September 23rd, 2013
Ever have that feeling that your life is lived on a string? You’re not alone.
The Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes promises a ten-day journey from one creative space to the next, passing through gateways between tradition and modernity, reality and dream.
South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company performs Ouroboros, a story inspired by the U.S. poet Billy Collins who wrote a love story about a dancer and a poet and the unfolding drama of their lives from birth to death. The UK’s Blind Summit trademark “rock ‘n roll puppetry” is on display in The Table, featuring a bad tempered puppet having an existential crisis on a table.
Canada’s amazing Old Trout Puppet Workshop performs Ignorance, a story about the evolution of happiness, what went wrong and how we might find our way again.
This year’s festival pays tribute to Yves Joly, a pioneer of modern French puppetry who passed away in May. He once wrote: “it is the puppeteer who confers living spirits to inanimate matter, the sparks of sham life animating it tearing us away from ourselves, and restoring us back to our paradise lost.”
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September 16th, 2013
Never been to Indiana?
Now’s your chance to go and discover a great international festival!
Bloomington, Indiana gathers the world into Hoosier Town with the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Part street fair, carnival procession and block party, you’ll find everything from Swedish hip hop to Balkan funk.
David Wax Museum’s eclectic sound, with roots in Mexico and the U.S. will open up a new world of music to you. To the Swedish music group Väsen, Bloomington is a home-away-from home, so much so that a street was temporarily named after them. Don’t miss their homecoming.
Red Baraat’s raucous Indian bhangra and funky brass will get you dancing, and Canadian band The Once combines perfect vocal harmonies and uncomplicated elegant acoustic melodies.
Lotus in the Park is a free program of activities including live performance, workshops and demonstrations, art camp, and the Rhino’s Lotus Story Booth where you can document your Lotus experiences.
Be sure to check out Lotus Music Festival artist interviews on KadmusArts’ Podcast Series: Väsen and Red Baraat.
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September 9th, 2013
Take Art, Take Time, Take Portland!
Time-Based Art Festival asks us to create space in our lives for exploration and ideas; they ask us to “take a first step, take a seat in the house, take a stand beside an artist, and take time to experience it.” What better goal in the waning days of summer.
Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People perform And lose the name of action, an immersive performance grappling with the unexplainable and the specter of mortality.
Mariano Pensotti orchestrates an act of voyeurism as authors write their thoughts, narrating the scenes around them which are then projected on a large screen for passersby and audiences alike.
Riot grrrl legend Kathleen Hanna’s band The Julie Ruin give a taste of their upcoming album Run Fast, set to be released later this month. Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang takes the dance double time with his global crew of indie experimenters.
Be sure to stay up for The Works: Late Night at TBA:13, an after-party where everyone is invited to immerse themselves in music, film and conversation over drinks.
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September 1st, 2013
Raleigh is the perfect host for the eclectic Hopscotch Music Festival, with 15 downtown venues hosting 175 bands. Yes, 175 bands!
You can stroll from one stage to the next or hop on the complimentary Larry’s Beans Veggie Shuttle, which runs on waste vegetable oil from the local restaurants.
The Breeders headline with a line-up that reunites members from the band from circa 1994. Action Bronson’s live shows are an unpredictable and exciting mix of rap flow and pop-culture references. Pissed Jeans, the Allentown-based punk group riffs with incredible force and dark but humorous lyrics.
Don’t miss the Day Party Series, a locally focused complement to the official line up that is free and open to the public.
Also free (but spaces fill up quickly) is the Cultural Series featuring two dozen panelists who will talk about the latest topics in the music industry.
Japanese noise musician Merzbow is this year’s Hopscotch “improviser in residence” and you may encounter him while you stand in line for food.
Go be your own improviser in Raleigh.
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August 26th, 2013
“It’s all happening at the zoo…” — the Electric Zoo!
New York’s Randall’s Island is transformed into what has been called “the Ibiza of the East” for this three-day EDM festival. In honor of its fifth year anniversary, Electric Zoo has added a second stage, doubling the music and the fun.
David Guetta and Grammy nominated Swedish DJ/producer Avicii headline, as well as chart-topping Sebastian Ingrosso and the prolific trance music DJ Armin Van Buuren.
Don’t be blinded by the headliners and miss some other stellar performers; London-based producer Joy Orbison has mastered the melding of dubstep, house and funk. Brazzabelle is tasked with representing the fairer sex at the Zoo and she drops the bass with the best of them.
The fourteen Official Afterparties are a testament both to the stamina of EDM fans and the range of talent out there.
If you are still ready to dance after twelve hours, Electric Zoo has got you covered.
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