DiFrancesco's art featured at Blue Dog

Kim DiFrancesco is the featured artist for October at the Blue Dog Cafe in Brantford. Submitted

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Kim DiFrancesco is the featured artist this month at Blue Dog Café, 199 Brant Ave., Brantford.

Her original works, many of which are portraits of dogs, are on display until Oct. 31.

A meet the artist event will be held Oct. 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Art

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Yellow Brick Wall gallery at 97 Dalhousie St. has a new exhibit entitled, It’s Not a Journey, It’s a Struggle. The body-mapping project, featuring 25 lifesize body map artworks created by research participants from a 2015 dissertation study by assistant professor Michelle Skop is on display until Dec.20.

Paris artist Holly.O. holds her  autumn art show and sale Nov. 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 16 Charlotte St., Paris. www.hollyo.ca.

A new exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is called “when i die i will have loved everything.” In the exhibit, artists Heather Verplanke and Angie Quick use a variety of media, including painting and miniatures, to examine how memory is preserved. Quick’s diaristic work expresses the ways that memory can perish with the passing of time, while Verplanke’s model environments blend memory with fantasy as a means to prevent forgetting. Though the artists use the concept of memory differently, they are connected by their desire to negotiate past memories in the present moment before they fade again. Quick is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, Ont., and known for her large oil paintings exploring flesh in a manner both historical and contemporary. A Brantford native, Verplanke works in Port Dover and teaches drawing and illustration at schools, public art galleries and her personal studio. Selected works from the recent Brant Colours Plein Air event are also part of the exhibition, which continues until Nov. 17.


Film

The White Crow, a film about Soviet-born ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, will be screened Oct. 16 by the Brantford Film Group at the Galaxy Cinemas. MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty ImagesTO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIE-PIERRE FEREY MYCHELE DANIAU / AFP/Getty Images

The Brantford Film Group will screen The White Crow on Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Galaxy Cinemas on King George Road in Brantford.

Tickets are available for sale at the group’s station in the entrance hall on the night of screening. Tickets cost $11 for non-members, and $9 for members. An annual membership costs $10. The group usually screens 15 films a year.

Here’s a synopsis for The White Crow: “Adapted from Julie Kavanaugh’s acclaimed biography of Rudolf Nureyevthis film focuses on the early life of the legendary Russian ballet dancer. During his first trip to Paris (which is also his first trip out of Russia), Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko), a young and rising star in the Kirov Opera Ballet Company, is enthralled by the artistic freedom (traditionally withheld from performers in Russia) and the vibrant nightlife that the city has to offer. Considered a white crow (the Russian equivalent of a black sheep) by his peers, fearless Rudi soars beyond the conventional gender roles and morals of other Soviet dancers. Ultimately the white crow spreads his wings as far as he can, leaving behind his own family and his Russian colleagues. At 23, Rudi defects to the West. By engaging in a fast paced and complicated dance with the ever-vigilant KGB, Rudi outwits and outmaneuvers its agents. In a dramatic finale at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, the white crow lifts off to land an extraordinary dance career in the West. What elevates this compelling story of Nureyev’s freedom flight is actor/director Ralph Fiennes’ clever cinematic choreography that strikes a rare yet perfect balance between artistry and intrigue. “

For more information visit www.brantfordfilmgroup.com.


Music

The Brantford Open Stage is celebrating Thanksgiving weekend on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 19 Holiday Dr. Host Dave Jensen and crew welcome folk, as well as other styles of acoustically oriented music.  Performers, both accomplished and developing, are invited to present a two-song (10-minute) set through a high-quality, professionally operated sound system. Those wishing to perform can sign up when they arrive; no advance registration is required. Audience admission is $4. Those wishing to be on the e-mail list should send a request to BrantfordOpenStage@gmail.com.

The Brantford Music Club has announced its Canadian Artists Series for 2019-20. Piano Six kicks off the series on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanderson Centre. Six of Canada’s top pianists will perform classical and jazz favourites on two concert grands. Tickets, including a package for all four concerts, are available at the Sanderson box office.

The Brantford Symphony Orchestra presents a Fall Music Crawl on Oct. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy three performances: Jazz Quartet with Denis Rondeau and Just Friends at W. Ross Macdonald School; Violin Melodies with Eight Notes con Spirito and Friends from Janet Pasila’s Violin Studio at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum; and folk, blues and pop with Pleasant Ridge at the Woodland Cultural Centre. Tickets are $30 for all three performances. They are available at www.brantfordsymphony.ca/fallmusiccrawl. For more information call 519-759-8781.

Music at First is a series of free noon-hour concerts on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 70 West St. Lawrence Lougheed performs traditional and contemporary sacred tunes on piano on Oct. 23; organist Collin Cousins performs Oct. 30; Kevin Williams plays trumpet on Nov. 6, and vocalist David McKee presents a tribute to the great entertainers on Nov. 13. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and water are provided.

Arcady’s 20th anniversary celebration concert is Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 95 Darling St., Brantford. Honouring the earth and sky, the concert will celebrate the work of exquisite Canadian composers who have helped shape Arcady into a successful and prestigious ensemble. This special evening of music will feature works by Ronald Beckett, Charles Demuynck, Greg Walshaw, Nick Peros, and Katerina Gimon performed by Arcady’s talented chorus of 31 voices and 26-member orchestra. Tickets are available at the door or online at composersofarcady.brownpapertickets.com For more information visit www.arcady.ca

The Brantford Memorial Concert Band presents a Sunday Serenade with guest soloist Rebecca Marshall on Nov. 10, 3 p.m. at the Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre. Admission is by donation. For more information visit www.bsim.ca.

The Brant County Singers and Brant Men of Song will present their annual combined Christmas concert, The Twelve Days of Fa La La, on Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., at Hope Christian Reformed Church, 64 Buchanan Cres., Brantford. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students, aged 11 to 18, and free for children under 10. Tickets are available from choir members, at the door, or reserve by email at brantcountysingers@gmail.com. Refreshments available with proceeds to Northland Gardens breakfast program.


 

Theatre

R & J Theatrics presents Dracula – The Radio Play, written by Philip Grecian. Performances are Oct. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. on the Coach House stage at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. Tickets are $15 available at the door or from the Glenhyrst website. A portion of proceeds will go to Canadian Blood Services.

 

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