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February Events

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Can you believe it is almost Valentine's Day already?! My friends in the Relativity Quartet have the perfect, no-cal Valentine's surprise for your sweetheart. Singing telegrams! This is the same group that serenaded our Mayor on her birthday in January. Only $15 a telegram for a priceless memory. Book early for your priority reservation. You can reach Loreta at 769-6658 or e-mail her at [email protected]

Sunshine Theatre Company continues to partner with other non-profit community organizations in order to help promote awareness and raise funds. This season Sunshine has been able to contribute over two thousand dollars to community organizations through shared box office proceeds from its 'Pay What You Can Mondays'. Half of the proceeds earned from Sunshine’s 'Pay What You Can Mondays' will be donated to a designated charity group. Sunshine is pleased to be teaming up with the Central Okanagan Hospice Association for their production of QUARRY.

The Central Okanagan Hospice Association, founded in 1982, is a non-profit organization that provides trained volunteers to offer emotional support to those living with a terminal illness and to their families through to bereavement serving families in the Central Okanagan, from Oyama to Peachland. As a not for profit organization, all of their programs and services are free.

Quarry is a thriller in which nothing – and no one – is what they appear to be. The twists and turns will leave you guessing until the final curtain…and beyond. Playwright Mo Bock describes Quarry as: “an edgy mystery, with psychodrama overtones.” Was it murder…or merely fiction? Does fiction mirror life…or death? This is the first mystery-thriller Sunshine has produced in recent memory, and it will be a taut, edgy evening of theatre with a top-notch cast.

The Pay What You Can Monday performance of Quarry is on February 6 at 8:00 pm in the Mary Irwin Theatre. It operates on a first come first serve basis- rush seating applies. Theatre -goers are advised to show up early to ensure a ticket and their favourite seat. Tickets are available at www.selectyourtickets.com or by calling 762-5050.

The next instalment of the Arts Appreciation Lecture Series is set to take place Tuesday, February 7th in the Pacific Safety Products Boardroom at the Rotary Centre for the Arts at 7 p.m. Join us as David LaHay takes you through a short history of ballet from its European roots to the present as well as a short history of Ballet Kelowna's beginnings. David is the Artistic Director of Ballet Kelowna as well as the Associate Director of Dance at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. While sharing his wealth of knowledge with participants, David will also bring along some costumes and pointe shoes for your viewing.

Also worthy to note, on February 12th and 13th at 7 p.m. there will be a free dance performance in the Mary Irwin Theatre. David is part of this collaborative project with Arts Umbrella in Vancouver and the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Tickets will be available as of February 9th at the RCA Ticketmaster outlet.

Gorman Bros. Lumber & Viva Musica proudly present Music of the Night An Andrew Lloyd Webber Cabaret Production Featuring the Viva Musica Chorus with special guests Steve Maddock & Kim Sterling at the Rotary Centre for the Arts- South Atrium. Show runs Thursday, February 9th - 8PM
Friday, February 10th- 8PM Saturday, February 11th- 2PM & 8PM and Sunday, February 12th- 2PM only. Ticketmaster tickets available at outlet (250) 717-5304 or purchase online at www.ticketmaster.ca

Pull out your finest gown and the good jewellery, press up the tie, your suit or tux and get ready for Ballet Kelowna’s fourth annual Valentine’s Masked Ball, this February 11 at the Coast Capri Hotel’s Ball Room. And don’t forget your dancing shoes!

This fund-raising event for Ballet Kelowna offers a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some glitz, some romance and a hint of mystery as all guests are asked to wear masks for the first part of the evening. For those who don’t own their own masks, artistically handcrafted masks will be sold at the door as an additional fund-raiser.

The evening includes a delicious four course meal prepared by the renowned Capri Hotel’s kitchen, wine at every table and a decadent dessert. You can then dance away those extra calories to the strains of the Michael Garding Big Band.

There will be a small performance by the Ballet Kelowna dancers as well as some special surprise guests. Add to that a silent auction, 50-50 draw and a live auction to be conducted by the loveable Maxine Dehart and it will be an evening to remember.

Last year’s event sold out, so if you don’t want to be disappointed, order your tickets today for what will no doubt be the most talked about social event of the town.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a reception. Tickets are $125 and are available through the Ballet Kelowna office at 762-6105 or by calling Christine Wolter at 317-1782.

At Habitat on Leon, also on February 11, you can check out a fashion show called "love or lust", coordinated by Kelly Shepherd & Vanessa Vick. Presented by Blonde, Cream Hair & Make-up, Revolver and X10sion 207. Expect 60 minutes of skit-like performances and straight-up strutting. Artwork will be on display by artists in the FlyDJ and SpaceDub communities throughout the night. Catering by Ric's Grill and wine by Sonoran Estate Winery. Doors open at 7pm and Dj's will be on the decks at 9pm (DJ LOVE -Dallas & B.Traits -Vancouver). Tickets are $5 for the fashion show and $15 for the fashion show and Party.

Two special performances by Canto del Viento featuring Beatrice McQuaid ~ soprano, Sandra Fletcher ~ pipe organ/piano and Allen Szeliga ~ trumpets will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 pm ~ First United Church, Kelowna (tickets available at the door, and in advance at Paramount Music) and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm ~ All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon (tickets available at the door, and in advance at Art Schmidt Optical). The program features works by Handel, Gliere, Dubois and much more. $15.00~adults, $5.00 ~ students under 18.

Good seat selection is still available for Stephen Fearing in concert in the Mary Irwin Theatre February 15th at 8 p.m. This second concert of a five-part folk music series will feature Juno award-winner Stephen Fearing who blends a variety of genres and musical influences in his work. He has been performing for almost 18 years and has been described as having written some of the "most literate, stirring and emotionally charged folk music on the planet."

Fearing is considered to be one of Canada's most respected songwriters and guitarists. Subjects covered in his work include: love's lost, poverty, faith, and sexuality.

Tickets are just $22 and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. RE/MAX ArtsCard holders pay just $18 per ticket. Contact the RCA Ticketmaster outlet by calling 250-717-5304 or visit in person. There will be a pre-show reception in the Atrium at 7 p.m. where patrons can enjoy beer and pizza featured by Tree Brewing and Staccatos Gelateria and Bistro and listen to local performers. Patrons can pre-order the beer and pizza for an additional $5 when they purchase their tickets.

And finally, can you believe that the Okanagan Festival Singers are going to be celebrating their 20th season this fall? Mark your calendars now for the Messiah concerts on December 16 in Kelowna and December 17 in Vernon. It promises to be the best one yet.

That's it for now - enjoy all the culture we have to offer here in Kelowna, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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