The NuBlu Orchestra Comes to East River Park Bandshell in Tribute to Butch Morris

NuBlu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris | Image by Joao M. Nogueira via Flickr

NuBlu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris | Image by Joao M. Nogueira via Flickr

Tomorrow night’s SummerStage performance features longstanding local favorite, NuBlu Orchestra. The group was born out of the core group of musicians associated with the Lower East Side club on Avenue C of the same name. Known for their “collective improvisation,” an eccentric mix of jazz and electronic beats,  The evening, titled “We Play For You, Butch Morris,” is seemingly a tribute to the late and great Butch Morris, who invented Conduction®, a vocabulary of symbols and gestures used to modify or construct a real-time musical composition.  Morris was the orchestra’s original conductor-composer.

The NuBlu Orchestra will play at the East River Park bandshell, along with DarkMatterHalo featuring Wadada Leo Smith and Black February (2012), Vipal Monga’s first feature-length documentary, which chronicles the unprecedented series of concerts performed in February 2005 by Morris, will serve as the backdrop.

For more info on tomorrow night’s festivities, click here.

August 10 | Free Admission | 7pm to 9pm |East River Park Bandshell

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Kicks Off Summer Season

Top L-R: Kathleen Simmonds as Helena, Bardford Frost as Demetrius, Warren Jackson as Oberon. Bottom L-R: Kristiana Jarquin Moreland as Faerie, Catherina Nonis as Faerie, Serena Miller as Titania, Stephanie Spector as Faerie, Jarrod Bates as Quince, Drew Valins as Puck, Shelby Wong as Faerie. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Top L-R: Kathleen Simmonds as Helena, Bardford Frost as Demetrius, Warren Jackson as Oberon. Bottom L-R: Kristiana Jarquin Moreland as Faerie, Catherina Nonis as Faerie, Serena Miller as Titania, Stephanie Spector as Faerie, Jarrod Bates as Quince, Drew Valins as Puck, Shelby Wong as Faerie. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

The Drilling Company‘s annual Shakespeare in the Parking Lot kicks off tonight with its rendition of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the woodland-based 16th century romantic comedy of errors. The Drilling Company’s take on the Shakespeare classic has a modern, neighborhood-centric twist–turning the Woodlands into the Lower East Side at night and casting the characters as upscale urban dwellers, Google employees and roaming artists/taggers. The production is complete with rock ballads and frequent dance ensembles to identify scene transitions.

After nine summers of performances in the parking lot at Ludlow and Broome Streets, the company was forced to relocate last year. Luckily, the Clemente Cultural Center was happy to offer up their parking lot for production.  Seats are available on a first come first serve basis and audience members can bring their own chairs or blankets, as well .

114 Norfolk St., between Delancey and Rivington. “Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs from July 7th to the 24th at 8:00pm from Thursday to Saturdays. Admission is free and running time, without intermission, is two hours.

 

Abrons Announces Fall Season

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Mark Leckey's In the Long Tail, "part lecture, part monologue, part living sculpture".

Abrons Arts Center has announced its eclectic fall season of performances, which kicks off with Mark Leckey's In the Long Tail, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art's Performance Exhibition Series. The season also includes a Steampunk Haunted House (view an unrelated YouTube video about the Steampunk movement here), an afternoon with the Paul Taylor Dance Co. (in honor of their recent move to the Lower East Side) and the return of Banana Bag & Bodice in December. For the full schedule and details visit Abrons here.