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April 2012 First Friday Good Time Had By All

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April 2012 First Friday Good...

It was a full house at Cheeky Monkey for the April 13th First Friday.  I know, the 13th was the SECOND Friday.  Good Friday fell on the FIRST Friday, and since stores etc can not be open that day, it was pushed back a week.  This happens everytime a stat holiday happens on a First Friday evening.  Sometimes it causes some confusion and the crowds are light.  Not for this month's event.  The weather was perfect and the streets, stores and galleries were filled with people! The band playing at Cheeky Monkey was Portrait of You.  This was the third time we've hosted them.  Exactly a year ago they played for the 2011 April First Friday (new tradition guys - let's book it now) and they played on the sidewalk outside the store in the summer when Bayfest organized an artist fair in the downtown to coincide with their rock weekend ...

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Call for Exhibitors for SPRING ART FAIR

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4th Annual pring Art Fair @ Grace United Church 2012 Call for Art Fair Exhibitors Application for exhibit space can also be downloaded at WWW.ACBR.COM Event: Spring Art Fair Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012 Time: 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Location: Grace United Church 990 Cathcart Blvd. Sarnia, ON N7S 2H2 Office Phone: 542-1203 Contact: Bruce Ritchie at 331-6408 or 869-8026 Fees: Single Booth = 10 ft x 8 ft Cost = $35.00 Double Booth = 20 ft X 8 ft Cost = $70.00 · The Spring Art Fair is held indoors in the north end of Grace United Church ...

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Theatre Sarnia Snippet Night for 2012-13 Season

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Theatre Sarnia Snippet Night...

Review of Theatre Sarnia Season Preview Snippet Night 2012-2013 Submitted by: Barb Toye Local theatre goers experienced a special evening on April 3, 2012: Theatre Sarnia presented the 2012-2013 Season Preview Snippet Night, free of charge. The mimimalist sets effectively evoked the atmosphere of each play and the note-perfect cast members were off-book after very little rehearsal time. Previewed during the evening were three classics: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls and two more modern pieces: Squabbles and Calendar Girls. Each Snippet left the guests wanting more of the promising upcoming season. As a bonus, the audience members were given a preview of the next production, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, which runs April 13-21, 2012. A reception followed in the Lawton Gallery, where performers and crew mingled with the appreciative audience. The talent of the actors, directors, backstage crew and all who contribute to mounting the productions is first-rate ...

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Cheeky Charlie reads indie POST zine…

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Cheeky Charlie reads indie...

Today the SECOND edition of Sarnia's newest entertainment zine was delivered by Marty Oblak.  Cheeky Charlie accepted delivery and was excited to read the stories it contains.  This month 'indie POST' highlighted Record Store Day, Empty Fest Four, Dayglo Abortions and the 'quick six' feature with Kicking Souls. Pick up your copy of this pocket size magazine at Cheeky Monkey, along with several other locations in the Downtown Cultural District.

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Cheeky Charlie meets a Doe

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Cheeky Charlie meets a Doe

Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. is the opening performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  On her way to dress rehersal, Emily Wright, a cast member that is playing the part of a 'young doe', stopped in and chatted with Cheeky Charlie. The play is being presented by Lambton Young Theatre Players with 2 shows today, Wednesday, 1 afternoon matinee of Thursday and 2 shows on Friday - 2:00 pm matinee and 700 pm evening.  Tickets are still available at Cheeky Monkey.  Adults tickets are only $12.00 and students are $7.00.  For more info CLICK HERE.

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March First Friday with Soul Patch & Pierre Houle

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March First Friday with Soul...

