The third annual Brant Improv Festival takes place Jan. 18 and 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 90, 21 Oak St., in Brantford.
Both new and seasoned improv actors will bring comedy to the forefront with Improv Painting, Improv Yoga and Improv Fashion.
Music provided by Improv house band, See You Next Thursday, along with Sean Hauk, and Folk’n Country (Monique Roussel Hunsley).
Local playwright and actor Martin Smith serves as MC again this year.
Tickets are $8 at the door, with proceeds going to Desiree’s Angels and Brantwood Community Services.
The Brantford School of Instrumental Music presents a concert with the Brantford Community Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. Works by Mozart, Bach, Mangione and Rimsky-Korsakov will be performed at the Brantford Convention Centre, 100 Market St. S. Admission is by cash donation.
A Valentine Brunch with Bach is being presented on Feb. 10. at 1 p.m. by the Brantford Symphony Orchestra at the Polish Hall, 154 Pearl St. The event includes a brunch buffet and a performance by BSO musicians. Tickets are $45. They are available at onstagedirect.com/bso or by calling 519-759-8781.
The Brantford Film Group launches its winter and spring season with a screening of The Happy Prince on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Brantford Galaxy Cinemas.
The last days of the Irish poet/playwright Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett) are stirringly imagined in this well-crafted film. After his release from jail (having been convicted of “gross indecency”), and his consequent European exile, Wilde settles in France. Humiliated and impoverished, the target of expatriate British homophobic rowdies, the ailing Wilde flashes back to his glory days as a literary giant, respectably married (Emily Watson plays his now estranged wife) with two sons, and then to his ill-fated decision to renew his disastrous affair with Lord Alfred (Bosie) Douglas (Colin Morgan). Although Wilde may have paid a serious societal price for indiscreet passion in the hypocritical world of the 19th century British elite, lead actor/writer/director Everett powerfully persuades us that Wilde is ultimately redeemed by his own unflagging courage and brilliant wit. Look for actors Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson as they also contribute to Everett’s “Oscar” efforts.
The next instalment of the community lecture series Revealing The Truth will be held Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Laurier Brantford Room RCE004, Research and Academic Centre East Wing, 150 Dalhousie St. Darren Thomas, a full-time Indigenous studies program lecturer and PhD candidate at Laurier, will present Seven Generations, an interactive talk about making the responsibility to bolster an alliance working towards a safe, just and fair society for future generations. The lecture series is presented by the Friends and Neighbours of the Woodland Cultural Centre, in association with the centre’s Save The Evidence Campaign and Laurier Brantford.
Brantford’s Charles Esders is the artist of the month for January at Blue Dog Cafe on Brant Avenue.
The Bulgarian-born artist and writer grew up in Turkey and Greece. He was educated in France and Switzerland, and entered teaching before coming to Canada in 1967.
Esders, who has written plays, poetry and two novels, considers painting a hobby.
ICHTHYS Theatre will have actor/writer/director John Tench leading a workshop called Truth in Character and Believability as part of its annual general meeting on Feb. 16 at the Coach House at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant at 20 Ava Rd. in Brantford.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with Tench’s workshop at 10 a.m., followed by the meeting at 11:30 a.m. To participate in the workshop register online at www.ichthystheatre.ca or call 519-751-5411. Participants are asked to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue from any classical or contemporary theatre source.
ICHTHYS has announced its 2019 lineup, which kicks off with Burs of a Feather by Martin Smith. Described as a comedy among friends, performances will be held March 29-31 and April 5-7 at St. Mary’s Assumption Hall at 133 Murray St. in Brantford. Tickets are available at www.ichthystheatre.ca, at the door, or can be reserved by calling 519-751-5411.
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