Hodge: Film fest and Blue Gator gig offer diversion for taxpayers

Hope you have a little free time over the next weekend or two because I have a couple of great ideas.

Hope you have a little free time over the next weekend or two because I have a couple of great ideas besides stressing out about getting your taxes together.

The popular Travelling World Community Film Festival is currently taking place at UBCO and Okanagan College (KLO campus) and offers some interesting, thought provoking material.

Forget the yard work this weekend and go see a film.

Among the diverse and interesting 35 films being viewed is a local documentary about homelessness here in our city called No Where To Be.

The Travelling World Community Film Festival is known for its diversity of topics covered including environmental, social justice and human rights, along with being quality productions. The majority of films offered are sure to educate, entertain and inspire.

Okanagan residents of all ages are encouraged to enjoy this year’s festival, with a special Family Program set for Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Okanagan College.

Admission is free with donations for the Ki-low-na Friendship Centre and Inn from the Cold encouraged.

If you are a gardener (as Tez and I are) then here is a bonus—the festival has joined with the Kelowna Community Seed Swap, with the sale taking place March 10 in the Okanagan College Student Centre Pit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See you there.

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You had better skip work and rest up all next week because on March 16 and 17 one of my favourite places to enjoy music is bringing in quite the collection of local music legends.

The Blue Gator is playing host to Rann Berry and the Random Act during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, however, it is Random Act with some surprise additional musical bandits.

Along with Rann and the always-superb Michael Fic, the stage act will include Scott Gamble, Mike Jervis and Jim Ryan. Clear the stage!

As much of a hermit as I have become of late, I am definitely looking forward to a night out with these boys.

It is sort of like a homecoming for me with a memory bank of musical buddies. All of the above are old friends—and each of them not only superb musicians but superb people.

Gamble is one of the Valley’s most prolific and diverse drummers.

His skills on the kit are obvious, his ability to play any genre of music impressive, and his thirst to play inspiring.

Scott always shines on the drums and he is always willing to help others.

Scott’s band repertoire is huge. Aside from playing regularly with the amazing rock band Ten2Nine he’s worked with The Cruzeros, Robert Fine, Ran Berry, Jim LeGuilloux, and a plethora of other talented folks.

Mike Jervis is the consummate guitar player/entertainer with a lifetime of living and loving the world of music.

His resume includes Cheeky Monkeys and Who’s on Bass (among others) and I suspect there is a tad of Irish blood in the lad—so it might be interesting.

Last, but certainly not least is Jim ‘Pa’ Ryan. When the good Lord made the template for a ‘natural’ musician, it must have looked a whole lot like Jim.

Pa, (like Mikey), lives to play and it shows in every inch of his largeness on stage.

A superb bass player and spellbinding keyboard master, Pa is never more at home than on a stage making music. He is well worth the price of admission alone.

It’s even more fun knowing him.

Pa is probably best known to local music fans as the keyboard player with The Cruzeros.

So there you go—five or six bands all rolled up in one. How can you beat that?

As Rann Berry says, “It’s a new Random lineup, and what a lineup it is. It’s going to rock!”

Save me a chair boys!