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.
An Evening with Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur, the poet and spoken word artist who has reinvented poetry for the social media generation (her short, illustrated poems are a viral hit) presents her latest collection of poetry, the sun and her flowers, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times book list. Due to popular demand, additional seats for her Orpheum Theatre show, presented by Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society have now been released.
(Vancouver: Nov. 8)
Nobody is ordinary. Everyone has a story to tell. The same folks behind the popular Creative Mornings talk series produce Interesting Vancouver. But while the names at Creative Mornings are more well-known, Interesting Vancouver is headlined by everyday people with cool stories up their sleeves. Among the 11 speakers who take the floor for 10 minutes each: an 18-year-old female competitive bagpipe player; an artist who is learning a language of tenderness from plants, and a hunter, interested in reconnecting people to the environment. BC Alliance members receive $10 off tickets to the event at SFU Woodward's by using the code "COMMUNITY."
(Vancouver: Nov. 10)
Duane Linklater: apparatus for the circulation of Indigenous voices and ideas into the air
This installation at Western Front centres around the broadcast of a genuine independent radio station. During the exhibition, Cree artist Duane Linklater will invite guests to present shows on the station. Linklater will launch a record label featuring Indigenous musicians and poets at the start of the exhibition, and will play four new vinyl 7” records on the station.
(Vancouver: Nov. 9-Dec. 16)
FUSE: A Conjuring
Could it be the long dark nights, or the black paintings in Gordon Smith’s exhibition that inspired the theme of spells, rituals and unexpected happenings for Vancouver Art Gallery's popular late night party? Either way, expect sound art, music, shadow projections, dance, and pop-up bars, conjured with a little bit of magic.
(Vancouver: Nov. 10)
2017 Artists for Conservation Festival
Art is a potent medium to influence change. This festival deploys artworks created by nature artist from nearly 30 countries as a way to advocate for environmental conservation. The seventh annual event, which this year moves from Grouse Mountain to VanDusen Botanical Garden, also features workshops, performances and, in anticipation of the upcoming International Ornithological Congress next year in Vancouver, a 100-foot long live mural project featuring 678 endangered species of birds of the world.
(Vancouver: Nov. 10-13)
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo: Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation
The Vancouver-based illustrator Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo’s vibrant, disturbing works draw on imagery from many sources, including mythology and Salvadoran folklore, to examine historical trauma and cultural identity. Castillo and his family fled their home in El Salvador during the civil war in 1989, ramifications of which are visceral in these works on display at Arnica Artist-Run Centre.
(Victoria: Nov. 10-Dec. 21)
Climate Change Theatre Action
For those of us who view climate change as a philosophical and theoretical conundrum, two Vancouver theatre companies, Pi Theatre and The Only Animal present an afternoon of artistic response to it by some of Vancouver's finest artists at Red Gate Revue Stage.
(Vancouver: Nov. 12)
The Ridiculous Darkness
This remount of the critical hit stage adaptation of the radio play by Wolfram Lotz is described as a mash-up of classic novel Heart of Darkness and Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now. Essentially, it’s an exploration of how difficult yet vital it is to understand "the other.” Lots of players behind this large-scale production at the Annex: Produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Neworld Theatre, participants include Theatre Terrific, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Downtown East Side Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC and East Van Powwow.
(Vancouver: Nov. 11-19)
For more member events, check out our Member News page. To see your event on the BC Alliance website, email your press release to Nancy Lanthier at firstname.lastname@example.org.