CELEBRATE THE 15TH anniversary of The Thompson Valley Community Orchestra with a collection of pop and classical selections under the direction of Norris Berg. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Community Church. Admission is at the door. Adults pay $10, children $5 and a family $25.
THE THOMPSON VALLEY POTTERS Guild hosts its annual spring sale at Desert Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find all kinds of pottery including stoneware, raku, porcelain, sculpture, vases, tableware, and many original creations. Every sale the guild does we give our customers the opportunity to donate to charity and receive a beautiful hand made bowl.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY takes place all day at High Octane Comics and Collectables at 250 Third Avenue. Come and get your free comics and take advantage of a storewide sale, with some items up to 50 per cent off.
KAMLOOPS FUSION ROTARACT and Aurora Rotary present the third annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser. This year join us on an exotic cruise ship adventure through Mexico when an unthinkable murder takes place during the Cinco de Mayo celebration on board Tickets include dinner, entertainment, mystery and intrigue and are available from Flavours of India, Investors Group, CIBC Sahali Branch and Ferguson Equipment. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Kamloops Convention Centre.
RICK MERCER BRINGS his show A Nation Worth Ranting About to the Sagebrush Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Unashamedly proud, fiercely skeptical, and endlessly entertaining, Mercer knows the people, the culture, the passions and the heartaches. He knows Canada is a country worth laughing about, cheering about, and occasionally getting angry about.
FASTLANE play The Dirty Jersey with a rock and roll show starting at 9 p.m. and tickets are $7 at the door.
COME CELEBRATE the 125th anniversary of St. Andrews on the Square with an afternoon tea in the oldest public building in the city. There will be pictures on display of weddings dating back to the turn of the century during the tea, which takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets and further information phone Ruth at 250-851-6308. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Kamloops Heritage Society.
THUNDER OVER STEEL, a choral concert by Serious Options, takes place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Sixth Street at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
THE WESTSYDE Community Development Society is hosting its second annual Absolute Amazing Race on Saturday and Sunday. Based on the hit TV show, 24 teams of two will race around the city, with the top ten teams on Saturday advancing to Sunday. There will be prizes for the top three teams, with the grand prize being a Caribbean Cruise.
FIVE OLD BIRDS flock together to celebrate personal flights into the creative landscape with Flight, a clay, wood, 2D and 3D exhibition on until May 26 at the Old Courthouse Gallery. Come and enjoy the work of Megs Waterous, Bonnie Keats, Sheila Macdonald, Rhona Armes and Pat Hall.
ARTIST Clement Yeh presents the first exhibit of his work Fresh Faces: Portraits of Kamloops Residents by a Newcomer at the Wilson House Gallery on Tranquille Road until May 9. The exhibit includes artwork created in watercolour, pencil, wood sculpture and mixed media.
WESTERN Canada Theatre presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee until May 12 at the Pavilion Theatre. Phone Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-372-3216 or go online to kamloopslive.ca for tickets.
HAMPTON Gallery represents established, well know Canadian artists. There is always something new! Featured artists until May 15th are Ron Hedrick and his Vancouver Seascapes, Jose Ventura's bright primary coloured, cats and roosters, Peter Stuhlmann's close up and semi abstracted landscapes from around Nesconlith and Grant Leier has his Eye candy of fun with wild paintbrushes and pears. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday 10-5 167 4th Ave. 250-374-2400.
PAIR A LLS smoke-fired pottery by Lynda Jones and watercolours by Lance Weisser are on display at the Old Courthouse Gallery until May 31. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information phone Pat Hall at 250-376-2530.
KAMLOOPS Art Gallery is delighted to present Connecting the Dots: Doug Buis and Astrid Menze, until June 9in The Cube and BMO Open Gallery. The KAG also presents an exhibition of work by Esther Shalev-Gerz Art entitled White Out: Between Telling and Listening until June 16.
COMEDIAN Ron James, star of CBC's The Ron James Show, returns to Kamloops with his one-man, 90-minute rant on May 8, 2012. Tickets, $40.63, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.
LET'S DANCE takes over the Ukrainian Hall, 725 York St., from 8 p.m. to midnight on May 9. Music is by Charisma and admission is $10. This dance is a membership appreciation event for the Thompson Valley Activity and Social Club. Become a member and your admission is free. Everyone is welcome. For tickets contact Francoise at 250-372-3782, Louise at 778-471-2220, or Ed at 250-374-2774.
SINGER/SONGWRITER Alex Vissia and her trio play The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St., on Tuesday, May 10. Show begins at 8 p.m. and her new album will be available.
