The first of two frenzied weekends of non-stop Infringement Festival activity is already over, but the fun isn't about to let up on the weekdays. Today, for example, features 30 separate Infringement events, in addition to the fest's various ongoing art shows. Here are five must-see Infringement picks for today:
"Dr. Compañero's Magic Lantern Series," a 15-minute lecture that runs in Sugar City from 5:45 to 6 and 10 to 10:15 tonight, is described thusly: "Where science becomes muddled and the unexplained shines brightly, the mysteries of our planet fascinate and instruct. Beware the sinister and insidious machines of mind-control that would obscure the wonder of the mystery in favor of a flat, safe, and materialistic world view. See the beauty of the mysterious and awaken!"
"Chanting the Sacred and Profane," an interactive music event coordinated by Kilissa Cissoko in which particpants are invited to make various noises underneath a Delaware Park bridge, gets going at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m. in the Crane Library, Infringement veteran and gifted puppeteer Michele Costa performs her new, kid-friendly show "Ferdinand." Costa's innovative work is not to be missed. She repeats the performance on Saturday at 4 in the Crane Library.
After Dr. Compañero is through with his "Magic Lantern" lecture, Sugar City will kick off its documentary film showcase at 6 p.m. It features "Rebuilding the Broadway Market," "Swimming Upstream: The Funding Struggles of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library," "Making it Personal: DIY Documentary Showcase" and "The Loft... Riding Into the Sunset."
I know nothing about "creator," a theater piece by an outfit known as Company of Thieves, but something about the description piques my interest: "A ribald tale of fashion as social signifier with grimly humorous overtones." That runs at Rust Belt tonight from 8 to 8:30, and repeats in the same space at the same time on Wednesday, and at 7:15 p.m. Friday.