Artsbeat: Earth Chants premieres tonight

Chef Taylor Lowrey hauls samples  to more than 100 visitors during an open house preview of the new Merlot’s restaurant last weekend. - Peter W. Rusland
Chef Taylor Lowrey hauls samples to more than 100 visitors during an open house preview of the new Merlot’s restaurant last weekend.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:

• The world premiere of Earth Chants happens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 in Duncan’s Christian Reformed Church. Earth Chants features music by Cowichan composer and conductor Robert Mari, lyrics by poet Wendy Robison, and soloist work by narrator Cari Burdett. Tickets are available at the door.

• Merlot’s open-house tasting Nov. 3 saw local foodies and business folks flock to the former Good Company Steak House for tastes from a menu created by owners Edwin and Francis Van Duist. Chef Taylor Lowrey and his helpers hauled trays of samples — from honeyed salmon on biscuits, to Cajun chicken burgers, to chocolate mousse — to more than 100 visitors. Guests included chamber of commerce president George Gates, city councillor Sharon Jackson, Lucy Belanger, and guitarist Martyn Jones.

• Check original paintings and prints by Cowichan artist Catherine Fraser displayed in the large window of Imagine That! artists’ co-operative on city square until Nov. 17. In the smaller window is a selection of craft glass vessels, known as TOBs (Things of Beauty) by Jo Ludwig, plus craft fused-glass jewelry by Peggy Brackett.

• Cowichan lensman Kurt Knock hangs various photos in downtown Duncan’s Old Firehouse Wine Bar, beside city square,  until November’s end when painter Coco Jones installs some of her colourful canvas creations. Check it all out.

Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at arts@cowichannewsleader.com.

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