Field Notes

Kerri Breen dances like Elaine.

Potter gets new digs, new show
Jay Kimball—potter and perennial candidate for the Nicest Dude Ever Award—has been hiding out in a new lair.

All his precious, yet functional pottery has been set against bright green and brown walls in a little hut on the back of LeMoine’s on Duckworth Street.

If you’re industrious enough, you’ll find Kimball himself in his dusty little studio, behind the showroom’s ultra-sneaky hidden door (think DuckTales for NES).

Kimball has busy been cooking up new works for a new exhibition called Inlay, which he named after the process and the materials he used to make collection’s pieces.

Some works—bowls, plates, sconces, and other pieces—are made of porcelain with walnut inlays and some of his walnut pieces have porcelain inlays.

“I wanted to have those two things collide, and just see what happens,” he says

Though his work is striking and artful, Kimball is very much a craftsperson. The cool thing about his art is that it’s totally useable.

“I encourage using it because I make things so that they are tough. I purposefully take steps in the construction process so that things are made really durable.”

Inlay runs from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 at the Craft Council Annex Gallery.

Gangly hipsters to bust a move at Distortion
“Besides house music and that bar on George Street where people grind in the window to DMX/Madonna mash-ups, there are not a lot of options for dancing in St. John’s, says DJ Benjy Kean.

This is what inspired him to start Musique Non-Stop (MNS), a no-cover night of music for discerning individuals who want to dance to something other than stale top 40 hits.

He might just be on to something, too. St. John’s needs more Crystal Castles.

“This is the best thing to happen to St. John’s. Ever,” says one poster on MNS’ Facebook event page.

The inaugural indie dance night was well attended, says Kean. He’s keeping an open mind when it comes to the playlist.

“I like a lot of different stuff. If you can dance to it I will play it. I pretty much play the song “Cool for Cats” by Squeeze on repeat. Not really, but that song is sick,” he says.

The next event—which boasts a prize for the best dancer—is on September 25 at Distortion.

Fresh Fish, fresh Fence
The Writers’ Alliance and the Literary Arts Foundation of NL have just announced the shortlist for the 2008 Fresh Fish Award.

The award—one of the biggest local award for emerging writers—provides a $5,000 prize for the best unpublished manuscript written by someone in Newfoundland and Labrador

This year’s finalists are Jamie Fitzpatrick and Claire Wilkshire, who both submitted novels, and Stephen Rowe, who wrote a poetry collection titled Preservations.

This year’s winner will be announced on Oct. 2 at an awards ceremony upstairs at Basho.

And in other publishing news, the latest issue of Riddle Fence, Mark Callanan’s arts and culture mag, is set to hit the streets.

It’s being launched at the Ship on Oct. 6, and there will be readings and maybe some grub.

“I’ll probably make some terribly inadequate speech as well,” Callanan told Riddle Fence’s Facebook group. “If that clinches it for you—mumbling, gushing, shuffling my feet and the like.”

Those writers know how to have a good time, apparently.

The deadline for submissions to the third issue of Riddle Fence is Oct.10.

NL films win at AFF
Once again, our local films are getting mad props on the festival circuit.

Most recently, Jordan Canning and Justin Simms were honoured at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.

Canning’s “Bedroom” won Best Atlantic Short, and Down to the Dirt won Best Original Screenplay and Best Atlantic Feature.

Good on ya, bys.