Gemini Visuals photo White Rock singer-songwriter Richard Tichelman will be featured in a show at Vancouver’s Railway Stage & Beer Cafe on Saturday (Jan. 12).

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Arts and entertainment on the Semiahmoo Peninsula

Richard Tichelman

He may have been a local troubadour growing up in White Rock and South Surrey, but it’s a fact of life that pop-folk-country singer-songwriter Richard Tichelman now belongs to a wider stage.

Still, local fans who are up for a trip to Vancouver can see him this Saturday (Jan. 12) at 8 p.m. at the Railway Stage & Beer Cafe, 579 Dunsmuir St.

He and his band are on a split-bill with Edmonton-raised country singer Taylor Rae, plus Nikita Afonso and the Nick Ellis Band.

Tickets are $13 at the door, or $10 online (email info@tichelman.com or www.showpass.com/taylor-rae-railway-stage)

Mind-reading show

Eric Samuels bills himself simply as ‘The Mentalist.’

And his show, presented by Rock.It Boy Entertainment on Jan. 11 (7:30 p.m.) at Coast Capital Playhouse, promises a “mind-blowing” experience.

Using a deft combination of psychology, suggestion and stagecraft, Samuels seems to go where other people can’t: inside the heads of his audience members.

What can’t be disputed is that his engaging, energizing, and laugh-out-loud shows have enthralled crowds around the globe; offering highly-interactive, fun, and thought-provoking nights that have left people thinking about what they’ve experienced for days afterwards.

The playhouse is located at 1532 Johnston Rd. Tickets ($35 plus service fees) are available at whiterockplayers.ca or at 604-536-7535.

Concert cancelled

White Rock Chamber Music has had to cancel its first concert of the new year this Saturday (Jan. 12), at 7:30 pm., due to an outbreak of flu at the usual venue, Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community, 1222 King George Blvd.

Among featured musicians were to be members of the West Coast Youth Music Society, founded by 15-year-old piano virtuoso Kitty Liu.

News of a rescheduled performance will be forthcoming.

The concerts are usually open to the public for a suggested $5 donation, with funds going to Peninsula Arts Foundation to provide music scholarships for youth of the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

Blind Date

Arts Club Theatre Company’s presentation of Rebecca Northan’s Blind Date continues at Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave.) until Jan. 19.

In the show, which includes elements of clowning and social experiment, ‘Mimi’ – originally Northan, but played in the current tour by Tess Degenstein, Lili Beaudoin or Ali Froggatt – has been stood up for a date. Instead of bemoaning, she selects a man out of the audience to be her blind date.

The international improvisational hit, which takes people-watching to a new level, is based on empathy, humour and the notion, as expressed by Northan, that “everyone is lovable.”

Shows are Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.

Tickets ($29 to $49) are available online at tickets.surrey.ca or by calling 604-501-5566.

Branch 8 Music

The White Rock Legion (Branch 8) presents bands and musical entertainers every Friday and Saturday, a 7-11 p.m. Howlin’ Tuesdays blues, rock and country jam and Country Sunday live entertainment Sundays from 3-7 p.m., interspersed with other presentations, along with specials from MacKarino’s Kitchen (open Wednesday through Sunday from noon).

The legion’s regular weekend entertainment schedule continues with The News (Jan. 11 and 12), Nasty Habits (Jan. 18 and 19), Vinyl (Jan. 25 and 26), Reckless (Feb. 1 and 2), Mitzfitz (Feb. 8 and 9) and Cheek to Cheek (Feb. 15 and 16).

The legion is at 2290 152 St. and, on Fridays and Saturdays, is open from noon to 1 a.m. Visit legion8whiterock.ca or call 604-531-2422 for more.

Blue Frog Studios

The acoustically-excellent performance space of White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios continues to be the venue for intimate and up-close concerts by national and international touring acts, as well as local and B.C.-based artists.

Coming up are the Kenny Hess concert, The Songs That Wrote Country Music (Jan. 11 – still some tickets left for the 9:15 show); and Delta Blues legend Super Chikan and the Mojo Stars (Jan. 12).

