"Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" is a typical quote from Gertrude Stein, who was famous for her love of word play and experimental language.
Dream big. Work hard. Follow your passion, develop and share your talent. This is a great formula for anyone wanting to succeed in the performing arts. And sometimes it is also realizing that success isn't always spelled out by a big-paying professional career. It's time to recognize the unsung heroes who are singing out big time in our community. Move over Justin and Michael, Patricia and George are in town.
Alfie Zappacosta: Veteran Edmonton-based singer returns for pair of "Live from Blue Frog" DVD-release concerts, April 26-27 (Friday/ Saturday) at Blue Frog studio/concert hall, White Rock. Tickets and info: www.bluefrogstudios/newshows. html, 604-542-3055.
NOBODY wears blue like a blonde, brunettes have the most versatile hair shade, and redheads can rock the jewel tone eye.
Synonymous with Joe Fortes, Maitre d' Robert Gagne, better known as "Fren-chy," has been entertaining regulars, tourists and visiting celebrities at the iconic seafood and chop house for the past 22 years. Originally from Sherbrooke, Que., the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame inductee first honed his craft in Montreal working at his mother's restaurant and then hotels before moving to Vancouver and settling in as the genial face of Joe Fortes, offering a personal level of service and hospitality uniquely his own.
Anyone watching the Canucks in recent weeks will know that forward Mason Raymond has been at the top of his game, including scoring the winning goal Sunday against Colorado.
? Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography by John Comazzi, Princeton Architectural Press, 192 pages, $45
It is a wide, wondrous world we live in, full of fascinating cultures, foods, religions, languages, art and countless exciting possibilities, and your library is a great place to start exploring.
I have a special place in my heart for Edgemont Village.
Productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Boeing-Boeing and Chelsea Hotel: The songs of Leonard Cohen will be staged at Surrey Arts Centre next season.
Artemis Gallery: 104C-4390 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Info: 778-233-9805 or artemisgallery.ca.
Bellevue Gallery: 2475 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5: 30 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and outside gallery hours by appointment. Info: bellevuegallery.ca.
The Terry Fox Library hosts World Film Night, 6 to 8 p.m. at the library, 2470 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam. Tonight's viewing is Paris, Je T'aime (Paris, I Love You). Friends of the library will sell refreshments at the intermission.
WEST Vancouver model Kate Bock is in the running to become the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model rookie of the year as the magazine's 50th swimsuit issue flies off newsstands.
PoCo's Terry Fox Library will host another installment of its World Film Night on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
At the Stanley Theatre until Feb. 24 Tickets: 604-687-1644 artsclub.com
Three months after Jeremy Gal-pin's cherished hand-carved granite bear disappeared from his front lawn, four legs walked it through Walmart's front doors.
1 The SMASH Gallery of Modern Art's (580 Clark Dr.) new exhibition AMERICAN LANDSCAPES features the hyper realistic oil paintings of Seattle artist KELLIE TALBOT whose work revolves around "the landscape of American artifacts and craftsmanship, pulling inspirations from signs, architecture, cemeteries and other emblems of society." It runs until March 2, with an opening reception Feb. 1, 8 p.m. More info at smashmodernart.com or by calling 604-251-3262.
A second in the lives of total strangers, frozen by photography, is the inspiration behind artist Shari Pratt's exhibit at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery.