Many of us live by the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle.” We know it’s important to maximize the lifecycle of products, but what about natural waste? Of course these items will organically decompose, but artists and ecologists cleverly create environmental art with nature’s garbage. Environmental art is created with natural materials and is designed to be non-destructive or ecologically beneficial—in most cases it is both.
BEERLESQUE: sounds interesting, huh? Here is the recipe for some ULTRA fun: Beer and Burlesque. As the name suggests, expect lots of teasing and tantalizing, while enjoying tasty beer. It’s an event that gives you a chance to sample more than 15 local craft beer, and enjoy a burlesque show featuring performances by Neil E. Dee, Rebel Valentine, Lola Frost, Burgundy Brixx, callio p cock, Lydia DeCarllo, Nicky Ninedoors, plus a hot drag show.
…expect lots of teasing and tantalizing, while enjoying tasty beer.
I know I don’t have to talk too much about Canada’s most popular alcoholic beverage, but personally, I do not drink beer and I have never thought of attending a burlesque show. However, thinking about the fact that in just one event there is so much to discover, I admit I am curious. I have never liked beer, but who knows, after tasting 15 different kinds, I may find one, so I am going to take this challenge and maybe even develop a taste for beer!
I have always believed in freedom of expression and what better way to express this than through dancing. Burlesque performers combine dancing with clowning while displaying comfort with their own bodies. They confidently flaunt their props and keep their heads held high while they demonstrate a palpable enjoyment of performance, which is so challenging, isn’t it? Here is one performer’s perspective on burlesque and body image. It’s a beautiful story.
Technical Director and Production Manager, Matt Frankish, has come a long way from his days of sweeping stages and pulling curtains in theatres across the pond. This brand new Canadian and first-time dad shares why he loves working at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.
The best part of working at the Roundhouse is the sheer variety of what’s going on.
As a dancer, I find myself drawn to all types of dance forms. When dancing, I find that I am in my element and in a place of true bliss. Anyone who knows me well can affirm my passion for the art of dance and can also tell you that mimicking any dance form comes easily and naturally.
I have always been drawn to ballroom dancing and in particular Flamenco dancing for its grace, elegance, bold colours, and its rich music. Flamenco is the coming together of several dance forms and cultures to create a contemporary dance style. While watching a performance you will notice that Flamenco is a combination of tap, belly dancing, salsa, Persian dancing, and Indian classical dancing.
Flamenco is usually performed by a single dancer or by a group to a live guitar orchestra. It is rarely performed in pairs because it is a dance of self-expression that loses its meaning when partnered.
Fiona Malena, a Canadian-born Flamenco dancer who considers Calgary to be home, is passionate about Flamenco Dancing, travelling (professionally and personally), and constantly learning ways to improve her dance technique. Fiona has a special attachment to Spain, having her main ensemble based there. She returns regularly to Calgary to share her experiences with her community and other artists.
Flamenco is rarely performed in pairs because it is a dance of self-expression that loses its meaning when partnered.
You’ve diligently worked hard all summer watering and harvesting your garden’s bounty. It’s hard to accept that the colder season is upon us, but it’s time to start preparing your garden for next spring. Before you weep summer tears onto your heirloom tomatoes, read through these handy tips on how to prepare your garden for the fall.
1. Assess your Current Garden. What worked well for you this year? What would you do differently next time? What were your most loved veggies? Can you make any improvements? Use this time to plan your garden for next spring.
How does the intriguing use of colour create a masterpiece worthy of our time? For someone who has no background in critiquing art, I find myself drawn to art and the effect it has on my emotional well-being. Anyone who knows me knows that I love being surrounded by colour and, particularly bright colours. Many people say that I am crazy for having such a loud and colourful accent wall in my bedroom but for me it has a calming effect while also inspiring my creative juices.
Art comes in many shapes, forms and displays. There is more to art than meets the eye.
I find myself drawn to art and the effect it has on my emotional well-being.
We’re living longer! That’s great news, isn’t it? British Columbians have the longest average lifespan among our fellow Canadians; however, many of us are facing our latter years feeling isolated and alone. While there are no concrete predictors of longevity, many studies dedicated to understanding the overall health benefits of engagement and social connection conclude that participation in group activities enriches our lives and keeps us healthier longer.
When you are blessed to live near the coast, is there a better way to spend a summer day with your family than on the water? Indeed it’s a great idea, but water sports are usually expensive and require many types of equipment. Because of this, many families end up going to the beach just to enjoy the scenic beauty instead of venturing out onto the water.
Recently, I got a chance to interview skimboarding instructor, Dax Kenny. Ten years ago he started a camp at Spanish Banks beach and has been encouraging the sport ever since.
Skimboarding is a daring, inexpensive and low-risk sport.
“This sport keeps you physically active and when it’s practiced at its best, it adds lots of adventure,” says Kenny. “There are so many tricks that can be added to maximize the thrill and excitement of the sport and still be safe. It is relatively easy to learn, no matter what age you are. Kids especially love this sport. After just a few days of regular practice they have much more confidence“.
If you’re familiar with Yaletown or if you read my previous post, you know that in the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre you’ll find the famous Engine 374, which pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver. But maybe you haven’t heard how it ended up being housed after 58 years in service for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
“It was given to the city by the CPR in 1945,” says William Johnston, director of the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) and the volunteer in charge of the Engine 374 Pavilion, located at the Roundhouse. That is the good news. The bad news is that the Engine—a landmark in Canadian history—was originally placed in Kitsilano Park, close to the beach. “It was stuck in a parking lot for many years getting completely trashed.”
Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an artist-run celebration of queer arts, culture and history. It showcases the creativity of visual and performing artists who share a connection to the queer community. From Jul 24 until Aug 9 prepare to laugh, cry and be educated through performances and workshops that include dance, music, theatre, and literary and media arts.
Now in its 17th year, QAF has strong roots at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre; however, this year’s festival was almost a no-show. QAF organizers were informed by Canadian Heritage that it would need to pull the plug on funding due to cutbacks, but a public outcry persuaded the department to maintain support for the much-loved annual community celebration. “We didn’t get it all back, which is really unfortunate,” says QAF’s artistic director, Shaira Holman. “We still have to find places to cut, but we are really pleased with the outcome.”