Flamenco guitarist John Gilliat (middle) with Lyndon Dewitt on drums and percussion and Brent Gubbles on bass at WRAPS’ Dessert Concert series at St. Albans on March 10.

Flamenco guitarist John Gilliat (middle) with Lyndon Dewitt on drums and percussion and Brent Gubbles on bass at WRAPS’ Dessert Concert series at St. Albans on March 10.

Annual international festival in Walhachin

Creative Current. A bi-monthly wrap-up of arts, music and theatre in the region.

International Women’s Day

Over 40 women and men celebrated International Womens Day in the Walhachin community hall. The entertainment included dance, readings and music from women performers from Lillooet, Spences Bridge and Ashcroft. The hall was jammed packed from 2-6 pm. This annual event, organized by pioneering woman and Wahlachin resident Val Carey, is in it’s fourth year and events activities and music jamming.

Lorne Elliott comes to Lillooet

Comedian, storyteller, musician and playwright Lorne Elliott brings back his one-man show to Lillooet this week. Lillooet Music presents Lorne’s hilarious show of comedy and music on March 21 at 7:30 pm.

Dubbed the King of Canadian Comedy, Elliott’s show is totally original, entertaining, and foolish enough to make everybody laugh. Tickets sold out last time he was in town.

Lorne Elliott is the long-time host of the CBC Radio program Madly Off in All Directions, and has performed his one man show around the globe in theatres, colleges and nightclubs.

He began performing in 1974 as a folk musician, simultaneously developing his fiction, songs, monologues and one-liners. Elliott is best known as the host of CBC Radio’s Madly Off in All Directions, which ran for 11 seasons.

Monster Theatre

Also from the fine folks of Lillooet Music, don’t miss Monster Theatre on Friday, April 27. This wild and funny take on Shakespeare will keep you laughing. Composed of equal parts absolute fact and utter nonsense, the show is a treat for scholar and squire alike. An optional dinner is offered with this show (not included in season’s tickets).

Performances at the Lillooet Masonic Hall  on Homestead Rd. for each show are on are at the door, but can also be purchased in advance from Sears and KC Health. For more info phone (250) 256-7888 or visit their website at www.lillooetmusic.com

Cache Creek Movie Night

Don’t miss the pre release showings of Happy Feet 2 on Saturday, March 17 and The Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked. Both films are at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Movie starts at 7 pm.

Music in the Desert

The Desert Daze Music Festival planning committee is looking for members to assist in the planning and take some of the tasks for the festival. The next meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 1 pm at the Packing House – everyone is welcome. Desert Daze is held annually in Spences Bridge. Check out the festival website at www.desertdaze.ca

Two weeks until curtain call

Rehearsals go into high gear this week at the Ashcroft High School Library where the cast of ‘Swamp Zombie Pirates’ are working hard. You know a play is funny when rehearsals are distracted with the entire cast and crew breaking out in laughter at some of the wacky lines and follies.

How can you go wrong with pirates AND zombies? This down on their luck film crew has been sent to the swamps of a town near the Florida Everglades called Key Wurst to shoot a pirate film. The problem? They have no budget and no script. And the actors, who had to walk to this practically impossible to find locale due to lack of pay, are so exhausted they look like zombies! Don’t miss this side splitting ridiculous farce by Winding River’s Arts and Performance Society. Tons of fun and laughs !!

Performances begin Thursday, March 29 through to Saturday, March 31 at the Ashcroft Community Hall, 509 Bancroft St. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm. Saturday Matinee starts at 2 pm. Doors open half an hour before show time. Pay by donation at the door. Thanks to Second Time Literacy Now and the Village of Ashcroft. For more info call (250) 453 9100.

Dessert Concert finale with Linda McRae

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents the last of a five concert season in country style with Nashville based Singer/Songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Linda McRae. From Dear John to John Deere. Linda plays old time country roots music and is one of the best claw hammer banjo pickers around.

Linda’s music intrigues like a sepia postcard from the past, but is vibrant and alive and very much of the present. The singing and playing are just right. And that is a great accomplishment indeed. Linda’s absolute love of traditional roots music runs deep down into the Appalachian dirt, and it shows in everything she does.   — Linda has just released her 3rd solo record called ‘Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts’.

The evening will also feature delicious desserts, coffee & tea. Tickets are available now at; The Ashcroft Bakery and Natures Gifts. As these shows will no doubt be sell outs, please buy early. For more info call (250) 453 9100 or visit www.windingriversarts.ca to purchase via paypal.

Zumba Dance Fitness classes start soon

When participants see ZUMBA in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.

Classes start in April at the Cache Creek Community Hall (basement). An open House/free lesson is on April 1. A Zumba class for kids is coming soon – stayed tuned. For more info call Nicole at (250) 319-3620.