Contemporary Muslim Fashions at the de Young Museum

San Francisco

Opens September 22

Dian Pelangi (Indonesian, B. 1991), image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Dian Pelangi (Indonesian, B. 1991), image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

In the first major exhibit of its kind, the de Young Museum’s Contemporary Muslim Fashions explores the diversity and complexity of dress among Muslim women. Fashion will be on display—including custom couture—as part of a wider discussion about cultural trends in different parts of the world, including Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries. The exhibit will also display art by contemporary artists such as Rania Matar and Shirin Neshat.


Anthropocene at the National Gallery of Canada and Art Gallery of Ontario

Ottawa and Toronto

Opens September 28

Ottawa and Toronto Photographer Edward Burtynsky, documentarian Jennifer Baichwal and filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier reflect on the effects human activity is having on Earth in Anthropocene. Photographs, film and augmented reality installations are being shown at the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Different artwork at each allow for unique experiences, so intrepid art-lovers should take a road trip to see both exhibits.





SKOOKUM, Vancouver

September 7 to 9

Photo courtesy of SKOOKUM Vancouver Everynight Images/Alamy

Photo courtesy of Everynight Images/Alamy

Even though it’s only in its first year, Vancouver’s art, music and food festival, SKOOKUM has pulled in headliners The Killers and Florence and the Machine.


LA Film Festival, Los Angeles

September 20 to 28

In a film-worthy plot twist, the LA Film Festival has moved from summer to fall. The festival largely screens independent films.



October 8 to 14

A staple of Calgary’s literary scene, Wordfest brings a range of local, national and international writers to the city to wax poetic on all things books.



Broadway and West End Theatre



Broadway, New York

Opens September 25

Bernhart/Hamlet, photo by Jake Chessum

Bernhart/Hamlet, photo by Jake Chessum

Sarah Bernhardt was the first to portray Hamlet on film in 1900—a role she famously performed on stage the previous year. Playwright Theresa Rebeck reimagines the dramatic stage debut in Roundabout Theatre’s Bernhardt/Hamlet, with Janet McTeer in the titular role.



West End, London

Opens September 26

This new production of the ’70s musical at the Gielgud Theatre reverses the gender of the main character. Bobby is now Bobbie, and is played by Rosalie Craig.


The Height of the Storm

West End, London

Opens October 9

In Florian Zeller’s new play, a weekend visit from their daughters stirs up questions for lovers André, played by Jonathan Pryce, and Madeleine, played by Eileen Atkins.


The Ferryman

Broadway, New York

Opens October 21

An unexpected visitor leads to dramatic consequences for a family in early-’80s Northern Ireland. British director Sam Mendes brings the play from London for its Broadway debut.



[This story appears in the September 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]