What’s On in the Arts: April 2017

Maudie, screening as part of the MUSE Film Festival on April 24
Maudie, screening as part of the MUSE Film Festival on April 24
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Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in April 2017.

For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.

 

Visual Art // Theatre // Film // Literary Arts // Workshops

 

Visual Art

SPARK Photo Festival // April 1 to 30 // more info
Peterborough’s annual celebration of photography, featuring workshops, talks, and over 50 exhibitions at diverse venues spread across Peterborough and area. A selection of events is included below. For a full list, log on to the website.

 

Olivia Whetung: tibewh at Artspace

Olivia Whetung: tibewh at Artspace

Olivia Whetung: tibewh // Ongoing to April 22 // Artspace // more info
An exploration in beadwork of the Trent Severn Waterway, which is an important cultural symbol for both Peterborough and local Indigenous peoples.
Curator’s talk April 6 at 7pm.

 

Lyn Carter: 11th Line // Ongoing to April 23 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Intricate textile surfaces become fantastic sculptural installations and patterned architectural forms in this site-specific exhibit.

 

Steven Vero: Inland // Ongoing to April 23 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Peterborough artist presents landscape paintings that convey the experience of working plein air.

 

That’s Kinda Like What It Was Like // Ongoing to April 23 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Works by multiple artists exploring the edges between representation and non-representation.

 

SPARK at KAGS // Ongoing to May 4 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
A show and sale of photography and related art, in participation with the SPARK Photo Festival.
Opening reception April 2 at 1pm.

 

DROOL Collective

DROOL Collective at Star X

DROOL Collective // April 1 to 30 // Star X // more info
Works exploring some of Peterborough’s lesser-known spots, by a young collective of local artists.
Opening reception April 7 at 6pm.

 

Roz Hermant // April 1 to 30 // Christensen Fine Art // more info
Presenting works by the local photographic artist. Part of the SPARK Photo Festival.

 

Acrylic & Ink // April 1 // The Monocle Centre for the Arts // more info
A joint exhibition of acrylic paintings by Zach Prins and poetry by his brother Ben, in harmonious sets.

 

Rare Birds Salon // April 6 // Catalina’s // more info
A monthly artist mixer, this time with special guest artist William Carroll speaking on professional practice for visual artists.

 

William Carroll: City at Evans Contemporary

William Carroll: City at Evans Contemporary

William Carroll: City // April 7 to May 13 // Evans Contemporary // more info
Works by the New York City artist that capture the urban landscape with spray-painted silhouettes of individual buildings.
Opening reception April 7 at 6pm.

 

21st Annual Art Auction // April 8 // Princess Gardens // more info
A fundraiser for the Art School of Peterborough, featuring works by local artists.

 

ARTISANity // April 22 and 23 // Artisans Centre Peterborough // more info
A show and sale of exquisitely handcrafted items made by local artisans.

 

50/50 Public Preview // April 28 to May 5 // Artspace // more info
Preview the works available at Artspace’s annual gala fundraiser, which takes place on May 6.

 

The Best of High School Art // May 7 to June 1 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
A celebration of art by local high schoolers. A juried exhibit with awards presented on the final night.
Opening reception May 7 at 1pm.



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Theatre

Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush (photo by Andy Carroll)

Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush at Theatre on King

Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum’s Rush // Ongoing to April 2 // Theatre on King // more info
Charlie Petch’s hilarious, raunchy, and occasionally tragic play about queerness and performance, set in the final days of vaudeville.

 

Paul’s Left Ball Five // April 1 // Market Hall // more info
Linda Kash, Deborah Kimmett, The Citiots Improv, PAPA Teens, and more come together for this annual comedy fundraiser for Hospice Peterborough.

 

Aer Time // April 9 // Market Hall // more info
A contemporary aerial-circus showcase, with professional and emerging circus artists exploring new and experimental choreography.

 

200 Cents Well Spent // April 10 and 24 // Red Dog // more info
An eclectic series of comedy shows by the local St Francis Productions, always with a $2 cover. St Francis is currently looking for show ideas: contact [email protected]

 

The Leader // April 14 and 15 // Theatre on King // more info
Three characters await the arrival of the mysterious “Leader,” in this short absurdist work by Eugene Ionsesco.

