TBA Diaries: Mariano Pensotti, Sometimes I Think, I Can See You

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On Thursday, I was a poet. A poet who supported herself by waiting tables at Applebee’s and whose love for Jay-Z was rivaled only by an obsession with Public Enemy. I came from Indiana, where my grandparents still live, on a farm. I had a sister who was always setting me up on blind dates and always with terrible men. Men who didn’t ride bikes. Who only drove. Who voted Republican.On Thursday, ...   More
 
Sunday, September 22, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, And lose the name of action

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If you saw Miguel Gutierrez’s show, Heavens What Have I Done, at last year’s Time-Based Art Festival, you might feel like you know the dance artist. That solo work found Gutierrez monologuing, at a mile-a-minute pace, about politics, Plato and the pompousness of performance art, all the while dressed in clown makeup and a rainbow-striped costume. He was bombastic and unruly, to be sure, but he ...   More
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Third Angle New Music, In the Dark

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I often listen to parts of concerts with my eyes closed, the better to focus on the sounds rather than the onstage flash. It's not that flash isn't a valid part of the entertainment experience, but it's surprising how you hear a concert differently sans visual distractions.That's what everyone has to do at the Third Angle New Music concerts this week. Taking place at the OMSI Planetarium as part of ...   More
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Trajal Harrell, Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M)

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At Friday's TBA showing of Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M), a half-dozen people walked out. Maybe a full dozen. So at Trajal Harrell’s artist talk on Saturday at PICA, I asked the dancer-choreographer what that’s like.“They were lucky this wasn’t Mimosa,” Harrell answered, referencing another piece in his repertoire. ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Campo (Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido), Still Standing You

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You might have heard that Still Standing You involves two men manipulating each other’s penises. This is true. (To give you a hint of what you'll see, there are certain tricks that could not be performed on a circumcised man).But to put undue focus on these aspects—the nudity, the physical intimacy, the bodily fluids—isn’t fair. Still Standing You (part of PICA's Time-Based Art Festival) ...   More
 
Saturday, September 14, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Lola Arias, The Year I Was Born

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Lola Arias’ El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born), whose run at the Time-Based Art Festival closed last night, has been getting rave reviews. Mine won’t be the exception. But I have to say the obvious: I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I spoke Spanish.The play, directed by Lola Arias, recounts the true stories of 11 Chileans who came of age during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. ...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 AARON SPENCER

TBA Diaries: Nick Hallett, Rainbow Passage

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Burbly vintage synth sounds, repeated arpeggios straight out of mid-period Reich/Glass high minimalism, trippy light show, mellow vocals, closed-eyed audience members…for one night, TBA's late-night social hub The Works turned into That '70s Show when singer/composer/keyboardist Nick Hallett presented his multimedia Rainbow Passage. Only the incense and soft cushions were missing.The gloopy atmosphere ...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewit, Adult

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Laura Arrington wrote on her blog that she's not worried about her work Adult making sense. That's good—because it doesn't. For the piece, now at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, Arrington draws from a number of inspirations about mortality and the meaning of life. I won't get into them much here because they're pretty heavy (you can start with Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death, if you're interested) ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON SPENCER

TBA Diaries: Gob Squad, Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)

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Perhaps it’s just TBA fatigue, but I struggled to engage with Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good). The pieces seemed to be there: technical mastery, crack improvisational skills, some genuine belly laughs, audience participation that is neither obnoxious nor jarring. Yet I still found myself weary after the performance (though not in a wholly bad way).Kitchen isn't the easiest to ...   More
 
Saturday, September 15, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diairies: Voices and Echoes and Laurie Anderson's Dirtday!

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As the minutes ticked away past midnight on January 1, 2000, a sense of calm and joy sunk in over the world. The superstructures of the world avoided any Y2K insanity, and the symbolic turning of the page on a new millennium became something to simply celebrate. The world has never been as confident since. Disasters both man-made and natural have befallen the planet with alarming regularity. And ...   More
 
Monday, September 17, 2012 ROBERT HAM

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