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To Sunday, May 12

magnetic_T, an exhibition of works involving magnets, magnetism and magnetic fields, at New Westminster New Media Gallery, third floor, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Info: www.newmediagallery.ca.

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To Sunday, May 26

The Places We Can’t Remember, an art show by Garey Shergill, at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. Gallery open Wednesdays from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Info: www.artscouncilnewwest.org or 604-525-3244.

 

To Friday, May 31

Three Visions: Walking in New West, featuring works by Sheri Lynn Seitz, James Lash and Dan Tell, at the Community Art Space at Anvil Centre (third floor at 777 Columbia St.). Free.

How Nude is Too Nude?, an exhibition of work by Tom Morgan at the Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster. Gallery open during performances at Massey Theatre, by appointment and during regular hours from Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Info: www.masseytheatre.com.

 

To Sunday, June 9

Arts Alive and Transitions, two exhibitions showcasing the work of Burnaby students, at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. With In the BAG Family Sunday drop-ins on May 12 and June 9, 1 to 4 p.m. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca.

 

To Saturday, June 15

Amelia Douglas Gallery, with the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology, presents Greenlinks 2019, featuring insect photography by Tamara Sale. Info: www.douglascollege.ca/artsevents.

 

UPCOMING

Friday, May 10

The Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library (7311 Kingsway) hosts Friday Flicks in honour of Asian Heritage Month. Tonight’s screening: The Joy Luck Club, 6:10 p.m. Drop in, no registration required. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

Here and Now, a performance by the Continuum Dance Company at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., in the Studio Theatre. Tickets $12, tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, June 1

Mrs. Williams: Homage to a Homemaker, an exhibition by artists Melanie Thompson and Judith Barnett at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., with opening reception May 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.orgor 604-298-7322.

 

Monday, May 13

New Westminster and District Concert Band presents a spring family concert, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Richard McBride Elementary School gym, 331 Richmond St., featuring senior concert band, jazz band and Forte Wind Ensemble. Info: www.nwdband.com.

 

Tuesday, May 14

Don Alder, guitarist, performs at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia St., 7:30 p.m., as part of the Five Nights at the Columbia music series. Info: www.musicnewwest.com. Tickets: www.eventbrite.ca.

 

Wednesday, May 15

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Cecile Larochelle. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

New West Story Slam returns to the Heritage Grill for Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays, as seven storytellers face off for cash and prizes. Your $5 entry ticket gets you a vote to help choose the winners. Showtime 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., at the Heritage Grill backroom, 447 Columbia St. Info: www.facebook.com/wayoffwed.

 

Wednesday, May 15 to Friday, May 17

Romance, Relationships and Rights, a theatre performance created by self-advocates, supported by the Community Living Society, confronting misconceptions about adults with intellectual disabilities, onstage at Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. Thursday,  and 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets: www.ticketsnw.ca or 604-521-5050.

 

Thursday, May 16

Ian Maksin, cellist, composer and multilingual vocalist, returns to the stage at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia St., 7:30 p.m. Tickets through www.eventbrite.ca. Info: www.ianmaksin.com.

In Their Words, presented by Royal City Literary Arts Society, with host Ruth Kozak, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anvil Centre, featuring Kogan Goh reading the work of Goh Poh Seng, Lara Varesi reading Michael Ondaatje, and Eileen Kernaghan reading Kate Atkinson. Info: www.rclas.com.

 

Friday, May 17

The Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library (7311 Kingsway) hosts Friday Flicks in honour of Asian Heritage Month. Tonight’s screening: Persepolis, 6:25 p.m. Drop in, no registration required. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Saturday, May 18

Daniel James’ Brass Camel performs at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia St., as part of the new Five Nights at the Columbia series. Info: www.musicnewwest.com. Tickets: www.eventbrite.ca.

