Discovering Dali- I’m Scared

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Salvador Dali is coming to the Winnipeg Art Gallery! September 27 marks the debut of two exhibits that will feature some of his major works.  I think the famous Spanish artist will hold unique appeal for the children I take on tours of the gallery.

dali winnipeg art galleryDali was very open about including the things that scared him in his work. I think children will identify with that.  Dali was petrified of ants. As a small child he had a pet bat and one day he discovered its dead body covered in ants. He also saw a number of dead birds and a dead lizard being eaten by ants. He never forgot those experiences. One way he confronted his fear of ants was to include them in his paintings.  salvador dali ace of diamondsDali’s Ace of Diamonds will be in the upcoming exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  In Dali’s surreal rendition of the playing…

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Soup House was Super

sane soup houseI stopped in at the Sane Soup House on Graham Avenue last week when I needed a quick lunch. sane soup houseNice seating area for casual eating or there are regular tables. My waitress was friendly and the service quick.borscht sane soup

I had a delicious bowl of beet borscht from the menu.  It was hard to choose because the Wild Mushroom, African Peanut and Chilled Strawberry soups also sounded intriguing. sane soup houseThere’s a cool mural of the Provencher Bridge at night on the back wall and an old fashioned cooking stove is also part of the decor. 

sane soup houseThey have tables outside  if the weather is fine and something I always look for- a place to park your bike. I’ll be going back to this restaurant since it is right on the route from my home to the art gallery where I work . 

Other posts about Winnipeg restaurants……..

The BDI

The Promenade

Best Won Ton Mein in Winnipeg

Food From the Land

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Louis Riel- Are Two Statues Better Than One?

louis rielLouis Riel’s important role in the history of our city and province is recognized in a new music video by Winnipeg’s own Royal Canoe featuring Exodus of the Year- my favorite song by the band. exodus of the year video royal canoeThe video shows Riel’s statue on Broadway Avenue, his statue in St. Boniface and his grave.

LRpb.tifRiel’s contributions have been recognized in many ways- in an opera, in a terrific graphic novel by Chester Brown, in the name of a Winnipeg school division, and in the February provincial holiday named after him. Two statues of Louis Riel in Winnipeg- one in St. Boniface and one on the Manitoba Legislature grounds reflect the two sides of the man who is widely known as the Father of Manitoba but was hanged as a traitor. louis riel st. boniface statueI’ve blogged about one of the Riel statues already and thought it was time to write about the other. So I stopped at 450 Broadway on a bicycle trip last week to snap some photos of the Riel statue there by artist Miguel Joyal.

louis riel statue broadway winnipegIn this statue Riel isn’t naked as he is in the St. Boniface one. louis riel boat tripHe is  dressed in a suit and vest and bowtie -although he is wearing moccasins and a sash in recognition of his Metis heritage. 

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He is holding the Manitoba Act in his hand which was based on a List of Rights Louis Riel wrote that included among many other things recognition of this area of Canada as a province by the federal government, the right to representatives in the House of Commons and Senate and the use of both French and English in all government communication. 

louis riel st. boniface collegeThe statue of Riel in St. Boniface (which by the way used to stand on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature) does a better job of showing the tortured soul Riel was in many ways, and what a price he paid for his political activism, exiled for years to the United States as a wanted criminal and struggling with mental illness. 

louis riel legislatureThe statue on Broadway shows him as the great statesman, forward thinker and founder of the province of Manitoba.  It is probably good that we have both statues in our city. 

Other posts about Louis Riel…..

A Graphic Louis Riel

A Controversial Statue

The Provencher Bridge

Could I Have Been A Grey Nun?

We’re Living in a Piece of History

The Street Where I Live

 The Park At the End of the Bridge

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Quo Vadis- Talk About a Perfect Setting!

