Zoë LeBrun

Answering the call with artwork

After closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Gallery in Taché Hall at the University of Manitoba has recently reopened — a step that has restored a sense of normalcy and excitement to school of art students, who are looking forward to exhibiting their work alongside their peers.

Lunch B.H.A.G.G. performances coming this April

This month, you can catch two new online productions from the University of Manitoba’s theatre program. The first show is Antigone Now by Melissa Cooper and the second is The Theory of Everything by Prince Gomolvilas. The plays are being presented as part of the theatre program’s Lunch B.H.A.G.G. series: “short, one-act shows” that are directed by students and meant to be held during lunch hours, hence the play on the word “lunch bag.”

Make way for MOSA

With the easing of COVID-19 capacity restrictions, local bands are beginning to perform, practice and record music with some degree of normality, and MOSA is one of them. Between rescheduling a postponed show and preparing for an album release, the local four-piece grunge band is firing on all cylinders. The Manitoban sat down with rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Hannah Palamer to chat about the band and what the future holds for them.

Philipp Schott — ‘Fifty-Four Pigs: A Dr. Peter Bannerman Vet Mystery’

There have been many variations on the classic detective story over the years, with just as wide a range of subjects in the role of crime-solving protagonist. As such, it’s not uncommon to read books about unlikely detectives — but have you ever read about a veterinarian who solves crimes? This is exactly what local author Philipp Schott imagines in his upcoming book Fifty-Four Pigs: A Dr. Bannerman Vet Mystery. The novel focuses on Dr. Peter Bannerman, a veterinarian in the town of New Selfoss, a fictional Icelandic-Canadian community akin to Gimli, Man.

A tasteful fusion of culture and comedy

March 25 will see the release of Salma Hindy’s debut stand-up album, Born on 9/11. Recorded live in Toronto, Ont., the album will be released through Comedy Records, Canada’s first record label dedicated to comedy albums.

Exploring diverse perspectives through film

In March, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is celebrating unique voices in film from a diverse array of individuals. This month, it is highlighting the perspectives of women and Inuit filmmakers and, like most of its collection, the NFB will be offering these films free of charge. The first two presentations are feature-length documentaries which will be released on March 8 in honour of International Women’s Day.

A gravitational pull, or lack thereof

Orrery consists of 24 ceramic vessels which are arranged on a mechanized platform that rotates the various rows of sculptures and imitates the movement of celestial bodies. More specifically, the WAG’s website explains its title “references the popular astronomic mechanical model used to represent the positions, motions and phases of the solar system.”

A view to a new world through painting

World Discovered Under Other Skies is comprised of large-scale paintings, unconventional ceramic tiles and drawings which address a wide variety of topics. Curated by Amin Alsaden, the exhibit is sure to intrigue those who are interested in the expansion of painting into multimedia installations that speak to identity, politics, history and the common links that unite us all.

Cliff Eyland’s library of work

As a nationally recognized painter, school of art professor, writer and curator, Cliff Eyland was a prominent member of Winnipeg’s art community throughout his career. He is likely best known to the average Winnipegger for his installation of miniature paintings at the Millennium Library. Luckily for those who have yet to appreciate the vast scope of Eyland’s career, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is now exhibiting Cliff Eyland: Library of Babel — A Retrospective.

The history of a digital trailblazer

For those who want to get a taste of Winnipeg’s art scene this month without having to physically go to a gallery, look no further than Buffy Sainte-Marie: Pathfinder, a virtual exhibition on now through the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.