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Go with Flow

Tara Thorne surfs her way through waves of local arts news.

Every surfing screening we’ve ever attended—like, four, if Blue Crush counts—has been packed to the gills with beautiful long-haired people in toques and flip-flops. This week should be no different with the Canadian premiere of Flow, Thursdsay, October 26 at Empire Park Lane.

Narrated by Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Flow tells the story of “Channel Islands Surfboards founder and world-renowned surfboard craftsman Al Merrick and his special relationships with the team of world champion Channel Islands Team riders and arguably the two best and most influential surfers ever: Kelly Slater and Tom Curren. The film highlights Al’s visionary approach, which cultivated the Channel Islands Team riders’ talent into 19 world titles, bringing you back to the early ’60s with the evolution of the shortboard and take you on a journey up to present day. We relive those profound years that experienced a revolutionary leap forward in surfing design, performance and image, and weave through to the present, where you experience first hand what it takes to be a part of the most progressive surfing team in the world.”

Tickets are eight bucks and can be purchased at the door or at Frozen Ocean (Barrington at Sackville). The screening starts at 7pm.

Hope floats

Local cartooning superhero Hope Larson—of She’s From Away fame in these pages—was given the Ignatz Award for most promising talent at last week’s Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s been a good few months for Larson, whose work appeared in the New York Times in August. She received the award for her books Salamander Dream and Gray Horses.

Big art, big money

In other awards-type news, the finalists for the Aliant New Media Prize were announced late last week.

They are Haligonians Suzanne Caines and Melanie Lowe, for a video-interactive installation that explores non-verbal communication; Lucas Dambergs, for a digital video installation that exposes the nature of the medium; Stephen Kelly, for a kinetic sound sculpture that translocates a remote ocean environment to an urban space; Melissa Ryan, for a blog about the performance of carving that stems from sculpting a mermaid on the Halifax waterfront and Ilan Sandler for large-scale and interactive analogue, electromagnetic and digital media sculptures. The lone Dartmouth representative is Liz MacDougall, for an installation that uses computer technology to examine the emergence of buried memories.

The prize, worth $10,000, will be handed out along with a handful of other big-cash arts awards on Thursday, October 19, at the Creative Nova Scotia conference in Pictou. Look for the results on Friday at www.thecoast.ca

Here a call, there a call

Everywhere a call call! Writers and artists, pay attention!

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia has put out the call for the 30th edition of its Atlantic Writing Competition. The Writers’ Fed is looking for submissions in these categories: poetry, novel, short story, picture books for children, YA novels and magazine article/non-fiction essay. Anyone over 16 who’s been an Atlantic resident since June 1 is eligible, but not if you’ve won first place in any of the categories. The application fee is $15 ($10 for members, $25/$20 for novel entries) and the whole shebang is due on December 1. Visit writers.ns.ca for an entry form or call 423-8116.

The Canada Games will be held in the Yukon next year, and the government is looking to send three Nova Scotia artists there to represent alongside the athletes.

The National Young Artists Program is a two-week artistic residency where you’ll be paired up with “leading Canadian artists.” You’ll work to create multi-disciplinary works that will be presented during the closing of the Games. To apply, make sure you’re between 18 and 22, and then pick a discipline from theatre, dance, music, visual or literary arts. “The selection process will take into account artistic excellence, ability to collaborate, gender equity, official languages, and the inclusion of Aboriginal people and cultures.”

Download an application at gov.ns.ca/dtc/culture and get it all together by October 31. The Canada Games take place February 23 to March 10, 2007. get your creatin’ game on. email: [email protected]

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