EVENTS GUIDE: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

CONCERTS

Ventos: “Muy Caliente” concert by Vancouver-based woodwind quintet to feature Latin-inspired chamber music, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at Peace Portal Alliance chapel, South Surrey. Tickets $15/$10 via www.brownpapertickets.com. Show info: www.ventos.org.

“Duelling Pianos Show” featuring Dominik Heins and Carl Sonny Leyland doing three nights at Blue Frog Studios, on Thursday, Jan. 30, Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Nightly shows at 7 and 9 p.m., at 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Tickets and info: www.bluefrogstudios.ca, 604-542-3055.

Randy “Elvis” Friskie and his Las Vegas Show Band on “That’s the Way it Is” tour of B.C., with concert date in Surrey Friday, Feb. 1 at Chandos Pattison Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. start. Tickets $39.50, 1-855-411-7500.

Encore Peninsula Concerts: Monthly classical music series of concerts on Sunday afternoons (3 p.m. start) at First United Church, in White Rock, from Peninsula Productions and Music Encore Concert Society. Concert dates in series are Feb. 2, March 9, April 6 and May 4. Tickets and information: www.peninsulaproductions.org, 604-541-2199.

“Opera’s Greatest Hits – and More”: Vancouver Opera concert stars “four of the region’s most talented and charismatic young performers,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage. Featured will be selections from “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “The Pearl Fishers” and more. Tickets $10/$20 via 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca. 

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce: Blues band performs at Valentine’s Day dance party (Feb. 14) at Pacific Inn resort’s Rhumba Room bar, South Surrey, in event presented by White Rock Blues Society. Tickets $20 via tickets.surrey.ca, also at Tapestry and Surfside music shops. Info: www.whiterockblues.com.

Barracuda: Heart tribute band returns to Blue Frog Studios on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), 8 p.m. start. at 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Tickets are $35 via 604-542-3055, bluefrogstudios.ca.

Trilogy: Jazz trio features Miles Black, Jodi Proznick and Bill Coon in concert Saturday, Feb. 15 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. Tickets are $35 via 604-542-3055, bluefrogstudios.ca.

“The Music of Ray Charles and James Brown” concert featuring Mike Henry on Friday, Feb. 21 at Blue Frog Studios, White Rock (“One Singer, Four Musicians & the music of Two Legends”). Tickets $35 via 604-542-3055, bluefrogstudios.ca.

 

Jazz Vespers at Northwood United Church: Hour-long concert events on select Sunday afternoons at church, 8855 156th St., Surrey, starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 9: Diane Lines; Feb. 23: Dominik Heins Jazz/Swing Piano; March 9: Mighty Fraser Big Jazz Band; March 23: Jaclyn Guillou, vocalist; April 13: Christie Grace, vocalist.

White Rock Trad Jazz Society: Presents three-hour concert/dance events Sunday afternoons (select dates) at Crescent Beach Legion, 3-6 p.m. at 2643 128th St., South Surrey. Admission: $8/10. Info: 604-591-7275, www.whiterocktradjazz.com.

OPEN MIC

Delta Arts Council open mic night held on last Friday of every month at Firehall Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave., North Delta). “Open Mic gives local talent the opportunity to share and showcase.” Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $4/person at the door. Info: www.deltaartscouncil.ca.

COMEDY

Danny Bhoy in “Dear Epson” comedy show presented by Just For Laughs company, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey. Tickets available via ticketmaster.ca and 1-855-985-5000. Show info at www.hahaha.com/dannybhoy.

“Scared Scriptless” show by Vancouver Theatresports League at Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock, on Saturday, March 15, featuring improvised comedy based on audience interaction. Tickets $20/$18 via www.whiterockplayers.ca/tickets/buy-tickets, 604-536-7535.

CLUBS/LIVE MUSIC

The Mirage: Dance club and live music (select nights) at 15330 102A Ave., Surrey. 604-583-8828.

White Rock Elks Lodge #431: Live music and special events on select nights, karaoke on Fridays, at 1469 George St., White Rock, 604-538-4016, www.whiterockelks.ca. Jan. 31: Chinese New Year dinner and karaoke; Feb. 4: Pride of Erin; Feb. 15: Valentine’s dance with Mighty Big Fraser Band; 

Five Corners Bistro, 15182 Buena Vista Ave., White Rock. “Jazz Lounge every Wednesday evening with Rice Honeywell on keyboard and Bob Storms on reeds. 604-538-5455. 

Dublin Crossing: Live music six nights a week at 18789 Fraser Hwy., Surrey. 604-575-5470. 

