One of my favourite things about doing this column — I’ve just passed the one month mark — is that people have started sending me emails and notes about what’s happening around Summerland. I can’t always use what’s sent to me, but I love being more connected to my community, especially those involved in the arts scene around Summerland.
It’s also a great way, I’ve found, to discover some things that might not otherwise make it on to my radar.
This week is a great example of that.
For those who enjoy a having your funny bones tickled, Summerland’s Centre Stage Theatre is hosting a comedy showcase this coming Sunday, Nov. 8, featuring comedian Dino Archie.
Originally from Los Angeles, Archie now divides his time between L.A. and Vancouver. He will share the stage with local Okaganan acts, Kyle Patan and Josh Ashton and the evening is hosted by Kelowna comedian David Kopp.
Tickets include a tasting from Heaven’s Gate winery. Tickets are available at Prima Pizza or at the door on the night of event.
If comedy isn’t your thing, or if you’re looking for something to do a little earlier in the week, Zias Stonehouse Restaurant is hosting a jazz night on Nov. 5.
Jazz has always been one of those musical styles that helps me feel inspired. It was all I listened to for years when I first started writing and it was great for not only allowing the mind to wander, but also for helping me stay focused — unlike other forms of music where all I want to do is sing along.
Zias jazz night has all the hallmarks of being a great evening: it’s got some top-tier local talent, an excellent atmosphere and a fantastic offering of food and drink. Music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and there’s a cover charge at the door.
I’d also like to remind people that the Summerland Cultural Task Force is seeking opinions on culture here in Summerland. The next conversation focuses on seniors and takes place at the Summerland Seniors Village on Nov. 10. Get out there and make sure your voice is heard.
Douglas Paton is a Summerland writer and musician. If you know of a local arts and culture event, contact him at email@example.com.