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Shelley Marshall Presents: “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19

HELD OVER! Shelley Marshall Presents: The Award Winning Production “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”: April 18 & 19. All ShelleyMarshallApr18_19.jpgOne Woman’s story of an unfiltered life, written and performed by Shelley Marshall, directed by Linda Kash. It seems appropriate that world renowned Comedienne, Marshall would open her autobiographical One Woman Show in the city where the story and star were born. It took 10 years for Marshall to create this Play and it is the rewarding result of resilience, recovery, and reflection while exploring many genres of performance including elements of clown, stand up, improv, buffoon, and play. Shelley Marshall takes her audience many places; “I take them on an adventure, both emotionally and visually. There is no denying that my story is tragic, but it’s my story and time and writing without shame has been my comedic relief. ‘Hold Mommy’s Cigarette’ is not an exploitation of what has happened in my life, but rather, an acceptance of where it may lead. It is a dark comedy, a vulnerable piece about life, mental illness and survival.” Marshall reveals with a smile. She invites you to come to her show with an open mind and promises you’ll leave with a full heart. *Mature Content* http://www.holdmommyscigarette.com Tickets available at http://www.thepearlcompany.ca or 524-0606. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451939231706392/

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Fringe: Death & the Maiden / RiderGirl: July 18-28

CHECK THE REVIEW FOR DEATH AND THE MAIDEN:
http://fringefestivalcommunityreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/death-and-the-maiden/

Death and the Maiden: Written by Laurence Olivier Prize Winning playwright Ariel Dorfman. This is the fourth production that Death_Maiden.jpgNortesur has developed for the stage; chosen because it speaks passionately about current international events, it asks tough questions about forgiveness and the role of victims and perpetrators in transitory societies, and it is a local opportunity to see a truly amazing piece of theatre written by one of Latin America’s best contemporary playwrights.  It is raw, provocative, and driven by a cast of characters that are all-too-human. Performed, and designed by emerging professional artists from across the golden horseshoe and the GTA, it is an entertaining, insightful, and extraordinarily powerful piece that delivers an evening of truly engaging theatre.  Thurs.July 18@ 8:00pm, Fri.19@8:00pm, Sat.20@7:00pm, Tues.23@8:00pm, Wed.24@7:00pm, Thurs.25@8:00pm,  Fri.26@7:00pm, Sat.27@8:00pm

AND HERE’S  RIDERGIRL’S REVIEW :
http://fringefestivalcommunityreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/ridergirl-second-review/

RiderGirl: Written and performed by Ottawa based actor and Saskatchewan native Colleen Sutton. Professional sports and
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Times, dates, and tickets are  on the Fringe website – www.hamiltonfringe.ca 

Art Bus: Friday, July 5

The Art Bus is Sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage:

Last Art Bus for the Summer! Check out Hamilton’s unique and constantly evolving art scene! Call Barbara JMarsalesArtBusLarge.jpg(905.524.0606) or email (info@thepearlcompany.ca) to reserve your seat. Next dates: Sept 6 & 20. Cost: $15/$10 students/artists. Group rates available.  Start: 6:30 from The Pearl.

  • July 5: (L’Arche Gallery, Workers Arts & Heritage, Nathaniel Hughson, Book Club Gallery, Manta Gallery) This will be another varied and interesting trip with specially-opened galleries, and tours of places you have never been before!

Splish Splash: The Bobby Darin Story: June 4

Splish Splash: The Bobby Darin Story: Saturday, June 4. 8:00pm. $15 advance/$20 door. This exhilarating show isBobbyDarin.jpg a biographical look at Bobby Darin as a professional, presented in a concert type format in two acts. It showcases a full 12 piece orchestra with back-up singers and 30 full length songs,  from Splish Splash to Mack The Knife and Beyond the Sea all done live, like the good old days!
The show features Hamilton’s own Tony Sciara (You know him from Degrassi High!) and The 12/4 Swing Orchestra with Jim Heaslip.

