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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…)

Artist Spotlight: Alexis Lagimodiére-Grisé

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Alexis Lagimodiére-Grisé grew up 30 minutes southeast of Winnipeg in the small town of Lorette. Now a rising star in the Brooklyn New York art scene, reflections on a youth spent in Winnipeg have inspired Alexis’s latest work.

While studying Fine Arts at University of Manitoba, Alexis lived with other artists in the Exchange District where he could walk around for hours seeking inspiration. Winnipeg architectural icons such as Union Station and Centennial Library influenced his work.

Recently, Alexis spent time searching through Manitoba’s archives and was drawn to prints of the former St. Boniface city hall. He began replicating and altering the backgrounds of these historic photographs, creating images that question and call attention to the function of temporality and space. From Jul 13-Aug 26, these pieces will be on display in this same historic city hall itself, now home to La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones. 219 Provencher Blvd, 204-237-5964, maisondesartistes.mb.ca

Getting to the Sweet Spot in BIXI Bike Pricing

Photo by Ian Muttoo

By Amanda Yiu

Montreal-based bike-sharing company BIXI, which launched in Toronto, Ottawa, and Boston in the past few months, may be expanding to Vancouver in the near future, and plans for a 10,000-fleet New York City launch are set for next summer.

BIXI has grown rapidly since first launching in Montreal in 2009, beginning operations in Toronto, Ottawa and Boston in the past four months and rolling out overseas in 2010, in London, Melbourne and DC. The bike-sharing program is undeniably popular, with more than 3 million BIXI trips taken since the beginning of 2010.

For visitors, borrowing a bike at a pay-as-you-go rate can be a fabulous way to explore the city. But be sure to keep your ride short. A friend visiting from Australia last month made the mistake of taking out a BIXI bike in Toronto for the full day and ended up paying over $100 in usage fees. As the breakdown of non-subscriber fees (below) shows, long trips can add up quickly. (Subscribers can pay $95 for a one-year membership, waiving the $5 daily flat fee, but the same time-of-use rates still apply.)

BIXI fees for 8 hours of continuous usage:

$5 flat 24-hour access fee (includes first 30 minutes)

+ $1.50 for 31–60 min

+ $4 for 61–90 min

+ $104 for additional 6.5 hours ($8 x 13 half-hour increments)

= $113.50 before tax

Additionally, a $250 security deposit is charged to your credit card and refunded after 10 days.

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Hot Dining: Now Open: Italian Eats

Both contemporary New York-style and classic Italian eateries are making their mark in the city’s dining scene. At La Trattoria in St. Boniface, Italy-trained Chef/owner Chris Tascona delivers traditionally prepared favourites, like fall-off-the-bone grilled lamb chops marinated in fragrant garlic and mint. 271 Provencher Blvd, 233-5318.  Across the river in the Exchange, Chef Darryl Crumb (pictured) of Brooklynn’s Bistro uses a wood-fired oven to create pillowy soft pizzas served in an architecturally stunning room decorated with sleek modern accents. 177 Lombard Ave, 415-4112.