Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 450+ 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.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg
Takashi Murakami's multidimensional works blur distinctions between high art and commercialism. His shows have included a fully operational Louis Vuitton retail outlet and a larger-than-life sculpture of an anime boy waving a lasso of ejaculate (which sold for $15.2 million). Along with his smiley faced flowers, cartoon colour palette and more recent death-themed works (well, in fact, dark themes have always bubbled under the surface of his pop), the provocateur shows here a giant work created specifically for the Vancouver Art Gallery. The retrospective was organized by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, where it was the most popular show in its history.
(Vancouver: Feb. 3 - May 6)
Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’ play examines the lives of three incarcerated, tough-as-nails women, who spit, swear and fight. They couldn't give a shit about behaving in ways that people expect, and there's something admirable in that. "I never want to write a moment in a play where a woman succumbs to coquettishness or is sexualized in any way, or has to be grateful or apologetic, or is there to serve some male protagonist,” says Cornelius. Firehall Arts Centre’s Donna Spencer directs.
(Vancouver: to Feb. 10)
Birdman Live – Antonio Sanchez
The virtuosic drummer, who has said his extraordinary solo performance for the score of the Oscar-winning film was “just so rushed, and so hectic,” that he wishes he could re-do it — gets to do just that. Sánchez, who usually tours with Pat Metheny or leads his own band, takes the Vogue Theatre stage to perform a revised, expanded version of the soundtrack as part of a screening of the film presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival with BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts and Vancouver International Film Festival.
(North Vancouver: Feb. 1)
The next Public Salon, at Vancouver Playhouse, features artists speaking for five to ten minutes each on a subject they're passionate about. The visionaries include: Norman Armour on bringing fantastic arts and culture to Vancouver; Thomas Bevan on redeveloping the old police station for social impact; architect Chris Doray on the future of the species; Kate Hennessy on the intersections of anthropology and contemporary art practices; Candy Ho on intergenerational aging in place; Taylor Owen on the intersection of social media and public policy; Paul Plimley pushing the boundaries of contemporary music; and Ken Tsui on producing creative cultural experiences.
(Vancouver: Feb. 8)
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If you dig beat boxers, you might find composer Juliet Palmer’s body as instrument show a neat diversion. Palmer mixes vocals to the beat of a human’s circulatory and respiratory systems picked up via an ultrasound machine. “From the constrained intensity of vessels leading to the brain to the cavernous resonance of blood as it washes from the liver back into the heart,” the sound installation should be a trip at the Western Front.
(Vancouver: Exhibition Feb. 2-10, opening Feb. 1; performance Feb. 8)
Kids Takeover UBC
For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It's time for kids to take charge. During Kids Takeover UBC, youth are given meaningful roles alongside staff and volunteers to set agendas and participate in arts and culture. At Museum of Anthropology, they'll make art, dance and take in performances. At UBC School of Music, kids can check out costumes and make-up for the opera Cinderella. Belkin Art Gallery presents Poem Power. And all over the campus, there will be kid-friendly food trucks, photo booths, the Thunderbird marching band, crafts and more. (If you're looking for other innovative ways to get young people involved in the arts, check out the BC Alliance's upcoming networking session Meaningfully Engaging Young People in the Arts.)
(Vancouver: Feb. 11)
19th Birthday Party
The 19th birthday is a real milestone—you can legally drink alcohol; you're a legal adult. Because it's also the age youth transition out of government care, here's a single statistic to consider before coming to this particular birthday party: former youth in care comprise 40 percent of homeless youth in BC. Once you arrive, you sit at a table, where each offering is a digital story produced by one of the youth involved in the project. Organizers say you'll likely come away with an understanding for the need to extend the age of ‘aging out’. At CityScape Community Art Space. (North Vancouver: Feb. 9-March 11)
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.