Take 5 at Brüka Theater

By Norm Robins

Everyone of a certain age knows “Take 5”. It was played by the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax, and an assortment of sidemen on drums and bass. First performed in 1959 at the Village Gate in New York City, this musical masterpiece has been performed over and over again in the decades that followed. Take 5 was the biggest selling jazz single ever.

Brüka’s “Take 5” has nothing to do with this. Ah well, let’s not get nostalgic. Let’s move right along. Brüka’s Take Five means over two nights, Friday and Saturday, January 17th and 18th, 30 artists will have five minutes each to strut their stuff—so to speak. Their presentations will run the gamut of visual and performing arts from neon lighting to set design to create a diva personality. Reese Kvall who floats up and down a suspended piece of cloth with the ease and aplomb of a person taking a walk in the park will enlighten the audience hopefully with how she does it. Hint: Being very young helps. There’s even John Wade scheduled to talk about the art of burlesque. Those of us who remember Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond are old enough to remember burlesque, the art form that has been replaced by the unsubtle, unnuanced thing called pole dancing. Holly Natwora will talk about the subtle, nuanced art of the viewpoint.

Renoarts.news will get back to you to report on the event. It promises to be a unique and fascinating one. Online tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (775) 323-3221 or by visiting the Melting Pot World Emporium at 1049 S. Virginia St., Reno.

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