A16 Wednesday, November 15, 2017
the scene Peace Arch News
…on the Semiahmoo Peninsula
Incident at Vichy
Borealis String Quartet
Well-timed for the season of remembrance, Peninsula Productions’ latest staged reading is Incident at Vichy by Arthur Miller, tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. at Centre Stage in Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Ave.). Directed by White Rock-raised international actor and director Dean Paul Gibson, it’s a tense historical drama focusing on a group of men detained in Vichy, France during the Second World War and forced to wait, unknowingly, for what turns out to be an ‘inspection’ by German military officers carrying out the racist agenda of the Nazi ‘Third Reich’. It’s a suitable meditation on the possibilities of divisive hate (resonant even in our own era), Alex Browne but also the hope implicit in human qualities that emerge even in the worst of circumstances. Tickets – visit www. peninsulaproductions. org – are $15.
Landscapes: A Northern Odyssey is the title of a concert by world-class ensemble the Borealis String Quartet, Sunday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave. Featuring Ocean Park violinist Yuel Yawney, the internationally-acclaimed quartet also includes Patricia Shih (violin), Nikita Pogrebnoy (viola) and Sungyong Lim (cello). The concert features a new, intimate and powerfully expressive composition written especially for the quartet by Vancouver composer, Owen Underhill. Tickets are available by phone 604501-5566, or online at tickets.surrey.ca
Club 240 Crescent Legion’s Club 240 continues to highlight dance bands in a variety of genres as well as specialty entertainment acts. Upcoming Semiahmoo Music Consortium Friday night dances include versatile local favourites The Cooler Kings (Nov. 17) and the big horn-heavy sound of Big City Soul (Nov. 24). The venue is at 2643 128 St. Tickets ($20) are available at the legion or online at www. brownpapertickets.com For more, call 604-535-1043.
Sandra Harris GS & Company at Semiahmoo Centre will showcase local artist Sandra Harris, Sunday, Nov. 18, between noon and 5 p.m. The artist will be present to meet the public and will have some pieces on hand for collectors. Also coming up at the store will be an appearance by famed wildlife artist Robert Bateman on Dec. 2.
Chamber Music White Rock Chamber Music will hold their second concert of the season at Crescent Gardens Retirement Community (1222 King George Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. The concert will feature young pianists Mateo Gong and Isabel Chan and the Beracah ESL Adult Gospel Choir, directed by Jennifer Kim. Pianist Rosabelle Lin will perform a Kabalevsky selection; Duo Spirito (Erika Hadi, piano and Dorle Eason, cello), will offer selections by Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart, and pianist Gabriel Ma will play Bach, Liszt and Chopin.
Yasmin Pena (seen with two seahorses from the chorus) stars as the title character in the FVGSS pantomime The Little Mermaid, coming to Surrey Arts Centre Nov. 23 to Dec. 3.
Admission is a suggested $5 donation, with funds going to Peninsula Arts Foundation to provide music scholarships for youth of the Semiahmoo Peninsula.
Traditional jazz White Rock Traditional Jazz Society continues its regular Sunday 2-5 p.m. sessions of live Dixieland and swing music for dancing at the Crescent Legion Branch’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.), except for Grey Cup Sunday (Nov. 26) . Featured Nov. 19 are the Louisiana Joymakers, followed by Square Pegs Jazzy Band (Dec. 3) and ace reedman Gerry Green’s Crescent City Jazzers (Dec. 10).Admission is $10 at the door (WRTJS members), $12 (non members) and $6 (students with ID).
Paints ‘n Bloom Local artists and AFCA members Audrey Bakewell and Wendy Mould will be showcasing their art Thursday, Nov. 23 and 24 at the Paints ‘n Bloom Fall 2017 Art Show at the Mandeville Gardenworks, 4746 Marine Dr., Burnaby.
There will also be a beginners’ watercolour class Wednesday, Nov. 22., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Doodle Christmas Card Extravaganza, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ($35 per class, suplies included). To register for classes, call 604-314-2232.
Little Mermaid FVGSS latest pantomime, The Little Mermaid, comes to Surrey Arts Centre Nov. 23 to Dec. 3. Written by Michael Balser and Barbie Warwick (from an original script by Peter Zednik), and directed by Balser, with musical direction by Timothy Tucker and choreography by Tamara Jaune and Elisabeth Lay, it’s the story of young Calypso (Yasmin Pena) – a mermaid “obsessed with the world above the waves.” Incurring the wrath of Ursula, evil ruler of the undersea world (Drew Hart), she falls in love with a human, Prince Airwick-the-Solid (Jenn Tiles). Also featured are Shellie the Crab (Rachelle Beaulieau) and Katy Perrywinkle (Paige Thomsen) and the menacing Codfather (Adrian Duncan). For tickets, information, visit fvgss. org or call 604-501-5566.
Upcoming shows this month at White Rock’s intimate 100-seat concert venue, Blue Frog Studios (1328 Johnston Rd.) take a distinctly nostalgic musical tack. Among them are the authentic 1920s sounds of Alexander Browne (that’s me) and the Boulevardiers, Friday, Nov. 17, Mooncoin Productions’ new tribute show Celebrate Celine, featuring powerhouse vocalist Tiffany Desrosiers (Nov. 18) and Toots and Stevie, harmonica player Keith Bennett and keyboardist Miles Black’s affectionate revisiting of the music of Toots Thielmans and Stevie Wonder (Nov. 19). Also on the way is dynamic Harpdog Brown and the Travelin’ Blues Show (Nov. 24), and pianist/vocalist Diane Lines’ exciting Jump, a uniquely feminine take on the era of jump blues, swing and boogie woogie. For ticket information on all shows, visit bluefrogstudios.ca
Early Music Messiah Early Music Vancouver is including White Rock audiences in the energy and drama of its first-ever production of Handel’s Messiah, with a performance Nov. 30 at 7:30pm at White Rock Baptist Church (the presentation is also scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Playhouse). Music director and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann will lead the Juno-nominated Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and four internationally acclaimed vocalists in a performance that promises to bring new life Handel’s masterwork by returning it to a dynamic truer to the earliest performances (including its debut in Dublin in 1741). Soloists Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), and Tyler Duncan (baritone) all have extensive experience performing Handel with some of the most respected baroque specialists in the world. The church is located at 1657 140 St., and tickets ($18) are available from earlymusic.bc.ca or 604-822-2697. Continued on A17