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April 2012 Archives

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Artist Jacquetta Nesbit.

Jacquetta Nesbit in her wonderful studio
It was such a pleasure to visit artist Jacquetta Nesbit in East Sooke recently.  Jacquetta is a weaver and a painter with an international following.  She and her husband moved to BC recently from California and have been welcomed into the very creative community of East Sooke.

Jacquetta has a wonderful enthusiasm for her painting and her tapestry work, which is influenced by her passion for the arts of many cultures around the world. These days she is learning about BC First Nations art and carving.

Jacquetta will be part of the East Sooke Fine Art Show, May 4,5 and 6,


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Art Deco Chic at the Museum of Vancouver

Art Deco Chic exhibit at MOV

The Art Deco Chic exhibit currently on at the Museum of Vancouver  is a huge hit with fans of fashion, history, the Art Deco period - and devotees of all of the period dramas that are so hot in TV and film right now.  Programs like 'Downton Abbey', the silent film 'The Artist'  - and plans for a new film adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby'.

For whatever reason, the early part of the 20th century is big in the Zeitgeist right now.

The MOV's exhibit - sub-titled 'Extravagant Glamour Between the Wars' is a dramatic, unusual collection of haute couture dresses and accessories from the early 1920's to the late 1930's.

Most of the 66 gowns and many of the accessories are from the personal collection of fashion historians Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke.

Pamela Post went to the MOV on the day that Ivan Sayers was touring his UBC fashion students through the Art Deco Chic exhibit - and she takes us along for a fascinating return to a more glamorous era...

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Roller Derby rocks!

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When you think of Roller Derby what comes to mind?  Maybe it's the theatrical costumes, the player's creative names and personas or perhaps it's the full contact body checks at top speed!
Roller Derby is big all over BC and on Saturday you'll hear from three women who are in love with the sport and all that it offers. 

My guests are Lisa Suggitt or Roller Girl from Vancouver, an icon in the sport, Jayne Allen or Lucky 13 from Kamloops and Twyla MacDonald or Ruby Whipper from Courtenay.
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Balkan Brass Music - Oliver Schneider

Oliver Schneider is the artistic director of Ederlezi - a Balkan Brass Music Festival happening May 4th and 5th in Vancouver. He is also a member of a local Balkan band called Orkestar Slivovica. He didn't grow up with this music but fell in love one day while listening to the radio!


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Naomi Wakan and the roller-coaster ride of aging.

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I always enjoy having the chance to talk to writer Naomi Beth Wakan. Over the years we've talked about her haiku, her other poetry, her books and workshops about the writing process and about her fascinating life. 

Her latest book, A Roller-coaster Ride: Thoughts on Aging, is one her publisher asked her to write.  It's about many of the issues and themes around aging in our modern Western culture.  Naomi said she had to do a lot of research before writing, because even though she's lived for over 80 years she really didn't know much about aging. 



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Barbara Adler and Reach Out Psychosis

Barbara Adler and her accordion.
Barbara Adler is a poet, a performer, a musician and a singer. She's also one of the creative team touring schools around the province with the Reach Out Psychosis program. 

She dropped by the NXNW studio this week for a conversation about the program and what it's been like to spread the word about psychosis in BC schools.

You can hear our conversation and music from her new band Proud Animal after the 8 am news on Saturday.

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In the Flesh: Twenty Writers Explore the Body

In the Flesh is a new collection of essays about parts of the body. It's edited by Victoria writers Kathy Page and Lynne Van Luven. Each essay focuses on one part of the body and the associated writer explores the function, meaning and role that part of the body has played in his or her life. The essays explore 20 different parts of the body including face, hands and breasts. Sheryl sat down with Kathy Page and Lynne Van Luven - both contributors as well - and were joined by one of the writers, Julian Gunn.

The official launch of the book happens in Victoria on Sunday April 29th at 2:30 pm at Fernwood Yoga Den - 1311 Gladstone Ave.

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Author Yasuko Thanh

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Floating Like the Dead  is the first collection of short stories from Victoria author Yasuko Thanh.  The characters in this collection are all misfits, outcasts and people on the fringe who are all facing some extraordinary challenges and choices.
I had a great conversation with Yasuko recently about her characters and about her approach to writing.



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O World!

For two years now Randall Mellnyck has been working on his O World project.  He's been commissioning local artists including Bill Sample, Larry Nickel, Steve Maddock, Tonye Aganaba and Veda and Lucas Hille to record his song O World.  Now in honour of Earth Day he has sent a cd with all the recordings to radio stations around the world.
Eileen Power has the story of this global project.


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V6A - Thursdays at the Carnegie

 

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Main and Hastings may not be known for its literary reputation, but that's where a group of writers meets each week. That group is called "Thursdays Writing Collection" and their work began the process of making V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The book has short stories and poems from the neighbourhood known as "Canada's poorest area code." The book is edited by writers Elee Kraljii Gardiner and John Mikhail Asfour. These are their stories along with two DTES writers, Muriel Marjorie and Henry Doyle.

