Art Beat: Gibsons theatre to welcome audiences once again

The Heritage Playhouse is reopening with three events in the coming weeks following a six-month shutdown due to the pandemic. Audience numbers will be limited and seats will be assigned with safe distancing in mind. B.C. regulations stipulate that only 50 people are allowed in the building, including staff and performers. The Brothers in Farms band will feature tunes from their new album, Possibilities, in a concert on Thursday, Sept. 17. The 40-minute documentary film The Future of Birds will be screened twice on Saturday, Sept. 19. Then on Sunday the 20th, Off the Page presents a reading performance of David King’s play, How Things Have Changed. Gibsons Landing Heritage Society president Dianne Evans credits “generous donations” from the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, the society’s membership, and the community at large, which she said “have surpassed all our expectations, and strengthened our commitment to overcome this significant setback.” 

Exhibit openings 

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Gibsons Public Art Gallery has opened a one-of-a-kind show this week by Gibsons resident Matthew Talbot-Kelly. Entitled “Doctor Kali Gehry’s Cabinet of (in)Curiosities & Ecstatic Nonsense – a Dream Theatre Display Spectacle of Chimera, Folly and Tears,” the collection “combines multitudes of smaller cabinets housed within a room sized cabinet, standalone mixed media cabinets, video projections, AR (Augmented Reality) and interactive audio.” The show will evolve as a work in progress throughout its run, “leading to a reveal of the completed work in the final weekend (Oct. 3-4).” Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sunshine Coast landscapes and native wildlife are a specialty of Roberts Creek painter Kandice Keith. She has a show at Kube Gallery and Studios in Gibsons until Sept. 27. 

More live music 

• Vancouver-based singer, songwriter, novelist and accordion player Geoff Berner is one of a kind, touring the world (when that was a thing) to entertain audiences with his musical concoction that he calls “klezmer punk.” He’ll be bringing his one-man show to the outdoor stage at Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, Sept. 11, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at rclegionevents.com. 

• At the Creek Legion on Sunday, Sept. 13, Devora Laye and Woody Forster of The Burying Ground play their soulful mix of vintage jazz, blues and country between 2 and 6 p.m. Reserved tickets required, from rclegionevents.com. 

• The Blue Line Duo, featuring Dr. Fun (Gary Gilbert) on guitar and vocals and Reverend Christopher Jordan Knox on bass, play the deck at the Pender Harbour Golf Course Clubhouse, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $5, and that’s a deal.

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