Steve Brockley Band: June 3

Steve Brockley Band: Friday, June 3. 8:00pm. $15 at the door. $10 Artists & Students. Our fourth Steve BrockleyBrockley3.jpg concert! “Steve is a remarkable songwriter; one of those singers whose every word we strain to hear because those words are so entertaining and fitting  you don’t want to miss any.  But even if you don’t hear a single sentence, this three-piece band is so tight and original that the music alone will satisfy”.  Leon Power’s beats combined with Kevin Bertram’s double bass swagger make a low-down groove while Steve Brockley’s finger-picked electric guitar tactics and whiskey-blend vocals deliver some honest songs from the heart and guts.   “His album, crafted in the riff-filled, storytelling tradition of legends like Johnny Cash,Brockley2.jpg is beyond his years.” www.myspace.com/stevebrockley

Brott Summer Showcase: The Bremen String Quartet. June 2,

Brott Summer Festival Showcase: The Bremen String Quartet. Thursday, June 2, 7:30. $10 at the door.  Formed BremenStrings.jpgin 2008, the Bremen String Quartet is an ensemble of dynamic young musicians ready to make an impact by showcasing their love for chamber music.  They have quickly garnered a reputation for being “… musicians who play with remarkable nuance, intensity of expression, and probing intelligence” (Edwin Outwater).  http://www.bremenstringquartet.com The Brott Music Festival has played a leading role in providing cultural excellence and diversity to the Hamilton area for 22 years. The annual summer festival presents orchestral concerts with the National Academy Orchestra, intimate recitals with great singers and stellar instrumental soloists, opera, dance, even visual art.  http://www.brottmusic.com

 

Dean Hollin: For the Love O’ Nat: May 28

FOR THE LOVE O’ NAT – CHRONICLING THE LIFE, TIMES & MUSIC OF NAT KING COLE: Dean Hollin presents another DeanHollin_2_.JPGof his popular “Musical Biographies”.  Saturday, May 28th,  8 pm.  $18 advance / $22 door.  An evening of memories and melodies, all tied together by one man — that tremendous crooner of the twentieth century, Nat King Cole. The songs: “A Blossom Fell”, “Route 66, “Mona Lisa”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Paper Moon”, “When I Fall In Love” and, the timeless “Stardust”! In direct keeping with the instrumentation of the original Nat King Cole Trio piano, rhythm guitar, and upright bass — Dean will be accompanied by a live jazz trio.  http://www.deanhollin.com

 

Jazz Connection Big Band: Friday, May 27

Jazz Connection Big Band: Friday, May 27. Doors at 8:30, jazz at 9:00 $15 at the door: With renowned jazz pianistJCBB_9863.jpg John Sherwood! They’re back and are gaining a bigger audience every time they play here! Made up of talented musicians from all over southwestern Ontario, the Jazz Connection Big Band is a 20-piece band dedicated to playing great, straight-ahead jazz.  The JCBB, carry us once again into the cool space of surround sound big band music! http://www.jazzconnection.ca

The ƒ Holes: May 19

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The ƒ Holes: Thursday, May 19. 8:00. 15$ at the door.10$ students/artists: … An impeccably authentic, raucously F_Holes_group.jpgentertaining blend of gypsy jazz, zippy Dixieland, viper blues and roots from this Winnipeg creative hybrid that is rewriting the definition of roots music. Over-the-top vocals meet pedal steel, blistering horns, banjo and fiddle to create this campy, slightly twisted take on country, blues, dixieland, klezmer and anything that piques their interest, apparently. With music that would be at home on an off-Broadway stage, this musical conglomerate swirls around the hell-fired vocals of Patrick Alexandre Leclerc and a group of talented musicians who throw caution to the wind in their bid to make a distinctive mark. (The F refers to the holes in acoustic guitars and standup basses…) www.thefholes.ca

Brott Festival Showcase: Chamber Concert. May 18

Brott Music Festival Showcase: Chamber Music Concert. No Charge. Wednesday, May 18, 7:30.  The Brott Music BrottFest.jpgFestival has played a leading role in providing cultural excellence and diversity to the Hamilton area for 22 years. The annual summer festival presents orchestral concerts with the National Academy Orchestra, intimate recitals with great singers and stellar instrumental soloists, opera, dance, even visual art. Their diverse season includes everything from classical to pop music and this week they are doing a sneak preview of treats to come with a free concert at The Pearl. Come experience three exciting new chamber music groups: brass, a string trio and a wind trio. http://www.brottmusic.com


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