Gentlemen of Fortune present their Harmony Showcase 2019, with special guests the Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus, 2 p.m. at Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Ave., Burnaby. Tickets $15, available at www.gof.bc.ca or 604-526-2212.

Rastak Persian Folk Music Group performs at 8 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Tickets through www.vtixonline.com.

 

Sunday, May 19

Global tea room with Cassius Khan, 1 to 4 p.m. at Massey Theatre, free. Info: www.facebook.com/masseytheatre.

 

Tuesday, May 21

Solo with the Polo, blue pencil sessions with poet laureate Alan Hill, at the New West Artists gallery, 712C 12th St., 7:15 to 9 p.m. Email alanhill@rclas.com to book a free 20-minute spot. Bring two poems. Open to poets of all levels; beginners welcome.

 

Wednesday, May 22

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Bill Runge. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

The Concert That Might Have Been, part of Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays at the Heritage Grill, 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., pay what you want. Reservations recommended at 604-759-0819. Info: www.facebook.com/wayoffwed.

 

Wednesday, May 22 and Saturday, May 25

Hako, a multi-disciplinary dance experience presented by Ouro Collective and Tangible at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Friday, May 24

The Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library (7311 Kingsway) hosts Friday Flicks in honour of Asian Heritage Month. Tonight’s screening: He Named Me Malala, 6:45 p.m. Drop in, no registration required. Info: 604-522-3971 or www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25

Sunshine Place, a production by Golden Age Theatre at Century House, 620 Eighth St., with shows Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets $8 members or $10 non-members. Call 604-519-1066.

 

Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27

I Walked the Line, a play written and performed by Allan Morgan, at the Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St., with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tickets $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, plus service charges, www.ticketsnw.ca or 604-521-5050.

 

Saturday, May 25

Scandinavian Treasures: Songs of the North, presented by Vancouver Cantata Singers at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35, or $15 for students, $10 for youth. Info and tickets: www.vancouvercantatasingers.com/scandinavian-treasures.

Bill Coon, the Juno-nominated guitarist, performs at 7 p.m. at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Free, but reserve a spot at www.eventbrite.ca. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org or 604-298-7322.

 

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26

Don’t Stop Believin’, a concert by the Maple Leaf Singers, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New West. Tickets at www.ticketsnw.ca or 604-521-5050.

 

Sunday, May 26

Unlocking the Tin Box, book launch with author Gwynne Hunt, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Anvil Centre, Room 417, 777 Columbia St. Hosted by poet laureate Alan Hill.

 

Monday, May 27

The N Dub Film Club Screening, featuring the work of NWSS students, 5 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Free.

 

Tuesday, May 28

Sound Bites concert series at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, featuring the Celtic sounds of Blackthorn. Tickets $5, including coffee and dessert, tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Wednesday, May 29

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Glenn Chatten. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

CODENAMES, an all-female, all-funny sketch comedy and improve show, part of Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays at the Heritage Grill, 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., pay what you want. Reservations recommended at 604-759-0819. Info: www.facebook.com/wayoffwed.

 

Sunday, June 2

Kismet, in concert style, featuring the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and Royal City Musical Theatre, 2 p.m. at the Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Admission by donation at the door. Info: www.newwestsymphony.net.

 

Wednesday, June 5

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Angela Verbrugge. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

The Chronicles of Canete, part of Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays at the Heritage Grill, 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., pay what you want. Reservations recommended at 604-759-0819. Info: www.facebook.com/wayoffwed.

 

Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 29

The Melville Boys, Norm Foster’s modern Canadian classic presented by the Vagabond Players at Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen’s Park. Shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets $17, or $15 for seniors and youth. Previews June 6 and 7, $12. Tickets: 604-521-0412 or www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets.

 

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8

Footprints, presented by Shadbolt Centre’s Youth in Motion Dance Company in the Studio Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12, tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Wednesday, June 12

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Bryn Kinders. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

 

Friday, June 14

City Stage New West Sips ‘n’ Scripts series presents Mae West’s Sex, part of its Censored: Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage series, 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Audience members can watch or take part in the reading alongside professional actors. Free, but limited seating, so register ahead at www.tinyurl.com/SipsScriptsAnvil2019 or call 604-527-4640.

