My Fair Lady
Just you wait, Henry Higgins!
Southridge School presents the classic Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady Feb. 27-March 3 at the senior school's Alan Brown Great Hall.
Directed by drama teacher Jennifer Kelly, the classic story of shabby-but-spirited Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her imperious speech and deportment mentor Professor Henry Higgins (adapted from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion) promises to be a singing-dancing delight, full of good characterizations and the atmosphere – and clothing – of Downton Abbey-era England (c. 1912).
Featured are Carson Van Noot as Higgins, Nicole Moretto as Eliza, Nick Adams as Colonel Pickering, Sarah Kavanagh as Mrs. Pearce, Chelsea Andreou as Mrs. Higgins and David Wei as Freddy Eynsford-Hill and several teachers, including science and physical education teacher Paul Doig in a bravura performance as Eliza's rascally dad Alfred.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.southridge.bc.ca or by calling 604-535-5056 (or at the door).
Agnes of God
Peninsula Productions' newest theatrical presentation, Agnes of God, runs Feb. 28 - March 9 at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.
A compelling drama by John Pielmeier, the play puts faith, miracles, science and love to the test when a young novice nun, Sister Agnes (Becky Hachey) is accused of murdering her newborn baby.
Her Mother Superior, Miriam Ruth (Nancy Ebert) believes her to be an innocent instrument of God, but court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. Martha Livingstone (Laine Henderson) won't stop questioning in her quest for the truth.
Tickets ($18-23) are on sale at Coast Capital Playhouse, 604-536-7535, or through www.peninsulaproductions.com
White Rock Traditional Jazz Society
The sound of Dixieland and retro jazz, presented for listening and dancing by the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society, continue each Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 (2643 128 St.).
Upcoming groups include Ray Skjelbred's First Thursday Band (March 3), house band Red Beans and Rice (March 10), the Red Onion Rhythm Kings (March 17), Evan Arntzen with the Square Pegs (March 24) and the Louisiana Joymakers (March 31).
Admission is $8 (members) and $10 (non-members). Memberships ($15) are available at the door.
Dancers are going to want to party to the funky beat of Motown-era hits with the MuchMo' Band, March 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 (2643 128 St.)
The newly-enlarged band, featuring solid sound and scintillating vocals of well-known local musicians Pete Tennant, Gordon Brown, Ched Miller, Rosie Miller and Diane Cadieux – plus the wailing sax of Tony Gallo – will be joined by special guests Lois Stewart, Steve Hovan and Frisco Read.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at the legion or Tapestry Music.
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Check out the big sound of Crescent Beach drummer John Hovan's recently revived band O'Hara Lane as it headlines a fundraising dance for the Earl Marriott senior boys rugby team, March 9 at Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, 1284 184 St.
The band – featuring the dynamic vocals of Michelle McLean, the creative guitar licks of her husband Darren, and the solid bass and vocals of Greg Koop – will supply the right upbeat note for the event, which will help the team represent the Peninsula at the prestigious Sanix World Youth Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, in April.
The event, which opens at 6:30 p.m., will feature Japanese-inspired appetizers, along with a cash bar and silent auction (with items up for grabs including a Ryan Kesler jersey). Organizers are also interested in other auction items that members of the public may wish to donate.
Music starts at around 9 p.m.
For tickets ($35) and information, call 778-227-1727.
Blue Frog concerts
Popular White Rock intimate venue Blue Frog Studios is hopping on the city's March Irish Festival bandwagon with a pre-St. Patrick's Day concert with the popular Pat Chessell Band, Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.)
Chessell combines "passionate, smoky vocals" with "Celtic-fuelled sounds" that also draw on roots, blues and country influences, and the event is also a release concert for his latest album, Lullabies and Battle Cries (all ticket holders will receive a free copy of the CD).
Also coming up at Blue Frog is a show by internationally-famed harmonica phenomenon Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels, Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.)
With bandmates Eric St. Laurent (on guitars) and Henry Hellig (bass), del Junco is not afraid to blur the line between blues and jazz, and their music can cover every base from "New Orleans second-line grooves" to swing, Latin, hip-hop, ska and even "swampy roots rock."
The upcoming concert will feature songs from their latest album, Mongrel Mash.
For tickets or more information on both shows, call 604-542-3055, or visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca
You don't have to be from the Emerald Isle to enjoy a city-wide celebration of all things Irish in White Rock during March, thanks to a new festival spearheaded by Semiahmoo Arts, The Irish Club of White Rock and Tourism White Rock.
Such facilities as the White Rock Community Centre, Kent Street Activity Centre and the White Rock Library, plus individual businesses will be wearing the green in the first-of-its-kind event, which will feature everything from instructional classes in Irish cuisine and crafts, to concerts, dances, displays and film screenings.
As part of the festival, Friends of the White Rock Library will sponsor a genealogy session with Eunice Robinson, facilitator of the Irish Interest Group for the BC Genealogical Society, March 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the library.
The free session, titled So You Think Your Family Was Irish?, will discuss what researchers can do at home, before tackling records and resources in Ireland, and how to follow up, effectively, on clues provided by family stories, place names and artifacts.
Robinson will also do individual consultations for family history research ($25 per half hour) on March 16, 1-3 p.m., and on March 22 (by appointment) at Pelican Rouge Coffee House (to book a one on one consultation, call Semiahmoo Arts at 604-536-8333.
Irish and Celtic themed 'gastro-pub' Slainte by the Pier on Marine Drive will host a St. Patrick's Day party on March 17, an Irish travel show on March 19 and an Irish poetry night – featuring the works of Seamus Heaney on March 20.
Irish poetry is regularly featured the third Wednesday of each month at the restaurant, presented by Semiahmoo Arts and the Irish Club. Featured in upcoming evenings will be works by Louis MacNeice, W.B. Yeats, Medbh McGuckian and J.M. Synge.
To volunteer to lead or read on poetry nights, call Ray Fynes at 604-542-3667.
Electric blues guitarist/vocalist Bill Johnson will feature songs from his most recent album, Still Blue, at the next White Rock Blues Society's next dance/concert, Saturday, March 23 at the Rhumba Room of the Pacific Inn Hotel, 1160 King George Blvd.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Both Maple Blues and Juno-nominated, Johnson has been noted as a "fresh voice" and a force on the Canadian blues scene, bringing together the licks, lyrics and powerhouse vocals to carry the idiom forward in the 21st. century.
Born in Halifax, NS, but raised in Ottawa and Victoria, B.C., he became a professional guitarist at age 15, and paid his dues with many gigs in smoky bars and recordings as a sideman with the likes of Herbert Sumlin, Cash McCall, and Son Seals.
Johnson, who sold out his last concert with the White Rock Blues Society in 2007, has latterly come into his own with Still Blue, his third CD, which clicked with critics and public alike, thanks to his original guitar tone, his full voice and the quality of his original songwriting.
Tickets ($20) are available from Surfside Guitars, Tapestry Music and online, at https://tickets.surrey.ca
Pacific Showtime Men's Chorus, based in Ocean Park, 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 many different Lower Mainland events, including show productions, concerts and private functions.
The repertoire is designed to include songs and a singing style that appeal to a wide variety of music preferences, with emphasis on entertainment value, and chance to develop singing skills while having fun and enjoying camaraderie.
Male singers are invited to attend rehearsals to check out the group and, hopefully, join in.
For more information, call 604-536-5292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Beans & Rice
In the market for the delights of traditional and roots jazz, plus a pasta special?
Both are on offer weekly as 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.
The all-ages evenings draw teens and 20-somethings as well as more senior jazz fans (reservations recommended, 604-530-5297).