Kingston arts scene: best of the best

Journal staff members recount three standout arts events that took place in the city this year

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Concert

Dan Bejar’s solo set was a beautiful thing to witness, absence of drum machines and saxophones be damned. The setlist spanned his whole career, from his earliest output in the 90s all the way through to his most recent release, the Five Spanish Songs EP. For once, the Grad Club audience was dead silent, allowing his cryptic lyrics and truly overwhelming voice to fill the room.

— Justin Santelli

Gallery

Emily Zielke’s installation, Wednesday of the Week, was the most provoking piece I saw this year, as well as being one of the most successfully executed.

Her work engulfs you, while keeping you at a distance from it. Zielke, BFA ’14, enables the viewer to contemplate the state of the mind, which establishes the strength of her work.

It is as though you are interacting with the subconscious.

— Maggie Heathcote

Theatre

Young Frankenstein is an affectionate musical parody of film adaptations of Mary Shelley`s Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein journeys from his modern life in New York to take on the old family business of monster-making in Transylvania. It was the perfect blend of inappropriate singing, dancing, innuendo and dark humor. Everyone was doing the “Transylvania Mania”.

— Janine Abuluyan

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