Contributed photo January feature at White Rock Library’s art wall is ‘Possibilities,’ a collection of fibre arts work by the members of the Fibre Friends group.

THE SCENE

Arts and entertainment on the Semiahmoo Peninsula

Art exhibition

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

A total of 50 Peninsula artists are represented.

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.

Fibre Friends

The incredible variety of fibre art work is the theme of Possibilities, an ongoing show (through January) by the Fibre Friends group on the art wall at White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave.

In the mixed-media show, artists Margot Calvert, Janet Archibald, Bonnie Rozander, Mary Ann Cox and Linda Ingham showcase ways of utilizing many different fabrics, threads and other materials to create fibre art works.

The library is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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 her circumstances, she selects a man from 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, from 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 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.

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 and ’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 p.m. For more, visit www.club240.ca

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 an evening with Al Harlow (of Prism fame) this Friday (Jan. 18) at 7 p.m.; Jimi Hendrix Lives On with Randy Hansen (Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 2, some tickets remain for the 9:15 p.m. show), a screening of Laurent Goldstein’s documentary on legendary European rock band Magma (Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:15 p.m.) and North Vancouver roots pop sensation Melanie Dekker and The Dekker Band (Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.)

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

Traditional Jazz

Toe-tapping retro jazz continues at Crescent Legion Branch’s Club 240, as White Rock Traditional Jazz Society presents its regular, 2-5 p.m. Sunday sessions most weekends (except Feb. 3, Superbowl Sunday).

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 trad thrown in, and the ever-popular ‘parasol parade’ for one number each show.

This week’s band (Jan. 20) is a favourite luminary of the Vancouver traditional jazz scene, bassist-vocalist Jenn Hodge and her All Stars.

Coming up: the eminently danceable jazz/swing of Square Pegs Jazzy Band (Jan. 27) and the sizzling cabaret style of singer Holly Arntzen’s Some Like It Hot (Feb. 10). The venue is at 2643 128 St.; admission is $10 at the door (WRTJS members); $12 (non-members) and $6 (students with ID).

Frozen

Peninsula Productions presents a staged reading of the play Frozen by Bryony Lavery, 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 a news 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).

Night Watch

Surrey Little Theatre’s production of Lucille Fletcher’s thriller Night Watch runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 23 at the theatre (7027 184 St.).

Directed by Lance Peverley, it’s the story of a woman who sees a corpse through the window of an abandoned building next to her home. Although her husband tries to comfort her, he believes she is still suffering the effects of an earlier tragedy. As a detective begins to investigate, the woman’s close friend, her housekeeper, and a sinister neighbour all contribute to an increasingly deeper mystery.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.

For tickets, call 604-576-8451, email reservations@surreylittletheatre.com, or visit surreylittletheatre.com

Cheryl Bodnar paintings

Peninsula painter Cheryl Bodnar is the featured artist of the month through January at The Gallery, Central Plaza.

A selection of her colourful still-life and equestrian-themed paintings will be on display throughout January at the store, at 15134 North Bluff Rd.

The Saskatchewan-born artist has been a Lower Mainland resident since 1986, and while she has had a passion for art all her life, she has only had an opportunity to focus on painting since she retired from multiple careers as a mother, an ICU nurse and a nurse educator.

For more information on store hours, visit whiterockframing.ca or call 604-670-5595.

Encore concerts

Encore Peninsula Concerts, co-sponsored by the City of White Rock is back with a new venue – Mount Olive Lutheran Church (2350 148 St.)

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

Piano Fest continues Feb. 3 with Bach, Liszt and Rachmaninov pieces by Russian virtuoso Valery Kuleshov, followed by 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 each ($22 for students and seniors). Tickets for the Spring Harmonies recital are $35 ($25 students and seniors). For tickets, call 604-541-2199 or visit www.whiterockcity.ca

Coffee House

The Crescent Moon Coffee House is back at Kwomais Point Park’s Sanford Hall for the new year, every Thursday night from 8-11 p.m.

Parking is free at the venue, at 1367 128 St.

Organizers note that this is one of the rare open mic/jam sessions held in a non-commercial setting, with no coffee grinders or the sounds of business in the background to compete with the music.

As always, the aim is to encourage making and sharing music in the community, with a special focus in fostering and supporting emerging talent of all ages, and in addition to a good sound system, the event usually has supporting members on bass and drums.

Suggested donation at the door, to cover expenses, is $5. For more, subscribe to Crescent Moon’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/cmcoffeehouse

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