The Michigan Daily
BY LAUREN SHAPIRO _ dizzying fun.
REV up your old time machine After watching a production or
and set the dial back four or five two, get ready to jam. The Early
centuries. But if the machine is giv- Music Ensemble will present a
ing you a hard time, then just come rumhorne Consort which replicates
over to the Arboretum this weekend hI curt. Hre it your chan ce
for a sneak preview of the 19th An- feel (or at least hear) like a king for a
nual Ann Arbor Medieval Festival, day. Throughout the weekend
Trust me, the only thing missing though, keep your eyes peeled for
from this festival is the jet-lag Rob and Anne Burns who make up
headache you would have had from the duo called A Reasonable
time-traveling. Facsimile. They will be strolling
The Medieval Festival welcomes around with a variety of wacky in-
people of all ages to enjoy some struments performing street and
free, live entertainment amidst the popular music of the Renaissance
serenity of the surrounding woods of and Middle Ages (or at least a rea-
Nichols Arboretum. The Festival sonable ...). And make sure not to
wanders back in time through an ar- miss Our Lady's Madrigal Singers
ray of theatre, dance, music, arts & who will be performing a full con-
crafts, swordplay and combat, inter- cert indoors at noon.
mezzi performances and much, When you watch the Ann Arbor
much, so much more! Morris and Sword Team as well as
The preview this weekend will the court dance, you will wish you
offer a taste of what's to come with brought your blue suede dancing
jousting, medieval music, and dra- shoes. The troupes will present
matic scenes. traditional dancing and early English
The Festival itself takes place folk dancing. I promise, you are in
next Saturday and Sunday, August 6 for a good ole' riveting time here
and 7, on the grounds of the Univer- folks!
sity's School of Music. Prepare Once you have re-energized
yourself for some zany costumes and yourself at the dance performances,
hilarious lines in the Festival's four make your way over to the Arts and
theatrical productions, intermittent Crafts Fair. Jay Johnston, who or-
improvisations and short playlets. ganized the Fair, will demonstrate
The Brecht Company will present the art of blacksmithing and armor-
themes from their current produc- ing. Also on hand will be craftspeo-
tion, Trappolin Suppos'd A Prince. pie creating and demonstrating the
The Chelmniks, a strolling theatrical makings of brass rubbings, basket
group, continue their nomadic theme weaving, perfumery, lacemaking,
withThe Wandering Scholar from and more. For those of you wishing
Paradise. The Harlotry Players pre- to emulate President Reagan and
sent the production with the most Nancy, a Tarot card reader and an as-
incredibly long winded, multi-syl- trologer will join this motley crew
labic title of all: Another Merry of artists and demonstrators.
r Pickleherring Play In Which He A preview sampling of the festi-
Makes Truly Merry Antics With A val will take place this Saturday,
Stone. And finally the Festival has July 30 in the Arboretum from 1-5
commissioned an original play, p.m. The big event hits town Satur-
Gabriel's Horn, which is a bawdy day and Sunday, August 6 and 7
rendition of a tale from Boccaccio's from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the
Decameron. All in all, these grounds of the School of Music on
productions should prove to be good, North Campus.
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