Leaning into the Wind: documenting a ‘land artist’

Art Beat

British artist Andy Goldsworthy is not your average sculptor. Among his varied works are “land art” that he creates in both natural and urban settings. Goldsworthy is considered the founder of modern rock-balancing of the kind we see often on stony beaches everywhere, although much of his work is on a much grander scale. The Sunshine Coast Art Council’s monthly film series features a 2017 documentary on Goldsworthy, Leaning into the Wind, which follows “his exploration of the world and himself through ephemeral and permanent workings on the landscape, cities, and within his own body.” Guest speaker at the screening is Vancouver-based artist M. Simon Levin. At the Arts Centre in Sechelt, Sunday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. Admission $10.

Vocal Intent

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This group has come up with a lovely show title: “We Are More Alike Than We Are Unalike, My Friends.” Vocal Intent performs “an eclectic selection of music sung in harmony” by six singers, Jen MacInnes, Elizabeth Scott, Tina Wesseling, Sylvain Brochu, Jon Eriksson, and Tom Kellough.” The group do mostly a cappella, but Katherine Hume will accompany some pieces on piano at the show on Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m., at St. Hilda’s by the Sea Anglican Church, in Sechelt. Admission by donation.

Also in music this weekend

• If you’re into punk music, you’ll want to be at Roberts Creek Legion on Friday, April 19, to hear the Creek’s own Modern Terror and Vancouver’s The Corps. The doors will be blown off, so stand back a bit. Show is at 9 p.m. Members $10, guests $15.

• Mad Cow plays Gibsons Legion Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Members $5, guests $10.

• BUGS, the Beach-combers Ukulele Group, will fill the Gibsons Public Market atrium with some finger-pickin’ fun on Saturday, April 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Forces of nature

It’s National Poetry Month, and to help celebrate, local writer Marion Quednau brings her new poetry collection, Paradise, Later Years, to the Gibsons Public Library on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. She will be joined by Surrey poet Heidi Greco, also with a new book, Practical Anxiety. The two poets’ work raises questions about the forces of nature. “Are we even remotely in charge, or mere half-asleep passengers on this journey into the once-wild,” Quednau asks. Thanks to sponsorship by League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council, admission is free.

Dance Festival

Not to be confused with the current Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts, The Coastal Dance Festival runs Friday, April 19, at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. It’s an all-day affair, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with adjudicated performances for dancers in all styles, from age five to 18. More information can be found at coastaldancefestival.com. Admission is by donation.

Kids’ Own

As the recent  youth art show in Gibsons demonstrated, we have much budding artistic talent here. You can see more at the Young People’s Own Show, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre (SCAC) until May 5. The show consists of works by School District No. 46 elementary art classes. It also includes a culmination of work done in schools by Nadina Tandy, SCAC Artist in Residence.

Songs for sustenance

Canadian folksinger Steve Bell performs at Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt on Thursday, April 25, in a fundraiser to support the homeless through RainCity Housing. The concert has been organized by Wally Robinson, elder at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons, who has brought eight churches together to support the event. Tickets $21, at Strait Music in Sechelt, Laedeli in Gibsons’ Sunnycrest Mall, and online at stevebell.com. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Looking ahead

The Artesia Coffee House is coming up next week, on Friday, April 26, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. Hear the family musical ensemble of Murray Wilson on guitar and vocals accompanied by daughter-in-law Taylor Wilson and granddaughter Chloe Wilson. Also on the bill: the trio of Jacquie Allan, vocals, Barry Taylor, percussion, and Graham Ord on electronic wind instrument; John (Jack) Adams, with classical and folk guitar, and readings; and Coast favourites Karen Graves on sax, flute and vocals joined by Budge Schachte on guitar. Doors at 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Admission $10.

Alt Mother Goose

Tickets are on sale for Driftwood Theatre School’s upcoming production, Mother Goose Is Eaten By Werewolves, “a rollicking musical fairy-tale mashup showcasing 36 local young actors aged five to 16 years.” The show will have six performances between Friday, April 26, and Sunday, May 5, including four matinées. Available in Gibsons at The Blackberry Shop, Giggle n’ Bloom, and Laedeli, in Sechelt at Strait Music and online at www.share-there.com.

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