And left nothing behind. Brian Doherty, a senior editor of Reason magazine, has attended Burning Man for the past eleven years. He captures the whimsy, danger, absurdity and genius of the evolving time of new experiences, creativity and camaraderie. While respecting the festival's reticence to become a media plaything, Doherty has given the outsider an insider's peek into Burning Man, one that captures its history, characters, and, most of all, spirit. Modern Times Bookstore will have copies of "This Is Burning Man" available for sale at this event.

Perennial Burning Man favorite F-Space (Scot Jenerik, Aleph Ka li, Ethan Port), a powerful musical project based on the intense spectacle of performance, will play a rare acoustic set following Doherty's reading. This event replaces the previously announced opening reception for the "How To Destroy the Universe" exhibition, which has been cancelled.