Arts and Culture

IN REVIEW: The Grey - beautiful but forgettable

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Rating: Two stars out of five

Seven lone survivors of a transport plane wreckage in the desolate Arctic struggling to find safety, thwarted by wolves at every turn, seems like an excellent premise for an action-packed thriller.

But The Grey, set in the stunning mountains surrounding Smithers, B.C., falls short as a tension-filled introspective of man’s survival in a frozen wilderness.

Selkirk students protest program cuts

Selkirk students protest program cuts

As many as 100 people – staff, students and members of the community – showed up for a Selkirk College Board of Governors meeting Tuesday night to hear the proposed suspension in college programming that is the result of more than $1 million in funding cuts from the province.

Current Selkirk students Christina Livingston, Arielle Roberts and Henry Gerelle gave a presentation protesting the program cuts.

First ever Kootenay Music Awards Friday at The Royal

First ever Kootenay Music Awards Friday at The Royal

The first ever Kootenay Music Awards are set to take place Friday (March 30) at The Royal on Baker.

For the past two months nominations have been submitted, short listed by a panel of five industry professionals, and voted on by the public at kootenayquickshot.com.

More than 8000 votes have been cast not including the ballot boxes that will be
picked up this week.

Voting concluded Monday at midnight.

All the online buzz has artists seeing between 500-2500 listens on their Soundcloud accounts.

Capitol Kids Series heads down yellow brick road with Wizard of Oz

Kathryn Popham

Act number two of the Capitol Kids Series is about to take center stage at the Victoria Street theatre when Kathryn Popham returns to take us down the yellow brick road with a ground breaking performance of the Wizard of Oz.

This ground-breaking presentation, set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, features local children playing the roles of Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow, as well as many Flying Monkeys and Munchkins.

Sign up for the Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2012!

The Live Art Shop, Kaslo – Manon Gagnon at the wheel.

Registrations are currently being accepted for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT). The CBCT is a two day celebration of culture taking place August 11-12, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Nelson Council Hears Athletic Club Proposal for Civic Theatre

Nelson Council Hears Athletic Club Proposal for Civic Theatre

A local group wants to occupy the Civic Theatre as an athletic facility with three squash courts, two multi-purpose gyms, a climbing wall, and a lounge/social area. 

Tim Pearkes and Andy Leathwood presented the proposal to City Council on March 12 on behalf of the Nelson Downtown Athletic Club. The group is an amalgamation of the Nelson Climbing Association and the Nelson Squash Club.

Grand Forks musician Amanda Thate needs your vote

Amanda Thate, 18, hopes to win the Merritt Mountain Music Fest Fan's Choice contest, which ends Friday, March 30. You can help her win by voting online at www.amandathate.com or via Facebook. Photo courtesy of Amanda Thate.

Local country singer Amanda Thate needs your vote by Friday, March 30 to be the opening act in the Merrit Mountain Music Festival this summer.

Thate, a Grand Forks graduate of 2011 who is now earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, has a noteworthy music career that's more mature than the 18 years she's had on this earth.

Royal hosts fundraiser weekend, Selkirk Woodworking and Nursing Programs capture center stage

Royal hosts fundraiser weekend, Selkirk Woodworking and Nursing Programs capture center stage

It's fundraiser weekend at the Royal Inn.

The Selkirk Woodworking Program is gearing up for a fundraiser event Friday at the Royal Inn.

At the end of every school year the program showcases all the fine furniture made by the students during that year.

In order to do so they need to rent some space in one of the local galleries for the weekend. Let's help them raise some funds so they can showcase their talent and hard work.

On the bill this evening is Monsters, Thus Far, Dealer, Forrest Tate, De-Audio, and more to be announced.

Yves Engler to speak in the West Kootenay about Canada's peacekeeping tradition

Yves Engler to speak in the West Kootenay about Canada's peacekeeping tradition

Lone Sheep Publishing is proud to present Yves Engler, author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy and Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.

KHAOS: Local Opera Exceeds Wildest Expectations

KHAOS: Local Opera Exceeds Wildest Expectations

KHAOS Opera sold out four of five shows at the Capitol Theatre this past weekend. That’s nearly 20% of the population of Nelson. “The public response to KHAOS has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said KHAOS producer Marty Horswill. 

KHAOS also caught the attention of outside media, including the Globe and Mail, Shaw TV, Opera Canada magazine, and three different shows on CBC radio.  

The production was commissioned, composed, produced, and performed entirely by residents of the West Kootenay.

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