On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities. There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.
Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.
A Bird’s Eye View
From Bestselling Author Elinor Florence
Canadian author Elinor Florence will present a very personal and fascinating look at the inspiration behind her bestselling Second World War novel, Bird’s Eye View – the only novel ever written featuring a Canadian woman in uniform as the main character. Rose is a Saskatchewan farm girl who joins the Royal Canadian Air Force after her town becomes a British Commonwealth Air Training base. She travels to England where she works as an aerial photographic interpreter, spying on the enemy from the sky.
It isn’t necessary to read Bird’s Eye View to enjoy Elinor’s presentation. Using a slide show of vintage photographs, she will tell the story of Canadian servicewomen, plus the importance of aerial photographic interpretation to the war effort. This highly recommended presentation will interest both men and women.
Elinor’s newest book, a collection of interviews she has done with veterans, is titled: My Favourite Veterans: True Stories From World War Two’s Hometown Heroes. Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase at this event.
Elinor grew up on a former wartime airfield outside North Battleford, Saskatchewan and worked as a newspaper journalist in all four Western provinces. She was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest and published her own weekly newspaper in Invermere before turning to fiction. Married with three daughters and three granddaughters, she loves Canadian history, old houses and thrift stores.
(Photos courtesy of Elinor Florence)
Social Justice and Artists: The Side Door of Perception
with Barbara Amos
(Photo Courtesy of Barbara Amos)
Art has frequently taken on the role of the collective conscious in society. Today many artists work to raise awareness about social justice issues. Their work is amusing, beautiful and eloquent. Sometimes communities participate in large numbers, while others are solitary endeavors in surprising locations. This talk with images will introduce a few of these artists whose work is gaining recognition.
Barbara Amos is an artist whose work has addressed multicultural issues and environmental concerns. She created an anonymous work that went viral, and has had her work covered in many publications including the Wildlands Advocate and AlbertaViews.
In 2014 she was honoured with an Arts Advocacy Award from CARFAC Alberta. She has advocated for professional development for the visual artists, has volunteered on many boards for non-profits and since 2013 has been on the Board of Directors for the Leighton Art Centre. She has been on the selection juries for public art in Calgary and served as a juror for many other arts organizations. She has completed 5 public art commissions. The most recent project on Migration, was completed in June 2017.
She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has been awarded scholarships and international residencies. Her paintings are in many collections and she is represented by galleries in Toronto and Calgary. She has always viewed her painting studio as a place of balance, meditation and sanctuary.
The Roman Empire of the first century CE was one of the most prosperous and peaceful periods in Western history, resembling in many ways our contemporary world. At the Museum and Library of Alexandria, state-sponsored scholars and engineers produced some amazing devices, some that would prove practical and others that were simply weird. We’ll look at a selection of these in an illustrated lecture, and then speculate on the nature of creativity and the relationship between art and technology, two terms that in antiquity were expressed by the same word: techne in Greek and ars in Latin.
A graduate of UBC, John Humphrey joined the Classics Department at the University of Calgary in 1973, retiring 42 years later. His early research studied Roman Emperors (especially Caligula), but his heart was really in archaeology. He spent 15 seasons excavating at Greek and Roman sites in Greece and Turkey, and has published two books on the history of ancient technology. From 1990-2005 he was distracted by university administration (which he in fact enjoyed), but then returned to full-time teaching, for which his proudest moment was to be inducted into the UofC’s Teaching Excellence Hall of Fame.
John has also led dozens of Travel Study Tours throughout the Mediterranean world for the University of Calgary, sharing his passion and knowledge of Greek and Roman history and archeology.
Gail Bowen, award-winning mystery writer, will speak on the art and allure of mysteries and engage in a lively Q&A with the audience.
She will be reading from The Winners' Circle, her latest in the nationally bestselling Joanne Kilbourn series. Book 17 is classic Gail Bowen: masterfully compelling storytelling that combines a modern, urban family with a gripping, satisfying mystery.
Gail Bowen's first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. In 2008, Reader's Digest named Bowen Canada's Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009, she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina.
This extra A&H session is in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days at cSpace.
Photo courtesy of Madeleine Bowen-Diaz
In Conversation with Louis Hobson
Why not sit down for a fireside chat with Louis B on how he became a celebrity hound? Michael Wright will coax from Louis B a few of his more bizarre encounters with celebrities as well as memories of his favourite and not-so-favourite celebrities. Learn why Tommy Lee Jones threw a table at a roomful of journalists or why Eddie Murphy threatened to sue The Calgary Sun for one of Louis' stories. Learn why Louis suggested Ian McKellan wear a raw steak on his eye for one of their interviews or how he went for a ride on a motorcycle with Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Show.
Louis B. Hobson is a former English and drama teacher who has been reviewing theatre and film in Calgary for more than four decades. For the better part of 30 years, Louis interviewed actors, directors and producers of films and stage and his interviews with these actors, directors and writers have appeared in magazines and newspapers in North America, Britain and Australia. He reviews film for radio and television stations in Calgary and Ottawa and is the foremost theatre critic in Calgary. Louis' interviews, stories and reviews of theatre appear in both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun making him the only Calgary-based film and theatre critic. Mr. Hobson is a playwright and director who has won awards both for his original scripts and for his staging of them.
We are delighted to launch this series with a talk by Sharon Butala, a best-selling, beloved author, visionary and CALL member. Sharon will introduce her new memoir and eighteenth book, Where I Live Now, and talk about her life on the prairie on her husband's cattle ranch, now The Old Man On His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area (OMB). She will explore how this experience made her into a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, chiefly about the rural agricultural people, the women in particular, of the Northern Great Plains of the Canadian West.
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