Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 445 members are artists, performance groups and cultural workers at museums, theatres, concert venues, community organizations, professional associations and more. Here's what some of them are up to this week.
Dancing on the Edge Festival
This annual festival is known for pushing frontiers of contemporary dance. BC Alliance members presenting works in the 29th event include Co.ERASGA, Karen Jameson Dance, Mascall Dance, and Kinesis Dance somatheatro. The latter company's new site-specific creation, Entrap, takes place in an interior design boutique and features two dancers exposing desires that may make viewers feel voyeuristic.
(Vancouver: Brooks Corning, Jul. 6 - 15)
West Coast Modern Home Tour
Mid-Century West Coast Modernism is a minimal, immaculately crafted, and mood-elevating architectural style that melds design with nature. Unique to this area, it brings the outdoors inside; a giant boulder, left in its natural state, may form the wall of a room. This tour includes five homes perched on the rocky slopes of West Vancouver, designed by Fred Hollingsworth, Robert Burgers and others. Presented by West Vancouver Museum.
(West Vancouver: Jul. 8)
Summer Arts Festival
Burnaby Arts Council has booked the best in local talent for this outdoor charmer set against beautiful Deer Lake Park. New this year: A chance to see painters in action at the first live painting competition.
(Burnaby: Deer Lake Gallery, Jul. 8)
Species at Risk
What do the River Jeweling and the Slender Gentian have in common (besides their mystic names)? The dragonfly and plant are both considered local endangered species. They are among the vulnerable flora and fauna featured in the Royal BC Museum’s pop-up travelling exhibition Species at Risk. Touring Northeastern BC, the trailer's displays emphasize "easy ways we can help our non-human neighbours."
(Fort Nelson, Peace River and other locations: Jul. 1 - Aug. 25)
Xi xanya dzam Curators Tour
One of the most remarkable exhibitions in Vancouver right now is this small show by the 11 recipients of the BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. The show is aptly named Xi xanya dzam, which translates as: Those who are amazing at making things (Robert Davidson, Susan Point, Norman Tait, and Dempsey Bob among them). This guided tour highlights inspiring notions around excellence and ways this quality is celebrated across Northwest Coast First Nation cultures.
(Vancouver: Jul. 6)
Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny They're really sorry, but Vancouver TheatreSports League lampoons Canada in its latest show. Based on audience suggestions, you can depend on the cast to crack wise about Justin Trudeau, mounties, hockey, Timbits and Caesars. Yes, the cocktail was invented by a Calgary restauranteur in 1969. (And it's on special at the Improv Centre's bar for the duration of this show, along with the All Canadian, made with Maple Crown Royal Whiskey, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, dash of bitters. But we digress. Cheers, eh.)
(Vancouver: Jul. 6 - Sept. 2)
Indian Summer FestivalThe annual festival brings together writers, visual artists, chefs and more. One highlight is the concert Here Is Where We Meet, by two Grammy Award winners: jazz sax legend Ernie Watts and classical Indian musician L. Subramaniam. Watts played in Buddy Rich's band in the 1960s and on Marvin Gaye’s classic album Let’s Get It On. While leading his own band, the saxophonist shared a label with Ravi Shankar. Watt's Indian music study lead to many collaborations with the masterful Subramaniam. This show (July 8, at the Orpheum), featuring a multi-instrumental ensemble, "calls for unity through music."
(Vancouver: Jul. 6 - 15)