There is nothing permanent except change, said Heraclitus in about 500 B.C. Presumably there was a newspaper reporter nearby to write down these wise words so they would not be lost for us today. After 17 years with Coast Reporter, I will be making a change by leaving the Arts and Entertainment pages after this week to work on my own books and stories. My replacement, Rik Jespersen, will be taking over next week and you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the concerts, art shows, dance recitals, theatre, films and the many books authored by Sunshine Coast writers. You will see me at arts events attending for the love of it, and I’ll be reading from my new book, The Co-op Revolution, to be published in spring 2019. Thank you, friends – you’ve made the Sunshine Coast into a vibrant arts community.
Pender Harbour music fans will be at the School of Music Coffee House this Friday, Sept. 14 in Madeira Park. This performance features Katrina Bishop - singer/songwriter; Kozlof Ladies - voice, piano, ukulele; Roger Maidens - singer/guitarist; and Sokole - women’s vocal ensemble. Doors at 7 p.m.; music at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested $10 donation at the door with coffee and goodies sold at intermission.
The fourth annual Wood Expo will be held at the Seaside Centre, Sechelt, on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See a great variety of furniture, toys, home building and terrific artistry. Ten new exhibitors are on hand this year as well as returning favourites, including the Woodcrafters Guild, Jimmy Dougan with his go-carts and the Sechelt Rotary Club providing lunch. Admission is free.
The classic rock band Playback is back from their summer break on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Gibsons Legion, starting at 8 p.m. Dance as if you were a teenager to new and old tunes.
Saturday, Sept. 15 is a free Family Fun Day. The eighth annual Children’s Festival Event with pony rides, mini-golf, bouncy castle, crafts, face-painting, games, music and more is on at Calvary Church grounds, 711 Park Rd. (across from the Gibsons Community Centre) from 1 to 4 p.m. Free fun for the whole family!
An opening reception for Vibrancy, a show of Sunshine Coast glass artists, is on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. See a collection of local Coast artists working in the medium of glass in different ways using various techniques, and all passionate about the vibrancy, luminosity, brilliance, colour, manipulation and difficulty in handling this material. Contributing artists are: Claire Folstad, Susan Furze, Lou Guest, Wayne Harjula, Sue Millar, Chris Motloch, David New-Small, Miyuki Shinkai, Robert Studer and Dyan Vidulich.
Gallery hours are Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. All are welcome. For more information: Michael Aze at 604-886-0531.
On Saturday, Sept. 15 come to The Cher Show, a one-woman show with all live vocals and six costume changes. Members and guests are welcome at the Sechelt Legion, 5591 Wharf Ave., Sechelt. Phone 604-885-2526. Doors 6:30 p.m.; showtime at 8 p.m. Tickets for $25 are at the Sechelt Legion or at brownpapertickets.com
The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Art and the Documentary Sunday Film Series is back. On Sunday, Sept. 16 see Loving Vincent (2017, 95 min. rated PG), the world’s first fully oil painted feature film written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting, hand painted by 125 professional painters. As remarkable as van Gogh’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death. In the words of van Gogh himself, “We cannot speak other than by our paintings.”
Loving Vincent was first shot as a live-action film with actors and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing van Gogh’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. It is screened at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa, Sechelt. Doors at 10 a.m. and screening at 10:30 a.m. Local visual artist Marleen Vermeulen will be the guest speaker. Free coffee and muffins will be on hand courtesy of the film’s sponsor, The Bakery. Admission price is a suggested donation of $10.
On Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. the first in the Pender Harbour Music Society’s fall series begins with vocals from Adi Braun. Classically trained, Adi Braun chose a “sideways” career path to reconnect with her lifelong love of jazz. Her voice – delightfully labeled by Whole Note magazine – as “luscious” and full of sassy “va- va-voom” is perfectly suited to songs ranging from Kurt Weill’s 1930s Berlin cabaret classics to much-loved jazz standards. Tickets are available at penderharbourmusic.ca or at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park or the Visitor Information Centre in Sechelt.
Pop-Up Art Exhibit
Water Marks is an exhibition and sale this weekend only in Langdale with paintings of Central and South American subjects by Argentinian artist Hermione Green, and the eclectic, colourful abstract and semi-abstract paintings of Colin Righton. All are welcome to a pop-up show in a newly renovated space, Sept. 14 to 16 from Friday noon till 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. at 143 Wharf Road, Langdale (just off the Port Mellon Highway). Call 778-772-1819 or 604-886-1611 for information. Righton is contributing an original painting to support the Sechelt Hospital Art of Healing event in October and the donated piece will be on show at this weekend’s exhibit. See colinrighton.com
The LIFT program of inspiring talks starts again on Sept. 21 with host Katherine Scott. All events are Fridays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Location for this season is Gibsons Public Library.
This month the theme is Harvest for the World. Resources on the website will support new LIFT speakers with skills to Listen, Inspire, Facilitate, and Transform both audiences and themselves. See the website for more information: www.sunshinecoastspeakers.com
Send notice of your arts and entertainment events to Rik Jespersen at email@example.com. Tuesday at noon is the deadline for the following Friday’s newspaper.