When: Fri., Sept. 16 2011
Just as this weekend's Ingenuity Fest is a collision of art and technology, so headliner Squonk Opera is a mashup of music and design. The result is a weird, conceptual performance that founders say exists "outside the rules of mass culture, fashion, or academia." You can figure out what that means Friday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. when Squonk presents an outdoor performance of Astro-rama, a message to the cosmos delivered by way of a 40-foot radio telescope dish mounted to scaffolding on the west end of the Superior Viaduct. There'll be cherry pickers, scissor-lift platforms, original music and videos, and staging that falls somewhere between a Devo concert and Close Encounters of the Third Kind — not to mention a crashed UFO and more tawdry spectacle than a Republican presidential debate. Naturally, it fits right in with Ingenuity Fest's mission of fostering imaginative collaborations between the realms of art and tech. Also on the three-day Fest lineup: dancer Erica Mott's Victory Project, tech artist Jared Bendis' interactive hunt for the Wumpus, a comedy stage (complete with an interactive Twitter wall), tonight's 8:20 p.m. PechaKucha session, and plenty of live music. (Read all about it in our Music section.) It's all free and happening tonight through Sunday on the lower level of the Veterans Memorial Bridge; the catacombs are open tonight from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. For complete hours, schedules, maps, and performer info, check out the Fest website. — Elaine T. Cicora Veterans Memorial Bridge, 216-589-9444, ingenuitycleveland.com.