By David F. Rooney
The Performing Arts Centre has quite a lineup this month starting with the fabulous Gypsie jazz of Christine Tassan et Les Imposteurs on Thursday, November 5.
What! They’re French! Okay, but they are also original, funny, creative and very, very good at what they do. If you don’t believe me, check out their website where you can watch them perform in video or sample MP3s from their four — yes, four (4) — albums. For even more information please go to http://revelstokeartscouncil.com/christine-tassan-et-les-imposteures/.
“What a month, we have live reptiles and birds of prey, Gypsy jazz, Sean McCann from Great Big Sea, Katie Burrell back for an all-female comedy night, the one and only Dan Mangan, not to mention a timeless musical, avalanche safety and a film about an avalanche,” a very excited Miriam Manley, the RPAC’s manager, said last week. “Come out and prepare to be amazed.”
Amazed? Revelstokians are always ready to be amazed, aren’t we? That’s actually an interesting and relevant question because the opening of the Performing Arts Centre has meant we now have real opportunities to enjoy national- continental- and international-class events.
Here’s what else we can expect this month, accompanied by a link to the RPAC’s page about each performance:
Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm — An Evening with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea.
Séan’s love for Newfoundland and Labrador folk songs shot him to international fame as a founding member of the renowned group Great Big Sea. In 2014 Séan released his first post GBS album; Help Your Self, a collection of songs that helped Séan find his truth and share it with his fans, friends, and family. It helped him find a path towards dealing with issues of addiction and abuse that taught him to find strength from pain.
Saturday, November 14 at 3 pm — You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
His friends think he’s a “good man,” but poor Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. We join him and his friends, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, and his faithful dog, Snoopy in a story of wild optimism and utter despair. After battles with kites, blankets, school, and baseball, the Peanuts gang starts to realize what makes them happy.
Monday, November 23 from 6 – 9 pm — Staying Alive.
The large amount of snowfall we receive in Revy is why we’re all here and at this time of year it’s important you stay informed… especially if it’s your first winter here! Staying Alive is a great opportunity to learn from the best in the business, professionals from RMR, Avalanche Canada and CAPOW are all going to be sharing their experiences and knowledge.
Tuesday, November 24 from 3:30 – 9 pm — The Wildlife Festival.
Be amazed and learn about some of the coolest animals from Argentina to the Canadian Arctic. There will be two alternating 30-minute formal presentations, one by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy and the other by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo. These fun, highly educational, incredible programs will alternate 15 minutes apart starting 15 minutes after opening and run through the day. On top of the shows there will be 20 live animal exhibits for your family to enjoy and even better, staff with animals out for you and your families to interact with and ask questions. You shouldn’t need more convincing, but just in case… admission is free and there are prizes!
Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 pm — Force Majeur.
The Revelstoke Multicultural Society’s Movies in the Mountains series presents a Sweden/Norway/Denmark/France production of Ruben Östlund gripping moral drama about an impulsive decision in a moment of crisis that drives a wedge between a husband and wife.
Thursday, November 26 at 8 pm — Ha Ha Harem.
Ladies, lots of laughs and a lively night out. The Ha Ha Harem is a brand spanking new comedy show featuring Revelstoke’s own locally grown comic Katie Burrell who is coming home to fill us in on what it’s like being a mountain girl-cum-city slicker and she’s set to bring with her some of Vancouver’s finest ladies of laughter.
Friday, November 27 at 8 pm — Dan Mangan.
From the traditional stripped-down acoustic folk of 2010’s Nice Nice Very Nice, to the sweeping orchestration and avant-jazz arrangements of 2012’s Oh Fortune, Dan Mangan works best when he’s moving forward and challenging himself. And so, what’s more challenging than departing from the sound that has earned you two Juno Award wins, international critical accolades, and radio chart success?