FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
BLUE GROTTO, 319 Victoria St. presents Blue Voodoo tonight and Saturday. Tickets at the door. Upcoming: Soupbone, Aug. 19-20; Paul Filek, Aug. 25; and Blackdog Blue, Aug. 26-27. Music from 8 p.m. to midnight. See www.thebluegrotto.ca.
CHASE Cornstock 2011, a day of family fun, takes place Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Memorial Beach in Chase. The entertainment lineup includes children's performer Scarlett the Scarecrow, Jelly, Mickael Maddison Band, Ranj Singh and the Discriminators, Opal Michel, Andrea Smith and The Infectuals. Take in the CornField Market, the Watering Hole and the Interior Savings Little Kernels Zone.
BIG Little Science Centre at Bert Edwards School, 711 Windsor Ave., is on summer hours until Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Interactive show or activity at 1:30 p.m. daily: Shows include: light and colour, Monday, Aug. 15; circuits and electricity, Monday, Aug. 22. Admission: free for children age 5 and under, $2 forchildren 6 to 15, $5 per adult or $10 per family. Admission by donation.
THE ART We Are, 246 Victoria St., presents Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Saturday, Aug. 13. Upcoming shows: Rockland Moran (slide guitarist), Thursday, Aug. 18; Bog River (roots trio), Wednesday, Aug.. 31; The F-Holes, Wednesday, Sept. 7. Shows begin at 8 p.m.
WESTERN Canada Summer Games continue until Sunday, accompanied by a week long festival of cultural activities at Riverside Park. The festival opens Friday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. on the plaza at Interior Savings Centre. Games torch arrives at 7 p.m. Nightly Music in the Park shows are extended, adding touring acts from 8:30-10 p.m. Art demonstrations run 6-8 p.m. at Heritage House. They include Glen Mantie with masks today and Lynda Boutillier with painting on Saturday. For full details see www.2011.wcsg.ca.
SUN Peaks hosts another Retro Rock Weekend Aug. 12-14 with a lineup including BC/DC (Friday, 6 p.m.); Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi tribute), Saturday, noon; The Led Zeppelin Show, Saturday, 2 p.m.; Fandango ZZ, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; Steel Wheels (Rolling Stones tribute), Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday: Hipeponymous (Tragically Hip), 11 a.m. Free admission.
ROUTES & Blues, an outreach series of community performances and outdoor activities in advance of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, continues until Tuesday, Aug. 16 in communities around the Shuswap. For a complete listing, see www.routesandblues.ca.
TICKETS to the 19 thannual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival are on sale now. Headliners include Jonny Lang. The festival runs Aug. 19-21. Weekend passes, $106, $80 (seniors) or $69 (students), can be purchased by calling 833-4096 or online at rootsandblues.ca.
LET'S DANCE, sponsored by the Thompson Valley Activity and Social Club, returns to the Ukrainian Hall, 725 York St., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 p.m. to midnight. Music is by Phoenix. Admission $10. Door prizes, 50/50 draw and spot dances.
BLUE Oyster Cult performs Aug. 19 at Kamloops Convention Centre with Kamloops own Fast Lane as the opening artists. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show (19 and over) are $50. They go on sale Wednesday through Kamloops Live! Box Office, www.kamloopslive.ca.
DESERT Daze Music Festival runs Aug. 19-21 at Spences Bridge school grounds. Musical lineup includes The Dustin Bentall Outfit, Romi Mayes and Jay Nowicki, Carolyn Mark, Linda McRae and The Boom Booms. For details see www.desertdaze.ca.
MERRIT'S Elvis Presley Fan Club celebrates the King on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Merritt Desert Inn with a dinner, show and fundraiser. Entertianers include tribute artist Steve Elliott and Patsy Bartholomew (Patsy Cline) as well as Appaloosa and Up-Town Hornz. All proceeds support patient transportation at Nicola Valley Health Centre. Tickets, $35, available from the inn.
