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Blaine Greenwood among Southern Alberta poets “Bearing Witness” to different world views at symposium

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Art inspires art. So when local poet Blaine Greenwood went to the Glenbow Museum to see travelling exhibitions of French artist Henri Matisse, Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali and Belgian artist Rene Magritte, he was immediately inspired by their unique world views during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Blaine Greenwood officially releases his second book of poetry, Feb. 15  at Andy’s Place at the University of Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amery
Greenwood just released his second book of poetry “The False Mirror”, inspired by the works of those artists. He will release the book during “Bearing Witness,” a special poetry symposium, Feb. 15 at Andy’s Place (AH100) beginning at 12:15, featuring seven southern Alberta poets including Richard Stevenson, Ali Riley, cowboy poet Ken Sears, Calgary poet Vivian Hansen, Ian McAdam, performance poet Erin Dingle Adam exploring the theme of Bearing Witness until about 2:30 p.m.. Each poet will have about 10 minutes to showcase their works.

“The theme is general enough that all of the poets interpret it differently,” Greenwood said, noting after a break, he will officially be launching his book at 6 p.m. at the U of L bookstore.
“If you can’t make sense of what Blaine Greenwood is saying, then in 10 minutes it will be different. Part of what poetry means depends on the perception of the reader. You bring your own experiences. You may get something completely out of it that I might not have even thought of it. We have seven poets with seven different world views,” he continued.

 His poetry was inspired by the three different world views of three wildly different arts working in the same time period.

“All three of them were working during the Second World War. So when you thunk about that a lot of them are about the chaos of war,” he said.
“Dali interpreted reality through dreams. Dali spoke a lot with Sigmund Freud about the interpretation of dreams. So when you realize that, you realize they (his paintings) make a lot of sense,” he said.
“And everyone dreams, so people can identify with that,” Greenwood continued, adding art, both visual like painting, and literary art is subjective, so everyone brings their own interpretations to art according to their own life experiences.

“Matisse was inspired by Muslim poet Rumi from the twelfth century and he lived in Morocco during the Second World War, so there is a lot of mid eastern and African  imagery in his works. He was inspired by the casbahs there,” Greenwood observed.
“Magritte is known for his (painting of a) gigantic blue eye. All of his works were very monochromatic. He used really bright colours. He started as a graphic designer who designed posters and billboards,” Greenwood observed.


Hatrix holding auditions for A Comedy of Tenors next week

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Hatrix theatre  is excited to present a new Ken Ludwig comedy “A Comedy of Tenors, May 24-26 at the Eagles Hall. And they are hoping you will join them on stage.
 So get to auditions at Casa, Jan. 23  from 7-9 p.m.

 The 2015 play is the unofficial sequel to Ludwig’s hit comedy  “Lend me a Tenor,” which features a few of the same characters including dogsbody Max, who has become a famous tenor himself in the ensuing 10 years since  the antics of Lend Me  A Tenor. So his his neurotic mentor and boss Saunders.

And famous tenor Tito Morelli and his ever feuding wife  Maria return also.

 This time you get to meet Tito’s doppleganger.
“ Ken Ludwig combines his love of Shakespeare and opera in A Comedy of Tenors,” observed director Karolyn Harker, noting you don’t need to know anything about either one of them to audition for the show. You don’t even need to know how to sing.
“We’ll probably order a tape, but if you can, that would be great. But we don’t want that to stop you from auditioning,” Harker continued.


Things get back into full swing this week with jazz jam and Flipfest fundraiser

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Things pick up this week, beginning tonight at the Slice with a big rap show featuring Evil Ebenezer of SDK plus West Coast O and J Marsh. There will be local support from the PSychonauts, Pyke, ONTK  and JPB.

 Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets James Oldenburg plays gigs with Bandemonium and hosts the jazz jam at to Owl Acoustic Lounge with HBO3. Photo by Richard Ameryare $10 in advance $20 at the door.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 17,  the Slice features a special FLIPfest fundraiser with Montreal’s Duchess Says, Windsor, Ontario’s Partner and local band W.I.T.S.

Duchess Says are members of the Church of Budgerigars who formed in 2003 to spread the word of the Duchess (spiritual Budgie) through synth powered indie rock.

 Partner are  best friends Josée Caron and Lucy Niles who released their debut CD in πIn Search of lost Time” who were named best new band in Canada by the Globe and mail. W.I.T.S Are a local synth pop band.

 Tickets are $15 from the Slice or Blueprint or $20 at the door. It is a fundraiser for this year’s edition of FLIPfest, a  multi-venue Femme positive music festival which was a highlight of last year.


Derina Harvey Band ready to get your toes tapping and hands clapping

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Edmonton based Celtic band the Derina Harvey  Band are excited to return to the Slice, Jan. 19.

The Derina Harvey band return to the Slice, Jan 19. Photo by Richard Amery
They have added  a new member to the family in  new fiddle player Jessica Blenis.

“ Our other fiddle player moved to a different part of the province. We’ve played with a lot of different fiddle players. She played her first gig with us last weekend in Fort McMurray. Though she has got on stage with us before,” observed lead singer Derina Harvey.

“ She’s from New Brunswick, so we’re still the most authentic eastern band in the west,” Harvey continued, adding the transplanted Newfoundlanders released two CDs including their most recent “Rove and Go” in 2016, has been playing together for many years.

“ Me and Steve (Pinsent, drummer) were in the same music program in 1998 where we met our guitar player Scott (Greene) who was in the recording program. As it happens, he has been playing with our bass player Ed Smith since they were 14, so we’ve been playing together for a long time. We’re like family,” she added.

They have spent most of the  year playing all around the province as well as into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They returned to Newfoundland during a summer filled with festivals including the George Street Festival in St. John’s the North Country Fair in Driftpile, Alberta, Springfest in East Coulee, went to Ontario for the Ontario Contact in Petrolia and even played Yellowknife for the first time at the East Coast Garden party this summer under the midnight sun.

They enjoyed playing Newfoundland.


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