Shadow Art Fair defenders and detractors mix it up one last time

Like every year at this time, the Shadow Art Fair media juggernaut has begun in earnest. As of today, there are articles in The Ypsi Courier and The Current, as well as on And, this afternoon, WEMU aired an interview that I’d done with local “All Things Considered” host Bob Eccles. (I think it went well, but you can listen below, and judge for yourself.) I’m more pleased with some of the pieces than others, but, there’s stuff to like even in the articles where the writers have gotten the date of the event wrong, and summed up our aesthetic by saying that we once “fed a massive cat its own waste.” (As much as I’d like it to be, it’s sadly not true.) It’s just cool, I think, that people still give a damn after seven years, and I’m incredibly thankful for that.

alwayssuckedI should add that, while the press has been incredibly favorable, there have been a few negative comments, like the one reprinted here, which was left in the wake of the story this afternoon. I was kind of bummed out about it until a friend pointed out that the author may very well could be an amateur flautist known for performing at local Kiwanis Club functions. I don’t know if it’s the same person or not, but the thought that this woman, playing the flute with a Santa hat on, is our biggest detractor makes me incredibly happy… And I want to extend an olive branch, if she’s up for it, and offer her a table at the last Shadow, so that she can angrily critique what she sees around her to anyone who will listen, between costume changes and soulful performances of jazzified Christmas standards.

Of course, now that I think about it, this could all be a massive setup, and someone could have just appropriated the name of a very nice local flute player to make cracks about the Shadow Art Fair, hoping that I’d go for the bait, attack her by name on my website, make fun of her flute playing ability, and ultimately break her heart… Well, I’m not going to take the bait. I happen to love her “jazzy” rendition of Jingle Bells, regardless of what she may think of the Shadow Art Fair. And I’m extremely happy that she took the time to share her constructive criticism, which I just wished we’d received seven years ago, when we set out upon this little adventure of ours. If we had, maybe we could have set things right… fewer instances of us forcing animals to eat their own feces, and more smooth jazz. Who knows, the world may have been a better place.

Now, here, on a happier note, is that WEMU interview that I mentioned.

Speaking of interviews, some of us will also be in the air this Thursday evening at 6:30, with WCBN’s Mike Perini. If our previous on-air visits to Mike’s show are any guide, it should be fun.

UPDATE: I think I may have been right about that account having been a setup. In addition to the comment above, about the Shadow, there are only five other statements attributed to the account, and they were all left over the last 48 hours.

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  1. Tommy
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Mark, my friend, you haven’t made it in this town until your get the ‘honor’ of being interviewed by Thayrone!

    I think he can fit you in between the ‘Traffic Circles are a Socialist Plot to Destroy this Country’ rant and the State Senator Pat Colbeck on air blow jo… er … lovefest.

  2. anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    What sucks is the fact that this is EXACTLY the kind of person you wanted to attract to the Shadow Art Fair.

  3. Lauren Erickson
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I’m Elliott’s sister.

  4. Eel
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Does she do Jethro Tull covers?

  5. Elliott
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I would have thought that mom would have mentioned you.

  6. double anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Your mom has secrets.

  7. 734
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    The Shadow Art Fair: “feeding giant animals their own waste since 2006”

  8. Robert
    Posted July 19, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I assume the Shadow Art Fair chose to close up shop rather than integrate.

  9. conseil
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Will there be a designated space outside for those celebrating the end of the Shadow Art Fair, or are we allowed to celebrate anywhere?

  10. Mariah
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Are you kidding? ALL of is a set-up!

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