Randall Shreve at Froggy’s
Froggy’s on Dickson Street has scored big time by pulling in Randall Shreve for a CD release party this Friday night. Shreve lives in New York and has been playing NYC clubs for a while, but he does have ties with NWA, namely his brother, award-winning musician Benjamin Del Shreve.
Although there may be some similarities in their music, Randall is venturing into new territory adding a vaudevillian aspect to his sophomore album “The Entertainer.” Like his brother, Randall is a crooner.
His new album, “The Entertainer,” like his debut album, “The Cure of Yesterday,” is a concept album. “The Entertainer” pulls listeners in with the interwoven stories of the song list.
In addition to the Friday night show at Froggy’s, Shreve will be doing a free in-store performance at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hastings.
Tonight’s the Night, Slow Dancing at the WAC
Tonight the Walton Arts Center will unveil a spectacular nighttime outdoor art installation that will turn the front of the center into a kinetic sculpture called Slow Dancing. Created by David Michalek, the project is a series of more than 40, ultra slow-motion video clips of dancers projected onto three huge screens.
Michalek captured images of a variety of dancers, including Desmond Richardson, Elizabeth Streb, a Balinese dancer, a tap dancer, a 90-year-old Afro-Brazilian Capoeira master, a whirling dervish and a ‘krump’ dancer from South Central L.A.
Michalek worked as an apprentice to Herb Ritts for two years, beginning in 1989. His photographs have run in New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Interview and Vogue.
For the project, Michalek used a special high-speed HD camera that’s typically used by the military for ballistic analysis. The camera is capable of recording images at an impressive 1,000 frames per second, in contrast to standard recording at about 30 frames per second.
Inside the WAC, the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery is showing “Sculpting Movement and Time: Making Slow Dancing” about the creation of Slow Dancing, offering behind-the-scenes information about the project with aphotos, prints and a documentary film.
Michalek will be in Fayetteville for an opening night party tonight at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Slow Dancing will be up until Nov. 13.
Branford Marsalis and the Philharmonia Brasileira
What might be one of the best performances of the Walton Arts Center’s season will take place Saturday night when saxophonist Branford Marsalis joins members of Philharmonia Brasileira in a tribute to Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Gil Jardim will conduct the chamber orchestra. Jardim has appeared with the top Brazilian orchestras, as well as the Brooklyn Orchestra in New York, Royal Philharmonic in London, and the Camerata Mexicana in Mexico, among others. He founded Philharmonia Brasileira in 1995 to explore fusing Brazilain folk and classical music.
Grammy winner and New Orleans native, Branford Marsalis who is best known for the Branford Marsalis Quartet, has performed and collaborated with Miles Davis, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, his brother Wynton Marsalis, Sting, The Grateful Dead and many others. Tickets are $35-$55.
Drum It Up
The Canadian percussion quintet ScrapArtsMusic will take the stage at the Walton Arts Center Sunday night for a full-on musical experience. The five hyper-kinetic performers squeeze sounds from instruments made from industrial castoffs ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells. The troupe engages in athletic choreography that adds to the impact of the visually striking instruments to create a show that the Philadelphia Inquirer called “visually riveting.” The music is a blend of avant-garde, street music and world beat that evolved from an outsider art project to a full theater production. Fans of Blue Man Group and Stomp take note. Tickets are $22-28.