What’s On in the Arts: May 2018

Your complete guide to the month in Peterborough visual art, theatre, orchestra and choir, film, literary arts, and workshops

Tsēmā Igharas: future generations at Artspace
Tsēmā Igharas: future generations at Artspace
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Here is your complete listings of arts and culture events happening in Peterborough in May 2018.

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

 

Visual Art // Theatre and Performance // Orchestra and Choir // Film // Literary Arts // Workshops

 

Visual Art

SPARK Photography Show // Ongoing to May 3 // Kawartha Artists’ Galley and Studio // more info
Members showcase their art photography and/or original artwork created from photographic references.

 

These things I have seen at Art Gallery of Peterborough

These things I have seen at Art Gallery of Peterborough

These things I have seen // Ongoing to June 24 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Carolyn Code, Megan Ellen MacDonald, and Keita Morimoto present works that shed new light on the mundane environments of Etobicoke and Chinatown.

 

Presence // Ongoing to June 24 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
An exhibition of portraits from the AGP’s permanent collection, gathered with curiosity, reverence, humour, and awe.

 

Carpe Diem // Ongoing to June 24 // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info
Works by master printmaker J.C. Heywood – patterned, playful, textured, and harmonious.

 

First Friday Art Crawl // May 4 // more info
The monthly event, featuring art openings across downtown, to keep you buzzing throughout the evening. Events at Evans Contemporary, Coeur Nouveau, Star X, ACME, Christensen, Artspace, the Garnet, Watson and Lou, LAUNCH, Meta4, Studio in the Attic, and By the Bridge, plus music and film in Bankers Common.

 

David Miller: Crystal Archive // May 4 to 26 // Evans Contemporary // more info
A new room-scale photographic installation comprised of hundred of photographs arranged as lively tessellations
Opening reception May 4 at 6pm.

 

Connie Van Rijn // May 4 to 26 // Star X // more info
A gallery takeover by local artist Connie Van Rijn, who will be using the gallery as studio space and exhibiting works in the front foyer.
Opening reception May 4 at 6pm.

 

Gwyneth Fischer // May 4 to 26 // Coeur Nouveau // more info
New works by the local artist.
Opening reception May 4 at 6pm.

 

Rowena Dykins: There is no Map for the Road I Find Myself Upon at Christensen Fine Art

Rowena Dykins: There is no Map for the Road I Find Myself Upon at Christensen Fine Art

Rowena Dykins: There is no Map for the Road I Find Myself Upon // May 4 to 26 // Christensen Fine Art // more info
Abstract painter and installation artist who sets up dynamic fields for the viewer to enter as her materials reflect an aesthetic deeply rooted in the natural history of the earth.
Opening reception May 4 at 6pm.

 

Open Studio Interactive Art Show // May 4 // Studio in the Attic // more info
Showcasing video, sculptural, and other artistic works, as part of the First Friday Art Crawl.

 

Mother’s Day Spring Sale // May 4 and 5 // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info
Featuring works by local artisans, as well as free ‘Try Clay’ sessions for new pot throwers.

 

The Artisan Fair // May 5 // Mark Street United Church // more info
Art and handcrafted treasures for your shopping pleasure. Get your Mother’s Day shopping done with local artisans.

 

Peterborough Youth Arts Festival // May 5 // PACE // more info
A new festival celebrating the artistic works of Peterborough’s youth, including dance, photography, music, visual art, and the written word.

 

50/50 Art Draw // May 5 // Artspace // more info
The annual gala event, featuring music, food, and a draw for works by dozens of local artists.

 

Peterborough Youth Arts Festival at PACE

Peterborough Youth Arts Festival at PACE

The Best of High School Art // May 6 to 31 // Kawartha Artists’ Galley and Studio // more info
Showcasing the wealth of talent and innovative artwork by high school students in our area.
Awards night and finale May 31 at 7pm.

 

Get Your Art On Volume III // May 17 to 20 // The Mount Community Centre // more info
Eclectic art show featuring 30+ local artists in every medium, organized by Hartley Stephenson.

