By David F. Rooney
A flood at the Performing Arts Centre has forced the Arts Council to move two of this month’s performances to other venues in town.
Gary Pendergast, the Arts Council’s outgoing executive director, said the flood occurred when a water main in the parking lot broke sometime during the nighttime hours between last Friday and Saturday, February 25-26.
“An alarm sounded which was the only reason anyone knew it had happened,” he said Wednesday morning, March 1.
The water flooded the main stage and other portions of the centre. Work crews are working to repair the main and cleanup the facility.
And, of course, this is having an effect on the Arts Centre’s lineup of shows this month.
The first act to be affected by the flood is the concert by Steve Palmer and young Revelstoke singer Aza Deschamps. Palmer is a very well-known folk singer and Aza is a talented young local lady with an incredible voice. Their Wednesday, March 1, concert is moved to Powder Springs at 200 Third Street West. Starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $15.
The Local Food Initiative’s Incredible Edible Film Festival showing of Polyfaces is now being shown at the United Church at 314 Mackenzie Avenue on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 pm.
Polyfaces is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over four years it follows the Salatins, a fourth-generation farming family who do everything different than everyone else as they produce food in a way that works with nature — not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products. Tickets are $8 for individual LFI members $20 for all three films in the series. Non-members pay $12 per show or $30 for the three-film series.
The Arts Centre should be back to normal in time for the March 15 performance of the Johnny Cash musical, Ring of Fire. If it’s not, that show may be cancelled as no other venue in town is large enough for this elaborate professional musical, Pendergast said.