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If you follow arts news at all, you might remember a little brou-ha-ha that went down last spring between Canadian top playwright Michael Healey, and Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. It was all over his new play, Proud. Full disclosure here – I used to work at the Tarragon Theatre, a place that is close to my heart. So I’m not going to weigh in on the controversy, and the fallout. But I am happy to tell you that Proud is being independently produced, and you can see it later this month at the Berkeley St. Theatre.
Proud’s a great play (I’ve read it – and you can read an excerpt here), and I’m really looking forward to the production. Miles Potter (yep, from Stratford) is directing, and the awesome Maev Beatty, Tom Barnett, Jeff Lillico, and Michael Healey himself make up the cast. Oh yeah, and I designed the poster. Which doesn’t count for much, but was fun to do!
Proud is on stage from September 20 – October 6. All the details and tickets can be found on this website.
Last night I participated in a CRAVE Chat, with the theme of Online Money Makers. (CRAVE is a club of sorts for women entrepreneurs – they have chapters in cities around the world, host regular events for entrepreneurs, and publish the CRAVE guide).
The event was held at RentFrockRepeat, and I was asked to speak along with Lisa Delorme of RentFrockRepeat, and Melanie Minor of Mildred and Doris. (sidenote: RentFrockRepeat is amazing – you can rent designer dresses for special occasions for a fraction of the cost of buying. I have a few weddings to attend this fall, and I am SO getting my outfits from RentFrockRepeat.)
Lisa and Melanie shared their experiences as online vendors, and I talked a bit about my career as a web designer, and how e-commerce has changed over the last 5 years or so. I told the group all about my philosophy with websites (whether they be e-commerce or not) – don’t be a slave to technology. The tech is the easy part. When you’re thinking of running an online shop, you have so much to consider (how will you display your products? track inventory? take orders? how will you ship the products? do your reporting and accounting? etc etc). I encourage entrepreneurs to figure out all of those steps, and how they want it to work, and then go out and find the technology that works best for them. Instead of the other way around – where you feel confined and trapped using some tech solution that doesn’t really fit your needs.
I compiled a list to share with the group of handy resources that entrepreneurs should consider when starting out online. You can view it here.
Other highlights of the evening were catching up with home decor and accessory designer/maker Avril Loretti. I ran into Avril a couple months ago at the One of a Kind Spring show, where I remembered that we actually went to the same high school (small world, huh?). Avril was literally the poster girl for the One of a Kind show, and her pieces are gorgeous.
I was happy to meet Jen Bulthuis from Fidoodle – Clara received this set of Fidoodle blocks for her first birthday, and we love them. It was cool to meet the artist behind those great illustrations. And now I totally want one of her flip dolls.
And when Kessa Laxton from Patouche introduced herself, I couldn’t help exclaiming “OMG! Patouche! My daughter has one of your bonnet hats and I love it!” (another One of a Kind Spring show score).
I had such a good time last night – thanks CRAVE and RentFrockRepeat for hosting such a great event.
I have a pin board on the wall next to my desk (pictured above), where I have a bunch of random mementos and things tacked up. One of my favourites is a greeting card I purchased somewhere, with a print by the Scottish artist David Shrigley. It says “no speed limit anymore go as fast as you want like in germany”. I can’t really explain why, but I think it’s fantastic. Something about the yellow background, the hand written type, the message itself, and the reference to driving in Germany (something I really want to do). I’d love to have it blown up and hung, or even painted directly on one of the walls in my office.
I have a membership to the Art Gallery of Ontario, and it’s pretty fantastic. I love art museums, but I find them a bit overwhelming. I often feel pressured to get “good bang for my buck” and will spend too much time at the museum, overdose on art, and feel dazed afterwards. That’s why a membership is so great – with my membership, I can visit as often as I want. I go to the AGO every couple months (usually to see the latest exhibit, but sometimes just to peruse the permanent collection), and I usually leave after about an hour. Then I feel excited and inspired after visiting – not exhausted! I think an AGO membership is an awesome gift idea.
Bonus #1 – AGO members get access to the Members’ Lounge in the Grange building. You can have a bite to eat, and feel like a VIP.
Now this is a great idea. ROM Moms is a 6-week program at the Royal Ontario Museum for parents and their babies/toddlers. From the website:
Get out of the house and spend some time as a ROM Mom (or Dad)! Join us for a six-week journey through the ROM’s collections. Enjoy a morning of conversation and adult learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere as you visit the Museum’s galleries and Kinderstudio, all while your little one sleeps, eats, rolls, and plays along with you. Each week includes a gallery tour and lab led by a ROM Instructor, and an opportunity to meet other parents, caregivers and children interested in interactive learning for life!
ROM Moms is on Thursday mornings or Thursday afternoons, and the next sessions start in January. I won’t be signing up just yet, as it’s right in the middle of Clara’s nap time. But once she’s a little older and only naps once a day, I know where you’ll find us on Thursday mornings!
If you have older kids, check out the ROM sleepovers for children 5 years old and up. How cool would it be to go to a slumber party at the museum?!?
[photo of the ROM by flickr user Steven Harris]
A new documentary about Charles & Ray Eames? Yes please! You can watch the trailer here. So far there are no screening dates in Toronto, but the DVD is being released on December 13, so check with your local artsy film rental shop. Or maybe hope it comes to Netflix.
Random: The film is narrated by James Franco. That guy is such an anomaly.