Variety Clips: entertainment listings


ABRA Cadabra and The Piano Man offer a tribute times three - Abba, Elton John and Billy Joel. The touring show comes to Sagebrush Theatre Friday, Sept. 16. Early bird ticket specials on until Sept. 1 through Kamloops Live! Box Office, 374-LIVE.


THE ART We Are, 246 Victoria St., presents Dan Oig and Windborne, Saturday, Sept. 17; Laren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, Saturday, Sept. 24; morning meditation with Therese Dorer, Sunday, Sept. 25; Step 12, Tuesday, Sept. 17; and Doc MacLean, Friday, Sept. 30. Shows begin at 8 p.m.

KAMLOOPS Arts Council presents its annual Children's Art Festival Saturday, Sept. 17, in Riverside Park. A cornucopia of creativity, all for free, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

VANCOUVER rock band State of Shock releases its new album Rock 'N' Roll Romance Sept. 20 after hitting the road with a tour that takes in Rivers Night Club Sept. 17. They were nominated for a best new group Juno in 2008.

THOMPSON Valley Activity and Social Club presents another Let's Dance on Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. to midnight at the Ukrainian Hall, 725 York St. Admission $10. Music by Union Jack. Door prizes, 50/50 draw and spot draws.

HONEYMOON Suite, the Niagara Falls, Ont., rock band, performs Saturday, Sept. 17, at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets for the 19-and-over show are $35 and available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.


BC Living Arts presents CBC gardening show expert Brian Minter Sept. 18, 2 p.m., at the TRU House of Learning. Minter will discuss new trends in gardening. Tickets, $15, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.


WESTERN Canada Theatre presents Betrayal by Harold Pinter at Pavilion Theatre, Sept. 22 to Oct. 8. Tickets available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

BIG AND RICH, along with guest Gretchen Wilson, are playing at Interior Savings Centre on Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at ISC box office or

THE CMT Hitlist Tour comes to Kamloops Convention Centre Friday, Sept. 24, featuring Aaron Lines, Dean Brody and Deric Ruttan. Tickets are $59.

RITA Chiarelli and John King perform Monday, Sept. 26, at Paramount Theatre Downtown, 503 Victoria St., after a screening of Music from the Big House, the Bruce McDonald documentary on Chiarelli's visits to Angola Prison. There will also be a question and answer session after the film. Tickets, $20, available from the theatre box office or Movie Mart.

KEN Smedley and The George Ryga Centre present Portrait of a Lady: A Tribute to Margaret Laurence featuring Dorian Kohl. This special, touring performance is based on Ryga's seminal adaptation of Laurence's classic novel, The Stone Angel. The show goes to Shuswap Theatre in Salmon Arm Thursday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets available from Acorn Music, 250-832-8669.

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.

KAMLOOPS Symphony presents its opening concert of the season, Nordic Sojourn, Saturday, Oct. 1, at Sagebrush Theatre. The orchestra and guest pianist Sheng Cai perform works by Scandinavian composers. The Daily News Chamber Series begins Saturday, Oct. 15, with the Sun Rivers Trio, including Sally Arai (clarinet), Cvetozar Vutev (violin/viola) and Naomi Cloutier (piano). Tickets available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

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.

JIMMY (J.J.) Walker, the comedian of TV's Good Times fame, performs Oct. 8 at Kamloops Convention Centre. Tickets for the 8 p.m. Saturday night show are $30. They're available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

THE ZOMBIES and guests the Acoustic Strawbs perform Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Kamloops Convention Centre. Led by pianist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone - still part of the band - The Zombies formed in 1961 in St. Albans, England. Tickets, $35, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

ENTERTAINMENT Management has a series of small-venue performances lined up through 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.

JOHNNY Winter performs Friday, Oct. 17, at Kamloops Convention Centre with opening guest Tim Vaughn. Tickets are $50 at the door or $42.50 in advance and are available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

GEORGE Canyon performs at Kamloops Convention Centre Thursday, Oct. 20. Tickets on sale at Kamloops Live! Box Office.

TRU ACTORS Workshop Theatre presents a couple of classics and a collective in its forthcoming season: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oct. 26-29 and Nov. 2-5; Christmas Unwrapped, Dec. 8-10 and 15-17; Death of a Salesman, March 1-3 and 8-10, 2012; and Directors Festival, April 5-7, 12-14, 2012. Involvement in the season is not limited to currently enrolled theatre program students. All past and present TRU students, faculty and staff are eligible and encouraged to audition for casting so productions are community events. Auditions for Midsummer Night's Dream are Friday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Actors Workshop Theatre, Old Main Building. Auditions for Christmas: Unwrapped are Saturday, Sept. 17 at noon. Season subscriptions for all four shows are available for $35. Call 250-377-6100 for details and reservations. Tickets for individual shows are $12 general admission at the TRUAWT Box Office open the week of the performances, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

THE CONTENDERS, the duo of Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard, return to Sagebrush Theatre Oct. 29, 8 p.m., on their 11th annual tour in support of the George Ryga Centre in Summerland. Tickets available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.

HARD punk rockets Kill Matilda follow release of their debut album I Want Revenge with a cross-country tour, including Pogue Mahone in Brocklehurst Oct. 29.

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.


CFBX, the campus/community radio station, holds its fall volunteer drive until Friday, Sept. 23. Energetic and creative volunteers needed on and off the air. Excellent for building skills in audio editing, interviewing, writing, organization and computer use. Call the station at 250-377-3988, email or drop by the station at House 8 behind the Campus Activity Centre.

SEPTEMBER feature artist Cylynne Edgelow presents Tapestries at the Courthouse Gallery, 7 West Seymour Street. Weaving, experimenting, creating a visual feast of colour with fibres, Edgelow is inspired by the landscape and endless vistas of this region. The Courthouse Gallery offers other fine art and craft, pottery, painting, stained glass, table art, jewelry, weaving, fibre/textile, sculpture, and glass art. Free parking, handicap accessible. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Visit

HUB CITY Singers, a mixed four-part harmony chorus, invites new members to join them for fun and singing under the leadership of their new director Charles Harman. They meet Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Plura Hills Church on Pacific Way. For more information, call 250-579-1887.

KAMLOOPS Players are looking for actors for their first production in their new space! The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge. Looking for men and women 30 years and up. Call Sharon Huuha at 250-554-2388 or email for information about auditions.

THE COURTHOUSE Gallery, 7 W. Seymour St., invites applications for the fifth annual Christmas at the Courthouse fine art and craft event, Nov. 26-27. This is a juried show, applications can be picked up at the old Courthouse Gallery or visit

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 artists 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.

CASEY'S Caffeine, 104-340 Victoria St., next to Boston Pizza, hosts an open-mike night every Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 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.

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 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 250-320-2258.

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 250-579-9505.

BEGINNER'S Bridge, duplicate bridge for beginners, is every Monday, 7 p.m. Lessons available. Call 250-828-1993 or 250-571-1069 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 250-372-5110.

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, 250-376-5636.

FOR FUN, fitness and friendship, the Bee-Jay Square Dancers invite others to join them Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for adult dance sessions. No experience needed. Casual attire. For more information call 250-374-0277 or 250-828-2389.

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 p.m. to 9 p.m. New members welcome, whether novices or experienced. For more information call Beverly McIntosh at 250-372-5791.

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, 515 Shuswap, holds free meat draws, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and fun euchre at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; crib at 7 p.m. Thursdays; TGIF meals at 5:30 p.m. Fridays; meat draws 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 679-3536.

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