In Brief: Opening of a new exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery

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The MacKenzie Art Gallery opens a new year-long exhibition today, The Permanent Collection: What the Bat Knows.

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“Bats are incredibly social animals,” said curator Crystal Mowry, director of programs at the MacKenzie. “This intense collectivity – coupled with their unique physical characteristics – has spurred myths and misunderstandings around the world. This exhibition imagines a playful response on their behalf, an assertion that there are limits to what humans know about the way the world works.

According to a press release, the story-driven exhibit will unfold in three phases, each exploring distinct themes of interconnectedness, human agency and the possible afterlife. Each phase is guided by its own unique narrator from a trio of porcelain bat sculptures created by multidisciplinary artist Shary Boyle.

“Visitors are encouraged to be transported as they envision the possibility of new worlds made accessible through art and revel in the magic of the imagination,” the statement read. “What the Bat Knows is an experimental exhibition that reflects on inhuman voices and their role as subversive storytellers in a museum, examining bat folklore and mythologies and testing our assumptions about authority.”

The exhibition lasts until May 2023.

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On Cue Performance Hub presents the third in a trilogy of short performances on Monday (3 p.m.) at the Fifth Parallel Gallery in the Riddell Center at the University of Regina.

The free performance is called Stories of Regina: Mapping and Mining Narratives of Place Through Interdisciplinary Performance.

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According to a press release, the project “investigates the primacy of place in memory and how the stories we tell are rooted in these places of fascination.”

Terry Sefton (cellist) and Kathryn Ricketts (dancer) translate and recreate stories using improvised music and dance. They collect stories from volunteers, using carto-elicitation, which is the act of locating a place on a map that triggers a personal narrative. Stories can be accounts of personal experience, identity or family history related to a specific place – either an actual place of everyday life, or the terrain of memory (streets or houses or fields that do not exist maybe more).

The 15-minute show is followed by a 15-minute discussion with audience members, moderated by Kenneth Wilson.

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The Regina Folk Festival organizes the Dream Weekend Contest to raise funds for its programming.

Participation in the contest requires a minimum donation of $100 between June 1 and July 15.

The prize is a $1,275 value and includes: two weekend passes (three nights) to the 2022 Folk Festival, three nights in a luxury suite at the Ramada Plaza, six coffee vouchers in outdoors, a $100 gift card for the merchandise tent, an outdoor blanket, and two festival chairs.

The winner will be drawn on July 15 at 5 p.m. For more info or to participate, visit reginafolkfestival.com.

The 51st Folk Festival takes place August 5-7 in Victoria Park.

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The Regina Symphony Orchestra Library’s free concert series continues Sunday with the duo Marie-Véronique Bourque.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. at the Regina Public Library Central Branch (second floor mezzanine). The final event in the series will take place on June 26 (2 p.m., Central Library) with the Pile of Bows String Quartet.

More info at reginasymphony.com.

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