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October 31, 2012

Herstory: History of Women’s Rights

TUESDAYS, November 6 - 27, 9:15 – 11:15 am
The University Women Club, 54 West Gate

Hidden from History - Herstory
Lectures to Probe History of Women’s Rights 
Presented by Donna Goodman

Cost for series - $45 / members, $60 / non-members
• Tickets/info: (204) 954-7880

Artbeat Studios Inc. / Nigel Bart l Sara V. Mosher l Jennifer Clapp

Artbeat Studios Inc.
November 6, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Barroco: The Misshapen Pearl (Artbeat Annual Seven)
Nigel Bart, Artbeat Studio founder and facilitator, and guests will speak. 
The Bart House Band will perform energetic traditional fiddle tunes prior to the program. 

The seventh installment of the Artbeat Studio Annual profiles 16 diverse artists from the studio’s 13th and 14th biannual exhibitions and features a beautiful collection of artworks including acrylics, photography, sculpture, and more. 

Artbeat Studio Inc. is a unique community based, peer directed program that provides social supports, working art studio/gallery space and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness, for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. 

Sara V. Mosher
November 7, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Jimmy Muir From Trois-Rivières

This is the story of a Canadian fighter pilot who flew North American Mustangs during the Second World War with No. 65 (East India) Squadron Royal Air Force. 
Historical records and conversations with Jimmy’s fellow pilots guide Sara through the summer of 1944 from D-Day to the Battle of Normandy and then to Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in The Netherlands. 
Sara's first book was Remember Me: No. 110 (Hyderabad) Squadron Royal Air Force
A writer, researcher, artist and analyst with a passion for people and their history, Sara lives in Winnipeg.

Jennifer Clapp
November 7, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid

Food aid has become a contentious issue in recent decades, with sharp disagreements over genetically modified crops, agricultural subsidies, and ways of guaranteeing food security in the face of successive global food crises. 
Jennifer Clapp provides a comprehensive account of the contemporary politics of food aid, explaining the origins and outcomes of recent clashes between donor nations and between donors and recipients. 
Jennifer Clapp is the author of a number of books, including Food, Toxic Exports: The Transfer of Hazardous Wastes from Rich to Poor Countries, coauthor of Paths to a Green World, and coeditor of several books. 
This event is co-presented by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

October 30, 2012

Centennial Concert Hall: Margaret Switala's A Paradox Within

Centennial Concert Hall, Piano Nobile Gallery:
Margaret Switala - A Paradox Within. Surreal paintings. 
to Nov. 17, 2012

Painter Margaret Switala uses her unlimited imagination to create 
a juxtaposition of landscapes, objects and people into surrealistic scenes 
with a focus on spirituality, symbolism or metamorphosis settings.

October 29, 2012

C.C. Benison l Sue Ostapowich l Jeffery Simpson

C.C. Benison will be signing his new Father Christmas mystery, Eleven Pipers Piping.
November 4, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Whodunit Mystery Bookstore, 165 Lilac Street
November 8, 7:00 pm in the Atrium, McNally Robinson

The annual Burns dinner at Thornford Regis is an occasion for bagpipes, haggis and scotch. It ends up an occasion for tragedy when Will Moir, one of the pipers, is found dead. 
Father Tom Christmas, the vicar of the town, is one of the first to find out that Will Moir was poisoned. Brimming with wit, laced with genuine surprise and featuring a memorable detective, Eleven Pipers Piping mines the rich history of a small town to solve the crime.

C.C. Benison worked as a writer for the Winnipeg Free Press in the 1980s. He has contributed to numerous magazines, newspapers, and corporate communications. Currently associate editor of Canada’s History magazine, he also writes award-winning mystery novels. He is at work on his next mystery, Ten Lords A-Leaping.

November 8, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Adventures with Spirit: The Healing Journey

Sue Ostapowich tells how Spirit made its first connections with her, offering her a new way of relating to the world. Her career as a psychiatric nurse focused on the support, care and protection of those affected with severe disabilities. 
In retirement, she studied the scientific aspects of the environment and answered a spirit call to service. She is an avid cyclist and treasures time spent alone listening to nature.

