Time may fly when you’re having fun — but in which direction?
The weather for the Arts Festival in Salt Lake was refreshingly cooler than the Hammer of Hell last year:
June 2013 “Super Moon” over Amphitheater Stage — All photos by M.E. unless noted otherwise.
What else happened? Well, more than I could see, but I sure saw some interesting things.
“Big Mouth” poetry stage, under the cool trees, with my friend Alex Caldiero watching fellow poet Hector Ahumuda (inset) from San Francisco.
There were vendors from all over the Western USA, including my old stomping grounds in Montana.
The Sensations Soul Band from Oakland made the crowd shake what they brought.
Stomping around in the Amphitheater grass was a lot more fun than concrete or pavement, though
I spent many a fine hour inside the old Salt Lake County Library building in my youth. Now it is dubbed “The Leonardo,” and was lit up specially for the Arts Festival.
They had a show with an admission price, but the upper floors of The Leonardo were open without charge. It has remarkable displays of hands-on learning — a great place to duck out of occasional heat when the breezes died down, with a nice corner cafe and music as well.
Sunday was pretty special.
I ain’t crazy, I’m DIFFERENT !! — MiNX in concert at the Utah Arts Festival
Lots of people got a chance to hear MiNX play and sing their wonderful original songs in the afternoon.
I introduced some of my friends to Ischa, as well as the wonderful music made by MiNX. Raffi was busy setting up and tearing down, though and didn’t meet the posse.
(L to R) Raffi Shahinian and Ischa Bee — MiNX is really all about the music.
On our way to see Repertory Dance Theater, we caught Bandaloops merrily dancing on the side of the new library building.
Tango in the clouds
Let’s see — have I ever said how much I like RDT?
(L) Sarah Donahue was out front, leading the dancing more than I’d seen before.
Well, maybe I have — but Aaron (R above) repeatedly flew without wings again, and did an extended duet with Sarah as the main group went back and forth, like a high Super-Lunar tide.
There’s no monopoly on INTENSITY, but it crackled around Toni Lugo and Nicholas Sendese like an aura created from summer lightning.
Following printed suggestions, we parked our car well away from the Festival and took the light rail (Trax) to Library Square/Washington Park. We waited a bit, but got to our destination in a reasonable time. Afterwards we got back on Trax, went to our transfer point, but found out there were no more trains on an early Sunday evening. We were STRANDED a full mile away from our car. Luckily we were both in good shape, and in a good humor that night, so we walked back through the mostly-deserted downtown laughing.
It wasn’t all that funny for the elderly and others who trusted that Salt Lake City would support one of their most important public events. We saw no taxis, and there were no alternatives — bit of a shame actually.
Mondo days continued indoors at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art:
Rack-cards for Raivo Puusemp and Ignacio Uriarte via UMOCA
I met Raivo Puusemp, an associate of my distant friend Paul McCarthy, and we swapped stories about burying artwork and additional tales of the Alternative 60′s. Ignacio Uriarte’s installations of office papers and motifs were humorous and clean examples of Conceptual Art, or Graphic Display, or refreshing wit.
A portion of my program — this show wasn’t playing around!
(Above) THIS was a particularly fine evening of challenging Modern Dance and cutting-edge Rock singing by Vanessa and her group Totem & Taboo. We also met their guitarist Brian at MiNX’s show two weeks later, being a fan-boy like me. Stephen Brown Dance will restage Meat and Marrow in October — it is VERY strong drink, but wonderful in its horrific beauty and grim humor.
Where have I heard that name Totem & Taboo before?
Brian and Vanessa — front line of Totem & Taboo.
Ah Yes — Ladies That Rock at the Woodshed in May! What about June, though?
Oh Be Clever performs wickedly fine Dance music.
The “opening act,” La Femme Medea was a brilliant music trio led by a tall woman with a perfect Tenor voice who wrote heartbreakingly incredible songs.
La Femme Medea outdoors at the Venture A Go Go — er — Woodshed on June 7, 2013.
MiNX continues to graciously give their star spot to others, but they ain’t foolin’ ME!
This is MY blog, and I say that MiNX are MY stars!
That night I was fortunate enough to hear THREE young singers/composers in the prime of their creative powers, and I was totally humbled by the beauty of Humanity as I witnessed their shows.
Where did Ischa find all those tall women at the Woodshed? An ad hoc club of young Drag artists who called themselves Bad Kids tried out various routines in between the bands. The Pride celebration was also in Salt Lake the previous weekend.
The great singer Thelma Houston sang solo for her dancing fans on the last day of SLC’s Pride celebration. BAY-BEE my heart is full of love, and it’s all for you …
Well, Thelma – I got a bike you can ride it if ya’ like …
It’s got a basket and a bell and things to make it look good — I’d give it to you but I hired it ! (from a song by Syd Barrett)
That’s another picture of my rented Green Bike, parked outside the old Guthrie Building, which still has artists’ studios upstairs.
As promised, I’m posting a few more photos from the terminus of SLUG’s Alley Kat bike rally:
By coincidence, this snap shows the winner resting after her victory. SLUG publisher Angela Brown processes participants further in the back.
I refer my readers to SLUGs Bicycle Issue (link below) for the online recap of this hilarious event!
(L to R) One of the items on the Alley Kat List was a picture of each racer on a Green Bike — this was MY bike, taken earlier in the day near Liberty Park; The legendary and awesome DFL Helmet — Dead F’ing Last!
More Diva Doings
MiNX performed their new album Golden at the Utah Arts Festival, and it was BRILLIANT as always.
Dance to Terabyte & the Battery Eaters — music from the big woods via Soundcloud.
Angie Brown’s bicycle issue of SLUG Magazine was a total groove, and so is the current mag.
Kelly West is back home in Fish, Montana.
Katie Duck is rockin’ Studio Seven, OT 301, and expecting me to show up in early July!
We are going to collaborate, and create more Improvisatory Dance Videos
Looking up, looking down:
Satellite Phobos from above, orbiting the Planet Mars via NASA
Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.
A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)
If you think it is high time, and that THAT is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out … (You’re quoting Shakespearean Theatre.)
Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!
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