Arts and Culture

The Reluctant Dragon -- ancient story with a modern twist

Our handsome and heroic St. George (in an early rehearsal)

Early in this play, several gripping questions arise:

·        will St. George defeat the dragon?

·        will the wicked stepmother succeed in her homicidal plans?

·        will the venal Assistant Mayor ever become the mayor?

·         will the dragon breathe flames?

Joe Hill Coffee House is on April 23.

Joe Hill Coffee House is on April 23.

To make your Easter less hectic, we moved the Joe Hill Coffee House to Sunday, April 23.  Here are the performers who will make you smile while the April showers fall:

Young Dancers Head for the Provincials

 Ava Jinjoe on the left, Ali Ferguson on the right.

The Kootenay Festival of the Arts ran its dance portion at the Charles Bailey Theatre from April 5th to April 8th this year.  The photo above shows two young dancers, Ali Ferguson and Ava Jinjoe, who earned spots at the Provincial dance event in May.  Other provincial nominees include Sophie Hargreaves, Isabella Mitchell, and Anna Cooper. 

The music and voice portions of the Festival will take place this week starting on April 18-22 with the Highlights Concert on April 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Trail.

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Rossland

Poster by Sarah Flood.  Apologies for the cropping; there's a "Compost Crawl" too!

Come celebrate Earth Day in Rossland! The public is invited to participate in free, family oriented activities organized by local community groups and co-ordinated by the Sustainability Commission. Earth Day Celebrations on Saturday, April 22nd will once again feature the annual Rossland Real Food Chicken and Compost Crawl, the first outdoor Rossland Mountain Market of the season, the SPCA bottle drive, and the RDKB’s Trash to Treasure Day.  

Grant Money Allocated for Community Initiatives

cash folding money

Rossland City Council held a  Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting on April 4, 2017, to discuss the 35 applications for funding from the available "pot" of CBT's CIP dollars to be allocated by Rossland.  That pot of funding amounted to $56,008.  The amounts sought by the 35 applicants totaled $134,263 -- well over double the amount available for distribution. So not everyone could get what they wanted, as is often the case in life -- the subject of a song by the Rolling Stones long ago.

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

We are calling for film submissions from youth!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) proudly presents the 10th annual West Kootenay U19 Youth Film Showcase on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at the Rossland Summit School.

The Follies need a bit of help -- two host families, please.

Got a spare bedroom?

Every summer, the Gold Fever Follies enliven Rossland with fun and frolic, entertaining locals and visitors.

The Follies are busy preparing for the coming season.  There are still  two out-of-town female cast members who each need a bedroom to call their home for the summer. (If you would prefer a male, we can do some shuffling to accommodate you. No surgery required. )

Cast members are all post-secondary students — most finishing their second or third year of studies.

Joe Hill Coffeehouse on March 19 -- Don't miss it!

Joe Hill Coffeehouse on March 19 -- Don't miss it!

The March 19 edition of Joe Hill Coffee House features talent from near and far:

·         Johnny P. Johnson, with Javan on fiddle – Prairie roots, rising stars in the Kootenays, songs of life and experience

·         The Reluctant Dragon – highlights from the upcoming show by the Rossland Light Opera Players

Film Screening in Rossland: A New Economy

From the documentary film "A New Economy"

 A recent documentary film, " A New Economy," explores what might happen if working together for the common good were to become the most common business model.

Can the world be saved?  Can co-operation save us? Or can global capitalism, with its dependence on the infinite exponential economic growth demanded by return on investment, continue unabated without exhausting the resources that support our economy and ending our civilization? The answer to the latter question is arguably "no."  The answer to the first question -- can co-operation save us -- may well be yes, if we can achieve a paradigm shift in values, this film suggests.

Author reading at Rossland Library

Author reading at Rossland Library

Kootenay elders celebrated in new book

When Nelson author Lee Reid set out to learn about elders and aging in the West Kootenay, she was unprepared for the richness and complexity of the stories she heard. Before long, interviews about gardening, cooking, and collective wisdom began to take root. The result is a fully illustrated book Growing Home: The Legacy of Kootenay Elders, which Lee will be reading from at the Rossland Public Library 22 March at 6:30 pm.

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