Jeffery Simpson
November 8, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Chronic Condition: 
Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to Be Dragged into the 21st Century

Medicare is the third rail of Canadian politics. 
Jeffrey Simpson explores the only four options we have to end this growing crisis: cuts in spending, tax increases, privatization, and reaping savings through increased efficiency. He finds that other countries have more extensive public health systems, and Canadian health care produces only average value for money. In fact, our rigid system for some health care needs and a costly system for other needs is really the worst of both worlds.

Jeffrey Simpson has been The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist for more than twenty-five years. He is also an award-winning author of eight previous books, including Discipline of Power, which won a Governor General’s Award, and is an officer of the Order of Canada. He lives in Ottawa with his family.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

Kathleen Hamann-Buckoski and Judith Panson

Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher Blvd
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM
Call Bev at 477-5249

Artist reception: November 4, 1 to 4 PM

North American Memories
Mixed Media By Kathleen Hamann-Buckoski and Judith Panson
October 31 to November 28

Judith and Kathleen use a wide variety of techniques and media to capture and celebrate the world they see around them. Working separately and in different places in North America their work shows their interests and memories of the worth and wonder of both the natural world and that of their environment.

Ladies Only! Dance Dance Party Party

The Glenwood Community Centre, 27 Overton Street
November 4, November 18, December 2
7:00 - 8:30 pm
$1.00 entry fee

Calling ALL LADIES to the dance floor!

Dance Dance Party Party is a women-only freestyle dance session. 
Women of all ages dance like no one is watching to an electric mix of dance songs, 
and leave as friends refreshed. 
It’s like reliving that dance party at a sleepover party you had when you were 10. 
It also just happens to be incredible exercise that you don’t even realize you’re doing.

Attendees can even sign up to “Guest DJ” by creating a custom mp3 playlist. 
Anything and everything goes from Broadway to hip-hop to 80s hits (along with a 
warm-up song at the start and a cool-down song at the end); 15 or so songs that 
will get everyone up and moving. 
Ladies are encouraged not only to DJ but to give themselves a killer DJ name. 


Glenn Hopfner l Barnett Richling l Don Reichert

Glenn Hopfner
November 4, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
The Adventures of Marco Polo Bear

Hopfner worked as a guide/mechanic/entertainer, in Churchill, Manitoba. His first book, about what a typical tour on a Tundra Buggy is like and the geographical and human history of the region, has over five thousand copies sold to date. 

Hopfner became very passionate about the Polar Bears during his 13 seasons spent observing them. Now with all the politics and controversy about global warming and questions about their survival, he felt it was time to give the Polar Bears a voice. 
Recommended particularly for 12 years and over, it contains full colour illustrations by Hopfner’s daughter-in-law Laura Lee Harasym.

Barnett Richling
November 5, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
In Twilight and in Dawn: A Biography of Diamond Jenness

When New Zealand-born anthropologist Diamond Jenness set off as a member of Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s Canadian Arctic Expedition, he had little idea of what lay ahead. But Jenness thrived under the duress of that transformational experience, laying the foundation of a career he would devote to investigations which took him beyond the Arctic to First Nations communities from Georgian Bay to British Columbia’s interior. 

Barnett Richling is senior scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the U of W.

Don Reichert
November 5, 7:30 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Small Works Gallery Opening. Showing Trees

Well known for his abstract expressionist canvasses, the exploration of photography and digital media has since become a key focus of his work. Reichert studied art in Canada, Mexico and England, going on to teach at the University of Manitoba for many years. 

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)


November 15
world wide call

KATALOG - ISSUE 8: Humors (the body fluid issue)

"From mixture of the four [humors] in different weights, [God the most high] created different organs; one with more blood like muscle, one with more black bile like bone, one with more phlegm like brain, and one with more yellow bile like lung. [God the most high] created the souls from the softness of humors; each soul has it own weight and amalgamation. " 

You can't recognize the body as an instrument of creation unless you are willing to recognize the fluids within. 

KATALOG is looking for performance photos, videos and write ups on performances which incorporate bodily fluids, their concept, idea or inspiration. 

