Lively City: Help art, explore dance, crawl for culture and more

Are you passionate about art? The Burnaby Art Gallery is looking for members to serve on the Burnaby Art Gallery advisory committee.

The committee is an appointed body of volunteers that acts at arm’s length to help the director-curator in the development of the gallery – fundraising, programming and collection services.

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The gallery is accepting nominations until Dec. 15. It says volunteers should have relevant experience, knowledge, abilities and skills, and preference will be given to those who live or work in Burnaby or who have a “significant body of experience” with cultural and civic issues.

You can nominate yourself or be nominated by an organization, and you must be available for the full two-year term.

Check out for the full details.


Dance series kicks off

She’s described as a “dance-theatre guru,” and you can find out why when you see her onstage at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is bringing Porno Death Cultto the stage Nov. 25 to 28 as part of the Shadbolt’s Sole Series.

“In a pilgrimage through a strange landscape of longing, a woman, a preacher, a yogini and a god come face to face with each other and the unanswerable questions that contort our collective perceptions,” a write-up about the event explains.

It’s directed by Marcus Youssef, and the performance promises to fuse text, dance, character and prayer.

Intrigued? It’s onstage nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 regular, $27 students and seniors if bought at least seven days in advance ($35/$30 otherwise). Check out for more or call 604-205-3000 for tickets.


Puppetry tells a story

Take in a physical theatre and puppetry performance at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Sangjahits the stage from Nov. 19 to 21 and explores the issues around identity, race, multiculturalism, non-traditional families, international adoption and the boxes we put people in.

“A boy looks in the mirror. His face doesn’t match the way he feels inside. Even though he has lived in Canada as long as he can remember, he actually came from South Korea when he was little, brought here so he could have a new chance at life” according to an online write-up. “Contained within the boxes of his past are the clues to a complex and remarkable story that could change the way he sees himself.”

Tickets to the show are $10. The Nov. 19 performance runs from 7 to 9 p.m., while the Nov. 20 and 21 shows start at 1 p.m.

Call 604-205-3000 for more information.

– Tereza Verenca


Crawl to Vancouver

The 19th annual Eastside Culture Crawl in Vancouver kicks off tomorrow (Nov. 19) and Burnaby will be well represented.

Among the roster is our very own Tannis Hopkins, who specializes in oil and acrylic paintings.

“Raised by a fine artist father, making art has always been a deep-rooted part of Tannis’ life,” states a press release. “Today, she strikes a delicate balance between two professional lives: graphic design and fine art.”

The crawl is expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from Nov. 19 to 22. It stretches across 78 buildings in the area bounded by Columbia Street, First Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront.

And trust us when we say there won’t be a shortage of creative minds. More than 400 artists – sculptors, potters, photographers, and more – will be featured.

For times and more information, visit

– Tereza Verenca


Write on, novelists

So who’s out there plugging away at their novel for National Novel Writing Month?

Anybody who’s taking part in the annual NaNoWriMo challenge, I’d love to hear from you! And don’t forget, you can stop in to Write-In nights every Monday in November, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the McGill branch of Burnaby Public Library.

You can write in the company of other NaNoWriMo hopefuls and get encouragement from an experienced NaNoWriMo guide. The McGill branch is at 4595 Albert St. in North Burnaby.

Check out for all the details.

And get ready for a NaNoWriMo TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over!) event on Monday, Dec. 7, when the library will host a writers’ open-mike night.

If you’re one of those writers, then keep at it! You can do it. Twelve more days to hit 50,000 words. Then you can sleep again.

Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie,, or find her on Twitter, @juliemaclellan.

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