 

Tsēmā Igharas: future generations // May 25 to July 14 // Artspace // more info
Exploring the role of Indigenous futurity as a tool of survival and survivance, combining Tāłtān and Western cultural objects and materials.
Opening reception May 25 at 7pm. Artist talk with Olivia Whetung and Jeneen Frei Njootli May 31 at 7pm.



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Theatre and Performance

The Addams Family // Ongoing to May 12 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
A new musical comedy about everyone’s favourite nightmare family.

 

The First Celestial Adventure of Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher // May 10 to 12 // Theatre on King // more info
A performance of Tristan Tzara’s 1917 dadaist play. Likely to not make a whole lot of sense, but be highly entertaining throughout.

 

Circus Space Launch at Market Hall

Circus Space Launch at Market Hall

Circus Space Launch // May 17 // Market Hall // more info
A stellar evening of interactive circus entertainment, food, and a silent action to raise funds for the Peterborough Academy of Circus Arts’ new circus space.

 

Settle This Thing Live // May 25 // 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.

 

Lindsay Luke Adam Adam Dan Sarah // May 26 // Theatre on King // more info
The second performance by Peterborough’s new sketch troupe, featuring a number of veteran local comedy performers.

 

Mom’s the Word // May 26 // Peterborough Theatre Guild // more info
A reading of the hysterically funny and deeply touching collectively written play about being a mother.

 

Lindsay Luke Adam Adam Dan Sarah at Theatre on King

Lindsay Luke Adam Adam Dan Sarah at Theatre on King

Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika // May 27 // Market Hall // more info
New Stages continues their staged reading of Tony Kushner’s epic play about identity, love, and death in 1980s Reagan America.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling // May 31 to June 2 // Theatre on King // more info
A stage adaptation of the classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode.

 

Orchestra and Choir

Peterborough Singers: Mendelssohn’s Elijah // May 5 // 7:30pm // Emmanuel United Church East // more info
One sublime chorus after another, false gods, drought, the voices of angels, bolts of lightning. Mendelssohn’s Elijah is full of Old Testament fire and brimstone and will guarantee an evening of exquisite music.

 

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra: Titan // May 26 // 7pm // Emmanuel United Church East // more info
Mahler’s epic Symphony no. 1, complemented by Glick’s Suite hébraïque and Williams’ Three Pieces from Schindler’s List.



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Film

Jennifer's Body at Sadleir House

Jennifer’s Body at Sadleir House

Jennifer’s Body // May 16 // 7pm // Sadleir House // more info
Diablo Cody’s sharp-tongued teen slasher film about a demonically possessed cheerleader who kills boys. Discussion to follow about film representations of women and queer people.

 

Darken // May 29 // 7:30pm // Market Hall // more info
A 2017 Canadian sci-fi/horror film about a woman propelled into a bizarre and violent prison-like world from which she must escape. Q&A with the director to follow.

 

Literary Arts

Final Slam // May 24 // 7:30pm // Sadleir House // more info
The Peterborough Poetry Slam chooses their official 2018 Peterborough Poetry Slam Team, along with an open mic and feature poet TBA.

 

Keyboards! // May 27 // 8pm // The Garnet // more info
A live poetry-writing performance by Justin Million and his Smith Corona Electra 110.

 

Workshops

Wire Dragonfly Sun Catchers with Brianna Gosselin // May 6 // 2:30pm // The STUDIO // more info

 

Creative Wednesday: Bird Nest Collage with Brianna Gosselin // May 9 // 6pm // The STUDIO // more info

 

Yoga, Meditation, and Clay // Fridays beginning May 11 // 12:30pm // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info

 

Glaze Formulation Course // Saturdays beginning May 12 // 1pm // Kawartha Potters Guild // more info

 

Expanding Together with Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping // May 12 // 1pm // Artspace // more info

 

Bead-Making Workshop with Tsēmā Igharas // May 26 // 1pm // Artspace // more info

 

Introducing Printmaking with Jeffrey Macklin // May 27 // 1pm // Art Gallery of Peterborough // more info

 

All images courtesy the artists.

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