dancer-illusionists of MOMIX return to the Capitol Region
this weekend with their new “green-themed” show, Botanica.
For more than 20 years, MOMIX artistic director and award-winning
choreographer Moses Pendleton (who grew up, believe it or
not, on a dairy farm in northern Vermont) has been conjuring
surreal worlds for audiences around the world with celebrated
works by his out-of-the-box dance troupe.
The company’s newest work, Botanica, draws inspiration
from the natural world. Dancers evoke everything from jellyfish
to blossoming trees, entwined with birdsong—and MOMIX’s
signature prop work and lightplay—to create a living world
have a strong interest in birds, bees and the secret life
of trees,” said Pendleton in a recent interview. “I’m an
avant-garde farmer and figured if I’m going to spend that
much time in the garden I should find a way to bring it
into the theater.”
MOMIX brings Botanica to Proctors Theatre (432 State
St., Schenectady) on Saturday (May 2) at 8 PM. Tickets range
from $20 to $25. For more info, or to purchase tickets,
call the box office at 346-6204.
Name an indie-rock band from Montreal.
That’ll be two indie street-cred points for everyone who
said the Arcade Fire, one point for everyone who said the
Dears on the basis of the headline alone, and five points
for everyone who said the Dears based on their encyclopedic
knowledge of the Canadian indie renaissance of the mid-’90s.
(We know who you are, and, yes, we’re keeping score.)
After a sudden change in personel late last year, the Dears
released the tumultous and celebrated Missiles, which
features all the warbling, anthemic singalongs you’d expect
from our northern neighbors. L.A. indie-rockers Great Northern
and Eulogies round out a bill that finds the Dears at Valentine’s
(17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) on Saturday (May 2) at 8
PM. Tickets are $12. Call 432-6572 for more info.
Hot L Baltimore
the lobby of a hotel so run-down it has lost the “E” from
its marquee, a motley crew of residents—old and young, rebellious
and resigned—intermingle their small dramas over a single
day. Playwright Lanford Wilson’s resulting mosaic of reminiscences
and regrets unfurls as the characters face the impending
demolition of their condemned hotel home.
Hot L Baltimore opened in 1973 to great acclaim,
garnering an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award,
and a New York Drama Circle Award for Best American Play.
It even spawned a short-lived 1975 sitcom from mega-producer
As the now-vintage New York Times review of the play’s
1973 premiere at the Circle Theatre extols, “Lanford Wilson
writes with understanding and sensitivity about unwanted
people. His characters are locked in interior worlds, clinging
to solitary, futile dreams—and stubborn about not being
defeated. . . . The Baltimore slowly awakens, not, as in
Grand Hotel, with international intrigue and high
romance, but with everyday encounters and human comedy.”
Hot L Baltimore opens at Albany Civic Theater (235 Second
Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, May 1) at 8 PM and runs
through May 17. Tickets are $15. For more info, or to purchase
tickets, call 462-1297.