Central City Brewing Co.: Live music on select nights at restaurant/bar, 13450 102nd Ave., at Central City, Surrey. 604-582-6620, centralcitybrewing.com.

Wheelhouse Pub: Nightclub-like bar weekends at 12867 96th Ave., Surrey. 604-584-9311, www.berezanhg.com/pubs.html.

Sandpiper Pub: Live music on select nights at 15595 Marine Dr., White Rock, 604-531-7625, www.sandpiperpub.com.

Washington Avenue Grill: Live music Wed.-Sun. at restaurant at East Beach (15782 Marine Dr., White Rock). 604-541-4244, washingtonavenuegrill.com.

SHOWS

“Acts of Astonishment” with mentalist Eric Samuels: Performer on stage at Blue Frog Studios on Saturday, March 1, 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock. “Using a deft combination of psychology, suggestion and stagecraft, Samuels goes where other people can’t: inside your mind.” Tickets $36.75 via 604-542-3055, www.bluefrogstudios.ca/newshows.html. 

FESTIVALS/FAIRS

Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair: Annual event to be held Thursday, April 24 at Sungod Recreation Centre (arena) in North Delta from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring dozens of exhibitors. Last year’s event attracted 2,500 attendees, including students, parents and the general public. Info: 604-946-4141, www.delta.ca.

THEATRE/STAGE

“Becky’s New Car”: Surrey Little Theatre stages Steven Dietz comedy from Jan. 30 to Feb. 22 (on select nights and days) at 7027 184th St., Surrey. Tickets are $15 via 604-576-8451 and surreylittletheatre.com. 

“Hired Help”: Former Delta Arts Council president Gina Stockdale in her self-written one-woman show, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at Firehall Centre for the Arts, North Delta. “Vicky does the ironing while entertaining you with stories about her client with the forbidden room, her aging mum living in the care home and the ups and downs of her acting career.” Tickets $10 at the door, info via www.deltaartscouncil.ca/hired-help.html.

“Gender Failure”: Writer/storyteller Ivan Coyote and musician/author Rae Spoon bring together words, sounds and original music in “an exploration and exposé of their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and, ultimately, how the gender binary fails us all.” Staged Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at Surrey Arts Centre’s studio theatre, 604-501-5566, tickets.surrey.ca. 

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: Musical written by Stephen Sondheim staged by White Rock Players’ Club from Feb. 12 to March 1, 2014, at Coast Capital Playhouse. Info and tickets: 604-536-7535, www.whiterockplayers.ca.

“Death and the Maiden”: Ariel Dorfman’s drama, set in his native Chili, is staged by Peninsula Productions from March 5-8 at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Tickets range from $18 to $23 via 604-536-7535.  

MOVIE THEATRES

Clova Cinema: 5732 176th St., Cloverdale. 604-574-1114. 

Empire Studio 12 Guildford: 15051 101st Ave. 604-581-1716. 

Strawberry Hill Cineplex: 12161 72nd Ave., Surrey. 604-501-9400.

Hollywood 3 Cinemas: 7125 138th St. (Newton Centre, near 72nd Ave., Surrey). 604-592-4441. 

Caprice 4: 2381 King George Blvd., South Surrey. 604-531-7456. 

Rialto Twin Criterion: 1732 152nd St., S. Surrey. 604-541-9527.

FILM EVENTS

White Rock Social Justice Film Society shows documentary movies with themes of social justice at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave., White Rock, by donation. Info: whiterocksocialjusticefilmfestival.ca.

Get Reel: Film series hosted by Semiahmoo Arts at White Rock Community Centre, with screenings held on select nights, 7 p.m. start. Guest speakers lead a discussion following each film. Tickets $10/11; Info: 604-536-8333, www.whiterockartscouncil.com. 

VISUAL ART

“A Feast for the Eyes: Exploring Food Through Art”: Group exhibit focuses on food as inspiration, on view until Feb. 21 at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave., White Rock. 

Mind & Matter Art Gallery: Features a variety of works at 13743 16th Ave., South Surrey, 604-536-6460, mindandmatterart.com. 

Surrey Art Gallery: “(Da bao) (Takeout)” group exhibit on view to March 23; also, works by Fraser Valley Quilters guild on view to Feb. 9. Gallery located at Bear Creek Park, 88th Ave./King George Blvd. Info: 604-501-5566, arts.surrey.ca.

South Surrey/White Rock Art Society, founded in 1959, meets on second Monday of month (except July and August), 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John’s church hall, 1480 George St., White Rock. Info: www.artsociety.ca. 

