by Amber Goodwyn
Okay, so obviously: the MTV Video Music Awards displayed the worst of pop culture’s commodification of underground culture and served up lots of sexualized lady flesh for the usual double standard of titillation and judgment, on a grand scale. Boo. And then the Fedz did what they do and shot a few more holes into arts and culture with those new employment regulations (see my article elsewhere in this issue). Bummer.
However, there are some pretty awesome events coming up these next few weeks that should restore our collective faith in humanity.
RAISE THE DEAD IN INDIAN HEAD BENEFIT CONCERT
This here concert is close to my filmmaker heart: Rah Rah, Library Voices, Indigo Joseph, and Andy Shauf are playing a show to benefit the Indian Head Theatre and Community Arts not-for-profit organization, which is trying to acquire, restore and update the historic Nite Hawk Theatre (opera house) in Indian Head. The org has plans to develop the building into a community arts and cultural centre, breathing new life into the gorgeous old movie palace and restoring it as a vital part of Saskatchewan’s cultural landscape. The group’s made partying and doing the right thing easy as pie: there’s a bus ride for Reginans to and from the show and a pancake breakfast for those interested in staying the night. Tickets are $15 for the stude’s, $25 at the door and $20 in advance at Seed and Vintage Vinyl. On Saturday, Sept. 7, bring everyone you know and consider yourself a new kind of dead head (I couldn’t resist).
HARVEST KING RECORDS’ 6TH ANNUAL HARVEST DANCE
In the spirit of everything being generally more awesome in the late summer and fall (examples: fashion, weather, fowl suppers, pumpkins, Halloween), local record label Harvest King (name makes me think of The Wicker Man) is hosting their sixth Harvest Dance at the German Club on Friday, Sept. 13. According to the communiqué, HKR co-founder Dylan Williams imagined the shindig as a “courting dance with dusty bands and whisky snowcones.” Local bands Black Drink Crier, Wildmen and Snake River are the fellas enlisted for the job of making the masses get jiggy with it.
REAL LIVE MUSIC
Other shows you might wanna check out just outside this issue of Prairie Dog’s two-week purview: Vancouver dream pop band Young Galaxy play with synth pop group Human Human on Thursday, Sept. 19 at The Exchange. Broken Social Scene/Apostle of Hustle offshoot, AroarA, consisting of Andrew Whiteman and his wife Ariel Engle, play at The Artful Dodger on Friday, Sept. 20.
In My Ears: Yamantaka/Sonic Titan’s new single “One”
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