at the Disco, Motion City Soundtrack
will be an indie-pop-rock mecca this weekend when the Honda
Civic Tour sweeps through. Honda’s annual tours began in
2001; each tour features a contest for a custom Civic designed
by the headlining band. This year’s car is a floral ecofantasy
hybrid created by the boys from headliners Panic at the
Disco, who have incorporated their environmental-mindedness
throughout the tour; a portion of every ticket sales goes
into an “eco-fund” led by Reverb and Global Inheritance.
Both organizations will have interactive eco-exhibits at
each tour location.
you can even enjoy an evening of Billboard chart-topping
indie-rock while you’re saving the spotted owls. Panic at
the Disco (whom, according to one Metroland staffer,
“the kids are really keen on these days”) are joined by
Minneapolis-based punksters Motion City Soundtrack (pictured),
the classical-rock fusion of the Hush Sound, and Phantom
Planet (the ones who don’t want to be known as Jason
Schwartzman’s old band).
Honda Civic Tour hits the RPI’s Houston Fieldhouse (Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, 1900 Peoples Ave., Troy) on Saturday
(May 3) at 7 PM. Tickets are $30. For more information,
check out the tour Web site at civictour.honda.com, or call
writer described him as a performer who “roars onto the
scene like a freight train highballing downgrade out of
the tunnel.” Another, in the Toronto Star, described
his stage presence thus: “A more cheerful, talkative and
playful jester you couldn’t meet.”
makes this peculiar is that the North Carolina-born Carlo
Curley is a concert organist. And the gig we’re previewing
here is in a church: Schenectady’s First United Methodist
Church, to be precise. Curley is one of the best-known (and
most flamboyant) organists in the world; in fact, critics
have actually described him as “flamboyant.”
known for playful banter and outlandish showmanship, but
neither of these qualities would matter if Curley weren’t
an absolute master of the instrument. We’re not sure what
he’s going to play this Sunday afternoon, but we’re sure
it will be presented with plenty of flair.
Curley will perform Sunday (May 4) at 3 PM at the First
United Methodist Church (603 State St., Schenectady). Admission
is free. For more info, call 374-4403.
Francisco-based ODC/Dance Company will bring two of their
internationally renowned repertory works to Pittsfield for
three public performances this weekend. The company are
“a must-see for all ages,” according to The New York
Times, and to prove it, they’re presenting two different
programs over three days: a mixed repertory performance
and The Velveteen Rabbit.
mixed-repertory program will include three world premieres:
the celebratory Origins of Flight; Hunting &
Gathering, described by ODC as “a churning centrifuge
of movement set to rock music,” and Unintended Consequences:
A Meditation, which was commissioned by the Equal Justice
Society to be a quiet, ironic and “insightfully humorous”
look at the current state of political affairs. Finally,
the mixed program includes Walk Before Talk, an ensemble
work created in 1998, and set to a score by Academy Award-winning
composer Michael Nymam.
second program brings the classic children’s tale The
Velveteen Rabbit to life through dance. With original
music by Benjamin Britten, recorded narration by actor Geoff
Holye, and whimsical sets and costumes by children’s illustrator
Brian Wildsmith, the 90-minute program is suitable for children
ages 3 and up.
Company will present their mixed-repertory program at the
Colonial Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.) on Friday
(May 2) at 7 PM, and The Velveteen Rabbit on Saturday
and Sunday (May 3-4) at 2 PM. Tickets for the repertory
program are $10-$15; tickets for The Velveteen Rabbit
are $8-$12. For more info, or to order tickets, call the
Colonial box office at (413) 997-4444.