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Pool Life, a show of photography by Earl Marriott grad and former Peace Arch News reporter/photographer Rebecca Blissett opens Nov. 15 at Vancouver
Pool Life, a show of photography by Earl Marriott grad and former Peace Arch News reporter/photographer Rebecca Blissett opens Nov. 15 at Vancouver's Visual Space Gallery.
— image credit: Rebecca Blissett photo

Needle Doodle

Promising "a circus in a tiny space," well-known Crescent Beach multi-media artist and dance mentor Elizabeth Carefoot will present a new show of her work – Needle Doodle – Nov. 8-Jan.4 at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College (700 Royal Ave., New Westminster).

Methods and materials in Carefoot's endlessly creative universe include acrylic painting, found objects, machine and hand-stitching, coloured pencils, inks, transfers and embellished acid etching.

"In my artwork, be it painting, fabric art or construction, elements of surprise, playfulness and personal symbolism are important," Carefoot says.

"I try to make the viewer see something in a new way and invite personal interpretation."

Opening reception will be Thursday, Nov. 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Carefoot will give an artist's talk at the gallery on Friday (Nov. 9) at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 604-527-5723.


New venue

White Rock Chamber Music, now celebrating its 40th year on the peninsula, is on the move, leaving the Pacific Carlton Retirement Residence for a new home at Crescent Gardens Retirement Community (1222 King George Blvd.).

Concerts are scheduled on the second Saturday of each month, from November until May, and each runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested $5 donation to the Peninsula Arts Foundation.

The next event, featuring Sarona's Womens Kitchen Chorus – directed by Sarona Mynhardt of White Rock Children's Choir fame – is slated for Nov. 10.

Also on the program are violinist April Lee, pianist Kate Lee, soprano Miriah Reitmeier and young pianists Phillip and Caroline Lee.


Vocal harmony

The dynamic close harmonies and choregraphy of the K Sisters quartet will be one of the highlights of the 2012 Remembrance and Variety Show, presented by the Langley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 12953 20 Ave.

The K Sisters will stir up memories of the Andrews Sisters and favourite songs of the Second World War era with favourites like Apple Blossom Time, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B in the show's first half, a tribute to veterans and those who served.

In the second half, following a variety show format, the group will be back with classic songs from composers like George and Ira Gershwin.

The full society chorus, of course, and the locally-based quartets Syncromesh (past district senior barberhop champions and Mixed Company will also bring their rich vocal blends to each segment, in a program that will include timeless favourites ranging all the way from the 1930s to the 50s and 60s.

Tickets ($20, seniors and students $15) area available from Keith Ridge Men's Wear, Semiahmoo Centre; Pelican Rouge Cafe, Central Plaza; Ocean Park Pizza and Village Pub and Hallmark Cards, Willowbrook Centre.


Pool Life

Former South Surrey resident, Earl Marriott grad and onetime Peace Arch News reporter and photographer Rebecca Blissett – whose band and concert shots are often featured in the Georgia Straight – will have a show of photography Nov. 15-17 at the Visual Space Gallery (2075 Alberta St., Vancouver)

Called Pool Life, it's a series focusing on outdoor public swimming pools.

Inspired by the 1968 film The Swimmer, starring Burt Lancaster, the show is an odyssey through pool culture, and a celebration of an era on the wane, in a series of typically crisp, cool images taken on film (sometimes with vintage dive cameras) in which Blissett's eye captures both the endless variety of humanity at poolside, and the private, perfect serenity of the submerged swimmer.

Not a fan of swimming herself, Blissett discovered her subject through the urging of a friend.

"I was struck by the pool scene," she says. "Everybody's crammed in together on the cement decks; there are regulars who've been using the pools for years. They're a throwback to another time."

Opening party is Nov. 15, 7-11 p.m. at the gallery. The show continues Nov. 16, 7-11 p.m. and Nov. 17, noon to 7 p.m.


Band battle

Peninsula indie pop singer and songwriter Tommy Alto and his band Whisper! Whisper! (including White Rock's Brian Shannon, drums; Surrey's Paul Engel, vocals and bass; and Moose Jaw's Ben Klassen, vocals and guitar) will be among 12 contenders in Vancouver's Band Fight battle of the bands contest, running Nov. 7 to Nov. 28 with 8 p.m. Wednesday night performances at Vancouver's Library Square Public House.

Alto and Whisper! Whisper! are scheduled to perform Nov. 21. Also up the same evening will be Surrey-based band Cry of Silence.

Judging the contest will be a music industry panel from co-sponsors Amp Records, The Georgia Straight and 99.3 The Fox.

