Cultural Events

always a pleasant evening

One of my goals has been to attend more cultural and music events. Monsieur enjoys performing music but he is reluctant to attend performances or galleries. Years ago, he enjoyed such things but those days are gone! I don't expect I'm the only wife in the world who wishes her partner would try new activities so there's really no point in complaining about it. My thought on growing old with a person is that it is important to attend to one's own needs or else bitterness and resentment will set in.

On Wednesday evening, I attended a presentation by Riotous Youth, a group of young actors who are presenting Bard for Life, a programme of Shakespeare appreciation for all ages. My book club just read Taming of the Shrew and we will be going to the Bard on The Beach presentation soon.

Friday night, I went to hear the Irish Wakers perform at an open air concert at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. They played songs from Ireland, Shetland and Nova Scotia. The evening was clear and warm. The music reminded me of an afternoon on the west coast of Ireland, when the same group of friends were forced to find shelter from the rain in a pub. On a dare, one of our number taught the song Mairzy Doats to a group of golfer men who were also seeking shelter.

Saturday afternoon, I went with another group of friends to see Evolutionary Tango, a staged reading by a group of actors. One of my friends attended her 50th high school reunion and met Beth Coleman, the author. The play is a futuristic look at growing old. The protagonist, a 108 year-old woman is being cared for by an android caregiver. I had just listened to a podcast about robot companions for the elderly in Japan and heard discussion about Amazon's Alexa being linked to the National Health System in Britain. You can ask "her" your health questions. The play is a work in progress but it was thought provoking.

It seems with cultural events that it's either feast or famine. This coming week is book club and my trip to Vancouver Island. So much to see in this super summer.

Culture survives in smaller spaces - not in the history books that erect monuments to the nation's grand history but in cafes and cinema houses, village squares, and half-forgotten libraries. Amitava Kumar