The holidays are almost here! But before you get stressed — don’t worry, we haven’t done our Christmas shopping yet, either — have some fun with a few of our recently launched favorite projects. They’re fun, they’re colorful, and they’ll help you forget about how you promised to make pumpkin pie for your company holiday party but then sort-of-maybe-completely forgot about it. Enjoy!
I’m always looking out for nice dance projects, so when Asha Thomas’s flamenco-soul fusion popped up this weekend, my project radar went a-whirlin’. In her solo show “Mi Peñita Negra,” Asha abstracts Spanish flamenco with a southern black American cultural slant. The piece combines the sounds of cante flamenco with gospel, blues, soul, and ring shout music from coastal Georgia. Asha took her Atlanta roots and Juilliard BFA to the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and then various companies in Europe. “Mi Peñita Negra” was inspired by her collaboration with a flamenco dance company in Seville, Spain, and having premiered the piece at a festival in Germany last month, she’s now ready to add some sophisticated lighting to the production. - Daniella J.
Public Radio is a band from Charlotte, NC, and its members are swapping lips via iPhone! She’s got a mustache, he’s wearing lipstick… I’m digging this project video. Every band’s got its own style, and it’s a blast watching different vibes come to life in fun ways. Watch the video! Oh and you can get a copy of the album for a very reasonable $10, plus a bunch of other fun stuff. - Daniella J.
“2 Stories That End in Suicide” is a theatrical exploration of cultural subversion among contemporary Iranian youth put on by the scrappy/experimental collective Piehole. The group approaches their subject with a surrealism bordering on whimsical, combining eerie puppetry and animation with live actors, and their interest in creating an open dialogue with their audience is touchingly genuine. Plus, the story is partially based on Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl — a book I just read and was completely fascinated by. Add to that a collection of rewards both fun and thoughtful and a project video which offers an intriguing glimpse of their past work, and this project is a clear winner. I can’t wait to see the final show! - Cassie M.
I know literally nothing about video games (I wasn’t allowed to play them as a kid), but I dig this. “Color” is an online team action game where the goal of character play is “paint” the gray-scale landscape a specific color before time runs out. Each color is accompanied by a unique secondary mission, and working together with other “colors” (ie: other players) also creates an entirely new set of gaming possibilities. It’s silly, it’s pretty, and I like that each time you play can be a different experience. Don’t have to be an expert to be into that!! — Cassie M.
When the world most needed a heavy dose of unadorned truth, Eisner-nominated comic book series Transmetropolitan was on hand to deliver a heaping plate of ignominy through its unforgettable antihero Spider Jerusalem. Originally created by writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson, fans of the original series will be delighted by this brand new, limited-run Transmetropolitan art book. Featuring brand new artwork from an impressive list of contributors, this one-of-a-kind book will quickly become a must-have for fans, and an excellent way to commemorate the awesomeness of Transmetropolitan’s original run. — Cindy A.