Oliver Grandmothers for Africa present Big Band, Burgers and Beer with the Penticton Thursday Night Jazz Band Thursday, June 20 7:00 pm. Firehall Brewery patio 6077 Main Street Downstairs (Alley Access), Oliver, BC $20 includes a hamburger and a beer (cash only, sorry no refunds).
Tickets are available from Oliver Shoes & Fashions on Main St., as well as the Firehall Brewery (and from OGFA members).
This is a fundraiser for the Oliver Grandmothers for Africa with proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation: “Turning the tide of AIDS in Africa”.
The Okanagan Art Gallery celebrates the spring art season with its “First Friday” monthly reception, JUNE IN BLOOM, featuring both paintings and other fine art. The new exhibit opens on Friday June 7 with an artist reception 5 – 7 p.m. at the Okanagan Art Gallery, #5 8302 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC (kitty corner to the Watermark Resort).
The show will feature the full roster of professional artists represented by the gallery which brings together artists from all media including oil and acrylic artists, lithography specialists, photographers and fiber artists.
This June “First Friday” will feature wine presented by Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with the proprietor Maria Ferreira. Learn more about their select wines and how they relate to art.
What does the nature, history and culture of Oliver look like in 2019? Local youth are here to answer that question with breathtaking photographs.
On June 7th at 6:30 pm, “Oliver In Focus,” an exhibit featuring pictures taken by 25 students in South Okanagan Secondary School’s grade 11/12 Photography class, will open at the Oliver Museum. The exhibit will feature student photographers’ own perspectives on Oliver and area, with guidance and technical support from photography teacher Lindsey McVicar. Photographs will be displayed in the museum’s exhibit space as well as on the Heritage Society’s Facebook page. The images will highlight what’s unique about Oliver and the surrounding area and preserve it for the future.
There are five different themes for the photographs: People of Oliver, Flora and Fauna, Landscape, Heritage, and Oliver Colours. As part of their preparation, student photographers took field trips to Vaseux Lake, to Spotted Lake and Sẁiẁs Provincial Park/Haynes Point with Indigenous Education Advocate Taylor Baptiste, and to the Fairview area with local historian Larry Shannon. This helped them choose photographic subjects and enhanced their understanding of local heritage. The pictures were taken during several different seasons, and are both creative and visually striking.
The exhibit opening on June 7th runs from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the museum, and many of the student photographers will be present to answer questions and show off their work. Photographs will be on display for two weeks following the opening. The museum’s extended hours (10 am – 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday) start in June giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the exhibit. So come on out, meet our talented local youth photographers, and enjoy some fresh perspectives on Oliver.
SOAP Theatre will hold two
open auditions for Born Yesterday, a classic comedy by Garson Kanin, and
directed by Tom Szalay. While the production is slated for February 2020,
casting begins in June.
Set in Washington, DC in
1946, the play is as fresh and topical today as when it was written. Born
Yesterday tackles such timely themes as political corruption, influence
peddling, and misogyny all served up in a delightful mix of satire, romance,
and above all, comedy.
Overbearing junkyard mogul Harry Brock sets out to buy a senator. After his girlfriend, the sassy ex-showgirl Billie Dawn, publicly humiliates him with her lack of education, Brock decides she needs a crash course in class and intelligence, and hires journalist Paul Verrall as her tutor. Billie is determined to outwit Brock and give him an overdue comeuppance. Can street-smart Billie prove she is much more intelligent than her crass boyfriend and tutor give her credit for?
Born Yesterday calls for 15 characters including three leads, four supporting cast and eight minor parts. Szalay anticipates selecting two female and six or seven male actors to fill the roles. Some actors will play more than one minor character. Alternatively, backstage crew members may be costumed to make minor appearances and walk-ons as various hotel staff.
Auditions will be held on Sunday June 23 at 2 pm at the Big Blue Building (Quail’s Nest Arts Centre), 5840 Airport Street, Oliver, and again on Monday June 24 at 7 pm at the Osoyoos Art Gallery (upstairs), 8713 Main St. Osoyoos. Newcomers are always welcome. Those seeking to work backstage are also welcome to attend. No RSVP or appointment necessary.
Full descriptions of each character and preparatory materials for the audition, are available on the SOAP Theatre website: www.soplayers.ca/audition. There hopeful actors can find script excerpts, background information, rehearsal plans, and accent tutorials (Billie and Brock). To level the playing field, the director advises the material be read before the audition, although memorization is not required.
Cast members selected will be given scripts to review prior to rehearsals. There will be two read-throughs and a couple of meetings to discuss character development before rehearsals begin in earnest in the fall of 2019. Rehearsal scheduling will be done in consultation with actors and crew.
Born Yesterday is booked to play five performances at
the Venables Theatre between February 7 and 15, 2020.
Information about the
auditions is available from the producer, Penelope Johnson, 250-498-0183.