Crescent Legion’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.) is the location for regular Live at Club 240 Friday-night dances, along with other special Saturday events throughout the year and a regular Wednesday bluegrass jam.
Coming up Friday, July 12 is a return visit from The Mojo Stars, featuring front man Randy Clarke and guitarist Mark Rankin, who’ve gathered a large following – since the band’s debut performance at the 2006 Vancouver Jazz Festival – for a winning combination of classic blues and soul covers and originals with a rock-driven edge.
Coming up on July 19 is another in the popular series of Club 240 blues jams, and on Aug. 9 – direct from Chicago – Nigel Mack and The Blues Attack. Tickets for Friday night dances ($20) 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.
It’s a demonstration of the colourful vibrant possibilities of the watercolour medium – and also a celebration of a long-time mentoring relationship.
The small community of painting friends presenting the True Colours art Show and Sale on Saturday, July 13 at 15496 Roper Ave. are all students and friends of White Rock watercolourist Marg Hodgins.
The group of artists have been getting together every Thursday morning for the past decade under the tutelage of Hodgins, who has been teaching in White Rock for more than 20 years – and who celebrated her 91st birthday on July 1.
“All (of Marg’s) watercolour students have benefited greatly from her guidance and expertise over the years,” contributing artist Alyson Thorpe said.
Paintings on display will also include works by group members Jane Kline, Mary Sanchez, Susan Perez, Carol Falk, Jean Harger, Lorraine Sandstrom, and Gail Purdy – as well as Hodgins own work, Thorpe said.
The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The TD Concerts For the Pier series of free outdoor concerts continues until Aug. 15 at White Rock’s waterfront and the Five Corners neighborhood (at the foot of Johnston Rd., at Buena Vista Avenue.
Following a well-attended launch July 4 at Memorial Park – featuring legendary rock band Prism with Stonebolt – the series continues Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m. at Five Corners with Kalimba (a salute to the `70s sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire).
Also on the schedule are legendary rock band The Crash Test Dummies, blues and jazz guitarist and vocalist Jim Byrnes, with Babe Gurr; nostalgic tribute acts Eagle Eyes and The Fab Fourever; versatile party band Dr. Strangelove, Dueling Pianos and rising White Rock pop artists Fionn (Brianne and Alanna Finn-Morris).
Remaining dates for the season are July 18, 7 p.m. at Totem Park, East Beach (The Fab Fourever, Eagle Eyes); July 25, 7 p.m. at Memorial Park (Babe Gurr, Jim Byrnes); Aug 8., 7 p.m. at Five Corners (Duelling Pianos, Dr. Strangelove) and Aug. 15, 7 p.m. at Totem Park (Fionn, The Crash Test Dummies).
Blue Frog Studios
It’s a busy summer for music fans at White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios, the city’s intimate venue for up-close concerts by national and international touring acts, as well as local and B.C.-based artists.
Coming up is Holland’s Mr. Boogie Woogie, Eric-Jan Overbeek, and his band in an evening of classic piano pyrotechnics (July 20); The Matlen-Starsley Band, featuring former and current members of the Bryan Adams Band and the Black Moon Riders (July 27) and Byrd Dawg – billed as the ultimate tribute to the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel (Aug. 16).
Also on the schedule, for Aug. 23, is seven-piece Toronto band Raoul and the Big Time – led by actor/singer/harmonica player Raoul Bhaneja – in a show that also features special guests The Mojo Stars.
Just announced is Outlaw Country, a tribute to the music of longtime friends and musical collaborators Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings by David James and Big River, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24.
For more on upcoming performances, visit bluefrogstudios.ca or call 604-542-3055.
Tickets are on sale now – but should be booked early due to limited seating – for three summer theatre productions coming up on the Peninsula in August.
Peninsula Productions will present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 drama of small-town life, Our Town, at its newly-revamped ‘black box’ theatre space next to the arena at Centennial Park (14600 North Bluff Rd.), Aug. 9-24.
Directed by Rebecca Walters, the story of a fictional small town, Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913, will be told by actors Colleen Byberg, Hailey Conner, Ryan Kniel, Damion LeClair, Michelle Morris, David Underhill, Katie Voravong, and Elliot Wesley.
Tickets, are at brownpapertickets.com; for more information, visit penisulaproductions.org
Beach House Theatre (at Blackie Spit, Aug. 13-18) will present the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet, directed by Candace Radcliffe and Abby Swansburg for evening performances at sunset, with daytime matinees of the family- friendly Love You Forever and More Munsch directed by Ian Harmon.
Helping tell the story of the star-crossed lovers of Verona are such popular Beach House company members as Tom Gage (Romeo), Marika Stanger (Juliet), Janine Guy (Lady Capulet) and Michelle Collier (playing the role of Montague, as revised to Lady Montague).
Playing multiple roles in the dramatization of favourite Robert Munsch tales are Sabrielle McCurdy-Foreman, Ella Storey and Steven Simpson.
David Patterson show
South Surrey artist David Patterson’s solo show Memories is the current feature at the Art Couture Gallery, 14819 Marine Dr.
Patterson, who specializes in colourful, stylized landscapes emphasizing flora in a natural environment, says he feels strongly that it’s important to show the real beauty of life and nature.
“The environment is taken for granted and the beauty seems to be missed,” he says in his artists’ statement.
“We need to remind ourselves of the natural forces out there and the harmony that needs to take place in order for this world to survive.”
For more information, call 604-385-2827.