Old Lahaina House is Budget-Friendly and Pamper-Free

Old Lahaina House is Budget-Friendly and Pamper-Free

Staying at the Old Lahaina House in Maui can be described in various ways – island affordable, close-to-the-beach, close-to-downtown Lahaina, residential, low-security, animal-friendly, cluttered, and, perhaps most importantly, purposely non-corporate.           I know. I just described a lot of sea shells on this seashore. Here are the foremost un-fancy facts. It’s not a hotel, it’s a house. It’s in a residential neighborhood. There are four rooms to rent. There is no front desk, no elevators, no…

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Wentworth Music Students Put on a “One-derful” Performance

Wentworth Music Students Put on a “One-derful” Performance

99 Red Balloons – bravo to Wentworth Music and its roster of talented musicians for elevating their game and putting on an uplifting rock concert. On the final Saturday of February, a full house at Kelowna Community Theatre got to sit back and be entertained by youthful exuberance in a show entitled “One-derful – a Tribute to the One-Hit Wonders from the ‘70s and ‘80s.” It wasn’t jukebox karaoke, it was students of all ages, genders, and races at Wentworth…

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Saturday Night Live and Loud with The Wild!

Saturday Night Live and Loud with The Wild!

Remember that familiar adage – “there’s a first time for everything.” That’s what Elaine and I experienced on Saturday, February 18th at the loudest and wildest show we’ve ever seen at Kelowna Community Theatre. We got “patted down” by security guards inside the front entrance doors. This wasn’t the airport. These weren’t TSA agents. This was theatre management making sure the evening’s entertainment went off smoothly in a mostly controlled environment. Why the extra muscle? Rock-and-roll, baby! Three bands and…

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Latin Fiesta Friday with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO)

Latin Fiesta Friday with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO)

The third Friday of February at Kelowna Community Theatre was the whole enchilada as the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) got spicy and performed Masterworks III – Latin Fiesta. This night of colorful instrumentation and syncopated rhythms paid homage to Romance-speaking countries like Spain and regions such as Latin and South America. For a nearly packed house hungry for multi-cultural cuisine, there was a full menu on stage that featured three appetizing entrees: flutist (or flautist) Christie Reside on loan from…

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Big Wreck Proved to be Big Time

Big Wreck Proved to be Big Time

Can someone recommend a good audiologist in the Central Okanagan? On Monday, January 30th, Kelowna Community Theatre put its revamped sound system to a three-hour test with a rock-and-roll double bill that put the amp in amplifier and tinn in tinnitus. The headliners on this loud-and-proud evening were platinum-selling rock blasters Big Wreck. This four-person crew was touring to support the release of “Grace Street” – the group’s fifth full-length studio album. Ascot Royals were the special guests and mild-by-comparison…

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Basking in the Brilliance of Beethoven and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Basking in the Brilliance of Beethoven and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

“Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the News.” Remember that lyric from a 1956 Chuck Berry song that was also covered by the Beatles and Electric Light Orchestra?! Berry penned that line in reference to how classical composers would “roll over in their graves” upon hearing that classical music had given way to rock-and-roll. There wasn’t a hint of Led Zeppelin or anybody rolling over on Friday, January 20th at the first concert of 2017 at Kelowna Community Theatre. Instead,…

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We Went to a Roadshow and a Snowball Fight Broke Out

We Went to a Roadshow and a Snowball Fight Broke Out

Ken Lavigne – that’s the way to close out a Christmas roadshow. Details to come. On a chillier-than-normal Monday, December 12th, Elaine and I hustled over to Kelowna Community Theatre to have a listen to the Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. This holiday mixer was put together with a nostalgic twist and described as an enchanting musical tour through the golden age of radio. Helping evoke the Vaudevillian variety shows of days gone by was a vintage-style microphone that…

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Taking My First Crack At The Nutcracker

Taking My First Crack At The Nutcracker

Hold onto your Drosselmeyer – that was one impressive ballet bonanza. Exactly two weeks before Christmas, Elaine and I had the privilege to take in a Sunday matinee showing of The Nutcracker at Kelowna Community Theatre. To be more specific, and to please many of the parents, grandparents, cousins, and siblings attending the sold-out production, the official all-inclusive title was The Canadian School of Ballet (CSB) presents The Nutcracker featuring dancers from Ballet Kelowna. No Bolshoi. This dance card was…

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A Fantastic Friday Night Fiddle Fest

A Fantastic Friday Night Fiddle Fest

Hey diddle diddle – mad respect for those who play the fiddle. Blimey, what a wholesome family wing-ding Elaine and I were treated to at Kelowna Community Theatre on the first Friday night of December. The marquee out front touted a “Celtic Family Christmas” with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. Sounded seasonal. Sounded Irish. Sounded like we’d be decking some halls and dashing through a little snow. Oh what fun it is to find out there’s much much more. Turns…

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Bustin’ Out with Backwoods Barbie and The Gambler

Bustin’ Out with Backwoods Barbie and The Gambler

This may sound kinda far-fetched – but the titular trio of kinda Dolly, kinda Kenny, and kinda Reba put on a hollerin’-good show on the last Tuesday night of November at Kelowna Community Theatre. Let’s sort out all the “know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em” details. The gig was billed as the Ultimate Tribute to Country Music’s Favorite Couple, Dolly (Parton) and Kenny (Rogers). They were “Together Again” on tour to sing their country hits and Christmas classics….

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