Return of Lot’s Wife
weekend, Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company, a New York
City-based contemporary dance ensemble, will bring to Skidmore
College their newest work, The Return of Lot’s Wife,
which premiered at the Altogether Different Festival at
the Joyce Theater in New York City in mid-January.
According to Pearson and Widrig, their work “pushes rituals
of the familiar toward the mysterious, the subversive, and
the intimate,” and The Return of Lot’s Wife has been
described as “a dance/theater/salt epic . . . which explores
the theme of turning back, through prisms of Sufi mysticism
and Hollywood/Bollywood pop cultures.” The piece features
the recitation of Persian poetry and is performed to original
music by Carter Burwell, a composer known for film scores
including Fargo and Being John Malkovich.
Over the last 16 years, Pearson and Widrig have gained an
international following for their work, which draws on a
variety of cultures.
Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company will perform The
Return of Lot’s Wife tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 7) and Saturday
(Feb. 8) at the Dance Theater at Skidmore College (815 N.
Broadway, Saratoga Springs). Performance time is 8 PM; tickets
are $10, $8 seniors and students. For more information,
and Ice Arts Walk
for something cultural to do in downtown Albany this weekend?
Check out the Fire and Ice Arts Walk, organized by local
artist Heather Clark in collaboration with Changing Spaces
Gallery. They’ve put together a collection of performances
and art exhibits, which will be presented in various locations
in Center Square. Among the many attractions will be fire
breathing by Jesse Lynne and belly dancing by Habiba; poetry
by R.M. Engelhardt and Don Levy; music by Michael Eck, Fairy
Gangstas and Alien Folklife; art showings including works
by K.A. Thayer; and film screenings including Leslie Wahl’s
Cyborg Envy and Laura Frare’s Whitestone Patio.
Venues are scattered throughout the neighborhood. Some establishments
that will host performances include Changing Spaces Gallery,
Lark Street Bookshop, Stephanie’s on the Park, Romaine Brooks
Gallery, eba Theater, and the Lark Street BID. Sculpture,
paintings, photography and mixed media will be shown throughout
the walk. All in all, there will be six films, 30 performers
and 50 artists at 10 venues. That should satiate you for
The Fire and Ice Arts Walk will be held Saturday (Feb. 8)
from 7 to 11 PM at venues throughout the Center Square and
Hudson Park neighborhoods in downtown Albany. Tickets are
$10 adults, $3 children 12 and under, and include two warm
drinks and a candle (to cohere with the fire theme—parents,
watch those little ones!). A portion of ticket sales will
benefit Albany’s Youth New Day Art Program. Tickets are
on sale at the various venues. For more information, call
Changing Spaces at 433-1537.
Mann, Duncan Sheik
Hallelujah—Aimee Mann is coming to town. Mann, you may recall,
made a big splash in the mid-’80s with her band ’Til Tuesday,
and followed this, in the ’90s, with a nifty series of solo
records which were a) brilliant examples of pop songcraft,
and b) textbook examples of record-company mishandling,
which led to one career setback after another. After years
of getting bounced around by the business, however, Mann
has been on a continuing artistic and career high since
forming her own record label (SuperEgo) and releasing her
album Bachelor No. 2. She then appeared (and performed)
in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Magnolia, snagging
an Oscar nomination for best song.
Mann’s latest album, Lost in Space, may be her finest
work yet. Beautiful and haunting, featuring the fine songwriting
that is her trademark, Mann finds poetry and pathos in the
horrors of addiction.
Duncan Sheik will open. Sheik got his start in Brown classmate
Lisa Loeb’s band, played with ’90s combo His Boy Elroy,
and, as a solo artist, combined sensitivity with pop smarts
on the hit “Barely Breathing.” Sheik’s critical partisans
bristle when his career is summed up by that 1996 hit, however.
Since then, the singer-songwriter has released three more
discs, including last year’s widely praised Daylight.
Aimee Mann will perform Saturday (Feb. 8) at 8 PM in The
Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $26. For reservations
and information, call 473-1845.