Feel the wind this weekend

This weekend the Festival of Wind Music brings a variety of brass and woodwinds to the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons.

Tonight, (March 18), Anagram and the Creek Big Band perform. On Saturday it's the Jazz Group of Seven and the Suncoast Concert Band. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. At2 p.m. on Sunday, the Little Mountain Brass Band returns. Tickets are adults $15, students $10 and are available at Hallmark in Sunnycrest Mall or Coast Copy Centre in Sechelt. Also, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. band director and educator Jim Littleford presents a workshop for amateur brass musicians and students. Fee is participant $10, observer $5. To register, emailrodolafson@fastmail.fm or call 604-886-6630.

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Concert at GPAG

Suncoast Concert Band conductor and musician Francois Koh plays at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a concert called Bach to the Beatles. Admission is $5.There is limited seating at the gallery at 287 Gower Point Road in Gibsons.

Poems for Spring Solstice

Sunshine Coast poets John Pass, Joe Denham and Susan Telfer will welcome in the spring solstice by reading from their celebrated poetry collections. Pass is past winner of the Governor General's award for poetry, while Denham and Telfer are earning kudos for their sensitive treatments of nature, family and the world of work. Join them at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact David Godkin at 604-741-9800 or emailkosub@eastlink.ca.

Coffeehouse

The March Artesia coffeehouse is at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt on Friday, March 25 with doors at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8.

The first act of the evening will feature singer/songwriterLara Matiation, agraduate of Chatelech Secondary School returning with an all acoustic set. Next up will be the jazz vocals and spoken word of Jacquie Allan accompanied by Ken Dalgleish on keyboard and Barry Taylor on drums. After the break, Mick Bryant, guitar/mandolin, and Michelle Bruce, violin, will entertain followed by the traditional Hawaiian Hula group, Keia Pap Kaualed by Dhyana Bartkow with Phyllis Argyle, Linda McCann,Donna Schmirler, Katie Stuart, Wendy Clemens and accompanied by Joyce Chong. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come early for treats by Trish, a slideshow and the artworks of the current show in the Doris Crowston Gallery.

Research workshop

Searching For Answers, a research workshop led by local author Rosella Leslie, will help you unlock the doors to the information you need, whether you are researching your family history, writing a non-fiction work or a novel.

This hands-on workshop will be held at the Arts Centre in Sechelt from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 26 and covers topics that range from current events to the battlefields of both world wars, from the section map of your grandfather's homestead, to how to build a willow wattle fence. Learn how to access photographs and videos and how to use Google Earth to design a fictional setting.

Bring your laptop and questions. Leslie is the co-author of three non-fiction books including the award-winning Stain Upon the Sea. She is the author of The Sunshine Coast, A Place to Be and two novels. She has 30 years of experience researching both historical and current information for her writing and for her work as an oral historian. Fee is $25. To register, see www.secheltwriting.com.

Beginners drawing

Local artist Pat Collier is again offering a drawing course for those who believe they can't draw, but wish they could. This series has been specifically designed to help beginners explore their own inner artist. The instructor is convinced that each person has a natural ability to express creatively - with just a little assistance. Personal attention is given to each student. Classical drawing techniques and more will be taught in a safe, supportive environment. This course is being offered in workshop format on four alternate Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begins March 26 in Lower Gibsons. Register by calling 604-886-0124.

Potters' deadline

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council has extended the deadline for submissions to the juried show Ceramics on the Edgeby one week. The new final date for submissions is Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. For more details please go to CeramicsOnEdge.com.

Young in the Park

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is pleased to announce a major community event sponsored by BC Parks and Sunshine Coast Parks.

Young in the Park will feature the music of Neil Young, reworked and adapted by local professional musicians and featuring local youth and community members. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 21 at the outdoor amphitheatre in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. If you are a young musician who is ready to perform live and haven't had the opportunity, you can apply to be a part of this event.

For information or to take part in the concert, contact Steve at thesoundspace@gmail.com or the Sunshine Coast Arts Council at 604-885-5412.

Coming soon

The SC Film Society hosts a four-evening film festival starting April 1 featuring four of the most popular documentaries screened at DOXA 2010, Vancouver's Annual Documentary Film Festival. On April 1 a Fool Hardy Party sounds like great fun at Roberts Creek Hall with local musicians performing. Miss Berni G and Frenz perform their annual popular music and comedy entertainment called Frenz and Family on April 2 at the Arts Centre. I'll have more about these events later.

Let me know about your arts event, but keep it brief via email jandegrass@dccnet.com or phone 604-886-4692 before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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