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Climbing PoeTree

Alixa 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 for more.”

In 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 Coast.

Climbing 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, call 822-8448.

Non Conformal Ball

The 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.

Also helping WEQX celebrate the station’s long-awaited 21st (they’re finally legal!) will be Apollo Sunshine, the Churchills, and the Exit.

The 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

The 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.

As 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 (pictured).

The 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).

David 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 (Troy).

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