Best performance art/noise combo

Whitey Alabastard at The Venture Compound

click to enlarge Whitey Alabastard, right - Brian Mahar
Brian Mahar
Whitey Alabastard, right

Whether it’s gleeful accordion improvisation or hell-raising noise explorations, Nick Boutwell (aka Whitey Alabastard) has made an artistic career of being unpredictable. His performance on June 1 at Venture Compound found him screaming into a mic’d-up plastic bucket full of coins, gyrating wildly, and eventually tossing the entirety of the bucket’s contents over the floor of the space – all the while sound-tracking the entrance of a quizzical blue-haired woman in a gas mask, who posed menacingly in time with Boutwell’s sonic ooze. It was terrifying and baffling in equal measure, but definitely a sight to see, if nothing else.

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