With the first month of 2013 behind us the awesome just keeps coming. And, boy howdy, there’s a whole bunch more coming. Like this week – we have the next show in Theatre Junction’s epic season, new art exhibitions, Exposure 2013, the UofC is full of music, filling Station launches issue 55 and so much more.
Art. Photography. Music. Theatre. Literature. It’s all here in this week’s Arts Round Up.
AMAZING NARRATION: Award winning actor, Dirk Roofthooft, stars in Sunken Red, Theatre Junction GRAND’s newest show running this week only.
Photos by Pan Sok, Courtesy of Theatre Junction GRAND
Perfection on Stage
It’s a classic Dutch novel brought to life by one of Europe’s greatest actors. It’s emotional. It’s tragic. It’s the next show in Theatre Junction GRAND’s amazing season.
Sunken Red stars Dirk Roofthooft as a complex man reflecting on his childhood trauma – being imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp with his mother.
Using five cameras to observe what’s happening on stage and sound techniques to enhance even a whisper, the piece takes the viewer into the character’s intimate world.
“Sometimes drama is hallucinatory,” states De Volkskrant, one of the Netherlands’s largest papers. “Like a trip, a dream that lifts you out of your theatre seat. It happens only rarely, but Guy Cassiers and Dirk Roofthooft have succeeded with Sunken Red…”
But it’s only here for a very limited engagement so make sure you go and checkout this masterpiece.
Sunken Red runs February 6 to 9 at 8pm.
Conflict/ Resolution at the Untitled Art Society
It’s time to switch up once again at many of Calgary’s galleries and one new show this week shows awesome images that combine Eastern spirituality and mysticism to nourish the creative spirit.
Brian Batista’s Conflict/ Resolution is being shown as part of the Calgary Animated Objects Society’s International Festival of Animated Objects and runs February 8 to March 31 at theUntitled Art Society’s +15 Gallery.
I’ve been seeing a lot of Brian’s eye-catching work around lately with two simultaneous exhibitions in the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts building and Dive Inspiration running in November 2012 at the Stride Gallery. His work is bright, engrossing and multifaceted and well worth a look.
There will be a closing reception on Friday, March 21 at 7pm and more information can be found here.
Musicians Care for Boys and Girls Club
There are a lot of good causes in this city but the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are one of the best. Anything that helps kids is A-Okay in my book.
And for the fourth year, Musicians Care for Kids benefit concert will be raising funds to support this awesome organization.
The 4th Annual Musicians Care for Kids takes place this Wednesday, February 6 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall and features amazing Canadian talents like Reuben Bullock of Reuben and the Dark, Del Barber, Andrea House, Romi Mayes, Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar and David Gogo.
And Calgary’s own Mandy Stobo will be on hand doing a live painting.
Last year’s concert raised $30,000 and they’re looking to better it for 2013. All the proceeds will go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and more information can be found here.
All Along at Pith
Here’s something awesome you might have missed and if you didn’t make it out for the opening last week, you still have plenty of time to check out the newest show at Pith Gallery in Inglewood.
All Along features works by artists Hye-Seung Jung and Stacey Watson and runs until March 8.
As part of Exposure 2013, Stacey’s photographic work on walking and the imagination graces the upper gallery while the lower galley is filled with a collaborative sculptural installation by Hye-Seung completed with photographic elements from Stacey.
“Artists are often keenly aware of social processes such as the formation of a city’s identity and see their role as creative and critical thinkers within these processes to be necessary. In All Along, Hye-Seung Jung and Stacey Watson propose that there are a multitude of cities within every city—as many cities as there are living inhabitants, as well as those gone before and those yet to come,” says local artist and writer Andrea Williamson in her essay on the exhibition.
Pith Gallery and Studios (1018 9th Ave SE) is open every Saturday from 11am to 5pm or by appointment.
Season of Strings at UofC
It’s a celebration of strings with violin and cello through piano, organ, and viola de gamba.
The University of Calgary is presenting a ton of great music this month with not one, but three shows, featuring strings.
First up is part of the Celebration Series: The Visionary Liszt this Saturday, February 9 and features Charles Foreman on piano.
It’s the sixth and final concert in his series of Liszt performances and will cap off with treasured pieces such as Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H, En rêve (Notturno), Sonata in B minor and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12.
Then it’s the Organ Series with Suites and Sonatas on Tuesday, February 12 featuring Neil Cockburn on the organ and Felix Deak on the viola de gamba.
And lastly, it’s the Quartet Series with A Celebration of Shostakovich II on Friday, February 15.
The UCalgary String Quartet will present Shostakovich’s Quartet cycle – often regarded as one of the most important achievements in this genre– along with works by Schubert, Grieg and Brahms.
All three shows take place, on their respected night, at 8pm at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre and head over to performingarts.ucalgary.ca for more information.
New Gallery’s Secondary Explanation
A series of drawings and a narrated photographic slideshow will be taking over The New Gallery’smain space but it’s a bit more complicated than that.
In Duane Linklater’s exhibition, Second Explanation, his work is specifically reacting to an image of an appropriated traditional ledger drawing – and its problematic author – found online.
“The history of ledger drawing is quite complicated, but essentially they were drawings which were done by Native Americans while imprisoned for various ‘crimes’ by the US army,” explains Duane in a statement. “While incarcerated, the prisoners were given ledgers to make drawings – much of these drawings relate to the freedom that they once felt.”
Second Explanation runs February 8 to March 2 at The New Gallery (#212, Art Central, 100 7th Avenue SW) and a public reception will be held on Friday, February 8 from 8pm to 11pm.