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First Artesia coffeehouse tonight

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Friday, Jan. 25 will be the first Artesia coffeehouse of the year and a special evening of all female vocalists debuting on the Artesia stage, complete with the grand piano. 

First up is singer/songwriter/pianist Katrina Bishop from Pender Harbour followed by the Alley Cats Trio with local singers Niv Harris, Rosette d’Souza and Grear Ross. The second set will feature one of our favourites, Anna Lumiere, on piano as she accompanies Katherine Penfold, who is home from an extended Australian tour.

The Coffeehouse is at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. Doors open at 7, show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come early to view the artwork in the gallery, watch a slideshow of past performers and enjoy treats by Trish. 


The Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives presents The Manzanar Fishing Club this Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the museum, 716 Winn Rd. in Gibsons.

Admission is by donation.

This feature-length documentary chronicles the Second World War internment of Japanese Americans from a unique perspective — through the eyes of those who defied the armed guards, barbed wire and searchlights to fish for trout in the surrounding waters of the Eastern Sierra.

While the official story of the internment is known to some extent, this film by cinematographer-turned-director Cory Shiozaki sets the record straight on the largest mass round-up in American history by confronting such hot-button issues as racism, ethnic profiling and the suspension of civil liberties under a National Security rubric. The museum has limited space, so come early to ensure you have a seat.

Meet the author

Jan DeGrass, author of Jazz with Ella, will be at Bluewaters Books in Madeira Park on Saturday, Jan. 26, in celebration of family literacy day. She will be signing books and meeting the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by and find a good book in support of literacy.

This weekend

The vocal jazz sextet, Java Jazz, under the direction of Karen Edgar, will be at the Arts Centre in Sechelt this Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. with their easy-listening jazz and show tunes. They will be accompanied by Walter Martella on piano and Ron Thompson on guitar with special guests vocalists Jacquie Allen, Robyn Edgar and Jim Edgar, and the Sha-Boomers. Call Karen at 604-885-4342 for ticket availability.


La Bayadere, a ballet from the Bolshoi dancers, will be screened at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt this Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. Natalie Makarova performs in this fairytale of noble warriors and cruel princesses. It runs approximately three and a half hours. Tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for children 17 and under. Call 604-885-4597 to have tickets held.

Sunshine Brass

The five-member Sun-shine Brass will be playing at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery (431 Marine Dr.) on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. All are invited to this refreshing afternoon concert.

Life drawing

The non-instructional life drawing sessions begin Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt (Trail and Medusa) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. These sessions are for beginning or experienced artists and will continue each Tuesday until the end of April. Call 604-885-2860 or 604-885-4611 for more details.

Tuesday deadline

Let me know about your arts event by 5 p.m. Tuesday for Friday’s paper. Email or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please. 

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