Calgary - ARTS & CULTURE
October 27th, 2010
After 12 years of getting up to Dave Kelly on BT, it was a rude awakening for many households when the beloved funnyman moved on from the show. Well, he’s back but this time instead of brekkie, it’s with beer.
Avenue Live with Dave Kelly is a new online talk show where Kelly does his interviewing thing with famous Albertans. Every month, Avenue magazine will host a live taping of the web segment at a different venue around the city. Tomorrow night, Brett Wilson and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald join Kelly at the Red and White Club, and if the first show in any indication, expect some surprises and special appearances throughout the night.
Red and White Club, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary; taping begins at 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s event also includes the Top 40 Under 40 awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Tickets ($40) here.
October 20th, 2010
'Tis the season for art markets, so let the shopping begin.
This weekend, 50 Alberta designers and artists showcase their handmade wares at Beyond, An Artisan Marketplace. From landscape paintings to glass works and pottery to jewellery and wood works, the show includes a diverse of mix of mediums.
To the market we go.
Beyond, An Artisan Marketplace, Friday to Sunday at The Blackfoot Inn, 5490 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, www.beyondmarketplace.com
October 14th, 2010
While we love our take on the book club (a.k.a. wine party and gab fest), sometimes, we’d like to get right down to the book.
The annual readers and writers festival WordFest is celebrating its 15th year with 74 authors over six days in Calgary and Banff. Writers Dave Bidini, Will Ferguson and Jane Urquhart dish on life, literature and everything in between. One of the highlights of this year’s fest is Saturday at The Banff Centre where participants will come together to honour musician and writer Paul Quarrington.
Consider it booked.
Until October 17, complete schedule and tickets at www.wordfest.com
October 13th, 2010
As a VitaminDaily.com editor once said, “Those Ronsons have charisma.”
Not to be outdone by his famous sisters, superstar producer Mark Ronson has released his third album, Mark Ronson and the Business Intl’s Record Collection.
A throwback to 1980s pop, complete with keyboards and synthesizers, the album includes a number of dance party musts like “Bang Bang Bang” featuring Q-Tip and “Lose It (In The End)” with Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and Ronson in his vocal debut. Boy George also makes an appearance as does D’Angelo, and we dare you not to sing along to “The Bike Song.”
We see a lot of kitchen dance parties in our future.
$11.99 at iTunes.
October 6th, 2010
On a recent flight, we inadvertently had a mini Annette Bening movie marathon. We always knew the actress was good, but maybe we forgot how just how good. Herewith, five Bening moments that are worth re-watching, including her two latest tour-de-force performances.
1. In her film debut, Bening played Dan Aykroyd’s wife in the beloved John Hughes-scripted The Great Outdoors. As the perfectly played ill-tempered mother of awkward twins, it’s hard to believe it was her first flick.
2. Although she lost out to Hilary Swank, our Oscar bets were on Bening for her portrayal of real-estate agent, mother and wife in American Beauty.
3. There are of course her other top flicks like Being Julia and Running With Scissors but we’re going to mention The Women because Bening was the only good thing about an otherwise bad movie. And she plays a fashion editor—be still our hearts.
4. As one half of the mom duo in The Kids Are All Right, Bening shines as the wine-loving doctor and dominating partner trying to keep her family together as an unlikely and mighty handsome visitor tries to infiltrate.
5. In Mother and Child Bening plays a physical therapist who is haunted by the baby she gave up for adoption 30 years ago. It’s her heartbreaking performance that haunts us (in a good way).
The Kids Are All Right plays nightly at 9:10 p.m. at The Uptown Stage and Screen; Mother and Child comes out on DVD later this year, all other movies are available on DVD now.
September 29th, 2010
Beauty and brains is a winning combination. Throw in some shoes and you’ve got the jackpot.
Launched in 2006 by a collective of five small literary presses, Fictionistas is a cross-Canada reading series for female writers of literary fiction with an added fashion component.
Tonight’s inaugural Calgary event will feature footwear and bags from Luna Blue Shoes. Like a wine and cheese pairing, each of the four authors will be wearing shoes and accessories that have been selected to complement each of their books.
Go for the lit, stay for the shoes.
Fictionistas, 7 p.m. at the Auburn Saloon, free admission, 163, 116 Ninth Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-266-6628.
September 24th, 2010
Fall is officially here when the Calgary International Film Festival comes to town. Launching today, the 10-day fest is a whirlwind of movies, galas and events. If you don’t know where to start, herewith, five picks to get you going:
1. Based on the Allen Ginsberg poem of the same name, Howl is split up into four interweaving segments and features an all-star case including Mary Louise Parker, Jon Hamm and James Franco (a.k.a. the guy that does everything) as Ginsberg.
2. It’s hit or miss when it comes to remakes but we’re willing to take a chance on Let Me In, a remake of the original Swedish vampire flick and cult favourite, Let The Right One In. Adorable young actress Chloe Moretz adds her own twist to the dark role.
3. When a movie is described as “part High Fidelity, part The Office with a dash of Spinal Tap thrown in for good measure” what’s not to like? The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard is about one man’s journey into past relationships in hopes of discovering what went wrong.
4. Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats) is Xavier Dolan’s follow-up to the much praised, J’ai Tue Ma Mere (I Killed My Mother). The Canadian director once again explores turbulent relationships; this time, it’s a love triangle involving two friends and a mysterious newcomer.
5. As part of the Film Talks series, get in on what’s new in independent cinema as a couple of filmmakers talk about how the Internet has changed filmmaking forever, using their web series Bunny Hug as a case study.
CIFF runs until October 3. For complete schedule and tickets, go here.
September 23rd, 2010
Behind every man is a woman. Or, sometimes, 11.
That is the case in Alberta Theatre Projects’ season opener, The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. Based on “The Odyssey,” the tale of Odysseus’s long journey home after the fall of Troy, The Penelopiad, is retold from the point of view of Odysseus’s Penelope and her 10 maids, whom Odysseus has murdered upon his return.
Set in Hades, the show stars Meg Roe (who was marvelous in The Syringa Tree) as Penelope, and focuses on the relationships between her and her attendants.
Runs until October 10, www.atplive.com
September 22nd, 2010
Gasps of fear and sighs of wonder can be heard echoing nightly throughout The Grand Chapiteau since Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza rolled into town.
The new show is about what the creators call a return to circus traditions, bringing together two fundamental forces: acrobatics and clowning. Writer and director David Shiner knows a thing or two about the latter (he started out as a mime in Paris and has been in the clowning business for over 25 years).
As for the acrobatics, think contortionists, wheels of death, teeterboard acts on stilts and trapeze and high wire stunts.
Just remember to breathe.
Until October 24, find tickets here.
September 20th, 2010
The jury is still out on whether old school tomes will give way to sleek word screens. But at the new Shelf Life Books, the classic is far from its expiration date.
The 3,500-square-foot independent bookstore is an unassuming space with a well-edited collection of page-turners. Large tables and chairs are set up throughout the store where bookworms can comfortably flip through their picks. In addition to some well-known titles, the owners are concentrating on new literary books and also have an impressive collection of graphic novels, poetry titles and plenty of fiction.
Shelf Life Books, 100, 1302 Fourth St. SW, Calgary, 403-265-1033, www.shelflifebooks.ca