What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Best of BC Wines Uncorked, Billy Bishop Goes to War and More!

David Sands Exhibition Port Coquitlam

Happy Halloween everyone!  Are you wondering what you can do this week after tonight’s sugar crash?  Well, you can buy original art from a local artist.  Dance to big band music or even learn a few Indian dance steps.  Drink BC wines all night.  Ponder an artist’s vision.  Live vicariously, the life of a World War I flying ace.  Enjoy the music ringing throughout the Tri-Cities.  Buy, dance, drink, ponder, live, enjoy.  What verb will you choose?

What: Winter Clothing Drive
When: November 1-30, 2012
Where: Port Moody Naturopathic Clinic [map]
The skinny: Bring your gently loved clothes to the clinic and be entered in a draw for a free Infrared Sauna Pack. All donations received will go to the SHARE Society.
More info: 604.949.0077

What:  International Guitar Night
When:  Thursday, November 1 at 8:00pm (Guitar Workshop:  7:00pm)
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny:  International Guitar Night (IGN) brings together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest compositions and exchange musical ideas. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Touring for this performance are Martin Taylor (Scotland), Guinga (Brazil), Solorazaf (Madagascar) and Brian Gore (US). Tickets: $35, $30, $15
Guitar Workshop & Demo:   Brian Gore will also lead a lecture/demonstration-type workshop plus a talkback prior to the evening performance, starting at 6:00pm for ages 16+.  Fee:  $28 or save $5 with ticket purchase to evening performance.  Register at 604.927.6552.
More info:   604.927.6555

What:  45th Annual Show and Sale of Original Art
When:  Friday – Sunday, November 2 – 4 from 7:30pm–9:30pm (Fri) & 10:00am-5:00pm (Sat/Sun)
Where:  Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road [map]
The skinny:  The Port Moody Art Association is proud to present its 45th Annual Show and Sale of Original Paintings. You are cordially invited to attend the opening on Friday where framed original paintings by member artists will be showcased. Artists will be in attendance.  Admission is free.
More info:  604.936.8033

What:  Coquitlam Gogos presents Big Band Cabaret
When:  Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny:  Mark your calendar now… you won’t want to miss this Coquitlam Gogos fundraiser featuring the Inlet Jazz Big Band with the Harmony Vocal Ensemble! Live big band music will have you dancing the night away… or simply enjoy the music as you watch others glide around the dance floor. Silent auction, cash bar, also tote bags for sale… all in all, good times in support of a great cause. Tickets $45
More info:  604-939-5216 or 604-927-6555

What:  Wilson Centre Fall Affair
When:  Saturday, November 3 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Where:  Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, 2150 Wilson Avenue [map]
The skinny:  Come and load up on crafts, baked goods, and one-of-a-kind finds. Entertainment, refreshments, displays, demonstrations, and bargain basement prices on well-used & near-new books! Admission is FREE!
More info:   604.927.7925

What:  Opening Reception: No Effects: A Solo Exhibition of Work by David Sands
When:  Saturday, November 3 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  #1100–2253 Leigh Square [map]
The skinny:  Where do we end and where does everything else begin? David Sands, a graduate of Emily Carr University’s class of 2000, explores relationships between individuals and the external world, including interactions with other people. His work probes the question of how these relationships sculpt our own reality. He is inspired by Pop Art, a movement founded by Andy Warhol which includes the use of everyday objects and products as a way to comment on what these commodities mean to us on a level beyond the obvious. Another style his work can be identified with is Surrealism – which fuses elements of reality seamlessly with dream states.  For a look at his work and history of exhibitions, check out his website at www.davidsands.ca. The artist will be in attendance at the Opening Reception. Free event. The exhibition runs from November 1st to December 3rd.
More info:  604.927.8400

What:  Best of BC Wines Uncorked
When:  Saturday, November 3 from 7:00 – 9:30pm
Where:  Port Moody City Hall, 100 Newport Drive (Galleria) [map]
The skinny:  This semi-annual BC wine tasting event is back! Come out for an amazing evening sampling some of the best wines from BC while supporting the Port Moody Arts Centre Society. Over 35 wineries will be participating and featuring over 125 different types of wines. Tickets are $45 each and includes entrance, samples of all available BC wines, light appetizers, live background music and free parking.
More info:  604.931.2008

What:  Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Out of This World
When:  Saturday, November 3 from 8:00 – 10:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny:  Join the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Guest Conductor Dr. Gerald King as the band leaves our solid earth to explore dramatic, imagined galaxies and the realms of gods and goddesses. Program includes “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and “Gandalf” from Johan de Meij’s Symphony #1 “The Lord of the Rings”.
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
When:  Sunday, November 4
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way (Rehearsal Hall) [map]
The skinny:  The Menaka Thakkar Dance Company presents the following events:
10:00 – 11:30am:  Intro to Indian Dance:  Led by Canada’s master dancer/choreographer in Indian Dance, Menaka Thakkar will teach basic elements of Indian dance in this fun and dynamic, female-only workshop. Ages 12 to 70. Fee: $28 SAVE! $5 off with ticket purchase to evening performance of SHAKTI: AN EVENING OF CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY DANCE To Register: 604.927.6552
2:00 – 4:00pm:  Prince Rama in the Wilderness:  This children’s show is told through traditional Bharatanatyam dance and inspired by the epic Hindu classic Ramayana. Prince Rama is exiled for 14 years by the wishes of his nasty stepmother. He lives happily in the forest with his wife Sita until the King discovers where they are and their peaceful life is threatened.   Tickets: $18, $14 | Family of 4: $54
7:30 – 9:30pm:  Shakti: An Evening of Classical & Contemporary Dance:  Canada’s premiere Indian dance company exposes audiences to the stunning beauty of traditional Indian dance. The company and its Artistic Director Menaka Thakkar have earned a reputation for artistic excellence, presenting works that are visually spectacular and infused with drama. This full-length evening performance features eight dancers and a program of both classical and contemporary dance that honours, updates and combines traditional forms and works including Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Ballet. Audiences will experience five beautiful pieces. Tickets: $30, $25, $15
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Billy Bishop Goes to War
When:  Tuesday, November 6 at 9:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny:  One of the most famous and widely-produced plays in Canadian theatre, Billy Bishop Goes to War dramatizes the life and exploits of Canadian World War I flying ace William Avery “Billy” Bishop. Featuring Damon Calderwood as Billy and multiple-supporting characters, accompanied by Gordon Roberts on piano.  Tickets: $39, $30, $15
More info:  604.927.6555


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