Arts Seen - week of Feb 21, 2013

There’s a whole lot going down at the National Music Centre over the course of the next few days — flip over to the music section of this week’s issue for our story on Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the centre’s impressive future space.

That said, you might want to pencil in the NMC for two nights running, because there’s a pretty cool event there tonight (February 21) as part of the Exposure photography fest.

Currently scattered amongst the pianos, clavinets, theremins and whatnots in the centre’s exhibition space are images of such icons as Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Woody Guthrie and more. These are all the work of John Cohen, a New York-based photographer who was much more than idle observer to the mid-20th century East Coast folk explosion — he was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, another noted group of the period.

Cohen will be on hand at the NMC to talk about his images tonight, and will play a set on Friday.

It’s Freedom to Read Week again, which means there’ll be all sorts of notable events around town (for more info go to, including the presentation of the Freedom of Expression Award — of which this publication is the sponsor — on Thursday, February 28 at Shelf Life books. This year’s recipient is the Calgary Idle No More Movement. Chantal Chagnon will accept on behalf of Idle No More, and the award will be presented by Fast Forward Weekly’s very own Drew Anderson.

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