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Rann Berry Motown revue

The soul of Motown returns to the Kelowna Community Theatre Saturday, August 26th.

If you love Rhythm & Blues, Soul Music, and the BIG Motown hits from groups like The Temptations, Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Aretha Franklin, then you won’t want to miss this show! Rann Berry’s Soul of Motown Revue features a full 10 piece band that promises to deliver a night of Motown magic. “ We absolutely love this style of music, and the soulful groove and vibe that it creates” says Rann Berry. We want to create the atmosphere of a Detroit nightclub in the 1970s. Super funky and soulful”! Special Guest Vocalist Vicky Nish will also be adding her powerful heartfelt vocals to the show with her amazing Aretha Franklin tribute.

With Special Guest Comedian TIM NUT as seen on Comedy Central and Just for Laughs !

YES, You can dance…. We’ve added 2 dance floors!

“Our # 1 Summer Show 4 years in a row…. We’re always excited to have Rann Berry return to our theatre." -- Randy Zahara, Kelowna Community Theatre

“The Soul of Motown Revue filled our showroom to capacity and gave our guests a Vegas Style night to remember. Our best selling show ever.” -- Suzanne Chorney, Gateway Casinos

“We've had The Soul of Motown Revue three times at The Dream Cafe. The show sold out each time, and the audience ended up on their feet every time.” -- Pierre & Debra, The Dream Cafe

Tickets on sale now at selectyourtickets.com or by phone at 250-762-5050

Tickets are still only $29!



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Downtown gallery returns

For the second year in a row, the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) is teaming up with local businesses in downtown Kelowna to transform the Cultural District into one huge, beautiful, public art gallery!

ARTSCO is currently calling for submissions from artists and businesses to participate in the second annual Downtown Gallery program.  A unique cultural experience, the public, shoppers, tourists, and residents will be able to encounter the streets of Kelowna in a new way, with artwork featured in the windows and on walls of the stores that line Bernard Avenue and surrounding area.

Through this program, artist participants develop relationships with local businesses and showcase their work in high-traffic locations and business participants have new and returning customers come through their doors to see the artwork up close. In 2016, several stores even prepared a window display or merchandise inspired by the art piece installed in their business.

To participate in the Downtown Gallery Project, all you need to do is provide a space or storefront window that can host a piece of artwork for two weeks. You get to select which piece of art and/or artist(s) you would like to display in your business from a database of artworks available and art installation is provided and painless, leaving no unwanted holes in your walls.

Coinciding with the national Culture Days celebration which takes place on September 29, 30 & October 1, this year, Downtown Gallery will run for a full two weeks from September 23rd to October 7th, giving plenty of time for art sales and for return visits.

Artists interested in applying are asked to send their contact information, images of up to three art pieces, an image list, a biography, an artist statement, and be members of ARTSCO. For the complete application requirements, please visit https://www.artsco.ca/news/call-for-artists/ .

Don’t miss out on this excellent and rare opportunity to elevate your business and expose your artwork to the greater public. The Downtown Gallery brought our vibrant downtown community together in 2016, and this Fall we aim to create a bigger, brighter, and unmissable public art gallery.

To register your business or submit your artist application, contact Victoria Moore at submissions@artsco.ca by August 21, 2017.



Grande responds to criticism

Ariana Grande has assured fans she's "enjoying every last moment" of her Dangerous Woman Tour, after being accused of putting on a "mechanical" show in South Korea on Tuesday.

The singer is said to have arrived in the country just three hours before she was due to take to the stage at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Tuesday, meaning she didn't have time to complete a proper rehearsal before the concert and therefore disappointed fans who had paid $650 for special tickets allowing them access to watch Ariana practising ahead of the gig.

"All the people who paid $650 for VIP tickets for rehearsal + backstage performances and a meet & greet with pictures got none of it," one fan tweeted. "She arrived two hours before the concert so the rehearsal was cancelled. The meet & greet was delayed so people who had time for that came out to find that their entrance to the actual concert was delayed. The concert was a mess. Koreans, once again, taken for fools."

She also fuelled anger by sharing a video of herself apparently rehearsing in front of a mirror ahead of the gig on Instagram.

Ariana then reportedly made a speedy exit after the gig came to an end, declining to linger after the performance.

Show promoters Hyundai Card Co. later apologized for any "discomfort and inconvenience" caused during the concert in a statement posted to Facebook, with the company's chief executive officer, Chung Tae-young, commenting that Ariana "arriving right before the concert and leaving immediately, avoiding the press has left the impression as if the concert itself was mechanical."

"If Korea's current situation was worrisome, it would be good if she had shown the courage and sincerity she displayed at Manchester," he added, referring to the terrorist attack at Ariana's gig in Manchester, England, back in May. "Or it would have been better if she was just honest and cancelled the concert."

