Arts and Culture Briefs

Interactive music

Mass Appeal is a show performed for and by its audience. The Winnipeg Arts Council’s free concert series will take place throughout September. Guided by a music director, each 30-minute show features a different musical instrument and a repertoire suitable for all ages and skill levels. Go to massappealwinnipeg.ca for more info.

Exhibition of weavers

Art exhibition We Are Your Future has arrived in Winnipeg from Mexico. From Sept. 9 to Nov. 19, the paintings and etchings by Mexican artist Alejandro Aranda and Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks will be on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery. The series celebrates Indigenous women weavers of palm in Tlamacazapa, Mexico.

Music for mental health

From sunrise to sunset on Sept. 10, concerts in 13 cities around the world will mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The Mysterious Barricades Concert Society will be livestreamed at mysteriousbarricades.org, but Winnipeggers can catch a free performance in the Great Hall of the Canadian Mennonite University from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sequins at the library

Waterfall#2 has found a permanent home at the Millennium Library. Intended to be temporary, the art installation made of outdoor sequins was created for the 2015 núna festival. Shimmering down the outside of the building, it’s a mirrored version of Waterfall#1, which was created in 2006 and no longer exists.

Theatre for refugees

Syrian youth had the opportunity to get involved with Winnipeg’s art scene through Sawa Theatre. The project worked to foster creativity, promote personal growth and encourage friendships. On Sept. 9 and 10, they’ll hold their final show at the Gas Station Theatre. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is $12 at the door.

Podcast art contest

Ed Harcourt launched a podcast, Last of Your Kind, and is celebrating with a contest. To enter, artists need to post reinterprets of Harcourt’s Furnaces album cover on Instagram using #steadmanxharcourt. The winner gets a Ralph Steadman print along with a letter from the artist, signed copies of Furnaces and vouchers for art supplies. 

Published in Volume 71, Number 1 of The Uniter (September 8, 2016)

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