The Young People’s Art Show at Gibsons Public Art Gallery starts this week, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s the gallery’s ninth annual celebration of creative works produced by children and youth from around the Sunshine Coast. Every applicant who submitted has been assured that at least one piece of their art will be included in the exhibition. (The deadline for submissions has passed.) The show runs through Sunday, April 7.
Drawing for kids
Gibsons Public Art Gallery is also offering spring break art classes with Roberts Creek artist Bruce Edwards. There are two sessions form Monday to Thursday: March 18 to 24, and March 25 to 28, for two age ranges from five to 12. More information is available at www.gpag.ca.
Another creative spring-break amusement option for kids seven to nine years old will be author Heather Conn’s two-hour workshop, Have Fun with Bigfoot: Create a Sasquatch Character. It’s at The Kube in Gibsons on Thursday, March 21. Price: $25, which includes supplies. More details at 778-462-2055.
Raise the Wharf
The Grantham’s Landing wharf was badly battered in the storm last Dec. 20, and more help is needed to complete repairs of pilings, beams and more. Gibsons Public Market is having a fundraising concert hosted by David King, “featuring a stellar line up of entertainers,” Saturday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A $30 ticket includes a burger and a beer. Available at Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall, at the door and by e-transfer. Information at 604-740-6907.
Raise the volume
Brickhouse, “Vancouver’s best party band,” will be ready to help shake off those winter blues and raise funds for the 16th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival coming up in June. It’s on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. at Pender Harbour Commu-nity Hall. Tickets $30.
High Beam Dreams in Gibsons hosts retro jazz-pop artist Tia Brazda, who pays “an homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist.” Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 advance from Laedeli, MELOmania, Strait Music, www.share-there.com or $30 at the door.
• It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and there could be lots of dancers dressed in green when Playback takes the stage at Coopers Green Hall in Halfmoon Bay on Saturday, March 16. Things get underway at 7:30 p.m.
• At the Gibsons Legion Saturday, March 16, Half Cut and the Slackers will entertain with top 40 tunes from the ‘50s to the ‘90s, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Members $5, guests $10 at the door.
The Co-op Revolution
Former Coast Reporter arts writer Jan DeGrass is launching her new book, The Co-op Revolution: Van-couver’s Search for Food Alternatives, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt on Saturday, March 16. There will be readings, conversation, and snacks, starting at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, March 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre hosts an opening reception for its new show Local Colour, Edges, featuring works by Frank Coldicott, Dièdra Goodwin, Judy McLarty, Diane Miles, Elaine Seepish, Alison Taylor, and Odette Venuti.
Off the Page
Local actors will read playwright David King’s comedy Nostalgia at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons in this month’s Off the Page event. Does a stolen artwork acquired by a junk dealer have any connection to an Edison-era wax-cylinder recording bequeathed to a mysterious woman? Perhaps. Featured readers are: Kevin Crofton, Ange Cruikshank, Dave Hurtubise and Patrick Visser. Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Icon of dance
The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s monthly Sunday Film Series picks up this weekend with Louise Lecavalier. The 2017 documentary film is “a visually stunning exploration of the life and work of [the] acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer.” Guest speaker will be David Houka. Sunday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. (doors at 10) at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre at Trail and Medusa in Sechelt. Admission is by $10 suggested donation.
There are only about ten spots left for local guitarist Steve Giltrow’s annual musical get-together at a private home in Roberts Creek. On Saturday, March 23, Giltrow and bassist Rene Worst will accompany vocalist Laura Crema on some “swing, blues, bossa and ballads from the Great American Songbook,” and some originals. Call 604-740-0963 for more information.
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