As you may well imagine, my new job as City Councillor is keeping me busy, but not too busy to enjoy the many cultural events going on in our city! Hold on to your hats, because it is spring break for the kids and there are so many things going on the time will pass like a whirlwind! Hope to see you in a few places!
The annual Spring Dance Show for Tanya Bakala and the Mission Dance Company will take place Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets are through Ticketmaster and will be available at the door. I saw these dancers perform last week at the Celebration of International Women's Day hosted by the Women's Resource Centre and they were phenomenal. And as if the dancers weren't enough, the musical backup for this performance includes Stu Goldberg, Caitlin Lockwood and Denis Letourneau. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening!
The Kelowna Art Gallery will be hosting a series of art classes for children aged 7 to 12 over spring break. You can register for as many or as few as you would like. The theme changes every day in the first week and then repeats. My children have taken part in these classes in the past and have enjoyed them immensely. Please contact 762-2226 to register.
Kelowna Actors Studio is holding March Break Classes 1/2 Day & Full Day (1 week or 2) for ages 7 to 12. Theatre, improv. musical theatre, masks and much more! Call 862-2867 or visit www.KelownaActorsStudio.com to register. Tickets for their upcoming productions of Misery by Stephen King, The King and I & Little Shop of Horrors are also available.
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 NOW Canada Society for our production of Here on the Flight Path.
“Pay What You Can Mondays are an excellent way for students, families, first-time theatre goers to experience professional theatre in a way that is affordable for them,” says David Mann, Artistic Director for Sunshine Theatre. “It is an excellent way to help support community groups and be entertained at the same time.”
New Opportunities for Women (NOW) Canada Society provides programs, ongoing support, hope and wholeness to female youth who have been victims of sexual exploitation in our community and province.
Over the past seven years these services have grown from a single safe home to B.C.’s only full continuum of care for these women which include three safe homes (two for single participants and one for moms and children) a low barrier homeless shelter for women and their children and NOW Place apartments, our 21 unit apartment building. Clients also receive one-to-one support, trauma therapy, a four month life skills day program, a back to school/back to work program and seven years of client initiated support. Our goal is to help these young women rebuild their lives, gain employment and housing and to successfully reintegrate, as they are ready, back into the community as confident, caring and independent young women.
Here on the Flight Path takes place on the balcony of an apartment building that is literally “on the flight path”. (Think Richmond!) Accompanied by the roar of jet engines, a recently divorced newspaper columnist (Lowe) spends most of his time chatting up three very different and attractive neighbours – all played by one very talented and versatile actor (Petten). This regular guy may have only one thing on his mind, but he ends up with more than he expected – friendship, relationships, and perhaps just a bit of personal growth.
The Pay What You Can Monday performance of Here on the Flight Path is on March 13 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.
The Arrogant Worms will be performing at the Kelowna Community Theatre on March 15. Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster. The 'Worms' music and sense of humour is clever, witty, relevant (for the most part) and very, very funny. My husband happened to be in Toronto when they were recording their new album and he says they are very entertaining. They are on a Western Canadian tour in support of their latest album, "Beige".
On Thursday March 16th, 7 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre, see funny man Brent Butt, star of the hit CTV sitcom, Corner Gas! Brent's style, which he refers to as "coffee shop humour", is comfortable and relaxed. "My friends and I used to sit in the local coffee shop, literally for hours, just talking. We would discuss everything from world domination to the best kind of socks." Brent says, "That's what I try to recapture onstage, that easy style. The jokes naturally build and multiply in that situation. You don't have to force them". Don't miss this one night show! Tickets are at Ticketmaster.
Viva Musica secured the rights to one of the world’s most famous musicals, CATS set to run August 18-26th 2006. For the show, Viva Musica is seeking a company of actor/dancer/singers aged 16 and older. Auditions will be held MARCH 17th-20th. Please call 762-8967 for times. Office hours are Tue-Thur 10:30-4:30PM www.vivamusica.ca
Highly motivated students from the Centre For Arts and Technology stage Kelowna’s first Anti-Top 40 All Ages Musical event on March 17th 2006. Anti-Top 40 is more than just a concert, its platform is to showcase Kelowna’s best independent artists. The line-up for the evening includes the following bands: Atre Este, Daylight, Modus, 3rd Gear, Anyone’s Fate, Helcion, Orange Doorhinge, The Unknown Culprits, Metal Storm, DJ Cain, and DJ Lo-Tech. What sets this event high above the rest is the drive and passion of the people behind it to create something new without being profit driven, allowing the freedom of artistic expression. With it being an “all ages” event, the goal is to make the experience affordable for all to enjoy. With this in mind, tickets are set at $5.00 per person, and are being sold at the door. The evening’s festivities will take place at The Habitat – 248 Leon Avenue, Kelowna, BC. Space is limited with a maximum capacity of approximately 400 people, so to guarantee entrance, doors open early at 4 pm with the show commencing at 5 pm. This event will make great strides with Kelowna’s music scene, and will establish Kelowna as the place to be for great independent music.
