Festival of the Voice

The 10th annual Festival of the Voice is taking place on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Dunstan Anglican Church, 3025-264 St. Aldergrove.

The New Orleans Ale Stars

The New Orleans Ale Stars are performing at the Reach Gallery on Friday, April 29.

Their album Kansas City Kitty won the Jeff Healey Award for best traditional/classic jazz album in Canada in 2007. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, students $12.

Festival of the Voice

The 10th annual Festival of the Voice is taking place on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at St. Dunstan Anglican Church, 3025-264 St. Aldergrove.

The show will feature the multi-faceted Joy Vox Community Choir; the all women’s chamber choir, Voce Destino; Kitchen Sync, a group that embodies folk, jazz and rock; and special guest Jennifer Scott,  a vocalist and jazz pianist specializing in jazz, blues and world music.

Tickets are $15 at the door, children under 12 are free. Proceeds go to the Red Cross for Japan.

DIrectors’ Festival

The 16th annual Directors’ Theatre Festival is taking place at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, 45635 Yale Rd. from April 27 to May 1.

The festival is a fringe- style event, featuring numerous one-act plays over a five-day period. This year’s schedule offers 24 productions, some by established playwrights, as well as original plays by student writers. There will be a series of matinees and previews on Wednesday, April 27.

The opening ceremony is on Thursday, April 28 at 4.30 p.m. The festival will conclude on May 1 at 11 p.m. Tickets for individual productions are $5 each, with four packs of tickets selling for $15.

A pass for all 24 productions is $40. For information and reservations call 604-795-2814 or email theatre@ufv.ca.

The performance schedule and descriptions of individual productions can be accessed at the theatre website www.ufv.ca/theatre  in the Directors’ Theatre Festival section.

Bard in the Valley

Auditions will be held Sunday, May 1 from 1-4:30 p.m. to cast the Bard in the Valley’s August production of As You Like It, by William Shakespeare.

It’s the second annual Bard in the Valley Shakespearean Festival. Call-backs will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

The auditions are taking place at Douglas Park Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley City. For more Information, visit www.bardinthevalley.com.

Sabir Sisters

A spring benefit concert for Communitas Supportive Care Society featuring the Sabir Sisters will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd.

The fundraising focus is the Family Support Network (FSN), a network for families that have a child or sibling with a disability.

Tickets to watch the fiddling duo can be purchased early for $20, or $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Communitas office at 103-2776 Bourquin Cres. W., in Abbotsford (604-850-6608), at House of James, or at: www.CommunitasCare.com/store.

Bergmann Piano Duo

The Valley Concert Society presents the Bergmann Piano Duo in concert on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way.

Tickets are $25 at the door or available by phone at 604-859-5192 or 604-854-3318.

The duo received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of The fourth Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.

Double the Love

Award-winning photographer Jason Brown and contemporary painter Sharon Huget, are being featured in an exhibition in Abbotsford next month. The show will be hosted at Revival Arts studio, 35628 Kahana Pl.

The Double the Love show will be held on May 7 from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  The event is free. For more information visit www.revivalartsstudio.com or call 604-864-6339.