The Northern B.C. Home and Garden Show, presented by the Canadian Home Builders Association of Northern B.C., runs Friday through Sunday at the Kin Centres. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (13 and up), free for kids under 12 and $6 for seniors and students.
Studio 2880 show
Painter Darin Corbiere is the artist in the spotlight with his new exhibition at the Studio 2880 Feature Gallery. Entitled Seeing Things In A Different Light: Changing Perspectives, this special presentation of the Community Arts Council will run until May 9.
FanCon art duel
An art duel crosses paintbrushes at the official FanCon Pre Party at the Pine Centre Mall. Stop by on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get a sneak peak of vendors, play games courtesy of Game Quest, have your face painted, get photos taken, and enjoy three rounds of a head-to-head art joust between local painters. The winner takes on celebrity superhero artist Andy Poon on the FanCon mainstage May 3-5.
Improv Schmimprov comes to Artspace on Saturday. It's the first show of 2019 for the local improv comedy group, and this one is a fundraiser for the Learning Differences Centre. New theatre games, new comedy sketches, new jokes, and $20 at the door to raise money for children with learning difficulties.
Indigenous art gala
The annual Ying'hentzit First Nations Art Gala hosted by Carrier Sekani Family Services happens Saturday at the Uda Dune Baiyoh (House Of Ancestors). Celebrity musical host Murray Porter leads this night of sumptuous meal, art auction, and dancing. Local star painter Carla Joseph will do a live work of art for special auction. The featured artist among the many with works in the show is Trevor Angus, maker of Aboriginally themed jewelry. Tickets are $65 each or tables of eight for $500, available at Central Interior Tickets website. All proceeds to support arts and culture programs across numerous local First Nations.
The children of the city have been looking forward to Captain Klein's Next Adventure, the sequel to the first Captain Klein concert event last year presented by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. The new tale, with its PGSO accompaniment, happens at the Playhouse on Saturday at 2 p.m. This show features the orchestra's brass section, and it starts with Captain Klein on the moon making his way to earth, meeting interesting characters and having adventures along the way. Get tickets via the Central Interior Tickets website or at the door while supplies last.
The Cantata Singers continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary. On Sunday is their gala concert led by musical director Neil Wolfe and accompanist Maureen Nielsen entitled Curve Of Gold. This show is at the Playhouse starting at 7 p.m. with special guests District 57 Tapestry Singers and several local guest musicians. A special commemorative piece, Life Has Loveliness to Sell, was composed by the group's former musical director Gerda Blok-Wilson, especially for the 50th anniversary. Tickets are available at Studio 2880 and at the door.
The Federation of Canadian Artists has a members' show on display at the Bob Harkins branch of the PG Public Library opening on May 1. This group exhibition by the Central Interior Chapter runs through the month of May.
6x6 art show
The Best Damn Little Art Show Ever is coming up May 3 from 7-9 p.m. at Groop Gallery downtown (1127 3rd Ave.). This is the annual 6x6 art show and auction, where the artists are a mix of brand new and well established and all creations limited to six inches in any direction. It is a fundraiser and a great way to showcase the local arts scene.
Tickets are $10 to attend, and participants are encouraged to bid, bid, bid. Adcance tickets can be purchased at Studio 2880.
Ebbs on stage
A new musical duo has formed from a pair of well-know Prince George performers. The Ebbs is comprised of soloist William Kuklis and Trundled band member Joe Shea. The pair brings years of experience creating and performing music, and combine a range of instruments and vocal harmonies.
The Ebbs perform live at Trench Brewing & Distillery (399 2nd Ave) on May 3 from 8-10 p.m. Special musical guest Finn Scott-Neff will also perform. There is no cover charge.
Symphony date night
The PGSO presents Spring Breezes, a "date night" symphony show at the Ramada Hotel ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 featuring the orchestra's professional core as they play selections of jazz, classical and pop all while enjoying snacks and beverages. Tickets available via the Central Interior Tickets website.
FanCon beams in
Northern FanCon is on. The city's definitive pop-culture event takes over the CN Centre complex from May 3-5 with superstar guest Edward James Olmos, sci-fi star Amy Acker, original Hulk actor and strongman Lou Ferrigno, Hollywood favourite Alan Tudyk, and so many more from the world of acting, cosplay, film production, art, writing, and more. Tickets are on sale now at the Tickets North website or at the door.
Song geeks unite!
Award-winning local vocal ensemble Nove Voce is hosting a night of geeking out with song. The choir will perform May 4 (yes, as in, May The Fourth Be With You) as a complementary show to Northern FanCon happening the same weekend. The choir will be at the Prince George Playhouse at 8 p.m. to sing selections from video games, and sci-fi franchises, "all your favourites including Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Harry Potter and so much more," said director Robin Norman. Tickets are $20 at Books & Company or the door.
The Mayor's Black & White Ball For The Arts happens May 4 at the Prince George Civic Centre, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Attire is formal with a black and white colour theme. Purchase your tickets at the Theatre NorthWest website. All money raised is shared between Theatre NorthWest, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Community Arts Council.
The 10th Annual African Dinner happens May 4 at the Columbus Community Centre to raise funds for the Northern Uganda Development Foundation.
Tickets to attend the dinner are available at Books & Company, at the UNBC Bookstore. Seats can also be purchased, or any form of support arranged by contacting Opio (250-961-9221 or email@example.com) or fellow foundation member Andrea Byrne (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-689-2160).
Kirtan Fusion with Danielea Castell is a New Moon Ceremony involving chant, singing, dance, and sound weaving on May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Zandra Ross Lifestyle Studio (575 Brunswick Street).
Theatre NorthWest hosts the children's play Jack And The Bean on May 9 and 10. Written by Linda Carson, directed by Kim Selody (both former PG theatre professionals), this is an enthralling new spin on the old story of Jack And The Beanstalk. Showtime is 6 p.m. both nights (get tickets online at the TNW website). Perfect for ages 3-9, fun for any age.
On May 10 and 11, come see the biggest collection of quilts and quilt art of the year, presented by the Prince George Quilters' Guild at their Fly Into Spring show and sale (this year the quilters will be demonstrating a kite theme). Tickets are $5. It includes vendors with quilting supplies, door prizes, raffles and more all at the Prince George Golf & Curling Club. Times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Art Of The Dance is the final mainstage show of the season for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, with a very special guest performer.
Enjoy Lehar's Merry Widow Waltz, Brahm's Hungarian Dances, Marquez' Danzon No. 2, Smetana's Three Dance Episodes from Bartered Bride, and Strauss's On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Also joining us for this evening will be the winner of the 2018-2019 Integris Youth Concerto Competition. The show is May 11 at the Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets via the Central Interior Tickets website.
Omineca Arts Centre is the stage for A Night Of Rap & Rhymes on May 11 at 8 p.m. All welcome, tickets are sliding scale from $10-$20 at the door. Kids are welcome (licensed event). Bring your own poetry for the open mic component. Featured performers are telephone switches, The Brain Porter, theWETuntreatedCEDARshingle and GRIM.
May 11 is the Save The Lake fundraiser at the Westwood Pub, all money raised goes to purchase a weed harvester for Tabor Lake. Burgers and auction. If you have a business and can donate or help please call David Mothus at 250-961-7664.