Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- you know, from "(500) Days of Summer" and "Looper" -- is taking his digital arts project on the road with an innovative, interactive tour for connecting artists. His production company, hitRECord, brings together video, music, photography, screenwriting, graphic art, illustration and more from different artists around the world to make projects. Usually only online, these collaborations are going to happen in real time at the hitRECord On the Road fall tour, in D.C. at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St. NW) at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Several videos and animations will be screened, but the audience will also be brought up onstage for improved sessions -- and everyone should bring a camera to participate in the remixing of the event. It's art for the digital era. Tickets range from $9.50 to $39.50. For more information, visit hitrecord.org/tour.
As a young soldier in the Israeli army, Rita Yahan-Farouz wanted to do only one thing: sing. And sing she did. Her unique voice was an instant hit among her fellow soldiers, and soon, some of the top Israeli music executives took notice. She is now the biggest musical sensation in Israel and has released an impressive 12 albums that have each landed platinum or gold. Known as a "cultural ambassador" and a larger than life stage performer, Yahan-Farouz seeks to promote a message of peace. Her most recent album, "My Joys," embodies her love for her Persian roots, and it's no surprise that the entire album is sung in Farsi, her native language.
We're excited to announce that Yahan-Farouz will be singing at the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) at 8 p.m. For tickets, go to strathmore.org.
Another treat from the Middle East, the Israeli-American group Yemen Blues has taken the international music scene by storm and begins its first U.S. tour making a stop in D.C. Uniting traditional Yemenite melodies with the world of blues, jazz,\ and funk, Yemen Blues combines West African roots and enhanced modern compositions in a breathtaking mixture of beautiful, complex grooves.
There's nothing we could say about the innovative and engaging spirit at the performances that would put it better than this review in the New York Times: "Yemen Blues hopscotched across cultures, often in mid-song. It could sound like an Arabic pop orchestra accompanying serpentine melodies, or a North African trance group, only to switch toward jazzy horn and flute solos or hints of chamber music."
Tickets are $20 for the performance at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW). All seats are general admission, and doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.