December 31, 2012 - 3:30 PM
We are graced here in the Thompson-Okanagan to be the beating heart of culture and front row for so much of what nature has to offer. With a new 2013 calendar ready to go up, exciting events, devised or natural are ready to be penciled in for the new year.
Close to home, venues are preparing to fill seats by attracting top notch talent.
The Price is Right travelling game show is at Prospera Place, March 13 with Jerry Seinfeld taking to the stage May 3.
Kelowna City Park is the place to be for the three-day Centre of Gravity Festival beginning Aug. 2.
The curtain rises Feb. 17 at the Kelowna Community Theatre for Elizabeth Shepherd. Kids can enjoy Strawberry Shortcake with the Doodlebops Jan. 23.
The Okanagan Artist Fair happens Aug. 17 at the Sunplex Sports Arena.
Dean Brody will ride into the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre Jan. 26.
The South Okanagan Events Centre will feature the Tragically Hip with the Arkells Jan. 20, Eric Church on Feb. 1, LeAnn Rimes March 2, Heart March 9, Billy Talent March 16, Sylvia Brown April 5, Weird Al Yankovic April 27, Carry Underwood May 23, Alan Jackson Aug. 3 and the Shambhala Music Festival Aug. 9.
The Harlem Globe Trotters entertain families Feb. 12 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre presents Terri Clark March 13.
The Interior Savings Centre is the place to see Nelly Fertado Jan. 11, Tragically Hip with the Arkells Jan. 20, Billy Talent with Sum 41 March 16, Beauty and the Beast April 30, Eric Church, Feb. 2, The Canadian Tenors Feb. 8, Beauty and the Beast April 30,
The Kamloops Convention Centre will host An Evening with Dianne Buckner Jan. 23 and Imagine No Religion May 17.
Mother nature's stage:
The universe is set to put on a big show bringing not one, but two bright comets for night sky enthusiasts to observe. In March, comet Panstarrs will etch a glowing mark onto the black, but it will literally pale in comparison to comet Ison, predicted to be up to 15 times brighter than the moon if it passes intact, making it the comet of the century. The Okanagan Observatory is always prepared for such events and welcomes the public to come out and take advantage of their facilities.
This will also be a solar maximum year which means the sun should be flaring up and expelling all kinds of protons and electrons to potentially react with earth's outer atmosphere to produce northern lights. Such events can be calculated about a day in advance by paying attention to solar weather forecasts. One source for this information is the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) website.
Happy New Year's!
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