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.
A Month of Tuesdays
Vancouver new music promoters Music on Main curate five concerts featuring lauded performers from Montreal to Estonia, whose daring sonic adventures suit the nightclub vibe of the Fox Cabaret. First up, March 27, is Montreal saxophone quartet Quasar, with a show called "Souffles and Machines," an apt description of its musical breadth.
(Vancouver: Mar. 27-Apr. 24)
The United Players of Vancouver present Enron, a stage treatment of the titular energy giant's turn-of-the-millennium fall from grace. Director Brian Parkinson promises a "fast-moving, high-impact" production whose lessons, rooted in the past, remain relevant today. The show's run starts March 23 at the Jericho Arts Centre, so make sure to note it in your PalmPilot.
(Vancouver: Mar. 23-Apr. 15)
Best of the Fest on The Shore
Due to the rousing response to its opening night film Dark Blue Girl, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival presents it again. A haunting drama about a girl who becomes jealous when her mother gets back with her beloved father, Dark Blue Girl is directed with a keen hand by Germany’s Mascha Schilinksi. It swept the Festival's awards ceremony, winning best feature, directing, editing, screenplay and musical score. The Fest's best short film, The World in your Window, directed by New Zealand's Zoe Macintosh, and the Matrix Award-winning film The Curtain, directed by Vancouver's Crystal Lowe, will also be screened at Centennial Theatre.
(North Vancouver: Mar. 24)
Festival du Bois
Along with accordions, fiddles, and hurdy-gurdies, traditional folk music from Quebec incorporates another instrument in its hard-driving, soulful reels: boots. The word podorythmie is Québécois for foot rhythms—percussion made by feet stomping. The annual Festival du Bois at Mackin Park presents exemplars of podorythmie by way of Le Vent du Nord, Bon Débarras, Les Chauffeurs à pieds, and others.
(Coquitlam: Mar. 23-25)
More boot beats? Zimbabwe’s 35-year-old folk band Black Umfolosi might best be known for its gumboot dancing, for which the whole body is used in addition to stomping boots to create percussive music. The Evergreen Cultural Centre presents one of the world’s favourite South African acts for an uplifting evening of a cappella song and dance.
(Coquitlam: Mar. 25)
Let’s Hear It Juno Celebrations
Music BC shares office space with the BC Alliance, so it’s been a hive of activity here ahead of Sunday night’s Juno Awards ceremony at Rogers Arena. Music BC is responsible for the stellar week-long pre-show celebrations Let’s Hear It. Events include free and ticketed concerts around BC, and the free, two-day Let’s Hear It! Live outdoor concert at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Prepare to dance: electro-groove masters the Funk Hunters headlines Friday, and Bhangra party Khanvict, Horsepowar and Desi Sub Culture take the finale Saturday.
(Vancouver: until Mar. 24)
Five Voices of the Land
Five artists inspired by infinite permutations of the local landscape show diverse works at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council's Arbutus Gallery. Joanne Circle, Nan Goodship, Jennifer Hedge, Jock Hildebrand and Peter Spohn say their works expresses "a living process of connectivity and creativity."
(Duncan: Mar. 26-Apr. 21; reception Apr. 17)
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 email@example.com.