2019/10/17

Hello Internet;

Tonight was the Fredericton Arts Alliance annual gala at the Charlotte Street Arts Center in Fredericton. This gala sells artwork from Fredericton artists in support of FAA programming.

FAA Gala 2019. Don Bosse Band. Katrina Slade Painting. Charlotte Street Arts Center.

FAA Gala 2019. Don Bosse Band. Katrina Slade Painting. Charlotte Street Arts Center.

For those who don’t know, the FAA creates programming in the Fredericton region. The three main programs are the Arts in Schools, Arts of the Streets, and the Artist in Residence program. All of these programs are supported through grant funding and the sales from this annual gala.

FAA Gala 2019. Charlotte Street Arts Center

FAA Gala 2019. Charlotte Street Arts Center

This is my first year on the board and the first Gala is was able to attend. The event was a success. The Don Bosse Jazz Band performed through the silent auction, and the live auction was MC’d by John Leroux, an architect an the manager of collections and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

My partner and I walked away with an oil painting of our own at a steal of a price. Any Art lover should jot this in their calendar for next year.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/10/16

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Today Wuxi Dance and Song Theater of China came to the School of Atlantic Ballet to teach three workshops to the students of the company. Their workshops consisted of traditional Chinese dance melded with contemporary ballet. The incredibly talented instructors brought translators as well. I am impressed by the level of skill these performers posses.

Wuxi Dance and Song Theater will be performing Seeking at the Capitol Theater in Moncton, NB. This show is co-hosted by Atlantic Ballet and the Greater Moncton Chinese Cultural Association. This visually stunning production features 30 dancers from one of China's best dance company. Seeking is choreographed by Peter Quanz, an award winning Canadian Choreographer.

Image Credit: Atlantic Ballet. Wuxi Song and Dance Theater of China.

Image Credit: Atlantic Ballet. Wuxi Song and Dance Theater of China.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/10/11

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While in England, we were able to catch a show at Shakespeare’s Globe. We made it to the closing night of The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of Shakespeares' fun-loving and light-hearted comedies.

Shakespeare's Globe. London England. October 2019. Laura-Beth Bird

Shakespeare's Globe. London England. October 2019. Laura-Beth Bird

Shakespeare's Globe is a replica of the original globe theater built-in 1599. It was rebuilt a few streets over from its original location on the banks of the Thames River in London. The theater is a beautiful open-air structure that can fit 700+ audience members both sitting and standing. Tickets begin at £5.00 and go up from there. Being an open-air theater, it’s a little chilly in early October. I suggest you bring some mittens and a blanket.

Shakespeare's Globe. London England. October 2019. Laura-Beth Bird

Shakespeare's Globe. London England. October 2019. Laura-Beth Bird

Shakespeare's Globe brought The Merry Wives of Windsor into the modern era (1930’s), just like so many other Shakespearian companies. The pre-show had bubbles falling from the roof onto the audience as actors asked audience members to help them fold laundry. The show itself was delightful and bright. Sir John A Falstaff (Pearce Quigley) was unforgettable and played the role with ease.

Shakespeare's Globe also has guided tours of the theater. If you’re a bit of a nerd and you want to learn some more about the history of the space, the design of the theater, or how it all works, take some time during the day and go for a tour. You can grab lunch at the Borough Market and visit the Tate Modern in between the tour and the evening show.

If you’re in London, put this on your list.

-Laura-Beth Bird

https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/

2019/10/10

Hello Internet;

I’m back at work after a brief but amazing trip to England. On the few first nights, we stayed in London. We decided to see as many shows as possible while in the city. My partner and I managed to get tickets to an amazing gong show at The Comedy Store in Piccadilly Square for only £10.

The Gong Show Night at The Comedy Store invites amateur stand-up comedians to do five-minute sets. The audience can boot them off the stage by raising three red cards. If they last the whole five minutes, the performers make it to the final round to battle for a regular spot at the club. Forty acts went on stage, and only five made it to the final round. Two won spots. This is trial by fire.

This method of finding the thick-skinned, funny, and determined comedians is beautifully harsh. The stage is not a place to be coddled and wooed. That should have been your university classroom. The stage is the time where you keep going even if you fuck up.

Photo Credit: The Comedy store. Facebook

Photo Credit: The Comedy store. Facebook

I am so impressed by the entertaining, brutal, and eye-opening night we had at the Comedy Store. There’s a reason this company creates legends of comedy. If you are in London, go. Tickets are cheap, they’ve got a happy hour and you never know who you're going to run into.

-Laura-Beth Bird



2019/09/23

Hello Internet;

A small comment for today.

As an educator, I feel it is more important for a child to show me the potential for growth, rather than being content with their talent. At some point, a child has to accept that critique isn’t criticism, but an opportunity for growth.

We learn until the day we die.

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-Laura-Beth Bird