Saturday, it is Basinskianamania with Michael Basinski and Don Metz, a "multi-everything event" at 8 p.m. at Just Buffalo @ Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at Mohawk. Basinski is the curator of the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, the University at Buffalo, as well as a performing poet. Among his many books of poetry are "All My Eggs Are Broken" and "Strange Things Begin to Happen When a Meteor Crashes in the Arizona Desert."
Composer/guitarist Metz has performed the music of John Cage, Earl Brown, Petr Kotik, Lucas Foss and Jon Gibson, among others. He recently collaborated with Basinski on the CD "Funginii."
Admission of $5 includes entertainment and food by chef/poet/publisher Geoffrey Gatza; there's a cash bar. For more, go to www.justbuffalo.org.
Know the score
Here is a different sort of program at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, EarShot (the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network) and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present New Music Readings, a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing brand-new orchestral works to life.
The BPO will try out music by four composers -- Stephen Gorbos, Elizabeth Lim, David Marenberg and Daniel Schlosberg -- with Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer. During the readings, the composers will get feedback from mentor composers Margaret Brouwer, Sebastian Currier and Derek Bermel, the conductor and BPO principal musicians -- an enlightening time for listener and composer alike.
The program is free and open to the public.