Response from the public will also be important in determining the winner, and judges will note the bands able to draw the most supporters. The winner will receive one song professionally produced by Amp, with radio exposure and a feature article.

The top four finalists will also receive individual consultations on marketing themselves from Amp producers.

For more information, visit www.amprecordsco.com


Phantom of the Panto

Tickets are now on sale for Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society's latest pantomime, The Phantom of the Panto (Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. performances at Surrey Arts Centre).

Following on the success of last year's Beauty and the Beast (the CTC award-winner for best musical or pantomime production) the new show is an original written by regular FVGSS performer Clive 'Hitman' Ramroop, taking a page (or two) from the famed Andrew Lloyd You-know-who musical and reworking it in broad 'panto' style.

Featured in the spoof (helmed by the winning team of producer Reginald Pillay, artistic director Mike Balser, musical director Timothy Tucker and choreographer Carol Seitz) will be Tom Cleevely (The Phantom), Chelsea Tucker (Christine), Jackie Block (Meg Nolia), James Walker (Andre Jyne), Samatha Andrews (Firmin Full), Jeff Christiansen (as the dame, Carlotta Ferrari), Joni Hayden-Summerton (as principal boy Raoul), Jake Hildebrand (Joe Bouquet DeFleur), Adrian Duncan (Punchy Ferrari), Jerret Schwartz (The Skull) and Frannie Warwick (Trappe).

For ticket information, call 604-501-5566 or visit http://tickets.surrey.ca/



White Rock Players Club's 2012 pantomime is Pinocchio, running Nov. 30 to Dec. 29 at the Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.

Panto veteran Dave Baron's script is a new adaptation of the classic tale by Carlo Collodi, incorporating some original and intriguing elements that have been filtered out in successively de-natured versions.

Also expect all of the the over-the-top humour, music and general nonsense the White Rock pantomime has been noted for over six decades.

For tickets ($18, $16 seniors, students and Coast Capital members) and further information,  call 603-536-7535, visit www.whiterockplayers.ca or email wrpctix@uniserve.com


Welsh Men's Choir

The popular Vancouver Welsh Men's Choir will return to the Semiahmoo Peninsula Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church for their show Christmas at White Rock.

Joining the full-bodied sound of the male chorus will be the Johnston Heights Secondary Senior Choir.

It's the launch of a busy Christmas season for the choir, which will take them to performances in New Westminster, Vancouver and North Vancouver.

Local fans will have another opportunity to catch their music on Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., when the choir will bring its Christmas show to Surrey Arts Centre.

Tickets ($25, $22 seniors and students) are available online at vwmc.ca or b y calling 604-878-1190.

For the Surrey show tickets are available only through the Surrey Arts Centre box office, www.arts.surrey.ca or 604-501-5566.


Robinson Crusoe

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company's 2012 Christmas pantomime will come to Surrey Arts Centre Dec. 20 to Jan. 6.

Founder-director Ellie King's rollicking seafaring tale, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates, offers "spectacular sparkling family fun" including King's patented brand of colourful, kid-friendly cheer-the-hero, boo-the villain adventure, with plenty of song and dance and a healthy helping of groan-worthy knockabout humour, featuring veteran RCTC 'Dame' Alan Cedargreen.

Regular admission is $23.95 plus box office charges, or $14.95 plus charges for children under 12.

For ticket information and bookings visit www.rctheatreco.com or www.arts.surrey.ca or call 604-501-5566.


Singers wanted

Pacific Showtime Men's Chorus, based in Ocean Park, and directed by 'Mr. O Canada' Mark Donnelly, has resumed rehearsals Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Church, 12953 20 Ave.

The small community chorus of experienced singers is currently seeking new members for all vocal ranges: lead, tenor, baritone and bass.

Offering a big sound in a variety of musical styles, Pacific Showtime has been featured at a wide range of Lower Mainland events, including show productions, concerts and private functions.

Male singers are invited to attend rehearsals to check out the group and, hopefully, join in.


Champagne Republic

Latest chapter in the rise of club favourites Champagne Republic is the release of a first single in collaboration with Raincoast Music Productions, Let's Get It On, available for free download at the band's ReverbNation page at www.champagnerepublic.com.

The emotional and soulful vocals of Emily Chambers, the funky keyboards of Phil Laessoe, the tasty guitar licks of Marty Majerski, the deep, gutsy lines of bassist Eric Lipshultz and the agile drum accents of Kevin Madden combine to create a smooth R & B, pop, soul and funk blend with a strong local connection – Majerski is a local realtor and Lipschultz is a graduate of Semiahmoo Secondary's award-winning band program.






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