Arts and culture preview 2011-12
SustainABILITY?: Richmond Museum exhibition explores realm of sustainability. Until December. Free.
Crossing Over-Why Cloud the Whites: Art exhibition featuring a selection of paintings from Landon Mackenzie. Until Oct. 30 at Richmond Art Gallery. Free.
Culture Days: A national celebration of arts and culture offers range of activities and events, including backstage tours of Gateway Theatre and tastings at Lulu Island Winery. Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at various locations (culturedays.ca). Free.
Bachman and Turner: Canadian rock legends Randy Bachman and Fred Turner have reunited and are taking their show on the road with their “Forged in Rock” tour. Oct. 1 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets $69.50 to $89.50.
Vancouver Concert Opera Co-Operative: Singers will present highlights from Bizet’s Carmen. Oct. 5 at Minoru Chapel. Tickets $18 to $20.
Steel Magnolias: Six southern belles with backbones of steel rely on each other through thick and thin in this funny, heartbreaking play. Oct. 6 to 22 at Gateway Theatre’s MainStage. Tickets $30 to $47.
Hand to Mouth: Winning videos of a competition for youth ages 13 to 20 will be screened at World Food Day Film Festival. Oct. 15 at Richmond Cultural Centre.
Petunia with Jimmy Roy: Petunia honed his chops playing street corners and subways and has built a steady rockabilly following. Oct. 20 at Steveston Folk Guild. Tickets $8.
A Celebrity Concert: Presented by the Pacific Piano Competition Society, professional local musicians perform a varied program of piano, voice, violin, string quartet, flute and jazz piano. Oct. 22 at Broadmoor Baptist Church. Tickets, $12 to $18.
Get Animated: Co-presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society, this is the National Film Board’s annual cross-Canada animation celebration with screenings, workshops and meet-the-director sessions. Oct. 22 and 23 at Richmond Arts Centre. Free.
Vladimir Vinokur: Comedian from Russia who uses skits, music and parodies to extract laughs. Oct. 28 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets $45 to $75.
Rising Stars - Halloween Edition: Richmond Orchestra joins with violinist Kevin Ng in concert. Oct. 29 at Richmond Pentecostal Church. Tickets $6 to $18.
Haunted Cannery Tours: Hair-raising tours through a historic Steveston cannery. Oct. 29 to 30 at Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Tickets $5 to $10.
City Opera Vancouver: Soprano Gina McLellan Morel and baritone Willy Miles-Grenzberg will present arias and duets from La Traviata, La Bohéme, Carmen, Porgy and Bess, The Phantom of the Opera and H.M.S. Pinafore. Nov. 2 at Minoru Chapel. Tickets $18 to $20.
Mary’s Wedding: A play about the human cost of war, telling a tale of a woman who must deal with the past before she can look to the future. Nov. 10 to 19 at Gateway Theatre’s Studio B. Tickets $30 to $37.
Voices in Peace: Richmond Youth Honour Choir and guests present a choral concert focusing on Remembrance Day and celebrating what peace can sound like. Nov. 11 at Fraserview MB Church. Free.
Glenn Chatten: Folk singer-songwriter is a veteran guitarist and harmonica player who carves deep into his soulful life to create music flavoured with jazz, blues, folk, rock and Celtic. Nov. 17 at Steveston Folk Guild. Tickets $8.
International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap: Artists from around the world are invited to contribute work in this cultural exchange of art by mail. Exhibition will comprise entries. Nov. 17 to Jan. 8 at Richmond Art Gallery. Free.
Bell Biv Devoe, SWV and Jon B: R&B acts who found fame in the ’80s and ’90s unite on one stage this fall. Nov. 18 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets $49.50 to $64.50.
The Lights Constellating One’s Internal Sky: Artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens collaborate in a multi-media exhibition examining linguistic and pictorial representations commonly associated with economic discourse. Nov. 18 to Jan. 15 at Richmond Art Gallery. Free.
B.B. King: The King of the Blues has released over 50 albums in a career that spans decades. At age 86, he’ll be back on stage in Richmond. Nov. 19 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets $99.50 to $119.50.
