A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series presents At Eternity’s Gate. Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. Schnabel; his co-writers Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg, also the film’s editor; and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme strip everything down to essentials, fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual. And the pulsing heart of At Eternity’s Gate is Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance: his Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and, finally, triumphant. With Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest. 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus. $8. $5 for members.
Indigenous Film Series presents Indian Horse. An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. In late 1950s Ontario, eight-year old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. Trenton Augustine will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. Kinsella Auditorium at STU. 4 p.m.
Celebrating Canadian Music at Dolan’s Pub. The next of our musical fundraisers, this is sure to be a great show! Featuring music from the likes of The Guess Who, Tragically Hip, Neil Young, and Stompin’ Tom, played by members of the Fredericton Community. 7 p.m. $20.
2019 Cook for the Cure Culinary Challenge. This event takes place at the STU Conference Centre on Forest Hill Road, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Nine teams of Celebrity Chefs will vie for your vote as Top Chefs 2019. Guests mix and mingle while savouring all the dishes and then vote for their favourite. Live music with the Garry Hansen Quartet, gorgeous decor from Chantilly Lace events, a silent auction, and sips from Graystone Brewing and Arterra Wines make for a fun evening out. For tickets, and to see who’s cooking, visit or call 453-1551. 6:30 p.m.
Aboriginal Visual Arts Exhibition opens in the George Fry Gallery. Experience traditional Indigenous mediums translated through contemporary eyes and hands. The Aboriginal Visual Arts (AVA) exhibition will feature varied creations from students and faculty of the program this year. Students of this two-year Diploma learn traditional and contemporary crafts of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik and Passamaquoddy peoples, as well as the Aboriginal history of the Atlantic region. We have also invited visiting AVA alumni artists who have been so generous with their knowledge this year as guest speakers for the program. Keep an eye out for exciting events surrounding this exhibition including a dance presentation in the gallery as well as a blanket ceremony. The exhibition runs until February 13. Opening reception at 4:30 p.m.
Roots & Soul present Words & Chords at The Capital Complex. Roots & Soul’s Thursday night series continues with performance by The Falling Leaves, The Delirious Monks, The Fundy Drifters, Neil Morash, Sarah Cooper and Hannah Zamora.
Beasts and Gardens exhibit opens at the UNB Art Centre. The UNB Art Centre rings in the New Year with Anna Torma and David Zsako’s Beasts and Gardens which runs through March 1. This exhibit features two artists working with diverse media to explore themes of nature, creating a modern bestiary. As part of the opening the UNB Art Centre continues its popular FLOW series with the artist DenMother. Featuring local musicians, FLOW brings together art and music in a unique and experimental way. DenMother is electronic solo artist Sabarah Pilon. Through a range of experimental vocals, synthesizer and ambient sounds, she pulls us into her thoughtful personal soundscapes. 5 p.m.
The Jim Axelrod Big Little Band plays at Misu Chinese Restaurant. Jim and his band will perform songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, and more. Misu Chinese Restaurant is located in the Brookside Mall. 6-8 p.m. $10
Thomé Young/Pascal Lejeune at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. This unique artist has the constant need to reinvent himself; Thomé Young (aka. Pascal Lejeune) has an elusive personality that lays somewhere between shyness, flirtation, and arrogance. Leading an unpredictable journey, he has to his credit five albums, including his latest, Patsy. He is accompanied on stage by three musicians, in a show that stands out for his catchy lyrics and melodies. 7:30p.m. $15.50 – $28
Pineo & Loeb with DERB & Fractal Code at The Capital Complex. Pineo & Loeb are an electronic music duo based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, creating and playing uplifting, funky and high-energy songs. Together they blur genre boundaries uniting electronic dance, hip-hop, rock fans and more. DERB is a DJ/Producer hailing from the backwoods of Kingston, New Brunswick with a sound that is a mix of Moombahton, Dubstep & Trap. He has been fortunate to play alongside acts such as Black Tiger Sex Macine, Slynk, Abstrakt Sonance among others during his career. Fractal Code is an alien life form that’s here to provide you with forward thinking gangster psy bass beats. Currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fractal Code as made a name for himself in the bass community with a heavy influence from the west coast alien bass sound, world beats, glitch and anything psy, you can for sure get down at any Fractal Code set. 10 p.m. $10
A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt at Grimross Brewery. Tickets for this event are now available at Grimross Brewing Co. Proceeds will be split between Living Roots Music Festival and The Fredericton Homeless Shelters. The players include Joshua Bravener, Gary Morehouse, Ross Beckett, George Maguire, Jock and the Docs, Mark Currie, Chris Tompkins, LA Henry, Barb MacMullin, and more.
Artist Talk: Ian MacEachern at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Join artist Ian MacEachern in an exploration of the exhibition The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John. The artist will lead visitors through his exhibition, and will discuss his experiences in 1960s Saint John, the photographs he produced there, and how the exhibition and publication came together. 2 p.m.
Exhibition Openings at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery invite you to join them for the official opening reception of several new exhibitions including The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, Her Metal: Six New Brunswick Metalsmiths, Gordon Dunphy: Vessels, Joseph Kashetsky: Drawings, Paul Daigle: Performance Art, and Out from Under the Rug: Ivan Crowell’s Black History Tapestries from St. Thomas University. This event is free and open to all. 4 p.m.