Personally I'm a big fan of a long, hot summer and when the leaves fall and the nights get chilly, I'm not a happy camper.
On the up side -- there is always one of those, you know -- fall is the time when entertainment takes off again in a big way as theatres, concert halls, cinemas and the rest gear up for all those wet, bedraggled West Coasters seeking the warmth of crowds in indoor venues.
This time of year, before all the relentlessly cheery Christmas fare starts, you can usually find yourself something great to watch and/or listen to.
For theatre buffs, you'll want to check out The Woman in Black at Chemainus. A shivery ghost tale, this is ever-so-seasonal as long nights draw in and it even ends on Halloween night. For more on this show, turn to Page D3.
If you don't mind a quick drive down to Duncan, you really should take in A Little Nightmare Music on Sept. 25 at the Cowichan Theatre.
Everything I've read online about this show (see the musicians' website for video at: www.igudesmanandjoo.com) makes me yearn to go. Alas with a schedule that ties me to my desk most nights, I'm not gonna get the chance. But you can and should if you love hilarious edge comedy and great sounds.
(For more on the show, turn to Page D11.)
And let's not forget dance.
The Port Theatre is offering a veritable smorgasbord of dance from The National Ballet of Canada on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
This National Ballet show includes 10 of the Ballet's finest dancers in a performance of favourite works specially selected by artistic director, Karen Kain. This special performance will feature pas de deux from Apollo, Musings: A tribute to Mozart, The Lady of Camellias and The Sleeping Beauty. Ah, beautiful music and fit, strong people in tights ... what's not to love? (See Page D12 for more info.)
But perhaps you're not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Crimson Coast Dance Society is raising the curtain on a 12th season of dance in Nanaimo on Sept. 27, 5-7 p.m. at Longwood Brew Pub and they'll launch their season with a Sunset BBQ and Beer Party. Chow down on gourmet salads, a seafood barbecue and sip the Longwood's marvellous ale. Buy a travel raffle ticket or check out the items in the silent auction held. Plus, get the scoop on the coming dance shows this group is bringing to the city over the winter. (Find out more by turning to Page D12.)
Lynn Welburn is entertainment editor of the Nanaimo Daily News. Contact her at 250-729-4242 or via e-mail at: email@example.com.
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