"The big thing is that it's an opportunity for us to commingle both companies and both audiences," Freeland explains. "LIDA had its first show here earlier in the fall; we basically did the opening and the production on the same night. This is a much better time to walk through and really see the facility, to look a little bit deeper. It'll also give Patrick and me a chance to talk about how each company plans to use the space both independently and together." To get folks excited about the merger, both companies will present a sampler of upcoming works; as for the party, Freeland notes, "We'll have things to wet your whistle." Could there be a more perfect excuse to escape the unfriendly confines of home and mall?
Raise the roof with Control Group and LIDA tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight; admission is free. The Laundry is at 2701 Lawrence Street; find details at www.controlgroupproductions.org or look up the Facebook event page.
Sat., Nov. 26, 7 p.m.-midnight, 2011