It was a blustery, rain night for the March 2nd First Friday in Sarnia's Downtown Cultural District.  Despite the inclement weather, the fans of First Friday were out 'n' about and making Cheeky Monkey a priority spot to stop at.  The reason for that was the local band Soul Patch and the photographic artwork of Pierre Houle. This was not the first time Soul Patch has performed at Cheeky Monkey and we're pretty sure it will not be the last - at least we hope not.  There was one difference in the band from previous performances.  A new member in accomplished multi-instrumentalist Craig Seaward joined lead singer/guitarist/keyboard player Dwayne Cloes, electric and upright bass player Dave Doyle and drummer Lyle Graham.  Craig's electric guitar added an extra dimension and energy to what are already excellent original songs. It was certainly an appreciative audience that braved the elements to be here.  There tenacity was rewarded by ...

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Lambton Young Theatre Players Summer Camp…

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Lambton Young Theatre Players...

Summer Theatre Camp 2012 The Lambton Young Theatre Players are excited to announce that registrations for the 2012 Junior Players’ Summer Theatre Camp are now being accepted. One week sessions for children between the ages of 8 and 11 years of age will take place at Petrolia’s Christ Church for four sessions in July 2012, Mondays through Fridays, with a performance for family and friends on the Friday. Each session will accommodate a maximum of fifteen children under the guidance of the Young Players’ Program Director, Bethany Lawrence (nee Redick), Program Instructor, Anna MacAlpine, and Assistant Instructors, Sara Cecile and Kyle Phibbs. “We’re delighted to welcome Anna MacAlpine to the Lambton Young Theatre Players,” exclaimed Artistic Director, Nancy Keys. “She is a very talented young woman, in both theatre and music, and has an excellent background working with younger children. We’re anxious to expand the scope of our Summer Theatre Camp, and Anna brings ...

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Erika & Sara Singing on a Saturday

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Erika & Sara Singing on a...

For three hours on the afternoon of Saturday, February 25, young singer-songwriters Erika and Sara performed on the Red Carpet Stage at Cheeky Monkey. Before the audience got too big, they spent a few minutes with Cheeky Charlie letting him sing along on a song with them. Their song selections range greatly with something to please every age group.  From Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison' to several covers from Adele's most recent album and the hit from Foster The People.  Erika's sweet emotion filled voice accompanied by Sara's skill on the acoustic guitar were especially pleasing on their version of The Beatles 'Let It Be'. At the start of their second set, Erika took a little longer break from singing while Sara played several songs solo on her guitar really showcasing her skills. Along with the many covers versions they made there own, were mixed a selection of some of their original songs. These ladies, are ...

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Having Hope at Home – Review

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Having Hope at Home –...

Cheeky Charlie, Roland and I were all set to go to the Imperial Theatre to see the current play HAVING HOPE AT HOME presented by Theatre Sarnia.  Unfortunately, I was not feeling well, so we decided not to go.  BUT thanks to  good friend, Barb Toye who did go, we have a review for you.  From the sounds of it, we missed an excellent play and performance.   The play runs until Feb. 25th. Having Hope at Home - Reviewed by Barb Toye The excellent interior set was evocative of a semi-shabby rural farmhouse under refurbishment, with a cozy bedroom to the left, kitchen at the back, dining table mid-stage right and loveseat in foreground. A jazzy classical guitar piece was played during the opening speeches which unfortunately overrode some of the dialogue a bit. Periodically through the play snippets of McGarrigle Sisters songs were heard, in reference to the leading man's ...

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February 2012 First Friday

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February 2012 First Friday

The February First Friday lived up to the hype when Natural Disasters came to shake the rafters at Cheeky Monkey. The 5 piece band kept the capacity crowd entertained with classic rock that included a heavy dose of CAN-CON. The repertoire ranged from The Guess Who, 54-40 and Tragically Hip to name just a few. The band and audience were there for a good time and no-one left disappointed. Adorning the walls of Cheeky Monkey, is the photographic art work of Pierre Houle. It is easy to see why he was the 2011 Grand Prize winner of the Sarnia Photographic Club's annual Photo Contest. His keen eye and interesting editing techniques make his work truly intriguing. Pierre's exhibit continues until February 25. All items included framed, enlarged photos, matted photos and cards with envelopes in various sizes are available to purchase. Thanks to Pierre for the photographs taken during the evening.  To see more, ...

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