Variety Clips: Kamloops entertainment listings


ARNICA Artist Run Centre at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W. Seymour St., presents the Cascade Print Exchange, a show of works by 143 artists from six countries. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. Everyone welcome. The gallery is free and open to the public. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show runs until April 7.

CHRIS Stevens, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performs Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., at the Westsyde Fellowship coffee house, 2833 Westsyde Rd. Admission $5. Call Wayne Kletka at 250-218-8156 to sign up for the open mic.

THE ART We Are, 262 Victoria St., presents Gadjology, a gypsy jazz band from the Shuswap, Friday, Feb. 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Other events at the cafÉ/gallery: oPEN Heart Mondays (letter-writing night) Feb. 27, 7-11 p.m.; poetry slam Feb. 29, 8 p.m.


VDAY Kamloops 2012 marks the return of The Vagina Monologues, Feb. 23-25, 6 p.m., at Kamloops Convention Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. Kamloops DISH Society (Dames Investing in Social Harmony) invites men and women alike to these benefit performances. Tickets, $20 in advance, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office. Proceeds to the Family Tree Drop-in Centre, CMHA's Emerald House and the Y's Children Who Witness Abuse program.

VERNON-born singer/songwriter Andrew Allen performs Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., at Kamloops Convention Centre. Kamloops' Evan Wilds and Dan Oig (who grew up in Kamloops) are lined up as special guests. Tickets for the all-ages show, $20, are available in advance from Kamloops Live! Box Office and ORA Restaurant Lounge.

THE BLUE Grotto, 319 Victoria St., presents Jerry Doucette on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25. Upcoming: Burlesque, March 8; Soupbone, March 9-10; The Serious Dogs, March 16-17; Wheelhouse, March 23-24; Paul Filek, March 29; and Mostly Marley, March 30-31. Tickets available at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, go to

SHAMHALA Meditation Group offers The Art of Being Human, a weekend intensive, an introduction to mindfulness/awareness meditation, on Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. See or call 250-376-4224.


BIG Little Science Centre, located at 985 Holt St. (formerly George Hilliard elementary) is open Thursdays and Friday, 3-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a show/activity at 1:30 p.m. Shows: static electricity, Feb. 25; dinosaurs, March 3; sound and waves, March 10; force and motion, March 17; Adventures in Antartica. Open daily from March 19-24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with static electricity shows.

KAMLOOPS Christian School, in partnership with Missoula Children's Theatre, presents The Pied Piper on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the school's gym. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children two and under are free. Tickets can be obtained at the door or in advance at the school office, 750 Cottonwood Ave.

KAMLOOPS Symphony presents the Daily News Chamber Music series performance of Folk Traditions on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way. A chamber quartet, along with soprano Carlene Wiebe and tenor William George perform pieces infused with folk influences from around the world. Tickets available from Kamloops Live Box Office.


KAMLOOPS Festival of the Performing Arts runs Feb. 26-March 18, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at venues across the city. The first category, speech, begins Sunday at Sahali Fellowship Church, 1565 Summit Dr. All venues are open to the public. Programs, $10, available at city music stores, serve as admission. Otherwise it is $2 a session for all ages. Competition culminates with the Honours Concert on Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. at Sagebrush Theatre.


KAMLOOPS poet Barbara BallÉ and the string quintet Ordinary People give a reading with musical accompaniment on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m., at Kamloops Public Library. BallÉ will read from her anthology Life Jingling in My Pockets. The quintet will also play a variety of instrumental pieces by composers including Mozart, Bach, Haydn and Mouret. Seating for the free event is limited. Seats can be reserved by calling 250-372-5145.

PARAMOUNT Theatre Downtown continues with its Filmtastic film series, including: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, based on a three-way relationship that included Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung (March 1); Into the Abyss, a death-row documentary (March 15); Shame, a drama about two siblings struggling with the destructive effects of their past (March 29); CafÉ de Flore, a love story from Quebec director Jean-Marc VallÉe that is nominated for a best picture Genie (April 12); and Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close as a 19th-century woman posing as a butler to escape repression (April 26).

