What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Emerging Talent, Chamber Gala and More!

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Gala 2013

Evergreen Cultural Centre’s 2012/2013 lineup is in full swing this week with a suspenseful play, a comedy about relationships and a festival showcasing the Tri-Cities emerging youth talent.  Also happening around the Tri-Cities is a black tie event, a couple new Leighsure Time drop-in events to try out and even a chance to win a $150 gift card for Coquitlam Centre at a Celebrating Literacy event!  Check out below for ideas on how to fill up those free spots in your calendar this week.

What:  Stage 43 presents Murder on the Rerun
When:  Wednesday-Saturday, January 23-26 at 8:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Jane, a recently murdered screen writer is determined to find out who pushed her down the stairs at a Vermont ski-lodge. Aided by Kitty, a wanna-be angel working off demerits so that she can finally be admitted into Heaven, they manipulate the other guests into returning to the scene of the crime. A witty, sophisticated and suspenseful look inside the upper curst of Hollywood and the ambitions of its inhabitants. Tickets: Adult $20 | Senior & Student $18
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Leighsure Time
When:  Thursday and Monday, January 24 from 4:00-5:30pm and January 28 from 3:30-6:30pm
Where:  #1100 – 2253 Leigh Square Place (The Gathering Place) (map)
The skinny:  Are you interested in trying something new but have a hard time committing to a weekly program? This winter, Leigh Square kicks off Leighsure Time: brand new drop-in programs for people of all ages.  No pre-registration required.
Thursday:  The Comic Shop Youth Art Drop-In will take place every Thursday. Each session will begin with a brief lesson in comic history and technique followed by two hours of free work. Participants will learn techniques in drawing and colouring, but also the techniques that make cartooning the unique art form it is, such as paneling, format, lettering, effects and others. For ages 13-17 years. Cost: Free.
Monday:  Coffee & Writing Night will take place on alternating Mondays, where attendees have a chance to relax and work in the company of other writers in the community and share work. Swap stories, read books, or work on your magnum opus. All skill levels are welcome. Cost: $2
More info:  604.927.8400

What:  Crossroads Coffeehouse – Doug Fraser
When:  Friday, January 25 from 7:30-9:30pm
Where:  1100 – 2253 Leigh Square (The Gathering Place) (map)
The skinny:  For over twelve years local musicians from across the Lower Mainland have joined Crossroads to help raise funds and awareness for the Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice. “Unplugged at the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse” series is set in a casual atmosphere centered on acoustical performances from a wide range of musical genres. Feature Performer:  Doug Fraser,  a storyteller, conveying fascinating anecdotes and little known information about the subject that is his specialty – the developing musical period in North America from 1830 to 1930. The subject matter can cover areas such as folklore, minstrel shows, plantation songs, medicine shows, ragtime, Gay Nineties, vaudeville, burlesque, jazz, blues and swing.
$5 admission at the door Doors open at 7:00 pm Open stage 7:30 pm Feature performer 9:00pm
More info:  info@crossroadshospice.bc.ca

What:  Scouting: History in the Making – Family Activities with Scouters
When:  Saturday and Sunday, January 26 & 27 from 12:00-4:00pm
Where:  Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray St. (next to Rocky Point Park) (map)
The skinny:  Join the 40th Baden Powell Guild for a variety of scouting activities in conjunction with the museum’s feature display “Scouting: History in the Making”. Retired scouters will be at the Museum to give hands-on demonstrations to visitors. Activities vary each month and will take place inside and outside the museum rain or shine.  Youth groups are welcome to visit during any of the programming dates.  Contact the museum in advance if your group is larger than 10 children.  January 26 & 27 – Leave No Trace (LNT) Activities
More info:  604-939-1648

What:  2013 Chamber Gala
When:  Saturday, January 26 from 6:00-10:00pm
Where:  Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. (map)
The skinny:  Attend the premiere Chamber event of the year, the annual Chamber Gala! The evening will be filled with excellent food and drink, games, prizes, and dancing! Winners of the 12th annual Business Excellence Awards will also be announced. The evening will begin with a Champagne Reception at 6 p.m. before moving into the theatre for a formal three course meal, award presentations and fun. Dress is black tie optional.
More info:  604.464.2716

What:  Emerging Talent Festival
When:  Sunday, January 27 from 2:00-7:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  The Emerging Talent Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival and showcase of visual art, design, film, music and theatre by talented high school students in the Tri-Cities that includes a juried Film Festival, premiere screenings of one or two short documentaries shot by the Teens @ Evergreen Visual Arts group under the guidance of professional filmmaker and mentor Nike Hatzidimou, and live theatre by the Teens @ Evergreen Theatre Ensemble. The Festival also celebrates the 16th annual Emerging Talent exhibition, a juried show featuring the artwork of talented and dedicated young artists from School District 43. The exhibition runs from January 26 to March 9, 2013 at the Art Gallery at Evergreen and is always a favourite among gallery-goers in the Tri-Cities.
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Artist Talk
When:  Sunday, January 27 from 3:00-4:00pm
Where:  Port Moody City Hall Galleria, 100 Newport Drive  (map)
The skinny:  As part of the banner festival, the City of Port Moody is pleased to present an Artist Talk with Philippe Sokazo, the 2013-2014 StreetArts Artist Designed banner creator and local art instructor Judi Gardner.  They will discuss the creative process involved in designing and executing street banners. Cost: Free
More info:  604.469.4605

When:  Tuesday, January 29 from 8:00-10:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Evergreen presents HENRY AND ALICE: INTO THE WILD by Michelle Riml.  Those crazy kids from the Arts Club’s smash hit Sexy Laundry are back! And this time Henry and Alice are camping – sort of. Forced to examine their relationship in the tangles of the wilderness, including collapsing tents, uninvited guests and their own particular style of alfresco “cuisine”, they just might discover how to survive a true mid-life crisis.  Tickets: $39, $30 $15
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Celebrating Literacy
When:  Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00am-8:00pm
Where:  Coquitlam Centre, 2929 Barnet Hwy  (map)
The skinny:  Coquitlam Centre and their community partners will be celebrating literacy for the entire family. It’s a day filled with entertainment and interactive activities for all ages, including performances by Bobs & LoLo, Science World and Learn & Play activities, an Adult Literacy Trade Show, Youth Songwriting Workshop, Teen Scavenger Hunt, Senior’s Tea, a Tech Café … and much more.
More info:  604.468.5663

What:  SFU Philosophers’ Cafe
When:  Wednesday, January 30 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  City Centre Branch, 1169 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés, and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. Registration and experience are not required and admission is free. Topic: Carbon tax – Is the carbon tax good or a bad? Why? Moderator: Dr. Shahin Dashtgard
More info:  778.782.5215
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