Arts Seen – week of May 8 2014

Artists battle for supremacy and Truck hosts a BYOB projection party

The brushes will be clashing and paint will be flying at a duel on Saturday May 10 as a dozen local artists duke it out for Art Battle Day a national event involving 250 artists in communities across Canada ( artbattle.ca ). In our city the fight takes place at Contemporary Calgary and C2 (formerly MOCA) which will host a three-round live painting competition. The audience will vote to determine winners from each round and then choose a champion who will go on to compete at the regionals. The winners of the regional battles will advance to the national championship taking place on July 26 in Toronto. Art Battle Canada has been promoting Canadian artists through live painting competitions since its creation in 2009. The local event starts at 7 p.m.

Truck Gallery is hosting the city’s third BYOB party on Friday May 9 (that means Bring Your Own Beamer dumbass). BYOBYYCIII: Shared Vibrations will feature several local artists (Dana Buzzee Tyler Los-Jones Justin Waddell Dan Zimmerman and many more) presenting projector-based works starting at 7 p.m. along with live music. BYOB events were created by Rafael Rozendaal as a way to hold a huge show exploring the medium of projection without spending any money and are held around the world. Two BYOB events were held in Calgary in 2012 followed by a similar event Infinite Loop in 2013.

The Calgary Public Library (CPL) wants to hear the public’s ideas about its present and future facilities services and programs because after all it’s serving the public. As part of its Forward Together public engagement initiative the library is hosting a series of free family-friendly interactive events at different locations around the city this week and asking people to participate in an online survey running until May 16. CPL collected 16500 responses in 2012 when it asked the public for input on the new Central Library to be constructed in the East Village. This time around the focus is on people’s experiences at city libraries and what resources and services they would like to have available at every location ( calgarypubliclibrary.com ).

The Banff Centre is once again providing visitors with an alternative to staring at the scenery or shopping at Roots. The annual Banff Summer Arts Festival lineup has been revealed and it includes dance opera theatre a variety of music from opera to folk visual arts exhibitions literary readings film screenings and more ( banffcentre.ca ) . A sample of the highlights include a performance by contemporary dancer Louise Lecavalier a return visit from Orenda author Joseph Boyden a performance by spoken word poet Shane Koyczan with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and a Canada Day concert at the outdoor Shaw Amphitheatre featuring Shad Holy Fuck and A Tribe Called Red.

Theatre Junction is wrapping up its season with a repeat and slightly tweaked performance of Sometime between now and when the sun goes Supernova . Created by artistic director Mark Lawes with the company’s ensemble of artists the multidisciplinary show is inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s theories on media. You can read more about it online at ffwdweekly.com .

Still living in your parents’ basement? Playwright Steven Owad’s The Basement Boys — presented appropriately by Theatre BSMT — won’t make any jokes at your expense. You can read more about that online too at ffwdweekly.com .