February 2017 Flipside Flame


Hello!  Welcome to the first Flipside Flame of 2017!

The Flipside Flame is brought to you approximately once each month by your Content Lead, and is an easy place to learn about things related to Burning Flipside that may be happening before, during, and sometimes even after the event. If you (YES, YOU!) have articles you’d like to submit for publication, please head over to the Flipside Flame/Announce Submission form and fire it off.

I hope to have an edition of the Flipside Flame out each month around mid-month.
Help me help you by getting your submissions in about a week before.

A Word from City Planning:


Ste. Michelle, Patron Saint of Brevity

City Planning Admin

Greetings SuperDuperFantastic Volunteers!

First Work Weekend is coming up!

Are you ready to help make the land ready for Flipside?


Then come join the team during the Work Weekends that lead up to the event.   Work Weekends are a chance to get involved in cleaning, clearing, and prepping the site as well as a great opportunity to meet and get to know others who love to be a part of this part of making the city go!

This first WW we will be doing a lot of ground clearing, dead limb removal, etc. There is going to be some fun with roads as well.

Important Work Weekend Tips

  • Wear long sleeves, a hat with a brim, gloves, sturdy shoes, sunblock.
  • If you’re there, you’ll be contributing to the work in some way. Don’t worry, there’s
    plenty of work for folks of all skills levels. In fact, if you want to learn to do something you’ve not
    done before, we’ll help you learn how. Some tools are supplied, but feel free to bring your own
    favorite shovel, loppers, saw, etc.
  • Fun Swag for all! Please bring an item such as a shirt, tank top or jacket on which you can silk screen the Dirty Worker Burning Flipside Logo.


  • Work Weekends are campouts, however, you are not required to stay overnight.  You may come for just a day.
  • If you come out to participate, please remember — the MOST important thing is getting work done.
  • NO DOGS on site during work weekends.
  • Work weekends are self- sustaining just like the event so bring plenty of food and water.
  • As always, of course, Leave No Trace.
  • There is a smoker on site, and we will be cooking some meat. Please bring a side or snack to share.
  • It may be cold the first couple of work weekends – bring warm clothes and plenty of blankets if you’re staying overnight or you will be very uncomfortable.
  • Oh, and as long as we are allowed, we will burn limbs and have a fire at night.

All work weekends start at 6pm on Friday, and everyone has to be off the land by 5pm on Sunday.

Directions to the land are on the website. Click here for directions!
There will be signs to show you the entrance.

PLAN AHEAD for future Work Weekend Opportunities!

  • Work Weekend 1: Feb 24-26
  • Work Weekend 2: Mar 24-26
  • Work Weekend 3: Apr 21-23
  • Work Weekend 4: May 5-7
    (*****ONLY those who attended WWs 1, 2 and/or 3 may attend WW4****)

Signup is below. Let us know if you are coming!
You may not be allowed on the property unless you have signed up on the spreadsheet below or with Saraphina or Shortcake before the work weekend.


For more information or just have a question, you can contact Saraphina directly at

A Slightly More Than One Word Announcement from City Planning:

Theme camp registration is up and running!  Visit secure.burningflipside.com and LOGIN to register your theme camp.  Registration closes at the end of March!  As they say, BEWARE THE ENDS OF MARCH!

Ste. Michelle, Patron Saint of Preferring the Ends of Marches

City Planning Admin

Guardians of the Galaxy!   (or at least of our fair city)

Ever wondered about who helps keep the city safe?

Are you introverted and need a little bit of time to recharge away from the big crowds?

Do you want to know how night vision works?

Come check out the Guardians Department!
Badass shirts and patches to be had if you work a couple shifts with us.

Contact Froggy at


Area: Safety –> Guardians (perimeter)

Or our Facebook page
-Froggy, your Guardians Lead

Art Registration and Mutant Vehicle Registration are OPEN

Want to make ART?
Art that burns?
Art that’s mobile?

Check out the Art Registration page for details about Art Cars and Burnable Art and some great pointers about burning or driving your creations.

A Full-Length Announcement from City Planning complete with Actual Humor™ and Relevant Information™

Do you want to bring your theme camp to Flipside and be placed in the perfect, bestest spot ever?!!??!!
City Planning can help!  We love when a plan comes together, and the BEST way this city’s plan comes together is when all the theme camps register their camps with all the right information and the earlier the better!!

How can you help us help you?

