This month marks three anniversaries in Buffalo's cultural community -- Hallwalls celebrates its 30th year; New World Record has just turned 20; and Rich Kegler's P22 Type Foundry has become a teenager.
To celebrate, the three institutions have teamed to present what is clearly one of the coolest, most eclectic multi-idiom events in recent memory. "Legibly Speaking: A Live Collaborative Performance by David Greenberger and 3 Leg Torso" takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.
Twenty-five years ago, Greenberger launched the Duplex Planet, a magazine of stories he collected from residents of the Duplex Nursing Home. Greenberger, whose name you might recognize from NPR, for whom he provides music reviews, has since dedicated his energy to translating the stories, dreams and fears of the elderly folks into art. With the eclectic 3 Leg Torso, he's combined his spoken-word recounting of Duplex Planet pieces with what has been called "original chamber music (with) unique instrumentation." The result attempts to parlay the deep tenderness Greenberger felt for his subjects into a one-of-a-kind musical experience.
In conjunction with this event, P22 has launched its latest font, named after Ed Rogers, a resident of the Duplex House who began publishing his drawings in Greenberger's magazine in 1981. Rogers' work has since graced album covers for R.E.M. and been featured in traveling exhibitions. Kegler's P22 has also devoted fonts to the likes of Cezanne, Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others, so Rogers is in good company. Most recently, one of Kegler's fonts graced the cover of Brian Wilson's "Smile" CD. How cool is that?
Tickets for Trinity Church event are priced at $10, or $7 for Hallwalls members, seniors and students. For more information, check www.hallwalls.org or www.p22.com.