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New tricks

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Last night I took my first drawing class in decades. It was a blast – and a real mental work-out. I left feeling positively cross-eyed, my brain having gotten a rewiring to remember. The last drawing class I ever took was in Munich, with Peter Zeiler, …in the late 1970s. The late 70s, people, happened […]

Where’s our “I, Claudius” when we need it?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

When I read about art events like this, I can’t help but think of I, Claudius and its relentless chronicle of Rome in decline… …performance art legend Marina Abramović created a stir when she was accused of exploiting other artists during L.A.’s MOCA gala. Guests at the posh event paid up to $10,000 dollars so […]

Change everything.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

In the late 1970s I was a student of Robert Jacobsen’s and made modernist sculptures out of packing cardboard. Earlier this week I came across note cards and photos from that time, which prompts me to ask, “has much changed in art?”

Pornography at Theatre Inconnu (North American premiere)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Want to see a remarkable play? Go see Pornography, Simon Stephens’s captivating play set in London in July 2005. It’s currently having its North American premiere at Victoria BC’s Theatre Inconnu. Read this entry for my two-thumbs-up review.

The Last 15 Seconds

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Tonight I saw The Last 15 Seconds, currently playing in Victoria at the Metro Theatre. If you have the chance, go see it. I will admit upfront that the subject matter made me a reluctant theater-goer, and I was almost sure I would dislike the play. The teaser says, “You have 15 seconds left before […]

Sign Language, created and performed by Denise Clarke

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Last night I wrote about the play I saw at the Belfry Theatre‘s Spark Festival and thought I was done with local theater review. But tonight I saw Denise Clarke‘s Sign Language (also part of the Spark Festival), and it really blew me away. Go see it if you can. Clarke’s one-woman show is subtitled, […]

Until March 13: A Craigslist Cantata

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

If you appreciate theater and live in Victoria BC, you have until March 13 to see Do You Want What I Have Got: A Craigslist Cantata, now playing at The Belfry‘s Spark Festival. Written and composed by Veda Hille and Bill Richardson, the currently 70-minute long production (still being workshopped, under Amiel Gladstone‘s direction) is […]

Arcadia, variations on a theme

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

How a sublime concert by the Sinfonia New York put me in mind of Nicolas Poussin’s great painting, Et in Arcadia ego.

Fun with camera apps

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

For my birthday at the end of December, I got a new iPod Touch (iTouch?). I flat out love this little gadget: it has a microphone, which means I’ve been able to use it to Skype (with video); to make voice notes on Evernote; and to send myself voice memos by email. It also has […]

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