Stand up, improv, sketch comedy, live music and everything in between will get the ultimate treatment from one of Canada's best-known comics.
The Roman Danylo-produced Ultimate Comedy Show makes its return to the Evergreen Cultural Centre on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Best known for his appearances on shows like Corner Gas, Just for Laughs and Comedy Inc., Danylo will serve as MC for the event, and will hand the stage over to some of Canada's most well-known comics.
The sketch comedy team Titmouse, which currently stars on the CBC sketch comedy series The Eleventh Hour, is also on the bill, as is comedian Paul Bae, who's appeared at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs Festival and has made a series of high-profile TV appearances.
David Milchard and Ken Lawson, who will team up to perform as the duo Mirage, bill themselves as the "World's Greatest Improvised Rock 'n' Roll Band."
Tickets range in price between $15 and $35. Some of the evening's repertoire will feature mature content not suitable for all ages. For details, see www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Film screening Friday
The Port Moody Film Society will screen an off-the-beaten path offering this Friday (Feb.
8), as the Inlet Theatre hosts the award-winning movie The Human Resources Manager.
Billed as part comedy and part drama, the Israeli film references only one character by name - and that character is dead.
The rest of the cast is presented to the audience through monikers and nicknames, while the plot follows the main character to a post-U.S.S.R satellite country in an effort to return the corpse of a former employee to her Eastern European homeland.
A winner of five Israeli Film Academy Awards in 2010, including Best Director and Best Picture, The Human Resources Manager will be screened at 7: 30 p.m.
Admission is $5 at the door, along with an annual $5 membership.
Theatrix gets Heart and Soul
The Theatrix Youtheatre Society will host a workshop in the morning, followed by a performance in the afternoon, as part of its first-ever Heart and Soul Arts Festival at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.
The Sunday, Feb. 10 event kicks off with a free open house running from 10 a.m. to noon, that will feature performances by professional actors Tony Barton and Tracy Neff.
From there, a concert featuring students from Porter, Glen, Rochester and Riverview elementary schools will get underway at noon.
The cost for the show is $10, and tickets can be purchased through the Evergreen box office by calling 604-927-6555 or visiting www. evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Steamy Flamenco meets ice and frost
Now in its 14th year, Port Coquitlam's Coffee Concert Series will kick off Thursday, Feb. 14 with an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen.
Heading up the performance will be the popular Vancouver-based Karen Flamenco dance company, which will put a southern Spanish twist on a story that's set
against a backdrop of snow, frost and ice.
Originally published in 1845, The Snow Queen follows a young boy and girl as they encounter notions of good and evil along a journey of self-discovery.
The show runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Terry Fox Theatre, and costs $6 for students and $12 for adults. Children 12 and under get in for free. For tickets, call 604-927-8400 or log on to www.experienceit.ca.
Choir wants new members
The Ignite Choir, based out of Coquitlam's Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship Church, is looking to bolster its ranks for the upcoming spring season.
Choir practices for kids and teens between the ages of six and 14 begin on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 3: 30 to 4: 30 p.m. at the church, located at 1160 Lansdowne Dr.
"Our goal is to give children and youth an introduction to music and drama as a community activity where each person's contribution is valued," Dwight Stephen, pastor of middle school and children's ministries, said in an e-mail to The NOW. For more information or to register, log on to www.erbf.com.
PoCo Illuminates century celebrations
PoCo residents will soon get a glimpse into the past, while looking forward to the future, through a revolutionary new interactive exhibit that opens up at the PoCo Rec Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Illuminating Port Coquitlam will serve as a digital art installation that will use projection screens, photos, art, poetry, video and animation to tell the city's story. The project will include two nine-foot by 16-foot rear projec-
tion screens with superimposed images created by artist Stuart Ward. The end result will see the lobby of the rec centre transformed into a glowing, interactive art wall.
"This is a unique way to celebrate our past and show how our citizens interpret our community," PoCo Mayor Greg Moore said in a press release. "We're taking this presentation to a place where thousands of people are coming and going. Hopefully it helps create a conversation and encourages our residents to talk about their history with each other."
The project will be unveiled to the public at a free event slated for 7 p.m. on Feb. 13, and attendees will have the opportunity to pose with old pictures they bring, or dress up in the period costumes and props on hand. The resulting photos will be provided free to those in attendance and will become part of the exhibit.
"It is with this in mind that I created a work which doesn't show the metaphorical brush strokes of the artist, but features the passage of time (revealing the hard work of generations of residents) and the work of local people, children and adults alike. It's going to show the city's heritage and development," Ward said.
For more information about Illuminating Port Coquitlam and other 100th birthday events, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/100.
A writer, an activist, a ceramic artist, a financial planner and a political hopeful .
It's not the beginning of a clichéd joke, but rather a snapshot of some of the people who will be involved in the ninth edition of PechaKucha in Coquitlam on Thursday, Feb. 14. The storytelling and networking event follows a central premise focusing on 20 slides and 20-second intervals, and features 12 people from throughout the community telling their stories.
Doors open at 6: 30 p.m., while the show gets underway at 7: 30 p.m.
Tickets cost $12 and are available online at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca or by calling the box office at 604-927-6555.
Foote keeps the toes tapping
Close to 100 kids in grades 1 through 3 will join children's entertainer Norman Foote on stage as part of his performance at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Foote is known for his knack for adapting nursery rhymes and taking on a slew of different personas and characters, while at the same time using subject matter that challenges and engages his audience.
At his upcoming show, he will be joined on stage by members of children's choirs from Coastal Sound Music Academy, and Blakeburn and Aspenwood elementary schools.
Tickets cost $14 for children and $18 for adults. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 604-927-6555 or online at www. evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Celebrate the Year of the Snake
Coquitlam's Zong Xi Wu will help ring in the Chinese New Year as part of a collaborative concert at the CBC building in Vancouver.
Wu, who plays an instrument similar to a trumpet or oboe called a suona, will be a part of the British Columbia Chinese Music Association's concert, dubbed "A Concert and Tea Party, Bamboo Shoots in Spring" on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The repertoire is set to include Canadian and Chinese works performed or commissioned in the past 10 years, and will be recorded for an album that will be released in the fall.
Two shows will be offered on Feb. 16 at 3 and 7 p.m., and tickets cost $30. For tickets or more information, call 604-327-8807 or log on to www.bccma.net. The CBC building is located at 700 Hamilton St. in Vancouver.