What’s Happening in the Tri-Cities: Steel Magnolias, Robbie Burns Day, Wine Tasting, and Art Exhibitions


Robbie Burns Day 2015 Place Des Arts Coquitlam

Art, theatre and culture abound in the Tri-Cities! Learn the story of Bard on the Beach director Christopher Gaze, attend an Evergreen presentation of the beloved classic Steel Magnolias,  celebrate Robbie Burns Day and chow down on some haggis at Place des Arts, and imbibe with the Port Moody Wine Tasting Club!

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What: “Not Just Round” Exhibition Opening Reception
When:
Thursday, January 15 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Where:
Port Moody Arts Centre [map]
The skinny:
 The process of woodturning usually implies that the finished piece is round. For this exhibition the artists wanted to explore what else could be achieved. They didn’t abandon “round” but looked for interesting and innovative ways to combine it with something else; be that texture, colour, form or material. Consider each piece and try to see what the artist saw when thinking about “not just round”. Admission is free.
More info: Click here.

What: Place des Arts’ Salon Speaker Series – Bard Director Christopher Gaze
When:
Thursday, January 15 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Leonore Peyton Salon at Place des Arts [map]
The skinny:
Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and Order of BC (OBC) recipient Christopher Gaze as the first guest in the 2015 Salon Speaker Series. The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is an extraordinary success story in the Canadian performing arts world. During his Salon Speaker Series talk, Christopher will share memories of his life in the theatre — the high times and the hard times— reflecting on his 25 years as the Artistic Director of Bard and the many other notable productions in which he has played a part.
More info:
 Visit placedesarts.ca or call 604.664.1636. Tickets are just $5/person + GST and may be purchased online, in person at Place des Arts, or by phone.

What: Stage 43 Presents Steel Magnolias
When: January 15 to 17 at 8:00pm, January 18 at 2:00pm, January 21 to 24 at 8:00pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre [map]
The skinny: Stage 43 presents Robert Harling’s beloved tale of Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s most interesting characters. With hilarious repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions, this eclectic group of women draw on their underlying strength – and love – to get them through the good times and bad. Directed by Jacqollyne Keath.
More info: Tickets: Adult $22; Senior/Student $18; Theatre BC Member $15. For subscriptions and group rates, inquire at the Evergreen Box Office or visit stage43.org.

What: W.L.SEATON – Five Decades Retrospective of One Man’s Art (Opening Reception – exhibit ongoing until February 16)
When:
Saturday, January 17 from 3:00 to 5:00pm
Where:
Leigh Square Community Arts Village [map]
The skinny:
Leigh Square kicks off the New Year with Winston Seaton’s solo exhibition: W.L.SEATON Five Decades Retrospective of One Man’s Art. The retrospective presents a wide array of painting practices that Winston has accomplished during his artistic career. Seaton’s retrospective at Leigh Square represents five decades of the artist’s works, which range from representational, semi-abstraction to encaustic paintings. The exhibit showcases four different series: FLAGS, RESPECT, BACKBOARDS and TRIBUTE.
More info:
604.927.8400 or visit portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare

What: Place des Arts Celebrates Robbie Burns Day – Supper & Music
When:
Saturday, January 17 from 6:00 to 10:00pm
Where:
Place des Arts [map]
The skinny:
Back by popular demand for the third year, music faculty member Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a guest piper invite you to celebrate Scotland’s national bard, Robbie Burns! Blackthorn will feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs. Come for the concert at 7:30pm or come early at 6pm to enjoy a delicious Scottish-inspired supper and stay on for the concert. From lively jigs and reels to heart-wrenching airs and ballads, you will savour Blackthorn’s rendition of Scottish melodies and the intricately woven harmonies that bring this music to life in a new way, amply flavoured with humour and above all else, fun! At the end of the first set, the guest piper will pipe in the haggis and recite the Address to a Haggis.
More info:
Buy tickets here, in person at Place des Arts, or by phone at 604.664.1636. Supper and Concert $35. Concert Only: Adults $15; Seniors & Students $13 (+GST).

What: Composting and the Metro Vancouver Green Waste Ban (Port Moody Farmers Market Workshop)
When:
Sunday, January 18 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where:
Port Moody Recreation Complex [map]
The skinny:
The Metro Vancouver Organics Ban begins January 1, 2015. Come out to the market for a discussion and workshop about the organics ban and what are ways you can reduce organics going to landfill. Reserve a space for $10 and on the day of the event receive $10 of market money to spend.
More info:
Reserve a space for $10 here.

What: Porty Moody Wine Tasting Club (held in Coquitlam)
When:
Wednesday, January 21 from 7:30 to 9:00pm
Where
: Pasta Polo Coquitlam [map]
The skinny: Meet some new friends and learn what styles of wine you enjoy at this relaxing monthly wine tasting! Sample a flight of 5 to 6 wines matched with delicious foods prepared by the culinary team at Pasta Polo. Wine experts will guide you through the tasting so you can learn something interesting about each wine and discover new favourites. Wines sampled are from around the world, and vary at each tasting.
More info:
Drop-in memberships are available on a first-come basis and are $40 inclusive per meeting. Visit wcwed.com/wineclub.html, email carolyn@wcwed.com, or call 604.463.1998 for more info.

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