Arts Seen – week of Jan 23 2014

Snowed In Comedy Tour anti-oilsands art and more Rodeo

There may not be any snow left in the city by the time it arrives but the Snowed In Comedy Tour won’t care as long as there’s still snow on the slopes. The tour is in its sixth year visiting locations close to ski hills where comedians hit the slopes during the day then entertain crowds at night — not a bad way to fund a snowboarding trip. The Calgary show takes place on Saturday January 25 at the Plaza Theatre ( snowedincomedytour.com ). The headliners for this year’s tour (pictured) are: Arj Barker who is best known as Dave in HBO’s Flight of the Concords and was co-creator of the off-Broadway show the Marijuauna-logues ; Pete Johansson originally from Canada who was recently nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Award (formerly the Perrier) for his show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival; Dan Quinn who won the Canadian comedy competition at Just for Laughs and was chosen Best of the Fest at the Moncton and Vancouver comedy festivals; and Craig Campbell the “notorious” host of Ed’s Night Party who has performed on Dave’s One Night Stand Russell Howard’s Good News and Michael Macintyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

Neil Young’s anti-oilsands tour may have generated the most publicity but he is just one of many artists who continue to address the impact of industry on the province’s land water and residents. Calgary-based Tiffany Wollman’s solo exhibition of new work We’re So Thirsty raises questions about the impact of oil and gas development and the Harper government on fresh water. Wollman graduated from the painting program at the Alberta College of Art and Design with distinction in 2013 and has shown her work locally and nationally. We’re So Thirsty runs until February 15 at the Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art ( avalancheavalanche.com ).

The High Performance Rodeo continues this week with a literary star new shows and three cabarets ( hprodeo.ca ). On January 28 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall The Walrus Talks Tomorrow will present eight of Canada’s leading thinkers sharing their thoughts about the future in a concise seven minutes each. If you missed Joseph Boyden’s popular WordFest event here is your chance to see him onstage along with author and journalist Diane Francis CBC Radio host Terry O’Reilly and world-renowned mobile app developer Michael Sikorsky among others. As for the shows — joining Craigslist Cantata: Do You Want What I Have Got which started January 22 (see story in this issue) this week’s openings include How iRan: Three Plays for iPod an interactive performance using iPods and based on interview with new Canadians at the Central Library from January 23 to February 1; Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had it So Good) an award-winning performance that uses Andy Warhol’s film Kitchen as a starting point in a quest for the authentic January 24 to 26 at the No. 1 Legion; and Triangular Theories of Love by W&M Physical Theatre which explores the strange trappings of long-term relationships January 29 to 31 at Pumphouse Theatre. This week also marks the start of three cabarets at the Big Secret Theatre: Garter Girls Cabaret starring Peekaboo Pointe in a burlesque revue on January 29; Club Carousel: A Cabaret Celebration of Calgary’s Gay History presented by Third Street Theatre and the Calgary Gay History Project (see story in this issue) on January 30; and the All the Way Cabaret featuring performances by the One Yellow Rabbit crew and friends closes the Rodeo next week on January 31 and February 1.