Featuring dozens of works in a myriad of mediums, the Art Focus Artists' Association's spring show and sale is slated for this weekend in Port Coquitlam.
This year's incarnation of the show, which runs on both Saturday and Sunday, will highlight the works of featured artists Salomeh Honarmand and Dianna Veehof.
A Port Moody native, Honarmand is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design who specializes in drawing, painting and printmaking. She opened her own studio in the Heritage Mountain area of Port Moody last year and has gone on to offer arts instruction to both adults and children.
Veehof, on the other hand, is a self-taught artist with more than 25 years of experience in oil and acrylic painting.
This weekend's show runs from 11 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village. For more information, see www.myartclub.com/ artfocus.
FLYIN BOB DELIVERS A MESSAGE OF HOPE
Juggling, clowning, acrobatics, wire walking, audience participation, comedy and character building - Flyin Bob covers all his bases.
The well-known entertainer - whose real name is Bob Palmer - will perform his show, entitled Be the Circus, at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre on Sunday, May 6.
Though the one-hour show includes highlights like high-wire walking and unicycling, the underlying message goes deeper - to impress upon young people the importance of physical activity, concentration, peer support, community and the value of failures as well as successes.
"It's important for kids to learn the rewards as well as the consequences of taking risks," Flyin Bob said in a press release. "And to learn how to take responsibility for their own actions."
Flyin Bob: Be the Circus gets underway at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for children and students and $18 for adults and seniors. For details, see www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
COASTAL SOUND PROPS UP CHORFEST
Aligning their efforts under the banner of "Sweet and Hot," Coquitlam's Coastal Sound Adult Choir will co-host this weekend's Chorfest with the Vancouver Orpheus Male Voice Choir.
The BC Choral Federation runs from Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6 in Surrey, and will feature jazz and swing standards from the 1920s through to the 1950s.
On top of the standard mass choir format, this year's event will include a vocal jazz option offering with up to 24 auditioned members working with Réjean Marois from Capilano University's jazz studies program.
The festival takes place at the Pacific Academy, located at 10238 168th St. in Surrey.
For more information, visit the festival website at www.chorfest2012.org.
DOGWOOD PRESENTS A HORSE OF COURSE
Coquitlam's Dogwood Pavilion will play host to some horseplay this weekend.
The Dogwood Drama Club will roll out three days worth of performances of A Horse of Course starting Sunday, May 6.
Directed by Beverley Adams, the show follows the lives and unique problems of the central characters: Buffo and his longing to own a horse; the love life of Johnnie Emcee; and affluent couple Herbert and Mabel Merriweather, who are described as having "more dollars than sense."
A Horse of Course runs Sunday, May 6 and Thursday, May 10 at 1: 30 p.m. at the Dogwood Pavilion. A Tuesday, May 8 show will also be offered at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and include light refreshments. For more information, call 604-937-6098.
DANCELAB GETS ITS GROOVE ON
Whether it's the teacher or her students, a handful of dancers out of Coquitlam's DanceLab studios will be participating in performances of the ballet Hansel and Gretel this weekend.
DanceLab teacher Juliana Gusmon will take the reins of one of the production's lead roles - she'll be playing one of the cats - while several of her students will light up the stage in both Maple Ridge and North Vancouver.
Performing alongside their counterparts from Coastal City Ballet, the Coquitlam crew will be included in the shows running Saturday, May 5 at 7: 30 p.m. at The ACT in Maple Ridge and Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at The Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. Tickets for the two shows range in price between $20 and $32.
For more information, visit www.coastalcityballet.com.
KOREAN DANCE LANDS AT THE RED
The first of two instalments of the annual Korean Dance Festival is set for this weekend at the Red Robinson Show Theatre.
Slated for Saturday, May 5, the 16th-annual event will kick off under the theme of enchantment, and will celebrate multiculturalism and diversity in the arts through an evening of Korean dance.
The evening's repertoire will combine new and old styles of fan, drum and modern dance.
Outside of the offerings of artistic director Vivian Hye Seoung Chung, the show will include performances by The Queen of Samba Traditional Brazilian Dance Team and the Putuwd Indonesian Dance Team.
Saturday's show gets underway at 7 p.m., and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
The second instalment of the show is set for Sunday, May 20 at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre. Show time is 7 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door.