Weekly Planner May 16-22: What’s Happening in Music, Arts & Life | Culture

Luckily, we have a soothing, yoga-centric play this week to temper the gouged-out eyes of “King Lear.” You can find the full CITY schedule here.

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Jazz at the UUU art collective

8 p.m.
UUU Gallery, 153 State St.

If you’re looking for the spirit of the late-night jazz festival outside of this week in June, you can find it most Monday nights on State Street. The first set begins around 8 p.m., but the real magic happens in the second set, when the musicians who haunt the corners of the gallery with their instrument cases are invited to intervene. A vibraphone rolls. A paper clip slips out. Things get crazier and weirder and more wonderful, until… well, I can’t tell you where it ends. When I reluctantly dragged myself out of there at 11 p.m. one night, the music showed no signs of stopping. All this for just $5 coverage.


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“Yoga Game”

6 p.m.
Geva Theater Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.

Most of the 36 million Americans who practice yoga say they started for “stress relief and flexibility.” But the other 290 million Americans who think a downward facing dog is a dog that just got scolded for making a mess on the living room floor could get the same benefits by attending this Dipika play. Guha. Life at the burgeoning sportswear company Jojomon (no resemblance to Lululemon, no, nothing at all) is peaceful, until a scandal forces the company’s accomplices into a warrior pose. Watch for conflicting yes-yes who dare to stealthily utter the forbidden word: “stress”. The comedy runs until June 5.


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Tori Amos

6:30 p.m.

Years ago, I wrote that Tori Amos was “the grateful death for the angry young woman screaming to get out of everyone’s body.” Very little has changed and, quite frankly, the problems remain serious. On her debut album, Amos wrote that she had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint. His latest release, “Ocean to Ocean,” delves into more ideas of anger and loss, though the themes are more than personal: the title track is a reflection on climate change. Still, “29 Years,” with lines such as “those tears of victims, a song from my past,” reflects the time that has passed as Amos has learned to deal with “Me and a Gun.” Opening is the sister duo of Sophia and Jo Babb.


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Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene

7 p.m.
Lilac Festival, Highland Park

Maybe you’re not the lilac type. But it is perhaps the best musical evening of the Lilac Festival. Osborne is a Swedish-born New Orleans-born blues-minded songwriter and guitarist. Greene is cut from the same cloth, a Californian who played with the Black Crowes and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Having them on stage together is double your money; a meaningless cliche, because the show is free. Opening at 5:30 p.m. is the Buffalo Organ Fairchild trio, unrelated to actor Morgan Fairchild.


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bad cop bad cop

8 p.m.
Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave.

I first heard Bad Cop Bad Cop when he released 2017’s excellent “Warriors,” a record that blew this aging, jaded punk rocker. Then the Los Angeles band overcame it with 2020’s “The Ride,” most notably the song “Simple Girl.” It’s a powerful ode to the complexities of femininity – it’s an all-female quartet – with its refrain “I’ll never be a simple girl”, reminding me that so many women in my life (and yours) are tough. to cook: my mother, my partner, my friends, my colleagues. This show will cost you $15 up front, $18 at the door, but I bet it will be worth it. Also playing the Homeless Gospel Choir (one guy only) and On The Cinder.


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“King Lear”

The Little Theater, 240 East Ave.

King Lear” is considered by many Shakespeare fans to be the Bard’s finest tragedy. How has he aged? Put aside your codfish and your beer bottles. This contemporary version from the Chichester Festival Theatre, shot straight from stage to screen, seems to transport the play to the 1930s and beyond, with actors in military dress and modern weaponry. Watch as Glouster gets his eyes gouged out to dance on the radio. And Ian McKellen received rave reviews for his portrayal of Lear.


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Dvorak and Tyzik: inspirations from folk music

All through this weekend
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Missed that in-person program in April? The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester is one of the groups that has kept local music events accessible online – meaning even if you can’t (or don’t want to) get out of the house and sit in a crowd , you can hear the world premiere of Jeff Tyzik’s “Dance Suite,” Antonin Dvorak’s Lyric Piano Quintet in A major, and “The Sobbing of the Phoenix,” a saxophone quartet by recent Eastman graduate and composer emerge from concert and film music Aaron Siebert. You can watch anytime this weekend, from Friday 7 p.m. to Monday 10 p.m. Tickets are free, donations are suggested to help pay the musicians.


Alice P. Darby