the title, Savage Nursery, would indicate, puppeteer
Erin Eager’s work is a far cry from King Friday and Daniel
Striped Tiger. This is an entirely different and darker
zip code in the Land of Make Believe.
In Savage Nursery, this Henson Foundation grant winner
explores the ways in which “identity is shaped and revealed
by hunger, cruelty, loneliness and resilience in the face
of lost love.” By depicting the struggle of a bird-woman
to care for her still-nested fledgelings, and the assertiveness
of one rebellious young bird, Eager creates a richly allusive
tableau of threat and existential striving. She utilizes
a number of different puppeteering styles—shadow, Japanese
bunrako rod style, and hand puppetry—to evoke an
air of mystery and poetry.
Nursery will be performed at the Massachusetts Museum
of Contemporary Art (1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.)
tomorrow (Friday, April 9). Tickets for the 8 PM show are
$12 advance, $15 door. For more information, call (413)
Jordan and Scott Kirkland—collectively known as the Crystal
Method—have been making music together on-and-off for the
better part of two decades, but it wasn’t until 1997’s Vegas
and, especially, the single “Trip Like I Do” (a collaboration
with alt-rock howlers Filter) that they came to national
attention. The success of that single, which combined electronic
breakbeats and synthesizers with hard-edged guitar riffs
and modern-rock vocals, almost unintentionally created the
blueprint for the Method’s career—a career in which they
have sold more than a million and a half records and become
the United States’ premier electronic band.
While they’re often lumped in with such U.K. contemporaries
as the Chemical Brothers, the Crystal Method stake their
own claim by incorporating live instrumentation and a just
a little bit of old-school industrial chaos into their big-beat
fantasia, creating a flashy, party-anthem-heavy sea of neon
and decadence that proves Las Vegas to be more than just
a hometown for Jordan and Kirkland. Their latest LP, Legion
of Boom, features guest spots from Wes Borland (ex-Limp
Bizkit), John Garcia (ex-Kyuss), and singer-actress-model
Milla Jovovich, who lends her folky whisper to “I Know It’s
The Crystal Method will bring their Legion of Boom
tour to Saratoga Winners (Route 9, Latham) this Sunday night
(April 11). DJ Hyper and Alchemy Live will open the 7 PM
show. Tickets are $20. For more information, call the club
Day of Local Independent Films
you’re in a movie mood, and can’t decide between remakes
of The Ladykillers, Starsky and Hutch, or
the two competing films of the life of Jesus Christ, why
not try something new?
Avoid ye the multiplex, and get thee to Schenectady County
Community College this Saturday for an afternoon of short,
locally produced independent films. Some of the films were
directed by familiar local filmmakers like Jeff Burns, David
Bunce and Terry Field (of Super Video fame). Some were directed
by ambitious, aspiring directors from local high schools.
All films have a running time between 10 and 20 minutes.
None will star Ben Affleck. All are worth a look.
The program will begin at noon on Saturday (April 10) at
Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
(78 Washington Ave., Schenectady). Admission is free. For
more information, call 381-1231.