Acrobatics, Violin, Magic and the Other Nights of the Week

It’s Next Wave season at BAM, and we’ve got a fist full of tickets for shows at the Harvey and Howard over the next few weeks. The thing we’re excited most about is tonight’s Raoul, a show conceived and fronted by violinist/acrobat/magician/clown James Thiérrée. We’ve seen the past two shows he’s done, mesmerizingly costumed and designed spectacles that take advantage of all Thiérrée’s various slashes, and they’re genius. (In case you’re worried that DJs don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to theater, here’s a clip to prove the brilliance.)

The rest of the nights of the week aren’t so shabby either. Favourite Sons, one of our favorite bands, return from a long time off at Union Pool, hopefully airing out songs from their recently recorded album. Out jazz grabs our attention on Thursday and Friday with Henry Threadgill’s Zooid and the Sun Ra Arkestra; and we’ll spend our Mister-less Saturday night getting down at Sound Noir with Dial artist John Roberts. Sunday we’re checking Nick Cave’s ballsy Grinderman show, and Monday we’re seeing Sigur Ros’s Jonsi in a church on the Upper West Side. How civilized.

Tue, Nov 9 / Raoul at BAM more info / directions

Wed, Nov 10 / Favourite Sons at Union Pool more info / directions

Thur, Nov 11 / Henry Threadgill’s Zooid + Strings at Roulette more info / directions

Fri, Nov 12 / Sun Ra Arkestra at Nublu with MKL more info / directions

Sat, Nov 13 / Sound Noir with John Roberts at Littlefield more info / directions

Sun, Nov 14 / Grinderman at Best Buy Theater more info / directions

Mon, Nov 15 / Jonsi and Wordless Music at The Church of St. John the Apostle more info / directions

[photo of James Thiérrée courtesy of BAM]