KATALOG is an online publication with video and sound capabilities which is dedicated to the practice of performance and live art. In this issue we focus on artworks that deals with the object as an accompaniment or as the main focus of a performative work. 

This call is open for artists from all disciplines from around the globe. The online component of KATALOG makes it an international magazine that expands the audience of your work and allows it to be permanently available on our website. 
Submissions can be essays about your work, photos, audio or videos. 
Just be sure to give us a bio about yourself and your artistic practices.

October 28, 2012

Roo Borson l E.J. “Russ” McDevitt

Roo Borson
November 3, 2:00 pm in the Atrium
Rain; road; an open boat

Roo Borson’s new collection continues the exploration of form, tone, musicality, and content begun in her acclaimed previous collection. Here are the river stone that greets the visitor to the grave of the poet James K. Baxter in the back country of New Zealand; the Beijing night sky turned apricot by the smog and full moon of the Mid-Autumn Festival; the crypts of Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Roo Borson has published ten books of poems, most recently Short Journey Upriver Toward Ôishida, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also won awards for her essays, and, with Kim Maltman, writes collaboratively under the pen name Baziju. 
She lives in Toronto.

E.J. “Russ” McDevitt
November 3, 2:00-4:00 pm by the Cash Desk
The Quigley Rescue: A Danny Quigley Novel

"For Danny Quigley and his buddy Scotty McGregor, missing a flight was the start of a journey into hell.” 
The action is gritty and unrelenting as the SAS Special Forces duo embark on a NATO mission to rescue an American major and two Afghan officials. It culminates in a fierce fire-fight when the alarm goes off at a pivotal moment and the Special Forces team are forced back up into the mountains, chased by hundreds of vengeful Taliban and Al Quada terrorists.  Russ McDevitt toured Australia in a boxing troupe for 3 years; he was a military cop for 6 years.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

House of Psychotic Women & The Brood

Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
November 3, 7:00 PM
Introduction By Author Kier la Janisse
W/ David Cronenberg's 1979 classic The Brood 

OPEN CITY CINEMA and the WFG Cinematheque present an unforgettable evening with legendary film programmer and horror writer Kier la Janisse as she returns to launch her highly acclaimed new book House of Psychotic Women, an autobiographical and highly personal exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films. 

This sharply-designed book with a 32-page full-colour section is packed with rare stills, posters, pressbooks and artwork, with a filmography that traverses the acclaimed and the obscure.  It will be available for sale in the Lobby both before and after the screening.

Millennium Library: Deborah Danelley l Defining Moments l Folk Music l Truthiness ***** Winnipeg Folk Festival Fundraiser Festival in the City

to November 29
Opening Reception November 3, noon - 4
Blankstein Gallery at the Millenium Library

A mixed media exhibition by Deborah Danelley
The act of saving or rescuing condemned, discarded or abandoned property, and of materials contained therein for reuse or refabrication.

Defining Moments Art Exhibition, to November 30
Millennium Library, second floor

The 26 winners of the Defining Moments art contest for youth 13-30, a project by TakingITGlobal and sponsored in part by Canadian Heritage.

Winnipeg Folk Festival in the Library! 
Free Saturday workshops!  

Folk for Families with Catriona Sturton
Children’s Department, November 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Children instinctively love music. Now’s your chance to get those tiny toes a-tapping and happy hands a-clapping.

Folk Festival in the City
Reader Services Department, November 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Local and touring artists collaborate in intimate workshops like the popular festival daytime performances.

Plato, Colbert, Truthiness, and the Role of Emotion in Public Discourse

Carol Shields Auditorium, November 13 from 12:10 - 1:10 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion on the manipulation of emotion from Plato to Colbert, featuring presentations
Dr. Neil McArthur, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the U of M
Dr. Jason Leboe-McGowan, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology at the U of M
Dr. Tracy Whelan, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, U of W. 

The panel is part of the Affect Project, a collaboration of researchers interested in the role of affect in culture and in lived experience.

November 8, 6:00 pm

The Fort Garry Hotel
For tickets email or call 204-231-0096

Ever wish the Winnipeg Folk Festival happened not just once, but twice a year? 
We thought so. 
Here’s the chance to feel that warm, friendly festival magic before the new year!

Festival in the City is the theme of our gala for our education and outreach programs. 
Wear your best festival outfit and enjoy a night of food and drinks and a performance 
by our 2012 Artistic Achievement Award recipient, Sarah Harmer and Imaginary Cities!

Thanks to everyone who supported our Winter Wassail. 
This Festival in the City gala replaces the Winter Wassail. 

FREE!! Sarasvàti Productions: ‘Diss’

November 7, 6:30 pm
Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, Carol Shields Auditorium

by acclaimed Toronto playwright Rex Deverell

Starring: Eugene Baffoe, Lacina Dembele, John Echano, Cherrel Holder, 
Braiden Houle and Lorraine James
Directed by Hope McIntyre

Admission is free but donations are encouraged!
Seating is limited; to reserve please call Tali at 204-586-2236. 
If you would like to book the show, spaces are still available on our tour. 
Call us at 204-586-2236.

Diss tells the story of a newcomer family as they navigate through their new lives in a big Canadian city. Overwhelmed by the desire to fit in, the son soon becomes entangled in the world of immigrant youth gangs and gun violence. 
Infused with hip-hop elements, this Forum Theatre piece is sure to inspire audience to speak up and stand up for those in their communities.

Rex Deverell holds arts and theology degrees. He has been writing plays since the 1970s and his works have been translated into several languages. With a passion for empowering youth through the arts, Deverell plays have been commissioned by various performance companies throughout Canada.

Sarasvàti Dramatic Theatre Productions and Repertory Inc. (founded in Winnipeg in 2000) seeks to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a pace where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity.

October 27, 2012

November Music at McNally's

Friday November 2, 8:00 pm

Beth Hamilton
Saturday November 3, 8:00 pm

Robert Burton Trio
Friday November 9, 8:00 pm

Bob Watts Trio
Saturday November 10, 8:00 pm

Paulo Borges
Friday November 16, 8:00 pm

Lindsey White
Saturday November 17, 8:00 pm

the bronze branch
Friday November 23, 8:00 pm

Doug Edmond
Saturday November 24, 8:00 pm

Table 4 Three
Friday November 30, 8:00 pm

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan's “Bedtime Stories” l Winnipeg Now Artist Panel with KC Adams and Dominique Rey

November 2 and 16 and December 7, 8:30 pm
Included with Gallery admission

Bedtime stories aren’t just for kids! 
Certainly not when they are told by performance artist Shawna Dempsey as she reads from the very adult book Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World, written by performance artists Lorri Millan and Shawna as part of the WAG exhibition Winnipeg Now which features the work of 13 of Winnipeg’s most creative artists.

Our interest was in the women of the ‘New World.’ So our tales follow pirate queens, inventrixes, sideshow performers, plucky spinsters, religious zealots, and office workers. Through them we are looking at ideas that shape North American’s notion of itself and its dreams for the future.

Winnipeg Art Gallery Hosts Winnipeg Now Artist Panel
November 16, 7 pm

Join artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, KC Adams and Dominique Rey for a lively panel discussion.  

All artists featured in the WAG exhibition Winnipeg Now, they will be in conversation with exhibition co-curator and art critic Robert Enright. 
Border Crossings editor Meeka Walsh, co-curator of the exhibition, will introduce the panel.

KC Adams works in media that includes sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art.

Dominique Rey is a painter, photographer, video artist, and performance artist whose work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States, Germany, and Slovakia. 

Dempsey and Millan have collaborated on performances, films, videos, publications and public art projects since 1989. Their provocative, humorous, feminist performance art pieces have toured extensively, and their art video and film works have been screened in venues ranging from women’s centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.  
As WAG guest curators from 2006 to 2008, they curated three group exhibitions: Supernovas, In The Blink of An Eye, and Subconscious City.

November 12, 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, McNally Robinson
Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World

Dempsey and Millan’s past publications include In The Life (a companion to the film A Day in the Life of a Bull-Dyke), and the Lesbian National Parks and Services Field Guide to North America
Winnipeg, the geographical centre of North America, is their chosen home.

