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The Week in Arts: Andy Warhol, Viola Davis, the Met's Sleeper Hit



The Week in Arts: Andy Warhol, Viola Davis, the Met’s Sleeper Hit

With 350 pieces, the Warhol retrospective at the Whitney sets aside the icon’s persona and focuses on his art.

By The New York Times

Andy Warhol’s “Before and After, 4” (1962).CreditThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

Nov. 12;

Andy Warhol is a natural feature of the contemporary art world. His influence as a personality and a pioneer of mass-market-oriented fine art is so total that it’s difficult to set aside for long enough to make a fresh judgment of the art work he actually made.

But “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again,” opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art and traveling in the next two years to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, gets you as close to a fresh view as possible. Gathering more than 350 separate pieces, the show covers everything from the commercial art Warhol made for hire in 1950s New York to his 1980s “Reversals” and “Retrospectives,” in which he re-editioned some of his most famous screen prints with new colors. WILL HEINRICH

Nov. 16.

There’s something viscerally satisfying — thrilling, even — about watching Viola Davis’s mist-shrouded eyes turn steely cold: She may weep but she will not weaken.

As Veronica Rawlins in Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” opening on Friday, Nov. 16, Davis is ejected from the security of her marital bed when her husband, Harry (Liam Neeson), and his band of armed robbers are killed on the job. Then Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry), a would-be Chicago alderman, gives Veronica a month to reimburse him the $2 million that went up in flames along with Harry. She enlists the wives (Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki) of his fallen crew members in an intricate, high-stakes heist that no one would assume they had the audacity to undertake.

It’s a role that Davis didn’t initially see for herself until McQueen insisted he did. As for her relationship with Neeson’s Harry, “I know people can roll their eyes, but something needs to be said about it, really,” she said in the movie’s production notes. “Because at what point in the history of cinema, have you seen someone who looks like me and someone who looks like Liam Neeson in bed together, kissing, romantic, in love, married?” KATHRYN SHATTUCK


From Georges Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” (“The Pearl Fishers”).CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

Nov. 14 to Dec. 8;

One of the more unlikely successes in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent slate of new productions was an opera mostly forgotten to history except for a single, popular duet: Georges Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” (“The Pearl Fishers”). Under the direction of Penny Woolcock in a new staging unveiled at Met’s New Year’s Eve gala in 2015 — the first time the company had tackled the opera in almost a century — Bizet’s exoticist fantasy acquired an unusual dramatic clarity. The New York Times declared it the “sleeper hit” of that season.

Starting this Wednesday, the Met thankfully brings back Woolcock’s “Pearl Fishers,” with the conductor Emmanuel Villaume and a strong cast that includes the soprano Pretty Yende as well as the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien and the tenor Javier Camarena, who will sing the famously sumptuous duet “Au fond du temple saint.” WILLIAM ROBIN

Nov. 16;

Over her three decades in the music business, Mariah Carey has had a comeback or four. But unlike attempts by other veteran divas, Carey’s returns to the spotlight generally succeed, thanks to her enviable ear, superlative vocal talent and willingness to bend her initially sugarcoated pop to new trends.

Throughout the ’90s, Carey leveraged her star power toward collaborations with hip-hop artists who, without her exposure, might not have become household names: “Fantasy (Remix)” with Wu-Tang Clan’s O.D.B.; “Honey” featuring Mase and The Lox; and “Heartbreaker” with Jay-Z. That trend continued even as she became less of a force on the pop charts — the more creative control she had, the more Carey worked within hip-hop and R&B.

Her 15th studio album, “Caution,” is no exception: She collaborates with the Los Angeles producer and R&B crooner Ty Dolla Sign on slow-burner “The Distance”; brings back her famous whistle register on the DJ Mustard-produced “With You”; and employs Bibi Bourelly, the writer of Rihanna’s “B — Better Have My Money,” on the airy, modern “GTFO.” Call Mariah Carey pop, R&B, or simply a diva — but don’t ever call her over. NATALIE WEINER


Aleshea Harris, whose play “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” is being produced by Movement Theater Company.CreditNathan Bajar for The New York Times

Nov. 11-Dec. 8;

The playwright Aleshea Harris had her breakthrough production early this year, with “Is God Is” at Soho Rep. A darkly comic, blood-soaked contemporary Western about twin sisters on a quest to avenge their dying mother, it won Harris an Obie Award, and a deal to write a film adaptation for the producer Scott Rudin.