 

Tuesday, June 16

Solo with the Polo, blue pencil sessions with poet laureate Alan Hill, at the New West Artists gallery, 712C 12th St., 7:15 to 9 p.m. Email alanhill@rclas.com to book a free 20-minute spot. Bring two poems. Open to poets of all levels; beginners welcome.

 

Wednesday, June 19

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Neil Gray. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

 

Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, June 22

Live at the ’Bolt: Persistence, an evening of multi-disciplinary women performers at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., 8 p.m., tickets.shadboltcentre.com or 604-205-3000.

 

Wednesday, June 26

Jazz Evensong, 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary at Brentwood, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 1600 Delta Ave., Burnaby, featuring Conrad Good. Donations welcome in the “thanks bucket” in support of performers. Info: www.brentwoodpc.ca.

 

Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29

Drum making workshop with Kwelexwecten (Brandon Gabriel), with hands-on instruction in the contemporary method of Coast Salish drum making, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Cost $150 pr person. Register early through drummakingworkshop2019.eventbrite.com. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org or 604-298-7322.

 

Thursday, Oct. 10

Conversations with Nick Cave, an evening of talk and music with the Australian music icon, at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster. Tickets $112.50, $91.50 and $79.50, including service charges and fees.Info: www.nickcave.com.

 

Friday, Oct. 11

City Stage New West Sips ‘n’ Scripts series presents Mrs. Warren’s Profession, part of its Censored: Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage series, 7 p.m. at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Audience members can watch or take part in the reading alongside professional actors. Free, but limited seating, so register ahead at www.tinyurl.com/SipsScriptsAnvil2019 or call 604-527-4640.

 

 

ONGOING

Calling all poets: Submissions sought for a new poetry anthology, A Journey across New Westminster by Word: A Poetry of Place, by New West poet laureate Alan Hill in partnership with the City of New Westminster’s arts services department. Deadline June 21, 4:30 p.m. See www.tinyurl.com/NWPoetryofPlace2019 for details.

 

Registration now open for Royal City Musical Theatre’s Summer Musical Theatre Academy, for ages 12 to 18, July 8 to 13 at Massey Theatre, $300 for the week. Info and registration: www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com.

 

Artists called to take part in a group exhibition during the opening night of RiverFest 2019 (coming up Sept. 18 and 19) in the rotunda at Fraser River Discovery Centre. Theme: the working river and its natural environment. Submissions will be accepted up to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28. For full details, see www.artscouncilnewwest.org.

 

Burnaby Arts Council seeks volunteers to help out with its fundraising 50-50 draw at the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10. For full details, see www.tinyurl.com/BACBluesVolunteers2019.

 

Call for musicians to take part in the Arts Council of New Westminster’s summer music programming. The arts council strives for diversity and inclusion, so artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, artists of colour, non-binary artists, Indigenous artists and artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Details and application: www.acnw.ca/music.

 

New Westminster Photography Club meets on the first and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7 p.m. at Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park. Info: www.nwphoto.org.

 

Vagabond Players are seeking children aged 11 to 13 to take part in a new Youth Theatre Program, running May 4 to July 18, with weekly workshops Saturdays from May 4 to June 22, then production rehearsals through July and performances on July 17 and 18. Full info: www.vagabondplayers.ca/youth-theatre-program. For info and registration form, email VPsYTP@gmail.com.

 

Tickets on sale for Burnaby Blues + Roots Fest, featuring Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan and more, 1 to 10 p.m. at Deer Lake Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Earlybird single tickets $50, regular price tickets $60, four-pack tickets $200, day-of-show single tickets $70. See www.burnabybluesfestival.com for info or buy tickets through www.ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000.