He added that the promoters are in discussions with the party that sold the VIP tickets to provide refunds for the fans who had paid out the $650.

Ariana has since taken to Twitter to address the criticisms. As well as sharing videos of her fans enjoying the concert in Seoul, Ariana tweeted: "I cherish these shows and these very special times with you. I am enjoying every last moment and am eternally grateful for you. all da (sic) time."





Tina Fey returns to SNL

Tina Fey has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump and white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally during a surprise appearance on a Saturday Night Live special on Thursday.

The former 30 Rock star, who worked on the U.S. sketch show from 1998 to 2006 and was best known for anchoring the Weekend Update segment, made an appearance behind the news desk once again for the Summer Edition of Weekend Update on Thursday.

Besides co-host Colin Jost, she told viewers that, as an alumni of the University of Virginia, the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville "broke my heart" before blasting Trump for failing to condemn the neo-Nazis for the violence that broke out between them and counter-protesters and placing the blame on "both sides".

"I'm feeling sick because I've seen (Indiana Jones movie) Raiders of the Lost Ark and I wasn't confused by it. Nazis are always bad. I don't care what you say," she joked to Colin before talking about similar rallies that have been planned around the U.S. including one in New York.

"Part of me hopes these neo-Nazis do try it (in New York) and get the ham salad kicked out of them by a bunch of drag queens, because you know what a drag queen still is? A six-foot-four black man," she joked.

Tina, wearing the university's sweater, was then presented with a cake bearing the American flag and proceeded to eat it messily while talking, telling people who are frustrated by current events that they should do the same.

During her cake-eating rant, she said, "Next time, when you see a bunch of white boys dressed in polo shirts, screaming about taking our country back and you want to scream, 'It's not our country, we stole it!'

"And when they have a peaceful protest at (Native American reservation) Standing Rock we shoot at them with rubber bullets... but we let you chinless turds march through the streets with semi-automatic weapons."

She concluded by saying, "Don't yell it at the Klan. Yell it into the cake" as she proceeded to scream into the cake.

Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, fellow SNL alumni, returned too, dressed up as presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, to have a comedic discussion about Confederate-era statues being taken down.



50 Cent's ratings ploy

Rapper 50 Cent has confessed to purposefully leaking episodes of his TV hit Power to boost ratings.

The final three installments of the crime drama's current season four were recently posted online before the scheduled air date, prompting network officials at Starz to threaten legal action against the person or persons responsible.

50 Cent took to social media over the weekend to claim he had become a prime suspect for TV executives, a notion he appeared to brush off.

"STARZ thinks I leaked my own show," he wrote alongside a collage of images from the series.

50 stopped short of confirming or denying the allegation, but encouraged fans to tune in to the show when it aired during its usual Sunday night time slot.

The viewing figures for the weekend episode have since revealed a bump in ratings following the leak, and now 50 has come clean about leaking the footage to boast about his promotional tactic online.

"POWER Ratings up another 10 percent for episode 408. They glad I leaked the s**t now (sic). LOL," he posted on Instagram on Wednesday. He added the hashtag, "#SAVAGELIFE", confirming his actions were intentional.

50 may have gotten the idea of releasing Power's new material early after learning Game of Thrones fans had shattered ratings records of the cult fantasy drama by tuning in to watch season seven's Spoils of War installment earlier this month, despite the episode leaking online days before.

Starz officials have yet to comment on the hip-hop star's remarks, but he has been clashing with network representatives for some time, and previously threatened to pull Power from the cable channel after they refused to extend the number of episodes featured in seasons four and five.



Thicke's girlfriend pregnant

Singer Robin Thicke is set to become a father again - and the baby is due on his late dad Alan's birthday.

The Blurred Lines hitmaker began dating model April Love Geary in late 2014, just months after separating from his actress wife Paula Patton.

Robin and April, who is 18 years his junior, have been together ever since, and now they are preparing to start a family.

The 22-year-old mother-to-be shared her baby news with fans on Instagram on Thursday.

"Robin and I are very excited to share with you all that we're having a baby!" she captioned a photo of the baby's sonogram.

April went on to reveal their child is expected to share the same birthday as Robin's father, actor/singer Alan Thicke, who died in December, aged 69.

"The due date is March 1st, Alan's birthday!" she added.

Sources tell TMZ.com the unborn baby is a girl.

Robin, 40, has yet to comment on the news, but the kid will be a sibling for his seven-year-old son Julian, from his marriage to Patton.

The high school sweethearts wed in 2005, but according to TMZ, the former couple is still yet to finalize its divorce, after becoming engaged in a custody war over Julian at the start of 2017.

