Arts Seen – week of Nov. 20 2014

Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art has two good reasons to celebrate. Not only is the organization marking its second anniversary but the gallery and shop are also moving out of the basement and into a new space on the second level of the current location (343 11 Ave. S.W.) According to the announcement the larger gallery will allow for more ambitious programming while the shop will expand into an independent space featuring a selection of periodicals artist books and multiples as well as a growing selection of limited edition prints and in-house publications. Avalanche! will unveil the new space on Friday November 21 at 8 p.m. with the opening of MOVIN’ ON UP an exhibition featuring limited edition prints produced in conjunction with 2014 exhibitions by Tiffany Wollman Kent Merriman Jr. Russell Leng Matthew Mark Palmer Olson + Shawn Mankowske and the launch of a new special edition by Mark Mullin (pictured). The gallery is open Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment and the exhibition runs until December 20.

On the heels of Sage Theatre’s A Beautiful View comes another play with a local twist on the setting and two women in the starring roles only this time those roles were originally written for men. Theatre Encounter which specializes in unconventional performance will stage Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter with two females as the hit men. Rachel Gilliatt plays rule-bound Ben who is under orders to wait in a basement and assassinate the next man (or woman) who walks through the door and Meredith Pritchard plays Ben’s moody and suspicious partner Gus. The Dumb Waiter runs from November 25 to December 6 at Motel in the Epcor Centre.

The Kinkonauts improv troupe will show off their artistic non-expertise this month with Curated X — An Improvised Art Gallery. New works by Alberta College of Art and Design students will be featured onstage in a visual performance that promises to reveal “a side of art you’ve never seen before and will never see again.” The performance is part of the Novembers series of improv shows and sketch comedy featuring Lauren Cochrane and Aaron Merke of Bucko Mixtape Presents Notorious Obviously Improv The Adventure and STU. Shows run November 26 to 29 at The Birds and Stone Theatre.

Stride Gallery will launch its fifth annual Catalogue which documents programming from April 2013 to March 2014 on Saturday November 22 at the gallery. While you’re there check out Sediments — Symphony in Rose Major by Don Kottmann an instructor at ACAD before it wraps up on November 28. The exhibition is “a tribute to the layers complexities and harmonies that constitute our core: that place where every action thought dream and fear has settled and where hope continues to soar.”

Joscelyn Gardner’s bringing down the flowers… is also worth catching before it closes on November 29 at Alberta Printmakers’ Artist Proof Gallery. The title of the Caribbean-Canadian artist’s exhibition of lithographs was a euphemism in early modern history for inciting menstruation through the use of abortifacient plants as many Caribbean slave women chose to do in colonial times. Read our story online at ffwdweekly.com.