Troy, NY: “Circadian Rhythms,” composed and conducted by Ibarra as a tribute to the diverse life on our planet, will be the highlight of Countdown to Earth Day at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. There is an impressive week-long calendar of performances, lectures, films, exhibits and workshops centered on environmental sustainability. Drawing from all corners of the arts and sciences, this multi-disciplanary collaboration, also called the Sensing Environments Festival, will present daily events from April 14 to April 21. And it’s all free and open to the public as well as the RPI community.
Arts Department Professor Michael Century, who is the Executive Producer of World Drum/Earth Day Concerts, comments: “The musical highlight of the week’s programming is on April 21 at 5 pm: the world premiere of Circadian Rhythms by composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra, a seven movement suite for 80 percussionists, 8 soloists from various world music traditions and surround soundtrack drawn from animal sound archive at Cornell’s Macauley Library.”
And Century emphasizes that this is not just an on-campus event. He elaborates: “I have recruited a diverse set of pre-formed ensembles from around the Capital District: Williams, Union, RPI, Bennington, plus Troy High School Drum Line, Troy Samba Group, Ensemble Congeros, and the Empire State Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble. The concert, at the EMPAC concert hall, is preceded by an outdoor festival consisting of all the groups, plus the great Cayuga nation drum/dance duo Jake and Al George, which will be followed by a musical procession to EMPAC,” he says.
It’s the art form of the 21st century – video games now outsell both DVDs and recorded music. If you want to get an inkling of where the industry is headed, or you just want to check out some new games, GameFest 2011 will be held Friday (tomorrow) and Saturday at RPI in Troy.
The Supersonic Swing Dance & Workshop Weekend will be taking place at a variety of locations in Albany and Troy all weekend long. The bash features a weekend of Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Collegiate Shag workshops and dances, with a great line-up of dance instructors and bands from all over the country.
Here are a few highlights of the fest:
TONIGHT (FRIDAY) The Peter Davis Swing Band @ the Elks Lodge, Albany
Lesson @ 7:30pm; dance @ 8:30pm
SATURDAY The Boilermaker Jazz Band @ RPI’s Academy Hall, Troy
Lesson @ 7:30pm; dance @ 8:30pm
Farewell Dance with Doc Scanlon’s Hot 4 @ RPI’s Academy Hall,
Dance at 4pm
All-weekend tix are $76. Tix are available to individual dances and workshops as well. Put on your dancin’ shoes…
The year-old EMPAC seems to have stolen the spotlight from the equally adventurous iEAR folks over at RPI in Troy, but iEAR is still offering some pretty cool stuff, like the film “Wild Combination,” which will be screened at RPI’s West Hall Auditorium in Troy at 8pm on Wednesday (November 11). Admission is free.
Directed by Matt Wolf, “Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell” is an absorbing documentary film about the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur created music that spanned both dance-floor pop and the transcendent possibilities of contemporary classical music.
Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story.
Wolf will be on hand for a discussion and Q&A session following the screening of the film.
Consider this your Fall Arts Guide, the condensed version.
We picked five – count ’em, just five – events that you really shouldn’t let pass you by this autumn. Music, art, fashion, film, theater, books – we tried to cover ’em all in just Five Don’t-Miss Events.
You know things are going to get crazy. You know you’re gonna forget something. You know you can’t be everywhere you want to be.
So mark these on your calendar right now:
Friday, September 11: The Boredoms‘ Boadrum 9 with Deerhunter @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy
You didn’t really think that Yamatsuka Eye and his thundering crew could slip unnoticed into the Capital Region, did you? Drums, drums and more drums. You may not enjoy this show, but trust us, you’ll never forget it.
Saturday, September 19: LarkFest on Lark St. in Albany (FREE)
It’s Nippertown’s biggest free outdoor party. There’s art. There’s fun. There’s catching up with old friends. And there’s plenty of music – great music. Moby, Bell X1 and Matt & Kim. And that’s just on the main stages. The local music line-up is just as impressive.
Saturday, October 17: Discard Avant Garb @ the Grand Street Community Arts Center, Albany
Albany’s annual recycled fashion show marks its tenth anniversary this year, so you know that everyone’s gonna pull out all the stops. Approximately three dozen artists have signed on as designers this year. Part wearable art exhibit, part theater and all fun, Discard Avant Garb is a great charity event and simply THE social event of the season.
Friday, October 23: Benefit concert for WEXT-FM with Super 400 @ the EXIT Dome (aka the WMHT-TV Studios), North Greenbush
Super 400’s new album “Sweet Fist” kicks you upside the head like an atomic kiss. You can’t ask for more. But you’ll get it from Eric Margan & the Red Lions, Sean Rowe and some of the Railbirds. All to benefit the best radio station in Nippertown.
Friday, November 6: “The Man With the Golden Arm” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany (FREE)
Yes, it’ll be great to see this vintage jazzman-junkie film (starring a jittery, manic Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine) on a big screen, but the real reason to head to this New York State Writers Institute event is that the screening will be followed by a discussion of the writings of Nelson Algren by literary lions Don DeLillo and Russell Banks.
So what’s on your don’t-miss list this fall?
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