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Richard Wagamese and Indian Horse

Richard Wagamese
I always enjoy my conversations with author Richard Wagamese so it was great to have him back into the studio to talk about his latest book, a novel titled Indian Horse
The book tells the story of Saul Indian Horse who becomes a hockey super star. It's also a story of grief, loss, addiction and friendship. 


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Anthony Griffiths - BC Recorder Society



The BC Recorder Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Anthony Griffiths, one of the society's long members and self confessed recorder lover stopped by to show off some of his collection and speak with Sheryl about the beauty of recorder music.


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Karen Trickett and fine woodworking

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Karen Trickett was following a very different career when in her 30's she decided to change paths and go back to school to learn fine woodworking.  These days she and her husband (who is also a fine woodworker) own Coventry Woodworks in the Cowichan Valley.  They create furniture, lamps, and even work on automobiles! 
Coventry Woodworks will be open as part of the Cowichan Valley Artisans spring launch April 20 and 21.
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Studio One Book Club:

Karen Armstrong and The Compassionate Life

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Author and TED prize winner Karen Armstrong is calling us to action, and specifically to compassionate action. She has been a catalyst for religious leaders from traditions around the world to create the Charter for Compassion and the Compassionate Action Network.
She was recently in BC in conjunction with Simon Fraser University's 12 Days of Compassion and we were thrilled to have her as a guest in the Studio One Book Club.My co-host for the event was Paolo Pietropaolo.

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Evelyn Lau - Vancouver's Poet Laureate

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It's National Poetry Month - and we just had to have Vancouver's Poet Laureate in for a visit.

Evelyn Lau talks about the way poetry is being celebrated this month - and the powerful hold

poetry has on her, as an artist.

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David MacIntyre - Love In Public - an opera cabaret

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How does he love Elizabeth Barrett Browning? Vancouver composer David MacIntyre 'counts the ways' in his opera cabaret 'Love in Public' - a musical tribute to the love sonnets Elizabeth wrote for her soon-to-be husband, Robert Browning.

'Love In Public' opens this month, for a 10-performance run in Vancouver.

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Sunday on the show, woodworker Karen Trickett of Coventry Woodworks. She talks about her studio in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island and about her latest projects including restoring old cars using wood.

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4 Play!

If you have ever dreamed of writing for the stage this could be your chance!  The folks at Intrepid Theatre in Victoria are looking for your help once again this year with an event they call 4 Play.

It's a one day theatrical marathon in which 4 plays get written, rehearsed, have costumes and sets built, are performed, reviewed and awarded prizes!

And your job, should you decide to accept it, is to come up with the opening line that all the writers have to use in their scripts!

To get involved just send in a line of dialogue that you think would make a good jumping off point for a plot.  Make it a little odd.  Let's give these writers a challenge.  Send in your best line by Friday April 20 to nxnw (at) cbc.ca and on Sunday morning the winning line will be revealed on the show.

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Chef Bruce:

Chef Bruce celebrates spring



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Chef Bruce from Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring Island is cooking with some of the first spring herbs and some early morels. 

The recipes are on the "read more" tab at the bottom of this entry.

Bruce's Kitchen is on the move and will re-open soon just steps away from his original nook.



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Julie Lawson - Ghost of the Titantic

Julie Lawson is a children's and young adult author. She's written dozens of books and her latest is about The Titanic. It's called Ghosts of the Titanic.
Next weekend marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic. But Julie didn't actually intend to write about the Titanic at first. She was researching a different Canadian maritime disaster when she discovered an interesting piece of information that gave her an idea for a unique angle on the well known story.
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Woodturner Jason Marlow

Jason Marlow is a master woodturner. He's been at it for 34 years. Currently his work can be seen on Granville Island at Circle Craft. Sheryl MacKay went to visit him and get a tour of his work. Their conversation starts with an explanation from Jason about why we see swans in his work.
Here is a video of Jason at work.



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Listener Cooking Tips Contest

North by Northwest listeners share their cooking tips in the hopes of winning a copy of the latest Looney Spoons cookbook.










Store your spices in a cool dark place. Not above your stove. Humidity, light, and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.

Shelley

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If you want to to cut a bunch of cherry tomatoes in half easily take two plastic tupperware style lids the same size. Place the lid rim up on the counter cover the lid with cherry tomatoes. Invert the second lid on the cherry tomatoes and slice in between the lids with your sharpest knife. You will slice all the tomatoes in half and do it in jig time.

Chef Bruce

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Instead of letting your root ginger  shrivel up on the shelf in the fridge and then throwing it out.  Keep it in the freezer and take it out to grate and then return it frozen.  No waste.
Mary
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