This week in the Calgary Arts Round Up I feel a theme occurring – here’s a sale, there’s a show, get your shopping done. The Christmas season is upon us and the arts community is bursting at the seams with places to check off your to do list. But in the hustle and bustle don’t forget to take time for yourself as well – see a show, have a glass of champagne, breathe. Here’s your Arts Round Up this week Calgary.
20 YEARS OF WONDERFUL: The Newzones gallery is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this week with a retrospective exhibition curated by the mother-daughter team of Tamar and Helen Zenith, the very same two who opened the gallery in 1992 and have run it together since.
Photos courtesy of Newzones
Newzones Celebrates 20 Years
Twenty years is a long time but it’s also a blink of the eye.
For Tamar and Helen Zenith, 20 years ago was the start of something huge. In 1992 they opened the doors toNewzones with a commitment to show new art as well as new to Calgary art.
Today they work with painting, sculpture, and photo-based works and have successfully developed strong followings for its artists throughout the world.
And to celebrate their big two-oh, they’re having a Champagne and cake celebration on November 29 at 5:30pm (730 11 Ave SW). They’ll also be two exhibits opening – a retrospective exhibition curated by the mother-daughter team, Tamar and Helen, and an exhibition by Kevin Sonmor filled with brilliantly coloured canvases that mix abstract landscapes, traditional Flemish painting techniques and western art.
And if that’s not enough, they are also launching their Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Fund at The Calgary Foundation to contribute to a wide range of charitable organizations supporting Calgary’s visual arts community.
During their first 20 years, Newzones has showcased over 220 exhibitions and seen its artists collected by Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Glenbow Museum, Mendel Art Gallery, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
But if you can’t make it to the celebration and just want to check out some amazing art, both exhibits run November 29 until January 26 giving you plenty of time to take it all in.
Under $100 Art Show
It’s time for the fifth annual Art Spot’s Under $100 Art Show.
It opens this Thursday, November 29 and runs until just before Christmas, December 22 to be precise, making it perfect for finishing off your holiday shopping.
Thanks to a Calgary 2012 GrassRoots Grant, the show is bigger and better than ever – it runs a month instead of four days and is taking over a retail space instead of the Art Spot. This year’s show will be in the basement of LE ROCK (329 17 Avenue SW) and is open every Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 6pm.
The show was designed to not only help artists show and sell their work, but makes it affordable. This year’s show has a variety of items up for sale including paintings, photography, pottery, glassware, jewelry, clothing, prints, woodwork, accessories and more.
An opening reception will be held this Friday, November 30 from 5pm to 10pm so swing by, check it out and support local artists this holiday season.
It’s Time for the Not-So-Mini-Prints
There’s just something so neat about printmaking. The textures. The colours. Everything. I just love it.
And if you love it too head down to the Alberta Print Makers’ Artist Proof Gallery (2010F 11 Street SE) for the Not-So-Mini-Print Public Reception and Print Sale this Friday November 30th at 6:30pm.
There’ll be quality handmade gifts for the holidays up for sale, free mini treats, hot cocoa, cafe-au-lait and a raffle.
But don’t forget, this is just the kick off. The exhibition runs November 28 to December 22 and is an annual tradition. Each year A/P and the Artist Proof Gallery holds this non-juried show and sale as a fundraiser for artistic and educational programming, as well as a showcase for Alberta’s print artists.
There’s even free parking and families are welcome.
Movember at the Garden Variety Show
The end of the month means one thing – it’s time for the Garden Variety Show and this month’s performance is doubling as a fundraiser for Movember.
It’s a vaudevillian tribute to the mouth hosted by magician and comedian Ryan Pilling and his side kick Kent McKay. Joining them are improv duo One Lion, magician Tyler Wilson and musical guest Karen Ann Sim.
They’re giving you a chance to show off your moustache before you shave it and they’ve even brought in a facial hair photographer to immortalize those furry beasts.
And if you didn’t get to grow a mo this month, this Movember fundraiser will provide you with one.
It all takes place 7:30pm on Thursday, November 29 at the Loose Moose Theatre (1235 26th Ave SE). Tickets are $15 online at www.gardenvarietyshow.com and come with a fake moustache with $5 from each ticket going to support the Garden Variety Show’s Movember team.
High Drama in High School
With all the professional plays I see in a year, there’s something so special about taking the time to see a high school production. The schools of Calgary are no slouches when putting on a dramatic performance. Year after year they wow me.
So here’s your chance to see what some of the future stars of Calgary’s stage have to offer.
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School is producing The Imaginary Invalid – a hilarious classic comedy of manners – and it runs this week in the school’s main theatre (5111 – 21 Street SW.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $15 and the show runs Novmeber 27 to 30 at 7pm and December 1 and 2 at 2pm.
Then in just a few weeks time, the same school is putting on the musical version of Peter Pan, running December 11, 12 and 14 at 7pm and December 15 and 16 at 2pm.
Over at my Alma mater, Bowness High School, they’re running A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a great piece of Shakespeare, December 11 at 4pm and 12 and 13 at 7pm. And Western Canada High School is running The Trojan Women November 27 to 30 at 7:30pm.
These are just a few that I happened to find, there’s more out there. Check out your local school to see what’s happening and support some future stars.
Friday Night Holiday Market
Most craft sales, art markets and the like happen on the weekends, making it hard to squeeze in between hockey practice, dance rehearsals and Sunday dinner. But this Friday, November 30, the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5th Ave NW) is holding an evening Holiday Gift Market giving the rest of us a chance to get some handmade goodies to stuff those stockings.
The market runs from 7pm to 10pm and will have free hot chocolate and candy canes for everyone. DJ Carl Cassidy will be spinning some festive tunes and there’ll be handmade art, food, gifts and baking up for sale.
SNOOPY DANCE? YES PLEASE: Director Mark Bellamy and Vicki Stroich, Alberta Theatre Project’s Interim Artistic Director answer questions during Pizza with Vee night for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Photo by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
I admit I’ve never been a huge Peanuts fan. But when I saw Alberta Theatre Project’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown last week I might have become a convert.
C.I.A. Managing Editor Irene Seto and I got a chance to take in the Charlie Brown musical as part of Blogger’s Night and allowed us to attend a talk with the amazing Mark Bellamy.
He shared how as a director, he approached the beloved story and how as choreographer he didn’t want to be stuck using just the famous “Snoopy Dance” but didn’t want to go overboard.
“You don’t want Charlie Brown doing Baryshnikov,” he said.
It was a friendly, open chat and during the Q&A Mark explained how he relates most to Linus.
“I think I’m a Linus,” he said. “Linus is a philosopher, Charlie Brown is an optimist, Snoopy is a dreamer.”
Mark also shared with the hundred or so people in attendance how You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was the first musical he ever saw and was what made him fall in love with theatre.
“Music to me has always been really important. Music affects me more than anything else in the world,” he said. “You should all leave here smiling and being in touch with your inner child.”
The show itself was really well done and included famous bits, like Snoopy versus the Red Baron, Lucy’s booth and the baseball game. But what I loved the most where the over-the-top numbers like Linus and his blanket doing a dance duet and Snoopy singing about Suppertime with a gospel chorus.
All in all it was a really great night and the best part of the whole experience was the amount of children in the audience.
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown runs until December 30 and is the Nexen Family Holiday show so bring your entire family down and get ready to laugh yourself silly.