Step One: Start Early.  Get your camp together and have a sit down and figure out what you’re doing now, rather than later.  It’ll be fun!  I mean, these are your campmates.  You probably like hanging out with them.

Step Two: Plan to Register Early.  Life happens.  I know it, you know it, we all know it.  And life always happens when you’d rather it not.   And it’s so gonna happen the day you wanted to register.  If you plan on waiting until March 31st to register, life will happen all over the place.  So, plan to register way before that!  Because: Life.

Step Three: Have Backup!  Spread the love!  Make sure more than one person has the information needed to register the camp.  That way when the person that’s gonna do it suddenly gets called away to Reykjavik to reykjawork, you’re still covered!  If you’re lucky, something like this will happen:

      Back-up: I noticed that you haven’t registered the camp, yet.

Main Person:  Well it’s February 20th, we have some time.

Back-up:  Well, if you’re swamped I can do it.

Main Person:  I’m not swamped.  I can do it.

Back-up:  Maybe I want to do it more

Main Person:  NO! I WANNA!

Back-up:  ME!

(Three minutes later)

Main Person:  DONE!  Submitted

Back-up:  Kewl.  One less thing to do.

To read more about Theme Camps and registration for them, CLICK HERE.
After reading, click on the OPEN link, login, and click on “Theme Camp, Art Project, Art Car, and Event Registration”

Need help?  Contact Bonnie, your Theme Camp Liaison at: https://www.burningflipside.com/contact

Area: City Planning –> Theme Camp Liasion

Registration closes at the end of March. BEWARE THE ENDS OF MARCH!!

Ste. Michelle, Patron Saint of Fighting Over Administrative Work

City Planning Admin

Church Nights at the Warehouse

Church Night is a weekly gathering to work on projects large and small, and to socialize. Church Nights are every Wednesday (more or less) starting around 7:30 at the Warehouse. Church Nights are Leave No Trace events!


The Effigy means many things to many people, but to the Design and Fabrication Team (DaFT), it means “If you build it, it will burn!” If you’re interested in learning more, check out Church Nights each Wednesday for people in the know.

CC Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. The next CC Meeting is February 24, starting at 7:42 pm at the Flipside Warehouse.
Who Can/Should Attend: You! If you care about the event and especially if you care about any of these topics you should come to discuss them.

Why this matters: The CC provides advice to the LLC. The LLC provides the overall direction and policy guidance that end up making the event happen. The topics discussed at this meeting may have a direct impact on you during the actual Flipside event and/or at the AAR, LLC warehouse.

CC meetings are a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in our community. Meeting minutes will be posted as they are received

The CC will inform the community of any location changes or topic changes as quickly as possible. Please join us at the Warehouse or send us your input at


Other Contacts –>Combustion Chamber

February 24, 2017  CC Meeting topics:
– Mentoring & support for leaders
– Spring Town Hall purpose/mission
– Future Spring Town Hall dates


Austin/TX Art Opportunities!

XTC here, your new Art Liason! I’m here to highlight opportunities for our artists to engage with the larger community.

I and the Burning Flipside LLC are NOT affiliated with these organizations.

Current Opportunities:

Application Deadline: February 17th  (TODAY).
The West Austin Studio Tour is now holding their open call for artists. You do have to show at a studio within the West boundaries. http://west.bigmedium.org/participate.html

Application Deadline: October 25th.
Artspace is holding an open call for Texas artists. The prize is a year long residency in San Antonio. Along with living and working quarters, all residents receive travel expenses, a living stipend, and a materials budget.

Application Deadline: March 6th
Man is asking for proposals for Pavilion Shrines and Processionals. They are looking to grant a maximum of $2500 for each project.

City Signage!

Do you want to help name the roads?
Visit the *Unofficial* Flipside Flipizens Facebook group to help select the street names!  Look for a post from our City Signage Lead, Emily.

Not on Facebook?
Have a very good reason to object to Unofficial Flipside Flipiziens Facebook group?

Contact Emily at
Area: City Planning –> City Signage
with your road name suggestion!

Remember, this process is designed to be 100% fair and objective, just like the theme selection process.
Wait, no, it’s designed to be fun and silly and quit taking it so seriously (!!), and you can find me at Flipside at the end of the road I’ve named “4:15 and Esplanade” to discuss.

Ste Michelle,  Patron Saint of February’s Flame, Apparently

City Planning Admin