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Artsbeat: It’s New York, New York for dance team

Vancouver-based singer songwriter Greg Drummond, left, along with band member Mike Meroniuk provided a selection of indie, folk and rock tunes at the Duncan Garage Showroom Jan. 24. - Andrew Leong
Vancouver-based singer songwriter Greg Drummond, left, along with band member Mike Meroniuk provided a selection of indie, folk and rock tunes at the Duncan Garage Showroom Jan. 24.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

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

• It’s inspiring to see Lorraine Blake’s students at Mill Bay’s Steps Ahead dance school being offered an artistic trip of a lifetime during a travel and dance trip planned for New York City in February 2014. The trip will include tickets to three Broadway shows, two master classes with professional dancers from those shows, a tour of Lincoln Centre, Radio City, Rockefeller Centre and more. Call at 250-701-0203.

• What a delight hearing insightfully moody lyrics by Greg Drummond during his Jan. 24 date at the Duncan Garage Showroom. Players backing Drummond — think Bruce Springsteen meets Allen Dobb — included Alanna Pearce, Mike Meroniuk, Marshall Hunt and Michael Lothian.

• Casting for Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit is now being done by lake Cowichan’s Kaatza Lakeside Players. Roles include two men 40 to 50 years old, and five women ages 20 to 50 years. For more click here.

• Featured guest artists are wanted for this year’s ArtBeat Chemainus second-annual street party and art exhibition. Artists as well as cultural groups are invited to apply. Interested artists should read the call for entry and consider attending this popular event. Application deadline is March 31. Admissions are considered on a first-come basis. Contact Peggy Grigor at 250-416-1411 or click here.

• Painter Avis Rasmussen’s colourful collection of watercolours, lino-prints and oils made an impressive backdrop in the Cowichan Theatre’s lobby last month. Her subjects, from fishing boats to still lifes and European streetscapes, are packed with playful detail and keen observation.

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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