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.
The art of Pysanky Egg decorating happens today at Ridge Side Art (1092 4th Ave.) The workshop runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a $50 entry fee. Call 250-564-5879 or drop into Ridge Side Art to book a spot and learn this ancient and intricate egg art in time for Easter.
The next edition of WordPlay is a celebration of National Poetry Month. The semi-regular poetry and expressed writing event happens today at 7:30 p.m. at Books & Company hosted by "The Panoptical Poet" Erin Bauman. "Bring us your short poems, your long poems, your rhyming poems, your love poems, and even your hate poems if you have any. Just make sure you bring yourself to WordPlay to celebrate poetry," Bauman said. Free of charge.
The Metallion Festival happens in summer, but the organizers hold a special fundraiser night on Saturday (doors at 8 p.m.) at The Legion. Three metal bands are on the bill: Calgary's WMD is the headliner, with Hellsmen and Kleaver as well. Admission is $10 for this 4-20 special event.
Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre is holding its Annual General Meeting on April 24 in their panoramic front atrium. Members of the society are invited to attend at 5:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to join can do so in advance of the meeting and then take part in the voting.
An art duel crosses paintbrushes at the official FanCon Pre Party at the Pine Centre Mall. Stop by on April 27 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 April 27. 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.
The annual Ying'hentzit First Nations Art Gala hosted by Carrier Sekani Family Services happens April 27 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.
PGSO kids show
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 PG Playhouse on April 27 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 April 28 is their gala concert led by musical director Neil Wolfe and accompanist Maureen Nielsen entitled Curve Of Gold. This show is at the PG 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.
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.
The PGSO presents Spring Breezes, a "date night" symphony show at the Ramada Hotel ballroom at 7:30 p.m. 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.
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 isshared between Theatre NorthWest, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and the Community Arts Council.
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 annual 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 Prince George Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets via the Central Interior Tickets website.
Teen Tabletop Meet Up
Every Monday until May 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Bob Harkins Branch, Prince George Public Library, 888 Canada Games Way, try your hand at a variety of tabletop games. All experience levels welcome. Bring your own decks for MtG, Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh. For 13 to 18 yrs. For more information call 250-563-9251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Tuesday until May 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the College of New Caledonia , 3330 22 Ave., wheelchair rugby program runs weekly. No experience is necessary and all equipment including sports wheelchairs are available. Everyone welcome. BC Wheelchair Sports annual membership is $10. In this full-contact sport, athletes play in tank-like wheelchairs and hit each others' chairs in an attempt to carry a ball across the line. For more information call 250-649-9501 or email Northern@bcwheelchairsports.com.
Tea n' Beads n' Bannock
Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Omineca Arts Centre, 369 Victoria St., there is a community beading circle hosted by Lynette La Fontaine, a Metis artist who blends traditional art and teachings with contemporary flair in the form of acrylic paintings and beadwork. Learn by watching, asking and doing. This is not a class, but a place to bring beading projects and sit together to inspire, connect and learn from one another. Anyone with an interest is welcome. Admission is by donation. For more information visit www.ominecaartscentre.com.