Guitarist-bandleader Jimmy Zee wails a solo at White Rock Blues Society's Blues Challenge July 26 at Semiahmoo Park. Winner of the solo-duo challenge was Jesse Roper and the band title was taken by Arsen Shomakov. Both will represent White Rock at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

THE SCENE

Arts and Entertainment on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, with Alex Browne

Kal David

The last time blues guitar master Kal David and dynamic vocalist Lauri Bono played White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios it turned out to be the ‘sleeper hit of 2014’.

Word-of-mouth from the first night rapidly sold out the second, and it’s a fair bet that people who heard the duo then will be back to catch them when they return to the intimate venue’s stage Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 22.

Guitarist-singer David has played with a who’s who of greats over the years (including John Mayall, The Fabulous Rhinestones, Johnny Rivers and Peter Cetera, to drop a few names) and Bono, his singing, writing and production partner (whose past credits include Bette Midler’s Harlettes) has a distinctively sassy, soulful sound that commands equal attention.

For tickets visit www.bluefrogstudios.ca or call 604-542-3055.

 

The Matinee

Alternative band The Matinee will headline the TD Concerts At The Pier stage on White Rock’s waterfront Saturday, Aug. 8 (7-10 p.m.), in a show also featuring opening acts Tonye Aganaba and Blue Moon Marquee.

Like other concerts in the series, presented by the City of White Rock and the White Rock BIA – with major sponsorship from TD Canada Trust, and assistance from the Peak Performance Project – the open-air performance is free.

 

White Rock Trad Jazz

Classic live Dixieland and retro jazz continues to set the tempo for dancers of all age groups (19 and up) this Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 (2643 128 St.).

Until regular sessions of the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society return in the fall, the society’s house band – Red Beans & Rice, usually led by trumpeter and vocalist Rice Honeywell Sr. – is filling in with regular 2 to 5 p.m. performances each Sunday. Admission is $10 for WRTJS and Legion members, $12 for everybody else.

Trad jazz enthusiasts should also note that tickets are now available for the Jazz Band Ball festival – this year hosted by the WRTJS – at Pacific Inn and Resort Centre,  Sept. 25-27.

For more information, visit www.whiterocktradjazz.com

 

Beach House Theatre

Beach House Theatre’s week-long ‘season’ in Crescent Beach is rapidly approaching – and tickets are going fast.

There are only a limited number of tickets left for the evening show – Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest.

Tickets are only available for the first two nights Aug. 11-12) and closing night (Aug.16).

Directed by Beach House founders Candace Radcliffe and Rick Harmon, the elaborately-costumed, farcical comedy features Tom Gage, Patrick Dodd, Bethany Stanley, Marika Stanger, Michelle Collier, Carol Mann, James Walker, Paul Richardson and Paul Rancourt.

But there’s still opportunity to get in on the all-ages fun of Munsch Upon A Time (Aug. 12-15), the morning show at Beach House’s state-of-the-art tent auditorium, next to the beach on Blackie Spit.

Directed by Elgin Park Players alumnus Courtney Shields, it’s a delightful collage of stories by popular children’s author Robert Munsch, featuring Aaron Holt, Claire Pollock and Matt Falletta.

For tickets and more information on events, call 604-594-5888, visit beachhousetheatre.org or email tickets@beachhousetheatre.org

 

White Rock Community Centre

The Art On Display summer series at White Rock Community Centre (15154 Russell Ave.) continues with Being Human, by Langley artist Gina Kling.

The show will run at White Rock Community Centre until Aug. 28.

 

Voja Morosan

A special summer retrospective of Vojislav (Voja) Morosan’s work at Seventh Heaven Art and Beauty Salon (12185 Beecher St., Crescent Beach) illustrates Morosan’s skill in capturing the light and moods of the Peninsula and the physical characteristics of heritage buildings and stands of trees that are all too rapidly disappearing.

The late artist, born in Belgrade,Yugoslavia, made White Rock and the Semiahmoo Peninsula his second home in the 1990s and his paintings became an ongoing tribute to the area through detailed, highly evocative plein-air pieces.

His glowing colours and architectural details – also the focus of a Tourism White Rock calendar last year and preserved among White Rock Museum and Archives’ collection – offer a nostalgic legacy, sure to bring pangs to those who recall the way the area used to be.

The paintings can be viewed Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Aug. 30, by appointment.

For more information, call 778-292-0687, or visit the Vojislav Morosan Facebook page.

 

White Rock Players’ Club

White Rock Players Club is promising an ambitious season to start its seventh decade of home-grown little theatre in the city.

The first show announced for the 2015-16 season will be a bold attempt to stage a theatrical legend – Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman (Oct. 7-24) a tragic study of the unravelling of tired commercial traveler Willy Loman in the late 1940s.

The club’s annual audience-pleaser, the Christmas pantomime, will return Dec. 4 – Jan. 2, updating Charlotte Johnson’s 1960 script of Cinderella under the guidance of director Lisa Pavilionis.

Marc Camoletti’s 1960s door-slammer farce Boeing, Boeing is set to hit the stage March 2-19 followed by Noel Coward’s  1930s comedy of manners Private Lives (April 13-30).

The announced season closer will offer two versions of a classic comedy – a staging, on alternate nights, of both the male and female versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.

Coast Capital Playhouse is located at 1532 Johnston Rd. Individual tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors.

To inquire about season ticket options, call 604-536-7535.

 

 

 

 

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