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Elly on the Arts: February offers concerts, a movie and a play

February may be the shortest month, but here in Flin Flon it’s pretty active. This Saturday, Feb.

February may be the shortest month, but here in Flin Flon it’s pretty active.

This Saturday, Feb. 13, Wood ‘n’ Wire presents three more super singers accompanied by the incredible Antisocial Club Band, augmented by a horn section!

The singers this time out are Jen McLean, Rob Mote and Tim Spencer. Some members of the Pantyhose will also be on hand, providing back-up, and rumour has it that a certain member that tried to get away will be back for the evening. Welcome home, Stacy Becker!

Tickets are $15 at the Orange Toad. Doors open at 7 pm for a 7:30 show.

This Friday, Feb. 12, Colin Davis, Scotsman extraordinaire, will present The Shining at Hapnot Collegiate’s Dorothy Ash Theatre.

It’s part of the Central Canada Film Group’s “Great Movies You Might Have Missed” series, and it’s free. Come out and enjoy.

Following that, on Thursday, Feb. 18, Films Up North (FUN) series presents the fourth movie in the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) traveling series, Remember.

It’s directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and stars Christopher Plummer, a great Canadian actor, along with Martin Landau (North by Northwest, Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Ed Wood) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, The Dome).

Remember is about an elderly man with dementia who has survived Auschwitz and now, armed with a handwritten letter, goes searching for the person responsible for the deaths of his family.

It will also play at Hapnot and the cost is $10. Doors open at 7 pm and show begins at 7:30. Bring along some $ for movie treats to help defray the costs.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, the Flin Flon Arts Council presents Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Hound of the Baskervilles at the RH Channing Auditorium.

This show was adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, and was directed by Ann Hodges, who also directed the Flin Flon Community Choir in last year’s Les Misérables.

It is a very funny play. With three actors in 17 roles, you can imagine the mayhem that ensues! Tickets are $35 and are available at Northern Rainbow’s End and the Arts Council office. Curtain up at 7:30 pm.

The last performance to tell you all about is on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Johnny’s Social Club. That is the date for the Elly on the Arts column after this one, but you need to know about this one.

Maria Cherwick is a violinist / violist educated at Brandon University who is now playing with the St. John’s Newfoundland Symphony. She was in Flin Flon last year as part of the orchestra for Les Misérables when she met local luthier Alistair Calligari.

She loved the sounds his instruments make and a deal was struck: he would make a viola for her if she would play a concert in Flin Flon on said instrument.

Well, the time is near! Maria will play Alistair’s viola in a concert of incredible variety, from classical to Celtic, on Feb. 24. Tickets on sale now at the usual outlets.

NorVA Centre is also very busy in the next few weeks with painter Jan Layh in town from Langenburg, Saskatchewan, to provide a workshop on painting techniques.

Jan is a long-time arts educator who paints the landscape of the prairies. This workshop date is Wednesday, Feb. 24, and you can get more info from NorVA at 204-687-4237.

NorVA artists are engaged in a wonderful outreach project as well. Throughout February and into March they will be at the Flin Flon Personal Care Home and the Ruth Betts Community School family room. They will share art and art techniques with the oldest and youngest citizens in our community.

Look out for more of the story, from Karen Clarke, later in the month. What a culture-rich environment we live in!

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