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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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Up in Andersonville this weekend, the streets were alive with some *new* sounds. Mucca Pazza (“Mad Cow”), a 17-piece ensemble made up of horns, drums, violin, accordian, and guitar, reigned supreme, bringing
their Punk Marching Band vibe to infinity and beyond!

I took this photo at the Sommarfest, Sunday, June 11, 2006.

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read more about them here & here

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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No good mixalot starts in Millenium Park without this ^^^
If you follow the Orange you’ll see some people you know…

Spotted at 4 o’clock on the Bean: Theresa, Julie and b-marie making their way to…

Drumroll Please…

Worldwide KIP Day!

As far as the eye could see, Knitters Galore! Braving an intermittently crappy grey day, (hmm, in September we’d call that Sweater Weather), dozens of folks from all over the GCA met up East of the Faces Fountains in Millenium Park for some knittin’ karma.

Old friends and new gathered under the fountain’s approving glance.

One of the most fun things about KIP for me is visiting the knitters AND their knitting – I spent a lot of time mingling

The throngs of people passing by (heyBEAN, lookout comin’ to getcha…) were not immune to the Magnetic Pull of the needle. Stopping to show some love were this trio, left to right, from Chicago, Dehli, and New York City! When I first saw them, they were excitedy pointing and discussing what we were doing.

Cirque KIP – where knitters of all skills and pride perform amazing acrobatic turns and leaps on a tightrope of Yarn!

Thanks Aidan! for spreading the word and getting us all together in Chicago…


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Monday, June 12, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

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Yesterday, my friend Di and I went up to the annual Andersonville Midsommarfest for a little twist and shout…

We walked and walked the blocks looking for Festival love in all the boothes – but NAY! Gone were the more enterprising artisans and bling pushers – in their place were real estate mongers, chiropracters, and cheap cheap jewlery. All that was missing were the 6-packs of Tube Sox…

The only really Original Guy I saw was the Man who, for a fee, engraved your very own name on a Grain of Rice!

It brought to mind the button you see above – a souvenir of my very first street fair in Chicago a million years ago – my head on a pigeon body, drawn by none other than Gary Whitney.

Mr. Whitney & a fellow named Jay Lynch were wacky underground comic artists of note from the 80’s – I feel Immortal! NOW that’s what a good Street Fair should do for ya…


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