and Naima are “on a mission to re-envision the world through
evolutionary art that speaks to power.” Both are award-winning
slam poets. Alixa was even named 2001 Def Poet, as in the
Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam program; Naima was the 2002
Harambe Slam Champion. Together, they are Climbing PoeTree:
The duo “layer and weave their voices in a polyrhythmic
cadence that,” we are promised, “leaves audiences longing
the past, the duo have toured the country with a multimedia
experience designed to educate, entertain and challenge
audiences about Plan Colombia, Bush’s push for the Free
Trade Area of the Americas, the prison-industrial complex
and the so-called “war on drugs.” At TSL tomorrow (Friday),
they will debut their new show, based on their very personal
response to the horror that was Hurricane Katrina—and the
horror that continues in New Orleans and along the Gulf
PoeTree will perform tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 9) at 7 PM at
Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets
are $6, $4 for TSL members and students. For more info,
folks at WEQX are celebrating their 21st birthday this year,
and to thank all the station’s loyal listeners, they’re
throwing quite the bash at Revolution Hall this weekend.
In fact, it’ll be a ball. A nonconformal ball. The headliners
are those wacky, loveable, backyard-dancing geeks OK Go
(pictured), whose Web site features a strangely addictive
video game called Rescue the Band. Nope, we’re not making
this up. The premise of the game? The cuddly indie rockers
have been kidnapped by a “brutal band of Swedish nycelharpa
players, intent on destroying the will to rock and replacing
it with the will to play medieval instruments.” And there
you have it. If you rescue the band and they make it to
the gig on time, we’re gonna guess that they’ll play that
song—you know the one—and they may even do . . . the dance.
helping WEQX celebrate the station’s long-awaited 21st (they’re
finally legal!) will be Apollo Sunshine, the Churchills,
and the Exit.
Non Conformal Ball will take place at Revolution Hall (425
River St., Troy) on Saturday (Dec. 10) at 8 PM. Tickets
to the show are $25. This show will also benefit Capital
Region food banks, so don’t forget to bring a can or two
for the giving. For more information, call the club at 273-2337.
Albany Symphony Orchestra will present part two of their
Spirituals Project this weekend, as part of a series of
concerts in Saratoga Springs, Troy and Pittsfield, Mass.,
called Spirituals at the Holidays.
before, a group of contemporary American composers have
reimagined seven traditional spirituals for orchestra and
voices. The composers—Richard Adams, Kevin Beavers, Emily
Doolittle, Stephen Dankner, Donal Fox and Jeeyoung Kim—expressed
various reasons for picking the songs they “reimagined,”
but all reacted to the power of originals’ words and
music. The featured singer will be baritone Nathan Myers
program also features another work commissioned by the ASO,
Dr. Michael Woods’ Places of Light, and Beethoven’s
Symphony No. 5 (aka the da-da-da-dum symphony).
Alan Miller will conduct the Albany Symphony Orchestra in
Spirituals at the Holidays for three consecutive evenings.
Tonight (Thursday, Dec. 8), the ASO will perform at 7:30
PM at the Canfield Casino (Congress Park, Saratoga Springs).
Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 9), the performance will be at 8
PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets,
Troy). The Saturday (Dec. 10) performance will be at 7:30
PM at the First United Methodist Church (55 Fenn St., Pittsfield,
Mass.). Tickets are $41.25, $32.50 and $21. For info and
tickets, call 465-4755 (Saratoga and Pittsfield) or 273-0038