• The diversely talented Ord family has a few things going at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek on Friday, April 12. High school senior Béla Ord draws wonderfully imaginative fantasy figures and will have framed originals, prints and T-shirts on sale. All while he and multi-instrumentalist brother Noah Ord, father Graham Ord, mom and keyboard whiz Anna Lumiere, and drummer friend Baeden Schendebraye perform their funk and jazz as Hordes of Ords. The show is from 7 to 9 p.m.
• In Madeira Park, it’s Coffee House night at the School of Music on Friday, April 12, with women’s vocal ensemble Reflections; singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Richards; the vocal jazz trio J-Tones; and pianist Matthew Douglas, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a $10 suggested admission donation.
• On Friday night, April 12, the Roberts Creek Legion will throb with some Latin rhythms from Vancouver-based band Brejera. They’ll be pounding their authentic samba instruments in a variety of styles you might never have heard – or heard of – such as choro, pagode, bossa nova, forro and frevo. Starts at 8 p.m.
• The Jeevious Family plays Gibsons Public Market Saturday, April 13, starting at 2:30 p.m.
• You can catch a one-of-a-kind words and music performance at High Beam Dreams in Gibsons on Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. as C.R. Avery Storm Collective blows into town. Avery is an East Vancouver-based poet, writer, and musician who will have his three-piece band along for the ride. Early bird $25, regular $30, at door $35, Laedeli Gifts, MELOmania, Strait Music, and www.share-there.com.
• The terrific Colorifics swing out at the Gibsons Legion on Saturday, April 13, starting at 8 p.m. $8 for guests, $5 for members.
• The local Jazz Group of Seven along with singer, pianist and composer Jennifer Scott pay tribute to some women jazz composers in a concert on Saturday, April 13 at St. John’s United Church, in Davis Bay. Hear some Peggy Lee, Billy Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Vancouver musician Jill Townsend, and more. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 at Strait Music in Sechelt and Laedeli Gifts and Cards in Gibsons.
• Edmonton singer/songwriter Billie Zizi and her power trio are on a 19-date tour that includes a stop at the 101 Brewhouse in Gibsons on Sunday, April 14. Billie straps on a Fender Telecaster as she and the band work a unique groove of soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Hear them from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
A new exhibition, Rabble&Rubble?, comes into Gibsons Public Art Gallery this week, featuring oils, pigment and mixed media by artists Jocelyne Robinson, Penny Parry, Danaca Ackerson, Deanna Fogstrom, and Kathy Kinakin. The opening reception is Saturday, April 13, 2 to 4 p.m. The show runs until May 5.
The Driftwood Players theatre troupe is preparing two new productions for later this year and is putting out an audition call. First up is Fake Wake, by local writer Dayna White. It’s a love story set in a funeral parlour, so yes, it’s a comedy. Six roles are to be filled, with ages ranging from 20s to 60s. Auditions are open, but the producers ask that you call ahead to Bill Forst at 604-840-0304 or Sandi McGinnis at 604-886-0143. The sessions are at Frank West Hall on Chaster Road, Friday, April 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Watch for more information on auditions for the second play in coming weeks.
Off the Page
Local actors Varya Rubin, John Payne, Janet Hodgkinson, Maggie Guzzi, and Wanda Nowicki will perform a reading of The Long Call, by veteran playwright Jennifer Griffin, in this month’s Off the Page production at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. The play is described as darkly funny, as any story about an ex-exotic dancer, captive orangutans, and a dodgy, estranged boyfriend is bound to be. Sunday, April 14, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Ash is Purest White
Celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke is considered on of the best directors in the world. In these final Sunshine Coast Film Society screenings of the season, you can see his epic tale of love, disenchantment and survival, Ash is Purest White (in Mandarin with English subtitles). At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt, and Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. Members $5, others $9.
Creative in the Creek
A local variety show is on offer at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek. Emcee Sarah Tompkins introduces poetry by Sayata, theatrics by The Drama Freaks, music from Ian Hunt and Sean, “and, as always, a surprise or two!” Thursday, April 18, doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 Admission by donation.
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