Isaac Johnson, Neil Coletta, and Tyler Brown play a game during January's "Improvising Consciousness Medicine Show." The symposium on human consciousness returns from July 27 to Aug. 1, 2012 in the Manny Fried Playhouse and Burning Books.
Today is the second of 11 days of Infringement. If you've recovered from last evening's boisterous opening ceremonies in Nietzsche's, here are a few tips for what to catch today:
• At 6 p.m. in the Manny Fried Theatre, the University at Buffalo's Intermedia Performance Studio presents its "Improvising Consciousness Medicine Show." The first one of these strange mashups of brain theory, gaming and interactive theater went down in January. And this one, according to a release, will be "aided by a real alien intelligence and autonomous robots" and challenge audiences "to uncover the secret future of their own minds."
•Poetry is always a big part of Infringement, and this year one of the highlights is sure to be Molly Burhans' performance of her original poetic epic "Peach Tree Galaxy." I caught some of that at the Infringement preview earlier this month, and you can see it in this video I shot. But better yet, head out to SP@CE 224 at 6:30 p.m. today to see Burhans do her thing in person. And if you miss it, no worries, because she'll be giving another performance at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in Burning Books.
•This suggestion is three-in-one, just because each seems like a must-attend event. Art openings featuring live music and all sorts of interdisciplinary events will consume the city tonight in these three way cool off-the-beaten-track art spaces: Filigree's, featuring comics and more by Sal Sciandra and performances from Quest for Friends, Monoculture and The Tins; Main (St)udios, featuring 20 Fingerprints, Chow Monstro/Chow Art, Living Art, Como Agua and lots more; and Wasteland Studios, an awesome art space with a head-spinning variety of art by many local underground artists, including signs from the Occupy Buffalo movement.
• In the first of several Infringement performances, local fire-dancing troupe Pyromance presents its show "A Buffalo Pyromance" in Days park starting at 9 p.m. Checking out the troupe is always a fine way to wind down from a busy day of Infringement -- or in the case of tonight's performance, warming up for a trip to Nietzsche's for the:
• 2012 Infringement Pirate Parrrty, a costume-themed affair featuring a half-dozen or so bands, including Ginger James, Sparky Sings a Song, RONALDRAYGUN, Chester Copperpot and Randle and the Late Night Scandals. That gets going at 10 p.m. and runs till the wee hours. Costumes get you $2 off the $5 cover.