Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in October 2017.
For a complete list of music events, see our events calendar.
150 Years of Canada’s History: Featuring Peterborough County // Ongoing to October 8 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery & Studio // more info
Art show and sale by gallery members in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.
New Paintings by Rebecca Last and Janet Read // Ongoing to October 28 // Christensen Fine Art // more info
Works by two area artists exploring light and water around their picturesque homes.
Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective // Ongoing to January 7 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
A career-spanning retrospective of the Windsor photographer’s works.
Public | Private // Ongoing to January 7 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Abstract works from several artists exploring site, human organization, and public versus private spaces.
Pushing It: Becky Welter-Nolan // Ongoing to January 7 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Becky Welter-Nolan pushes a 200-pound quilted soft-sculpture ‘boulder’ up a hill.
Panel talk October 1 at 11am.
Andrew Cripps: Careful What You Wish For // October 2 to 28 // Coeur Nouveau // more info
New paintings exploring situations and discoveries that may not be as beneficial as they were intended.
Mamoru Tsukada: The Exhausted Sky // October 6 to 28 // Evans Contemporary and Star X // more info
Tsukada’s dramatic photos of the skies over key spots related to the bombing of Hiroshima.
Opening reception October 6 at 6pm.
Carol Forbes: Out of My Head // October 11 to 22 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery & Studio // more info
Solo art show and sale of abstracts in oil, acrylic, and mixed media by the local artist.
Opening reception October 15 at 1pm.
A National Test Market // October 13 to November 18 // Artspace // more info
An exhibition exploring Peterborough’s unique position as a test market for many large corporations trying new products and technologies.
Opening reception October 13 at 7pm.
Rural Outlook // October 25 to November 12 // Kawartha Artists’ Gallery & Studio // more info
Art show and sale featuring works by KAGS’ Outdoor Painters Group.
Opening reception October 29 at 1pm.
It’s All About Art! // October 28 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
The AGP’s annual gala fundraiser and art auction.
Artsanity Show and Sale // November 3 to 5 // Knights of Columbus Hall // more info
Fundraiser for the Artisans Centre Peterborough featuring crafted works by local artisans.
Theatre and Performance
Dracula // Ongoing to October 8 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
A new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale by Stephen Dietz. “Promises to be a very intense and frightening experience.”
Voice of a Nation // October 12 // Showplace // more info
A celebration of Canada’s history, bridging European and Indigenous traditions in orchestra, song, dance, spoken word, choir, and film.
“Invisible” Workshop // October 14 // Theatre on King // more info
Eryn Lidster gathers local artists to hear about their experiences with invisible labour, in preparation for an upcoming show as part of November’s Precarious Festival.
Evil Dead: The Musical // October 18 to 20 // Market Hall // more info
An R-rated musical adapted from Sam Raimi’s gory horror-comedy classic. Maybe the only musical with a “splash zone” for spurting blood.
Nogojiwanong Rite of Spring // October 19 to 20 // 190 Brock Street // more info
Reworking the classic ballet Rite of Spring through an Indigenous lens. The culmination of six weeks of workshops led by Brian Solomon.
Incident on Gun Mountain // October 19 to 21 // Theatre on King // more info
In the early 1970’s, a trio of deer hunters endure a descent into guilt, paranoia, terror, and the fantastic.
Parents Night // October 24 to 28 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
George F. Walker’s one-act comedic drama set during parents’ night in a Grade 3 classroom.
Precarious Festival Launch // October 25 // The Spill // more info
This festival, happening all November long, explores arts and precarious work. The opening features Steelburner and the launch of the first-ever survey of local Peterborough artists.
Citiots Improv // October 27 // Gordon Best Theatre // more info
Monthly comedy improv show featuring the local troupe with an eight-year history, plus special guests.
Settle This Thing Live // October 27 // Theatre on King // more info
A monthly event where married comedians Tamara Bick and Drew Antzis ask the audience to help solve their marital disputes
Crime City // October 28 // Theatre on King // more info
A monthly noir detective serial, presented as a live reading in the style of old-time radio.
That Summer // October 29 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
A reading of David French’s play about a middle-aged woman revisiting the site of her first romantic tryst.
Menashe // October 2 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival series presents the 2017 film about an ultra-orthodox Jewish widower battling for custody of his son.
A Day’s Work // October 4 // 7pm // Market Hall // more info
Documentary about a temporary worker killed on his first day on the job, and the general issue of workplace health and safety. Discussion to follow.
House // October 4 // 8pm // Artspace // more info
Trent Film Society presents the deeply bizarre and outrageously stylish 1970s Japanese cult horror film.
Evil Dead 2 // October 11 // 8pm // Market Hall // more info
Trent Film Society presents Sam Raimi’s gloriously gory horror-comedy classic. Maybe the iconic cabin-in-the-woods movie.
13 Minutes // October 16 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival series presents the German film about Georg Elser’s failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Trick R’ Treat // October 18 // 8pm // Artspace // more info
Trent Film Society presents Michael Dougherty’s 2007 horror anthology film.
The Trip to Spain // October 23 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival series presents the third film in Michael Winterbottom’s comedic ‘Trip’ series, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Beatriz at Dinner // October 30 // 4pm and 7pm // Galaxy Cinemas // more info
The MUSE Film Festival series presents the 2017 comedy-drama film about a natural health practitioner at a billionaire’s dinner party.
Lynn Gehl book launch // October 5 // Sadleir Houser // more info
Launch for Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit, Gehl’s new book about challenging sex discrimination in the Indian Act.
ChiSeries Peterborough // October 16 // The Spill // more info
A quarterly reading series featuring writers of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Includes: Dana Cameron, David Demchuk, and Ian Rogers.
Canadian Festival of Spoken Word // October 22 to 28 // more info
Spoken word artists from across the country come to Peterborough for this massive festival, featuring poetry slams, open mics, workshops, panels, visual art, and more, spread across the city.
Keyboards! // October 29 // 8pm // The Garnet // more info
A live-writing poetry show, by Justin Million of Show and Tell Poetry Series and his Smith-Corona XL 1000.
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