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|Written by Wayne Current|
|Thursday, 04 February 2010 00:00|
I really enjoyed the last cultural salon at the Cube so when I discovered that the series was being continued I eagerly set off to review the latest salon for (Cult)ure. I arrived a good 20 minutes before the official start time and was taken aback at the crowd. The place was packed and almost every available seat was already filled. In the end, the show was a standing room only affair. The word is out! The Cube gallery's cultural salons are a great way to see the best of local artists performing predominantly original work. $20 for music, theatre, and poetry. The complimentary cheese spread and the reasonably priced wine are an added bonus. It's a great evening out.This most recent salon began with the musical stylings of John Gillies. Gillies is a local singer songwriter who plays piano, guitar, and kazoo (sometimes all at the same time). His set was nice and mellow with a few surprises, like kazoo accompaniment, thrown in to keep things interesting.
Next up was Emily Pearlman and Nick Di Gaetano from Micasa Theatre. This talented company was the tour de force behind Countries Shaped Like Stars. A show that has often sold out, whether at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, Irving Greenberg Theatre, or even living room performances. This evening they showcased some excerpts from their new project Live From the Belly of the Whale. Much like Countries, this show looks like it will be a blend of whimsical storytelling combined with music. Judging by the crowd's reaction to the music this show is sure to be a hit. A few in the audience were actually moved to dance.
Finally, well-known actress and spoken word artist Kel Parsons was skyped in from New York. To be honest, I wasn't sure how effective this would be. I had no reason for concern. This is the kind of performance that Kel does very well. I was left craving more.
The next Cultural Salon at the Cube is scheduled for February 13. It will feature Home in Time a new play by local playwright Sterling Lynch, my favourite local singer/song writer John Carrol, and more spoken word performance from Kel Parsons. It looks like another fantastic evening. I recommend reserving your tickets in advance here and arriving early to grab a good seat.