ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING / Tues 18 Dec 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 
NIAGARA ARTISTS CENTRE

Tuesday 18 December 2018 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre
It’s a potluck!

Join us on TUESDAY 18 DECEMBER 7PM at NAC for a review of the activities of the last year. We’re going to use Power Point. We’re going to make motions. We’re going to elect board directors. We’re going award the volunteer of the year. And best for last, we’re going to adjourn.

There’s a potluck after the meeting where we will acknowledge our good fortune and talk to one another outside of a bureaucratic framework. It all amounts to good times.

A CRAZY DAY IN BOHO $T. CA$HRINE$

A CRAZY DAY IN BOHO $T. CA$HRINE$
SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 12NN-5PM

A concentrated three blocks of artists’ studios and cultural enterprises open their doors and invite your patronage. Visual arts, crafts, musical instruments and recordings, books, and eclectic cultural gifts and artefacts of all kinds are to be offered at discounted rates – ONE DAY ONLY!

Discover these TWELVE destinations between Carlisle and Geneva!

Visit EIGHT independent businesses selling cultural goods and the studios of SIXTEEN Niagara artists plus a makers market featuring NAC Artists!

dear gemini at 283 St. Paul
The Write Bookshop at 285 St. Paul
Bond Street Studio Sale at 3 Bond
What Box Studios at 329 St. Paul #2
Out of the Past St.Catharines at 340 St. Paul
Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) at 354 St. Paul
Niagara Records at 377 St. Paul
pocket CHANGE at 393 St. Paul
Mostly Comics at 413 St. Paul
Rysons Music at 5 Court
Handmade Market / Warehouse at 11 Geneva
Roly Poly Records & Retro and the NAC Studio Shop at 433 St. Paul

>> Each shop has their own hours, but we’ll all be rocking between 12+5PM! <<

FINISH OFF THIS CRAZY DAY WITH
The Northern Arm + The Dinner is Ruined at NAC!

IDIOCINEMA / CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

IDIOCINEMA
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline Monday 31 December 2018
Email to artists@nac.org with the subject line: Idiocinema.

Marplot’s Guide to Film
In the fall of 1995, a man with a briefcase suffered a fatal seizure in a dépanneur in Montreal, after an agitated and confused exchange with the proprietor. Apart from his name –Walter Marplot– authorities could not determine anything else about the man: no one seemed to know him and the few identification documents matched no known official offices or protocols. Stranger still were the contents of his briefcase: a manuscript for an encyclopedia of films, along with several still photographs identified in cramped handwriting as still shots from some of the films discussed in the manuscript. However, none of the hundreds of films described therein were recognized even by experts, yet they seem to cumulatively depict some alternative history not just of cinema, but of the world.

That’s the jumping-off place for a multi-artist project called Idiocinema, which will culminate in the publication of a book with that title by the Niagara Artists Centre. The text of the book is being written by Tim Conley. The book is to include images that suggest an entire film that will be used in conjunction with Tim’s synopses.

Idiocinema publication will consist of capsule, alphabetized descriptions of over 100 films, with lines of connection between them by which readers can follow particular storylines, such as that of a given actor’s career or of a particular trend in film in this alternative history (for example, the vogue for Swedish films about “legal technicalities” in the 1970s, or the British Mr. Whiffle comedies of roughly the same period). However, much of the book remains to be written, and the writing will be informed and inspired by the images chosen for inclusion.

NAC member artists are encouraged to lend their creativity to creating ‘film still’ images in a variety of styles, eras, genres, locations, and techniques. A black and white close-up of a nostril might be as powerful and suggestive as a full colour rooftop shot of a falling watermelon. We want images that hint at a scene, of the moments before and after the still image that’s submitted.

There’s only one absolute constraint: in Marplot’s world, there is no such place as Canada (it disappeared when cinema began), so images cannot include recognizable Canadian locations, landmarks, or symbols. In fact, the guide is to international film, so shots taken of/in the markets of Cairo, the clubs of Hong Kong, or the swamps of Louisiana are at least as welcome as those in an uncertain setting. Likewise, people may or may not be in the shot. Photos selected will be assigned a caption and presented as a scene, or still, from a particular film.

We plan to include 50 photographs in the published book. Artists may submit up to ten images for consideration. Modest remuneration of $50 will be paid for each photograph selected. Artists will receive printed credit and a copy of the book. They will retain copyright of the image and the right to sell the original and/or reproductions of their image(s). If there is sufficient interest, at a launch party for the book, an exhibit will be organized where the images can be presented and sold.

Submission criteria
a) Film stills may imply the different styles of filmmaking: Film Noir, the Musical, Italian Neorealism, Arthouse, and Sci-fi, for example. They may also imply the historic eras and shifting technologies of filmmaking: the silent era, animation, New Hollywood, etc.

b) Film stills should be formatted to reflect popular cinema and video aspect ratios: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 4:3, and 16:9

c) Images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

d) Submission should be attached or file shared by email to artists@nac.org with the subject line: Idiocinema. Please include your name, address, and phone contact in the body of your message. The deadline for submissions is 31 December.

