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Dave Roepke, Published July 26 2008

The Rail

Highlights from this year’s 10,000 Lakes Festival near Detroit Lakes, Minn. For more blog entries from Forum reporter Dave Roepke, visit www.areavoices.com/festivals.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic weren’t as rump-shaking as I expected. Every time it got a deep, dirty groove going and I thought things would get thicker and bouncier, they got thinner and more droning.

P-Funk was a beast when it dropped the hammer. It just didn’t take enough swings.

It’s unlikely that anybody enjoyed the set by the band fronted by former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart more than Tony Beers, a 49-year-old from D.C. whose full-body flailing – which looked like a combination between tai chi and a traffic-control gone wrong – guaranteed him a wide bubble of personal space.

Beers is an old Deadhead who used to take weekslong breaks from his job as a bike messenger to follow the band, returning home when the cash ran out to see if he was fired or not.

The Dead brought out the dancer in the former wallflower.

“I found my hidden Baryshnikov,” he said.

Off-Broadway show’s bubble burst

NEW YORK – The bubble might have burst for off-Broadway’s “Gazillion Bubbles Show.” Someone has stolen the show’s specialized soapy bubble solution, which takes two months to make.

A show spokesman says 3.4 tons of bubble solution and 6,000 toys went missing in the June 10 break-in at a Hoboken, N.J., warehouse.

The show has only six weeks’ worth of solution on hand to make the air-filled globes of soapy film.

The interactive show was created by renowned bubble artist Fan Yang. It features dazzling light effects, lasers and lots of bubbles – some so intricate or big they have smoke, other bubbles or even people inside them. Yang has put up to four children in one bubble.

Yang and his wife, Ana Yang, also have a bubble show in Las Vegas.

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