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Artsbeat: Dazzling Lost Fingers worth finding
A weekly compilation of facts, figures, and fascinating Cowichan culture:
• Woodworking elf John Lore at Duncan’s Live Edge Design opens his shop Dec. 1 at 5195 Mearns Rd. for folks to see the cool, grained pieces — spanning tables, beds, consoles and more — he makes from wood, mostly big-leaf maple, found or salvaged locally. Staffer Christine Fagan said Lore’s recently landed wood from a tree that dropped in a storm near the Cowichan Bay Lawn Tennis Club.
• Chemainus Sketch Group’s Christmas Art Show continues until Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mural Town’s Coast Community Credit Union on Willow Street. Club artists offer a sleigh load of Noel gift ideas and other art for year-round enjoyment.
• The timeless talent of French guitar icon Django Reinhardt — who lost several digits in a hotel fire — was lovingly handed to Cowichanians during The Lost Fingers’ rollicking Cowichan Theatre show Nov. 17 Guitarists Christian Roberge and Byron Mikaloff, plus string bassist Alex Morissette, used harmonies and humour to immortalize Reinhardt’s unique sound by Djangoizing pop to metal hits spanning Careless Whisper, and Sunglasses At Night, to Black Velvet and Tom Sawyer. Truly a classy, world-level show. Django-jazz concert rating: 10 frets out of 10.
• Sommelier Sonja Todd stages tasting and pairing workshops in December, at Duncan’s Old Firehouse Wine Bar, just in time for holiday pouring. Call 250-597-3473.
• Congratulations to valley actor/salesman Brandon Newall, and fiancee/bookstore staffer Brittany Fraboni. They recently got engaged to be hitched in December. The couple met during bard@brentwood’s production of As You Like It. Fraboni has illustrated three editions of the poetry book Out Of The Warm Land.
Peter W. Rusland has been covering Cowichan’s arts and entertainment community for two decades. If you’d like to add to this column, reach him at email@example.com.