I'm also on the chicago-list group mail and have gone to synchronicity events, which are worth attending I might say, including the Wildlife Refuge in Kansasville.
I'm with the Xara camp at BM. There's a crew of us out here in Chicago. We have parties once every few months that we always invite Burners and would-be Burners to.
We're having one this Saturday at my loft space (660 W. Lake St. 3rd floor) between Halsted and Des Plaines in the Northwest loop. It starts at 9:00. We're showing a DVD of 2003 footage including the burn and temple burn. Video starts early on (by 10:00pm). Live music and DJ's will follow. Chicago Afrobeat Project may perform and there will be a live PA by Equulei and numerous DJ's.
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