Arts Seen – week of Nov 14 2013

Mmmm bacon. If you are a fan of the salty indulgence don’t miss this weekend’s exhibition at House Gallery . Bacon: The King of Cured Meats is a group show by local artists that celebrates the beauty of bacon. You’ll see everything from cured pork used in sandals (“Let’s Have a Walk at the Japanese Garden” by Darija S. Radakovic pictured) to meat offspring (“Son of Bacon” by Heather Buchanan). The gallery which “strives to showcase pop culture and low-brow art in Calgary through unique and sometimes bizarre exhibit curation” has been operating for three years. The exhibition runs November 14 to 16 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a silent auction takes place on the final day ( housegallery.ca ).

For those who prefer landscapes to bacon longtime Calgary artist Anna Ostberg has a new show opening at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery . Grounded is a solo exhibition of landscape paintings that explores aspen trees’ “potential agile movements and their accepted rooted stability.” Ostberg opened the gallery in 2004 with a focus on creating a welcoming community gallery to showcase original contemporary art. Grounded opens November 15 with a reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again the following day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs until December 21 ( ruberto-ostberg.com ).

Verb Theatre is giving people another chance to see its original new play The Dandelion Project a theatrical documentary exploring different views on the timely issue of doctor-assisted suicide. The initial run of the play at the Epcor Centre was cut short due to the June flood. This special one-night performance on November 16 will feature Col Cseke Verb’s co-artistic director and the project playwright in the solo role. Cseke interviewed a dozen people for the play which he wrote in response to a landmark court case led by Gloria Taylor who sought to expand Canadian law to allow assisted suicide for seriously and incurably ill mentally competent adults. The show takes place at the Crescent Heights Community Hall ( verbtheatre.com ).

Award-winning writer Karen Connelly’s new book Come Cold River is described as a politically charged “memoir in poetry” that explores family politics domestic abuse and addiction through a direct approach that challenges people to consider the origins of violence. While Connelly’s previous works have often been set outside of Canada many events in Come Cold River take place in Alberta and B.C. Connelly will be reading on November 14 at Pages on Kensington ( pages.ab.ca ) as part of the Flywheel Reading Series and will be featured in conversation with Cathy Ostlere on November 16 at the Alexandra Centre ( alexandrawriters.org ).