This week another of her plays arrives on a Manhattan stage, and it’s very different in form — though, like “Is God Is,” it juxtaposes laughter with flaying pain. “What to Send Up When It Goes Down,” directed by Whitney White for the Movement Theater Company, is about the relentless mortal danger of being black in the United States.

Starting previews on Sunday, Nov. 11, at A.R.T./New York Theaters, the performance opens with a participatory ritual involving actors and audience, setting the tone for an atmosphere where black people speak frankly and any white people present listen. For most of the play, though, the spectators simply spectate as an all-black cast uses parody, absurdity and increasingly frantic repetition to decry racist violence and honor the dead. LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES

Nov. 11;

Anyone watching Sally (Catherine Shepherd) watch David (Alex Macqueen), her boyfriend of 10 years, exfoliate his cruddy feet — then blow dry his toes — would surely understand why she hesitated when he tearfully proposed. And why, after he bid her to wear his mother’s wedding dress — with a large yellow stain from “an overactive gland” — she beelined from their bed in the middle of the night into a lesbian relationship with the seductively sociopathic Emma (Julia Davis).

It was, as far as Sally was concerned, a matter of life or death.

Consider yourself warned: The British comedy “Sally4Ever,” debuting Sunday, Nov. 11, on HBO, isn’t for everyone, especially if you have a problem with bodily fluids, feces, cracks, crevices, brutal humor and stupefying sex. But if you don’t mind any of that, you might find this creation by Davis (whose “Camping” was recently adapted for the network by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner) refreshingly, deliriously bonkers. KATHRYN SHATTUCK


Performing Marrugeku’s “Cut the Sky.” CreditRob Maccoll

Nov. 15-18;

In the face of a global crisis, can art move people to action? With “Cut the Sky,” the Australian dance-theater troupe Marrugeku addresses one of the most urgent and inescapable issues of our time: climate change. An international collaboration — featuring artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia — the ambitious, genre-blurring project centers on the Aboriginal people of Australia’s remote regions, who are among the most vulnerable to the threats of climate change on that continent.

Through a potent concoction of poetry, video, song and dance, “Cut the Sky” tells the story of a group of climate refugees confronting catastrophic weather conditions, looking back at the events leading up to their displacement. In a rare United States appearance, Marrugeku brings the 70-minute work to Montclair State University in New Jersey, as part of the Peak Performances series. While it may not offer concrete solutions, such an earnest, lyrical call to action can’t help but echo beyond the stage. SIOBHAN BURKE

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ARTS AROUND: Enjoy magic and comedy at the Capitol Theatre






Join the Rollin Art Centre in January for a family friendly fundraiser, featuring Canada’s Master Illusionists Murray Hatfield and Teresa.

They don’t just do magic, they are magic! Combining breathtaking magic, interactive comedy and some of the newest, most exciting and most up-to-date stage illusions, this will be an evening of exceptional entertainment that is completely unique and world-class.

The show takes place Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. All tickets are $30.00 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre or online ( What a GREAT Christmas gift!



“Preserving Memories, one jar at a time” is the title of the whimsical and heartwarming exhibit currently showing at the Rollin Art Centre.

Featured artist Joanne Thomson displays her collection of mason jars painted in watercolors. This exhibit is beautiful and takes you back to a time of simplicity. It runs until Nov. 23.



Transport yourself back in time. McLean Mill will be all decked for the holidays at this year’s McLean Mill Christmas Market from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Every year, the Community Arts Council brings a variety of artisans and crafters to the mill to ring in the Christmas Season. This year, we are partnering with McLean Mill Historic Park to be bigger and better, with the mill light-up, trains, bon-fires, a s’mores bar, carollers and even breakfast with Santa.

