Fluttr is a band composed of a cello, a MIDI marimba, guitar
and drums, candy-coated with lead singer Kara Trott’s vocals.
Fluttr were the U.S. winners of the prestigious Emergenza
talent contest, which led to them performing in Germany
in front of 20,000 people. The Germans loved them so much
that the band has a tour scheduled there next year. People
love them back here in the states, too. Douglas Sloan of
Metronome says, “Collectively, these five gifted
musicians dish out engaging music that will satisfy a wide
range of listeners. Superb!”
New York City singer songwriter Earl Patrick was supposed
to open for Fluttr, but he is still in recovery mode from
an injury he suffered a couple months back during which
he broke a vertebrate. Instead, his good friend and popular
local performer Bryan Thomas will take the opening spot.
Hopefully Patrick will be well enough to perform again shortly,
but in the meantime, we can all think happy thoughts about
him and wish him a speedy recovery.
Fluttr will perform at the Chapel + Cultural Center (2125
Burdett Ave., Troy) tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 1) at 8 PM. The
show is free. For more information, call the Chapel + Cultural
Center at 274-7793.
Soto Dance Company
Soto, a Bessie award-winning choreographer, co-created Pepatián
in 1983 as an artists’ collective and umbrella organization
for three programs: Bronx Artist Spotlight series (Jump
It Up and Fall Into It), Merian Soto Dance & Performance,
and Pepon Osorio Projects. Lately, Soto has been working
on a new piece called La Maquina del Tiempo (the Time
Machine), the third in a series of multidisciplinary
dance-theater works celebrating salsa. Directed and choreographed
by Soto, La Máquina del Tiempo features video by
Irene Sosa; musical direction by Elio Villafranca; and a
cast of five—three dancers (Pablo Amores, Marion Ramirez
and Noemi Segarra) and two musicians (Elio Villafranca and
Yunior Terry). According to the Web site, the dance’s choreography,
video, visual design, and costumes in black-and-white-and-sepia
reference early and contemporary Hollywood and Mexican musicals
and dance documentaries.
The Merián Soto Dance Company will perform La Maquina
del Tiempo (the Time Machine) at the Egg (Empire State
Plaza, Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 1) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $22, $18 for seniors and $11 for children. For more
information, call the Egg at 473-1845.
documentary does nothing less than attempt to consider the
rise of that bastion of contemporary global capitalism,
the corporation. In addition to a smattering of big-name
talking heads (Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, Michael Moore,
Howard Zinn), the film offers a smorgasbord of commentary
and testimonials from CEOs, whistleblowers, “spies, players,
pawns and pundits.”
film has been a consistent crowd-pleaser on the festival
circuit, not least for its cutting wit: Taking literally
the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a corporation is a “person”
before the law, they break out the psychoanalysis to examine
some of the more typical corporate behaviors. (Hint: The
“patient” isn’t very well-adjusted.)
Critic J. Hoberman described the film as a “leisurely, never
boring, grimly amusing, and not entirely hopeless disquisition
on the contemporary world’s ‘dominant institution.’ ” Roughly,
this likely means the film lacks the rabble-rousing of the
typical Michael Moore-style documentary, but still remains
entertaining and informative. We could use more of that.
Corporation will be screened Saturday (Oct. 2) at 8
PM at the Spencertown Academy (Route 203, Spencertown).
Tickets are $5, $4 members. For more information, call 392-3693
or visit www.spencertown.org. The film also opens tomorrow
(Friday, Oct. 1) at the Spectrum 8 Theatres (290 Delaware
Ave., Albany). For showtimes call 449-8995, or visit www.spectrum8.com.