For tickets and information on all shows, visit bluefrogstudios.ca or call 604-542-3055.

Traditional Jazz

Toe-tapping retro jazz resumes at Crescent Legion Branch’s Club 240, as White Rock Traditional Jazz Society presents its regular, 2-5 p.m. Sunday sessions most weekends.

Music for listening and dancing features traditional jazz in the manner of New Orleans, Chicago and New York – with generous helpings of swing and British-style thrown in, and the ever-popular ‘parasol parade’ on one number during the afternoon.

This week’s band (Jan. 13) is ace reedman Gerry Green’s popular Crescent City Jazzers (featuring Jim Armstrong on trumpet and trombone)

Coming up on Jan. 20 is another favourite luminary of the Vancouver trad scene, bassist-vocalist Jenn Hodge and her All Stars.

The venue is at 2643 128 St.; admission is $10 at the door (WRTJS members); $12 (non-members) and $6 (students with ID).

Encore Returns

Encore Peninsula Concerts is back for a new year – with a new venue.

The series, formerly at White Rock’s First United Church, and co-sponsored by the City of White Rock, is moving to Mount Olive Lutheran Church (2350 148 St.).

The 2019 season of Sunday afternoon concerts, selected by the artistic director, concert pianist, Eugene Skovorodnikov, includes Piano Fest 2019 – four piano recitals from January through April – plus a special Spring Harmonies concert in March.

Piano Fest begins with a Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky concert by Skovorodnikov (Jan. 13), Bach, Liszt and Rachmaninov pieces by Russian virtuoso Valery Kuleshov (Feb. 3), masterworks for piano duo by Skovorodnikov and Anna Vavilova (April 7) and an all-Chopin program by acclaimed Italian pianist Achille Gallo (April 28).

Sandwiched in between the piano concerts will be Spring Harmonies (March 3) bringing together the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet of Russia, Macedonian oboist Gordana Josifova-Nedelkovska and Vancouver-based violinist Robert Rozek for a program of double concerti and more – including the Baroque and post-Baroque music of Bach, Haydn and Mozart.

Tickets for Piano Fest 2019 performances are $25 ($22 for students and seniors) or $90 ($80 students and seniors) for all four concerts. Tickets for the Spring Harmonies recital are $35 ($25 students and seniors). For tickets, call 604-541-2199 or visit www.whiterockcity.ca

Art exhibition

Semiahmoo Arts Society will hold its annual unjuried exhibition of work by members Jan. 15 to Feb. 14 at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre’s Turnbull Gallery.

A total of 50 Peninsula artists will be represented, and many will be present at the opening reception, to be held Jan. 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery.

In its release on the show Semiahmoo Arts states “by encouraging artist engagement and viewer feedback, we hope to inspire creative connections within our community.”

The society notes, however, that “due to many creative activities in this space the gallery does not have set hours.”

To schedule viewings call 604-536-8333. The centre is located at 14601 20 Ave.

Frozen

Peninsula Productions presents a staged reading of the play Frozen by Bryony Lavery, and Sunday Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at the company’s space adjacent to Centennial Arena (14600 North Bluff Rd.) and Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Surrey Arts Centre’s Studio Theatre (13750 88 Ave.).

“Angry, humane, and compassionate,” according to Peninsula Productions’ release, the drama, directed by Guy Fauchon, “entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims, and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse, and change after an act that would seem to rule out such reactions entirely.”

Visit peninsulaproductions.org (604-812-2409), brownpapertickets.com or tickets.surrey.ca (604-501-5566).

Club 240

Crescent Legion’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.) is the location for Friday night dances organized by the Semiahmoo Music Consortium, along with other special events, including retro rock and country tribute acts and 1920s-30s-style dances throughout the year on Saturday nights, and a regular Wednesday night bluegrass jam.

Consortium shows resume Feb. 8 with dynamic nine-piece party band Soul Purpose.

Tickets for Friday night dances are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the legion box office (604-535-1043), which is open daily from 4-9 pm. For more on all shows, visit www.club240.ca

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