Art Beat: Putting the cool back into the Cold War

B.C.’s Devon More is once again touring her multimedia musical storytelling extravaganza Berlin Waltz, and she brings the unique show to the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Saturday, March 23. More layers her one-woman “Cold War cabaret” with loops of music, poetry, rear-projection videos, songs and, yes, sock puppets to revisit and recast the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, which came down in a globe-altering burst of political freedom in 1989. As one critic said, Berlin Waltz “takes a big bite out of history and moulds it in a way that an audience can all of a sudden see the present.” Advance tickets are $15 advance from Laedeli, Melomania, and Strait Music, or $20 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. 


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Florida boat mechanic Frank Adler is a single man raising his spirited young niece, Mary, a child prodigy, with genius-level mathematical abilities. The 2017 film drama Gifted explores the question of whether it’s better for such a child to grow up among normal kids in a regular school, as Mary’s deceased mother wanted, or that she receives special education at a school for special minds like hers, as her wilful grandmother wishes. At Raven’s Cry Theatre on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. SC Film Society members $5, non-members $9. 

Young author 

Simon Cameron is just 14 years old, but the young Sunshine Coast author has already completed his second book, Magical Noah King and the Treasure Hunt. It’s the follow-up to his first novel, Magical Noah King and the Desert Adventure. These works are serious efforts, the first running to 233 pages. Simon will be launching his new publication on Saturday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at Fuse Community Work Hub, #15-292 Gower Point Rd., Gibsons. 

Star pianist 

It would be redundant to call Yevgeny Subdin a rising star. The celebrated 38-year-old Russian-born concert pianist’s star has risen and is shining brightly. His performances convey “not just the letter of the music through his consummate technique, but also its spirit through his intuition and inspiration.” The Coast Recital Society is bringing Subdin to Raven’s Cry Theatre Saturday, March 23 for a concert at 2:30 p.m. $25 adult; $10 student. 

Joyful Mysteries 

The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25 every year and in anticipation of that, Motet chamber choir is offering an afternoon of music that “will guide listeners through the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary as realized by composers through the ages.” Presented Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 956 Gibsons Way. The event is free but there will be a collection to help cover costs. 

Music, music, music 

Among a number of listening and perhaps boogying possibilities this weekend are Big Fancy, The Legendary Loser at the Roberts Creek Legion on Friday night, March 22. On Saturday night, it’s the Sofa Kings at Gibsons Legion. And for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, starting at 2:30 p.m., you can hear some original tunes from Foolish Man, the duo of David King and Peter Hill at Gibsons Public Market. 

Meet the Artists 

Members of the Edges painters group will be on hand for a meet-the-artists session on Sunday, March 24 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The group’s show, Local Colour, is currently on display at the centre’s Doris Crowston Gallery.

Travel sketching 

Halfmoon Bay artist Hiroshi Shimazaki is offering three one-day travel-sketching workshops, “using pocket-sized equipment,” at Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Saturday, March 23 and the following two Saturdays, March 30 and April 6. They will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch break. Registration is required. Materials and fee details are on the www.gpag website, under “classes.” 

Shop and see 

The One O One shop on Cowrie Street in Sechelt always has a few local artists’ work on its walls. Through March and April you can see creations by photographer and painter Sheila Weaver and some multimedia canvases by Hilloree Heselgrave.

 Looking ahead 

The monthly Artesia Coffee House will be held on Friday, March 29 with another eclectic lineup of local performers. The musical family that comprises the group Anagram, aka Hoards of Ords, open the evening. They’ll be followed by women’s vocal group Hot Java. Then new to the Coast, comedian Aaron Malkin. Closing the night, the Transatlantics with Anna Lumiere on keys and Steven Schwabl, vocals. Doors are at 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door.


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