Ensemble Concert: Outstanding Richmond Music School students make music together with faculty—piano, strings and woodwinds. Nov. 19 at Richmond Music School’s Recital Hall.
Holiday Harmonies: Richmond Youth Honour Choir hosts a festive afternoon concert to celebrate the holidays in song. Dec. 3 at Peace Mennonite Church. Tickets, $5 to $10.
40th Anniversary Christmas concert: Richmond Singers host. Dec. 4 at Broadmoor Baptist Church.
Food Bank Benefit Concert: Richmond Youth Concert Band hosts. Dec. 5 at R.C. Palmer Secondary School. By donation.
Opera Pro Cantanti: Audiences will hear a program of seasonal music, including Gounod’s Ave Maria, Adam’s Oh Holy Night! and music from Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 7 at Minoru Chapel. Tickets $18 to $20.
The Sound of Music: A classic musical about Maria, who is sent to work as a governess and wins the family’s hearts and by pulling out the perfect song when things get rough. Dec. 8 to 31 at Gateway Theatre’s MainStage. Tickets $30 to $47.
Christmas Is: Richmond Chorus plays seasonal concert. Dec. 11 at Richmond Pentecostal Church. Tickets $6 to $18.
Bob Saget: A stand-up comedian for 30 years, Saget is best known as the star of the family-friendly TV shows Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Jan. 20 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets $54.50 to $64.50.
Tony Bennett: The singer’s singer with over 50 million records sold worldwide is now out with a new album, Duets II. Jan. 21 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets, $109.50 to $129.50.
Tempting Providence: A play by Robert Chafe about courage and strength based on the life of the outport nurse Myra Bennett, who became known as the “Florence Nightingale of the North.” Feb. 2 to 28 at Gateway Theatre’s MainStage. Tickets $30 to $47.
Chicago: The rock-pop group known for hits like “If You Leave Me Now,” and “25 or 6 to 4” the classic American band continues with original band members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walt Parazaider. Feb. 17 at River Rock Show Theatre. Tickets $84.50 to $104.50.
Requiem - Mozart: Richmond Orchestra and Chorus plays music of Mozart. Feb. 18 at Fraserview MB Church. Tickets $6 to $18.
Meet the Stars: Concert featuring award-winning students of the Richmond Music School in examinations and festivals during the school year. Feb. 25 at Richmond Music School’s Recital Hall.
Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble: Pacific Piano Competition Society presents an ensemble of 50 talented young pianists playing a program of two piano music and solos. March 3 at Gateway Theatre. Tickets, $15 to $20.
Art About Finn Slough: Twelve annual exhibition organized by the Finn Slough Heritage and Wetlands Society, featuring works of dozens of artists, music, food and speakers. March 7 to 11.
KISMET one to one hundred: A Chop Theatre production about four artists who set out across Canada to interview 100 people, aged one through 100, about their experiences and beliefs about kismet—fate and destiny. March 8 to 17 at Gateway Theatre’s Studio B. Tickets $30 to $37.
All Shook Up: A Joe DiPietro play set in Midwest 1955 in a town where fun has been outlawed, but a black-jacketed biker seeks to change that with his trusty guitar. April 12 to 28 at Gateway Theatre’s MainStage. Tickets $30 to $47.
RYHC Stars on Broadway: A spring concert from Richmond Youth Honour Choir and guests, featuring theatrical music revues of Broadway favourites. April 27 at Peace Mennonite Church. Tickets, $10 to $15.
Beethoven - Eroica Symphony: Richmond Orchestra delves into the music of Beethoven. April 28 at Richmond Pentecostal Church. Tickets $6 to $18.
Doors Open: Annual two-day arts, culture and heritage festival that opens the doors on artists’ studios, places of worship and heritage sites throughout Richmond. May 5 to 6. Free.
Celtic Connections: Richmond Orchestra and Chorus concert. June 2 at Fraserview MB Church. Tickets $6 to $18.
Your Kontinent: Richmond’s international film and media arts festival returns in 2012 with more films, activities and entertainment, aiming to give a voice to the community through creativity—locally and internationally. July 16 to 22 at Richmond Cultural Centre.