Arts Seen – week of Nov. 21 2013

The artist ensemble at Theatre Junction is hard at work on the second creation in a new trilogy under the direction of Mark Lawes. The trilogy started with Sometime Between Now And When The Sun Goes Supernova in 2013 which explored the subject of hybrid identities resulting from new modes of communication in an accelerated world. This multidisciplinary work will combine theatre dance music and film when it premières during the 2014-15 season. And that’s all we know. Curious? The project is in the first phase of development and part of that process involves presenting the work-in-progress onstage so you can be among the first to witness what’s in store. The presentation runs from November 21 to 23 at Theatre Junction Grand ( theatrejunction.com ).

The Kinkonauts are back with another week of improv comedy at Birds & Stone Theatre and one of the acts will be taking off their clothes for laughs. One Lions (pictured) which headlined the Vancouver International Improv Festival begin their improvised story fully clothed but remove an article with each new chapter until nothing is left and the story ends. The Kinkonauts’ media release describes the November 21 show as dangerous and hilarious: “Like going on a safari with ground beef in the trunk.” The lineup includes several performances nightly until November 23 ( kinkonauts.com ).

The Art Gallery of Calgary currently has a trio of exhibitions featuring emerging visual artists contemporary portraits and artworks donated for a flood relief raffle. Graduating artists from the University of Calgary are taking their work off campus and into the core for MFA Downtown an exhibition on the lower level of the gallery running until January 25. The show features mixed-media works by seven recent master’s of fine arts grads including Jayme Chalmers Michael Dunkley Lamis Haggag Nathan Hansen Meghan Kim Arthur Ostrowski and Shane Price. On the main floor AGC is also showing contemporary portraits by the 30 finalists for The Kingston Prize also running until January 25. The winner of the biennial competition for Canadian artists is Richard Davis of LaHave Nova Scotia who received $20000. The gallery is also displaying several works donated by artists such as Sandra Vida Carl White Jeremy Pavka Sarah Van Sloten and Billie Rae Busby among many others for its artRISE fundraiser for flood relief. People can view the artwork until December 3 when those interested can purchase a raffle ticket to take one of the pieces home — ticket holders choose from the displayed artwork in the order the tickets are drawn so choices are limited by the luck of the draw. The artwork will remain on display to the public until December 20 and proceeds will go to Elephant Artist Relief and the Alberta Arts Rebuild Fund.