Arts Seen – Week of July 25 2013

There are two really good reasons to head to the mountains this week you know aside from the fact that they’re the mountains and they’re goddamned beautiful.

First up is Ten Truths: Celebrating Literary Non-Fiction at The Banff Centre on July 25. The evening will feature the recent winners of CBC’s Canada Writes Awards — Mo Srivastava (English) and Esteban Gonzalez (French) — and participants from the Literary Journalism program at the Centre. The night is hosted by Globe and Mail writer Ian Brown and the CBC’s Evelyne Asselin and Russell Bowers. All told 10 writers will share their work onstage.

If you’re not going to check out any of the folk festival in Calgary you might as well enjoy a prolonged stay in the mountains and return to The Banff Centre on July 27 for another event hosted by Ian Brown. This time the journalist will share the stage with one of the most celebrated dancers of contemporary times Mikhail Baryshnikov . The evening will feature the work of choreographer Aszure Barton followed by a conversation between Brown and Baryshnikov. The pairing of one of Canada’s best non-fiction writers and arguably one of the world’s best dancers is definitely worth the trip to Banff.

Closer to home you can help rebuild the Calgary Public Library which lost reams of material in the recent flooding. The library is holding a one-day only book/CD/DVD drive throughout the city called 20000 Books Under the Bow in order to help raise funds to replace lost items. This isn’t a collection for books that will be housed in the library rather the used books DVDs and CDs will be sold with proceeds going to buy new materials for the library collection. As the name suggests the goal is to collect 20000 items. Donations can be made at any Calgary Public Library except for the downtown location.

If you just want to take in some work on your own time then consider heading down to the East Village where new public work by Daniel J. Kirk Ivan Ostapenko and Kai Cabunoc-Boettcher — collectively known as Light & Soul — has just been unveiled.

The collaborators have been working on the installation for nine months and sought to capture the history and culture of the community. The work is displayed on the storage sheds bridges and bathrooms of the budding community. Titled “The Field Manual: A compendium of local influence” the work combines traditional and digital techniques and utilizes such diverse materials as paint EPS foam steel photography and vinyl.