I have barely caught my breath from last year’s Summer Festival and here it comes again! But truly, not a moment too soon — we’re ready for warm summer breezes, and more than ready for hangin’ out with fellow Townies at Ingalls Mall. And this year’s Festival line-up has us chomping at the bit for the over-the-top fun that the Festival consistently delivers.
I’m proud to be part of the Festival once again with my fourth photography exhibit at the Power Center. The mission of this year’s show, titled PLAY.SPACE, is to highlight and pay tribute to the sheer joy and excitement readily seen at the Festival. PLAY.SPACE runs from June 18 to July 8, 2011, and is viewable whenever the Power Center lobby is open for Mainstage performances, including:
- Saturday, June 18 (7-10pm)
- Tuesday, June 21 (7-10pm)
- Thursday, June 23 (7-10pm)
- Saturday, June 25 (7-10pm)
- Wednesday, June 29 (7-10pm)
- Monday, July 4 (4-10pm)
- Thursday, July 7 (7-10pm)
- Friday, July 8 (7-10pm)
Many thanks to… Robb Woulfe (Festival executive director) for his continued support and enthusiasm for my photography and for hosting PLAY.SPACE. Amy Nesbitt (and the rest of the Festival staff) for making all the stars align — not just with the exhibit, but with the entire Festival. Paragon Display Group, who are masterfully printing and mounting the exhibit pieces as I write this blog entry. Dianne Widzinski for her support and assistance at the Power Center.
Max (my 8.5-year-old son) is looking forward to several Festival offerings this year. As of now, his “dance card” includes:
- Planet Rock: Climbing Wall @ Top of the Park
- Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 (5-9pm)
It was so popular last year that I knew they’d be back. Planet Rock will be bringing its portable climbing wall to Top of the Park again this year!
- Detroit Fire Guild
- Every Sunday during the Festival (6pm)
Ingalls Mall will be set ablaze by the Detroit Fire Guild’s eclectic brand of non-fire circus arts performances, including hoop dancing, juggling, stilt walking, and more.
- Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26
Amococo is neither a gas station, nor a chocolate liqueur. Rather, it’s “a walk-through inflatable sculpture featuring a dazzling maze of winding paths filled with radiant light and color.” It’ll perhaps be not altogether unlike FoolMoon — except, of course, we’ll be on the inside of the luminary!
- Strange Fruit
- Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2
They’re back! They made such a powerful impression on 4-year-old Max when they were last in town that he’s been singing Dean Martin’s Kick in the Head ever since.
- Tom Tom Crew: Lawn Teaser
- Wednesday, July 6 (7:30pm)
“Tom Tom Crew combines stunning aerial acrobatics, beat-boxing and dynamic drumming to create a high-energy show.” Max’s response to the video snippet of this group on the Summer Festival website: “Totally!”
- Tom Tom Crew
- Thursday, July 7 (8pm) + Friday, July 8 (8pm)
The “teaser” will just whet Max’s appetite for the Mainstage performance. (We’ll be attending the Friday night show.)
Rico and I plan to attend several Mainstage performances as special date nights for just the two of us:
- Andrew Bird
- Saturday, June 18 (8pm)
The Boston Globe’s comments made us need to check this guy out: “Bird is the total package: a conservatory-trained musician with a slurry croon, a gentle soul, skewed, literate wit, and Beatlesesque mastery of melody. He’s become so deft with his looping machines he might have performed the entire two-hour set on his own.”
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
- Tuesday, June 21 (8pm)
Four out of five dentists recommend SupaFunkRock for their patients who chew gum.
- K.D. Lang
- Friday, July 1 (8pm)
It’s obvious — duh!
- Taylor Mac
- Saturday, July 2 (8pm)
The title of the performance is “Comparison Is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook.”