(photos from the recent Matt & Kim cd release show at Williamsburg Music Hall with special guests the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and Spank Rock, full gallery here)
It was a great Matt & Kim show last Thursday for the release of Grand, which I've already told you is excellent. Some really good stuff coming up this weekend, all of which I cannot recommend enough, let's start in chronological order.
(Starting Thursday and running for this and next weekend, a truly original and amazing city-meets-art experience)
IRT: A Tragedy in Three Stations:::
A site-specific, live-action show about building New York's electric railroad, played out live in the New York City subway. The audience follows the actors in and out of train cars and across platforms as our story hurtles through the city.
In 2004 two subway workers discover love letters written in an obscure corner of a crumbling IRT station. The action speeds back to 1904. Union carpenter Thomas Fowler squares off against subway financier August Belmont. An altruistic nurse, Clara, ignites another passion in Fowler. Can the two of them stop a careless machine? Will reckless love spoil Belmont's plans? Who's writing in the tunnels? And why?
Our actors auditioned and rehearsed the entire show in the New York City subway over the last two months. Our crews rode trains with stopwatches and note pads. We recorded in tunnels and researched volumes of subway history and lore.
Full period costumes. Custom traveling sets. Mobile lighting. Live music. This is live theater in transit.
Love is for heroes. Risk everything. Make your mark.
New York City Subway
RSVP for will call location
Continues FRIDAY and SATURDAY and February 4-6
(Amazing Brooklyn VS Baltimore $3 show)
Friday January 30th @ DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE (tentative):::
:: BKLYN vs. B-MORE BATTLE MARATHON!
:: 2 stages, bands from Brooklyn on one, Baltimore on the other
:: ---| $3 |---
:: DAN DEACON
:::: Double Dagger
:::::: Future Islands
:::::::: dj Dog Dick
:::: Blank Dogs
:::::: These Are Powers
| DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE |
268 Meserole St @ Bushwick Pl | East Williamsburg, Bklyn
L-Montrose, JM-Lorimer, G-Broadway | 8pm | all ages | ---| $3 |---
(The annual test of winter-weather running endurance, alcohol consumption, and costumed-outdoing-daring-do is here: The Idiotarod. With an official description that sounds strangely familiar)
The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. The IDIOTAROD is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it's people, instead of sleds, it's shopping carts, and instead of Alaska it's New York City.:::
The sixth annual event happens January 31, 2009. Teams of five will race for cash prizes and glory.
A reinterpreted version of a ZZ Top classic.
• Mochipet - Sharp Drest
A band's place in myspace.