A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents Miseducation of Cameron Post. Part of Pink Lobster Film Festival week. Despite dealing with the tragedy of losing her parents in a car crash, Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moritz) seemingly fits in well with her conservative Montana community; she performs well at school, holds a place on the track team, participates in her local youth group, and has a picture-perfect boyfriend on her arm. However, when she and her best friend Coley are caught embracing after a high school dance, Cameron’s life quickly comes crashing down around her. 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.
Open Mic Night at The Capital. Rich Gloade hosts this weekly event at The Capital. If you are a duo, or a band, stop by and try out a new tune in front of a very encouraging crowd. 9 p.m. No cover.
FHS/UNB Concert Band Fever at the Tom Morrison Theatre. The concert bands of FHS, conducted by Greg Webber, and UNB, conducted by Hugh Kennedy, will present a one-hour joint. Admission is by donation. 7:30 p.m.
Reading by Billy-Ray Belcourt at UNB. Billy-Ray Belcourt is a poet, Rhodes Scholar, and author from the Driftpile Cree Nation. Belcourt’s work upsets form and genre while addressing a variety of topics and themes, including de-colonial love, grief, intimacy, and queer sexuality, and the role of Indigenous women in social resistance movements. His debut collection, This Wound is a World, won the 2108 Griffin Poetry Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for English Language Poetry, as well as numerous other awards. Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” This event is free and open to the public. Carleton Hall, Room 139. 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Body Is a Gift – Gender & Meaning-Making in One Man’s Art at UNB. Michael V. Smith, queer writer, performer and associate professor of creative writing at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, will deliver the W.C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture in Tilley Hall, Room 102. In a hybrid performance-lecture, Michael V. Smith presents a retrospective of his body-based creative work. Smith has made a career examining how bodies are read, misread, or re-read. This lecture explores ways in which art can (de)construct gender as a functional tool for undoing, unseeing, unbecoming. Inspired by the work of artists Leigh Bowery, Cindy Sherman, and Darren O’Donnell, Michael V. Smith up-ends the everyday to complicate what is a freak and who is familiar. This event is free and open to the public. 5:30 p.m.
For the Love of Art at Gallery on Queen. The Gallery on Queen hosts its third annual Valentines Day event featuring vessels by the late Gordon Dunphy as well as secondary market selections from Bruno Bobak, Peggy N. MacLeod, RFM McInnis, and Joseph Plaskett. John Leroux, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and art historian Dr. Jennifer Pazienza will be speaking about the Gordon Dunphy vessels. There will also be short film by Tim Wilson about Dunphy’s work and legacy plus cocktails and other refreshments. 5:30 p.m.
Curator Crunch at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display. Designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break, these short presentations on artistic treasures are open to everyone. To mark Valentine’s Day, we’ll be looking at two iconic works from the collection that are, shall we say, on the grey side of a loving relationship. Lucien Freud’s Hotel Bedroom and James Tissot’s A Passing Storm each depict couples who are equally torn in their affections. So what’s going on in them? Let’s look deeper and find out on an occasion that is all about love. 12:15 p.m.
Don Juan at The Playhouse. Unprincipled lothario or hopeless romantic? Igor Dobrovolskiy’s light-hearted contemporary ballet takes a witty and fresh look at the legend of one of history’s most flamboyant characters. A dazzling fusion of inventive sets, exquisite lighting and sparkling choreography set to the music of George Gershwin, deliver the perfect setting for the virtuosity and athleticism of the dancers of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada. 7:30 p.m. $20-$40.
