City Stage New West presents Shaw Shorts!

City Stage New West will present Shaw Shorts!, an evening of naughty Edwardian theatrical hijinks, at New Westminster’s opulent Galbraith Manor, from January 24 through February 5.  The show opens with the rollicking How He Lied to Her Husband, a one-act comedy by George Bernard Shaw, and ends with Love Letters to Mrs. Patrick Campbella new telling of the story of Shaw’s own scandalous affair with his muse, Beatrice Stella Campbell, based directly on their historical correspondence, edited and arranged by Renée Bucciarelli, City Stage New West’s producing artistic director.

“The Galbraith couldn’t be a more perfect setting for these pieces,” said Bucciarelli. “It is exactly the right period for a Shaw comedy, built in 1892 in the Queen Anne revival style. We co-produced Freud’s Last Session there a couple of years ago—a World-War II era play–and have been thinking ever since of doing another site-and-time-specific piece there. It’s an incredibly intimate and sensual experience for the audience and the actors when the entire House becomes the set for the shows—quite transporting.” The Galbraith’s ornate period drawing room is the setting for the matrimonial boxing ring of How He Lied to Her Husband. In this comedy of manners, the gloves quickly come off, and when “He”, “She”, and “Her Husband” hilariously duke it out, all bets are off—Shaw turns all expectations on their heads. This gem of a bedroom farce, which Shaw wrote to parody his own mega-hit Candida, features multi-award-winning veteran actor Simon Webb as “Her Husband”, Luc Roderique (a Jessie-Award-winning Bard on the Beach regular) as “He”, and Renee Bucciarelli as “She”. Jessie Award-winning director Laura McClean, recipient of the 2015 Elsa Roberts Directing Prize directs.

Love Letters to Mrs. Patrick Campbell amply reveals Shaw’s own real-life amorous shenanigans. Culled from hundreds of scandalous love letters between him and Beatrice Stella Campbell–one of the great theatrical stars of her time—Love Letters runs the course of their passionate, creative, and challenging relationship, while shedding light on Shaw’s work, creative process, and sources of inspiration.

George Bernard Shaw was a literary giant of astonishing range whose modern ideas shocked Victorian sensibilities and influenced political and cultural thought. The only Nobel Prize laureate to also win an Academy Award, he prolifically wrote music, art, and theatre criticism, social, religious, and political commentary, and plays that, according to his greatest biographer, combined a “mixture of rare sense and inspired nonsense that the world has come to refer to as Shavian” (Michael Holroyd). He is considered one of the greatest English playwrights.

Shaw Shorts! Presented by City Stage West, directed by Laura McLean | Venue: Galbraith House, 131 Eighth Street, New Westminster | Map: http://goo.gl/maps/z5moq | Box Office: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2716145 |Run: January 24-February 5 – 7:30pm, 2pm matinees on Jan 28, 29, Feb 4 & 5. | More: http://www.citystagenewwest.org/

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New Media Gallery Continues to Impress

Written by Desirée Leal, an Arts Council of New Westminster volunteer

From an idea first heard about on an unassuming Gulf Island ferry to its current glory, the New Media Gallery at the Anvil Centre is a gem of cultural expression and engagement in the heart of New Westminster. Barely twenty months old, this unusual exhibition space has hosted cutting edge works in new media by artists from all over the world, and has drawn crowds that rival those of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery, for attendance. Unique in its conception as well as its curatorial approach, the New Media Gallery invites audiences to participate in thought-provoking exchanges of ideas.

With backgrounds in exhibition making as well as design, art history, conservation and teaching, Director/Curators Sarah Joyce and Gordon Duggan bring the wealth of their combined experience to the realization of every show. Joyce explains that one of the most important ways the gallery serves the people of New Westminster is by providing different and surprising ways of presenting exceptional works that fuse together art and technology, while at the same time de-mystifying both. By showcasing artists that push the boundaries of what one might generally expect from a civic gallery show, the New Media Gallery is a centrepoint inspiring a sense of wonder and civic pride that radiates out into the community.

“The New Media Gallery is the civic gallery for New Westminster, there hasn’t been a civic galley before…The mayor and council and the people who built this idea were quite brave going out on a limb to decide that it would be something different…this is unique in Canada…to have a civic gallery that is focused on new media,” says Joyce.

Joyce and Duggan along with the centre’s invaluable staff and volunteers, personally guide visitors through exhibits, inviting each person or group to connect, not only with the work, but also with the artists and their processes. Each visit brings together viewer, curator and artist into a meaningful conversation about issues of relevance to our world in a straightforward way.

The gallery is completely transformed for each new exhibition, an effort undertaken with much determination and elbow grease by both staff and volunteers. From erecting earthquake resistant, soundproof walls to configuring complex electronic installations, the ingenuity and hard work involved in the installation of each exhibition, may not be readily apparent to someone on the outside, as each transformation is not only dramatic, but also utterly seamless. A visitor might be forgiven for thinking the installations just grow out of the walls and floors like trees and vines.

The New Media Gallery is set to open its ninth show, succinctly titled space_, which runs from June 23 to August 21, 2016. This group show brings together artists from the US and the UK, for a fresh look at the exploration of space, and our current and past relationship with it. Unpacking themes of nostalgia, loss, melancholy and missed opportunity, space_ promises to interrogate our place in a variety of spaces in ways that will have a profound impact on the imaginations of its visitors, drawing them into a world of beauty and curiosity with possibly, a twinge of heartache. For more information visit the website.

 

Highlights for Arts Council of New Westminster

My name is Stephen, I became the Executive Director of The Arts Council of New Westminster in March of 2015.  Just before I arrived, a new board was elected at our AGM and they had all kinds of fresh new ideas. It’s my job to make them happen.  It’s got to be one of the best jobs in the city!

What’s an Arts Council?  That’s usually the first question people ask when I tell them what I do.  The answer I’ve been telling people lately is “we’re a coalition of artists and arts supporters, from the Performing arts to the Literary arts and the Visual arts.” Someday I hope we can add the Culinary Arts and even Martial Arts.

logo-nav [Converted]What is the Arts Council of New Westminster?  It’s an awesome grass roots organization with a rich 49 year history in New Westminster that was created by artists in 1967 to represent the needs and interests of artists in your community. The ACNW works to support the development of emerging artists and connects the community to artists that are established. Everyday we work infuse the arts into the daily lives of the community of New Westminster.

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Royal City Farmers’ Market Second Annual Fundraiser

One of the items in our datebook here at Tenth to the Fraser, is the Royal City Farmers’ Market Second Annual Fundraiser. This year the fundraiser is at the Brooklyn Tap and Grill and will feature the musical guest The Syndicate, featuring Chuck Puchmayr. There is a silent auction with the top prize a weekend getaway for two in Harrison courtesy BCAA Travel on 6th Street. There will be many other excellent items to bid on. 

Tickets are available at the Village Coffee Lounge at 705 12th Street, Vienna Treasures at 909 12th Street, by phone at 604-522-8567, or at the door. The Brooklyn Tap and Grill is located at 250 Columbia Street. Tickets are $20 and include a burger and a beer. By buying a ticket, you are helping the RCFM organization continue to do what it does. 

The Royal City Farmers’ Market Second Annual Fundraiser is on June 11th, from 6-9pm. We hope to see you there! 

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