Thursday Artist Talk: Events hosted by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) on first Thursday of every month at Bear Creek Park facility. Info: 604-501-5566, www.arts.surrey.ca. 

Watershed Artworks gallery shop: Works by local artists featured at North Delta facility operated by non-profit Watershed Artworks Society, at 11425 84th Ave. Info: 604-596-1029, watershedartworks.ca. 

Newton Cultural Centre showcases works by local artists at 13530 72nd Ave. Info: 604-594-2700, www.artscouncilofsurrey.ca. 

Surrey Urban Screen: Digital art shown on screen on side of building at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, at 13458 107A Ave. Exhibit can be viewed from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight. Info: 604-598-5898, www.surreyurbanscreen.ca. 

Coffee Gallery at the Tate: Local gallery with 20 local artists, at #59-7238 189th St. Surrey (facing on 72nd Ave., at 189th). Visit www.CoffeeGalleryattheTate.com.

Cheryl’s Trading Post: Wide range of original Northwest Coast Art, Inuit and Peruvian art featured at gallery, #103-1711 152nd St. (Semiahmoo Shopping Centre), Surrey. Info: email cherylstradingpost@gmail.com.

MUSEUMS 

White Rock Museum + Archives: At 14970 Marine Dr. 604-541-2222, whiterock.museum.bc.ca. Currently on view: “Science As Art: Botanical Illustration of Canadian Tree Fruit Varieties,” on loan from Kelowna Museums, features 10 watercolour paintings by Kelowna artist Joanne Beaulieu, to March 31. 

Surrey Museum: At 17710 56A Ave. Info: www.surrey.ca/heritage, 604-592-6956. Closed until Feb. 11.

Historic Stewart Farm: Located at site of 1894 farmhouse and heritage gardens, at 13723 Crescent Rd., South Surrey. Info: 604-592-6956, www.surrey.ca/heritage. Closed until Feb. 11.

Surrey Archives: Facility located at 17671 56th Ave., Cloverdale. Info: 604-502-6459. Closed until Feb. 11.

SENIORS

Luncheon at Kent Street Activity Centre, 1475 Kent St., White Rock, on Friday, Feb. 7, 12:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., music by Brian Zalo. For free transportation, phone Ervin at 604-531-9400. Admission $7. Everyone over 50 welcome.

HERITAGE/HISTORY

Surrey Historical Society meeting, Saturday, Feb. 8th at 10 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Surrey Archives Building, 17671 56th Ave., Cloverdale. “An overview by Barbara Hynek on the up and coming British Columbia History Conference held in Cloverdale June 6-7, 2014.” For information, call 604-576-9734.

EDUCATION

“Igniting A Spark” is a Delta environmental conference open to students from Grades 4 to 12 in B.C, event Feb. 21 (a Pro-D Day) at Seaquam Secondary in North Delta. “Students will network with youth, engage in relevant environmental issues, connect with sustainability organizations and hear from engaging speakers.” To attend the conference, register at: greensymposium.drupalgardens.com before Jan. 31.

COMMUNITY

CARP White Rock/Surrey chapter presentation on “Spectacular South Africa tour,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave., White Rock. Free admission, RSVP to Denice at 604-538-5778. CARP is “A New Vision of Aging for Canada,” info at www.carp.ca.

FOOD/BEVERAGES

Bite of the Rock Festival: Eighth annual event (Jan. 20 to Feb. 13) celebrates restaurants in White Rock with three-course meals priced at $15, $25, $35 and $45. Participating restaurants, along with featured menu items, are listed at www.whiterockbia.com.

“Spice Road to Delta”: Delta Welcoming Communities Program, in partnership with the Delta Libraries invites you to event on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. at George Mackie Library, 8440 112th St., Delta. “While enjoying rich appetizers and drinks, you’ll learn abut the significance of spices from around the world. There will be a free gift or door prize also.”

REUNIONS

40th reunion for Delta Senior Secondary and South Delta Senior Secondary (classes of 1974) will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at Sundance Inn (6574 Ladner Trunk Rd., Delta). Tickets $30. Please RSVP. DSS74 grads contact Mary Jo (Glen) Ohl mjo_ohl@shaw.ca; SDSS74 grads contact Deb (Reimer) Tremain debra.tremain@gmail.com.

DANCES 

Surrey Fiddlers Old Time Dance takes place at Clayton Hall (18513 70th Ave., Surrey) on the first Thursday of every month, except July and August, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $3. For info, call 604-576-1066 or 604-538-3363.

