Valentine's Day fun in the Tri-Cities

Love birds looking for ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day can check out some romantic shows and activities in the Tri-Cities this month.

Love birds looking for ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day can check out some romantic shows and activities in the Tri-Cities this month.

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Port Moody secondary graduate Deanna Rayne will be at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) next Friday to entertain at a concert titled Valentine’s for Jazz Lovers. And musician Bill Marshall will be at the same venue the following night for an event called Love Is… 

Call 604-937-0998 or visit gallerybistroportmoody.com for tickets.

Coquitlam author Eliza Gordon will be at Chapters (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) from noon to 4 p.m. next Saturday for the store’s Valentines event with writers. Gordon, who has a young adult novel coming out April 2018 with HarperCollins Canada under her real name of Jenn Sommersby, will sign copies of her romanic comedies: Hollie Porter Builds a Raft, Must Love Otters and Neurotica.

Also that night, Terry Fox secondary graduate Maria Ho appears at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) for Love Is On The Air — a concert presented as a live radio show — with Chris Sigerson on piano, Paul Rushka on bass, Dave Say on saxophone and Buff Allen on drums.

Ho told The Tri-City News the quintet will play a series of American jazz standards and Brazilian rhythms while David Mann, Evergreen’s performing arts manager, narrates. The Feb. 11 concert wraps up with door prizes from Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.

For tickets, call the Evergreen box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

On Feb. 14, head over to Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) in Maillardville for a Valentine’s Day chocolate making class, from 6 to 9 p.m. The session is hosted by the Coquitlam Heritage Society. Visit coquitlamheritage.ca.

Finally on Feb. 18, the Celtic-Medieval music group Caelestra will treat an audience at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts to a performance called Tales of Love: A Journey Through Time.

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The concert features faculty member and soprano Lambroula Pappas, with Michelle Carlisle on flute, Britta Curkovic on harp and Sasha Levin on percussion. The musicians, who will dress in Renaissance costumes, will play original “fantasy folk” tunes composed by Curkovic.

“She writes all the music, she writes all the lyrics,” Pappas said of her colleague and former vocal student. “They’re lovely songs that tell a story about love and death and everything in between. Each of her songs is like a mini opera.”

Call 604-664-1636 or visit placedesarts.ca for tickets.

jcleugh@tricitynews.com

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