Brendan McLeod hosts the Travellin’ Slam Poetry show coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 15.

Brendan McLeod hosts the Travellin’ Slam Poetry show coming to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 15.

Centre Point: February has every show out of the snow from Tovey to slam poetry

Old Man Winter will stick around a while yet, but we’ve got Vernon Winter Carnival and all sorts of other events to see us through.

With its paltry 28 calendar days, wedged comfortably between January and March (each sporting a lofty 31 days,) February has a cheeky talent for feeling like the longest month of the year.

With cloudy days abounding and any feeling of spring still buried under mounds of snow, February’s arrival does provide assurance that we’ve now definitively arrived on the other side of the coldest part of the season. Sure, Old Man Winter will stick around a while yet, but we’ve got a carnival and all sorts of other events to see us through.

Start out by picking up a 53rd annual Vernon Winter Carnival brochure. This year’s Prehistoric Carnival theme offers all sorts of events throughout town for every age and taste. You can also log on to the Winter Carnival’s website at www.vernonwintercarnival.com for more information.

And there is certainly no shortage of events scheduled to make the most of your next 14 squares on the calendar.

Full Frontal Comedy is back at The Hub Arts Collective this Wednesday. Featuring a familiar set of games mixed with new faces, you’ll enjoy unpredictable laughter and improv as audience suggestions take over the evening.

On Feb. 9, The Hub is host to the first Fem Fest Cabaret. It’s an open mic style night of music, dance, poetry, comedy and more. Full Frontal and Fem Fest both start up at 8 p.m. on their respective dates and tickets are on sale at the Ticket Seller box office at 549-SHOW (7469).

The Vernon Community Music School’s annual charity dinner and ball is slated to take place on Saturday, Feb. 9. A Winter’s Aria is this year’s event happening at the Prestige Inn. Ticket holders will enjoy a prime rib dinner, silent and live auctions, delectable desserts and fantastic music throughout.

Following the concert, the dance floor opens up and the 11-piece Legendary Lake Monster band takes the stage to play into the night.

All proceeds go towards the music school’s Sound Foundation campaign, which aims to make crucial repairs to the 100-year-old Smith House. The evening starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW.

Also on Feb. 9 is the Komasket Music Festival’s African Dance Party at the Paddlewheel Park Hall.

Headlining the event is three-time Juno Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo and the West African Summit eight-piece band. Open to all ages, this spirited celebration features vendors, a silent auction, non-alcoholic drinks and African food. Tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

On Feb. 12, the North Okanagan Community Concert Association is hosting a very special fundraiser, An Evening with Bramwell Tovey.

Dr. Tovey is the conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and draws on his strengths as a classical and jazz pianist, composer and captivating storyteller for a delightful evening. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and you can get your tickets through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

And coming up Feb. 15 is a rock ’em sock ’em night of slam poetry at the Performing Arts Centre.

Travellin’ Slam Poetry is hosted by the Fugitive’s Brendan McLeod and features three poets competing for top honours. Throw your own boisterous cheers or disapproving boos into the mix at this audience judged event.

Showtime is at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Enjoy the shows!

Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator for the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. His Column, Centre Point, appears in the Morning Star every second Sunday,

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