In addition, Plunder supplied a percussion ensemble, fire-eaters, a "therapeutic forge" where a number of folks pounded away at white-hot steel, and, for the more competitive in nature, "Flamethrower Bowling," which featured bowling balls dipped in "special sauce" to keep them aflame as they hurtled toward a pyramid of pins. The Trap was fully dismantled Sunday night, but keep an eye out for Plunder Town, coming to a Burning Man Festival near you. "It's going to be so large," cautions "Perez," "that the Mouse Trap will only be a very small part of it. Burning Man is waiting for a diagram so that they can build around us."
Exile From the Land of Snows
On International Free Tibet Day, only one U.S. city stood up to China and flew the Tibetan flag: Berkeley. The Bay Area is a major center of the Tibetan liberation movement and, fittingly, will be the site of a major concert designed to foster more awareness about the Tibetan genocide, in which over a million people have been murdered and an ancient, peaceful culture nearly destroyed. Details are still under wraps -- the venue hasn't even been announced yet -- but the Beastie Boys and S.F.'s Milarepa Fund are organizing a massive two-day affair to be held in mid-June. Already, heavyweights like the Beasties, Smashing Pumpkins, Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth, Beck, De La Soul, Pavement, DJ Smash, Bjsrk, Cibo Matto, and a choir of Tibetan monks have agreed to appear. More details as they come.
By Silke Tudor