Art Beat: A good weekend for alternative films

Local filmmakers Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami present their challenging but beautiful cinematic work, Metamorphosis, at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The subject is climate change, and the leading edge of this potentially devastating shift in the global environment is already upon us. Artists and activists are trying to show us the kinds of social, technological and economic metamorphoses we’ll have to pursue if we’re to survive this. The filmmakers will be on hand for a question-and-answer session after the screening. Tickets are $10 from

Leave No Trace

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A film experience of a different kind can be had at the Heritage Playhouse on Monday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. at a screening of the 2018 dramatic feature Leave No Trace. The modern-day story is about an emotionally damaged war veteran and his 13-year-old daughter, living an off-grid nomadic existence in a vast park near Portland, Oregon. Sunshine Coast Film Society members $5, non-members $9.

The Artist is Present

The Sunshine Coast Art Council’s Sunday Film Series starts off the new year with a 2012 documentary film about Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic. “Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us,” says a press release for the film. The guest speaker at the screening is Anna Banana. Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m., doors at 10 a.m. Admission by donation, $10 suggested. 5714 Medusa St. at Trail Ave., Sechelt.

Podcasting 101

It’s said we’re living in the golden age of podcasting. Here’s a golden opportunity to learn about it from one of the best local explainers of all manner of things, podcaster, broadcaster and Coast Reporter staff writer Sean Eckford. On Saturday Jan. 19, Eckford is offering Podcasting 101 at Gibsons Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It’s free but you’re asked to sign up ahead of time by calling the library at 604-886-2130.

Keyboard wizardry

The Coast Recital Society presents acclaimed pianist Zoltán Fejérvári, winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal piano edition and a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. “Fejérvári is recognized for his serene command as well as dazzling technique at the keyboard.” Sunday, Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m. at Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt. $25 adult; $10 student.

Rockabilly noir

The unforgettably named Petunia and the Vipers bring their own brand of Western swing and rockabilly noir to the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons Saturday, Jan. 19. The all-guy ensemble hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance from Laedeli Gifts in Gibsons, Strait Music in Sechelt and online at $25 at the door.

Market art

Artists Sandy Kay and Andrea Pratt host the official opening reception for their exhibit at Gibsons Public Market, Friday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

New Gallery

The Sunshine Coast’s newest art venue, Grove Front Gallery, holds its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  It’s in Sechelt at 5455 Inlet Ave. (on the water side of Teredo St.) and is “dedicated to presenting high-end and well-designed wood art from local and international artists.”

Further down the calendar

The Artesia Coffee House, organized and presented by the Coast Cultural Alliance, will kick off its 17th season Friday, Jan. 25, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. Finn the Magician warms things up prior to the 8 p.m. show start. A series of lively music acts then fill out the evening, including David Jones, Back Porch Reunion (with a new repertoire of Creole, Americana and blues), followed by the new group, Out of the Bluegrass. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $10.


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