Art Beat: Blue grass chops and country charms

The Lonesome Ace Stringband’s tour in support of their fourth album, Modern Old-Time Sounds for the Bluegrass and Folksong Jamboree, brings them to the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Friday, Nov. 15. The band, who’ve played together for 12 years, describe themselves as “three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South… an old-time stringband with bluegrass chops that plays really good folk and country music.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

‘Tis the season

It’s less than six weeks to Christmas so let’s get on this. Pop-up sales of artisanal works this weekend include the Deck the Halls Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16 and 17 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. It’s a juried fair, so the goods are all good. There’s $2 entry fee, kids 12 and under are free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. 

At the shíshálh Nation Hall, it’s the seventh annual Thrift Store Christmas Sale. “All profits support healthcare on the Coast.” Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At Roberts Creek Hall, catch the Grandmothers and Grandothers Bizarre Bazaar, a fundraiser for the grandmothers of Africa. It’s on for four hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday the 16th.

In Gibsons, all weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunnycrest Mall is featuring its annual Christmas Artisan Market. “A myriad of arts, crafts, foods, drinks, music, community, fun and surprises.”

Remembrance on film

Digitally remastered First World War filmstrips bring the 1914-18 European conflict back in a way never experienced before in director Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old. “These long-dead soldiers speak directly to us in modernized colour and full life.” The Sunshine Coast Film Society’s final screening of the film is on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt, at 2 p.m. Members $5, non-members $9.

Fortunate Sons

Vancouver-based Jay Brazeau has acted in literally hundreds of TV, film and stage productions, and can now add “playwright” to his credits. His play, Fortunate Sons, is this month’s reading-performance by the Off the Page troupe. It’s a story that’s “part mystery, part drama, part musical, part horror, and most importantly, very funny and challenging.” The actors will be Frank Crudele, Tara Fynn, Peter Hill, Rafael Ruiz, and Steve Schwabl. Brazeau also will be on hand for a chat with the audience. It’s on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. Admission is by donation.

Seashore show

Halfmoon Bay biologist, author and photographer J. Duane Sept is presenting an illustrated talk based on his book, The New Beachcomber’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest, on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Sechelt Public Library at 6:30 p.m. A writer of many books on the subject, there’s little about marine animal life on the seashore, and how best to explore it, that Sept doesn’t know.

Poet pals

John Pass and Howard White are two Sunshine Coast poets with quite different styles. They’ve each just put out new books of their work. As it happens, White’s Harbour Publishing has released Pass’s book, This Was the River. White’s volume, A Mysterious Humming Noise, has been published by Vancouver’s Anvil Press. The pair will read from their new books at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Vocal variety

Nikki Weber presents the fun, four-part men’s vocal group Sh-Boom, plus guest singers Jacquie Allan, Trudi Diening, and Wendy Hibbard, with musical accompaniment by Miles Black on piano, Sacha Fassaert, and Barry Taylor. At the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22 to $25 at Strait Music and the Blackberry Shop, or from Nikki at 604-740-0933.

Ross Douglas

Award-winning singer-songwriter Ross Douglas is giving a concert at the Pender Harbour School of Music in Madeira Park on Sunday, Nov. 17. “A wonderfully entertaining performer. Inspired by folk, Celtic, African, Cajun, Caribbean and theatrical music and especially the Beatles.” From 2 to 4 p.m., tickets $25 from the music school’s website and at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park and Strait Music in Sechelt.

At the pubs

On Friday, Nov. 15 the Roberts Creek Legion hosts acoustic roots, North Americana, country and blues of the Mark Branscombe and Michael Mahoney duo, The Gravel-Aires at 8 p.m.

On Saturday at 8 p.m., “dance ecstatically in bacchanalian revel” to The Colorifics at the Gibsons Legion.


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