A quick run through some of the events happening this week in the world of art, music and film.
Monday Night Film Series: It Was All So Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt
It Was All So Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt follows the beloved artist’s development as one of the country’s great realist painters. The documentary features Mary’s final interviews and appearances on film, highlighting her career and life as an artist. Was she a feminist painter or traditional housewife?
Displaced and isolated, Mary Pratt’s life was a highly complicated one of delicate rebellion. In this touching and timely documentary, Harvey captures Pratt’s humour, strength and beauty of spirit, but also Mary’s feminist significance as chronicler of women’s experiences, with her fascination with and elevation of domestic objects.
The film contains archival footage from Mary Pratt’s life in Fredericton dating back to the 1950s. Local art historians John Leroux and Tom Smart of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery are featured in the film.
It Was All So Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt | Monday Night Film Series | Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus | Sept. 2, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
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.
Outdoor Summer Concert Series:The Thomists (jazz). This free concert at Officer’s Square begins at 6:30 p.m. Rain Date: Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Motown Downtown with Sugarbomb at The Capital. This 6-piece musical party has come together with a purpose to bring about the joyful revival of what is felt as the dynamo sound that impacted nearly everything during a Golden age of popular music – Motown & Soul. Comprised of some of Fredericton’s best musicians ready to bring all the soul and funk to you! 10 p.m. $6.
Spearhead Theatre presents Agnes of God at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre – Sept. 4-8. Summoned to a convent, a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone is tasked with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn baby. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, is determined to keep young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant and who fathered the innocent child? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re- examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. (This show is suitable for ages 14+). Showtimes: Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30pm | Thursday, September 5 at 7:30pm | Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm | Saturday, September 7 at 2pm & 7:30pm | Sunday, September 8 at 2pm
Garrison Night Market. On summer Thursdays, Carleton Street in the Historic Garrison District comes alive with the Garrison Night Market! Each week features new vendors and entertainment! The market operates from 4:30pm to 9:00pm, June 20th to September 5th, 2019.
Outdoor Summer Concert Series:Wicked Vices (rock). This free concert at Officer’s Square begins at 6:30 p.m.
Carla Bonnell & John Gogo at Grimross Brewing Co. Western Canadian singer/songwriter John Gogo is from a large musical family in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. Carla Bonnell has been playing guitar for years and shortly after writing songs as well. Coming from New Brunswick Canada, she grew up in a rich and vibrant music community and became a part of it naturally. 7:30 p.m. $10.
Awolk at The Tipsy Muse Café. A folk singer-songwriter, blending roots-y melodies with soulful lyrics and smart vocal melodies. 7 p.m. $10.
BLEUM + Wolf Castle + Dumpster Cub + Neil Armstrange at The Capital. There will be flashing lights, scrunchies for sale, and memories made as another school year begins and we welcome students back to Fredericton with a night of pop, hip hop and electronic music. 9 p.m $10.
Acdiez (Mexico) + Victimas (Columbia) +The Ruffianz (Montreal) + Hard Charger (Fredericton) at the Maniac Mansion. ACIDEZ(Guadalajara, Mexico) are coming to Fredericton as part of their Canadian Assault Tour! Joining them will be VICTIMAS(Antioquia, Colombia) The Ruffianz(Montreal) and local skids Hard Charger. 9 p.m. $15.
New Exhibitions open at Gallery 78. Personal Encounters by Alan Grabelsky and Marilyn McAvoy is an exploration of figures through the artists’ individual vision and medium, namely serigraphs and oils on canvas respectively. Figures are depicted with abstraction in broad monochromatic strokes in Grabelsky’s serigraphs, and then cast in an enchanting and mysterious glow in McAvoy’s oil on canvas paintings.
Handpicked Prints: Prints take time and care to create; they are also called original multiples as this type of art making is as original as any painting yet often much more labour intensive. In Handpicked Prints, a charming collection of finely crafted prints by Lori Doody, Kath Kornelsen Rutherford, Robert Rutherford, and Vicki MacLean, each artist has a unique hand and each brings sensitivity to their work.
These exhibitions are on display until Sunday, September 29.
Graeme Kennedy at The Tipsy Muse Café. After almost two decades of tours and bands, Graeme quietly set about making his own music under his own name—smart, soulful, thoughtfully arranged, and with an attention to storytelling and craft that puts them in dialogue with a range of musical greats, from Nina Simone to Nick Cave. 7 p.m. $10.
Tooth & The Fang at The Tipsy Muse Café. Tooth & the Fang creates beautifully melancholic music and lyrics mixed with transcendental noise. Based out of Saint John, Tooth & The Fang have been performing since 2011 and is made up of Smith and a revolving door of musicians. Their first record, And I heard From the empty spaces the sound of music, a beautiful and awful music., was released in 2014. In 2016, Smith and six other musicians released Void, Moving Without Having Moved. After giving up an innumerable amount of times, he continues. 7 p.m. $10.
Punks 4 Paws at The Capital. Punks 4 Paws is an annual fundraiser that supports the local SPCA. This year’s Fredericton edition includes performances by Piss Horse, Scumlord, The Follow Ups and the SNAP Burlesque Review. Admission by donation. 9 p.m.
The Dirt – A Motley Crue Tribute at Grimross Brewimg Co. What do you get when you take one of the best drummers around, a solid bass player, an old man guitar player, and a wicked chick singer? Well if you were in LA in 1981, you would get Motley Crue…but if you are in Fredericton in 2019, you would have a Motley Crue tribute band called The Dirt. 8 p.m. $10.
Lansdowne Concerts presents Kim Dunn at 41 Riverfront Way. In addition to producing, musical directing and arranging credits, Kim has worked with the Who’s Who of East Coast artists including Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Laura Smith, Jimmy Rankin, Heather Rankin, Matt Andersen, Meaghan Smith, Dave Gunning, George Canyon, and many others. Kim is a 2016 Music Nova Scotia Award winner.
The cost is $20 per person, payable in cash or cheque at the door. To reserve a seat, contact 457-0826 or email email@example.com
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.