TRU ACTORS Workshop Theatre shows continue in the new year with: Death of a Salesman, March 1-3 and 8-10, 2012; and Directors Festival, April 5-7, 12-14, 2012. Call 250-377-6100 for details and reservations. Tickets for individual shows are $12 general admission at the box office in Old Main Building, open the week of the performances, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

AEROSMITH, Bon Jovi and ACDC won't be on stage Friday, March 2, at Kamloops Convention Centre, but tributes to all three will be. Aerosmith Rocks, Blaze of Glory and Who Made Who will cover the hits from the three rock acts. Tickets for the three-in-one deal are $30 and available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

PAUL Brandt performs Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Interior Savings Centre. Show tickets, ranging form $29.50 to $69.50, go on sale Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. through, Ticketmaster outlets and Rogers Wireless Box Office.

THOMPSON Valley Community Orchestra presents Celtic Spirit with special guests, students from the Tara School of Irish Dancing and the group Crossbow, featuring Neil Burnett on Irish harp and Christina Zaenker on cello.The concert takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way. Admission: Adult $10, Children $5, Family $25.

HEALING Hearts, a fundraiser for Kamloops RCMP Victim Services, combines the magic of laughter and song into one show only, Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. (cocktails 6 p.m.; dinner 6:30 p.m.) at Kamloops Convention Centre. Performers include Henry Small, magician Clinton W. Gray and comics Joey Jack, Andrew Halvorsen and Aaron Shufletoski with a special appearance by Lisa McCauley. Tickets for the 19-and-over show are $35, available at ORA Restaurant, The Noble Pig and Rockin' Firkin'.

MICHAEL Flatley's Lord of the Dance comes to Interior Savings Centre on Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 16 through the ISC box office, Ticketmaster outlets or at 1-855-985-5000.

ART in the High Country, the school district festival of student performing arts, takes place March 5-8 at Sagebrush Theatre. The festival includes adjudicated musical performances starting at 9 a.m. daily. All sessions open to the public. Admission by donation

PLATINUM Blonde performs at Kamloops Convention Centre Wednesday, March 7. Tickets, $35, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office, ORA Restaurant or

KAMLOOPS Canadian and International Film Festival takes place March 8-15 at Paramount Theatre Downtown. This year's event includes After Dark, a mini-fest of horror films March 9-10 at TRU's Alumni Theatre, as well as a filmmakers workshop and salon. Films announced to date: Monsieur Lazhar (March 8); The Skin (March 9); Le Havr (March 10); Poetry (March 11); Sunflower Hour (March 11); Melancholia (March 12); and Afghan Luke (March 15).

IAN Thom, historical curator with Vancouver Art Gallery, leads a tour of the winter exhibition Bearing Witness at Kamloops Art Gallery on Saturday, March 10, 1 p.m. The show is comprised of socially engaged work by well-known artists, works drawn from VAG's permanent collection.

ERIC ST-LAURENT, One of Canada's most renowned guitarists, will perform as part of a trio at the Caffe Motivo on Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $21, are available from Kamloops Live Box Office.

LET'S Dance, presented by the Thompson Valley Activity and Social Club, is back at the Ukrainian Hall, 725 York St., on Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m. to midnight. Music by the Serious Dogs. Admission $10. For tickets, call 250-372-3782, 778-471-2220 or 250-374-2774.

ERIC St-Laurent Trio, a jazz/world fusion group, performs Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. at Caffe Motivo, 449 Tranquille Rd. Tickets, $21, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

MAGICIAN and comic Clinton W. Gray is the entertainment on Sunday, March 11, at Westsyde Community Development Society presents a fundraiser at Westsyder Neighbourhood Pub, 3369 Westsyde Rd. Tickets for dinner and show are $25, available in advance at the pub or from McGavin's Breadbasket, 665 Tranquille Rd.

