Saturday, October 11, 2008

SOUL FOOD: Painters, Doves, Sons, Briefs, Jazz, more

Rare opportunity to hear painter Chris Anderson at Trinity Western this week (Oct 15/16), presenting the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer series;  "Till We Have Faces Revisited: The Image of Christ in Culture," "Beauty in the Ordinary Places of Life" and "Art Overcome by Grace: New Hope for the Good, the True, and the Beautiful Community."

Then MOURNING DOVE opens at Pacific Theatre on Friday (Oct 17). You know it will be emotionally powerful and thought-provoking, inspired as it is by the Robert Latimer story, but what's hard to convey in a press release is how funny and life-affirming the play also is. How do you tell people that a play about a man who ends his daughter's life is entertaining, and full of laughs? It doesn't sound, I don't know, respectful. But believe me, it is. This show is pure Pacific Theatre. Angela Konrad directing, Kerry Van Der Griend, Anita Wittenberg, Laura Van Dyke and I performing. The next night (Sat Oct 18) we'll follow the performance with a book launch for Shawn MacDonald's PRODIGAL SON, which Touchstone and PT premiered in a memorable production a couple seasons back.

Also, Anthony Ingram in PINTER'S BRIEFS continuing at Studio 16 (til Oct 16) - vintage Pinter, very well served. Nelson Boschman Trio continues Wednesday evening gigs at the Blenz in Yaletown (through Oct 29).

A little further away, but worth marking on your calendar. TARTUFFE at Trinity Western (Oct 22- Nov 1). Pacific Rim Quartet, Pacific Theatre's resident string quartet, with their first concert of the season coming up Oct 26.


When Winston Churchill was asked to cut funding for the arts 
to finance the war effort, he asked, 
“Then what are we fighting for?” 
(More here)

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