Monday, April 25, 2011


You have to be living under a big fat pile of rocks to not know about Fusebox. With its opening night featuring Mother Falcon’s “100 Strings” piece, the festival's buzz is loud throughout the city. With events ranging from performance art to dance to music to theater, and everything in between, Fusebox is all about bringing together the artist and art consumer in a way that produces ideas and engagement.

A few highlights of the festival, via Fusebox:
Reggie Watts:
 "Comic genius" – GQ "Man Of The Year" issue 2010. Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie's improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed "disinformationist," Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that's okay – he doesn't either. April 30, May 1.
The Shipment, Young Jean Lee:
Combing through the images of African-Americans that dominate the media, Young Jean Lee wields sharp, offbeat humor to point up the clichés, distortions and absurdities and turns the wearily familiar — a foul-mouthed stand-up comic, a drug dealer, a would-be rapper — into loopy, arch cartoons. Described by the New York Times as a "subversive, seriously funny new theater piece," The Shipment is a must see. April 26-27.
Five people performing on five gong kits. Ten gongs will be set up on the stage.The gongs will be bowed and softly struck with mallets producing and intensely immersive sound. The music of N.G.O. is a metallic temple of deep harmonies and a poetic beauty of spaces. N.G.O. clears the pathway. May 1.
Insect Record Takes Fusebox:
There’s a Bear named Butcher who has been hard at work trying to bring the brilliant weirdos and other creatives out of the woodwork here in Austin where he calls home, and outside its borders, where the other animals live. Butcher Bear has been the one-man operation behind Austin’s micro-label, (iN)Sect Records, putting out records for the likes of all kinds of music since election year 2008. Event Features $hit $hine, Ararimatt, Aadam Our Hatley, and Exploded Drawing. April 28.