What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Deep Water, Big Band Jazz, Ascension and More!

Carmen Aguirre Salon Speakers Series Place Des Arts

With Sunflowers, Weddings and Dirt popping up this week in our list of events happening in the Tri-Cities, spring MUST be in the air!  Lots of things happening to keep us busy as those days start getting longer.  And now that winter is about to be all but a memory, the Port Moody Farmers Market will be having their last go this Sunday.  For details on the market and all the other slew of events happening in the next seven days, check out our complete listing at our Event Page.  Enjoy your week!

What:  Salon Speaker Series: Carmen Aguirre
When:  Thursday, April 18 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Each season, Place des Arts provides the opportunity to meet and engage with compelling, internationally renowned BC artists in their exciting Salon Speaker Series. Artists will speak / perform for one hour, followed by a 15-minute intermission and then an audience Q & A. Venue: Leonore Peyton Salon at Place des Arts Tickets: $5.00 (+HST). Tomorrow:  Carmen Aguirre is a prolific Vancouver-based playwright, theatre artist and teacher. Her first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was published in 2011. Amongst the many national and international awards and nominations this book has received, it notably won CBC’s Canada Reads 2012 competition, and is a #1 national bestseller. Carmen will read from Something Fierce and talk about the creative process of writing.
More info:  604.664.1636

What:  Girls Night Out 2013
When:  Friday, April 19 from 7:00-10:00pm
Where:  100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  Join the Port Moody Arts Centre Society as they once again host the popular Girls Night Out at the Inlet Theatre and Port Moody City Hall Galleria. This night of side splitting comedy will feature comedian Erica Sigurdson and guests Katie-Ellen Humphries, Larke Millar, and Alicia Tobin. Delicious food samples, fun activities, and great prizes are also in store. Tickets: $30, $27 each for groups of 6 or more.
More info:  604.931.2008 ext 0

What:  Music for Inquiring Minds
When:  Friday, April 19 from 8:00-10:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Musical guests Scott St. John (violin) and Christopher Costanza (cello) from St. Lawrence Quartet plus Sharon Wei (viola) join the Quiring Chamber Players with a thought-provoking program that includes a Mozart Viola Quintet and Schumann’s Piano Quartet among other chamber works. Presented as part of the Windsor Plywood Spectacular Music BC concert series, a project of MusicFest Vancouver. Tickets: $35, $30, $15
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  Grow-your-own Sunflower!
When:  Saturday, April 20 from 1:00-3:30pm
Where:  Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny:  Spring is the time for planting. Paint a flower pot, sow a sunflower, and watch it grow! While you’re at it, paint a stone marker for the garden, too. This event will be taking place while supplies last. Admission by donation.
More info:  604.516.6151

What:  Through the Eyes of a Child
When:  Saturday, April 20 from 7:00-9:00pm and Sunday, April 21 from 2:00-4:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way Coquitlam, BC (map)
The skinny:  A Coquitlam Chorale presentation. Special guests are the Creole Jazz Band. This concert is about seeing the world through the eyes of a child. Join the Coquitlam Chorale as they celebrate the hopes and dreams of children everywhere. Visit the Creole Jazz Band site at creolejazzband.com.
More info:  604.927.6555

What:  All Dressed in White Bridal Showcase
When:  Sunday, April 21 from 12:00-4:00pm
Where:  Red Robinson Show Theatre, 2080 United Blvd. (map)
The skinny:  Another wedding show in the Tri-Cities!  Brides are FREE and can pre-register for their ticket at www.all-dressed-in-white.com. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster or at the door ,$15.00 plus tax. There are over $35,000 in prizes including a $25,000 Dream Wedding, an ultimate Bachelor Package for a groom & 7 of his friends and a $1000 Bridal Gown from Champagne and Lace. Five Lucky Brides will participate in the Battle of the Brides Cake Dive for a $1500 diamond ring compliments of Lanka Jewels. There will be door prizes compliments of all participating vendors but you must be present at the show to win the prizes!
More info:  604-200-0905

What:  Deep Water
When:  Sunday, April 21, 2:00-4:00pm
Where:  Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:   Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre is putting on a free-to-the public staged reading of talented emerging Vancouver playwright Loretta Seto’s new play, Deep Water. Seto is a UBC creative writing grad whose play Why Weight? was a great success at the Vancouver Fringe Festival two years ago. Her first children’s book, Mooncakes, is also being released this month. Deep Water is a darkly funny and at times touching drama about a relationship therapist whose world spirals out of control when she realizes she has fallen pregnant following an affair. This one-woman play will be performed by Andrea Yu (Solo Theatre Collective) and directed by Lynna Goldharr Smith.
More info:   info@vact.ca

What:  An Evening of Big Band Jazz
When:  Sunday, April 21 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Terry Fox Theatre, 1260 Riverwood Gate (map)
The skinny:  Experience Big Band Jazz performed by two of the our local big bands; Impressions, conducted by Jill Townsend; and Urbana, conducted by Robin Shieras. These two big jazz bands will be featuring music from Count Basie to modern composers. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, The Arokis Centre for Music Society is an organization dedicated to promoting big band jazz. It provides an environment for musicians young and old to perform swing, latin and jazz music under the guidance of professional musical directors. Price: $15 Adults; $10 Seniors & Children under 18 – Festival Seating Available at the door.
More info:  604-468-9403

What:  DIRT! The Movie
When:  Monday, April 22 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where:  1100–2253 Leigh Square (map)
The skinny:   This Earth day, show your green global colours. Stop by Leigh Square Community Arts Village for a FREE special screening of “Dirt! The Movie”. DIRT! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, “Dirt! The Movie” brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. The film is simply not only about dirt, but also provides us with more than just a lesson on the life-giving material. It warns us about the modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Dirt! The Movie” is a call to action.  This screening will be a sister event to another in Brooklyn, New York at PS-15 Patrick Daly School organized by Port Coquitlam artist Diane Moran as a partnership.
More info:  604.927.8400

What:  Ascension – Presented by Goliath Performing Arts
When:  Wednesday to Saturday, April 24-27 from 7:00-10:00pm
Where:  Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:  After last year’s successful run with the Festival of Masks, Goliath Performing Arts is returning with another opportunity for local youth to showcase their talent and skill. The lineup is expansive, drawing in musicians, filmmakers, actors and dancers in what is sure to be another set of amazing performances. Ticket prices are $10 per night, or festival pass is available for $30, allowing you to see all four performance nights.
More info:  778 709 2154


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