Art Beat: Arts Festival stages dance premier 

The Sechelt Arts Festival presents international dance artist and choreographer Joshua Beamish in a performance of his new five-part production, Falling Upward, at Raven’s Cry Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18. Also featured are dancers Renee Sigouin, Francesca Manson, and Natalie Martin. The number of tickets is limited to enable safe seating, but the performances are being recorded for live-streaming at a later date. Tickets at 

The festival is also presenting other exhibits, including Steamship Stories, a display at Trail Bay Mall recalling the days when ships regularly visited Sechelt, which was then just a village. At the Teredo Square mall, see new work by six local artists. The immersive art experience Meme Me is on at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. Check exhibit hours and information on more sights to see at the Sechelt Arts Festival website. 

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Wife Insurance 

Off the Page is back at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons this weekend with a reading of Wife Insurance, a comedy by award-winning playwright and Sunshine Coast newcomer David Copelin and Nova Scotia writer Pamela (Cat) Delaney. It’s about insurance salesman Rufus, a hapless bigamist whose wives, Lola and Clea, don’t have a clue that they share a husband. Until, that is, a mysterious person also named Rufus comes along to stir the pot. How are Lola and Clea going to react? Will the two-timing Rufus weasel his way out of this? And who is Jennifer? Performed by Kevin Crofton, Suzette Stevenson, Wanda Nowicki, Janet Hodgkinson and Steve Schwabl. Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m., admission by donation. Reservations are available through

Live music 

• The Billy Hillpicker Band are back at the Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, Oct. 16, with sets between 5 and 9 p.m. It’s hard to find this much fun for $5 (advance through the RC Legion’s Facebook page) or $10 at the door. 

• Pianist and vocalist Patricia Burnett is playing a dinner show from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clubhouse Restaurant at the Pender Harbour Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 16. Reserve a table at 604-883-9542. On Sunday, the Blue Line Trio performs at the Clubhouse between 2 and 5 p.m. 

• Pulling Strings is in at the Gibsons Public Market atrium on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Due to the pandemic, all listed events are subject to change. Check ahead. 

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