October is almost upon us, and New Westminster’s arts scene is blossoming for fall.
Check out these highlights coming to the city over the next couple of weeks:
Massey Theatre is presenting Michael P. Northey’s award-winning, one-person hip-hop play CRANKED, in a reimagined digital format, by livestream Oct. 6 and 7. The play was first introduced to international audiences in the wake of the meth epidemic of 2004. Green Thumb Theatre’s newly updated production offers “a timely view into the rollercoaster of addiction and celebrity in an era of TikTok and 15-minute fame,” a show synopsis says.
The show follows the story of Stan (Chirag Naik), a.k.a. Definition, a freestyling solo artist in New York City who’s prepping for a return show following his recovery from meth addiction. It features spoken word, updated original songs and lyrics from hip-hop artists Kyprios and Chin Injeti, and live DJ'ing by Stephanie Wong, with new content addressing the current fentanyl and opioid crises.
The show will be streamed live from Green Thumb Theatre studios on Oct. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available in partnership with Massey Theatre and can be purchased online at a cost of $10 per device.
School livestreams are available for booking Oct. 4 to 8. The show is aimed at ages 13 and up.
Co. ERASGA created Offering in the summer of 2020 to honour and celebrate its 20th anniversary season. Since COVID-19 restrictions prevented the dance company from performing to live audiences, it first livestreamed the performance from the Anvil Centre in November 2020. Now, the company is returning to the Anvil Centre – this time to perform for live audiences Oct. 15, 16 and 17.
Offering is a collection of solo works performed by seven of Vancouver’s finest and diverse dancers, created to honour the practice of dance and the challenges of keeping the art form alive during the ongoing pandemic and the isolation it brought to society.
Shows are on Oct. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Buy tickets online or call 604-515-3830.
NEW WEST CULTURAL CRAWL
The 18th annual Cultural Crawl returns to New Westminster Oct. 16 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It’s a family-friendly event that invites visitors to explore venues around the city at their own pace – checking out art and meeting a diverse array of artists, both emerging and professional, who live and work in New Westminster.
Painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, new media works, public art installations … whatever your taste, there’s something to discover.
Visits to civic venues (including the New Media Gallery, Irving House, Anvil Centre Community Art Space and the New Westminster Museum and Archives) must be booked ahead, but most venues are open on a drop-in basis.
Maps and more details outlining the stops in Sapperton, downtown, uptown, the West End and Queensborough are available online.
NEW WEST CRAFT
The Arts Council of New Westminster’s popular artisan makers’ market is back indoors for the fall and winter season. The market is planning a gradual return to the indoor setting, kicking off with an intimate and curated market featuring 20 vendors.
You can check it out on Saturdays through the fall – Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 18 – at River Market. Markets run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NEW MEDIA GALLERY
New Westminster’s New Media Gallery, on the third floor at Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.), has opened a new exhibition. Assembly features the work of international artists exploring humanity’s innate desire to control a world in chaos.
You can check out the work of Turner Prize-winner Elizabeth Price, with A Restoration; Fiona Tan, with Archive; and Zimoun, with 278 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 51 x 51 x 51cm.
Visits are limited to 12 people per hour. You need to book a visit ahead online (and note, the show is already booking well into October and November, so hop to it!).