Books, movies, music, art: It’s all right here

Books, movies and music and art are common sources of entertainment through the West Coast’s stormy winters. This coming week there will be a number of reasons to leave the house and brave a little rain to get your fill of all four.

BOOKS: On Saturday, November 8 authors Margaret Horsfield and

Ian Kennedy will be celebrating the lauch of their book Tofino and Clayoquot Sound, A History with a book launch party at The Marina West Motel’s Harbour Lounge starting at 5pm. On Sunday, there will be a book launch and reading tailored to the Ucluelet audience at Blackberry Cove Marketplace, 243 Main, with slide show, light refreshments in an intimate setting. The book covers the regions natural history including the geographical and biological factors that created Clayoquot Sound and continue to shape it today. It also looks at the history of the First Nations that were the first to inhabit the area, the arrival of the Spanish and the continuing cultural and economic balancing act that makes the region what it is today.

MOVIES: Ucluelet’s Big Beach Cinema, in the Ucluelet Community Center -Friday at 6 and Saturday at 1 it’s the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie: When a kingpin threatens New York City, a news reporter find a quad of mutants which makes an alliance to unravel Shredder’s plan. (PG) For the late show, Friday at 8 and Saturday at 3 catch The Giver: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man, also rated PG.

Tofino’s Monday Night Movie this week is Regeneration: Based on Pat Barker’s novel of the same name, ‘Regeneration’ tells the story of soldiers of WWI sent to an asylum to deal with the horrors they experienced during the war. Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England’s most important WW1 poets are among the patients. Admission free or by donation to The Poppy Fund, film at 8pm MUSIC: Thurs., Nov. 6 Tofino’s own vocal jazz trio Down By Law is at The Wickaninnish Inn’s Driftwood Café. Featuring local vocalist Tara Halil they’ll play songs from the past century touching on jazz and country standards, Motown and soul from the 60’s, as well as modern vocalist like Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse arranged for vocals, acoustic guitar and upright bass. Music starts at 6:30, admission is free.

Finally, at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn on Tues, Nov. 11 are Vancouver songwriters Stephen Spender and Cassandra Van Dyck. An evening of Americana and folk starts at 9 pm, admission is free ARTS: Iconic Canadian painter Ken Kirkby will take part in a discussion about the arts with Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne at the Pacific Rim Arts Society’s AGM Sun., Nov. 9 at 2 pm at Darwin’s Café in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. All members in good standing and present will be entered in a draw for an original 24″x48″ oil painting donated by Ken Kirkby.

Also, Monday and Tuesday, Tofino artist Mark Hobson will be in painting at his easel at his gallery at 366 Campbell from 1 pm -5 pm.

Reach Geoff Johnson, ad rep for the Westerly, at 250-266-2400.