Arts Seen – week of Nov 7 2013

Marking one year of exhibiting work by emerging Canadian artists Avalanche ! Institute of Contemporary Art will celebrate with the opening of Paper Trail featuring artist-designed limited edition prints produced in conjunction with every exhibition to date. The production and sale of these prints enables the gallery to compensate its artists while supporting experimental often site-specific practises in a commercial environment. The exhibition includes prints by Jesse Stilwell ONVIS (Thomas Dahlgren and Stephen Nachtigall) Kyle Beal Matthew Mark and Lindsay Wells Bodgan Cheta Henry Gunderson Jeremy Pavka and Karly Mortimer Kuh Del Rosario and Sarah Van Sloten Cassandra Paul and Slavek Pytraczyk Ryan Scott and Austin Taylor. The exhibition opens November 8 at 8 p.m. and runs until December 21 at the gallery which is open Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or by apppointment ( avalancheavalanche.com ).

A unique theatre project will take place in Calgary this week as Vancouver’s Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre) pays a visit to Calgary. Titled Corporations in our Heads the project uses live audience participation to reveal and challenge the way that corporate messaging influences individuals. Corporations in Our Heads runs Saturday November 9 at the Cliff Bungalow Arts Centre and Sunday November 10 at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre. For more information read our interview with Theatre for Living’s David Diamond online at ffwdweekly.com .

There is no doubt there are many stories about June’s flood in Calgary from the zoo’s scuba adventures in the hippo enclosure to your neighbour’s frantic attempts to move everything from the basement to the main level where it was submerged anyway. You are invited to tell your own seven-minute tale or simply listen to others’ during Stories from the Flood on Sunday November 10 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill. Along with members of the public telling stories local bands will sing about the flood and a few local “celebrities” will share their own experiences including Mayor Naheed Nenshi Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra and Brian Keating of the Calgary Zoo. The event is hosted by Calgary Story Slam and TALES two non-profit groups whose goal it is to encourage storytelling in Calgary and all proceeds go to the YYC Rebuilds Fund at The Calgary Health Trust.

Lola Rozsa was another Calgarian with many stories to tell and although she passed away in 2012 those stories live on in a new book published by the University of Calgary Press. My Name is Lola a memoir in her own words as told to author Susie Sparks recalls Rozsa’s journey from Depression-era Texas to the Oilfields of Alberta with her husband Ted and their children. As the family prospered they gave back to their community supporting cultural institutions such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where Rozsa also sponsored a special children’s performance each season that she would kick off with a short speech to the kids and the University of Calgary where they built the Rozsa Centre performance space.