April 17, 2015
Beautiful connections and strange juxtapositions — even dismembered limbs and provocative text messages! — are par for the FestiFools course.
If it wasn’t the most glorious day weather-wise of all nine FestiFools so far, it was darn near it. No doubt this delicious looking ice-cream-bot inspired a rush at Kilwins.
Local photographer Abby Rosenbaum
had a lovely FestiFools glow about her.
Do some of these giant puppets look familiar? Well, you’ve got a good eye, my man. Rumor has it that several papier-mâché titans from FestiFools past staged a rebellion (from the rafters of the FestiFools studio) and demanded a chance to relive their hour of glory on Main Street. The WonderFool Productions board, acknowledging their own pangs of nostalgia, ultimately acceded to the rebel-puppets’ request. It was decreed that this year’s FestiFools theme would be “Déjà Fool.” And there was much rejoicing in the streets.
“You got badged? Me too!!!”
Max and Rico got it into their heads to distribute “Badge” badges at this year’s FestiFools. I gotta love my dadaist boy, and his dadaist dad. But, in the interest of full disclosure, I am compelled to mention that just 20 minutes before I needed to be downtown shooting FestiFools, Rico was still furiously cutting 156 badges, perfectly oblivious to everything going on around him except the path of the X-Acto blade. Who ever said that three artists living under one roof wasn’t stressful?
The Agony and the Ecstasy.
What this picture needs… is MORE COWBELL!
This crash-helmeted robot was sanctioned for “peddling pipe cleaners without previously procuring the proper permit.” | Former FestiFools board member Ryan Munson sports two badges — talk about an authority figure!
Knuckle-dragging tech entrepreneur and skate park
evangelist Dug Song
uses his impressive upper-body strength to give his knuckles a brief respite.
One of three stunning heads on this fire-breathing dragon. (This woman should really be wearing asbestos mittens.)
The Detroit Party Marching Band
really upped the street party, Mardi Gras quotient. Thanks so much, guys, for bringing your energy and zeal — and HUGE SOUND — to the streets of Tree Town!
This kid totally “gets” the Foolish thing. I mean, dressing up as an inverted sno-cone is precisely what FestiFools is all about. Brilliant!
“Visine gets the red out.” (Just a suggestion.)
Eighth-grade music and art students from Clague Middle School
brought their — wait for it… — music and art to FestiFools for a third year. We hope this tradition continues!
Mr. Moneybag$ over here thinks he can buy FestiFools. Well, I got news for him: it ain’t for sale!
“Fernando, darling, you look mahvelous! Absolutely mahvelous!”
Ann Arbor District Library storyteller Laura Raynor (left) leads the robot invasion.
Right: Every time I went to take her picture, she’d cover her face with her hands just like this. I couldn’t understand why she kept hiding from me. (On a possibly unrelated note, I looked down at my camera and was surprised to see that my Nikon D4 had somehow been transformed into a 1947 Six-20 Brownie Model C. Very odd, indeed.)
Balloon ninja Carolynn Hayman
is, as best as I can tell, some sort of Tiki-Bar-Totem-Hula-Girl.
, kicking back in the rumble seat of his vintage, pink-Corinthian-leather-trimmed roadster, offers a melodious public service announcement on the importance of proper dental hygiene (“Don’t forget to brush your teeth!”).
Juli Pinsak got badged!
Want kids to be bursting with joy? Get them near bubbles.
U-M Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) Artists-in-Residence Magali Medeiros and Philip Galinsky led the U-M Vencedores Band.
WonderFool Productions founder/creative director, Mark Tucker, with part of his Foolish dynasty.
Working it! WonderFools Productions (WFP) event consultant Stephanie McIntyre, WFP president Shary Brown, student board member and WFP secretary Adriana Zardus, WFP treasurer Kathe Bowen, and WFP fundraising director Jeri Rosenberg.