Arts

  • Speaking of Scared

    It's a challenge I've been quick to quote but slow to practice. Except for last night when I stepped up to the microphone for the very first time and read some of my poetry aloud to a room of perfect strangers. Some of them fairly famous strangers. I felt utterly alive.

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  • This American . . . Infographic

    I know not everyone is as nutty about This American Life as I. My friends suffer through many conversations that begin, "That's just like the This American Life episode where . . . " or, "If you heard that episode of This American Life . . . " But this is not about This American Life. It's about This American Infographic, the brainchild of designer EJ Fox, who decided there ought to be an infographic for each episode of the show.

    This was a poster from the TV show, which the TAL team decided to discontinue after two seasons and a couple Emmys. But you get the idea. (Image by lantzilla via Flickr) ...

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  • Not your grandma's craft fair

    I grew up within the walls of a fully operational art gallery. I shared my bathroom with clients perusing oil canvases and iron toilet paper holders. Family trips were spent visiting current and prospective painters and potters, equal parts bonding time and sourcing ventures. At the age of 14 I was on a first name basis with some of Vancouver's most prominent artisans. (On an aside, my high school boyfriend was often mistaken for an artist in attendance at gallery openings. It was his safety pin earring and five o'clock shadow, I think.)

     

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  • My Media "Diet"

    No, I have more. It's astounding how much some of these people read. I am considered a manic reader among my small circles, but I can't hold a candle to these folks—or most of them, anyhow. I focus my reading on books—last year I read sixty, and I'm on track to read fewer but still many this year. But as I say that, I realize that I read a LOT of other sources of news.

     

    I'm late to the party, as usua...

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  • Radio 3: Breaking New Sound

    Consider CBC Radio 3, a radio station that consists of two parts devoted to Canadian arts and music: a radio service which is available on Sirius Satellite Radio and streaming audio, and several daily and weekly podcasts from CBCRadio3.com, the full-screen online magazine profiling Canadian music, literature and visual arts. The audio stream is available from both the service's own website and from iTunes Radio. Operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio 3 had its genesis in a late-1990s proposal to launch a radio network devoted to youth culture, comparable to BBC Radio One and Australia's Triple J. So there it is: CBC Radio 3. Get into it.

     

    Tired of Tchaikovsky? (I k...

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  • The lucidity of childhood

    iv. the wind I stand next to him. He wears patched coveralls and a straw hat. He is pointing at the walnut's leaves showing their grey-green undersides, rattling in the south-easterly wind. It's going to rain, he says. You can tell by the leaves.I am six. I believe him. Everything he says is true.

     

    This week, spurred by my parti...

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  • With (mostly) Glowing Hearts

    The good: A thrilling cultural line-up including the inaugural show, The Show Must Go On, at the Milton and Fei Wong Experimental Theatre located in the iconic SFU Woodwards building. The sports, of course. A plethora of public art exhibits centred around Granville Street's walkable Cultural Olympiad.

     

    Though the opening ceremonies ...

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  • Cabinet of Curiosities

    The problem is that we have some of those things here at the Cardus office but not nearly enough to qualify. This bothers me and I wonder if you, loyal reader, might send us some things to offset our embarassing deficit. We have some paintings on loan, I have a couple of odd sculptures, 3D glasses from Avatar, and things like that.

    Comment magazine has a weekly email that is pitched as "a wunderkammer" of discoveries, compiled by Comment and illuminated for o...

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  • Top Ten Outrage

    Sometimes I like them. There are a (very) few movie critics with whom I nearly always agree, and whose lists provide me with some way to make sure I didn't miss anything vital this year. Book lists are handy for finding new books to read. Music lists are the worst. People's musical tastes range so widely, and so many albums come out each year that it's pretty much impossible to stay on top of the field.

    As a critic, I hate to admit this: top ten lists get on my nerves.

    Sometimes I like them. There are a (very) few movie critics with whom I nearly always agree, and whose lists provide me with some way to make sure I didn't miss anything vital this ye...

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  • Thinking about wardrobes

    For now, I choose not to dress Madeleine in Baby Gap, Please Mum or any of the other name-brand outfits hanging in her own closet, already half full. I'd rather she wear clothing that comes with a story, like the pink knit cardigan from the hospital auxiliary store that was made by hand by a local volunteer.

    In last Friday's edition of Comment, Christina Crook wrote about personal style, both her own and the way she dresses her baby daughter:

    For now, I choose not to dress Madeleine in Baby Gap, P...

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  • Come

    Photographer Conor Sweetman prompts the viewer to reflect on Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists in April of 1999.

    Light illuminates shadow. The ancient hall beckons, "Come." The door obscured under the brilliance of light. Photographer Conor Sweetman's frame brings to mind the verse,"In the quiet you will find Me." The beauty of the hall is featured so as to prompt the...

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