After a successful debut last year and with the support of the District of Sechelt and Sunshine Coast Credit Union, the FortisBC-sponsored Fresh Air Cinema inflates its big screen once again at Sechelt’s Hackett Park. On Friday, Sept. 10 you can watch the 1987 hit, Dirty Dancing. On Saturday, Sept. 11, the movie is Into the Spider Verse. Gates open at 7 p.m., the films roll at 8:15. There’s a limit of 50 cars – no walk-ins or bikes. Tickets at eventbrite.ca for a suggested $20-per-car donation. All proceeds go to Sunshine Coast Community Services Society.
Both of the Coast’s public galleries open new shows this week, featuring four artists. At the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Doris Crowston Gallery in Sechelt, painter Vicky Marshall brings current work that “analyzes landscapes altered by both natural disaster and human interference.” Also on display are pieces by Kitty Blandy, whose multi-media art practice is concerned with bodies, of all kinds, and from a variety of philosophical and visual perspectives. There’s a meet-the-artists session on Friday, Sept. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception until 7 p.m.
At Gibsons Public Art Gallery, two new exhibits feature abstract painting, with works in the main gallery by Phillipe Sokazo in his show, Beyond the Visible, “crossing the threshold between the known and the unknown.” In the Eve Smart Gallery, Ellen Bang shows Lines at Play, “visual rhythms found in geological formations and in living material in architecture and engineering.” You can meet the artists from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.
At Rockwood Lodge in Sechelt, local artists Kasia Krolikowska and Ines Tancré have put together a “special summer sale” in a combined show they’re calling “Beyond Curating.” They promise works that are “funny and serious, political and religious, sensitive and raw, shine and shadow, you and me.” Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can meet artist M.A. Tateishi at The Kube in Gibsons on Saturday, Sept. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. as she opens her exhibit Tokyo Nights, which will run through September. “I played with materials like neon paints, tissue paper, stencils, and spray paint. I hope you enjoy the energy and joy that went into each painting,” Tateishi said.
Off the Page kicks off its monthly play-reading season at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 with the touchingly humorous play Timepiece, by Kico Gonzalez-Risso. On Oct. 17, Off the Page will present Angel Capone, by Coast writer David Copelin. I stand corrected on information in a Sept. 3 story. In fact, B.C. pandemic protocols require that to enter any theatre after Sept. 13, we must show proof of our first vaccine. As of Oct. 24, we’ll need proof of both shots, with the second jab received at least seven days before.
Virtual writers fest
The 2021 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is making recordings of all 12 of its live events available online, starting Wednesday, Sept. 15 and running until Sept. 30. Passes are available for $30 at showpass.com. Event descriptions can be found on the festival’s website.
There is good live music this week at High Beam Dreams, Tapworks, Roberts Creek Legion, Clubhouse Restaurant, and Backeddy Resort. Check their websites or Facebook for details.