Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Dare You

You have to be young, strong and very supple. If I tried it would result in grievous bodily injury.
Today is one of the best photo ops of the year in The Lou, the Pridefest Parade. But there are thunderstorms in the forecast. Hope it works out.            

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dancin' Fool

So titled because the whole thing reminds me of this

A composite of the tap dancer. I sat and watched a long time. He didn't slow down. He never broke rhythm (and they were complex).  His eyes were  often closed, as if he had tapped himself into a trance. What's going on is a little clearer if you click to a larger version of the picture although his act is wilder if has more than a square meter to dance on. Someone, at least, can tap his way to bliss.            

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pick Your Art

Okay, mix and match. The woman in the center was doing some kind of free form posing or dancing or whatever you want to call it on a tarpaulin covered with fresh paint. Her body became part of the canvas. Didn't do much for me. The one on the right is daubing super-bright color on a canvas, something of an abstract expressionist style. I don't feel capable of judging this kind of art but I know when I like it (and I like Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline).

The man on the left is something else. We saw him at the 2015 fringe and I wish I had a note of his name. He is a tap dancer but more than just that. He is something extraordinary and seemed to be in a trance. I'd like to do a whole post about him and I got a lot of pix. All I need is a chance to edit. So little time, so much to do.          

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Across the room from yesterday's pictures this mezzo was letting it fly. She was what some opera reviewers call a force of nature. (You get the point.) I'm sorry that I didn't get her name.

It doesn't come naturally for Westerners to sing over didgeridoo improvisations. The two artists mostly went their own ways but it somehow worked together.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Roll With It

One of the rooms at the Artist Salon had two men doing something between freestyle and break dancing, a big-voiced singer performing a range from opera to jazz standards, and Michael Hagmeier, a didgeridoo virtuoso who blew me away at last year's Fringe

The three artistic units were, um, loosely coordinated, with Hagmeier providing the foundation for all. The dancers were all fluid, hard to capture in the dim light and simply beautiful.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Welcome To The Salon

So-called fringe festivals now exist around the world. We once had the privilege of attending the granddaddy of them all, the Edinburgh Fringe. We now have our own, going into its fifth year this summer. Mrs. C and I  love it - wacky and challenging.

They have been running some warm-up events. Sunday night they held an Artist Salon in the gorgeous and newly-renovated Arcade Building downtown, now a mix of apartments, artists studio space and commercial space. The idea was to take a large, empty room, throw in two or three sets of of artists who had never met before and tell them to do something. More about which soon.

When I entered the building I was greeted by this exotic creature who guided me through the preliminaries. Then we were whisked up the elevator in groups to a studio area. What happened next will be the subject of the following posts.

By the way, I've started an album on Flickr here for all the pix from this event, more than will appear on the blog.              

Monday, June 20, 2016

Madeleine Monday

Born to be wild, in some sense or other. This is a reason being a grandparent is worthwhile.