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The first Artesia coffeehouse of 2014 will be held at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, tonight, Friday, Jan. 31. 

New to the stage and first up will be the young musician duo of Alex Parish, banjo/mandolin and Charlie Daigneault, vocals/guitar/ukulele. with many of her originals. Also new to the coffeehouse is singer/songwriter Roger Maidens.

The second set will see singer/songwriter Angie McCauley and David Groom, banjo/ vocals followed by Back Porch Reunion with Ian McLatchie, lap steel, Dale Stavroff, guitars/vocals and Katie Angermeyer, fiddle.

Come early to get a good seat, view the latest exhibition in the gallery, enjoy delicious treats by Trish and visit with friends. Doors open at 7, show is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Get more details at www.suncoast arts.com.

Poems wanted

The Coast Symphony Orchestra is holding a poetry contest prior to its next concert, If Music Be the Food of Love.

This is an open invitation to all Coast-based poets — the CSO is looking for new poetry that will be used to introduce works during the March 1 and 2 concerts. The successful poems will be printed in the program and be read during the concert. There are four themes: temptation, courtship, danger and tragedy. You are welcome to submit in more than one category, to a maximum of four entries per person. Winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the performance of their choice.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 14. Electronic submissions (and information): maestra.edette@gmail.com with the subject line: CSO poetry contest or mail to: 738 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E1.

GPAG show

In Media Res is a new show at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery (431 Marine Drive) with an opening reception this Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 4.

Artists Jacqueline O Rogers and Matthew Talbot-Kelly will show their recent artwork in the gallery and John Tenbear Thompson will play music at the reception. All are welcome.

Swain opening

Artist Donna Swain’s Igniting the Muse, a show of acrylic abstract paintings and more, holds its opening reception this Saturday, Feb. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Landing Co-op Gallery, 436 Marine Drive, Gibsons.

She focuses on the spontaneous connections in which the artist’s muse connects us all. Jim Taylor complements her featured paintings with his own interpretation on acoustic guitar, and Larry Musser extends inner rhythms as percussionist.

Another special guest, the youngest artist at seven years old, Rebecca Taylor, will be painting live and when you reach into your pocket to donate to the Food Bank she will give you a piece of her art as her thank you. Swain has selected a personal work, her “Coastal Skylight” collage and mixed media, to award to one lucky visitor who enters the free draw at this month’s show. Draw date is Feb. 28.  

Opera

Coriolanus?National Theatre Live via satellite from London will broadcast Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus, this Sunday,
Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt.

Tickets are $15 (general) and $10 (child 9 to 17). To have tickets held for you, call the theatre at 604-885-4597 and leave a message.

Marley birthday

The 15th annual event in celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday will be at the Roberts Creek Little Legion on Saturday, Feb. 8. The birthday bash features live music from The Hoolicans, Randeesh, DJ Nils and guests. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for guests with members.  

Shelter fundraiser

Entertainers Berni G & Frenz are hosting an afternoon of cabaret, featuring songs from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, Cold Nights — Warm Heart, on Feb. 8 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The show will feature a fantastic line-up of guest performers including Joe Stanton, Ken Dalgleish, and Boyd Norman, and will be held at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre. All proceeds will be used to support the cold weather shelter, which opened in November 2013 and needs funding in order to stay open until the end of March 2014. Tickets are $15, available at Strait Music in Sechelt, Swish in Gibsons, or online at www.sccss.ca.

Tuesday deadline

Send me notice of your arts events, one week ahead, for this column by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Friday’s paper to jandegrass@dccnet.com or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.


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