La Monte Young Projects
This exhibition at Open Space, by Vancouver-based renegade David Khang, brings together works created between 2003-2008, all of which are inspired by 1960s avant-garde composer La Monte Young. It’s been a wild ride. One part of the show recounts his piece, Speaking of Butterflies, performed in Los Angeles in 2004, when he pierced his tongue with silk threads to which monarch butterflies were “gently tethered” (the butterflies were released unharmed after the performance, according to Robin Lawrence's article in the Georgia Straight). Khang’s work calls into question the nature and definition of art.
(Victoria: Sept. 7-Oct. 20)
Vancouver Fringe Festival
An ideal way to start your Fringe bonanza is to attend the Fringe-For-All, featuring 40 two-minute previews of Fringe shows. Fill your agenda with favourites from this pre-opening night collage (Sept. 5). Or check out Colin Thomas's newsletter; the veteran theatre critic attended Victoria Fringe last weekend and can recommend several shows. In between plays, check out the no-cover Fringe Bar, featuring choice acts like soul majesty Dawn Pemberton, femcee Kimmortal and others.
(Vancouver: Sept. 6-16)
Last year's was dawg-gone good, so the party at Place des Arts is back. Dogs and their owners create a painting together—dogs with paws dipped in non-toxic paint go first; humans complete the masterpiece. With free appetizers and no-host cocktail bar.
(Coquitlam: Sept. 8)
Pacific Theatre’s take on Ins Choi's celebrated play (now a hit CBC sitcom) features Maki Yi, who explored her own history as a Korean immigrant in her one-woman show Suitcase Stories. “The story is dear to my heart, with these characters from my homeland sharing my culture,” says Yi.
(Vancouver: Sept. 7-Oct. 6)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Arts Club says it’s pushing boundaries of physical space for this imaginative story, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Artistic director Ashlie Corcoran called the original production in London “one of the most compelling pieces of theatre I had ever seen.” A special relaxed performance, designed to welcome "patrons of all sensitivities," with modifications to lights and sound and opportunity to move around and make noise, takes place Sept. 30.
(Vancouver: Sept. 6-Oct. 7)