Hello, and welcome to our latest installment in the Arts Umbrella community events listing.

Arts Umbrella staff, instructors, students, and alumni are involved with numerous arts projects throughout the year. Find your next show, performance, or exhibit to attend here. Maybe you’ll discover the next big thing!

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Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2018

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2018

What’s the AU connection? Joni Taylor, Visual Arts instructor, creator in the expo hall

Joni Taylor is a comic artist whose work in concerned with the underdog, the overlooked, and the invisible. With her tongue planted firmly in her cheek, Taylor’s work is infused with sarcasm, humour, and hyperbole. She recently completed a MFA at Emily Carr University where her thesis supported comic arts as a formidable medium to disseminate a feminist message.

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, panels and workshops.

May 19–20, 2018
The Roundhouse: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

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What’s the AU connection?
Erika Babins, Theatre & Music instructor, Producer/Choreographer for MilkMilkLemonade
Seamus Fera, Theatre & Music instructor, Director for MilkMilkLemonade
Eden Lyons, Theatre & Music alumni, plays Emory

11-year-old Emory dreams of two things: leaving his farm for Mall Town, USA, and going on Star Search. His grandmother wants him to be a normal boy and be friends with Elliott, the tough boy from down the road. Meanwhile Linda, his depressed best friend, dreams of surviving to the next dawn. Did we mention that Linda is a giant chicken who does stand up? Guided by the fearful Narrator, watch as tensions build on processing day to the tunes of Britney Spears, Spice Girls, and Nina Simone.

Awkward Stage Productions Society is a theatre company and registered charity dedicated to high-quality, inclusive, relevant theatre programming; exciting audiences; and providing young and emerging artists with rewarding performance and production opportunities and mentorship.

Awkward Stage Productions
May 23–26, 2018
CBC Studio 700: 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver


West of Main Art Walk

West of Main Art Walk

What’s the AU connection? Rae Maté, Visual Arts instructor, exhibitor at opening, May 24; open studio June 2–3

Rae takes great pleasure in seeing and delights in the ordinary and extraordinary beauty of the visual world that surrounds us all. Her imagination, memories, and dreams come in vivid forms and colours. Rae creates art with the intention of sharing this sense of delight, magic, and aliveness with the viewer, whether she’s painting people, animals, flowers, or landscapes.

Artists in Our Midst is a dynamic group of artists dedicated to bringing public awareness to art created in our community and to promoting visual art in Vancouver. In 1993 artists on Vancouver’s West Side opened their studios to the public, starting a vital dialogue that has continued for 25 years. Their mandate is to promote art education and to provide opportunities for community members to enjoy and enrich their lives with visual art.

Exhibit and art sale
May 24, 2018
Roundhouse Community Centre: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

West of Main Art Walk
June 2–3, 2018
Various locations, Point Grey to Main St, Granville Island to West 41st Ave.

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PReP Showcase (Photo: David Cooper)

What’s the AU connection? Lesley Telford, Dance instructor, leads the Performance Research Project

Lesley Telford is a choreographer and teacher based in Vancouver after a career in Europe spanning 20 years. She is the artistic director of Inverso Productions and has been on faculty at at Arts Umbrella since 2014, where she leads the Performance Research Project (PReP). She has a long standing commitment to emerging dancers in our community and is dedicated to creating platforms for research and development, as well as performance opportunities that allow these dancers to grow as artists.

This choreographic showcase features works-in-progress by members of the program.

May 29, 2018
Arts Umbrella Q7: 77 East 7th Ave., Vancouver

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