Thursday, June 29, 2017

Arts

Totally depressing contemporary-art scene exposed

June 14, 2017 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

  Really, the word “art” barely even has any place in that headline, or in the scene that The Orange Balloon Dog: Bubbles, Turmoil and Avarice in the Contemporary Art Market documents. In the book, author Don Thompson—who has several books to his name, all focusing on the same theme—shows how the modern contemporary art […]

What’s Going On: June 14 to July 11, 2017

June 14, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

Saturday, June 17 until Monday, September 4 Cumberland before WWII Mirror with Memory, an exhibit that showcases what life was like before the Second World War in the central Vancouver Island community of Cumberland, is on at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria until September 4. The photos and documents in the exhibit showcase some very […]

New Music Revue: Melvin van Peebles soundtrack looks ahead

June 14, 2017 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

Melvin van Peebles Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song (An Opera) (Stax Records) 3.5/5 This reissue of this 1971 soundtrack is notable for the performances of Earth, Wind & Fire—at that point, still relatively unknown—but lays down a mean ’70s funk/soul groove regardless of who’s playing it. But it’s noteworthy for more than that. With a wild, […]

FernFest aims to be fun, creative, and philanthropic in its 22nd year

June 14, 2017 by Mason Hendricks, web editor  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

The neighbourhood of Fernwood is well known for its abundant art, from its decorated telephone poles to its small art galleries. The 22nd annual FernFest will be showcasing this lust for art and bringing people together for two days of food, music, and loads of other activities. FernFest is put on by the Fernwood Neighbourhood […]

New Music Revue: John Gary Williams shows smooth style on reissue

June 14, 2017 by Greg Pratt, managing editor  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

John Gary Williams John Gary Williams (Stax Records) 3/5 In 1973, John Gary Williams released his debut solo album after returning from the Vietnam War and spending some time away from his band, The Mad Lads. That album—now reissued on vinyl for the first time since its initial release—shows both his smooth, soulful style and […]

Book looks at vanishing northern community

June 14, 2017 by Nadine McCully, contributing writer  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

Feel like taking a road trip this summer? Beyond Mile Zero by writer Lily Gontard and photographer Mark Kelly is the book to inspire you. Gontard teamed up with Kelly to capture the lodge community along the Alaska Highway and share the stories of the people who have a history within the community. Before each […]

Arkells return to town to celebrate Canada Day

June 14, 2017 by Mason Hendricks, web editor  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

Hamilton alt-rockers Arkells have been busy as of late, releasing a surprise single and making their way back to Victoria to headline Spirit of 150, an 11-day harbourside Canada Day celebration that will culminate with a massive show on July 1. “We assumed we could do something on Canada Day,” says vocalist/guitarist Max Kerman. “Since […]

Tam showcases works of Nam at new exhibit

June 14, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under June 14, 2017, Arts

Some artists, no matter how talented they are, will end up forgotten. But rediscovering them can yield some incredible artwork and history. Montreal’s Karen Tam recently learned of a Chinese artist who was friends with Emily Carr; Tam has now put together an exhibit to honour that artist—Lee Nam—and his work. “We only know about […]

Camosun’s Michael McLean documents Diversion Dam’s dire dilemma

May 17, 2017 by Adam Marsh, student editor  
Filed under May 17, 2017, Arts, Web Exclusive

Camosun lab technologist Michael McLean has been hard at work outside the classroom, working on his photography project JR. The project—which McLean is hoping to eventually turn into a book—focuses on the hamlet of Jordan River, which has been overtaken by BC Hydro as they do a six-year seismic survey of the region. The survey […]

What’s Going On: May 17 to June 13, 2017

May 17, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under May 17, 2017, Arts

Until Saturday, May 20 From another perspective Jocasta Regina is a retelling of the classic Oedipus story, this time from a different point of view. The play, presented by Theatre Inconnu, looks to challenge our views of rational thought. Tickets are $10 for students; more details can be found at theatreinconnu.com. Until Friday, August 25 […]

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