Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Proof positive that culture is alive and well in Calgary and being driven by cool people

The other day the hip folks at Flemish Eye Records sent me this link to photos from Chad VanGaalen's cd release party at the Uptown theatre last week. Now how sweet is that?
This first photo gives you a glimpse of some of the animation loop that was playing in the background, along with an introduction to the frog who was wearing a hoodie (not to be confused with the frog huddled over the buman brain, of course).
And of course we finally all get to view the splendid bright fuchsia shirt which we all so greatly admired.
There are more photos from the concert over at Flemish Eye's flickr link so please check them out if you are so inclined.
Flemish Eye is a tiny Canadian record label who represent musicians like Chad VanGaalen and the Cape May. I love the fact that they are a local Calgary company who seem to be doing some pretty amazing things. And you know me, I'm all about supporting the indie labels. So buy some stuff from the musicians they represent, in order that they can keep bringing us great music.

The other cultural landmark that has me excited is the opening of Sage Theatre's new production of The Dazzle this week.
You might remember Sage Theatre as the Calgary theatre company who produced the absolutely jaw-dropping production of Trainspotting recently.
After I reviewed Trainspotting, I was asked by the Artistic Director if I would be interested in reviewing this production. Well of course I am interested!
I realise that this will be a completely different theatrical experience from Trainspotting, but Sage Theatre has a mandate to produce evocative theatre and reputation for delivering edgy and thought-provoking productions. I love the tiny intimate theatre and can't wait to see what this troupe does with The Dazzle.
Here's how they describe the play:
Hoarding. Brothers. Life.
Homer and Langley Collyer. One a lawyer, one a concert pianist - both living the upper middle class lifestyle in New York City. They have it all or do they? There is an emptiness, a void in their lives that they cannot fill. Of course they try. They fill and fill with lots of junk - until their junk has filled their house and blocked them from the outside world. But still it is not enough.
The Hermits of Harlem. An unbelievable story. Easy to pass off as imaginative whimsy, except for one thing: the Collyer brothers were real.
We'll be going on Friday if anybody wants to join us.
The Dazzle is running November 23 - December 2


Anonymous said...

Good luck with the review. You'll do an awesome job I know.

For some reason the word festooned keeps floating around my head and I even used it in a sentence aloud today! Hmm, I wonder where that word came from?

mellowlee said...

The play sounds interesting! I look forward to reading your review Barb. I hope you have lots of fun. I'm going to go check out the photos.....
.....Oooh I LOVE the cut outs, the frog beside the brain!!!

Allison said...

I love a man who can wear a pink shirt. The cutouts are the best, if he ever travels through Kingston I'm there. Maybe if I start a petition for more poop!

That play sounds pretty cool. As always, look forward to the review.

(Toccata - I used the word festooned twice today! How very odd.)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Festooned is a grand word, Toccata. It feels very celebratory to me, for some reason.
Thanks for the vote of confidence on the review.

Aren't those cutouts the coolest, Mel? Froggy brain is quite spectacular. Wasn't it nice of the record company to send that link? My kind of people.
(And when you move here, I'll have to drag you out to some plays...)

Me too, Allison. Pink shirts for boys all the way!
I'll bet Chad will have all kinds of new poop stories by the time he makes it out to Kingston.
The play should be pretty drastically different from Trainspotting, but I'm ready for the challenge.

mellowlee said...

I agree, that was VERY nice of them! I can't wait to go to plays in Calgary with you! I have no one to go play-going with here!

Deb said...

I know that your review will take us there - I look forward to it. And Calgary's just too far of a bus ride for a play


michelle said...

ok, I'm not really down with boys in pink.

Unless it's that used Value Village pink that screams. What it screams I dunno, but if I took Ritalin I bet I'd understand the language better, hah...

Ben Heller said...

I'm more of a salmon pink than a true pink.
Salmon pink is a little more masculine in Heller world.

Is there some connection to Belgium with the Flemish Eye record label ?
It's just that Flemish is the Belgian language and Van Gaalen sounds like a very Belgian surname.I just wondered if there was a connection.

We know we're going to get a good review of the play, and you'll bring the feel and perfoemance into our lives. Hope it goes well.

kees said...

Yes me please I want to come. I don't regularly go to plays, mostly because the synopsis makes them sounds shit. But that sounds brilliant. Well jealous. Looking forward to the review - hope you have a good time.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Plays and concerts and coffee dates, oh my! Get yourself moved here already, Mel!

Aww, I'd pick you up at the bus station, Deb! But in lieu of your company, I shall try to pay close attention at the play.

The pink concert shirt was definitely screaming, Michelle. Not sure what it was screaming either, as I don't speak Ritalin myself, but it was loud!

Ben, knowing that you are a summer like myself, I'm sure you look absolutely devastating in salmon pink.
I had noticed the Belgian conncection as well, and am thinking that there almost certainly has to be some sort of connection. There just aren't enough Belgians in Calgary for that to be a sheer coincidence.

I used to go to a lot of plays as a student, Kees, and then got out of the habbit. I think it was going back to the Fringe festival that piqued my interest in live theatre again. I'm well excited.

John Mutford said...

Sounds very interesting. Can't wait to hear the review.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I shall try to bring you a scintillating review on the weekend, John.