Three Things to Do This Week in Surrey and North Delta:
1. “Finding home in unexpected places” is the theme line of “In a Blue Moon,” the latest Arts Club on Tour play to hit the main stage at Surrey Arts Centre, for 12 show times starting next Wednesday (Jan. 13). The Lucia Frangione script, produced in association with Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops) and Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque, ON), stars the real-life mother-daughter duo of Anita Wittenberg and Emma Tow, along with Brett Christopher, who plays the mom’s brother-in-law. Through memories and photographs, while staying at a cabin near Kamloops, a love story unfolds as the three begin to thread together a new understanding of family. Show tickets range from $25 to $47, including all fees, at Tickets.surrey.ca or by calling 604-501-5566. Of note, Frangione will be at the arts centre to lead a three-day “Writing for the Stage” workshop from Jan. 22 to 24; for info, visit the event page at Surrey.ca/culture-recreation/11583.aspx.
2. Bookers of the Jazz Vespers in the Valley concerts at Northwood United Church kick off 2016 in fine style, first with another pairing of musical pros Karen Graves and Miles Black. Their hour-long gig at the church, located at 8855 156th St. in Fleetwood, starts at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 10. More than 500 people took in the series’ Dec. 13 show, a pre-Christmas concert that featured Marcus Mosely, Langley Fine Arts School’s chamber choir and others. Looking ahead, the concert calendar includes performances by Company “B” Jazz Band with Jennifer Hodge, Glenda Rae, a tribute to Nina Simone, Laura Crema and many more veterans of the local jazz scene. Look for more details at Northwood-united.org.
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3. Musically-gifted teens who live in Delta should consider competing in the Delta Idol 2016 talent contest, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 26 at Tsawwassen Arts Centre. The third annual competition, open to performers aged 12 to 19, offers a grand prize of a recording session in a local studio. Remember, applicants must live in Delta, and hurry, the deadline is Friday, Jan. 15. For full details, including audition info and more, visit Delta.ca/your-government/news-events/event-calendar/2016/02/27/home-calendar/delta-idol.