Tag Archives: folk art

Jay Parks: Itinerant In-Truck Classic Rock Karaoke Drummer

If you’ve wandered around Ypsi over the past few weeks, you may have come across a fellow from Missouri by the name of Jay Parks, beating on an elaborate little drum kit that he’s built into the back of his truck. My most recent encounter with him was yesterday, when I was walking my dogs […]

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Are any of you good at dream interpretation? I need some help.

I had a very odd dream last night, and I’d like to have some help making sense of it. I was in a theater at Greenfield Village, which, to my knowledge, does not exist in real life. I was seated in the front row, to the right of the stage, with my friends Dan and […]

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Milwaukee part two… fish fries, public art and swooning tweens

A week or so ago, when I told you about my recent trip to Milwaukee, I promised that there would be a follow-up post, in which I’d talk about fish fries, public art, and the like. Well, I’m afraid that I’ve put it off so long now that I can’t quite remember what it was […]

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Caine’s Arcade

The following footage, of a little boy’s self-constructed fantasy arcade world, has been sweeping across the internet these past few days. Most people, from what I can tell, are attracted to the flash mob aspect — the fact that the filmmaker calls upon the hipster elite of Los Angeles, and their cleverly-named offspring, to venture […]

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U-M’s annual Prisoner Art Show opens tomorrow

For the next two weeks, in the University of Michigan’s North Campus Duderstadt Center Gallery, the folks from the Prison Creative Arts Project will be presenting their 15th annual exhibition of art by Michigan prisoners. This year’s collection includes over 400 pieces, pulled together from dozens of prisons scattered across the State. Having seen the […]

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