Seven Days in Chilliwack – Oct. 16 to 22

A list of entertaining events in Chilliwack for Oct. 16 to 22.

Raven Stories is at the Cultural Centre on Oct. 19. See listing below for more info.

Seven Days is a free A&E listing published in print every Wednesday, and online every Thursday. For more information, or to submit your event, email it to Jenna Hauck at photo@theprogress.com (please include a contact name and number), or call 604-702-5576.

Oct. 15-26 – UFV Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of Birdsong this month marking the 100th anniversary of the first ‘digging-in’ of trench warfare on the Western Front. Birdsong is a new adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ best-selling novel by playwright Rachel Wagstaff. Experience the unparalleled tragedy, the remarkable history and surprising humour of the Great War told through songs, music, movement and the magic of theatre from Oct. 15-26 at UFV. Show times: Oct. 15/16 (previews) at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m., and a school matinee on Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. The opening night performance (Oct. 17) features food, drinks and good old-fashioned mingling at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more info: ufv.ca/theatre or 604-795-2814.

Oct. 17 – Musician Wil Mimnaugh is going to be performing two shows at Bozzini’s Upstairs Lounge (4-45739 Hocking Ave.), one at 6 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20. No Minors. Call 604-792-0744 for tickets.

Oct. 17/18 – The Chilliwack PieceMakers Quilting Guild presents its quilt show PieceMaking in the Valley 2014 at Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.) from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a quilt raffle, merchants’ mall, tearoom, sales table and demos. Admission $5, husbands and children under 12 free.

Oct. 17/18 – Antiques in the Attic returns to the Cultural Centre with Peter Blundell of Blundell Art and Antique Appraisals Oct. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost is $40 per 15-minute sessions, and he will appraise up to three items in each slot, although more detailed items may require a full session for proper inspection. Call 604-391-SHOW(7469) to book your time slot, or for more info.

Oct. 17/18 – The Vedder Golden Branch 280 has live entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights. This weekend it’s Whiskey River.

Oct. 18 – Join the Chilliwack Community Arts Council for its inaugural fundraising event, The Pottery Bowl, at The Art Room (20-5725 Vedder Rd.) from 2 to 5 p.m. For $20, patrons will enjoy a bowl of freshly made soup and take the pottery bowl of their choice home with them. These one-of-a-kind bowls have all been handmade by local potters, and many will be glazed by local celebrities. Once you select your bowl, the artist responsible for creating it will be revealed. There will be music, raffles, and a local harvest market on site to add to the festivities. All proceeds will go to support arts and crafts programming at the Art Room, home of the Chilliwack Community Arts Council. For more information call 604-769-2787.

Oct. 18 – Sto:lo Nation presents Comedy Night at Squiala Community Hall (45005 Squiala Rd.) at 7 p.m. Comics include Claude Stuart, Jenz Malloway, Helena Paul, Dionne McGrath, Chuck Cease, and Nikki LaRock. Tickets $25 (or table of eight for $160), and includes appetizers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Adults only. Contact: 604-798-8143, stolo.tourism@stolonation.bc.ca, www.stolotourism.com.

Oct. 19 – An Evening of Wonders with illusionist Vitaly Beckman takes place tonight at the Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 and available at the Centre Box Office, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469) or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

Oct. 19 – Raven Stories tells three stories based around First Nations folklore; “Raven Steals the Sun, Moon and Stars”, “How Raven Killed a Whale”, and “How Raven Gave Water to the World.” It’s at the Cultural Centre at 2 p.m. Tickets $10 and available at the Centre Box Office, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469) or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

Oct. 20 – Cree artist George Littlechild returns for UFV President’s Lecture Series at the Aboriginal Gathering Place at 4 p.m. Contemporary art tied to rich traditions led Littlechild to craft beautiful creations, but it also opened his eyes to shadows that continue to follow First Nations people today. Littlechild plans to speak about his life’s journey as an artist, as well as social and political issues, with a focus on Canada’s residential school system.

Oct 22 – The 15th annual Chilliwack International Film Series runs every Wednesday (Sept. 24 to Oct. 29) at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas at 7 p.m. Tickets $6 at the door. Tonight’s movie is Calvary; Ireland/UK, drama, 18A, 100 min. A parish priest, despite receiving an oral death threat, continues to comfort his unhappy church members and argue for the value of the church, in this sometimes violent, yet rich, character drama. Director: John Michael McDonagh. Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd and Kelly Reilly.

Now to Nov. 1 – The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra Chorus has immediate openings and welcomes committed singers whose voices blend well in a group. All singers are expected to attend weekly rehearsals in preparation for both the upcoming Christmas and spring performances. The ability to read music is a requirement. Call Paula DeWit at 604-795-0521 for information regarding repertoire, auditions, placement and rehearsal details.

Now to Nov. 1 – Heat, Life, Water is on display in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Centre Sept. 18 to Nov. 1. The show features glass by Karen Ireland, watercolour by Elaine Unrau, and batik (fabric art) by Diane Davidson-Bastien. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 6 to 8 p.m. on show evenings.

Now to Nov. 4 – The Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild have their fibre arts show, Tye One On, on display at the Art Room (20-5725 Vedder Rd.) from Sept. 13 to Nov. 4. The show focuses on a beautiful variety of scarves and shawls that celebrate the upcoming fall season. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 604-769-2787.