Joel Plaskett Emergency
Music – March 4
Ever since Thrush Hermit formed in 1992, Nova Scotia’s Joel Plaskett has been one of the godfathers of Canadian indie rockdom. Two decades on, his boyish tenor has graced nine albums, including 1999’s classic In Need of Medical Attention.
Bringing his catchy brand of intimate, earnest songwriting, Plaskett and his backing band The Emergency will play the Breezeway on March 4 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance for students, and $25 at the door. For everyone else, it’s $30. Nathan Downey
The Jack Ring Cycle
Spoken Word – March 15
All distinct cultures have oral traditions that help define them, groups of folk tales that come from that a people’s struggle to survive. Some have honed these oral traditions into national epics, like the Finnish Kalevala or the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh. Newfoundland’s answer to these may well be Jack.
The Jack Tales are folk stories depicting five centuries of Newfoundland culture, the virtues and follies of the people here.
As part of the 7th-annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival, a group of tale-tellers, thinkers, and historians will compare the Jack Tales to Newfoundland’s actual history in the hopes of mapping out a folk epic of our very own.
Featuring stories by Andy Jones, Anita Best, Marc Cormier, Ford Elms and Mary Fearon, and talks by Richard Cashin, Marjorie Doyle, Ryan Cleary, and John Fitzgerald, the Jack Ring Cycle takes place at The Ship March 15, starting at 5:30pm. Entrance is $5 and includes a Jack snack. We’re not quite sure what that means. Nathan Downey
Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos
Visual Art – Opening reception March 4
Francisco Goya ranks as one of Spain’s most celebrated painters, as a true master of the romantic era. His work earned him celebrity during his own time and a lucrative gig as court painter to the Spanish royal family. He also happened to live during an especially tumultuous period of war on the Iberian peninsula.
Being openly critical of the monarchy’s actions would have cost him far more than his cushy job as a royal portrait painter, Goya nevertheless produced a series of 82 prints in secret entitled “The Disasters of War” in response to the violence he witnessed.
They are stark images of the horror and fallout of war—brutal scenes of violence, disease, and starvation. Critics regard the series as some of the finest examples of anti-war art ever produced.
Presented by the National Gallery of Canada, all 82 prints, plus a bonus folio of satirical prints called “Los Caprichos”, will be on display at The Rooms, kicking off with an opening reception March 4 at 7:30pm. Nathan Downey