Fans of whimsical fantasy are in for a new year’s treat – suitable for children and imaginative adults – when White Rock dancer/choreographer and author Jill Tunbridge presents a special performance built around her recently-published original fairy tale Fairy of the Night and Still, this Friday (Jan. 4) at 7:30 p.m. at the Coast Capital Playhouse.
Tickets are available now for the reading of this out-of-the-world literary fantasy, enhanced by and interspersed with both atmospheric music and creative dance performances by artists from the BC dance community, including members of Tunbridge’s own Flamenco del Mar Spanish Dance Studio, ballerina Erin Currie and her ‘Crystal Dream Flakes’ dancers, plus Linda Hayes, Kaye Kerlande and Kat Siemens.
The poetry and prose narrative of Fairy of the Night and Still will be read by this columnist (Alex Browne).
The playhouse is located at 1532 Johnston Rd. Tickets ($22, $19 students and seniors, $15 children, including all fees) are available now from whiterockplayers.ca or at 604-536-7535.
Crescent Beach-raised Canadian stand-up comedy star Kate Barron is back in B.C. for the Christmas season, including featured spots Dec. 28 and 29 at Yuk Yuk’s in Vancouver.
The 2001 Elgin Park grad, who became Toronto Comedy Brawl champion in late 2017, continues to progress on the comedy scene after only three years in stand-up comedy, winning multiple competitions in 2018, including The Comedy Store’s prestigious King Gong show, and also recently touring the U.K.
According to Yuk Yuk’s CEO Mark Breslin, “Kate’s assured delivery and clever topicality makes her a must-see comedian and we’re thrilled to have her join our roster.”
For more information on reservations, visit www.yukyuks.com
Branch 8 Music
The White Rock Legion (Branch 8) presents bands and musical entertainers every Friday and Saturday, a Tuesday night country and blues jam and Country Sunday live entertainment Sundays from 3-7 p.m., interspersed with other presentations, and specials from MacKarino’s Kitchen (open Wednesday through Sunday from noon).
Coming up is Steel Rail (Dec. 28 and 29) and the legion’s New Year’s Eve party, featuring music by Two of a Kind.
Tickets ($60 for members, $70 for non-members) include dinner, 10 p.m. snack buffet and champagne at midnight (doors open at 6 p.m.), and are available from 604-531-4308.
The branch will be closed Jan. 1. but the entertainment schedule starts up again with Brian Zalo (Jan. 4 and 5), The News (Jan. 11 and 12), Nasty Habits (Jan. 18 and 19) and Vinyl (Jan. 25 and 26).
The legion is at 2290 152 St. and, on Fridays and Saturdays, is open from noon to 1 a.m. Visit legion8whiterock.ca or call 604-531-2422 for more.
Ocean Park Wailers
Next big show at the Crescent Legion’s Club 240 will be a New Year’s Eve party with local favourites The Ocean Park Wailers on Dec. 31.
The $75 ticket price includes party favours, a prime rib buffet with choices of salmon and vegetarian entrees, midnight bubbly, and snacks.
The Wailers include lead singers Carolyn Neapole and Terry Raible, plus Kevin Irwin on lead guitar and vocals, Russ Froese on bass and vocals, Paul Sorbara on drums, Elliott Clarkson on saxophone and vocals, and Bill Brooks and Jim Widdifield on keyboards.
Tickets are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the Legion box office (604-535-1043), which is open daily from 4 to 9 pm. For more, visit www.club240.ca or www.oceanparkwailers.com
Blue Frog Studios
The acoustically-excellent performance space of White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios continues to be the venue for intimate and up-close concerts by national and international touring acts, as well as local and B.C.-based artists.
There are still a few tickets left for the 9:15 p.m. show of Daniel Wesley’s Dec. 28 concert Beach Songs For The Holiday Season.
Coming up in the new year are Barracuda’s “essential” tribute to rock legends Heart (Jan. 4 – still some tickets left for the 9:15 p.m. show); the Kenny Hess concert The Songs That Wrote Country Music (Jan. 11 – still some tickets left for the 9:15 show); and Delta Blues legend Super Chikan and the Mojo Stars (Jan. 12).
For tickets and information on all shows, visit bluefrogstudios.ca or call 604-542-3055.