Creative Current – Walhachin’s Women’s Day celebration is back

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of art, music and theatre in the local area.

Jam Night March 5 at UniTea

Every first Thursday of the month from 7-9:30pm will be a fun all inclusive night of song sharing. Next Jam night will be Thursday, March 5. Bring your guitars, drums, shakers and song books. We’ll have lots of great organic tea and coffee on the brew. UniTea Tea Room 100-210 Railway Ave. in Ashcroft. (250) 453-9345 for more information.

Kamloops Film Festival

Back for its 19th year from March 5-14 at the Paramount Theatre.

KFF 2015 will kick off with an opening night mingle and close with a fun filled party, as in years past, but there is plenty going on during the days in-between as well, including an eclectic and exciting mix of 15 films for audiences.

Get more details on tickets and showings at www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca

Kamloops Swing Blues Quartet Doc and the Disorderlies

Come out for a fabulous evening of fun, eclectic blues swing music on Saturday, March 7 at UniTea Tea Room with Kamloops-based quartet, Doc and the Disorderlies: Bruce Campbell on lead guitar and vocals, Chris Doherty (aka Doc) on banjo, guitar, vocals and percussion, Fain Weiss on vocals, percussion and ukulele, Gary Nielsen on rhythm guitar and vocals.

The heartbeat of their sound can be found in Doc’s original songs. With the help of the bands catchy melodies, witty lyrics and captivating rhythms his tunes continue to delight audiences. They also like to spice up their repertoire with some carefully selected and tastefully arranged cover tunes. The result is an eclectic mix of originals, swing, blues, old standards and contemporary ballads.

Doors at 6:30pm – shows starts at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door or reserve your by calling (250) 453-9345 – limited to the first 30 people only.

Celebrate International Women’s Day in Walhachin

Join the celebration to honour women on March 8 from 1-4pm at the Walhachin Soldiers Memorial Hall. It’s a special year because our dear friend Val Carey is back in the saddle and ready to welcome everyone to celebrate and honour women near and far – beautifully young and elegantly wise.

All women (and supportive men!) are invited to attend. There will be entertainment and belly dancing and a women’s art show and artisan tables. This event is a potluck, so please bring something with you to share. Any women interested in displaying their artistic creations are invited to call (250) 457-6678 or talk to Nadine at UniTea Tea Room to reserve at table.

‘What the bleep do we know?’

UniTea Tea Room will be hosting another Video/Discussion Night that features a range of spiritual/environmental documentary-style videos for mutual enjoyment and conversation. A  portion of the night  is dedicated to discussion and reflection on the video presented. This is a free event.

This month’s inspirational video feature is “What the bleep do we know?” on Thursday, March 12 from 7-9pm.

“What the bleep do we know?” combines documentary-style interviews, computer-animated graphics, and a narrative that posits a spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness. Follow Amanda, a divorced, middle-aged photographer who is thrust into a world where science and spirituality converge. The emotional and existential obstacles she encourters cause her to consider the idea that individual and group consciousness can influence the material.

Also showing is a 30 minute short ‘Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 1 of 4 Akasha.’ This four-part video series is the single best exposition on the spiritual ‘arts and sciences’ that I believe or know to exist in the world.

“Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds” effectively pulls back the ‘veil’ of reality by literally painting it’s picture for the viewer. This movie represents an evolutionary leap forward in how this knowledge can be assembled and delivered and a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in developing a comprehensive perspective on the nature of reality… which is the human condition.

Each month will be introduced with this series.

Community Charades!

It was fun..it was crazy..let’s do it again! UniTea will be hosting another fun and hilarious night of Charades at our Family Fun Games Night on Thursday, March 19 from 7-9:30pm.

Other games available are dominos, Monopoly, chess, checkers, cards, crib and lots of fun and simple games for kids of all ages! Bring down the whole family, challenge your neighbours to some fun! Lots of toys as well. A free event at UniTea Tea Room. (250) 453-9345 for more information.

Harmonica Player of the Year Harpdog Brown in Logan Lake

Harpdog Brown & his Traveling Blues Show will be in Logan Lake on Wednesday, March 18,  downstairs in the Black Bull Pub. Doors open 7 pm, Showtime 7:30 pm. Must be at least 19. Advance tickets are available at the Bull and the Pick or phone 250 523-2399 and purchase by credit card. Also available at the door for cash only.

This is a fundraiser for the Logan Lake Ranch & Country Club.

Harpdog Brown is a bluesman in the classic style. He understands that the music is about communication, about connecting. He wrote the bulk of the material on What It Is…, most with assistance from drummer and long-time cohort John Hunter. They’re solid, well-crafted tunes that sound right at home next to the handful of standards included. And Brown delivers every one with sly wit and sheer charm, spinning his yarns and telling his tales with a nod and a wink.