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833) 

November Classes: Sewing and Embroidery Warehouse

Phone: 204-632-7200
Toll free: 1-800-665-8958
Bring a lunch for day classes

If there are any classes you would like to take but the date and time doesn’t suit you, please let us know. We will try and accommodate our customers' wishes as much as we can. Happy sewing.

Teacher Geesje Baron 
Fee $75.00
Using folded strips and a decorative machine stitch, we will weave the strips onto a black square, which can be used as a wall hanging or a front for a shopping bag. 
Fabric kits made from Geesje’s hand-dyed fabrics are $30.00. 
Available in purple, green, sun yellow, dark blue, rose, orange & dark green.
Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Teacher Archeena Hogg 
Fee $55.00
This fun and whimsical runner features 2 simple blocks and a scalloped edge.
Nov. 7 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Teacher Archeena Hogg 
Fee $55.00
You can produce beautiful applique.
Nov. 14 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Teacher Geesje Baron 
Fee $75.00
This holder is made to fit a 12” cutting mat and 12.5” ruler and all the other essentials. 
This class requires some pre-cutting of fabrics.
Pattern $8.00 payable to teacher at class.
Nov. 17 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Teacher Donna Hartle 
Fee $55.00
Learn methods of gathering from easing for a sleeve cap to making ruffled trim. 
We will be using the sewing machine's gathering foot and ruffler foot. 
Please bring them if you have them.
Nov. 21 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Teacher Donna Hartle 
Fee $55.00
These beautiful placemats co-ordinate with your Table Topper. 
Pre-cutting required. 
Pattern $5.00 payable to teacher day of class
Nov. 24 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Teacher Geesje Baron 
Fee $75.00
This potholder is made using the 3D folded block method. 
In the end you will be sewing though 20 layers of fabric!
Nov. 28 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fields - Leo Simoens

Fields - Leo Simoens
to December 8
Opening Reception: November 2, 5 - 8 pm (the artist will be present)

Spanning approximately 30 years, this print-based retrospective features work that highlights the artist’s particular relationship to landscape, meditation and contemplation. Pre-occupied with how ‘forgotten corners’ of the landscape can evoke feelings of sadness and melancholy and, on the other hand, hope and well being, Simoens strives ‘to produce images that communicate an aesthetic awareness of our places’. 

One of Manitoba’s master print makers, Simoens is a long-standing member of the Winnipeg arts community, graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Art with a BFA Honours in 1974. He has worked as a graphic designer and taught drawing and graphic design at Red River College.

Painting is History - Christian Worthington

November 2 - 27
Gurevich Fine Art, 200-62 Albert Street - (204) 488-0662

Opening Reception November 2, 7:00 pm
Painting is History - Christian Worthington

Christian Worthington is looking at paint and paintings: their ability to withstand cultural and technological shifts throughout history, as well as their ability to evoke powerful emotional connections. Worthington is also exhibiting his process as a painter, displaying the stages and transformations that are essential to the completion of his work. 
The show presents the scope of painting from the sketches to the final glazes.
Worthington does not identify as an abstract expressionist but shares the movement's concentration on tone, tension and color.

For more information email or call (204) 488 - 0662 

Forum Art Centre: Liberate Our Art Show

Forum Art Centre, 120 Eugenie St.
November 2, 3, 4 

Tom Andrich, Jim Corbett & Ed Dumanski are cleaning out their studios, setting up shop and demonstrating some painting techniques at the Forum Art Centre Gallery for your shopping experience. 

Each is a fine piece of art work! 

Daryl Dumanski – B.I.D., Executive Director

October 26, 2012

The Writers’ Union of Canada l Nora Gould, Charlene Diehl & Ariel Gordon

The Writers’ Union of Canada 40th Anniversary Chair’s Tour
November 1, 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Atrium 

Margaret Laurence called us a “tribe” and we are gathering to talk about what it means to be a Canadian writer today. 
All are welcome. 
Hear the latest on copyright, eBooks, Library & Archives Canada, PLR and the new Digital Landscape.  Share your views, mingle with other writers and meet Merilyn Simonds. 

