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To look at Philip Glass is to look at what could be a genetic splice of Eric Bogosian and Klaus Kinski. For some, to listen to Philip Glass is the musical equivalent of the same caustic artists. Complex, repetitively chaotic and structurally random, Glass is arguably the pre-eminent American composer of our modern age with threads running from opera to minimalism, chamber music to dance. His involvement with Godfrey Reggio's 1983 statement-as-cinema Koyaanisqatsi (the Hopi Indian term for "life out of balance") was a match made in heaven. As if one could attach such an ethereal description to a film that wordlessly dissects the conflict between nature and technology. TITAS opens its music season with a drone and a moan Tuesday evening at McFarlin Auditorium as Glass and his ensemble uncoil aural textures from the landmark feature while consistently upholding the thematic discord (as in voice and orchestral convention vs. synthesized keyboards). Still, considering the strength and posterity of this particular score, the question of whether either state would be as potent without its foil is raised, and the reconciliation isn't as safe as "Earth good, human bad." Reggio chose his side, but Glass makes you choose yours. His work can be appreciated as an integral part of the Koyaanisqatsi experience or simply as a piece of thoughtful quasi-ambient music, and TITAS' decision to project the film behind the performing outfit is as keen as it is a multimedia necessity. The performance could be akin to Warhol's band/film performance troupe called Exploding Plastic Inevitable...only Glass' creature keeps its head buried knowingly and endearingly in the sand, oblivious to its importance rather than being self-obsessed. The McFarlin Auditorium is at 6405 Boaz Lane on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Call 214-528-5576. --Matt Hursh

Meet the Folks

Frozen tundra and prison camps are what we picture when we think of Siberia. Located in North Central Asia and spanning more than 3 million square miles, Siberia is rich with oil and gas, coal, timber and water. In fact, it holds the lion's share of Russia's natural resources. And to think there aren't even highways. There is a unique culture, and the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia wants to express the spiritual wealth of this beautiful land Wednesday with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1960, the troupe has been captivating audiences around the world ever since with folk influences intertwining native dance, music, costume and pageantry into a kaleidoscope of artistic energy. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets are $10 to $65. Call 214-692-0203. --Desirée Henry

Mixed Bill
TITAS offers an arts sampler platter

You might choose to enjoy TITAS' jazzy "mixed bill" performing-arts benefit for the same reason you'd choose "mixed grill" from the dinner menu at a snazzy country club. You get a tasty sampling of everything you like; you don't have to pick just one; plus, you get professionally chosen, prepared and presented tastes of several of your favorite things. Reflections of the Future opens TITAS' new season Friday at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium, with tantalizing tidbits of aerialist dancers from Lisa Giobbi Movement Theater; Eastern music by Oliver Rajamani; a cappella vocals in African-American tradition by New Arts Six; and the Latin Jazz Ensemble from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Tickets are $10 to $75 at the TITAS box office, 3101 N. Fitzhugh, Suite 301, online at or by calling 214-528-5576. McFarlin Auditorium is located at 6405 Boaz Lane on the campus of Southern Methodist University. --Annabelle Massey Helber

To D'Oh or Not to D'Oh
Shakespeare gets animated, sort of

We have odd fantasies when it comes to casting stage classics. For example, we think The Facts of Life cast could do a bang-up job with Antigone, while the Scooby-Doo gang seems like a perfect fit for Waiting for Godot. "Like, quaquaqua, Scoob." Think those sound weird? Then get a whiff of this: On Tuesday, Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., hosts a production of Macbeth performed entirely by The Simpsons characters. Canadian Rick Miller stars in MacHomer, a one-man bastardization of Shakespeare. We're a bit skeptical. One guy imitating 50 character voices while inserting "d'oh" and "woohoo" between soliloquies? Sounds like a cheeseball gimmick, but apparently people have been eating this up for almost 10 years, and his 2002 performance at Bass Hall sold out. It's also approved by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, which could be good or bad. Cough, cough, Futurama. Tickets are $20 and up. Call 1-877-212-4280. --Sam Machkovech

Singin' the Blues
Can't really say we remember too much about our 20th birthday. But that probably had something to do with the trash can punch. (A little hint: Watch out for the fruit.) So we're happy to hear that the mature-for-its-age KNON-FM (89.3) is celebrating its 20th in a less forgettable fashion. On Friday, KNON presents its 20th Anniversary Blues Party, featuring Vernon Garrett and the Crossroad Blues Show Band, plus opening act Wanda King. Having the blues for 20 years may not sound like a reason to celebrate, but it's their party, and they'll cry if they want to. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. at The Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Call 214-828-9500 ext. 138. --Rhonda Reinhart


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