Rat race

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According to Chinese astrology, the Year of the Rat is a fantastic time to hunker down for some hard work. That’s exactly what contemplative photographer Joanne Chilton captured when she took thousands of images of performer Azalia Liu meticulously preparing backstage for the Beijing Opera. Thirteen of those photos are on display at Pier 21, through the Chinese New Year festivities.


If you’re ready to get busy, perhaps you should direct your whiskers and tail towards the Khyber Institute for Contemporary Arts’s Contemporary Arts Summer Festival and the coinciding AT LAST Performance Series, scheduled for July 14 to August 16, 2008. Right now, they’re looking for proposals for on- and off-site performance and installation works, one-act plays, performed manifestos and any other project that in some way embodies the beloved building and its spirit, architecture, history and tenuous future as a space for artist production and camaraderie. Include a detailed written description (500 words max.) and support materials, an artist biography and statement (one page), CV and SASE (don’t forget the postage) to: Khyber ICA Contemporary Arts Summer Festival, AT LAST Performance Series, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 1Z6. Deadline is March 1. 


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