Robert Burns party
The White Rock Tam O’Shanter Dancers are hosting their 19th annual Robert Burns Dinner and Dance on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Ave. This year, the celebration’s theme is Burns: A National Symbol. The evening will include a traditional Burns supper, entertainment and ceilidh dancing. For tickets ($52), contact Cheryl, 604-535-8949 or Janice, 604-536-7660. For more information, visit www.tamoshanterdancers.com
Evan Arntzen and his band, Black Stick, are set to play traditional jazz at the Crescent Beach Legion Hall on Jan. 27 from 3-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.whiterocktradjazz.com/
The danceable rhythms of retro jazz continue each Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 (2643 128 St.).
Admission is $8 (members) and $10 (non-members). Memberships ($15) are available at the door.
Interested in discovering and enjoy the works of Ireland’s poets, delivered in authentic Irish accents and in the comfortable ambience of an Irish pub?
In association with Semiahmoo Arts, the Irish Club Of White Rock is presenting a series of Irish Poetry Nights, the third Wednesday of each month at White Rock’s Slainte By The Pier Gastrobar on Marine Drive.
Proprietor Jack Sixsmith, also a devotee of Irish poetry, will kick off the series Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. by leading an evening dedicated to his favourite Irish poet – Patrick Kavanagh.
Volunteers from the Irish Club will assist with readings, and also present their favourite poets in subsequent months. Featured in upcoming evenings will be works by Seamus Heaney, Louis MacNeice, W.B. Yeats, Medbh McGuckian and J.M. Synge.
To volunteer to lead or read on subsequent poetry nights, call Ray Fynes at 604-542-3667.
Surrey Arts Centre is offering acting classes for children and youth, starting Jan. 22.
Fresh from a lead role in Gateway Theatre’s production of Sylvia, professional actor, instructor and audition coach Lisa Bunting returns to the centre to teach two classes; Preteen Acting Extreme and Much Ado About Acting.
Children aged eight to 12 will experience all aspects of bringing a play to life, from first readings to final performance in Preteen Acting Extreme, which will run for eight weeks beginning Jan. 22, 4:30-6 p.m.
Cost is $135 per student.
Much Ado About Acting is for teens aged 12 to 16 who love acting but want to take their skills to the next level.
The eight-week course includes theatre games and exercises, cold reads, monologues, and scene study. Under Bunting’s guidance, students will rehearse scenes and create compositions that will be showcased in a final performance for family and friends.
The course begins Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m. and costs $175 per student.
Advance registration is necessary for both courses, as minimum class size must be reached one week prior to the start date.
Registration can be done online at www.surrey.ca/register or by phone at 604-501-5100.
Blue Frog Studios
Coming up at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd., is a return visit by Canadian vocal chart-topper Alfie Zappacosta (originally scheduled for Nov. 23-24) which has been rescheduled to Jan. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
The show will be a follow up to the Live from Blue Frog DVD Zappacosta (‘We Should Be Lovers’, ‘When I Fall In Love Again’) recorded at the studios in June of 2011. For more information on the show, call 604-542-3055, or visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca
Acclaimed quartet Red Chamber is set to bring their unique sound and performance to First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave, on Feb. 1. Featuring the dynamic sounds of Chinese music, the four women, led by Mei Han, and featuring Guilian Liu, Zhimin Yu and Geling Jiang, are constantly stretching the boundaries of traditional Chinese musical instruemnts – including the pipa, a Chinese lute – bringing them to the world stage. The performance, presented by Peninsula Productions, will feature dazzling technique, alluring presentations and exceptional music.
Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at Tapestry Music until Jan. 30 and online at https://tickets.surrey.ca For more information, visit www.peninsulaproductions.com
Surrey Arts Centre continues their Classical Coffee Concerts series with a joint performance by pianist – and series host – Sarah Hagen and violinist Martin Chalifour on Feb. 7. The two musicians will be performing music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky. Highlights will include Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, a charming arrangment of serveral movements from his ballet Pulicinelle, Mozart’s beautifully haunting Sonata K.304, and Mendelssohn’s Sonata in F major.
Refreshments from 9:30 a.m., followed by the concert at 10:30 a.m. in the 129-seat Studio Theatre at the Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave. Tickets are available at Surrey Arts Centre Box Office. Cost: $22.50, including all fees, or online at https:/tickets.surrey.ca
Pacific Showtime Men’s Chorus, based in Ocean Park, and directed by ‘Mr. O Canada’ Mark Donnelly, rehearses 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.
The Honeywell clan continues to be synonymous with music on the Semiahmoo Peninsula – and even further afield.
While cornetist/pianist Rice Honeywell Sr. winters in Arizona, his regular keyboard gig Wednesday nights at Five Corners Bistro will be covered by Bob Storms (also formerly sax and clarinet player with the 10th Avenue and Bathtub Gin jazz bands), playing several sets of smooth jazz and classic ballads for couples who enjoy music from the swing and big band eras.
The venue is owned by Rice Jr. and his wife Cathy, while daughters Shannon and Jessie waitress and son Nate Honeywell (also a pianist) helps out in the kitchen. Rice Jr. has also been known to join in on harmonica for boogie and blues numbers at the venue. Reservations are recommended (604-538-5455).
Rice Sr.’s band Red Beans & Rice (also house band for the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society) continues to play Friday nights from 7 p.m. at Porter’s Bistro in Langley Township’s historic Murrayville district. In Rice’s absence, well-known traditional jazzman Leigh Smith takes over the cornet chair.
The all-ages evenings draw teens and 20-somethings as well as more senior jazz fans, and 15 year-old Ethan Honeywell (Rice Sr.’s grandson) often plays drums, while his dad Keith has also been known to fill-in on trombone (reservations recommended, 604-530-5297).
The entry deadline for the 14th Annual Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival and the 3rd Annual Kiwanis Fraser Valley Speech and Drama Festival is Feb. 8. The musical festival, slated for April 1 to May 24 in Langley, and the speech and drama festival, set for April 8-13 in White Rock, are open to all ages. The festival will offer classes for students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, voice, guitar, harp, speech arts and public speaking. Entry forms and further information, available at www.kfv.ca