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What's up in New West? New arts calendar Feb. 4

Ongoing to Sunday, February 9 Freud's Last Session, starring Richard Newman and Damon Calderwood, at Galbraith House, 131 Eighth St., New Westminster, 8 p.m. shows, with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 8 and 9, Info: www.
richard Newman, Damon Calderwood, Freud's Last Session
Richard Newman is Sigmund Freud and Damon Calderwood is C.S. Lewis in Freud's Last Session, presented by City Stage New West at Galbraith House.

Ongoing to Sunday, February 9

Freud's Last Session, starring Richard Newman and Damon Calderwood, at Galbraith House, 131 Eighth St., New Westminster, 8 p.m. shows, with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 8 and 9, Info:


Tuesday, February 4

Driving Miss Daisy, an Arts Club on Tour production at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 604-205-3000 or


Wednesday, February 5

B.C. Boys Choir presents its SongWave Boys Honour Choir Program, for boys aged seven to 12, running for six Wednesday nights at Deer Lake United Church, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration forms available from school music teachers and through Cost $60. Info: 1-888-909-82828.


Wednesday, February 5 to Sunday, February 16

Out of a Dream, a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue presented by New Westminster's own Patrick Street Productions, at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr., Vancouver. Tickets from $19. Runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: online at, or call 604-251-1363. Info:



Thursday, February 6

Librarians' Choice: Varieties of Love, with Burnaby librarians offering fast-paced reviews of books about love, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the McGill branch of Burnaby Public Library, 4595 Albert St. Free, but space limited. Register at, call 604-299-8955 or drop in to the library.


Friday, February 7

Two Legends: One Stage, featuring David James and Big River's Tribute to Johnny Cash, plus Johnny Vallis's Tribute to Buddy Holly, 7 p.m. at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., 604-521-5050,


Friday, February 7 to Saturday February 22

Shrek the Musical, the first-ever West Coast production, at Michael J. Fox Theatre, $31 regular, $25 students/seniors. Tickets through Part proceeds to the Stop A Bully Foundation.


Sunday, February 9

10th annual Jan Ken Pon! (Rock Paper Scissors) Family Games Day, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. Info:

Lunch BAG Day, with lunch and tour of the First Nations and Inuit print exhibition at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Reserve at 604-297-4422, for ages 19 and up. Info:

Revolver, brings the "World's Best Beatles Show" to the Columbia Theatre for a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, with a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. evening show. Tickets: 604-522-4500 or


Wednesday, February 12

Writers' Discovery Group, meets at New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave., welcoming all writers who want to read and discuss their work.

Short story open mike, presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society, hosted by Margo Prentice, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Grill backroom, 447 Columbia St. Bring your short stories or novel excerpts to share. Storytellers also welcome. Info:


Thursday, February 13

Revolution - a documentary film by Rob Stewart, screening at 7 p.m. at the Mcgill branch of Burnaby Public Library, 4595 Albert St., looking at the grave dangers faced by the world's oceans and the efforts of the people working to save them. Free, but limited space. Sign up online at, call 604-299-8955 or pop in to the library to register in person.

Rhyming Verse – The Joy, The Curse, a free workshop with Garry Ward, presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society at the New Westminster Public Library, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 716 Sixth Ave. Pre-register by emailing


Saturday, February 15

UBC and SFU Sikh Students Association present Nihaal 2014: Jaagrithi, their seventh annual Sikh Variety show. Proceeds towards building a new school in Rajisthar, India. Tickets $10. Call 778-240-2228 or 604-787-3437. At the Massey Theatre,735 Eighth Ave.,


Sunday, February 16

Bridge Professionals presents a classical trio of cello, violin and piano playing works of Beethoven, Piazzolla and Dvorak, part of the Music at Queens concert series at Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door: adults $20, seniors/students $15, children $10. Wheelchair-accessible. Call 604-522-1606 for information.

Poetic Justice, 3 to 5 p.m. in the backroom at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St., New Westminster, with host Sho Wiley and featured poets Candice James, Dennis Bolen and Brad Cran, plus open mike. Info:



Saturday, February 22

Backstage Youth Performers Society presents A Night of Stars, a gala to help raise funds to help the society's work in providing financial assistance and opportunities for young performers in the fields of music, theatre and dance. Pre-gala reception includes gourmet appetizers and desserts, wine, coffee and tea. At the Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., 604-521-5050,


Sunday, February 23

Music Share fundraiser, 1 p.m. at Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert St., $10 for adults/teens (kids 12 and under free with adult ticket holder), features live music by Kutapira and Catrina Centanni, a community art project hosted by 4 Cats Capitol Hill, a silent auction and more. Supporting children’s music education outreach and music therapy programs. Tickets available at Staccato Studios or by calling 778-998-1075. Info:

Poetic Justice, 3 to 5 p.m. in the backroom at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St., New Westminster, with host Sonja Grgar and featured poets Manolis, Kyle McKillop and Lilija Valis, plus open mike. Info:


Monday, February 24

Last Mondays at the Movies, presents the 2012 political thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist, $9, at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., 604-521-5050, Tickets available at the door, or see for more on the film series.



