Arts Buzz: March 27, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: March 27, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: March 27, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: we welcome Giller prize winning author Madeleine Thien, dig into “dangerous research”, and Colleen Murphy’s Bright Burning makes its debut!


› The Department of Music presents the finale to its 2017-18 Mainstage concert season with Free But Happy, featuring Brahms’ artistic tour de force, Symphony No. 3, and Marquez’s Latin flavoured musical firecracker, Danzón No. 2. Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m., Winspear Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. 

› Text and Texture – Bachelor of Design Graduate Show 2017! Presented by the BDes Grad Committee in cooperation with the Department of Art and Design, Text and Texture presents a body of work from the areas of industrial and visual communication design. March 28 – April 8, at FAB Gallery.

› Two-time Governor General Literary Award winner and acclaimed Canadian playwright, Colleen Murphy, presents the world première of Bright Burning. Commissioned for the University of Alberta, Bright Burning concludes her three-year Lee Playwright-in-Residence within the Department of Drama. Read more about Bright Burning here.  

Opening Night: Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
No performance: Sunday, April 2
2-for-1 Admission: Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee: Thursday, April 6 at 12:30 p.m.


› Distinguished Visitor and ethnomusicologist Dr Svanibor Pettan will be speaking on Tuesday, March 28 as part of the Global Musics – Local Connections applied ethnomusicology project. This lecture entitled, Kosovo Through the Eyes of Local Romani Musicians, is co-presented by the Wirth Institute, the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology and the Sound Studies Initiative. 2:30 – 4 p.m., 3-47 Arts Building. 

Sound Studies Initiative is pleased to invite you to an upcoming @Noon documentary screening: A Tribute to the Music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, – a three-part tribute to the rich musical and cultural traditions of rural Appalachia. They will be screening two short films, along with a live cameo performance by Edmonton’s old-time stringband, The Strawflowers. Wednesday, March 29, from 12 – 1 p.m., 3-47 Arts Building. 

› The Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) Brown Bag Lunch Reading series presents 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author Madeleine Thien, Wednesday, March 29 at noon. Rutherford Library South, 2-09. 

› The Department of History & Classics presents the LH Thomas Lecture 2017, with ​Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair in Chinese History at York University. The lecture, “Friendship in a time of war: Uchiyama Kanzō and Lu Xun in Prewar Shanghai“, will look at the extraordinary friendship between Lu Xun, China’s most famous writer of the 20th century and the Japanese bookshop owner Uchiyama Kanzō. Wednesday, March 29,  7 – 8 p.m., Humanities L-1. Reception to follow, 5th floor AB School of Business. Please RSVP here

› The question of “who were Trump’s voters?” against “who were Clinton’s voters?” will no doubt interest historians for decades. Join the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) for Mining Twitter for Physical, Social, and Mental Demographics using Text Classification, with Patrick Juola (Duquesne University). Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m., Humanities Centre L-2.

› Join us for Dangerous Research: When Research Poses Serious Harms to the Researcher – a two-day event featuring keynote speaker anthropologist Homa Hoodfar of Concordia University, as well as a symposium featuring a number of other researchers who have first-hand experience conducting risky research. Dr. Hoodfar’s Keynote Speech: Thursday, March 30, 12:30-2 p.m., Humanities L-1. Dangerous Research Symposium: Friday, March 31, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Arts building. Please RSVP here.   


› Indigenous student blogger Tarene Thomas writes powerfully and poetically on Arts’ Aboriginal Gathering Space & what it means to be in a place. Read her poem 4-65 here.  


› English & Film Studies professor, John Considine comments on the new Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles (The New Yorker).

› Congratulations to Kenzie Gordon, the 2017 recipient of the Boardwalk Rental Communities Learning & Change Award (BRCLCA)! Kenzie is both a former Community Service Learning (CSL) student and a current student within Humanities Computing. 

› Jennifer Bowering Delisle (’01 MA, English & Film Studies) is launching her book The Bosun Chair (NeWest Press, 2017) at Audreys Books on April 13 at 7 p.m. 

› In the next Department of English and Film Studies short video featuring the research of their academic staff, we feature Marie Carrière’s research on contemporary women’s writing and Canada – “What do writings from settler and indigenous women tell us about domestic care and nation building?” Watch her video here:



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