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st. boniface basilicaThe  St. Boniface Basilica was a brilliant choice as a setting for the musical Quo Vadis. I attended the performance on the night of  July 22 which just happened to be the forty-six year anniversary of the tragic fire that nearly completely destroyed the huge Winnipeg cathedral in 1968. dave at basilicaAll that remained of the old church after the fire was the majestic front piece. That stone facade which is now more than a century old, provided the backdrop for the Fringe Festival production of Quo Vadis. 

Quo Vadis Cast- Photo Winnipeg Free Press

Quo Vadis Cast- Photo Winnipeg Free Press

This was not your regular fringe play. It had a huge cast with many trained and talented musicians among them. The story is taken from a Polish novel by Nobel Prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. It is set in 64 AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero. It recounts the love story of a military…

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Godspell-Third Fringe Play- Shadow Spaces- Fourth Fringe Play

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godspell castGodspell was a very entertaining show. Definitely worth the admission price. Enthusiastic talented young performers. I’ve seen Godspell many times. Both my husband and son have been in community and school productions in the past. I know the music well and this show had me wanting to sing along. I have a feeling Godspell songs are going to be queued up on my I-Pod this week. godspell headshots
Maybe not as polished and professional as other productions I’ve seen- some singers struggled a  bit with diction and pitch- but still a very enjoyable 90 minutes of theatre and music. Highlight for me was Sam Plett’s rendition of On the Willows. Sam played Judas and he has one heck of a beautiful voice!

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We went to see Shadow Spaces at 10:30 last night and I have to say it is not exactly a put- you- to sleep bedtime story. In fact the…

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A Small Affair is a Big Success

ticket to a small affairI loved my second Fringe play of the season A Small Affair.  It was funny and fast paced. The story takes place in a rehearsal space where actors in a new television drama are preparing for the filming of their show.  a small affairWe meet the stressed television director, the self-centered female star of the show, and the laconic maintenance man who wanders in and out of the rehearsal space to make comments while fixing an electrical problem in the bathroom.
tiffany and rhonda in a small affairTwo of my colleagues at the Winnipeg Art Gallery were in the play.  Tiffany played a confused newspaper reporter and Rhonda was a feisty and outspoken cleaning lady. They both put on great performances and gave their characters such distinctive personality. I heard someone behind me say as they exited the theatre, “the cleaning lady was the best!”

three ladiesThese three white-haired women stumble into the rehearsal space by mistake and capture the audience’s hearts with their humour. They are potential contestants on another television show called Make A Fool of Yourself. shoestring playersThere are plenty of other off-beat characters who entertain the audience with their  antics – an aging actor struggling with alcohol problems, a no-nonsense stage manager, a jealous co-star and an emotional actress with a difficult husband. a small affair 2

This was a good performance of a well written play. I laughed out loud several times as did many audience members. A good drama needs quirky, interesting characters who change. Plenty of conflict is required as well . And of course humour always helps! This play had them all in my opinion.

A Small Affair is a big success!

The photos in this post are courtesy of the Shoestring Players Facebook page

Other fringe plays I’ve seen this year……

Dandy

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Not So Dandy

bremmer duthieThe first 2014 Winnipeg Fringe play we saw was Dandy. There were some dandy things about it. Bremner Duthie the solo performer is enthusiastic and puts his whole heart into his performance. He’s backed up by three talented young men from the jazz program at the University of Manitoba. Bremner’s voice is obviously a well-trained one. He knew his material well and the audience found his ode to an item of clothing called a ‘dickie’ humorous.
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There were some things however about the show that weren’t so dandy. Bremner had trouble always singing in tune. The narration didn’t really tell a connected story. I did figure out that the main character lost the love of his life and then lost himself in alcohol. The message of the performance was not clear. Bremner waxed eloquent about the way the clothes we wear can transform us and can impact the way people see us. However he also talked about the importance of inner beauty.

Bremner was sarcastic about the clothes the audience members were wearing and chastised my husband who was fooling around with his flashlight. Flashlights had been handed out to the audience so they could use them to shine a spotlight onto Bremner.

