Arts Seen – week of Jan 31 2013

Well even though the High Performance Rodeo winds to a close this weekend there’s (finally) quite a bit of other theatre activity to pick up the slack. Vertigo Theatre is back in black with another exercise in classic noir Gaslight . Vertigo brought in a heavy hitter to take up directorial duties on this one — Christopher Newton a Governor General’s Award-winner who was artistic director of the Shaw Festival from 1980 to 2002. The show runs until February 24.

On a smaller scale Mob Hit Productions is mounting Christopher Walsh ’s stage adaptation of Alexander Dumas’s classic The Count of Monte Cristo at the Arrata Opera Centre. This one runs from February 2 to 9.

Rebecca Northan returns to Loose Moose on Wednesday February 6 for Kung Fu Panties: Redux . Good news for the Calgary comedy vet — her send-up of action flicks was originally slated to run until the 23rd but ticket demand was such that it has been extended until March 9.

Finally as mentioned while time is running out on the Rodeo you still have a few days to take in their final offerings (the fest officially wraps this Sunday) including Daniel MacIvor’s This is What Happens Next One Yellow Rabbit’s People You May Know and Schlachter-Tango (a co-production with theatrelabor) and the art installation Infra-Loop at Truck.

As mentioned in our Exposure piece on this very page you’ll be hard-pressed to find gallery space that isn’t dedicated to the photography fest over the next few weeks. Not that that’s a bad thing — I’m especially looking forward to not one but two exhibitions of Fred Herzog ’s sublime Vancouver-centric photography at the Glenbow and Trepanier Baer respectively. But for those looking for an alternative Dan Hudson ’s multimedia Shrines is up in the main space at Stride while the paintings of Cassandra Paul ’s Estate Sale take up the gallery’s project room.