 

Citiots Improv // April 21 // Gordon Best Theatre // more info
Monthly improv comedy show featuring the storied local troupe and special guests.

 

Crime City

Crime City at Theatre on King

Crime City // April 22 // Theatre on King // more info
A monthly noir detective serial, presented as a live reading in the style of old-time radio.

 

The Comic Strippers // April 27 // Showplace // more info
A fictitious male stripper troupe, portrayed by Canadian improv comics, present a rather unique “sexilarious” improv show (their word, not mine).

 

Our Town // April 28 to May 6 // Market Hall // more info
New Stages Theatre Company presents Thornton Wilder’s timeless play about young love in a small town.

 

More Than a Memory // April 28 to May 13 // more info
Peterborough Theatre Guild // An original musical written and directed by Paul Crough set in Ireland after the end of the First World War.

 

Film

Things to Come // April 3 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival presents the critically acclaimed 2016 film about a philosophy teacher dealing with a string of personal tragedies.

 

Space Mutiny

Space Mutiny at Theatre on King

Mystery Science Night: Space Mutiny // April 19 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info
A screening of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode featuring the hilariously bad 1980s sci-fi epic.

 

Maudie // April 24 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival presents the 2016 bio-pic about Canadian folk singer Maud Lewis, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

 

Mystery Science Night: Monster a Go Go // April 26 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info
A screening of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode featuring the (deeply confusing) 1960s sci-fi monster movie.

 

Straight, No Chaser // April 29 // 8:45pm // Catalina’s // more info
As part of International Jazz Day celebrations, a screening of the documentary about the great jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk.



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Literary Arts

Script Club // April 6 // 7pm // BE at the Trend // more info
Monthly script workshop hosted by Mysterious Entity Theatre. Open to all writers who want to submit and actors who want to read.

 

an other being at Catalina's

an other being at Catalina’s

Book Signing: an other being // April 20 // 6pm // Catalina’s // more info
Poet Tony Brathwaite and illustrator David McConkey will be on hand to sign their new book.

 

Poetry Reading // April 22 // 7:30pm // Monocle Centre for the Arts // more info
Celebrating April’s Poetry Month, readings and music by Ben Prins, Rob Fortin and Sue Newman, and Alchemy.

 

April Slam // April 27 // 7:30pm // The Spill // more info
The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective’s monthly slam, featuring guest poet Andre Prefontaine.

 

Keyboards! // April 30 // 8pm // The Garnet // more info
Live poetry writing and reading by Justin Million of the Show and Tell Poetry Series.

 

Workshops

Meditation for Men with Mark Finnan // Tuesdays // 12:30pm // Seeds of Change Peterborough // more info

 

Op Art Explorations at Art Gallery of Peterborough

Op Art Explorations at Art Gallery of Peterborough

Op Art Explorations with Victoria Wallace // April 1 // 11am // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

Family Sundays // April 2 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

Muscle/Bone, Mind/Body Dance Class with Bill James // April 4 // 5:15pm // Seeds of Change Peterborough // more info

 

Joy of Bob 3 with Victoria Ward, Annie Jaeger, and Eryn Lidster // April 5 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info

 

Saturday Art Club // Semester starts April 8 // 10am // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

Bring a Friend // April 8 // 7pm // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info

 

Kawartha Potters Guild

Kawartha Potters Guild

Chromatic Black with Victoria Wallace // April 9 // 11am // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

Exhibition Tour // April 20 // 2pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

Family Clay // April 22 // 1:30pm // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info

 

Art for Teens: Stop-motion – Metamorphosis I // April 30 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

All images courtesy the artists.

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Gabe Pollock

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Gabe Pollock is Editor-in-Chief and co-Publisher of Electric City Magazine. He is a Peterborough-born freelance writer and editor who has covered Peterborough music and culture since 2012, first on Electric City Live and now in its magaziney successor.