MODERN CELTIC band Cod Gone Wild is on tour promoting their latest album The Traveler with a stop in Kamloops on Friday, May 11. The concert takes place in the Ice Shed of the Kamloops Curling Club. For more information go online to codgonewild.com.
JOIN FIRST NATIONS ARTISTS Mariel Belanger, Tracey Kim Bonneau, Chris Bose, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, and Cease Wyss for the Picto Prophecy exhibition starting May 11 at 6 p.m. and running until June 9 at the Old Courthouse Gallery. The artists present their re-interpretations of prophecy, just in time for the end of the world.
THE OLD COURTHOUSE presents Spring is in the Air for Mom with the Okanagan Harp Orchestra and the Crimson Rich Trio on Saturday, May 12. The sweet and lively celebration of spring begins at 2 p.m.
ARE YOU AN ARTIST looking for a place to hold a workshop and show and sell your work? Look no further than Art in the Street, taking place Saturday, May 12. Artists must apply for their own tent and the registration fee is $25. Artists can apply at www.kamloopsarts.ca until Saturday, May 5. For more information phone Kathy Sinclair at 250-372-7323.
A GRAND FINALE to a marvellous season with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra takes place Saturday, May 12, with Absolute Grandeur. Join the KSO and cello soloist David Eggert for a celebration of compositions by Brahms, Estacio and Dvorak starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Kamloops Live! Box Office.
ARE YOU AN ARTIST looking for a place to hold a workshop or show and sell your work? Look no further than Art in the Street on Saturday, May 12. It's an art fair that is a part of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association's Live Music, Art and Dance Spring Festival. For more information go to kamloopsarts.ca or stop by the Arts Council office at 7 Seymour Street West.
COME AND ENJOY an intimate evening of choral music with Folk Songs of the British Isles at St, Andrews Presbyterian Church (Sixth Avenue and Douglas Street) Monday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and anyone 14 and younger enjoys for free. Hear favourites that include Danny Boy, Loch Lomond, Early One Morning and Linden Lea.
KING'S COURT LIVE is a brass extravaganza at the Old Courthouse Gallery presented by the Chamber Musicians of Kamloops and the City of Kamloops. The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Admission is donation to the Boogie the Bridge cultural fund.
B.C. LIVING Arts presents Marry Me A Little, a Stephen Sondheim musical, at TRU Actors Workshop Theatre, Friday and Saturday, May 18-19. For details, see www.bclivingarts.ca.
LET THERE BE MUSIC is a variety concert featuring music from Bach to Unger. Performers include Mark Betuzzi on trumpet, Rob Petersen on piano, Martin Kratky on cello, Neil Burnett on Irish harp and Christina Zaenker on cello and violin soloist Jane Dyck. They will perform with string ensemble Ordinary People and the Twin Rivers Orchestra. Local poet Barbara Ballé will read poetry from her collection Life Jingling in my Pockets. This event will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Sixth Avenue and Douglas Street) Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information phone 250-374-6110 or 250-579-0244.
ART B.C. presents its annual spring Impressions Art Show and Sale May 23 to 27 upstairs at the Old Courthouse Gallery. The show offers a wide variety of local and original paintings as well as cards and gifts. Admission is free. Phone 250-314-6600 for show times.
THE BOOB TOUR, a stand up comedy show fighting cancer with laughter, takes place Saturday, May 26, at the Kamloops Convention Centre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at ORA Restaurant and Lounge, Genesis Fashion and Beauty or by phoning 250-372-5312.
LEGENDARY 1970's British rock band Sweet play the Kamloops Convention Centre on Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Kamloops Live! Box Office and Ora Restaurant. Purchase a pair of tickets at Ora and receive a $20 gift certificate for the restaurant.
QUIDAM, Cirque du Soleil's ninth stage show and the third to tour through Kamloops, takes over Interior Savings Centre Aug. 15-19, 2012. Tickets range in from $36 (kids 12 and under) to $80 (adults).
EARLY-BIRD passes to the 20th annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival are available now. A limited number are available, ranging from $76 (youth) to $110 (adults). Call 250-833-4096 or purchase online at rootsandblues.ca.
CALL for Entries: The Old Courthouse Gallery Co-operative, 7 W. Seymour St., is inviting applications from artists working in wood, stone, metal and basketry. Not accepting applications for pottery, glass and textile at this time. For more information phone 250-314-6600 or visit kamloopscourthousegallery.ca
HAMPTON Gallery features new works by painter Nicole Laporte, her scenes filled with kids having fun. The gallery, 167 Fourth Ave., carries art by local and nationally recognized artists.
