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Thursday, February 26, 2015 | COMOXVALLEYRECORD.com
Globetrotting Persian dancer makes local stop Internationally acclaimed dancer/ scholar Farima Berenji will be at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland for a dance presentation March 6. Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award-winning performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist and archaeologist. Aside from her Cumberland visit, her touring schedule in 2015 includes California, Alaska, Czech Republic, Turkey and Iran. Come experience an evening of Persian traditional and sacred dances at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland. The evening will start with dance performances by Berenji, Taiya Curle, Lynene Allen, Cathy Stoyko and friends and will be followed by a Sema gathering (sufi whirling) guided by Farima. Everyone in attendance is welcome and encouraged to participate in some way and can benefit from this healing gathering regardless of physicality or age. Bring soft-soled leather shoes or socks for whirling and wearing light or white colours is suggested. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 8. The Sema gathering runs from 9-10:30.
Admission is by donation at the door. Money collected at the door will go towards Farima's travel expenses. Farima will also be teaching dance workshops at the Abbey Studio on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8. The Saturday workshop will focus on traditional Persian dances from the Caspian Sea region where dance and music depicts the life of a people who live in the rice
fields, love nature, and lead a simple life. Participants will learn history, costuming, and dance styles such as Ghassem Abadi (rice/basket dance), Mazandarani, and Taleshi. Farima’s Sunday workshop “Awakening,” is based on her many years of research on Persian, Near Eastern, and Ionian sacred and mystical dances, history and rituals. Students are asked to bring a flower that inspires them. For more information about the Friday evening event on March 6 or to register for the dance workshops contact Cathy Stoyko at 250218-0704 or visit the Abbey Studio on Facebook. For more info about Farima visit her website farimadance.com. The Abbey Studio is located at the corner of 1st and Penrith Avenue.
HAPPENING To have your entertainment event included in our What’s Happening lineup, please send the details of your event to firstname.lastname@example.org. Event listing should be no more than 50 words and should include date, time, place and cost. ART PEARL ELLIS GALLERY IN COMOX PRESENTS: “CATCHING THE LIGHT” – A SHOW & SALE by “LESLIE DUNSMORE & MARY HICKS” opens Feb. 17 and runs to March 8. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 1 – 4 p.m., closed Monday. Free Admission. Located at 1729 Comox Avenue. FMI and to see a virtual gallery of the current show go to www.pearlellisgallery.com. STUDIO B IN CUMBERLAND is proud to present a new exhibit entitled “Wood Vibe Tribe” of wood works by Brad Rhadwood and Andy Smith, with special appearance by Chris Boux. The exhibit opens on Friday, Feb. 13, with all three artists present at the reception from 7-11 p.m. Studio B Gallery is located at 2704 Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland. TEXTILES SHOW: Pieces: Celebrating Textiles is a showcase of contemporary thinking on textiles, March 27th – 29th, at the Florence Filberg Centre. Weekend passes $205, Friday night gala opening - $40, Saturday - $100 and Sunday $90. FMI: piecescelebratingtextiles.com , 250 338-4747
IMPROV: Pleasure Craft Theatre presents: Dodge Force, Live Improv Soap Opera, Tuesday nights from Feb. 10 to March 10, 7-8 p.m. at Studio Live in Cumberland. 2679 Beaufort Street. Fun improv show! $5 all ages. PIED PIPER: On Saturday, Feb. 28 at 3 and 6:30 p.m. take a trip to Hamelin Town with Missoula Children's Theatre, as over 50 local students present THE PIED PIPER, an original musical adaptation of this classic tale. Performances at Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary School. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and are available at the door. For more information, call Kim at 250.334.4495 ext 116. MARCH Co-Val Choristers Spring Production of "Yours Anne" — A musical based on the Diary of Anne Frank", run March 20 to 29 at the Old Church Theatre. Theatre box office Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm or reserve seating by calling 250-334-2992. APRIL Courtenay Little Theatre presents Ronald Harwood’s “Quartet” at Sid Williams Theatre. $22 all seats at Sid Ticket Office: www.sidwilliamstheatre.com (250) 338-2430. Showtimes April 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 - 7:30 p.m. Matinee Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m.
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Friday, February 27 PROSE & POETRY – Comox Valley Writer’s Society and the Courtenay Public Library invite the public to our Monthly Reading Series. New and published writers will read their work at the Courtenay Library Events Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information and to sign up to read please call 338-0965. Everyone is welcome. This is a free event, refreshments will be served. ALI HENRY - Bossa nova, blues and jazz with a timeless vocal style, the Ali Henry Quartet is the perfect dinner date. Waverley Hotel. $5 cover
Sunday, March 1 GRAND PIANO INAUGURAL CONCERT – St. John The Divine Anglican Church proudly presents an afternoon concert featuring pianists, Peter Walker & Dagmar Kilian and flutist, Tracy Canil. The light classical music performance starts at 2 p.m., 579-5th Street. Entrance on Harmston Ave. Admission by donation. Everyone welcome! CORONATION STREET FANS UNITE - Enjoy a good chin wag about the happenings, such as Sinead’s health and what’s up with Owen? Along with the rest of the gang on the “Street”. 2-3 p.m. at Kiwanis Village, 635 Pidcock Avenue. $3 admission. FMI call Wendy 250 897-3697 Monday, March 2 KARAOKE KOMMOTION - Karaoke at Chances Casino from 8:30-11 p.m. with hosts Rod & Suzy McNeil. Free admission. Tuesday, March 3 1st Tuesday Fundraiser - Mex Pub, featuring Tina Filippino. All proceeds go to Stephen Lewis Foundation. Friday, March 6 WEST, MY FRIEND - An acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music to create a performance that is both engaging and innovative. They play the Cumberland Hotel tonight, a Vancouver Island MusicFest presentation. Tickets are $20 at www.islandmusicfest.com or call 250-871-8463.