Sat., Feb. 16, Christ Church. livearts-fringe.org
Overall vibe: A collaboration between Japan’s acclaimed Seinendan Theater Company and Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, this first-ever, full-scale robot-human theater production can really only be described as mind-blowing.
Most memorable moment: For most, it was likely the point during each performance when they forgot that robots don’t actually have souls, and preceded to feel human emotions for them anyway.
Scene stealer: The robots, duh. Although, truly blurring the line between man and machine, one couldn’t help but be particularly in awe with Geminoid F, a remarkably lifelike android that comforts a girl suffering from a fatal illness in the opening piece, Sayonara. (Nicole Finkbiner)
Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time
with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
By Jonathan Cott (Doubleday)
In summary: The last years of Lennon’s life spent with lover and partner Ono are recalled in numerous interviews and conversations collected by Rolling Stone contributor Jonathan Cott.
Akin to: Realizing how childish it was to hate Ono for breaking up the Beatles after hearing facets of the pair’s story never before revealed.
Author fun fact: On Dec. 5, 1980, Cott questioned Lennon and Ono about their Double Fantasy album, making him the last person to interview the late, great Beatle before his untimely death three days later. (Lindsay Kenney)
Calendar: Sept. 2-9