Anti-Top 40’s Richie Loff said of the event: “In our research, we have discovered that the majority of those who attend concerts in Kelowna are driven away from local live entertainment due to the age restrictions in clubs. With this set of parameters in mind, we set out to satisfy not only these groups of people, but everyone who wishes to support our rapidly expanding scene.” For more information contact: Jess Mitchell at 488-4003.
The Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) and the Fringe Folk Club are pleased to announce that single tickets to the Carlos del Junco concert are now available for purchase through Ticketmaster. This concert takes place March 19th, 2006 at 8 pm, as part of a five-part series consisting of monthly concerts from January to May in the Mary Irwin Theatre.
This third concert of the series will feature Carlos del Junco who plays the harmonica like nobody else in the world. Carlos has earned awards such as Blues Musician of the Year Award -Jazz Report Magazine, Harmonica Player of the Year - Six times out of the Canadian Maple Blues Award's 9-year history World’s best in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz and Two Gold Medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos is a pioneer of the 10- hole diatonic harmonica. Throughout his concert and festival performances with his four piece band, you may hear an eclectic palette of jazz, blues, swing, Latin, funky New Orleans and the occasional African, hip-hop, and ska melody.
While respected as a blues artist, the music played by harmonica maestro del Junco transcends all categorization into sheer artistry bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many, a fringe folk instrument. His command of the harmonica is absolute – he plays with all the subtleties and nuances of a classical violinist to the edgier sounds of a blues rocker.
Carlos fuses his respect for tradition with a fresh, innovative, and truly modern approach. Audiences are blown away at every performance and return for more at show after show.
Tickets to this single concert are just $22 and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. RE/MAX ArtsCard holders pay just $18 per ticket. To purchase tickets through the RCA Ticketmaster outlet call 717-5304 or visit in person.
There will be a pre-show reception in the Atrium at 7 pm 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.
The remaining three concerts in the series will take place as follows: Fred Eaglesmith April 10th, and Po’ Girl May 18th. Tickets to these shows can also be purchased as a four-pack for only $68 through the RCA's Ticketmaster outlet.
The Okanagan Chef’s Association and the Kelowna Community Theatre are proud to announce the first annual Okanagan Culinary Festival hosted by Power 104 & Edan Fay, to take place on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th. The proceeds raised will go to benefiting the Kelowna Family Centre. I have been asked to be a judge and am looking forward to it!
The two day event features three culinary competitions: The Egon Braam, the Memorial Scholarship Apprentice Competition which will be followed by the Okanagan’s Best Wine Taster Contest The BC Provincial Cold Salon Culinary Display, and the Okanagan Iron Chefs Style Cooking Battle.
The Okanagan Iron Chefs competition will feature the following culinary artists, Travis Hackl (Okanagan’s Finest Foods), Paul Cecconi (The Harvest Dining Room), Rod Butters (Fresco Restaurant), and Lee Cooper (Mission Hill Winery).
Tickets for the Iron Chef Style Competition are $25 per person available at Ticketmaster (includes admission to festival events on Friday and Saturday). For those without Iron Chef tickets, drop in admission for festival events will be $2 per person at the door. For more information, please contact Martin Burden, President of the Okanagan’s Chef Association at 762-0717.
Preparations for Kelowna Music Week are underway! The Okanagan Musicians Association is looking for performers who wish to be part of their very first showcase series which will take place over 2 nights at several different venues on May 12 & 13. If you are interested please send in your press kit or demo CD, ASAP, to Scorpion Entertainment: Attention: Okanagan Musicians Association, Suite 15 - 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1Z8. Deadline for applications is March 30.
Gorman Bros. Lumber & Viva Musica present The Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble Double Bill NAOMI'S ROAD & THE WORLD OF OPERA in 45 minutes! March 30th 2006 8 PM at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets at Ticketmaster. Get more information at 762-8967.
At the Rotary Centre for the Arts on March 31st come down for a hilarious solo performance for the family, starring Tomas Kubinek, self-proclaimed certified lunatic and master of the impossible. This show has played to sold-out audiences throughout the world. Dr. Professor Tomas Kubinek will take audiences on a hilarious, joyful experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Be prepared for uproarious absurdity, spontaneous wit, and courageous feats of nonsense - all in one night! Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Irwin Theatre. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, 717-5304.
Enjoy a wonderful Spring Break! Until next time...