March 13

March 13

The Last Word for the week of March 9, 2016

March 12, Harry Manx at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, 2687 James Street, 7:30 p.m

• March 12, Harry Manx at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, 2687 James Street, 7:30 p.m. An expert in melding East and West music together, Manx returns to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, bringing an exciting eastern twist to blues, pop and jazz classics. He has received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Award for 2007 and his albums have garnered six Juno nominations. Tickets available at 250-748-7529 or cowichanpac.ca: $36 (adults); $32 (Cowichan Folk Guild); $5 (eyeGo).

• March 13, Pianist Andrew Homzy and the N.O.L.A. Nighthawks return for an afternoon of jazz in the Big Easy style, with an unusual instrumentation of two trumpets, two trombones, clarinet, baritone sax and a four-piece rhythm section. Part of the Jazz at Crofton series. Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crofton Hotel Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the last hour. Admission this week is $15. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit croftonhotel.ca.

• March 14-24, Art Camps at the Nanaimo Art Gallery. During Spring Break the Nanaimo Art Gallery offers a series of Art Camps (each four or five sessions) at its Art Lab, including: Yvonne Vander Kooi, exploring ideas about art, learning and creating using traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture, painting, video, and photography.; and Carole Brooke, inspired by the work of Ron Tran, who likes to “change the way we see ordinary things by placing them in a different setting.” The camps cost $100 each, materials are included. For more information, or to register, call 250-754-1750.

• March 18, Chris Whitely and Diana Braithwaite at St. Michael’s Hall, Chemainus, 7 p.m. Chris and Diana will be bringing Rick Ryce and Taylor Allum with them, to play bass and drums. Admission $15. Advance tickets can be purchased at Maple Lane Cafe (corner of Maple Lane and Alder Street), the Owl’s Nest on Willow Street, and at Chemainus Hardware on Chemainus Road. Tickets should also be available at the door.

• March 20, Alec Pearson and Bernard Blary, 2 p.m., St. Michael’s Church in Chemainus. Acclaimed for their constant striving to push the limits of their instruments, as well as their technical brilliance, Vancouver performers Alec Pearson on guitar and Bernard Blary on flute will enchant us with a sonorous blend as they showcase exotic music from Europe, the Americas and Asia in this truly international programme, which includes Ravi Shankar’s ‘Enchanted Dawn.’ Tickets: at the door $20; under 18, $5; in advance, $17. Available at: Owl’s Nest Bistro, Chemainus; Valley Vines to Wines, Mill Bay; Ten Old Books, Duncan; Salamander Books, Ladysmith; and Chemainus Festival Inn. Or by phoning 250-748-8383. More information at chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca.