Vancouver’s Axis Theatre Company is returning to Vernon Oct. 13 with its 20th anniversary presentation of the international hit The Number 14.

Vancouver’s Axis Theatre Company is returning to Vernon Oct. 13 with its 20th anniversary presentation of the international hit The Number 14.

Centre Point: Bring on the shows

The Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society’s 11th season kicks off Saturday, Oct. 6.

With temperatures still soaring to the high 20s during the day, it’s hard to believe that the end of September has arrived.

I was actually rather pleasantly surprised to see leaves turning yellow and falling this past week. Alas, the trees know what time of year it is – even if we humans have been kept blissfully unaware.

As always, I’m utterly excited about the arrival of autumn. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of cooler temperatures and the spectacular colour palette we’re about to enjoy. Better yet, with this change of season in our midst, so too arrives an exciting lineup of performances in the weeks to come.

The Performing Arts Centre Society’s 11th season kicks off Saturday when Woody Holler and His Orchestra take the stage for an eclectic night of “jazz from the saddle”.

Holler is a classically trained tenor who brings a not-so-classical bevy of folk, gypsy jazz, swing beats, country, crooning and even yodeling to the stage.

Joining Holler will be some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians including Richard Moody on violin, Greg Lowe on guitar, and Daniel Koulack on double bass.

You can lasso your tickets by calling the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

Coming up on Oct. 13, audience favourite The Number 14 rolls into town for a farewell performance.

In this true Canadian success story, six physical performers strut, swing, sing and talk their way through a day onboard a Vancouver city bus.

Since its inception in 1992, The Number 14 has picked up awards around the globe, proving that travelling by bus can be a hilarious adventure as more than 60 characters come and go from scene to scene.

Don’t miss the bus! Tickets for this farewell performance are going fast but there are still great seats available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

And Oct. 13 also marks the start of The Met: Live in HD at the Vernon Galaxy Cinemas.

The Met’s 2012/2013 season includes such titles as Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore, Verdi’s Otello, Adès’ The Tempest, and more.

These incredible masterpieces are broadcast live from the The Met to the big screen. Tickets and more information can be found online at www.cineplex.com/events.

It’s a whole new season of quality live experiences at the Performing Arts Centre so be sure to log on to www.ticketseller.ca and find out all about it. Whether it’s the colossal Titanic: The Musical that floats your boat, or perhaps Stuart McLean and his Vinyl Café, chamber musicians musica intima, or the Unforgettable Music Nat King Cole that gets tickles your palate, there’s something in the works for every taste.

Enjoy the shows!

–– Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator with the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.