Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekend Scenester Picks: Albums In Full and Art of All Sorts (Most of it in KC)

If you love when bands perform entire albums from start to finish (Chip: "It's the next best thing to staying home and playing the record!"), then this is your weekend. Minus the Bear will perform Highly Refined Pirates in its entirety tonight at the Granada and Midday Ramblers will perform their first album, Free Country Music, in its entirety on Sunday at the Replay (at least they will "attempt to," according to the flyer).

If you're not into prog or bluegrass, reserve Saturday for hip-hop at the Replay with Stik Figa and Ebony Tusks and Ivory Hooves and Motorboater and (rumor has it) a special rapping appearance by Katlyn Conroy (happy birthday!).

But there's art to squeeze in as well. Don't miss the Postcommodity installation tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center. Here's the mission statement from the Postcommodity website:

"Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage and respond to the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence."

Sounds fun, doesn't it!

And here's the info on tonight's installation:

"The Night is Filled With the Harmonics of Suburban Dreams is an amplified hydro-feedback system in which pool pump motors and circulatory systems, working with and against each other, generate meditative harmonic oscillations. PVC pipes containing the hydro circulatory systems are shaped into a series of geometric patterns that imitate the oscillations of pool pump motors. The work recreates the sonic environment of suburban backyards where ubiquitous pool pumps sing through summer nights."

And you can experience the suburban magic without ever having to set foot in Overland Park! See you tonight at the Art Center, and make sure to follow it up by Occupying Mass Street tomorrow!

Chip: "I wish I could just look at Danny Gibson's poster art again instead."

Chip, you can! There's a second opening at KC's First Fridays tonight. Pay attention to the sidebar. His show was so popular it's being held over, perhaps because scenesters love to stand around and reminisce about attending all those gigs on the posters.

And while you're in KC you should probably also see Marc Shank's "Welcome to Scurvyville," which "simulates a roving eye over the locale of Scurvyville, a fictional tale of lovably bulging eyes, guts, and asses." Click this and tell us this stuff is not super fucking cool.

Chip: "Is Scurvyville meant to represent Ft. Scott?"

And follow that up with Candychrome, Dirk Hooper's "fetish photography" exhibit. Looks like KC is outdoing us on boner-inducing art. Step it up, Larryville!

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