Thursday, February 27

A Little Lunch Music, featuring Rocket Science, noon to 1 p.m. at Encores Café at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby. Concert free, buffet lunch special $12. Info:


Sunday, March 2

Kuniyoshi's Comic Prints: Exploring the roots of Manga in Edo-Period Ukiyoe, with Maiko Behr, Japanese art consultant and translator, 2 to 4 p.m. at the  Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. Info:

In the BAG, free family Sunday program at Burnaby Art Gallery, with interactive hands-on activity connected to the First Nations and Inuit prints exhibition, 1 to 4 p.m. Free, drop in, 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Info:

New Westminster Symphony Orchestra presents a choral music concert, with guests the Langley Children's Choir, 2 p.m. at the Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave., 604-521-5050. Admission by donation.


Saturday, March 8

Of Heaven and Earth, a concert presented by the Amabilis Singers, under the direction of Ramona Luengen, 8 p.m. at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church, 8255 13th Ave., Burnaby, $20. Free for children under 12. Tickets: 604-437-9200, or buy at the door. See



Saturday, March 15

Spring break manga workshop, with Yukina Takeuchi, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, for ages 10 and up. Info:


Thursday, March 20

Fireside talk, with Krista Belle Stewart, in connection with the First Nations and Inuit print exhibition at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 6344 Deer Lake Ave. Info:, 604-297-4422.



Saturday, March 22

Mandarin walking tour of the First Nations and Inuit print exhibition at Burnaby Art Gallery, noon to 1 p.m., with Don Yue Su. No registration required, open to all ages. Info: 604-297-4422,




Burnaby Art Gallery off-site exhibitions, with work by Janice Wu at the Bob Prittie (Metrotown) library branch, 6100 Willingdon Ave., until March 31, and Paul + Wendy Projects at the McGill library branch, 4595 Albert St., until April 1. Info:


Songwriters open mike, every Sunday evening 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Grill, in the backroom at 447 Columbia St., New Westminster, hosted by Enrico Renz and Lawren Nemeth. Bring songs to join in, or just stop by to listen. Poets also welcome for collaboration. Info:


Cameron Seniors Sunshine Sing-along grop meets on alternating Mondays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Cameron Recreation Centre, 9523 Cameron St. Sing along to old-time favourites with friends. Volunteer musicians sought - pianos, drums and other instruments. A piano and a drum set are available for use. For info, call Sue McIntyre at 604-297-4453 or email


Lind dancing, Mondays at 10 a.m. at Deer Lake United Church Hall, 5135 Sperling Ave. Beginners welcome. Call Georgie at 604-522-5647 for information.


Write on! The Royal City Literary Arts Society's 2014 writing contest accepts submissions until March 15. Three categories: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, with cash prizes for top three in each category. Full details: Info:, 778-714-1772.


Recent Acquisitions of First Nations and Inuit Prints, ongoing  to April 6 at Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave., open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. By donation (suggested donation $5). Info: 604-297-4422,


Ukiyoe Spectacular, running at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, ongoing  to March 23, 6688 Southoaks Cres., with more than 100 woodblock prints from a private collection in Japan, tracing the history of the ukiyo-e art form. Info:



Singers welcome, for Maillardville's francophone choir Les Échos du Pacifique, rehearsals at Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Ave., Coquitlam. Info: 604-936-6993,,


Line dancing at Capitol Hill Community Hall, 361 Howard Ave., with new classes for beginners on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, starting Nov. 15. Call 604-655-8795 or 778-883-2628 for information.


Write From the Heart, a writers' group led by Ruth Kozak, 10 a.m. to noon at WAVES coffee shops, Begbie and Columbia streets, New Westminster, looking at memoir writing, some fiction and some poetry. New members always welcome.


Burnaby Scottish Country Dance Club, meets Mondays 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby. New members welcome. No partners needed, no experience required. For info, drop in or call Gerry at 604-451-1161 or Rosemary, 604-298-6552. Info:


Modern square dancing, give it a try on Monday evenings at the Charles Rummel Hall, 3680 Lozells Ave., 7:30 p.m. No experience needed; come alone or with a partner or friends. Info: 604-939-2789.


Scottish Country Dance Class, Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Community Centre, 7282 Kingsway, 604-298-6552.


Scandinavian Folk Dancers, Wednesdays at the Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St., Burnaby, 6004-685-7405.


Melodious Mandolins, looking for new musicians, meeting at various locations in Burnaby, 604-433-2762.


Dance For Fun Club, the "Best Little Dance Club in Town," offers rock and roll nights Mondays, swing nights Wednesdays and ballroom nights Saturdays, all at the Heritage Hall, 728 12th St., New Westminster, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., beginner-intermediate lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance at 8:30 p.m. Info: or 604-726-0153. Dances are $10.


Burnaby International Folk Dancers, meets Tuesday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Charles Rummel Centre, 3630 Lozells, Burnaby. Learn folk dances from around the world in a friendly club environment. All levels welcome, no partners needed, drop-ins welcome. Info: 604-436-9475.


Writers Discovery Group, meets on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June, 10 a.m. to noon on the lower floor of the library, 716 Sixth Ave. All welcome. Chance to share your short stories, poems, articles or drafts of novels or plays in a group setting for feedback.



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