Awolk at Grimross Brewing. Awolk is a Canadian neo-folk singer songwriter hailing from Nova Scotia. His alternative style, blends melody focused songs with modern acoustic and electric soundscapes. 7 p.m. $5
Tribute to Bob Marley at The Capital. Toronto’s premiere reggae band will offer up a tribute to Bob Marley for your Valentines evening, as part of Roots & Soul’s Thursday series. 9 p.m. $10
Gallery 78 presents Working Hands and Song of Remembrance. Opening at Gallery 78 are two exhibitions to elevate and refresh the soul these long winter days. Working Hands by Victoria Moon Joyce shows sixteen sets of hands in various occupations, from a roofer to an author, and she honours their beauty and bountiful abilities. In Song of Remembrance, Karen Burk presents unique handcrafted cremation urns that celebrate the beauty of the lives they embrace, in company with Peter Thompson’s photographs representing imagined landscapes dominated by streams of water.
A Tribute to Paul Simon at Grimross. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8. $10 in advance – $15 at the door.
Lockdown Trio at the Tipsy Muse Café. Two master pianists and one award-winning drummer feeding off of the other’s energy. Each capable of carrying the song but sharing the musical pallet with the others to intensify the soulful blues that these men call home. The result is a groove like no other. Comprised of Chris Kirby, Kim Dunn and Geoff Arsenault, each of these front men is also a professional sideman, bringing their own unique harmony and accent styles to offer a truly dynamic show. 7:30 p.m. $20
Exhibition Opening at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The official opening reception of an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the New Brunswick Art Bank. Curated by Erin Goodine, Emilie Grace Lavoie, and Emma Hassencahl-Perley, and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in participation with the Government of New Brunswick, this event is free and open to all. 4 p.m.
Joyful Noise + Pony Rouge at Grimross Brewing. An evening of rock/fusion and prog-rock with Fredericton’s Joyful Noise and Pony Rouge from Halifax. 8 p.m. $10 at the door. $5 for students.
Poetry + Music + Drag at Wilser’s Room. One of multiple events being held on the same date (Saturday, February 16) across the country in support of a group of 20+ writers who are being sued for speaking out about sexual harassment and assault in the writing community in Canada. 7 p.m.
Weak Size Fish + Superfluid at The Capital. Weak Size Fish are breaking out of hibernation for a quick snap to come brighten up your winter blues and give you something to dance about.Halifax’s Superfluid join to heat you up and get the night started. 10 p.m. $10
The Muse Presents Peter Hansen. NB blues artist makes his Muse debut this month. Peter has been gradually working his way into the local music dialogue, come on out on Feb 16th and see what the buzz is all about. 7:00 p.m. $8.
Trent McClellan’s Laugh Every Day Tour at The Playhouse. Originally from Corner Brook, Trent McClellan is known for his approachable, candid, and effortless observational comedy, and may be best known for his role on CBC’s This Hour has 22 Minutes. He has had numerous filmed television performances from Just for Laughs, Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy Festivals, and comedy specials for CTV and the Comedy Network. Trent can also be heard on CBC’s The Debaters, and he was a panellist on CBC’s Canada Reads. Trent developed a podcast series called The Generators, available on TuneIn Radio and on iTunes. This is Trent’s first Atlantic Canada tour. Please be advised that this performance is intended for mature audiences, and is recommended for ages 14+. 7:30 p.m. $23.50
Evening with Kayley Hill in Support of the Sara Burns Police Memorial Fund. Come along for an evening of live music with NBC’s The Voice contestant, Kayley Hill, and a live auction hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Brad Woodside. Funds raised from this event will support the Sara Burns Police Memorial Fund held by the Fredericton Community Foundation. A portion of your ticket price will be eligible for a tax receipt. 670 Queen Street. 7:30 p.m.
Family Art Day at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This series, offered on the last Sunday of each month, includes musical performances, multiple artist workshops, free admission, and more. Please note that this month’s Family Art Day has been rescheduled in celebration of Family Day Weekend! 12-5 p.m.
This Week in Fredericton was created with notes from the Fredericton Arts Alliance‘s weekly newsletter as well as Music Runs Through It‘s weekly Fredericton music update. We encourage you to visit both these valuable community resources for more detailed information on these and other events happening This Week in Fredericton.