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Music, Art, Spectacle On Display At Detroit Festival of the Arts

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As the saying goes, “there ain’t no party like a Dee-troit party” — and there’s no Detroit party quite like the annual Detroit Festival of the Arts.

The 22nd edition of the popular event takes over the Midtown University Cultural Center area this weekend with attractions ranging from music to street performers and sidewalk painters to a 75-ton sand sculpture, along with food and drink, children’s activities and artists selling their works in booths along Kirby Street and Cass Avenue.

The festival’s music lineup remains one of the most diverse in the metro area, including Raul Malo, the former frontman of the country group the Mavericks; Peter Lewis, co-founder of the ’60s rock band Moby Grape, with David West; singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson, the son of Richard and Linda Thompson; blues singersongwriter Guy Davis; and World Music acts such as Rob Curto’s Sanfona Project, Slavic Soul Party, the Budos Band, Marta Gomez, Babylon Circus and Vagabond Opera. Detroit will be well-represented, too, with local favorites such as American Mars, Thornetta Davis, Lisa Lauren Smith and the Mosaic Singers.

The Spanish street theater troupe, Osadia, will return to perform in the Detroit Historical Museum Plaza this year creating “hair sculptures” for audience volunteers. The Close-Act Visual Theatre’s XL-Insects will travel through the festival crowds all weekend, while Wise Fool New Mexico will perform acrobatic stunts at its Flexion installation. Sandscapes, meanwhile, will bring the aforementioned sand sculpture, with an interactive component for children.

A Festival of the Arts Grand Procession will be held at 6 p.m. each day. A full array of children’s activities, including performances, a puppet show, a musical maze and a Box City will be stationed mostly in the Chrysler Children’s Fair, on Saturday and Sunday only, on the Wayne State University campus.

The Detroit Festival of the Arts runs from 4-11 p.m. today, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Stage schedules and other information can be found at www.detroitfestival.com.

Web Site: www.detroitfestival.com

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