“And to all a good night!” – have a wonderful 2015 and enjoy your winter holidays

puebla(photo by me, in Puebla, Mexico in December 2012)

Thanks to all of you blog readers. I love hearing from you. I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy some reviews, and find out about some events and places. I’m always having the feeling that I would like to write more, say more, and do more, but one day passes and then the next. I’ve been to many wonderful places this year, and I feel the “Beyond” part of BeyondYVR has not been explored enough. Not that I’ve kept up with all the Vancouver events either, as we are so fortunate to have a plethora of exciting events almost any night of the week.

If you are frantically considering a holiday gift, let me once again make a pitch for theatre and concert and festival tickets and passes. Firehall Arts Centre, Gateway Theatre, Stanley, Arts Club, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Recital Society, Early Music Vancouver, and the list goes on and on – you can find some wonderful gifts for your loved ones at all of those places (and you can easily order them online).

Bored at the thought of going home straight after work–there’s probably an interesting play you could go to instead. It’s a fine balance, but I suspect you will find yourself energized by theatre and the experience of something new.

If you can volunteer (and not really that much work either), you can often get free passes to various events. Plus, you help make the events possible. Arts and culture are not exactly overfunded in Vancouver–anything you can do to attend, volunteer for, fund, or publicize the great work that happens every week will help keep this valuable cultural work going.

Read VanCityBuzz, the Georgia Straight arts listings, Vancouverscape, Miss604, and many other fine sites to find out what is happening in Vancouver. If you want help finding something, post on my Facebook page, or send me a message.

Enjoy the last few days of 2014 in the Julian calendar, and I hope to hear from you again next year!

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Wassily Kandinsky

I haven’t had much of a chance to blog in December (although check my Facebook page for some events), but I decided to reblog this interesting article I found (from a great blog too).

Life Through A Mathematician's Eyes

These days, more exactly on 15th December, I saw the new doodle at Google and I thought that it is incredibly wonderful. It just showed me a lot of geometric constructions in just a small image and I thought that it must be math related or geometry and art related. They were celebrating Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th birthday.

New SkitchI tried to find more about the geometry hiden into this picture, but I could find much. For my surprise it seems he is

the first painter to produce purely abstract works, used color as an expression of emotion, often likening the process of painting to composing music.

He studied law and economics, so I am presuming he did some mathematics in economics, but I don’t know how much geometry. His life was a hard one I am sure, living in a period of War (WWI and WWII) and moving…

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Review: things near and far, Firehall Arts Centre (until December 6)

things near and far, Firehall Arts Centre  until December 6: http://firehallartscentre.ca/onstage/things-near-far/

It’s perilous to read other reviews before one has written her own. But I couldn’t resist reading Allyson McGrane’s (I know Allyson from Fringe reviewing) masterful piece, and I’m very much inclined to just say go read that!

One wonderful thing about live performance is that it can serve to quiet and focus the mind. You are sitting in a room with dozens or hundreds of others, and (one hopes) with no devices to distract you. But still, the cacophony of my mind as a software release draws near, combined with somewhat unwanted but hard to shut down ruminations over various relationships and friendships (near and far, as it turns out), as well as collections of mundanities and obligations, made concentration difficult for me, at least for a time. I then gradually started to give in to the flow of images and thoughts that the dancers, the music, and the light produced.

What were these images and thoughts? Evolution (well, that’s my fellow attendee’s thought), lack of connection, urbanity, dystopia, crossroads, crucifixion, WorkSafe BC, enclosure, housing, prison, the music of power tools.  Two women, one man, communicate, separate, work together, work apart.

photo credit Chris Randle

Ziyian Kwan, Anne Cooper, Ron Stewart (things near and far)–photo credit Chris Randle

Humour and grace and agility and humanity pervaded throughout.(And I have to admit, I started thinking about going back to yoga, as I admired their moves.) I was surprised at times (no, I won’t say what or why). Even though I cannot say I understood this piece (although intellectual understanding is often not the point), I felt it and admired it. Actually, there are two pieces, with an intermission, and each piece, although quite different from the other, is called “Dwelling”. I’m still pondering that.

The music adds greatly to this work. I’m not sure how to describe it, although I see “electroacoustic” used. But that’s not sufficient.

Reading the Georgia Straight article and Allyson’s review will give you some background information that you might find helpful. Go and see what you think or feel when you see these dancers performing. You can be sure that their work will not be boring or predictable.