Artists in our Midst presents Anagram in Concert: Anna Lumiere on piano and Graham Ord on sax and percussion playing an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, bossa nova, samba and Afro-Cuban music. Jazz singer Jacquie Allan is their guest at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets for this St. Hilda’s fundraiser are $15 at the door and they include refreshments.
Singing the Bones
The film by Caitlin Hicks and Gordon Halloran, Singing the Bones, will enjoy its 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt as part of the Sechelt Arts Festival. Halloran was short-listed for the Shavick Award for first-time directors and for production design when the film first came out. Many local actors, musicians and artists who contributed will be present at the gala event, and there are some who are no longer with us such as musicians David Southcombe and Hahle Gerow. Children who participated in the ferry and beach scenes: Casmira Thompson and James Law, Gabe Gibb and Liam Gibb, Michalina Hunter and Kirsten Joe are all grown now. The gala event includes hors d’oeuvres, bar, door prizes and an exhibit of Halloran’s original paintings. Dress up and meet the actors, musicians and artists in the film. Go to www.fatsalmon.ca/themovie for more or www.secheltartsfestival.com for ticket information.
Hilary Anne Stephens, an award-winning interpretive landscape photographer, opens her latest show at the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. Her work is impressionistic rather than representative in nature. Meet the artist at her reception Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. She will also be on hand at her home studio during this year’s Art Crawl Oct 19 to 21 (#29 Black Fawn Gallery, Gibsons).
Meet the author
Local author Ken Budd will be on hand to meet the public at Woods Showcase, Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. He will be showing and signing his latest book, Fall Gently.
Reel Rock Films
The Reel Rock 7 Film Tour promises thrills and chills as some of the biggest names in climbing and outdoor adventure push it to the limit on the world’s most challenging terrain: from Himalayan peaks to off-width climbing and the boundary-pushing sport of free soloing. The Reel Rock 7 Tour takes place this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons.
Tickets ($15) are available at the door and The Medicine Shoppe (Wilson Creek), Peggy Sue’s in Gibsons and Pastimes Toy Store in Sechelt. For more info on this SC Skating Club fundraiser, call Lisa at 604-740-5813.
The SC Film Society presents a special event with live music from guest folksinger Penny Lang from Pender Harbour along with the film Cloudburst. Film buffs will be enchanted by this quirky, poignant and (alert!) profane film about a devoted lesbian couple from Maine. After Dotty is hustled into a nursing home by her granddaughter, Stella and Dotty embark on a wild and eccentric road trip to Nova Scotia where they hope to be legally married. Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star. That’s on Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. at Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. Tickets are $8/members, $11/single event. Annual membership is $15.
Random Acts of Art have been committed and here’s your chance to see or buy them. This show, put on by two Gibsons’ arts organizations, is funny, touching, wild and unpredictable. The pre-Art Crawl offering to the local public is Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Building (464 S. Fletcher) and Landing Gallery (436 Marine Dr.). Light refreshments are at the Arts Building and all pieces are on sale for $25 each.
As Ballet Victoria enters its tenth year, artistic director Paul Destrooper is pushing the boundaries. The first production of this season is Ballet Off Broadway & Other Works and it has something for everyone. The Sechelt performance of this production will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Raven’s Cry Theatre.
Destrooper created the story of a young dancer who arrives in the big city to meet a fading ballerina threatened by her beauty and talent. The culmination of the show, a rousing rendition of Roxanne (à la Moulin Rouge), smoulders sensuality and in rehearsals has brought observers to their feet. Destrooper also dances in this performance and principal dancer Andrea Bayne will sing. For more information visit www.balletvictoria.ca
Fourplex: Four Sunshine Coast authors will read from their works to kick off the Coast’s weekend Art Crawl on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Jancis Andrews, The Ballad of Mrs. Smith (Hedgerow), Kim Clark, Sit You Waiting (Caitlin Press), Jan DeGrass, Jazz with Ella (Libros Libertad), and Gwendolyn Southin, Death as a Fine Art, (Touchwood) will launch their books at the Arts Centre in Sechelt (Trail and Medusa) starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
The artist Sarama has made a stunning art film, This Living Earth at Gospel Rock, that explores the beauty of the natural world at Gospel Rock in Gibsons. It not only includes the celebrated rock and arbutus forest, but the camera moves down the slope to enter the water where myriad fish swim, just out of our sight. The film is approximately 12 minutes long, has cameo appearances from Alan Sirulnikoff and Rose Clarke, and you can find it at this link: http://vimeo.com/50431047. Contact Sarama at 604-886-4002.
Acoustic duo Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis are playing at the Buccaneer Restaurant (beside the Lighthouse Pub) in Sechelt every Thursday night in October from 7 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover, good food and some great music from these two folk/roots musicians.
For events taking place after Oct. 19, send notice of your arts events to contributing writer Carole Rubin. She will be filling in for me for six weeks while I promote my recently published novel, Jazz with Ella. You can reach Carole at email@example.com or at 604-883-2022.