By Angela Espinoza, Arts Editor
As winter semester rolls along, find there are arts events popping up everywhere on campus. The big ones are, of course, this semester’s theatre and stagecraft productions of Top Girls (March 8–16) and Blue Window (March 15–23), which we’ll be highlighting in The Other Press throughout their runs. But there are a number of other free events happening in the month of March that may go under your radar, which would really be a shame.
Running all the way into April, Clay Symposium: Formed Earth, Earth Formed will be taking over the Amelia Douglas Art Gallery. With works by Judy Weeden and Ron Crawford, Clay Symposium features a number of clay wall and pottery pieces by both artists. We won’t say much more though, as the exhibit was extensively highlighted in the previous issue of The Other Press.
While not necessarily being a part of the arts, the first few events students should keep in mind for this week are International Women’s Day festivities. Happening solely on the New West campus are a women’s self-defense workshop on Tuesday (March 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m., room 2803) and a workshop on all that is right and wrong in Canada’s sex industry on Thursday (March 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.), room 3343. Happening on both campuses on March 8 will be the Women Who Inspire Us poster exhibition, along with Douglas’ annual shoe sale on the New West campus alone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Back onto the arts, another pair of events to keep your eyes peeled for are the Literature Alive events. Literature Alive is a Douglas operation that manages to get a number of respected Canadian authors to speak on campus about their careers each semester, and following Governor General’s Award-winner Wendy Phillips’ recent stop at the Coquitlam campus, New West will be seeing some action as well. On March 11, Vancouver-based poet Billeh Nickerson will be stopping by room 1808 at 2:30 p.m. to read some of his select works and (most likely) take questions. Two days later, poet and essayist Brad Cran will be making an appearance in the same room, this time at 6:30 p.m. and will also be reading some select works of his.
Last but not least, we end the month with some musical performances organized by Douglas College’s Arts at One series. Each Thursday at 1 p.m. a concert is put on by the college in the Laura C. Muir Theatre, but with Blue Window just around the corner, there won’t be any more performances until the final weeks of March. The first return concert will be happening on March 21 with a performance by the Delta Trio. Following the week after is the first of two Student Showcases, where Douglas’ best and brightest music students perform with a variety of musical styling’s from vocal to instrumental. Come support your fellow students on this first show, then see the conclusion on April 4, same time, same place.