The Mission: Impossible actress accused her ex of physically abusing both her and their boy, and obtained a protective order barring the singer from contacting or going anywhere near her, her mother Joyce, or Julian.

She also secured sole legal and physical custody of their son, while Robin was limited to three supervised visits a week at a neutral location.

In March, Paula and Robin were reported to be nearing a new custody agreement, although the details of the deal had not been made public.



Paris Hilton apologizes

Paris Hilton has apologized for defaming women who have accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual assault.

The American leader was slammed during his presidential election campaign last year when audio from a now infamous Access Hollywood TV chat, in which Trump was heard boasting about forcibly grabbing women by the genitals without their permission, went public.

After the video was released, 15 women came forward and accused Trump of sexual misconduct and Summer Zervos slapped him with a defamation lawsuit in January in connection to her assault claims.

In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, Hilton was asked about the allegations and insisted the women were "opportunists" looking for "attention, fame, and money."

Paris was subsequently slammed for her comments and now she is apologizing, insisting it is important to her to continue working to empower women.

"I want to apologize for my comments from an interview I did last year," a statement to Us Weekly magazine reads. "They were part of a much larger story and I am regretful that they were not delivered in the way I had intended.

"I was speaking about my own experiences in life and the role of media and fame in our society and it was never my intention for my comments to be misapplied almost a year later.

"I always believe in helping women have their voices heard and helping create an environment where women feel empowered and believe in themselves. I am deeply hurt by how this has played out and also deeply sorry. Moving forward I will continue to do what I can to be an advocate for girls and women with the hopes of providing a louder voice for those who may desperately need it."



Lady Antebellum babies

The Lady Antebellum family is about to swell by two - Hillary Scott and bandmate Dave Haywood's wife are pregnant.

Haywood's wife Kelli is due in December and Scott, who is married to Chris Tyrrell, is expecting her second child in February.

The bandmates announced the baby news in a joint post on the group's Instagram page, beneath a photo of their kids.

"Well, #BabyBellum round 2 is on the way!" the caption reads. "We're thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this December, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in February 2018!!"

Dave and Kelli welcomed son Cash in September, 2014 and Hillary and Chris share daughter Eisele, who was born in 2013.

The Need You Now singer also suffered a miscarriage in 2015, which inspired the song Thy Will from her Grammy-winning Christian family album Love Remains.

Dave and Hillary's bandmate, Charles Kelley, is also currently a father of one after his wife Cassie McConnell Kelley welcomed son Ward in February, 2016. The couple struggled to conceive for years.

The country trio is currently wrapping up the North American leg of its world tour before jetting off to Europe and South Africa - with their families in tow.

Scott admits life on the road with kids can be tough, but they make it work.

"We definitely flip a switch," she tells Billboard. "At a certain time, it's like, 'OK Eisele, it's time for bed. Mom's gotta go do a show'. It's definitely an adjustment, but it's fun. We enjoy what we do so much because we feel so lucky to have such incredible families at home, but that also get to travel with us.

"For me, it really amplifies the whole experience. There's nothing better than walking off stage, getting on the bus and looking at the baby monitors, seeing Eisele conked out in the bunk - knowing we're going to have breakfast in the morning, and that we get to do it all again tomorrow. It's really special. And now the kids are getting old enough to where they're playing together."

Kelley adds, "Every day, they're talking about Moana... and now my 18-month-year-old kid, he's already obsessed. We've watched Moana a thousand times. But those cartoons are amazing!"



Ed Sheeran surprises fans

Ed Sheeran gave fellow pop star Shawn Mendes a big boost on Wednesday night joining the teen onstage for a show in New York.

Shawn was headlining a gig at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he treated fans to a brief cover of Ed's track Castle on the Hill, before playing his own ballads Life of the Party, Three Empty Words, and Roses.

However, the Castle on the Hill rendition turned out to be a teaser for an even bigger surprise the singer had in store for attendees later on in his set - an unexpected appearance from Ed himself.

Devotees were sent into a screaming frenzy as the British superstar stepped out onstage to perform with Shawn, teaming up for the second verse of the 19-year-old's track Mercy, with both musicians strumming acoustic guitars.

After the short duet, Ed headed backstage, as Shawn gushed to the crowd, "That was just as crazy for me as it was for you guys!"

He later shared a photo of the pair in action on Instagram, and expressed his gratitude to Sheeran by captioning it, "Thank you !!!"

The collaboration was all the more special for Shawn as it had taken place in the Big Apple, a city of particular significance for the youngster.

"I just want to say that there are these very certain cities in the world that make me go crazy before I get on stage, and this is one of them," he told the Brooklyn audience earlier on in the concert. "I always have to mention it that the people who found me in the very beginning of my career are here tonight, the first fans who stopped me on the street to take photos. You guys had no idea this was happening, and now it's happening. It's incredible, so enjoy the show."

