Culture lovers on a budget, have I got good news for you. FSW (aka Edison College) has a humanities colloquium underway with some avant-garde-ish lectures and performances. The price is right—free, thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The theme is Evolution/Devolution/Revolution.
The organizers have made an interesting choice of keynote speaker, Jerry Casale. He is a vocalist, bass guitar/synthesizer player and co-founder of new wave band Devo. His address is at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Rush Auditorium (Building J, Room 103 on campus). He says his post-modern aesthetic was informed by having witnessed the shooting of fellow students at Kent State University. I confess, I don’t know a thing about Devo, but I can relate to his quote:
“a creative response to life’s apparent absurdity is the artist’s attempt to battle entropy while restoring order and spirituality in the face of the chaotic twin forces of evolution and devolution—a subject on which I am quite familiar”
The NOW ensemble will appear on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Building U, Room 102. (Be forewarned, this room is large and may be challenging acoustically.) This group of performers and composers calls their genre indie-classical. They are dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. They have performed internationally and been in residence at Yale, Princeton, and the University of Virginia.
On Feb. 19 at 8 p.m., Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to the Sunshine State. This is a one-man show in the Black Box Theater in Building L, Room 119. He says it’s “a sort of busted illustration of the place: a playground for human ignorance, wild optimism, bureaucratic failure, and weather–both defiant of popular imagination and deeply reflective of it.” In this solo performance, Willie assembles a collage of popular myth and personal narrative on stage using storytelling, dance, and video. He lives in Chicago and has a BFA in Interarts Performance (who knew such a major existed?) from the University of Michigan.