Lively City: New West artist pays homage to Mount Baker

A New Westminster-based landscape artist has a new show on at Vancouver’s Visual Space Gallery this month.

David A. Haughton is presenting 40 Views of Mount Baker – Homage to Hokusai at the gallery until Sept. 27. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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On Sunday, Sept. 24, Haughton will give a talk at 2 p.m. called Hokusai and Me.

Hokusai is a Japanese artist best known for his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. He has been Haughton’s artistic “hero” since adolescence.

“Hokusai’s artistic ethos, the beauty and simplicity of his images, and the ferocious enthusiasm with which he worked as an artist until his old age all captivated Haughton’s imagination,” a press release notes. “Hokusai personified a counterweight argument to that of Haughton’s art teachers who frustratingly equated ‘new,’ ‘disruptive’ and ‘non-figurative’ with ‘good’ or ‘real’ art.”

Visual Space Gallery is at 3352 Dunbar St. in Vancouver. It’s open noon to 5 p.m.  See www.haughton-art.ca for more details.

 

POETIC JUSTICE

A husband-and-wife duo is featured at the Poetic Justice reading session this weekend.

The next poetry session is set for Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Boston Pizza.

It features two poets who happen to be a married couple: Theresa Kishkan, a novelist and poet who has recently focused on essay writing, and John Pass, an award-winning poet with 19 volumes of poetry to his credit.

Arrive early if you want to get on the list for the open mic session.

Check out www.poeticjusticenewwest.org for all the details.

 

VIEWS OF HOME

A video screening at Fraser River Discovery Centre this week is part of the City of New Westminster’s Canada 150 celebrations.

The city is bringing together a collection of cultural projects centred on the concept of Home – including the video Tributaries, by Emilie Crewe.

The experimental video collage documents narratives of the past and present of New Westminster.

“The video acts as a scrapbook of sorts, with the intention of evoking a collective historical identity and a sense of place within the audience,” a press release notes.

A screening of her video is being held on Thursday, Sept. 21 in conjunction with the unveiling of this year’s Click: Photos of the Fraser exhibition.

The exhibition unveiling is at 6:30 p.m., with an artist talk by Crewe at 7 p.m. and a screening of Tributaries at 7:30 p.m.

It’s free, but registration is recommended – see www.tinyurl.com/TributariesScreening.

 

FOWL PLAY

Douglas College theatre students are taking flight in a new performance at the Anvil Centre.

Students in the bachelor of performing arts program’s Matchstick Productions are staging a play in response to the Dominion exhibition at the New Media Gallery.

FOWL PLAY: In Search of Odd Behaviour and Even Odder People is being presented by a group of eight performers on Sept. 19, 20 and 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The performers take on the characteristics of birds: “preening, calling and displaying … culminating in a flight of birds down the Anvil staircase,” as a write-up about the show notes.

Audience members can expect an original contemporary musical score, choreography, costumes, bird calls – and an expert scout giving out badges and lighting a campfire.

The show is free and open to all ages.

 

SCRIPTS AND SIPS

Here’s a unique night out for theatre lovers.

The Anvil Centre is hosting a Scripts and Sips night on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., part of Culture Days festivities happening that weekend.

The night will feature a live play reading at the Anvil Centre, with roles chosen from a hat of willing participants just prior to the reading. Audience members will also be able to sip on a beverage chosen to match the play.

The play will be chosen through a Twitter poll prior to the event, so follow @anvilctr to get in on the fun of choosing.

It’s happening in the main-floor atrium at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. It’s free, and you don’t need to sign up ahead.

See www.tinyurl.com/ScriptsandSips for more details.

For more details on Culture Days activities in the city, check out bc.culturedays.ca and search by community.

 

HOMETOWN TALENT

You can catch some hometown musical talent onstage at the Heritage Grill this Friday (Sept. 15).

Echo Nebraska is a Vancouver-based band whose debut album, Send the Ships, has earned critical acclaim and charted on numerous campus stations across the country, reaching a high of No. 3 on CJSF.

Singer-guitarist Devan Christodoulou is a New Westminster resident, and he’s joined by violinist-vocalist Carly Frey, drummer Mike Lauder, Dan Ponich on bass and Andy Schichter on guitar and keyboards.

Band members first joined forces in 2014 and quickly found themselves named to CBC Music’s list of Best New Music Videos for the month of November that year for their song Hey, Allison. They were also selected to perform at BreakOutWest 2016 in Regina and at Canadian Music Week 2017 in Toronto.

You can find out more about the band at www.echonebraska.com – or just pop down to the Heritage Grill to enjoy them live in the backroom starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

TWO DUDES TALKING

NOTE: The following event has been postponed until further notice.

Here’s a fun night out at the Anvil Centre Theatre.

New Westminster Arts Services and Neworld Theatre are presenting Niall and Marcus Talk About S*#@ Niall Likes, happening Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.

The show features Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef.

McNeil, as a press release notes, has “got an opinion on pretty much everything, and he’s pretty funny, too.”

Youssef – artistic director of Neworld Theatre – is one of his favourite people to talk to.

“They talk about movies, music, animals, SuperValu, girls – all s#@! Niall likes,” the press release says.

They’ll be joined by a number of friends and special guests (singer-songwriter Veda Hille’s name is being mentioned) for the occasion.

McNeil and Youssef have previously co-created other work for Neworld Theatre, including Peter Panties and King Arthur’s Night.

It’s free, but register ahead at www.tinyurl.com/NiallandMarcus.

 

Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie, jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca.

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