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Art Beat: Al Capone once set up a ‘hit’ that wasn’t deadly

Murderous 1920s Chicago gangster Al Capone was no angel. Or was he? In the theatre business, an “angel” is someone who provides crucial financial support of a new production.
Al Capone after his arrest in 1930.

Murderous 1920s Chicago gangster Al Capone was no angel. Or was he? In the theatre business, an “angel” is someone who provides crucial financial support of a new production. And apparently, Big Al did throw some cash into a play in the years before his years-long run in Alcatraz. How’s that for a premise? Prolific Gibsons author David Copelin has taken this apparently true episode and spun it into The Angel Capone. Off the Page will do a reading performance of the play at the Heritage Playhouse on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m., featuring actors Wanda Nowicki, Amy King, Kevin Crofton, Patrick Visser, Steve Schwabl, and Ryan Peters. Admission is by donation. Masks and vax passports required.

Sechelt Arts Festival

It’s a busy weekend at the Sechelt Arts Festival with art and cultural exhibits at the Seaside Centre, free workshops at a few different locations, the Paintillio everybody-can-play mural project at Trail Bay Mall, and the rousing Marcus Mosely gospel concerts at Raven’s Cry Theatre. Information, registration, and tickets are available through the festival’s website.

Join the authors

Award-winning Coast writer Marion Quednau visits the Gibsons & District Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 16 between 2 and 3 p.m. to read from her well-received new book of short stories, Sunday Drive to Gun Club Road. The reading is open to a limited number of people at the library itself but is also being carried online on Zoom. Go to the events calendar on the library’s website for connection details.

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m., journalist and author J.B. McKinnon will give an online reading from his non-fiction work, The Day the World Stops Shopping.

“We must stop shopping, but we can’t stop shopping,” a publisher’s release said, calling the issue “the consumer dilemma that defines our lives and our future.” The event is part of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council Literary Reading Series. Register in advance through

Roberts Creek clinical counsellor and author Nadia Serry will read from her 2019 book Reflections of a Wondering Mystic at the Sechelt Library on Mon. Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. The book recounts “a Sufi woman’s true story of her healing journey after a near fatal car accident takes her back to the ancient land of her birth, Egypt.” The reading will take place in the library’s Community Room. To register, call 604-885-3260.

Visual artists callout

Gibsons Public Market is extending to Oct. 31 its invitation for submissions to its 2022 art program. The market stages exhibitions of local artists’ work on all three levels of the building. Currently on display until Nov. 7 are works by Helen Platt and David Emerson Hall. Learn about the submission process on the market’s website under the “At the Market” tab.

More live music

On Friday, Oct. 15 starting at 8 p.m. the Roberts Creek Legion has Rodeo Jonz, plus a set by Sofa Kings with special guest Greg Eymundson.

The Sofa Kings also play the Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Classical guitarists Luis Medina and Alec Pearson perform a recital featuring “a whole new exciting program of guitar duets and solo works” at the Heritage Playhouse on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets at

Keely Halward plays the Turf Stage at Tapworks in Gibsons from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Playing at the same time as Keely’s show, you can catch Pulling Strings at Gibsons Public Market.

Half-Cut and the Slackers take the stage at the Gibsons Legion at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, playing “all your fave Top 40s from the 50s to the 2000s.”

The Zonolite Revival celebrates their return at the Lighthouse Pub in Sechelt on Saturday, Oct. 16. They’ll bring their greatest hits amidst a light show, lasers, and smoke machine. 7:45 p.m.

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