BOOKS/LIT

Zero-360: Open-mic style literary event offers stage to local writers for maximum of 360 seconds (six minutes) each, on second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at Pelican Rouge coffee house in Central Plaza, 16th Ave at 152nd St., White Rock. Event hosted by Semiahmoo Arts, semiahmooarts.com, 604-536-8333.

Irish Poetry Night: Spoken word events hosted by Semiahmoo Arts on third Wednesday of every month at Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug (new venue), 15065 Marine Dr., White Rock. For schedule and event info, see www.semiahmooarts.com or call venue, 604-538-8081. 

“Local Author Sundays” events on select dates at Black Bond Books, 15562 24th Ave., South Surrey (604-536-4444,  blackbondbooks.com). 

FUNDRAISERS

Beach House Theatre “Evening of Music” in support of theatre company’s summer productions at Crescent Beach, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Wheelhouse Theatre (at Earl Marriott Secondary, South Surrey) featuring jazz music by Jodi Proznick, Oliver Gannon, Heidi McCurdy, Glenda Rae with Brett Wade, Jordan Carrier and others. Tickets and info: www.beachhousetheatre.org, 604-710-4929.

“Ignite A Dream”: Formal evening of wine tasting, food and musical entertainment 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, South Surrey, in support of Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society program, which aims to provide underprivileged children of Surrey with educational opportunities. Event tickets $60, or $100 for two, 604-574-5785, www.surreyfirefighters.com/ignite. 

WALKS/RUNS

“Coldest Night of the Year” winter walk Feb. 22 hosted by Sources Community Resources Centres, in partnership with City of White Rock. “Event happening in 65 cities across Canada in support of our work here with the hungry, homeless and hurting.” Info: www.sourcesbc.ca.  

Color Me Rad: Cloverdale Fairgrounds will be dusted with a rainbow of hues May 31 during this for-profit 5K event, in which participants are blasted with bombs of coloured corn starch. Fee to register is $35, plus service and processing fees, via colormerad.com.

BUSINESS

Surrey Women in Business Awards: “Nominate a Surrey businesswoman in one of the five award categories: Entrepreneur, Corporate/Leadership, Professional, Innovator, or Not-for-Profit Leader.” Nomination deadline is Feb. 7; event date is March 12. For info, contact Brianne Colbert, event marketing co-ordinator at Surrey Board of Trade, at brianne@businessinsurrey.com or 604-634-0347.

Surrey Board of Trade invites nominations for the 2014 Board Director Election. “Directors are people who have a keen interest in creating a welcoming business climate in Surrey.” To complete a nomination, go to www.businessinsurrey.com/board-election. Nomination deadline is March 28.

Northern Gateway Pipeline is subject of a Surrey Board of Trade luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 St., Surrey). “Learn about the economic impact of the Northern Gateway Pipeline and the opportunities available for local businesses,” with guest speaker Janet Holder, executive vice-president of western access for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Info and tickets: www.businessinsurrey.com, 604-581-7130.

Surrey Board of Trade 2014 Economic Forecast Lunch featuring Douglas Porter, CFA, Chief Economist and Managing Director for BMO Capital Markets, Thursday, Feb. 6 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. Topic: “Outlook 2014: Still Hazy After All These Years.” Info and tickets: 604-581-7130.

2014 Surrey Regional Economic Summit: Business event Thursday, Feb. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, www.surrey.ca/summit. Summit will feature former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard, George Papandreou and Ehud Barak, who will provide a closer look at the economies of Australia, Greece and Israel and how their governments addressed a wide range of economic challenges and opportunities. Also featured will be T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman committed to reducing America’s dependence on OPEC oil and developing North America’s alternative energy sector. The Summit’s economic panel will feature Ken Peacock of the Business Council of BC, Michael Goldberg of the Sauder School of Business and Andy Ramlo of Urban Futures.

LIBRARY EVENTS

Coast Capital Reading Buddies program at Surrey Libraries: “If your child is in grades 2-4 and could benefit from reading practice, sign him/her up for this free program. Your child can improve his/her reading skills in a safe, non-threatening environment over six weekly after-school meetings. Trained high school students offer their time and expertise by ‘buddying up’ with a child to read together and engage in fun literacy activities. See www.surreylibraries.ca for details.

SALES/CRAFTS

Call for entry into Sweethearts Artisans & Crafters Fair 2014: Arts Council of Surrey and Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino are hosting a Valentine’s Day Fair. Artisans and Crafters are invited to participate in this annual fair, to be held Feb. 7, 8 and 9 at Fraser Downs (17755 60th Ave., Cloverdale). All works must be hand-made by the artisan/crafter selling them, and someone must occupy the assigned table/space during sales times. Deadline for entry: Jan. 31, 4 p.m. For entry forms contact Arts Council of Surrey: info@artscouncilofsurrey.ca or 604-594-2700. 

