Plenty of things to do in the city this week

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs "Swan Lake" at the Grand Theatre on Tuesday. (Supplied Photo)

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If you’ve ever wanted to hear more handbell, well, you’re in luck.

The Bronze Foundation, Toronto’s auditioned community handbell choir, performs this Saturday night at the Princess Street United Church, at the corner of Albert and Princess streets.

The ensemble, which performs on five octaves of handbells and three octaves of hand chimes, will be presenting its show titled “Panorama: Large Scale Handbell Musical Landscape,” starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Also this Saturday night, Kingston band Holy Wow — who some might remember from this past summer’s “Back to the Farm” music festival — is releasing a new record, Best Buzz, with a show at the Musiikki Cafe at 8 p.m.

The Brock Street venue also welcomes JV’s Boogaloo Squad on Friday for their first-ever Kingston show. Cover is $10 for the 8 p.m. show.

There are some other interesting shows downtown this weekend.

On Saturday night, the Kim Pollard Band, recently named as the openers for Robert Cray when he plays the Grand Theatre next month, returns to the RCHA Club. Tickets are $15, and the doors open at 9.

On Sunday night, just half a block away on Clarence Street, you can catch the Mill Rights perform on the main floor of the Kingston Brewing Company. The music starts at 8, and there’s no cover.

The week ends with up-and-comers Oakridge Ave. at the Toucan on Friday. The trio, fresh off a recording session with Change of Heart’s Ian Blurton, will be trying out some of their new songs on the Princess Street pub’s faithful. Again, there’s no cover, and the music should start around 10ish.

The Ale House in the Hub will be busier than usual with live music as it hosts five concerts in the next four weeks. It kicks off Tuesday with Canadian country crooner Aaron Pritchett hitting the stage after opener Kira Isabella. Tickets are $25, and the doors open at 8 p.m.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts welcomes a few shows this week.

This Saturday night, it’s Alicia Svigals, a founder of the famous Klezmatics and one of the world’s most accomplished klezmer violinist. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $39 for the general public, and $16 for students.

The second-last concert of the Dan School of Drama and Music’s faculty series takes place Sunday night. The Isabel Quartet returns to the stage and will be joined by Dan School director Craig Walker, who will provide narration, and dancer Lauren Runions. Tickets are $20 to $28 for the general public.

Another quartet will be onstage Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. This time, though, it will be the Juilliard Quartet, who will play pieces by Beethoven, Kurtag and Dvorak.

Thursday is, of course, Valentine’s Day. While restaurants’ reservation books will be jammed with tables of two (or “deuces”) all night and likely all weekend, there is another option for couples to celebrate.

Kingston comedian Adrian Cronk, here last month as part of the Ice Cold Comedy Festival, returns to his hometown in support of headliner Scott Faulconbridge, a regular on CBC Radio’s “The Debaters,” in Love to Laugh. Also on the bill is Jean Paul.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $27.05 plus handling fee and HST.

There are a couple of other shows at the Grand this week.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa is on its first North American tour, and that tour includes a stop in Kingston on Tuesday. The ballet company, featuring more than 50 dancers, will be here performing the classic Swan Lake. Tickets are $40, $50 and $60, plus handling fee and tax.

Having recorded two albums — Dear Mr. Cole and P.S. Mr. Cole — dedicated to his hero, it should come as no surprise that the renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli is touring “A tribute to Nat King Cole at 100.” The Friday night show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $19.50 and can be purchased online at kingstongrand.ca.

If you went all Marie Kondo at the beginning of the year and cleared off too many bookshelves, a fundraising sale this weekend might help replenish them.

Kingston WritersFest is holding a book sale at its office, 209 Wellington St., this weekend. Mint condition hardcovers are $2 and paperbacks $1. The sale runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there will be snacks available onsite courtesy of Lovin’ Spoonful. Benefits from the sale will go toward KWF’s and Lovin’ Spoonful’s community programs.

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