1. Portland-based actor and musician Chase Padgett is “The Nashville Hurricane,” a one-man show about a mysterious guitar-picker who had once conquered the music world but eventually fell out of the spotlight (SEE PROMO VIDEO BELOW). It’s “A Curious Tale of Fingerpickin’ Fury,” as the subtitle suggests, and the award-winning Padgett entertains in the roles of a manager, mother, mentor and the guitarist himself, the trailer-park-raised Henry Waltrip. The 75-minute production, co-written by Jay Hopkins, is staged Saturday night (Feb. 6) at Surrey Arts Centre, at Bear Creek Park. The show-closing version of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is alone worth the price of admission, I’m told. Tickets start at $25 at the arts centre box office (604-501-5566, Tickets.surrey.ca.).
2. In a pre-Valentine’s concert, jazz music will fill North Delta’s Firehall Centre for the Arts this Saturday evening (Feb. 6). The 7:30 p.m. show will feature vocalist Linda Szentes + Jazzlinks, a band that includes the talents of pianist Roy Sluyter, trumpeter/flugelhornist Terry Keller and bassist Johan Worst. Szentes is a versatile vocalist who not only sings jazz, she’s big into classical music as a member of Vancouver Cantata Singers and also the Surrey-based Lyric Singers. Tickets for this weekend’s concert are available by calling 604-596-4485.
3. “Engaging Central City” is the theme of another Pecha Kucha event here, this time on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage. The fast-paced presentations – 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each, with dialogue – start at 7 p.m., with co-presentation by SFU Surrey and TD Community Engagement. Showcased will be some initiatives of SFU students in Surrey, such as growing veggie gardens in shopping carts (Gro-Cart) and also Racing Readers, a program that brings together SFU and high school volunteers to engage Newton Elementary students in physical activity and literacy. More details are on the city’s website, Surrey.ca/culture-recreation/17312.aspx.