TBA Diary: Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson


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Even before the Gloved One's death, it had been planned: esteemed, talented local jazz pianist Ben Darwish was to inaugurate an Afrobeat Tribute to Michael Jackson for PICA's TBA Festival, making over MJ's works in the style of Fela Kuti, Afrobeat's founder. And well, it was difficult at first to figure out what, about this, was culturally icky, though it was icky. It was, after all a mere ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: The Shipment, Race, and Modest Mouse


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In the past couple weeks, ever since the intensity surrounding TBA:09 has been ratcheting up, I've been hearing the name Young Jean Lee. Seems like Lee's theater piece The Shipment has been on the tip of every tongue, as one of the premiere works in a festival full of them. Did it live up to the hype? Yep, it did. The Shipment is a strange, abrasive, gut-check--a frank examination of racism ...   More
 
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Jonanna Widner

TBA Diary: Maybe Forever, A Counterpoint


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Another WW writer, Matt Korfage, has already written a very discerning analysis on this blog of the interpretive dance in last night's TBA Festival performance of Meg Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher's Maybe Forever performance. So I took a look at what you can glean from the show if precise expressive movements are not your first language. Having seen the drab and desolate looking picture attached ...   More
 
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Jenny Booth

TBA Diary: Melody Owen, Ink, Ancient Heroes With Plastic Hair


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The Melody Owen-curated Circles and Spinning Wheels film-short collection, showing at this year's TBA Festival, was borne of Owen's travels collecting image and film from around the world, but two of its early highlights were local. E*Rock's “Cherry” Ratatat video--Evan Mast of Ratatat is his brother--was, as with most of E*Rock's visual work, exuberant in its childlike simplicity. ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: Erased James Franco


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When the couple behind me left the TBA Festival screening of Erased James Franco after 20 (long, long) minutes, every sinew of my body berated me for not doing the same. Sitting through this concoction requires an immense feat of willpower, on a par with James Franco's own heavy, labored attempts to show off this “favorite performance of any that I have ever done.” And for an actor ...   More
 
Monday, September 7, 2009 Jenny Booth

TBA Diary: Circles and Spinning Wheels


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Score another win for this year's TBA Festival: Circles and Spinning Wheels & If I Could Crowd All My Souls Into That Mountain is a brilliant introduction to the world of modern art video-works. The collection of short films, brought together by Melody Owen over a few years of globe-trotting, are thought-provoking, entertaining, and delightful. Having been skeptical that a mass of short pieces ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Jenny Booth

TBA Diary: Planted!


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I must admit, I was disappointed about the “tablecloth.” What was advertised in the TBA guide as a “giant, checkered picnic blanket” and what I had imagined as a rolling sea of gingham turned out to be large red and white tarps, spread apart in a vast rectangle. Maybe if I had seen it from an airplane it would have looked better. I mean, do you see a blanket here (see photo ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Kate Williams

TBA Diary: Daniel Barrow


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Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry. Yeah, that title makes me a little nauseated, too. And I would be lying if I said that wasn't one of the many feelings that came to the surface in the midst of Daniel Barrow's TBA show last night; funny, though, how nausea can feel so satisfying when paired with a helluva lot of other emotions. Barrow's tour de force is notable in the way it combines many things: ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Caitlin Mccarthy

TBA Diary: The Powerful People are Tearing Me Apart.


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Miguel Gutierrez was right. When I interviewed the New York dance maker last week he explained Last Meadow, his work that had its world premiere as part of PICA'S TBA Festival last night at the Winningstad like this: "“I think this show will go over really well with people who like to be confused." Luckily, there's a lot more to the piece than disconnected imagery and cascades of movement ...   More
 
Saturday, September 5, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

TBA 2010: The Extreme Animals Sit Down.


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Friday, Sept. 10 at the Works: The Extreme Animals will, as advertised, sit down, but not before frontman Jacob Ciocci, standing, pacing, explains what will happen: "First thing that's gonna happen is I'm gonna tell you what's gonna happen," he says, before launching into a short YouTube-assisted monologue pitched somewhere between David Cross (but not as bitter) and Steven Wright (but more ...   More
 
Saturday, September 11, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

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