May a banner month for arts in Alberni Valley

From the North Island Zone Drama Festival to the annual banner paint-in, May is chock-a-block full of arts and culture in the Alberni Valley.

Business was brisk at the Community Arts Council’s annual fundraising book sale

Business was brisk at the Community Arts Council’s annual fundraising book sale

It’s banner time in the city

Be one of the few community members who can say “That’s my banner” when walking up Argyle Street this summer.

Come and paint a colourful  72 x 26-inch banner that will hang on Argyle Street between June and early fall. The banner material, stand, paint and brushes will be provided at the Community Paint In, May 28–29 and June 4–5.

Drop by the Rollin Art Centre and pick up the registration.  You must be pre-registered; the fee is only $10 per banner.

There are a limited number of banners being painted, so register early to avoid disappointment.

These words are on fire

Words on Fire, Port Alberni’s Open Mike, meets on Wednesday, May 25 at Char’s Landing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the readings start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and includes coffee/tea and goodies and a draw for free admittance at the next Words On Fire.

Last chance for landscapes

Only a few more days are left to visit the Rollin Art Centre Gallery and view the watercolours by Norm Nicholson and photographs by David Shankie that make up Landscapes and Light.

The show comes down on Wednesday, May 25.

The Rollin Art Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free admission.  Wheelchair accessible.

Joe Stanton in concert

Joe Stanton a true breed troubadour will be performing at Char’s Landing on Friday, May 27.  Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert starts at 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 and are available at the Rollin Art Centre. All tickets at the door are $15.

An evening of live theatre

Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, The Importance of Being Earnest’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.

A Portal Players Dramatic Society production, The Importance of Being Earnest plays at the Capitol Theatre May 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $15 adults, $13 senior/students are on sale at the Capitol Box Office, Tuesday to Friday, 1–5:30 p.m.

Write right at workshops

Alberni Forest Fest is presenting writers’ workshops on Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. to noon at North Island College.  Workshop leaders include Jack Hodgins (narrative writing for not yet published writers), Brian Brett (writing memoir) and Nikki Tate (writing for children).  For more info and registrations form go to Alberni Forest Fest website: www.forestfest.ca.

Drama fest kicks off

Portal Players Dramatic Society will host the 2011 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival at the Capitol Theatre from May 22–27.

Enjoy Parksville’s presentation of The Petition on Monday, May 23, Courtenay’s Half Life on Tuesday, May 24 or Nanaimo’s Over The River and Through The Woods on Wednesday, May 25.

Echo Players present Lettice and Lovage on Thursday, May 26 and Rivercity Players present Veronica’s Room on Friday, May 27.

Full festival passes are available for all six shows for $60, or you may “Pick 3 Plays” for $40.  Individual tickets are $15 for each show.  Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office.

 

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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