Adelaide International Guitar Festival

November 22nd, 2010

Yamandu Costa

Is there anything as cool as what a great artist can do with a simple guitar?
Guest curator (and renowned guitarist) Slava Grigoryan has assembled some amazing combinations for this year’s Adelaide International Guitar Festival.
Música Latina pairs the young and talented Brazilian Yamandú Costa with Grammy-nominated Manuel Barrueco for a night of music from The Americas. In another amazing grouping, Other Worldly Sounds brings oud master Dhafer Youssef and Austrian jazzman Wolfgang Muthspiel together to play music from their album Glow. They’ll be joined in the second half by Cameroon’s Richard Bona, who has been dubbed ‘The African Sting’. He just might be more Sting than the man himself.
Plus, you get to hang out in Adelaide for the weekend!
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New Visions Arts Festival

November 15th, 2010

Mortal Engine

Hong Kong is at the center of new visions for politics, economics, and art.
This week the New Visions Arts Festival starts off with China’s global music diva Dadawa, whose show is aptly titled Hear the World.
Other highlights of this international gathering include the Australian dance group Chunky Move performing Mortal Engine, a dance-video-music-laser piece that appears to defy gravity. The Butterfly Effect brings together Japanese taiko, Western kit and African drums for a true ripple effect. The festival closes with Japan’s most famous onnagata, Bando Tamasaburo collaborating with China’s Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre for a once in a lifetime production of The Peony Pavillion.
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Lucerne Blues Festival

November 8th, 2010

Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy

Where can you see some of the blues greats this November? Switzerland, of course.
The Lucerne Blues Festival brings you Mavis Staples, fresh from another Grammy nomination for her new live album. Though Guy Davis is an actor, director and writer, in Lucerne you’ll see a bluesman. Guitar hero Ronnie Baker Brooks carries the torch for the best of Chicago blues. Other featured acts include Dave Specter & the Bluebirds, Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks, and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, plus blues dinners, blues brunches, blues drinks.
With new government rules, even though you can’t light-up, the music will still be smoking.
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White Light Festival

November 1st, 2010

Antony and the Johnsons

Want to see the white light of spirituality?
Lincoln Center’s new White Light Festival wants you to experience moments of connection in our fragmented world. New York’s major performance center opens its doors to a one-of-a-kind of gathering of artists working at the edge of transcendence.
The free opening performance features Meredith Monk and her Vocal Ensemble as they continue to expand the boundaries of the voice. Other nights include: Antony and the Johnsons performing selections from their recent albums with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui combining modern ballet with the strength and spirituality of martial arts in the U.S. premiere of Sutra; and India’s Roysten Abel creating the Manganiyar Seduction from Hindustani classical, folk, and Sufi-inspired music.
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Hull Comedy Festival

October 25th, 2010

Russell Kane

You know what they say: tragedy is easy, comedy is hard. Maybe that’s why the best kind of catharsis is through laughter.
Here’s a great way to laugh. The Hull Comedy Festival features over two weeks of giggling, guffawing, and roaring starting off with one of Britain’s best comics, Ross Noble. Be sure to check out Smokescreens and Castles with Russell Kane, winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award.
Then step back in time to the world of vaudeville with Slightly Fat Features who perform classic comedy mixed with circus and original live music.
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