Entertainment briefs for you

Catch the Blues Brothers Too at the June 1 Show and Shine

The Vintage Car Club will be holding their Mountain Paradise Show and Shine on Saturday June 1 and have they got a great act lined up.

“Our entertainers are the Blues Brothers Too,” Don Hawker told The Current. “Check out their web site and you will see the Two guys with the state troopers car. They will be driving through the show singing.  They are a hit on the car show circuit and are from Peachland.”


Vintage race car film to help celebrate the Show and Shine

Since the Revelstoke Car Club is having its Show and Shine on Saturday June 1, the Bygone Era Entertainment Society has decided its May 31 vintage film should be the J Arthur Rank production Genevieve. This 1953 movie is based on the annual British London to Brighton vintage car run. This first took place in 1896 to celebrate the introduction of the new Locomotives on Highways Act, which permitted an increase in the speed limit for road vehicles from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for an escort carrying a red flag 20 yards ahead of every vehicle. The London to Brighton has taken place most years ever since, and still continues to this day. Contesting vehicles have to have been built prior to 1905. Today competitors must not exceed an average speed of 20 mph over the 54-mile run or they are disqualified.

In the film, Alan McKim (played by John Gregson) and Ambrose Claverhouse (Kenneth More) are friends and fellow members of the Veteran Car Club. Their friendly rivalry becomes quite heated in their efforts to win the race, triumphing over such things as punctures, breakdowns and even sabotage to get to Brighton in time to receive their qualifying times. Their wives (Kay Kendall and Dinah Sheridan) are increasingly irritated by the goings on. The cars are the real stars of course!

The film is being shown at the Nickelodeon Museum on May 31 beginning at 7 pm.

Tickets are $5. You can reserve a seat by calling 250-837-5250 or you can purchase one at the door.


Join the Museum’s Homestead Tour this Sunday

The Revelstoke Museum & Archives is offering its Third Annual Homestead Tour guided by Curator Cathy English this Sunday, May 26, starting at 1 pm.

This is an excellent way to learn more about Revelstoke’s early history. Participants should meet at the Museum at 1 pm and will carpool to a location nine miles south of the city and then work their way back. Tickets for this cost $5. Please pre-register for this event by calling the museum at 250-837-3067.


Roller Derby excitement starts on Saturday

Revelstoke’s roller derby girls were hot, hot, hot last season and plan on being equally exciting this season.

In fact, their first bout of the year is this Saturday, May 24, at the Forum where they face off against the Candy Strykers from Armstrong.

If you like a brew while watching the action you’ll enjoy the beer garden. The girls say it is bigger and better than ever.

The tickets are $8 in advance and are available at Mane Attraction, Ray’s Butcher Shop, Society Snow and Skate and the River City Pub. They are also available at the door for $10.

The doors open at the Forum 6:15 and the first whistle will be blown at 7 pm.

There is an after-party at the Traverse Lounge on First Street West. The Sweet Soul Burlesque girls will be in performance. Tickets for the after party are available at Society Snow and Skate or Escape Within. You can also get them online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/392441.


Revelstoke Dam tour takes visitors to spectacular heights

The visitor centre for BC Hydro’s Revelstoke dam is open for the summer season. The public can tour the second largest producer of electricity in the province. In support of National Electricity Month, BC Hydro will offer ‘two-for-one’ admission every weekend in June.

The Revelstoke facility provides information about hydroelectric generation as well as the history of the dam and generating station. Visitors can also access a walkway at the top of the powerhouse to get a closer look at the dam. There is also an elevator that can transport guests 35 storeys up to a lookout point above the 175-metre-high dam.

The visitor centre was re-designed in 2009 and now features a First Nations gallery. The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Ktunaxa Nation helped shape the gallery’s design and determined which artifacts and artwork would be included in the displays.

The Revelstoke dam and generating station were completed in 1984 and has an installed capacity of 2,570 megawatts, which makes it the second largest power-generating facility in British Columbia, after the WAC Bennett Dam in Hudson’s Hope. The facility was originally designed as a six-unit facility but only four units were built. In 2010, BC Hydro completed the installation of a new, fifth generating unit, which added about 500 megawatts of capacity.

The visitor centre at Revelstoke is one of four BC Hydro visitor centres in the province and will remain open until Sept. 2. To learn more about the centre, please visit bchydro.com/revelstoke or call 250-814-6600.


Blues Caravan 2013: Tomorrow’s Guitar Heroes at the Performing Arts Centre

Blues Caravan 2013: Tomorrow’s Guitar Heroes is an annual tour presented by Ruf Records that brings together rough-and-tumble guitarists from around North America. This year it combines Jimmy Bowskill, a native of Canada, and Bart Walker from the US, together with a dynamic British female singer and guitar player, Joanne Shaw Taylorwhose every show is a display of raw and emotional power. They are accompanied by drummer Dennis Palatin and bassist Ian McKeown of the Jimmy Bowskill Band. Tickets are $20.50 and are available at ArtFirst! and online.


Don’t miss the Swingin’ Fiddles at the United Church

Fiddler par excellence Scott Woods will be performing at the United Church on Wednesday, June 5. This is an old-time fiddle variety show featuring Scott and his band featuring music from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s including pop standards, big band, gospel, Western swing, country and plenty of old time favourites.

Woods is a two-time winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Contest, two-time winner of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships and Canadian Fiddle of the Year so you know he has to be truly great. And just to underscore those accolades he also was musical director of the Memories of Don Messer’s Jubilee — and played the part of the late Don Messer himself.

Tickets for this are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Children under five get in free. Tickets are available at the Community Centre. Call 250-837-9351 for details.