Imagine millions and million of classified ads set to music.
Though the production doesn't go into that level of detail, the musical Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata follows that premise and will be at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre from Oct. 23 to 27.
Headed up by composer Veda Hille and the CBC's Bill Richardson, the 90-minute show consists of both spoken text and song. Some of the ads included in the show feature irregular hats for cats, mounted lobsters, auto-graphed copies of the Bible and a broken time machine. Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata runs at 8 p.m. nightly, with a 4 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets cost between $15 and $39. Call 604-927-6555 or visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca for details.
Art Focus hosts realism demo
Experience isn't needed, but a sketch pad is. The Art Focus Artists' Association will host a free demonstration courtesy of Mark Anthony Skriger at The Outlet in Port Coquitlam on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Specializing in observational realism, Skriger will speak to various drawing techniques pertaining to that medium. Those interested in attending are asked to bring a sketch pad. For more information, call 604-942-7611 or 604-942-0537.
Day of the Arts gets spooky
This week's Day of the Arts event will take on a decidedly ghoulish feel, complete with creepy Claymation, bat caves and more.
Set to coincide with the Pro-D Day on Friday (Oct. 19), the Place des Arts event will be split into six day-long blocks of activities geared towards kids in kindergarten through Grade 5.
Classes will run between 8: 45 a.m. and 3: 45 p.m., and will include both visual and performing arts: bat caves, Claymation, spiders, drama classes, Taiko drumming and musical theatre are all on tap. To register, call 604-664-1636 or log on to www. placedesarts.ca.
Coquitlam resident cast in holiday play
Squabbling sisters, a surly Santa and a vengeful sheep all play into the plotline of the Langley Players Drama Club's production of Christmas Belles, which begins a month-long run tomorrow (Thursday).
Featuring Coquitlam's Emily Doreen Wilson as Gina Jo, the show is set in a fictional Texas town called Fayor, where the Futrelle sisters are tasked with heading up a holiday-themed pageant that eventually goes awry.
The cast also includes Coquitlam director Cindy Peterson Good.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 604-5347469 or e-mailing reservations@langleyplayers. com.
Pianist mixes art and humour
Acclaimed pianist David Scheel will bring more than two decades of experience tickling the keys to Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre at 7: 30 p.m. on Oct. 28.
His show, The Art of the Pianist/Composer, features a mixture of how-tos, humour and a cautionary tale about the state of classical music. Scheel will lead the audience through the process of composition, taking those in attendance into the creative musical mind of a given composer.
He also offers laughs through parodies like "Brecht is Vile" and "Everything You Need to Know About Classical Music Explained in Five Minutes," while composing songs on the spot through the help of audience suggestions.
Scheel's shtick does delve into serious topics, including a discussion around how classical music can marginalize itself due to commercial interests and other cultural factors.
Tickets cost between $15 and $30, and can be purchased by calling 604-927-6555 or logging on to www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.