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.
Two Evening Events at Museum of Anthropology
MOA hosts two evening events, both in conjunction with the exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia, which closes on October 9. The first, Night Shift: Body Language is another instalment of MOA's monthly cabaret party, and will feature Taiwan’s Assembly Dance Theatre performing a work inspired by "ways you can write with your body." Assembly Dance returns for the second night, Experimental Ink, which is all about the language of movement, light and sound. Also featured are Vancouver-based interdisciplinary media artist Sammy Chien, and Kimura Tsubasa, a renowned calligrapher from Japan whose work is featured in the Traces of Words exhibition.
(Vancouver: Oct. 5 & 6)
Young Vancouver actors take on monsters found in storytelling, from the past, the future and within. “Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Monsters is a strongly anti-bullying, anti-violence, anti-racism play, designed for young audiences aged 12 and older,” state Vancouver producers Miscellaneous Productions. The show explores “how and why a community creates and supports a ‘monster’ and how people are often attracted to individuals with loud, brash, forceful or aggressive personalities but are unaware of how incredibly damaging they can be.” See Monsters at Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Faris Family Studio Theatre.
(Vancouver: Oct. 6-7)
Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver's South Asian Community
Vancouver skyline icon The Lookout turns 40 this year, and part of the celebrations include a series of five talks about the city’s history, co-presented by Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Zoom up the exterior glass elevator, take in stunning 360-degree views, and hear stories about events that have shaped Vancouver over time. This week, Naveen Girn, Paneet Singh and Milan Singh shed light on the city’s South Asian history, starting from the Komagata Maru incident (when a group of 376 Sikh, Muslim and Hindu passengers were denied admittance to the country). Next week, Oct. 19, Eve Lazarus speaks about some of Vancouver's most sensational crimes of the 20th century.
(Vancouver: Oct. 7)
BC Spotlight Gala
What’s the best BC film at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (which continues until Oct. 13)? Find out at the annual Spotlight Awards gala, which celebrates outstanding achievements in filmmaking by our homegrown talent. The ceremony culminates with a screening of Shut Up and Say Something, Melanie Wood’s intimate look at acclaimed spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan.
(Vancouver: Oct. 7)
Terra and Beyond, with Chris Hadfield and Danny Michel
Commander Chris Hadfield sings, plays guitar and narrates a slide show about his time as an astronaut during this concert at the Orpheum Theatre, which also features the singer-songwriter Danny Michel and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Last fall, Hadfield and Michel collaborated on an album while exploring the arctic circle by ship and some of those songs are included in the program.
(Vancouver: Oct 6-7)
Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour
Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to explore Gabriola Island because every year, many of its artistic residents open their studios to visitors. The 21st year of the tour features 16 new artists and 65 places to snoop around in.
(Gabriola Island: Oct 7-9)
Freedom Singer stars Khari Wendell McClelland, who left audiences wanting more of his uplifting fusion of soul and jazz when he opened for Lauryn Hill last year. Created by Toronto’s Project: Humanity, Freedom Singer recounts the Vancouver-based McClelland’s great-great-great grandmother's escape from slavery in the U.S. through songs and stories. Catch the show at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.
(Vancouver: Oct. 7-18)
Whether technology has improved your life or not, this multimedia play should provoke conflicting notions of life online, and "the limit of digital empathy." Firehall Arts Centre presents the world premiere. produced by Vancouver-based Elbow Theatre and directed by Rachel Peake. Expect writer/performers Itai Erdal and TJ Dawe's usually keen storytelling craft to grapple with the disjointedness of the digital realm. “There might be someone on stage telling a story or one of us acting out a dozen voices taken from an online argument, or we will use multimedia to illustrate how someone may be texting, tweeting, reading, updating and writing at the same time," Dawe tells the Vancouver Sun.
(Vancouver: Oct. 4-14)