I’m not partaking of any Arts & Ideas events today due to other obligations. Good time to just throw out some strong recommendations of stuff that you still have a chance to catch before the fest ends Saturday.
• Stuck Elevator, by Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Jong, performed by a cast of five plus a four-piece band, veers from opera to pop to new music to hip-hop… but it’s not all over the place. It’s in one place. An elevator.
• The Quiet Volume is an uneven yet undoubtedly clever, preternaturally calm performance piece where an audience of two people is given simple commands over headphones. The listeners occasionally interact. It’s all very lowkey, and geared to a general theme of reading in public. There’s also an underlying political theme of being “wounded.”
• Shantala Shivalingappa. See my review in yesterday’s diary entry.
• Sequence 8, by Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Haven’t seen it yet (I’m going Saturday, the last day of the fest), but this Canadian circus troupe has been getting tons of attention lately for having arranged the magic tricks for the current Broadway revival of Pippin. This is their own latest touring show, an indoor circus theater spectacle.
• There's a "Politics of Food" talk with nutritionist Marion Nestle at 5:30 p.m., typical of the strong line-up of contemporary-issue discussions there's been this year on the "Ideas" side of the festival.
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