four years we’ve watched it take shape. The jewel of Troy,
the architectural Transformer—we’ve called it many things
as we’ve ogled the shiny edifice across the river. This
weekend, though, it’s finally time to put a glide in our
stride, a dip in our hip, and come aboard the mothership.
The first of three opening weekends, Gala Weekend at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute’s newly constructed Experimental Media
and Performing Arts Center is going to be a heady, interactive,
multimedia whirlwind of events starting Friday morning with
a presidential colloquy and ribbon cutting. From there,
the series hits the ground running. A panoramic 360-degree
screen gets put to proper use for both Workspace Unlimited,
a project using modified video game engines, and turntablist
Madlib’s late-night set on Saturday. Billy Cowie: In
the Flesh is a holographic dance routine that requires
the audience to wear 3-D glasses, and Norwegian company
Verdensteatret use everything from puppets to projections
to robots for their piece Louder. Finally, the
EMPAC concert hall gets world-class treatment from avant
improvisers Pauline Oliveros and Cecil Taylor.
The EMPAC Gala Weekend begins tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 3)
at 10 AM, and runs through Sunday evening at EMPAC (Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy). Most events require
ticket reservations that can be made for free pending their
availablity. Call 276-3921 or visit www.empac.rpi.edu.
Egg’s Dance: The World performance series kicks off tomorrow
(Friday) night with a visit from Montreal’s [bjm_danse].
If you’re wondering about the eccentric punctuation, there’s
an explanation: Formerly Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, the
company wanted to make it clear that while they were the
same group, they weren’t the same group—if you know what
The Dallas Morning News praised them as “a charismatic
group that moves with a carefree lightness that is personable
and delightful.” And the Edmonton Journal wrote that
they possessed a “combination of clarity, strength and suppleness.
Heady stuff, and good for the soul.”
[bjm_danse] will perform tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 3) at 8
PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are
$24, $20 seniors and $12 children. For reservations and
info, call 473-1845.
Dog, Delta Spirit
is shaping up to be the year of the Dog. Philadelphia-based
band Dr. Dog released their fifth album, Fate, to
wide critical acclaim in July. They made the festival and
late-night-TV rounds, and this month they received the ultimate
endorsement for an up-and-coming indie-rock band when Kanye
West gave them a shout-out on his blog. Fitting, as the
music of Fate is by far more studio-enhanced than
the band’s previous efforts—some might call it a harder,
better, faster, stronger Dr. Dog.
On tour with Dr. Dog are Delta Spirit, the San Diego act
whose soul-drenched new record Ode to Sunshine is
one of this year’s great surprises.
Dr. Dog and Delta Spirit will perform at Revolution Hall
(425 River St., Troy) on Wednesday (Oct. 8). Tickets for
the 8 PM show are $14. For more information or to purchase
tickets, call the Revolution Hall box office at 274-0553.