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Nuit Noire

Tuesday June 28th, 2011 to
Sunday July 31st, 2011


Vernissage:

Sat Jul 2nd, 2011 — 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

A Month long art show with fabulous works by a dozen artists! The First annual Dark Sky festival in Canada! Free Sidewalk Star Party and lectures! The first private street in Canada to vote to turn off their streetlights! (Julian Ave.)

Featuring the art work of:

Alisdair MacRae & Negar Seyfollahy, Robert Ba...rclay, Denis Larouche, D.H. Monet, Eric Walker, Janet Tulloch, Jessica Sarrazin, Pauline Gagnon, marc andre brzustowski, Mark Vidalin, MaryAnn Camps, Paul Klauninger, Peter Dolan, Russell Yuristy, Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Stephanie Browness, (TLA) The Latest Artists, Tony Peterson, Wayne Ross, and Zenon Billings

"Nuit Noire" is an art show and community festival dedicated to the beauty and majesty of the night sky and a testament to those artists, sculptors, scientists and astronomers who still turn their gaze to the stars. They do this despite the outdoor lighting that has become an inescapable part of life. Streetlights, illuminated billboards, shopping centre parking lots are aglow from dusk to dawn. Businesses obsess over late-night security and convenience stores attempt to out-dazzle one another as they compete for customers. We cheat the night of darkness and create light pollution that dims the stars above.

SCHEDULE

GALA OPENING: Saturday, July 2, 7:30 pm until late

8:30 pm. James Bremner will read from his essay in the book "Let there be Night", telling how he lost his fear of the dark and found a little courage. Can there be courage without fear, as we crowd together in over-lit cities?

Sidewalk Star party 9:30 pm: Meet the artists at our opening night gala and sidewalk star party: Fine Art, Music by John Gillies and Telescopes! At this event we will turn off the street lights on Julian Avenue (out front of the Gallery) for a one night Dark Sky street party. With the dark of the moon on our side, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and others will bring telescopes to the blocked off and darkened street. A green example, as many small towns are discovering the joy of not only saving the environment and money – but getting to see the Milky Way as an added bonus.  This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event.


LECTURE SERIES

“A Thief of the Night”: July 7, 8:30pm

How does artificial light changes the ecological balance and degrade human health? The first in our series of lectures will be held on the theme of Light Pollution. Robert Dick leads a discussion on problems and solutions for Light Pollution in Canada – and beyond. Robert created the National Light Pollution Abatement Program to address outdoor light pollution.

“Is Anybody Home?” July 21, 7:30pm

Two part Lecture: 1) the nature of Black Holes & 2) the modern search for life on other planets.

Professor Peter Watson will offer us a short overview about recent observations and study of black holes from CERN to deep space. See Notes and video from his lecture here.  The second lecture this evening will be given by Dr. Al Scott, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on 'the Possibilities of Life on Other Planets'.

Sunday July 31st

2:30 - 3pm

My astronomy beginnings: A talk by Nicholas ZugerSEE LINK HERE!


THEATRE PERFORMANCE

ENGLAND
July 8, 13,14,15

New York performance collective The Glacial Company is partnering with Cube Gallery for Nuit Noire. In honour of the Royal visit, and Prince Charles' public support of the dark sky movement: We present a new production of British playwright Tim Crouch's innovative theatre piece "ENGLAND". Performers David Bernstein and Sierra Percy-Beauregard will play two Cube Gallery tour guides giving an after hours tour of Nuit Noire, the subject soon turns from astronomy to more earthly matters. "ENGLAND" deals provocatively with another reason humankind has historically looked to the heavens; the contemplation of their own mortality.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:

The Residents of Julian Ave., The Royal Astronomical Society, Ottawa Science and Tech Museum, Kichesippi Brewing Co., SkyNews Magazine, West Wellington BIA, Ottawa Counselor Hobbs, MacKay, Powell, Duvadie Law Office, Tega Homes

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28 Juin – 31 Juillet

Nuit Noire: Un Festival du ciel nocturne
Mettant en montre les oeuvres de:
Alisdair MacRae & Negar Seyfollahy, Robert Barclay, Denis Larouche, D.H. Monet, Eric Walker, Janet Tulloch, Jessica Sarrazin, Pauline Gagnon, marc andre brzustowski, Mark Vidalin, MaryAnn Camps, Paul Klauninger, Peter Dolan, Russell Yuristy, Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, Stephanie Browness, (TLA) The Latest Artists, Tony Peterson, and Zenon Billings