What’s up this week
The Winnipeg Art Gallery presents Cliff Eyland: Library of Babel — A Retrospective, an exhibition celebrating the life of the late local artist. Curated by his longtime collaborator Robert. B. Epp, it explores Eyland’s lifelong love of the library (his 3-5-inch index card paintings can be found at the downtown Millennium Library) with a broad overview of his career, covering about 40 years and featuring more than 1,000 works of art, along with photos, videos and archival documents.
Artist Cliff Eyland. (MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES)
The planned public opening had to be postponed owing to the pandemic, but a community celebration is being organized for April 29 at 7 p.m. – see wag.ca for details. Library of Babel runs to May 15.
What’s off this week
In response to travel restrictions and health regulations, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is shifting its Feb. 5 concert, Two Pianos: Mozart, Hotoda & Woo, to March 5, in place of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert, which will now be presented May 18 and 19.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. (DANIEL CRUMP / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES)
Li Keur, Riel’s Heart of the North, a large-cast musical theatre work scheduled for Feb. 11-13, will be postponed until further notice out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the performers. Instead, the WSO will present Unforgettable Classical Favourites, Feb. 12 at 7:30 and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the concert hall.
Finally, Russian pianist Alexei Volodin’s Rachmaninoff performance on Feb. 18 and 19 has been postponed. In its place, maestro Daniel Raiskin presents a program of Mozart and Beethoven.
Prairie Theatre Exchange is cancelling the Winnipeg run of Ins Choi’s Bad Parent, scheduled for March. The company hopes to be able to present it next season.
What’s coming up
West Coast singer-songer Frazey Ford’s postponed January show at the Park Theatre has been moved to April 25. Tickets are $36.75 at ticketmaster.ca; if you already purchased tickets, expect an email regarding the new date.
Frazey Ford. (CNS / PNG)
TV: I’ve been loving Yellowjackets (that season finale!) and liking Stay Close, the latest British adaptation of one of Harlen Coben’s preposterous everyone’s-got-a-dirty-secret thrillers, but sometimes you need a break from all that overheated drama and violence.
Enter Somebody, Somewhere, a tender, steeped-in-realism look at a middle-aged Midwestern woman (Bridget Everett) struggling to find her place in her hometown after the death of her sister. Everett — a cabaret comic best known for broader, brassier performances — is captivating as Sam, an aimless, shlumphy 40-something who only comes alive when capturing the show choir triumph of her youth. Jeff Hiller, a memorably snarky presence in bit TV parts here and there, is absolutely lovely as Joel, a supportive former schoolmate with a sly goofy wit.
Only two episodes are available so far (it’s on Crave), with new eps airing Sundays.
Podcasts: Dave Holmes, a former MTV VJ (and a hilarious writer: his Esquire review of 50 Shades Freed is truly glorious), is the same age as me, right in that generation X sweet spot that had a yellow Sony Walkman and remembers who shot J.R. but also hate-watches Emily in Paris and tries to use emojis correctly, and his obsessions are my obsessions.
His new podcast, Waiting for Impact, is (sort of) about his mild but decades-long obsession with a band that appears for about 10 seconds in the 1991 Boyz II Men video for Motownphilly. (The four white guys of Sudden Impact point at the camera as if to say: “We’re coming for you, pop charts” and then are never heard from again.) But it also somewhat tangentially dips into the idea of how the early ‘90s saw the monoculture shattered forever by the internet. It’s about passion, dreams and how we measure success, and it’s for you if you’re delighted to find out that the first band to top the album charts after the debut of Soundscan technology was hair-metal act Skid Row.