Calgary - ARTS & CULTURE
August 8th, 2012
Settle in along the banks of the Bow River with a lawn chair and some popcorn for a beautiful evening of Open Air August—classic films screened al fresco every week this month.
Projected on the 100-year-old Simmons Building that has become a cultural hub for the area, films such as Best in Show and the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory are slated for family-friendly movie night.
Yes, we're seeing stars. —Kait Kucy
East Village Experience, 618 Confluence Way SE., Calgary, www.evexperience.com
July 23rd, 2012
It is that time of year again; the running of the tarps, the amazing food and the main event - sweet, sweet folk music. Our top-three must see acts of the festival:
Justin Townes Earle (July 26, 3:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m.)
Son of the legendary Steve Earle and a bona fide Tennessee native, his modern take on traditional roots and blues will keep your toes tapping in the fresh green grass.
Beirut (July 29, 7:35 p.m.)
The eclectic layers of the multi-instrumental act bring forth romantic images of being whisked through a dark Paris side street and leisurely picnics along the Spanish Riviera. The mixture of accordion, piano and strings ultimately creates a beautiful composition of daydreamy Euro-Baroque tunes.
Chris Isaak (july 26, 8:50 p.m.)
The king of crooning will be taking over the stage on Thursday evening in his flashy embroidered suits. Singing ballads from his recent release of Sun Studio covers and the heartfelt classics that made us fall in love with him in the first place, Chris Isaak will be kicking off the festival in the best way possible.
July 26-29, Calgary Fold Music Festival, 414 Memorial Dr. NE., Calgary, 403-233-0904, www.calgaryfolkfest.com
July 3rd, 2012
Prince's Island Park is a picturesque setting for Theatre Calgary and Mount Royal University's production of Shakespeare in the Park, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Admission is pay-what-you-can meaning you can splurge on a picnic basket from the nearby River Café ($34). —Kait Kucy
Shakespeare in the Park, July 4 – Aug. 10, Prince's Island Park, Calgary, 403-292-7447, www.theatrecalgary.com
June 27th, 2012
Every year I learn so much from our readers when we run our survey – thanks to the more than 1,000 of you who took the time to respond. The overwhelming theme in your editorial requests was for more stories about affordable travel. We hear you! Here is a random sampling of your questions, answered.
1. “Can you do more things like “A day in the life” of the editorial team, or “What’s in your purse?”
SB: I agree! Our “what’s in your suitcase” doses were some of our most popular last summer, and we plan to do them again. In the meantime we are always going behind the scenes in our Editors’ Diary, and, you probably don’t want to know what’s in my purse!
2. “I would love to see a mobile app of your site.”
SB: We’ve got them for every city (click the apple icon at the top right of each city landing page to download for free.) I use them all the time when I am travelling or on the go. So easy to search (like a glam version of Google!).
3. “You should establish a presence on the East Coast! I’m originally from there and they’re starving for fun, relevant style-savvy blogs.”
SB: Here’s the official call-out for an East Coast Editor! Anyone? We also heard from a lot of you who would like us to open editions for Ottawa and Victoria. Send us the perfect editor, and we just might!
4. “Have you ever thought of having some sort of get-together for your subscribers or gala event? Maybe a fashion show or shopping event?”
SB: We do partner with lots of companies on shopping events throughout the year in Vancouver (Banana Republic, CB2, DKNY and Libertine, to name a few). But we’ve been throwing around the idea of hosting a conference for women entrepreneurs and bloggers. We learned from the survey that almost 60 per cent of you have started your own business or would like to.
June 18th, 2012
Ignite! is gearing up to being the biggest outdoor party this summer. Celebrating the summer solstice on the Stephen Avenue Mall, Pivot, the Glenbow Museum’s fresh young art-lover crew, is presenting this exciting al fresco evening of festivity.
A highlight of the night will be the sounds of BassBus, Calgary's only DJ-equipped school bus lounge. You will fall in love with the woodsy custom interior and the original artwork handpicked by the BassBus team.