In addition to serving as this year’s chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada Merilyn Simonds is adjunct professor of creative writing in the MFA program at UBC, and artistic director of the Kingston WritersFest. She has published sixteen books, non-fiction and fiction. 
Her most recent work is The Paradise Project.

Nora Gould
November 1, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
I see my love more clearly from a distance 
with guest poet Charlene Diehl, followed by a conversation moderated by Ariel Gordon

The Prairie itself is a central character: muse, mythic persona, the place of deepest solace and of deepest questioning. Nora Gould writes from east central Alberta where she ranches with her family and volunteers in wildlife rehabilitation with the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. 

Guest poet Charlene Diehl is a writer, educator, critic, teacher and the director of THIN AIR, Winnipeg’s annual literary splash. Excerpts from her memoir Out of Grief, Singing, which appeared in Prairie Fire, won a western Canadian Magazine Gold Award. She edits dig! Magazine, Winnipeg’s little-jazz-engine-that-could. 
A conversation between Gould & Diehl will be moderated by fellow poet Ariel Gordon. Gordon’s first full-length collection, Hump, was shaped by pregnancy and mothering. 

Phone 204-475-0483
(Toll-Free 1-800561-1833)

Graffiti Gallery: The Undesirables

Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Avenue
204-667-9960 or email
Opening Reception - November 2 at 7 pm
Show runs from November 2 to December 15

featuring work by:
Ben Bonner
Laura Magnusson
Sherrie Rennie
Josh Roach
Tamara Weller

The Undesirables is a show of large scale sculpture. It features work by five Winnipeg artists, all recent graduates of the Sculpture Program at the University of Manitoba, and is curated by Sarah Anne Johnson and Meeka Walsh. 

While the works are diverse in form, ranging from a life-size dinosaur to an installation inspired by religious architecture, all are portraits exploring disparaging circumstances, conditions, or states of being.  A nursing home room gestures to a ship that's run aground, a kinetic hot air balloon continuously deflates, and a towering, bubbling cloud ghoul is engulfed by invasive parasites.

First Fridays: Art Talk / Art Walk l Ditte Cloutier

First Fridays, in collaboration with the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, 
are excited to present:

Art Talk / Art Walk
November 2
6:00 pm - Dinner and Lecture    
7:30 pm - Tour the Exchange District's Galleries & Studios
$25    Please Reserve @ 697-7069

Three of the Exchange District’s notable galleries will present the work of six extraordinary Manitoba artists.  Enjoy dinner and interactive forum with the gallery owners, followed by a guided tour of Exchange galleries and studios.
Get to know the Exchange with ART TALK/ART WALK or on your own self-guided tour!

First Friday Opening Featuring
Curls Make Me Crazy - Ditte Cloutier
November 2, 5 - 9 pm
553 - 70 Arthur st

Before the advent of straightening irons, I spent many an hour bent over the ironing board. I have given form to this repetitive activity in a playful interpretation. The psychedelic colours are reminiscent of a time when my curls made me crazy.

First Fridays in the Exchange is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts and the further development of a vital Exchange Area community.

NAfro: Moving Inspirations Dance Festival

NAfro Dance Productions and Artistic Director Casimiro Nhussi presents:
Moving Inspirations Dance Festival
November 1 - 3, 8:00 pm
Dance Showcases: Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave

Tickets Available at the Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave | 204-284-9477
Online or cash at the door

Each night a different dance showcase with 6 dance groups sharing their style of dance. Each day professionals will pass on their love of dance with Master Classes, Workshops & Choreographic Demos. 
World Bands will cap off each night with an After Party for dancers, musicians and the public to further pull you into the world of dance. 

November 1 - 3 - Please review our schedule 

Opening Keynote Speaker: Zab Maboungou, Pioneer of African Dance in Canada. 

Closing Keynote Speaker: Sean McLeod, award winning Producer, Artistic Ambassador, and American Choreographer whose work spans more than 20 years and three continents. 