There were several too long sections where Bremner just sat looking in a soulful way at the audience and a couple fairly long off stage costume changes.

By the way Bremner thinks the ultimate fashion sin is wearing sweat pants, so if you don’t want him to poke fun at you don’t wear them to the show

bremner duthieBremner does strip down at one point and I was a little nervous everything would come off but I need not have worried. He kept his Superman underwear on.

Great fringe shows I saw last year……….

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter

Fringing Times Four

 

 

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Assembling Sounds for Sounds Assembling

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bertram brooker sounds assembling 1928Does this artwork  remind you of a kitchen blender or a slot machine hitting the jackpot? I’m a tour guide at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and I’m taking an online course from the Museum of Modern Art in New York called Art and Activity.  art instructor momaIt introduces guides to activities they can do with children related to works of art. One of our assignments this week was to pretend we were disc jockeys. We had to come up with a collection of sounds to describe an art work and choose a soundtrack for it.  I used a piece from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s collection called Sounds Assembling for my assignment.

bertram brooker sounds assembling 1928

It was created by Bertram Brooker. He moved to Portage la Prairie Manitoba in 1905 from England. He went on to manage a movie theatre in Neepawa, Manitoba. Later he became a prize-winning fiction writer, a journalist and the…

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Letter to the Editor

WFP-Logo-Black11Winnipeg is proposing some changes to its laws about acceptable behavior for bus riders using the city’s transit system. These proposed changes were outlined in a recent news story in the Free Press. Since I am a frequent rider of city buses I wrote a letter to the editor of the paper giving a suggestion for making one of the proposed changes more effective. It was published on July 9 and can be read on the Have Your Say page. 

Other posts about city issues…….

I Think I’m Going To Be On Television Tonight

I Was On the Radio

Aren’t You Scared To Live In Winnipeg’s Exchange District?

Residential Parking

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The BDI- Bridge Drive In

bridge drive in winnipegBefore our guests from Hong Kong and India left Winnipeg we thought we needed to take them to the city’s most popular ice cream stand the Bridge Drive-In .bridge drive in jubilee winnipegThe Bridge Drive In (known more commonly in Winnipeg as simply The BDI) has been serving ice-cream to patrons since May 1 1957 and on a warm summer evening there is always a line up of people waiting to get sundaes and milkshakes and a dipped cone. The crowd on the night we were there was modest. 

bridge drive in on a busy dayBut this is how it can look on a busy afternoon. bicycling to the bridge drive in

Dave and Anil cycled over to the BDI on Jubilee Avenue and we ladies took the car. 

eating icecream at the bidThe Bridge Drive In has many flavors of soft ice-cream and you can get your cone dipped in butterscotch or chocolate and rolled in nuts. bridge bar bridge drive in

Anil and I both opted for the Bridge Bar while Dave and the ladies had soft icecream. bdi bridgeThe bridge beside the ice cream parlor is The Elm Park Bridge but it is often called the BDI Bridge. The ice cream stand was named after the bridge when it opened and now 57 years later the bridge has come to be known by the name of the ice cream stand.elm Park BridgeThe Bridge crosses the Red River and was built in 1912.The bridge used to have a 5 cent toll for pedestrians a 10 cent toll for vehicles and a 25 cent toll for trucks. The toll charges were stopped in 1946 and the bridge was closed to vehicles in 1974. The city did not tear down the bridge because it was too expensive to do so.musician bridge drive inThe night of our visit there was even a saxophonist at the end of the bridge to serenade us. 

eating icecream bridge drive inDave and I used to live one street over from the Bridge Drive In on Rosedale Avenue when we were first married and we visited the iconic ice cream stand regularly. It was fun to go back with our visitors and introduce them to a Winnipeg landmark. 

elm park bridgePosts about showing other Hong Kong visitors Winnipeg………

emptyful

The Winnipeg Art Gallery Roof

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Bison Up Close and Personal

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