Saturday 27 February 2016

Days of Pisces, part three

And so week one of the Fishbowl Festival reaches its climax. After things wrap up from tonight's Wilding Tramp art show and jewellery raffle at the café, it will be time for some frantic filmmaking, and then perhaps a moment of calm contemplation. Two rock shows, three workshops, one art reception and eighteen omelettes later, it's an opportunity to take stock, fold laundry, and consider what I've gotten myself into for these next few weeks.

Nicole and I did get to take a little break this Thursday for our birthdays. We had a lovely dinner at Willow (perhaps the best meal out we've had since moving here). Grandparents and parents flooded our voicemail. My mom gave us new crock- and tea- pots, Patrick gave me a Grand Funk Railroad record. Getting older is alright, and the Pisces life is nice <3.

The Fishbowl thus far has initiated several firsts for the Gore Street Café. First full-on rock show, first burlesque performance, first music video session, first crochet class. The ditch even came up with a café uniform for last night's jam: toques and red flannel.

We are midway through the 48 hour film challenge, and a half dozen local filmmakers are likely at this very moment sleeplessly editing their nascent shorts, on the Fishy theme of 'Making a Splash'. Gloria Burns has conceived and is organising this challenge: She held court in our booth this Saturday morning, encouraging every last trumpeter and student of social justice who came to brunch to take part and tell their tales. I've got a hunch about this event. I've got twelve hours to go, two minutes' footage of a multicolored pulsating light, and a spray-painted orange bust of Ludwig Von Beethoven.

Upcoming events this week include: the screening of films submitted for the short film challenge (Sunday 6pm at the cafe), closung reception for the Shadows of the Mind art show up at 180  Projects (Sunday 6-8), the Pisces craft club (Monday 3-6 pm at Shabby Motley), learning to ferment with the Cultured Club (Monday 6 pm at the café), Tuesday's open mic hosted by Peggy Lauzon and Teddy Syrette, and Kelly Burton's intro to Gluten Free cooking (630pm at café Natura).

Next weekend is gonna be the most thrilling yet, with festival headliner Rae Spoon performing in our laundromat next Saturday. Stay tuned to the Tinderbox for an interview with Spoon, and the skinny on all the action, adventure, and aquatics the Fishbowl has in store for you, the Soo, and most especially Gore Street, my cozy little hood and hands down coolest block in town. Come and kick it Pisces style! Festival passes 25$ (xxoo shout out to Nathan Isberg, this pwyw thing is flipping lids man....)

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