This is a photo of a troupe of fire dancers called Foxfire Hypnotica, who performed during the FreeKY Festival, a free festival of music, art and exhibitions of eclectic culture, held on April 26 in downtown Lexington. It was the culmination of Alternative Music Week, sponsored by WRFL, the independent, commercial free, student run radio station at the University of Kentucky.
The entire week of concerts, art shows, and other events also served as 20th anniversary celebration, and a fund raiser for the station, which plans to increase their power, and reach a wider audience.
The FreeKY Festival began at 11 a.m. and continued until almost midnight, featuring a number of bands, an art exhibit, vendor booths, and community group exhibitions. The musical headliners were Jolie Holland, and The Apples In Stereo. We hope that they decide to throw another party like this next year.
Ali and I got there around 3, and stayed until it ended. We took our cameras, and we both took tons of photos. You can see her set here, and mine, here.
Clicking the image will take you to its Flickr page. You can see a larger version there.
Last weekend, Alison and I traveled to the Washington, DC area to visit one of her cousins and her fiancé. Another cousin and her husband drove down from Philadelphia to join in the fun as well.
We flew into Washington National Airport early on the Friday morning, took the Metro to Alexandria, VA, where we met up with her cousin at her place of work. We left our luggage with her and took the Metro back into Washington where we spent the day sightseeing. We took in part of the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the White House, and Chinatown.
At the end of the day, her cousin, Bonnie, met us at the Chinatown Metro station where we took another train to Maryland where she lives. Saturday, we went to Baltimore for HonFest 2007.
HonFest is billed as "a unique celebration of all things 'Bawlmer.' It is a celebration that pays homage to the neighborhoods, the language and the people of Baltimore." All things campy are honored at the festival. Big hair, cat-eye glasses, leopard skin spandex, feather boas, pork chop side burns, and pink flamingos abound. The photo above is one of the stranger things we saw that day.
Bands played all day on two stages. Just about any musical style you could imagine was represented.
And then there was the food. Lots of food. The aroma of the street was intoxicating.