Day Three of the Build

Hot Hot Hot. Coachella is so different from Black Rock. The temperature is the same, but the grass is deceiving, so in some ways it’s harder to adapt.

We made incredible progress yesterday. The hed was attached and when we started testing the hydraulics, people from other installations started coming and asking questions. It is easy to forget that the number of people who have never seen one of our pieces because we operate in such a tight community. This is going to be amazing.

While the whole structure is up and the hoses slung , we are still waiting for the trencher to come so we can start laying down the pipe.

We are also awaiting the arrival of Thelma, our new vaporizer. She’s a rock star.

David (Geek 1) arrived last night and Nondas (Geek 2) arrives today.

Serpent Mother Coachella Build Days 1 and 2

Serpent Mother takes on So Cal at Coachella this week. She’s been in the desert before, but never one with grass. The container arrived last Friday morning and we started the build on Saturday. Getting everything out of the container was a breeze with the massive VR forklift they provided and we were feeling pretty slick when we took a break for dinner. We had our worklights set up and we were ready to go all night. When we got back after eating though, we found that the massive golf course sprinklers were in full force all over, under and around our work site. Panic and fury ensued. Great photos to come! (We got the sprinklers turned off Sunday.) Sunday was brilliant. We got the entire spine up before we broke last night and you can see the event staff falling in love with the piece. It is so much easier to put this monster together with two forklifts at your command. We would send gorgous photos, but Coachella demands we wait on pictures until after the event. Tomorrow the manlift and the rest of the vertebrae, and the hed! Great crew and good times. Karen

Flame Effects for the Artist Class May 2nd,3rd

May 2nd and 3rd in San Francisco will be the site of an exciting 2-day seminar and workshop teaching basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel based flame effects into your work. This class is great for the beginning fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”.


On the first day we will have a classroom day where we will discuss NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines including NFPA 54 and 58 the LP gas codes as well as NFPA 160 Flame Effects Before a Live Audience. We will examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts. And we will finish the day by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, pilot lights, etc. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials as well as the legendary clear propane cylinder.

The second day will be a shop day when the Box Shop one of the bay areas centers for fire artists will host us. Our helpers will be members of the flaming Lotus Girls who are proud sponsors of this incendiary workshop. With their help we will put what we have learned to action and create a one of a kind flame effect from what we have on hand, let me know if you have elements you may like to incorporate. This class will be fun for the artist who is thinking of incorporating a small flame element into their work as well as the more experienced fire artist wanting to take your work to the next level.

Leading this weekend will be Dave X, Fire Safety Manager for Burning Man 10 years, and Eric Smith.  With shop assistance from members of the Box Shop and the Flaming Lotus Girls

The cost of this 2-Day class will be $90.
The times for the classes will be from 10am – 5pm each day.
Printed materials and a crappy but filling lunch of burnt hot dogs and whatever cheap sodas we can get will be provided weather permitting.

Come and join us for this weekend to hang out with other fire artists and have a blast no pun intended. We have room for 30 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event room permitting, but the class may fill. Send us an e-mail pre-workshop to ensure a place in this exiting seminar.

Please let us know if you are planning on attending by e-mailing
fuelmaster at gmail dot com

Here are some pic’s from past classes:


Serpent Mother at the Opulent Temple party, March 6th


We are very excited to say we will have a special showing of the Serpent Mother at the Opulent Temple fundraiser on March 6th on Treasure Island!! Between the sound and the art, this promises to be a very special party indeed. Details are:-

The Opulent Temple has rocked you and soothed you for going on 7 years now.  Big, beautiful & infectious beats, wicked sound, world class talent and warm faces bathed in fire light.  We’d like to be able to do it again, (and so does Carl).  

Were you there Friday night when he played this past summer at OT?  WOW. One of, if not the greatest night we’ve ever had the pleasure to host.  Legendary.

Please join us & Carl Cox for this special event featuring the OT’s distinct production closer to home than ever before, in collaboration with the Flaming Lotus Girls, The Deep End, Pete Hudson, Hookahdome, Stop Time 341, UV 99 & variety of artists, performers, Art Cars and spontaneous wonderment.

For example…

A Rare and Special showing of the Serpent Mother, by the Flaming Lotus Girls (


Homoborous in full effect, by Pete Hudson (

+ much, much more mind blowing art of ALL shades

Like 5 Areas of Music:
Main Temple
Carl Cox (, UK)
Mark Lewis (Mixology, L.A.)
Syd Gris (Opulent Temple)
Alain Octavo ( / Spundae)
Rooz (

Mini Temple
Dutch (Opulent Temple / Thump)
Vinkalmann (Opulent Temple)
Cosmic Selector (Opulent Temple)
Dex Stakker (Opulent Temple / Opel / Pronoia)
Drew Drop (Opulent Temple)
Dulce Vita (Opulent Temple / Nutbass)
Billy Seal (Opulent Temple)
Atimatik (Opulent Temple / Disfunktion)

In The Deep End
Clarkie (Deep End / In Deep)
Kramer (Deep End /
Layne Loomis (Deep End)
Ben Seagren (Deep End / Sense SF)
Zach Moore (Deep End)
Floorcraft (Freeform)

Inside Homoborous
Mephisto Odyssey (Groovequest /N-Mity Sounds)
Smoove (
Aaron Jae (Space Cowboys / Evil Breaks)
Influence (Strategik)
Liam Shy (Tantra)
Jonboy (Dubalicious)

The Hookahdome

Jef Stott (Six Degrees)
Janaka Selekta (Worldly)
Funkminsta Fulla (MoPimp Records)
Belly dancing by Allure & more tba
Visuals by StopTime 341 (
Lasers by Skippy, Micro & UV99 (
Art Cars, Creative Nooks, Ambient Entertainment, Spontaneous Performance,
Colorful Characters, conscious trouble

Discounted $20 pre-sale @

Fully permitted venue, bars are cash only, so plan accordingly.  There will be an ATM & FREE coat check on site.

Volunteers & artistic contributions needed!  If interested, write

This is a 100% benefit for the Opulent Temple aspirations for ’09.  (Our participation will depend on fund raising, so this party means a lot).  Please help us spread the word by forwarding this invite to your friends, regional & music message boards, Facebook, etc.

There is limited parking available, first come first served, so early arrival recommended – Please carpool, taxi, etc. 
Free shuttle provided from SF & Oakland.  See website for details.

200 California Ave
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA




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