Photographer David Kimura and his partner Suzanne Northcott

Arts briefs: Langley universities sites for unique stage productions

Two one-man plays are brought to the stage at local universities.

There’s another one-man play coming to town, this one about Charles Darwin, is being brought to stage for one night only at Langley’s other university – TWU.

Mr. Darwin’s Tree is a British play about evolution taking place at a Christian university, written by noted playwright and director Murray Watts, and starring leading British film, TV, and theatre actor Andrew Harrison.

It is being brought to the Freedom Hall at Trinity Western University on Halloween.

The play is being shown on Oct. 31 in Freedom Hall at 7 p.m., followed by a talk-back panel discussion featuring four TWU faculty, Kent Clarke, Dennis Venema, Angela Konrad, and David Squires.

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for others, and reserved at

One night only at KPU

A KPU psych alumni is back at his alma mater next week, presenting a play he wrote about body image.

The therapist-turned-playwright Kevin Kokoska plays two very different-looking men in The Mirror Test, being performed one night only, Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Langley.

“My play is about the lengths we often go to cover up who we really are,” said Kokoska, who pursued a master’s of education in counselling psychology after graduating with a degree in psychology from KPU.

“There is a lot of role-playing involved in learning to be a therapist. While I’ve always had a love of writing and storytelling, it was my graduate studies in counselling that sparked my interest in performance.”

Tickets are available at or 604-599-2900. Proceeds from all ticket sales support mental health initiatives for KPU students.

The Mirror Test is the pinnacle event of KPU’s Thrive Week, a series of events focused on building positive health and well-being for students, faculty and staff.

Couple share stage

In the meantime, the gallery is preparing for its newest show, opening next week.

Ode, an exhibit of photos by David Kimura and paintings by Suzanne Northcott, opens Wednesday, Nov. 2, and carries through until Nov. 20.

Northcott and Kimura are a married couple who have recently begun showing their work together.

In this collection, Kimura’s spare, evocative photographs, colour prints on aluminum, are arranged to suggest a subtle narrative. Space, between the pieces and in the work, seems to speak to much that is unseen.

Northcott’s full moon paintings have power and presence. There is a sense of abiding, patience, something unchanged in an ever shifting world.

The two artists share a subtle palette, understated imagery, and a poetic sensibility. The result is a moving exhibit that is both powerful and calm.

The artists will be speaking about their work at First Thursday event at the gallery on Nov. 3, and an open house is being held Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 9048 Glover Rd.

Justice gala set

Community Justice Initiatives Association is gearing up for a fundraising event featuring a gourmet meal, mariachi music, inspiring stories, and a silent auction.

The gala is being held Friday, Nov. 4, starting at 6 p.m. at Newlands Golf & Country Club.

Dubbed an evening to celebrate restorative action, the gala will include CJI’s Kaylie Maughan sharing her story and how the restorative action program is affecting relationships among students, staff, and communities throughout the Langley School District.

Tickets are $40, and available at 605-534-5515 or

Her Brothers perform

Her Brothers band will once again be on stage at a Life+App event, coming up Friday at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley.

The family-based Langley band is directly linked to a personal training and development company Life + App, run by their Mom and Dad, Jonathan and Teresa Penner.

Each month they have what they call free “Soul” event where they explore different topics aimed at changing the world for the better.

This month’s event is on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. will be about raising world changers, and how ordinary families create “extraordinary kids.”

Details at or 778-552-1282.

Call out for artists

Fort Gallery is seeking photographers.

Okay, it’s not as simple as it sounds. The collective is holding a juried exhibition in February, the first one to ever feature photography and photography-based artwork, and they’re looking for submissions.

The show is called Pertaining to Rain, and will “contemplate rain, our constant companion from late fall until early spring, and beyond,” said gallery manager Margaret Campbell.

“The gallery invites submissions that reflect on our relationship with rain. Contemporary modes of artistic expression are encouraged,” she added.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 31, and details are available at, or by emailing

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