Variety Clips: Kamloops entertainment listings

FRIDAY

COUNTRY and rock and roll band The Young'uns play The Blue Grotto tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

COME AND enjoy the Last Dinner of the Titanic at The Brownstone Restaurant starting at 6 p.m. There will be 11 courses with a very special menu featuring oysters on the half shell, filet mignon, roast squab, duckling, assorted desserts, cheeses and fruits and optional wine pairing with each course. Some guests will be dressing in period although this is optional. Tickets $140 per guest available at the restaurant. For more information phone 250-851-9939.

THE 14th Kamloops Wine Festival takes place April 13 - 21 at various venues featuring wine pairing dinners, seminars and culminating with the grand finale of the Consumer Wine Tasting on April 21. Over 200 wineries are represented at this event alone. The festival begins tonight with the consumer wine tasting at the Kamloops Convention Centre. For more information check www.kag.bc.ca or call 250-377-2400.

JAMES LAMB performs at The Art We Are, 262 Victoria St., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $8 for students.

CLASSIC rock band The Yardbirds play the Kamloops Convention Centre at 8 p.m. Tickets to the 19 plus event are $35. Doors open at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

ARTIST, author and educator Shastri Rebecca Hazell will help us to open our senses through awareness and art exercises,from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Shambhala Meditation Group of Kamloops 433b Lansdowne St. For more information go to kamloops.shambhala.org or phone Evelyn 250-573-5519.

AUTHOR Kevin Murphy of Vernon will launch Choices, the third book in his Jendorra Boxes trilogy, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Bookland at Fortune Centre Mall.

VANCOUVER-based rock band Versus The Nothing perform with local rockers Voodusa at The Dirty Jersey, 1200 Eighth St. in North Kamloops, at 9 p.m. This is a 19 and older show.

JOIN members of the Global Solidarity Group (GSG) for it's inaugural Beach Party at McCracken Station Pub. All proceeds go to help support sustainable development projects in the developing world! There will be a live, a limbo contest and a prize wheel. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance (buy at McCracken Pub). For more info call Cherise: 250.318.2016.

PROJECT X'S Third Fashion Show Fundraiser at St. Andrew's on the Square begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $20 available at Pandora's Costume Box and Beauty Code Boutique. In the spirit of Romeo and Juliet this year's runway will be filled with famous pairs! This will be an evening of great laughs and entertainment.

SUNDAY

EMERGING B.C. Author June Bourgo will be at Chapters books on Hillside Drive for a signing of her book Winter's Captive from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

KAMLOOPS Festival of the Performing Arts presents the Kamloops Symphony Soloist Award auditions at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Sixth Avenue and Douglas Street. The public is invited to attend this event, which features musicians Marcela Barz on clarinet, Rebecca Ruthven on Violin and Andrew Stoney on piano. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the door.

B.C. LIVING Arts offers its winter/spring program, including: A Cheesy Affair, a recipe contest for amateur chefs at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre

ALL WEEKEND

THE TRU Director's Festival takes place April 12 to 14 with seven plays over two nights. Tickets are $12 each or $18 for both nights. They can be purchased at the door or by phoning 250-377-6100. The door opens at 7 p.m. and the shows begin at 8 p.m.

ONGOING

KAMLOOPS Art Gallery is delighted to present Connecting the Dots: Doug Buis and Astrid Menze, until June 9 in 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.

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.

UPCOMING

WESTERN Canada Theatre presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee April 19 to May 5 at the Pavilion Theatre. Phone Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-372-3216 or go online to kamloopslive.ca for tickets.

KAMLOOPS Players presents Dearly Departed, a comedy about living and dying in the south April 19 to 21 and April 26 to 28. Performances are held at the Stage House Theatre, 422 Tranquille Rd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available in advance at Ardrena's Books, Mystic Dreams, Kamloops United Church.

THE ASHCROFT Arts Club presents the 45th Fine Art Show and Sale April 20 to 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 503 Brink St. at the community's Saint Alban's Anglican Church.

JOIN 14-YEAR-OLD explorer Justine Wild as she shares her unique experiencing in Antarctica with Students On Ice at the Kamloops Museum on Saturday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is by donation.

IF YOU ENJOY waltzes, fox trots, two-steps and polkas come dance to the music of the Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers on Saturday, April 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Heritage House (100 Lorne St.). Tickets are $6 for members, $7 for non-members. Everyone is welcome. Phone 250-376-2330 for more information.

CHRIS BOSE, local First Nations artist and founder of ARBOUR Aboriginal Artists Collective will conduct a family oriented storytelling tour in the Kamloops Art Gallery exhibition space Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will engage participants to consider their own stories of origin.

THE CAN-ITAL Ladies Society Spring Dinner and Fashion Show takes place Wednesday, April 25 at the Colombo Lodge. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and features fashion for men, ladies and children by Jardines Domaine, Viva Bridal, Sears, The Bay and Look Boutique. Tickets are $35 and available at Hair Specialists, Jardines Domaine and by phoning 250-828-2225.

STEP INTO SPRING with the Kamloops Choristers and guests the Silver Belles and Accidental Harmony Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Events takes place at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at Sixth Avenue and Douglas Street. Admission is by donation.

GLOBETROTTING ukulele songstress Shelley O'Brien is back on Canadian soil and touring B.C. April 18 to 27. She'll perform a house concert in Kamloops April 27.

B.C. LIVING Arts offers its winter/spring program, including: A Day at Chef School, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TRU; and 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.

AUTHOR CORY HOPE launches his novel Betting Zoo at The Art We Are at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27.

CBC HOST GRANT Lawrence will be at Bookland in North Kamloops on Sunday, April 29, for a reading and slide show featuring his book Adventures In Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound. The event begins at 1 p.m.

THE STARS OF FICTION along with headline act Fastlane play The Dirty Jersey on Saturday May 5. Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $7 at the door.

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.

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.

QUIDAM, Cirque du Soleil's ninth stage show and the third to tour through Kamloops, takes over Interior Savings Centre Aug. 15-19, 2012. General tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 9, although discounts are now available to Cirque Club members. 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.

ONGOING

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

PARAMOUNT Theatre Downtown continues with its Filmtastic film series, including: Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close as a 19th-century woman posing as a butler to escape repression (April 26).

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 thughes@kag.bc.ca 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 links15@telus.net.

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 jarrettschill@sd.73.bc.ca

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, 7:30-9:30 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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