Today’s spotlight is on unusual, unclassifiable, off-the-wall events:
Ryder Cooley @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Saturday, October 9. Artist-trapeze performer-accordionist-musical saw player Ryder Cooley presents her new installation “Faunal Respirations” (12noon-5pm Friday-Monday, October 8-11), as well as a special performance from 6:30-9pm Saturday, October 9. FREE. (Related story: Fall Harbor concert review)
Nao Bustamante’s “Silver and Gold” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. 7:30pm Wednesday, October 20. If you only know Bustamante from her appearances this summer as a competitor on Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” reality TV show, it’s time you discovered what the Troy artist really does. The 45-minute work fuses together video, live performance and a healthy obsession with 1940’s movie star Maria Montez. With a post-performance reception. FREE. (Related story: “Work of Art” preview with video)
Filament @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Friday-Sunday, October 1-3. A jam-packed three-day festival of international artists and performers showcasing exciting new, cutting-edge installations, exhibitions, discussions and a wide variety of performances, including ground-breaking dance, theater, music and video. And a dance party, too. $35 for an all-fest three-day pass; $15 for individual events.
The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra @ Proctors, Schenectady. 8pm Wednesday, November 3. (NOTE: New date.) Carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, cucumberophones and celery bongos. Yes, that’s right, it’s an evening of music performed solely on musical instruments made of vegetables. $10, $15, $20; youth 17 and under $5, $10. (Related story: Video)
Kid Koala’s “Space Cadet” at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. 8pm Saturday, December 11. Turntablist-musician-producer-artist Kid Koala showcases a new work-in-progress performance based on his new graphic novel, “Space Cadet,” which he says is “about space travel and isolation and interconnectivity.” Along with his own accompanying soundtrack, the live show involves ceiling projections and the entire audience wearing headphones. $13.