The market will be open in the evenings to bring a bit of magic while you stroll the historic Mill site and shop for all those extra special holiday gifts. Trains will run each night and one Sunday morning.


For the first time, artist Gittan Klemetsrud is offering three felting workshops to teach the traditional and the contemporary techniques of felting.

1.) Scarf Workshop – Feb. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $330 + materials.

2.) Bowl/Lantern Workshop – Feb. 19 and 20, 5 – 9 p.m., $150 + materials.

3.) Handbag Workshop – Feb. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., $270 + materials.

Register for all 3 workshops and receive a 30 percent discount. Call Rollin Arts Centre to register today. Space is limited to ONLY seven spots per workshop.


The Magic Cottage will be brimming with an amazing assortment of affordable, one-of-a-kind items for the 11th annual craft and gift sale. This unique shopping experience is sure to please, with artwork, original fashions, fine jewellery, home and garden décor, natural body care products, delicious gourmet treats, vintage collectables and much more.

Open Nov 16 (6-9 p.m.), Nov 17 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Nov 18 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Nov 23 (6-9 p.m.), Nov 24 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Nov 25 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at 3945 Fourth Ave, between Morton and Maitland.



Come and enjoy the Barkley Sounds Community Choir’s concert, “WELCOME YULE” on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the ADSS Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, from choir members and at the door. Tickets are $15 (under 12 free).


Timbre! Choir has been entertaining this community for 46 years!

Our Christmas concert this year is entitled “HEARTH & FIRE” and is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. There will be familiar and some not-so-familiar carols with music by Bob Chilcott and John Rutter. Get your tickets early for Sun., Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at ADSS Theatre.

The choir is joined by Danielle Marcinek on piano and several members of Chor Leoni’s Men’s Chorus from Vancouver. There will also be entertainment in the lobby provided by the AV Community Band, directed by Cory Miller.

Tickets are on sale at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre, Finishing Touches, Salmonberry’s and from choir members. Tickets for Adults/Seniors are $20 and $5 for students and children under 18. Check out our new website at and complete the contact form if you any questions.


Advanced tickets available at Char’s Landing or the Rollin Art Centre

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., James Gordon of “Frobisher Bay”

Friday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m., Friday Night Dance Party with David Gogo Band

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Maddie Storvold – “Open Book” Western Canada Tour

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412.

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Giving thanks for our arts opportunities




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Arts tip sheet: Eastside Culture Crawl




Are you a regular at the Eastside Culture Crawl? Here are a few new faces on the massive open-studio tour that you may want to check out Thursday to Sunday (November 15 to 18):

Jake Bull


Kool-Aid colours and a pop-art vibe bring to life portraits of everyone from Mexican wrestlers to merry-go-round horses and creepy clowns. It’s eye candy with an edge—no surprise, as Bull’s an alumnus of London’s advertising industry.

Mo Sherwood

1641 East Georgia Street

The art director of the cult Canadian animated series Yvon of the Yukon brings the same quirky sensibility to everything from funky wooden sharks to stylized portraits of Motown singers.

Laurie M. Landry

BC Artscape Sun Wah

We love the way Landry’s oil paintings reflect her experience of deafness, especially the portraits of gesturing hands—sometimes beautifully wrinkled or pudgy—captured as her subjects talk about themselves through American Sign Language.

Jason York

The Arc

With raw, brushy expression and bold hues—a favourite is pure, screaming orange—York’s abstracted works definitely speak with their own voice. But don’t be surprised if you see a bit of Jean-Michel Basquiat or a hint of Andy Warhol in his imagery.

Claudine Gévry

Parker Street Studios

The Montreal-bred artist’s sculptures and paintings fall clearly into the abstract category, but the forms feel so organic that you’ll swear they came from nature. Seek out her unique mobiles, with their ethereal, textured metal discs that bob and float.

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