Sometimes I wonder when I will get a moment to relax. The summer flew by and now September is quickly disappearing. But you know what? My days are filled with awesomeness, so it’s hard to complain.
It’s an interesting time of year, around these parts. Some pretty great events are happening throughout the region, and I want to squeeze in as many as possible. And post reviews here, of course, for my lovely readers.
CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener + Area – starts this Friday and runs until Oct. 2. This year’s theme is “Survive.Resist.” Seems fitting for our troubled times. Keep an eye out for interesting visual art, especially installations and projections (a big sponsor this year is Christie Digital), scattered throughout the cities, as well as local events with the artists and sponsors.
Which brings me to…
…The Society for Literature, Science and Art Conference. This world class conference is landing in Kitchener from Sept. 22 to 25. The plenary speaker session(s) is open to the public. If you are interested in the intersection of arts and science, this conference is a huge opportunity for you. My friends at The New Quarterly will be speaking about the QuArc issue, which blends literature and technology in one awesome lit mag.
Doors Open Waterloo Region takes place on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the Perimeter Institute events taking place on Sunday, Sept. 18. I’m going on a tour of the new PI wing; pretty excited! Hopefully I can absorb some genius by situational osmosis (is that a thing?).
This upcoming Sunday, get out of your cars and onto King Street in Uptown Waterloo with the last Car Free Sunday event of 2011. Despite controversy, I think that these events have been great. Our community came together to celebrate ….well, community. And that’s always a good thing. See you there?
Speaking of arts and technology (I think there is a theme around KW…), THEMUSEUM opens its next exhibit on Friday, Sept. 16. RAM | Rethinking Art & Machine looks at the intersection of arts and technology, from the 1960s to the present. I’m really excited about this exhibit and expect to see some visually interesting installations, similar to the Tom Thompson digital canoe in an earlier exhibit. While you are there, make sure to pop into the cafe for a snack and a delicious chai tea.
I know there are many more events in the KW area happening in September (Word on the Street! The new Jazz Room is open! One Book, One Community author readings!). There always seems to be something interesting bubbling up. Maybe you could tell me about them?