The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

At The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative on Thursday, Company Aiello tells old stories in a new light through puppetry and musical accompaniment. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Company Aiello

Handy advice: In the theatrical tradition of Italy’s commedia dell’arte, Company Aiello tells old stories in a new light through puppetry and musical accompaniment. Main character Spazzolino is a good-hearted prankster who only wants two things: “a mountain of beans to eat and justice for everyone.” Company founder Angelo Aiello is an inventive puppeteer who […]

Openly exploring themes barred from traditional classrooms, like spirituality and sexuality, taught José Olivarez more about life’s possibilities than all assemblies combined. Publicity photo

Articulating ‘Mexican Heaven’: Poet José Olivarez illuminates both bruises and bliss in Citizen Illegal

Most people avert their eyes when the world gets messy: they scrunch uncooperative hair into the safety of ballcaps, kick dust bunnies conveniently under couches, and dunk ugly memories into their mental trashbins. It’s unusual to meet someone who sits down with disorder, shakes its hand, and engages it in honest conversation. José Olivarez is […]

Ghost Trees play off their new LP, The Fascination, at The Bridge on Wednesday. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Telemetry Music Series

Wild sax: Musical wilderness is the running theme as the Telemetry Music Series highlights free jazz with the “ferocious, sorcerous, and way out there” improv of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Ghost Trees sharing the bill with Space-Saver’s drum and sax-tinged combos of doom metal/acid techno/minimal synth. Guitarist, electronic musician, composer, and educator Kittie Cooper amps up […]