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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).