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A&E briefs: Tickets on sale for spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan will be in Kamloops for a show on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Sagebrush Theatre. The Penticton-based performer saw his audience grow from largely a B.C.
Shane Koyczan
Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan will be at the Sagebrush Theatre on Sept. 23.

Shane Koyczan will be in Kamloops for a show on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Sagebrush Theatre.

The Penticton-based performer saw his audience grow from largely a B.C. group of fans to an international stature in 2013 with his work on anti-bullying video To This Day. Vue magazine has said Koyczan “unapologetically taps emotion, the deep real feelings we generally aren’t encouraged to express in public.”

Tickets are $32.50 and go on sale Friday, April 13 at the Kamloops Live box office, 1024 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, Service charges are extra.

Witches will walk Friday the 13th

The second annual Witch Walk will be on Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. starting at Spirit Square and then heading along Tranquille Road. The family-friendly event will include entertainment by the Mozaik Fusion Bellydance group and singer Marie Jackson. It ends by the Rock ’N Firkin Sports Pub and Grill at 726 Sydney Ave.

Get yourself a show at CFBX, or help out

The campus and community radio station CFBX starts its annual volunteer drive on Monday, April 16 and continues to the end of the month.

The volunteer-run and programmed station on the Thompson Rivers University campus is open to volunteers from anywhere in the community.

People are needed for both on-air shows and working behind the scenes. In particular, the station is looking for hosts of classical and hip-hop music as well as programming in other languages.

Interested people can call the station at 250-377-3988, email or go to House 8 across from the Campus Activity Centre.

Small strings, orchestrated

The Ukulele Orchestra of Kamloops has moved its Monday rehearsal location to Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St. The orchestra gets together every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

It also meets every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave.

All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, call 250-376-5502 or go online to

Shot-on-phone photo exhibit to open

Out of My Mind, an exhibition by Solange Belleforte, opens at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 West Seymour St., on April 18 and continues there to May 12.

A mix of iPhone and smartphone photography, Belleforte says her art reflects her short attention span and “double dose of curiosity.”

The opening reception is Saturday, April 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. She will give a talk on creating photo art from a smartphone on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to noon and a talk and demonstration on May 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Actors Workshop Theatre all lined up for next year

Next year’s season for the Actors Workshop Theatre includes:

• She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen and directed by Robin Nichol. It’s a dramatic comedy with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 1990s pop culture as Agnes tries to learn about the death of her sister two years early — and starts a quest to save her sister’s soul. It runs Oct. 3 to Oct. 6 and Oct. 10 to Oct. 13.

• The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr by Jovette Marchessault and translated by Linda Gaboriau, directed by Wes Eccleston. Based on artist Emily Carr, it’s set in the place she called The House of All Sorts, where various people come to visit her, including the legendary Wild Woman of the Woods, D’Sonoqua. It runs Nov. 22 to Nov. 24 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

• Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill and directed by Heidi Verwey. A Greek tragedy reimagined to the American Civil War era, it’s the story of a wealthy shipping family torn apart by jealousy and suspicion. It runs Feb. 28 to March 2 and March 7 to March 9.

• The annual senior students’ directing festival is April 8 to April 13.

All plays will be at the black-box theatre in the Old Main Building at Thompson Rivers University.

Science lecture series returns

Tom Dickinson, dean of science at Thompson Rivers University, kicks off the Dean’s Lecture Series at the Kamloops Library on April 19 at noon. Dickinson will host Darwin’s Voyage Revisited: A Biologist’s Reflections, a presentation he created after retracing Charles Darwin’s voyage, taking a 14-day trip from Buenos Aires around Cape Horn to Valparaiso in Chile.

Dickinson will give the talk again at 7 p.m. at the Kamloops Naturalist Club meeting at Heritage House in Riverside Park.

The Dean’s series will include a session in May with Matti Haverila, chair of the department of marketing and international business, whose presentation is titled Your Visit to a Wine Tasting Room … Did You Really Enjoy It?

June, the last lecture session for the season, will have Florriann Fehr and Michelle Seibel of the faculty of nursing discuss their research into bullying.