Imagine the opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey without the booming timpani and building fanfares — the music (Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss) makes the opening sequence come to life.
Imagine The Lord of the Rings without Howard Shore’s recurring musical themes. Join your Coast Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edette Gagné as they bring you their Salute to Hollywood through music this Saturday, Feb. 16, at Gibsons Heritage Playhouse and Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall. The concerts both have a 1:30 pre-concert chat with Gagné and start at 2 p.m. both days. Gowns, tuxedos and bling are encouraged. Special guests are hosts Alec Tebbutt and Sara Douglas, and in his solo début, Dayton Stockwell.
Tickets are adults $15 and children under 12, $5. For information, call 604-886-8398.
A perfect Valentine
Adam Thomas (jazz vocals and bass), Steve Giltrow (guitar) and Kristian Braathen (drums) present an evening of vocal jazz standards at a house concert in Roberts Creek this Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. — outstanding musicians, engaging music, an intimate setting, shared goodies and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians following the concert. Contact Frank Henning to reserve tickets at 604-740-0963.
Join in the feverish melodious fervour of Mimosa and The Colorifics in a Valentine’s dance, the Moulin Rouge Affair. Lace and leather up to an evening of sexy, scintillating, sizzling tunes at Gibsons Legion Hall on Saturday, Feb. 16, co-sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Jazz & Entertainment Society.
The Vancouver quintet, Mimosa, draws on jazz, Brazilian sambas, French ‘60s pop and cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound. The Colorifics (featuring Skye Wallace on lead vocals) energize crowds with a constant stream of colour, mixing different genres and rhythms. Doors are at 7. Tickets are $15 available at MELOmania, Strait Music in Sechelt, Coast Princess Books in Gibsons and Laedeli at Sunnycrest Mall.
A Cappella Group
Pender Harbour Music Society presents Westerly A Cappella Group on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. with Tim Everett (tenor), Susan Ever-ett (soprano), Doug Austin (bass) and Katrina Bishop (alto) creating their music using just the human voice.
Together they bring more than 75 years of singing harmony to the stage. Their Vancouver Fringe Festival production 4-Ever Paisley was a sold-out hit and was the Pick of the Fringe. They’re at Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park.
SC Film Society presents a timely film to be screened in Sechelt on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Habemus Papum (Italy 2012, 104 minutes) is a comedy/drama by director Nanni Moretti in Italian with English subtitles.
Moretti joins forces with French actor Michel Piccoli to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who unexpectedly finds himself elected the next Pope. What follows is a marvellous insight into the concept of the human being behind the title of God’s representative on Earth. It’s a likeable, understated farce with serious issues on its mind. The film is screened at Sechelt Seniors Centre, 5604 Trail Ave. Tickets at the door for members are $5 and single event $8. (The film will be screened again in Gibsons on March 4.)
Black History film
The Last White Knight is a Canadian documentary by director Paul Saltzman to be shown at the Heritage Playhouse on Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
In this special event for Black History month, the SC Film Society has invited speaker Raj Gill of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication, and Ade-lene da soul poet. There will be a Q&A following the film.
In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian Paul Saltzman volunteered as a civil rights worker in Mississippi, helping disadvantaged sharecroppers register to vote. Posted to one of the toughest segregationist towns, he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” de la Beckwith, Jr., the son of the man convicted of murdering civil rights activist Medgar Evers. In 2007 Saltzman returned to meet with the Klansmen. Saltzman’s talks with de la Beckwith form the backbone of this compelling documentary.
Come celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at Gibsons United Church. Musicians Ken Dalgleish, Boyd Norman, Tim Enns, Kelly Smit and friends will accompany the gospel choir and soloists offering some high-energy spirituals and some soulful gospel tunes. Anyone can join in the choir, so if you love gospel music, come to the rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at Gibsons United Church. For more information, call Terri at 604-885-6777 or email gibsons
unitedchurch.ca, or call Kelly at 604-886-3885.
Local artist Pat Collier is again offering a drawing course for those who believe they can’t draw, but wish they could. This eight-week series has been specifically designed to help the beginner explore his/her own inner artist. Personal attention is given to each student. Classical drawing techniques and more will be taught in a safe, supportive environment. Part I classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Lower Gibsons. Part II Drawing class for those with basic drawing skills begins Feb. 18 or 19, day or evening. Space is limited. Register at 604-886-0124 or see: www.patriciacollier.com.
Free adult dance classes are being offered by Dance Works Academy in Gibsons during the week of Feb. 19 to 26. Choose from ballet basics, contemporary, cardio dance (hip hop/Latin), Pilates and yoga. Contact Zoe for more information or to register at 604-886-9686 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. No experience is necessary.
40 Days at Base Camp, local film-maker Dianne Whelan’s documentary about Everest climbers, will be shown on TV’s Knowledge Network on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m.
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