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Aeolian Day 2015 

When: Sun., May 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2015
Price: free
thingamajigs.org/aeolianday

Wind Power

"Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters." What am I? Aeolian Day. To appreciate the answer to today's riddle, we must know that Aeolus was the Greek god of wind. His name has been invoked for concert halls, ancient styles of harp, the natural minor scale in music, and, more recently, a festival that brings together kids, artists, music-makers, engineers, and educators who have been seduced by nature's most elusive element. The daylong event organized by Thingamajigs — an association of sonic adventurers drawn to unusual tuning systems and strange sounds, made or found — promises a wind-played Aeolian harp, a bottle organ, and numerous gale-driven sculptures, including the Rain Chime, created from found materials by Tay Gersbach and students from La Escuelita Elementary School. Gersbach's elegant Musical Chandelier, with an evocative song that changes as visitors add or remove objects, will also be played by the great god Aeolus, as he sees fit.

Aeolian Day starts at 11 a.m. at Jack London Square Ferry Meadow, Broadway at Embarcadero West, Oakland. Free; 510-444-1322 or thingamajigs.org.

— Silke Tudor

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