The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is right around the corner (starts next Friday), and so is my 2nd big Summer Festival photography exhibit in the Power Center lobby. The exhibit is entitled RE.FRESH, and features a new set of images taken at last year’s Top of the Park. The exhibit will run from June 16 to July 4, 2009.
Join us at the artist’s reception on Monday, June 22 from 6-7:30pm. If you can’t make it to the reception, you may view the exhibit anytime a Festival Mainstage performance is happening at the Power Center. Lobby doors open one hour before each event is scheduled to start.
Many thanks to… Robb Woulfe (Festival executive director) for his continued support and enthusiasm for my photography and for hosting RE.FRESH. Amy Nesbitt, Brenda Vidovic, and Julie Perea (Festival staff) for making all the stars align — not just with the exhibit, but with the entire Festival. Ariel Wan (Festival design assistant) for her great work on the RE.FRESH announcement postcard. Paragon Display Group (formerly Foto1 Imaging), who are masterfully printing and mounting the exhibit pieces as I write this blog entry. Dianne Widzinski and Barry LaRue for their support and assistance at the Power Center.
Have you seen the newly redesigned Festival website and program guide? (The program guide has a sleek, tall format, and is full-color this year.) Both make very effective use of images I captured at Top of the Park last year and in 2007 — they’re almost like mini-exhibits of my photography. Kudos to Phire for their work on the Festival’s new branding.
Turning my lens to the 2009 Festival season…
Many friends have asked me what events Max (who’s 6.5 years old) will be “doing” during the Festival. Here’s a list of some of the items on Max’s Festival “dance card.” More will surely get added.
- First Friday — Opening Night Celebration
- Friday, June 12 (6:30pm)
Max will be celebrating his last day of kindergarten by getting his face painted by Body Masterpiece and joining the community procession that starts at the corner of State and North University and winds its way to the Ingalls Mall.
- Body Masterpiece
- Saturday and Sunday, June 13 (5pm) and 14 (5pm)
We will intermingle among the various creatures and beings created by Body Masterpiece. We’re especially looking forward to Superhero Night on Sunday. Anyone have a spare cape? Nevermind… I heard somewhere that they aren’t so safe.
- Instrument Workshop: Deep Fried Pickle Project
- Sunday, June 21 (12-1pm)
Kids ages 5+ will “join the Pickle Project and make musical instruments out of crazy and fun materials.” I’m intrigued, and this is right up Max’s alley. The program will be held at the Downtown Public Library. I might bring ear plugs.
- Savion Glover
- Sunday, June 21 (4pm)
Tap dancer extraordinaire Savion Glover rips up the stage at the Power Center. I won’t be altogether surprised if after the show Max tries to push thumbtacks into the soles of his Tevas.
- RE.FRESH Reception
- Monday, June 22 (6-7:30pm)
Max is very eager to toast his mom at the RE.FRESH reception. At the very least, he’s looking forward to seeing his friends and getting his hands on some good eats.
- Family Workshop: Circus Techniques
- Saturday, June 27 (5-6pm)
The blurb for this event asks: “Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus?” Um, yeah! Circo Comedia performers lead an introductory workshop on Ingalls Mall that combines mime, clowning, and comedic improvisation. As if Max needed any more encouragement!
- Circo Comedia at the Power Center
- Sunday, June 28 (4pm)
You must view this video — it blows my mind.
Constants every night we go: Max will likely check out what’s going on in the KidZone tent, eat yummy pizza from Silvio’s, run like a pack animal with the other kids on the steps of Rackham, and negotiate aggressively regarding the procurement of ice cream/sno-cones/cotton candy (you know, the usual “macrobiotic” fare).