‘NextNow Fest’ Runs Today Through Saturday at The Clarice

 
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NextNOW Fest 2015 is a multi-day, multi-arts festival of fun and discovery that brings artists and audiences together in surprising and intriguing ways!
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This year, Reggie Wattsthe larger-than-life musician/comedian who creates his hilarious, profound performances utilizing bold beats, a looping machine and improv— headlines The Fest. NextNOW Fest 2015 runs September 9-12 at The Clarice. Most events are free. All events are freeing.
Other surprising, artful experiences include:
Flashband photo by Travis Vaughn.

Flashband photo by Travis Vaughn.

·         Flashband: Based on the premise that music is made when musicians connect. 30 musicians from the community come together for a meet-and-greet jam session, and form bands. After rehearsing for a month, they perform a high-energy showcase that will get you up out of your seat and dancing.

Robin Frohardt. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

Robin Frohardt. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

·         Dumpster Monster: Designed by artist/puppeteer Robin Frohardt, a large-scale, inflatable monster growing from a dumpster complete with rat, fly and cockroach puppets.

Portals. Photo credit Amar Bakshi.

Portals. Photo credit Amar Bakshi.

·         Shared_Studios: Portals: Step inside this gold shipping container, equipped with immersive audio and video technology, and connect with someone in another container in Afghanistan, Iran, Honduras or Mexico.

Christylez Bacon and Cissa Paz. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

Christylez Bacon and Cissa Paz. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

·         Christylez Bacon’s Washington Sound Museum: Hip hop meets Brazil in this cross-cultural, collaborative performance with Grammy-nominated artist Christylez Bacon and Brazilian vocalist, Cissa Paz, celebrating diverse musical genres.

Gina Chersevani. Photo by John Consoli.

Gina Chersevani. Photo by John Consoli.

·         Mixologist and UMD Alum Gina Chersevani brings her creative cocktails, mocktails and DC-born Rickeys to The Clarice served in a limited edition souvenir reusable cup. Hungry? Try her signature knishes from Buffalo and Bergen DC.

Riley Bartlebaugh, Mariel Berlin-Fischler & Natalie Ann Piegari. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

Riley Bartlebaugh, Mariel Berlin-Fischler & Natalie Ann Piegari. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

·         Alumni Play Commissioning Project: Shh! Library After Hours: The premiere of three short plays by TDPS alumni playwrights, written and performed as site-specific work in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

          The Librarian’s Story: A Campus Tale by Riley Bartlebaugh

          Unbound by Natalie Piegari

          The Relationship Classification System by Mariel Berlin-Fischler (Dramaturg: Felicity Brown)

Maryland Opera Studio. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Maryland Opera Studio. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

·         Maryland Opera Studio: A Dinner of Operatic Proportions: You can just eat dinner, or you can take dining to operatic heights. At NextNOW Fest, the choice is yours. Imagine a meal suffused with the most beautiful music ever written performed by singers of the Maryland Opera Studio.

Illustration courtesy of MSR Design.

Illustration courtesy of MSR Design.

·         Imagine Art House: We think art house is what’s next in hip dining and performing arts in College Park but we want to know what YOU think. With arts, food and fun as catalysts, can art house bridge the campus and College Park?

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·         Make Art, Not War: This exhibit features work by artists from our creative radius in response to issues caused by the divisiveness of racism.

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Here’s a comprehensive list of all NextNOW Fest 2015 events and performances.

Huang Yi & KUKA. Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff.

Huang Yi & KUKA. Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff.

September 25 and 26, 8 PM

Dancer, choreographer, inventor, and videographer Huang Yi’s pioneering work is steeped in his fascination with the indivisible relationship between humans and our machine counterparts. His intimate choreographic creations with KUKA, an industrial robot, reveal a deep connectedness to our technological world that is both physically tender and emotionally resonant. As the machine world becomes ever more embedded in our lives, Huang Yi asks us to reflect on what it means to be human when hardware becomes body and software becomes soul.

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Edmar Castaneda. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

Edmar Castaneda. Photo courtesy of The Clarice.

October 2, 7, and at 9 PM

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Castaneda’s virtuosic command of the harp has revolutionized the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the “unusual category” in jazz.

A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time while skillfully drawing out lush colors and dynamic spirit, Castaneda’s enormous talent, versatility and charisma have taken the harp out of the shadows and helped him become one of the most original musicians in jazz today. Castaneda’s body seemingly engulfs his Colombian harp as he crafts almost unbelievable feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances.

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Marc Andre Hamelin. Photo by Fran Kaufman.

Marc Andre Hamelin. Photo by Fran Kaufman.

October 4, 3 PM

 Marc-André Hamelin’s strikingly original blend of musicianship and virtuosity has earned him near-legendary status among connoisseurs of fine pianism. Long known for his exploration of the most challenging and unfamiliar pianistic terrain (Alkan, Godowsky, Medtner), Hamelin is now recognized worldwide for the originality and technical brilliance of his performances of the classic repertoire, including Haydn, Schubert, Liszt and Brahms. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras in addition to recitals throughout the US, his native Canada, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has recorded nearly 60 CDs for Hyperion, earning numerous awards and accolades: “transcendent technique;” “awe-inspiring;” “rare sensitivity;” and “breathtakingly brilliant.”

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Artwork courtesy of The Clarice.

Artwork courtesy of The Clarice.

October 9-17th

Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African American seamstress in New York in 1905 when social and class lines were clearly drawn and seemingly impassible. Directed by Helen Hayes Award nominee Jennifer Nelson. Presented by the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

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