"avant-garde unicorns" Feb 24, 2010

by Jessica

Today just keeps delivering more and more descriptions about OtB artists that are kind of incredible. The title of this post comes courtesy of nytheatre.com in reference to Radiohole. The company's latest performance (soon to be featured on OntheBoards.tv) inspired this new description and this:

Life was dull and joyless, my theatre-going lackluster. Late-winter New York City blues have left me impatient, fractious, and listless. Where was the new important work to give me something to talk about, something to brag to friends that I'd seen? Who will blow my mind? What's a culture maven to do?

But now I have found Radiohole and avant-garde unicorns are leaping over candy-colored experimental rainbows. Vigorous sloppy hilarious Radiohole, who put the fun, weirdness, wrestling, and beer back into downtown performance art...

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The Rick Steves of the classical music world Feb 24, 2010

by Jessica

Seattle Weekly had this to say about Seattle Chamber Players and their Icebreaker festival:

"New music’s counterpart to Rick Steves, their semi-regular "Icebreaker " festivals immerse audiences in novelty, exploring music from Iceland to the Urals and beyond, in various permutations with lots of guest musicians, including staged works."

Read the full recommendation here. ...

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Songs about war - what's your favorite? Feb 24, 2010

by Jessica

There are plenty of love songs out there, but how about songs about war? An about.com posting lists the following as the top 10 songs related to war: 1. Eminem - Mosh - 2004 2. Paul Hardcastle - 19 - 1985 3. John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band - Give Peace a Chance - 1969 4. Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction - 1965 5. Metallica - One - 1989 6. Paper Lace - Billy, Don't Be a Hero - 1974 7. SSgt. Barry Sadler - The Ballad of the Green Berets - 1966 8. Edwin Starr - War - 1970 9. Time Zone - World Destruction - 1984 10. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday - 1983 Do you have a favorite song not mentioned in this list? Leave it in the comments!

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Looking back at the debut of Pacific Musicworks Feb 23, 2010

by Jessica

Almost a year ago, Pacific Musicworks (then known as Pacific Operaworks) made a splashy debut in a high profile production of Return of Ulyssses that included partnerships with William Kentridge and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. The performance debuted in Seattle and toured around the west coast, earning considerable accolades:

"Stubbs [director of Pacific Musicworks] has been home from his star-studded career in Europe for a couple of years now, but those years have been building up to this project." - Seattle Times

"Launching any enterprise today is a bold gesture, but an opera...

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Currently in NYC and upcoming on OntheBoards.tv... Feb 23, 2010

by Jessica

...Radiohole! They won hearts in Seattle during their 2009 run of Fluke  and are currently making waves in NYC again with Whatever, Heaven Allows at PS 122.  According to PS122's website, here's  what they're up to this time:

Radiohole's newest work is a star-spangled American meta-melodrama inspired by film director Douglas Sirk's 1950s potboilers and Milton's epic Paradise Lost. Our heroine is an all- American "Eve" who must save her home from an evil-doer while struggling to find fulfillment in a lasting relationship with a supposedly good man who looks like god. Radiohole's newest synthesis of cultural flotsam is sure to be bawdy, silly,...

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"Awesome"'s shopping list Feb 22, 2010

by Jessica

The men of "Awesome" are up in Bellingham at the moment, trying out a few more ideas before the world premiere of West in April. Before opening up there, they made a stop at the grocery store to get the following provisions for the performance:

1. eggs
2. IPA
3. orange juice
4. Archie comics
5. Mint Milano
6. Pico De Gallo
7. carrots & pineapple
8. ice skating lessons
9. saloon sketch
10. 24 karat gold bikini

  Read more and see pictures from past  shows  on the "Awesome" blog.










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Gathering Note on Icebreaker V and Kurtag's "Kafka Fragments" Feb 22, 2010

by Jessica

Zach Carstensen from the Gathering Note, a local blog dedicated to classical and chamber music around Seattle, sat down with Mikhail Shmidt from Seattle Chamber Players to talk about Icebreaker V. Zach sums up the video interview as follows: "In addition to talking about Icebreaker V generally, Shmidt also talked about learning and playing 'Kafka Fragments.'" Read his preview and watch the videos here. "Kafka Fragments" is a work for violin and a soprano that uses Kafka's journals and letters as its source material. It's an ambitious piece that the Boston Globe   described as being  "dreamy, frenetic, and ultimately in the final fragment, sublime"...

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For you technophiles: about the OntheBoards.tv player Feb 19, 2010

by Jessica

Pinter Industries (aka Ian Pinter) helped us get the videos up on OntheBoards.tv. Earlier today he posted a little something about the playback component on the site. Interested in tech? Head there to learn a little about what makes OntheBoards.tv tick and find more info on coding and software development.

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