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Posted: April 18th, 2013
Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2013-14 season; R.I.P. Scott Miller

Jazz, ballet, Shakespeare and a unique tribute to Bob Dylan highlight the 2013-14 Mercyhurst Institute for Art & Culture season that was announced Thursday at the Mercyhurst University D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

“We’re terribly excited about the next season,” said Jamie Grady, the MIAC director. “One of the things we’re trying to bring in is some programming that really can be enjoyed by the entire family that’s accessible. Really, the way I’m seeing it, is it’s unique, it’s entertaining and it’s world class.”

Highlights include the return of wildly popular Japanese drummers Yamato (Nov. 16-17); The Irish Rovers (March 8) on their farewell tour; the Moscow Festival Ballet performing “Swan Lake” (April 15); and Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas (Dec. 13), which will feature seating on the D’Angelo stage for an intimate experience.

The series opens with the Cashore Marionettes (Sept. 14) and will also include Aquila Theatre Company of New York performing “Twelfth Night” (Sept. 29); the art-folk, husband-and-wife duo the Bengsons (Sept. 27); Howard Fishman presenting his Basement Tapes Project, which focuses on Dylan’s music with the Band recorded in 1967 (Oct. 3); high-energy Brazilian dance group Compagnie Kafig (Jan. 29); instrumental jazz Snarky Puppy (March 20); and chamber group Ahn Trio (April 3).
Mercyhurst announced that all three of its film series will return — the Langer series, the classics series, and On Screen/In Person.

Tickets for 2013-14 events will go on sale sometime during the summer.

Bummer news: Scott Miller, the former leader of Game Theory, then the Loud Family, died on Monday, according to a post on The Loud Family web site and a subsequent Rolling Stone story.
Miller’s eccentric but brilliant, trippy pop music never broke through the way it could and should have; I hear his influence in all sorts of moden-day bands, such as Portugal. the Man, Harlem Shakes and the Shins. Game Theory’s “Lolita Nation” is a stone-cold classic; Miller signed my vinyl copy at a Cleveland show at the old Grog Shop; I’ll never forget that. But there was plenty more where that came from: Loud Family’s first album, “Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things” (1993) was equally fantastic; and the “proper” songs (with noisy fragments inbetween) on “Days for Days” rank among his best ever.
You can hear Loud Family on spotify.com…but Sue Trowbridge, a longtime friend of Miller’s and his web master, has also nobly put his albums up for free download at www.loudfamily.com if you want to check them out.
Sad news is, Miller was about to record the first Game Theory album since the 1980s because the brilliance of David Bowie’s “The Next Day” inspired him so much, according a post on the Loud Family site. He figured he could pull of a comeback, too.
Now we won’t get to hear it.
I am bummed, but so glad I got to see Miller in action wiih the Loud Family at Grog Shop. That was a mind-blowing concert.

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