Until Saturday, various showtimes
Hydra Festival has returned for another year, with 11 productions on the docket to be shown in TRU’s Black Box Theatre. Material ranges from the emotional post-war drama Brothers to comedies like Arron Butowski’s Bodybreak or improv from The Freudian Slips. For ticket and show information, go online to chimeratheatre.com/hydrafestival.
Sunday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Long and McQuade, 955 Lorne St.
A Raiden Taiko performance and clinic will be held at Long and McQuade. A show-and-tell clinic featuring the Japanese drums will begin at 6:30 p.m., led by Lance Akira Yamada. The event will also have an Odaiko drum nicknamed Fred, which is the largest in the Interior. There is no cost to attend, but reservations should be made by emailing email@example.com.
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St.
Singer-songwriter Jessica Balbour will perform her catchy pop melodies with folk-style storytelling. Admission is by donation.
MUSIC WITH TV
Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse, 843 Desmond St.
Reality TV program Rise Up TV will be filming as performers take the stage at Pogue. Age Ellsay, Tennessee Walker and Kyle Cavanagh will perform and be filmed. No cover charge.
Wednesday, 9 p.m., Rock’n Firkin’ Pub, 726 Sydney Ave.
Hi, Society Entertainment is bringing Chimpo and Slay, Leo Zen, Chrizpy Chriz and local guests Zak Davis and Little Kingdom to the Rock’n Firkin. Tickets are $10 in advance at the venue or $15 at the door.
Saturday, 8 p.m., Pizza Pi, 314 Victoria St.
A duo of pop punk bands will perform at Pizza Pi. Chase Your Words and Luna Coast are on a tour of Western Canada and will stop in Kamloops. They will be joined by Quinton Armstrong of Floorboards. Tickets are $10 at the door.
JAM AT THE CENTRAL
Thursdays, 8:30 p.m., Central Station Pub, 126 Fourth Ave.
The Central’s weekly Midtown Jam event is on every Thursday. The pub calls it a “weekly creative playground” put together to “spread culture, blend musicians, bands, improvisers and audiences.”
RIVERSIDE HIP HOP
Saturday, 7 p.m. to midnight, Sandbar Grill, 177 Tranquille Ave.
Rappers Illiano and Bioson will perform along with a host of other acts, including Alphabetic, Dirty Frazier, Egon, The Kwote, Levi-D, Sall the Sinner and Slum Glutton. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 250-377-5988 for more information.
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m., alley north of 300 block of Victoria Street
The Summer League Block Party will be held concurrently with the Bank3 three-on-three basketball tournament. On Saturday, live bands include At Mission Dolores, The Houses (Where We Grew Up), Post-Modern Connection and Wrecked Beach. There will also be live mural painting and craft beer and food available. Tickets are $20 or $30 for a weekend pass, available online at ninthcompany.com.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CLASSICS
Friday, 7 p.m., Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way
André-Philippe Gagnon will take the audience through multiple decades of rock ‘n’ roll classics. Tickets are available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 or online at kamloopslive.ca.
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1106 Sixth Ave.
The Serious Options choir will present its spring show, Places, Everyone! Tickets are available through choir members or at the door. The matinée performance is $10 while the evening show is $15.
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oronge Boardshop, 257 Victoria St.
Sam Tudor and Mother Sun will perform at Oronge Boardshop. Singer-songwriter Tudor has found critical acclaim in Western Canada and tends to experiment with his music. Mother Sun is a local act playing psychedelia-inspired pop and rock. Tickets are $15.