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First place award; Elaine Alfoldy, “Berries and Flowers and Unusual Leaves. “ Photos: Submitted

West Kootenay artists shine in juried showcase

The showcase — “365 All in a Year” — will run from Sept. 23 to Oct. 18 at the Trail VISAC

Lynne Karey-McKenna (right), with Suzanne Chubb (left) in Footlighters Theatre Society’s recent production of <em>Complain Department and Lemonade</em>, will be leading a play reading group to help determine the final production of the group’s 2022/2023 season. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)

Footlighters to choose final production with series of play readings

Series provides opportunity to select a play for production, and participate without being onstage or memorizing lines

Kozmo Sammartino and Rachel DeShon in a scene from Souvenir: a Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, running at the Capitol Theatre Sept. 8 and 9 Photo: Electrify Photography

The baffling story of Florence Foster Jenkins

Sept. 8 and 9 production stars Rachel DeShon and Kozmo Sammartino, directed by Pat Henman

Kozmo Sammartino and Rachel DeShon in a scene from Souvenir: a Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, running at the Capitol Theatre Sept. 8 and 9 Photo: Electrify Photography
AnneMarie Smits (left) and Makaria Ewing (right) in Complaint Department and Lemonade, which Footlighters presented Aug. 27 after only 24 hours of rehearsal. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)

Footlighters open auditions for Creston’s Christmas play

An Enchanted Bookshop Christmas will hit the stage Dec. 1-3

AnneMarie Smits (left) and Makaria Ewing (right) in Complaint Department and Lemonade, which Footlighters presented Aug. 27 after only 24 hours of rehearsal. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)
Castlegar’s first ever Jalopy Parade is set to celebrate the town’s less appreciated rides on Sept. 10. Illustration: ST3

Unique Castlegar car show ready to show off your ricketiest rides

Jalopy Parade to celebrate the region’s less-appreciated vehicles

Castlegar’s first ever Jalopy Parade is set to celebrate the town’s less appreciated rides on Sept. 10. Illustration: ST3
Local singers are needed for a choral concert series this October. (Pixabay)

Unfurl Your Wings: Seeking Creston singers for concert series

Rehearsals are starting for a choral concert series in October

Local singers are needed for a choral concert series this October. (Pixabay)
Jennifer Adams (left) and Susanne Chubb (right) in Million Dollar Meatballs, the final production of Footlighters Theatre Society’s 27th season in June. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)

Creston’s Footlighters to produce play in just 24 hours

The Next Day Play is part of the annual Footlighters’ membership drive

Jennifer Adams (left) and Susanne Chubb (right) in Million Dollar Meatballs, the final production of Footlighters Theatre Society’s 27th season in June. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)
Artist Frantisek Strouhal’s work ‘Soul Journey’ was juried and invited to participate in the 54th Open International Juried Exhibition by the Society of Canadian Artists. Photo: contributed

West Kootenay artist’s work selected for international exhibition

“My work is a reflection of my own personal renaissance,” said Frantisek Strouhal.

Artist Frantisek Strouhal’s work ‘Soul Journey’ was juried and invited to participate in the 54th Open International Juried Exhibition by the Society of Canadian Artists. Photo: contributed
Safety by Mo Hamilton. Photo by Mo Hamilton

Two new exhibitions at the Kootenay Gallery celebrate the everyday

Exhibit features works by Janet Kabatoff and Mo Hamilton

Safety by Mo Hamilton. Photo by Mo Hamilton
Turbo Bambi is seen here working a piece for the Nelson International Mural Festival. The event opens Friday in Nelson. Photo: Electrify Photography.

Nelson International Mural Festival to open with acclaimed artists, live performances, activities

A kid-friendly weekend of free events includes beat-boxing and drumming workshops

Turbo Bambi is seen here working a piece for the Nelson International Mural Festival. The event opens Friday in Nelson. Photo: Electrify Photography.
Tammy Bradford manages the Creston Museum, which is a stop on this year’s Columbia Basin Culture Tour. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

14th annual culture tour returns to Creston

On August 6 and 7, take a road trip to immerse yourself in arts and culture

Tammy Bradford manages the Creston Museum, which is a stop on this year’s Columbia Basin Culture Tour. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Bob Keating (left) writes and edits The Headwaters podcast, and Mitchell Scott is its producer and host. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘Tell them something unique in a unique way’: The Headwaters podcast tells surprising Kootenay stories

With 4,000 downloads since May, producers say success is about sound, pacing, and unexpected stories

Bob Keating (left) writes and edits The Headwaters podcast, and Mitchell Scott is its producer and host. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Winlaw, B.C.’s Peter Vogelaar (left) and Nelson’s Alex Avelino are among the 10 sand sculpting teams competing in the new season of the CBC show Race Against The Tide. Photo courtesy CBC

The Sandmen: West Kootenay artists compete in CBC sand sculpting show

Alex Avelino and Peter Vogelaar star in Race Against The Tide

Winlaw, B.C.’s Peter Vogelaar (left) and Nelson’s Alex Avelino are among the 10 sand sculpting teams competing in the new season of the CBC show Race Against The Tide. Photo courtesy CBC
Battle of the Bands returned to Creston and was met with great success. (Metro Creative)

Battle of the Bands celebrates return to Creston

By Bruce E.J. Atkinson After a magnificent and melodious weekend, the return…

Battle of the Bands returned to Creston and was met with great success. (Metro Creative)
Ukrainian Yana Zlot will be performing at the Pass Creek Gospel Music Festival. Photo: Submitted
Ukrainian Yana Zlot will be performing at the Pass Creek Gospel Music Festival. Photo: Submitted
Director Dan Caverly discusses a scene with actors during the shooting of Susap: Keeper of Knowledge, premiering in Cranbrook June 20.

Film about Lower Kootenay Band elder premiering in Cranbrook

Susap: Keeper of Knowledge is about Hereditary Chief Robert Louie; playing at Key City Theatre Monday, June 20

Director Dan Caverly discusses a scene with actors during the shooting of Susap: Keeper of Knowledge, premiering in Cranbrook June 20.
Christopher Moore (centre) leads a group of bikers at the front of Nelson’s first Pride Parade in 1996. The parade nearly didn’t happen due to public pressure and concerns for the lives of participants. Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson LGBTQ2S+ Archives
Christopher Moore (centre) leads a group of bikers at the front of Nelson’s first Pride Parade in 1996. The parade nearly didn’t happen due to public pressure and concerns for the lives of participants. Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson LGBTQ2S+ Archives
Actors Zoe Marini, as jewel thief Frankie, and Suzanne Chubb, as food critic Damanda Dumper, rehearse for Million Dollar Meatballs, which promises lots of laughs in the disco-themed 70s. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)
Actors Zoe Marini, as jewel thief Frankie, and Suzanne Chubb, as food critic Damanda Dumper, rehearse for Million Dollar Meatballs, which promises lots of laughs in the disco-themed 70s. (Photo by Brian Lawrence)
Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer

Author explores the glory days of Nelson rail in his latest work

When Trains Ruled the Kootenays to be launched June 22 at the Touchstone Museum of Arts and History

Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer