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Festival Of The Arts 2005

I think the sand sculptures are probably one of the coolest things every year.

As usual, a hundred stands of festival food. Heres a rack of mystery meat. At these things you have to buy tickets to purchase food etc. Thats so the festival people dont steal the money. It works like “Disney Dollars” – they sell you an even amount of tickets but every purchse is an odd amount. Leaving you with useless tickets at the end. I was going to get a smoothie or something because it was in the mid 90’s with 75% humidity – but best I could figure it would have cost $14 (USD)…..yeah.

Skateboard dude was not part of the festival, but he was rockin so I stopped to watch for a minute.

The International Center on the College for Creative Studies campus had a side stage with all these little FarEastern (I want to say India, but it could be a number of cultures from the region) girls dressed and dancing in their culturally traditional style. VERY freakin cool. These little ones were dead serious and very good.

Later I was passed by two gentlemen, one playing a bagpipes, and one playing an Eastern drone instrument – I want to say Saroud or something, but I am not sure. [DF:the drone instrument is a Gopichand – info from TwoStringsShort] Its interesting that all the instruments of the world are so closely related. Sitar from India, Guitar from Spain, Lute from the Celts, Banjo from Africa, Oud from Persia – are all the same genesis. The drone based instruments too, like the bagpipes.

East meets West.

They were followed by little ones on traditional outfits – but from where I am not sure..Similar to the Indian girls, but perhaps from Cashmere or Mongolia ? Shoulda asked.

In one bandshell was a gypsy jazz band – VERY good stuff.


Check out this dudes axe – made in Kalamazoo Michigan by Gibson. But it aint a guitar. Basically a baritone eukelele with four strings. [DF: the four string Gibson is a Tenor Guitar.- info from TwoStringsShort]

A very early period jazz instrument. Check out Squirrel Nut Zippers for this type of instrument in an original musical context.

“Put a Lid On It” !

Awwww…Beauty and the Beast taking photos with children..How very sweet. Hey wait – did I mention that the heat index with about 117 degrees F yesterday ?

Yeah, the Beast aint looking too happy in his fur suit and makeup. I seriously felt bad for this fella. I thought he was going to die right in front of me.

The MetroTimes bandshell over by Science Center had more Indian music. Im a huge fan of that stuff – so dFUNK was a happy camper.

Guy jamming on the Sitar – the band was a mix of Indian high classical instruments and Western pop music instrumentation.


Pewabic Pottery was there of course

More ceramic goodies..

And ART ON THE MOVE was there too – AOTM is a mentorship program of established artists working with inner city children. This was originally run by the late Professor Joseph Wesner.

Seeing Art On The Move was bittersweet and a mere echo of what the program had been. In later years I have been able to forgive Joseph for taking his own life, but I still miss the guy. And the Detroit art scene will never be the same without his massive influence.

Cool castle thingys.

As far as “fine art” being displayed at craft and food festivals, I will let this presentation speak for itself. “Can I have that one on the curb in the water puddle please ?”

A very friendly bird owned by one of the displaying artists hanging with guests.

Hey – whats this ? A stack of Real Detroit Weekly with the dETROITfUNK cover story ?


20 Responses to Festival of the Arts

  • A tearful AMEN to that Therese.

  • Joe Wesner was an old and dearest best friend from Philadelphia, an amazingly talented man with a heart of gold. I am so proud of what he did for art and children.

  • Hey dFUNK,
    He was a good friend, mentor and collaborator on a number of video projects.

    I agree with elizabeth, your site’s amazing. a book’s a great idea too.

  • Hi Janette –

    Joseph Wesner was one of my professors and personal mentor during my studio year at Center for Creative Studies. He also helped me through some really hard personal times I was having back then.

    Did you know him ?

  • Love the site! Former detroiter myself, now in the burbs. How did you know Wesner?

  • You know what stOOp – I think I did ! Were they on the lawn behend the DIA by the theater ? I just didnt know what the hell that was…LOL

  • did you get any pix fromt he performance group Osadia [the two people from Spain who were doing crazy hair]??

  • I bought a bike at a garage sale to ride with Kelley to work. New tires ended up costing more than the bike.

    Now, if you want to see what is the nicest looking section of sidewalk in Detroit and I am not thinking in terms of concrete, ride over to St. John Hospital’s parking deck off Moross. Before you reach the decks western most entrance, ride along the sidewalk north back toward Kingsville. If you come in off Kingsville ride south toward Moross.

  • Yeah the bike rocks, I had a mountain bike first but I returned it because it just wasnt appropriate for what I need. All the cables and gears are so fragile. In fact, I was almost killed by a St. Clair Shores woman who apparently doesnt use stop signs. Im still healing from dodging her SUV and wiping out flat on the pavement. If I had the mountain bike it would already be ruined. This way only I was ruined.

    Riding in the ghetto is one thing – but stay out of the burbs on a bike !! Those soccer moms will kill your ass dead.

  • I thought that they all were Detroit area people. I’ve seen them play at the Cadiuex Cafe, very cool.

    My side of the block is certainly fertile. I didn’t tell you about Scott and Monique?

    Great bike though. No harm on the Republican comment as response to my Wizard of OZ reference about a small dog and a bike.

  • Right on jim – I think one guy was from A2 but the others werent so local, didnt catch their name.

    Scott and Monique had a baby TOO ? Must be something in the water on your side of the block !

    ps. sorry I called you a ‘republican’ – that really was a low blow btw. hahahaha !

  • I believe that the gypsy jazz group is the Royal Garden Trio.


  • Hi Elizabeth –

    Glad you like the site.

    Sadly no, I dont know anybody from Philly who does graffiti (I know a great cello player there though – lol)

    I dont really know anybody personally who does graffiti. I think if you ask around at your local art colleges you should be able to find a willing artist to hook you up.


  • Hola Amigo- the drone instrument is a Gopichand, the four string Gibson is a Tenor Guitar.

  • Hello!

    2 things…

    1st – i think your web site is amazing and despite the fact that i live in Philadelphia i find myself returning to your photos and documentation of Detroit again and again. I wanted to tell you that your photos and your candid comments are superb.

    2nd – my cousin is going to have her bat-mitzvah party in an old warehouse(here in Phila.) The building will be torn down soon (not too much of a loss, it is just your regular slightly run down warehouse space)and she and my aunt would like there to be a graffiti mural in the space for her party. Ideally by someone talented but not offensive. I have a couple of friends in the area who tag and such, but none have gotten back to me yet…do you (by any chance) know someone in Philly who might be interested?


  • “is there anywhere online to read your article in real detroit, for those of us who don’t live in detroit?”

    Micah, I will post a PDF version in a few days. Even locally it can be tough to find Real Detroit in same places. Here on the dirty northeast side its especially hard. Enough MertoTimes to cover the face of the moon – but no RDWs.

  • “Good thing I don’t belive in the heat index.”

    -Yeah, skinnypete, its is a complete load of dramatic crap to talk of “heat indexs”..I agree 100%. I was just being funny. To me, if its 95F and hot – I call it”95″.

  • is there anywhere online to read your article in real detroit, for those of us who don’t live in detroit?

  • Good thing I don’t belive in the heat index.

  • That beast doesn’t look real good. I’d take him to a vet, or at least offer bowl of pedialyte.

    Nice castles, though. Real Thomas Kincadeish.