Sample film descriptions from Idiocinema
CANNIBAL DANCE CRAZE (1971)
American. Dir. Dalton Webby. Colour, 85 minutes.

A holiday cruise ship loses its way and runs ashore an uncharted island inhabited by savage cannibals whose one weakness is their inability to resist a good dance tune. The failed ironies of the film include the strange casting (the cannibals are all played by white actors, the tourists by blacks) and the double-entendres in the dialogue of the original script (written by Webby), which mocked specific racist views espoused by the then-governor of California, were lost in the rigorous editing that the studio enforced.
Trudy Trust is vaguely amusing as a fainting-prone socialite on the make for a husband, but the drinking may not be all acting. In her tell-all memoir, What Didn’t I Do (1984), she succinctly said of this film, “the lighting people seemed to know what was going on.”

CHACKATOO CHACK CHIZZERAM (1990)
American. Dir. Fintan Hold. Colour, 121 minutes.

The first of Hold’s films of people strangling each other, this one is the only one to include dialogue, and critics are divided as to whether it is thus an entirely extraneous feature or very meaningful precisely because it is so rare. The most shocking strangulation takes place in the library, a scene that takes only 12 minutes in the film but which took three whole days to shoot to Hold’s satisfaction. Fans will want to see this, but novices might better start with the later chapters in the cycle, such as Innocence to the Innocent (1992) and Gruzz Geduzz Alack (1994).

KEEPING IT DOWN IN THE AIRPORT (1973)
Swedish. Dir. Birgitta Lifsovgrass. Colour, 90 minutes.

A smuggling ring is cracked using a little-known regulation about noise levels in airports. Claes Kladdig plays the lead detective with unparalleled detachment, while Jannike Oregelbunden (better known for her later career in music) plays the nameless girl with acute hearing (and, in the dream sequence, the figure of Death). Keeping It Down initiated a surprising revolution in Swedish cinema and is recognized as the first
of a series of “legal technicalities” films, including director Lifsovgrass’s own Uncle’s Income (1975) and The Sorry Barber (1976).

THE LOST CAUSE OF MY HALF-BROTHER MILOSLAV (1984)
Czech. Dir. Andìl Všední. B & W, 88 minutes.

“I wanted to make a film so joyless,” the director Andìl Všední later acknowledged, “so utterly without hope, that an audience might feel that their own lives were not so miserable and wretched as all that.” The narrator recalls his family’s vain efforts to convince the by turns morose and truculent Miroslav to give up his dream of finding a cache of diamonds allegedly stolen decades before by his grandfather but never found. Všední exclusively used uncredited amateur actors, whom he found in hospitals and paid with watered down alcohol, and it may thus be unsurprising that the dialogue is often hard to make out.

The Northern Arm + The Dinner is Ruined / Sat 15 Dec 2018 8PM

the northern arm + the dinner is ruined
Sat 15 Dec 2018 8PM at NAC
Tickets $10

the northern arm
instrumental. started 2004. recorded at various locations in ontario, outside in winter. song ideas recorded acoustically, on spot. 8 track running off a car inverter. dubs later at home. some locations: toronto island, niagara, ghost road scugog island, steel plants in the hammer. 4 albums before children and jobs. now electric, 2 drummers, gtrs, bss, tapes. 30 minutes of continuous music. recorded at the gas station last summer, after floods. 4th time at in the soil, thanks very much.

 

the dinner is ruined
The Dinner Is Ruined will dazzle a discerning audience with their quirky blend of experimental and improvisational techniques unique to the mood in those special moments of performance. In other words, “Let’s drop some jaws!”

The Dinner Is Ruined was formed in 1991 by multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar. Original members included Don Kerr on drums and Al Kelso on bass. They recorded their first album, Burn Your Dashiki, in 1991. After this point, Kelso left the band. Keyboardist/bassist Dr. Pee joined the group, and a second album, Love Songs from the Lubritorium, was recorded in 1993 by Raw Energy, Kerr left the band after this. While opening for Rheostatics in 1994, Morningstar and Pee were booed and had objects thrown at them. Subsequently Dave Clark, at the time a member of Rheostatics, joined The Dinner is Ruined. In 2000, the group released the album A Maggot in their Heads. The band continued to perform live, with often improvised instrumentation quite different from their recorded work. In 2001 the band performed live at the Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, backing up Gord Downie. This collaboration continued, and the members of The Dinner Is Ruined recorded as part of Gordon Downie’s backup band on his three solo albums. North American tours in 2001, 2003, and 2010 followed.

Hockey legend Bobby Orr responded to the release of the song “Bobby Orr” saying “It has a good beat and you can dance to it.”

Dale Morningstar has engineered two albums that were nominated for JUNO awards for Thrush Hermit and The Inbreds and Dave Clark and his band Rheostatics received a GENIE award for Best Original Song in 1994.

NAC TRIVIA NIGHTS!

NAC TRIVIA NIGHTS
At yer MAHTAY
From DULL NOVEMBER to HOPEFUL APRIL
On the SECOND FRIDAY of EVERY MONTH
TEAMS of FIVE – $25 per PERSON for the SEASON

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Season Begins Friday 9 November 8pm
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artists@nac.org 905-641-0331

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