Support Local Artists: Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market

This past Saturday we took an afternoon stroll through the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market and were pleased to find some interesting vendors there! We sampled (and purchased) chocolate peanut butter covered nibs, lemon dill mustard and organic wine. And we found some cute, handmade rings and necklaces!

There were beautiful potted flowers and herbs and a multitude of other crafts and creations! The Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market is just off Whyte Ave and is open from 8am to 3pm every Saturday. Whichever city you live in, be sure to check out your local farmers’ market. You never know what you’ll find!

LB and JR

Support Local Artists: A Tribute to The Citadel

To all the men, women and children that were part of any Citadel production this season… BRAVO! I had the pleasure of viewing 5 shows: Death of a Salesman, The Rock Horror Show, God of Carnage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Sound of Music. What an eclectic mix! From dramas to comedies to musicals, each show was equally entertaining and fascinating! The acting and vocals were astounding, the set and costume design were fabulous and the special effects were magnificent! Each production could not run smoothly without the hard work of many actors, stagehands, directors, and various other crew members. Live theatre truly is incredible and experiencing each of these plays in one of the intimate theatres at the Citadel was definitely worth-while. In my opinion, the Citadel is one of Edmonton’s best treasures!

Click Here to View The Video Titled: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

For a list of upcoming productions and to purchase tickets for the 2012/2013 season please check out  their website: http://www.citadeltheatre.com/

LB

Wine Fest

Wine fest! We had so much fun at the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival in Calgary last year! We thought perhaps we’d try to attend both Calgary and Edmonton festivals this year. Wine tasting, food tasting – what’s not to like?

Calgary Wine Fest – October 14 & 15
Edmonton Wine Fest – October 21 & 22

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit their website http://www.rockymountainwine.com/index.html

LB

Fringeopolis

The Fringe is back in Edmonton and it’s one of my favorite summer festivals! With live original theatre performances occuring daily (from improvs to comedies to dramas) there’s always something to see and all shows are $10-$15 a ticket. If you aren’t into watching plays, you can always just wander the grounds in Old Strathcona, have a bite to eat, and catch a street performer act here and there.

For a list of performances and to buy tickets, go to www.fringetheatre.ca

For reviews of Fringe plays, check out http://www.vueweekly.com/fringe/.

LB

Pop Art

We finally got a chance to check out the much-anticipated Andy Warhol exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta. In viewing his works, we discovered a little bit about the man behind the manufactured art. He was an eccentric man with a lust for all things famous: people and products in particular. His art took shape during the 50s and 60s at a time when the general public became fascinated with the glamorous lives of the Hollywood stars and fell prey to enticing ads! Each of Warhol’s pieces, unique in their own right, were manufactured reproductions of our cultural preoccupations. Warhol used silk-screening techniques combined with painting to alter and reproduce the things he found most fascinating in American culture. From his industrial techniques rose a new type of art: pop art.

Here are some of our most memorable pieces and quotes from the exhibit:

“My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus
and of a famous person.
” – Andy Warhol

“It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated
as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.
” -Andy Warhol

“I’d asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady
friend asked the right question, ‘Well, what do you love most?’

That’s how I started painting money.” – Andy Warhol


“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood.
They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic,
but I love plastic.
I want to be plastic.” – Andy Warhol

“What’s great about this country is that America
started the tradition where the richest consumers buy
essentially the same things as the poorest.
” – Andy Warhol

Experience ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured until August 21st at the Art Gallery of Alberta. It was an interesting exhibit; definitely worth seeing!

LB

Andy Warhol

ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured is an exhibit currently featured at the Art Gallery of Alberta that chronicles the work of the iconic pop artist, painter and filmmaker. The exhibit runs until August 21st. Looking forward to this!

“More than anything people just want stars” – Andy Warhol

For more information on the Art Gallery of Alberta, please go to their website: http://www.youraga.ca/

LB