Art Beat: The Nutcracker auditions April 17, Banff Film Festival next week, and the last cookbook you’ll ever need

The Waldorf Ballet of Sechelt has announced that auditions for its 2022 production of The Nutcracker will take place on April 17.

Pre-registration is required at

Ballet dancers aged seven and over from all schools on the Sunshine Coast are welcome. (Six-year-olds who turn seven in December are encouraged to audition.)

Dancers eight years of age and older may be considered during their Nutcracker audition for Waldorf Ballet’s professional training programs.

Give us a verse, drop some knowledge

The Gibsons Public Library has called on anyone who appreciates the opportunity to read aloud with expression, or who likes to listen to the readings of others.

The Readers’ Open Mic event takes place monthly, in person at the library and live on Zoom. On April 20 at 6:30 p.m., readers are invited to choose a poem to read aloud (five minutes maximum).

In keeping with National Poetry Month, the theme for April is “Song of Myself”. Participants can read or perform their favorite poems or songs, composed by anyone. Teenagers and adults, as well as readers of all levels of English, are welcome.

Details are online:

The ultimate in entertainment

The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club is hosting the Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour for the 22nd time on Friday, April 22 at Elphinstone High School in Gibsons.

Each year, the Banff World Tour team licenses approximately 40 films that feature a range of styles and themes, including climbing, skiing, kayaking, biking, adventure, culture and the environment. Local host organizations determine the selections of films to screen.

The Tetrahedron Outdoor Club uses the event as a fundraiser and community builder to bring together 750 outdoor enthusiasts from across the Sunshine Coast for an evening of movies and inspiration.

Funds raised from the event will be used to volunteer to maintain four cabins and the accompanying trails in Tetrahedron Provincial Park.

The event will include raffle tickets and prizes, a 50/50 raffle to benefit Dakota Ridge Nordics, a concession to benefit Elphinstone High School students and membership opportunities for the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club. Movies start at 7 p.m.

Tickets ($25) are on sale now at Beyond Consignment, Tapworks, Alpha Adventures, Trail Bay Source for Sports, and Elphi Cycles (Gibsons & Sechelt). Browse for more information online:

High-flying inspiration

At Upper Gibsons’ Kube Gallery until April 30, Vancouver artist Rachel Rivera presents vibrantly colored canvases infused with natural elements and charismatic birds in an exhibition titled Super/Natural.

Rivera, who is co-founder and designer of lifestyle brand WKNDRS, is inspired by the land and the sea. She draws her inspiration from the juxtaposition between nature and “supernatural” colors.

She is a graduate of the Communication Design program at the Alberta University of the Arts and regularly produces artwork, murals and installations for galleries and exhibitions.

Details are on The Kube’s website:

The Last Cookbook You’ll Ever Need

Roberts Creek artist Jane Covernton has published a cookbook for the survivalist in everyone. Infused by Love: an End Times Cookbook, with recipes, photographs, storage tips, thoughts on gardening, community, sharing food and how to live in these times contains dozens of recipes ranging from Lovely Nettles in Echinacea Peppermint Schnapps. Staples like chicken soup and roasted spiced beets are also here, documented by Covernton’s signature passion for garden crops and local wisdom.

The book (priced at $35) is available at the Davis Bay Farmers Market at Davis Bay Hall every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At this location, Covernton offers in-person talks “about end times, cooking, building community or your grandkids or whatever, and selling you a book.

Alternatively, copies can be ordered by phone: 604-989-9090.

Gerald R. Schneider