Oh, the hustle and bustle of December, how I dread thee so. But in all that shopping, baking and visiting there’s still room for the arts. Lots and lots of arts. Here’s you’re Arts Round Up this week Calgary.

JUST KEEP SWIMMING: This is the final week for you to catch Jack Goes Boating at the Pumphouse’s Joyce Doolittle Theatre, the latest awesome coproduction by Sage Theatre and Shadow Theatre. Frank Zotter plays Clyde and Garett Ross plays Jack in this tale of flawed lives and loves.
Photo by Walter Tychnowicz, Wiresharp Photography courtesy Sage Theatre

Swimming at the Pumphouse
It’s a tale of lies and relationships – a story of four flawed lower-class New Yorkers as they struggle through a life filled with cooking classes, swimming lessons, marriage problems, courtship and illicit drugs.
Jack Goes Boating
, the newest production from the award-winning paring of Sage Theatre and Shadow Theatre, has been getting rave reviews during the first week of its two week run and you still have time to take it in. Exactly six more chances if you want to be precise.
Trust me, this is a good one to go see and there’s some buzz already that the Sage/Shadow duo might be making a run for a Betty nod the second season in a row.
Jack Goes Boating
runs at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre at the Pumphouse until December 8. For more information or tickets visit pumphousetheatre.ca

Celebrate First Thursday at Art Central
Hey you guys… it’s a new month and you know what that means. It’s time for the First Thursday culture crawl! And to get you all in the holiday spirit, Calgary Arts Development is throwing a little bash.
This Thursday, December 6, cruise down to Art Central (100 7th Ave SW) and have a holiday treat, thanks to Fiasco Gelato. It’s their way of saying thanks to their volunteers, donors and the whole awesome arts community.
Then, after you’re done there, swing over to Studio Loop to meet Shyra De Souza and her work in progress Phantom Limb.
It’s the closing reception for her time at the St[art] Residency Program and a great chance to have a chat about her use of found objects and how she uses them to create a cognitive dissonance in her work.
These are just a few events happening in the District, so make sure you check out the whole list, when it get posted, at firstthursdays.ca.

Stride’s Last Hurrah for 2012
It’s the last week in 2012 that you can head down to the Stride Gallery and to send the year off in style they’re throwing one dashing party.
/Black Tie One On is a live auction of original artworks and a “black tie affair” (note the quotation marks) to raise funds for their programming operations. It all goes down this Friday, December 7 from 7pm to midnight at the gallery (1004 Macleod Trail SE).
There’s even going to be a special selection of glow-in-the-dark works up for grabs.
For more information head over to their Facebook page and remember to mark January 11 off on your calendars for the opening of two new exhibitions to kick off 2013.

Boogie Ooggie Ooggie at the Brewery
Disco and art? You bet your booty.
So get on your dancing shoes and head down to the Village Brewery (5000 12A St. SE) for Limelighter’s December Disco Dance Party & Art Show.
This Friday, December 7, the Village Brewery will be filled with amazing art from local artists and funky beats from DJ Crosswalk. Tickets are just $10, cash only, and Limelighter’s monthly art party is always a good time.
For more information head over to Limelighter’s Facebook page and get ready to boogie.

Help the GRAND Make Art Accessible
Our good friends over at Theatre Junction GRAND have a project on the go and they need your help.
Housed in the beautiful 100-year-old Grand Theatre, Theatre Junction is looking for a hand in making their programming 100 per cent accessible for everyone.
They already do an amazing job reaching out to the community with reasonable ticket prices, discounts for students and artists, free public workshops to correspond with show and free high school mentorship programs. But, unfortunately, the stunning building just wasn’t built for accessibility.
So they’ve started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to install a wheelchair lift to their second floor studio space. Their goal is simple – raise one third of the cost through the crowdraising platform.
As of today, December 3, they’ve only gotten $175 of their $5,950 goal but they still have over a hundred days to go. They just want to get it done by May when they play host to a mixed-abilities theatre group coming from Australia to preform Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.
And this is where you guys come in. If you have the money, donate. Every little bit helps. If you can’t donate, spread the word. Let everyone know they’re doing this and why.
Let’s help make one of Calgary’s most awesome that much better.

MUSICAL EXPERIMENTATION: The National Music Centre (NMC) and Astral Radio bring the fifth instalment of the NMC Astral Radio Artist-in-Residence program to Calgary with Toronto’s Kinnie Starr and Vancouver’s Cris Derksen. The December 7 concert launches their new collaborative project, BEAMS and includes a gear-based workshop, for those interested, before the show.
Photos courtesy of the National Music Centre

Making Beautiful Music through Experimentation and Collaboration
Attention music lovers of Calgary. Thanks to a collaboration between the National Music Centre (NMC) and Astral Radio you’re in for a very special treat.
The fifth installment of the NMC Astral Radio Artist-in-Residence program wraps up this week with a killer concert and amazing workshop with two of Canada’s most acclaimed aboriginal musicians.
Toronto’s Kinnie Starr and Vancouver’s Cris Derksen spent the past week tackling the amazing NMC collection, using recording and sonic experimentation to create their new collaborative project, BEAMS.
And it all comes to a head with the two sharing some of their familiar favourites, new discoveries and unique music in concert at the NMC Stage 1 (134 11 Avenue SW) this Friday, December 7.
“We are extremely excited to work with the instruments at NMC,” said Cris in a statement. “To expand on what we’re already doing, but to also delve into a whole new world of experimentation with instruments we’ve only heard about, but never had the chance to actually play.”
The goal of the residency is to use new and innovative instruments to collaborate in creating something unique and fresh.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to expand the perimeters our tools can take us,” continued Cris. “I think KStarr and I are a perfect match – we instantly speak the same language about music and how to take it to the places we want to go, seeking the same path and outcomes.”
There’s also a free pre-show workshop called Technically Technical and the two artists will be on hand to answer any and all gear-related questions about the gadgets they use on stage and during their NMC residency.
Tickets and workshop pre-registration available at www.nmc.ca

Flamenco and Calgary
The art of Flamenco is something you don’t see too often here in Calgary but Rosanna Terracciano has been working hard to carve a space for her art in our great city.
The next installment of the This is Flamenco series happens December 6 to 8 at Birds and Stone (204 16 Avenue NW).
An official Cultural Capital Event, the first installment of the series happened back in July 2012 and gave a genuine glimpse into the dance, song and guitar that make Flamenco such a cool form of expression.
“My main motivation for this series is to offer Calgary audiences an intimate and sincere experience of flamenco dance and song, free of the often superficial and misinformed stereotypes associated with the art form. I believe strongly that these stereotypes can make it hard for audiences in Calgary – so geographically and culturally removed from flamenco’s roots in Spain – to better understand and accept the form,” said Rosanna in a statement. “Ultimately, my work in Calgary is always about trying to find more space for the flamenco art form – and my own personal interpretation of it – within the Calgary and Canadian cultural and artistic communities.”
The piece is meant as an intense and intimate experience, showcasing traditional flamenco by three flamenco veterans – Rosanna dancing, David Matyas playing guitar and Vancouver-based Stephanie Pedrazain signing – in an intimate setting.
This is Flamenco
runs December 6 to 8 at Birds and Stone in the basement of Unitarian Church (204 16 Avenue NW).

Do you have something awesome coming up and want to be part of the Calgary Arts Round Up? Drop me a line at amy@calgaryisawesome.com!