| Posted: Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 06:00 am
Gay love on the rez
Alberta Aboriginal Arts in partnership with Workshop West are dipping their toes into a tale of love and sexuality and how culture plays a big role in this mix. Agokwe, meaning Two-Spirited, is a controversial tale of Aboriginal gay love and will run at Catalyst Theatre from Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Sunday, Nov. 11.
A talented pow-wow grass dancer and a star hockey player meet briefly at a hockey tournament and eye each other. Although their love is forbidden, they bashfully confess a desire for each other.
Ironically, the two-spirited Agokwe was highly honoured in the ancient native culture. Yet today, in modern culture, gays are shunned. And this production speaks to bullying, homophobia, unrequited love, social isolation and lost traditions.
Ed Roy directs this one-man show starring Waawaate Fobister in over a dozen roles including Jake, the pow-wow grass dancer; Mike, the hockey player; Nanabush the Raven and Jake’s feminine, flirty female cousin.
Tickets range from $20 to $25 and $15 for self-identifying Aboriginal peoples. Call 780-477-5955 ext 301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dead return to life
If you’re sweeping the ads looking for a good scare, check out Night of the Living Dead showing at Fort Edmonton Park on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31.
This 96-minute film is George A. Romero’s 1968 version, a film so financially successful it became a template for today’s horror movies.
In this horror, five characters are trapped in a Pennsylvania farmhouse and are under attack by zombies or the living dead.
Tickets are $10. The Saturday show is at 10:30 p.m. and the Wednesday show is at 8 p.m. Rating is 14A. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fortedmontonparktickets.ca.
Spine-tingling Halloween concert at Winspear
Murder, mayhem and unforgettable music dances through the air as organist Cameron Carpenter plays the macabre score of the classic 1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Carpenter has been dubbed “the most controversial organist in the world” and he will push the Winspear’s Davis concert organ to its limits. He will not only play the original bizarre and eerie score, but also assorted pieces from the horror and science fiction spectrum.
Ghoulish pre-concert activities including a Headless Terror illusion await those who dare to arrive early. Concertgoers are encouraged to wear costumes.
The concert is on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 p.m. For ticket information call 780-428-1414 or visit www.edmontonsymphony.com,