party tricks

…aka BUSKER FESTIVAL!!

dad and i wandered over to uptown friday eve to catch a couple of performances. the spectacular weather (sunny, hot) drew HUGE crowds of all ages!

meet “bendy em,” a contortionist from australia…

…with amazing strength and flexibility!

the final act: bendy is going to squeeze into this 16″ box…with that basketball!

she did it!

we caught this guy mid-act, so i do not know his name. he was about 20 feet off the ground on taht pole! (i was attempting artsi-ness with the moon, the blue sky, the flag, the guy).

balancing on one arm!

party food ->

the only thing missing, practically, is deep fried COTTON CANDY!

on saturday eve, the weather was just as perfect – back uptown went i, searching out feats of amazingness!

look! a human wind-up doll!

the first show i happened upon was “strings of fire” from australia (although he was a finn):

can you balance a plank on your chin?!

how about a spoon on your nose?!

he was doing full situps with the axe end resting on his chin…

…then she hula’d + played a song!

moving along…

again, i missed this performer’s name; the little 4 yr old volunteer fulfilled his duties admirably!

fire juggling while lying on a bed of spikey nails!

focus!

now, this comment will make me sound like a real PARTY POOPER, but to be frank, i was unimpressed by the *talent* on display this year. none of the acts i observed had the wit, humour, energy, or skill that i have admired in previous years. an off year, perhaps? or did i miss the best shows?? all in all, i was disappointed in this year’s festival.

the most impressive sight of saturday twilight: this gorgeous half moon in the clear, blue sky

[sidenote #1: i used dad's camera for all of these photos. i promise it is on loan, only. although i am SO tempted to keep it, much like the ipod BEAST that is still in my possession!].

[sidenote #2: for the sake of blog continuity, here is the buskers 2010 recap! and 2011!].

how was your weekend? did you partake in any fun ‘n’ games? one of these years, i am going to ride the ferris wheel that is a mainstay of the festival midway!

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  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On August 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

    What fun! So many interesting acts! Speaking of contortionists…have you read The Night Circus? It has one in it. Very clever book. Have a great day, Cathy!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

      thanks for the book recommendation, fran! i will have to google that title as i have not heard of it? hope you are feeling more settled back at home!

  • Johanna B  On August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    My weekend festivities involved cleaning house and sitting on my porch watching it rain for the first time in months. My front yard has cracks big enough to swallow my cat!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      wow, i am glad you finally received a much-needed rainfall for your area, johanna! i bet it was very peaceful to sit and see that welcome sight. ~thinking of you today~

  • Timmy  On August 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Some people can do amazing things.

  • strivingcynic  On August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Looks like fun. Too bad it was disappointing. I kind of can’t get over the fried cheesecake and pickles, though!
    We got our new countertops the other day and spent a lot of time this weekend staring/being afraid to actually use them (post forthcoming..)

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      i was wishing i saw someone with one of those fried delicacies – but i did not! the funnel cakes were super popular though! i will look forward to seeing/reading about the counters! i liked your tweet the other day!

  • Lisa  On August 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Wow—party tricks galore!
    I explored a lot this weekend, and entertained/made dinners for friends. It was fun…I think I walked about 10 miles yesterday. I’m hoping I can make this santa monica thing work financially because I’m feeling quite at-home already :-)
    Hope your Monday is awesome! I say, keep dads camera—I’m sure he won’t mind!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      lisa, i can tell that santa monica is just the place for you…i hope you can make it work!! sounds like you had a GREAT weekend! lots of social time is the BEST! haha, i hope dad reads your comment…his camera is awesome!!

  • 42kim  On August 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I agree with the observation about the wit and talent…it was lacking this year. Apparently next year there will be a vote for which acts to invite!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      oh, good, i am glad to hear i am not the only one who was disappointed, kim! there are some acts from 2010 and 2011 that i would DEFINITELY vote for!! (hope your fam got back in time to catch some performances!).

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On August 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Looks like it was a fun day! Sorry it was a bit disappointing relative to other years. You should ride the Ferris Wheel next time. There will be great views from the top!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

      stacie, the weather was absolutely PERFECT, so that was a positive! you know, i think i’d be able to see my condo building from the top of the ferris wheel – that would be cool!

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