Lawrence Toppman

New Frequencies: Edgy stuff you can get into (until it sells out)

Lewis Klahr’s animated film “Sixty-Six” will be part of the upcoming New Frequencies series.
Lewis Klahr’s animated film “Sixty-Six” will be part of the upcoming New Frequencies series. Courtesy of New Frequencies

When New Frequencies opened its first season at McColl Center for Art + Innovation last winter, nobody expected a dancer of Japanese butoh to fill the intimate performance space – twice, yet – or readings by experimental authors to pack a small adjacent hall.

But they did, so New Frequencies returns next month with a mini-series of four events at the McColl, 721 N. Tryon St. For details, call 704-332-5535 or go to Here’s the roster:

Sept. 12, 8 p.m.: Music by Battle Trance and Jacob Wick. The headliners, a saxophone quartet, cross back and forth among avant-garde jazz, classical music, black metal, ambient and world music. Wick, a Mexico City-based soloist, blurs the lines between traditional trumpet playing and performance art. $10 for McColl Center members, $12 for non-members.

Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: Readings by Robert Lopez and Samuel Ligon. Lopez has written two novels, “Part of the World” and “Kamby Bolongo Mean River,” plus the story collection “Good People.” Ligon has written several story collections and novels, most recently “Among the Dead and Dreaming.” $5 and $7.

Oct. 14, 8 p.m.: “Sixty-Six,” an animated film by Lewis Klahr. The movie comes here fresh from its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It’s described as “elliptical tales of sunshine noir and classic Greek mythology, inhabited by comic book superheroes and European pinups who wander through mid-century modernist architectural photographs.” $5 and $7.

Nov. 18-19, 8 p.m.: Three dance performances. The world premiere of “Dwellings like a Mirage in the Heat” explores the chance methods devised by John Cage and Merce Cunningham, with live music by Brent Bagwell; “Whether One” was inspired by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's book about the Kobe earthquake; local choreographer Megan Payne’s “Magnificent Mirage" was triggered by the haunting work of experimental fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville, and it investigates themes of disintegration and gender conformity. Dancers include Brian McGinnis (Chicago), Eric Mullis (Charlotte) and Jennifer Sydor (New York). $10 and $12.

Toppman: 704-358-5232