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calgary arts

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 11-14

 

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

Chris Kuzmanovich & Lori Lukasewich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Caroline Forde Spotlight opening
Alberta Craft Council, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Stacey Maddock: Fractured Mandalas – Patterns of Life
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: opening reception 5 – 8 pm

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival
BMO Centre, Stampede Park
Friday (4 pm – midnight) Saturday (noon- 10 pm) Sunday (noon – 6 pm)

The Paint Exhibition (group show)
239 – 29 Ave NE, Friday (3 – 9 pm) Saturday (noon – 6 pm)

Mark Vazquez-Mackay: Five Years in Reflection
Artpoint Gallery, 5 – 9 pm

Harlan Thomas, Caran Magaw: Our Skies
Framed on Fifth, 6 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

Tinyan Solo Exhibition
Gainsborough Galleries Ltd, noon – 5

Art from the Unknown
McDougall Centre, 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday

2-DAY Event! Annual Fall Art Exhibition & Sale
Beacon Original Art, Bridgeland Riverside Community Association
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Calgary Artists Society Fall Show
Parkdale United Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Lisa Brawn Mumsho Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Artist Talks: Lori Lukasewich & Chris Kuzmanovich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 2 – 3 pm

Joice M. Hall: GWAII Haanas: Islands & Sacred Sites
Wallace Galleries, Ltd, 2 – 5 pm

Andrew Mackenzie: Vertical Forms
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

Annual Costume Sale
Front Row Centre Players, 3 – 7 pm

15 things to do in Calgary in October

By KYLEE PEDERSEN AND SHAUNA MCGINN

Autumn in Calgary means the arrival of some cornerstone festivals and events, bringing together the best of the city’s art, culture, food and drink. Read on to find out how to make the most of October!

Photo courtesy Caitie Lawrence.

UNTOLD HISTORIES
There are few platforms in Calgary, let alone in Canada, that allow Indigenous people to tell their own stories. Since 2012, the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society has been making this possible through theatre. KAAHSINNONIKS (our ancestors), running on October 3 and 4, tell the story of what happened during the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877, through the collection and artistic interpretation of oral histories. The group’s second major production, KIITISTSINNONIKS (our mothers) will run from October 24-26.

JOAN DIDION’S THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING PLAY
A decade ago, Didion’s best selling memoir was adapted into a stage play that’s since been revered by audiences worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to see it this week at the Sage Theatre until October 6.

ANTIBALAS
There is nothing quite like the infectious energy of this collective of musicians hailing from Brooklyn. Self-described as music for “intrepid listeners,” the West African-inspired Afrobeat orchestra is here on October 5 to bring you sounds of stylistic funk dappled with political nuance that you may not have experienced before.

DISNEY IN CONCERT: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
A tale as old as time gets a special accompaniment: the CPO will bring the feature film to life on October 5 and 6 with performances of all your favourite songs!

SALOON: A MUSICAL ACROBATIC ADVENTURE
Circus, theatre and live music collide in this western-inspired thrill ride on October 6.

WORDFEST
A celebration of all things literature for writers, readers, and wordsmiths, this festival that runs from October 8-15, boasts multiple events each day, ranging from author Q&As, workshops, book signings and more.

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
Calgary’s Shakespeare Company are shaking up a classic by casting two women in the title roles. The show runs from October 929.

RODNEY’S CRAB CRACK WITH STEAM WHISTLE BREWING
Rodney’s Oyster House is hosting an evening of messy fun on October 11, with three types of crab served family-style along with a pint of Steam Whistle.

BURTON CUMMINGS
Legendary The Guess Who frontman will rock the stage at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on October 12.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
If the title of this festival isn’t enough to convince you to attend, its menu will. On the docket for 2018? Over 40 different food selections from the city’s best restaurants and vendors, to be paired with an extensive list of global wines, beers and spirits. You’ll also be able to share your favourite sips and bites and vote for the Great Big Taste Awards in two food categories and 14 beverage categories. October 12 and 13.

THE WEATHER STATION
Tamara Lindeman’s cool, feathered voice will coo out the narrative sounds of her fourth EP at Festival Hall on October 14. With her new collection of songs, the Toronto musician will sweep listeners away with unstructured, bold musical storytelling.

CPO: PETER AND THE WOLF
Introducing the perfect performance for young orchestra audiences, this rendition of Prokofiev’s masterpiece accompanied by the ever-charming Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of the Animals is sure to capture the imagination of children and adults alike, as Peter and his animal friends attempt to capture a wolf that is lurking about their village. See it on October 21.