CHAMBER Musicians of Kamloops present a piano recital by Russian pianist Pavel Egorov on Sunday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Sixth and Douglas. Egorov, a professor at St. Petersburg Conservatory, will perform works by Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin and Alexander Scriabin. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members), $12 for students or $40 for families.

BLACK Jack Comedy Tour, featuring Mike MacDonald, the "king of Canadian comedy," and Matt Billon, comes to Kamloops Convention Centre on Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m. for a 19-and-over show. Tickets are $15, available at ORA Restaurant Lounge.

CHAMBER Musicians of Kamloops present Winds, Strings and Keys with a quintet including Cvetozar Vutev, Annette Dominik, Catherine Dochstader, Martin Kratky and Dimiter Terziev on Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m., at The Old Courthouse Cultural Centre. Admission by donation. The concert features works by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.

EL MARIACHI Los Dorados returns to Kamloops with the sounds of old Mexico on Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m., for a performance at Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets available from Kamloops Live! Box Office. They also play Tuesday, March 20, 8 p.m. at Salmon Arm Gallery of Art. Tickets are available from Acorn Music, 250-832-8669.

GRAPES of Wrath and the Odds perform March 23 at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets, $35, available from ORA Restaurant or

KAMLOOPS Old Time Fiddlers present Kelli Trottier and Greg Simm on Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. Trottier is an acclaimed Canadian fiddler, stepdancer and singer. Tickets $20. Call 250-376-2330.

RAY Sawyer, aka Dr. Hook, and his band return to Kamloops March 24 for a show at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets, $40, are available at ORA Restaurant & Lounge or from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

PIANIST Dimiter Terziev performs a recital called Poi E Poi Di Nuovo Vivente (Little by Little to a New Life) on Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Sixth and Douglas. He'll perform pieces by Ludvig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich.

VAN Django, including violinist Cameron Wilson and guitarist Budge Schachte, performs Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., at Stage House Theatre, 422 Tranquille Rd. The duo's repertoire is rooted in the gypsy jazz of the Hot Club of France in the 1930s.

JOHNNY Reid performs Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Interior Savings Centre. Reid's Fire It Up, Let Love Live Again Tour stop in Kamloops was announced Monday. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and Rogers Wireless Box Office.

THE YARDBIRDS, the band that brought the world three iconic guitarists (Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966) performs at Kamloops Convention Centre on Friday, April 13. Drummer/composer Jim McCarty is the sole original member. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show, $35, are available in advance from Kamloops Live! Box Office or ORA Restaurant Lounge.

B.C. LIVING Arts offers its winter/spring program, including: A Cheesy Affair, a recipe contest for amateur chefs on Sunday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre; A Day at Chef School, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 9 a.m.-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

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.

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 20 thannual 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


WESTERN Canada Theatre presents Noises Off, a backstage comedy by Michael Frayn, until Saturday, March 3, at Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

KATHERINE Semrick presents Out My Back Door, a show and sale of her wildlife acrylics, until Wednesday, March 28, at Wilson House Gallery, 115 Tranquille Rd.

KAMLOOPS Arts Council presents its second annual juried art show and sale until Sunday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at The Old Courthouse, 7 W. Seymour St. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m.

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 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, jewellery, 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.

KAMLOOPS Art Gallery continues with its winter exhibitions, including: Bearing Witness, socially engaged works of art from the Vancouver Art Gallery permanent collection; iPhoneography, a show of camera phone images by Sarah Jules in The Cube; and My Community Everyday, a camera phone show by school district students in the BMO Open Gallery. All three shows run until March.

THE SILVER Follies are still alive. A very upbeat meeting was held February 20 thand a number of ideas for next year's show were brought forward. 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

ARGENTINE Tango is growing in popularity around the world. It is fun, good exercise and a great way to meet new people. If you are interested in trying a new activity, check out this tango group. They meet at the IOOF Hall, 423 Tranquille Rd., Saturdays evenings for instruction and practice.For information call 250-372-7485 or email .

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 Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St. Ability to read music required.For further information, contact Jarrett Schill at 372 8464, or

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 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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