Theatre Projects Manitoba Season & Theatre Salon

Theatre Projects Manitoba (TPM) is thrilled to announce the Prairie premieres of two incredible plays from Quebec and to launch our Theatre Salon, where Manitoba artists and audiences can explore Quebec theatre in both official languages!

TPM’s Theatre Salon will be a monthly theatre mash up featuring performances inspired by theatre in translation and exploring Fréchette and de la Chenelière’s respective oeuvres.  Our colleagues at Le Théâtre Vice Versa Theatre (TVVT) will present readings of John and Beatrice and Bashir Lazhar in French.  We invite you to encounter the plays in their original language. 
The monthly salons will feature music and performances from la belle province.  

John and Beatrice
November 1 - 11
Rachel Browne Theatre

The season opens with an imaginative and subversive comedy written by Governor General and Siminovitch award winning playwright, Carole Fréchette and translated by John Murrell. Directed by TPM Artistic Director Ardith Boxall the production features Kevin Klassen and Tracy Penner as the couple.

Bashir Lazhar
March 14 - 24
Rachel Browne Theatre 

A poetic story of the immigrant experience by Evelyne de la Chenelière and translated by Morwyn Brebner.  This solo performance will be directed by Ann Hodges.  In 2011, Bashir Lazhar was adapted as a film entitled Monsieur Lazhar which won a Genie for Best Canadian Motion Picture and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Theatre Projects Manitoba, 204-245 McDermot Avenue 
Ardith Boxall, Artistic Director                                           
Rea Kavanagh, General Manager
204-989-2400 or Email

Arts & Cultural Day at the Leg!

November 1, 4:30 pm

We want to ensure Manitoba’s MLAs and Ministers know just how important artists, arts and cultural organizations, and the creative sector are to the vibrancy of our community, future prosperity and economy. 

MACA will be coordinating meetings with the MLAs and Ministers and we need artists, board members of cultural organizations, arts managers, supporters, patrons, and arts educators of all ages to speak convincingly and passionately about how arts and culture have positively impacted Manitoba. 

October 25, 2012

November NMRA / Thousand Lakes Region Events

November 3 & 4
Great Train Expo
Shakopee, MN

November 10
Granite City Train Show
National Guard Armory, 1710 Veteran’s Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Food & refreshments available. Wheelchair accessible.
Admission: $5.00. Kids 12 and under FREE.

Buy, sell, trade or just view hundreds of trains under one roof. 
Vendors will be selling and buying trains, accessories, books, videos, 
railroad collectibles & memorabilia, antique trains & toys, hobby items and more!

Operating model and toy train displays. 
Kids can help build a wooden train layout and run a model train.
Register to win door prizes, including a LIONEL Train Set.
Test track on site. 

For more information call 320-255-0033, email or visit   

VENDORS: Cash door prizes for vendors and Early Bird Discount on vendor tables. 

November 17 & 18
Trains at Christmas
Sioux Empire Fairgrounds, Sioux Falls, SD 
Sioux Valley Model Engineers

Cheryl Sourkes' Best Amateur Webcams

PLATFORM, 121-100 Arthur Street
November 2 - December 8
Opening Reception November 2, 7 pm
Refreshments will be served.

Artist Talk - November 1, 12 pm, School of Art, U of M ARTlab 364

PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is pleased to present 
*Best*Amateur*Webcams*, by Toronto-based artist Cheryl Sourkes. 

Sourkes' exhibition explores weighty topics such as voyeurism, connectivity, and the ongoing power-dynamics in image taking  / broadcasting. 

Cheryl Sourkes' exhibition of sampled web cameras, Public Camera recently toured the country. In 1996, Sourkes acted as curator for the touring exhibition, 
Found Missing: Archival photographs and the new historicity
which PLATFORM presented (then known as The Floating Gallery).

Rachel Zolf was the founding poetry editor of The Walrus magazine. 
Zolf recently wrote the screenplay for New York artist Josiah McElheny’s film, 
The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture.

Architectural Tour of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

November 4 & 25 at 2 pm
Admission is free but space is limited. 
Please call 786.6641 ext. 227 or email  to reserve your spot.

