Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in May 2017.
For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.
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.
William Carroll: City // Ongoing 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.
Not a Freak Show: Growing Up Gay in Rural Ontario // Ongoing to June 25 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Bearing witness to Spencer J. Harrison’s experience using the vernacular of the circus freak show to discuss both exclusion and inclusion.
Artist talk May 28 at 2pm.
From / were / are // Ongoing to June 25 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Works by many Peterborough and area artists exploring the question of what makes art ‘regional.’
Marilyn Goslin – Recent Oil Paintings // May 5 to 31 // Christensen Fine Art // more info
Strong line and colour define the expressive paintings of Marilyn Goslin. Landscapes, still-lifes, street scenes, and figurative work.
Artist reception May 5 at 6pm.
Mother’s Day Show and Sale // May 5 and 6 // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info
Featuring works by local artisans.
30 Craft Market // May 6 // Silver Bean Cafe // more info
Sale featuring works by local and area artisans and crafters.
50/50 Art Draw // May 6 // Artspace // more info
Artspace’s annual gala fundraiser, with live entertainment and dozens of works by local artists on offer.
The Best of High School Art Show // May 7 to June 1 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
Senior students from local high schools exhibit in this annual juried show.
Opening reception May 7 at 1pm.
Dylan Miner: Waawaashkeshi / Aanikoobijigan // May 26 to July 15 // Artspace // more info
Part of Miner’s ongoing investigation of his ancestor’s arrest for hunting deer in 1906, and the wider issues of indigenous rights.
Opening reception May 26 at 7pm.
Lisa Skog // May 27 to June 17 // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info
An exhibition of wood-fired and raku work, both functional and decorative, by the Hamilton-area artist.
Opening reception May 27 at 7pm.
First Friday // June 2 // Bankers Common // more info
Monthly art crawl featuring new exhibitions at Evans Contemporary, Star X, and other galleries and studios.
Dreamscapes // June 3 to 18 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio // more info
Paintings from the mind’s eye, featuring works by local artist Mary Derrick.
Opening reception June 4 at 1pm.
Our Town // Ongoing 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 // Ongoing to May 13 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
An original musical written and directed by Paul Crough, set in Ireland after the end of the First World War.
200 Cents Well Spent // May 9 and 23 // Red Dog // more info
An eclectic series of comedy shows by the local St Francis Productions, always with a $2 cover.
Settle This Thing Live // May 12 // Theatre on King // more info
A new monthly event where married comedians Tamara Bick and Drew Antzis ask the audience to help solve their marital disputes.
Citiots Improv // May 19 // Gordon Best Theatre // more info
Monthly improv comedy show featuring the storied local troupe and special guests.
Crime City // May 20 // Theatre on King // more info
A monthly noir detective serial, presented as a live reading in the style of old-time radio.
Over Dinner // May 25 to 27 // Theatre on King // more info
A new theatre piece by Tim Etherington, featuring Marsala Lukianchuk, Mike Judson, and Sarah-Jayne Riley.
Disgraced // May 28 // Market Hall // more info
New Stages Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Ayad Akhtar’s play about race, religion, and class in the 21st century.
Frenzy for Two, or More // June 1 to 3 // Theatre on King // more info
Eugene Ionesco’s surreal play about an couple’s escalating argument. Directed by Ryan Kerr, featuring Kate Story and Dan Smith.
Mommie Dearest // May 11 // 8pm // Catalina’s // more info
A Mother’s Day screening of the melodramatic film about the abusive upbringing of Christina Crawford, at the hands of her mother, famed actress Joan Crawford.
Murphy’s Law // May 12 // 7:30pm // Showplace // more info
Documentary about Canadian Megan Murphy rediscovering family history on a bike trip across Ireland.
Pushback // May 23 // 7:30pm // Market Hall // more info
The premiere of Matthew Hayes’ new documentary about Peterborough’s Warming Room, and the challenges around poverty and homelessness.
Orchestra and Choir
Peterborough Singers – Mozart: Requiem & Arias // May 6 // 7:30pm // Emmanuel United Church East // more info
A selection of Mozart’s well-known arias and his haunting final work, Requiem.
Peterborough Symphony Orchestra: The Planets // May 27 // 7:30pm // Emmanuel United Church East // more info
Holst’s melodic tour of the planets. Featuring special guests the Women’s Chorus of the Peterborough Singers.
Book Launch: Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes // May 11 // 7pm // The Spill // more info
Jennifer LoveGrove releases her new poetry collection. With guest readers Tara Azzopardi and Lesley Belleau, and music by Erik Culp and Bennett Bedoukian.
Show and Tell Poetry Series: Domenico Capilongo // May 15 // 7pm // The Garnet // more info
Show and Tell revisits its show and tell format for this immersive poetry reading experience.
Peterborough Poetry Slam Team Championship // May 25 // 7:30pm // The Spill // more info
The Peterborough Poetry Slam Collective’s monthly competitive slam, featuring guest poet Johnny McRae
Keyboards! // May 28 // 8pm // The Garnet // more info
Live-writing event, by Justin Million of the Show and Tell Poetry Series and his Smith-Corona Electra 110 typewriter.
Art Pop Up: Peterborough Art Hive // Fridays // 10am // Seeds of Change Peterborough // more info
Spring Classes // Semester starts week of May 8 // Kawartha Potter’s Guild // more info
Family Sundays // May 7 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
The Joy of Bob 4 // May 18 // 8pm // Theatre on King // more info
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