We passed the LONG LINE of people waiting to pick up their Will Call tickets and grabbed our press passes from a separate window (lucky us) to enter what is probably the nearest (and most urban) approximation of Burning Man we'll ever attend. To clarify, we ourselves will never camp out in the desert to see giant art pieces spit fire into the night sky. So, if you are like us, this is the closest you may get to such an experience, and you can skip the dehydration.

The Crucible's Fire Arts Festival is an annual event. In its seventh year, this evening of interactive and passive-viewing fire art is nothing short of impressive, and unique. Despite the high price tag, $45 at the door for tonight's and tomorrow night's shows, the place gets packed, with many playa-types in fur vests, utilikilts and cowboy hats in attendance, as well as some of your more civilian folk, and kids and families.