When designing the WAG building, Gustavo da Roza (Number Ten Architecture group) drew inspiration from the triangular piece of land on which it sits. Its unusual shape and gleaming Tyndall stone exterior made it a landmark in downtown Winnipeg.

Built in 1971, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is regarded as one of the finest late-modernist buildings in the country. Join architectural historian Susan Algie from the Winnipeg Architectural Foundation for an in-depth tour and learn about the architect, the design, and the history of this important structure. 

As mid-century buildings age and hit the 50 year mark, the concept of “modernist heritage” is becoming more important. The tour will examine the state of preservation of Winnipeg’s modernist buildings, situating the Winnipeg Art Gallery building in its architectural context and look at the role architecture has played in rejuvenating Winnipeg’s downtown since the 1970s. 

Manito Ahbee Festival

October 31 - November 4

From hoop dances to hip-hop, the Manito Ahbee Festival brings together people from all nations to celebrate Aboriginal culture.

Manito Ahbee comes from a sacred site located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park where traditional teachings and wisdom have long been shared. 

The Manito Ahbee Festival brings that spirit of sharing to an urban environment with such events as:
The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and Red Carpet
The Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show
The International Competition Pow Wow

From the traditional to the trendsetting, Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates the past, present and future. It’s more than a festival. It’s an experience.

October 24, 2012

Scotiabank Giller Light Bash l Toronto Women's Bookstore l SHAW TV Book Club l Gardening with Sandy Venton and Fran Wershler

Scotiabank Giller Light Bash
October 30, 6:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant.
Tickets: $40 (tax included), available at Prairie Ink Restaurant or by call 204-975-2659

Join us for an interactive night of great food & great literature! 
Local literary luminaries will advocate for each of the nominated books before the ceremony is broadcast live. 
Advocates include GMB Chomichuk, Dr. James Christie, Cam Mackie and Krista Strang.  Proceeds in support of the literacy programs of Frontier College.

Toronto Women's Bookstore Evening of Readings
October 30, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove

For 39 years, Toronto Women’s Bookstore has served the community, readers and writers. In mid-October TWB owner Victoria Moreno announced that the store will close at the end of November. 
Former Winnipegger Tanis MacDonald is planning an event in Toronto on October 30. We’re planning a satellite/sympathy event to mark TWB’s passing, to talk about the need for spaces dedicated to women, the need for independent booksellers. 

Confirmed readers include Katherine Bitney, Shawna Dempsey, Dora Dueck,
Joanne Epp, Ariel Gordon, Carolyn Gray, Patti Grayson, Sally Ito, Sarah Klassen,
Sheila McClarty, Christina Penner, Adele Perry, Jennifer Still, Melanie Dennis Unrau,
and Katherena Vermette with more to come! 

Joanne Kelly’s SHAW TV Book Club
October 30, 7:00 pm in the Atrium

Shaw TV, Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to continue our free bookclub open to all readers in Winnipeg. 
The 2012/13 season continues with a discussion on Christopher Wakling’s What I Did, a tragicomic story about the unseen consequences of a split-second decision, about a childhood interrupted and about the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love told from the perspective of the spirited six-year-old Billy Wright. 
Join us this evening for refreshments and discussion! 
Questions?  Email Joanne or John or call 204-453-0424, ex 227

A Gardening Presentation from Sandy Venton and Fran Wershler
October 31, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
A Visit to Foggy Bottom and Hidcote Gardens, England

In 2011 Sandy Venton and Fran Wershler circled England visiting famous gardens. Join them to see a presentation of highlights from that trip. 

Fran Wershler is a former Editor of The Prairie Garden. Her interests include roses, hostas and lilies. She is involved with the St. James Horticultural Society, the Manitoba Regional and the North American Lily Societies. Touring gardens is one of her fascinations. 

Sandy Venton has been gardening for many years and Martagon lilies are her passion. She is Canadian Vice President of the North American Lily Society and Secretary for the Manitoba Regional Lily Society, a lily judge and 2012 show chair for the North American Lily Society show and convention held in Winnipeg. 

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