Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 465 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.
Vancouver's Julia Mackey, who wrote this widely acclaimed play, stars as both a 10-year-old girl and an 80-year-old war veteran, who strike up an unlikely friendship in a cemetery. An homage to those who fought in the Second World War, it’s “impressively written and performed," says Toronto’s Eye Weekly, "and should be a great draw for younger kids and their grandparents.” Presented by Frank Venables Theatre.
(Oliver: Oct. 21)
The Double Axe Murders
Bernie Stapleton’s thriller is said to be based on true events that happened during a Newfoundland blizzard. An unwitting trio takes refuge in a haunted cabin and the rest is gruesome history. Rusticate Theatre, a new company laden with Jessie Award-winners, presents the bone-chiller with assist from the production team at Presentation House Theatre.
(North Vancouver: Oct. 25-Nov. 5)
Slovenian Kurent Dance
It’s not every day one is gifted an original Kurent costume, so to celebrate its arrival, the Museum of Anthropology hosts an evening of Slovenian festivities. Adored in a big, hairy sheepskin costume festooned with cowbells, the Kurent is a spirit figure whose dance is jumpy and musical. Vancouver Slovenian Society dancers will be joined by a folk music quartet direct from Slovenia.
(Vancouver: Oct. 19)
Ballet Kelowna Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration
Ballet Kelowna presents four recently premiered works from Canadian choreographers Donald Sales, Gioconda Barbuto, Matjash Mrozewski, and company artistic director Simone Orlando, all of which reflect the diverse culture of our vast country. So, anything goes at this show at The ACT Arts Centre.
(Maple Ridge: Oct. 21)
Museum of Vancouver Presents Anna Baignoche
For the first time, MOV presents an album release party. Anna Baignoche’s newest release Becoming spans influences such as Joni Mitchell, João Gilberto and Sigur Rós. Her band features musicians who’ve played with Sarah McLachlan, Doug and the Slugs, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dan Mangan and Petunia. MOV's Alan Kollins tells us that the performance is part of an effort "to create dynamic audience engagement programs," and that the museum plans to use its intimate, 200-seat theatre to present more local performing artists.
(Vancouver: Oct. 21)
Trivia-heads: how much money has the Vancouver International Children's Festival annual Trivia Night fundraiser raised for its community programs? Answer: Thousands of dollars. Keep those correct responses coming at Loungeworks, where funds raised support the Festival's Hospital Outreach Program.
(Vancouver: Oct. 21)
Jennifer Egan in Conversation with Bill Richardson
Vancouver Writers Fest, which continues through the weekend, doesn’t rest long before presenting another season highlight at Norman Rothstein Theatre: Jennifer Egan, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece A Visit From the Goon Squad, speaks about writing and her career with the writer and former CBC host Bill Richardson.
(Vancouver: Oct. 25)
Laudate Singers Gala Fundraiser: Viennese Masquerade
Vancouver’s esteemed Laudate Singers invite all to a party of mystery and theatricality, with sensational cuisine and musical performances, at the Seymour Golf & Country Club.
(North Vancouver: Oct. 24)