Pharis and Jason Romero in concert

Husband and wife duo Pharis and Jason Romero are at The Grand Central Station Restaurant on March 21.

This co-production is the first of many in collaboration with Nadine Davenport Owner/Presenter from UniTea Tea Room. Doors open at 5pm with music starting at 7:30pm. Tix are available for the Dinner/Show and just for the Show and are now available in advance at UniTea Tea Room  or call (250) 453-9345 for more information.

If you haven’t heard of the rural BC town of Horsefly, the Romeros are hoping to change that.

The Horsefly pair released their album A Wanderer I’ll Stay on March 3. The pair’s third album, it was recorded at home in the workshop, where they run their own J. Romero Banjo Company. It features fiddle, bass, drums and pedal steel and includes some old-tyme covers like the Civil War ballad “The Dying Soldier” and the Alan Lomax-era tune “Goodbye Old Paint,” along with original songs like “Ballad of Old Bill,” which was written about a local man who was eaten by a bear.

Their chemistry is undeniable, and the song feels like it’s been rolling along a dusty plain out west for decades, just waiting to be picked up and sung. Anchored by Pharis’s rock-solid rhythm guitar and propelled by Jason’s inventive picking on a variety of banjos and guitars, their plaintive voices and soulful blend capture the ear and the imagination.

Cougar Annie Tales comes to Ashcroft

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society offers some fabulous entertainment in 2015.

Make sure you get your tickets in advance for Katrina Kadoski’s musical one-woman show called Cougar Annie Tales at St Albans Hall in Ashcroft on Saturday, March 15 for a 3pm matinee.

Cougar Annie Tales is about the life and times of an amazing west coast female pioneer. California-born Ada Annie Jordan settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915 with her first husband and three young children.

A five-acre garden that she carved out of the wilderness provided food and income throughout her long life. The bounty on cougars supplemented her income and she earned her moniker of Cougar Annie by reputedly shooting more than 70 of the animals.

Jordan gave birth to eight more children in this remote location, and rarely left the property until old age and blindness forced her removal to Port Alberni, where she died just shy of 97.

Katrina Kadoski spent close to three years at Cougar Annie’s garden, immersing herself in the folklore surrounding the legendary pioneer-settler.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or to find or from the following merchants: The Ashcroft Bakery; Natures Gifts; or the Cariboo Jade Shoppe; or you can buy your tickets online at www.windingriversarts.ca

Rick Scott coming in April

Coming up in April to Ashcroft will be Singer, Songwriter and Dulcimer Ace Rick Scott, an award winning singer, songwriter, storyteller and actor who combines music and laughter in lively, participatory concerts for all ages. His gift for combining wacky humour and poignant human commentary has earned him a devoted following from four generations around the world. He will be coming to Ashcroft on Sunday, April 12 for a special 3pm Matinee show.

Over 35 years Scott has performed over one thousand shows in schools, festivals and concert halls in Canada, the US, Australia and Southeast Asia. He’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. He offers inspirational keynote concerts for educators and caregivers and Music as a Second Language song writing workshops for people who don’t think that they’re musical.

Scott has released 18 albums including a four-CD musical audio novel and seven children’s CDs honored with three Juno nominations and Parents’ Choice, Family Choice. NAPPA Gold, iParenting Media, Children’s Music Web and Canadian Folk Music Awards. In Nanaimo last February, he premiered a program introducing children to orchestra with the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Tom Coles at UniTea

The night will celebrate both the release of Tom’s new book Spirit Talker – The Legend of Nakosis as well as his great gift of music and songs.

Spirit Talker tells the fantastical story of one young man’s induction into the mystique and magical world of the Shaman.

Enjoy songs and stories that will open your heart on Saturday, April 25. Doors at 6:30pm – shows starts at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door or in advance. Drop by UniTea to buy your ticket or phone (250) 453-9345 to reserve. Limited to the first 30 people only.

Spring Handbell concert in May

The Desert Bells Hand Bell Choir will return for a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3 at the Pentecostal Church in Cache Creek. The Matinee show will feature the Bell Choir and other local ensembles and soloists.

Desert Bells Handbell Choir, an intergenerational group that rehearses on Thursday evenings in Cache Creek Elementary School.

Community Band

The Community Band meets every Sunday afternoon at Ashcroft Elementary School under the direction of David Dumont, the school district’s music teacher. Haven’t picked up your instrument in years? No problem – most of the band is in the same boat.

The band formed less than a month ago and it’s especially looking for flutes, clarinets, trombones, trumpets, tubas, French horns, oboes and more. Please bring your own instruments. Every Sunday, 2-4 pm in the band room near the back of the school. Use the side entrance.

Nadine Davenport

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