Black House Improvisors' Collective is unleashing all new sounds this weekend for Rites of Being
, the premiere of six new chamber operas concentrating on the theme of ritual. "They can be pretty mundane, like morning coffee, or terrifying and ancient, like human sacrifice," says BHIC artistic director Hunter Long. "We're basically using the This American Life
method of programming: several disparate stories based on a common theme." See the operas tonight (and Thursday) at Paragraph Gallery (23 East 12th Street, 816-221-5115) at 7:30. Tickets cost $20 for a seat or $5 for standing room. See blackhouse.typepad.com
for more information.