You are invited to watch actress Nicola Cavendish in her one-woman role as Shirley Valentine the hilarious Broadway play by Willy Russell. Taking the form of a monologue by a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife, it focuses on her life before and after a transforming holiday abroad.
Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband’s chips and egg.
When her best friend wins a trip for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation.
What she finds is romance and a new awareness of who she is and what her existence can be with just a little effort on her part.
The production featuring Cavendish is this Saturday, Aug. 17 at Oasis United Church, 2964 Skaha Lake Rd., Penticton. She’s doing two performances, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., as a fundraiser for Oasis.
Tickets can be obtained at Indulgences on Henry Avenue.
Closer to home are two fascinating and interesting shows that open Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Summerland Art Gallery.
Deifying the Diva, which is in the Main Gallery, features oil paintings and bronze sculptures by Lynden Beesley and Alexandra Edmonds.
Crossing Borders, in the Adams Room, features a felt and wool display by the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild.
The Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can, of course, view a wide range of art including paintings, pottery, jewellery, photography and sculpture by taking in Art Walk 2013.
Thirty-seven artists have works in 38 venues throughout Summerland.
As you walk around downtown look for the Art Walk decal on participating businesses and drop in to discover some beautiful art.
Don’t forget to look up once in awhile to take in the many bright and colourful banners around town.
Don’t forget to check both the What’s Up column in this paper and the News page of the Summerland Community Art Council’s website at summerlandarts.com for more on what is happening in the art scene in Summerland.
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The Arts Palette is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, PO Box 1217, 9533 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0