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FirstWorks Festival 2011

From September 22nd through November 13th, FirstWorks will transform Providence into a multistage spectacle of performances!

PIXILERATIONS (v.8): 9/22-10/2. FREE. Sol Koffler Gallery @ RISD. 169 Weybosset St. Groundbreaking multimedia installations, performances and film/video screenings. In an era of Twitter-inflamed revolutions, biotech ethics wars and YouTube-generated museum exhibitions, this year’s festival explores new territory with the provocative question, “Where, and what, is New Media Art today?”

Brooklyn Rider: 10/1. Granoff Center@ Brown. A genre-defying string quartet illuminating masterworks by Bach, Mozart, Phillip Glass and John Zorn with brilliant virtuosity. Tickets: $16 in advance, $24 day of event.

Delusion by Laurie Anderson: 10/22, The Vets. A stunning meditation on life, language and memory. This multimedia performance combines violin, electronic puppetry, music and visuals. At the heart of “Delusion” is the belief that words can create the world, as well as make it disappear. Tickets $18-$48.

Balla Kouyate and World Vision: 10/28, Roots Cafe. Move your feet to the beat with the West African rhythms of one of the world’s greatest balafon players. This renowned storyteller and his ensemble fuse the rich music ofMaliwith jazz, blues andCaribbeansounds. Balla has been featured on Yo-Yo Ma’s latest release as well as Angelique Kidjo’s “Oyo”. Tickets: $16 advance, $24 day of.

MOMIX Botanica: 10/29, PPAC. Lose yourself in a forest of fantasy as the shape shifting dancers of MOMIX celebrate Mother Nature like never before. Welcome to Botanica, an artful extravaganza of movement, circus, athleticism and magical effects. Tickets: $28-$38.

Powerhouse Drumming and voices from Lahore and Karachi: 11/5. Joyful devotion and improvisatory freedom drive the music of the Qawwalis, torch-bearers for a 700-year old form of Sufi music; the kinetic virtuosity of Tari Khan throbs with passionate volatility. Join the Caravanserai – a place where cultures meet.

Lostwax, Seven Veils:11/10-13, Perishable Theater. This inter-media, dramatic performance combines choreography, prepared and closed circuit-video, and an extended video dance with an original choral and sonic treatment of the poem. Tickets: $16 advance, $24 day of event.

Firsts from our Friends (Discovering the Dominican Republic): 9/1-11/30, URI Feinstein Providence. Celebrate visual and performing arts of Rhode Island’s Dominican community.