The 22nd annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival takes place at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds from August 15 to 17. The festival is the largest music festival in B.C.’s Interior.

This year’s festival will be headlined by Mavis Staples, an iconic American R&B and gospel singer. She is best known for her family’s band, the Staple Singers, but has forged an admirable career as a soloist as well. In 2010, her 13th studio album, You Are Not Alone, won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.

Johnny Carson: “It was so hot today…”

Audience: “How hot was it?”

Johnny: “It was so hot today…that even the chalk art on the sidewalks was well done!”

[Audience laughter. Drum roll from band. Ed McMahon coughs. Cut to commercial.]

Early Music Vancouver presents a performance of G.F. Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road) on August 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Il Trionfo del Tempo features the Pacific Baroque Orchestra directed by Alexander Weimann. The performance features sopranos Amanda Forsythe and Krisztina Szabó, alto Reginald L. Mobley, and tenor Colin Balzer.

Zakiya Hooker will perform at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) on August 9. The singer-songwriter will be joined by her husband, producer Chris James for an unforgettable night of music, which will complete the Aaargon Music on the Grill Series.

Hooker, who is the daughter of legendary blues icon John Lee Hooker, made her debut in 1991 and has since gone on to perform with Etta James, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, and Charlie Musselwhite. Hooker’s latest album, 2009’s Boogie with the Hook Records, showcases her signature silky-rich vocals.

James is a blues icon himself, having performed with 60s R&B group Natural Four and artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, The Temptations, and Kool and the Gang.

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Having mastered the visual arts since his retirement in 2008, presidential man-child George W. Bush has gone on to further hone his literary skills with a biography of his father, George H.W. (Poppy) Bush.

Crown Publishers releases the still untitled work on November 11. A media release reveals that “the book shines new light on both the accomplished leader and the warm, decent man known best by his family.”

Earlier this month at the Indian Summer festival, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion involving graphic novelists from three different cultures.

Today, I learned that the video has been posted on YouTube (see below).

The first graphic novelist who spoke, Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, is a celebrated Haida artist whose work has appeared in numerous cultural institutions, including the Museum of Anthropology and the British Museum. He's the author of several graphic novels, including Flight of the Hummingbird. Forward the video to 8:17 and you can see his presentation.

One band, one dance, and one movie bring a touch of cinema to this year's Powell Street Festival, starting with the launch of the 38th edition at Electric Owl. Vancouver band Late Spring, which opens for GRMLN at the Main Street venue on Friday (August 1), takes its name from the 1949 film by cinematic master Yasujirō Ozu.

A little more directly related to the film world, this year’s festival also features the premier of a solo dance piece inspired by the films of Wong Kar-wai. Erika Mitsuhashi’s this room has curved edges comes to the Firehall Arts Centre for two performances on Saturday (August 2).

A quite-literally-cool art installation at the Harmony Arts Festival will let visitors catch some shade as they enter the West Vancouver site. 

Architect Matthew Soules has constructed the lush canopy out of thousands of plants, but what's rad about the design is that instead of being wild and organic, it looks modernist and geometric. He's built the greenery into repeated pyramidal shapes to create a three-dimensional pattern.

If that pattern reminds you of the pattern-making of influential West Coast modernist BC Binning, you'd be right. And perhaps there's no surprise there: Soules lives in the influential early West Coast modernist's famed house, a national historic site in West Vancouver and a veritable shrine to modernism. 

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