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Artsbeat: Chefs and apples for James
A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:
• Apples are the theme of the 2013 James Barber Fundraiser hosted by the Cowichan Chefs Table and Providence Farm Sunday (Sept. 15) between noon and 4 p.m. The third-annual Barber bash, also involving VIU’s culinary program housed at Providence, is a culinary array of savory, spicy and sweet dishes — paired with valley beer, wine and cider — honouring Canada’s late Urban Peasant and former Cowichanian. Proceeds go the farm’s therapeutic kitchen programs. Tickets are $100 at the farm (250-746-4204), Sports Traders and Ten Old Books. Chefs involved are Bill Jones, Allan Aikman, Fatima da Silva, Marisa Goodwin, Janice Mansfield, Dan Hudson, Matt Horn, Ryan Zuvich, Ian Blom, Jonathan Duquette, Peter Zambri, Cory Pelan, and Brock Windsor. They’re supported by Dwane MacIsaac, Stephen John Letts, Patrick Barber, Dale Williamson, Hilary Abbott, John and Katy Ehrlich, and Bryan Holder. Beverage businesses on deck are Averill Creek, Blue Grouse, Cherry Point, and Venturi-Schulze wineries, Merridale Ciderworks, Phillips Brewery, the Teafarm, and Drumroaster Coffee.
• Auditions for Shawnigan Players’ pantomime Robin Hood happen Sunday (Sept. 15) at Shawnigan Lake Community Centre from 2 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Evergreen Independant School from 7 to 9:30 p.m., producer Bill Levity tells us. Their yeoman spoof is set for Dec. 27 to 31, with a matinee on the 31st at a location pending.
• Interesting to note valley culture vulture, and former Cowichan Theatre boss, Roger Sparkes spent time years ago in Kelowna with former Cowichan. Share your memories of Tommy — and of actor John Nolan’s recent bioplay — with our readers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.