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.
Vancouver writer Mark Leiden-Young’s one-man monologue about racism, censorship and the ways theatre reflects our present-day attitudes was one of the first original works presented at Bard on the Beach when it premiered in 1996. It has since been performed around the world. Warren Kimmel stars as a Jewish actor condemned by his community for his portrayal of the moneylender in The Merchant of Venice.
(Vancouver: Sept. 6 - 15)
Gabriola Music Festival
The inaugural festival celebrates the arts in all forms: music, visual, spoken word, and more. Organized by Gabriola Arts Council, the musical line-up spans folk, rock, and R&B, to reggae, electronica and kids’ music, by acts like Nanaimo rockers The Stacks, Victoria folk band Fallbrigade, reggae fusionist Caleb Hart, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and 2DeepSoul. “Gabriola’s small-town character and groovy Gulf Island ambiance—along with a collection of fun locals and a brilliant community of visual and performing artists—provides the perfect atmosphere for a late-summer event,” promises the Council’s Alina Cerminara.
(Gabriola Island: Sept. 2 - 3)
Roedde House Classical Series Presents: Trio Cafe
Three of Vancouver’s foremost classical musicians perform beautiful chamber music. French horn player Brian G’Froerer and violinist Jenny Essers are both members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and harpsichordist Martha Brickman teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music.
(Vancouver: Sept. 10)
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika
Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Angels in America, Part One earned an impressive nine Jessie Award nominations and won three, including Outstanding Production. The company stages Part Two with the same cast, again directed by Kim Collier. Tony Kushner’s epic exposition on the AIDS crisis of the 1980s still resonates with its unflinching view on politics, greed, and religion.
(Vancouver: Sept. 7 - Oct. 8)
Richmond World Festival
Canadian pop-rockers Tokyo Police Club and Korean hip hop star Verbal Jint headline this free celebration of cultural diversity, featuring 44 music and dance performances on nine stages. Other acts include electro-pop duo Dragonette, Vancouver’s Toque Flamenco, Mariachi Del Sol, Khac Chi, and Vancouver Puppet Theatre—plus food, costumes, and immersive digital experiences.
(Richmond: Sept. 1 - 2)
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Theatre critic Colin Thomas recommends three plays at this year’s Fringe Festival: Hyena Subpoena has received recognition from the League of Canadian Poets and the Quebec Writers’ Federation; Ain’t True & Uncle False boasts an eccentric cast of characters and comes recommended by CBC Manitoba; and Six Fine Lines by Vancouver playwright Mack Gordon is a collage-like show described as “pop rocks for your head.” For more insight on which of the 100 shows shows to see, check out the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All, a series of 40 two-minute previews, Sept. 6 at Performance Works.
(Vancouver: Sept. 7 - 9)
The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Contemplate 80 drawings by Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), the Spanish "father of neuroscience," whose discovery of neuron cells and their structure earned him the Nobel Prize. Ramón y Cajal "combined scientific and artistic skills to produce arresting drawings with extraordinary scientific and aesthetic qualities," according to the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery website. "A century after their completion, his drawings are still used in contemporary medical publications to illustrate important neuroscience principles, and continue to fascinate artists and visual art audiences."
(Vancouver: Sept. 5 - Dec. 3)
Swarm: Festival of Artist-Run Culture
Check out Vancouver’s indie gallery scene during this annual two-night gallery hop, which features exhibition openings, performances, and other special events. At grunt gallery, Aileen Bahmanipour's solo exhibition Technical Problem features mixed media illustrations that explore cyclical political power and cultural identity, drawing from Iran’s mythic history and political reality.
(Vancouver: Sept. 7 - 8)