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CALL Cafés are monthly get-togethers where members can socialize, learn about and sign up for interest groups, propose new interest groups, and have a short, stimulating program ( a speaker, or some other sort of participatory event). Free for members. Guests are welcome; donation appreciated. No registration.

  • Monday, July 13, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Art and Science of Singing

What is responsible for such a range of speaking and singing voices, and how does this play out across different languages? How can operatic singers project their voices so well, even at lower registers and diminished volume?  What does the latest science tell us?

Come join international operatic baritone, Don Bell, as he enthusiastically investigates these and other vocal mysteries.  After his operatic career, Don spent over 30 years as a professor at the U of Calgary, specializing in vocal research.

  • Monday, September 14, Triwood Community Association.
    2244 Chicoutimi Drive N.W., 4:00-6:30 p.m.

CALL Fall Gala Café

Calgary’s fastest growing and most innovative adult learning group will go city wide when it touches down at Triwood Community Association on September 14. The Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) is holding a Gala Cafe that afternoon from 4:00-6:30 to launch its fifth year of program offerings.

In addition to stimulating conversation the Gala Café is a perfect opportunity to learn about CALL programs, as well as to join or renew your membership.

The festivities will include drinks and snacks, highlighted by a talk by Aritha van Herk.

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Writing Alberta: the Challenges of a Slippery Subject

How are our unique experiences and our political, social, and cultural events documented and portrayed in words right now? Is it possible to encapsulate in words the variable aspects of Calgary and Alberta in any rich and satisfying way? What are the challenges of writing about the local, the regional, and the provincial in a place so chameleonic that it eludes any ready distillation? How can the surprising shifts and U-turns of this province be read in terms of their reflection of this place? In writing her popular history, Mavericks, Aritha van Herk discovered elements of Alberta’s stories that defied logic, incited curiosity and frustrated depiction. Her explorations into the way that Alberta is read and realized have brought her to a space where she considers every depiction of Alberta with an affectionately skeptical eye.

Aritha van Herk is the author of five novels, Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address, Places Far From Ellesmere (a geografictione) and Restlessness. Her irreverent but relevant history of Alberta, Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta, won the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award for Alberta Writing and frames the permanent exhibition on Alberta history that opened at the Glenbow Museum and Archives in Calgary in 2007. With George Webber she has published In This Place: Calgary 2004-2011 (Photographs by George Webber, Words by Aritha van Herk) and most recently, Prairie Gothic. She has published hundreds of articles, reviews and essays. She teaches Creative Writing and Canadian Literature at the University of Calgary in Calgary and she is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Artist Award.