Arts Buzz: February 5, 2018 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: February 5, 2018 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: February 5, 2018

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: from symphonic music to Appalachian folk songs, from Maxim Gorky’s theatrical masterpiece to the films of Dakxin Barange (plus an entire range of art and lecture offerings in between!), we’ve got something for every cultural appetite.


The Lower Depths ~ Don’t miss Studio Theatre’s production of The Lower Depths, a modern update of Maxim Gorky’s masterpiece of the human condition. February 8–17 at 7:30 p.m., Timms Centre for the Arts. Preview: Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee: Thursday, February 15 at 12:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Winds and Roses ~ Join four principals of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a program of woodwind quintet staples and exciting arrangements from orchestral repertoire this Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., Convocation Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here


High School Honour Band Concert ~ The University of Alberta will be hosting Alberta’s most talented high school students for their annual Honour Band Weekend. On Sunday, February 11, the High School Honour Band joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, along with the winner of the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Music Concerto Competition, in a grand weekend finale at the Winspear at 3 p.m. Conductor: Angela Schroeder. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here


Hiromi Goto ~ The Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) will present an encore screening of novelist Hiromi Goto‘s Queer Genres presentation. Goto thinks through speculative fiction as a queer genre in her reading of “Notes from Liminal Spaces,” Tuesday, February 6 at noon, Rutherford Learning Lounge, Main floor Rutherford North Library.

Distinguished Visitor Filmmaker Dakxin Barange ~ The Faculty of Education,  in association with the Faculty of Arts,  is hosting a series of events related to Distinguished Visitor Dakxin Bajrange – award-winning filmmaker, playwright, activist and the community theatre director of Budhan Theatre based in Ahmedabad, India.

  ~ Tuesday, February 6, 2-4 p.m.: Film Screening of Birth 1871 with Dakxin Bajrange: A film about the British Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 that labeled Indigenous communities as criminals. More information here

  ~ Wednesday, February 7, 2-4 p.m.: A roundtable with graduate students and community activists/artists in conversation with Dakxin Bajrange. Co-hosted by the Arts-Based Studio. Location: Arts-based Studio, 4th Floor, Education North. More information here

  ~ Friday, February 9, 5-8 p.m., A film screening of Sameer: a feature length film about state constructions of ordinary perceptions of terrorism. Followed by Q&A with Yasmeen Abu-Laban (political science), Sourayan Mookerjea (sociology) and Dakxin Bajrange. Reception to follow. More information here

Islamic Reform panel discussion ~  The ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Political Science, and the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) Research Group invites you to a discussion on Islamic Reform and Emancipatory Politics in the Age of Extremism and Neoliberalism this Thursday, February 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Room 134, Telus Centre. All are welcome!

Winter Roots Roundup IX: In Conversation with Rachel Eddy  ~  Join the Sound Studies Initiative for two special events February 9-10. Winter Roots Roundup IX – Appalachian Inspiration: In Conversation with Rachel Eddy takes place this Friday, February 9, 1-3 p.m., Sound Studies Initiative, 3-47 Old Arts Building.

The Winter Roots Roundup IX: Women of Folkways Concert ~ Join the Sound Studies Initiative for the annual Women of Folkways concert, featuring Rachel Eddy, Her Crooked Heart (Rachel Ries) and host Dana Wylie. In a collaborative singer-in-the-round concert, these talented musicians will explore and celebrate the music of Folkways by presenting new interpretations of traditional folk songs, as well as their original songs to expand the tradition. Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), Parkview Community Hall – 9135 146th Street.


Indigenous Art and Craft ~ The Faculty of Arts’ Department of History and Classics is pleased to invite you to “From the Sanatorium to the Museum: Art and Craft made by Indigenous Patients at TB Hospitals”, with professor Sara Komarnisky. Thursday, February 8 at 3:30 p.m., Tory Building 2-58.


Tommy Banks remembered ~ Senator Tommy Banks, beloved Canadian musician, passed away last week. Tommy was a friend to the Department of Music and collaborated on numerous projects over the years. In 1987, he was awarded an honorary degree from UAlberta. Read more about his legacy here.

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