Last Sunday evening at Visual Arts Collective, musician Noel Weber fussed with a giant, glowing space bubble. On the opposite side of the room, crafter and BW staffer Chelsea Snow stooped over a sewing machine, mending a multicolored strap-on felt beard. Up in VAC's elevated sound booth, videographer Wendy Fox tinkered with a projector casting abstract images on a giant screen. Staging a space alien invasion takes more preparation than you might imagine.
On Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, Weber will join local burlesque troupe the Red Light Variety Show to throw a two-night Halloween spectacular called "Love and Vile Murder." Weber, who performs electronic pop under the name Nollifur, is no stranger to incorporating elaborate theatrics into his performances.
"I've been playing shows for quite a few years," said Weber. "Every time I try to amp it up a little more and do something a little bit more."
But this show is, by far, Nollifur's most involved. While Weber cranks out "sci-fi fantasy songs," "space jams" and "cheeky love songs," audience members will watch as gold spandex-clad space folk invade a planet populated by rainbow-bearded nomads. A space battle involving fuzzy pom pom balls ensues and, amid the chaos, audience abductions are highly probable.
"It's mostly just about having lots of fun and trying to get people to do weird things and creating a spectacle," said Weber. "I don't have any concept behind it other than to entertain."
But Nollifur isn't the only act on the bill. The Red Light Show also promises an elaborate performance with zombies, poisonings and an arsenal of fishnets. If you're worried that all this sexy, spacey stimulation will leave you longing for a solid dose of rock, catch locals Le Fleur opening the show on Friday evening and Pussygutt kicking things off on Saturday.
Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $15. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297. For tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com.