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FestiFools 2008

 

Wow! FestiFools 2008 was completely, totally, utterly, absolutely, wicked awesome! Giant puppets marauding on Main Street; throngs of volunteers and spectators jumping, dancing, clapping, and shouting “Wahoo!”; Groove beating on buckets and ladders; clowns and music-makers clowning and making music (respectively); Zoltan posing mind-boggling koans; lots of happy faces; plenty of good vibes; and sunshine to spare — how ’bout that weather?

FestiFools 2008 | Later this cellist will perform at the Power Center (specifically, in the lobby). But for now, she’s content to be a busker.
Later this cellist will perform at the Power Center (specifically, in the lobby). But for now, she’s content to be a busker.
FestiFools 2008
FestiFools 2008
FestiFools 2008
FestiFools 2008
FestiFools 2008
FestiFools 2008 | Shake your Groove thing! Groove is a U-M student group that specializes in rhythmic acts of coordinated violence directed at garbage cans, buckets, ladders, and other things that make a loud noise when banged. Very fun!
Shake your Groove thing! Groove is a U-M student group that specializes in rhythmic acts of coordinated violence directed at garbage cans, buckets, ladders, and other things that make a loud noise when banged. Very fun!
FestiFools 2008
FestiFools 2008

My two special Fools really got into the spirit of the day. Rico jerry-rigged Max’s ukulele guitar up to a tiny, battery-powered, 5-watt guitar amp and let loose a torrent of overdriven tune-age — “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Fools in Love,” and “Tears of a Clown” were favs. Max (who had been anticipating FestiFools since last year’s event) jumped right into the parade and didn’t look back.

FestiFools 2008 | Rico and Max: a 6-string guitar, a 5-watt amp, and soul to burn.
Rico and Max: a 6-string guitar, a 5-watt amp, and soul to burn.

To say that numerous people photographed the festivities would be a monumental understatement. It seemed that everyone had their cameras out, and for good reason — there was so much visual goodness to capture. And truly, it would take a battalion of photographers to cover such a rich event. In recognition of that fact, I’ve decided to organize a juried group photography exhibit to reveal FestiFools from diverse perspectives. The show will hang at Sweetwaters (Washington St.) from mid-April through the end of June. If you’d like to participate, here’s all the relevant info.

So where are these puppets now? Funny you should ask. Earlier today Rico and I helped install eight of them, along with my puppet-making photos, in the lobby of the Power Center. The exhibit will be up until the end of April. If you catch the U-M Dept. of Musical Theatre’s production of Carousel, you can check it out proper-like. Otherwise, you’ll just have to press your nose against the Power Center glass.

FestiFools 2008 | You can take the cellist out of the street, but you can’t take the street out of the cellist. Eight puppets are on display at the Power Center until the end of April.
You can take the cellist out of the street, but you can’t take the street out of the cellist. Eight puppets are on display at the Power Center until the end of April.

Kudos to everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen, including Creative Director Mark Tucker, Co-Director Shoshana Hurand, Master Puppet Artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, and U-M Art+Design Assistant Professor Nick Tobier.

If you’d like to get involved and become a real, card-carrying Fool, visit the FestiFools website. I hear they let all types join up. They’ll even take you!

flickr slideshows: FestiFools 2008 | The Making of FestiFools 2008

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Comments

You make FestiFools look incredible. I want to come. I’m so going to talk Bill into taking a road trip next year with Kmae. Fun.

#1 dawn(m)

This is an awfully nice thing, even foolish I would say, for you to make this lovely blog about FestiFools. It has been a delight to work with you—on every level! Here’s to fooling around again next year…
—Mark

Bonsoir Myra!

Your photos really capture the excitement, fun, joy and all-around foolishness of that day :) Pierre and I kept talking about it afterwards and saying how lucky we are to live in Ann Arbor because of events like Festifools. We are excited to be apart of the Sweetwater’s show. Thank you for spearheading this unique collaboration of local photographers and enthusiasts. Both of us are transplants to Michigan and we’re really feeling a great sense of community with this. It’s awesome.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the gang at Sweetwaters. Maybe I can bring some yummy sweets? :)

Tremendous work. I have to commend you on your photography and have recently added your link to my new project, ILovePhotoBlogs.com. Keep up the great work and check out my site when you have a moment.

#4 rick

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 11-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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