Anticipate live art demonstrations, delicious cocktails and succulent bites provided by some of Calgary’s award-winning restaurants. See you on the Avenue! —Kait Kucy
7p.m.-11p.m., Thursday June 21st 2012. Tickets; $40 each for non-members and include food, entertainment and one drink ticket. Glenbow Museum, 130 Ninth Ave. SE., Calgary, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org
June 15th, 2012
Abstract art lovers will want to take note of painter Janna Watson's new collection of work at the Beltline's Gibson Fine Art.
A recent graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Toronto-based artist creates images that "fuse categories of painterly and graphic, landscape and body, 2D and 3D, to blend tension and coherence as one."
Her beautiful, dynamic and sometimes chaotic works are selling like hotcakes across the country. Budding art collectors, get on it! —Kait Kucy
Janna Watson at Gibson Fine Art, 102-628 11th Ave. SW., www.gibsonfineart.ca
June 12th, 2012
Time to pump up the volume: summer concert season has arrived! Here’s 5 Sled Island acts we’ll be watching.
The Antlers: Hailing from NY, NY Peter Silberman and his band will have you swaying and swooning with their mesmerizing synth folk-pop sound.
Oh No! Yoko: You've probably never heard anything quite like Oh No! Yoko and that is a good thing. With two shows during the fest, their fresh modern surf pop will keep you dancing all night long.
The Evaporators: Fans of MuchMusic will recognize Nardwuar the Human Serviette rocking out as frontman. The Evaporators are just one big happy punk rock party. Expect high energy and hilarious lyrics.
Camp Radio: You won't be able to get enough of Camp Radio's upbeat power pop melodies - thankfully they are playing three shows throughout the festival.
Hooded Fang: Adorable in every way, Hooded Fang is a retro-inspired garage rock band from Toronto guaranteed to get you up to the front and doing the twist. —Kait Kucy
Full line up available online. Sled Island, www.sledisland.com
June 4th, 2012
Lovers of fine things take note! The latest issue of WeLikeWeLove has hit the shelves with pages of inspiration abound. Compiled, designed and edited by two local creatives Alyssa Yuhas and Liz Field, WeLikeWeLove is literally a beautiful publication sharing the things they like and love.
Take a peek at the stunning Manor House spread which takes the modern man to a new level. Another favourite feature is The Smallest Show Show on Earth about two sisters who run a successful self-branding business.
With over 50 pages packed with eye candy from international contributors and incredible local talent, you’ll never want to stop flipping! —Kait Kucy
June 1st, 2012
SODO (South Downtown) is a hotbed of creativity and culture so don’t expect to see your sunburnt neighbour cooking up weiners at this block party.
Pull out your calendar and book off June 2nd for the SODO Block Party! An afternoon full of open galleries, wine tastings and patio parties. This self-proclaimed art & design district is helping kick off the summer festival season with a great street party.
Photobooths, karaoke and tent sales are just a few of the fabulous happenings throughout the Block Party from 12-5pm. Escape the mall and spend your Saturday on the street. —Kait Kucy
SODO Block Party, 11th Ave. SW. between 4th St. and 8th St. SW., Calgary, 403-515-0011, www.sodo11th.com
May 30th, 2012
Three is better than one, at least when it comes to artsy theatre gals. The Janes is a new Calgary-based performance creation company and their play “Fugly” playing May 30 to June 2 cuts right to our vain hearts.
“Fugly” pokes at the ugly truth of our neuroses including perspectives on beauty vanity, sexuality and gender. Fugly is a folk-legend-fairy-tale-comedy-type play about a heroine who loses her mind and has to rebuild her identity, which is tricky for someone who lived her life trying to be something else.
Mirror, mirror on the stage you make us laugh while we cringe at our own wackiness. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Tickets $15, The Janes, Motel at the Epcor Centre, 205 8 Ave. SE., Calgary, 405-294-9494, www.thejanes.org