Beautiful films by Britta Johnson and the sweet sounds of Mirah
and Spectratone International
drew a nearly packed house last night at the Wonder Ballroom. I have almost nothing snarky to say about yesterday's performance, except that I hope that one day Portland will get over it's fixation with accordions, pirates, and cabaret.
In this case, however, I was happy to accept some light swashbuckling in return for the imaginative insect imagery by Britta Johnson, and the sometimes silly, sometimes heartbreaking narration by Mirah and collaborator Lori Goldstein. Strangely enticing glow worms, the sadness of an insect trapped in a scientist's cage, and paper clip maggots who “get things done” were just a few of the evenings highlights. Way to go PICA, bring on the weirdness!