This was the week that the Roxy burned down, and we’ll get to that, but first, some happier thoughts:
Linda Hoang shines her spotlight on Friday Night Meatballs, a weekly dinner party thrown by Chris Falconer that’s all about community. (Group shot one of many from the post, used with permission.)
Also on the community-building theme:
- Paul Giang lists 10 urban interventions that made Edmonton shine last year.
- Among them is the launch of the Pogo car-sharing service, which the Unknown Studio explores. (Also, the podcast is crowdfunding.)
- Another way to build community? The outdoor rink, to which OilersNation pays tribute.
OK, on to the Roxy. Its destruction led to a community reaction worth a category all its own:
- On Make Something Edmonton, Heather Zwicker explores the maker spirit embodied by artists and audiences at the Roxy.
- Kristen Finlay describes the rollercoaster of emotions that members of Edmonton’s theatre community felt.
- The What It Is podcast includes Roxy reminiscences and serious concerns about the shortage of theatre space.
- Jenna Marynowski expresses her condolences and links to the fundraising efforts. Her chat with Morgan Smith, whose show Cheerleader! was supposed to play at the Roxy, is also a good read.
- John Richardson is selling one of his paintings to raise money for Theatre Network (which was based at the Roxy) and the Nina Haggerty Centre.
Just a few more to draw your attention to:
- Jeff Archibald warns against the trap of false hustle (i.e. busy does not equal productive).
- Donloree Hoffman suggests a better way to identify yourself when talking to strangers.
- Matt Bowes lists the media he consumed in 2014. (Companion listening: the year-end mega-episode of Trash, Art and the Movies.)
- A couple of people profiles: The Noteworthy’s Gillian Thomson on artist Steven Csorba, and The Wanderer’s Claire Edwards on teacher Dan Scratch.
I collect my picks in a Flipboard magazine.
You’ll notice many podcasts here this week. I listen to a lot, and I’m wondering if there’s a way to create a playlist that’s shareable with you. If you know, tell me here or @karenunland.