Speaking of the ArtPlex, a new performance series debuts at that cultural center this week. Word/Jazz is an interdisciplinary performance series from DiverseArts, bringing together performance poets, spoken word artists, and songwriter/musicians for live collaboration. Spontaneity and interaction will drive the series, with the format for each program based on the artists involved and the programming arising from their communication in the moment. The first show features spoken words and poetry from Stazja McFayden and Graffito (Zell Miller III), and songs and music from Laura Scarborough, Harold McMillan, Cheap SungLasses, Rob Halverson, Kat Murphy, and guests. Future programs may incorporate dance, videography, and visual art. The series will run twice monthly throughout the spring and summer, with all shows at the ArtPlex, 1705 Guadalupe, either in the ACA Gallery or on the rooftop deck. This Friday's show starts at 8:30pm sharp. Call 477-9438 for more.
Planet Sinks Into VORTEX
Alas, Planet Theatre is about to stop spinning. As of April 30, it will cease to be. Now, don't get all fearful that the home of VORTEX Repertory Company is closing its doors. On the contrary, the theatre space reclaimed by VORTEX and artistic director Bonnie Cullum has never been more secure; earlier this spring, Cullum and company purchased the property, and it's theirs, lock, stock, and backyard, 'til the Apocalypse. In fact, it's owing to this change in status that Cullum is abandoning Planet Theatre as a name for the venue. As the theatre is entering a new era in its life, she feels it fitting to give it a new name -- or a new old name. She's reviving the name of the group's original home on Ben White Boulevard: the VORTEX. Cullum will mark the shift with a name-change ritual and -- because it's the VORTEX way -- dancing, singing, and celebration. The public is welcome at the event, which takes place Saturday, May 1, 4pm, at 2307 Manor. Call 478-LAVA for more info.