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Ingenuity 2009 opens at 4 p.m. Friday with another gigantic drum jam, this one called Big Bang and headed by Brazilian composer percussionist Marcus Santos, a veteran Ingenuity drum beater.

Throughout the 2009 Ingenuity festival, visitors can check out Melissa Daubert's interactive, four-wheeled sculpture "Urban Trotter," or visit the comic-book convention Screaming Tiki Super Con in the Halle building.

Additional weekend highlights include Brazilian jazz singer/songwriter Luca Mundaca at 6 p.m. Friday in Star Plaza; a collaborative performance called Future Noir, featuring musician/composer Ben Neill's computer-acoustic hybrid mutantrumpet (which he developed with input from synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog) and artist/performer Bill Jones providing visuals, at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Halle Alley; MorrisonDance's exploration of gravity and Goethe's color theory, Ingenius, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, and 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre; choreographer Lisa K. Lock's Agua Dulce at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Tech Center fountain; Double Edge Dance's interactive multimedia piece Shimmer, featuring music by Ross Feller and choreography by Kora Radella, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 4:30 and 6:30 Saturday and Sunday, at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre; Mark Gunderson's randomized dance party, Evolution Control Committee, with choices made by the "Wheel of Mashup" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, on the All Go Signs stage; punk girls Hot Cha Cha at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the Main Stage; off-off Broadway director Dario D. Ambrosi's play Night Lights, illuminated by the headlights of parked cars and sound played through their radio speakers, at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the All Go Signs alley; Urban Artz's hip-hop-ified retelling of the classic Christmas tale in Nutcracker Reloaded, at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Star Plaza Stage, and Aliya in Wonderland, their version of the Lewis Carroll story, at 2 p.m. Sunday, in All Go Signs Alley; and video artist Kasumi's Orbital Debris, featuring four video projectors aimed at the outside walls of the Christian Science Reading Room, at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Among the many other performances and interactive exhibits throughout the festival, we urge you to check out the joystick-controlled, synchronized banks of high-powered theater lights in All Go Alley.

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