"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

“Welcome to this House” has another Canadian screening

Barbara Hammer’s documentary about Elizabeth Bishop, "Welcome to this House," has several more screenings this year, including another Canadian date:

1. Festival do Rio, Brazil, October 1-14, TBA
2. MIX, Copenhagen, October 2-11, TBA
3. Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, October 8-18, TBA
4. The Canadian date: Inside Out Ottawa, Canada, Oct. 24-25

There was a good turn-out for the screening at the Atlantic Film Festival on 19 September, attesting to the interest in Bishop in Nova Scotia. Thanks to the AFF for programming this film. I understand that Barbara's film will be out on DVD in 2016. When we have information about that release, we will post it here.

For more information, check out Barbara Hammer’s website (http://barbarahammer.com/).

Monday, September 28, 2015

From "The Life and Works of Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Cat," vol. 666 -- (entry for September 28, 2007)

"I was reading a lovely book called Poets on Painting, edited by J. D. McLatchy, on the bus this morning, mostly the essays by Wallace Stevens and by Elizabeth Bishop (hers is about the naive painter Gregorio Valdes). I saw something in Bishop's essay I hadn't noticed before -- she very clearly states that you can count seven palm trees on each side of the road in the Valdes painting reproduced to accompany the essay -- but, try as I might, I can only count six. And this has led me once again to the place the so-called "inaccuracies" in her poem "In the Waiting Room" have taken me on previous occasions: this aspect of her poetry seems to me to be exploring the issue of poetic authority. We want the poem to be true in a very naive sense -- and she prefers to show us that the world is more about being at sixes and sevens."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Suzie LeBlanc will perform her Bishop songs ….and much more

EBSNS Honorary Patron Suzie LeBlanc has an autumn filled with concerts in the Maritimes, including a performance of her Bishop songs.
Sunday, 27 September 2015, sees her in Sackville, N.B., at the “Early Music Festival” in that lively community (http://www.sackvilleearlymusic.com/#!showreel/c1au0).

Sunday, 18 October 2015, see her in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, performing with the PEI Symphony (http://www.peisymphony.com/). It is here she will present “Four Songs,” settings of Bishop’s poetry by Christos Hatzis.

Sunday, 25 October 2015, she will perform a Musikon Concert, “Acadie Mythique,” at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S. (http://musikon.webs.com/newoct25th2015.htm).

From 26-28 October, Suzie will be at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP: http://www.lampns.ca/).

Check out Suzie’s website (http://suzieleblanc.com/site/2014-15/ ) for more information.

It is wonderful to have Suzie back in the Maritimes for such a slate of concerts. Welcome home!