Looking for a way to show ol’ hair-in-the-fridge Harper (thanks to Globe writer John Doyle for that bang-on gem) that you care about the arts? On Friday at 12:30pm head down to Grand Parade to join other ordinary people for a Rally for the Arts. Organized by ACTRA Maritimes vice-president Sherry Smith, this is a call to anyone “who is in the arts, supports the arts, friends, family, parents with children taking arts-related classes, anyone who feels that the arts are integral to this country and the economy, to the health of our society, anyone who reads a book, watches a movie, attends a concert, plays music on an iPod, looks at a fashion magazine, admires art, sews quilts, dances, sings, plays an instrument---you name it! The point is that arts are everywhere and we all participate.”
The theme of the rally is “Vote Arts” and the organizers are encouraging everyone to ask candidates about their stand on arts-related issues.
Politics (and anger) can also be a fantastic source of creative inspiration. On Monday, October 6, 8pm at the Bus Stop (2203 Gottingen), The Wrecking Ball – Election ’08 is a night of PWYC political theatre. Writers have a few days to create staged readings or performance pieces in response to the election, but the coolest part of this event is that there are Balls happening the same night in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and some of these acts will be linked up to through Facebook or cell phones, so you’ll get to see work from across the country. If you want to write or perform, email email@example.com.