The gig, which also featured Charlie Puth as the show opener, was part of Shawn's Illuminate World Tour, which kicked off in the U.K. in April and ends in Japan in December.



Anna Faris offers advice

Anna Faris offered relationship advice to a listener during the first podcast since her split from husband Chris Pratt on Tuesday.

The actress and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris announced they were going their separate ways after eight years of marriage earlier this month to the shock of their fans, who flooded social media with tweets following the news.

And in a crossover episode of her podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, which sees her and a celebrity guest solving listeners' problems each week, and podcast My Favorite Murder, the 40-year-old actress thanked fans for their support and gave an insight into some of the issues that led to the couple's split.

"Life is too short to be in relationships where you feel this isn't fully right or somebody doesn't have your back, or somebody doesn't fully value you," the Scary Movie star advised. "Don't be afraid to feel your independence if things aren't right.

"I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like 'I'm checking my relationship off the list' and if that would be the final piece of advice I could give you, that would be know your worth, know your independence," she reflected.

At the start of the show, she said, "Hey, dear listeners! I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I've been receiving, and I truly love you."

The estranged couple, who share a son Jack, four, released a joint statement on social media to inform fans of their sad decision, sharing that they had "tried for a long time, and we're really disappointed."

"Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we went to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still love each other and will always cherish our time together."



Grande wows Japanese fans

Ariana Grande wowed fans in Japan during her Dangerous Woman Tour when she spoke to them in their native tongue.

The 23-year-old singer has been on the road since February and took her show to the Makuhari Messe arena near Tokyo for three nights on August 10, 12, and 13.

For her last night at the venue, Ariana decided to impress her fans by showing off her fledgling Japanese speaking skills, telling them in their own language: "Tokyo! How are you? Are you having a good time? I love you!"

She added to the crowd that she has been doing her best to learn the language in recent months.

Ariana's Japanese skills weren't the only surprise of the evening, as she also invited boyfriend Mac Miller out onto the stage with her to perform her breakthrough single The Way - with his entrance met by cheers of delight from the crowd.

The Side to Side singer hasn't released any new music since her cover of Somewhere Over the Rainbow in June, after she performed it at the One Love Manchester gig following the terrorist attack at her concert in the city which left 22 people dead.

So when she started tweeting what appeared to be song lyrics on Tuesday, her followers were quick to question her about whether she had a potential new tune in the pipeline.

"I'm........ giving you evvvvvverything, alll that joooooooy can bring, this i swear," Ariana tweeted, to which one fan asked her, "R u spilling tea right now?", using the slang word for "dishing". Another asked "if these are (new) lyrics".

The pretty brunette quickly responded as she revealed she had actually been tweeting some of the lyrics from the Spice Girls' 1996 hit Say You'll Be There

"omg (Oh my God) they're spice girls lyrics not A4 tea... am i old," Ariana wrote. It's believed the "A4" is referring to Ariana's upcoming fourth studio album.



OSO's 58th season

This September the Okanagan Valley will come alive with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s new season celebrating the magic of live orchestral music.  In the OSO’s 58th season, Maestra Rosemary Thomson and the OSO Artistic team have created a concert series that offers a wide range of renowned compositions performed by some of Canada’s greatest artists.
 
The OSO invites music lovers of all ages to explore the diverse musical repertoire that will make up the 2017/ 2018 season. Single and subscription tickets are now available for purchase - offering Okanagan Valley residents the opportunity to experience what are sure to be sell out performances. Season subscriptions and single concert tickets for performances are available for Kelowna concerts by phone through Kelowna Tickets at 250.862.2867; for Penticton at the Shatford Centre or by phone 888.974.9170; and at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre by phone at 250.549.7469. Tickets to all performances are also available online at www.okanagansymphony.com.
 
Highlights of the season include 12 year old child prodigy, pianist Kevin Chen, the fiery technique of violinist Timothy Chooi, Canadian chanteuse Sara Slean and a rare visit by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
 
The passionate music of the Italians performed by trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, singers from the UBC Opera Ensemble performing the charming operettas of Strauss and Franz Lehar and a 25th anniversary performance by the Gryphon Trio round out the season. The classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf and a new Hallowe’en Spooktacular production offer unique musical experiences for all ages.
 
The OSO opens their season September 29th with the special Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performance with monthly concerts until the season finale in mid-May. Select performances can be seen in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon.
 
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is the third largest professional Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia; entertaining residents of the Okanagan Valley and visitors from around the globe with symphonic music since 1960. To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com or follow at www.twitter.com/OKSymponyOrch,  www.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra and www.instagram.com/okanagansymphony.  See it, Hear it, Love it!



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