Give a heart to AGC

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The Art Gallery of Calgary just can’t seem to get a break lately.

Like every other scandal-related development at the AGC in the past few years, Fast Forward Weekly broke the story of another lawsuit that has been filed involving the AGC.  This continues still more fallout from the Valerie Cooper fiasco and other related issues.

This is not a new story.

It has only taken a while for this one to develop into a lawsuit.

This issue raised its head publicly at the Art Gallery of Calgary Annual Meeting held in early November 2012.  This issue was deeply divisive and based on this lawsuit, it would appear the issues raised then, were not resolved in the interim.

According to FFWD this morning, the lawsuit alleges, “misappropriation of funds, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract, trust and fiduciary duty.”  Named defendants are the gallery itself, at least one member of the board, one in the executive suite and others.

This after recent comments that were made two weeks ago involving it and MOCA-Calgary.

My heart goes out to the employees of AGC who must still carry on and continue the business of operating the gallery while this contentious issue continues to swirl around causing further disruption on many levels.  I empathise with the staff and can fully understand what they are going through, more than many will ever know.

It is my wish that the AGC will soon be able to move past this lawsuit and focus on the business of doing its business.

October 16 edit:
For more info on the AGC Heart follow this link.

So much to see and do

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Q: Why is it so busy this weekend?

A: Alberta Culture Days!

This evening is opening night and Olympic Plaza will be a hopping place.  Events will be happening throughout the weekend.  In conjunction with Alberta Culture Days, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – Calgary will be open late.  So will the Art Gallery of Calgary.  Of course the Centre for Performing Arts facing Olympic Plaza also has lots going on as well, which is typical as it is a Friday night after all.

Something is happening all over the city.  Here is a taste of what is happening tonight.  Everything listed below is FREE:

  • Opening ceremonies with live music, dancers, at Olympic Plaza from 4 – 10 pm
  • Live at Festival Hall with various Alberta musicians (1215 – 10 Avenue SE) from 5 – 9 pm
  • 3rd Annual Flamenco Festival at Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre (1515 – 93 Street SW) from 8 – 10 pm
  • Water Works, the City of Calgary Waterworks Department in conjunction with Calgary Society of Independent Filmakers (CIFF) at the south end of the Peace Bridge along the pathway from 7:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Culturefest, featuring Bollywood and Hollywood movies in the park and lots more at the Genesis Centre for Community Wellness (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE) from 7 – 10 pm
  • Danielle Couture classical music performance at La Cité des Rocheuses (4800 Richard Road SW) from 8:00 – 9:30 pm
  • Tales of shoes around the world at John Fleuvog Shoes (207 – 8 Avenue SW) from 5 – 6 pm
  • Artember Festival throughout various locations especially along Main Street in the city of Airdie.  Visit for more information.

For a full listing of what will be happening as part of Alberta Culture Days

  • There is information on Twitter @AlbertaCultureDays
  • There is information on facebook at /AlbertaCultureDays
  • There is even a mobile app available through iTunes at

There is no excuse to stay at home this weekend.  Go out and have some fun!

Really Long Table of Food

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Tonight is the Really Long Table event and all the tickets to attend have been sold.

What is it?

The City Palate magazine ( is celebrating its 20th anniversary.  As part of the celebrations this event was created to raise funds for the Red Cross Flood Relief fund.  It is a five-course meal with food and wine pairings set up along a full block of Stephen Avenue Mall that the Art Gallery of Calgary is located on.  It starts at 6:00pm tonight and will have enough seats for 240 people.

Officially the seven restaurants involved are Blink; Catch & The Oyster Bar; Charcut; Divino; Teatro; The Belvedere; The Cellar and the Trib Steakhouse.  No doubt there are others well and the food will be delicious.

It should be an interesting event similar in some ways to the Diner en Blanc earlier this summer.  It is always a good thing to add a fundraising purpose to an event such as this.

Excitement galore

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This afternoon as part of Beakerhead there was a bunch of science buskers along Stephen Avenue Mall.  It is part of a program called Four to Six, and it will happen tomorrow after the work day between 4:00-6:00pm.

A couple highlights to look for:

  • Drivable furniture
  • Roaming scientists and laboratories – the one hosted by Telus Spark was very interesting and perfect for someone like me that has the attention span of a gnat.  I plan to write about it later.
  • Art cars.
  • Get your fortune told by a giant Chinese Fortune Cat (see picture above)
  • Giant motorized spider (see picture above)
  • Drummers drumming
  • Lego
  • A hand-held Theremin
  • Drinks and cocktails at Art Gallery of Calgary with the BassBus (see invitation in photo above)

It all adds up to an enjoyable way to end the work day.  If you have children bring them to work for the afternoon and then spend an hour or so visiting the various activities.  Or you if you are interested in someone at the office, invite them to join you after work and make a date ending up at the Art Gallery of Calgary.  It all adds up to a fun time where you can learn something new.

Another event to be aware of this weekend is the Calgary Mini Makers Faire.  It is kind of a big deal.  It started in California a number of years ago and it is finally here.  It will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Alberta College of Art and Design (1407 – 14 Avenue NW) located on the crest of the hill beside SAIT and the Jubilee Auditorium.  There is a C-Train Station located close by too – SAIT/ACA/Jubilee.  Tickets are selling briskly, so I would make an encouragement to purchase as soon as possible.  Prices are $15-20 daily or $27-37 for the weekend, children under 12 are free and can be purchased online at

For more info on Beakerhead and other activities planned for the weekend visit their website