Can't get enough art? Well, some 30 local, national, and international artists are slated to perform over the course of a 24-hour performance festival at the Soap Factory this weekend. It's like cramming the Fringe Festival into one day. The idea is based on a non-religious interpretation of the Catholic ritual known as the Forty Hours' Devotion, apparently a must-do for 16th-century Italian artists like Caravaggio and Prospero Orsi. In addition to the performance, the ARTERY 24 planners are throwing in an Italian banquet, a magical item of furniture, a persistent Harlequin, video screenings, installations and many other surprises. You'll have to visit the website to get the full schedule, but highlights include dancer Anna Marie Shogren with an interactive work (July 5 at 4 p.m.); Flock Chaotic (July 5 at 8 p.m.), which promises geese, worms, ovens, and Albert Einstein; Jaime Carrera's "Povera," a meditation on the hand-to-mouth life of the working artist (July 5 at 11 p.m.); Elliott Durko Lynch's real estate blow-up "The Historic New York Artists Lofts and Residences + Hotel" (July 6 at 1 a.m.); and Megan Mayer's sunrise show highlighting the gallery architecture (July 6 at 6 a.m.); plus much, much more. Test your mettle and see if you can make it through every show. Free; $20 suggested donation for the banquet.
Sat., July 5, noon, 2008