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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is right around the corner (it starts this Friday, and the weather forecast for the opening weekend looks amazing), and so is my 3rd big Summer Festival photography exhibit in the Power Center lobby. The exhibit is entitled STOP.MOTION, and features a new set of images taken at last year’s Summer Festival. The exhibit will run from June 17 to July 8, 2010.
Join us at the artist’s reception on Wednesday, June 30 from 5:30-7:00pm. If you can’t make it to the reception, you can 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 STOP.MOTION. 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 7.5-year-old son) is looking forward to several Festival offerings this year. As of now, his “dance card” includes:
- Body Masterpiece
- Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20 (5-8pm)
From personal experience last year, Max knows that Body Masterpiece’s artists have mad skillz. He’s still contemplating who or what he wants to be made up as this time around.
- Mucca Pazza
- Friday, June 18 (7pm)
“The group is a collection of shameless band nerds wielding instruments of incongruous traditions, sometimes in competition, often in cooperation.” Yeah, baby. Bring it!
- The Butterfly Garden
- Wednesday, June 23 through Sunday, June 27
The Italian theater group, Company TPO, designed this multimedia, interactive show especially for kids ages 4-8. Max recently studied butterflies in school, and we’re all excited to see this special, and intimate, Mainstage performance.
- Planet Rock: Climbing Wall @ Top of the Park
- Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27 (5-9pm)
Planet Rock will be bringing its portable climbing wall to Top of the Park! How sweet it will be to get to view the middle of Ingalls Mall from 25′ up!
- Craz-E-Crew Stunt Team: Extreme Sports @ Top of the Park
- Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4
Craz-E-Crew? You don’t have to convince me. We’re so there. (Or should I say “thAIR”?)
Rico and I plan to attend several Mainstage performances as special date nights for just the two of us:
- Caravan Palace
- Saturday, July 3 (8pm)
“Caravan Palace is an electro-swing group from Paris with violin, double bass, francophone, guitar, clarinet and trombone and held together by programmed beats and electro-scat vocals.” We gotta check this out!
- Tuesday, July 6 (8pm)
I have to admit, I was totally floored when I learned that Devo had been added to the Festival lineup. (I had no idea they were even still performing.) “Whip It” was my favorite dance tune back in high school, and it’s been on my photography studio playlist for years.
- Afro-Cuban All Stars
- Thursday, July 8 (8pm)
This one was a no-brainer for us — these guys are amazing!
- Die Roten Punkte
- Saturday, July 10 (7:30pm)
We’re curious about this act and also about seeing a show at UMMA. Are you ready to Rock and/or Bang?