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Verbum Announces the 11th Annual Digital Be-In Celebrating 'Body, Mind and Cyberspace'.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 28, 1998--Verbum, Inc., multimedia developer and event producer, today announced the 11th Annual Digital Be-In, which will take place January 9, 1999, 7 p.m. -- 2 a.m. at the SOMARTS Gallery, 929 Brannan Street at 9th Street in conjunction with Macworld Expo in San Francisco. This unique event, where the first glimmers of "cyberculture" emerged in the early 1990s, began as a showcase for the programmers and artists behind the digital media revolution to celebrate their updated version of the '60s counterculture. Originally formally tied to the annual Macworld Expo conference held every January, the Be-In combines musical performances, exhibits, speakers and an immersive environment composed of interactive art and the computer-driven light shows of the digital age. Following a tradition of socially conscious themes, the 11th Be-In's theme "Body, Mind & Cyberspace" is encouraging attendees (both physical and virtual) to take a hard look at what works and doesn't work in the digital realm, with an eye towards building a more human civilization in the 21st Century.

"Over the past three years, the Digital Be-In has focused on Freedom of Speech on the Internet (with the launch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 'Blue Ribbon Campaign'), Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace and Human Rights in Cyberspace. This year the Be-In poses questions about physical and mental health as we integrate the unfolding realm of cyberspace into our psyches, families and societies," states Michael Gosney, president of Verbum and founder of the Digital Be-In. "As part of this theme, we are providing a platform for the launch of the Drug Peace Campaign, a newly formed political action committee and web channel at www.drugpeace.org. Since many of the most prominent and prolific leaders of the computer industry, in particular the multimedia and Internet fields, have been and continue to be inspired by psychedelic drugs, we are calling upon these leaders to take a stand on this vital theme and contribute to developing peaceful alternatives to the drug war."

The event will feature a variety of speakers and live musical performances, as well as rave-style trance, ambient and drum 'n bass rooms with thematic decorations. On the main stage, Bay Area favorites 0the Venusians return to the Be-In with their cosmic electro-pop sound. Other acts include cyber-vixen Joie Favre, Craig Russo of Seedpod Records, Arc Angel Gabe Real of Future Breaks FM and Galactic Dreamspell. The "Trance Cube" will feature DJ Purple from Dragonfly Records-UK and leading DJs from the San Francisco psychedelic trance underground. The "Ambient Salon" area will feature DJs specializing in this mellower form of techno offering a relaxing yet stimulating atmosphere for quiet discussions.

Speakers addressing the "Body, Mind and Cyberspace" and "Drug Peace" themes include John Perry Barlow, computer industry pundit and cultural commentator; Mike Gray, author of Drug Crazy; Chris Conrad, author, hemp expert, director of Family Center on Drug Awareness, editorial contributor to the DrugPeace Web Channel; Bruce Eisner, author and founder of Psychedelic Island Views magazine; Ralph Metzner, respected consciousness researcher, professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies since 1975; Jane Piper, founder of Next School; Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML and David Borden, director of the Drug Reform Coalition Network.

The Be-In's Digital Frontier exhibition, a respected bellwether of what's coming in the digital media field, morphs into the Human Frontier this year, with exhibits from sponsors and groups addressing the humanistic theme.

The event will be netcast, as it has been for the past three years, at www.be-in.com.

Be-In 11 Event Sponsors include Mind Books and the Drug Policy Foundation; Associate Sponsors are Alexa Internet, NORML, MAPS, DRCNet, California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic Island Views, Sacred Dance Society, SF Bay Guardian, Japan's Zavtone Magazine, A&R Partners and Graham Technology Solutions.

Advance tickets for $15 available at BASS outlets and TicketWeb (www.ticketweb.com) plus these fine outlets: Distractions - 1552 Haight St., Cosmic Disc - 1754 Polk St., Rasputin Records - 2401 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, Mixology - 1670 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20 at the door. Press passes are available. Verbum Events Info Line: 415/777-9199; online: www.be-in.com
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