Executive summary: Tomorrow. Last day of school. First day of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Glorious weather. YES!
I can feel it. I can taste it. I can practically see it (although that may be retinal afterburn). For the past few weeks I’ve been awash in my favorite images captured at last year’s Summer Festival, getting them gussied up for my 5th annual exhibit at the Power Center. This year’s exhibit, titled JUMP.IN, presents unimpeachable, full-color proof that this town knows how to love-up the Festival. It’s also a photographic call to action, a throwing down of the gauntlet, a double-dog-dare: Hey Ann Arbor, partake — with mucho gusto — in everything the Festival has to offer!
The JUMP.IN exhibit is viewable anytime the Power Center lobby is open for Mainstage performances, including:
- Thursday, June 21 (7-10pm)
- Saturday, June 23 (7-10pm)
- Sunday, June 24 (6-9pm)
- Wednesday, June 27 (7-10pm)
- Saturday, June 30 (7-10pm)
- Wednesday, July 4 (4-10pm)
- Friday, July 6 (7-10pm)
- Saturday, July 7 (7-10pm)
The kind of artist support Festival executive director Robb Woulfe has extended to me over the past five years is a rare gift. It’s been wonderful working alongside him, Amy Nesbitt, and the entire Festival crew. Right now, my images are in the able hands of the Paragon Display Group, who always do amazing work. I also want to thank Dianne Widzinski for her support and assistance at the Power Center.
For the first time ever, this summer Max will be going to sleep-away camp — for two weeks! Still, he managed to pack tons of action onto his Festival “dance card,” including:
- Third Coast Kings
- Friday, June 15 (9pm)
Opening night! Max became a big fan of the Third Coast Kings when they performed during the inaugural FoolMoon in 2011.
- David Zinn
- Friday, June 15 – Sunday, July 8
It's going to be so wonderful to watch David work his magic all over the Ingalls Mall — literally.
- Al Green
- Saturday, June 16 (8pm)
When we were planning Max’s sleep-away camp schedule, he demanded: “There is NO WAY I’m not seeing Al Green!” Thankfully, Rev. Green was able to schedule his Ann Arbor appearance for before Max heads to camp. We owe you one, Al!
- Saturday, June 16 + Saturday, July 7 (7:30pm)
Max fancies himself an urban circus artist and never passes up the chance to watch his brothers-in-arms in action.
- Rock the Mall
- Tuesday, June 19 (6:30pm)
Max was completely captivated by the talent at last year’s Rock the Mall. One of his favorite groups — Saturday — will be back again this year.
- Magdalen Fossum
- Friday, June 22 (5pm)
Magdalen is on the list at my suggestion. I know Max harbors a wish to one day be good enough to play in the Grove during Summer Festival. At only 11 years old, Magdalen seems like the perfect role model.