September in Edmonton is for the Arts

  • Edmonton Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2008 runs September 4-14. The airport hangar will make for an interesting runway setup, no doubt.
  • September 6 is Alberta Arts Day. It’s a nice idea, but doesn’t it seem like a necessary event to justify Culture Minister Lindsey Blackett’s job?
  • For those looking for more adult-catered screen material under the stars, ATB is sponsoring Movie in the Park featuring Superbad on September 6 in Hawrelak Park.
  • Pecha Kucha, an evening showcasing design in all its aspects in an innovative format (presenters are limited to 20 seconds for each of their maximum 20 slides) had a successful first event in May. Their second is scheduled on September 11 at the TransAlta Arts Barns; I’ll be there.
  • Die-Nasty’s annual Soap-a-Thon is back on September 12, with over two days worth of continuous improv madness. I’m planning on checking them out at an obscene hour.
  • Help Edmonton Transit System celebrate their centennial during the week of September 12-20. Events include free concerts in Churchill Square, tours, and garage open houses.
  • The short but hopefully sweet Edmonton Poetry Festival starts its third edition on September 11 until the 13th. The “Revenge of the Killer Blinks”, 30 second flashes of poetry from over 60 performers, seems intriguing.
  • Free films with a conscience: Welcome to the Reel World, documentaries screened at the University of Alberta exposing important global issues begins again on September 17.
  • World Vision’s One Life Experience, which I had the privilege of visiting last fall, is similar to an upcoming MSF exhibit. Instead of a focus on HIV/AIDS however, the intent of Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City is to have those that walk through imagine they are displaced and fleeing violence and persecution. It is taking place at McIntyre Park in Old Strathcona September 18-21. I encourage you to check it out.
  • The YMCA is offering free walking clinic for eight weeks. Meet at the Don Wheton YMCA (10030 102 A Ave) on Mondays beginning September 22, 12:10-12:55pm.
  • With the fall comes films – the first of the two biggest screen festivals in the city, the Edmonton International Film Festival, rolls in September 26-October 4.
  • Arts on the Ave, the spunky group doing their best to revitalize the Alberta Avenue community, is hosting their now annual Kaleido Family Arts Festival September 26-28.

Happy September everyone!

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