 

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! is taking applications from young performers aged nine to 19 for this summer’s musical theatre sessions at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. Session 1 runs July 2 to 25; Session 2 runs Aug. 6 to 29. Info and registration: www.theimpresario.ca.

 

Writers Meet-Up, hosted by local writing organization The Other Eleven Months, Wednesdays from 5 to 8:50 p.m. at the Tommy Douglas branch of Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. Info: www.bpl.bc.ca/events.

 

Gentlemen of Fortune Chorus is looking for new men to join the a cappella group, focused on singing in barbershop harmony style. The chorus has moved to Burnaby and now meets Tuesday evenings at 7:25 p.m. at Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Ave. Interested potential singers and guests are always welcome at rehearsals (enter rehearsal hall from rear parking lot). See www.gof.bc.ca for details.

 

Life drawing sessions, Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the New West Artists/Royal City Arts Alliance gallery at 712C 12th St. Bring your own drawing tools and paper; cost $2. Hosted by Lavana La Brey. RSVP at 604-525-4566 or email lavanalabrey6@gmail.com.

 

Artisans and craftspeople are invited to take part in 2019 New West Craft markets, running the first and third Saturday of every month at River Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info and application: www.tinyurl.com/NewWestCraft2019.

 

Artists in the Boro is seeking applications for six-week exhibitions in the Art in the Atrium gallery space at Queensborough Community Centre. For submission information and to apply, see www.tinyurl.com/ArtInTheAtrium2019.

 

Queens Avenue United Church Bell Ringers welcomes new adult members who can read music. The group meets Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Call Virginia at 604-597-3894 or email musicatqueens@gmail.com.

 

Auditions for Maple Leaf Singers on now. The dynamic show chorus performs more than 15 times a year and rehearses Monday evenings at Burnaby Lake Pavilion. All welcome to audition. Cal 778-245-4445 or email joinus@mapleleafsingers.com. Info: www.mapleleafsingers.com.

 

Artists invited to display work in the New West Artists' new community gallery at 712C 12th St., New Westminster. Terms can be three months (January to March, April to June) or on a monthly basis. Contact president@newwestartists.com, with the subject line RCAA GALLERY PARTICIPATION 2019/Artist Name.

 

Circuit Fridays, featuring underground house music with DJ’s Darius Kramer, Dezyman and Hixz, with special guests, the second and last Friday of the month at Magnetiq Nightclub, 27 Church St., $10 at the door, doors 9:30 p.m.

 

Burnaby International Folk Dancers, meets Tuesdays at Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells Ave. Info: 604-522-7468 or burnabyfolkdance.org.

 

Queen’s Academy offers a non-profit musical theatre program in Burnaby for children aged two to 12. Registration now open at queensacademy.weebly.com.

 

Volunteers required to help the Burnaby Arts Council in a variety of capacities, including gallery attendants for Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave. Info and application: www.tinyurl.com/BACGalleryVolunteers.

 

Dance and laugh the night away with round dance and/or square dance lessons. Round dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing done in a circle; lessons Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Charles Rummel Hall, 3630 Lozells Ave. Modern square dancing is done to modern music with groups of eight people in a square; lessons Tuesdays from 7 to 8:20 p.m. at the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts St. Couples and singles welcome, no special clothes required. For info, contact Pat at 604-521-7497.

 

Poetry New Westminster, presented by Royal City Literary Arts Society on Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. (except holiday weekends) at the Heritage Grill back room, 447 Columbia St. Each Sunday features two poets and an open mic. Search for Poetry New Westminster on Facebook for the latest schedule.

 

Paint and Sip Nights at 100 Braid Street Studios, offering a night of beverages, refreshments and a chance to receive step-by-step instruction from a professional artist to create your own painting. Each night costs $35, or $60 for two adults registering together, and runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. A variety of upcoming themes are offered. See www.100braidststudios.com.

 

Email entertainment listings to jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca.

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