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(January 24, 2002, Gazette)

Thursday, Jan. 24
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents The Man Who Wasn’t There (US 2001). Directed by Joel (and co-written with Ethan) Coen. With Billy Bob Thornton, Francis McDormand and James Gandolfino. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see

Friday Jan. 25
Seminar — The Coasts Under Stress Research Project and the Department of History present Steven High in a seminar titled From ‘Outport’ to ‘Outport Base’: Community Transformation, Public Health and the American Occupation of Stephenville, 1940-1945, at 2 p.m. in the Arts and Administration Building, Room A-4004. Steven High is a history post-doc and a research associate with the Coasts Under Stress Research Project.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Workshop — In conjunction with Japanese woodcut exhibitions at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, the school’s Division of Community Education and College Relations will be offering a weekend workshop on Japanese woodblock printmaking. For further information regarding the workshop, please contact Marilyn Forward, program developer at 637-6207.

Tuesday, January 29
Speakers Series — The Office of Alumni Affairs and the Division of Lifelong Learning speakers series continues at 7:30 p.m. in room A-1043 with Dr. Colin Higgs, director of Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, with a talk titled The Science of Weight Control. Although the series is free, donations to the university’s scholarship fund will be gratefully received.

Public lecture — The St. John’s Public Lecture in Philosophy resumes at 8:30 p.m. with a lecture titled From Superhighway to Superorganism: Emerging Metaphors for the Internet, by Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, an assistant professor in Memorial’s Faculty of Education. The lecture takes place at The Magnum and Stein on Duckworth St.

Thursday, Jan. 31
Public lecture — The Newfoundland Historical Society will be holding a free public lecture at 8 p.m. at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute. Stephen Mills of Memorial’s Archaeology Unit will be speaking on a 17th century planter household in Renews. Everyone is welcome.

Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Innocence (Australia 2000). Directed by Paul Cox, with Julia Blake, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Terry Norris and Robert Menzies. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see

Saturday, Feb. 2
Cabaret night — The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador presents Black, Red and Gold Cabaret at 8 p.m. in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. The door prize is a trip for two to Germany. Tickets are available by calling 737-2364 or 737-8210.

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Public lecture — Time for the Making, a lecture series sponsored by the MUN Catholic Community and the Campus Ministries, continues with Labrador artist Boyd Chubbs with a talk titled The Winter of the Remarkable Oranges. The lecture takes place at 8 p.m. in room AA-1046.

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Public lecture — The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador present a lecture by Dr. Gerhard Bassler of Memorial’s history department at 8 p.m. Dr. Bassler will speak on art and politics in post-First World War Germany. The lecture takes place at the Arts and Culture Centre.

Thursday, Feb. 7
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Princess and the Warrior (Der Krieger und die Kaiserin) (Germany 2000). Rated R. English subtitles. Directed by Tom Twyker with Franke Potente and Beno Fürmann. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see


Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic runs at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador from Feb. 1 to March 24, 2002. This internationally touring exhibition demonstrates the often conflicted relationships between art and politics, and between ideology and the everyday in the modern era. After the First World War the German monarchy had been dissolved to make way for a kind of liberal democracy known as the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). For information contact Gabrielle Kemp at 737-2370.

The Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery will be exhibiting Ukiyo-e: Inside the Floating World, 19th century Japanese woodblock prints from the Gordon Collection. This exhibition is circulated by the Thames Art Gallery of the Chatham Cultural Centre. The 27 prints in this exhibition offer insight into the work of one major ukiyo-e artist, Kunisada. It includes the work of not only Kunisada, but also the artists who influenced him and artists who subsequently were influenced by him. The prints in this collection, with their dramatic, daring design, intricate patterns and jewel-like colour, demonstrate why these images were able to affect European artists so forcibly. Additionally, on exhibit will be a selection of woodblock prints by W. J. Phillips, Canada’s foremost practitioner of this art form. Phillips, a contemporary of the Group of Seven, brought a humane vision to the Canadian landscape. He was influential as a teacher and as an inspiration for artists of the Canadian Prairies. Both his writing about colour woodblock printmaking and his works were much admired internationally. These prints are on loan from the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Banff Centre for the Arts. Finally, Birds, Bugs, Beasts, Blossoms provides a look at three contemporary artists employing colour woodblock printmaking: Suezan Aikins, Charlotte Jones and April Vollmer. These three artists discovered one another’s art when they appeared in several group exhibitions together. Much in keeping with the historical use of the medium, all three pursue themes related to the natural world but in very different ways. The exhibitions continue until Feb. 25.