BY YOUTH 4 Youth is the name of a new Kamloops Art Gallery program inviting teens and youth to take part in programming that reflects their passions, interests, issues and events. Youths aged 13-21 can join the BY4Y council. Participation is free and, with school approval, hours may be used towards required volunteerism for high school students. Contact education co-ordinator Tarin Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-377-2405.
MARJ Briggs with fused and stained glass, and Patty Gregory with pen and ink, are the featured artists in March at the Old Courthouse Gallery, 7 W. Seymour St. At the gallery too, fine local art and craft, photography, paintings, pottery, glass art, jewelry, textile, art cards, sculpture, weaving, felting and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. No HST, free parking, handicap accessible. kamloopscourthousegallery.ca
THE SILVER Follies are still alive. The show next year will still be on similar lines to previous shows, but with some new productions. We hope to continue with our music and comedy themes, as in the past. We are meeting monthly and working on the show. Anyone interested can call Doug Routledge, 250-8282-2120, or Betty Barker at 250-434-6657.
DESERT Sounds Harmony Chorus, a Sweet Adelines four-part harmony group, invites new members to attend its four-week recruitment sessions. They continue weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. Contact membership secretary at email@example.com.
LOVE to sing? Looking for a musical challenge? Vivace Chorale, a small mixed chorus, invites new members. Directed by Cvetozar Vutev, well-known local musician, the choir explores classic repertoire and more. They meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St. Ability to read music required. For further information, contact Jarrett Schill at 372 8464, or firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com
POETRY SLAM nights continue at The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St., on the second and last Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. A spoken word event where poets recite or read, dramatize and perform poetry for an audience. Winners split a pass-the-hat cash prize with a portion going to the venue. Admission is $5 at the door with a non-perishable food donation for Kamloops Food Bank.
CALL for entries: The Old Courthouse gallery, a fine art and craft co-operative, 7 West Seymour Street invites applications from artist working in wood, stone or metal, photography and basketry. Not accepting applications for glass, paintings, pottery and textile at this time. Visit kamloopscourthousegallery.ca for more information and application form.
LIEDERKREIS Choir, a mixed group of seniors that brings old German folk songs to senior homes and care facilities, invites new members of German-speaking background to join them. They practice every second Thursday, 2 p.m., at North Shore Community Centre, 750 Cottonwood Ave. For more information call Heidi Colasanti at 250-372-2973.
KAMLOOPS Happy Choristers invites new members age 55 and over to join us for fun, singing, harmony and a variety of songs under the direction of the talented Mary Jackson. They meet Wednesday from 9:30-11 a.m. at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. For more information call 579-9505.
BEGINNER'S Bridge, duplicate bridge for beginners, is every Monday, 7 p.m. Lessons available. Call 828-1993 or 571-1069 for more information. DESERT Gardens Community Centre offers a variety of games and invites people aged 55 or older to join them in daily play. Whist, Mondays, 1 p.m.; bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; table tennis, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; bingo, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.; table tennis, Thursdays, 12:30 a.m.; euchre, Thursdays, 1 p.m.; cribbage, Fridays, 1 p.m.; carpet bowling Fridays, 10 a.m. Registration not required. There is a $2 entry fee to cover costs for each game. Cribbage tournaments ($10 entry fee) are held the third Sunday of each month. Register at 10 a.m. For more information call 372-5110.
WANT to have fun with music? Have you blown a reed or brass instrument? Ever thought about the Rube Band? The band practices Monday evenings at the Yacht Club, 1140 Lorne St. For more information call Bob Eley, 250-377-3209.
FOR fun, fitness and friendship, the Bee-Jay Square Dancers invite others to join them Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., for adult dance sessions. No experience needed. Casual attire. For more information call 374-0277 or 828-2389.
THE ARTISTS' Studio and Gallery, Sahali Centre Mall, is an artists' co-operative with a goal to provide a venue for developing artists from the Kamloops region to show and sell their paintings. Open regular mall hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
ROYAL Canadian Legion Branch 107 in Chase holds Fun Darts on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Free meat draws on Tuesdays from 4-6:30 p.m., Crib on Thursdays at 7 p.m., TGIF Meals (members $5, non-members $6) Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., meat draws on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 250-679-3536.
ROYAL Canadian Legion, Branch 107, 515 Shuswap, holds free meat draws, 4-6:30 p.m. and fun euchre at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; crib at 7 p.m. Thursdays; TGIF meals at 5:30 Fridays; meat draws 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 679-3536.
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