A&E briefs: At the KMA, Roots and Blues, Block Party

Busy December at the KMA

The Kamloops Museum and Archives’ latest exhibit, Ted Smith: Ideal Forms, is in full swing, featuring the life and work of the Kamloops painter.

With that exhibit and the Christmas season upon us, a number of KMA events are planned for this month. They include:

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• Coffee and Crafts: Beeswax Wraps on Dec. 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., which will share the benefits of beeswax and ideas on how to use it, including an alternative to plastic wrap. The cost is $20 per person, with supplies and treats included;

• Ideal Forms Christmas Tree Ornaments on Dec. 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which will feature the creation of ornaments inspired by Ted Smith’s painting and love of fishing. All supplies are included and the cost is $5 per person;

• Christmas Scavenger Hunt from Dec. 18 to Dec. 29, which asks hunters to find all of the elves throughout the KMA’s galleries. Winners will receive a holiday treat and anyone can compete for the cost of admission;

• Saturdays on Seymour, features arts and crafts for families Saturday afternoons. Supplies are provided and the event is free with museum admission.

To register for courses, call 250-828-3500. Visit the museum at 207 Seymour St. on Tuesdays to Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, with $1 per child and $3 per adult recommended.

Jim Cuddy to headline 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

The first of many 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival announcements has been made. Canadian singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy will headline the festival.

Cuddy, who has released 15 studio albums with Blue Rodeo, has claimed 13 Juno wins and 39 nominations and is celebrated as one of Canada’s top artists.

Cuddy will be on stage in front of his six-piece band on the festival weekend, Aug. 15 to Aug. 18.

Early-bird (holiday) passes for the festival are available for sale at the Roots and Blues office, 541 Southwest Third St., Salmon Arm, or online at rootsandblues.ca. Holiday prices last until Jan. 31.

Last year’s festival was headlined by Colin James.

Mark Christmas with the Kamloops Symphony

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Rimsky Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Suite, Herbert’s March of the Toys — a number of holiday classics will be played by the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra in its annual Christmas with the KSO concert.

Yaniv Attar, a native of Israel who has conducted orchestras all around the world and received numerous awards, will be featured as the orchestra’s guest conductor.

There are two performances scheduled. The first is on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and the second is on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both are at Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $39 for seniors and $10 for youth ages 19 and younger, available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 or online at kamloopslive.ca.

Downtown set to welcome winter with a party

The Welcome Winter Block Party has returned for another year to mark winter’s arrival in downtown Kamloops.

On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., wear your favourite plaid jacket to the 300-block of Victoria Street for an outdoor party featuring vendors, events and more.

Live DJs, ball hockey and other activities, craft beer and wine, hot food and drink and an outdoor market will make up the street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Vendors and others looking to get involved can contact Ali Webster by email at events@downtownkamloops.com or by calling 250-372-3242.

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