ABRIOSIS, a progressive death metal band from Vancouver, brings its Canadian Rapture Tour to Pogue Mahone Aug. 28. Their new album, Tattered and Bound, can be freely downloaded at www.stereokiller.com/abriosis.
HAMPTON Gallery hosts Peter Blundell, certified art appraiser, from Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call to reserve a 15-minute appointment for up to three items at a cost of $35. Blundell is a recognized authority on paintings, prints, silver, china and collectibles. Call 250-374-2400.
THE BACKYARDIGANS Live! On Stage returns to Sagebrush Theatre Sept. 15 for family shows at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The musical adventures continue with the Quest for the Extra Ordinary Aliens. Tickets, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office, are $27.50.
HONEYMOON Suite, the Niagara Falls, Ont., rock band, performs Saturday, Sept. 17 at Kamloops Convention Centre. Local band Blackdog Blue opens. Tickets for the 19-and-over show are $35 and available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.
BIG AND RICH, along with guest Gretchen Wilson, are playing the Interior Savings Centre on Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at ISC box office or http://centreboxoffice.com.
THE CMT Hitlist Tour comes to Kamloops Convention Centre Friday, Sept. 24, featuring Aaron Lines, Dean Brody and Deric Ruttan. Tickets are $59.
AN Evening With the Rat Pack, a tribute to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., comes to Sagebrush Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tickets, $39.75, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.
ABBAMANIA and Bee Gees Night Fever perform Thursday, Sept. 29 at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets for the 19-and-over show are $35.27 and available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.
THE MOODY Blues bring their Voyage 2011: Precious Cargo tour to Interior Savings Centre Wednesday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $55-$67.50.
AVRIL Lavigne brings her Black Star Tour to Interior Savings Centre Oct. 6. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. all-ages concert, $37.50 and $49.50 (general admission floor, reserved stands) go on sale Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster outlets.
ENTERTAINMENT Management has a series of small-venue performances lined up through summer and fall. They include: Pavlo, Oct. 16, 8 p.m., Kamloops Convention Centre; Alex Cuba, Nov. 16, Kamloops Convention Centre; Ernesto Cervini, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Turner's Music Studio and Nov. 18 at Salmon Arm Art Gallery.
GEORGE Canyon performs at Kamloops Convention Centre Thursday, Oct. 20. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at Kamloops Live! Box Office.
GORDON Lightfoot performs Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m. at Interior Savings Centre. Tickets, $59.50 and $69.50, available from the ISC box office or Ticketmaster outlets.
NORTH Shore Artwalk continues until Sept. 5 at businesses along Tranquille Rd as local artists partner with merchants. Folllow the maps available at participating businesses. The walk begins at Northills Shopping Centre.
TRAVELS in Europe, a show and sale of watercolour and acrylic paintings by Werner Braun, takes place in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W. Seymour St., from Friday, Aug. 5 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Opening reception Aug. 5, 11 a.m. Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Close Sunday and Monday. Braun's work can be previewed at www.tnsc.ca.
KAMLOOPS Arts Council presents Peeled Passage, a show of pottery by Karen Palmer, until Sept. 1 at Wilson House Gallery, 115 Tranquille Rd.
MUSIC in the Park continues with free nightly shows on the Rotary Bandshell stage in Riverside Park and every Friday night in McDonald Park. Music starts at 7 p.m. Paul Filek (pop), Friday, Aug. 12; Blue Voodoo (blues/rock), Saturday, Aug. 13; Company B (jazz swing vocalists), Sunday, Aug. 14; Broken Down Suitcase (roots duo) Monday, Aug. 15; Tribute to Johnny Cash, Tuesday, Aug. 16; Andrea Smith (contemporary/pop) Wednesday, Aug. 17; Allen Christie (country), Thursday, Aug. 18; and Kirby Sewell Band (R&B/pop/rock), Friday, Aug. 19s.
FOURTEEN members of the old Courthouse Gallery, 7 West Seymour Street, present Summer Expressions. New works by local artisans in a summer theme, textile, pottery, stained glass, fibre, tapestries, glass art, paintings, weaving, table art, jewelry.No HST, free parking, handicap accessible.Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Visit kamloops courthouse gallery.ca.
CARAVAN Farm Theatre near Armstrong presents its summer production, A Midsummer Night's Dream until Sunday, Aug. 21, nightly at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. For tickets call 1-866-311-1011.
MEDIEVAL Knights, a children's drama that brings to life the tales of Don Quixote, Sir Gawain, The Green Knight and Percy and the Dragon to life, plays Tuesday to Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. in Riverside Park, weather permitting. The show is geared to kids age 4-10 but is enjoyable to all.
KAMLOOPS Art Gallery presents its summer exhibitions Sunday with an emphasis on photography, including Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen: The Art of the Celebrity Portrait, Global Nature and Sublime Moments by Kamloops photographer Victor Hamm. All three shows continue until Saturday, Sept. 3.
ASHCROFT Arts Club holds its second annual Summer Artwalk through July and August. Sixteen merchants along Railway Avenue feature works by local artists.
JACKIE Chadwick, a textile/multimedia artist, is the featured artist in July at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W. Seymour St. She creates wearable and decorative art on cloth. No HST, free parking and handicap accessible. Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit kamloopscourthousegallery.ca.
MUSIC in the City, Merritt's summertime live music program, takes place Thursdays in July and August at Merritt Spirit Square, except Aug. 26. The lineup includes Valdy, AJ Woodworth, The Matinee, Art Pruce, Rob Hess, One More Girl, Coquihalla Coyotes, Spencer Vaughan, Linda's Dance Studio, and many more.
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.
DRIVE End, a show by Montreal photographer Martin Beauregard, runs until Saturday, July 16 at Arnica Artist Run Centre at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W. Seymour St. Beauregard contrasts the mythic figure of the cowboy with the more modest reality personified by his grandfather. Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
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.
CASEY'S Caffeine, 104-340 Victoria St. next to Boston Pizza, hosts an open-mic night every Tuesday, 7-10 p.m. There is no cover. Musicians encouraged to join in. PA system provided. Full karaoke option for those who just want to sing. First-come, first served. Call 250-377-1956 for more information.
INTERESTED in costume design, sewing and creating costumes, or in set design and building? Kamloops Players are looking for you. Come and use your skills and have fun at the same time. For more information call Sharon Huuha at 250-554-2388.
KAMLOOPS Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) is accepting registration for this summer's music camp. KISSM is a three-week camp offering a variety of levels of classes for kids 5-18 years old.Beginner classes available for the camp, which runs July 4-22, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Registration details available on line www.kiss.ca, email@example.com or by calling 250-574-5437.
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 Colasti at 250-372-2973.
INLANDER Pub continues with its Unplugged House Band. Every Friday night, musicians can play for the chance to win a six-month gig as the Inlander house band. Apply at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is a fundraiser for the Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund.
DESERT Sounds Harmony, the Kamloops chapter of Sweet Adelines International, sings four-part harmony, barbershop-style, and has fun doing it. They meet Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage House in Riverside Park. For more information call 320-2258.
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 Sandra Gregson, 372-2045.
FOR fun, fitness and friendship, the Bee-Jay Square Dancers invite others to join them Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 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.
SAGEBRUSH Quilters Guild meets every second and fourth Monday monthly in the Terrace Room at TRU from 7-9 p.m. New members welcome, whether novices or experienced. For more information call Beverly McIntosh at 372-5791.
A MYSTERY book club hosted by At Second Glance Books, 448 Victoria St., resumes on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The club provides a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy the company of mystery lovers. Each month they feature a particular title/author and explore aspects of style and character development.
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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