Arts Briefs 

Driftwood brings farce to stage

Buffoonery, misunderstandings, switched identities: the award-winning play Lend Me a Tenor has all the components a comedic farce requires.

The Driftwood Players will bring playwright Ken Ludwig’s hilarity to life with plenty of double entendres, amorous interludes and never-too-much door slamming Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The Broadway script was heralded by USA Today as "Uproarious! Hysterical" and the New York Post called it "A rib-tickling comedy".

Setting the scene: The curtains open on the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s make-or-break fundraiser, where of course everything goes wrong. All hopes lie with a performance from a world-renowned Italian opera star who ends up taking pills, meant to help him relax, and instead he falls dead asleep. The show’s fool, who thinks the singer has committed suicide, stands in to save the theatre. You can imagine how that goes.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors/students and $10 for children under 12. School and group rates available. Call 604-935-8410 for tickets.

Get strumming with guitar classes

Who hasn’t wanted to learn how to play the guitar at some point in their life?

Women no longer have excuses with Chicks with Picks guitar classes running every Wednesday from April 19 to June 7 at the Pemberton Community Centre.

Classes are run by the energetic and talented Sue Stearns, familiar to most as the other half of Still Smokin’ and a former Tuned Women celebrity. The supportive all-women environment keeps things light, fun and informative.

Classes for beginners run 6-7:30 p.m. and intermediate/advance 7:30-9 p.m.

Call the Pemberton Community Centre to register at 604-894-2340.

Get Reading

The Whistler Reads Community Book Group announces the group’s next book up for discussion June 7.

This month’s book is The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed . The book recounts the exploits of Grant Hadwin, a B.C. logger turned activist who cuts down a sacred 300-year-old golden spruce on the Queen Charlotte Islands and then disappears before trial.

John Vaillant, a Vancouver journalist whose story on the event originally appeared in the New Yorker, pens the non-fiction work.

Sign up for the group by visiting and get 10 per cent off the book at Armchair Books.

The author will be present for the June 7 group discussion so get reading.

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