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foo fest in photos
August 16, 2009, 12:33 pm
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So Foo Fest was a big ball of music, politics, art projects, and Providence Pride. I’m glad to have had such an enjoyable, jam-packed street fair as my introduction to this city.

The zine-factory bus, where everyone got a chance to contribute to a zine that was published and handed out at the end of the day.

Free screen printing, courtesy of the AS220 community printshop.

John Olmstead’s kinetic human-powered water fountain

Mini-golf provided by Wooly Productions.

Unidentifiable fluffy stuff amid all the kids games.

Sculpture by Will Reeves, who put together sixty silver fitness balls with polypropelyne cord for a massive, mobile, interactive art project.


Umberto Crenca’s Exquisite Corpse project, which invited people to paint one third of a body and then assembled them in Frankenstein-type final portraits.


Junk-mail hat-making with Alyn Carlson.

Make your own video game controller, with AS220 Labs.

This guy was dressed up as his production company’s logo, but I didn’t hear him tell anyone his company’s name or m.o. Still, he was fun to follow around.

Deer Tick played an amazing set as the sun began to fall.

They were the surprise special guest, and John apologized for that before they began to play. I don’t think anyone was disappointed. The crowd was super supportive of this hometown country band.

Especially when they brought a couple of special surprise guest guests onstage.

Do you see the people on the roof?

And the movie playing on the wall?

Made in Mexico played next, and not since The Kills have I seen someone so dynamic onstage.

Another amazing set.

Me, the band, and the rabbit man. Just another Saturday.

I came home with big plans to get involved in the printshop.

I picked up this barely-used copy of Lusitania, which it turns out is from 1992!

I also brought home my awesome screen-printed shirt. I just happened to have a spare plain tee in my bag. The back has the AS220 logo in green but the front, as you can see, was a big fat failure. The skyscraper-pen print, which should’ve taken thirty minutes to dry, had apparently not dried when I wadded it up and stuffed it in my bag three hours later.

So now I’m off to find out whether fabric paint can be removed, and if so, to very carefully tend to my first screenprinting project ever!



August 13, 2009, 3:26 pm
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Foo Fest, apparently the artsy-ist of all summer art fairs, happens this Saturday, August 15th from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning. I figure this will be a good day to make my way to AS220 for the first time, since the fair spans all of Empire street and should be easy to find. 

anarchist book fair

There’s also an Anarchist book fair happening outside the venue!

I’m very much looking forward to getting out of my house. My plan is to bring my camera and a sandwich and disappear into the crowd. Saturday is supposed to be a gorgeous day, and even though I’ll be all by myself, I think music and art and books will add up to a nice afternoon.