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Centre Point: The shortest month of the year is the busiest

Saniya Abilmajineva returns to Vernon as Juliet in Ballet Jörgen’s Romeo & Juliet Feb. 4.  Abilmajineva delighted audiences in the principal role of the Swan Queen in Ballet Jörgen’s 2013 tour of Swan Lake. - Charlene McIntosh
Saniya Abilmajineva returns to Vernon as Juliet in Ballet Jörgen’s Romeo & Juliet Feb. 4.  Abilmajineva delighted audiences in the principal role of the Swan Queen in Ballet Jörgen’s 2013 tour of Swan Lake.
— image credit: Charlene McIntosh

Nature usually provides us colour in spades. Fresh and sparkling snow in the morning, the first blooms of spring, the rich greens of the forest, Kalamalka Lake glowing under a blue, summer sky – these are the things that charge my batteries.

Getting through the February stretch of this dreary winter is going to involve more help than Mother Nature is willing to give. The good news is that, in addition to the Olympics and Winter Carnival, there are all sorts of fantastic events packed into this short little month that are sure to provide a healthy dose of colour.

This afternoon, Canadian pianist Ian Parker is on stage at the Performing Arts Centre.

He started taking piano lessons from his father at just three years old, and now has a master’s degree from Juilliard and a host of awards under his belt.

Find out more about Parker’s renowned passion, humour and talents at the matinee concert, which starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.ticketseller.ca or at the door after 1 p.m.

On Tuesday, Ballet Jörgen Canada returns to the Performing Arts Centre stage for their full-length production of Romeo and Juliet.

Elaborate backdrops, sets and costumes complement Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score and movement by a full troupe of 18 talented dancers. See this literary masterpiece retold through beautiful movement rather than words.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469) or online at www.ticketseller.ca.

The 54th annual Vernon Winter Carnival is set to take place Feb. 7 to 16.

The Queen Silver Star proclamation, Thursday at the Performing Arts Centre, kicks off the carnival and is sure to get you into the spirit. Five showcase finalists will perform and the highlight of the evening is the announcement and crowning of this year’s Queen Silver Star.

Tickets are still available for purchase through the Ticket Seller by calling 549-SHOW (7469).

Top comedians Arj Barker, Dan Quinn, Craig Campbell and Pete Johansson are back in town this Friday for their annual Snowed In Comedy Tour.

Up at the slopes by day, and hosting a hilarious evening of comedy by night, these comedians offer up a powerhouse of comedic talent.

You can expect adult content and language in this uncensored occasion that gets going at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centre. Call the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469) for your tickets.

Godspell is the musical version of the gospel of St. Matthew by composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). This celebration of spirit comes to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre from New York’s Moonglow Entertainment and Toronto’s Drayton Entertainment as part of a national tour.

The vibrant cast of 11 actors plus five musicians retells the later life of Jesus and delivers the Tony-nominated score including the Billboard hit Day by Day and more.

Godspell starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and tickets are on sale now through the Ticket Seller at 549-SHOW (7469).

Brian van Wensem is the audience development coordinator at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

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