Surrey Seniors’ Bazaar held on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13458 107A Ave., Surrey). “All are welcome and there will be light refreshments and musical entertainment, as well as some good bargains for all ages.” To book a table, e-mail Greg Nolan at seniorsbazaar@shaw.ca, 604-329-7323.

KIDS/FAMILY

Make Believe Birthday Parties: “Celebrate your birthday at Surrey Museum. Invite your friends and choose from themes like Pirates, Dinosaurs, Cowboy/Cowgirl, Ancient Egypt and more.” Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. $12.50 per child (birthday child is free). Must pre-book at 604-592-6956. 

CALLS/AUDITIONS

“Blithe Spirit” auditions will be held on Saturday, March 15 for Peninsula Productions show, for a variety of characters in the play. “Actual actor ages may be flexible to allow for optimum matching and chemistry between actors. Credible English accents, please.” Send picture and resume to info@peninsulaproductions.org.

“Good Vibrations: Music and Dance in Visual Art”: The City of White Rock, in partnership with Semiahmoo Arts, accepts submissions to exhibition as part of its Art on Display program. All artists are invited to submit a maximum of three works of art that deal with the subject of music and/or dance. “This group exhibition focuses on how artists interpret the awe-inspiring world of music and dance with their pallet.” Exhibition runs from March 8 to April 17; deadline for submissions is Feb. 21. Info: www.semiahmooarts.com.

“Just Shoes”: Call for artists for jurited exhibit on view from April 5 to 30 at Newton Cultural Centre. Deadline for entry is March 15 at 4 p.m. Digital entry only; send image along with title, artist name, size, medium and price to info@artscouncilofsurrey.ca. $10 per work, up to three image entries allowed. Entry fees are non-refundable. Info: 604-594-2700. 

White Rock Community Orchestra: New members welcome to attend sessions Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 15302 Pacific Ave., White Rock. Info: Contact conductor Roger Wecker, 604-592-9180.

Silver Screen Classics art competition hosted by Arts Council of Surrey: Call for original art inspired by movies from the 1930s and 1940s for juried exhibition on view at Newton Cultural Centre in February. Entry deadline is Jan. 31. For rules of entry, prizes, categories and more competition details, visit www.artscouncilofsurrey.ca or call 604-594-2700.

Performers sought for White Rock Chamber Music series at Crescent Gardens Retirement Community, 1222 King George Blvd., South Surrey. “Concerts will be held on the second Saturday of each month from October to May.” Email mshiker4@gmail.com or ellenneal@telus.net.

Surrey Children’s Choir, along with its youth and adult choirs, invites new singers (boys, girls and adults, age seven to 70) to audition for its 22nd season. “Join this nationally and internationally acclaimed choir for a unique opportunity to explore different choral styles while building a strong musical foundation and creating lifelong friendships.” Contact: 604-541-2519.

Soul of the World Multicultural Choir: “We aim to bring people together by sharing in the rhythms, poetic language and harmonies of the world. We sing songs from around the world in many languages, presenting a message of peace and welcoming.” All levels, languages, ages, abilities are welcome, no audition necessary. Facilitated Heidi McCurdy. Fee $10 per session. Info: music@heidimccurdy.com, 604-538-7154.

South Fraser Community Band: Local musicians (advanced secondary level) are invited to perform with concert band, rehearsals Thursday evenings in South Surrey. “The band performs an exciting repertoire of ‘pops’ style selections and contemporary popular music.” Info: Bill Hobbis, 604-618-4500, southfrasercb@gmail.com.

Handel Society of Music choir: New members welcomed by non-profit organization, which practises at Northwood United Church, 88th Ave./156th St., Surrey. Info: 604-277-4319.

White Rock Children’s Choir: Singers age five to 17 invited to join the choir, by audition. “Every week more than 100 singers of all ages join together as members of White Rock Children’s Choir family to share their love of singing and music under the leadership of artistic director Sarona Mynhardt.” For more info, call 604-536-0236 or visit whiterockchildrenschoir.com.

Peace Arch a cappella Chorus: Singers wanted for female chorus, which rehearses Wednesday evenings (7:15 to 10 p.m., walk-ins welcome) at Newton Bethany United Church, 148th St./60th Ave., Surrey. Proud member of Sweet Adelines International. “We meet to sing, to learn and to grow.” Call 604-240-3308, www.peacearchsings.com.

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