April 14, 2013
I took a proper weekend as the last one was spent at City Arts Funding Consultations and giving a workshop. Both excellent uses of a weekend, but sometimes you need a couple days of Netflix to wind down.
Quantifying the Qualifiable
Social Media Rockstars?
Tomorrow is the last class of CDAM 101 and it’s been a pleasure working with the participants these past seven weeks, they claim to have learned a lot and enjoyed the class and I can say the same thing about them. I wish them every success in their ventures and hope to keep hearing about what they’re doing in the arts and culture world. I hope I get to teach at Ryerson again, now that I know how it works (and have my teacher ID!) I’d like to go back.
My Arts Planning partner in crime Lisa spent some time last week looking for rehearsal spaces for There’s Always You – the Fringe show I’m producing – expect a blog post PSA this week on the good half-dozen places she found.
Here’s something wonderful for a Sunday from thisiscolosal.com. If you need a shot of colour right now, watch this.
This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this?
April 2, 2013
April Fool’s Day. Where no news source could be taken seriously, no matter what they said. I don’t mind some April Fool’s jokes – Passe Muraille’s early Season Announcement was great. And some filled people with hope for a split second, (like the new bike lane infrastructure) only to have it dashed.
Great piece from Mission Paradox – Every day is April Fools.
And an article in the G&M Marketing tomfoolery: 9 memorable April Fools’ pranks from the ad world.
Something struck me in this article about one of the pranks: “The company’s vice-president of brand marketing told the Today Show that they “just wanted to have fun.” Customers who try to buy the product on the site are told that they are sold out and asked for their e-mail address; the company has hinted that more news on the promotion is to come, likely with some type of discount offer to those who gave their information.”
For some reason that bugs me. You’re trying to gain addresses, friends and followers by – tricking people?
I saw another post on Facebook with a supposed contest, and you could only participate if you followed then on Twitter and/or Facebook.
I don’t know why it’s bugging me, but it does. It might be that I try to consistently flip social media to real life situations – I don’t know what I’d do about someone who “wanted” to be my friend, later owned up to tricking me into it, and then – still wanted to be friends? Didn’t expect I’d end the friendship? Didn’t expect I’d mention this to other people? Didn’t expect I’d never want to be friends again?
Anyway. it’s my bug and there’s not more to be said about it for at least a year, right? Right.
#civildebates last night at the Theatre Centre – good crowd, good arguments for and against last night’s resolution, and you can search it on Twitter with #civildebates since they live tweeted it.
And Legoland is opening tonight at Passe Muraille and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it. Lots happening this week and it’s only Tuesday.
April 1, 2013
I said a week or so ago that I wanted to talk about how you don’t have to see it to believe it, and you definitely can react to it just by hearing.
The Whipping Man has eight shows left and you should go and see it. Brilliant piece of work. At the near very top of the show, Simon (Sterling Jarvis) performs what we’ll call a “life-saving procedure” on Caleb (Brett Donahue). We’ll call it that so as not to spoiler, and it’s a phrase I borrowed from the NOW review.
In a movie, it would be fairly easy to just “show” the procedure being done, with closeups and CGI and special effects. Done and done. And it would be fairly horrifying – I say more gross than horrifying.
The “procedure” can’t be done in live theatre. Not that way.
Have you ever heard the business phrase “tell us what you’re going to do, do it, show us what you’ve done“? It happens here beautifully.
Instead Simon tells what will happen, in extreme detail, what will happen to Caleb if it isn’t done. And he tells John (Thomas Olajide) how they will do it.
And then they do it.
We hear about it. We see the props needed. And we hear the reaction of the three men as it happens. Lights out. And back up on Caleb recuperating.
The entire audience started squirming as we heard what would happen. And hands were at mouths when we heard how it would happen. And heads dropped and eyes averted as it allegedly happened. The event didn’t happen. But it sounded like it did and we didn’t see anything at all. But we reacted like it was happening before our eyes. Brilliant. Some wonderful acting by those three gentlemen, and brilliant direction by Philip Akin. And the emotions and actions in that scene set it so I would fully believe the inner characters of these men, and that they would act and react as to everything that happens throughout the rest of the play.
Go and hear and see for yourself. It’s really solid work by all involved.
Whipping Man photo by Keith Barker, of Brett Donahue and Sterling Jarvis.
March 26, 2013
The Journey Of NISHIYUU…At journey’s end on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, March 25th, 2013. All photos from the Blood-Kainai Tribe Politics & News Facebook page.