CRAIG FERGUSON
Don’t miss this famed actor, writer and comedian’s newest tour, Hobo Fabulous, on October 21.

ALBERTA BALLET IN THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
A timeless epic at its pinnacle, the whole family will enjoy the story of Princess Aurora set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score from October 24-27.

CALGARY SCREAMFEST
The 13thand final ScreamFest is on in the Grandstand building at Stampede Park. Come out to get spooked with haunted houses, rides, escape rooms, and more until October 31.

Q+A: Backstage at the High Performance Rodeo with Kelly Reay

Kelly Reay is currently the festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, but a decades-long career has seen him travel across many of Calgary’s renowned stages. (Photo courtesy of the High Performance Rodeo.)

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Like so many performing artists before him, Kelly Reay, festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, was obsessed with storytelling from a young age. He dreamt of following his passion right to Hollywood’s doorstep, and first began working in Calgary’s theatre scene in hopes that the experience would make a perfect stepping stone to the silver screen. But an unexpected lesson learned early on later made it impossible for him to leave the stage behind.

“There is a richness and a uniqueness in this medium that you can’t achieve in any other, in film or TV,” he says. “Theatre is very much a communal experience—you’re there with this group of strangers, collecting shared experiences, and that rawness is ultimately one of the big things that drew me to theatre and made me stay. That idea of how visceral seeing a live performance is, and sharing that specific performance, on that night, with whosoever is in the audience.” (more…)

Q+A: Calgary actress Erin Carter talks silver screen success

By BRIAN FRENCH

When kids dream of being a movie star, they usually have no idea how much hard work and sacrifice it will take to realize their dream. Like becoming a fireman or an astronaut, such dreams usually fade with adolescence, giving way to more conventional career goals. For Calgary’s Erin Carter, the ambition never faded, the hard work and sacrifice endured, and the dream was realized.

After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, and studying at the Canadian Film Centre’s prestigious Actors Conservatory, Erin has begun making quite a name for herself in the film industry as an actor, as a writer, and as a producer. Erin was in Calgary recently promoting her newest feature film, Suck It Up—set in Calgary and Invermere—which premiered at the closing gala of the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival. We had a chance to catch up with Erin and ask a few questions. (more…)

6 things to do in Calgary this week: Dec 18 – 24

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

A LIFE-SIZE GINGERBREAD HOUSE 

If you’ve been hoping to see what a giant gingerbread house looks like, you’re in luck. The Fairmont Palliser is displaying a life-size one in its main lobby. You can even step inside the house with a cash or non-perishable food donation, benefiting the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre and Calgary Food Bank. The giant donation box was so full of non-perishable goods last weekend, it had to be emptied! Help Fairmont Palliser fill it up again until January 2.

Main Lobby, Fairmont Palliser, 133 – 9 Ave SW, Fairmont.com/Palliser-Calgary (more…)

25 Things To Do in Calgary in December

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

A Tribe Called Red will bring their revolutionary sound to The Palace Theatre Dec. 1. (Photo by Matt Barnes.)

For some of you, Christmas has been top of mind for the past several months—but now that we’re just weeks away, the rest of us can no longer deny: ’tis the season! To help get you and yours’ in a festive mood, here are 25 of our favourite local celebrations and holiday traditions that you can take part in to count down the days until Christmas!

(If Christmas just isn’t your cup of holiday cheer, never fear! We threw in a couple of chilly activities, sans festivities, down below for getting out around town and making the most of our city at this jolly time of year—so keep scrolling, and get ready to bundle up!) (more…)

Q+A: Welcome to Calgary, Stafford Arima

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Acclaimed Broadway director Stafford Arima became Theatre Calgary’s new artistic director on April 3, 2017. (Photo by Abigail Alcala.)

In April 2017, Theatre Calgary welcomed a new artistic director into their ranks—acclaimed Broadway director Stafford Arima. Originally from Toronto, Arima flourished as a director both in New York and abroad for the past two decades, with credits like Allegiance, Ragtime, Altar Boyz and Carrie under his belt. Arima has returned home to Canada just in time to oversee Theatre Calgary’s 50th season.

Although he’s still pretty new to Calgary, Arima is no stranger to city living. Six months into his new role, we caught up with Arima to see how he’s settling in here, why he left New York for Calgary and where to go for the best Alberta beef in town. (more…)