What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Rocktoberfest 2, VSO Tiny Tots, Comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Halloween Howl and More!

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Grab your vintage Led Zeppelen tee from the back of your closet…it’s Rocktoberfest this weekend in Port Moody!  Okay, so it’s actually a rock and gem show but you can still wear you faded concert T-shirt to it.  Or better yet, dress up like a rock star and attend all the Halloween events going on in the Tri-Cities.  Rock and roll not your thing?  There are plenty of classical music events this weekend, for the kids, for the adults, for those people with nothing to do on a Wednesday morning.  Whether Beethoven or the Beatles, have a rocking good week!

What:  Preschool Haunted Howlawe’en
When:  Friday, October 26 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where:  630 Poirier Street [map]
The skinny:  This is a spooktacular family event.  Be prepared for creepy arts and crafts, spooky activities and a ghoulicious dinner.  Please note all family members who will be attending the event must register.  $6.00 for adults; $5.00 for children
More info:  604.927.6144 or 604.927.4386

WhatComedian Lisa Lampanelli
When:  Friday, October 26 at 8:00pm
Where:  Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. [map]
The skinny:  Insult comic Lisa Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, “Archie Bunker” and a vial of estrogen. She even won accolades from The King of All Media, Howard Stern who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.”  Earlier this year, she was a contestant on the fifth installment of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice where she earned a spot in the Final Four. Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Lampanelli continues to perform her gut-busting performances at venues across North America.  Tickets: Orchestra $49.50 | Golden Circle $59.50 | plus service charges
More info:  604.523.5361

WhatROCKtoberfest 2
When:  Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28 from 10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Where:  Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street [map]
The skinny:  Minerals and Crystals and Gems, Oh My!  The wonders of the geological world can be seen at ROCKtoberfest 2, Port Moody’s annual gem & mineral show. Colourful patterned agates, glittering crystals and unique jewellery are on display and for sale.
This family event includes demonstrations, spin & win, rocksmash, and chances to win hourly door prizes.  Check out rock dealers from around the province selling one-of-a-kind specimens and working material, holistic crystals, jewellery and craft items, the diverse members’ boutique, fabulous food and much more.  Got a mystery rock?  Bring it along and have an expert identify it.  It’s two days of rock-talk and surprises of Mother Nature’s wonderful treasures.  Entry is by donation.
More info:  604-941-3023 

WhatVSO Tiny Tots
When:  Saturday, October 27 10:00am and 11:30am
Where:  Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate [map]
The skinny:  Let Your Music Shine with children’s entertainers, Lisa & Linda.  Jump and clap, swing and sing this fall with the VSO’s dynamic duo performing Hi-Lo Big Top Circus.  It’s a 3-ring musical Circus this show featuring the melodies of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and played by a flute, violin, and tuba.  Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
$15.00 Adults & Seniors; $7.00 Children; $2.00 Babies
More info:  604-468-9403 

WhatHeritage Halloween at Mackin House
When:  Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  1116 Brunette Avenue [map]
The skinny:  Join us for a festive Halloween event!  Mackin House will be decorated in Heritage fall fashion. Enjoy treats and show off your costume. Come for pumpkin carving, crafts, photo opportunities, and more fun activities! No registration required.
More info:  604-516-6151 

WhatHalloween Howl Family Fun Night
When:  Saturday, October 27, 1:00 – 6:00pm
Where:  Hyde Creek Recreation Centre ,1379 Laurier Avenue [map]
The skinny:  Come dressed in costume and enjoy a howling good time . . . if you dare!!!! Spooky Splash from 1-3pm ($1), Carnival Games from 3-5pm ($3), Chocolate Extravaganza from 3-6pm ($2), NEW Haunted House from 3-6pm ($1) and a Special Haunted House for ages 9 and up from 5-6pm or enjoy all of the activities for $5 per person with an all-inclusive wristband, only available before Thursday, October 25th!
More info:  604.927.7946

What:  Battle of the Bands
When:  Saturday, October 27 at 6:30pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive [map]
The skinny:  A benefit concert featuring several talented bands sponsoring charities. Tickets/Info: $10/ticket (pre-buy), $12/ticket at the door.
More info:  604.637.7118 

What:  Mr. I’s Slightly Spooky Songs and Stories
When:  Sunday, October 28 from 2:00 – 3:00pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue [map]
The skinny:  Local children’s entertainer and Place des Arts’ faculty member Yurgen Ilaender, affectionately known as “Mr. I,” leads Hallowe’en fun for young children aged 2 and up at Place des Arts. Costumes are welcome and audience participation is encouraged.
Get your tickets now through Brown Paper Tickets.  Admission: $7
More info:  604.664.1636

What:  David Scheel: Art of the Pianist-Composer
When: Sunday, October 28 from 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny:  David Scheel is well-known for spicing up his classical concerts with hilarious stories and offbeat musical offerings. In this new show, Scheel will not only trace the rise and fall of the pianist-composer (Bach, Beethoven, Liszt), but will also reveal how a composer’s mind works, even going as far as composing pieces on the spot with the help of suggestions from the audience. On-the-spot composition can make for wonderful music – and laughter too!  www.davidscheel.com  Tickets:  $30, $25, $15
More info:  604.927.6555 

What:  Halloween at Old Orchard
When:  Monday, October 29 from 3:30-5:30pm
Where:  Old Orchard Hall, 590-646 Bentley Road [map]
The skinny:  Follow the Forest Fairy as she takes you on a magical adventure through the forest and along Shoreline Trail. Identify MYSTERY items, learn about local creatures of the night, and bring home your own pumpkin. But beware the nasty witch hiding in Old Orchard! Ages 5-10 yrs. Cost: $20
More info:  604.469.4500

What:  Musical Mornings – Sarah Hagen & Guests
When:  Wednesday, October 31 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way [map]
The skinny:  Musical Mornings is a new series of five salon-type concerts hosted by acclaimed pianist and producer Sarah Hagen. Each morning begins with coffee, tea and treats followed by a 75-minute classical concert let by Hagen and featuring world class musical artists. It’s intimate. It’s casual. It will become one of your favourite morning rituals.  All seats: $22 or Best Deal: 4+ concerts $20 each!
More info:  604.927.6555


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