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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get Your DVR Ready: This Week, The Simpsons Go to Burning Man

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

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Has Burning Man jumped the shark? First Grover Norquist headed to Black Rock, then the techies stormed the party with fancy private accommodations amounting to nearly $25,000 a person. It seems like everyone wants in on the artistic, free-form festival, and Burners for the most part have not been happy about it. 

But perhaps the newest additions to the Nevada desert gathering will be more welcome: The Simpsons. 

Yep, the fictional Springfield family (and apparently also Milhouse) are heading to Burning Man (though they'll need to drop a lot of acid to get as drugged out as Homer at the chili cook off). And while we don't know much about the episode, the Internet Movie Database says it's titled "Blazed and Confused." 

Here's a short synopsis:
Bart plans to take down his new teacher when he proves to be a real bully and the Simpsons go to Burning Man.
And this is no internet rumor. Confirmation on the episode comes not only from the U.S. Copyright Office but also a Tweet from Simpsons show runner Al Jean.

And thanks to Burning Man website Burners.Me, who identified the flaming tuba in the Simpsons screenshot above as David Silverman, Simpsons Movie director and long-time burner:

And this is Silverman again, playing music at Burning Man with Simpsons creator Matt Groening in 2011: 

It seems like there are a lot of Simpsons connections with Burning Man, if you know where to look. Until the episode airs this Sunday at 8 p.m., feast your eyes on the promotional photos below. 

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