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FIVE MUST-SEE ACTS

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With such a wide se­lec­tion of mu­sic, com­edy, dance and mul­ti­me­dia choices, there is a good deal to be ex­cited about at this year’s fes­ti­val. Here are five shows to con­sider.

1

Ten Thou­sand Wolves and Jake Klar When: Feb. 24, 8 p.m.

Where: Fox Cabaret

From her award-win­ning slam po­etry to lead­ing numer­ous and in­creas­ingly ad­ven­tur­ous mu­si­cal acts, Bar­bara Adler is a force to be reck­oned with do­ing an enor­mous amount to keep the mu­sic scene alive and kick­ing in this very chal­leng­ing city. She makes her fes­ti­val de­but with her group Ten Thou­sand Wolves pre­sent­ing a large scale work called De­coy, with the eight-piece band play­ing folk-tinged songs with po­etic nar­ra­tive, pro­jec­tion and ob­ject the­atre. Amer­i­can singer-song­writer and poet Jake Klar opens.

2

Ezralow Dance: Open

When: Feb. 15 to 17, var­i­ous times Where: Nor­man Roth­stein The­atre This is a Cana­dian pre­miere for the lat­est from chore­og­ra­pher Daniel Ezralow, an Amer­i­can artist known for work that is both ex­plo­sively phys­i­cal but never lack­ing in whimsy and hu­mour.

3

An Evening with Mary Walsh When: March 6, 8 p.m. Where: Nor­man Roth­stein The­atre Yes, it’s that Mary Walsh. The comic and so­cial ac­tivist known for her abil­ity to blast politi­cians with bolts of wit and keep the coun­try on point and laugh­ing presents an evening of some of her most cel­e­brated mo­ments from Danc­ing with Rage, CODCO, This Hour Has 22 Min­utes, and more.

4

Bolero and The Rite of Spring When: March 1 to 3, 8 p.m. When: Nor­man Roth­stein The­atre MM Con­tem­po­rary Dance is based in Reg­gio Emilia, Italy, and di­rected by com­pany dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Michele Merola. This evening will present Merola’s Mau­rice Ravel’s Bolero, with ad­di­tional in­te­grated con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tion from com­poser Ste­fano Cor­rias, and chore­og­ra­pher En­rico Morelli’s ver­sion of Stravin­sky’s The Rite of Spring.

5

Tro­ker

When: Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Where: Rick­shaw The­atre

This 19-plus per­for­mance show­cases Mex­ico’s heavy, funky, dance­able, jazz, punk, folk, ev­ery­thing group Tro­ker. Its shows are as high-en­ergy as its mu­sic is un­clas­si­fi­able.

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