CENTRE POINT: Lot’s happening on the culture front

Now looking ahead to 2016, we’ve got another year of world-class entertainment

The first few weeks of January always seem so calm and serene compared to the hustle and bustle of the previous month. Similarly, the arts scene takes a brief intermission as students, teachers, artists and touring groups recharge after a typically jam-packed fall and holiday season.

As someone who sees so many performances throughout the year, the last few weeks have been a great time to reflect on my favourites from 2015. Now looking ahead to 2016, we’ve got another year of world-class entertainment coming to our neighbourhood starting this week.

One of Canada’s top rock bands will be making a tour stop in Vernon Monday when Theory of a Deadman takes the stage at the Performing Arts Centre.

Platinum-selling and Juno award-winning, this hard rock band has amassed an impressive string of awards and smash hits including Bad Girlfriend, So Happy, By the Way and more.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can still be purchased for this show through the Ticket Seller box office at 250-549-SHOW (7469).

The Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Vernon Friday, with top comedians Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn, Craig Campbell and Paul Myrehaug.

On the slopes of winter resorts by day, and hosting a hilarious evening of comedy by night, these comedians offer up a powerhouse of comedic talent. You can expect adult content and language in this uncensored occasion that gets going at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre.

Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

What happens when a dragon moves into the neighbourhood? Find out Saturday when Tears of Joy Theatre tells the story of The Reluctant Dragon.

As magnificent as any dragon who ever took the stage, this dragon is not the fearsome type.

He and the boy who befriends him are more interested in art and poetry and this story takes audience members of all ages on an adventure with the underlying theme to never judge a book by its cover. The showtime is 2 p.m. and tickets are still available through the box office by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2016 with a French soirée at the Performing Arts Centre Jan. 24.

Inspired by the poetry, love and jazz of Paris, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is on the programme, along with Faure’s Pavane, Op. 50, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, and Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6 p.m. in the Marie Fleming Hall for those interested and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium.

Call the Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or go online at www.ticketseller.ca for your tickets.

Enjoy the shows.